ICONS OF AUSTRALIA – Rail & Sail 2022 – 25 Aug 2022 – Cruise Traveller

ICONS OF AUSTRALIA – Rail & Sail 2022

Cruise Line
Le Soleal
Package Departs
25 Aug 2022
Package Duration
16 Nights
Embark Ship
Broome, W A
Disembark Ship
Darwin, NT, Australia
SP3 - Oceanview PR6 - Balcony DS6 - Suite SA - Suite
AU $17,465
per person
AU $21,785
per person
AU $28,135
per person
AU $35,865
per person

Package duration: 16 nights Cruise, Rail & Stay
Package starts: 25th August 2022 – at Broome hotel
Cruise starts: 26th August 2022 from Broome
Cruise ends: 5th September 2022 into Darwin
Train starts: 7th September 2022 from Darwin
Train ends: 10th September 2022 into Adelaide
Package ends: 10th September 2022 in Adelaide

** limited space – selling fast **

– Join Ponant`s highly qualified expedition team for a whale migration season cruise
– Enjoy regular Zodiac outings & shore visits to get close to the Kimberley nature
– Discover billions of years-old landscapes & ancient rock art
– Listen to stories of the dreamtime from the oldest continuous culture on the planet
– Explore pristine mangrove environments, home to the world`s largest living reptile, the salt water crocodile
– Witness unique tidal phenomena such as the Horizontal Falls and Montgomery Reef
– Travel on the iconic The Ghan Expedition train, sampling local fare and exploring off-train
– Venture into the underground opal mining town of Coober Pedy
– Enjoy a two night stay in eclectic Darwin


ICONS OF AUSTRALIA Cruise, Rail & Stay package includes:
– 1 nights accommodation in Broome with breakfast
– One way transfer from Broome hotel to port
– 10 night Kimberley 2022 Expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal from Broome to Darwin 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) | Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team | Zodiac excursions | Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable) | Port taxes
– One way transfer from Darwin port to hotel
– 2 nights accommodation in Darwin with breakfast
– One way transfer from Darwin hotel to train station
– 3 night The Ghan Expedition rail journey from Darwin to Adelaide in Gold^ standard accommodation (Platinum on request for surcharge if available). Train fare includes: all meals including special event dining, All onboard beverages and a selection of off-train experiences and excursions at each stop (Katherine, Alice Springs & Coober Pedy) plus Evening off train experience in Manguri and a spectacular dinner under the stars at the historic Telegraph Station, Alice Springs

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 (09Jul21). 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. ^Gold twin cabins have upper and lower beds with private ensuites, Gold single cabins have shared bathroom facilities at end of the carriage. Offer does not include airfares. Offer ends 30Sep21 and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 09 Jul 2021 to 30 Sep 2021 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

25 Aug 2022 Make your own way to Broome by the 25th of August 2022
25 Aug 2022 Check in Broome hotel for overnight stay
26 Aug 2022 Transfer to port, embark Le Soleal ship

Cruise Itinerary

26 Aug 2022
Broome, W A
27 Aug 2022
Lacepede Islands, Western Australia
28 Aug 2022
Collier Bay, Western Australia
29 Aug 2022
Collier Bay, Western Australia
30 Aug 2022
Careening Bay, WA
31 Aug 2022
Hunter River, West Australia
01 Sep 2022
Swift Bay
02 Sep 2022
Vansittart Bay, Western Australia
03 Sep 2022
King George River, Western Australia
04 Sep 2022 At sea    
05 Sep 2022
Darwin, NT, Australia

Post-cruise Itinerary

05 Sep 2022 Transfer to hotel, Darwin at leisure
06 Sep 2022 Darwin at leisure
07 Sep 2022 Transfer to station to embark The Ghan Expedition train
07 Sep 2022 The Ghan: Darwin to Katherine - departs around 10am
08 Sep 2022 The Ghan: Alice Springs
09 Sep 2022 The Ghan: Manguri & Coober Pedy
10 Sep 2022 The Ghan: Disembark Adelaide approx 10.50am

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Superior Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
Deluxe Suite
Owners Suite

10 Night Cruise sailing from Broome to Darwin aboard Le Soleal.

Set sail for the wild and grandiose landscapes of the Kimberley, following this exceptional PONANT itinerary.

From Broome to Darwin, embark for an 11-day expedition cruise.

In one of the most picturesque parts of the region, the Hunter River, you will see wild mangrove forests where saltwater crocodiles live along with many species of birds.

The highpoint of this cruise will undoubtedly be the discovery of the King George River and the majestic Twin Falls, the highest single drop waterfall in Western Australia.

You will also visit Collier Bay, where you will be able to admire a spectacular example of the impact of the tides cascading in mini-waterfalls as the entire Montgomery reef appears to rise from the turquoise-blue waters of the bay.

Your ship will take you along one of the most spectacular coasts in the entire region.

With their falls, abrupt gorges, savannah, and calm waters, the wild lands of Kimberley are the promise of an exceptional adventure.

Highlights of this cruise:

Located in the northwest of the Kimberley region and in the far north of Western Australia, the town of Broome is reputed for its history and its glorious pearling era. The fascinating Chinatown district, which is the historic city centre, and the famous Japanese Cemetery, dates back to 1896, and has a past marked by the immigration of numerous Chinese and Japanese workers, attracted by the prosperous pearl industry at the end of the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century. Broome is also famous for the “Staircase to the Moon”, an optical illusion created by the Moon reflecting on the sand banks at low tide, like a staircase climbing up towards the sky, a unique spectacle provided by nature…

Careening Bay
Careening Bay was named by Lieutenant Phillip Parker King after his ship, HMC Mermaid, was careened there during his third voyage of discovery in 1820. King surveyed the western coast to complete the map initiated by Flinders 20 years earlier. The Mermaid had been leaking badly and King needed to find a shallow sandy bay where he could careen his boat to undertake repairs. At a high tide, on a warm September afternoon, he ran the Mermaid onto the sands. For ten days the Mermaid crew worked hard before refloating the vessel. The ship’s carpenter carved the name of the vessel and the year into a conspicuous boab tree. The famous boab tree is now 3 metres wide and National Heritage listed. A reminder of a by gone era of exploration!

King George River
The journey up the King George River is nothing short of breathtaking. The 80-metre-high sides of the gorge display varying degrees of weathering of the ancient Warton sandstone. The colours and textures of the gorge change with the light as you travel further up the river creating a continual changing scenery that is simply stunning. The journey culminates at the King George twin falls; the highest single-drop falls in the whole of the Kimberley (80 m or 260 ft). Fed by wet season run-off the level of water cascading over the falls varies from year to year. Your Expedition Team will escort you in either the Zodiacs® or ships tenders to the foot of the twin falls, and explain all about the stunning geological formations of the canyon.

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Come discover the town’s still recent history through its emblematic buildings such as the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture or Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids.

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design:
With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 142 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: 2013
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 264
  • Officer Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: France

Ship Amenities

  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning & Heating
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat screen satellite Television
  • iPod Players
  • Video on Demand
  • In Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • 110/220 volts outlet
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • Internet Access Wifi

Ship Facilities

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Main Lounge
  • Boutique’s
  • Medical Centre
  • Theatre
  • Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Salon
  • Massage Rooms
  • Hair Salon
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Internet Station
  • Library
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Panoramic Terrace
  • Open Air Bar
  • Sun Deck


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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