Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Champlain
27.05.2019
30.05.2019
3
Ocean Voyage, Northern Europe, The Arctic, Bergen - Reykjavik
Fare from € 780,-
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 4 (3nights)

Bergen (Norway) - Reykjavik (Iceland)

During these voyages, we are offering you an entirely sea-based crossing, there are no ports of call (except possibly for technical reasons), nor any onboard entertainment or speakers, and no transfers provided. Likewise the catering is less elaborate than for other cruises. Although no entertainment is organised, you are free to discover what life is like aboard our ships by spending time with the crew who will be happy to share their experiences with you. To facilitate embarkation, we suggest that you spend the night before departure in the city that your ship leaves from. Similarly, on the day of disembarkation we advise you to reserve a flight that leaves at the end of that day or the day after your arrival.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Bergen – Reykjavik

Between two seas or between two continents, our ships invite you on board for their Sea Voyages several times a year. Sea lovers, dreamers, keen observers of the endless horizon are invited to these non-stop trips, which allow you to enjoy the convenience of ships and share the lives of crews.

Highlights

Relax on the deck, keep fit in the sauna, enjoy the pool or the gym … Live in harmony with the board! As the days go by, you can admire the waves from the upper deck, keep fit in the spa and make good use of the pool or the gym, share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Le Champlain

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 spirit, 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.

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Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
13.06.2019
21.06.2019
8
Northern Europe, Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands & England’s South
Fare from € 4.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

London (Portsmouth)/Great Britain

This coastal strip in southern Hampshire, blessed by the Gulf Stream, has always been an easily defensible natural harbour. Indeed Henry VII made it his Royal Dockyard at the end of the 15th century. Still an important Royal Navy base, the vast port of Portsmouth is situated on the peaceful west coast of Portsea Island, a spit of land that stretches far out to sea. In the old harbour, historic ships with grandiose names proclaim the city's glorious past and several museums are devoted to the navy and seafaring. Where once adventurers and admirals set sail to re-write the English history books, countless yachts now rock gently in numerous marinas. The lavishly renovated quayside with its looming, futuristic Spinnaker Tower and the long seafront at Southsea are now the beating heart of modern life in the city.

Day 2

Honfleur/France

Many famous impressionists caught the quaint atmosphere of this town at the mouth of the Seine on canvas in the 19th century. This small town in Calvados is still one of the most charming places in Normandy. Tall and narrow slate-clad buildings crowd around the quayside, the exquisite Vieux Bassin and the old 17th century dock. Honfleur honours its famous sons, painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie, in a museum. East of Honfleur, the breathtaking Pont de Normandie spans the Seine estuary and links Honfleur with Le Havre, an engineering masterpiece and one of the longest bridges in Europe.

Day 3

Dartmouth/Great Britain

The old harbour town of Dartmouth in the southern English county of Devon is set in forested hills on the west bank of the Channel estuary. Since the 15th century, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle, which faces it, have guarded the entry to the town. Little has changed since 1539 in the cobbled Bayard's Cove with its small fort on the old harbour. Sailing boats and yachts now roll gently where great ships once set sail for new shores. Charming old houses line the narrow streets leading from the promenade up the steep slope with its numerous steps. Located in a dominant position above the town, the Britannia Royal Naval College bears testament to the historic significance of seafaring and the navy.

Day 4

St. Peter Port/Guernsey

'A piece of France fallen into the sea and grabbed up by the English' is how Victor Hugo described his place of exile in the Bay of St. Malo, which is closer to the northern coast of France than the south coast of England. Guernsey, the second largest British Channel Island, later inspired Auguste Renoir to produce a whole series of paintings. Narrow, meandering roads bordered by hedges and embankments wind through the interior of the island, which boasts luscious vegetation courtesy of the mild Gulf Stream climate, while in the south, green hills give way to rocky cliffs on the sea's edge. Here, spectacular crags, bays and sandy beaches have been shaped by the vast tidal range pummelling the rock. The pretty island capital of St. Peter Port overlooking the large sheltered harbour and castle boasts a fascinating mixture of styles in a tangle of terraces and stepped gardens.

Day 5

Saint-Malo/France

This former 'corsaire' town in northern Brittany has always had a close relationship with the sea. Although the buccaneers have left, St. Malo is now the start or end point for many famous sailing regattas. Behind the legendary town defences lies the historic centre, which is surrounded by water on three sides and has always been impregnable. On one side of the town walls you will see the narrow alleyways and tall houses of the old town which bear testament to the prosperity of past traders and sailors. The other side offers exquisite views of the emerald sea, dazzling white sandy beaches, harbour and forts. Tidal variations in the Bay of Saint-Malo provide an impressive natural spectacle with twelve metres difference between high and low tides.

Day 6

Roscoff/France

Day 7

Tresco/Scilly Islands

Off the south west coast of Cornwall, some 150 small islands and islets emerge from the sea. The privately-owned Tresco is the second largest of the five inhabited British Scilly Isles and has a reputation as an 'island in bloom' thanks to the mild Gulf Stream climate. The subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, set up in the 19th century by Augustus Smith on the lands of an old Benedictine Abbey, are home to exotic plants from many regions of the world. This small Garden of Eden is set in a natural paradise with subterranean caverns, sheer granite cliffs, idyllic white sandy beaches, emerald water and spectacular violet-red sunsets.

Day 8

Cobh (Cork)/Ireland

The small, typically Irish town of Cobh, dominated by the sea and its harbour, is situated on an island in the wide Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. Several ferry routes and a bridge connect it to the mainland. Overlooked by the neo-Gothic St. Colman Cathedral with its impressive bells, a picturesque mass of colourful houses cram the steep slope leading up from the harbour. The Cobh Heritage Centre commemorates the period of 1849 to 1920 when the town, known back then as Queenstown, was the main port for Irish emigrants. The city of Cork is about nine miles from Cobh in County Cork in south western Ireland, an area dominated by the Gulf Stream. It is nestled among the hills of the valley formed by the River Lee in a prominent position on a river island. Cork is the second largest city in Ireland, a regional economic capital and was European Capital of Culture in 2005.

Day 9

Dublin/Ireland

Disembarkation.
In the wake of the Celtic Tiger boom and financial crisis, Dublin, the Irish capital in the east of the Emerald Isle continues to be young, dynamic and European. It adeptly combines tradition and innovation in a small space. O'Connell Street in the Northside of Dublin shimmers with the lofty steel Millennium Spire and a brand new district has sprung up in the docklands with futuristic glass buildings and a Calatrava bridge. The old Half Penny Bridge takes you right into the heart of the city. Here you will find the lively, cobbled Temple Bar district with its numerous Guinness pubs, Dublin Castle, which is over 800 years old, and the soaring spires of St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals. Behind the neo-classical façade of the historic Trinity College, founded in 1592, is a magnificent library and the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells.

Overview

Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands & England’s South

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Where the mild Atlantic greets – summer cruise to Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands and England’s South: London (Portsmouth) – Dublin

Honfleur, paradise for painters
With its colourful fishing boats and soaring timbered houses, Honfleur offers visitors a truly picturesque setting. The enchanting little port is considered the cradle of impressionism – Eugène Boudin, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne met here to paint. In addition to enjoying the abounding art, don’t miss out on Normandy’s culinary masterpieces: cider, calvados and camembert.

The most British town of Brittany: Roscoff
On the outermost northwestern end of Brittany, Roscoff is leaning into the Atlantic as though it wanted to reach across the British Channel for Cornwall. The charming seaside town with its pretty granite houses is considered the most British among the Breton ports. Not surprising, because for hundreds of years, the old corsair town was trading with Great Britain exporting salt, wood, cloth and onions.

Tresco – a British island
with a Mediterranean heart It is hardly surprising that Tresco, the second largest of the Scilly Islands, has been populated since the Neolithic period. Thanks to its mild climate, the island is as lush and green as most Mediterranean coastlines. Abbey Garden is a veritable paradise, bursting with exotic flowers, bamboo thickets, palm and pine trees. It is one of the world’s most spectacular botanical gardens.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
21.06.2019
29.06.2019
8
Northern Europe, Myths, Magic & the Nature of the Celtic Islands
Fare from € 4.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

Dublin/Ireland

In the wake of the Celtic Tiger boom and financial crisis, Dublin, the Irish capital in the east of the Emerald Isle continues to be young, dynamic and European. It adeptly combines tradition and innovation in a small space. O'Connell Street in the Northside of Dublin shimmers with the lofty steel Millennium Spire and a brand new district has sprung up in the docklands with futuristic glass buildings and a Calatrava bridge. The old Half Penny Bridge takes you right into the heart of the city. Here you will find the lively, cobbled Temple Bar district with its numerous Guinness pubs, Dublin Castle, which is over 800 years old, and the soaring spires of St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals. Behind the neo-classical façade of the historic Trinity College, founded in 1592, is a magnificent library and the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells.

Day 2

Douglas/Isle of Man

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Tobermory/Isle of Mull

Day 5

Stornoway/Isle of Lewis

Day 6

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands

Day 7

Invergordon/Great Britain

Day 8

Peterhead/Great Britain

Day 9

Edinburgh (Leith)/Great Britain

Disembarkation.
Three vantage points offer fantastic views of this beautiful capital on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth. The historic castle is impossible to miss atop Castle Rock high above the narrow and sometimes very steep medieval streets. The Royal Mile, a mile-long parade of Victorian buildings in the old town, connects the two royal residences of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The imposing outline of Arthur's Seat, a mountain which would look more at home in the Highlands, looms over Holyrood Park. The New Town, a masterpiece of Georgian urban architecture with a grid-like street pattern, stretches toward the harbour from Prince's Street, at the eastern end of which you will find a small Greek temple looming atop Carlton Hill. The Old Town and New Town, both UNESCO world heritage sites, are divided by Princes Street Gardens, the green lungs of the city and venue for the loudest music and festival events.

Overview

Myths, Magic & the Nature of the Celtic Islands

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Myths, magic and the wild nature of the Celtic islands – en route to Ireland, the Hebrides and Scotland: Dublin – Edinburgh (Leith)

Dublin – the Green Isle’s capital
Live music, witty words and mellow Guiness – Dublin enfolds its visitors with its happy charm. Ireland’s literature-focused capital is not only home to time-honoured sites like Trinity College, Dublin Castle or St Patrick’s Cathedral: Small shops, quirky pubs and inspiring galleries demonstrate Dublin’s modern, metropolitan character.

Islands with a special kind of magic: the Hebrides
Some 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of the Scottish coast lie the Inner and the Outer Hebrides. Here, where salt and seaweed scents the air and granite rocks dot the green meadows, the cordial inhabitants enjoy a peaty whiskey – toasting their arcane homeland as well as the much longed-for summer sun that lights up the coloured facades in the ports of Tobermory and Stornoway.

Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar
Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Expedition Cruise
Serenissima
05.07.2019
18.07.2019
13
Northern Europe, Russia, Best of the Baltic
Fare from € 11.370
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Travelroute
Day 1

Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive in Stockholm. Transfer to our hotel, and gather Friday evening for a welcome dinner and briefing.

Day 2

Stockholm / Embark Serenissima

Join a half-day tour of this dynamic city with lunch at a local restaurant. Board the Serenissima this afternoon.

Day 3

Turku, Finland

Today visit Turku, the oldest city in Finland and its one-time capital. Your tour includes the 13th-century castle and cathedral, the handicrafts museum, and lively market. Conditions permitting, board Zodiacs to cruise among verdant islands and rocky outcroppings of the scenic Turku archipelago.

Day 4

Helsinki

The capital of Finland since 1812, Helsinki is a cosmopolitan city with a small-town feel. A city tour reveals the beautiful neoclassical architecture of Senate Square and allows you the opportunity to stroll through picturesque Market Square, where numerous vendors offer a variety of Finnish foods and souvenirs. Or choose to tour Suomenlinna Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by Sweden in 1748 to protect Helsinki’s harbour.

Day 5

St. Petersburg, Russia

Arrive in splendid St. Petersburg in the late morning and enjoy two days of exploration. Visit St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace which houses Catherine the Great’s incomparable Hermitage Museum. Enjoy an advanced entry and special guided tour which includes the Gold Room—a dazzling display of jewelry, as well as the famous Scythian and Greek gold. Drive across the Neva River to the burial place of the tsars, Peter and Paul Cathedral; its 18th-century spire dominates the skyline. Visit the spectacular Church of the Resurrection and drive along Russia’s most famous street, the Nevsky Prospect, lined with magnificent palaces, churches, and theaters. A scenic drive takes you to the palace and gardens of Peterhof, a grand summertime residence built by Peter the Great.

Day 6

St. Petersburg, Russia

Day 7

Tallinn, Estonia

Spend two days exploring Tallinn. The old town is a visual feast of soaring spires, towers, and turrets. After a renaissance in restoration and reconstruction, Tallinn proudly proclaims itself the finest preserved city in the Baltic. In the upper Old Town, visit Palace Square and the magnificent cupola-crowned Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In the lower Old Town, visit the Town Hall Square, once a medieval marketplace; one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, founded in 1422; and stroll along St. Catherine’s Passage in the Latin Quarter. You will also visit Kadriorg Palace and Park, built by Peter the Great as a summer residence.

Day 8

Tallinn, Estonia

Day 9

Riga, Latvia

Your day in Latvia showcases the riches of this 800-year-old Hanseatic river port. A walking tour takes you to multiple landmarks, including the Blackheads House, one of the oldest buildings in Riga; St. Peter’s Church, a superb Gothic masterpiece; the 15th-century Three Brothers merchant houses; and both St. Jacob and St. John churches. Also visit the 13th-century Dome Cathedral, whose organ concerts are legendary. Continue your exploration by motorcoach, driving past lovely parks along the City Canal lined with the stunning Art Nouveau architecture built in 1899 during the Jugendstil movement. There is free time this afternoon to explore Riga on your own.

Day 10

Visby, Gotland Island, Sweden

Disembark this morning at Gotland Island, the largest island in the Baltic. The splendid city of Visby, a World Heritage Site, is famous for its intact medieval architecture, especially the 44 guard towers built as part of the city walls in the 11th and 12th centuries. Drive to Almedalen, a green oasis in the city center, then walk past lovely medieval granaries and the city’s oldest building, the Powder Tower. Visit the Botanical Garden, known for its exotic plant collection, and take a ride up to a splendid panoramic viewpoint of the city and its spires. Continue your tour on foot along charming cobblestone streets, to visit the impressive St. Mary’s Cathedral and the Gotland Museum with its excellent medieval collections.

Day 11

Klaipeda, Lithuania

Today, drive to the amber center of Palanga. A stroll through the Botanical Park with its 500 varieties of trees and bushes takes you to the Amber Museum, housed in a 19th-century neo-Renaissance-style mansion. Afterward drive to the Old Town for a walking tour. From beautiful Theater Square, explore the narrow streets that meander between the charming half-timbered houses and shops.

Day 12

Gdansk, Poland

Enjoy a full day in this city whose history spans nearly 1,000 years. Stop at the Solidarity Monument in front of the Gdansk shipyard, then view the exhibition, Roads to Freedom, a fascinating audio-visual portrayal of those important and world-changing events. A walking tour through lively Old Town reveals a magnificent collection of Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings and monuments. Pass through the Golden Gate and walk down Long Street to the 15th-century Palace of Artus, where Neptune’s Fountain commemorates Gdansk’s Hanseatic past. Also visit medieval St. Mary’s Church, the world’s largest brick church. After lunch onboard, there is time at leisure for further exploration.

Day 13

Bornholm Island, Denmark

After breakfast step ashore on serene Bornholm Island, endowed with sugar-white sand beaches, dramatic cliffs, thick forests, and heather-clad hills. Visit the ruins of Hammershus Castle, Scandinavia’s largest medieval fortress; the unique, round 12th-century churches, Osterlars and Nylars; and the charming half-timbered fishing hamlet of Gudhjem. You may also choose to visit art studios renowned for their glass blowing and pottery.

Day 14

Copenhagen / Disembark

Arrive in Copenhagen and disembark the Serenissima. Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

Please Note: based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

Overview

Best of the Baltic

Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin.

Highlights

Tour the historic districts of Tallinn, Riga, and Gdansk, which feature a treasure-trove of architectural styles • Spend two days in St. Petersburg—the Venice of the North—and enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, Peterhof, and other important sites • Visit the vibrant capital cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, and Copenhagen • Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island, graced with rolling countryside, charming villages, unique round churches, and the impressive ruins of Hammershus Castle • Step ashore in beautiful Visby; a World Heritage Site, this city of ‘roses and ruins’ was once the trading center of the Hanseatic League

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Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 meters

Passenger Capacity: 107

Built/refurbished: 1960 / 2013Prior to her life as the MS Andrea she spent many years cruising the Norwegian coast as the Herald Jarl. The decision by the Norwegian owners, Hurtigruten to invest in much larger new vessels, presented an opportunity to the American company, Elegant Cruises to purchase the vessel in 2002. After a substantial refit of over $20 million in Sweden, she began her new life of worldwide cruising.

Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden, the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

Accommodating just under 100 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience and are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes.

The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition, there is an outside dining area for when weather and itinerary permit. A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and jacuzzi.

Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and an elevator. The vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible.

The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

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Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
03.08.2019
13.08.2019
10
Northern Europe, Vikings, Castles & Fascinating Fjords
Fare from € 5.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

Edinburgh (Leith)/Great Britain

Three vantage points offer fantastic views of this beautiful capital on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth. The historic castle is impossible to miss atop Castle Rock high above the narrow and sometimes very steep medieval streets. The Royal Mile, a mile-long parade of Victorian buildings in the old town, connects the two royal residences of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The imposing outline of Arthur's Seat, a mountain which would look more at home in the Highlands, looms over Holyrood Park. The New Town, a masterpiece of Georgian urban architecture with a grid-like street pattern, stretches toward the harbour from Prince's Street, at the eastern end of which you will find a small Greek temple looming atop Carlton Hill. The Old Town and New Town, both UNESCO world heritage sites, are divided by Princes Street Gardens, the green lungs of the city and venue for the loudest music and festival events.

Day 2

Peterhead/Great Britain

Day 3

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands

Day 4

Lerwick/Shetland Islands

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Bergen/Norway

Day 7

Stavanger/Norway

The port of Stavanger spans an area of mainland and several islands in a spectacular location between the skerries to the south and the fjord landscape to the west. The picturesque old town, with a cathedral dating back to around 1125 when Stavanger was founded, and the brilliant white 18th and 19th century wooden houses are overlooked by the glass and metal façades of international oil companies. Initially, Stavanger was an important fishing and seafaring centre. Subsequently, it became the world's biggest producer of tinned sardines before the extraction of black gold from the North Sea made it a rich oil centre and Norway's fourth largest city. Stavenger reinvented itself again as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Nearby are the 612-metre high Månafossen waterfall, the longest sandy beach in Norway known as the Sola beach and the Lysefjord with the imposing Preikestolen cliff.

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Sylt/Germany

North Sea breakers, mud flats, Red Cliff, vast landscape of dunes, wide sandy beaches and old mariners' houses show the romantic and natural side of Germany's most famous island. Its other side sometimes makes headlines, as Sylt has been the summer retreat for celebrities since the 1960s. They can be seen visiting the most famous fish stand in Germany, strolling through Kampen or in the elegant bars and exclusive clubs.

Day 10

Sylt/Germany

Day 11

Hamburg/Germany

Disembarkation.
Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbour views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Overview

Vikings, Castles & Fascinating Fjords

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Three cheers for the North: a summer getaway to Scotland’s green coasts and charming North Sea idylls: Edinburgh (Leith) – Hamburg

Edinburgh – capital of tradition
From the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town to the generous airy layout of the Gregorian New Town, in Edinburgh you literally walk through the ages. Take bagpipe traditions, spooky stories or pub
culture – ancient customs are kept alive in Scotland’s capital.

The many facets of the North
Rock faces that plunge into the sea, picturesque coastal villages, romantic castles – on the journey from Scotland over Norway to Hamburg, every day features a new landscape to discover. The North is surprisingly diverse and you will be just as enchanted by the raw charm of the Shetland and Orkney Islands as by the modern thrill of the cultural hub, Bergen.

Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar
Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.

The impressive Norwegian fjords
Over several ice ages, the incredible force of Mother Nature carved narrow valleys in the rocks of southern Norway, leading to the formation of spectacular landscapes: the majestic fjords. Each and every one of them is definitely worth seeing: The Lysefjord boasts the impressive Preikestolen plateau, towering at an altitude of over 600 metres (1,970 feet), and the Hardangerfjord is adorned by a wide range of fruit trees thanks to its mild climate.

Sylt: Germany’s most famed island
North Sea waves, the Wadden Sea, old captains’ cottages, and exploring the wide dune landscape – that is the romantic, down-to-earth side of the renowned North Frisian island. But Sylt enjoys the flurry of camera flashes just as much as the sunshine. Celebrities have chosen the island as their summer retreat: One wants to be seen visiting Germany’s most famous fish & chip shop, strolling through Kampen, in the elegant bars and exclusive clubs – and indulges in oysters fresh from the sea.

Panoramic cruise up the Elbe
The Sea Cloud ii glides slowly up the river Elbe, past the picturesque banks with their green dykes, the Airbus grounds, stair-lined Blankenese and the patrician mansions of the Elbchaussee. At her mooring by the “Überseebrücke”, she is greeted by Hamburg’s new landmark, the “Elbphilharmonie”.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
13.08.2019
24.08.2019
11
Northern Europe, The Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany & the Basque Country
Fare from € 5.655
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Travelroute
Day 1

Hamburg/Germany

Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbour views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Amsterdam/Netherlands

Amsterdam is small and unhurried, cosmopolitan and avant-garde, a multi-cultural lively city and a royal capital. The countless canals and bridges, and the charming cityscape with all its beautiful gabled houses nestling beside the secluded canals, shape the character of the inner city. Amsterdam is considered the cultural centre of the Netherlands. The Reichsmuseum, with its famous Night Watchman by Rembrandt and other masterpieces from the Golden Age is the largest of the innumerable museums, the Van Gogh Museum is the most colourful, and the Hermitage Amsterdam, with its high-profile opening back in summer 2009, is the newest.

Day 4

Oostende/Belgium

King Leopold II built the white palace and the long, wonderfully shady galleries on the beach. Like the casino and kursaal, they hark back to the Belle Époque when Ostend was the favourite summer resort of the aristocracy on the Flemish North Sea coast and was one of the most chic seaside towns in Europe. Although both world wars took their toll on the king's 'queen of seaside resorts', people still come in droves to stroll along the wide beach with its creamy sand and the long promenade. The lively old Hanseatic city of Bruges is captivating and its medieval atmosphere will enchant you. A rich historical heritage has been preserved inside its vast ramparts and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 5

Honfleur/France

Many famous impressionists caught the quaint atmosphere of this town at the mouth of the Seine on canvas in the 19th century. This small town in Calvados is still one of the most charming places in Normandy. Tall and narrow slate-clad buildings crowd around the quayside, the exquisite Vieux Bassin and the old 17th century dock. Honfleur honours its famous sons, painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie, in a museum. East of Honfleur, the breathtaking Pont de Normandie spans the Seine estuary and links Honfleur with Le Havre, an engineering masterpiece and one of the longest bridges in Europe.

Day 6

St Peter Port/Guernsey

'A piece of France fallen into the sea and grabbed up by the English' is how Victor Hugo described his place of exile in the Bay of St. Malo, which is closer to the northern coast of France than the south coast of England. Guernsey, the second largest British Channel Island, later inspired Auguste Renoir to produce a whole series of paintings. Narrow, meandering roads bordered by hedges and embankments wind through the interior of the island, which boasts luscious vegetation courtesy of the mild Gulf Stream climate, while in the south, green hills give way to rocky cliffs on the sea's edge. Here, spectacular crags, bays and sandy beaches have been shaped by the vast tidal range pummelling the rock. The pretty island capital of St. Peter Port overlooking the large sheltered harbour and castle boasts a fascinating mixture of styles in a tangle of terraces and stepped gardens.

Day 7

Saint-Malo/France

This former 'corsaire' town in northern Brittany has always had a close relationship with the sea. Although the buccaneers have left, St. Malo is now the start or end point for many famous sailing regattas. Behind the legendary town defences lies the historic centre, which is surrounded by water on three sides and has always been impregnable. On one side of the town walls you will see the narrow alleyways and tall houses of the old town which bear testament to the prosperity of past traders and sailors. The other side offers exquisite views of the emerald sea, dazzling white sandy beaches, harbour and forts. Tidal variations in the Bay of Saint-Malo provide an impressive natural spectacle with twelve metres difference between high and low tides.

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Le Palais/Belle-Île-en-Mer

At 54 square miles, Belle-Île-en-Mer, south of Lorient is the largest of Brittany's islands. For a few weeks every summer, the storms and crashing waves subside and the island takes on a laid-back holiday atmosphere, with lots of bicycles, beach towels and music. On the west coast, the waves break on the rocks causing white crests to dance on the water. Small, idyllic bays and beaches nestle in deep inlets in the rocky coastline, sometimes only accessible from the sea. The island's capital is the port of Le Palais with its imposing citadel and countless street cafés along the harbour and in the Place de la République. Claude Monet spent two and a half months on the island, producing 39 paintings of the wild Côte Sauvage.

Day 10

La Rochelle/France

The Vieux Port dock and the beautiful front, which teems with cafés, form the centre of the picturesque old town. Two imposing towers once served as lookout posts for the harbour and town, and are now the symbol of La Rochelle. The medieval town walls, town hall, churches and shipowners' offices bear testament to its former glory. Today, the Les Minimes marina is one of the largest examples of its kind in Europe. A bridge spans the 3km gap between the mainland and the Ile-de-Ré. With its enchanting beaches and dunes, little villages, cottages with green shutters and alleyways lined with hollyhocks, the 'White Isle' is a paradise for cyclists.

Day 11

San Sebastián/Spain

Day 12

Bilbao/Spain

Disembarkation.
Bilbao has always been an important port and industrial city. In 1993, Bilbao was a pilgrimage destination for lovers of modern art and avant-garde architecture. The Guggenheim Museum, with its idiosyncratic and unique design by famous architect Frank O Gehry, showcases everything that is important within its 11,000 square metres 118,403 foot). Steel used to be manufactured in Bilbao and it now plays a major role here, since other renowned architects have also been inspired to give Bilbao an attractive, distinctive look. Cross the futuristic Calatrava Bridge to reach the old town, where you can take a delightful stroll round the lanes and enjoy the art of Basque cuisine.

Overview

The Channel Islands, Normandy, Brittany & the Basque Country

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Enchanting summer days on the Atlantic coast – canal towns, cultural metropolises and charming island beauties: Hamburg – Bilbao

A panoramic trip along the Elbe
The Sea Cloud ii departs from Hamburg’s harbour and glides along the Elbe at a leisurely pace. Past the patrician mansions of the Elbchaussee, stair-lined Blankenese, the Airbus grounds and the picturesque river banks with their green dykes.

Kaleidoscopic Amsterdam
Amsterdam is small and homely, cosmopolitan and avant-garde, an international metropolis and a royal capital. Depending on your approach, this city will show you each of its many faces in a constantly changing light. Discover the charm of its canals and be inspired by its
internationally renowned designs.

Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage Site
Be it English cloth merchants, Hamburg’s moneybags or traders from Castile, trade has been at the heart of this Hanseatic city for centuries. Even today there are still great shopping opportunities in the charming medieval old town of Bruges. As you stroll past ramparts, windmills and romantic canals, you will discover all sorts of artistic and culinary delights in the small boutique shops.

Honfleur, paradise for painters
With its colourful fishing boats and soaring timbered houses, Honfleur offers visitors a truly picturesque setting. The enchanting little port is considered the cradle of impressionism – Eugène Boudin, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne met here to paint. In addition to enjoying the abounding art, don’t miss out on Normandy’s culinary masterpieces: cider, calvados and camembert.

Saint-Malo and the Mont St Michel
Strong fortified walls and heavy canons still bear witness to what life was like in Saint-Malo in the 18th century. From here, the corsairs started their raids, adding considerably to the wealth of the town. At the other end of the bay, the Mont St Michel also presents itself well-fortified: Like a mighty bastion, the monastery fortress rises from the tidal flats.

A jewel in the Atlantic: Belle-Île-en-Mer
It is easy to imagine that this island was the birthplace of summer; as soon as the sun rises over this Breton isle, the cafés and squares are instantly filled with the friendly chatter of locals, accordion players and women selling their wares at the market. With its serene atmosphere, the port of Le Palais is the perfect place to be discovered individually.

Capital of Culture and culinary delights: San Sebastián
San Sebastián cannot be described in a single word: Donostia, so its Basque name, is a seaside resort, film city, surfer’s paradise, cultural metropolis and above all a Mecca for gourmets. The lively old town is a paradise for the palate: Countless small and cosy bars proudly present the city’s culinary diversity.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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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 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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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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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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Small Yacht Cruise
Lord of the Glens
15.09.2019
22.09.2019
7
Northern Europe, Heart Of The Highlands
Fare from € 1.955
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Day 1

Embarkation

Arrive in Inverness and embark ‘MV Lord of the Glens’. Evening Captain’s reception and dinner. Moor Inverness overnight.

Day 2

Culloden and Caledonian Canal

Morning visit to Culloden, the famous battlefield where ‘Bonnie’ Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated and then see the ancient stones of Clava Cairns. Sail this afternoon on the Caledonian Canal, built between 1803 and 1822 to connect Loch Ness with the Great Glen’s three other lochs. Enter Loch Ness, pausing in front of Urquhart Castle for photographs. Ascend the impressive flight of locks that run through the heart of Fort Augustus. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3

Laggan Avenue and Glenfinnan

Sail through the tree-lined section known as Laggan Avenue and into Loch Lochy and on until we descend Neptune’s Staircase, a set of eight interconnected locks, to the village of Corpach, nestled in the shadow of Ben Nevis. In the afternoon we take the West Highland railway line over the renowned viaduct to beautiful Glenfinnan, surrounded by mountains. Moor overnight at Corpach.

Day 4

Oban

Today we enter the ocean, passing mysterious lochs and islands till we reach Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Join us for a walk up to McCaigs Tower dominating the skyline of the town with great views of the Western Isles. Overnight at Oban.

Day 5

Isle of Iona and Tobermory

This morning we sail to Craignure on the Isle of Mull, with a pause in front of Duart Castle for photographs. Visit to Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Britain. Later sail to Tobermory, again on the Isle of Mull. Tobermory’s most striking feature is the gaily painted houses that line the waterfront originally built by the British Fisheries Company to house its workers for £20 each. Moor Mull overnight.

Day 6

Eigg and Inverie

Sail north from Tobermory to tiny Eigg this morning, catching glimpses of the islands of the Inner Hebrides along the way. At Eigg you can get a sense of what life is like for the roughly 90 people who live on this island community. Then sail to the small village of Inverie on Loch Nevis, where you can have a drink at the most remote pub in the British Isles. Moor Inverie overnight.

Day 7

Kyle

Early morning sail across the Sound of Sleet to Armadale and the Isle of Skye. Visit the Clan Donald Centre. Later sail to Kyle of Lochalsh from where we visit the Eilean Donan Castle and picturesque village of Plockton. Evening Captain’s Farewell Reception and Dinner. Overnight in Kyle of Lochalsh.

Day 8

Disembarkation

Disembark in Kyle of Lochalsh after breakfast and drive to Inverness.

Please Note: timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

Overview

Heart Of The Highlands

This seven night voyage on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Glens’ encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands introducing the interested traveller to the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal, the glistening waters of Loch Linnhe, the Sound of Mull, the Sound of Sleat and finally to Kyle Rhea with calls at Inverness, Fort Augustus, Laggan, Corpach (Fort William), Craignure (Isle of Mull), Iona, Tobermory, Isle of Eigg, Armadale on the Isle of Skye as well as Loch Nevis for remote Inverie before ‘voyage end’ at Kyle of Lochalsh.

The arrangement will appeal to those seeking great natural beauty, excellent cuisine as well as sumptuous accommodation. The tariff provides for a full Scottish breakfast, luncheon and a splendid dinner. At most ports of call there is something to interest and fascinate the weary traveller, but alternatively you are free simply to escape, perhaps read a book and sip a glass of wine as the glories of the landscape slip by.

Highlights

Visit Culloden, the infamous battlefield where “Bonnie” Prince Charlie’s Jacobite forces were defeated in 1746 • Cruise past the romantic ruins of Urquhart Castle • Glide along the tree-lined canal known as Laggan Avenue • Visit the Isle of Iona, the last resting place of some 50 Scottish Kings and where St. Columba introduced Christianity to Britain • Look for marine animals and birdlife, including Atlantic seals, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and a variety of seabirds

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Ship information

Lord of the Glens

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 46 metres

Passenger Capacity: 48

Built: 1985

Until recently, size-limiting locks prevented travellers from seeing the Highlands from the remarkable vantage point of the inland waterway that links Scotland's most famous lochs. Now, with the style of a classic luxury yacht, the 48-guest Lord of the Glens journeys through this spectacular countryside in spectacular style.

The moment you step aboard the Lord of the Glens you are surrounded by the rich mahogany finishes of the reception area and lobby. The ship is magnificently appointed and brings to mind that one is in a stately country manor rather than a five-star ship.

Cabins: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable and spacious with wonderful outside views. Most cabins have large picture windows (four have two large portholes). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, satellite television, music system, hairdryer, telephone, safety deposit box, bathrobes and toiletries.

Public Areas: With all round teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambience. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard shop, and the small library and cozy bar are a refuge for the more solitary.

Meals: Served in the elegant single-seating Dining Room. Chefs create healthy, delicious cuisine served by an attentive staff.

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Booking
Small Yacht Cruise
Lord of the Glens
29.09.2019
05.10.2019
6
Northern Europe, Spring and Autumn in the Highlands
Fare from € 1,250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Inverness

Embark in Inverness at 4pm. Evening Captain’s welcome reception & dinner. Moor Inverness overnight

Day 2

Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

Sail in the morning via the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour, before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity by pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is free to explore Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3

Loch Oich, Loch Lochy & Banavie

The ‘Lord of the Glens’ is elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks than run through the centre of Fort Augustus, before entering the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself. The afternoon is reserved for a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct returning to the vessel via the Commando Memorial. Moor Banavie overnight.

Day 4

Tobermory

Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ the ‘Lord of the Glens’ is lowered to sea level at Corpach and then it is out to sea for a passage along the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull before reaching Tobermory. Tobermory is best explored on foot and there is plenty of time in the afternoon to visit the famed gaily painted waterfront. Moor Tobermory overnight.

Day 5

Craignure & Oban

The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle. Later sail to Oban, followed by an afternoon walk to include a Whisky Distillery & Mcaig’s Folly. Evening Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Moor Oban overnight.

Day 6

Oban

Disembark after breakfast and drive to Inverness.

Please Note: timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

Overview

Spring and Autumn in the Highlands

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenes brought effortlessly to your panoramic window, this together with excellent cuisine and deluxe State Cabin accommodations provides for a truly unique travel experience. This five night voyage on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Glens’ encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, including a transit of the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal.
The voyage commences at Inverness and continues via Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and onto beautiful Loch Oich, the highest point of the canal, before reaching Loch Lochy and finally to Corpach (Fort William) which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the gateway to the sea. At Corpach there is time to take the famed ‘West Highland Line’ train to Glenfinnan (Viaduct) returning to ‘Lord of the Glens’ via the Glenfinnan Monument.
At Corpach the ‘Lord of the Glens’ passes through the sea lock and enters the serenely beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and then it is onto the Sound of Mull, and to the gaily painted waterfront at Tobermory. The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Isle of Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle before reaching the ‘gateway of the isles’ at Oban.
Included: Full board, excursions as indicated in the itinerary, all port dues and taxes, transfer from/to Inverness at pre-determined times.
Not Included: soft and alcoholic beverages and gratuities.

Highlights

Stop in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle • Explore Fort Augustus • Enjoy a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct • Discover Tobermory • Visit Duart Castle

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Ship information

Lord of the Glens

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 46 metres

Passenger Capacity: 54

Built: 1985 Reconstructed & Renovated since 2000

Until recently, size-limiting locks prevented travellers from seeing the Highlands from the remarkable vantage point of the inland waterway that links Scotland's most famous lochs. Now, with the style of a classic luxury yacht, the 48-guest Lord of the Glens journeys through this spectacular countryside in spectacular style.

The moment you step aboard the Lord of the Glens you are surrounded by the rich mahogany finishes of the reception area and lobby. The ship is magnificently appointed and brings to mind that one is in a stately country manor rather than a five-star ship.

Cabins: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable and spacious with wonderful outside views. Most cabins have large picture windows (four have two large portholes). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, satellite television, music system, hairdryer, telephone, safety deposit box, bathrobes and toiletries.

Public Areas: With all round teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambience. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard shop, and the small library and cozy bar are a refuge for the more solitary.

Meals: Served in the elegant single-seating Dining Room. Chefs create healthy, delicious cuisine served by an attentive staff.

Contact
Booking
Small Yacht Cruise
Lord of the Glens
09.10.2019
14.10.2019
5
Northern Europe, Spring and Autumn in the Highlands
Fare from € 1,200
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Travelroute
Day 1

Inverness

Embark in Inverness at 4pm. Evening Captain’s welcome reception & dinner. Moor Inverness overnight

Day 2

Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

Sail in the morning via the first man-made section of the Caledonian Canal into Loch Dochfour, before reaching Loch Ness. The 21 mile transit of Loch Ness provides for a brief photo opportunity by pausing in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle before reaching Fort Augustus. The afternoon is free to explore Fort Augustus where everything is close to hand. Moor Fort Augustus overnight.

Day 3

Loch Oich, Loch Lochy & Banavie

The ‘Lord of the Glens’ is elevated from the shores of Loch Ness with the assistance of six inter-connected locks than run through the centre of Fort Augustus, before entering the stunningly impressive tree-lined Laggan Avenue. Later continue into Loch Oich, Loch Lochy and finally to Banavie in the very shadow of Ben Nevis itself. The afternoon is reserved for a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct returning to the vessel via the Commando Memorial. Moor Banavie overnight.

Day 4

Tobermory

Descending the spectacular eight inter-connected locks of ‘Neptune’s Staircase’ the ‘Lord of the Glens’ is lowered to sea level at Corpach and then it is out to sea for a passage along the sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and the Sound of Mull before reaching Tobermory. Tobermory is best explored on foot and there is plenty of time in the afternoon to visit the famed gaily painted waterfront. Moor Tobermory overnight.

Day 5

Craignure & Oban

The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle. Later sail to Oban, followed by an afternoon walk to include a Whisky Distillery & Mcaig’s Folly. Evening Captain’s farewell reception and dinner. Moor Oban overnight.

Day 6

Oban

Disembark after breakfast and drive to Inverness.

Please Note: timings and schedule are subject to weather conditions and tide.

Overview

Spring and Autumn in the Highlands

Nothing to clutter the view, just hauntingly beautiful Scottish Highland scenes brought effortlessly to your panoramic window, this together with excellent cuisine and deluxe State Cabin accommodations provides for a truly unique travel experience. This five night voyage on board the deluxe ‘Lord of the Glens’ encompasses the main highlights of a voyage through the very heart of the Scottish Highlands, including a transit of the intricate and endlessly fascinating inland waters of the Caledonian Canal.
The voyage commences at Inverness and continues via Loch Dochfour and Loch Ness to Fort Augustus and onto beautiful Loch Oich, the highest point of the canal, before reaching Loch Lochy and finally to Corpach (Fort William) which lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis and the gateway to the sea. At Corpach there is time to take the famed ‘West Highland Line’ train to Glenfinnan (Viaduct) returning to ‘Lord of the Glens’ via the Glenfinnan Monument.
At Corpach the ‘Lord of the Glens’ passes through the sea lock and enters the serenely beautiful sheltered waters of Loch Linnhe and then it is onto the Sound of Mull, and to the gaily painted waterfront at Tobermory. The voyage concludes with a call at Craignure (Isle of Mull) for the visit to Duart Castle before reaching the ‘gateway of the isles’ at Oban.
Included: Full board, excursions as indicated in the itinerary, all port dues and taxes, transfer from/to Inverness at pre-determined times.
Not Included: soft and alcoholic beverages and gratuities.

Highlights

Stop in front of the ruins of Urquhart Castle • Explore Fort Augustus • Enjoy a passage on the scheduled West Highland train from Banavie to Glenfinnan Viaduct • Discover Tobermory • Visit Duart Castle

<close>

Ship information

Lord of the Glens

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship

Length: 46 metres

Passenger Capacity: 54

Built: 1985 Reconstructed & Renovated since 2000

Until recently, size-limiting locks prevented travellers from seeing the Highlands from the remarkable vantage point of the inland waterway that links Scotland's most famous lochs. Now, with the style of a classic luxury yacht, the 48-guest Lord of the Glens journeys through this spectacular countryside in spectacular style.

The moment you step aboard the Lord of the Glens you are surrounded by the rich mahogany finishes of the reception area and lobby. The ship is magnificently appointed and brings to mind that one is in a stately country manor rather than a five-star ship.

Cabins: Cabins are tasteful, comfortable and spacious with wonderful outside views. Most cabins have large picture windows (four have two large portholes). Facilities include a private bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, satellite television, music system, hairdryer, telephone, safety deposit box, bathrobes and toiletries.

Public Areas: With all round teak decks, hardwood finished interiors and fine fabrics, the Lord of the Glens offers a stylish and relaxing ambience. The two lounges and two open-air viewing areas are social hubs aboard shop, and the small library and cozy bar are a refuge for the more solitary.

Meals: Served in the elegant single-seating Dining Room. Chefs create healthy, delicious cuisine served by an attentive staff.

Contact
Booking