History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea

8 days / 7 nights
    Back to back offer
    Special package
    History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea
    Quintessential Collection included cruise package

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 25 August 2019 to 1 September 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Copenhagen
    Arrival Port : Honfleur


    • Ref : CH0745 - U250819

    This voyage is an art connoisseur’s dream, visiting some of the best museums in the world in the space of nine days, with a state-of-the-art five-star small luxury cruise ship as our means of transportation. In Copenhagen discover, during an optional pre-programme, the marvelous collection of modern art at Louisiana Museum, situated at water’s edge with views of Sweden across the sound. Then transiting the Kiel Canal, spend five days on the eastern shores of the North Sea, a unique opportunity to explore the great museums of Holland and Belgium.
    During an overnight in Amsterdam, we will enjoy special access and a reception at the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art.
    Accompanying us will be Till-Holger Borchert, renowned art historian and Director of the Municipal Museums of Bruges, who will provide context for the paintings, sculptures and architecture we encounter as we enjoy special and exclusive access to these unparalleled collections.

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    Special offer(s) :


    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers*

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% discount

    - When this cruise is in 7th position get a -70% discount

    *Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.



    Ponant Quintessential Art Theme voyages are designed to offer an in depth experience of the art of a destination – both the works produced by artists from the region and the art collected in great museums. All Art Theme voyages feature special access to select collections, and all are accompanied by a renowned scholar/critic

    Highlights of this cruise:

    • Series of lectures and discussions with Till-Holger Borchert
    • Optional pre-cruise in Copenhagen with visit to Louisiana Museum
    • Private after-hours tour and reception at the recently renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
    • Specially designed optional excursions to:
      o Groninger Museum; 
      o Rijksmuseum; 
      o Mauritshuis; 
      o Rubens’ masterpieces in the Antwerp Cathedral;
      o Michelangelo’s Madonna in Bruges.

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

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

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

      Port of call & excursions

      25 August 2019 – Crossing the Kiel Canal


      Embarkation 25/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/08/2019 at 18H00 .

      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.

      26 August 2019 – Crossing the Kiel Canal

      26 August 2019 – Crossing the Kiel Canal

      Arrival 26/08/2019. Departure 26/08/2019.

      Spanning around one hundred kilometres, the Kiel Canal links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, crossing the Jutland peninsula. It is the world’s busiest artificial waterway.

      27 August 2019 – Harlingen

      27 August 2019 – Harlingen

      Arrival 27/08/2019 early morning. Departure 27/08/2019 early evening.

      Lying at the mouth of the Harinxma canal in the Frise province of the Netherlands, Harlingen has always had a very close relationship with the sea. Once a whale fishing centre and today a port specialised in shrimp fishing, its dynamism has transformed it into a modern city which also offers travellers museums and sites of interest. The local museum, the Hannemahuis, is housed in an 18th Century dwelling and presents a collection of regional furniture and objects retracing the history of the city. The lighthouse and the city hall with their typically Dutch architecture also deserve a visit.

      28 August 2019 – Amsterdam

      28 August 2019 – Amsterdam

      Arrival 28/08/2019 early morning. Departure 28/08/2019.

      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.

      29 August 2019 – Amsterdam

      29 August 2019 – Amsterdam

      Arrival 29/08/2019. Departure 29/08/2019 early afternoon.

      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.

      30 August 2019 – Antwerp

      30 August 2019 – Antwerp

      Arrival 30/08/2019 early morning. Departure 30/08/2019 early evening.

      Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp is worth a visit for its remarkable architectural heritage. In this moderately-sized, cosmopolitan city, you will be able to stroll around the ancient city centre, dominated by the most important monument in Antwerp, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The museums of the city retrace the history of Antwerp, including the home of Rubens, containing the works of the painter, and the Plantin-Moretus museum, a print works and publishing house that are UNESCO listed. From Grote Markt, the central square in the city, you will be captivated by the attractive sight formed by the unusual medieval architecture of the guild houses.

      31 August 2019 – Ostend

      31 August 2019 – Ostend

      Arrival 31/08/2019 early morning. Departure 31/08/2019 early afternoon.

      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 Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.

      1 September 2019▸31 August 2019 – Honfleur


      Disembarkation 01/09/2019 at 07H00 .

      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.


      • 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.


      Quintessential Collection

      Quintessential Collection

      PONANT Quintessential Collection voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it.

      In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture. They also offer pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme.  We believe that travel approached in this way has the power ato transform us and to make us better citizens of the world.

      Quintessential Collection included cruise package

      Your Quintessential Art Theme
      Saturday, August 24

      You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Hotel Phoenix Copenhagen in “Bredgade” – a part of the city known for high profile galleries and restaurants and within walking distance of the royal castle Amalienborg.

      The afternoon is free to rest or to explore this corner of Copenhagen on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at historic Odd Fellows Hall, where Till-Holger Borchert will introduce you to the program ahead.

      Sunday, August 25

      After breakfast at the hotel, travel about 20 miles north to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Founded in 1958, Louisiana has evolved into one of the premier museums of modern art in the world. Like MoMA in New York, the museum features a broad range of artistic genres, including architecture, design, photography and film. Explore the exhibits and the open-air sculpture garden. Enjoy lunch before returning to Copenhagen to embark Le Dumont D’Urville in late afternoon.

      Wednesday, August 28

      This evening, attend a private, after-hours tour and reception at the recently expanded and renovated Stedelijk Museum, devoted to modern and contemporary art and design. In small groups led by museum staff, explore the core of the collection and enjoy a reception featuring local specialties.

      Your Hotel:
      Hotel Phoenix Copenhagen is an old building with an inspiring history and charm. All rooms and Junior Suites have been renovated in the beginning of 2017. The elegant style the hotel is known for has been preserved, but at the same time the rooms have been given a more modern look. Focus has been on luxury with elegant materials in bright and pleasant colors.

      Included features:

      •  All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
      • Transfers and luggage handling from Copenhagen airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship on the program dates.
      • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
      • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Dumont D’Urville, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
      • Transfer from Honfleur to Paris airports at the end of the cruise.

      Not included:

      • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
      • Optional excursions
      • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)

      Program is subject to change without notice.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Till-Holger Borchert

      Till-Holger Borchert

      Till-Holger Borchert is General Director of the Municipal Museums of Bruges (Musea Brugge) and Founding Director of the Flemish Research Center of the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands at the Groeningemuseum, Bruges. 

      Educated at the University of Bonn and at Indiana University, Borchert has taught in both Europe (Aachen) and the United States (Middlebury, Memphis).  He has curated dozens of exhibitions, mostly on Netherlandish Art in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, that have shown in museums in Belgium, New York, Madrid, and Rome.

      Borchert is also a prolific author on artists ranging from Van Eyck to Dürer to Rubens. In 2016 he published a major study of Hieronymus Bosch, and his work on Jan van Eyck: the Complete Oeuvre is in press.

      Language spoken: English


      Photo credit:

      Alain Tapié

      Alain Tapié

      Former head curator of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Caen, today Alain Tapié is honorary head curator for Musées de France, honorary director of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille and a teacher at the renowned arts administration school, IESA (Institut d’Etudes supérieures des arts) in Paris.

      With a history of art PhD and as director of the Peindre en Normandie collection, he taught museology at Caen university, IESA and the famous École du Louvre.

      Alain Tapié is the author of numerous books on art including Les Vanités dans la peinture au XVIIe siècle : méditation sur la richesse, le dénuement et la rédemption (Paris, Caen, 1990, 2011) and Peindre en Normandie à l’époque impressionniste (Paris, 2011).

      He is currently preparing two exhibitions: Cezanne and Italy at the Marmottan Monet museum in Paris scheduled for 2020 and Monet, Matisse for the Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, also in 2020.

      Language spoken: French


      Photo credit : ARR

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