30th Anniversary Cruise in Brittany

8 days / 7 nights
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    30th Anniversary Cruise in Brittany

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 19 April 2018 to 26 April 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Lorient
    Arrival Port : Saint-Malo

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S190418

    Exclusive cruise for members of the PONANT Yacht Club 

    To celebrate its 30th birthday, PONANT brings you an exceptional cruise on the Atlantic coast, where you will discover the Ponant Isles.

    Leaving from Lorient, you will spend 8 days experiencing unique moments on land and on sea aboard Le Soléal.

    The Ponant Isles, the common theme of this brand new cruise, form a large archipelago off the French coast. Washed either by the English Channel or by the Atlantic, they owe their name to their Western geographical situation: Ponant meaning literally where the sun sets.

    Belle-Île-en-Mer, to the south of Brittany, will be one of the key ports of call. The Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived for a while in the village of Kervilahouen on this island. Make sure you climb the 247 steps of the Grand Phare lighthouse for a breathtaking view over the ocean.

    During the voyage, Le Soléal will sail along the Houat, Groix and Sein Islands… these many islands with wild and preserved coastlines.

    You will also call at Concarneau. Originating on the former fortified island and attached to the mainline by a bridge, the ‘ville close’ walled town is one of the most popular places in Brittany. But Concarneau is also a fishing port with enduring folklore and very beautiful beaches.

    During your stop in Saint-Malo, a town famous for the legendary Route du Rhum yacht race, lose yourself in the diversity of its heritage, stroll along its rampart walks, and fall under the charm of the city of privateers.

    Highlights

    • An anniversary cruise: PONANT celebrates its 30 years.
    • A 100%-French cruise, discovering the most beautiful coastlines of Western France around Brittany.
    • Sailing around the Ponant Islands, the symbol of our company.
    • Many new ports of call: the Isle of Yeu, considered as the jewel of the Atlantic, the Island of Hoëdic, where sea daffodils colour the dunes over the seasons, Port Navalo at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, and the Island of Glénan.

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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

      19 April 2018 – Ile d'Yeu

      Lorient

      Embarkation 19/04/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/04/2018 at 18H00 .

      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.

      20 April 2018 – Ile d'Yeu

      20 April 2018 – Ile d'Yeu

      Arrival 20/04/2018 midday. Departure 20/04/2018 late afternoon.

      Located around 20 kilometres from mainland France, the Île d’Yeu was occupied as of Neolithic times, as evidenced by the many dolmens and standing stones. The island, one of the fifteen Ponant Islands, presents visitors with two very different faces: to the east, a sandy and lush coastline that resembles the landscapes of the Vendée region; to the west, the appropriately named “wild coast”. Here, the high granite cliffs, the rocks buffeted by the waves, and the white sand creeks are reminiscent of the Breton coast. For a long time, the Île d’Yeu was the Atlantic coast’s leading tuna port, and a fishing fleet is still moored along the quays of Port-Joinville, the charming capital with its small, blue-shuttered white houses.

      21 April 2018 – Hoedic

      21 April 2018 – Hoedic

      Arrival 21/04/2018 early morning. Departure 21/04/2018 midday.

      Natural and delicate, Hoëdic is often compared to a flower, evoking the sea daffodils that grow on its dunes. This splinter of granite, 2.5 kilometres long and 1 kilometre wide, invites you to walk along its coastal paths and white sand beaches, adorned with pebbles polished by the ocean… Hundreds of bird species have set up home on Hoëdic, such as the desert wheatear, the yellow-headed wagtail, White's thrush, the Saker falcon and the common linnet... A jovial and generous atmosphere reigns over Port-Argol or Port de la Croix, making Hoëdic a unique and unmissable place.

      21 April 2018 – Belle Ile en Mer

      21 April 2018 – Belle Ile en Mer

      Arrival 21/04/2018 early afternoon. Departure 21/04/2018 late evening.

      Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

      22 April 2018 – Sailing around Houat Island

      22 April 2018 – Sailing around Houat Island

      Arrival 22/04/2018. Departure 22/04/2018.

      From the deck of your ship off the coast of Quiberon, Houat Island looms: high granite cliffs and fine sand beaches bordered by turquoise water… You will easily make out the masts and white sails of the sail boats and the coloured hulls of the fishing boats, nestling in the island’s port. Extending the Quiberon Peninsula, Houat was attached to the French mainland in the past and has been continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period.

      22 April 2018 – Port Navalo

      22 April 2018 – Port Navalo

      Arrival 22/04/2018 midday. Departure 22/04/2018 late evening.

      Port-Navalo is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, at the extreme tip of the Rhuys peninsula. The view over Locmariaquer, at the other side of the gulf as well as over the Quiberon peninsula are exceptional. A charming village of traditional Breton houses, Port-Navalo has always been a resolutely maritime town, a traditional fishing port and a well-protected refuge from the Suroit winds. Do not miss the chance to stroll along the coastal footpath in search of viewpoints over this inland sea that is the gulf, crossed every day by all types of vessels including the famous sinagots with their red sails.

      23 April 2018 – Sailing along Ile de Groix

      23 April 2018 – Sailing along Ile de Groix

      Arrival 23/04/2018. Departure 23/04/2018.

      “Qui voit Groix voit sa joie” (“Whoever sees Groix will see its glee”) — this proverb will make perfect sense as soon as your ship starts following the coastlines of Groix Island. Located around 4 nautical miles from Lorient, Groix stretches 8 kilometres long and is home to pretty low houses and colourful gardens. There is much contrast in the panorama: mainly wild and craggy landscapes to the west, and long beaches to the east, inviting conviviality and relaxation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Groix was the leading tuna port in France and the tuna-shaped weathercock, perched atop the church belfry, illustrates this activity.

      23 April 2018 – Glénan Islands

      23 April 2018 – Glénan Islands

      Arrival 23/04/2018 early morning. Departure 23/04/2018 midday.

      A little like the Seychelles…The Glénan archipelago and its string of islets offer you a magical spectacle with their white sand beaches and emerald green waters, evoking the exoticism of distant islands. Located around 10 nautical miles from the French mainland, the Glénans are a succession of seven islets, coiled around an interior sea with a paradisiac decor. To the east, Penfret shelters the lighthouse. Further on is the island of Loch, the largest one, recognisable by its chimney stack. Then come Cigogne with its fort, Drenec, Bananec, Guéotec, and finally Saint-Nicolas. The daffodil is the emblematic flower of the Glénan Islands; these pretty white flowers decorate the idyllic landscape of the archipelago in springtime … A waking dream.

      23 April 2018 – Concarneau

      23 April 2018 – Concarneau

      Arrival 23/04/2018 midday. Departure 23/04/2018 early evening.

      An emblematic town in Brittany, it is hard to resist the delights of Concarneau. The "blue town” will astonish and surprise you with its charm and history.  Stroll along the streets of the Ville Close, with its remarkable walls and fortifications overlooking Concarneau Bay. Since the siege of the town by Duguesclin in the 16th Century, it has maintained its taste for adventure. The maritime history of the town and its canning industry is examined in the interesting fishing museum (Musée de la Pêche). Also, do not miss the visit to Keriolet Castle, a neo-gothic gem built in the 19th Century by a Russian imperial princess.

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around the Île de Sein

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around the Île de Sein

      Arrival 24/04/2018. Departure 24/04/2018.

      The Île de Sein, a simple dash lining the horizon of the Iroise Sea. Only 1.8 kilometres long, located around 5 kilometres from the Pointe du Raz, the island barely emerges from the waves because of its low altitude. Exposed to gusts of wind and the ocean spray, the Île de Sein also has days of luminous calm. From the deck of your ship, you will glimpse the heathland landscape polished by the wind as well as the island’s main port and the small fishermen’s houses nestled along winding lanes.

      24 April 2018 – Morgat Cove, Douarnenez Bay (sailing)

      24 April 2018 – Morgat Cove, Douarnenez Bay (sailing)

      Arrival 24/04/2018. Departure 24/04/2018.

      Between the Crozon Peninsula in the north and the Pointe du Raz in the south, Douarnenez Bay sketches out a vast sailing area that is over 16 kilometres wide and 20 kilometres long. The seaside resort of Morgat can be found to the north, on the Crozon Peninsula, on a beautiful sand beach lying between two rocky outcrops.

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around the Tas de Pois

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around the Tas de Pois

      Arrival 24/04/2018. Departure 24/04/2018.

      The Pointe de Pen Hir is reputed for the six rocks that prolong it, known as the Tas de Pois. Each of them bears a pretty Breton name. To the west, you will see Bern-Id, meaning ‘mound of wheat’, the most charming of them because of its pointed shape like a Chinese hat. Then there are Ar Forc'h and Chelott, Pen Glaz, Petit Daouët and finally, Grand Daouët, which connects to the French mainland. Legend has it that they were built by Titans… The spectacle of the waves coming crashing against the rocks and the very particular and ever-changing light are what make the Tas de Pois so beautiful.

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around Molène Island

      24 April 2018 – Sailing around Molène Island

      Arrival 24/04/2018. Departure 24/04/2018.

      Molène, an island unlike any other. At around 15 kilometres from the west coast of the Finistère, Molène will surprise you with its changing and constantly renewed face. Depending on the seasons and perspectives, on whether the tide is coming in or going out, islets disappear while others appear before our eyes. The view of the beaches of white sand, with turquoise waters, will make some passengers think they’ve arrived in the Pacific islands... With luck, you will be able to see flocks of seabirds and migrating birds, soaring around the Iroise Sea Natural Marine Park.

      24 April 2018 – Ouessant

      24 April 2018 – Ouessant

      Arrival 24/04/2018 early afternoon. Departure 24/04/2018 early evening.

      Chart a course towards the sentinel island, the most westerly point of mainland France, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1988. Some 7 km long, Ouessant boasts a wild and bitter beauty. Its landscapes carved by the sea and the wind, the vegetation of the moors and the heather, the rocks ceaselessly whipped by the Atlantic waves, are the home to thousands of sea birds. The island has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times, with women dedicating themselves to farming while the men were fishermen and sailors. From Lampaul, the “capital”, you can admire the powerful lighthouses that adorn the Ouessant coastline, including the Créac’h lighthouse, which stands out from the rest with its black and white stripes!

      25 April 2018 – Sailing around the islands of Chausey

      25 April 2018 – Sailing around the islands of Chausey

      Arrival 25/04/2018. Departure 25/04/2018.

      The local saying claims that “whoever comes to Chausey will come back 300 times!” The islands of Chausey compete in their beauty and are well worth a visit, particularly during the spring tides. The Chausey archipelago consists of 365 islets at low tide and 52 at high tide, with the Grande Île located 17 kilometres from Granville. From your ship, you will be able to admire the lighthouse standing 39 metres above the sea as well as the island’s semaphore, built in 1867 on the summit of the Gros-Mont hill. There are many white sand beaches, some of which are devoted to tourists and bathing. Chausey’s natural heritage is a protected zone, notably belonging to the French Coastal protection agency.

      25 April 2018 – Saint Malo

      25 April 2018 – Saint Malo

      Arrival 25/04/2018 midday. Departure 25/04/2018.

      The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

      26 April 2018▸25 April 2018 – Saint Malo

      Saint-Malo

      Disembarkation 26/04/2018 at 07H30 .

      The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

      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.

      • 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.

      Theme

      LOYALTY

      LOYALTY

      At PONANT, we attach great importance to being able to express our gratitude to our clients. Like the exclusive PONANT YACHT CLUB offers, the loyalty cruises were created to thank the most loyal among them.

      A unique programme

      Board one of our ships to discover or rediscover the treasures of our world while enjoying an exceptional programme. Our Loyalty cruises are specially designed to bring you a new and enriching experience and you’ll receive extra special attention.

      In the company of high-profile guests, enjoy the pleasures of a private cruise with exclusive features:

      • Gala dinners and cooking classes organised by renowned chefs,
      • Conferences and round tables led by high-profile professionals and recognised specialists,
      • Along with many other surprises, all in an idyllic setting…

      An intimate atmosphere

      True to its desire to cultivate the Yachting spirit, PONANT once again places the accent on intimacy for these private cruises. They are an opportunity to get together, socialise, and gather your opinions and comments about our products and services in a warm and relaxed atmosphere.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Yann Queffélec

      The son of author Henri Queffélec, a native of Brest in Brittany, Yann Queffélec published his first book in 1981. It was a biography of Béla Bartók, re-issued in October 2013. His first novel, Le Charme Noir about the Algerian War, attracted much attention, but he became a household name in 1985 with Les Noces Barbares. Translated all around the world, it earned him the prestigious Prix Goncourt. Yann Queffélec has since published forty books, including twenty-five novels. His Dictionnaire Amoureux de la Bretagne was published in May 2013 by Plon-Fayard.

      A writer of passionate love stories and childhood dramas, Yann Queffélec is also a writer of the sea. It is his primary identity. It is present in every one of his works, either symbolically or directly, and of course in the coffee-table books he devoted to it with Philip Plisson.

      A member of Les Écrivains de Marine, a corps of marine writers affiliated with the French Navy, and the biographer of Eric Tabarly, Yann Queffélec loves to write about the contemporary tragedies of the maritime world.  From the sinking of the Estonia to the piracy along the Somalian coast, not to mention his commitment to revealing the truth about the sinking of the Bugaled Breizh trawler, his novels and stories tirelessly examine the misfortunes and glories of our time. He reminds us that the sea truly is our mirror.

      This native of Brittany loves to travel, but his heart will always be in the Armor region where he grew up. As he himself wrote: “Ma Bretagne est d'Armor, le pays dans la mer” – My Brittany is the Armor region, the land in the sea.

      Languages spoken: french, english

      Ewen Delahaye Favennec (EDF)

      Ewen Delahaye Favennec (EDF)

      “I’ve travelled in Brittany,
      through towns and countryside,
      I’ve done all manner of jobs,
      sometimes I’ve even worked,
      I’ve sold cardboard,
      scrap metal and ham,
      but let me tell you
      singing is still the best job of all!” 

       

      Here they are, approaching, surrounded by that grey light that is unique to Brittany. Three violins, two guitars, but above all three voices and three life paths. Three figures of the Breton music scene coming together just for the fun of it.

      They started their journey together at the Névénoé Cooperative. It was in 1973. Since then they have travelled down different roads. Singing, storytelling, children's entertainment, Fest Noz, television: we’ve seen them everywhere. Sometimes their paths crossed; often they met up with each other. More importantly, they stayed friends.

      They are musicians, of course, but more than anything they are singers and storytellers. They are Bretons, but each of them carries in their heart and in their head their own part of the region, their own Brittany, their own tradition. A region of dreams, celebrations and games that we visit in laughter, tears or dancing. The years of performing have turned them into wordsmiths, with an understanding of others and a delight for sharing with the public.

      There will be furious violin playing from the ages, but also ballads and love songs taken from their own repertoire or created for the occasion. Hours of travel, of joyous celebration and emotion.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Marie LE LEZ

      Tri Yann

      Tri Yann

      TRI YANN… More than 45 years on stage… and it’s still and always a pleasure

      A unique musical style combining tradition and modernity, folk melodies and Breton songs, medieval instruments and current trends… this is the trademark of the Celtic music group Tri Yann.

      Formed in the early 1970s by the “Three Jean”, Jean-Louis Jossic, Jean Chocun and Jean-Paul Corbineau, over the years Tri Yann have forged themselves a reputation on both the French and the international scene.

      They began by singing traditional Breton songs at Breton dances, and very quickly the trio of friends began to share the Breton culture with a wide audience. Thanks to their original repertoire which has been constantly enriched over the years by new influences and new collaborations, Tri Yann has made a place for itself in France’s musical heritage: Olympia, Bataclan, Zénith, Bercy, numerous festivals… so many concerts that bring the public together.

      Meeting the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire led to a joint project that gave the group the chance to share the stage with some one hundred classical musicians.

      In recognition of a career devoted to entertainment, the 3 founders of the group were named Chevaliers de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.

      After nearly a half century spent performing on stage and over 3 million albums sold, the “Three Jean”, who are now eight, continue to explore new musical territories while injecting into them their own special brand of eccentricity and their boundless energy.

       

       

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        19/04/2018 – Panoramic tour of Lorient from the train station

        80.00 $ **

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      2. After your cruise

        26/04/2018 – Transfer to Saint-Malo train station

        40.00 $ **

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