GASTRONOMY, VINEYARDS & GRANDS CRUS

from $5,370

DATE: APRIL 11, 2020

DURATION: 9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

EMBARK: LISBON, PORTUGAL

DISEMBARK: LORIENT, FRANCE

 SHIP: L’AUSTRAL

 FROM: $5,370*

 *First Time Ponant Cruisers receive $600 off these fares – Book and deposit by Mar 31, 2019

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All about the GASTRONOMY, VINEYARDS & GRANDS CRUS.

In partnership with Artémis Domaines.

From Lisbon to Lorient, PONANT invites you to join an exceptional gastronomic and oenological cruise in partnership with Artémis Domaines, owner of Château Latour, among others.

Set sail for a 9-day cruise to the land of rich flavours. From the port of Leixões, you will first visit Porto. Capital of the northern region of Portugal, this “city of granite”, the centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its wine.

You will then chart a course for Bilbao, not far from the La Rioja winemaking region, whose reputation goes before it.

Located in south-west France, Bordeaux is the world capital of wine. You will be enchanted by the rich oenological tradition of this region and will visit the Cité du Vin. The port of call in Pauillac, the capital of Médoc, will be an opportunity to discover some of the region’s most renowned wine estates.

Finally, you will call at the Ile d’Aix before disembarking at Lorient, the conclusion of a unique cruise combining refined gastronomy, vineyards and ocean.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An exceptional cruise focused on wine and gastronomy, in partnership with Artémis Domaines.
  • Renowned chef and sommelier on board.
  • Tasting of Grands Crus and conferences on board about wine.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Jeronimos Monastery) in Lisbon (your boarding port), the historic centre of Porto, the Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao, the Port of the Moon in Bordeaux and Fort Liédot in Ile d’Aix.
  • An overnight stay in Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine region.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Included features:

  •  All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • Gratuities to crew, guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive 10-night cruise aboard the deluxe L’Austral, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands… list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Park entry fees into protected areas

Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Pre- and Post-cruise programs

  1. Day 1 LISBON

    NOTE: We can arrange pre- and post-cruise tour programs for you – see more while you are here! It is always advisable to arrive at least one day early, two or more is preferable.

    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.

  2. Day 2 PORTO

    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 Bentostation is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

  3. Day 3 AT SEA

    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.

  4. Day 4 BILBAO

    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.

  5. Day 5 PAUILLAC

    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.

  6. Day 6-7 BORDEAUX
    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.
  7. Day 8 ÎLE-D'AIX

    A small crescent of land, 3 kilometres long, the Île d’Aix is a fragile area listed as an outstanding natural site. The use of cars here is restricted, thereby enabling nature to reign supreme. Set off to discover the treasures of the island by using the “sentier des douaniers” (Customs officer path). Between marshes, vines, creeks and cliffs, you will quickly become aware of this stretch of land’s exceptional heritage. This enchanting place invites you to visit its village and its museums, the Napoléon Museum or the African Museum. A fine diversity of landscapes of small pastel-coloured houses adorned with multi-coloured shutters and hollyhocks… It’s just like a postcard.

  8. Day 9 LORIENT

    Rebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War, Lorient is known as the town of five ports: the military port (the Keroman submarine base is designed to hold twenty or so submarines and their crew), a pleasure port, a fishing port which is the second largest in France, a commercial port and a passenger port. There are two unmissable visits: the museum space dedicated to submarines, home to a submarine named Flore and located in the former German military base, and the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, an interactive sailing museum about yachting and the great sea races.  Let yourself fall under the charm of the view from the Port-Louis citadel and the quays, evoking the prosperous past of this Breton town, coloured with silks and spices.

L'AUSTRAL

In May 2011, l’Austral joined PONANT’s fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L’Austral remains faithful to our philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”

You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

 

Fast Facts:

  • Length: 466 ft
  • Beam: 59 ft
  • Draft: 15.3 ft
  • Cruising speed: 14 knots
  • Guest decks:  6
  • Guest capacity (double occupancy): Up to 264 PAX
  • Normal crew size: 140
  • Gross tonnage: 10 992 UMS

 

RESTAURANTS

Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark.

Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompanied by fine wine.

At the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportunity to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner.

 

PUBLIC AREAS

Main Lounge

Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance floor and cocktail bar

Access to the outside terrace

 Panoramic Lounge

Library, internet desk, cocktail bar, live entertainment on selected evenings. Direct access to the panoramic terrace.

Open-air Bar (Pool deck)

Overlooking the pool deck

 

ACCOMMODATIONS ABOARD LE SOLEAL

Elegance and flexibility of the suites and staterooms, decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.

  • Flexible capacity: from 112 to 122 suites & staterooms.
  • Maximum configuration: 13 suites & 108 staterooms.
  • Maximum number of suites configuration: 24 suites & 86 staterooms.
  • Magnificent ocean views: 114 staterooms and suites with balcony
  • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
  • Cabin layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, adjoining cabins available (children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • IPod™ players
  • Desk with stationery
  • Electronic safe
  • French bath products
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Bath robes
  • Satellite direct line telephone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24hr room service
  • WiFi

DELUXE STATEROOM

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

DELUXE SUITE

  • Area : 27 m²
  • Capacity :up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 4

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6

  • Area : 18 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 5 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

PRESTIGE DECK 6 SUITE

  • Area : 36 m²
  • Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin

OWNER’S SUITE

  • Area : 54 m²
  • Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin

SUPERIOR STATEROOM

  • Area : 21 m²
  • Capacity: up to 3 passengers per cabin