Natural wonders of the Amazon

13 days / 12 nights
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    Natural wonders of the Amazon

    Cruise Latin America

    from 29 March 2019 to 10 April 2019
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Manaus, Amazonia
    Arrival Port : Cayenne

    Ship : LE CHAMPLAIN

    • Ref : C290319

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    PONANT is inviting you to enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Amazon River, on a 13-day expedition cruise. Aboard Le Champlain, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this mythical and impressive river in the heart of Brazil, following a brand-new itinerary.  

    You will board your ship in Manaus, a surprising city of almost 2 million people, at the confluence of the Amazon and the Rio Negro. You will then sail along the river from west to east, to discover the many treasures it conceals: dense and varied vegetation, tropical fruit, a host of animal species, hamlets, stilt houses, local boats… In spite of the developments brought by modern civilisation, this ecosystem – the only one of its kind in the world – remains the cradle of a protected tropical life, which you will be fortunate to witness.  

    At the confluence of the Tapajos and Amazon rivers, you will stop in Santarem, where you might be lucky enough to spot some extraordinary pink river dolphins (also called botos).

    Le Champlain will then sail to the beautiful city of Belém, where you will be captivated by the huge open-air market and the walls of Forte do Presépio.

    You will then leave the earth-coloured waters of the Amazon to join the Atlantic Ocean and make your way to the Salvation Islands, before disembarking in Cayenne, in French Guiana.

    Subject to weather and river conditions. The expedition highlights, encounters with the wildlife and itineraries described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Highlights

    • Outings and shore visits in Zodiac®inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
    • Discovering the Amazon, the river that holds all records: it is the river that carries the largest volume of water to the sea, it is the longest river in the world and the easiest to navigate, and its basin is fed by over a thousand tributaries…
    • Sailing along fabulous straits, meanders and river arms.
    • An incredibly rich variety of endemic wildlife: toucans, hawks, ibises, parrots, insects, iguanas, lizards, monkeys, buffaloes, river dolphins, fish, and more.
    • Alter do Chao and its beautiful white-sand beach that is ideal for swimming.
    • The great city of Bélem, its market and its fort.
    • In the Salvation Islands, the possibility of strolling among the former prisons in an idyllic setting, surrounded by exotic vegetation.
    • Crossing the Equator between Cayenne and Bélem.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $13,150
      $7,090
      Not Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 4
      $13,950
      $7,490
      Available
    • Prestige stateroom Deck 5
      $14,390
      $7,710
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $14,830
      $7,930
      Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $20,110
      $10,570
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $20,110
      $10,570
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $20,110
      $10,570
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 5
      $29,070
      $15,050
      Not Available
    • Prestige Suite Deck 6
      $29,950
      $15,490
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $30,870
      $15,950
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $30,870
      $15,950
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $31,790
      $16,410
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $31,790
      $16,410
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $32,750
      $16,890
      Not Available
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    Prestige stateroom Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 2 staterooms of 27
    • 5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.

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    LE CHAMPLAIN

    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 first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Champlain 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

    29 March 2019 – Silves, Amazonia

    Manaus, Amazonia

    Embarkation 29/03/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 29/03/2019 at 18H00 .

    30 March 2019 – Silves, Amazonia

    30 March 2019 – Silves, Amazonia

    Arrival 30/03/2019 . Departure 30/03/2019 .

    31 March 2019 – Botos, Amazonia

    31 March 2019 – Botos, Amazonia

    Arrival 31/03/2019 . Departure 31/03/2019 .

    31 March 2019 – Parintins, Amazonia

    31 March 2019 – Parintins, Amazonia

    Arrival 31/03/2019 at 14H00 . Departure 31/03/2019 .

    1 April 2019 – Parintins, Amazonia

    1 April 2019 – Parintins, Amazonia

    Arrival 01/04/2019 . Departure 01/04/2019 at 06H00 .

    1 April 2019 – Balaio, Amazonia

    1 April 2019 – Balaio, Amazonia

    Arrival 01/04/2019 . Departure 01/04/2019 .

    2 April 2019 – Santarem, Amazonia

    2 April 2019 – Santarem, Amazonia

    Arrival 02/04/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 02/04/2019 at 09H00 .

    2 April 2019 – Alter do Chao, Amazonia

    2 April 2019 – Alter do Chao, Amazonia

    Arrival 02/04/2019 at 12H30 . Departure 02/04/2019 at 19H30 .

    Despite its image as an impenetrable land, the Amazon can be explored, even when one is not a hardened explorer. Aboard your ship, sail this river and journey deep into the heart of this green paradise, the Amazon, the rich exuberance of a wild symphony. From the Andes, the Amazon fights its way between Peru and Colombia to reach Brazil where it achieve its majestic breadth. This exceptional site is an unspoiled and secret refuge for thousands of animals and the handful of tribes who live here, far from any contact with the city, in harmony with nature. Aboard our Zodiac® dinghies, do not miss the daytime and nocturnal excursions to experience the surrounding environment.

    3 April 2019 – Curuá Una, Amazonia

    3 April 2019 – Curuá Una, Amazonia

    Arrival 03/04/2019 . Departure 03/04/2019 .

    4 April 2019 – Guajará, Amazonia

    4 April 2019 – Guajará, Amazonia

    Arrival 04/04/2019 . Departure 04/04/2019 .

    5 April 2019 – Ilha Ituquara, Amazonia

    5 April 2019 – Ilha Ituquara, Amazonia

    Arrival 05/04/2019 . Departure 05/04/2019 .

    5 April 2019 – Sailing Strait of Breves

    5 April 2019 – Sailing Strait of Breves

    Arrival 05/04/2019 . Departure 05/04/2019 .

    Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon. Sailing via Guajara Bay, you will discover Santarem, a very lively city with a strong traditional style. A unique sight will appear before you: the dark waters of the Amazon will brush those of the Rio Tapajos without actually mixing, like two strokes of paint. A little further on, Alter do Chao will reveal its immaculate beaches.

    6 April 2019 – Belem, Amazonia

    6 April 2019 – Belem, Amazonia

    Arrival 06/04/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 06/04/2019 .

    The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar� on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

    7 April 2019 – Belem, Amazonia

    7 April 2019 – Belem, Amazonia

    Arrival 07/04/2019 . Departure 07/04/2019 at 12H00 .

    The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar� on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.

    8 April 2019 – At sea

    8 April 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 08/04/2019 . Departure 08/04/2019 .

    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 April 2019 – Salvation Islands

    9 April 2019 – Salvation Islands

    Arrival 09/04/2019 . Departure 09/04/2019 .

    10 April 2019▸9 April 2019 – Cayenne

    Cayenne

    Disembarkation 10/04/2019 at 07H00 .

    Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.

    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.

    • Brazil: Should you need a visa for Brazil, we strongly recommend you start the necessary application process early.

    • USA: Should your flight transit via the USA, a visa or ESTA may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details.

    • Yellow fever inoculation is compulsory. You will need to bring with you your original proof of international yellow fever vaccination. Should you fail to bring your valid certificate, you will be denied boarding.

      Anti-malarial treatment is highly recommended (check with your doctor) 

    Theme

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    TROPICAL EXPEDITION

    Discover the unique concept of PONANT tropical 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 archipelagos of Oceania or the atolls of the Indian Ocean, along the wild coastlines of Central America or Australia, our luxurious services will ensure that your expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience.

    PONANT, expedition cruise specialists

    With almost 20 years of experience in the extreme regions, PONANT, the world’s number 1 polar cruise company, is also a real specialist in the planet’s most remote tropical regions. 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 tropical regions. During the cruise, they organise daily outings and shore visits in Zodiac dinghies so as to get as close to nature as possible. They can reserve local means of transport (dugout canoes, bush taxis, local buses, etc.) in order to reach essential sites for hiking (volcanoes, nature reserves, etc.) or for visiting isolated villages. Indeed, the close relationships that our teams have been able to build with the local communities will enable you to share the life and ancestral customs of these peoples for a few hours. The naturalist guides also supervise snorkelling tours to discover the coral reef fauna. On board, the naturalist guides will share their knowledge during various conferences on fauna, the history of the great explorations, geology and climatology…

    Important information

    Expeditions programs include activities such as Zodiac® outings (sometimes with "wet landing"), moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac® outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

    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 from 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.

    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/or the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in polar and /or isolated zones.

    Dressing tips :

    • Cotton comfrortable and light weight shorts/bermudas
    • Light weight long trousers
    • Long-sleeved breathable UPF50+ shirts
    • Cotton short sleeves T-shirt
    • Aquatic UV long-sleeve T-shirt for sun protection during snorkeling or swimming (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Aquatic non-slip sandals (except for the Amazon cruises where bathing is not allowed)
    • Windproof, waterproof and breathable outer layer
    • Broad brimmed anti-UV hat with strap
    • Comfortable walking shoes
    • Waterproof backpack for camera
    • Sunscreen and after-sun high index & insect repellent
    • Binoculars
    • Note: During your visits to some local communities, all guests will be required to dress respectfully. Ladies must have their shoulders and thighs covered. Gentlemen should have their shoulders covered also.

    Feel free to visit the PONANT online shop which offers a selection of equipment and accessories adapted to our destinations at the following address: https://boutique.ponant.com

    Benefits of the PONANT shop:

    • expert advice to gear up
    • a selection of technical equipment and accessories approved by our naturalists
    • Duty Free prices
    • delivery directly on board

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      1 night in transit in Miami (1 night)
      28/03/2019

      360.00 $
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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      South Miami Beach and Art Deco district (2 nights)
      27/03/2019

      1070.00 $
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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    2. After your cruise

      Islet la Mère & djokan martial art
      10/04/2019

      260.00 $
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Kaw marshes & Islet la Mère (1 night)
      10/04/2019

      575.00 $
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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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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