Embark aboard L’Austral for an 11-day cruise to the heart of the Japanese archipelago.

Our port of call in Hiroshima will be the gateway to the Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto Shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii.

You will also discover Pusan, South Korea’s second city. A place of great contrasts, Pusan offers a spectacular view over its port, as well as over the ancient district of Chalgachi.

From Sakaiminato, you will set out to discover medieval Japan and its ancient Samurai dwellings.

An essential part of your trip will be a port of call at Kanazawa, where you will be able to visit Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. UNESCO World Heritage sites, these villages are particularly famous for their traditional houses in the gassho-zukuri style.

Highlights


• Following a brand new itinerary, we invite you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, a country that lives at the pace of its huge cities but is soothed by the serenity of its gardens.

• Discover Pusan, South Korea’s second city.

• Visit Shirakawa-go and Gokayama - UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and flawless technological innovations. And here, in addition, there is the notion of serenity because of its geographical location on the Pacific coast. You’ll actually feel soothed and peaceful when you first set eyes on Osaka castle, standing proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. And this feeling will not leave you, whether you’re in the midst of the lively streets of Dotomburi or the bizarre Shinsekai district where time seems to stand still. A multitude of restaurants unfurl before the eyes of the passer-by, with menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki made with octopus and other succulent dishes kushikatsu dishes presented on kebabs.
With a population of 420,000 people, Takamatsu city is the second populous city in Shikoku. The city developed over many years as a port town and is located at one of the primary entry points into Shikoku and is therefore known as the "Gateway to Shikoku". In addition, it developed as metropolis of the economy of Shikoku. In recent years, it has also come to be known as the "Udon Kingdom".
Whether you’ve been here or not, it is difficult to mention Hiroshima without feeling moved. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside maritime coasts of Seto. Firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn’t forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and its Genbaku Dome are a must. You’ll be amazed by the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and the effervescent nights just as much as its peaceful stillnessin its natural parkland areas, like splendid Shukkei-en, the town’s historic garden.
A relatively small city, it is famous for its unique and numerous hot springs, which are one of Japan's Three Great Hot Springs. In addition, there are several thermal vents that create water too hot for hot springs, and make up a unique part of Japan - its 8 "Hells". These are also a tourist attraction as none are the same and each offers a different Japanese theme.
Moji Port has been prominent as an international trading port since the late 19th century. ... Banana products are a specialty of Moji Port, which traditionally has handled imported bananas from Southeast Asia.
With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second largest metropolis on South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbour city, located in the south-east, surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You’ll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.
Located on the south-west coast of Honshu island, the town of Sakaiminato celebrates the comic writer and artist Shigeru Mizuki, born here, in his museum and in the open air with a dedicated tourist route. This itinerary leading through streets and squares presents 134 bronze statues representing the characters of the Japanese writer. This isn’t the only thing Sakaiminato has to offer; this town is truly dynamic due to its large fishing port. You can try some local specialities and enjoy the frequent festivities, not to mention the exceptional views of mount Daisen or the Yumigahama peninsula.
Located on the island of Honshu, and bathed in the waters of the sea of Japan, Kanazawa is a port marked by history. Under the predominance of the Maeda clan in the Meiji era, the city came under multiple political and cultural influences which shaped its landscape. Throughout the town, you’ll discover many signs of its rich past: the Kanazawa castle, Kenroku-en - one of the most beautiful and famous gardens in Japan, the old geisha district, Higashi-Chayagai… In the town centre, you can visit the very reputed fresh food market ?micho Ichiba. Here, you’ll find some tasty morsel to eat, freshly caught from the sea.
A ravishing cove with sapphire blue waters, the Mano bay espouses the western coast of the little island of Sado, in the north- west of Honshu. Although Sado was nicknamed the “cursed island” by the many political opponents exiled there in the Middle Ages, today, its atmosphere is very peaceful. The island’s wild, beautiful scenery shelters a protected fauna, in particular, a colony of Japanese ibis. Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to see some. It also boasts several splendid temples, some of which are close to the village of Mano at the end of the bay.
Located in the north-west of Honshu Island, Noshiro is a pleasant, modern stopover, ideal for getting a view of contemporary Japanese life. You can to stroll around its gardens, in particular Energium Park which shelters an arboretum and a museum dedicated to the town’s famous kites. Kazenomatsubura forest offers many walking opportunities along the little paths among the trees. You can also see some very lovely temples here, or do some cycling along the river Yoneshiro. In the far north of the island of Honshu, opposite Hokkaido island, Aomori stretches into the bite of a very pretty bay of the same name. In the south, inland this time, are the impressive Hakkoda mountains, snow-capped in winter. Today, transformed into an ultra modern city, Aomori has nevertheless kept the traces of its prehistoric past of which you can admire the precious remains on the Sannai Maruyama site. The Nebuta festival takes place every summer from 2 to 7 August, with its impressive parades of multicoloured floats. This is one of the country’s most popular events, and a custom that has lasted well over 300 years
Located on the south-east of Hokkaido island, the urban stopover of Muroran shows a modern and welcoming face haloed in a spectacular natural setting. You can admire the elegant Hakucho suspension bridge - 1,380 metres long, which links either side of the fishing port. The town has no less than eight absolutely stunning lookout spots baptised Muroran-Hakkei: the most famous of these is cap Chikyu, complete with a white lighthouse from where you can admire the vast blue bay of Uchiura. The Itanki beach and the cliffs of Kinbyobu (literally “golden screen”) are also a feast for the eyes.
Itineraries are subject to change.

Prices are indicative:

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5

$ 9170 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Superior Stateroom

$ 7430 AUD pp
Superior Stateroom
8 superior staterooms of 226 sq.ft.located on Deck3. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Owners Suite

$ 25040 AUD pp
Owners Suite
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 2. It has been decorated by Franch interior designers and will provide you a breathtakting panoramic sea view. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Bathtub or shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Large bathtub, Sofa, Table with 4 chairs, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Suite - Deck 6

$ 19260 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 6
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4

$ 8740 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6

$ 9630 AUD pp
Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
92 Prestige Staterooms with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

DeLuxe Stateroom

$ 8160 AUD pp
DeLuxe Stateroom
16 Deluxe Staterooms of 200 sq.ft.with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi

Prestige Suite - Deck 5

$ 18340 AUD pp
Prestige Suite - Deck 5
20 Prestige Suites with private balcony will provide you a sea with in total discretion. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, communicating cabins available (Children welcome), Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Another Flat screen satellite TV, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Deluxe Suite

$ 12520 AUD pp
Deluxe Suite
On Deck 3 you will find 3 Deluxe Suites with private balcony. AMENTIES: Individually-controlled air-conditioning, Cabin layout : king-size bed, or twin beds, Shower, Minibar, Flat screen satellite TV, Desk with stationery, Ipod™ players, Video on demand, Safe, Hairdryer, Bath robes, Satellite direct line telephone, 110/220 volts outlet, French bath products, 24hr room service, Internet acces wifi, Sofa, Armchair & Pedestal table

Additional charges:

Safety and port taxes: 720 AUD pp

L'Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Built: 2011

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “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 breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), 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, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, 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.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous

Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

Cabin layout for L'Austral

Optional excursions and tours are available, please contact us for more details

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