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

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

Bergen (Norway) - Reykjavik (Iceland)

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

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Bergen – Reykjavik

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

Highlights

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

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Le Champlain

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

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

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

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

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Luxury Explorer Cruise
Le Lyrial
10.06.2019
17.06.2019
7
The Adriatic, The Mediterranean, Recitals in the Mediterranean
Fare from € 3.050
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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

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 3

Dubrovnik & sailing Bay of Kotor

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. The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.

Day 4

Bari

Extending out along a fertile plain facing the Adriatic Sea amid infinite landscapes sculpted by the water and wind, Bari bears the traces of the peoples which, over the centuries, have conquered it, settled it, or simply visited it fleetingly before making their way to faraway lands. Though its exact origins are lost among the mysteries of archaeology, the many sites here provide evidence of the town’s rich past. The Saracens, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians have left a trace here, each bringing their own cultural baggage. During your stop here, stroll along the minuscule streets in Bari Vecchia, the historic centre, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.

Day 5

Crossing the Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Day 6

Nafplion

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Day 7

Paros

Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stop over in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove and offers more than one café to sit and unwind.

Day 8

Athens

The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

Overview

Recitals in the Mediterranean

As we cruise through stunning scenery in the Adriatic, these concerts will alternate some of the most beautiful pages of chamber music ever written for piano, violin and cello in all combinations, performed by top-flight artists. They are: pianist-poet François Chaplin and two new generation stars, virtuoso violinist Alexandra Conunova and dazzling cellist Edgar Moreau. Mirroring these string variations, with vocal accompaniment expert Antoine Palloc on piano, are two exceptional voices, that of Italian Bel Canto star, Patrizia Ciofi, and the French mezzo-soprano who was such a sensation on opera stages in 2017, Aude Extremo.
This musical cruise includes: 6 concerts: 1 piano recital + 2 chamber music concerts (piano/violin; piano/cello//piano/violin/cello: Schubert n°2 + Rachmaninov n°1) + 3 lyrical recitals.

Join a musical cruise in partnership with Radio Classique, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Set sail aboard Le Lyrial on an 8-day itinerary that will take you along the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic, up to the Aegean Sea.

During your voyage, you will cross Italy, Croatia and Greece, discovering charming sites full of history, attending several concerts on board: piano and strings recitals, and song recitals.

Your cruise will begin in Venice, la Serenissima. Before your embarkation, you will be able to stroll at leisure around the Piazza San Marco, admire the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palazzi, or take a walk along the canals.

You will then sail along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop, its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seems to be awaiting your visit. The city’s monasteries, palaces and fountains from the Renaissance are each more graceful than the next.

After an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor, whose magical atmosphere is reminiscent of Norwegian fjords, Le Lyrial will reach Napflion via the Corinth Canal, a narrow waterway inaugurated in 1893 in the presence of King Georges I.

Your voyage will end in Athens, cradle of the gods.

Highlights

A musical cruise in partnership with Radio Classique, with the exceptional presence on board of Alain Duault and of artists • A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Venice, la Serenissima, to Athens, the City of the Gods • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the old town of Dubrovnik, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), the Acropolis of Athens (your disembarkation port) • Ports of call in three countries: Italy Croatia and Greece • Crossing the Corinth Canal • Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

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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
24.06.2019
06.07.2019
12
Asia, Russia, Alaska, Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands
Fare from € 9.100
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Day 1

Petropavlovsk - Kamtchatski

Petropavlovsk, the oldest town in the Russian Far East, was established in October 1740, when the ships Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul, captained by Vitus Jonassen Bering, the Danish explorer working for the Russian Navy, first entered the bay. The Military Glory Museum, found in the town centre, is the most important in all of northern Russia. Keep your camera at the ready, though, as nearby is the picturesque Petrovskaya Hill, which also has some surprises in store for you - don’t forget to admire the sumptuous views across the Bay of Avacha from its summit. The bay’s circular shape creates a natural protection against the impetuous wind, all the while providing ships with easy access into port.

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

Attu Island, Aleutian Islands

Located at the western edge of the Aleutian Islands, Attu Island, belonging to the Near Islands group, also represents the westernmost part of the United States. Caught in a vice between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, it has to contend with a difficult climate, characterised by storms and often violent winds. During the Second World War, it was the scene of a forgotten battle. In June 1942, the Japanese landed on the island in order to occupy it. On 11 May 1943, it was the Americans’ turn to disembark on Attu and drive out their enemy after a fierce battle lasting several days that left very few survivors on the Japanese side.

Day 4

Kiska Island & Davidof Island

Kiska belongs to the Rat Islands group, located to the west of the Aleutian Islands. It is home to a cone-shaped active volcano, culminating at over 1,200 metres. Along with Attu Island, some kilometres further west, it makes up the only two American territories to have been occupied by the Japanese during the Second World War. During the summer of 1943, American troops disembarked in order to bring this enemy occupation to an end. They discovered, to their surprise, that the Japanese had already fled the island, under the cover of bad weather.
We invite you to discover Davidof Island, a tiny lost island to the west of the Aleutians. Davidof is part of the Rat Islands, a volcanic archipelago. Between the end of the 18th century and the very beginning of the 21st century, rats were the main occupants of these islands, which are now believed to be completely rodent-free. The archipelago, located on the boundary of the Pacific and North American tectonic plates, is in an area of very high seismic activity.

Day 5

Adak Island

Set off to discover Adak Island, in the Aleutian Islands. Located to the west of the Andreanof archipelago, this mountainous and volcanic treeless island, where strong winds and fog are often the order of the day, shows many traces of its past. During the Second World War, the American military set up an airbase there in order to repel the Japanese. Many remnants of this era (shells, abandoned infrastructures, fire hydrants, bunkers) are still visible today. The town of Adak, located to the north of the island, is considered the southernmost city in Alaska. It has seen its population diminish significantly since the military left at the end of the 1990s and lives essentially from fishing.

Day 6

At sea

Day 7

Dutch Harbor, Unalaska

During your cruise, discover an exceptional site: Unalaska Island and its port, Dutch Harbor. Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea, on the Aleutian Islands, Dutch Harbor is the only deep water port in the archipelago. As for the island itself, it offers you unique landscapes: volcanic summits swept by the wind and surrounded by the sea, lush green valleys, sometimes covered with bright summer flowers, sometimes with deep winter snow… Unalaska is not only an island with astonishing nature and very varied wildlife, it is also rich in history, where ancient indigenous cultures and remains from World War II can be seen and their tales be told.

Day 8

Unga Island, Alaska

After a short Zodiac® journey between the rocks in the company of your naturalist-guides, you will land in a former village of which many vestiges remain: run-down wooden houses scattered around a flowery meadow, a church with crumbling walls but a roof that still stands, a cemetery… Originally called Ougnagok by the Aleuts, this small hamlet, which was home to some 100 inhabitants in the 19th century, was renamed Delarof, after Evstratii Ivanovich Delarov. While working for the Shelikhov-Golikov Company, he was the first Greek mariner to discover the Aleutian Islands. These days, this small ghost-village now overrun by willowherb is called Unga.

Day 9

Geographic Harbor & Hidden Harbor, Kinak Bay

Here you are in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here, the rocky cliffs are punctuated with white marks. These are the remains of ash deposits that accumulated following a volcanic eruption in the past. Board your Zodiac® and, a little further south, explore every part of Geographic Harbor and its tall cliffs covered in vegetation and plunging into the sea. Along the sandy beach, grizzly bears improvise hunting sessions, in search of fish and clams. In the thickets, these omnivores eat berries, roots and grasses. Brown bears are at home here and the presence of humans doesn’t seem to disturb them. This makes for a fascinating and unforgettable show. In the heart of the stunning Katmai nature reserve, renowned for its bewitching landscapes of rivers and lakes, discover Kinak Bay. This bay is more sheltered than Geographic Harbor. At the end of a narrow passage where strong currents flow, it leads to a few small beaches that are each more charming than the next. You have arrived at Hidden Harbor. Stay alert: a large colony of brown bears reigns here. They love to wander along the coast and dip their paws in the clear currents in the hope of catching a salmon. As for the bear cubs, they prefer to catch seabirds on the beach. Look up and you might spot two or three bald eagles, proudly perched on the cliffs.

Day 10

Holgate Glacier

Exceptional scenery surrounds you. You are in Aialik Bay, in the heart of a gigantic fjord located in Kenai Fjords National Park. Your ship is heading towards the vertiginous slopes of Holgate Glacier, which is still very active. Regularly, blocks of ice break free from its snout and crash into the water. This phenomenon, called calving, is magnificent to witness. During your Zodiac® outing, you will get closer to this ever-fascinating world of ice. In this mineral setting, sea otters and spotted seals will observe you as they bask in the golden rays of sunshine, while gulls and seagulls feast on fish trapped by the ebbing tide.

Day 11

Tsaa fjord, Icy Bay, Alaska

Formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse and Tyndall glaciers over the past 100 years, Icy Bay is one of those timeless places where silence reigns supreme. Let yourself be enthralled by landscapes of breathtaking beauty, enhanced by magnificent views over the Saint Elias Mountains, visible in the background. The bay, several kilometres wide, is often scattered with icebergs sliding on clear and deep waters. It will let you access several sounds, among which are the Tsaa fjord, very close to the Guyot glacier. Many marine mammals and sea birds have chosen to live on this territory with very few visitors in the south of Alaska, where one can sometimes see bear paw prints on the sand.

Day 12

Inian Islands & Elfin Cove, Alaska

Located in the heart of the fresh waters of the Icy Strait, between Chicagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park, the Inian Islands offer a concentration of nature in its raw state. This small group of picturesque islands boasts a particularly rich ecosystem, on land as in the sea. Covered in dense and humid forests, the islands bravely endure the action of the wind and the tides in order to offer their visitors a unique spectacle. During your Zodiac® outing, you will probably be welcomed by a cacophonous orchestra of Steller sea lions. From the rocky islets, they dive into the sea to treat themselves to fresh salmon. Seagulls, Tridactyl gulls, cormorants and sea otters complete this happy scene.
At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There is just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters… It doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest, to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

Day 13

Juneau

Disembarkation.
In 1880, gold diggers flocked here, and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, getting itself a solid reputation and henceforth becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Perhaps you’ll even be able to watch the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience, enjoy and relax in.

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Magnificent Volcanoes of the Aleutian Islands

Join a fabulous sea journey between Russia and Alaska, along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Board Le Soléal for a unique 13-day expedition cruise and prepare to be captivated by the beauty of the Aleutian Islands.

This elongated archipelago that marks the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea forms a natural bridge between Kamchatka and Alaska, extending in an arc over nearly 2,000 km.

You will board your ship in Petropavlovsk, the oldest city in the Russian Far East, before heading eastward.
Over the course of your cruise, you will get up close to the most active volcanoes in the world and you’ll be able to see for yourself the exceptional diversity of wildlife that reigns in these parts.

Surrounded by waters that are particularly rich in nutrients, the string of Aleutian Islands is home to an incredibly rich fauna. It is common to see whales, orcas and seabirds here.

Le Soléal will then continue to sail eastward to reach the sublime landscapes of Alaska, including glaciers, old-growth forest, luxuriant vegetation and superb bays where grizzlies roam.

Please note: your voyage prices include Flight Seoul / Petropavlosvk + transfers + flight Juneau / Seattle.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

With the exceptional presence of Jean-Louis Étienne. The French writer and explorer will present two conferences on board: – The poles, actors and witnesses of the Earth’s climate – and – Polar explorer – • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides • An exceptional cruise to discover the northern part of the Pacific Ring of Fire • Landscapes: volcanic islands, glaciers, old-growth forest • Wildlife: whales, orcas, seabirds, grizzlies • Kiska Island, dominated by a 1,000-metre-tall volcano • Unga Island, home to the vestiges of a village and a great variety of seabirds • Elfin Cove, a charming little fishing port that can only be reached by boat or hydroplane

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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
18.07.2019
25.07.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Day 1

Nice

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

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

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

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

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

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

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

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

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

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

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

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

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

Day 8

Nice

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

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The great Corsican loop

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

Highlights

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

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

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

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

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

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

Nice

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

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

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

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

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

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

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

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

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

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

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

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

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

Day 8

Nice

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

Overview

The great Corsican loop

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

Highlights

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

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

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

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

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

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

Nice

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

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

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

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

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

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

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

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

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

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

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

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

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

Day 8

Nice

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

Overview

The great Corsican loop

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

Highlights

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

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

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

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

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

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

Nice

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

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

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

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

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

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

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

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

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

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

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

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

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

Day 8

Nice

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

Overview

The great Corsican loop

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

Highlights

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

<close>

Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

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

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

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

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

Stockholm

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

Day 2

At sea

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

Day 3

Helsinki

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

Day 4

Saint Petersburg

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

Day 5

Saint Petersburg

Day 6

Saint Petersburg

Day 7

Tallin

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

Day 8

Visby

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

Day 9

Gdansk

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

Day 10

Copenhagen

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

Day 11

Copenhagen

Disembarkation.

Overview

Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

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

Highlights

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

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Vessel Type: Luxury

Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins

Built: 2017/2018

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

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

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

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

From Broome to Hong Kong

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

Australia

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

Australia - Asia

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

Asia

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

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

From Australia to Hong Kong

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

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

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

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

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Le Lapérouse

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

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

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

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

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

Seward (Anchorage)

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

Day 2

Barry Arm Fjord & College Fjord

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

Day 3

Cordova

Day 4

Hubbard Glacier

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

Day 5

Elfin Cove & Inian Island

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

Day 6

Red Bluff Bay & Rowan Bay

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

Day 7

The Brothers & Kake

Day 8

Endicott

Day 9

Petersburg & Wrangell Narrows

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

Day 10

Rudyerd Bay & Twin Island

Day 11

Pine Island & at sea

Day 12

Seymour Narrows

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

Day 13

Vancouver

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

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

Overview

Wildlife and Forests of Alaska

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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Le Soléal

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

Interior Design

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

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

From Seward to Valparaiso

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

Alaska - North America

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

North America

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

North America - Latin America

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

North America - Latin America

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

Latin America

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

Are you a World Explorer?

Overview

Discover the American West Coast

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

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

Flight included from Seattle to Anchorage and transfer to Seward.

Discover the World from your temporary “private yacht”.

Highlights

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

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Le Soléal

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

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

Reykjavik

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

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Ammassalik Island

Day 4

Nansen Harbor

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

Day 5

Skjoldungen

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

Day 6

Prins Christian Sund

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

Day 7

Narsaq

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

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Rigolet

Day 10

L'anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland

Day 11

At sea

Day 12

Perce

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

Day 13

Saguenay

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

Day 14

Tadoussac

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

Day 15

Quebec City

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

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

Overview

Greenland, Newfoundland & St. Lawrence

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

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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Le Champlain

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

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

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