Between India and Asia

16 days / 15 nights
    New itinerary
    Between India and Asia

    Cruise Asia

    from 21 December 2018 to 5 January 2019
    16 days / 15 nights

    Departure Port : Colombo
    Arrival Port : Singapore

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R211218

    With this brand-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover the wonders of Asia, during a 16-day cruise through the Bay of Bengal. From Sri Lanka to Singapore, fall under the spell of these eastern lands marked by Buddhist and Hindu traditions.  

    Le Lapérouse will leave from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, located at the cross roads of the maritime trade routes between Europe and Asia. During your port of call in Galle, admire the fortifications of this old town, testimony to its Portuguese and Dutch heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  

    From Trincomalee, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Polonnaruwa and Dambulla. Your ship will then chart a course north to reach Chennai, formerly Madras, in India. This will be the occasion to discover the ancient temple of Kapaleshwara, dedicated to Shiva and built in the 7th Century BC, as well as Kanchipuram, one of the seven Indian holy cities, and Mamallapuram.

    In a sublime setting of emerald water, mangrove and white sand, Le Lapérouse will then drop anchor in the Andaman Islands, a paradise for swimming and relaxation.

    Lastly you will sail the Malacca Strait, the former strategic crossroads on the silk and spice roads, to discover the beautiful cities of Penang and Malacca, UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Conclude your journey by disembarking in Singapore, a multicultural city that combines tradition and modernity.

    Highlights

    • Christmas and New Year festivities in an exceptional environment, a guaranteed change of scene.
    • A cruise through the Bay of Bengal to discover three countries: Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Galle and its fortifications; from Trincomalee, the historic city of Polonnaruwa and the golden temple of Dambulla; the cities of Malacca and Penang, in the Malacca Strait.
    • In Chennai, the chance to visit a number of temples and sites dedicated to Hinduism as well as the Government Museum and its beautiful collection of bronzes.
    • Discovering the idyllic Andaman Islands.

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      LE LAPEROUSE

      Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

      As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

      Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

      Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

      Port of call & excursions

      21 December 2018 – Galle

      Colombo

      Embarkation 21/12/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 21/12/2018 at 18H00 .

      A former trading post along the Silk Route, the old quarter of Colombo offers you the fabulous sight of its picturesque streets. The city was known to Arab, Persian and Chinese traders as early as the 8th century and this former village, nestled between two dunes, was a trading post on the mythical Spice Route. Today the economic capital of Sri Lanka, the city offers picture-postcard scenery with its beaches stretching languorously along the south-western coast of the country. Here the sand dazzles you and the sea invites you to dream...

      22 December 2018 – Galle

      22 December 2018 – Galle

      Arrival 22/12/2018 early morning. Departure 22/12/2018 early evening.

      Discover Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s oldest cities. Thanks to its commercial port, from which were exported spices and precious stones, Galle was once the country’s most major city. Colonised by the Portuguese and later by the Dutch, today it still bears traces of this colonial past. When your ship calls here, have a wander around the old town and its fortifications, which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage. Built by the Portuguese at the end of the 16th century, they are perfectly preserved. To learn more about daily and rural life in Sri Lanka, do not miss the visit to the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Art Museum in Koggala, not far from Galle.

      23 December 2018 – At sea

      23 December 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 23/12/2018. Departure 23/12/2018.

      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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      24 December 2018 – Trincomalee

      24 December 2018 – Trincomalee

      Arrival 24/12/2018 at night. Departure 24/12/2018 early evening.

      A large port city in the north-east of Sri Lanka, Trincomalee will be your gateway to two exceptional sites. The Golden Temple of Dambulla, a rock temple listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is sure to fill you with wonder. Its Buddhist mural paintings, its caves and its famous statue of reclining Buddha heighten the beauty of this place that is like none other in the world, created over 2,000 years ago. The other cultural gem you will be able to discover: the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa. Also listed as UNESCO World Heritage, it is home to the vestiges of a fabulous garden-city from the 12th century. There, you will be able to admire the Gal Vihara, an exceptional site featuring four statues of Buddha carved out of rock.

      25 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      25 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      Arrival 25/12/2018 evening. Departure 25/12/2018.

      Called Madras in the days of the British East India Company, Chennai is now the economic capital of South India. Mingling intoxicating flavours, colours and rhythms, Chennai is also the cradle of the traditional Indian music and cuisine from the south. Don’t miss your chance to discover Mahabalipuram, a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock and thousands of statues from the 7th and 8th centuries, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gigantic bas-reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and temples, such as the magnificent Shore Temple, built out of granite on a promontory that juts out into the Bay of Bengal, celebrate the glory of Shiva in an artistic outpouring unlike any other.

      26 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      26 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      Arrival 26/12/2018. Departure 26/12/2018.

      Called Madras in the days of the British East India Company, Chennai is now the economic capital of South India. Mingling intoxicating flavours, colours and rhythms, Chennai is also the cradle of the traditional Indian music and cuisine from the south. Don’t miss your chance to discover Mahabalipuram, a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock and thousands of statues from the 7th and 8th centuries, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gigantic bas-reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and temples, such as the magnificent Shore Temple, built out of granite on a promontory that juts out into the Bay of Bengal, celebrate the glory of Shiva in an artistic outpouring unlike any other.

      27 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      27 December 2018 – Chennai (ex Madras)

      Arrival 27/12/2018. Departure 27/12/2018 late afternoon.

      Called Madras in the days of the British East India Company, Chennai is now the economic capital of South India. Mingling intoxicating flavours, colours and rhythms, Chennai is also the cradle of the traditional Indian music and cuisine from the south. Don’t miss your chance to discover Mahabalipuram, a group of sanctuaries carved out of rock and thousands of statues from the 7th and 8th centuries, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gigantic bas-reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and temples, such as the magnificent Shore Temple, built out of granite on a promontory that juts out into the Bay of Bengal, celebrate the glory of Shiva in an artistic outpouring unlike any other.

      28 December 2018▸29 December 2018 – At sea

      28 December 2018▸29 December 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 28/12/2018. Departure 29/12/2018.

      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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      30 December 2018 – Cinque Island, Adaman Islands

      30 December 2018 – Cinque Island, Adaman Islands

      Arrival 30/12/2018 midday. Departure 30/12/2018 early evening.

      Eight hundred kilometres away from India, between Sumatra and Myanmar, the 572 islands and islets of the Andaman archipelago stretch out over nearly 700 km, offering visitors an extraordinary natural environment. Here, coconut trees and white-sand beaches alternate with impenetrable primitive jungles and mangrove forests, and the emerald-coloured waters are home to an underwater Eden with unique coral seabeds. Considered to be one of the world’s last nature reserves, this archipelago is also home to numerous vestiges from the Stone Age and has an astonishing colonial past. During your cruise, one of the places you will discover is Cinque Island, an uninhabited island in the south of the archipelago.

      31 December 2018 – Havelock Island, Adaman Islands

      31 December 2018 – Havelock Island, Adaman Islands

      Arrival 31/12/2018 early morning. Departure 31/12/2018 early afternoon.

      Eight hundred kilometres away from India, between Sumatra and Myanmar, the 572 islands and islets of the Andaman archipelago stretch out over nearly 700 km, offering visitors an extraordinary natural environment. Here, coconut trees and white-sand beaches alternate with impenetrable primitive jungles and mangrove forests, and the emerald-coloured waters are home to an underwater Eden with unique coral seabeds. Considered to be one of the world’s last nature reserves, this archipelago is also home to numerous vestiges from the Stone Age and has an astonishing colonial past. During your cruise, you will discover Havelock Island, one of the archipelago’s most popular islands, due in particular to its diving spots.

      1 January 2019▸2 January 2019 – At sea

      1 January 2019▸2 January 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 01/01/2019. Departure 02/01/2019.

      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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      3 January 2019 – Penang (Georgetown)

      3 January 2019 – Penang (Georgetown)

      Arrival 03/01/2019 early morning. Departure 03/01/2019 midday.

      The leading British trading post of the Far East in the 19th century, this tiny island has a unique atmosphere of both East and West. Known as the “Pearl of the East” in the past, for its many trades of spice, fabrics, and tin, Penang has become one of the most sought-after destinations in Malaysia. George Town, its capital, is home to an extremely rich historical heritage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to discover the Blue Mansion, a real architectural marvel that blends traditional Chinese style with eastern elements.

      4 January 2019 – Malacca

      4 January 2019 – Malacca

      Arrival 04/01/2019 midday. Departure 04/01/2019 late afternoon.

      Lying along the shores of the eponymous Strait, Malacca City has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A witness of the maritime traffic between Asia and the West, the city is inextricably linked to the trade of spices and silk. This cultural oasis will show you the history of a fascinating ancient civilization, the Baba Nyonya, the descendants of Chinese immigrants who married Malay women. In a Peranakan house in Chinatown, you will discover the Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, which reproduces the interior of a traditional elegant home from the 19th century. The Baba Nyonya were wealthy traders who liked to indulge their taste for sumptuous furniture made from teak and mother-of-pearl, rare jewels and silk brocade.

      5 January 2019▸4 January 2019 – Singapore

      Singapore

      Disembarkation 05/01/2019 at 07H00 .

      Nicknamed the Garden City, Singapore stretches across Malaysia's southern-most region. Experience the vibrant hustle and bustle of this city-state for yourself at the Marina Bay. No too far away is the historic centre, offering up a unique smorgasbord of neoclassical buildings and contemporary towers. Decked out in topiary, the pavements of Orchard Road are also home to countless shopping centres. The colourful markets in Chinatown and Little India are the perfect opportunity to quell hunger pangs in a hawker centre, one of the city's traditional snack bars. Between the two districts, get a slice of history with a trip to the Raffles dock. It was here that Englishman Sir Raffles, the founder of the city, is said to have arrived one fateful day in January 1819.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

      • Sri Lanka: An Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) must be obtained before your cruise. You can apply online on the following official website : http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

      • India: single-entry visa to be obtained before your cruise. The port of Chennai now accepts the e-visa, you must apply before your cruise on https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/index.html. You can submit your application starting 120 days before arrival date in India.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Alain Duault

      Alain Duault

      The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

      Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots until 2018. A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d’Orange festival…).

      In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows:  Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.

      Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Éditeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017), Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016), Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard, 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique 

      Franck Ferrand

      Franck Ferrand

      An historian by training (EHESS), author of a dozen books on history – including Versailles après les rois (Perrin), L’Histoire interdite (Tallandier), François Ier, roi de chimères (Flammarion) and Dictionnaire amoureux de Versailles (Plon), and the successful saga La Cour des Dames – Franck Ferrand has emerged over the years as one of our leading “history messengers”.

      For 15 years, he has hosted historic rendezvous on Europe 1, including the famous daily slot Au cœur de l’histoire. Since September 2018, we can find him on Radio Classique in Franck Ferrand raconte which in the first week became the most downloaded programme in France. After presenting some 50 editions of L’Ombre d’un doute on France 3, he now appears every week alongside Michel Drucker in Vivement dimanche. In the last 20 years, Franck Ferrand has given literally hundreds of talks on every continent.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Sylvain DUMAIS

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        20/12/2018 – Highlights of Colombo (1 night)

        550.00 AU$ **

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        18/12/2018 – Colombo & Hill Country of Sri Lanka (3 nights)

        1965.00 AU$ **

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        05/01/2019 – FULL DAY IN SINGAPORE

        465.00 AU$ **
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