Summary : Embark luxury mega-yacht L’Austral in Yangon, Myanmar for a 16-day cruise to Bali, Indonesia. You will discover the Mergui Archipelago. Comprising more than 800 islands, mostly uninhabited, it houses an amazing diversity of flora and fauna. From Belawan, you can visit the Gunung Leuser National Park. This remarkable park is home to the Bukit Lawang Orangutan sanctuary. Experience the Simeulue archipelago, an island chain far from the usual tourist route as you enjoy its white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear waters. At the end of your cruise discover Mount Bromo, an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif that sits in the middle of a protected nature reserve. Ascend the volcano for an unforgettable sunrise on this trip of a lifetime.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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$8,260 to $18,980
Perhaps better known under its colonial name, Rangoon, the former capital of Myanmar was long nicknamed “the garden city of the East” and it remains the country’s administrative and economic capital. Embark the ship in the afternoon.
Myanmar’s remote Mergui Archipelago has remained virtually untouched since the days of the colonial explorers. Lying in the Andaman Sea off the coast of southern Myanmar, most of the 800 islands are uninhabited. Their relative isolation and lack of inhabitants has resulted in a breathtaking natural landscape surrounded by warm tropical seas, home to rich coral reefs and a myriad of sea life. The local Moken people are often referred to as Sea Gypsies, reflecting their nomadic lifestyle. For most of the year they live entirely on their boats, returning to land only during the wet season. Guests will spend two days exploring this diverse archipelago. Activities will be centered around swimming and snorkeling from remote uninhabited beaches.
Gunung Leuser National Park is located northeast of Belawan and is home to the Bukit Lawang Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. Nestled in the Barisan mountain range, it is part of the UNESCO world heritage listed Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, billed as the largest wilderness area in Southeast Asia. Today guests will have a long but rewarding day. Leaving the port at sunrise guests will drive inland to Gunung Leuser National Park and visit the conservation project site at Bukit Lawang. There will be an opportunity to take a guided walk through the dense forest for the chance to spot other wildlife.
Banda Aceh is the capital and largest city in the province of Aceh, Indonesia, located on the northwestern tip of Sumatra. Join your expedition team and local guides for a bus tour visiting the educational center along with other historical and cultural landmarks including the Baiturrahman Mosque, one of the city’s dominant landmarks.
Located off the Sumatran coast, the Simeulue Archipelago is an island chain far off the beaten path. The islands are a mixture of atolls, cays and islets showcasing plenty of white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear warm tropical waters. With so many islands to choose from, the expedition team will head out on arrival to find a suitable location for swimming and snorkeling in this seldom visited destination.
The geographic isolation of the Nias islands have resulted in a unique megalithic culture. One of the most unique cultural traditions still in practice is Stone Jumping, a manhood ritual that sees young men leaping over stone towers in a rite of passage. The higher they jump; the better chance they have of acquiring a wife. The tradition was originally designed to train the young men for warfare and defense. In addition, the traditional music of Nias, performed mostly by women, is noted worldwide for its haunting beauty. Today you will have the opportunity to visit a traditional village and witness unique cultural performances that serve as the primary form of spiritual expression.
Located on the west coast of Sumatra Padang is the largest, and capital, city of West Sumatra Province. Home to the Minangkabau culture, Padang was a major trade center for the Dutch and British East India companies. Up until the 18th century the major trade product was gold, originating from the gold mines in the region, adding to Sumatra’s reputation as the Island of Gold. When the mines were exhausted, the emphasis turned to other products such as coffee, salts and textiles. Join your expedition team and local guides for a bus tour of Padang and the surrounding region to experience the culture of the Mingkabau people as well as sights of historical and cultural importance.
The British East India Company founded Bengkulu in 1685 as their new commercial center for trade, after the Dutch expelled them from Java. In 1714, the British built Fort Marlborough to protect their trading establishment. However, the trading center was never financially viable because of its remoteness and the difficulty in procuring pepper. Despite these difficulties, the British persisted, maintaining a presence there for over a century, eventually ceding it to the Dutch as part of the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824. Like the rest of present-day Indonesia, Bengkulu remained a Dutch colony until World War II. Today guests will have the opportunity to undertake a guided tour by bus of the city of Bengkulu including a visit to Fort Marlborough.
Krakatoa, or Krakatau, is a name familiar to most, though few know where it is located. Lying in the Sunda Strait, between Java and Sumatra on the Pacific Ring of Fire, is the site of the largest volcanic eruption in modern history. The 1883 eruptions culminated with a colossal blast that literally blew Krakatau apart. Eruptions since 1927 have built a new cone known as Anak Krakatau ("The child of Krakatau") that is still active, with its most recent eruptive episode having begun in 1994. Quiet periods of a few days alternate with spectacular Strombolian eruptions. Guest activities will be determined by the level of volcanic activity on the day and may involve ship based viewing or Zodiac tours.
The Sumenep regency has always played a significant role in the long history of Madura, from the time of the Mataram Sultanate, through the colonial era until Indonesian independence. The islanders have maintained their own unique culture and traditions, including their own version of bull racing. A jockey, usually a young boy, rides a simple wooden sled pulled by a pair of bulls over a course of about 300 yards. This tradition originated when plow teams raced each other across fields and has remained an integral part of their celebrations. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a tour by local bus of the major cultural and historic sites of the regency. The tour will culminate in a bull race held in honor of your visit.
Nestled inside the massive Tengger caldera surrounded by a sea of sand, Mount Bromo is the epitome of desolate beauty. The volcanic complex dates back to about 820,000 years ago and consists of five overlapping stratovolcanoes, each truncated by a caldera. Lava domes, pyroclastic cones, and a maar occupy the flanks of the massif. The surreal lunar landscape has spurned countless legends and myths. Mount Bromo has particular significance for the Hindu Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. After an early departure from the ship, travel by bus to Mount Bromo to enjoy this surreal site.
If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. Disembark the vessel after breakfast.
Read this itinerary as a guide only; the exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife you encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Bilingual Departures: All departures are French/English.
Meals on board the ship; snorkeling gear (except wetsuits); Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; coffee, juice, soft drinks and open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); port taxes; gratuities; luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa; 24-hour room service (special selection); butler service is included for guests staying on Deck 6. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; ground services before and/or after the cruise; passport and visa fees; travel and medical insurances; personal expenses such as onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions, spa, internet, laundry and hair salon; other drinks not included in open bar; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Eva Robert, © Nathalie Michel, © Lorraine Turci, © Ponant