Adventure in Patagonia

13 days / 12 nights
    Expedition
    Domestic flights included
    Adventure in Patagonia
    Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Concepcion/Santiago

    Cruise Latin America

    from 5 March 2021 to 17 March 2021
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Ushuaia
    Arrival Port : Talcahuano

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    Discover Patagonia during a 13-day expedition cruisePONANT is offering you the opportunity to explore the most beautiful scenery Argentina and Chile have to offer, including glaciers, fjords, and winding channels.  

    You will embark in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, and round the mythical Cape Horn.

    Puerto Williams, considerated as the southernmost village in the world, will be your first port of call. Next enter the magic of the Chilean fjords and channels for exceptional moments spent sailing amidst landscapes of unrivalled beauty. The narrow passages, channels and fjords will lead you right up close to stunning glaciers, including Garibaldi, Agostini, El Brujo, Pie XI.

    Your ship will reach Tortel and its charming stilt houses interconnected by a labyrinth of wooden footbridges.

    During the last part of your cruise in South America, you will call at Quemchi, after a sailing during which it is not unusual to encounter sea lions and porpoises. Quemchi is an authentic village located on the lush island of Chiloé.

    Subject to ice and weather conditions. The expedition highlights and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Quemchi, a very authentic village on the island of Chiloé.
    • Observing glaciers, channels and fjords, and navigating along narrow passages.
    • If weather conditions allow it, disembarking at Cape Horn and discovering its albatross sculpture created by the Chilean artist José Balcells Eyquem.
    • The stop in Tortel, a picturesque village with wooden pontoons and footbridges, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Sailing along the Strait of Magellan.
    • Depending on opportunities, observing Magellanic penguins, guanacos, caracaras, dolphins, humpback whales, fur seals, sea lions, alpacas, condors and cormorants.
    • Landscapes: fjords dominated by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, iridescent glaciers, and mountain lakes with crystal-clear water.

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    Superior Stateroom

    • Area : 21 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
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    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
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    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
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    • Desk with stationery
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    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
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    • King-size bed or twin beds
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    • Flat screen
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    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
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    • Safe
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    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
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    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
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    Deluxe Suite

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony. Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • Butler service
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
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    Prestige Deck 6 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Situated on Deck 6
    • Decorated by French designers
    • Breathtaking panoramic sea view
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
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    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    •  Butler service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport - Hotel - Port
    • 1 free hour of Spa treatments
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    LE SOLEAL

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    LE SOLEAL

    Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships 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.

    Port of call & excursions

    5 March 2021 – Sailing around Cape Horn

    Ushuaia

    Embarkation 05/03/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/03/2021 at 18H00 .

    Capital of Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is considered the gateway to the “Great White“ and the South Pole. Nicknamed “El fin del mundo” by the Argentinian people, this city at the end of the world nestles in the shelter of mountains surrounded by fertile plains that the wildlife seem to have chosen as the ultimate sanctuary. With its exceptional site, where the Andes plunge straight into the sea, Ushuaia is one of the most fascinating places on earth, its very name evocative of journeys to the unlikely and the inaccessible…

    6 March 2021 – Sailing around Cape Horn

    6 March 2021 – Sailing around Cape Horn

    Arrival 06/03/2021. Departure 06/03/2021.

    It’s at the meeting point between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that you enter Chilean Patagonia where you head for the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and its famous Cape Horn. From the top of its impressive 425-metre high cliff, South America’s southernmost tip has, for many centuries, seen merchant ships from the world over passing by. Because of its legendary storms and rough seas, getting round this cape has gone down in history as a challenge for all seafarers.

    7 March 2021 – Puerto Williams

    7 March 2021 – Puerto Williams

    Arrival 07/03/2021. Departure 07/03/2021.

    Located on Navarino Island a few kilometres from the Argentinian border, the city of Puerto Williams is, according to Chileans, the southernmost city in the world. It is first and foremost, a charming fishing port whose calm and isolation will delight you. You can stroll around a few little streets and admire the dark silhouette of the Patagonian Andes, surmounted by eternally white peaks. The Martin Gusinde museum of anthropology gives an aperçu of the living conditions of the ancient indigenous people, the Yámanas, while the surrounding areas propose hiking paths across wild, unspoiled nature.

    8 March 2021 – Garibaldi Glacier

    8 March 2021 – Garibaldi Glacier

    Arrival 08/03/2021. Departure 08/03/2021.

    Cruise along the narrow arm of Garibaldi Fjord and marvel at its stunning landscapes: thick green vegetation adorns steep mountains, rivalling the beauty of surrounding ice and snow. Further on, Garibaldi Glacier unveils itself: a towering ice titan looming at the end of the fjord that shares its name. Don't be surprised if sea lions and numerous birds accompany you on your enchanting journey into the heart of one of Chile's most beautiful glaciers.   

    9 March 2021 – Agostini Glacier

    9 March 2021 – Agostini Glacier

    Arrival 09/03/2021. Departure 09/03/2021.

    In the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, the Agostini Glacier sits at the back of the eponymous fjord, framed by the Cordillera Darwin. Named after the Italian missionary and explorer Alberto Maria De Agostini, this imposing blue-tinged glacier offers a stunning view over the fjord.

    10 March 2021 – Sailing in the Strait of Magellan

    10 March 2021 – Sailing in the Strait of Magellan

    Arrival 10/03/2021. Departure 10/03/2021.

    This mythical strait situated in the south of Chile and separating South America from Tierra del Fuego, awakens our imagination, stirring up a longing for adventure. For the first time, follow in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, known for having organised the first circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century. Aboard your ship, cruise along the 600 km separating the Atlantic Ocean from the Pacific and, before arriving in Ushuaia, discover the sea route which was long nicknamed “Strait of All Saints” because Magellan’s ships first entered it on All Saints’ Day. A fascinating adventure.

    11 March 2021 – El Brujo Glacier

    11 March 2021 – El Brujo Glacier

    Arrival 11/03/2021. Departure 11/03/2021.

    At the heart of Bernardo O’Higgings National Park, the largest protected area in Chile, discover El Brujo Glacier. Located at the end of the Asia Fjord, this huge wall of ice sculpted by the wind is fascinating and impressive. This magical, natural and grandiose décor that changes as the light plays upon it will be an unforgettable sight.

    12 March 2021 – Pie XI Glacier

    12 March 2021 – Pie XI Glacier

    Arrival 12/03/2021. Departure 12/03/2021.

    The Brüggen Glacier, a coastal glacier in southern Chile also known as Pio XI, is astonishing for its almost surreal dimensions. With a surface area exceeding 1,200 km2, it is the largest of the glaciers making up the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. This gigantic ice field is the third largest ice mass in the world. Straddling the southern Andes Mountains, its breathtaking natural setting inspires sheer wonder and awe.

    12 March 2021 – English Passage

    12 March 2021 – English Passage

    Arrival 12/03/2021. Departure 12/03/2021.

    Between green hills rising from the water and snow-capped peaks, the English Passage is one of the main Patagonian channels. Situated off the south-western coast of Chile, at the end of the Messier Channel, this narrow waterway with a width of just 180 metres offers a unique sailing experience due to its exceptional dimensions and its magnificent natural setting.

    13 March 2021 – Tortel

    13 March 2021 – Tortel

    Arrival 13/03/2021. Departure 13/03/2021.

    A picturesque, colourful fishing village, Tortel boasts a splendid location in the heart of southern Patagonia, halfway between Puerto Montt and Cape Horn. From the little streets made up of small walkways, you’ll love the grand panorama of rounded mountains, dense forest, the clear waters of the Pacific. If you walk out onto one the many wooden pontoons, you can admire the views as you stand suspended a few metres above the water. The village is scattered with sculptures made by local artists, an excellent introduction to this friendly community

    14 March 2021 – At sea

    14 March 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 14/03/2021. Departure 14/03/2021.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    15 March 2021 – Quemchi, Chiloe Island

    15 March 2021 – Quemchi, Chiloe Island

    Arrival 15/03/2021. Departure 15/03/2021.

    In southern Chile, in the Lake District, discover the small fishing port of Quemchi on the east coast of Chiloé Island. With its authentic charm, its pretty wooden houses, its narrow streets lined with small shops, and its fish market, this faraway village is sure to win you over. Be sure to visit the museum dedicated to Francisco Coloane, the famous Chilean author and adventurer born on this southern land. Not far from there, the small island called Isla Aucar, accessible via a wooden footbridge, will be a chance to observe a wide variety of birds and discover a magnificent botanical garden, home to many of the region’s endemic plants.

    16 March 2021 – At sea

    16 March 2021 – At sea

    Arrival 16/03/2021. Departure 16/03/2021.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    17 March 2021▸16 March 2021 – Talcahuano

    Talcahuano

    Disembarkation 17/03/2021 at 07H00 .

    Formalities

    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

    Theme

    Polar Expedition

    Polar Expedition

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

    A luxury expedition voyage

    Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, polar specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

    Professional expedition teams, varied activities

    After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac® dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Overnight in Buenos Aires + flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia + visit + flight Concepcion/Santiago

    For your serenity, PONANT selects flights and organizes the following included programme for you. This package is included in your cruise fare.

     

    The day before embarkation – Buenos Aires

    Meet and greet at the hotel by our local representative. Check-in from late morning.

    Lunch on your own and time at leisure in the afternoon. 

    Dinner.

    Overnight at the hotel.

     

    Embarkation Day – Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

    Flight Buenos Aires/Ushuaia selected by PONANT in economy class. 

    Approximate flight duration: 3 hours, 30 min.

    Meet and greet at the airport (English-speaking assistance).

    Depending on your choice made when booking your cruise (options not combinable):

    You will be transferred to a restaurant for lunch.

    OR

    When booking the cruise, guests willing to visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park will be able to sign up for an optional group excursion, with extra cost. If you decide to do so, please note that immediately upon arrival at Ushuaia airport, you will leave towards the Park where you will have lunch before starting the tour.

    Created in 1960, the park which covers 63 000 hectares (155 670 acres) is located in the south west of the Tierra del Fuego Province on the Beagle Canal. One of his entries stands slightly over 6 miles from Ushuaia.

    Mountainous landscapes, lagoons, bogs, and rivers draw a picturesque scenery reinforced by the southern position of the park itself. The Darwin Mountains, which represent the southern part of the Andes Mountains are mainly responsible for such landscape. The Park is only partly accessible to the public and this tour will provide you with the opportunity to discover the local flora and sub-Antarctic landscapes. If you get lucky, you may encounter beavers, dams, birds, wild orchids, etc… This is a true paradise for Nature Lovers!

    Lunch will be served in a local restaurant within the Park.

    (Please note that the Tierra del Fuego excursion is subject to a minimum of participants: if this number is not reached, our operator will not be able to guarantee the departure – In this case, you will be given the option to join the “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme.)

    At the end of your visit, you will return to Ushuaia and the port, for embarkation on your vessel.

     

    – Cruise on board your ship –

     

    Disembarkation Day – Talcahuano/Santiago

    Disembarkation.

    Meet and greet at the port (English-speaking assistance).

    Transfer to the airport of Concepción in time for check-in of the flight Concepción/Santiago selected by PONANT in economy class.

    Approximate flight duration: 1 hour, 10 min.

     

    Your programme includes:

    • 1-night accommodation in a 4* hotel the night before embarkation.
    • Early check-in available from late morning.
    • Hospitality desk at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
    • Flights Buenos Aires/Ushuaia and Concepción/Santiago selected by PONANT, in economy class.
    • Services of local guides, in Ushuaia and Talcahuano.
    • Transfers as mentioned in the programme.

     

    For your optional Tierra del Fuego National Park excursion, your programme includes:

    Please note if you choose this excursion, it is not combinable with “Lunch in Ushuaia” programme and therefore replaces it.

    • The excursion by local bus and the entrance fees to the National Park
    • The lunch including beverage package.
    • Transfers and visit as mentioned in the programme
    • The services of a local English speaking guide

     

    Your programme does not include:

    • Transfer between airport and hotel in Buenos Aires, the day before embarkation.
    • Tips for the local guide.
    • Personal expenses.
    • Other meals and services not mentioned in the programme.

     

    Please note:

    • The local currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso and is the Argentinian Peso in Argentina. You will be able to make most of your purchases in USD (in small denominations) or by credit card, accepted in most hotels, shopping centres and boutiques. You will also be able to retrieve Pesos from the ATM’s.
    • Summer season in Buenos Aires and Santiago del Chile: temperatures may be very hot, but often between 68 °F (20 °C) and 95 °F (35 °C).
    • Summer season in Ushuaia: temperatures vary between 41 °F (5 °C) and 65 °F (15 °C)
    • We recommend you wear warm clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

     

    Programme is subject to change.

    To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Erik Orsenna

    Erik Orsenna

    Erik Orsenna is an economist by training. He was cultural advisor to former President François Mitterrand and sat on the Conseil d'État (State Council).

    Winner of the Goncourt Prize for L’exposition coloniale in 1988 (Seuil), he has published a dozen novels, including Mali, ô Mali (Stock, 2014) and L’origine de nos amours (Stock, 2016). He is also author of several biographies including La vie, la mort, la vie - Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895 (Fayard, 2015) and La Fontaine : Une école buissonnière (Stock, 2017). 

    For more than a decade, Erik Orsenna has been exploring the many facets of globalisation through his works on cotton, water and paper. In 2017, he published his 4th “little handbook on globalisation”, Géopolitique du moustique (Fayard).

    Actively engaged in promoting a circular economy and sustainable development and author of L’Avenir de l’eau (Stock, 2008), he chairs an international think-tank on the future of our great rivers, IAGF (Initiatives pour l’Avenir des Grands Fleuves) launched on the initiative of the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône.

    Passionate about entrepreneurship, Erik Orsenna supports two forward-thinking companies: Carbios (organic recycling of plastics) and Greenflex (energy efficiency).

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Bernard Matussière

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Important information

    Expedition programmes include activities such as Zodiac® outings and landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes, all accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides.

    Ports of call, visited sites, outings and landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice, winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time. The Captain and the Expedition Leader may at any time cancel or stop any activity, or even modify the itinerary. The final itinerary will be confirmed by the Captain, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be based on advice from experts and authorities.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience in remote areas: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is extremely expensive. Without adequate medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe to full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully, be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive, especially if you are insured by your credit card. PONANT offers an insurance contract with extensive guarantees, please contact us for more information.

    Clothing tips:

    • A PONANT polar water-resistant parka is offered on board for all departures with the logo “Free Parka” (no children sizes, in case of consecutive cruises, only one complimentary parka).
    • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to go ashore in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. Boot rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the logo “Free Boot Rental” appears. Book your boots up to 7 days prior to departure, on our dedicated website https://boutique.ponant.com/, boots section. You will find them on board after embarkation. For more information, please contact us.
    • Winter pants/Track suit
    • Waterproof over-trousers – MANDATORY
    • Polar sweater or sweatshirt
    • Wool or thermolactyl technical underwear
    • A warm hat, woollen or fleece ear muffs, polar or woollen neck warmer (avoid scarves that do not stay in place)- MANDATORY
    • Gloves
    • Thick warm socks

    Accessories:

    • Small waterproof backpack (to protect your camera from water)
    • Binoculars (strongly recommended for wildlife viewing)
    • Highly protective sunglasses
    • Walking poles (highly recommended)

    Do not hesitate to visit the online PONANT store which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations, at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT store:

    • Advice on equipment from our experts to help you prepare for your polar expedition
    • A wide range of technical equipment for polar expeditions, approved by our experts
    • Two delivery options: delivery to your home or directly to your cabin on board the ship
    • Duty Free shopping for cabin delivered items

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