French Polynesia and Easter Island

14 days / 13 nights
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    French Polynesia and Easter Island

    Cruise Pacific and Oceania

    from 6 October 2016 to 19 October 2016
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Papeete, Tahiti Island
    Arrival Port : Hanga Roa, Easter Island

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

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    From Papeete Anakena to Hanga Roa, come onboard Le Soléal for an exceptional cruise in the heart of the Pacific between Chile and Polynesia.
       
    Far from the conventional tourist destinations, the Gambier is one of the best kept secrets and most preserved destinations of the Polynesia: large coral-ringed belt lagoons are adorned with various colours, each more brilliant than the other.
        
    Come unravel the mysteries of Easter Island, famous for its "Moai" monumental megalithic statues of 4 m and its wood chips, the "Rogo-Rongo" signs remain partly covered and indecipherable: a unique world heritage protected by UNESCO since 1995.

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    CONSECUTIVE CRUISES  

    Take advantage of our special consecutive cruises offers *

    -When this cruise is in 2nd position get a -20% discount

    -When this cruise is in 3rd position get a -30% discount

    - When this cruise is in 4th position get a -40% discount

    * Reduction does not apply to the first cruise and relates to the port/port fare excluding port taxes, non available for Ocean Voyages and subject to availability. The offer is only available on selected cruises. Please, contact us.

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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

      6 October 2016 – Fakarava

      Papeete, Tahiti Island

      Embarkation 06/10/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 06/10/2016 at 18H00 .

      Capital of French Polynesia, the city of Papeete is on the north-west coast of the island of Tahiti. You’ll find a relaxed atmosphere here,where urban buzz combines with the legendary laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. Culture is not lacking. You can enjoy sites narrating the history of the archipelago, including the colonial cathedral and the Maison de la reine Marau. The Vaipahi public gardens will win you over by their abundant plant-life. The large municipal market offers local specialities: fresh fruit, spices and all kinds of fish abound on their stalls.

      7 October 2016 – Fakarava

      7 October 2016 – Fakarava

      Arrival 07/10/2016 midday. Departure 07/10/2016 late afternoon.

      Listed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Fakarava’s coral ellipsis is a narrow stretch of land sitting on a crystal-clear sea. Travellers here are surprised by the immensity of the lagoon, whose colours evoke an infinite palette. The atoll, renowned for its immaculate beaches and preserved nature, is home to rare bird species, plants and crustaceans. You’ll disembark in a Zodiac® and berth in front of the Veke Veke guesthouse, where you will be welcomed with garlands of flowers and traditional music. You will then be able to go for a walk along the beach or put on flippers, mask and snorkel to make the most of the warm waters of Fakarava and observe its brightly coloured coral.

      8 October 2016▸9 October 2016 – At sea

      8 October 2016▸9 October 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 08/10/2016. Departure 09/10/2016.

      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.

      10 October 2016 – Rikitea

      10 October 2016 – Rikitea

      Arrival 10/10/2016 early morning. Departure 10/10/2016 early evening.

      Discover Mangareva, which means “floating mountain” in Polynesian. Located in the Gambier Islands, surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and blessed with generous vegetation, this island, a cradle of Catholicism, has exceptional cultural heritage, with many vestiges of religious buildings dating from the 19th century. Nestling in the heart of this historic site with idyllic landscapes, do not miss the small village of Rikitea, where one of Polynesia’s wonders, Saint Michael’s Cathedral, stands proudly, entirely built from coral and timber. During your port of call, you will also have the opportunity to visit a pearl farm and admire pearls of a rare quality that are what make the reputation of this little piece of paradise.

      11 October 2016 – Aukena

      11 October 2016 – Aukena

      Arrival 11/10/2016 early morning. Departure 11/10/2016 early afternoon.

      Located 5 kilometres southeast of Mangareva, Aukena is today the 4th-largest of the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia, with a population of around thirty inhabitants. This port of call will be an opportunity for you to dive into the past, to the era when Aukena was discovered by the sailor James Wilson in 1797. There are several remnants of this missionary period, such as the watchtower serving as a landmark on the southwest of the island or the Church of St. Raphael, constructed in 1839. These buildings nestling in the forest lead to sumptuous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Take the time to explore this island in the Gambier archipelago, and get a taste of French Polynesia’s gentle way of life.

      11 October 2016 – Sailing along Temoe

      11 October 2016 – Sailing along Temoe

      Arrival 11/10/2016. Departure 11/10/2016.

      Sailing around the Temoe Atoll is breathtaking. Trapezoidal in shape, it is the most easterly atoll in French Polynesia. In administrative terms, it belongs to the Gambier Islands and has been uninhabited since 1838, when missionaries moved all the inhabitants to Mangareva. There are several ancient Polynesian remains and archaeologists are attempting to preserve the integrity of the former heritage of the atoll by faithfully rebuilding certain coral monuments. In the waters around the atoll, it is common to see shoals of tuna or sea bream following the coastlines: a unique and marvellous spectacle.

      12 October 2016 – At sea

      12 October 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 12/10/2016. Departure 12/10/2016.

      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.

      13 October 2016 – ADAMSTOWN

      13 October 2016 – ADAMSTOWN

      Arrival 13/10/2016 early morning. Departure 13/10/2016 early afternoon.

      If you’ve got a taste for adventure and you love discovering wild, remote lands, you’ll definitely be won over by the Pitcairn islands. This tiny British territory is mainly composed of atolls right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Rimmed by steep cliffs several hundreds of metres high, the volcanic Pitcairn Island is to be explored on foot. In Adamstown, the only village on this 5-square-kilometre land, you’ll meet the 50 sole inhabitants of the entire archipelago. The call to Pitcairn is suject to weather and sea conditions.

      14 October 2016 – Sailing along Ducie Island

      14 October 2016 – Sailing along Ducie Island

      Arrival 14/10/2016. Departure 14/10/2016.

      This lost atoll in the heart of the Pacific Ocean merits special attention. It was discovered by the British Captain Edward Edwards in 1791. He named it after Baron Francis Ducie, a captain in the British navy. Located around 500 kilometres from Pitcairn Island, it is one of the most remote islands in the world. Very few ships have approached it, and it has apparently never been permanently inhabited. Sailing away from this coral atoll, you will be able to admire from afar the volcanic island of Pitcairn, whose summit culminates at 330 metres and which has around fifty inhabitants. 

      15 October 2016▸16 October 2016 – At sea

      15 October 2016▸16 October 2016 – At sea

      Arrival 15/10/2016. Departure 16/10/2016.

      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.

      17 October 2016 – Hanga Roa

      17 October 2016 – Hanga Roa

      Arrival 17/10/2016 early morning. Departure 17/10/2016.

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      18 October 2016 – Hanga Roa

      18 October 2016 – Hanga Roa

      Arrival 18/10/2016. Departure 18/10/2016.

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      19 October 2016▸18 October 2016 – Hanga Roa

      Hanga Roa, Easter Island

      Disembarkation 19/10/2016 at 00H00 .

      The main town of legendary Easter Island, Hanga Roa is also its only urban area. Bathed by the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque Chilean town is an excellent base for exploring the islandメs spectacular treasures, particularly the moai, the famous enigmatic monumental statues. The Polynesian Hanga Roa culture and its traditional houses are a sheer delight. As evening approaches, wend your way to the charming fishing port where, weather permitting, you can admire the captivating light of the setting sun.

      Formalities

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • Chile: Entry/Exit requirements for Australian and Mexican citizens entering/exiting Chile must have a valid passport and pay a RECIPROCITY TAX that will be issued for a stay of up to 90 days upon payment. Currently, the fee is only charged at the Santiago International Airport. Payment can be made in U.S. currency or by credit card. At time of print, the fees were as follow (subject to change without notice): Australia: US$117 - Mexico: US$23

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

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson

      Olivier de Kersauson is a French sailor born in 1944. From 1967 to 1974 he sailed with the legendary Eric Tabarly on several of the latter’s Pen Duick classics. He went on to have his own career on Kriter. In the eighties he embarked on a multi-hull adventure. In brief, 45 years as a professional sailor, with several Jules Verne Trophies under his belt. The sea holds no secrets for Olivier. From San Francisco to Osaka, Sydney to Tahiti, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Australia, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, he has roamed the world’s oceans and holds several world records to this day.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Pascal ROSTAIN

      Eric Meyer

      Eric Meyer

      Eric Meyer is currently the editor-in-chief of GEO, which is France’s leading travel & news magazine.

      After being appointed as editor-in-chief in March 2010, he broadened the range of GEO brand, by adding GEO Histoire, GEO Extra, GEO Savoir, GEO Art, and Geo Terroirs. GEO has also been published as books and developed as an app for its users.

      As a graduate of the prominent French business school ESSEC, Eric Meyer began his career with the Group Expansion as a journalist for “L’Entreprise,” a business magazine.
      He joined Prisma Media in 1993 as editor-in-chief of “Management” and was later appointed editor-in-chief of various websites in the group. In 2000, he founded the magazine Newbiz (Group Tests/Express ) and became its editor-in-chief.
      From 2001 to 2003, he was deputy managing editor of “Le Figaro Magazine,” before launching a start-up company, Arts Magazine. In the summer of 2006, Eric Meyer was appointed deputy editor-in-chief of GEO, and associate publisher at Prisma Presse, before taking the position of editor-in chief of the Geo brand in March 2010.

      Eric Meyer is also the author of three books. An essay, "Les Ressuscités," published by Flammarion in 2004, and two novels : "La porte dérobée,” published by Robert Laffont in 2007 and "Les Fils de Ramsès,” published by JC Lattès in 2010.

      Languages spoken: French, English, German

       

      Photo credit: Thierry Suzan

      Olivier Touron

      Olivier Touron

      Olivier Touron (b. 1969, France) followed a university curriculum destining him to teach math when he decided to change course and make his passion his profession. In 1999, he joined EMI-CFD and became a freelance photojournalist. Based in the north of France near Lille, he freelances with the French and international press (Géo, Libération, L’Humanité, Le Monde, L’Express, VSD, Pèlerin, La Vie, Marianne, Marie-Claire, STERN, Financial Times, Newsweek Japan). His personal work on the Tunisian revolution, minors and justice and the Kurds, have been presented in exhibitions and books. Olivier also leads photography workshops and teaches master’s students in Journalism at the Faculty of Humanities in Lille.

      Olivier Touron is present on the social network trough Facebook, Instagram or Blink . His website : www.oliviertouron.fr. He’s an ambassador of Leica

      Photo credit : D Alkembrecher

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        19/10/2016 – Post program : Discover Santiago

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