The Essential Azores
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- UNESCO sites: the city of Angra do Heroismo from Terceira; the vineyard landscapes on Pico Island.
- Discover 6 Azores islands during your cruise: São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial.
- The promise of a trip off the beaten track, combining nature and culture.
- Beautiful and diverse landscapes: volcanoes, calderas, mountain peaks, green hills, cliffs, lakes, shrubs, flowers…
- Visit Ponta Delgada, capital of the Azores: old town, churches, and the famous Portas da Cidade (city gates).
- From Lajes do Pico, possibility of seeing whales (if conditions allow).
Staterooms & Suites
Prestige Suite Deck 6 $10,880 Available Prestige Suite Deck 5 $10,380 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 $11,410 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 $11,410 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 $7,680 Not Available Prestige Deck 6 $5,550 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 5 $5,290 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $7,680 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 $7,680 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $7,680 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $12,540 Available Prestige stateroom Deck 4 $5,050 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $12,540 Available Deluxe Stateroom $4,530 Not Available
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 second 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
Velas, AzoresEmbarkation 05/04/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 08/04/2020 at 22H00 .
The port of Velas is on the southern coast of the island of São Jorge. You’ll be surprised by its cliffs that drop right into the sea and its very many fajãs that punctuate the island’s shores. These curious geological formations come from lava flows having entered the sea, landslides due to seismic shocks or erosion. Protected by the wind, the fajãs, flat land surfaces on the sea edge at the foot of imposing cliffs, enjoy fertile soil and a favourable microclimate. Their natural pools (and, in particular, the natural pool of Fajã do Ouvidor) with clear water are an invitation to bathe in an exceptional natural setting.
9 April 2020 – Lajes do Pico, AzoresArrival 09/04/2020 early morning. Departure 09/04/2020 late afternoon.
In the Azores archipelago, Lajes Do Pico is a small Portuguese town of fewer than 5,000 inhabitants nestling on the southern coast of Pico Island. You’ll be charmed by its colourful little houses and its superb landscapes bearing rich history linked to the whaling period which made its reputation. It is dominated by its enormous and majestic volcano, the highest in Portugal, which culminates at 2,531 metres. You’ll be able to discover its small museum dedicated to the whaling industry and the island’s vineyards, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on one of the most beautiful paths in the Azores. If conditions allow it, you’ll perhaps have the chance to observe whales.
Horta, AzoresDisembarkation 12/04/2020 at 08H00 .
The main town on Faial Island, in the Azores, Horta has preserved a real authenticity and picturesque charm. The main marina in the archipelago, the town boasts a number of frescos painted by sailors who dropped anchor there from around the world. Also do not miss a visit to the many churches, the Santa Cruz fort dating from the 16th Century and the Scrimshaw Museum, dedicated to the local craft of sculpting on whale teeth. In the south-east of the city is Monte Da Guia, a volcanic cone classified as a Special Protection Area, which will offer you breathtaking views over Porto Pim Bay and the ocean.
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.