Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Luxury Expedition Cruise
L´Austral
10.02.2023
21.02.2023
11
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 8.860
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Day 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 4-8

Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10

Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 11

Ushuaia

Disembarkation.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Ushuaia/Buenos Aires

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights

New: explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure. Led by experienced, State-Certified kayak guides, you will skim the water’s surface amid the ice. Full professional equipment is provided, including tamdem kayak, carbon paddle, full-body drysuit, lifejacket, AIS beacon. For more information about your kayak tour, please go to the section “PONANT activities” and to book your kayak tour, contact your cruise advisor • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection… • Hiking opportunity • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds • Educational discovery in the respect of environment • New: for your comfort, your cruise package includes an overnight in Buenos Aires the day before embarkation and the flights to/from Ushuaia

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Ship information

L´Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Crew Capacity: 140
Built: 2011

Innovative design, sleek shape and profile, refined interior decoration, friendly, intimate atmosphere: French designers and decorators have managed to give this ship a unique style and veritable signature of its own. Combinations of fine materials, colours and tones harmoniously livened up with touches of bright colour, elegant lines, discreet and subtle refinement… everything has been designed to create a unique atmosphere onboard, a veritable personality: the chic style and naturally relaxing ambiance of a veritable private yacht.

Cuisine
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gastronomic restaurant serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. In the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy themed dinners.
Life On Board
Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L´Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.
Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Fitted with the latest equipment (Fitness studio) the Beauty Centre on L´Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering -a spa in partnership with SOTHYS™ (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy). Comfortable Staterooms & Suites, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.
Contact
Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Aqua Blu
11.02.2023
18.02.2023
7
Asia, Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise
Fare from € 7.300
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Travelroute
Day 1

Sorong Harbour

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.

Day 2

Gam Island, Waisai & Kabui

Awake to the beauty of Gam Island. Early morning trekking at Gam and Waisai. Tour Kabui and Karst in the afternoon on tenders, or visit a local village and bat cave on foot.

Day 3

Cape Kri - Arborek

Rise in the morning to birdsong and explore the soft sandy coastline of Cape Kri on foot before a short cruise to a dive site that holds the world record for species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Snorkeling is also highly rewarding. Sail to Arborek Island for dinner.

Day 4

Wayag

Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs your home for the day. Arrival at Aljui bay and round off with dinner by the sea.

Day 5

Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard our tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.

Day 6

Dayang Island

Embark on a morning trek with our guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.

Day 7

Birie Island

Arrival in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall in Batanta mainland is a must. Ship will cruise eastwards towards Sorong during dinner.

Day 8

Sorong Harbour

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.

Overview

Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise

Sailing towards the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Raja Ampat 7-night cruise expedition is a visual spectacle with unmatched marine diversity on show at the best dive and snorkel sites on Earth.

Translated to mean “Four Kings”, Raja Ampat captivates with the enigmatic beauty of its limestone karst island clusters, spawned out of legendary myth and continuing to bewilder and enthrall explorers with dramatic landscapes that shelter secret lagoons, bays and beaches. In between excursions to discover the world’s most biodiverse environments, Raja Ampat offers the chance to find that one perfect private hideaway out of thousands. To put it simply, every day is a National Geographic moment right before your eyes.

Raja Ampat’s world-class wildlife excursions are both on the ground and underwater. It is here that famous 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace had stumbled upon species of the bird of paradise that exist nowhere else but in this region on Earth. Catching sight of the otherworldly beauty of the Wilson’s bird of paradise and the Red bird of paradise and their mesmerizing behavior is arguably one of life’s most rewarding wildlife experiences. These winged wonders live alongside 350 other bird species, including forest kingfishers and king parrots.

Meanwhile, Raja Ampat’s many beaches are often the nesting ground for turtle species including the Pacific leatherback, the largest of all living turtle species on Earth, while the world’s most extensive network of mangrove forests support populations of dugong and juvenile fish. Raja Ampat is also a designed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Indonesian government.

Highlights

Wayag. The most iconic of the Raja Ampat islands with its surreal karst landscapes and atolls • Cape Kri. A marine sweet spot with impressive biodiversity in the nutrient-rich Dampier Strait • Kabui Bay. An expansive inland sea with unique sights and experiences • Dayang & Birie Island. A rewarding and one-of-a-kind inner coastal waterway journey • Arborek Island. Visit a Papuan village and get up-close with manta rays
Please Note: More Aqua Expeditions voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days. River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.

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Ship information

Aqua Blu
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Length: 60 meters
Passenger Capacity: 30
Crew Capacity: 25
Built/Converted/Refurbished: 1968/2006/2019
Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago.

Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.
Where modern luxury meets naval heritage.
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.
Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations.
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect vessel to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.
On Board Living and Social Areas:
Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue • Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone • Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area • Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room • Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
12.02.2023
19.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Aqua Blu
18.02.2023
25.02.2023
7
Asia, Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise
Fare from € 7.300
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Travelroute
Day 1

Sorong Harbour

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.

Day 2

Gam Island, Waisai & Kabui

Awake to the beauty of Gam Island. Early morning trekking at Gam and Waisai. Tour Kabui and Karst in the afternoon on tenders, or visit a local village and bat cave on foot.

Day 3

Cape Kri - Arborek

Rise in the morning to birdsong and explore the soft sandy coastline of Cape Kri on foot before a short cruise to a dive site that holds the world record for species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Snorkeling is also highly rewarding. Sail to Arborek Island for dinner.

Day 4

Wayag

Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs your home for the day. Arrival at Aljui bay and round off with dinner by the sea.

Day 5

Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard our tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.

Day 6

Dayang Island

Embark on a morning trek with our guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.

Day 7

Birie Island

Arrival in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall in Batanta mainland is a must. Ship will cruise eastwards towards Sorong during dinner.

Day 8

Sorong Harbour

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.

Overview

Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise

Sailing towards the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Raja Ampat 7-night cruise expedition is a visual spectacle with unmatched marine diversity on show at the best dive and snorkel sites on Earth.

Translated to mean “Four Kings”, Raja Ampat captivates with the enigmatic beauty of its limestone karst island clusters, spawned out of legendary myth and continuing to bewilder and enthrall explorers with dramatic landscapes that shelter secret lagoons, bays and beaches. In between excursions to discover the world’s most biodiverse environments, Raja Ampat offers the chance to find that one perfect private hideaway out of thousands. To put it simply, every day is a National Geographic moment right before your eyes.

Raja Ampat’s world-class wildlife excursions are both on the ground and underwater. It is here that famous 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace had stumbled upon species of the bird of paradise that exist nowhere else but in this region on Earth. Catching sight of the otherworldly beauty of the Wilson’s bird of paradise and the Red bird of paradise and their mesmerizing behavior is arguably one of life’s most rewarding wildlife experiences. These winged wonders live alongside 350 other bird species, including forest kingfishers and king parrots.

Meanwhile, Raja Ampat’s many beaches are often the nesting ground for turtle species including the Pacific leatherback, the largest of all living turtle species on Earth, while the world’s most extensive network of mangrove forests support populations of dugong and juvenile fish. Raja Ampat is also a designed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Indonesian government.

Highlights

Wayag. The most iconic of the Raja Ampat islands with its surreal karst landscapes and atolls • Cape Kri. A marine sweet spot with impressive biodiversity in the nutrient-rich Dampier Strait • Kabui Bay. An expansive inland sea with unique sights and experiences • Dayang & Birie Island. A rewarding and one-of-a-kind inner coastal waterway journey • Arborek Island. Visit a Papuan village and get up-close with manta rays
Please Note: More Aqua Expeditions voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days. River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.

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Ship information

Aqua Blu
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Length: 60 meters
Passenger Capacity: 30
Crew Capacity: 25
Built/Converted/Refurbished: 1968/2006/2019
Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago.

Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.
Where modern luxury meets naval heritage.
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.
Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations.
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect vessel to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.
On Board Living and Social Areas:
Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue • Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone • Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area • Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room • Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
19.02.2023
26.02.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Le Boréal
24.02.2023
07.03.2023
11
Antarctica, Latin America, Emblematic Antarctica
Fare from € 9.960
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Travelroute
Day 1

Ushuaia

Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the White Continent and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

Day 2-3

Crossing the Drake Passage

Use your days spent in the Drake Passage to familiarise yourself with your ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic. The Expedition Leader will first present the IAATO rules of conduct that must be observed during landings in the region and will explain everything you need to know about the Zodiac® outings. Lectures about the history and wildlife of the Antarctic will be an opportunity for you to learn more about this magical region, where every cruise is a unique experience. From the ship’s bridge, you will experience exceptional sailing moments before joining the naturalist-guides on your ship’s exterior decks to look out for albatrosses, cape petrels, and other seabirds flying over the Drake Passage.

Day 4-8

Antarctic Peninsula

Succumb to the magic of a place unlike any other. To this day, the mythical Antarctic Peninsula still holds real fascination and promises its visitors unforgettable moments. Throughout your adventure in this icy realm, you will find yourself in the heart of a spectacular decor in subtle shades of blue and white, surrounded by exceptional wildlife. Penguins, humpback whales, seals and giant petrels are at home here, as are elephant seals, fur seals, Antarctic minke whales, and orcas. Depending on which sites you will be lucky enough to visit, you may get the chance to observe them and share with them the beauty of these extreme parts.

Each day, based on ice conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader will suggest Zodiac® outings or landings to discover the infinite riches of the Antarctic Peninsula. Glaciers, ice floe, tabletop icebergs, mountain peaks that plunge straight into the sea, volcanic beaches, research stations, enchanting bays, and vestiges of the whaling industry: these are the faces of the Antarctic that will likely reveal themselves to you, in a hushed and surreal atmosphere. You will sail in the wake of Jean-Baptiste Charcot, Adrien de Gerlache and Sir Ernest Shackleton, great Antarctic explorers who, from the 19th century, set out to conquer these remote and uninhabited lands.

Day 9-10

Crossing the Drake Passage

If there is one place, one sea, one waterway dreaded by tourists, researchers and hardened seafarers alike, it is undoubtedly Drake Passage. Situated at the latitude of the infamous Furious Fifties winds, between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands, it is the shortest route to connect Antarctica to South America. Seasoned navigators will tell you that you must earn your visit to the White Continent! As the Antarctic convergence zone where cold currents rising up from the South Pole meet warmer equatorial water masses, Drake Passage harbours a very diverse marine fauna. Don't forget to look to the sky to catch a glimpse of elegant albatross and Cape petrels, playfully floating about in the wind around your ship.

Day 11

Ushuaia

Disembarkation.

Overview

Emblematic Antarctica

Overnight in Buenos Aires + roundtrip flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia/Buenos Aires + visit + transfers

PONANT invites you on a polar expedition cruise to the heart of the icy realm that is the Antarctic Peninsula. Embark on an unforgettable 11-day voyage and succumb to the enchantment of the breathtaking landscapes inhabited by astonishing wildlife.

The start of your cruise will be marked by the crossing of the mythical Drake Passage, during which you will probably be escorted by several albatrosses and Cape petrels, the sentinels of these often-choppy waters.

Your ship will then reach the White Continent, realm of the unexpected. Weather and ice conditions permitting, this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme will reveal to you its most beautiful secrets through numerous discoveries.

On this uninhabited land, which wasn’t explored until the 19th century, your encounters with the wildlife will no doubt be one of the highlights of your experience. The Gentoo, Adelie and chinstrap penguins, humpback whales, seals and seabirds will provide you with cherished lifelong memories.

Each day, whether on land, aboard your ship or during a Zodiac® outing, you will be surrounded by a grandiose decor ranging from icebergs to ice floe and ancient glaciers.

Highlights

New: explore the magic of Antarctica with a sea kayak adventure. Led by experienced, State-Certified kayak guides, you will skim the water’s surface amid the ice. Full professional equipment is provided, including tamdem kayak, carbon paddle, full-body drysuit, lifejacket, AIS beacon. For more information about your kayak tour, please go to the section “PONANT activities” and to book your kayak tour, contact your cruise advisor • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • Lectures and information sessions hosted by our naturalist-guides, covering wildlife, history, geopolitics, the great explorers, climate, environmental protection… • Hiking opportunity • Visiting research stations and former whaling stations • Landscapes: a multitude of drifting icebergs, ice floes, imposing glaciers and tall, snow-covered mountains • Wildlife: humpback whales, Gentoo penguins, Adelie penguins, chinstrap penguins, leopard seals, crabeater seals, Weddell seals and numerous sea birds • Educational discovery in the respect of environment • New: for your comfort, your cruise package includes an overnight in Buenos Aires the day before embarkation and the flights to/from Ushuaia

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Ship information

Le Boréal

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)
Crew Capacity: 140
Built: 2010
Le Boréal, like its Sisterships L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial, epitomises the unique feel and atmosphere of the ships of the PONANT fleet. Subtly combining luxury, intimacy and serene well-being, the ship has been designed to offer passengers both moments of conviviality and spaces conducive to peaceful tranquillity and a sense of escape and getting away from it all. Its exterior and interior lines testify to the ingeniousness and refinement with which the Sisterships have been designed.
Cuisine
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.
Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The gastronomic restaurant serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. In the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy themed dinners.
Life On Board
Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, Le Boréal has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.
Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Fitted with the latest equipment (Fitness studio) the Beauty Centre on Le Boréal welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering -a spa in partnership with SOTHYS™ (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy). Comfortable Staterooms & Suites, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.
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Booking
Luxury Amazon River Cruise
Aqua Nera
25.02.2023
04.03.2023
7
Latin America, Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise
Fare from € 8.550
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Travelroute
Day 1

Iquitos – Amazon River

Arriving on a morning flight, receive a warm welcome at Iquitos International Airport by our crew and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. The afternoon continues with an introduction to the historic city of Iquitos and the opportunity to visit an indigenous Amazon community.

In the early evening, embark the Aqua Nera and settle into your generously-sized suite as you begin one of life’s greatest adventures. Following an introduction to our naturalist guides and a routine safety drill, gather at the restaurant for the first of many Amazonian cuisine experiences created by Aqua Nera consulting chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, whose restaurant, Amaz, is one of Peru’s most renowned dining establishments.

Day 2

Yarapa River – Clavero River

Aboard our comfortable skiffs, we set sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River. Ready your binoculars for tropical songbirds, black collared hawks and sloths. Line-fish for Amazon’s notoriously ferocious piranhas as our naturalist guides share stories of Lake Moringo.

In the afternoon, we sail on to Lake Clavero where villagers rely on traditional dugout canoes to get around. Swim in the lake’s calm waters or visit native residents of Amazonia who welcome you to their community with open arms.

Day 3

Yanallpa River – Dorado River

We explore the black water tributaries of the Yanallpa River by skiff, disembarking to walk deep into the wildlife-rich Amazonian rainforest. Later, we board the skiffs again to cruise along the El Dorado River for a dusk excursion in search of exotic nocturnal creatures.

Day 4

Nauta Town – Village Visit – Birthplace of the amazon

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

In the afternoon, witness one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere, the birthplace of the Amazon River. By nightfall, you will meet the new passengers who signed on for the four-night trip, as we start our journey together along the Marañon River.

Day 5

Yanayacu – Pucate River – Lisboa Town

Rise with the sun for early morning birdwatching along the Marañon River and enjoy breakfast in the middle of the jungle. Later, swim, canoe or kayak in Yanayacu-Pucate River as we seek the legendary pink river dolphins. In the afternoon, visit a local village and interact with the native people and visit local schoolchildren.

Day 6

Samiria River

The rewards for our early start today are plentiful: a full day excursion including a picnic lunch accompanied by the jungle symphony and fishing on the black water of the Samiria River. On the way back to the Marañon River after lunch, we venture out by skiffs alongside the banana boats transporting jungle products, keeping an eye out for pink river dolphins.

Day 7

Nauta Caño River – Jungle Walk In Casual

As the day begins, embark on a morning wildlife excursion on the extraordinary black water Nauta Caño River.

In the afternoon, we will take a jungle walk on the firm soil forest of Casual while looking for flora and fauna which may include medicinal trees, insects and poison dart frogs. Learn more about the different rainforest strata and ecosystems. At night, focus our hi-tech telescope on the sky to identify the stars, planets and the milky way.

Day 8

Arrival In Iquitos – Manatee Rescue Center – Transfer To The Airport

In the morning, take a guided visit to the local market and marvel at the regional produce of the Peruvian Amazon, and sample exotic snacks if you wish.

Return to the Aqua Nera for breakfast before disembarkation. En route to the airport, visit the Manatee Rescue Center, where orphaned Amazonian manatees rehabilitate before they are released back into the wild.

Note: Our itineraries may be subject to changtan e according to local weather and water conditions.

Overview

Nera Amazon Expedition Cruise

Our acclaimed 7-night Amazon Expedition Cruise lets guests experience the most luxurious and complete of Amazon journeys among the two tributaries, Marañon and Ucayali, that give the Amazon river its life. This all-encompassing itinerary lets explorers discover the best that Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve has to offer, including its hidden lakes and lagoons, as well as amazing jungle trails.
Kayak, canoe and swim in the most pristine Amazon upriver waters, with several opportunities to spot the Amazon’s famous pink river dolphins. Learn about life in an Amazon village, and then fish for piranhas like a local. Become a bona fide naturalist by the end of your 7-night trip, absorbing the in-depth knowledge our experienced guides impart on every excursion and jungle walk.
No two days of adventure is ever the same, except for the luxurious yet understated presence of the Aqua Nera. Return to your five-star home on the Amazon every day to the inspiring Peruvian Amazon cuisine of chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino and the luxurious comforts of your suite and many amenities. You won’t want this trip to be over.
• Low Water Season (June through October) vs. High Water Season (November through May)
If seeing glorious Amazon rainforest at its lushest and getting up close to lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying slightly cooler temperatures) sounds most attractive, then December to May might be your best choice.
If jungle hikes and spotting exotic migratory birds perched on trees between flights across Amazonia appeals most to you, while still having the chance to see capuchin monkeys, kinkajou, and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions, you might be happier choosing the warmer, low water season.
River cruises on the Amazon and Mekong with Aqua Expeditions can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.
Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days.
Highlights
Experience the world’s most biodiverse land ecosystem in the most intriguing and rewarding way alongside top naturalist guides. An intimate experience with wildlife, nature and culture is made possible by our small-group excursions of no larger than 8, which limit our footprint on the environment and transforms an Amazon cruise adventure into a deeply personal experience • Led by our naturalist guides, venture into the world’s richest land ecosystem with a wealth of knowledge • Closest to its source, the mighty Andes mountains, the Amazon river is as pristine as Amazon’s waters get. This makes it perfect for a wide range of water activities and excursions • The Peruvian Amazon is home to about 200 communities, each offering a fascinating glimpse into a way of life in harmony with the river and rainforest
Please Note: More Aqua Nera Amazon Expedition Cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information
Aqua Nera
Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition
Length: 62.4 meters
Passenger Capacity: 40
Crew Capacity: 40
Built: 2020
Setting a new standard for luxury river cruising on the Amazon, Aqua Nera draws design inspiration from the Peruvian Amazon’s mystical blackwater lagoons and bears the hallmarks of contemporary style and generous interiors that Aqua Expeditions cruise ships are known for.
Aboard the Aqua Nera, award-winning architects Noor Design crafts every space to perfection. The vessel’s 20 spacious Design Suites convey a sense of Amazon tranquility, while the social spaces showcase refined elegance with a touch of drama. Tastefully woven into the design are accents and details from the rubber boom era and the colorful cultures of Portugal, Spain and Peru.
Aqua Nera operates alongside the Aria Amazon, taking guests into the depths of the Peruvian Amazon in the comfort of luxury. The cruise features cuisine by Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, one of Peru’s finest chefs who is celebrated for creating refined cuisine from native Amazonian produce. Every day, expert naturalist guides conduct small group excursions that reward guests with up-close wildlife encounters in the world’s most biodiverse rainforest.
On Board Living and Social Areas
Sun Decks • Indoor and outdoor bars • Indoor dining room and outdoor private dining • Screening room with theater-style seating • Outdoor cinema under the stars • Games room with pool table • Outside shaded lounge with single and double day beds • Antique and artisanal boutique • Lobby lounge • Observation deck with outdoor sunbeds • Top deck gym overlooking the river • Infirmary with onboard medical staff • Outdoor top deck plunge pool with private cabanas • Two spa treatment rooms, one single and one double
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Booking
Small Expedition Yacht
Aqua Blu
25.02.2023
04.03.2023
7
Asia, Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise
Fare from € 7.300
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Travelroute
Day 1

Sorong Harbour

Arrive at Sorong to a warm welcome. Board Aqua Blu and cruise to Gam Island as the sun sets.

Day 2

Gam Island, Waisai & Kabui

Awake to the beauty of Gam Island. Early morning trekking at Gam and Waisai. Tour Kabui and Karst in the afternoon on tenders, or visit a local village and bat cave on foot.

Day 3

Cape Kri - Arborek

Rise in the morning to birdsong and explore the soft sandy coastline of Cape Kri on foot before a short cruise to a dive site that holds the world record for species spotted in a single 90-minute dive. Snorkeling is also highly rewarding. Sail to Arborek Island for dinner.

Day 4

Wayag

Watch the magnificence of Pulau Wayag’s limestone islets and lagoons unveil before your eyes as the sun rises. Climb to the top of Mount Pindito for a bird’s eye view of the stunning surroundings and attempt to spot rare birds of paradise before making the lagoons and reefs your home for the day. Arrival at Aljui bay and round off with dinner by the sea.

Day 5

Aljui Bay & Pulau Pef

Visit a pearl farm in Aljui Bay before cruising to Pulau Pef and Yangello for snorkeling and watersports in the afternoon. Explore hidden lagoons and karst limestone islets aboard our tenders or kayaks. Arrive at Dayang Island for dinner.

Day 6

Dayang Island

Embark on a morning trek with our guides to look for birds of paradise in the lush forest. Dayang island is known for plenty of marine life, especially manta rays. Snorkeling is excellent at Wai along the bordering reef systems. For adventurous divers, explore the sunken wreckage of a WW2 P47D fighter plane and the beautiful reefs and sea-mounts of Tapok.

Day 7

Birie Island

Arrival in Birie, a group of islands, bays and lagoons that lie just off the coast of north Batanta. Discover mangrove-fringed bays and plenty of wildlife en route to the spectacular waterfall in Batanta mainland is a must. Ship will cruise eastwards towards Sorong during dinner.

Day 8

Sorong Harbour

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast onboard in Sorong before your outbound flight.

Overview

Indonesia – Raja Ampat Cruise

Sailing towards the edge of the Pacific Ocean, the Raja Ampat 7-night cruise expedition is a visual spectacle with unmatched marine diversity on show at the best dive and snorkel sites on Earth.

Translated to mean “Four Kings”, Raja Ampat captivates with the enigmatic beauty of its limestone karst island clusters, spawned out of legendary myth and continuing to bewilder and enthrall explorers with dramatic landscapes that shelter secret lagoons, bays and beaches. In between excursions to discover the world’s most biodiverse environments, Raja Ampat offers the chance to find that one perfect private hideaway out of thousands. To put it simply, every day is a National Geographic moment right before your eyes.

Raja Ampat’s world-class wildlife excursions are both on the ground and underwater. It is here that famous 19th-century naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace had stumbled upon species of the bird of paradise that exist nowhere else but in this region on Earth. Catching sight of the otherworldly beauty of the Wilson’s bird of paradise and the Red bird of paradise and their mesmerizing behavior is arguably one of life’s most rewarding wildlife experiences. These winged wonders live alongside 350 other bird species, including forest kingfishers and king parrots.

Meanwhile, Raja Ampat’s many beaches are often the nesting ground for turtle species including the Pacific leatherback, the largest of all living turtle species on Earth, while the world’s most extensive network of mangrove forests support populations of dugong and juvenile fish. Raja Ampat is also a designed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) by the Indonesian government.

Highlights

Wayag. The most iconic of the Raja Ampat islands with its surreal karst landscapes and atolls • Cape Kri. A marine sweet spot with impressive biodiversity in the nutrient-rich Dampier Strait • Kabui Bay. An expansive inland sea with unique sights and experiences • Dayang & Birie Island. A rewarding and one-of-a-kind inner coastal waterway journey • Arborek Island. Visit a Papuan village and get up-close with manta rays
Please Note: More Aqua Expeditions voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

Aqua Blu cruises in Indonesia can be made in 8 or 13 days. River cruises on the Mekong and Amazon can be made in 4, 5 or 8 days.

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Ship information

Aqua Blu
Vessel Type: Expedition Yacht
Length: 60 meters
Passenger Capacity: 30
Crew Capacity: 25
Built/Converted/Refurbished: 1968/2006/2019
Presenting a brand-new cruise experience in the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago.

Aqua Blu is a long-range explorer yacht sailing the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat on unforgettable 7- and 12-night itineraries.
Where modern luxury meets naval heritage.
With a grand legacy as the former British Naval Explorer HMS Beagle and later as the private yacht of a European aristocratic family, Aqua Blu is a compelling maritime statement. A 2019 refurbishment overseen by Dutch yacht design maestro Cor D. Rover brings the vessel to world-class cruising specifications. Guests can expect to embrace an distinguished sense of history and seafaring evolution when they set foot on this one-of-a-kind cruise ship.
Inside the four-deck, 15-suite Aqua Blu, Cor has tastefully paired with a brass-and-ivory interior theme with generous and inviting indoor and outdoor social spaces, including a sun deck.
Unlocking access to the Earth’s most intriguing destinations.
Faster, further, greater safety and comfort — Aqua Blu’s naval pedigree makes it the perfect vessel to navigate East Indonesia’s vast seas. Having attained the highest international classifications (RINA, SOLAS, ISM) in safety, the vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort at rest or while sailing.
Aqua Blu’s range stands heads and shoulders above that of its peers in East Indonesia. Able to cover vast distances in a short span of time — and in any sea condition — the vessel enables explorers on board to experience the most varied, enjoyable and rewarding coastal cruise itineraries in this wild and stunningly beautiful region of the world.
On Board Living and Social Areas:
Sun Deck with Outdoor Seating, Lounge Sofa and Barbecue • Bridge Deck with Jacuzzi, Outdoor Lounge Area, Spa and Exercise Zone • Forecastle Deck with Outdoor Dining and Seating Area • Indoor Lounge Bar, Library and TV Room • Main Deck with Outdoor Seating, Salon and Dining Room

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
26.02.2023
05.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
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Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Wayra
05.03.2023
12.03.2023
7
Latin America, The Spondylus Expedition - Ecuador
Fare from € 7.500 p.p.
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Manta - Isla de la Plata

Our discovery journey of coastal Ecuador starts in Manta,
one of the most important ports in the country and a strategic location for tourism in Manabí. This beach city is internationally known for its fishing industry, whose star
product, tuna, is exported all over the world.
Our shuttle will take you to Manta Yacht Club, from where
we will board M/Y Kontiki Wayra for check-in and a welcome cocktail. Our concierge will introduce you to our
crew members, go over the yacht areas and assign the
staterooms that will become home for the next 8 days.
In the evening, we will enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by
our executive chef onboard.
Overnight sailing to Isla de la Plata

Day 2

Isla de la Plata - Puerto López

After breakfast, we will start our activities with a wet landing in Isla de la
Plata, which belongs to Machalilla National Park.
Also known as Small Galapagos, Isla de la Plata, holds natural treasures similar to those of Galapagos. A walk through its trails will take us to nesting areas
of Blue Footed Boobies, Masked Boobies and Frigates.
After our land exploration, we will go back to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon we will do a guided underwater snorkeling expedition to learn about the
marine ecosystem in the island. We will be able to see a variety of marine species including giant stingrays, whale sharks, and during mating season we will
be able to see humpback whales in the distance. Scuba diving is available by
request at the time of booking.
Between the months of June and November, our travelers will be able to see
large groups of humpback whales as we sail along the coast.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a Teppanyaki sunset party with the freshest
seafood of the area and our signature cocktails.
Overnight sailing to Puerto López

Day 3

Puerto López - Bahía de Caráquez

What better way to start the day than alfresco breakfast? After,
we will disembark in the harbor of Puerto Lopez where a bus will
take us to Agua Blanca. This small community houses archeological pieces from one of the oldest civilizations in South America,
the Manteño Culture, which dates back to the year 1500 a.C.
Temples, country houses, typical ancient squares and other archeological remains are some of the treasures in Agua Blanca.
A short walk through its forest will show us butterflies, hummingbirds and local trees such as the ceibos. At the end of the
walk, we will find a natural sulfurous lagoon believed to have
wellness properties.
Return to the yacht for lunch.
In the afternoon we will enjoy a private beach experience in the
islets of Machalilla National Park and will enjoy diverse marine
activities such as snorkel, paddleboard, kayak or swim in our
beach club which includes an oceanic pool, a water slide, SeaBobs, etc.
We will go back to the yacht to enjoy a beautiful sunset and
dinner in the main deck.
Overnight sailing to Bahía de Caráquez

Day 4

Bahía de Caráquez - San Mateo

We start day 4 with breakfast at the gourmet salon, before departing aboard
our dinghies to the port of San Vicente, where a bus will take us to a traditional farm in the community of San Miguel de Sarampión.
This orchard farm grows some of the Cocoa heritage trees which are over
120 years old and still in production. These trees belong to the “Arriba Nacional” family and as we walk through the farm we will learn about the growth,
harvest, fermentation and drying of the cocoa beans that later on will yield
the finest chocolate in the world. Afterwards, we will visit Iche in San Vicente,
a gastronomic project led by Fuegos Foundation to educate local chefs in creating ‘haute cuisine' using ancestral techniques of food preparation.
A gastronomic farm to table experience hosted by two local chefs that will
reveal a mix of history, tradition and the unique flavors of coastal cuisine.
In the afternoon, we will get back to the yacht to relax at the sundeck and
later on in the evening guests will enjoy a chocolate tasting and dinner.
Overnight sailing to San Mateo, Manta

Day 5

San Mateo - Valdivia

After breakfast onboard, we will disembark in the harbor of San Mateo
where a bus will take us to the Refuge of Coastal Marine Wildlife Pacoche. This visit is divided in two. Our first visit is to the tropical forest
where we will hike through one of its trails to take a look at the community of howling monkeys who live in the middle of its exuberant vegetation.
The second visit takes place in the Reserve Lighthouse, where a short
walk will take us through several lookout spots from which we will enjoy
the amazing view of the coastal shoreline and neighboring beaches. San
Lorenzo beach, next to the lighthouse is one of the largest nesting spots
for marine turtles in Ecuador, if we are lucky, we will get to see baby turtles on their way to the ocean.
Afterwards we will enjoy a special gastronomic experience in San Lorenzo. In the afternoon we will return to the yacht and enjoy some relaxing
time onboard.
Overnight sailing to Valdivia

Day 6

Valdivia / Ayangue - Salinas

We will have breakfast on board and will disembark in the community of
Valdivia. A millenary culture that maintains intact its pottery tradition in the
hands of the Orrala family. We will learn about the techniques and materials
used in making ancestral pieces as we make our own in a beautiful “experience in clay”.
Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch onboard our yacht. In the afternoon we have
free time to enjoy a snorkeling expedition in Ayangue, have fun in the ocean
or simply relax in the facilities onboard.
Overnight sailing to Salinas

Day 7

Salinas - San Mateo

After al fresco breakfast we will visit the popular coastal town of
Salinas. Salinas is a touristic hotspot and it is located in the
second westernmost point of South America. From December to
April, Salinas’ relaxed beach lifestyle is replaced by a vibrant
touristic center with a seasonal offering of restaurants, clubs
and events.
La Chocolatera is a natural breakwater where the ocean displays
its strenght while mercilessly hitting its rocks. It is a beautiful location that amazes as well as inspires awe from its visitors.
Five minutes away from Salinas is La Lobería, a natural reserve
where clear water and white sand house a small community of
sea lions. You can discover this reserve with a hike along its trails,
snorkeling, or kayaking. This is also a hot spot for surfing along
the sea lions.
Cocktail in the afternoon and farewell dinner.
Overnight sailing to Manta

Day 8

San Mateo / Pile - Mant

We will enjoy our final breakfast onboard and will depart for our last adventure in the community of Pile.
The small town of Pile is known for the community of artisan weavers responsible for making the finest and most expensive Toquilla straw hats in the
world. We will be able to visit the weavers’ homes and see firsthand how the
hats are made. Incorrectly known as Panama Hats, the Toquilla Straw Hat was
designated in 2012 as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of the World.
Transfer to Manta.

Overview

The Spondylus Expedition – Ecuador

Kontiki Expeditions is an all-inclusive Boutique Sea Expedition along the coastline of Ecuador with all the comforts of a luxury yacht, reimagined to offer a small number of visitors a dreamy stay.

The Spondylus Expedition is designed for 8 days/7 nights, with various itineraries to explore and get connected with the beauty of Ecuadorian nature and culture. Travel aboard the yacht Wayra to remote locations and unique scenery, giving you a chance to interact with new surroundings along the American coast.

The Spondylus Route, starts in Manta every other Sunday. Spondylus takes its name from the spondylus shell that served as local currency due to its rare value.

Get to know the culture, tradition and gastronomy of native communities from within, always in the company of our expert crew and guides. Discover magical locations where people’s warmth and heartfelt attentions will become the main reason to come back.

Boat expeditions along unexplored routes covering forests and landscapes of unmatched beauty, marine flora and fauna, pristine beaches, ecological reserves and the true treasures that make Kontiki Expeditions the best adventure destination.

Diving in Isla de la Plata, whale-watching in Salango or enveloping oneself in a tropical jungle after celebrating an ancestral purification ritual are some of the activities that our guests can enjoy.

Kontiki Expeditions is the perfect experience for people who travel to go “beyond” a destination. It is for those who want to be swept away by adventure on a wellness expedition, who want an immersive conscious experience.

Please Note: make the yacht Wayra all yours with friends and family for a more personalized experience. Both Toquilla & Spondylus Expeditions are offered for your group, but why not make use of Kontiki’s flexibility and decide for a tailor-made expedition specially designed in accordance with Kontiki Expeditions.

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Ship information

Wayra

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 39 meters
Passenger Capacity: 18
Crew Capacity: 10
Built/Refurbished: 2011 / 2021

During the eight-day voyage, the yacht Wayra becomes a temple of wellness and discovery that sails along the coast of Ecuador, revealing unexplored land and sea and providing superb comfort, beauty and attention to detail.

Nine exclusive staterooms are designed with a contemporary flair and the finest materials, for maximum comfort, a fitting complement to the beauty of the surroundings and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from every corner. The staterooms are a welcoming space to enjoy the privileged feeling of "neo-luxury."

Aboard the Wayra there are three different types of rooms for you to find your perfect one (four interconnected rooms for families with children).

Onboard activities; enjoy a variety of water sports: kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling and more. An intimate, serene spa and a gym add to your on-board wellness experience.

Outdoor areas; outdoor spaces that inspire serenity and foster relaxation. Enjoy the opportunity to connect and disconnect in a variety of areas including the Organic Bar, the Chill Parlour or the Jacuzzi.

Onboard connectivity; high-speed connectivity for travelers who want to share their experiences or don’t want to miss their favorite shows, while respecting the preferences of those who wish to disconnect and “be forgotten” during the voyage.

Contact
Booking
Deluxe Discovery Yachting
Scenic Eclipse
10.03.2023
28.03.2023
18
Latin America, Antarctica, Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
Fare from € 17.050
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Travelroute
Day 1

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Latin passion and European romance define the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, a dynamic mecca known for its wide-ranging architectural styles, contemporary and historic arts, and culinary pleasure. Arrive at your hotel for your one night stay.

Day 2

Buenos Aires > Ushuaia

Your journey into wonder begins as you fly from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, known as the southernmost city in the world, where the crew will warmly greet you as you board Scenic Eclipse.

Day 3

At sea

Make yourself at home on board Scenic Eclipse, where luxury is almost limitless. As you sail south, wildlife spotting opportunities abound; your Discovery Team will be out on deck looking for albatross, prions, and petrels that follow the ship. They will present lectures on the history and geology of the Falkland Islands and the Southern Ocean.

Day 4

Antarctic Peninsula

The Antarctic Peninsula contains some of the world’s most impressive scenery and wildlife. A network of channels surrounded by towering mountain peaks covered in snow and enormous glaciers abound. There is no place on the planet like Antarctica.

Day 5

Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 6

Antarctic Peninsula

Cruise the Antarctic Peninsula.

Day 7

At sea

Sailing towards South Georgia gives you time to slow to the rhythm of the sea. There will be plenty of time to simply relax and be entranced by the many seabirds you’ll encounter on your way. You may decide to join the avid whale watchers hoping to get a glimpse of one of these leviathans, or simply contemplate the vastness of the sea.

Day 8

At sea

Sail towards South Georgia.

Day 9

South Georgia

South Georgia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. The island is a tiny speck in the vastness of the South Atlantic Ocean, one of the most remote parts of our planet. A 3,000-metre mountain range forms the spine of the long, narrow island. Between the mountains, shattered glaciers carve their way through tussock grass to the deeply indented coastline. Despite being such a small outpost in the vastness of the south
Atlantic, the sea around South Georgia is one of the most lively areas on earth. The abundant marine life supports millions of seals, whales, penguins and seabirds. Shackleton and five of his crew sailed from Elephant Island in the James Caird for 16 days and 1,300 kilometres and finally found safety in the tiny entrance of Cave Cove. This epic story of survival began with the sinking of his ship, the Endurance, in the Weddell Sea, six months earlier. As you explore South Georgia, you will have the opportunity to reflect on Shackleton’s epic journey.

Day 10

South Georgia

Continue to explore South Georgia.

Day 11

At sea

Time spent at sea is yours to do with as you please. Our world-class amenities are certain to keep you busy, from the on board theatre and Senses Spa, to wonderful dining experiences. Spot icebergs and marine life from the comfort of your private verandah.

Day 12

Falkland Islands

Remote and sparsely populated, the Falkland Islands are a wildlife lovers paradise. You will visit a number of the outer islands, where large colonies of penguins and albatross thrive. Fur seals and elephant seals roam sandy beaches; while the surrounding waters are home to whales and dolphins. Visit the very British capital, Stanley and its small but thriving community.
Today choose one of our Scenic Freechoice activities or join a more active Scenic Discovery excursion.

Day 13

Falkland Islands

Explore the Falkland Islands.

Day 14

At sea

As you head north to Ushuaia, you have time to reflect on your experience of a lifetime, knowledge garnered from your Discovery Team and the unsurpassed luxury of Scenic Eclipse.

Day 15

At sea

A day at sea.

Day 16

At sea

A day at sea.

Day 17

At sea

A day at sea.

Day 18

At sea

A day at sea.

Day 19

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It’s time to say farewell to your new found friends and the crew.

Overview

Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands

Once-in-a-lifetime experience
For most a trip to Antarctica will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and for those with the time there is no voyage more extraordinary than Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands.
Arrive in November and December and the breeding cycle is reaching its peak. In March, there is a staggering number of whales, seals, birds and penguins on display as they prepare for the annual migration north. Regardless of the month, you’ll visit king penguin colonies on South Georgia, walk in the footsteps of Shackelton and visit his resting place, wander the quaint streets of the Falkland Islands and discover hidden coves around the Antarctic Peninsula. Wildlife will surround you -whales, seals, penguins, marine birds and more. Magnificent icescapes will be ever present.

Please Note: More Scenic Eclipse Discovery Voyages are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Scenic Eclipse

Vessel Type: Luxurious Discovery Yacht

Length: 168 meters

Passenger Capacity: 228

Crew Capacity: 176 (192 in Polar regions)

Year Built: 2019

Scenic Eclipse is the World's First Discovery Yacht and the first ocean cruise ship from Scenic. Sail in 6-star luxury through The Americas; Antarctica; Europe and the Mediterranean; and the Arctic and Fjords.

Scenic Eclipse comes with a unique design concept that incorporates the personalised luxury and attention to detail of a yacht with the stunning facilities and impressive blend of indoor and outdoor spaces found on a regular cruise ship. With a chic design employing soft, sweeping edges and rich wood coupled with every amenity you could possibly wish for, Scenic Eclipse has been designed with guests in mind. Intimate and luxurious, the World’s First Discovery Yacht is built to dock in isolated ports that larger ships can’t reach, including the white expanse of the Arctic. Scenic Eclipse comes with the highest Polar Class rating (Polar Class 6), ensuring safe navigation in polar waters and allowing the ship to reach even more remote ports.

On board inclusions:
Spacious all-verandah suite accommodation • Personal service with an almost 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio •
Butler service for every guest • All-inclusive dining and beverages • Spa Sanctuary, gym, yoga and pilates studio
Indoor and outdoor swimming and plunge pools • Expert Discovery Leaders & education program on selected cruises • Daily entertainment • Complimentary Wi-Fi • Return airport transfers
Onshore inclusions:
Comprehensive choice of all-inclusive shore excursions • Active discovery excursions
Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences • Scenic Freechoice activities • Expert Discovery Team and local guides •
All tipping and gratuities on board and onshore

Luxury Suites

Every one of the 114 spacious and beautifully designed suites features a private verandah, a separate lounge area and Butler Service. Akin to the finest hotels in the world, staying in a Scenic Eclipse suite is one of the greatest luxury experiences you’ll ever have.

Indulgent Spaces

Designed with an abundance of public spaces, there is plenty of room for you to roam. From the ultimate Spa Sanctuary, to the gym, yoga studio, eight spacious lounges and bars, four outdoor terraces and multiple pool areas, you will never want to leave.

Dining

With up to ten all-inclusive dining experiences, the variety of cuisine and diversity of venues will astound you. From fine dining to relaxed café-style plus in-suite dining, there is something to cater for everyone’s taste.

Beverages

Savour your favourite cocktail or mocktail, choose from an extensive range of fine wine and beers and top-shelf spirits such as a rich Macallan 12-year-old scotch, a glass of France’s finest Champagne or a selection of sake – the choice is yours, all day every day.

Contact
Booking
Safari Cruise
Zambezi Queen
10.03.2023
13.03.2023
3
Africa, African Chobe River Safari
Fare from € 1.875
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Travelroute
Day 1

Kasane

PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION:

Make sure that you get your passport stamped at the airport when you enter Botswana.
You’ll then be met by a representative at the airport who will help with your luggage and transfer you to the Kasane Immigration Office (KIO) in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Once you arrive at KIO, a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member will meet you and help with formalities at passport control as you exit Botswana.
You’ll then be transferred by a smaller tender boat with a Zambezi Queen Collection staff member to the Namibian Immigration Office.
You then need to get your passport stamped at the Namibian Immigration Office. Please wear comfortable shoes, as there is a short walk to the immigration office.
If you arrive with the 13:00 and 14:00 transfers, you’ll be served lunch, while if you’re transferred at 15:00 or 16:00 you’ll be served a snack before the sunset cruise by tender boat starts. Once all our guests have boarded in the late afternoon, after a safety breathing and if the weather permits, we’ll go in search of some big game by tender boat. This is the perfect time of day to make the most of that golden glow of the African sunset by getting some iconic shots of the animals as they gravitate towards the river before night falls.

Return back to the Zambezi Queen and freshen up before meeting your host on the upper deck with a welcome drink. After taking in the spectacular scenery, you’ll make your way to the dining room where you’ll be served a delectable three-course dinner along with an excellent choice of paired wines. Finish off with an espresso or nightcap at the bar before retiring to the night sounds of Africa in the distance.

Day 2

Chobe River

We know that some guests like to watch the sunrise as they sip on their coffee while others like to take a more leisurely approach. That’s why we let you choose your morning activities, depending on the type of holiday you’re searching for. Perhaps you want to enjoy a water-based safari or a village tour on the Namibian side of the river?

Or perhaps you’d prefer a spot of bird watching or fishing instead? You may even decide to simply remain on board as the luxurious Zambezi Queen glides its way along the banks of the Chobe River.

After your morning activities, enjoy lunch on board while using your unique vantage point to spot wild animals and drink in the expansive views. Join our guide in the afternoon for a water-based safari on a tender boat where you can get up close to an array of wildlife, including some of the 120 000 elephants for which the Chobe is well known. After a delicious dinner, settle down for a restful and tranquil night in your luxurious suite.

Day 3

Chobe River

After a hearty breakfast, head off to experience those activities you didn’t manage to fit in yesterday: enjoy a water-based river safari by tender boat, go bird watching or go fishing for tiger or bream. Return for lunch on board and some relaxation time before the afternoon activities start. Again, you have the choice between tiger or bream fishing, game viewing by tender boat or bird watching. In the evening, you’re in for a treat. Enjoy our traditional African dinner, served with festive African singing and dancing. You can even join in the festivities if you feel like it!

Day 4

Kasane

Enjoy a morning cruise during breakfast as you do your last bit of animal spotting and take some memorable pictures. Bid our crew a reluctant farewell and then make your way via boat to the Namibian Immigration Office. Once you’ve had your documents stamped you’ll be transferred via boat to the Kasane Immigration Office where you’ll have your documents stamped once again before entering Botswana.

Overview

African Chobe River Safari

The Zambezi Queen is a floating boutique hotel offering game viewing in 5-star opulence along the banks of the Chobe National Park, boasting one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. The Zambezi Queen departs and returns to the same point, navigating roughly 25km of the Chobe River weather permitting.
Experience the thrill of an African safari from your own private suite aboard a luxurious 45m boat on Botswana and Namibia’s great Chobe River. There can be few natural wonders as synonymous with Africa’s raw wilderness as this stretch of untamed waters. The Chobe River divides Botswana’s Chobe National Park from Namibia’s Caprivi Strip and its exotic banks boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent.
This National Park is teeming with life and sprawls across some 11,000km² of lush African bush. It is home to the largest population of elephants in the world, currently estimated at about 120,000. Along with the elephants, prides of lion, leopard, huge herds of buffalo and numerous species of antelope can be seen on the river banks, with hippos and crocodiles in the waters alongside. It is on this great expanse of water that an adventure unlike any other awaits.
Zambezi Queen is unlike any other houseboat on this stretch of water, providing a sophisticated, elegant experience that has retained the essence of all that is uniquely African. Close your eyes and imagine a burning orange sun melting into the horizon. The wind is in your hair and the last rays of sun are on your face. On the river’s edge a family of elephants playfully shower each other with water and dust. The call of a fish eagle breaks the solitude. Whether dining on the top level while watching the wildlife gather at the waters at dusk, game viewing from one of the private boats, or attempting to land your first tiger fish, Zambezi Queen’s professional team will be on hand to meet your every need.
The three sisterships: Chobe Princesses is like being on your very own houseboat. With only a small number of guests per boat you’ll be able to completely relax in an intimate river safari experience. The entire boat can also be booked exclusively, giving you your very own private villa on the water.

Experience Impalila Island’s Tented Camp

Ichingo Chobe River Lodge offers the ideal location to experience all that the Chobe has to offer with the added benefit of being on the Namibian side of the river. Quieter, more secluded and personalised the lodge is ideal for families, couples or groups.The lounge, bar and open air-dining room set above the flowing waters of the Chobe River provide the ultimate in comfort allowing you to completely unwind and enjoy the sights and sounds of a true African river safari experience.

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Ship information

Zambezi Queen

Vessel Type: Luxury River Expedition
Length: 42 meters
Passenger Capacity: 28
Crew Capacity: 22
Built: 2009 / renovated 2015
Designed specifically for wildlife viewing, the intimate 28-passenger Zambezi Queen made her debut in one of the world’s most captivating places, Africa’s legendary Chobe River. As she drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat, affording you with once-in-a-lifetime up-close game experiences. Additionally, to ensure no harm to the environment, the eco-friendly Zambezi Queen uses a water jet propulsion system, fuel-efficient and low-emission generators, and a solar heating system. An enclosed, air-conditioned dining room, lounge and bar grace the top deck, as well as an open-air Sun Deck complete with plunge pool. Suites feature private balconies where you can enjoy unobstructed views of the river and African landscape. Throughout the day, be treated to complimentary South African wines, beer, local spirits, soft drinks and bottled water. And on one special night, enjoy an African-themed dinner with traditional dishes and entertainment.
Suites - Uniquely African
-Our standard suite come with en-suite bathrooms (shower only) and full length sliding shutters for both privacy and protection from the sun. Hairdryers, toiletries, gowns and slippers are provided for your comfort, while electronic safes in each room are ideal for storing your valuables. All suites accommodate two adults, and two of the larger standard suites can take a maximum of three adults.
-Our master suites let you relax and unwind in a luxurious setting as they are slightly bigger, and have larger balconies that house two deckchairs and a table for your viewing pleasure. King size bed with an en-suite bathroom (shower only). The master suites feature both side and front sliding doors for a truly panoramic view of your surroundings. Each suite was designed with the warm climate in mind equipped with air-conditioning and room fans to ensure you keep cool.
A Culinary Experience

From a creamy bowl of warming porridge in the morning to a helping of decadent white chocolate parfait at night, dining on Zambezi Queen is an indulgent treat, all on its own. Using seasonal ingredients sourced from local markets, meals on board our luxury houseboat consist of a full English breakfast, a buffet lunch and a choice of two plated menu options for dinner. Every mouthwatering dish is prepared by our locally trained Namibian kitchen staff, who combine authentic local flavours with their passion for creating sophisticated meals suited to discerning palates.

The Dining Room
Take a seat at your own private table and enjoy panoramic views of the wildlife during breakfast and lunch. Special dietary requirements can be catered for. Unfortunately this also means that we’re not able to cater for Halaal and Kosher guests.
The Bar
The bar on the upper deck is open until 10pm and stocks a selection of local and imported spirits, wine and beers. Included in your accommodation rates are all locally sourced wines, beers, soft drinks and water, while spirits, sparkling wine and dessert wine are for your own account.
The Lounge
On the upper deck of Zambezi Queen you’ll find our dining room, bar and a comfortable lounge with unobstructed views of the unique African landscape that surrounds you.
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