Green and Gentle Lands: Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites

9 days / 8 nights
    Quintessential Collection
    Special package
    Green and Gentle Lands: Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites
    Quintessential Collection included cruise package

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 14 May 2019 to 22 May 2019
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : London
    Arrival Port : Bergen

    Ship : LE BOREAL

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    The British Isles, Belgium, and Norway in springtime are lovely, verdant places, and this voyage is carefully designed to showcase the very best they have to offer. As we sail from London into the North Sea, we pause along the way to explore both shores – the legacy of once powerful mercantile cities in the Lowlands of Belgium and Holland, as well as the great industrial and political centers of Newcastle and Edinburgh. The charming townhouses and canals of Bruges, Ghent, and Antwerp; the great castles of English and Scottish kings; the stunning waterfronts of Stavanger and Bergen – all of these will be available to us.
    But it is the remarkable gardens we visit that make this voyage a true horticulturalist’s dream. Our pre-cruise program in London includes expert led tours at Kew Gardens and at Chelsea Physic Garden before embarking Le Boréal. And in Edinburgh we will be hosted at a gala luncheon on site by the staff of the Royal Botanic Garden.
    In the other ports along the way, optional excursions with a strong focus on gardens will be available: from Ostend, you may travel to Kasteel van Oostkerke to explore the garden there designed by Mien Ruys. Antwerp is a gateway to Arboretum Kalmthout, where our guest lecturers once worked. Newcastle offers the opportunity to visit Alnwick Castle and Herterton House. Norway’s Stavanger is home to the exotic gardens of Flor og Fjære.
    Our guide to this rich horticultural experience – among the most accomplished and respected botanists in the world – will be Holly Shimizu, recently retired chief of the U. S. Botanical Gardens in Washington, D.C. and acting director of the American Horticultural Society.

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    Highlights

    Ponant’s Garden Theme voyages focus on exploring and understanding the gardening traditions of the countries we visit. We construe gardening broadly to include decorative installations as well as working farms and research institutions.  Through expert led tours of public gardens and owner-led tours of private properties, we come to understand the role of the cycle of planting, tending, and harvesting in the lives of those we visit.

    On this cruise from London to Bergen, highlights will include:

    • Series of lectures and discussions with garden experts Holly and Osamu Shimizu
    • Included pre-cruise in London with visits to Kew Gardens and Chelsea Physic Garden
    • Gala luncheon on site at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh hosted by Garden staff
    • Optional excursions to private and public gardens in most ports of call

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    • Area : 21 m²
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    • Area : 27 m²
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    • Area : 36 m²
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    • 8m² private balcony
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    LE BOREAL

    Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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
    Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

    Port of call & excursions

    14 May 2019 – Ostend

    London

    Embarkation 14/05/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/05/2019 at 21H00 .

    The main residence of the British monarch, financial hub and seat of British government, London is the economic and cultural heart of the country. A city of contrasts, attached to its traditions while buzzing with modernity, the capital of the United Kingdom has countless historic districts and notable sites to explore. From Hyde Park to the City through Westminster and Trafalgar Square, get ready to take on Londonメs frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden and a trip to Tower Bridge, you can take a quiet breather in one of Londonメs many beautiful parks and gardens.

    15 May 2019 – Ostend

    15 May 2019 – Ostend

    Arrival 15/05/2019 midday. Departure 15/05/2019 late afternoon.

    Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.

    16 May 2019 – Antwerp

    16 May 2019 – Antwerp

    Arrival 16/05/2019 early morning. Departure 16/05/2019 late afternoon.

    Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp is worth a visit for its remarkable architectural heritage. In this moderately-sized, cosmopolitan city, you will be able to stroll around the ancient city centre, dominated by the most important monument in Antwerp, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The museums of the city retrace the history of Antwerp, including the home of Rubens, containing the works of the painter, and the Plantin-Moretus museum, a print works and publishing house that are UNESCO listed. From Grote Markt, the central square in the city, you will be captivated by the attractive sight formed by the unusual medieval architecture of the guild houses.

    17 May 2019 – At sea

    17 May 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 17/05/2019. Departure 17/05/2019.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    18 May 2019 – Newcastle upon Tyne

    18 May 2019 – Newcastle upon Tyne

    Arrival 18/05/2019 early morning. Departure 18/05/2019 late afternoon.

    Once a major producer of coal, and then a center of heavy engineering and shipbuilding, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is in process of reinventing itself as a regional hub of educational and artistic pursuits. With its sister city of Gateshead, across the Tyne, Newcastle is home to no fewer than seven colleges and universities, and boasts one of the United Kingdom’s preeminent institutions devoted to contemporary art – the BALTIC, a converted flour mill, second in scale only to the Tate Modern in London. Don’t miss a visit of this free museum on the Gateshead Quays, then cross the Millennium Bridge to Newcastle’s bustling waterfront of shops, squares, sculpture and restaurants.

    19 May 2019 – Rosyth, Scotland

    19 May 2019 – Rosyth, Scotland

    Arrival 19/05/2019 early morning. Departure 19/05/2019 late afternoon.

    Situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth opposite to Rosyth, the great city of Edinburgh has served as Scotland’s capital since the 15th century. Although no longer the largest city in the country, it remains the political, religious, and cultural focus of Scottish pride. Edinburgh Castle, in the very center of the city, is one end of the world famous Royal Mile that leads through the Old Town to the Palace of Holyrood, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a wonderful place to shop and to sample local delicacies, like haggis and the whisky for which Scotland is renowned.

    20 May 2019 – At sea

    20 May 2019 – At sea

    Arrival 20/05/2019. Departure 20/05/2019.

    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 observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    21 May 2019 – Stavanger

    21 May 2019 – Stavanger

    Arrival 21/05/2019 early morning. Departure 21/05/2019 late afternoon.

    At the far end of the country, stands the harbour town of Stavanger, with its warm, friendly atmosphere. A friendliness you’ll notice in the little old town cobbled streets, which has some 170 old wooden houses, as well as in its modern city centre, always bustling.

    22 May 2019▸21 May 2019 – Bergen

    Bergen

    Disembarkation 22/05/2019 at 07H00 .

    Located at the end of Byfjord, Bergen was the capital of Norway in the 12th and 13th Centuries and has preserved some very beautiful monuments from the time when it was home to royalty. Wandering through Bergen’s streets means going back in time, in search of the hidden treasures that have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. A veritable openair museum, Bergen is home to a thriving artistic community of painters, potters, jewellers. The Bergen cable car offers you a splendid panorama over the port and the surrounding fjords. Do not miss the visit to the old quarter with its narrow streets, a testimony of the power of the hanseatic League that controlled trade in Northern Europe at the end of the Middle Ages.

    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

    QUINTESSENTIAL COLLECTION

    QUINTESSENTIAL COLLECTION

    PONANT Quintessential Collection™ voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include a pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme, lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians, and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture.

    Quintessential Collection included cruise package

    Your Quintessential Garden Theme included activities:

     

    Monday, May 13, you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Royal Horseguards Hotel, located directly across the River Thames from the London Eye, within easy walking distance of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and Buckingham Palace.

    The afternoon is free to rest or to explore this corner of London on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel, where Holly Shimizu and our Tour Manager will introduce you to the program ahead.

    Tuesday, May 14, begins with included breakfast at the hotel. After check out from the hotel, join an excursion to Kew Gardens, where guided tours will introduce you to the highlights of this world-renowned research institution. An included lunch is followed by a visit to Chelsea Physic Garden. One of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, it continues the research on medicinal plants and herbs that was the primary concern of the apothecaries who founded it in 1673.

     

    Embark Le Boreal at its docking site on the River Thames in late afternoon and set sail for Belgium.

     

    Sunday, May 19. From the port of Rosyth, we cross the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Garden there. We will be greeted by the Curator of the Living Collection and taken on private guided tours of some 70 acres of spectacular gardens. The legacy of horticulturalist George Forrest will be evident in the largest collection of wild-origin Chinese plants outside of China, gathered in an extensive garden that includes a pavilion and waterfall. We will also encounter perhaps the most famous collection of the Royal Botanic Garden – its vast array of rhododendrons, which will have begun to flower when we are there.

    After the tour, we proceed to the Garden’s Caledonian Hall, where we will be hosted by garden staff at a gala luncheon overlooking the rock garden.

     

    Included features:
    • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
    • Transfers and luggage handling from your London airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
    • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
    • Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Boreal, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
    • Transfer from the ship to airport in Bergen at the end of the cruise.

    Not included:
    • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
    • Optional excursions
    • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Holly H. Shimizu

    Holly H. Shimizu

    Holly H. Shimizu, recently retired Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden, is an internationally recognized horticulturist. She has worked in gardens in many parts of the world and is often recognized from ten years as a host of the popular Victory Garden television show on PBS. Holly has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Professional Award for an Outstanding Public Garden Director from the American Horticultural Society. Dedicated to heightening an awareness and love of plants through her work, she has written for numerous publications and has been an international flower show judge. Her husband Osamu is a Garden Designer whom she met while working in Europe. They live in Maryland with their naughty dog, enjoying their sanctuary garden near the Potomac River.

    Languages spoken: English

    Osamu Shimizu

    Osamu Shimizu

    Osamu Shimizu grew up in Japan where he studied and worked in both historic and contemporary Japanese Gardens. He then worked in Europe for over ten years in both private and public gardens, helping with garden designs, mapping, and garden improvements.  In 1982 he started his own garden design/build company, Shimizu Landscape Design, and has been creating gardens, for residences as well as public spaces. Many of his gardens are Japanese but some represent a blending of styles with influences from east and west. 

    Languages spoken: English

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

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