Panama & Pre-Columbian treasures

10 days / 9 nights
    Excursions included
    Panama & Pre-Columbian treasures

    Cruise Latin America

    from 14 October 2017 to 23 October 2017
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Colón
    Arrival Port : Callao

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    Through an exceptional itinerary, PONANT invites you to discover an unspoiled America that is extreme by nature and where the past seems to have left a still intact, indelible mark.

    From Colon, you will set sail aboard the Le Soléal for a10-day cruise from the wild islands in the Gulf of Panama to the legendary land of the Incas.

    You will begin your cruise with an unforgettable crossing of the famous Panama Canal! This marvel of engineering includes three levels of locks and enables ships to bypass Cape Horn.

    On the way to Ecuador, the Le Soléal will stop in thePearl Islands, which nestle in the Gulf of Panama. In the heart of this paradise, you will discover Mogo Mogo, a secret island with exceptional marine life.

    You will then visit Santiago de Guayaquil, ‘the pearl of the Pacific’. This surprising city in Ecuador will enable you to reach Quito, a capital listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Cuenca, a small city that time forgot, with colonial houses decorated with stucco.

    When the ship arrives at Callao, you will be able to visit Peru’s main fishing and commercial seaport. From museums to old churches and stately mansions, the city also boasts a unique and rich architecture.

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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

      14 October 2017 – At sea

      Colón

      Embarkation 14/10/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/10/2017 at 23H00 .

      Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city.  Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

      15 October 2017 – At sea

      15 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 15/10/2017. Departure 15/10/2017.

      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.

      16 October 2017 – Fuerte Amador - flamenco island

      16 October 2017 – Fuerte Amador - flamenco island

      Arrival 16/10/2017 early morning. Departure 16/10/2017 midday.

      An artificial peninsula situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador is the gateway to several noteworthy sites. Right near there, the impressive Miraflores Locks are a shining example of the engineering feats deployed during the construction of the Panama Canal. Further north, you’ll have an exceptional opportunity to journey back in time as you discover the Embera tribe, loyal guardians of the forest and of the Chagres River. This proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life, which pre-date the colonisation of the region by the Spanish. In these villages nestling amid dense vegetation, visitors are greeted with traditional dancing.

      16 October 2017 – Mogo Mogo

      16 October 2017 – Mogo Mogo

      Arrival 16/10/2017 early afternoon. Departure 16/10/2017 late afternoon.

      With its 220 or more islands and islets, the Las Perlas archipelago is named for the pearl oysters in the Gulf of Panama that were harvested for jewellery or used as currency during the colonial era. Today the pearls have disappeared from these azure waters but you can still explore the sea beds and observe the graceful ballet of shoals of multi-coloured fish. On the secluded and unspoilt island of Mogo Mogo, vast stretches of white sand caressed by a crystalline sea make for excellent diving in this extraordinary marine sanctuary.

      17 October 2017▸18 October 2017 – At sea

      17 October 2017▸18 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 17/10/2017. Departure 18/10/2017.

      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.

      19 October 2017 – Guayaquil

      19 October 2017 – Guayaquil

      Arrival 19/10/2017 at night. Departure 19/10/2017 evening.

      Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

      20 October 2017 – At sea

      20 October 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 20/10/2017. Departure 20/10/2017.

      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.

      21 October 2017 – Salaverry

      21 October 2017 – Salaverry

      Arrival 21/10/2017 early morning. Departure 21/10/2017 early afternoon.

      When your ship calls at Salaverry, this is the occasion to discover Trujillo, an elegant colonial town with brightly coloured façades, decorated with ornate wooden balconies. With its yesteryear charm, this city is also a cultural symbol of Peru, as it is home to the vestiges of the Chimú and  Mochica civilizations. Chan Chan, the former capital of the Chimù kingdom is the largest adobe citadel in pre-Colombian America, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Admire the Moche pyramids, the Huaca del Sol and the Huaca de la Luna, decorated with colourful mythological frescoes.

      22 October 2017 – Callao

      22 October 2017 – Callao

      Arrival 22/10/2017 mid morning. Departure 22/10/2017.

      23 October 2017▸22 October 2017 – Callao

      Callao

      Disembarkation 23/10/2017 at 08H00 .

      As the country's primary fishing and trading port, Callao is the maritime gateway to Peru. From the town centre, journey on to the capital, Lima, and wander around the Plaza Mayor (formerly Plaza de Armas), crowned with its gorgeous bronze fountain. Embellished with neo-colonial buildings such as the Government Palace or the Cathedral of Lima, the esplanade is a symbol of the city's founding by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Two streets away is the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the city's best-preserved colonial structures. Further south, don't miss the superb cloisters and patios of the Casona San Marcos.

      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.

      • Panama: a tourist visa is required for Australian citizens. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at the airport: cost US$5 (subject to change)

      Important information

      Panama Canal program: The schedules depend on several factors and despite our best efforts, crossing the Panama Canal during the day is not guaranteed.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        23/10/2017 – Lima: Pre-colombian Art and Archeology (1 day)

        210.00 AU$ **

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        23/10/2017 – Machu Picchu, Sacred Land of the Incas (4 days/3 nights)

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      2. Before your cruise

        13/10/2017 – Colonial Panama & Miraflores locks (1 day/1 night)

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      3. During your cruise

        19/10/2017 – Quito by air (1 day)

        810.00 AU$ **

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      4. Your packages

        13/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Colonial Panama and the Miraflores Locks 1N (Pre) + Pre Colombian Art & Archeology (Post)

        13/10/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Colonial Panama and the Miraflores Locks 1N (Pre) + Machu Picchu Sacred Inca Land 3N (Post)

      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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