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HISTORIC CHINA, TAIPEI & JAPAN - Fly Cruise departs 25th Sep 19

Asia with a difference! Take this 14 night Fly, Cruise & Stay package with Ponant`s Le Laperouse in Sept. 19 and enjoy more than just sightseeing!

Highlights: As we combine an introduction to the historical legacy of China and Japan with an in depth look at World War II in the Pacific, some of the highlights of our voyage:
• A series of lectures and discussions with historians James Bradley and Philip Hurst
• An included, specially arranged meeting with survivors and successors at the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima
• The opportunity to discover landmark iconic sites of Japanese culture, ranging from the distant past through to the present day
• Optional excursions to sites connected to World War II, including a museum in Chiran dedicated to Kamikaze pilots

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PRICES - in AUD per person
Twin Cat PR4 Prestige Balcony from $12,455*pp
Twin Cat PR5 Prestige Balcony from $12,935*pp
Twin Cat DS4 Deluxe Suite from $17,755*pp
Single Cat PR4 Prestige Balcony from $15,355*
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HISTORIC CHINA, TAIPEI & JAPAN Fly-Cruise-stay prices include:
- Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Hong Kong and ex Osaka on return inc tax with quality full service carrier, Singapore Airlines
- One way transfer from Hong Kong airport to hotel
- 1 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Hong Kong with breakfast
- Welcome reception at Hong Kong Hotel
- One way tour/transfer from Hong Kong hotel to Victoria Peak, Aberdeen and the Museum of Coastal Defence in Hong Kong (including lunch) and ending with embarkation of ship in the afternoon
- 13 night `Quintessential Collection` cruise aboard the NEW Le Laperouse from Hong Kong to Osaka including:
- All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
- Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
- Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
- Evening entertainment and events
- Room service 24h (special selection)
- Morning tour to Hiroshima including the Peace Park & Memorial Museum
- Port taxes
- One way transfer from Osaka port to airport

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Cruise Itinerary:
(subject to change by the cruise line without notice)

27 September 2019 - Hong Kong
Embarkation 27/09/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 27/09/2019 at 18H00 .
Hong Kong, known as the `Fragrant harbour`, bordered by the South China Sea, is a heady place attracting tourists from the world over. This former British colony today combines ultramodern shopping malls and authentic markets like the Ladies Market or the night market on Temple Street. At first sight, you’ll be overwhelmed by the city’s architecture which, because of lack of ground space, reaches skywards, with its 1,250 skyscrapers and other towers. Believing is seeing, so if you go up to Victoria Peak, the highest point on the island, you`ll see a dizzying and unforgettable view of the bay.

28 September 2019 – At sea
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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

29 September 2019 – Keelung (Chilung)
Arrival 29/09/2019 at 08H15 . Departure 29/09/2019 at 18H00
On the north-east tip of Taiwan, the harbour city of Keelung stands on one of the most beautiful coasts on the island. Nearby is the spectacular natural park of Yehliu, famed for its striking rock formations. It`s easy to tour the city`s historical sites on trails that cross the lush green hills surrounding the harbour - from Chung Cheng Park to Fort Ershawan, you can enjoy superb views of Keelung and the coastline. But the main attraction is the Miaokou night market, where you can taste some typically Taiwanese culinary delights.

30 September 2019 – Ishigaki
Arrival 30/09/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 30/09/2019 at 18H00
Located to the south of the main island of the Yaeyama archipelago, Ishigaki boasts all the aspects of an authentic piece of paradise. You`ve guessed it, you don`t come here for its skyscrapers but for its pure emerald waters and idyllic beaches. Explore pristine coral reefs on a scuba-dive or snorkelling session ᅠ- ᅠyou may witness the `flight` of a manta ray. The waters off Shiraho, on the island`s south-west coast, have one of the largest areas of blue coral in the world.

1 October 2019 – Naha, Okinawa
Arrival 01/10/2019 at 12H30 . Departure 01/10/2019 at 22H00
Capital of Okinawa Prefecture, the town of Naha is located on the south-west of the island. You`ll love its lively atmosphere, particularly along Kokusai Dori, otherwise known as `international street`. The picturesque Makishi Public Market, nicknamed `Naha`s kitchen` offers a profusion of colourful fish, Okinawan foodstuffs and local spices and you can sample delicacies cooked on the spot . For an insight into the island`s heritage, which combines Japanese and Taiwanese influences, visit Shuri Castle, a medieval building protected by UNESCO and surrounded by lovely gardens.

2 October 2019 – At sea

3 October 2019 – Kagoshima
Arrival 03/10/2019 at 06H00 . Departure 03/10/2019 at 18H00
The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitants everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was モswallowed upヤ by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

4 October 2019 – Uwajima
Arrival 04/10/2019 at 13H00 . Departure 04/10/2019 at 18H00
Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

5 October 2019 – Hiroshima
Arrival 05/10/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 05/10/2019 at 19H00
Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn`t forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You`ll enjoy the city`s modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town`s historic garden.

6 October 2019 – Tokushima
Arrival 06/10/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 06/10/2019 at 21H00

7 October 2019 – At sea

8 October 2019 – Shimizu
Arrival 08/10/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 08/10/2019 at 18H00
The former town of Shimizu is located on the Pacific coast of Japan, south-west of Tokyo. `Former` since, from 2003, it has been absorbed into the neighbouring town of Shizuoka. From its port, the view onto the bay of Suruga is unique. Its Kashi-no Ichi fish market rolls out an armada of fresh fish. On the very bustling S-Pulse Dream Plaza, you`ll find cinemas, a museum, restaurants and a shopping mall. In a quieter area, along the coastline, the bike rides are very enjoyable. The Miho no Matsubara beach, bordered by a magnificent pine grove, offers a breathtaking view of mount Fuji, when the weather permits.

9 October 2019 – Shingu
Arrival 09/10/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 09/10/2019 at 18H00
To the south-west of the Japanese archipelago, Shingu is a port town in the Kansai region. Founded in 1933, it belongs to the peninsula of Kii, the country`s largest. Take a trip around the Kumano Sanzan religious complex dedicated to three sacred mountains and home to two Shinto temples, Kumano Hong? Taisha and Kumano Hayatama Taisha.ᅠThe latter features the famous sacred nagi tree, said to have been planted around 1159. Pilgrims flock to these two sanctuaries that feature on UNESCO`s World Heritage list. Hop on a boat and journey to the Dorokyo Gorge, a natural beauty spot carved out by the emerald waters of the Kumano river.

10 October 2019▸9 October 2019 – Osaka
Disembarkation 10/10/2019 at 07H00
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (08Nov18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on a 25% Ponant bonus discount fare) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included. Cruise does not include ships gratuities which are payable onboard. All itineraries subject to local weather conditions. **All airfare/taxes based on 2018 schedules/rates and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once ticketed, all airfare/taxes are subject to cancellation fees/change fees and some levels may be non-refundable. Offer ends 31Dec18 or until sold out/withdrawn.

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Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (08Nov18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on a 25% Ponant bonus discount fare) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory but not included. Cruise does not include ships gratuities which are payable onboard. All itineraries subject to local weather conditions. **All airfare/taxes based on 2018 schedules/rates and subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once ticketed, all airfare/taxes are subject to cancellation fees/change fees and some levels may be non-refundable. Offer ends 31Dec18 or until sold out/withdrawn.