Ancient Cultures and Landscapes of Vanuatu
12 Days / 11 Nights
Discover why Vanuatu is often referred to as the “happiest country on earth” during your 12-day expedition voyage on board L’Austral. Vanuatu is home to a unique blend of ancient traditional villages, picture perfect beaches, accessible active volcanoes and coral reefs teeming with life. It offers an idyllic setting for anyone seeking adventure or wanting to relax on a tropical beach fringed with palm trees. The largest Island, Espiritu Santo, is the highly fictionalized locale of James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific and the subsequent Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. Join your expert expedition team, selected for their knowledge and experience, along with local guides to explore these unique destinations by foot, zodiac or local transport.
This bespoke experience will showcase the astonishing diversity of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna across the archipelago. Experience Vanuatu on board the luxurious L’Austral and discover one of the world’s great adventures in waiting.
Awaken Your Sense of Wonder – with PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions
The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions currently has five distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and four identically designed ‘sister ships’ with no more than 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL, LE SOLÉAL and LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships, with a fleet of 12 zodiacs and 95% staterooms with full private balconies, sail to the remote corners of the world touching all 7 continents including regions such as: Antarctica, Northern Europe & Baltics, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia , New Zealand, South Africa & the Arctic North on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. PONANT offers a casual luxury ambience aboard ship. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available shore excursions, the 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Ships also provide a gastronomic restaurant, full service Hammam spa and fully equipped gym. Awaken Your Sense of Wonder - Explore destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!
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