Specials : Prestige Stateroom (Deck 5) from $16,640

The Essential Kimberely
Per Person for Two Adults

Limited Cabins on Offer

The Essential Kimberley 14 Nights – Le Bellot, Ponant


Cruise ID 40344
Book By 06Jul21
Embarkation Darwin, Australia
Disembarkation Darwin, Australia
Departure Dates 06Aug21
Duration 14 nights
Arrival Dates 20Aug21
Region Australia & New Zealand
Cruise Line Ponant
Cruise Ship Le Bellot
Cruise Type Ocean
Cruise Package Type Cruise-Stay
Ports of Call Darwin, Pulau Meatimiarang, Wyndham, King George River, Vansittart Bay, Hunter River, Collier Bay, Lacepede Island, Careening Bay, Swift Bay, Darwin

Like the other ships in the PONANT EXPLORERS series, Le Bellot has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of the world’s most remote and isolated regions.
Racy lines, state-of-the-art equipment, a refined design, a softly muted and at the same time convivial ambiance together with a deliberately restricted number of cabins all contribute to the modernity of Le Bellot, a unique ship in the world of cruising.


Highlights
  • FREE 2 night stay in Hilton Darwin includes breakfast
  • 12 night cruise from Darwin return aboard Le Bellot Ponant
  • All main meals and expeditions voyages whilst onboard
  • FREE transfers between airport, hotel & port
  • Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
  • Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
  • Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world’s largest living reptile
  • Discover Careening Bay and the Mermaid boab tree, a reminder of the era of exploration
  • Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls
  • In Wyndham, enjoy one of the 3 complimentary excursions
  • Drinks are complimentary and unlimited.
  • Choose from a selection of fine wines, champagnes, spirits, mineral waters and non-alcoholic drinks.
Important Terms
  • Valid Until: 06 July 2021
  • If you are after the 12 Nights Cruise Only please contact our Travel Specialist Team for a quote today
  • Note: The prices below are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed
  • Ports of Call may vary by departure date and subject to weather and other conditions
  • Prices are based on best available cruise fare per person, inclusive of all discounts.
  • All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply.
  • Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply.

Cabin Name
Price per person twin share from
Prestige Stateroom (Deck 5)
$16,640
Book
Prestige Stateroom (Deck 6)
$17,470
Book
Deluxe Suite (Deck 3)
$23,950
Book
Deluxe Suite (Deck 4)
$23,950
Book
Prestige Suite (Deck 5)
$29,000
Book
Prestige Suite (Deck 6)
$30,440
Book
Privilege Suite (Deck 5)
$31,340
Book
Privilege Suite (Deck 6)
$31,340
Book
Grand Deluxe Suite (Deck 6)
$32,280
Book

Leading Rate
Per Person for Two Adults
Prestige Stateroom (Deck 5) from $16,640 Per Person for Two Adults
*Based on the 14 Nights Stay & Cruise Package*

In Wyndham, enjoy one of the 3 complimentary excursions (subject to availability, on a first come first served basis in chronological order of booking, please arrange with your Cruiseco travel agent)

  • Ord River experience: navigation on the Ord River between Kununurra and Lake Argyle. You will have the opportunity to enjoy remarkable wildlife and stunning landscapes. The tour includes a simple buffet lunch served on a riverside camp.
  • Bungle Bungle scenic flight: panoramic flight onboard a Cessna airplane from Kununurra to the Bungle Bungle massif. You will, in particular, fly over Diversion Dam, Carr Boyd Range or Purnululu National Park.
  • El Questro experience: guided by an El Questro ranger, the tour includes an all-encompassing journey through Emma Gorge and Zebedee Thermal Springs. Take a mid-day break for lunch and end the full day with the Chamberlain River Cruise.

*If you are after the 12 Nights Cruise Only please contact our Travel Specialist Team for a quote today*

*Rates are subject to availability and changes without notice. Rate are based on the lowest available and may differ at time of booking. Other travel dates may be available at an additional cost.
For more information and other conditions please confirm with our Travel Specialists at time of booking.



Ports of Call may vary by departure date and subject to weather and other conditions.

   The Essential Kimberley – 14 Night Stay & Cruise Package – DRW-DRW 


 

4 AUGUST 2021 DARWIN
private transfer from Darwin airport to Hilton Darwin for Two Nights
Wed 4 Aug 2021 

Hilton Darwin 10th-floor pool

King Spa One Bedroom Suite w/ Lounge Access

Darwin

6 AUGUST 2021 DARWIN

 

Embarkation 6/8/2021 from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure 6/8/2021 at 18h00

 

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

7 AUGUST 2021 PULAU MEATIMIARANG (TECHNICAL STOP)

 

Arrival 7/8/2021
Departure 7/8/2021

 

Enjoy a leisurely day at sea to take advantage of the luxurious onboard services or enjoy a cool drink by the pool. Enjoy time to reflect on your experiences or share photographs with fellow guests. Your expedition team will be offering an enrichment programme focusing on Australia, it’s history and flora and fauna. Perhaps take the opportunity to be out on deck sunbathing or sampling culinary specialties prepared by our Chef and Galley Team.

The Indonesian officials will perform the necessary clearance formalities. Our stopover at Pulau Meatimiarang is for technical clearance purposes only. There is no opportunity for guests to go ashore.

Wyndham

8 AUGUST 2021 WYNDHAM

 

Arrival 8/8/2021
Departure 8/8/2021

 

Wyndham is the northernmost town in Western Australia and in many ways is the gateway to the Kimberley. It is surrounded by some of the most spectacular landforms, rivers and wetlands in the Kimberley. 

King George River

9 AUGUST 2021 KING GEORGE RIVER

 

Arrival 9/8/2021
Departure 9/8/2021

 

The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Vansittart Bay

10 AUGUST 2021 VANSITTART BAY

 

Arrival 10/8/2021
Departure 10/8/2021

 

Jar Island contains ancient rock art galleries depicting the Gwion Gwion style unique to the Kimberley region. Mainly neglected by, or unknown to, the early European researchers of Aboriginal culture in the Kimberley in favour of the dominant and more dramatic Wandjina art, Gwion Gwion art has in recent years gained world prominence. It is generally thought that this art may extend back to over 30,000 years before our time and represents the first wave of seagoing colonisers of the Australian continent. As it is, these are the oldest detailed depiction of human figures in the world. Join your Expedition Team ashore for a short walk, past some fascinating rock formations, to the site of the Gwion Gwion art galleries.

Hunter River

11 AUGUST 2021 HUNTER RIVER

 

Arrival 11/8/2021
Departure 11/8/2021

 

Arguably one of the most scenic parts of the Kimberley coast, Prince Frederick Harbour and the Hunter River are lined with ancient rainforest pockets, pristine mangroves and mosaic sandstone cliffs. They are considered to be some of the most pristine mangrove forests in the world, containing up to 18 different species, supporting a rich and diverse fauna. The sandstone escarpment at the river mouth, known as “Kampamantiya” rises over 200 metres high before giving way to extensive mud banks and mangrove forests home to numerous bird species and the iconic saltwater crocodile. Our expert Expedition Team will share their knowledge with you as you explore this pristine mangrove environment by Zodiac® keeping a constant lookout for wildlife. You will also have the opportunity to reach the Mitchell Falls by helicopter from Naturalist Island beach. 

Collier Bay

12 AUGUST 2021 COLLIER BAY

 

Arrival 12/8/2021
Departure 12/8/2021

 

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.   

As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

Lacepede Islands

13 AUGUST 2021 LACEPEDE ISLANDS

 

Arrival 13/8/2021
Departure 13/8/2021

 

The Lacepede Islands are Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas), and have been named by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA). The breeding colony of Brown Boobies is possibly the largest in the world. Up to 20,000 Roseate Terns have also been recorded here. Other birds breeding on the islands include Masked Boobies, Australian Pelicans, Lesser Frigatebirds, Eastern Reef Egrets, Silver Gulls, Crested, Bridled and Lesser Crested Terns, Common Noddies, Pied and Sooty Oystercatchers. Join your expedition team for a guided Zodiac® tour to view the prolific wildlife. Due to the sensitive nature of the environment, landings are prohibited on the Lacepede Islands.

Collier Bay

14 AUGUST 2021 COLLIER BAY

 

Arrival 14/8/2021
Departure 14/8/2021

 

Lying to the east of the Buccaneer archipelago, the ancient landscapes of Collier Bay have been shaped by the massive tidal movements the region is renowned for, creating a photographer’s paradise. With a tidal range exceeding 14 metres, recorded near Yule entrance at the southern end of the bay, they are among the largest in the world. This massive daily movement of water creates unique phenomena that occur nowhere else in the world. Nestled in the centre of the Bay is Montgomery Reef, the world’s largest inshore reef system. As the tide falls a raging torrent of water cascades off the top of the reef, creating turbulent ‘rivers’ and mini waterfalls. At the Southern end of the Bay, Talbot Bay is home to the world’s only ’Horizontal Falls’ described by Sir David Attenborough as “One of the greatest wonders of the natural world.” Hidden in the many caves and grottos of this ancient landscape are a multitude of ancient Rock Art galleries. Here you can find spectacular examples of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion styles.   

As we are at the mercy of weather and tide conditions in this region, the activities mentioned above are only possible experiences and can’t be guaranteed.

15 AUGUST 2021 CAREENING BAY

 

Arrival 15/8/2021
Departure 15/8/2021

 

Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

Swift Bay

16 AUGUST 2021 SWIFT BAY

 

Arrival 16/8/2021
Departure 16/8/2021

 

The Bonaparte Archipelago, is a stunningly rugged maze of islands stretching almost 150 km along Western Australia’s remote Kimberley coast. Its colour and scale conspire to take ones’ breath away. Its distant location has meant it has remained an unspoilt and remarkably pristine location to explore and experience. Phillip Parker King named “Swift’s bay” after Jonathon Swift (1667-1745) the author of Gulliver’s travels. The ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Join your expedition team ashore for a guided walk to a number of rock art galleries depicting these unique rock art styles.

At sea

17 AUGUST 2021 AT SEA

 

Arrival 17/8/2021
Departure 17/8/2021

 

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Darwin

18 AUGUST 2021 DARWIN

 

Arrival 18/8/2021 early morning
Disembarkation 18/8/2021 at 07h00

 

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.





19 m2

Sleeps 2



Located on Deck 3, Deck 4, Deck 5 & Deck 6.

27 m2

Sleeps up to 3



Located on Deck 6

45 m2

Sleeps 4



Located on Deck 4, Deck 5 & Deck 6

19 m2

Sleeps 2



Located on Deck 5 & Deck 6

38 m2

Sleeps 4



Located on Deck 5 & Deck 6

38 m2

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45 m2

Sleeps up to 4


Le Bellot

Like the other ships in the Ponant Explorers series, Le Bellot has been designed to provide absolute comfort for its passengers, even at the heart of the world’s most remote and isolated regions.

Racy lines, state-of-the-art equipment, a refined design, a softly muted and at the same time convivial ambiance together with a deliberately restricted number of cabins all contribute to the modernity of Le Bellot, a unique ship in the world of cruising. This cruise ship was built in 2020 and there is a total



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