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We are offering you a rare opportunity to be in the thick of the action for the start of the 75th Anniversary of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. A unique cruising experience tailored to sailing enthusiasts. Following an early morning embarkation, find yourself in prime view at the iconic Sydney’s Headlands to witness the exuberant start to the 75th Anniversary Rolex Sydney to Hobart. You will then begin your Luxury Small Ship cruise South to Hobart aboard our newest EXPLORER ship Le Lapérouse. Making our way down the Eastern Seaboard, indulge in shore excursions to the picturesque locations of Trousers Point and Wineglass Bay, or be enthralled by onboard commentary of the race by two yacht racing veterans. You will visit the white sand beaches of Trousers Point on Flinders Island where you can swim in crystal-clear waters and come ashore at the world-renowned Wineglass Bay where you will have the opportunity to explore the beach or take a walk to the lookout for views across the region. Arriving in Hobart, Le Lapérouse will be your luxury accommodation for 3 nights, allowing you to enjoy the festivities surrounding the official race presentation, before preparing to welcome in the New Year with Hobart fireworks.
Embarkation 26/12/2019 from 09H00 to 10H00 . Departure 26/12/2019 at 11H00 . Nestled around one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, Sydney is both trendy and classic, urbane yet laid-back. Composed of ocean and light, of sailors and businessmen, this city alone inspires many travellers to visit the “Land Down Under”. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the elegant silhouettes of the Blue Mountains, it encapsulates the Australian way of life: surfing beaches, quiet suburbs, skyscrapers, Victorian cottages and tropical gardens. Sydney is filled with history and harmoniously blends old world charm and ultra-modern architecture, with its sail-shaped Opera House which sits alongside the historic district of The Rocks as the Harbour Bridge stretches across the bay.
Arrival 27/12/2019. Departure 27/12/2019. 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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Arrival 28/12/2019 midday. Departure 28/12/2019 late afternoon. Trousers Point on Flinders Island is known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and brightly coloured lichen covered granite. Overlooked by the spectacular Mt Strzelecki, guests will be able to take the 1 ½ hour (3.5km) circuit track, showcasing the unusual rock formations, offshore islands and white sand beaches. They will also have the opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of Trousers point.
Arrival 29/12/2019 early morning. Departure 29/12/2019 late afternoon. Located on the east coast of Tasmania in the heart of the famous Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay proudly deploys the curve of its white sandy beach, which forms an elegant smile. Considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world, this perfectly-shaped crescent, whose sapphire waters contrast stunningly with the pink and grey granite landscape, has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1982 and is indisputably one of Australia’s most beautiful natural environments.
Arrival 30/12/2019 late morning. Departure 01/01/2020. Hobart occupies a wonderful location at the mouth of the Derwent River, overseen by majestic Mt Wellington and surrounded by natural bushland. The Tasmanian capital is Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney, and the picturesque waterfront is bordered by 19th-century warehouses and colonial mansions. Salamanca Place is packed with shops, galleries and restaurants and the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a short ferry ride from the quay. Hobart is within easy reach of some of Tasmania's best-known destinations, from historic Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.
Disembarkation 02/01/2020 at 08H00 . Hobart occupies a wonderful location at the mouth of the Derwent River, overseen by majestic Mt Wellington and surrounded by natural bushland. The Tasmanian capital is Australia's second-oldest city, after Sydney, and the picturesque waterfront is bordered by 19th-century warehouses and colonial mansions. Salamanca Place is packed with shops, galleries and restaurants and the fascinating Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a short ferry ride from the quay. Hobart is within easy reach of some of Tasmania's best-known destinations, from historic Port Arthur and the rugged Tasman Peninsula to Bruny Island, the Huon and Derwent Valleys and Mount Field National Park.
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Vessel Type: Luxury Length: 127 metres Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. 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. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Lapérouse will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Lapérouse has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.
• Witness the exuberant start to the 75th Anniversary Rolex Sydney to Hobart from Le Lapérouse luxury expedition ship • Trousers Point and its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and brightly coloured lichen covered granite. • Wineglass Bay and its dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays and white sandy beaches • 3 nights accommodation in Hobart on board Le Lapérouse to enjoy the race festivities and the New Year's Eve fireworks