Alaska & British Columbia

14 days / 13 nights
    Expedition
    Outbound flight included
    Alaska & British Columbia
    Flight Seattle/Anchorage + transfer

    Cruise Alaska

    from 22 August 2016 to 4 September 2016
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Seward, Alaska
    Arrival Port : Vancouver

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : SV034 - S220816

    Remote territory still unknown and wild, landscape from wide spaces to gigantic glaciers, steep mountains, infinite tundra and glittering lacs ; Alaska invites you to follow the steps of trappers and gold miners.

    It’s aboard Le Soléal that we propose you to travel to the East coast of Alaska and territory of British Columbia in which “The Inside Passage” was made by cutting through imposing glaciers to access vertiginous fjords. Make sure to discover Sitka, location was originally settled by the Tlingit people over 10,000 years ago.Formerly New Archangel under Russian rule, is a unified city-borough located on Baranof Island and the Southern half of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago of the Pacific Ocean, in the U.S. state of Alaska.Explore Sitka’s Russian, Tlingit and American culture both past and present with true Alaskans. We will discover the Alaska Pioneer’s Home, totems... Sitka is an a classic Alaskan small-town from resident sourdoughs and dynamic native community to vibrant fishing industry and flourishing performing arts.

    Discover Alaskan towns rich with historical vestiges from the time of the remarkable “Gold Rush”, interspersing ports of calls with periods of navigation aboard L’Austral and excursions in Zodiac® dinghies to the heart of the fjords and landscapes that are out of this world.

    During your trip, discover the unique wildlife at some of the sites that have marked the history of Alaska.

    Go through British Columbia, a territory known to be a huge nature reserve divided between snow-capped mountain chains, amazing glaciers, sumptuous rivers and prestigious forests

     

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    Special offer(s) :

    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers *

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    * Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

    Flight Seattle/Anchorage + 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

      22 August 2016 – College Fjord

      Seward, Alaska

      Embarkation 22/08/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 22/08/2016 at 19H00 .

      Seward is located on the Kenai peninsula, south of Anchorage. This bustling port, built for the fishing and shipbuilding industries, will show you just how vibrant it is, with its shops and galleries. The entrance gate for the sublime Kenai Fjords National Park, Seward nestles in the heart of very beautiful scenery, between glaciers, mountains and very rich marine life (whales, sea otters, orcas, seals…). 

      23 August 2016 – College Fjord

      23 August 2016 – College Fjord

      Arrival 23/08/2016. Departure 23/08/2016.

      A secret inlet in a hewn-out bay on the southern coast of Alaska, College Fjord features outstandingly rich glacier scenery. Come and admire the five tidewater glaciers and high-altitude glaciers. These glaciers were named after the prestigious US East Coast schools attended by the professors who first laid eyes on them at the end of the 19th century. The setting is awe-inspiring, but don’t forget to listen out for the thunderous crack as great pillars of ice break off from the glaciers… Or would you rather be charmed by the song of the seals?

      24 August 2016 – Icy Bay

      24 August 2016 – Icy Bay

      Arrival 24/08/2016. Departure 24/08/2016.

      25 August 2016 – Elfin Cove

      25 August 2016 – Elfin Cove

      Arrival 25/08/2016. Departure 25/08/2016.

      At the tip of an island in the Alexander Archipelago, not far from the Canadian border, peaceful Elfin Cove shelters a fishing community that’s only linked to the rest of the world by the sea. There is just a dozen wooden houses, a long wooden pontoon and a tiny port surrounded by crystalline waters… It doesn’t get any quainter than this. Choose from a network of hiking paths that weave through a pristine forest, to lead you to secret beaches where silence reigns. The wonders of the Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, accessible by a short boat trip, are many.

      25 August 2016 – Inian Island

      25 August 2016 – Inian Island

      Arrival 25/08/2016. Departure 25/08/2016.

      Located in the heart of the fresh waters of the Icy Strait, between Chicagof Island and the Glacier Bay National Park, the Inian Islands offer a concentration of nature in its raw state. This small group of picturesque islands boasts a particularly rich ecosystem, on land as in the sea. Covered in dense and humid forests, the islands bravely endure the action of the wind and the tides in order to offer their visitors a unique spectacle. During your Zodiac® outing, you will probably be welcomed by a cacophonous orchestra of Steller sea lions. From the rocky islets, they dive into the sea to treat themselves to fresh salmon. Seagulls, Tridactyl gulls, cormorants and sea otters complete this happy scene.

      26 August 2016 – Haines

      26 August 2016 – Haines

      Arrival 26/08/2016. Departure 26/08/2016.

      Hidden in the heart of this spectacular wilderness, between jagged peaks and a sapphire ocean, the legendary small port of Haines lays out all the richness of its traditions. Founded by the Tlingit Indians, peopled by the pioneers of the famous gold rush, the village is now a rallying point for modern day adventurers. You can visit its streets trimmed with colourful houses, soak up local history at Fort Seward or visit the Indian art museums, before a possible excursion into the nearby wilderness.  The very beautiful Chilkatriver is especially worth a visit.

      27 August 2016 – Skagway

      27 August 2016 – Skagway

      Arrival 27/08/2016. Departure 27/08/2016.

      In the 19th century, it was through Skagway, a small town in south-east of Alaska, that swarms of gold seekers passed in their quest for gold. You can get a sense of these pioneers as you wander along the main street, Broadway, edged with the painted houses typical of this region. From White Pass & Yukon Route station, trains across pristine landscapes over the Alaskan border. All around the town, a handful of paths taken by the seekers of the precious metal, fan out into superb natural surroundings offering a glorious scenery of mountains, waterfalls, lakes and glaciers.

      28 August 2016 – Tracy Arm

      28 August 2016 – Tracy Arm

      Arrival 28/08/2016. Departure 28/08/2016.

      When you reach Tracy Arm fjord, 80 kilometres south-east of Juneau, you will sail into the middle of the inlet, surrounded by waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs into the sea. A few seals guarding their spur of ice may add unexpected spice to your expedition. This is your opportunity to see the Sawyer glacier close up. Majestic and otherworldly, it spans the whole length of the mountain in shades of crystalline blue: without a doubt, this is one of the most breath-taking wonders of Alaska.

      29 August 2016 – Red Bluff Bay

      29 August 2016 – Red Bluff Bay

      Arrival 29/08/2016. Departure 29/08/2016.

      When you arrive in Red Bluff bay, you will be overwhelmed by its beauty and natural surroundings. Here, summits etch the sky, and the waterfalls cascade through luxuriant forest. Yet this haven of peace owes its name to its red cliffs, on which practically nothing grows. The contrast of greens and reds in this pristine land of south-east of Alaska where nature reigns is striking. You may spot a shoal of salmon, a few brown bears lumbering nonchalantly along the water’s edge or hear the cries of mergansers.

      30 August 2016 – Sitka (Alaska)

      30 August 2016 – Sitka (Alaska)

      Arrival 30/08/2016. Departure 30/08/2016.

      Formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof island, to the west of the Alexander archipelago, Sitka is brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too. You just have to look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic. Numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.

      31 August 2016 – Misty Fjord

      31 August 2016 – Misty Fjord

      Arrival 31/08/2016. Departure 31/08/2016.

      Rain forest, hypnotic blue lakes, snowy peaks, glacier valleys, waterfalls... You will behold a heavenly vision. This United States monument covering some 8,600 square kilometres is a designated Wilderness Area. This awesome countryside rolls out its majestic carpet of cedars, fir spruces and hemlocks. Here, you can feel Nature’s throbbing heartbeat. You may be lucky enough to spot some of the many animal inhabitants, such as  black bears, mountain goats, black-tail deer, as well as river otters, sea lions, seals and porpoises.

      1 September 2016 – Prince Rupert

      1 September 2016 – Prince Rupert

      Arrival 01/09/2016. Departure 01/09/2016.

      Wild and extraordinary, Prince Rupert is a dynamic town where the open spaces are “larger than nature”. Located on the remote Kaien Island, off the coast of British Columbia, this little town founded in 1910 witnessed the history of the North West Pacific with the birth of American Indian nations, such as the Haida and Gitksan. During this port of call, make a point of admiring its grandiose landscapes where more than 300 pairs of bald eagles have made a home here; its picturesque residential districts where the sea mist often lingers; and its famous Museum of Northern British Columbia, home to a large collection of ancient totems.

      2 September 2016 – Shearwater

      2 September 2016 – Shearwater

      Arrival 02/09/2016. Departure 02/09/2016.

      3 September 2016▸2 September 2016 – Alert Bay

      Alert Bay

      Disembarkation 04/09/2016 at 07H30 .

      Right near the north coast of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, hides the small wooded island of Cormorant. Surrounded by pebble beaches, it offers wonderful opportunities for hikes and for whale watching. The surrounding waters are also home to harbour seals, orcas, Steller sea lions, dolphins, and a multitude of seabirds. When your ship calls at Alert Bay, a small sheltered fishing port located in the island’s south, set off to discover the indigenous culture and its traditions. The ‘Namgis community, which is part of the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations, lives here in harmony with the other village inhabitants.

      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

      • USA : Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

      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 Seattle/Anchorage + transfer

      August 22nd, 2016                    Seattle / Anchorage

      We recommend you arrive in Seattle the day before.

      Meet at the airport of Seattle.

      Flight Seattle / Anchorage on flight selected by PONANT.

      (Please note that flight details and time are subject to change and to be confirmed 3 months prior to the date of the services)

      Meet and greet in Anchorage airport by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT.

      Coach group transfer to the pier of Seward and embarkation on board your ship.

       

      Your program includes:

      • Flight Seattle /Anchorage in economy class.
      • Transfer as indicated.
      • Local English speaking assistance.

       

      Note :

      • In Seattle, summer temperatures average around 24°C / 75°F
      • Anchorage has a continental climate with short and dry summers. In August, temperatures drop as the days get shorter. Day time temperatures vary between 18°C / 64°C and 9°C /48°C. Showers are to be expected. We recommend you dress in layers.
      • Please note that the duration of transfer between Anchorage Airport and Seward pier takes approximately 2h ½ up to 3 hours.
      • This program is subject to change. Depending on final flight times, it might be revised.

       

      Important information

      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. After your cruise

        04/09/2016 – Pier to airport transfer including short panoramic sightseeing of Vancouver

        50.00 $ **

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        04/09/2016 – Discover Vancouver (2 days/1 night)

        561.00 $ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        21/08/2016 – Overnight in Seattle (2 days/1 night)

        372.00 $ **

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      3. Your packages

        21/08/2016 – Pre Overnight Seattle + Post Discover Vancouver + Flights

        21/08/2016 – Pre Overnight Seattle + Post Tour & Transfer + Flights

      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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