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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 five ships, around 175 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 four 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 four 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 in Greenland, South America, the USA, Japan, the Mediterranean or New Zealand., 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, physicists, historians and expedition leaders who will inform you in the auditorium.

For almost 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 cabin 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.

“Small is Beautiful”

Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Le Lyrial ☼☼☼
15.08.2017
22.08.2017
7
The Adriatic, The Mediterranean, Mediterranean Flavours ☼☼☼ Kid's Club
Fare from € 3.930
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Travelroute
Day 1

Civitavecchia (Roma)

Embarkation
Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

Day 2

Amalfi

The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its history. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister, before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.

Day 3

Taormina

Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

Day 4

Monopoli

Perched on the Adriatic coast in Puglia, the charming small town of Monopoli blends history and authenticity. Protected by its fortified walls along the seafront and its castle, in the shade of the cathedral’s elegant bell tower, the town is bustling with fishermen who come to repair their nets or unload the day’s catch. But it is also the gateway to the village of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alberobello is famous worldwide for its traditional dry stone huts called trulli. These dwellings with whitewashed walls and conical, domed or pyramid-shaped roofs are built without any mortar, using a construction technique inherited from prehistoric times.

Day 5

Dubrovnik & Lopud island (Coatia)

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic. An intimate destination among the Elaphiti islands, the harbour village of Lopud will win your heart with its picturesque waterfront. In the higher areas, is the Sutvra belvedere where you can visit the ruins of a Spanish fort. Here, you can gaze at amazing views of the hillsides and coastline. Below, on an isolated promontory, stands the Franciscan monastery. The monastery nestles among maritime pines and cypresses announcing Šunj beach. This cove is famous for its fine sand and translucent waters. You won’t be able to resist taking a dip on your walk on the coastal paths.

Day 6

Hvar & Pakleni islands (Croatia)

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local produce.

Day 7

Rab (Croatia)

We have no doubt that the authenticity of this little island in Kvarner bay will charm you beyond belief. Dating from Adriatic Antiquity, its name means “wooded lands” in reference to the pinewoods, cypresses and cork oaks surrounding the main town. This town is called Rab, like the island. Here, you will see architecture of Venetian influence, inherited from the Middle Ages, illustrated by the bell-tower. Below, the ramparts provide views embracing the entire coastline. Punctuated by deserted creeks, you will no doubt be tempted to take a trip along the coast

Day 8

Venice

Disembarkation
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Overview

Mediterranean Flavours

Discover the historical and architectural treasures of the Dalmatian Coast with this brand new itinerary.

From Italy to Croatia, you will sail the Adriatic for 9 days aboard Le Lyrial.

From Venice, you will reach Montenegro by sailing through the famous Bay of Kotor. This veritable “Mediterranean fjord” is considered one of the most beautiful bays in the world. You will also discover Mljet, an island of lush forests, and Korčula, which, according to certain historians, is Marco Polo’s native island.

Le Lyrial will then reach Dubrovnik. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop, its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, observes its visitors, and its monasteries, palaces and fountains from the Renaissance are each more graceful than the next.

For the very first time, we will call at Cres, the largest island in the Adriatic. Between beaches and cliffs, it stretches into the Kvarner Gulf and has typical, colourful villages.

You will then make your way to Trieste, a surprising city whose atmosphere has seduced many artists. It has many architectural marvels, notably significant archaeological remains such as a 6,000 seat theatre.
You will finish with an overnight stay on the ship in Venice. The Serenissima and its splendours, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palaces will crown this unforgettable voyage.

Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders will be aboard, running the Kids’ Club. The Kids’ Club allows children from four years old, older children and teenagers to enjoy activities that are adapted to their age. Each child can learn at their own pace and develop their knowledge whilst having fun, enjoying a range of cultural and sporting activities including: manual and creative activities, some of which are related to the destinations or ports of call on the itinerary, board games, exhibitions of items created, dance, with the help of the staff aboard, fishing, sports and games, photo workshops.

Highlights

A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the old towns of Dubrovnik and Kotor. A cruise featuring culture and history, sailing along the turquoise waters of the Adriatic Sea to visit three countries (Italy, Croatia and Montenegro). Two all-new ports of call: Trieste and its many Neo-Classical and Viennese palaces, and Cres and its medieval architecture. An overnight stay in Venice to really enjoy the ‘Most Serene City’.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

The 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.

Le Lyrial
22.08.2017
29.08.2017
7
The Adriatic, The Best of Croatia
Fare from € 3.370
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Kor?ula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Šibenik & Split

Šibenik is one of the oldest capitals in Croatia. It is located on the Dalmatian coast, at the mouth of the Krka river. On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a pala?inka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside FortSaint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Nestling at the end of a bay surrounded by wooded mountains, the town of Kotor offers its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town with its medieval architecture.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local

Day 7

Pula & Rovinj

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you‘ll be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham. Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 8

Venice

Disembarkation

Additional charges: safety & port taxes. From: € 360,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

The Best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian coast.

There are cities which thrive on their legend and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multi-colored stonework and its black gondolas.

If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic, Split is its beating heart. A UNESCO World Heritage site, The centre of Split is built into the remains of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and now mixes the ancient remains of thermal baths, alleyways and courtyards with restaurants, cafes and shops.

Kotor Bay is known as the largest Fjord in the Mediterranean (strictly speaking it is a ria, a flooded river valley, not a fjord) and its dramatic steep sides maintain a peaceful calm over the waters, studded with tiny islands (see below).

On our way back to Venice, we stop at Hvar, known as one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful islands, and Pula and Rovinj, Croatia’s Riviera.

The beauty of small ship cruising is that the luxurious Lyrial can get to places that the large liners cannot, without foregoing any of life’s creature comforts.

Highlights

Discover Korkula, where the navigator Marco Polo was born • In Sibenik see St James Cathedral, a sparkling white jewel of a building, its dome standing proudly under the Dalmatian sun above the clear blue waters of the sea • Explore Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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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.

Le Lyrial
22.08.2017
29.08.2017
7
The Adriatic, The best of Croatia
Fare from € 4.130
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Embarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the Morska Vrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Sibenik

Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbours which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Do not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Saint James and lose yourself in the contemplation of the remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrating the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Split

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colourful costumes are often organised.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local produce

Day 7

Pula

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

Day 8

Rovinj

Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 9

Venice

Disembarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Overview

The best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian Coast. There are cities which thrive on their legend – and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multicolored stonework and its black gondolas. You will be exploring the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic: ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be discovered, such as Dubrovnik, Kotor and Rovinj.

Focus on Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

<close>

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.

Le Lyrial
29.08.2017
05.09.2017
7
The Adriatic, The Best of Croatia
Fare from € 14.510
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Kor?ula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Šibenik & Split

Šibenik is one of the oldest capitals in Croatia. It is located on the Dalmatian coast, at the mouth of the Krka river. On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a pala?inka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside FortSaint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Nestling at the end of a bay surrounded by wooded mountains, the town of Kotor offers its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town with its medieval architecture.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local

Day 7

Pula & Rovinj

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you‘ll be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham. Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 8

Venice

Disembarkation

Additional charges: safety & port taxes. From: € 360,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

The Best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian coast.

There are cities which thrive on their legend and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multi-colored stonework and its black gondolas.

If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic, Split is its beating heart. A UNESCO World Heritage site, The centre of Split is built into the remains of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and now mixes the ancient remains of thermal baths, alleyways and courtyards with restaurants, cafes and shops.

Kotor Bay is known as the largest Fjord in the Mediterranean (strictly speaking it is a ria, a flooded river valley, not a fjord) and its dramatic steep sides maintain a peaceful calm over the waters, studded with tiny islands (see below).

On our way back to Venice, we stop at Hvar, known as one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful islands, and Pula and Rovinj, Croatia’s Riviera.

The beauty of small ship cruising is that the luxurious Lyrial can get to places that the large liners cannot, without foregoing any of life’s creature comforts.

Highlights

Discover Korkula, where the navigator Marco Polo was born • In Sibenik see St James Cathedral, a sparkling white jewel of a building, its dome standing proudly under the Dalmatian sun above the clear blue waters of the sea • Explore Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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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.

Le Lyrial
29.08.2017
05.09.2017
7
The Adriatic, The best of Croatia
Fare from € 14.510
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Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Embarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the Morska Vrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Sibenik

Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbours which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Do not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Saint James and lose yourself in the contemplation of the remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrating the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Split

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colourful costumes are often organised.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local produce

Day 7

Pula

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

Day 8

Rovinj

Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 9

Venice

Disembarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Overview

The best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian Coast. There are cities which thrive on their legend – and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multicolored stonework and its black gondolas. You will be exploring the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic: ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be discovered, such as Dubrovnik, Kotor and Rovinj.

Focus on Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

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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.

Le Lyrial
05.09.2017
12.09.2017
7
The Adriatic, The Best of Croatia
Fare from € 4.130
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Kor?ula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Šibenik & Split

Šibenik is one of the oldest capitals in Croatia. It is located on the Dalmatian coast, at the mouth of the Krka river. On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a pala?inka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside FortSaint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Nestling at the end of a bay surrounded by wooded mountains, the town of Kotor offers its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town with its medieval architecture.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local

Day 7

Pula & Rovinj

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you‘ll be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham. Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 8

Venice

Disembarkation

Additional charges: safety & port taxes. From: € 360,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

The Best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian coast.

There are cities which thrive on their legend and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multi-colored stonework and its black gondolas.

If Dubrovnik is the Pearl of the Adriatic, Split is its beating heart. A UNESCO World Heritage site, The centre of Split is built into the remains of Emperor Diocletian’s Palace and now mixes the ancient remains of thermal baths, alleyways and courtyards with restaurants, cafes and shops.

Kotor Bay is known as the largest Fjord in the Mediterranean (strictly speaking it is a ria, a flooded river valley, not a fjord) and its dramatic steep sides maintain a peaceful calm over the waters, studded with tiny islands (see below).

On our way back to Venice, we stop at Hvar, known as one of the Adriatic’s most beautiful islands, and Pula and Rovinj, Croatia’s Riviera.

The beauty of small ship cruising is that the luxurious Lyrial can get to places that the large liners cannot, without foregoing any of life’s creature comforts.

Highlights

Discover Korkula, where the navigator Marco Polo was born • In Sibenik see St James Cathedral, a sparkling white jewel of a building, its dome standing proudly under the Dalmatian sun above the clear blue waters of the sea • Explore Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and UNESCO World Heritage site.

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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.

Le Lyrial
05.09.2017
12.09.2017
7
The Adriatic, The best of Croatia
Fare from € 4.130
<read more>
Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

Embarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2

Korcula

This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the Morska Vrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

Day 3

Sibenik

Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbours which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Do not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Saint James and lose yourself in the contemplation of the remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrating the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Split

On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

Day 4

Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5

Kotor

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colourful costumes are often organised.

Day 6

Hvar

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local produce

Day 7

Pula

The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

Day 8

Rovinj

Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Day 9

Venice

Disembarkation.
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Overview

The best of Croatia

From Venice, we set sail for Croatia and its many hidden treasures. Le Lyrial slips effortlessly through the turquoise Adriatic Sea, wending her way between necklaces of islands dotted here and there off the Dalmatian Coast. There are cities which thrive on their legend – and Venice, the City of Doges is one of these with its many offshoots lined with multicolored stonework and its black gondolas. You will be exploring the wild beauty and pearls of the Adriatic: ancient ruins, a wealth of art, and timeless cities just waiting to be discovered, such as Dubrovnik, Kotor and Rovinj.

Focus on Dubrovnik

Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

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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.

Le Soléal
06.09.2017
20.09.2017
14
North America, The Arctic, Vinland: America Discovered
Fare from € 8.300
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Travelroute
Day 1

Kangerlussuaq (Greenland)

Embarkation.

Day 2

Sisimiut (Greenland)

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Iqaluit (Nunavut, Canada)

Day 5

Grinnell Glacier (Nunavut, Canada)

Day 6

Akpatok (Nunavut, Canada)

Day 7

Nashvak Fjord (Labrador, Canada)

Day 8

Saglek Fjord ((Labrador, Canada)

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Anse-Aux-Meadows (Terre Neuve, Canada)

Day 11

Gros Morne (Terre Neuve, Canada)

Day 12

Havre St. Pierre (Canada)

Located on the Northern Shore of Quebec, Havre St Pierre is the gateway to the amazing natural heritage that surrounds it. This Quebecois town provides an excellent base for exploring the string of islands sprinkled off the coast. From Havre St Pierre, you can visit the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. This is a land forged by the sea and elements, where nature still rules. This chain of islands is renowned for its spectacular limestone formations.

Day 13

Tadoussac (Canada)

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

Day 14

Saguenay (Canada)

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

Day 15

Quebec (Canada)

The capital of “La Belle Province” is located at the confluence of the Saint-Charles River and the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence in south-east Canada. Founded in the 17th century, the city still has an encircling wall – a historical civil engineering work without its equivalent in North America. You will love the postcard-perfect stone houses with their steep roofs and dormers of Old Quebec, the historic district listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. You can shop happily in the pedestrian streets, like Petit-Champlain St., or relax over a spruce beer, seasoned with pine buds.

Additional charges: airport, safety and port taxes: € 842,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Vinland: America Discovered

Step aboard Le Soléal in Kangerlussuaq for a 15-day expedition cruise.

You will discover sites in Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence that proves the Vikings discovered America, one of which is the archaeological site at Anse-aux-Meadows.

Against a spectacular backdrop of cliffs, peat bogs and undulating coasts, you will visit the fascinating archaeological ruins of a Viking settlement which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your journey will also focus on observing wildlife, with a stop at Akpatok Island, a polar bear paradise, and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, a whale and beluga haven.

From the Arctic tundra to Northern Canada’s taiga, enjoy the explosive colours of a short Arctic autumn.

Please Note: Your program also includes flight in economy class, on European airline Paris / Kangerlussuaq

Highlights

From Greenland to Canada, join us to discover a new itinerary following in the Vikings’ footsteps in search of Vinland, a term denoting the areas of Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Canada.

Visit the fascinating archaeological ruins of a Viking settlement which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Enjoy the explosive colours of a short Arctic autumn.

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Ship information

Le Soléal

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

Interior Design

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

Le Soléal
20.09.2017
28.09.2017
8
North America, Discover Saint-Laurent
Fare from € 5.130
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Travelroute
Day 1

Quebec (Canada)

The capital of “La Belle Province” is located at the confluence of the Saint-Charles River and the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence in south-east Canada. Founded in the 17th century, the city still has an encircling wall – a historical civil engineering work without its equivalent in North America. You will love the postcard-perfect stone houses with their steep roofs and dormers of Old Quebec, the historic district listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. You can shop happily in the pedestrian streets, like Petit-Champlain St., or relax over a spruce beer, seasoned with pine buds.

Day 2

Saguenay (Canada)

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

Day 3

Tadoussac (Canada)

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

Day 4

Percé (Canada)

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

Day 5

Cap aux Meules (Madeleine Islands, Canada)

Day 6

Lunenbourg (Canada)

Stretching out along the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, the picturesque port of Lunenburg will leave an indelible impression. You can admire the colonial architecture of this fishing village whilst strolling through the chequerboard streets studded with brightly coloured houses. The enchanting charm of the old town has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. The former naval shipyard town of Lunenburg is where you will also find the replica of the legendary Bluenose schooner, originally built in this port.

Day 7

Rockland (USA)

Day 8

Boston (USA)

Nicknamed “America's Walking City”, the city is considered to be the epicentre of American history. Founded in 1630, the tenth largest agglomeration in the United States, is a pleasure for walkers. To get around, just follow the Freedom Trail circuit that serves most of the tourist sites with its red line traced on the ground. Don’t miss all the delicious local specialities on offer at Quincy Market, like the lobster sandwich, and then take time to explore North End, the Italian quarter. For the more romantic among you, Beacon Hill, the historic quarter, with its absolutely charming cobbled streets, is really worth a look.

Day 9

Boston (USA)

Disembarkation

Overview

Discover Saint-Laurent

From Quebec, set sail aboard Le Soléal for the vast unspoiled expanses of the Far North.
Whales, dolphins and seals await you: Your first port of call will allow you to get as close as possible to many marine mammals, taking refuge in Saguenay Bay.
At the mouth of Saguenay River, you will reach Tadoussac. This National Park is also an unmissable site for whale watching as the mammals gather to feed before winter.
The Magdalen Islands offer an unusual variety of landscapes, from the white of the sandy beaches to the rouge of the sculpted cliff faces. You will be captivated not only by the natural setting but by the hospitality of the inhabitants.
You will conclude your journey with a visit to Boston. Nicknamed “America’s Walking City” the city boasts a remarkable historical and cultural heritage.
Highlights
Visit Tadoussac – this National Park is an unmissable site for whale watching. Discover America’s Walking City – Boston.

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Le Soléal

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

Interior Design

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

L' Austral
22.09.2017
03.10.2017
11
Pacific and Oceania, Discover Indonesia
Fare from € 4.670
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Day 1

Benoa, Bali (Indonesia)

If you are looking for exoticism and authenticity, you’ll be totally captivated by the island of Bali seated in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the richness of its cultural heritage, and its many activities and attractions make Bali a paradisiacal destination. The southern coast of the island will win you over with its vast beaches of fine sand, its emerald rice paddies and picturesque fishing villages, like Benoa.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Makassar, Sulawesi (Indonesia)

Formerly called Ujung Pandang, the city of Makassar is the largest city in east Indonesia and the capital of South Sulawesi. Ever since the14th century Makassar was known as a thriving sea port where merchant vessels from far away China, India and Cambodia called regularly to trade in silks, tea and porcelain in exchange for cloves, nutmeg and pearls from the Moluccas and gold and forest products from Makassar and its hinterland. And when in the 16th century the Europeans discovered the sailing route to the coveted Spice Islands, the Spanish and Portuguese made Makassar their important entrepot to store valuable spices before shipment to Europe. Meanwhile, in this southern peninsula of Sulawesi, the Bugis, Makassar and Mandar ethnic groups, known for their seafaring prowess and boat building skills, had already developed powerful kingdoms that encouraged trade, fishery, rice cultivation as well as literature and the arts. In 1667 however, through the Treaty of Bungaya, Dutch merchants succeeded to oust the Portuguese and Spanish from Makasssar to make this port their stronghold, banning other Europeans from trading in Makassar. The Dutch destroyed the fort of Ujung Pandang built by the king of Gowa in 1545, and fortified this into Fort Rotterdam, which today still stands prominently on the waterfront of Makassar. Many Makassar aristocrats who refused to be dominated by the Dutch, left the city and settled in Kalimantan, the Riau Islands and present-day Malaysia. The sultans of Selangor and Johore are Bugis descendents as are the sultans of Kutai Kartanegara in east Kalimantan. Most likely the ship will be alongside at Makassar. You will enjoy a 2 ½ hour walking tour of Fort Rotterdam.

Day 4

Marine Park Taka Bonerate (Indonesia)

Taka Bonerate is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia. Laying southwest of Selayar Island, the park contains the third largest atoll in the world. The atoll rises sharply from 2,000 meters below the surface and was formed by the collapse of a huge volcano. Located on the Edge of the Coral triangle and influenced by the “Indonesian Throughflow” Taka Bone Rate is considered to contain some of the world's highest marine biodiversity. With so many Islands to choose from our Captain and Expedition leader will determine a suitable location for guests to enjoy swimming and snorkelling in this seldom visited region.

Day 5

Palopo (Indonesia)

Tana Toraja, the famed "Land of The Heavenly Kings", lies about 328 km north of Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi Province, in the central highlands of South Sulawesi. The land of the Toraja people (many nominally Christian but most, in practice, animist) is above all famed for their spectacular burial rites. After a person's death, the body is kept — often for several years — while money is saved to pay for the actual funeral ceremony, known as the "rambu solo." During the festival, which may last up to a week, ritual dances and buffalo fights are held, and buffaloes and pigs are slaughtered to ferry the soul of the deceased to the afterlife. The deceased is then finally buried either in a small cave, often with a tau-tau effigy placed in front, inside a hollow tree or even left exposed to the elements in a bamboo frame hanging from a cliff. This unique culture is set in stunning scenery of magnificent towering peaks and terraced rice fields. Tana Toraja's beauty is also reflected in its people. Although they are devoutly Christian, they combine this religious belief with magic and mysticism, and welcome visitors to witness their ceremonies. You will spend one and a half days alongside the wharf at Palopo. All guests will have an inclusive overnight tour to Tana Toraja. Including all meals and transport. This will be by air-conditioned bus and overnight accommodation will be at the Toraja Heritage Hotel (or similar). A 3 ½ star hotel and the best in the area. During the day and a half tour guests will visit iconic places such as Londa, Kete’ Kesu’, Bori’ and Lemo. There is nothing locally in Palopo and guests should be encouraged to undertake the inclusive overnight experience.

Day 6

Palopo (Indonesia)

Day 7

Marine Park Taka Bonerate (Indonesia)

Taka Bonerate, also spelt Taka Bone Rate, is one of the most beautiful marine parks in Indonesia. Laying southwest of Selayar Island, the park has the third largest atoll in the world, after Kwajifein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives. The park spreads over 220,000 hectares, and comprises more than 21 islands. Taka Bone Rate used to be known as the Tiger Islands and Gold Reef. Taka Bonerate translates as 'coral islands over sand' The atoll rises sharply from 2,000 meters below the surface of water and was formed by the collapse of a huge volcano. The area is of major ecological importance, with rich marine and bird life. The national park is considered to contain some of the world's highest marine biodiversity. According to the Indonesian Department of Forestry the atoll has 261 species of coral, 295 species of coral fish, 244 species of mollusc and other species such as hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), Pacific ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), and green turtle (Chelonia mydas). You will disembark the ship by zodiac. Spend your time swimming and snorkelling.

Day 8

Maumere, Flores (Indonesia)

Since very early times, the Florinese have been confronted with people from many parts of the world. Some of them came with purely economic intentions, others with ideas of power and belief. Whatever their interest in Flores might have been, it is certain that these outside influences left their footprints and contributed to the already manifold social and cultural diversity. Flores has had its own history long before the first traders or missionaries arrived. However, as ancient Florinese societies shared their history through oral tradition, little is known about the origins of many of them. The first foreign visitors to Flores probably encountered dispersed, independent settlements consisting of several lineages which descended from a common ancestor. By that time, political authority was locally limited. A Portuguese expedition crew reached the island in the early 16th century and named it ‘Cabo das Flores’, which means ‘Cape of Flowers’. The island became an important strategic point for the economic activities of Portuguese traders. However, Flores itself was neither a source of valuable spices nor sandalwood. After a long period of struggling with other trade powers, the Portuguese were finally defeated and withdrew themselves to Dili in East Timor in 1769. They renounced all their spheres of influence in Eastern Indonesia and sold their remaining enclaves on Flores to the Dutch administration. Except for a short period of Japanese occupation during World War II, the Dutch remained the dominating colonial force until Indonesia became an independent nation state in 1945. Upon ship’s arrival you will be taken on a half day tour to the hinterland of Maumere.

Day 9

Pulau Banta (Indonesia)

Pulau Banta is an uninhabited Island inside Komodo National Park. Komodo National Park lies in the Wallacea Region of Indonesia, identified by WWF and Conservation International as a global conservation priority area, and is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores. Komodo National Park includes three major islands: Komodo, Rinca and Padar, as well as numerous smaller islands creating a total surface area (marine and land) of more than 1,800 km2. As well as being home to the Komodo Dragon, also known as the Komodo Monitor, or Ora (to Indonesians), the park provides refuge for many other notable terrestrial species. Moreover, the Park includes one of the richest marine environments. You expedition staff will find an isolated uninhabited beach for swimming and snorkelling.

Day 10

Pulau Rinca/LOH Buaya (Indonesia)

Rinca is a part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and has been granted UNESCO World Heritage status. Rinca occupies only 123 square miles and aside from a tiny fishing village, the island is completely undeveloped. Hot and usually dry, Rinca is the perfect home for exotic and dangerous wildlife unique to Wallacea. Dense forest gives way to grassy fields and a few scattered watering holes where the infamous komodo dragons can be spotted. Rinca is often overlooked by tourists on their way to the more-popular Komodo Island, but it is still regarded as one of the best locations to spot Komodo dragons in the wild. Treks on Rinca Island start from the ticket office at Loh Buaya. You also have the option to choose between three trails. The shortest trek takes 30 minutes. It is an easy, shaded walk that passes an artificial waterhole before ascending to a small hill with a view over the bay. The one-hour medium trek winds between dragon nests and out into the sunshine across an exposed savannah that is studded with lontar palms. For the best opportunity to see dragons and their prey, choose the two-hour trek past a permanent waterhole and across steep, exposed slopes that offer breathtaking views.

Day 11

Badas, Sumbawa (Indonesia)

The port of Badas is part of the greater township of Sumbawa Besar, on the island of Sumbawa. Like most of Sumbawa the people hold their culture strong as a major part of their identity. The island has a strong influence from the Makassarese of Sulawesi, who over the centuries have introduced a lot of their culture into Sumbawa. Sumbawa is the largest Regency in the West Nusa Tenggara Province. The islands of Sumbawa cover 8,493km2 including 38 small islands. The population of about half a million is roughly split into two ethnic and language groups. One group based around the town of Bima in the east. And a separate language group in the West based around Sumbawa Besar. The main island of Sumbawa is larger than Bali and Lombok combined. Enjoy a half day tour visiting Pamulung Village. On arrival at the village you will be welcomed by the head of the village and will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the local traditions of rice pounding, weaving and also witness a wedding procession. Refreshments will be provided and the visit will conclude with an exciting Sumbawa buffalo race, an event that will be held in honour of our visit.

Day 12

Benoa, Bali (Indonesia)

Disembarkation around 7am.
If it's a taste of exotic authenticity you're after, prepare to be spell-bound by the island of Bali, tucked away in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. The beauty and diversity of its landscapes, the depth and richness of its cultural heritage and the plethora of activities on offer here make Bali a little slice of heaven on Earth. The island's southern coast enthrals with its white sand beaches, its picturesque little fishing villages such as Benoa, and its hills patchworked with terraced rice paddies further inland. Nicknamed 'the Island of Gods' for its sumptuous temples, Bali is the beating heart of Indonesian Hinduism.

Overview

Discover Indonesia

Following a brand new Ponant itinerary, set sail to discover the largest archipelago on Earth, home to one of the richest and most varied marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world.

From Bali, we invite you to set sail for a 12-day expedition cruise to the heart of Indonesia.

This journey aboard L’Austral will take you to Taka Bonerate, one of the most beautiful marine parks in the country. Lying south-west of Selayar Island, it is the third largest atoll in the world.

On Flores Island, which is unspoiled and little known to tourists, you will travel to the inland town of Maumere.

You will also discover Palopo in Toraja Land, also known as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings” and the incredible structure of the Tongkonan houses, the traditional habitat.

Highlights

Set sail to discover the largest archipelago on Earth, home to one of the richest and most varied marine and terrestrial ecosystems in the world. Discover Taka Bonerate, one of the most beautiful marine parks in the country. Explore Palopo in Toraja Land, also known as the “Land of the Heavenly Kings”.

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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.

Le Boréal
27.09.2017
05.10.2017
8
Ocean Voyage, North America, Pacific and Oceania, Vancouver - Honolulu
Fare from € 1.400
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Day 1 to 9 (8 nights)

Vancouver, Canada - Honolulu, USA

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.

Additional charges: safety and port taxes € 205,-

Please note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Vancouver – Honolulu

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… Share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, visit the captain on the bridge and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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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”.

 

Le Soléal
28.09.2017
07.10.2017
9
North America, The Eastern United States
Fare from € 4.180
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Travelroute
Day 1

Boston (USA)

Nicknamed “ America's Walking City”, the city is considered to be the epicentre of American history. Founded in 1630, the tenth largest agglomeration in the United States, is a pleasure for walkers. To get around, just follow the Freedom Trail circuit that serves most of the tourist sites with its red line traced on the ground. Don’t miss all the delicious local specialities on offer at Quincy Market, like the lobster sandwich, and then take time to explore North End, the Italian quarter. For the more romantic among you, Beacon Hill, the historic quarter, with its absolutely charming cobbled streets, is really worth a look.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Lunenbourg (Canada)

Stretching out along the eastern seaboard of Nova Scotia, the picturesque port of Lunenburg will leave an indelible impression. You can admire the colonial architecture of this fishing village whilst strolling through the chequerboard streets studded with brightly coloured houses. The enchanting charm of the old town has earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. The former naval shipyard town of Lunenburg is where you will also find the replica of the legendary Bluenose schooner, originally built in this port.

Day 4

Bar Harbour (USA)

With landscapes that seem to have come straight from a Stephen King novel, made up of long rocky outcrops plunging into the cold waters of the Atlantic, the region of Maine is full of unexpected delights. Bar Harbour is one of them. A seaside resort for aristocrats of another era, this former fishing port, founded in the early 18th Century reveals an atmosphere that is both chic and refined, and over time has become the ideal destination for romantics and lovers of open spaces.

Day 5

Salem (USA)

Salem is a coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States.

Day 6

Newport, Rhode Island (USA)

This marina harbour, with only 25,000 inhabitants, boasts fabulous Gilded Age mansions inspired by French and Italian palaces. One example is The Elms, the summer residence of the Berwind family, who made their fortune in the coal industry. Another is the imposing Château-sur-Mer built by the Wetmore family. But the cream of the crop is The Breakers, a Renaissance-style palace composed of 70 rooms.

Day 7

New York (USA)

The biggest city in the United States is fascinating on many accounts. With its five particularly spread out districts - Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island –, it offers an incredible number of cultural interests. You’ll just love taking in the constant buzz in Times Square, discovering beautiful classical masterpieces at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, taking a stroll in Central Park’s 341 hectares, or climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty. Not surprising then that the Big Apple is to be consumed without moderation!

Day 8

New York (USA)

Day 9

Oak Bluff - Martha's Vineyard (USA)

This little town is the ideal starting point for a stroll around Martha’s Vineyard. The gentle lifestyle of this incomparable setting has been attracting American presidents for several decades. Oak Bluffs will surprise you first and foremost by its Gingerbread Houses. The story goes that the Methodist community settled here more than a century ago, and built these colourful houses, straight out of the Hansel and Gretel fairytale. You’ll certainly enjoy a visit to the Flying Horses, the oldest wooden carrousel in the United States.

Day 10

Boston (USA)

Nicknamed “ America's Walking City”, the city is considered to be the epicentre of American history. Founded in 1630, the tenth largest agglomeration in the United States, is a pleasure for walkers. To get around, just follow the Freedom Trail circuit that serves most of the tourist sites with its red line traced on the ground. Don’t miss all the delicious local specialities on offer at Quincy Market, like the lobster sandwich, and then take time to explore North End, the Italian quarter. For the more romantic among you, Beacon Hill, the historic quarter, with its absolutely charming cobbled streets, is really worth a look.

Overview

The Eastern United States

Experience an unforgettable journey on board Le Soléal to discover the Eastern Coast of the USA.
Autumn is an especially great time to enjoy the wonderful colour palette that is offered to you.
Canada owes its irresistible charm to its exceptional natural sanctuary and its immense virgin lands.
Port town with a rich heritage and unique architecture, Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America.
You will discover one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston and its Old North Church is a true symbol of American history. You will have the opportunity to observe the “Freedom Trail” as well as some major sites of the Independence War.
Le Soléal will make a remarkable two-day stopover at the heart of the exceptional dream machine, New York, the city of extremes and superlatives.
Highlights
Visit Lunenburg – the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Discover one of the oldest cities in the United States – Boston. Stop in New York, the city of extremes and superlatives.

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Ship information

Le Soléal

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

Interior Design

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