Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions is the only French cruise company in the world and flies the Tricolour flag; bleu, blanc, rouge. With its current seven Yachts, around 300 cruises are organized annually. With Ponant you can visit almost 100 countries on around 7 continents.

Ponant is famous for her expedition cruises and has a long-standing mission to Antarctica and the Arctic. All ready for years Ponant is a world leader in pole cruises.

Ponant has a tradition of 5-star environment cruises, which you will encounter on board to the smallest finesses. That is why this cruise company is often praised for her specialty ships, destinations, quality and extraordinary offers.

Ponant has one three-mast sailing yacht of almost 90 meters and accommodates 32 cabins, a real landmark! In addition, the company has six cruise and expedition ships. The largest of the ships is provided with 132 cabins and suites, the maximum number of passengers is therefore 264. By the end of 2019 two new state of the art ships will be added, these “Explorer fleet” ships all have a maximum of 184 passengers. These ships are all provided for a very pleasant, elegant and well-kept stay. On board, there are Zodiacs for transporting you to the shore, whether it's packed with penguin colonies or for a visit to the beaches in Papua New Guinea, the pebble beaches of eastern Russia or the Alaskan coastline. With Ponant you can visit small and big port cities all over the world, Ponant will take you on an unforgettable travel experience.

Ponant takes you along to far distant areas and special places in the world. Due to the relatively small size of the ships, you receive a lot of personal attention from the highly experienced staff, often added with outspoken biologists, historians and expedition leaders who will inform you in the auditorium.

For 30 years, Ponant has made a name, in terms of exclusivity, original shipping routes, and destinations. On board, you will find the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise in a relaxed, but sophisticated atmosphere; "Art de Vivre à la Française". Whether it's about the design, the kitchen (French Michelin star chef Paul Bocuse also determines the refined menus), the wine list, the Salon, the Boutique, the Gym & Spa and of course your elegant Stateroom or spacious Suite. You will experience your stay as a trip on your private yacht, as well caring and intimate as it is. Ponant provides you truly a great experience in the field of yacht cruises.

Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Cruise Type
Ship
Datum
Days
Bestemming
Information
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
18.07.2019
25.07.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
25.07.2019
01.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

<close>

Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
01.08.2019
08.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

<close>

Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
08.08.2019
15.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Dumont-d'Urville
15.08.2019
25.08.2019
10
Northern Europe, Russia, Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea
Fare from € 5.410
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Travelroute
Day 1

Stockholm

The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centres: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.

Day 2

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3

Helsinki

Seated in the southern peninsula of Finland, Helsinki offers the buzz of a cosmopolitan city that has opted for both elegance and beauty. Explore its historical centre where the soft hues of neoclassical buildings are juxtaposed with spectacular modern constructions. The bustling Kallio district is teeming with boutiques and restaurants where you can taste some local specialities like graavilohi - a sweet, marinated, aromatic salmon dish. Keskuspuisto park, a stone’s throw from the centre, is a good place to sit and unwind.

Day 4

Saint Petersburg

Founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg has kept its original aura and is still one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bathed by the waters of the Neva, the “Venice of the North” boasts an impressive wealth of historic and artistic features. From the emblematic Nevsky Propect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theatres and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals though the ancient capital of the Czars.

Day 5

Saint Petersburg

Day 6

Saint Petersburg

Day 7

Tallin

Opening onto the Baltic sea, to the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallin will win you over with the picturesque charm of its architecture. You can meander through its little streets in the heart of the medieval centre where its gothic town hall has been standing since 1404. To get a taste of this town’s rich past, you can also visit the Kiek in de Kök tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, or Toompea castle. Try some of the local dishes, such as the smoked herring, roast elk and salmon with wild berries.

Day 8

Visby

This old Hanseatic city lies to the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications at Dalmans gate and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll discover the grand Visby homes of rich merchants as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little cobbled streets. Don’t miss Saint Mary’s cathedral with its octagonal steeples, as well as Powder tower along the fortifications. Make sure you stop over in one of the rose-adorned cafés; indeed roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialities, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.

Day 9

Gdansk

This ravishing city on the Baltic sea is nicknamed “the golden door of Poland”, and you’ll understand why when you see its beautiful Hanseatic architecture. You’ll be charmed by the mouldings and gables that enhance the colourful façades of the houses. Along the Vistula Quays, you can take a pleasant stroll among the crafts shops. In elegant Mariacka street, the amber jewellers will most certainly tempt you into their boutiques. You can visit the church of Saint-Mary and its astronomic clock. Not far, the majestic Long Market square offers the famous Artus Court and the rich Gdansk History Museum.

Day 10

Copenhagen

Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

Day 11

Copenhagen

Disembarkation.

Overview

Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

We invite you to discover St Petersburg and other cities steeped in history of the Baltic Sea.
From Stockholm, embark aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 11-day cruise, including 3 exceptional days in the former capital of the Tsars. Your first port of call will be Helsinki. Located on a peninsula surrounded by almost 300 islands, the verdant capital of Finland will charm you with its Art Nouveau architecture. Your ship will then head to St Petersburg. Architectural gems in the Baroque style, churches with domes so elaborate they seem otherworldly, palaces, gardens, canals, and the famous “perspectives” that criss-cross the city: at each street corner a new theatrical decor is revealed. We invite you to visit this colourful city where the atmosphere is rich with the splendour of the Tsars and the traces of the Russian Enlightenment. You will then visit two sites that were important for the Hanseatic League in the Baltic Sea around the 13th century: Tallinn and Visby. UNESCO Heritage Sites, these once opulent cities still have remarkably well-preserved ramparts, public buildings, merchant houses and warehouses. After a final port of call in Gdansk in Poland, Le Dumont-d’Urville will head for Copenhagen, your disembarkation port.

Highlights

From Stockholm to Copenhagen, discovering the most precious treasures of the Baltic Sea • Unesco World Heritage Sites: from Helsinki, the sea fortress of Suomenlinna, the historic centre of Saint Petersburg and its many monuments, the old town of Tallinn, the Hanseatic town of Visby • Discover four European capitals on the same cruise: Stockholm (Sweden), Helsinki (Finland), Tallinn (Estonia) and Copenhagen (Denmark) • Visit the colourful and opulent city of Saint-Petersburg, where the atmosphere is still rich with the splendour of the Tsars and the traces of the Russian Enlightenment

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins

Built: 2017/2018

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lapérouse
21.08.2019
27.09.2019
37
Australia and NZ, Asia, From Australia to Hong Kong
Fare from € 18.770
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Day 1 to 38 (37 nights)

From Broome to Hong Kong

Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong. Board Le Lapérouse for an all-new 38-day cruise to the heart of Oceania and Asia, with an emphasis on expedition. departing from Broome, you will begin your trip by exploring the Kimberley region, one of the last frontiers of the modern world: wildlife, natural phenomena, and encounters with the Aboriginal people are on the agenda. Your journey will then continue with a series of encounters with West Papua tribes: accompanied by naturalist-guides, you will learn about the daily life of these ethnic groups with ancestral rituals and visit their traditional villages. Finally, the crossing from Bali to Hong Kong will be your chance to discover the Indonesian and Philippine archipelagos, their cultures, landscapes, fauna and flora, before disembarking in Hong Kong after a trip filled with striking contrasts and unforgettable experiences.

Australia

Ports of call;
Broome, Lacepede Islands, Talbot Bay, Freshwater Cove, Montgomery Reef, Raft Point, Hunter River & Mitchell Falls, Swift Bay, Vansittart Bay, King George River, Darwin

Australia - Asia

Ports of call;
Darwin, Kei Islands, Triton Bay, Banda Neira, Ambon, Tomia, Kalabahi, Pink Beach Loh liang, Bali

Asia

Ports of call;
Bali, Semarang, Parai beach, Singapore, Kuching, Bandar Seri Begawan, Kota Kinabalu, Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Hong Kong

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Australia to Hong Kong

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Lapérouse, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

A long-haul cruise dedicated to discovering the Kimberley in Australia, Indonesia and its more beautiful ports of call (the Kei Islands, Maluku Islands, Komodo, Bali), but also Malaysia, the Philippines and Hong Kong • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with your expedition team to get close to natural wonders, wildlife and flora • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Komodo National Park, the Puerto Princesa underground river in the Philippines, the Borobudur temple from Semarang • Wildlife: crocodiles and whales, orangutans in Indonesia • Lagoons and idyllic beaches

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Le Lapérouse

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant's spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
22.08.2019
18.10.2019
57
Alaska, North America, Latin America, Discover the American West Coast
Fare from € 22.260
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Day 1 to 58 (57 nights)

From Seward to Valparaiso

On this exceptional itinerary, Le Soléal will take you to discover the contrasts of the American continents. Alaska, the first stage of your expedition, will offer you its wild and unspoiled natural environment, with primary forests that are home to a rich and varied fauna, Your ship will then continue to make its way along the west coast of North America, where an entirely different world awaits you: the gigantic proportions of the major Canadian and Californian cities. Further on, your expedition turns tropical in the UNESCO-listed Sea of Cortez, where you'll find incredibly rich marine life. Next, you'll sail to Latin America for its nature reserves, idyllic islands, and to meet the local populations. Your stay will be punctuated by visits to major pre-Columbian sites and towns with a rich colonial baroque heritage.

Alaska - North America

Ports of call;
Seward, Fjord Barry Arm, Fjord College, Cordova, Glacier Hubbard, Elfin Cove, Inian Islands, Red Bluff Bay, Rowan Bay, The Brothers, Kake, Endicott Arm, Petersburg, Wrangell Narrows, Rudyerd Bay, Seymour Narrows, Vancouver

North America

Ports of call;
Vancouver, Victoria, San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles, San Diego

North America - Latin America

Ports of call;
San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, Coronado Island, Danzante Island, Monserrat Island, Puerto Agua Verde, Punta Colorada, Bahia Amortajada, Los Islotes, Partida Island, Espiritu Santo Island, Cerralvo Island, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal

North America - Latin America

Ports of call;
Puerto Quetzal, San Juan del Sur, Puerto Caldera, Cocos Island, Cebaco, Pacheca Island, Fuerte Amador, Punta Alegre, Bahia Solano, Guayaquil

Latin America

Ports of call;
Guayaquil, Salaverry, Callao, Pisco, Matarani, Arica, Iquique, Coquimbo, Valparaiso

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

Discover the American West Coast

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Soléal, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Flight included from Seattle to Anchorage and transfer to Seward.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables • Discover a rich and varied wildlife: fish eagles, black bears, sea otters, humpback whales, orcas and sea lions, dolphins, hammerhead sharks and whale sharks, sea turtles, rays, pelicans, countless species of fish and sea birds • Discovering sites, landscape and culture: glaciers, old-growth forest, reliefs of red volcanic rock plunging in Sea of Cortez, beaches and jungles in America Latina • Sail along the Interior Passage for an unforgettable journey surrounded by ice, islets, fjords and mountains • Darien National Park (Panama), UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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Le Soléal

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264
Built: 2013
Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, with balconies, joined in 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white.
A refined ambience is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central sculpture of enameled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolizing a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
22.08.2019
03.09.2019
12
Alaska, North America, Wildlife and Forests of Alaska
Fare from € 6.230
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Day 1

Seward (Anchorage)

Seward is located on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, will show you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries.

Day 2

Barry Arm Fjord & College Fjord

A secret inlet in a hewn-out bay on the southern coast of Alaska, College Fjord features outstandingly rich glacier scenery. Come and admire the five tidewater glaciers and high-altitude glaciers. These glaciers were named after the prestigious US East Coast schools attended by the professors who first laid eyes on them at the end of the 19th century. The setting is awe-inspiring, but don’t forget to listen out for the thunderous crack as great pillars of ice break off from the glaciers… Or would you rather be charmed by the song of the seals?

Day 3

Cordova

Day 4

Hubbard Glacier

Located in Yakutat bay, Disenchantment Bay is a feast for the eyes. Happy explorers of this sublime wilderness, you will perhaps surprise a seal, an otter. Into this fjord flows Hubbard glacier, the largest North American tidewater glacier. Its front dates from about 400 years ago. This was the time it took for the first ice to cross the 122 kilometres separating it from the sea. Sometimes, chunks of this ice wall break off and fall into the water: a vision that leaves you utterly speechless!

Day 5

Elfin Cove & Inian Island

At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There is just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters… It doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest, to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

Day 6

Red Bluff Bay & Rowan Bay

When you arrive in Red Bluff bay, you will be overwhelmed by its beauty and natural surroundings. Here, summits etch the sky, and the waterfalls cascade through luxuriant forest. Yet this haven of peace owes its name to its red cliffs, on which practically nothing grows. The contrast of greens and reds in this pristine land of south-east of Alaska where nature reigns is striking. You may spot a shoal of salmon, a few brown bears lumbering nonchalantly along the water’s edge or hear the cries of mergansers.

Day 7

The Brothers & Kake

Day 8

Endicott

Day 9

Petersburg & Wrangell Narrows

Picture this: all around you, translucent waters. In the distance - snow-capped mountains. This is the vision that greets you on disembarking in Petersburg, one of Alaska’s largest commercial fishing towns. The heart of the Tongass National forest is for people who yearn for a lungful of the great outdoors. There is some fauna here including no less than 240 species of birds, seals, sea lions, humpback whales. Another special feature of this very lively town is its penchant for art. On its pavements and facades you can admire several murals, totems and sculptures.

Day 10

Rudyerd Bay & Twin Island

Day 11

Pine Island & at sea

Day 12

Seymour Narrows

Your ship will sail along Discovery Passage, between Vancouver Island and Quadra Island. As the channel tapers, you will arrive at Seymour Narrows, a narrow, 5-km long passage which, in the past, posed a significant challenge for sailors. Between 1850 and 1950, some one hundred ships hit the rocks hidden under the water, and the outcome was often fatal. At the time, due to the strong currents that run through Seymour Narrows, it was considered to be one of the most dangerous waterways in British Columbia. But in 1955, the decision was made to blow up Ripple Rock, two submerged rocks responsible for most of the shipwrecks. This historic explosion made access to this passage much safer.

Day 13

Vancouver

Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada's most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada's west coast, it's surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of Gastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections. Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalised industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.

Please Note: subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Overview

Wildlife and Forests of Alaska

Discover Alaska’s stunning landscapes and the incredible wildlife they contain. Board Le Soléal for a 13-day expedition cruise from Seward to Vancouver, for a journey to the heart of wild and unspoiled natural environments.

In Prince William Sound, in the Gulf of Alaska, surrender to the beauty of the icy décor all around you. During your Zodiac® outings, exploring the meanders of stunning fjords will lead you to impressive glacier fronts like that of the Hubbard Glacier.

A little further south, you will reach the tiny port of Elfin Cove. Its calm and glistening waters are an unrivalled peaceful haven that the local community of fishermen will invite you to discover.

During the first part of your cruise, Le Soléal will continue to clear a path through the Interior Passage and will draw closer to the temperate rainforest on Canada’s west coast. This primary forest is a biodiversity hotspot where you will be able to observe numerous species such as bald eagles, black bears, grizzlies, sea otters, humpback whales and orcas. Here you’ll find a concentration of life in an enchanting setting of mountains and conifers that is typical of these wild regions.

Please note: your voyage prices include Flight Seattle / Anchorage + transfer

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides. Hiking opportunity. The scenery: fjords, rugged mountains, glaciers, sheer cliffs, and primary forest. The wildlife: bald eagles, black bears, grizzlies, sea otters, humpback whales, orcas, and sea lions. The stunning icy environments of College Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier. Discover the magnificent primary rainforest along the east coast of Alaska and the west coast of British Columbia. Sail along the Interior Passage for an unforgettable journey surrounded by ice, islets, fjords and snow-capped mountains.

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Le Soléal

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Soléal like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant's signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Champlain
29.08.2019
12.09.2019
14
The Arctic, North America, Greenland, Newfoundland & St. Lawrence
Fare from € 8.010
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Day 1

Reykjavik

This attractive harbour city is located just a few kilometres from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Arriving by sea, you'll see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörður's bays and volcanic rocks; Hafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town centre, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær : their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here is a spectacular coastal walk and warm geothermal pools.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Ammassalik Island

Day 4

Nansen Harbor

Welcome to this small, sheltered bay on the east coast of Greenland some 200 km south of Tasiilaq, for a date with history and the ice. When your ship calls here, you will have the opportunity to visit the vestiges of ancient peat houses from the Thule civilisation. Then, after navigating through the ice, you will reach the departure point of the first ever crossing of the Greenland ice sheet, led in 1888 by Fridtjof Nansen, a great Norwegian polar explorer. This is a magical place where you can climb a gentle slope to reach the ice sheet’s first foothills and get a better idea of just how gigantic it is.

Day 5

Skjoldungen

Discover Skjoldungen Island on the south-east coast of Greenland. This uninhabited land boasts magnificent landscapes that are sure to dazzle you. The island is surrounded by a stunning fjord, a distinctive feature of which is its double entrance: it forms a bend before joining the sea on the other side. Mountains, glacial valleys, rocky outcrops, tundra and willow forests make up the beautiful scenery which you will be able to admire more closely when you land here. At this port of call, surrounded by wild and pristine nature, it is quite common to see bearded seals, orcas, but also birds such as the common redpoll, the northern wheatear, or the common raven.

Day 6

Prins Christian Sund

Your ship glides silently towards the Greenland coast, in a setting punctuated by pointed peaks and majestic glaciers… You are on the verge of crossing the Prins Christian Sund, a narrow channel that stretches out and zigzags over some one hundred kilometres between Greenland’s south-east and south-west. Fall under the spell of the primitive beauty of these unique landscapes, including rocky cliffs and waterfalls that are fed by the ice sheet and plunge into the icy waters. Here, bearded seals love to lie on the floating ice to soak up the sunshine. If you are lucky, you may get to witness an aurora borealis, a stunning light show put on by the polar night…

Day 7

Narsaq

After sailing in the Kangerlluarssuk fjord, discover the town of Narsaq. You will be dazzled by the beauty of the surrounding icebergs − large masses of ice in different shapes and shifting colours. Dominated by lush mountains, this small town is typical of Greenland. It is known for its sheep farming, made possible by the rich, grassy plains to the town’s north. This rather rare activity reflects a past and a technique inherited from the Vikings. Admire the stunning interplay of colours between the multi-coloured house facades and the glaciers with their myriad shades of blue, and dive into the Scandinavian history of Narsaq by visiting the local museum. A unique experience.

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Rigolet

Day 10

L'anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

Perce

If you appreciate the beauty of scenery and geological phenomena, you will fall under the irresistible spell of Perce, one of the most beautiful villages in Quebec. Apart from the attractions of the town itself, Perce owes its reputation to its proximity to the famous rock of the same name that rises opposite it in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Along with the neighbouring Bonaventure Island, this rocky outcrop forms a national park famed for its natural, historical and geological heritage. With a choice of hiking, underwater exploration and cultural activities, you’ll never be short of things to do in this fascinating region.

Day 13

Saguenay

The city of Saguenay nestles in a valley through which flows the eponymous river, one of the region’s treasures. As it joins the Saint-Lawrence, the Saguenay River forms a spectacular fjord boasting extraordinarily differing landscapes. From Saguenay, you can explore the attractive Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, which is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. You can combine country walks with boat trips within the various national parks studded throughout this extraordinary natural kingdom.

Day 14

Tadoussac

The Quebec village of Tadoussac stands at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, in south-east Canada. The village is bright with multi-coloured houses nestling in an emerald-green pine forest. From the waterfront, it’s easy to spy out Tadoussac Chapel, thanks to its bright red roof. Not far from this church built of wood, one of the oldest in North America, stands a century-old village holiday resort, Hotel Tadoussac. Treat yourself to tea on the terrace overlooking the shoreline. In addition, at the marine mammal interpretation centre, you can hone your knowledge of the cetaceans that regularly frequent Tadoussac bay.

Day 15

Quebec City

The capital of La Belle Province sits at the confluence of the St Charles River and the Gulf of St Lawrence in south-east Canada. Founded in the 17th century, the city still has an encircling wall ヨ a historic civil engineering work and the only one of its kind remaining in North America. You will love the postcard-perfect stone houses of Old Quebec, the historic district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shopping is a pleasure in pedestrian streets such as Petit-Champlain Street, or you can relax over a spruce beer, seasoned with pine buds. Dufferin Boardwalk, an esplanade near the emblematic Château Frontenac, is the perfect place for views of the river and old city.

Please Note: subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Overview

Greenland, Newfoundland & St. Lawrence

Join a cruise of incredible diversity, between the magical Greenland ice and the sublime forests of Canada. Come aboard Le Champlain for an exceptional 15-day circuit from Reykjavik to Quebec.

From Iceland, your ship will first head for South-East Greenland for 6 days of expedition. Discover Inuit culture in Ammassalik and set off to meet the inhabitants of this remote region, with deep-rooted traditions. Then fall under the charm of Narsaq’s multi-coloured houses, amidst a blue-tinged setting consisting of icebergs with changing tones.

Le Champlain will then sail west for an unforgettable call at L’Anse aux Meadows, on the Newfoundland peninsula. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the only site known to have been established by the Vikings in North America. The vestiges of this splendid 11th-century Scandinavian archaeological site are the very first traces of European presence in the New World.

Finally, your ship will sail into the Saint Lawrence river, a prodigious waterway home to exceptionally beautiful nature. In the Saguenay Fjord, you will discover picturesque fishing villages before heading for the Tadoussac National Park, a wonderful place from which to observe whales.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides. The archaeological Viking site of L’Anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discovering Newfoundland and travelling up the Saint Lawrence, one of the largest rivers in the world, with an immense and wild shoreline. Narsaq, a charming town in Greenland surrounded by very beautiful blue-tinged icebergs. The scenery: fjords, rugged mountains, glaciers, wild tundra, sheer cliffs and the polar ice cap. The wildlife: polar bears, walruses, Arctic terns, many caribou, musk oxen, whales, belugas and orcas.

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Le Champlain

Vessel Type: Luxury
Length: 127 metres
Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins
Built: 2017/2018

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series, Le Champlain will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Restaurants
As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Champlain will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism.
In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts.
To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals.
Public Areas
Like Le Boréal and its sister ships, Le Champlain has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger.
A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, an excursions desk, the ship’s administrative services, the sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility.
A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding.
A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, an outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas.
A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening.
Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
10.09.2019
23.09.2019
13
North America, Latin America, The Sea of Cortez
Fare from € 4.840
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Travelroute
Day 1

San Diego

To the south of California, close to the border with Mexico, San Diego enjoys a privileged natural environment on the shores of the Pacific. One of the largest fleets of US Navy vessels is stationed in this strategic port. The sunny climate and the beautiful sandy beaches compete for visitors’ attention with the picturesque historic districts such as the Gaslamp Quarter, always lit up at dusk by gas lamps, a real journey back in time. Do not miss Balboa Park and its museums as well as San Diego Zoo, one of the most beautiful zoos in the world, home to a large number of endangered species. But the show also continues on the surrounding beaches where it is not uncommon to come across sea lions!

Day 2

At sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Cabo San Lucas

Overview
The Sea of Cortez
We invite you to enjoy an unforgettable experience discovering the Sea of Cortez, during a 14-day expedition cruise. Aboard Le Soléal, feast your eyes on the unique landscapes and unrivalled biodiversity of the Gulf of California, following a brand-new itinerary.
You will board your ship in San Diego, an American city at the far south of California, renowned for its pleasant climate. Your ship will sail along Baja California peninsula before entering the Gulf of California, known since 1539 as the Sea of Cortez in tribute to the conquistador Hernan Cortés.
For five days, you will spend your time observing the incredibly rich marine wildlife, a veritable Eden which has rightly earned the region a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Playful sea lions, dolphins, whale sharks, tortoises, dozens of different species of fish: the teeming wildlife is quite simply fascinating.
Le Soléal will drop anchor on a number of occasions near the different islands of the Sea of Cortez, and outings in Zodiac® dinghies will offer the chance for some unforgettable snorkelling and hiking tours.
Your ship will then chart a course towards Huatulco in Mexico and its preserved bays edged with magnificent beaches, before reaching your final destination: Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, very close to the charming colonial town of Antigua.
Highlights
Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • An expedition cruise, to discover the fabulous biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez, “the world’s largest aquarium” according to Jacques-Yves Cousteau • UNESCO sites: the islands and protected zones of the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), La Antigua de Guatemala and its colonial architecture from Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala • The landscapes: reliefs of red volcanic rock plunging into the turquoise water with the desert as the backdrop in the Sea of Cortez, dazzling white sandy beaches in Huatulco (shore excursion for sale) • The wildlife: sea lions, dolphins, hammer sharks and whale sharks, sea turtles, tuna, barracuda, rays, pelicans, countless species of fish and sea birds • Bathing and swimming with sea lions at Los Islotes • Possibility of snorkelling

Day 5

Isla Coronado & Isla Danzante

Day 6

Isla Monserrate & Puerto Agua Verde

Day 7

Isla San Jose, Punta Colorada & Bahia Amortajada

Day 8

Los Islotes, Isla Partida & Isla Espiritu Santo

Day 9

Isla Cerralvo

Day 10

At sea

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

Huatulco (Santa Maria Huatulco)

A seaside resort on the Mexican Pacific coast in the southern State of Oaxaca, the Huatulco region is made up of nine turquoise bays. You'll be spoilt for choice with no less than 36 beaches, four of which are ecological preserves. In addition to the beautiful bays and beaches, you can explore and shop in the small communities of the Huatulco area, such as La Crucecita, Santa Cruz or old Santa Maria Huatulco (the district's municipality).

Day 13

At Sea

Day 14

Puerto Quetzal

Located on the Pacific coast, 100 kilometres south of the capital, the city of Puerto Quetzal is the largest port in the country. Close to the city, the ravishing little old city of Antigua, is a former colonial capital listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You’ll admire the wealth of its historical monuments.

Please Note: itineraries are subject to change. The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

Overview

The Sea of Cortez

We invite you to enjoy an unforgettable experience discovering the Sea of Cortez, during a 14-day expedition cruise. Aboard Le Soléal, feast your eyes on the unique landscapes and unrivalled biodiversity of the Gulf of California, following a brand-new itinerary.
You will board your ship in San Diego, an American city at the far south of California, renowned for its pleasant climate. Your ship will sail along Baja California peninsula before entering the Gulf of California, known since 1539 as the Sea of Cortez in tribute to the conquistador Hernan Cortés.
For five days, you will spend your time observing the incredibly rich marine wildlife, a veritable Eden which has rightly earned the region a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Playful sea lions, dolphins, whale sharks, tortoises, dozens of different species of fish: the teeming wildlife is quite simply fascinating.
Le Soléal will drop anchor on a number of occasions near the different islands of the Sea of Cortez, and outings in Zodiac® dinghies will offer the chance for some unforgettable snorkelling and hiking tours.
Your ship will then chart a course towards Huatulco in Mexico and its preserved bays edged with magnificent beaches, before reaching your final destination: Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, very close to the charming colonial town of Antigua.

Highlights

Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides • An expedition cruise, to discover the fabulous biodiversity of the Sea of Cortez, “the world’s largest aquarium” according to Jacques-Yves Cousteau • UNESCO sites: the islands and protected zones of the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), La Antigua de Guatemala and its colonial architecture from Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala • The landscapes: reliefs of red volcanic rock plunging into the turquoise water with the desert as the backdrop in the Sea of Cortez, dazzling white sandy beaches in Huatulco (shore excursion for sale) • The wildlife: sea lions, dolphins, hammer sharks and whale sharks, sea turtles, tuna, barracuda, rays, pelicans, countless species of fish and sea birds • Bathing and swimming with sea lions at Los Islotes • Possibility of snorkelling

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Le Soléal

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264
Built: 2013
Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 132 staterooms and suites, with balconies, joined in 2013. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the luxury yachting world, with fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white.
A refined ambience is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat's hull, while the central sculpture of enameled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the lounge bar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolizing a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Dumont-d'Urville
13.09.2019
21.09.2019
8
Northern Europe, Musical Odyssey on the Celtic Sea
Fare from € 3.310
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Travelroute
Day 1

Honfleur

A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

Day 2

Dartmouth

Day 3

Scilly Islands

Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

Day 4

Cork

This charming stopover on the southern coast of Ireland will certainly win you over with its pastel-shaded houses layered up the hillside. A little train avoids you from having to climb the steep streets of the historic centre. Once you’re there, you come to Saint Colman cathedral overlooking the coastline. The extensive panorama provides views of the little islands in Cork Harbour. Down below, the pubs complete with their floral window displays are enough to catch your eye. The pubs are famous for their traditional dishes like “colcannon” - a steaming hot soup made with cabbage served in a bowl, or a plate of boxties - crispy potato cakes with horse radish.

Day 5

Liverpool

The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight you'll also love the quality of museums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".

Day 6

Fishguard

Day 7

Penzance

Day 8

Guernsey

Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

Day 9

Honfleur

Disembarkation.

Overview

Musical Odyssey on the Celtic Sea

Join a musical cruise on the shores of the North Sea in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Leaving from Honfleur, you will set sail aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 9-day long cruise along the Celtic coastlines.

You will first discover the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton’s famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. Here, long sandy beaches stand alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops.

You will also discover Liverpool, a former industrial powerhouse, today completely redeveloped, located on the banks of the Mersey and famous as the birthplace of the Beatles.

You will then visit Guernsey, whose green prairies and romantic cliffs welcomed Victor Hugo in exile.

Finally, you will be moved by the authentic charm of the port of Penzance, in Cornwall, before heading back to Honfleur, with its Vieux Bassin (harbour) and half-timbered houses.

Highlights

A musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence on board of Alain Duault and of artists • Sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends • The old port of Liverpool, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site • The picturesque charm of Honfleur, your embarkation and disembarkation port

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins

Built: 2017/2018

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.

As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Dumont-d'Urville
13.09.2019
16.10.2019
33
Northern Europe, The Mediterranean, Africa, Between Europe and Africa
Fare from € 12.860
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 34 (33 nights)

From Honfleur to Dakar

Aboard the Dumont-d'Urville one of the latest additions to the Ponant fleet, set off on a unique journey between Europe and Africa. After a musical cruise to Celtic lands along the British and Irish shores. you will sail down along Europe's Atlantic coast and call at some of the most beautiful French, Spanish and Portuguese cities: Saint-Malo, Santiago de Compostela and Lisbon. You will then discover the Canaries, Madeira and Cape Verde, three archipelagos lost in the Atlantic Ocean, each with its own unique charm, atmosphere and culture. Next, it's time for adventure during an expedition cruise to the Bissagos Islands, where you'll discover a wild natural environment, exceptional fauna, and a people with ancestral traditions, before disembarking in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Northern Europe

Ports of call;
Honfleur, Dartmouth, Isles of Scilly, Cork, Liverpool, Fishguard, Penzance, Guernsey, Honfleur

Northern Europe - The Mediterranean

Ports of call;
Honfleur, Saint Malo, Belle Île en Mer, La Rochelle, Coruña, Cee, Leixoes, Lisbon

The Mediterranean - Africa

Ports of call;
Lisbon, Funchal, Madeira, Santa cruz de Tenerife, Las palmas de Gran Canaria, Mindelo, Praia, Dakar

Africa

Ports of call;
Dakar, Maio Island - Bijagos, Caravela Island - Bijagos, Carache Island - Bijagos,
Orango Island - Bijagos, Carache Island - Bijagos, Caravela Island - Bijagos, Dakar

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

Between Europe and Africa

What could be more enjoyable than exploring multiple destinations, learning about different cultures and meeting indigenous communities?

With Le Dumont-d’Urville, take a “Grand Voyage” full of thrills and discoveries.
You will enjoy unique itineraries to discover, at your leisure, must-see ports of call and be immersed in a multitude of experiences.
Don’t wait any longer, join us for an unforgettable Grand Voyage!

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

A cruise filled with discoveries between two continents: Europe and Africa • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Liverpool, Santiago de Compostela, Port, the tower of Belem and the monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon, Cidade Velha (island of Santiago Cape Verde), Bissagos Islands (Biosphere Reserve) • Extremely varied landscapes and cultures • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides in Bijagos • The diversity of the fauna: saltwater hippos, crocodiles, sea turtles, rays, sawfish, otters, manatees, dolphins, birds of prey, pelicans, large wading birds and monkeys

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Ship information

Le Dumont-d’Urville

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins

Built: 2017/2018

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

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