Pearls of Southeast Asia:
Hong Kong to Saigon

 

October 2017

Cruise from the spectacular harbor of Hong Kong, the
“Crossroads of the East,” to vibrant Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star small ship  m.s. L'Austral, featuring only 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and with access to ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Spend a full day exploring dynamic Hanôi, Vietnam’s culturally diverse capital showcasing a romantic blend of old Asian and French heritage. Sail beside the limestone karst pillars and islands and the lush, forested shores of majestic Ha Long Bay in a traditional Vietnamese junk. Walk among the incredible fortifications of the Forbidden Purple City in the former imperial city of Hué and enjoy stunning mountainous coastline views on the famous Hai Van (Ocean Cloud) Pass. Read More...



Tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, Hué


Authentic Market. Hanôi


        
 
Expedition to Antarctica
 

January 2018

Argentina /Antarctica

Retrace the sea-lanes traveled by storied explorers Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and Robert Falcon Scott as they sought out the final frontier
of “The White Continent” on this extraordinary 14‑day program featuring a nine-night cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star, ice-class m.s. Le Soléal and m.s. Le Boréal, two of the finest vessels plying Antarctic waters. The custom-crafted vessels showcase private balconies in 95 percent of the all ocean-view, deluxe accommodations, encompasses a new generation of ship design and technology and sets the highest standards in elegance and comfort. Read More..


Shore Excursions


Lemaire Channel

Cuba By Land and By Sea
 

January/February 2018

An Extraordinary “People-to-People” Opportunity

Be among the privileged few to experience Cuba during this unprecedented people-to-people opportunity aboard the small sailing ship Le Ponant. Explore Havana with its vibrant spirit, iconic Malecón and beautifully restored Old City and fortifications, a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the historical center of Cienfuegos, settled in 1819 and built in a neoclassical style; explore the 16th-century colonial town of Trinidad; and visit Santiago de Cuba’s San Pedro de la Roca castle—all UNESCO World Heritage sites. Admire the misty Viñales Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site replete with lush green tobacco fields, striking karst formations and the azure sea along the island’s stunning coastline, and visit the dynamic city of Santa Clara in Cuba’s heartland. Read More...

Cienfuegos

Castillo del Morro, Havana


Voyage of Discovery:
Wonders of the Galápagos Islands
 

January/February 2018

Join us for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand what Charles Darwin keenly observed of the Galápagos Islands: “The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable … the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else.” Today, the natural biodiversity of this UNESCO World Heritage-designated archipelago is still intact, much as it was when first encountered by a galleon that drifted off course and happened upon its shores in 1535. Home to the amazing exotic birds, plants and animals that inspired Darwin, this “living laboratory of evolution” continues to offer the excitement of original discovery to every visitor. Cruise aboard the recently refitted first-class exploration vessel Santa Cruz II, designed specifically to navigate remote archipelagos such as these. The ship is fully equipped to make your Galápagos experience complete, from complimentary snorkeling gear to a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat. Certified onboard naturalists lead excursions and share their knowledge to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this captivating and mysterious natural realm. Read More...


Blue-footed boobies,
Galápagos Islands

Snorkeling


                
The Pride of South Africa
Namibia | Botswana | Zimbabwe
 

January/February/March 2018

Follow Mandela’s “long road to freedom” from Soweto to Robben Island, on to Johannesburg and the presidency of South Africa, “the rainbow nation.” Hear the unique insights of our special guest speaker, founder of the Liliesleaf Farm Trust. Savor glorious Cape Town, poised dramatically between Table Mountain and the sparkling waters of Table Bay. Revel in spectacular seaside views and South Africa’s sublime Cape Winelands aboard the exclusively chartered Five-Star Zambezi Queen, featuring visits to world-class wineries for specially arranged wine tastings and their distinct Cape Dutch architecture. Also enjoy an exclusive C´est Bon! CULINARY TRADITIONSCape Malay cooking demonstration and traditional dinner.
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River safari excursion boat

Leopard, Botswana


                
Wings Over Tanzania during The Great Migration
 

January/February/March 2018

Ngorongoro CraterSerengetiLake ManyaraTarangire

By way of a four-wheel-drive land cruiser, descend into the 12-mile-wide Ngorongoro Crater, a unique conservation area enclosed by impressive 2000-foot-high walls of a prehistoric caldera and a remarkable sanctuary for incredible wildlife, such as the black rhinoceros, eland, gazelle and lion. Discover more about the ancestry of the human race at Oldupai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, where bones from early hominin species were unearthed by the acclaimed Leakey family. Visit a typical Maasai village with exuberant Tanzanians dressed in colorful traditional clothing, and observe firsthand Tanzania’s educational system during a stop at Kibaoni Primary School. Spend three nights in the heart of Serengeti National Park and two nights in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in the award-winning Serena Lodges, ideally located for optimal wildlife observation. Read More...



Lions in Tanzania



Balloon ride over the Serengeti

 

 

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