Secrets of Scotland
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- With the on-board presence of the Celtic music trio Ewen Delahaye Favennec.
- Between Dublin and Glasgow, sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Dublin, city of literature (embarkation port); from Belfast, the mysterious Giant’s Causeway site, the old port of Liverpool.
- Iona, the sacred island of Scotland, and its abbey dating back to the Middle Ages.
- The Isle of Man and its capital, Douglas, a postcard from United Kingdom of yesteryear with a Victorian atmosphere.
- Portree, the main town of the Isle of Skye, with its lively port and its cultural centre.
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom AU$3,850 Available Deluxe Stateroom AU$4,140 Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$4,630 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$4,850 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$5,080 Available Deluxe Suite AU$7,060 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$9,580 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$10,050 Available Owner's Suite AU$15,210 Available
Like her sisterships, 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.
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”.
Port of call & excursions
DublinEmbarkation 24/05/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 24/05/2020 at 18H00 .
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.
25 May 2020 – Belfast, Northern IrelandArrival 25/05/2020 early morning. Departure 25/05/2020 late afternoon.
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.
26 May 2020 – Tobermory, Isle of MullArrival 26/05/2020 early morning. Departure 26/05/2020 late morning.
Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. You will definitely be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbour with their vibrant colours. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.
26 May 2020 – Iona, HebridesArrival 26/05/2020 early afternoon. Departure 26/05/2020 early evening.
Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason... it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the islandﾒs true spiritual centre stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.
27 May 2020 – Stornoway, HebridesArrival 27/05/2020 early morning. Departure 27/05/2020 evening.
Discover Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, considered to be the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather- covered valleys and lochs stretch on to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have taken up residence in the long, jagged coastlines where. Not far from Stornoway, the island’s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century stands one of Scotland’s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back to more than 3,000 years B.C., these imposing stones placed in a cruciform pattern were laid out according to the moon and stars and their main purpose was to keep track of seasonal cycles, as this was essential for farmers at the time.
28 May 2020 – Portree, Isle of SkyeArrival 28/05/2020 early morning. Departure 28/05/2020 late morning.
Nestling in the crux of a gorgeous bay, Portree reflects the magnificence of the grandiose Isle of Skye as well as being its main town. Apart from the charm of its colourful houses, the town’s outstanding location on the banks of a loch makes it a very pleasant place to be. From its colourful harbour bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take in a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Before trekking through the wilderness and drinking in the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, check out some of the beautiful images in the Aros Centre.
28 May 2020 – Sailing along Skye BridgeArrival 28/05/2020. Departure 28/05/2020.
29 May 2020 – DouglasArrival 29/05/2020 early morning. Departure 29/05/2020 midday.
Douglas ﾠis 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.
29 May 2020▸30 May 2020 – LiverpoolArrival 29/05/2020 evening. Departure 30/05/2020 early afternoon.
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".
Glasgow, ScotlandDisembarkation 31/05/2020 at 07H00 .
In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotlandﾒs biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The cityﾒs chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Donﾒt miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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.
Ewen Delahaye Favennec (EDF)
“I’ve travelled in Brittany,
through towns and countryside,
I’ve done all manner of jobs,
sometimes I’ve even worked,
I’ve sold cardboard,
scrap metal and ham,
but let me tell you
singing is still the best job of all!”
Here they are, approaching, surrounded by that grey light that is unique to Brittany. Three violins, two guitars, but above all three voices and three life paths. Three figures of the Breton music scene coming together just for the fun of it.
They started their journey together at the Névénoé Cooperative. It was in 1973. Since then they have travelled down different roads. Singing, storytelling, children's entertainment, Fest Noz, television: we’ve seen them everywhere. Sometimes their paths crossed; often they met up with each other. More importantly, they stayed friends.
They are musicians, of course, but more than anything they are singers and storytellers. They are Bretons, but each of them carries in their heart and in their head their own part of the region, their own Brittany, their own tradition. A region of dreams, celebrations and games that we visit in laughter, tears or dancing. The years of performing have turned them into wordsmiths, with an understanding of others and a delight for sharing with the public.
There will be furious violin playing from the ages, but also ballads and love songs taken from their own repertoire or created for the occasion. Hours of travel, of joyous celebration and emotion.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Marie LE LEZ