Ponant Expeditions

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World leader in luxury expeditions

Ponant Cruises is a luxury cruise line that specializes in expedition cruises to various destinations around the world. The company was founded in 1988 and is based in France. Ponant is known for its small luxury ships that offer intimate and immersive travel experiences, particularly in remote and exotic locations.

Their expeditions emphasize immersive and experiential travel, with opportunities for wildlife encounters, adventure activities like kayaking and Zodiac excursions, and cultural interactions with local communities.

Ponant Expeditions appeals to travelers seeking a blend of luxury, adventure, and cultural enrichment in some of the world’s most remote and pristine locations. Their focus on small-group travel and sustainable tourism makes them a popular choice among discerning travelers interested in expedition cruising.

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Some ideas of what we can plan for you.

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lofoten Islands & North Cape: Beyond the Arctic Circle, discover the otherworldly beauty of the Lofoten Islands and the dramatic North Cape.
  • Indigenous Sami People: Explore the traditions and customs of the Sami, one of the last European indigenous people.
  • Trollfjorden: Sail through the legendary Trollfjorden, a majestic fjord flanked by towering rock faces, where trolls are said to guard this magical place.
  • Hammerfest: Visit the northernmost town in the world, rich in history dating back to the Stone Age, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Struve Geodetic Arc.
  • Bjørnøya (Bear Island): Observe this isolated piece of land discovered by Dutch navigator Willem Barents while searching for the Northwest Passage.
  • Honningsvåg: Witness the Northern Lights and explore immense cliffs teeming with puffins, gannets, and cormorants at the end of the world.

 

INCLUDED IN THIS VOYAGE

  • Voyage aboard the luxurious Le Champlain.
  • All meals onboard, including snacks, coffee, tea, and open bars with drinks and fine wines.
  • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage.
  • Return flight Paris-Tromsø.
  • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Free use of Parka.
  • Free WIFI onboard.
  • Priority boarding.
  • Champagne and a basket of fruit on arrival.
  • Butler service (in specific suites).
  • An assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and a basket of fruit every day.

 

EXCLUDED FROM THIS VOYAGE

  • Pre- and post-land arrangements.
  • Passport and visa expenses.
  • Government arrival and departure taxes.
  • Meals ashore.
  • Baggage, cancellation, and personal insurance (strongly recommended).
  • Excess baggage charges and all items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar, beverage
  • charges, and telecommunication charges.
  • The customary gratuity at the end of the voyage for stewards and other service personnel
  • aboard (guidelines will be provided).

SHIP DETAILS

  • Le Champlain: A luxurious small ship offering an intimate and refined experience with an average of 180 guests on board.
  • Cabins and Suites: All with private balconies and sea views, offering superior comfort and personalized service.
  • Amenities: French-designed interiors, Dyptique Paris bath products, a spa, sauna, and an underwater multi-sensory lounge called Blue Eye.
  • Culinary Excellence: Exclusive partnership with Alain Ducasse, offering inspired and varied cuisine prepared by French chefs.
  • Services: Priority boarding, champagne and fruit on arrival, butler service, and 24-hour room service

 

Full itinerary : PONANT- 11D NORDIC DISCOVERIES & TRADITIONS

 

 

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Buenos Aires: Begin your journey in the vibrant capital of Argentina. Enjoy leisure time and meet fellow expedition members at dinner, setting the stage for your adventure ahead.
  • Ushuaia: Explore the world’s southernmost city, often referred to as the gateway to Antarctica. Take an optional excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park, where you can experience the stunning landscapes of the southern Andes and the Beagle Channel. Embark on your expedition from this charming port city.
  • Drake Passage: Experience the legendary Drake Passage, a rite of passage for Antarctic travelers. This stretch of ocean is known for its rough seas, but also for the incredible marine life that can be seen, including albatrosses, petrels, and other seabirds. Use this time to familiarize yourself with the ship and deepen your knowledge of the Antarctic through lectures and presentations by the expedition team.
  • Antarctic Peninsula: Reach the mythical Antarctic Peninsula, a land of stunning icy landscapes and dramatic coastlines. Navigate through spectacular icebergs and fjords, and witness the pristine beauty of this untouched wilderness.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Discover the exceptional wildlife of Antarctica. Go on Zodiac excursions to observe Minke whales, Humpback whales, and orcas in their natural habitat. Land on the icy shores to meet friendly penguins, playful seals, and massive elephant seals. The Antarctic Peninsula is home to several species of penguins, including Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adélie penguins, as well as various seabirds and marine mammals.
  • Zodiac Adventures: Embark on thrilling Zodiac excursions led by experienced naturalists. These small, inflatable boats allow you to get up close to the unique Antarctic environment, navigating through ice floes and exploring hidden coves and glaciers. Each excursion offers a new perspective on the stunning landscapes and wildlife.
  • Drake Passage Return: After exploring the Antarctic Peninsula, recross the Drake Passage. This return journey offers another opportunity to spot marine life and reflect on your Antarctic adventure.
  • Ushuaia Return: Conclude your adventure in Ushuaia, known as the “Southern Tip of the World.” Take time to explore this picturesque town, surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the Beagle Channel. Enjoy a leisurely stroll, shop for souvenirs, or simply relax before your flight back to Buenos Aires.

 

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Drake Passage Crossing: Begin your polar expedition by crossing the legendary Drake Passage. Look out for albatrosses and Cape petrels, known as sentinels of these often-choppy waters, as you make your way toward the Antarctic Peninsula.
  • Antarctic Peninsula Exploration: Arrive at the White Continent, a realm of unparalleled beauty and pristine wilderness. Weather and ice conditions permitting, explore this extreme environment where nature reigns supreme. Discover its hidden treasures through daily excursions and landings.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Encounter the extraordinary wildlife of Antarctica, a highlight of your expedition. Observe Gentoo, Adelie, and chinstrap penguins waddling along the icy shores. Witness majestic humpback whales breaching in the frigid waters, while seals bask on ice floes. Marvel at the diverse seabirds soaring above the Antarctic landscape.
  • Spectacular Landscapes: Each day brings new vistas of grandeur, from towering icebergs and expansive ice floes to ancient glaciers carving their way through the landscape. Whether exploring on land, cruising aboard your ship, or embarking on Zodiac outings, immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of the Antarctic Peninsula.

 

Fixed Departure Dates: Choose from fixed departure dates including December 22, 2024, January 13, 2025, January 22, 2025, January 29, 2025, February 2, 2025, February 8, 2025, February 11, 2025, February 18, 2025, February 21, 2025, and March 1, 2025.

 

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Antarctic Peninsula: Immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Antarctic Peninsula, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes of towering icebergs and ancient glaciers. Encounter penguins, humpback whales, seals, and majestic seabirds against a backdrop of serene blue and white hues.
  • South Georgia: Discover the wildlife paradise of South Georgia, home to vast colonies of king and Gentoo penguins, as well as elephant seals and fur seals. Explore dramatic scenery including Gold Harbour’s glaciers and the expansive plains of Fortuna Bay.
  • Drake Passage: Experience the thrill of crossing the legendary Drake Passage, renowned for its challenging waters and abundant marine life. Look out for albatrosses and Cape petrels soaring alongside the ship, a true immersion into the heart of the Southern Ocean.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Witness the incredible sight of over 300,000 king penguins at Salisbury Plain, a highlight of your Antarctic adventure. Enjoy close encounters with wildlife during zodiac excursions, offering unparalleled opportunities for wildlife photography and exploration.
  • Remote Landscapes: Explore remote and rugged landscapes such as the glaciated Volquart Boons Kyst and the picturesque coastlines of Milne Land. Encounter Arctic hares, musk oxen, and remnants of ancient Thule summer settlements, each revealing the region’s rich natural and cultural history.
  • Cultural Exploration: Visit Ittoqqortoormiit, the largest settlement in Scoresbysund, set amidst stunning Arctic landscapes. Immerse yourself in local culture while admiring the beauty of the Blosseville Coast and the historic Thule houses on Stewart Island.

 

 

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Explore the Wonders of Spitsbergen with Ponant:

  • Visit Longyearbyen: Discover the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, the northernmost capital in the world.
  • Sail to Hornsound: Experience the stunning landscapes of the Hornsund fjord, nestled between glaciers and mountains.
  • Explore Bellsund Fjord: Follow in the footsteps of early explorers and fur traders in the Bellsund fjord.
  • Edge of the Ice Floes: Sail to the edge of the ice floe and embark on a Zodiac excursion to see Arctic birds, seals, and polar bears.
  • Discover Makeøyane & Monaco Glacier: Visit the archipelago of Måkeøyane and the majestic Monaco Glacier, with opportunities to spot bears and whales.
  • Raudfjorden & Smeerenburg: Explore the red sandstone mountains of Raudfjorden and visit the historic Dutch whaling colony of Smeerenburg.
  • Ny-Ålesund & Kongsfjorden: Discover Ny-Ålesund, a former mining town turned scientific base, and explore the scenic Kongsfjorden with its snow-capped mountains and abundant wildlife.
  • Return to Longyearbyen: Disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Paris.

 

Cultural and Scenic Highlights:

  • Wildlife Encounters: See polar bears, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and various Arctic birds throughout your journey.
  • Zodiac Outings: Participate in Zodiac outings to explore the ice floes and fjords up close.
  • Majestic Glaciers: Witness the breathtaking beauty of Spitsbergen’s glaciers, including the iconic Monaco Glacier.
  • Historic Sites: Visit historic sites such as the former Dutch whaling colony in Smeerenburg and the scientific base in Ny-Ålesund.
  • Unforgettable Landscapes: Marvel at the untouched landscapes, towering fjords, and majestic mountains of the Arctic.

 

Included in this voyage:

  •  7-nights Accommodation on board Ponant ship
  • 2-way chartered flight on economy class from Paris to Longyearbyen 
  • All-Meals and Beverages on board cruise (including alcoholic beverages)
  • All Air taxes & port charges
  • FREE WIFI and FREE High Quality Parka
  • FREE Boot rental
  • All activities on board cruises and exploration (hiking, zodiac outing)
  • Daily lecture and presentation by our Expedition team, naturalist and experts in the comfortable theatre room

 

Excluded in this voyage:

  • Return international flight KL to Paris
  • Pre & Post accommodation in Paris
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa (if required)
  • Gratuities to cruise and expedition crew

 

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • Lofoten Archipelago: Explore the stunning Lofoten archipelago, renowned for its rugged natural beauty and Viking heritage. Discover picturesque fishing villages nestled among dramatic mountain peaks and pristine Arctic landscapes.
  • Northern Lights: Witness the mesmerizing spectacle of the Northern Lights dancing across the Arctic sky. Marvel at the vibrant hues of this natural phenomenon, a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the unique winter season.
  • North Cape: Visit the iconic North Cape, the northernmost point of Europe, where the Arctic Ocean meets the edge of the continent. Enjoy panoramic views over the Barents Sea and immerse yourself in the rugged Arctic wilderness.
  • Unique Winter Activities: Engage in a variety of winter activities such as kayaking amidst stunning fjords, horseback riding across the Lofoten Islands, sampling local delicacies, meeting Sami communities, hiking through snowy landscapes, and chasing the elusive Northern Lights.
  • Cultural Exploration: Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of the Sami people, indigenous to northern Scandinavia. Learn about their traditions, crafts, and way of life in the Arctic region.

This expedition promises unforgettable encounters with nature, culture, and the mystical Northern Lights.

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