Natural wonders of the Amazon

13 days / 12 nights
    Expedition
    New itinerary
    Natural wonders of the Amazon

    Cruise Latin America

    from 25 November 2018 to 7 December 2018
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Cayenne
    Arrival Port : Manaus, Amazonia

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : C251118

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    PONANT is inviting you to enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Amazon River, on a 13-day expedition cruise. Aboard Le Champlain, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this mythical and impressive river in the heart of Brazil, following a brand-new itinerary.

    You will board your ship in the city of Cayenne, in Guiana. After first calling at the Salvation Islands, you will leave the Atlantic Ocean for the Amazon River’s earth-coloured waters.  

    You will then sail up the river from east to west, to discover the many treasures it conceals: dense and varied vegetation, tropical fruit, a host of animal species, hamlets, stilt houses, local boats… In spite of the developments brought by modern civilisation, this ecosystem – the only one of its kind in the world – remains the cradle of a protected tropical life, which you will be fortunate to witness.

    Le Champlain will then stop in the beautiful city of Belém, where you will be captivated by the huge open-air market and the walls of Forte do Presépio.

    At the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers, around Santarem, you might be lucky enough to spot some extraordinary pink river dolphins (also called botos).

    You will disembark in the city of Manaus, a surprising city of almost 2 million people, at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro.

    Subject to weather and river conditions. The expedition highlights, encounters with the wildlife 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.
    • Discovering the Amazon, the river that holds all records: it is the river that carries the largest volume of water to the sea, it is the longest river in the world and the easiest to navigate, and its basin is fed by over a thousand tributaries…
    • Sailing along fabulous straits, meanders and river arms.
    • An incredibly rich variety of endemic wildlife: toucans, hawks, ibises, parrots, insects, iguanas, lizards, monkeys, buffaloes, river dolphins, fish, and more.
    • Alter do Chao and its beautiful white-sand beach that is ideal for swimming.
    • The great city of Bélem, its market and its fort.
    • In the Salvation Islands, the possibility of strolling among the former prisons in an idyllic setting, surrounded by exotic vegetation.
    • Crossing the Equator between Cayenne and Bélem.
    • Charter flight Manaus/Miami or Miami/Manaus included.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$16,110
      AU$8,480
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      AU$17,130
      AU$8,990
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      AU$17,650
      AU$9,250
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$18,230
      AU$9,540
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      AU$24,870
      AU$12,860
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$24,870
      AU$12,860
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      AU$24,870
      AU$12,860
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$24,870
      AU$12,860
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      AU$36,150
      AU$18,500
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      AU$37,250
      AU$19,050
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      AU$38,410
      AU$19,630
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      AU$38,410
      AU$19,630
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$39,570
      AU$20,210
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$39,570
      AU$20,210
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$40,790
      AU$20,820
      Not Available
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    LE CHAMPLAIN

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

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

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

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

    Port of call & excursions

    25 November 2018 – Salvation Islands

    Cayenne

    Embarkation 25/11/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/11/2018 at 18H00 .

    Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.

    26 November 2018 – Salvation Islands

    26 November 2018 – Salvation Islands

    Arrival 26/11/2018. Departure 26/11/2018.

    27 November 2018 – At sea

    27 November 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 27/11/2018. Departure 27/11/2018.

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

    28 November 2018 – Belem, Amazonia

    28 November 2018 – Belem, Amazonia

    Arrival 28/11/2018 early afternoon. Departure 28/11/2018.

    The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar� on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

    29 November 2018 – Belem, Amazonia

    29 November 2018 – Belem, Amazonia

    Arrival 29/11/2018. Departure 29/11/2018 early afternoon.

    The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar� on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

    30 November 2018 – Sailing Strait of Breves

    30 November 2018 – Sailing Strait of Breves

    Arrival 30/11/2018. Departure 30/11/2018.

    Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon. Sailing via Guajara Bay, you will discover Santarem, a very lively city with a strong traditional style. A unique sight will appear before you: the dark waters of the Amazon will brush those of the Rio Tapajos without actually mixing, like two strokes of paint. A little further on, Alter do Chao will reveal its immaculate beaches.

    30 November 2018 – Ilha Ituquara, Amazonia

    30 November 2018 – Ilha Ituquara, Amazonia

    Arrival 30/11/2018. Departure 30/11/2018.

    1 December 2018 – Guajará, Amazonia

    1 December 2018 – Guajará, Amazonia

    Arrival 01/12/2018. Departure 01/12/2018.

    2 December 2018 – Curuá Una, Amazonia

    2 December 2018 – Curuá Una, Amazonia

    Arrival 02/12/2018. Departure 02/12/2018.

    3 December 2018 – Santarem, Amazonia

    3 December 2018 – Santarem, Amazonia

    Arrival 03/12/2018 at night. Departure 03/12/2018 early morning.

    3 December 2018 – Alter do Chao, Amazonia

    3 December 2018 – Alter do Chao, Amazonia

    Arrival 03/12/2018 midday. Departure 03/12/2018 late afternoon.

    Despite its image as an impenetrable land, the Amazon can be explored, even when one is not a hardened explorer. Aboard your ship, sail this river and journey deep into the heart of this green paradise, the Amazon, the rich exuberance of a wild symphony. From the Andes, the Amazon fights its way between Peru and Colombia to reach Brazil where it achieve its majestic breadth. This exceptional site is an unspoiled and secret refuge for thousands of animals and the handful of tribes who live here, far from any contact with the city, in harmony with nature. Aboard our Zodiac® dinghies, do not miss the daytime and nocturnal excursions to experience the surrounding environment.

    4 December 2018 – Balaio, Amazonia

    4 December 2018 – Balaio, Amazonia

    Arrival 04/12/2018. Departure 04/12/2018.

    4 December 2018 – Parintins, Amazonia

    4 December 2018 – Parintins, Amazonia

    Arrival 04/12/2018 late afternoon. Departure 04/12/2018.

    5 December 2018 – Parintins, Amazonia

    5 December 2018 – Parintins, Amazonia

    Arrival 05/12/2018. Departure 05/12/2018 midday.

    5 December 2018 – Botos, Amazonia

    5 December 2018 – Botos, Amazonia

    Arrival 05/12/2018. Departure 05/12/2018.

    6 December 2018 – Silves, Amazonia

    6 December 2018 – Silves, Amazonia

    Arrival 06/12/2018. Departure 06/12/2018.

    7 December 2018▸6 December 2018 – Manaus, Amazonia

    Manaus, Amazonia

    Disembarkation 07/12/2018 at 06H00 .

    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.

    • USA: Should your flight transit via the USA, a visa or ESTA may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

    • Brazil: Should you need a visa for Brazil, we strongly recommend you start the necessary application process early.

    • Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. You will need to bring with you your original proof of international yellow fever vaccination. Should you fail to bring your valid certificate, you will be denied boarding.

      Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor) 

    Theme

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical 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 archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. 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 tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid from with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive.

    Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

    Dressing tips :

    • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Waterproof backpack for camera
    • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars
    • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. During your cruise

      26/11/2018 – Discover the Guiana space center (1 day)

      240.00 AU$ **

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    2. After your cruise

      07/12/2018 – Miami, a city of contrasts (1 night)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      830.00 AU$ **

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      07/12/2018 – Miami, relaxation and Art Deco walking tour (2 nights)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      1390.00 AU$ **

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    3. Before your cruise

      25/11/2018 – En route to the port of Cayenne

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      40.00 AU$ **

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      24/11/2018 – Forest Adventure at Wapa Lodge (1 night)

      760.00 AU$ **

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      24/11/2018 – Kaw marshes by dug-out canoe (1 night)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      550.00 AU$ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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