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Austral

Polynesia and the Easter Island 14 Day Cruise

**SPECIAL OFFER** Save up to 30% on full prices. The earlier you book the better the discount available. Please call for latest special offers. Pricing shown here reflects full brochure price only. The state-of-the-art mega-yacht, L’Austral launched in May 2011, bringing a unique blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being to small ship cruising. With just 132 cabins, L’Austral’s sleek design and small size means she can offer exclusive itineraries featuring ports of call that are inaccessible to larger ships. The yacht’s distinctive shape features smooth contours and large, arched windows, opening up to the sea and letting in the light. Precious materials in soothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of colour to create a discreet elegance reminiscent of a private yacht.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Papeete.

Day 1: Papeete

Join Austral in Papeete in the early evening. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before your first gourmet dinner on board tonight.

Day 2: Fakarava

Arrive early afternoon at the island of Fakarava. Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Be surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. On land enjoy the incredible white-sand beaches and pearl farms. Here you will find the most stunning examples of the famous Tahitian pearls – black pearls with glints of colour, also called tears of the gods.

Days 3-4: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship gently sails towards Rikitea, Gambier Islands.

Day 5: Rikitea, Gambier Islands

Arrive early morning at Rikitea, located in the Gambier archipelago. Discover the tall island of Mangareva, an unusual place nestling between sky and Ocean, surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and boasting an abundance of vegetation. The island boasts an exceptional cultural heritage, as demonstrated by the vestiges of 19th century religious buildings here. Nestling in the heart of this historic site with idyllic landscapes, is the small village of Rikitea, where one of Polynesia’s wonders, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, stands proudly, entirely built from coral and timber. Renowned for the quality of its immaculate black pearls, this small corner of paradise will gladly reveal its most beautiful treasures to you.

Day 6: Aukena - Temoe Atoll

Just 2.5km in length this small island boasts incredible white sand beaches lapped with crystal clear sea. Continue onto the Temoe Atoll.

Day 7: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Adamstown.

Day 8: Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands

Arrive at the wild and remote lands of the Pitcairn islands. This tiny British territory is mainly composed of atolls right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Rimmed by steep cliffs several hundreds of metres high, the volcanic Pitcairn Island is to be explored on foot. In Adamstown, the only village on this 5-square-kilometre land, you’ll meet the 50 sole inhabitants of the entire archipelago. The call to Pitcairn is suject to weather and sea conditions.

Day 9: Ducie Island

Sail around the uninhabited atoll in the Pitcairn Islands. The island's lagoon is deep and noted for its poisonous fish and sharks.

Days 10-11: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards Hanga Roa.

Days 12-13: Hanga Roa

Arrive at the main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa, also the island's only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the island's spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

Day 14: Hanga Roa

After your final breakfast aboard the ship you will disembark in Hanga Roa.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Hanga Roa, Easter Island.

Includes

  • 13 Nights' accommodation on board Austral
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Taxes

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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