From Brazil to Africa

17 days / 16 nights
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    From Brazil to Africa

    Cruise Latin America, Africa

    from 18 March 2019 to 3 April 2019
    17 days / 16 nights

    Departure Port : Rio de Janeiro
    Arrival Port : Dakar

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A180319

    Sailing between two continents, PONANT offers you an itinerary rich in contrasts and cultural blending, to discover UNESCO World Heritage treasures. Aboard L’Austral, you will travel from Brazil to Senegal in 17 days, during an exceptional cruise combining cultural discoveries and remarkable natural sites.  

    You will come aboard at Rio de Janeiro, the colourful and contrasted “cidade maravilhosa”, with its incomparable bay dominated by the Corcovado.  Your ship will then call at Paraty, an historic colonial city on the Gold Route, whose well-preserved architectural treasures have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.  

    The programme continues with the discovery of two other essential and charming cities in Brazil, Salvador de Bahia and Recife, before you reach the Fernando de Noronha islands, off the Brazilian coast, a natural paradise that is home to thousands of birds and rich underwater wildlife in its turquoise waters.

    L’Austral will then cross the Atlantic as far as the Bijagos Islands for 3 days of expedition. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, these sparsely-inhabited islands are only accessible to a few privileged travellers. There you will discover a variety of landscapes, ranging from tropical rainforest to savanna and mangroves, exceptional flora and fauna (including sea turtles) and will meet villagers with a unique culture.

    This fantastic trip will conclude in Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal.

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    FREE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT *

    *The supplement for single usage of a double cabin is waived, according to availability and staterooms categories.

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

     

     

    Highlights

    • UNESCO sites: Rio de Janeiro, Paraty, Salvador de Bahia, the Bijagos and Fernando de Noronha islands;
    • Outings and landings in Zodiac® dinghies with naturalists in the Fernando de Noronha islands (subject to authorisation) and in the Bijagos Islands;
    • Visit to traditional villages in the Bijagos;
    • Enthusiastic and knowledgeable conference guides and naturalists;
    • Before or after your cruise, optional visits to Rio de Janeiro, Dakar and Goree Island.

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    Superior Stateroom

    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
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    • Hairdryer
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    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    •  Butler service.
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • king-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi
    •  Butler service.
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Situated on Deck 6
    • Decorated by French designers
    • Breathtakting panoramic sea view
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    L'AUSTRAL

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    L'AUSTRAL

    In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
     
    A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
     
    You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

    Port of call & excursions

    18 March 2019 – Paraty

    Rio de Janeiro

    Embarkation 18/03/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 18/03/2019 at 21H00 .

    Famed for its colourful Carnival and now as host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilメs former capital is dubbed the モCity of Marvelsヤ by locals. You canメt help being astounded by the panorama that opens up to you from the summit of Corcovado, the rocky peak where the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer has stood for nearly a century. In downtown Rio historic monuments such as the National Museum of Fine Arts sit side-by-side with modernistic buildings such as the cathedral of São Sebastião. On the seafront, Atlântica Avenue runs alongside Copacabana Beach; enjoy a birdメs eye view from the cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.

    19 March 2019 – Paraty

    19 March 2019 – Paraty

    Arrival 19/03/2019 early morning. Departure 19/03/2019 late afternoon.

    To the South of Rio, you will discover the charming village of Paraty. Bathed in the emerald waters of the Ilha Grande Bay, surrounded by verdant hills and islets, it is one of the jewels of Brazil’s Costa Verde. Here, time seems to have stopped in the time of the conquistadors and their gold-laden galleons. You will love the splendour of Paraty’s heritage — its maze of paved streets, the historic beauty of its colonial houses, its baroque churches. Above all, you will be enchanted by its lively terraces where locals and visitors enjoy grilled fish accompanied by glasses of cachaça. It is, quite simply, a little taste of paradise on Earth!

    20 March 2019▸21 March 2019 – At sea

    20 March 2019▸21 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 20/03/2019. Departure 21/03/2019.

    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.

    22 March 2019 – Salvador

    22 March 2019 – Salvador

    Arrival 22/03/2019 early morning. Departure 22/03/2019 evening.

    One of Brazilメs oldest cities, Salvador de Bahia stands at the entrance to Bahia de Todos os Santos on the countryメs north-east coast. A profusion of pastel-coloured houses adorns this old city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic Pelourinho quarter is home to sumptuous churches such as São Francisco and richly decorated palaces such as Rio Branco. Make sure you sample local gourmet specialities like those melt-in-the-mouth coconut sweets, Bahia cocadas. Salvador is a cultural melting pot, as youメll see in the arts and crafts stalls of the Mercado Modelo, a short walk from the waterfront.

    23 March 2019 – At sea

    23 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 23/03/2019. Departure 23/03/2019.

    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.

    24 March 2019 – Recife

    24 March 2019 – Recife

    Arrival 24/03/2019 early morning. Departure 24/03/2019 evening.

    Founded in the 16th century, the city of Recife on Brazilメs north-east coast is a vibrant mix of old and new. Stroll around the historic centre to discover elegant pastel-coloured mansions, the Baroque cathedral of São Pedro and the azulejos frescoes in the church of São António, not far from the neoclassical theatre of Santa Isabel. On the waterfront, the long beaches of Pina and Boa Viagem beckon with emerald water and fine sand under shady coconut palms, while modern business blocks rear skyward to form a striking backdrop.

    25 March 2019 – At sea

    25 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 25/03/2019. Departure 25/03/2019.

    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.

    26 March 2019 – Fernando de Noronha

    26 March 2019 – Fernando de Noronha

    Arrival 26/03/2019. Departure 26/03/2019.

    The main island in the archipelago of the same name, Fernando de Noronha lies off Brazilメs north-east coast. Its pristine natural environment has given it UNESCO World Natural Heritage status. In Dolphins Bay, spinner dolphins cavort in pristine waters against a backdrop of luxuriant green hills. You might also see whale sharks and hawksbill turtles. Just next to the port of Santo Antonio, youメll see petrels and albatrosses cruising over deserted beaches. For an insight into the islandメs culture, visit Vila dos Remédios, a seaside village featuring many historic buildings.

    27 March 2019▸30 March 2019 – At sea

    27 March 2019▸30 March 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 27/03/2019. Departure 30/03/2019.

    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.

    31 March 2019 – Maio Island, Bijagos

    31 March 2019 – Maio Island, Bijagos

    Arrival 31/03/2019. Departure 31/03/2019.

    Some 20 kilometres off the coast of west Africa, the Bissau-Guinean archipelago of Bissagos is famous for its abundant biodiversity. The richness of its marine animal and plant life afforded it the status of Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Of the 88 islets and islands in the archipelago, only 23 are inhabited. At Maio, still called Chediã, you can meet the Bissagos people and get to know their ancestral ways and customs. In this region, cut off from the rest of the world and secluded from Western influences, youメll discover how locals really live.

    31 March 2019 – Formosa Island, Bijagos

    31 March 2019 – Formosa Island, Bijagos

    Arrival 31/03/2019. Departure 31/03/2019.

    Throughout its unspoilt, wild landscapes, the Bissagos archipelago is an area of extraordinary biodiversity, remarkably well protected by local communities. This constellation of islands, bathed by the Atlantic, is home to extremely varied flora and fauna. On Formosa, an island within the protected marine park, you can observe the residents of its crystalline waters and coastal mangroves. Your stopover in Formosa will also introduce you to the Bissagos peoples and their ancestral way of life, in perfect harmony with nature.

    1 April 2019▸2 April 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

    1 April 2019▸2 April 2019 – Caravela Island, Bijagos

    Arrival 01/04/2019. Departure 02/04/2019.

    Off the west African coast of Guinea-Bissau, the Bissagos archipelago rolls out its 88 islands and islets of black rock and white sand in the heart of the Atlantic. Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1996, this string of islets has exceptionally rich land and sea fauna. In the heart of luxuriant nature, you'll enjoy Caravela Island's wild charm and its Bijago inhabitants, fascinating men and women who have adapted to and melted in with their natural environment.

    3 April 2019▸2 April 2019 – Dakar

    Dakar

    Disembarkation 03/04/2019 at 07H30 .

    On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. A visit to the island of Gorée is deeply moving; for several hundred years this island was the largest slave trading centre on the African coast. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. If you are looking for pristine, unspoilt nature, the wildlife in the heart of Madeleine Islands' national park will not disappoint.

    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.

    • Brazil: Should you need a visa for Brazil, we strongly recommend you start the necessary application process early.

    • Guinea Bissau: visa delivered and charged onboard (85 €€ subject to change).

      The yellow fever inoculation is not mandatory for this cruise. However, it is recommended that you contact your health professional for any specific medical advise relating to travel through these regions.

    • Brazil & Bijagos: The yellow fever vaccination is mandatory, bring along the original certificate. Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor).

    Important information

    There are 3 Expedition days on the Bijagos Islands.

    Dressing tips :

    • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Waterproof backpack for camera
    • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars
    • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

     

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      03/04/2019 – Gorée, the Memory Island and Dakar

      325.00 $ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      17/03/2019 – Rio de Janeiro and samba mood ( 1 night)

      940.00 $ **

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      16/03/2019 – "Cidade Maravilhosa", the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro (2 nights)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      1810.00 $ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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