Vineyards & Grands Crus #1 PONANT EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

10 days / 9 nights
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    Vineyards & Grands Crus #1 PONANT EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 15 April 2017 to 24 April 2017
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Lisbon
    Arrival Port : Portsmouth

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S150417

    Discover the first PONANT wine cruise in partnership with Château Latour.

    Cruise with Ponant on a new itinerary and discover the famous vineyards of Pauillac and Bordeaux in France.

    Step aboard the Le Soléal in Lisbon for a 10-day wine cruise in partnership with the French wine estate Château Latour. 

    From the port of Leixoes, you will sail to Porto. The capital of the northern region, this 'city of granite' is not only known for its wine, but also for its remarkable historic town centre which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    You will reach the town of Pauillac and the world-famous Château Latour. Rated “Premier Cru Classé” since 1855, the estate is one of the oldest vineyards of the Médoc region of France. You will enjoy a private tour of vineyards and wine houses and a wine tasting.

    Located in the south west of France, Bordeaux is the world capital of wine. You will learn about the rich oenological tradition of its region at the new “La Cité du Vin”, at the medieval town of Saint-Emilion or at the castle Château Siaurac.

    From vineyards to ocean, this wine cruise promises to be a truly enriching experience.

    PONANT works closely with Ducasse Conseil, a catering centre of excellence run by Alain Ducasse Entreprise. A gala dinner will be prepared by the team of the three-starred Chef, and served on board Le Soléal, with special food and wine pairings by Chateau Latour

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    Highlights

    • Renowned sommelier on board
    • Private and exclusive tour of the vineyards and wine houses of the Château Latour with wine tasting
    • Tasting of Grands Crus
    • Gala dinner on board proposed by a guest Chef
    • Conferences on board about wine
    • Group Tri Yann and Cécile Corbel on board
    • Excursion to Santiago de Compostela
    • Stopovers to Belle-Île-en-mer, Ouessant and Saint-Malo

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      LE SOLEAL

      Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships 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. 

      Interior Design

      With her fluid lines and a modern colour scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

      Port of call & excursions

      15 April 2017 – Leixoes

      Lisbon

      Embarkation 15/04/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/04/2017 at 18H00 .

      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.

      16 April 2017 – Leixoes

      16 April 2017 – Leixoes

      Arrival 16/04/2017 midday. Departure 16/04/2017 early evening.

      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.

      17 April 2017 – Cee

      17 April 2017 – Cee

      Arrival 17/04/2017 early morning. Departure 17/04/2017 early morning.

      Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone’s throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The centre can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. You’ll want to dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that’s both moist and crunchy.  Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks.

      17 April 2017 – La Coruna

      17 April 2017 – La Coruna

      Arrival 17/04/2017 mid afternoon. Departure 17/04/2017 evening.

      La Coruña stands on a peninsula in north-west Spain.  As you enter the harbour, you can see the imposing Castillo de San Antón, which houses archaeological collections from Galicia. In the old town, you’ll travel back in time as you meander through the streets from the medieval church of Santiago to the contemporary Domus building, a museum dedicated to human biology and psychology. Brightly coloured tramways connect to the waterfront, on one side, Riazor beach, and on the other, the Hercules tower: this lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its history dating back to Antiquity.

      18 April 2017 – At sea

      18 April 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 18/04/2017. Departure 18/04/2017.

      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.

      19 April 2017 – Pauillac

      19 April 2017 – Pauillac

      Arrival 19/04/2017 early morning. Departure 19/04/2017 late evening.

      Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.

      19 April 2017▸20 April 2017 – Bordeaux

      19 April 2017▸20 April 2017 – Bordeaux

      Arrival 19/04/2017 at night. Departure 20/04/2017 evening.

      Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

      21 April 2017 – Belle Ile en Mer

      21 April 2017 – Belle Ile en Mer

      Arrival 21/04/2017 early afternoon. Departure 21/04/2017 late 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.

      22 April 2017 – At sea

      22 April 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 22/04/2017 early morning. Departure 22/04/2017 early morning.

      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.

      22 April 2017 – Ouessant

      22 April 2017 – Ouessant

      Arrival 22/04/2017 midday. Departure 22/04/2017 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!

      23 April 2017 – St Malo

      23 April 2017 – St Malo

      Arrival 23/04/2017 early morning. Departure 23/04/2017 late 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.

      24 April 2017▸23 April 2017 – Portsmouth

      Portsmouth

      Disembarkation 24/04/2017 at 07H00 .

      Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.

      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.

      Theme

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

      Prestigious ports of call

      For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

      A journey to the land of flavours

      On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

      Renowned professionals*

      These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

      *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

      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

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      Jean-Robert Pitte is a French geographer, born 1949 in Paris. A landscape and gastronomy specialist, he is President of the Geography Society and has been a Member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences morales et politiques) since 2008. He is also President of the Mission française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires, charged by France’s President to prepare the request to have French gastronomy added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, as well as the Festival Livres en vignes at Château du Clos de Vougeot. Since 2011 he has chaired the Académie du vin de France and has been President of the Canal Académie since 2012. In 2014 he was made Honorary President of Ferrières (a school of French excellence – gastronomy, hospitality and luxury).

      Jean-Robert Pitte focused his research and studies on the history of landscape, gastronomy and wine, and has held a number of positions, including  Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Nouakchott (Mauritania), Professor of Geography at the Paris-Sorbonne University, Director of UFR Geography and Town Planning, President of the Paris-Sorbonne University, Founder-President of the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, Information and Orientation Delegate to the Prime Minister, and Professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.

      Jean-Robert Pitte has published numerous books, many about gastronomy and wine. They include: “French Gastronomy: History and Geography of a Passion”; “Le vin et le divin”; “Bordeaux-Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry”; “Le désir du vin à la conquête du monde”; “À la table des dieux”; “La bouteille de vin. Histoire d’une révolution” and “Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne”.


      Spoken languages : French, English


       
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      Eric Beaumard

      Eric Beaumard

      Manager of Le Cinq, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Éric Beaumard is also one of the best sommeliers in the world. Voted Best Sommelier in France in 1992, Best Sommelier in Europe with the Ruinard Trophy in 1994 and Sommelier of the Year by the magazine Le Chef in 2003, he also held the title of Vice-Champion of the World in the Best Sommelier contest in 1998. In April 2018, he was awarded French Légion d’honneur by M. François Pinault.

      Éric Beaumard has been very involved in purchasing wine for the hotel since its opening: every month he visits a vineyard in France or Europe. He is extremely knowledgeable and is widely recognised by a Parisian clientele that is both French and international. He loves to share his passion for wine and is never at a loss when it comes to giving wise advice on the best vintage to accompany a dish.

      However, he was by no means predestined for this successful sommelier career. As a student he thought of becoming a cook, until a motorbike accident left him temporarily without the use of his right arm. After his recovery he worked as a chef for six months at the Maisons de Bricourt in Cancale, before turning to wine and the sommelier profession on the advice of Chef Olivier Roellinger. A new passion and a new talent were born.

      Languages spoken: French, English

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      Tri Yann

      Tri Yann

      TRI YANN… More than 45 years on stage… and it’s still and always a pleasure

      A unique musical style combining tradition and modernity, folk melodies and Breton songs, medieval instruments and current trends… this is the trademark of the Celtic music group Tri Yann.

      Formed in the early 1970s by the “Three Jean”, Jean-Louis Jossic, Jean Chocun and Jean-Paul Corbineau, over the years Tri Yann have forged themselves a reputation on both the French and the international scene.

      They began by singing traditional Breton songs at Breton dances, and very quickly the trio of friends began to share the Breton culture with a wide audience. Thanks to their original repertoire which has been constantly enriched over the years by new influences and new collaborations, Tri Yann has made a place for itself in France’s musical heritage: Olympia, Bataclan, Zénith, Bercy, numerous festivals… so many concerts that bring the public together.

      Meeting the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire led to a joint project that gave the group the chance to share the stage with some one hundred classical musicians.

      In recognition of a career devoted to entertainment, the 3 founders of the group were named Chevaliers de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

      After nearly a half century spent performing on stage and over 3 million albums sold, the “Three Jean”, who are now eight, continue to explore new musical territories while injecting into them their own special brand of eccentricity and their boundless energy.

       

       

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        15/04/2017 – Lisbon, at the time of great navigators (half-day)

        143.00 AU$ **

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        14/04/2017 – Lisbon, on your own (2 days/1 night)

        338.00 AU$ **

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      2. After your cruise

        24/04/2017 – Transfer to London Heathrow Airport with a panoramic tour & free time in the capital (half-day)

        128.00 AU$ **

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        24/04/2017 – Overnight in London and visit of Portsmouth (1 night)

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      3. Your packages

        15/04/2017 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Lisbon, at the Time of the Great Navigators (Pre) + Maritime Tradition (Post)

        15/04/2017 – Flights From/To Nice (Economic Class) + Lisbon, at the Time of the Great Navigators (Pre) + En Route to the London Heathrow Airport with a Panoramic Tour of the English Capital and Free Time (Post)

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