The îles du Ponant

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    The îles du Ponant

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 19 April 2020 to 26 April 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Lorient
    Arrival Port : Honfleur

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A190420

    With Lorient as the departure point, set sail aboard L’Austral for an exceptional cruise along the coast of Brittany.

    The Ponant Islands, the common theme of this brand-new cruise, are scattered off the Breton coastline. Washed either by the English Channel or by the Atlantic, they owe their name to their Western geographical situation: Ponant meaning literally where the sun sets.

    Belle-Île-en-Mer, to the south of Brittany, will be one of the key ports of call. The Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived here for a while and painted the island’s most remarkable site: the jagged rocks known as Les Aiguilles de Port-Coton.

    During the voyage, L’Austral will sail along the Houat, Hoëdic, Groix, Sein, Molène, Ouessant, Bréhat Islands… these many islands with wild and preserved coastlines.

    You will also call at Concarneau. Originating on the former fortified island and attached to the mainline by a bridge, the ‘ville close’ walled town is one of the most popular places in Brittany. But Concarneau is also a fishing port with enduring folklore and very beautiful beaches.

    During your stop in Saint-Malo, a town famous for the legendary Route du Rhum yacht race, lose yourself in the diversity of its heritage, stroll along its rampart walks, and fall under the charm of the city of privateers.

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    Highlights

    • A 100%-French cruise, discovering the most beautiful coastlines of Western France around Brittany.
    • The singer and harpist Cécile Corbel will be on board.
    • From Saint-Malo, visit Mont-Saint-Michel, listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Sailing around the Ponant Islands, the symbol of our company.
    • The Island of Hoëdic, where sea daffodils colour the dunes over the seasons, Port-Navalo at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, and the Glénan Islands.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$9,400
      AU$4,960
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$6,790
      AU$5,350
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$7,640
      AU$6,000
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$8,030
      AU$6,300
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$8,430
      AU$6,610
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$11,860
      AU$9,250
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$16,220
      AU$12,600
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$17,040
      AU$13,230
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$29,900
      AU$15,210
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    L'AUSTRAL

    In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
     
    A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
     
    You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

    Port of call & excursions

    19 April 2020 – Houat

    Lorient

    Embarkation 19/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/04/2020 at 19H15 .

    Rebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War, Lorient is known as the town of five ports: the military port (the Keroman submarine base is designed to hold twenty or so submarines and their crew), a pleasure port, a fishing port which is the second largest in France, a commercial port and a passenger port. There are two unmissable visits: the museum space dedicated to submarines, home to a submarine named Flore and located in the former German military base, and the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, an interactive sailing museum about yachting and the great sea races.  Let yourself fall under the charm of the view from the Port-Louis citadel and the quays, evoking the prosperous past of this Breton town, coloured with silks and spices.

    20 April 2020 – Houat

    20 April 2020 – Houat

    Arrival 20/04/2020 early morning. Departure 20/04/2020 midday.

    20 April 2020 – Belle-Île-en-Mer

    20 April 2020 – Belle-Île-en-Mer

    Arrival 20/04/2020 midday. Departure 20/04/2020 evening.

    Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

    21 April 2020 – Sailing around Hoëdic Island

    21 April 2020 – Sailing around Hoëdic Island

    Arrival 21/04/2020. Departure 21/04/2020.

    21 April 2020 – Port-Navalo

    21 April 2020 – Port-Navalo

    Arrival 21/04/2020 mid morning. Departure 21/04/2020 late evening.

    Port-Navalo is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, at the extreme tip of the Rhuys peninsula. The view over Locmariaquer, at the other side of the gulf as well as over the Quiberon peninsula are exceptional. A charming village of traditional Breton houses, Port-Navalo has always been a resolutely maritime town, a traditional fishing port and a well-protected refuge from the Suroit winds. Do not miss the chance to stroll along the coastal footpath in search of viewpoints over this inland sea that is the gulf, crossed every day by all types of vessels including the famous sinagots with their red sails.

    22 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Groix

    22 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Groix

    Arrival 22/04/2020. Departure 22/04/2020.

    “Qui voit Groix voit sa joie” (“Whoever sees Groix will see its glee”) — this proverb will make perfect sense as soon as your ship starts following the coastlines of Groix Island. Located around 4 nautical miles from Lorient, Groix stretches 8 kilometres long and is home to pretty low houses and colourful gardens. There is much contrast in the panorama: mainly wild and craggy landscapes to the west, and long beaches to the east, inviting conviviality and relaxation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Groix was the leading tuna port in France and the tuna-shaped weathercock, perched atop the church belfry, illustrates this activity.

    22 April 2020 – Glénan Islands

    22 April 2020 – Glénan Islands

    Arrival 22/04/2020 early morning. Departure 22/04/2020 midday.

    A little like the Seychelles…The Glénan archipelago and its string of islets offer you a magical spectacle with their white sand beaches and emerald green waters, evoking the exoticism of distant islands. Located around 10 nautical miles from the French mainland, the Glénans are a succession of seven islets, coiled around an interior sea with a paradisiac decor. To the east, Penfret shelters the lighthouse. Further on is the island of Loch, the largest one, recognisable by its chimney stack. Then come Cigogne with its fort, Drenec, Bananec, Guéotec, and finally Saint-Nicolas. The daffodil is the emblematic flower of the Glénan Islands; these pretty white flowers decorate the idyllic landscape of the archipelago in springtime … A waking dream.

    22 April 2020 – Concarneau

    22 April 2020 – Concarneau

    Arrival 22/04/2020 evening. Departure 22/04/2020 evening.

    An emblematic town in Brittany, it is hard to resist the delights of Concarneau. The "blue town” will astonish and surprise you with its charm and history.  Stroll along the streets of the Ville Close, with its remarkable walls and fortifications overlooking Concarneau Bay. Since the siege of the town by Duguesclin in the 16th Century, it has maintained its taste for adventure. The maritime history of the town and its canning industry is examined in the interesting fishing museum (Musée de la Pêche). Also, do not miss the visit to Keriolet Castle, a neo-gothic gem built in the 19th Century by a Russian imperial princess.

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Sein

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Sein

    Arrival 23/04/2020. Departure 23/04/2020.

    The Île de Sein, a simple dash lining the horizon of the Iroise Sea. Only 1.8 kilometres long, located around 5 kilometres from the Pointe du Raz, the island barely emerges from the waves because of its low altitude. Exposed to gusts of wind and the ocean spray, the Île de Sein also has days of luminous calm. From the deck of your ship, you will glimpse the heathland landscape polished by the wind as well as the island’s main port and the small fishermen’s houses nestled along winding lanes.

    23 April 2020 – Sailing in Anse de Morgat, Douarnenez Bay

    23 April 2020 – Sailing in Anse de Morgat, Douarnenez Bay

    Arrival 23/04/2020. Departure 23/04/2020.

    Between the Crozon Peninsula in the north and the Pointe du Raz in the south, Douarnenez Bay sketches out a vast sailing area that is over 16 kilometres wide and 20 kilometres long. The seaside resort of Morgat can be found to the north, on the Crozon Peninsula, on a beautiful sand beach lying between two rocky outcrops.

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Tas de Pois

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Tas de Pois

    Arrival 23/04/2020. Departure 23/04/2020.

    The Pointe de Pen Hir is reputed for the six rocks that prolong it, known as the Tas de Pois. Each of them bears a pretty Breton name. To the west, you will see Bern-Id, meaning ‘mound of wheat’, the most charming of them because of its pointed shape like a Chinese hat. Then there are Ar Forc'h and Chelott, Pen Glaz, Petit Daouët and finally, Grand Daouët, which connects to the French mainland. Legend has it that they were built by Titans… The spectacle of the waves coming crashing against the rocks and the very particular and ever-changing light are what make the Tas de Pois so beautiful.

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Molene

    23 April 2020 – Sailing along Ile de Molene

    Arrival 23/04/2020. Departure 23/04/2020.

    Molène, an island unlike any other. At around 15 kilometres from the west coast of the Finistère, Molène will surprise you with its changing and constantly renewed face. Depending on the seasons and perspectives, on whether the tide is coming in or going out, islets disappear while others appear before our eyes. The view of the beaches of white sand, with turquoise waters, will make some passengers think they’ve arrived in the Pacific islands... With luck, you will be able to see flocks of seabirds and migrating birds, soaring around the Iroise Sea Natural Marine Park.

    23 April 2020 – Ouessant

    23 April 2020 – Ouessant

    Arrival 23/04/2020 early afternoon. Departure 23/04/2020 early evening.

    Chart a course towards the sentinel island, the most westerly point of mainland France, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1988. Some 7 km long, Ouessant boasts a wild and bitter beauty. Its landscapes carved by the sea and the wind, the vegetation of the moors and the heather, the rocks ceaselessly whipped by the Atlantic waves, are the home to thousands of sea birds. The island has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times, with women dedicating themselves to farming while the men were fishermen and sailors. From Lampaul, the “capital”, you can admire the powerful lighthouses that adorn the Ouessant coastline, including the Créac’h lighthouse, which stands out from the rest with its black and white stripes!

    24 April 2020 – Bréhat Island

    24 April 2020 – Bréhat Island

    Arrival 24/04/2020 early morning. Departure 24/04/2020 midday.

    24 April 2020▸25 April 2020 – Saint-Malo

    24 April 2020▸25 April 2020 – Saint-Malo

    Arrival 24/04/2020 late afternoon. Departure 25/04/2020 early afternoon.

    The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

    26 April 2020▸25 April 2020 – Honfleur

    Honfleur

    Disembarkation 26/04/2020 at 00H00 .

    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.

    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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Cécile Corbel

    Cécile Corbel

    Imagine a young fairy with red hair, straight out of a tale from Broceliande, with a voice that oscillates between the high notes of Kate Bush, the pureness of Sinead O’Connor and the mysticism of Enya. A singer and harpplayer, Cécile shares her “pop folk Celtic” universe in France and throughout the world, blending traditional music and her own compositions.

    Languages spoken: French, English

     

    Photo credit : Nat Gorry

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