Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions

Ponant Yacht Cruises & Expeditions is the only French cruise company in the world and flies the Tricolour flag; bleu, blanc, rouge. With its current five ships, around 175 cruises are organized annually. With Ponant you can visit almost 100 countries on around 7 continents.

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

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

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

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

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

“Small is Beautiful”

Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Le Boréal
21.04.2018
01.05.2018
10
Ocean Voyage, Caribbean, The Mediterranean, Fort de France - Lisbon
Fare from € 1.700
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Day 1 to 11 (10 nights)

Fort de France (Martinique) - Lisbon (Portugal)

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

Additional charges: port Charges € 200,-
Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Ocean Voyage: Fort de France – Lisbon

Between two seas or between two continents, our ships invite you on board for their Sea Voyages several times a year.

Sea lovers, dreamers, keen observers of the endless horizon are invited to these non-stop trips, which allow you to enjoy the convenience of ships and share the lives of crews.

Highlights

Relax on the deck, keep fit in the sauna, enjoy the pool or the gym… Share the daily life of the crew, discover sailing techniques and instruments, visit the captain on the bridge and enjoy a break from the hectic pace of life.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

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

 

Le Lyrial
26.04.2018
03.05.2018
7
Africa, The Mediterranean, Civilizations & Mythologies
Fare from € 2.940
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Travelroute
Day 1

Aqaba

Embarkation
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa, and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

Day 2

At sea

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

Day 3

Crossing the Suez Canal

Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

Day 4

Alexandria

The mythical Alexandria is a port city in the Nile Delta. Its rich history has always been the source of dreams for archaeologists, writers and artists around the world. Founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great, the city was mainly known for its library and its monumental lighthouse. The library aimed to be a storehouse of universal knowledge, while the lighthouse was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Both are now destroyed. Alexandria is also the place where began the legendary love story between Mark Antony and Cleopatra. For centuries, this city was one of the greatest cultural centres in the Mediterranean and its landmarks now provide a fascinating glimpse into its proud past.

Day 5

Rhodes

With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Day 6

Patmos

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

Day 7

Nafplio

The engaging town of Nafplio 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 8

Athens

Disembarkation
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

Civilizations & Mythologies

From Jordan to Greece via Egypt, we bring you a new itinerary combining history and archaeology.

Over 8 days, Le Lyrial will take you to legendary places between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.

From Aqaba in Jordan, you will cross the famous Suez Canal, which was built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade.

The crossing will enable you to reach Egypt and the shores of Alexandria. This legendary city has fascinated visitors since it was founded 2,300 years ago by Alexander the Great, who gave it his name.

Today, it is Egypt’s most cosmopolitan city and its second-largest in terms of population size. Although its mythical lighthouse and ancient library are now just distant memories, Alexandria is home to many unusual sights such as its old town, its museums, Diocletian’s column (Pompey’s Pillar), and its necropolises.

Le Lyrial will then take you to Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and, like Alexandria, it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.

We will then head back to the coast, to the charming town of Nafplio, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Highlights

From Jordan to Greece via Egypt, take a deep-dive into history and discover wonderful archaeological sites. A cruise runs in partnership with MuCEM, the Museum of the Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the gothic and medieval city of Rhodes, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port). Sailing in the Red Sea and crossing the Suez Canal. A new port of call: Alexandria, a mythical port since Antiquity.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

The fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

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

Le Lyrial
03.05.2018
10.05.2018
7
The Mediterranean, The Adriatic, Maria Callas: Passion and Destiny
Fare from € 3.230
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Travelroute
Day 1

Athens

Embarkation
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.

Day 2

Crossing the Corinth Canal & Corinth

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 3

Sailing Skorpios Island & Parga

The tiny lush green island of Skorpios was owned by the famous Greek ship owner Aristotle Onassis, who built a home there, with a magnificent view over the Ionian Sea.
Parga
An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town's colourful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. In a swoon of orange flower and lemon blossom scents, you can walk up steep streets lined with houses generously bedecked with flowers on your way to Ali Pasha castle. Here, you'll be rewarded by splendid views of the old fishing village and wild neighbouring creeks.

Day 4

Sailing the Straight of Kotor & Bubrovnik

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

Day 5

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 6

Rab, Croatia

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

Day 7

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.

Overview

Maria Callas: Passion and Destiny

Sail the seas of the Eastern Mediterranean in the company of renowned artists in this “Homage to Callas” cruise in partnership with Radio Classique.

Over 8 days, Le Lyrial will take you on a tour of charming sites in Greece, Croatia and Italy.

The voyage will start in Greece, as an homage to the famous singer who came from this country. You will leave Athens then cross the Corinth Canal, which was inaugurated in July 1893 in the presence of King Georges I.

On board, the singer will also be honored with the show “Maria Callas, one life, one destiny”, written by Alain Duault and performed by Béatrice Uria-Monzon, Fabienne Conrad, Christian Helmer and Florian Laconi.

The cruise will continue via the magnificent Bay of Kotor before reaching Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast. The city known as the pearl of Adriatic will charm you with its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also be able to admire the coast during a walk along the ramparts.

Le Lyrial will then call at Hvar whose remarkable monuments bear witness to a rich history.

As a grand finale, your voyage will draw to an end in Venice. Le Lyrial will stay overnight so that you can really make the most of the Serenissima. You will be able to discover the Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palaces along the canals.

Highlights

A musical cruise run in partnership with Radio Classique, with Alain Duault as special guest. Tribute to Maria Callas. Ports of call in three countries: Greece, Croatia, Italy. Crossing the Corinth Canal. Sailing in the Bay of Kotor. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor.

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Ship information

Le Lyrial

The fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

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

Le Soléal
04.05.2018
11.05.2018
7
Northern Europe, Celtic Shores
Fare from € 3.250
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Travelroute
Day 1

Portsmouth

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

Day 2

Guernsey

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

Day 3

Scilly Islands (United Kingdom)

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

Day 4

Cork

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

Day 5

LiverPool

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

Day 6

Douglas, Isle of Man

Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its gruelling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. Take a stroll or horse tram along the busy promenade and visit the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. You can take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where you'll see medieval castles and pretty villages and farms.

Day 7

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Day 8

Dublin

Disembarkation.
The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Overview

Celtic Shores

From Portsmouth to Dublin, we invite you to discover a new itinerary in the heart of the Celtic Sea.

Step aboard the Le Soléal for an 8-day cruise to lands of legend and romance.

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

Step ashore at Cobh, a maritime port in County Cork in south west Ireland, and take a trip to discover the picturesque village of Blarney – a village famous for its castle – and Kinsale – a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

The Le Soléal will take you to the Isle of Man, located between the United Kingdom and Ireland. Along the way, between Douglas and Castletown, discover a place brimming with mystery and magic: Fairy Bridge.

During your stopover in Belfast, you can visit the Giant’s Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns.

Highlights

Visit the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton’s famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery • Discover the picturesque village of Blarney – a village famous for its castle • Visit the Giant’s Causeway in Belfast

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Ship information

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.

Le Lyrial
10.05.2018
17.05.2018
7
The Adriatic, The Best of Croatia
Fare from € 3.160
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Travelroute
Day 1

Venice

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

Day 2

Korcula

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

Day 3

Šibenik & Split

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

Day 4

Dubrovnik

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

Day 5

Kotor

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

Day 6

Hvar

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

Day 7

Pula & Rovinj

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

Day 8

Venice

Disembarkation.

Overview

The Best of Croatia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highlights

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

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Le Lyrial

The fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the Ponant spirit, Le Lyrial like her sister ships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy, and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and the intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interior Design

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

Le Ponant
24.05.2018
31.05.2018
7
The Mediterranean, Golf in the Mediterranean
Fare from € 4.150
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Day 2

Cannes

Day 3

Bonifacio, Corsica

Day 4

Porto Cervo

Day 5

Villasimius

Day 6

Trapani

Day 7

Porto Empedocle

Day 8

Valletta

Disembarkation.

Golf in the Mediterranean

During this 8-day cruise, Le Figaro and Ponant invite you to combine the pleasures of sailing and your golf swing in the heart of the Mediterranean’s idyllic landscapes.

Roundtrip flight included!
Flight Paris / Nice + transfer + visits + flight Malta / Paris.

For this new “Golf Special” edition, you will set sail aboard Le Ponant to discover a series of carefully chosen courses.
From Nice, you will chart a course towards prestigious addresses and will enjoy the incomparable beauty of the scenery around you.
Whether you are an experienced or an amateur player, you will be able to tee off in stimulating settings, between authentic villages and breathtaking panoramas.
After a day in Cannes, you will head for the rugged coastlines of Bonifacio and its limestone cliffs sculpted by the wind. Porto Cervo will then unfurl its small Italian streets and its marina, playing host to boats small and large all year long.
In Sicily, you will discover the village of Trapani and the town of Porto Empedocle, lands full of charm, from high cliffs and long beaches to archaeological treasures and authentic traditions.
Le Ponant will then head for Valletta. This capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many historical sites: St John’s Cathedral, the Grandmaster’s Palace and the churches of Our Lady of Victory, St Catherine and il Gesù.

Highlights

A cruise in partnership with Figaro Golf. A 100%-golf cruise between the colourful towns and crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. The optional Golf Package including 5 green fees gives you access to internationally renowned golf courses: Golf Terre Blanche (Cannes), Golf de Sperone (Bonifacio), Club Pevero (Porto Cervo), Golf Tanka (Villasimius) and Golf de Verdura (Porto Empedocle). Return transfers to golf courses, handling of clubs and bags at each call, supervision by a Sports Coach. The privilege of sailing aboard our luxurious three-mast yacht Le Ponant.

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Le Ponant

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

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

L' Austral
29.05.2018
08.06.2018
10
Asia, Art and Culture of Japan
Fare from € 5.500
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Day 1

Otaru

Boasting an outstanding setting of natural beauty, bordered by the Sea of Japan on one side and Mt Tengu on the other, Otaru is a lively harbour town. This old industrial capital has kept from its past glory buildings in 19th-century brick as well as its canals, formerly the main means of transportation. They give this Japanese town a striking appearance, especially when covered in snow. Magnificent vistas abound - it's up to you to put them in order of preference. Shukutsu Observatory, overlooking out over the vast Bay of Ishikari, is just one of them.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Mano Bay

A ravishing cove with sapphire blue waters, Mano Bay is on the western coast of the little island of Sado. Although Sado was nicknamed the "cursed island" by political opponents exiled there in the Middle Ages, today its atmosphere is very peaceful. The islandメs wild, beautiful scenery shelters a protected fauna, in particular, a colony of Japanese ibis. It also boasts several splendid temples, some of which are close to the village of Mano at the end of the bay.

Day 4

Kanazawa

Located on the island of Honshu and bathed by the waters of the Sea of Japan, Kanazawa is a port marked by history. Under the predominance of the Maeda clan in the Meiji era, the city came under multiple political and cultural influences that shaped its landscape. Throughout the town, you'll discover many signs of its rich past: Kanazawa Castle, Kenroku-en -one of the most beautiful and famous gardens in Japan-ᅠand the old geisha district, Higashi-Chayagai. õmicho Ichiba market in the town centre is well worth a visit, particularly for freshly cooked seafood.

Day 5

Sakaiminato

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

Day 6

Ulsan

Day 7

Mojiko

At the mouth of the Kanmon Straits lies Mojiko, the northernmost port of Kyushu, one of Japan’s four main islands. For many years, Mojiko was the gateway to the island. Today, the old boats are gone, but as you stroll around the picturesque streets you will discover a well-preserved architectural heritage that evokes traditional Japan from the first Meiji era of the late 19th century. From the heights of the Mojiko Retro Observation Room, you can enjoy the amazing views that take in the Shinto shrine and coastal landscape like a postcard of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Day 8

Beppu, Oita

A favourite destination for the Japanese, Beppu is now famous throughout the Japanese archipelago thanks to its onsen – volcanic hot springs in which people immerse themselves to relax with family or friends. From Beppu, you will set off to discover a lush, peaceful valley in which sit 60 majestic stone Buddhas carved out of the cliff face between the 12th and 14th centuries. Exuding a soothing air of serenity, the Mangetsuji site seems to have drifted off to sleep in the heart of a dense bamboo forest surrounded by rice fields. Recognised as a National Treasure of Japan, this set of sacred sculptures offers travellers a unique, wonderful experience.

Day 9

Hiroshima

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

Day 10

Takamatsu

A former fortified city, ruled over by the Matsudaira clan from the Tamamo castle with its seawater moats, the city is home to one of the most beautiful classic gardens in Japan, the Ritsurin. It was created by the barons of the city at the start of the Edo period, during which time gardening became a profession in its own right. Its landscape incorporates Mount Shiun in the background, an example of what is known as the shakkei technique, which uses the surrounding landscapes to increase the beauty of the gardens.

Day 11

Osaka

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

Overview

Art and Culture of Japan

Travel to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun to discover its many traditions and emblematic sites.
In Otaru, you will board L’Austral for an 11-day cruise that promises exceptional discoveries as you visit places such as Hiroshima and our new port of call in Ulsan.
Highlights
Stop in Kanazawa. From there, you will be able to visit Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. These villages are UNESCO World Heritage Sites particularly famous for their traditional houses in the gassho-zukuri style. From Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who built lavish homes and castles. Sail to South Korea, a small peninsula that juts out into the Sea of Japan, and discover its port city of Ulsan, which will charm you with its picturesque and modern scenery including the Bulguksa Temple or the Flying Horse Tomb. We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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L' Austral

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

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

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

Le Soléal
01.06.2018
08.06.2018
7
Northern Europe, Russia, Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea
Fare from € 5.010
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Day 1

Copenhagen

Embarkation.
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 2

At sea

Day 3

Tallinn

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 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

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 8

Stockholm

Disembarkation. 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.

Overview

Historic Cities of the Baltic Sea

Explore the natural sites and cities steeped in history of the Baltic Sea. Architectural gems in the Baroque style, churches with domes so elaborate they seem otherworldly, palaces, fountains, 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.

Overview

From Copenhagen to Stockhol, 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. 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 Soléal

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

Interior Design

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

Le Boréal
02.06.2018
08.06.2018
6
Northern Europe, 3rd Annual Piano Festival at Sea
Fare from € 2.880
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Day 1

Honfleur

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

Day 2

Ostend

Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseum aan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.

Day 3

Amsterdam

Amsterdam is above all a city of water. Omnipresent, it guides the traveller’s steps, from street to street, from canal to canal, its bridges seeming to bend their arches to form allegiances with him. Let yourself fall in love with the grace and romanticism that emanate from this charming scene. Known around the world for its museums and the finest collection of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the golden age, this city is home to many other treasures. Take a stroll through the old district or pay a visit to a diamond house – do not miss this “treasure chest” of the Netherlands.

Day 4

At sea

Day 5

Stavanger & sailing Lysefjorden

At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

Day 6

Bekkjarvik & Bergen

Bekkjarvik, welcome to a small, typically Norwegian village. Located on the north-east of Selbjørn Island, in Hordaland county, this historical former trading port has managed to retain all its authenticity. The four great burial mounds atop the King’s Mountain were long prominent landmarks for the Viking boats sailing in the region.
Bergen, located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable openair museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

Day 7

Bergen

Disembarkation.

Overview

3rd Annual Piano Festival at Sea

Experience a timeless voyage set to music, along the most stunning shores of Northern Europe, between France and Norway.

From Honfleur to Bergen, you will sail aboard Le Boréal for a 7-day cruise run in partnership with Radio Classique. You will be joined on board by exceptional pianists such as Alain Duault, a true ambassador of classical music.

Our cultural cruise combines the charms of the sea with music and is punctuated daily by concerts and talks. In the company of talented artists, cruise to fascinating landscapes and the exceptional heritage.

You’ll get to meet some of the most brilliant artists of our time and they will share their knowledge and passion with you in an accessible way and in a more private setting. By their side, experience the refined adventure that is a musical cruise.

Please Note: Flight Bergen / Paris is included.

Highlights

As we leave the Norman coast, we will head north to Belgium and Ostende. Among other scenery, you will be able to admire its sea front and the sumptuous Belle Époque-style façades which bear witness to the town’s rich past as a seaside resort. Discover Amsterdam. From its languorous canals to its world-famous museums, Amsterdam is a city full of contrasts, brimming with unusual places to discover as you amble through the streets. Continue to Norway, where you will make three stops to discover this fascinating country. You will have the privilege of sailing in the famous “Lysefjord” (light fjord), flanked by granite cliffs. Bergen, which is known for its tall mountains that overlook the city, will be the last port of call on this cruise to Northern Europe.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

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

Le Boréal
15.06.2018
22.06.2018
7
Northern Europe, Norwegian fjords
Fare from € 5.100
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Day 1

Oslo

Capital of Norway, Oslo, is a green city. Its many parks and gardens make it the reputedly pleasant city it is. The 80 hectares of Vigeland sculpture parks and its 212 open air exhibitions, the Munch Museum dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, plus the Akershus fortress which symbolises Oslo’s rich history, are both must-sees. For culture, the national gallery shelters the largest Norwegian collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures open to the public. And, for sports enthusiasts, the Holmenkollen district with its Ski museum and famous ski jump offer the most stunning, all-encompassing view of the city.

Day 2

Göteborg

A lively harbour town, Göteborg is located on the west coast of Sweden, at the crossing of the Göta älv river and the bay of Cattégat. In the old Haga district, you can peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés in the ground floors of traditional wood houses. On the majestic Gustave-Adolphe square, you’ll see elegant neoclassical buildings. Not far from here is the municipal museum dedicated to the town’s history. In addition, you will be able to sail along Göteborg’s numerous canals. As for eating, it’s the fish and shellfish which make the gastronomic reputation of this beautiful stopover.

Day 3

Arendal

Day 4

Stavanger & Sailing Lysefjorden

At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

Day 5

Alesund

Day 6

Hellesylt & Geiranger

Hellesylt is a small village located 20 kilometres from the Geiranger site. Here, you’ll get a taste of a traditional Norwegian village. Colourful houses, wooden walkways, rustic stalls where you can have a refreshment before heading off to discover more of the local colour. The surroundings are simply magnificent with cliffs, mountains and lakes with peaceful waters. The village is crossed by a river whose charming cascade tumbles into the fjord waters. A must-see stopover in Norway, located halfway between Bergen and Trondheim, Geiranger offers the stunning beauty of a natural decor, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The splendour of the sheer cliffs, dark rock and crystalline water are the stars of the show here. The sides of the fjord offer many possibilities for hiking: the Eagle’s Road takes you up to a steep stretch offering a gorgeous panoramic view. A visit to Geiranger village will immerse you in the rhythm of life in the little local community.

Day 7

Olden

With its two wooden churches, one red and the other white, plus its breathtaking view of the mouth of the river Oldeelva, Olden looks just like a picture post card. Located a few kilometres from the Jostedalsbreen park, home to one of the last glacier polar icecaps, this little village is a definite must for exploring the blue languages of the Briksdal or Kjennalen glaciers. Make sure you find some time to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Absolutely amazing. Another gem is lake Lovatn and its turquoise waters inviting you to quiet contemplation.

Day 8

Bergen

Disembarkation.
Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable open-air museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the Hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

Additional charges: port charges: € 360,-

Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Norwegian fjords

Cruise with Ponant on a beautiful itinerary and discover the beauty of the Norwegian fjords.

Come aboard the Le Boréal for an 8-day cruise and sail along the Norwegian coastline, whose vertiginous cliff faces have been sculpted by the wind and the sea, giving rise to many unspoiled fjords.

You will also visit Stavanger, a cosmopolitan and prosperous small town with a perfectly balanced blend of old and new. During your stopover, walk the paved streets and admire the wonderfully preserved fishermen’s houses that date from the 18th century.

A must-visit port of call on your trip is Geiranger, a small Norwegian town located in the Sunnmøre region. In 2005, the Geiranger fjord became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

During your cruise you will discover the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters, two famous waterfalls with mythical names.

Highlights

Sailing into the heart of the Norwegian fjords, discovering unusual landscapes, with vertiginous cliffs, crystal-clear waters and luxurious vegetation. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Geiranger fjord and Bryggen, former Hanseatic port of Bergen (disembarkation port). New: sailing in the Lysefjord, meaning the “fjord of light”, flanked by granite cliffs that are several hundred metres high.

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Le Boréal

Like her sister ships, Le Boréal embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

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

L' Austral
17.06.2018
29.06.2018
12
Asia, Pacific and Oceania, Australia and NZ, Exploring the Malay Archipelago
Fare from € 4.330
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Day 1

Manila

On first sight, the Philippines capital shows its highly Americanised Asian megalopolis side, with ultramodern skyscrapers set all along the waterfront. But when you stroll through the cobbled streets of the Intramuros district, youメll discover a different side of Manila, one thatメs full of old-world charm. An enchanted pause in the middle of urban bustle, Rizal Parkメs 60 hectares of magnificent green parkland is perfect for recharging your batteries. To see the city from a different angle, take a walk along Roxas boulevard, a popular seaside promenade.

Day 2

Coron

Anchored off the extreme north of Palawan in the heart of the Philippinesメ Calamian Islands, the little island of Coron is an emerald gem adorned with lakes. Among the many activities here, you can explore the shores of Lake Kayangan in a bangka, a traditional outrigger cano dive in the fresh, warm waters of Lake Barracuda. Famous for its limestone cliffs pierced with caves, the island also has an extraordinary cultural heritage. A stopover in Coron offers an excellent opportunity for meeting the indigenous Tagbanua tribe, a fishing and hunting people who ensure their island remains unspoilt. And it has paid off. Coron has retained all its natural wonders.

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Sandakan, Sabah

Home to the oldest tropical rainforests on our planet, the island of Borneo is a kaleidoscope of flora and fauna, including the famous orang-utan, whose name translates as “man of the forest” from Malay. The only Asian representative of the great apes, they are easily recognisable by their long arms and flamboyant orange hair. The Kabili – Sepilok Forest Reserve and Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuaries contain some of Borneo's highest concentrations of wildlife and are considered the best areas for viewing wildlife in Malaysia. Sightings of proboscis monkeys are common in the late afternoon, long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques frequent the trees along the riverbanks and they provide the best chance to see orang-utans.

Day 5

Sandakan, Sabah

Day 6

At sea

Day 7

Pulau Saronde

The Saronde islands are located in the northern Gulf of Kwandang, part of the North Gorontalo regency. These small uninhabited islands are surrounded by clear waters and beautiful coral reef systems. Pulau Saronde boasts a white sand beach providing easy access to the fringing coral reef. After a short zodiac ride to the beach, enjoy a day of swimming and snorkelling or just relax in the shade and absorb the idyllic tropical atmosphere.

Day 8

Pulau Lihaga & Tangkoko Nature Reserve

Established in 1991, Bunaken Marine Park was among the first of Indonesia's marine parks. The park is globally renowned for its rich ecosystems, comprising fringing and barrier reefs. There are seven times more genera of coral than in Hawaiian waters, and more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific. Enjoy swimming and snorkelling on one of the many islands within the marine park. During lunch your ship will relocate to Tangkoko Nature Reserve, home to at least 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and the Spectral Tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world. During lunch your ship will relocate to Tangkoko Nature Reserve, home to at least 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species. Enjoy a guided walk through the rainforest in search of the Celebes crested macaque, Sulawesi bear cuscus, and the Spectral Tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world.

Day 9

At sea

Day 10

Raja Ampat

If you are travelling the world in search for the most beautiful diving spots, you’ll find what you’re looking for in the Indonesian Raja Ampat islands. Off Sorong, ideally located in the heart of the illustrious “Coral Triangle”, the 1,500 or so islets that make up the archipelago are the ideal place for admiring some outstandingly diverse coral reefs. At the junction of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the Raja Ampat islands, covered with lush jungle, are also extraordinary lands for hiking. Between multi-coloured lagoons, immaculate beaches and green landscapes, the Raja Ampat islands offer you a breath-taking palette of colours...

Day 11

Banda Neira

From age-old traditional cultures and ancient vestiges, to coral reefs and lush green jungle… The attractions of the remote Banda archipelago seem endless. Better known as the legendary “Spice Islands” of the Ancient World, these small volcanic landmasses were the fabled prize of colonial powers for more than four centuries. Every colonial power of significance fought for control of these ten small islands that today have become largely forgotten. Walking the streets of Banda Neira is a surreal experience as your eyes are drawn to the eclectic mix of Portuguese, Dutch and British architecture, the remnants of a rich and tumultuous history. It is without doubt the most historically significant and interesting of all the “Spice Islands”.

Day 12

At sea

Day 13

Darwin

Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.

Overview

Exploring the Malay Archipelago

On your 13-day crossing of the Malay Archipelago voyage you will experience a wide variety of unique destinations, discover ancient tribes, explore the most biodiverse marine ecosystems on earth, view Orang-Utans in their natural habitat and uncover historical locations that changed the face of history forever.

Join your expert expedition team, selected for their knowledge and experience, along with local guides to explore these unique destinations by foot, zodiac or local transport.

This bespoke experience will showcase the astonishing diversity of cultures, landscapes, flora and fauna across the Malay Archipelago, from the lush rainforests of Borneo to the sun kissed islands of the Moluccas, board the luxurious L’Austral and discover one of the world’s great adventures in waiting.

Highlights

See Orang-Utans in their natural habitat. Walk along streets that were the most valuable real estate in the world for more than 400 years. Swim and snorkel in Raja Ampat, the heart of the coral triangle. Discover Coron Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Discover the Maluku Islands, an idyllic paradise, the original Spice Islands.

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Ship information

L' Austral

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship

Length: 142 metres

Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica)

Built: 2011

This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L' Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’ Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”.

Cuisine
Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

Life On Board

Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L' Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.

Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please.

Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous

Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L' Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

Le Lapérouse
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The Arctic, Icelandic Mosaic
Fare from € 5.065
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Travelroute
Day 1

Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

This attractive harbour city is located just a few kilometres from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik Arriving by sea, youメll see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörðurメs baysᅠ and volcanic rocks; ᅠHafnarfjörður 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

Isafjordur & sailing off the Arctic polar circle

Day 3

Sailing around Grimsey & Grimsey Island

Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.

Day 4

Akureyri

The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture, where you can sit and try some scrumptious cream donuts with a cup of coffee. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.

Day 5

Seydisfjordur

Day 6

Heimaey

This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

Day 7 & 8

Reykjavik - Hafnarfjordur

Disembarkation

Additional charges: port charges: € 365,-

Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

Icelandic Mosaic

Discover Iceland and the Arctic Circle with Ponant, and follow in the footsteps of the Vikings with this brand new cruise. For 8 days, Le Lapérouse, one of the most recent additions to our fleet, will take you to extreme lands, a paradise for birdlife. Iceland is the starting point of this adventure and will captivate you with its breathtaking scenery. Glaciers, lava fields, geysers and steam baths – this is undoubtedly the place of all the superlatives. Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world, lying slightly above the 64th parallel. Houses with colourful roofs line its streets and this, coupled with the many ducks in its lake, produces a picture postcard setting. It boasts real cultural riches, particularly in contemporary art, notably with the Reykjavik Art Museum. During the cruise, Le Lapérouse will reach the Arctic Circle, as well as the small and remote island of Grimsey. Here it is the kingdom of birds such as guillemots and puffins. Its volcanic rock forms splendid basaltic columns in certain areas. You will also call at Seydisfjordur, one of the most picturesque ports in the country and the gateway to a 1250 hectare nature reserve that is home to a multitude of birds. To conclude you will discover Heimaey. The only inhabited island in the Westmann Islands, fishing is the main source of income in this exceptional site. You can admire its volcanoes and its almost desert like landscapes. Your voyage will conclude in Reykjavik, leaving you with the memories of some unique moments.

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Ship information

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.