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
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
24.03.2019
16.04.2019
23
Africa, From Cape Town to Mahé
Fare from € 10.060
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 24 (23 nights)

From Cape Town to Mahé

Depart on a voyage of discovery to experience the extraordinarily rich heritage of South Africa, followed by a tropical expedition to the islands of the Indian Ocean. Explore South Africa's most famous cities and towns: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay and Durban; then take advantage of the opportunity to head out on safari to see the Big Five! Next, set sail for the Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean, a quintessentially beautiful archipelago that is home to the largest concentration of sea turtles in the world. Following an unforgettable stop at Nosy Komba off the northern coast of Madagascar, continue on to the Seychelles. Calling at a variety of ports, discover the islands of Assumption, Alphonse, La Digue and Aldabra, a nature reserve recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Africa - Madagascar

Ports of call;
Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Europa, Juan de Nova, Glorioso Islands, Nosy Komba

Madagascar - Seychelles

Ports of call;
Assumption Island, Aldabra Atoll, Astove Island, Alphonse Atoll, La Digue, Victoria/Mahé

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Cape Town to Mahé

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

With Le Lyrial, 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”.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial 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 the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
29.03.2019
11.04.2019
13
Latin America, Treasures of Central America
Fare from € 4.240
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Travelroute
Day 1

Guayaquil (Ecuador)

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Quepos (Costa Rica)

Not far from the virgin forest of Manuel Antonio national park, Quepos is a welcoming stopover located on the Pacific coast. Its waterfront has an array of stalls of pineapple and banana vendors, and it’s nice to wander here in the shade of manchineel trees. In the lush green and floral streets, houses with stunningly carved balconies line the town which is laid out in grid form. You’ll also have some time for a spot of shopping in the plentiful traditional boutiques where you’ll find hand-crafted cotton clothes, ceramics with Costa Rican designs, and decorative objects in hand-painted wood.

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala)

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.

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

San Juan Del Sur (Nicaragua)

Considered the Nicaraguan surfing capital, the attractive seaside resort of San Juan del Sur is the ideal place for letting go and revelling in the waves. Looking out on the Pacific, you will be charmed by this fishing harbour-come-seaside holiday destination. Nestling in the crook of a curved bay, apart from its long white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, this town will win you over with its natural landscapes of steep rocks and green hills. If you are looking for a touch of tranquillity, far from the madding crowd, ravishing creeks garnish the coastline around San Juan del Sur. Come and play in the shining rollers!

Day 9

Herradura (Costa Rica)

Herradura takes its name in Spanish from the horseshoe form of its bay, covered in lush tropical vegetation, its beauty enhanced by the hills that loom over it. This small town is surrounded by national parks that are remarkable for the rich variety of fauna and flora they protect. When your ship calls here, it will be the moment to take a journey in small covered boats along the Tarcoles River, whose banks are home to crocodiles and iguanas. This mangrove also hosts the loyal and flamboyant Scarlet Macaw, with its red, blue and yellow plumage, known for mating with the same partner for life.

Day 10

Golfito (Costa Rica)

Day 11

Coiba (Panama)

Coiba Island once housed a prison with a sinister reputation that has since been abandoned. Today the island is a National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers many activities. Experience the emotion of the first explorers by heading deep into the virgin rainforest, untouched by human hand, and carve a path for yourself through the creepers, under the watchful gaze of the multitudes of birds. You may be lucky enough to see the Howler Monkey, only visible here. To conclude this unique adventure, take a dip in the turquoise waters of the unspoiled beaches on the island, among the sea turtles and the tropical fish swimming elegantly through the coral reefs.

Day 12

Fuerte Amador (Panama)

Day 13

Colon (Panama)

Day 14

Colon (Panama)

Disembarkation

Overview

Treasures of Central America

Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama… A cruise in Central America offers a myriad of destinations.

Experience something unique that inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: the crossing of the legendary Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this masterpiece of engineering will allow you to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

From port to port, Le Boréal will allow you to discover at your own pace a concentration of architectural treasures, combined with the most beautiful natural riches.

Incorporating the discovery of vast open spaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this cruise will be rich in emotions.

Highlights

Discover a condensed overview of Central America’s architectural gems and most stunning natural treasures through an exceptional itinerary. Stop in Quepos, the gateway to one of Costa Rica’s finest natural treasures, the Manuel Antonio National Park. Combining lush tropical rainforest and abundant wildlife, this unspoiled park is fringed with idyllic beaches. Visit Antigua Guatemala. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city, overlooked by majestic volcanoes, is often considered to be the country’s most beautiful. Journey back in time as you discover the Embera tribe. These proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life. Cross the mythical Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this marvel of engineering will take you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

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Ship information

Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal 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
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
01.04.2019
16.04.2019
15
Africa, The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles
Fare from € 7.320
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Travelroute
Day 1

Durban (South Africa)

As your vessel cruises along the coast of Durban, from the exterior decks you will be able to admire the long beaches washed by waves from the Indian Ocean and the skyscrapers that overlook the jacaranda-lined avenues. Not far from there, you will be captivated by the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the ancestral land of the Zulu people. The undulating, soft green hills are home to a multitude of small villages with traditional round huts. In the heart of the Phezulu Safari Park, the beliefs and rituals of the fascinating Zulu culture will be revealed to you and you will be treated to a show that pulsates to the beat of Zulu drums.

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

Europa (Eparses Islands)

Located in the South of the Mozambique channel, between the African continent and Mozambique, the island of Europa is the largest and best preserved of the Scattered Islands. This ancient atoll of volcanic origin is covered by natural and practically virgin vegetation, a blend of dense forest and mangrove. Small piece of France at the end of the World, the island is surrounded by coral reef, home to an impressive array of marine wildlife. In addition to the many bird colonies that have made the island their home, such as the red-footed booby, the tern or the tropicbird, the white sandy beaches have become the most important laying ground for green turtles in the entire Indian Ocean.

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Juan de Nova (Eparses Islands)

We invite you to board your ship and sail to discover the Scattered islands, virgin and pristine lands often described as “ocean sanctuaries”, and more particularly the island of Juan de Nova. Located deep inside the Mozambique Channel, once known as Saint Christopher, this unusual islet owes its existence to its coral reef, which has slowly developed over time to form an almost submerged land made of coral and sand. Home to the biggest colony of Sooty Tern in the Indian Ocean, this tiny strip of land is classed as a nature reserve and will not fail to enchant you with its rocky hillsides, sand dunes and translucent lagoons.

Day 7

Juan de Nova (Eparses Islands)

Day 8

Nosy Komba (Madagascar)

During your cruise, your ship will stop in Nosy Komba, otherwise known as “lemur island”. Not far from the Madagascar mainland, this volcanic island shaped like a gigantic turtle shell is covered in dense tropical rainforest. This vegetation is home to amusing black lemurs – furry orange-brown and black creatures that are surprisingly agile and call to each other from amongst the trees. The many small beaches and the emerald-coloured water make Nosy Komba a natural gem that only a select few visit.

Day 9

Glorieuses (Eparses Islands)

The Scattered Islands are like minuscule confetti sprinkled around Madagascar and form an archipelago of unrivalled beauty. Their geographical isolation, and their very limited human settlement make them a true geological sanctuary, classed as a nature reserve since 1975. Regularly used as the “zero point” in scientific studies, they offer their rare visitors almost pristine vegetation composed mainly of mangrove, as well as long beaches of shimmering sand stretching out behind turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs that are home to the world’s highest concentration of sea turtles.

Day 10

At sea

Day 11

Aldabra (Seychelles)

Located in the very heart of this faraway archipelago, the Aldabra Atoll is considered to be one of the last virtually untouched sanctuaries on earth, where a large population of sea turtles has found refuge. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this vast tract of land is formed by 4 small coral reef islands separated by narrow passes and containing an emerald-water lagoon lined with mangrove and fine-sand beaches. As your ship slowly nears the clear, reflective waters along its shoreline, do not miss your chance to discover this natural wonder, which is considered to be the largest atoll in the world and once fired the imagination of many an explorer.

Day 12

Aldabra (Seychelles)

Day 13

At sea

Day 14

Alphonse (Seychelles)

Alphonse Island is located off the Seychelles archipelago. Discovered in 1730 by the Knight Alphonse de Pontevez, this island, specialised in coconut processing in the past, is now a veritable natural reserve, home to different species of marine mammals, sea turtles and many birds. Alphonse Island is also renowned for its rich underwater life and coral, among the best preserved in the Indian Ocean. A marvellous spectacle that can be admired with just a mask!

Day 15

La Digue (Seychelles)

A sprinkling of islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles exude calm and beauty against a backdrop of leafy coconut trees, white sand and crystal-clear water. In addition to the tranquillity of its green lagoons and its idyllic beaches, this remote paradise also boasts an exceptional fauna and flora. In the many parks and nature reserves, come and observe colourful birds, giant turtles and the numerous marine species living in the turquoise waters. Before reaching the archipelago’s capital, Mahe, your ship will introduce you to La Digue. Time stands still here on this small stretch of land protected from all motorised traffic, where the only mode of transport is the bicycle or the oxcart.

Day 16

Victoria - Mahe (Seychelles)

Disembarkation

Overview

The Scattered Islands & the Seychelles

Discover our new itinerary between Durban, cosmopolitan seaside town of South Africa, and Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles in the heart of the Indian Ocean.

Embark on a 16-day cruise and enjoy the exceptional environment of Eparses Islands, Madagascar, Alphonse, Aldabra and La Digue, heavenly islands fringed by white sandy beaches.

Highlights

Visit Nosy Komba – a beautiful island, placed on the map for its population of habituated black lemurs. There are numerous deserted coves to explore as well as paths that lead through tavy farms and into the hills where you will find birds, chameleons and black lemurs. • Discover Scattered Islands (Îles Éparses) – five groups of small islands around Madagascar. All islands are nature reserves, with large colonies of seabirds. Europa Island has also one of world’s largest nesting sites for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). • Visit Aldabra – a raised coral atoll that has been basically untouched by humans including the Persians and Arabs who found the island before the Portuguese arrived in 1511. For this reason, it is truly a natural wonder because it has been virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

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Le Lyrial

Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial 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 the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
02.04.2019
15.04.2019
13
Ocean Voyage, Pacific and Oceania, Asia: Honolulu - Maizuru
Fare from € 2.290
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 14 (13 nights)

Honolulu - Maizuru

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 organized, 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: Honolulu – Maizuru

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.
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 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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Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
02.04.2019
12.04.2019
10
Ocean Voyage, Caribbean, Africa: Vieux Fort - Praia
Fare from € 1.950
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 11 (10 nights)

Vieux Fort - Praia

During these voyages there are no ports of call (except possibly for technical reasons), nor any onboard entertainment or speakers, and no transfers are provided. Likewise the catering is less elaborate than for other cruises. To enable you to embark as early as possible, we suggest you spend the night near the port the day before the ship is due to leave. At the end of your cruise we recommend that you book an evening flight on the day of disembarkation, or one the next day.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Vieux Fort – Praia

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.
During your Sea Journey, you can relax on the sundeck, admire the waves from the Observatory, 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 Ponant

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.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
L' Austral
03.04.2019
29.04.2019
26
Africa, Northern Europe, From Dakar to Dublin
Fare from € 9.990
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 27 (26 nights)

From Dakar to Dublin

Setting off from Dakar, set sail for the archipelagos of Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. Discover a diverse variety of landscapes and numerous UNESCO sites. Continue your grand voyage from Lisbon to Portsmouth with an exceptional gourmet food and wine programme in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour. Elegant gala dinners and visits to world-famous vineyards are just part of the experience that awaits you. Finally, the L'Austral will take you the lands of legend and romance. Passing green and verdant grassy downs, precipitous cliffs and the ruins of ancient castles along the way, you'll make stops at Guernsey, Cork, Liverpool, Belfast and finally the city of Dublin, where this Grand Voyage concludes

Cape Verde/Canary Islands - Africa

Ports of call;
Dakar, Praia, Mindelo, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arrecife de Lanzarote.

Funchal/Madeira - Northern Europe

Ports of call;
Funchal/Madeira, Lisbon, Leixões-Porto, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bordeaux, Belle-Île-en-Mer, Guernsey, Honfleur.

Northern Europe

Ports of call;
Portsmouth, Guernsey, Isles of Scilly, Cork-Cobh, Liverpool, Douglas, Belfast, Dublin.

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Dakar to Dublin

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

With L’ Austral, 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”.

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L' Austral

In May 2011, L' Austral joined Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lapérouse
07.04.2019
23.05.2019
46
Australia and NZ, Pacific and Oceania, From New Caledonia to Northern Australia
Fare from € 18.410
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 47 (46 nights)

From Auckland to Darwin

Set off to discover the sublime landscapes of New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. From Auckland to Darwin, via Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, Le Lapérouse will take you into the heart of these lands of a thousand cultures, lost in the blue of the Pacific Ocean. After you sail to the Bay of Islands, the Chesterfield Islands will appear, scattered across the Coral Sea. You will then discover Tufi, the spectacular volcanic fjord of the Tropics, and set off to meet the people of Ambrym Island, before calling at the Maluku Islands, a natural paradise on the Spice Route. An opportunity for many rewarding encounters with the peoples of the Antipodes.

NZ - Oceania

Ports of call;
Auckland, Bay of Islands, Kouare Island, Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Hienghene, Bélep Islands, Chesterfield Islands

Oceania

Ports of call;
Noumea, Lifou, Loyalty Islands, Tanna Island, Espiritu Santo, Malekula, Ambrym Island, Ureparapara Island - Sana Islands, Vanikoro, Santa Ana

Oceania

Ports of call;
Honiara - Guadalcanal, Roderick Bay, Njari Island - Gizo, Alotau, Tufi, Lusançay Islands, Trobriand Islands, Dobu - Fergusson Island, Samarai Island

Australia - Oceania

Ports of call;
Cairns, Cape York, Asmat, Triton Bay, Mommon - Sebakor Bay, Kei Islands, Banda Neira, Darwin

Overview

From New Caledonia to Northern Australia

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

Zodiac inflatables outings and shore visits with your expedition teams • Landscapes: discover the tropical lagoons of New Caledonia and the Bélep archipelago in the large Northern lagoon UNESCO-designated; Hienghene with its black limestone cliffs, the caldera of Ureparapara, Tufi, Triton Bay’s karst Islands decked with tropical vegetation • Visit traditional villages and encounters with local people in Papua-New Guinea, on Ambrym Island and the Asmat region • Swimming and snorkelling on deserted beaches surrounded by coral reefs, home to very rich underwater life

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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 Champlain
10.04.2019
21.04.2019
11
Ocean Voyage, Latin America, The Mediterranean: Cayenne - Lisbon
Fare from € 2.120
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Travelroute
Day 1 to 12 (11 nights)

Cayenne - Lisbon

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: Cayenne – Lisbon

From sea to sea, or from continent to continent, Ponant welcomes you aboard its ships for a Sea Journey. A few times a year we invite sea lovers, dreamers, and keen observers of endless horizons to join our non-stop journeys, to enjoy the comfort of our ships for an extended period and share the daily lives of our crew.
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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Ship information

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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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Boréal
11.04.2019
22.04.2019
11
Latin America, North America, Treasures of the Caribbean Sea
Fare from € 4.190
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Day 1

Colón

Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city. Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

Day 2

Corn Island

Day 3

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 4

Trujillo

Day 5

Santo Tomas de Castilla

Day 6

Punta Gorda & Half Moon Cay

Day 7

At sea

Day 8

Progreso

Day 9

Progreso

Day 10

At sea

Day 11

Key West

Day 12

Miami

Disembarkation.

Overview

Treasures of the Caribbean Sea

From Panama to the United States, PONANT is inviting you to discover no fewer than 7 countries during a single cruise. Join us aboard Le Boréal for an all-new and exciting 12-day itinerary. On the first leg of your trip, you will sail up the east coast of Central America from Colon, at the Atlantic entrance to the mythical Panama Canal. From your port of call in Santo Tomas de Castilla in Guatemala, don’t miss your chance to visit the Mayan site of Tikal. There, you will be able to admire superb temples, palaces and pyramids nestling amid lush vegetation. Discover Belize, a small paradise covered in tropical rainforest. Its coast gives onto the Caribbean Sea and is home to a very large barrier reef, as well as the spectacular Blue Hole, one of the world’s top scuba diving spots. Le Boréal will then sail northward to call at Progreso, the departure point of an unforgettable excursion to Chichen Itza or Uxmal, two sites with must-see vestiges of Pre-Columbian civilisation. In Key West, stroll through the lively streets of this island which Ernest Hemingway used to visit, and enjoy the bohemian atmosphere of this wonderful place, which boasts idyllic beaches. Your unforgettable trip will draw to an end in Miami, Florida.

Highlights

Visiting 7 countries on a single cruise from Panama to the United States. Before your cruise, the possibility of visiting the mythical Panama Canal. From Santo Tomas de Castilla, an extension is possible to visit the famous Tikal pyramids, incredible vestiges of the ancient Mayan civilisation, and La Antigua Guatemala, a beautiful baroque town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An overnight stay in Progreso, with an exceptional visit to the many Mayan sites, including Chichen Itza and Uxmal, and with the visit of Merida. From Half Moon Cay, the possibility of heading out to the mythical Blue Hole. Discovering Key West, the southernmost island in the United States, and the closest to Cuba. Possibility of swimming and snorkelling.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal 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
Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

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Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
12.04.2019
19.04.2019
7
Africa, Cape Verde Islands
Fare from € 3.970
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Day 1

Praia

The capital of Cape Verde, Praia, is located on the southern tip of Santiago island. You can dally in the districts planted with Tamarind and Albizia trees. Above the harbour, the statue of Diogo Gomes pays homage to the man who discovered Cape Verde in 1460. A few streets away, in the old centre, the Ethnographic Museum presents the diversity of the archipelago’s cultural origins. Its historical building with transom windows is one of the city’s more unusual curiosities.

Day 2

Praia and Maio

Discovered in 1460 in the month of May, as its Portuguese name indicates, Maio is located east of Santiago in the Cape Verde archipelago. At the south-west tip of the island stands the seaport town of Vila do Maio and its pastel-coloured houses nestling against the smooth hills. Morro, a quiet little village famed for its hand-crafted pottery is located not far from there. Follow the coast road alongside deserted beaches to the fishing port of Calheta, and on to the village of Morrinho.

Day 3

São Nicolau

Located south-west of São Vicente, the island of São Nicolau is a thrilling sight with its steep but luxuriant cliff faces culminating in Mount Gordo. Near the summit, the island’s attractive capital, Ribeira Brava, and its pastel-coloured houses and colonial monuments, nestles in a deep valley. Not far off, you can hike through the mountain cirque of Fajã, where you’ll see the rare and extremely old dragon trees growing naturally on the high plateaux.

Day 4

Mindelo

Located on the shores of the bay of Porto Grande on the North-West Coast of São Vicente, Mindelo is considered to be Cape Verde’s cultural capital. Here in Cesaria Evora’s homeland, you can listen to real morna in the bars of the old town, where you can also sip a grog of Cape Verdian sugarcane spirits. A few streets from the elegant floating resort of Pont d’Água, you’ll be taking in the sight of the pastel-coloured houses and colonial buildings of the historical district. Other landmarks are the facades of the old Governor’s Palace and the municipal market, behind which an atmosphere high in tropical flavours prevails.

Day 5

Porto Novo

The coastal city of Porto Novo is located on the South-East Coast of Santo Antão Island. Near the jetty, colourfully painted boats lie beached on the sand. Shaded by palm trees and tamarinds, the waterfront boasts beautiful vantage points overlooking the Atlantic and the island of São Vicente. In the city centre, built at the feet of abrupt escarpments, you’ll discover the low-profile, painted buildings that are emblematic of traditional Cape Verde architecture.

Day 6

Boa Vista

Day 7

Fogo

Lying west of Praia, the volcanic island of Fogo is Cape Verde’s highest landmark. Protected by a national park, this is where you can see recent lava flows, and older ones sprouting with new growth. Along the rocky coastline, you’ll come across picturesque villages, like Mosteiros. Don’t miss a visit to the historic town of São Filipe, and its elegant colonial houses overlooking the Atlantic.

Day 8

Praia

Disembarkation.

Overview

Cape Verde Islands

At the crossroads of three continents, Europe, Africa and South America, the Cape Verde islands are proud of their mixed race heritage, a blend of cultures that makes them truly unique. Far from the main maritime routes and major tourist destinations, Cape Verde offers its authenticity and its traditions, a region with a thousand faces and a thousand landscapes.

At the heart of the Cape Verde Islands, Santo Antao, also known as one of the Barlavento or Windward Islands, is of volcanic origin. This has resulted in a landscape of deep, green valleys and steep summits.

We invite you discover the two contrasting sides to this surprising island: the unmissable north first, where you can hike from the altitude forest to the luxuriant Paul valley, via the impressive coastal path leading to Ponta do Sol… Next, you will visit the wild west of the island, with its remote tiny villages and encounter the fishing community.

Highlights

Explore the Cape Verde islands which are proud of their mixed race heritage, a blend of cultures that makes them truly unique. Discover the island of São Nicolau – a thrilling sight with its steep but luxuriant cliff faces culminating in Mount Gordo. Visit Mindelo – Cape Verde’s cultural capital.

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Le Ponant

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.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
L' Austral
13.04.2019
22.04.2019
9
The Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Vineyards & Grands Crus
Fare from € 3.970
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Day 1

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

Day 2

Leixoes

Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixoes lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares de Reis museum. The Sao Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

St. Jean de Luz

Day 5

Bordeaux

Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

Day 6

Bordeaux

Day 7

Pauillac & Château Latour

Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.

Day 8

Belle-île-en-Mer

Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

Day 9

Guernsey (Channel Islands)

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 10

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 11

Portsmouth

Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.

Overview

Vineyards & Grands Crus

Cruise with us and discover the famous vineyards of Bordeaux in France.

Step aboard the L’Austral in Lisbon for a 10-day wine cruise in partnership with ARTEMIS.

From the port of Leixoes, you will sail to Porto. The capital of the northern region, this ‘city of granite’ is not only known for its wine, but also for its remarkable historic town centre which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Located in the south west of France, Bordeaux is the world capital of wine. You will learn about the rich oenological tradition of its region at the “La Cité du Vin”, at the medieval town of Saint-Émilion or at the castle Château Siaurac.

From vineyards to ocean, this wine cruise promises to be a truly enriching experience.

Highlights

Renowned sommelier on board. Tasting of Grands Crus and new World Wines. Conferences on board about wine. Stopover to Belle-Île-en-Mer.

Gastronomy & Oenology

Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

Prestigious ports of call

For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

A journey to the land of flavours

On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

Renowned professionals (names might change)

These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

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L' Austral

In May 2011, L' Austral joined Ponant's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. 

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Soléal
15.04.2019
23.04.2019
8
Asia, The best of Japan
Fare from € 7.540
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Day 1

Maizuru

Embarkation.
Located on the western coast of Honshu island, in the province of Kyoto, the charming town of Maizuru boasts one of Japan’s most exquisite closed bays. A climb to the observatory will allow you to appreciate the splendour of this inlet scattered with tiny wild islands. You can also admire the treasures of traditional architecture by visiting the temple of Enryu-ji or the Tanabe-jo castle. The town also bears traces of a rich military past, which you can see in the old arsenals of the navy, red brick buildings that today house a museum.

Day 2

Sakaiminato

Located on the south-west coast of Honshu Island, the busy fishing port of Sakaiminato celebrates the comic writer and artist Shigeru Mizuki, who was born here. As well as a museum a dedicated tourist route leads through streets and squares that feature 134 bronze statues representing his beloved characters. This isn't the only thing Sakaiminato has to offer; try some local seafood specialities and enjoy the stunning views of Mt Daisen and the Yumigahama peninsula.

Day 3

Busan

With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second largest metropolis on South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbour city, located in the south-east, surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You’ll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city’s outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan’s peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you’ll have the pleasure of meeting.

Day 4

Nagasaki

Located on the north-west coast of Kyushu, Nagasaki will impress you by its rich heritage. Despite the destruction in 1945, you can visit several ancient sites, including the beautiful 19th-century Catholic Church of Oura and its garden, the sanctuary of Suwa Shrine as well as several Buddhist temples. A visit to the Atomic Bomb Museum gives you insight into the extent of the damage caused by the nuclear attack. Close by, a walk in the Memorial Peace Park leads you to a collection of objets d'art offered as a gift from Japan to the world.

Day 5

Kagoshima

The seaside city of Kagoshima, at the south of Kyushu Island, ᅠis best known for Sakurajima, an active volcano that faces Kinko Bay. A visit to this busy metropolis will remind you just how much the volcano is part of the inhabitants everyday life: in the wake of the almost daily eruptions, a delicate layer of ash settles on everything. The top of a buried torii (traditional Japanese gate) measuring three metres that was "swallowed up" by a giant lava flow in 1914 can still be seen. The power of nature will send a shiver down your spine.

Day 6

Uwajima

Located on the west coast of Shikoku island, Uwajima will delight lovers of history and traditional customs. The magnificent Uwajima Castle was built in the 17th-century by the powerful Date clan and has a beautiful ornamental garden and bridge. The much-visited Taga Shrine is dedicated to fertility and is full of phalluses. Another interesting tradition is togyu, a Japanese variant of bull-fighting where two bulls are pitted against each other without a toreador. As for eating, you must taste jakoten, a local delicacy based on fried fish.

Day 7

Hiroshima

Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden.

Day 8

Tamano

Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep, dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.

Day 9

Osaka

Disembarkation.
Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity.ᅠ The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotomburi and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.

Overview

The best of Japan

Through this exceptional itinerary, Ponant invites you to discover the Land of the Rising Sun, where the history of the samurai and the daintiness of the geishas exist side by side.
In Maizuru, you will board the Le Soléal for a 9-day cruise to the heart of Japan.
When your ship calls at Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who had lavish homes and castles built.
The Le Soléal will then take you to Busan, a warm and welcoming city where you will enjoy a spectacular view of the port. This ancient city full of contrasts presents numerous vestiges that speak of its prestigious past.
We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You will also discover the small Japanese city of Tamano, a former feudal domain with a unique cultural heritage. Among its sites, you will be able to admire its famous Korakuen Garden, one of the country’s three must-see landscaped gardens.
You will end your cruise with the discovery of the most Japanese of metropolis, Osaka, a modern, industrial and cultural city that is entirely turned towards the future. This city has been the national centre for trade and industry since the reign of Emperor Nintoku.

Highlights

The singer and harpist Cécile Corbel will be on board Discovering the ‘Empire of the Rising Sun’, its culture, its ancestral traditions and iconic sites • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: The Miyajima Sanctuary and its vermillion Torii, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum • Sakaiminato and Matsue or medieval Japan and the former homes of the Samurais • Discovering Tamano, a former feudal domain with a surprising cultural heritage, and its famous “black castle” • Osaka, and its famous castle (port of disembarkation)

Please Note: All- inclusive package: flights from/to Paris + cruise + pre and post-cruise programmes + transfers.

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Le Soléal

Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 142 meters
Passenger Capacity: 264
Built: 2013

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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