Secrets of the North Sea
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• On your embarkation, there will be the possibility to visit Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark;
• New: a new port of call at Lübeck, the former capital of the Hanseatic League founded in the 12th century, and its historic centre which is a Unesco World Heritage Site;
• Sailing on the famous Kiel Canal, which links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea;
• A visit of Amsterdam, the Dutch capital, and its many cultural jewels like the famous Van Gogh Museum;
• From Ostende discovery of Bruges also known as the "Venice of the North".
Staterooms & Suites
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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 first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse 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
CopenhagenEmbarkation 29/08/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 29/08/2018 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.
30 August 2018 – LübeckArrival 30/08/2018 early morning. Departure 30/08/2018 late afternoon.
The former Hanseatic capital founded in the 12th century, nicknamed “the Queen of the Hansa”, Lübeck is a small and typically German city in the Baltic. Now a maritime trading centre, its old town, surrounded by water, bears witness to a thousand years of history. With its seven church steeples and five main churches, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Don’t miss out on discovering its many monuments dating back to the Gothic period, the Renaissance, the baroque era and even the classic period, its small streets and paths leading churches and monasteries. Its patrician houses and fortifications from another time give it a unique identity.
31 August 2018 – Crossing the Kiel CanalArrival 31/08/2018. Departure 31/08/2018.
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.
1 September 2018 – HarlingenArrival 01/09/2018 early morning. Departure 01/09/2018 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.
2 September 2018 – AmsterdamArrival 02/09/2018 early morning. Departure 02/09/2018 late 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.
3 September 2018 – AntwerpArrival 03/09/2018 early morning. Departure 03/09/2018 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.
4 September 2018 – OstendArrival 04/09/2018 early morning. Departure 04/09/2018 late 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.
LondonDisembarkation 05/09/2018 at 07H00 .
The main residence of the British monarch, financial hub and seat of British government, London is the economic and cultural heart of the country. A city of contrasts, attached to its traditions while buzzing with modernity, the capital of the United Kingdom has countless historic districts and notable sites to explore. From Hyde Park to the City through Westminster and Trafalgar Square, get ready to take on Londonﾒs frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden and a trip to Tower Bridge, you can take a quiet breather in one of Londonﾒs many beautiful parks and gardens.
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.
Pre/Post & Overlands
Before your cruise
After your cruise
29/08/2018 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Copenhague, A Royal City (Pre) + Panoramic Tour of London Before Being Transferred to Heathrow Airport (Terminal 4) (Post)
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy