Shetland Islands & Scotland
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- LE SOLEAL
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Staterooms & Suites
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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.
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
BergenEmbarkation 21/06/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 21/06/2017 at 18H00 .
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.
22 June 2017 – LerwickArrival 22/06/2017 midday. Departure 22/06/2017 early evening.
The small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offering travellers its old districts and a warm port atmosphere. Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located to the north. Incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies. The Shetland Museum and Archives recounts the Shetlands’ history of heritage and culture: Lerwick’s abundant waters were even fished by the Dutch in the past.
23 June 2017 – Kirkwall (Scotland)Arrival 23/06/2017 early morning. Departure 23/06/2017 midday.
Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.
24 June 2017 – MallaigArrival 24/06/2017. Departure 24/06/2017.
24 June 2017 – ObanArrival 24/06/2017 midday. Departure 24/06/2017.
A small Scottish town located on the west coast of the Highlands, Oban possesses magnificent coastal landscapes and many cultural riches. Make sure you wander the charming Victorian streets of this renowned seaside resort, which was popular in the past with Queen Victoria herself. Among other things, you will discover the whisky distillery: founded in 1794, it is one of Scotland’s smallest and oldest. On the heights of the town, McCaig's Tower is one of the area’s curiosities: this unusual construction, erected by a rich banker at the end of the 19th century to provide work for inhabitants during winter, is reminiscent of Roman and Greek architecture and has breathtaking views over the neighbouring islands.
25 June 2017 – Sailing "Loch Hourn Sud"Arrival 25/06/2017. Departure 25/06/2017.
25 June 2017 – Sky BridgeArrival 25/06/2017. Departure 25/06/2017.
The Isle of Skye is the largest in theInner Hebrides archipelago. Nicknamed the island of the mist, its romantic and magical landscapes have inspired the greatest authors and filmmakers, such as the poet Walter Scott or Virginia Woolf. The almost deserted interior of the island and its coast are a concentration of the most emblematic beauty of the Scottish Highlands: rocky outcrops, basalt columns, hills and wide vales covered in peat bog and heather, lakes, waterfalls, fine sandy coves and cliffs. You may be lucky enough to see asea eagle perched on their summits, watching the waves beneath which otters, sea lions, seals, dolphins and whales may be hiding.
25 June 2017 – Portree, ScotlandArrival 25/06/2017 midday. Departure 25/06/2017 late afternoon.
Nestling in the crux of a gorgeous bay, Portree reflects the magnificence of the grandiose Isle of Skye as well as being its main town. Apart from the charm of its colourful houses, the town’s outstanding location on the banks of a loch makes it a very pleasant place to be. From its colourful harbour bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take in a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Before trekking through the wilderness and drinking in the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, check out some of the beautiful images in the Aros Centre.
25 June 2017 – Sailing off the Old Man of StorrArrival 25/06/2017. Departure 25/06/2017.
The Old Man of Storr is located on the north of the Isle of Skye in Scotland, on the Trotternish peninsula. This pinnacle standing 55 metres high was formed by the erosion of the Storr Mountain on which it is situated. It can be seen from very far, surrounded by a radius of other rocks, standing out from the vast and green Scottish heathlands, sometimes shrouded in fog, which adds a mysterious touch to this unique panorama.
26 June 2017 – At seaArrival 26/06/2017. Departure 26/06/2017.
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.
27 June 2017 – HeimaeyArrival 27/06/2017 midday. Departure 27/06/2017 evening.
This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.
ReykjavíkDisembarkation 28/06/2017 at 07H30 .
Iceland’s capital stretches along the edge of a vast bay in the west of the country. Perlan, the “Pearl of Reykjavík”, a museum located on ’Oskjuhlið hill, offers a panoramic view of the lush, green landscapes. A little further, one can easily spot the signpost showing the way to the evangelical Hallgrímskirkja church, and to the historical centre where one can stroll along the Skólavördustígur and the Laugavegur, two lively streets with charming small shops. For some relaxation just outside of the city, visitors have the opportunity to visit the Reykjanes peninsula and its famous thermal lagoons of the Blue Lagoon.
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.
Art and Literature
Because we firmly believe that there are many different ways to travel, we are inviting you to join us on one of our Art cruises or Literature cruises and to enhance your trip with a rich cultural programme.
Your cultural explorations on land
Choosing a themed cruise with PONANT means setting sail on an itinerary punctuated by unique ports of call. Our Art cruises and Literature cruises combine the pleasures of travel by sea with the discovery of emblematic sites in cities famous for the richness of their architecture and heritage.
During your different visits, you will enjoy special moments immersed in art and culture. Promising exclusive discoveries, personalised programmes and private performances, these cruises have special experiences in store for you in prestigious locations.
Knowledge-sharing on board
Aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized yachts, you will meet other travellers who share your passion. High-profile lecturers and artists will also be joining us on these cruises. As we sail across the oceans, you will be able to experience special moments between lecturers and enthusiasts.
Throughout your Art or Literature cruise, our special guests will present unique lectures in keeping with the chosen theme. They will talk about different art-related themes, such as a period, a movement or famous artists, or topics relating to literature, such as politics, society, history etc.
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
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
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