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Postcards from Papua 2023

Postcards from Papua

10 night tropical expedition cruise

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Roundtrip Cairns
Departs 2 November 2023
Expedition cruise aboard Le Soleal

Papua New Guinea

This 11-day PONANT Expedition cruise aboard Le Soléal will showcase the wonders and ancestral tribes of Papua New Guinea.

You will board your ship in Cairns . With its many colonial buildings, its picturesque port and its exceptional panorama over the surrounding natural environment, this city in the north-east of Australia won’t fail to impress.

Le Soléal will then set sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a highly diverse yet mainly unexplored ecosystem.

Your call at Tufi will be one of the highlights of your voyage. Dubbed the Scandinavia of the Tropics, you will undoubtedly fall under the charm of this picturesque region, with its deep ‘fjords’ known locally as ‘rias’, which were formed through volcanic activity. In this unique setting, local  Papuan tribes will share their customs, beliefs and artwork with you.

You will then head north along the coast to Madang , nicknamed ‘the most beautiful city in the South Pacific’. Within this stunning province exists great geographical diversity, with 170 different languages spoken there. Its festival showcases this richness and offers colourful traditional performances or ‘sing sings’ by many of the cultural groups of the province. These include the mysterious Asaro Mudmen, who re-enact a warrior episode from their history wearing masks of mud, their bodies coated in clay.

In the heart of the Solomon Sea you will experience the splendid turquoise waters and white-sand beaches of the uninhabited islands of the Lusancay archipelago . These spectacular, picture-postcard islands provide the opportunity to swim and snorkel over coral reefs teeming with life.

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PONANT offers luxury expedition and small ship cruises in all corners of the world and venture to remote destinations only accessible by small ships, all with an intimate ambience and attentive service. 

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Le Soleal 

Like Le Boréal and L’Austral, the two sister ships that preceded it, Le Soléal  further reaffirms PONANT’s signature approach: to take passengers to the farthest reaches of the planet onboard five-star ships offering top-of-the-range services.

An elegant appearance and refined interior design combine with cutting-edge technology to offer a new type of cruising: adventure in a luxury setting.  

Blink and you’ll miss it. Most holidays for early-mid 2023 are already sold out, so call 1300 221 550 from anywhere in Australia to talk to our specialist travel consultants or click on the button below to send an enquiry.

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