Exploring the Malay Archipelago

17 June - 29 June 2018

Duration

12 Nights

Journey Type

Cruise only (Please call for flight options)

Ports

9 Ports

Ship

L'Austral of Ponant

17 June

Setting sail from Manila

Manila is a sprawling, chaotic conglomeration of soaring skyscrapers, faded colonial facades and ramshackle slums, and it's certainly not everyone's cup of tea. But if you have the stamina and an inquisitive nature, there is plenty to be enjoyed in the Philippines' boisterous capital, including the world's oldest Chinatown, the historic walled city of Intramuros and the bustling shopping malls of Makati. You can escape the madness and grab some respite in pleasant Rizal Park, or explore the remarkable Chinese Cemetery, where Manila's wealthiest Chinese citizens are laid to rest in unbelievably lavish mausoleums, complete with chandeliers, kitchens and air-conditioning!

Our tip

Cool and laid back is the style here. Don’t lose face by losing your temper, and don’t fret about delays – arriving on time isn’t polite anyway.

18 June

Philippines: Coron

19 June

At sea

20-21 June

Malaysia: Sandakan

22 June

At sea

23-24 June

Indonesia: Pulau Saronde, Pulau Lihaga, Tangkoko National Park

25 June

At sea

26 June

Indonesia: Raja Ampat

27 June

Indonesia: Banda Islands

28 June

At sea

29 June

Arriving in Darwin

More of a large town than a city, Darwin is less about what's contained within the city limits and more about the huge expanse of wild landscape that's outside it. Closer to Jakarta than Sydney, the city really does feel remote in its tropical perch. There are a number of waterfront restaurants and pretty parks, making it a pleasant place to relax after a long flight. For those with the energy we highly recommend a visit to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.

Don't miss

With rugged escarpments, sites of Aboriginal art, dramatic waterfalls and huge wetlands, Kakadu National Park is truly beautiful. The iconic scenery is some of Australia’s best, and served as the backdrop to the film 'Crocodile Dundee'.

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The Manila Hotel

Where to stay in Manila

If you’re a fan of classic colonial hotels, the Manila Hotel is one for you.

Taal cathedral

Excursions from Manila

Visit the nearby heritage town of Taal and step back in history.

Bamurru Plains

Where to stay near Darwin

Don’t hang around in Darwin itself; if you want to see more of the Top End, we recommend Bamurru Plains.

Uluru, Australia

Visit the Red Centre

From Darwin take a flight to the Red Centre to see the magical sites of Uluru and Kings Canyon, yet another one of those once in a lifetime experiences!

Get in touch & let us tailor-make your perfect cruise holiday

Call us on 020 7399 7670 or visit us at our comfortable offices just off London's Regent Street.

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