Vinland: America discovered

15 days / 14 nights
    Expedition
    Outbound flight included
    Vinland: America discovered
    Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + transfer

    Cruise The Arctic

    from 6 September 2017 to 20 September 2017
    15 days / 14 nights

    Departure Port : Kangerlussuaq
    Arrival Port : Québec

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : KQ044 - S060917

    From Greenland to Canada, join Ponant to discover a new itinerary following in the Vikings' footsteps in search of Vinland, a term denoting the areas of Baffin Island, Newfoundland and Canada.

    Step aboard the Le Soléal in Kangerlussuaq for a 15-day expedition cruise.

    You will discover sites in Newfoundland and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence that prove the Vikings discovered America, one of which is the archaeological site at Anse-aux-Meadows.

    Against a spectacular backdrop of cliffs, peat bogs and undulating coasts, you will visit the fascinating archaeological ruins of a Viking settlement which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Your journey will also focus on observing wildlife, with a stop at Akpatok Island, a polar bear paradise, and the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, a whale and beluga haven.

    From the Arctic tundra to Northern Canada's taiga, enjoy the explosive colours of a short Arctic autumn.

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    • Naturalists Naturalists
    • Free boot rental Free boot rental
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    Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + transfer

    Outbound flight included

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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

      6 September 2017 – Sisimiut

      Kangerlussuaq

      Embarkation 06/09/2017 from 16H00 to 21H00 . Departure 06/09/2017 at 22H40 .

      From 1941 to 1992, the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland was home to an American military base. Nowadays, thanks to its international airport, it has become a transit point for travellers seeking adventure in the Far North. Located to the north of the Arctic Circle, this town is the starting point of magnificent discoveries surrounded by unspoiled nature. Indeed, just a few dozen kilometres from there it is possible to get close to the Greenland ice sheet, the largest body of ice in the Northern Hemisphere. From Kangerlussuaq, admire also the superb landscapes of tundra in autumnal colours, where Arctic hares, musk oxen, Arctic foxes, reindeer, falcons and eagles live. 

      7 September 2017 – Sisimiut

      7 September 2017 – Sisimiut

      Arrival 07/09/2017. Departure 07/09/2017.

      During your cruise, we invite you to discover Sisimiut, founded in 1756 and the second largest town in Greenland. This small town is typical of Greenland, boasting bewitching panoramas: here and there, colourful stilt houses dot the undulating landscape, and the small fishing port stands as the gateway to an icy realm. As for the town centre, it is home to a number of historic buildings, a small church and a museum which retraces the history of the Inuit people, as well as many craft shops. When your ship drops anchor here, you will set out to meet the locals in a typically arctic atmosphere.

      8 September 2017 – At sea

      8 September 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 08/09/2017. Departure 08/09/2017.

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      9 September 2017 – Iqaluit

      9 September 2017 – Iqaluit

      Arrival 09/09/2017. Departure 09/09/2017.

      10 September 2017 – Grinell Glacier

      10 September 2017 – Grinell Glacier

      Arrival 10/09/2017. Departure 10/09/2017.

      11 September 2017 – Akpatok

      11 September 2017 – Akpatok

      Arrival 11/09/2017. Departure 11/09/2017.

      12 September 2017 – Nachvak Fjord-Torngat Mountain

      12 September 2017 – Nachvak Fjord-Torngat Mountain

      Arrival 12/09/2017. Departure 12/09/2017.

      13 September 2017 – Saglek Fjord-Torngat Mountains

      13 September 2017 – Saglek Fjord-Torngat Mountains

      Arrival 13/09/2017. Departure 13/09/2017.

      14 September 2017 – At sea

      14 September 2017 – At sea

      Arrival 14/09/2017. Departure 14/09/2017.

      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 observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      15 September 2017 – L'Anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland

      15 September 2017 – L'Anse-aux-Meadows, Newfoundland

      Arrival 15/09/2017 early morning. Departure 15/09/2017 midday.

      Located at the Northern extremity of the island of Newfoundland, L’Anse aux Meadows is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the only site known to have been established by the Vikings in North America. Its ancient vestiges provide the very first traces of European presence in the new world. The remains found on this splendid 11th century Scandinavian archaeological site are identical to those found in Iceland. Aboard your ship, cruise in the wake of those first Vikings who discovered the tip of North America 500 years before Christopher Columbus arrived on the shores of the American continent. A memorable adventure in a setting punctuated with coastal peat bogs, grass and many varieties of shrubs and lichen. 

      16 September 2017 – Gros Morne

      16 September 2017 – Gros Morne

      Arrival 16/09/2017 early morning. Departure 16/09/2017 midday.

      17 September 2017 – Havre St Pierre

      17 September 2017 – Havre St Pierre

      Arrival 17/09/2017 early morning. Departure 17/09/2017 midday.

      Located on the Northern Shore of Quebec, Havre St Pierre is the gateway to the amazing natural heritage that surrounds it. This Quebecois town provides an excellent base for exploring the string of islands sprinkled off the coast. From Havre St Pierre, you can visit the Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve. This is a land forged by the sea and elements, where nature still rules. This chain of islands is renowned for its spectacular limestone formations.

      18 September 2017 – Tadoussac

      18 September 2017 – Tadoussac

      Arrival 18/09/2017 midday. Departure 18/09/2017 late afternoon.

      The Quebec village of Tadoussac stands at the confluence of the Saguenay River and the Gulf of Saint-Lawrence, in south-east Canada. The village is bright with multicoloured houses nestling in an emerald-green pine forest. From the waterfront, it’s easy to spy out Tadoussac Chapel, thanks to its bright red roof. Not far from this church built of wood, one of the oldest in North America, stands a century-old village holiday resort, Hotel Tadoussac. Treat yourself to tea on the terrace overlooking the shoreline. In addition, at the marine mammal interpretation centre, you can hone your knowledge of the cetaceans that regularly frequent Tadoussac bay.

      19 September 2017 – Saguenay

      19 September 2017 – Saguenay

      Arrival 19/09/2017 early morning. Departure 19/09/2017 early afternoon.

      The city of Saguenay nestles in a valley through which flows the eponymous river, one of the region’s treasures. As it joins the Saint-Lawrence, the Saguenay River forms a spectacular fjord boasting extraordinarily differing landscapes. From Saguenay, you can explore the attractive Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, which is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors. You can combine country walks with boat trips within the various national parks studded throughout this extraordinary natural kingdom.

      20 September 2017▸19 September 2017 – Quebec City

      Québec

      Disembarkation 20/09/2017 at 07H00 .

      The capital of モLa Belle Provinceヤ sits at the confluence of the St Charles River and the Gulf of St Lawrence in south-east Canada. Founded in the 17th century, the city still has an encircling wall ヨ a historic civil engineering work and the only one of its kind remaining in North America. You will love the postcard-perfect stone houses of Old Quebec, the historic district listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Shopping is a pleasure in pedestrian streets such as Petit-Champlain Street, or you can relax over a spruce beer, seasoned with pine buds. Dufferin Boardwalk, an esplanade near the emblematic Château Frontenac, is the perfect place for views of the river and old city.

      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.

      • Canada: Travel by sea - The eTA is not required for US, Australian and British citizens. Other nationalities: a Visa may be required, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html

      Theme

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      POLAR EXPEDITION

      Discover the unique concept of PONANT polar expedition cruises: explore the world’s extreme regions while enjoying luxurious comfort and service.

      A luxury expedition voyage

      Choosing a PONANT expedition cruise means choosing a state of mind: the alliance of elegance and authenticity, of exploration and comfort, of adventure and refinement… The comfort of your ship and your stateroom, personalised and attentive service, refined gastronomy: a very special atmosphere that we take great care to maintain. In the heart of the ice floes of the Arctic and the Antarctic, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

      PONANT, polar specialists

      With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is a real polar specialist. PONANT will take you to the most remote regions in total safety: our Captains and crew are professionals, specially trained to sail in icy waters. Our latest-generation fleet has the most modern technology to guarantee both your safety and respect for the regions visited. The size of our ships means we can get as close as possible to areas that are difficult to reach, offering a privileged access to preserved sites. Our flexibility enables us to adapt to the surprises inherent to these expedition itineraries.

      Professional expedition teams, varied activities

      After scouting missions in the field, our Expedition Leaders and their teams of naturalist guides design exceptional itineraries in the polar regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies and hikes on land so as to get as close as possible to nature and wild fauna. In the Arctic and in Alaska, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to understand the life of these peoples of the Far North, and to share it for a few hours. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

      Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq + transfer

      Embarkation day                    Paris / Kangerlussuaq

       

      Flight Paris – Kangerlussuaq. 

      A meal with drink will be served during the flight.

      Meet and greet by our local agent at the airport.

      Located 70 km North of the Polar Circle, only 40 km from The Greenland Ice Cap, you can experience midnight sun 24 hours from early May to early August.

      You will be transferred to the port for your embarkation. 

       

      Your program includes: 

      • Flight Paris / Kangerlussuaq selected by Ponant, on European airline
      • Airport / port transfer
      • Assistance in Kangerlussuaq

       

      Note:

      • Please be aware that due to local transportation conditions, carry on could be limited on board the buses used for the passengers transfer to the airport (if too large the carry on could be transferred with the main luggage). We recommend the use of a back pack
      • Local transportation resources being limited, waiting might be generated
      • Please note that truck drivers act as guides and tourist infrastructures are very limited in Kangerlussuaq; we have requested the best guides available and we kindly ask you for your understanding in this matter

      This is the referral program and the order of visits can be modified.

      For passengers in transit in Paris, we recommend to stay one night in Paris before this flight to ensure onward connections.

       

      Important information

      This cruise includes 11 days/10 nights expedition from Kangerlussuaq to Gros Morne.
      Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (often with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Calls, landings & zodiac® cruises will depend on weather conditions, position of ice (during polar cruises) and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

       

      Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of expedition itineraries, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain and Expedition Leader, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. Their decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

       

      Travelling to polar/isolated regions is an exhilarating experience. The raw beauty and untouched wilderness offer an unusual chance to experience a place where there is little evidence of human presence. Inevitably, there are some consequences that come with such remoteness: please remember that you are far from modern hospitals with full medical facilities, thus evacuation is highly expensive. Without the necessary medical coverage, all expenses will have to be immediately paid for with your personal funds. We urge you to subscribe a full coverage insurance, choose your insurance company very carefully and be extremely vigilant and ensure your insurance is fully comprehensive. 

       

       

       

      Dressing tips:



        • Water-resistant parka offered on board (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Parka gift” appears

       

        • Half calf rubber boots with non-slip soles, which will allow you to land in 20 cm of cold water, keeping your feet dry for walks and visits on steep paths. You can also bring water-resistant hiking boots. A boots rental will be offered onboard (for adults only) on Expedition cruises where the stamp “Boots offered” appears

       

        • Comfortable pants: classic Winter pants, warm cotton tracksuit

       

        • Water-resistant windbreaker over pants - COMPULSORY

       

        • Winter pants with water-resistant over pants is the ideal combination: water-resistance and comfort suitability of pants are essential

       

        • Pullover, sweat-shirt or fleece jacket

       

        • Fleece muffler and fleece cap or thermal beanie covering ears (avoid scarfs which do not stand still)

       

        • Water-resistant and supple gloves

       

        • Polarized sunglasses with high UV filter

       

        • Mosquito repellent

       

        • Walking sticks (highly recommended)

       

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. During your cruise

        19/09/2017 – Saguenay fjord by floatplane (45mn)

        269.00 AU$ **

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      2. After your cruise

        20/09/2017 – From the Wendake Indian Reserve to Quebec City (2 days/1 night)

        878.00 AU$ **

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        20/09/2017 – From Quebec City to Montreal (2 days/1 night)

        930.00 AU$ **

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.
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