The Levant, Egypt and the Red Sea
* Subject to availability.
- In partnership with PARIS MATCH.
- A brand-new cruise between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, in the footsteps of ancient civilisations.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the rupestrian sites of Cappadocia (before your cruise), Byblos from Beirut, the Pyramids of Gizeh (from Ain Sokhna), from Eilat the majestic fortress of Massada looming over the Dead Sea, Petra (after your cruise).
- Crossing the Suez Canal.
- Sail in the Red Sea, surrounded by some of the world’s most renowned seabeds.
- Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to discover the sublime region of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys”, its troglodyte homes and its rock-hewn sanctuaries.
- After your cruise, you have the opportunity of visiting the ancient caravan city of Petra, with its beautiful tombs and its walls sculpted out of solid rock.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$8,750 Available Deluxe Stateroom AU$6,350 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$6,110 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$6,290 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$6,490 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$8,750 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$8,750 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$8,750 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$9,430 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$9,710 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$11,060 Not Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$10,010 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$11,390 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$11,390 Not Available Owner's Suite AU$11,740 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
AntalyaEmbarkation 02/11/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/11/2020 at 18H00 .
On the Turkish Mediterranean coast, discover the seaside resort of Antalya. While the city sports magnificent fine sandy beaches, it is also known for its significant historical heritage. Many vestiges bear witness to the importance of this former Roman port, such as Hadrian's Gate, built in the year 130 in honour of the visiting emperor. In the old town, it is possible to admire magnificent Ottoman houses with flowery gardens, as well as the broken minaret, built on the ruins of a former Byzantine church. The city’s surroundings also provide an opportunity to discover major archaeological sites, such as that of the ancient city of Aspendos, renowned for its impressive Roman theatre.
3 November 2020 – LarnacaArrival 03/11/2020 midday. Departure 03/11/2020 early evening.
4 November 2020 – BeirutArrival 04/11/2020 early morning. Departure 04/11/2020 late afternoon.
5 November 2020 – Port SaidArrival 05/11/2020 midday. Departure 05/11/2020 evening.
The city was born from an audacious but successful project: to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea in the 19th Century and create a maritime route via a canal. The Suez Canal crosses the desert for 162 kilometres and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956. In the city, to the rhythm of the colourful carts, you will admire the colonial houses with their large balconies, which give Port Said its cachet.
6 November 2020 – Crossing the Suez CanalArrival 06/11/2020. Departure 06/11/2020.
Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.
6 November 2020 – Ain SukhnaArrival 06/11/2020 evening. Departure 06/11/2020.
Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.
7 November 2020▸8 November 2020 – Ain SukhnaArrival 07/11/2020. Departure 08/11/2020.
9 November 2020 – EilatArrival 09/11/2020. Departure 09/11/2020 evening.
AqabaDisembarkation 10/11/2020 at 06H00 .
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.
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.
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.
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.
Jordan: A visa is mandatory (current cost 40 JOD). The visa is included for guests participating in a PONANT pre or post-cruise programme. In order to secure your visa, please send a copy of your passport to PONANT 30 days prior to your cruise departure.
The validity of those visas are restricted to the duration of PONANT pre and post cruise programs. Groups of tourists visiting Jordan for a minimum stay of 2 consecutive nights and arriving through Amman Airport, whose programme has been organised by a Jordanian agency, benefit of a complimentary visa on condition that they are met by the local Jordanian agency at the airport . Please note that rules and regulations regarding visa subject to change by the government without any prior notice. Guests not participating on PONANT pre or post cruise programs will have to pay for the visa at the arrival or departure airport. Double entry visas can be obtained prior to the cruise and have a validity of 3 months.
Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.