Treasures of Iberia’s Atlantic Coast
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- A cruise to discover some of the most beautiful ports of call along the Atlantic coast of three countries: France, Spain and Portugal.
- UNESCO World Heritage sites: the old town of Santiago de Compostela (from Vigo), the Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao, and the historic centre of Porto (from Leixões), the tower of Belem and the monastery of Jeronimos in Lisbon (disembarkation port).
- From San Sebastián, opportunity to visit the Balenciaga Museum in Getaria and the town of Biarritz.
- In Bilbao, opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$4,030 Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$4,270 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$4,400 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$4,530 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$6,070 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$6,070 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$6,070 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$6,070 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$6,550 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$6,750 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$6,940 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$6,940 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$9,360 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$7,150 Available Owner's Suite AU$9,640 Available
LE JACQUES CARTIER
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 sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier 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
NantesEmbarkation 27/09/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 27/09/2020 at 18H00 .
28 September 2020 – La RochelleArrival 28/09/2020 early morning. Departure 28/09/2020 late afternoon.
Located on the French Atlantic coast, in the Charente-Maritime department, La Rochelle will captivate you with its magnificent architectural heritage, its important maritime tradition and its gentle way of life. At the entrance to the Vieux-Port (Old Harbour), this thousand-year-old port city has three imposing towers, remains of mediaeval fortifications, today classed as historic monuments. In the historic centre, you will discover sumptuous half-timbered houses, arcades dating back to the 12th century, many townhouses and the Grosse Horloge city gate from the old ramparts.
29 September 2020 – Pasajes – San SebastiánArrival 29/09/2020 early morning. Departure 29/09/2020 evening.
On the Spanish Basque coast, discover Pasaia, a picturesque little town nestling in the hollow of verdant mountains, on the shores of the bay. The town is home to buildings with historical significance, such as the Arizabalo Palace, a baroque-style edifice dating from the 17th century, the Santo Christo de Bonanza Basilica and the house where the French writer Victor Hugo stayed. The coastal footpath offers magnificent views over the sea and goes all the way to San Sebastián. Nicknamed the “Pearl of Cantabria” because of its shell-shaped bay, this renowned seaside resort in the Bay of Biscay combines an idyllic natural setting with the charm of the Belle Époque.
30 September 2020 – BilbaoArrival 30/09/2020 early morning. Departure 30/09/2020 midday.
Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country, is one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe. Its architectural audacity as well as its ancient built heritage will take you on a journey between traditions and innovations. An unusual cable car will allow you to reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a unique construction of stone, glass and titanium, designed by the architect Frank Gehry and home to a collection of modern art and contemporary monumental sculpture. The narrow streets of the old city and the unmissable Ensanche district are also worthy of a visit, as is the Vizcaya bridge, the world’s first ever transporter bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
30 September 2020 – SantanderArrival 30/09/2020 late afternoon. Departure 30/09/2020 late evening.
1 October 2020 – At seaArrival 01/10/2020. Departure 01/10/2020.
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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
2 October 2020 – Vigo – Santiago de CompostelaArrival 02/10/2020 early morning. Departure 02/10/2020 evening.
Nestling on the Atlantic coast, in the south of Galicia, the former fishing port of Vigo is now the region’s largest municipality. Its old town, more commonly known as O Berbés, will unveil its many historical monuments and the unusual architectural style of its homes. Off the coast, the Cíes Islands, declared a Nature Reserve and located in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, offer truly splendid landscapes and exceptional biodiversity. Further north, make sure you visit Santiago de Compostela, which welcomes many pilgrims from all over the world every year. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its historical centre has significant architectural heritage.
3 October 2020 – Leixões - PortoArrival 03/10/2020 early morning. Departure 03/10/2020 early afternoon.
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.
LisbonDisembarkation 04/10/2020 at 07H00 .
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.
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
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy