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Luxury Expedition Cruises

Kimberley Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier 2021


13 days from $12,995 per person was $14,495

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Cruise the Kimberley coast with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team and uncover one of Australia’s most spectacular locales. Explore the remote city of Broome before setting off on a voyage that combines one-of-a-kind wildlife with awe-inspiring scenery and vital indigenous culture. Fly by helicopter over Mitchell Falls, spot crocodiles in the Hunter River and view an astonishing horizontal waterfall on this thrilling adventure Down Under.

A&K Advantages

  • Cruise for 10 nights on an exclusively chartered voyage with A&K and uncover the breadth and charm of Kimberley’s rugged coast
  • Begin your journey with a two-night stay in the Outback beach town of Broome, known for its white sands, turquoise surf and spectacular sunsets
  • Discover ancient rock art during off-the-beaten-path excursions to Freshwater Cove and Bigge Island
  • Take off on an included helicopter tour of Mitchell Falls with its tumbling cataracts and pristine freshwater pools
  • Discover the Kimberley coast’s labyrinth of coves, valleys and gorges with Zodiac excursions, exploring the mangrove-dotted Hunter River and the canyons and twin falls of King George River
  • Soar over the beehive domes of the Outback’s Bungle Bungle Range on a fixed-wing flightseeing adventure

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Itinerary at a Glance

MAY 6-7
Arrive Broome, Australia
MAY 8
Broome | Jewel in the Wilds
MAY 9-13
Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides
MAY 14
Vansittart Bay | Mysterious Ancient Rock Art
MAY 15
King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure
MAY 16
Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders
MAY 17
At Sea & Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea
MAY 18
Depart Darwin

Extend Your Journey

Ningaloo Reef Pre-Tour Extension 5 days from TBA Learn More
Perth and Margaret River Pre-Tour Extension 5 days from TBA Learn More
Arnhem Land Post-Tour Extension 4 days from TBA Learn More
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MAY 6-7
Arrive Broome, Australia

Arrive in Broome, the region’s largest city, and transfer to your hotel near Cable Beach. Poised at the western edge of the Kimberley and hemmed by the blue Indian Ocean, Broome is every bit as daring as its more sparsely populated counterparts. The next day, enjoy exploring this swashbuckling treasure at your leisure, taking in its sweeping beaches, cinematic sunsets and relaxed atmosphere. Then meet your fellow guests and A&K’s Expedition Team for a welcome dinner.

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (May 7)
MAY 8
Broome | Jewel in the Wilds

Adventure awaits as you set out on your pre-selected excursion, whether a city tour of Broome’s historic pearling industry and rich multicultural past or a birding walk on Roebuck Bay. Later, board ‘Le Bellot,’ your luxury expedition cruiser for the next 10 nights.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 9-13
Kimberley’s Wild Coast | Extraordinary Tides

For the next five days, enjoy privileged access to one of the most rarely visited regions in Australia. Each day, inspiring lectures, briefings and stimulating conversations with your Expedition Team elevate your discoveries in the Kimberley, bringing this vast wonderland into focus in a most enriching way. Your Captain and Expedition Team determine the best daily excursions, which may include:

Lacepede Islands: Set atop a coral reef, these four low-lying cay islands are separated from mainland Australia by the Lacepede Channel. The Lacepedes, as they are often called, are an important nesting site for green sea turtles and several species of seabirds, including brown boobies, red-chested frigate birds, crested terns and speckled ruddy turnstones.

Horizontal Falls: An exciting visit awaits at Horizontal Falls, described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.” Set within Talbot Bay, the horizontally flowing waterfalls are created when massive tidal currents squeeze through two narrow gorges. Experience this captivating phenomenon on a boat excursion.

Montgomery Reef: The Kimberley’s theme of extreme tides continues at Montgomery Reef, Australia’s largest inshore reef. Board Zodiacs to explore the reef system’s lagoons, islets and rushing channels. The denouement comes at low tide, when water dramatically cascades off the reef’s emerging sandstone platform covered in coralline algae, perchance revealing astonishing sea life.

Freshwater Cove: Enjoy a guided bushwalk that leads to a cave depicting indigenous rock art. A magnificent display of sacred Wandjina figures, these ancient paintings reveal the ways, myths and traditions of the Worrorra people.

Mitchell Falls: Take off on an included thrilling helicopter flight over the vast Mitchell Plateau to sandstone-carved Mitchell Falls. Explore the area on foot and perhaps enjoy a refreshing swim in the emerald-colored, freshwater pools formed by the falls.

Hunter River: Join your naturalist guides and navigate by Zodiac through the river’s small tributaries, fringed by mangroves and tidal mud flats, in search of crocodiles, mud skippers and fiddler crabs, as well as the many bird species that nest in the dense vegetation.

Bigge Island: Sacred to the indigenous Wunambal people for more than 20,000 years, Bigge Island is home to an incredible array of indigenous rock art. Move beyond its shallow bays to discover its well-preserved Wandjina paintings and visual recordings of the European entrance into this ancient way of life.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 14
Vansittart Bay | Mysterious Ancient Rock Art

During one of his many survey expeditions, Admiral Phillip Parker King named Vansittart Bay after the pre-1788 Indonesian pottery found there. Conditions permitting, visit Jar Island, home to incredible ancient rock art of mysterious origin. Known as the Bradshaws, the painted stick-like figures are named for pastoralist Joseph Bradshaw, who first recorded seeing them in 1891. Said to date back as far as 30,000 years, the Bradshaws are among the oldest depictions of human figures in the world.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 15
King George River & Falls | The King’s Treasure

Arrive in Koolama Bay at the mouth of the King George River, named in honor of King George V. Your naturalist guides pilot Zodiacs upriver through a spectacular canyon draped in sandstone cliffs, gorges and mangroves, where you may spy impressive Aussie wildlife such as the saltwater crocodile. Witness the awe-inspiring King George Falls, plummeting from an elevation of 276 feet.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 16
Wyndham | Gateway to Natural Wonders

Beautifully poised between Cambridge Gulf and rugged hills in the northernmost region of the Kimberley, the former gold-rush town of Wyndham is the gateway to a bounty of photogenic wetlands. This includes the spectacular Ord River, where you may spot unique birds; the manmade Argyle Dam; and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Purnululu National Park. Design Your Day when you choose from a wildlife cruise on the thriving Ord River or a scenic flight over east Kimberley and the Bungle Bungle Range, one of Australia’s greatest natural wonders.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 17
At Sea & Pulau Meatimiarang, Indonesia | The Timor Sea

Enjoy a day at sea and the opportunity to unwind with fellow guests and your Expedition Team while ‘Le Bellot’ cruises through Indonesian waters to clear customs. Take time to reflect on your adventures, share photos and attend another intriguing presentation. You may also choose to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities, perhaps the spa or the view from your room’s private balcony. Later, join your Expedition Team and the new friends you’ve made for a farewell dinner.

'Le Bellot'
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
MAY 18
Depart Darwin

Bid farewell to your Expedition Team before disembarking ‘Le Bellot.’ Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue exploring on your post-tour extension.

Meals: Breakfast
Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

Ningaloo Reef Pre-Tour Extension

Experience the wonders of the Ningaloo Coast and Cape Range National Park, where you can snorkel and swim with whale sharks.

Kimberley Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Ext

5 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

Perth/Exmouth/Perth/Broome

 

May 2

Arrive in Perth, Australia, and check in to your chic, centrally located hotel. Enjoy time at leisure before tonight’s welcome dinner.

The Westin Perth
Meals: Dinner
May 3

Fly to Exmouth and transfer to your barefoot luxury beachfront safari camp in the dunes of Cape Range National Park. The camp fronts Ningaloo Reef, where you may swim in its clear waters before sunset canapés. Dinner is served under the stars tonight.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
May 4

After breakfast, set off on your whale shark tour to explore the Ningaloo Coast and encounter these majestic creatures, which can grow up to nearly 40 feet. Other sea life to discover along the reef may include turtles, dolphins and rays.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 5

Enjoy a day partaking in the activities on offer at your doorstep. Return for a snorkel in the reef, home to over 500 species of fish. Venture into Cape Range National Park for guided walks, discovering its unique geology and abundant wildlife — everything from red kangaroos and rock wallabies to fairy wrens, reef herons and ospreys. At night, stargaze under southern skies.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 6

Fly to Perth, where you board your onward flight to Broome. Begin your main program.

Meals: Breakfast

Perth and Margaret River Pre-Tour Extension

Experience prized wineries in the Margaret River region, the Jewel Caves of the Karri forest and beachfront Perth.

Margaret River Pre Tour Extension

5 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

Perth/Broome

 

May 2

Arrive in Perth, Australia, where you are met and transferred to your elegant hotel.

The Westin Perth
Meals: Dinner
May 3-4

Drive to Western Australia’s Margaret River wine region, stopping en route to ride Busselton Jetty on Geographe Bay and to explore the Jewel Caves of the Karri forest. Check in at your Margaret River lodge and enjoy dinner at its acclaimed restaurant. The next day, indulge in tastings at prized wineries, followed by exquisitely paired meals.

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 5

Drive to Perth. Tour Fremantle, enjoy lunch at a brewery and stop at Cottesloe beach.

The Westin Perth
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 6

Fly to Broome. Begin your main program.

Meals: Breakfast

Arnhem Land Post-Tour Extension

Discover the wonders of an aboriginal reserve with activities from fishing to a billabong cruise.

Australia Kimberely Arnhem Land Ext

4 days from TBA

Single Supplement from TBA

Darwin/Davidson’s Safari Lodge/Darwin

Internal Air Included

May 18

Disembark ‘Le Bellot’ and board your private charter flight to remote Arnhem Land, one of the largest Aboriginal Reserves in Australia. Arrive at your atmospheric ecolodge set within the reserve.

Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
May 19

Spend the day exploring the wild landscapes of Arnhem Land. Enjoy included activities, from fishing to walking excursions to viewing indigenous rock art to a billabong cruise.

Davidson’s Arnhemland Safari Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 20

Return to Darwin via small aircraft and then enjoy a panoramic city tour.

Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
May 21

Transfer to airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • 2021
  • May 06 - May 18
    Special Offer
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Cabin Class
    Category 1 Classic Stateroom
    Price
    $12,995 was $14,495
    Single Supplement
    $10,875
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 2 Deluxe Stateroom
    Price
    $15,495 was $16,995
    Single Supplement
    $12,745
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 3 Prestige Stateroom
    Price
    $17,495 was $18,995
    Single Supplement
    $14,245
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 4 Deluxe Suite
    Price
    $23,495 was $24,995
    Single Supplement
    $23,745
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 5 Privilege Suite
    Price
    $25,995 was $27,495
    Single Supplement
    $26,125
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 6 Prestige Two-Room Suite
    Price
    $31,995 was $33,495
    Single Supplement
    $31,825
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 7 Grand Deluxe Suite
    Price
    $37,995 was $39,495
    Single Supplement
    $37,525
    Availability
    Available
    Cabin Class
    Category 8 Owner’s Suite
    Price
    $40,995 was $42,495
    Single Supplement
    $40,375
    Availability
    Available

    Optional pre-tour and post-tour extensions available on this departure.

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Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements, including Zodiac boat excursions, walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4-8 include room upgrade at the hotel and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome briefing and dinner 6:30 p.m. on May 7

Last group event: disembarkation by 9:00 a.m. on May 18.

Guests flying from the U.S./Canada will cross the International Dateline and may be required to depart 2 days prior to their targeted arrival date.


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Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.


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