Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus

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    Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus

    Cruise Northern Europe, The Mediterranean

    from 11 April 2018 to 19 April 2018
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Lisbon
    Arrival Port : Lorient

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S110418

    In partnership with Artémis Domaines.  

    From Lisbon to Lorient, PONANT invites you to join an exceptional gastronomic and oenological cruise in partnership with Artémis Domaines, owner of Château Latour, among others.

    Thanks to its partnership with Ducasse Conseil, Le Soléal will welcome the chefs from the Le Jules Verne and Ore restaurants for prestigious gala dinners, where the wines will be chosen to accompany each course by a selection of the best grands crus from the Medoc.

    Set sail for a 9-day cruise to the land of rich flavours. From the port of Leixões, you will first visit Porto. Capital of the northern region, this “city of granite”, the centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its wine.

    You will then chart a course for Bilbao, not far from the La Rioja winemaking region, whose reputation goes before it.

    Located in south-west France, Bordeaux is the world capital of wine. You will be enchanted by the rich oenological tradition of this region and will visit the Cité du Vin before heading to Pauillac and Château Latour, one of the oldest winemakers in the Medoc.

    Finally, you will call at the Ile d’Aix before disembarking at Lorient, the conclusion of a unique cruise combining refined gastronomy, vineyards and ocean.

    Highlights

    • An exceptional cruise focused on wine and gastronomy, in partnership with Artémis Domaines.
    • Two gala dinners prepared by the chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jules Verne (Pascal Féraud) and by the chef of the restaurant Ore (Stéphane Duchiron), two establishments from the Ducasse Paris group.
    • Conferences around wine and gastronomy presented by the specialist, Jean-Robert Pitte.
    • Wine tasting workshops lead by a sommelier.
    • Unesco World Heritage Sites: Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Jeronimos Monastery) in Lisbon (your boarding port), the historic centre of Porto, the Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao, the Port of the Moon in Bordeaux and Fort Liédot in Ile d’Aix.
    • An overnight stay in Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine region.
    • Presence aboard of Christian Morin and his quartet, who will perform two concerts for passengers during the cruise.

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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

      11 April 2018 – Leixoes

      Lisbon

      Embarkation 11/04/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 11/04/2018 at 18H00 .

      Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.

      12 April 2018 – Leixoes

      12 April 2018 – Leixoes

      Arrival 12/04/2018 at 12H30 . Departure 12/04/2018 at 19H00 .

      Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

      13 April 2018 – At sea

      13 April 2018 – At sea

      Arrival 13/04/2018 . Departure 13/04/2018 .

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

      14 April 2018 – Bilbao

      14 April 2018 – Bilbao

      Arrival 14/04/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 14/04/2018 at 18H00 .

      Bilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country, is one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe. Its architectural audacity as well as its ancient built heritage will take you on a journey between traditions and innovations. An unusual cable car will allow you to reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a unique construction of stone, glass and titanium, designed by the architect Frank Gehry and home to a collection of modern art and contemporary monumental sculpture.  The narrow streets of the old city and the unmissable Ensanche district are also worthy of a visit, as is the Vizcaya bridge, the world’s first ever transporter bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

      15 April 2018 – Bordeaux

      15 April 2018 – Bordeaux

      Arrival 15/04/2018 at 12H00 . Departure 15/04/2018 .

      Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

      16 April 2018 – Bordeaux

      16 April 2018 – Bordeaux

      Arrival 16/04/2018 . Departure 16/04/2018 at 23H00 .

      Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

      17 April 2018 – Pauillac

      17 April 2018 – Pauillac

      Arrival 17/04/2018 at 07H00 . Departure 17/04/2018 at 18H30 .

      Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.

      17 April 2018 – Château Latour

      17 April 2018 – Château Latour

      Arrival 17/04/2018 at 19H30 . Departure 17/04/2018 at 23H00 .

      Lying around 50 kilometres north-west of Bordeaux, in the Medoc wine regionChâteau Latour boasts a strategic position recognised from the 14th Century, with the creation of the Saint-Maubert tower. The heart of its terroir, l’Enclos, enjoys a particularly mild climate, influenced by the sea and the estuary of the Gironde River. Owned by Artémis Domaines, each year Château Latour’s vineyards produce truly excellent and world-renowned fine wines. We invite you to an exceptional gala dinner on board where each course will be accompanied by a selection of the best grands crus from the Medoc, and with a view of Château Latour.

      18 April 2018 – Ile d'Aix

      18 April 2018 – Ile d'Aix

      Arrival 18/04/2018 at 09H00 . Departure 18/04/2018 at 18H00 .

      A small crescent of land, 3 kilometres long, the Île d’Aix is a fragile area listed as an outstanding natural site. The use of cars here is restricted, thereby enabling nature to reign supreme. Set off to discover the treasures of the island by using the “sentier des douaniers” (Customs officer path). Between marshes, vines, creeks and cliffs, you will quickly become aware of this stretch of land’s exceptional heritage. This enchanting place invites you to visit its village and its museums, the Napoléon Museum or the African Museum. A fine diversity of landscapes of small pastel-coloured houses adorned with multi-coloured shutters and hollyhocks… It’s just like a postcard.

      19 April 2018▸18 April 2018 – Lorient

      Lorient

      Disembarkation 19/04/2018 at 07H00 .

      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.

      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

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

      Prestigious ports of call

      For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

      A journey to the land of flavours

      On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

      Renowned professionals*

      These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

      *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Christian Morin

      Christian Morin

      Christian Morin makes regular appearances on radio (currently on the Radio Classique morning show) and television, is a graphic designer and cartoonist, actor and prize-winning clarinettist, who was awarded the Sidney Bechet Prize from the Académie du Jazz. He has played with some of the greatest musicians, including Claude Luter, Maxim Saury, Buddy Tate, Henri Salvador, Al Grey, Buck Clayton, Le Count Basie Orchestra, Le Big Band de Claude Bolling, Sacha Distel, T. Bone Walker, Milt Buckner and Sergio Mendés. 

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Bénédicte Henry

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      Jean-Robert Pitte is a French geographer, born 1949 in Paris. A landscape and gastronomy specialist, he is President of the Geography Society and has been a Member of the Institut de France (Académie des Sciences morales et politiques) since 2008. He is also President of the Mission française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires, charged by France’s President to prepare the request to have French gastronomy added to UNESCO’s Intangible Heritage list, as well as the Festival Livres en vignes at Château du Clos de Vougeot. Since 2011 he has chaired the Académie du vin de France and has been President of the Canal Académie since 2012. In 2014 he was made Honorary President of Ferrières (a school of French excellence – gastronomy, hospitality and luxury).


      Jean-Robert Pitte focused his research and studies on the history of landscape, gastronomy and wine, and has held a number of positions, including  Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Nouakchott (Mauritania), Professor of Geography at the Paris-Sorbonne University, Director of UFR Geography and Town Planning, President of the Paris-Sorbonne University, Founder-President of the Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, Information and Orientation Delegate to the Prime Minister, and Professor at Hokkaido University in Sapporo.


      Teaching abroad:
      Great Britain (UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Exeter, Birmingham); Ireland (Cork); Belgium (ULB, Gand, Liège); Luxemburg; Germany (Sarrbrücken, Bonn, Bad Honnef); Italy (Rome, Milan, Cernobbio, Turin, Trento, Bologna, Bari, Florence, Marsala); Switzerland (Basel, Berne, Neuchâtel, Lausanne, Lugano); Spain (Barcelona, Valencia); Portugal (Coimbra); Greece (Athens, Mytilene, Rhodes); former Yugoslavia (Belgrade, Skopje, Ljubljana); Romania (Iasi); Hungary (Budapest); Russia (Moscow); Georgia (Tbilisi); Mauritania (Nouakchott); Mauritius; Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir); Israel (Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem); United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi), Oman (Muscat); Saudi Arabia (Dhahran); Japan (Tokyo, Tsukuba, Fukuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Ise, Sapporo, Hagi, Kurayoshi, Abashiri, Kiyosato, Ise, Mombetsu, etc.); South Korea (Seoul, Kwangju, Mokpo); China (Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing); Taiwan (Taipei, Kaohsiung); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur); New Zealand (Christchurch); United States (Chicago, Middlebury, Washington, Charlottesville); Canada (Québec, Montréal, Toronto); Argentina (Buenos-Aires, Santa Fe).
      Decorations and Distinctions: Officer of the Légion d’Honneur -  Officer of the Ordre National du Mérite -  Officer of Palmes académiques - Commander of Arts et Lettres - Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays (Japan). Honorary Doctorate from the universities of Tel Aviv (Israel), Iasi (Romania), Tbilisi (Georgia) and York in Toronto (Canada).


      Jean-Robert Pitte has published numerous books, many about gastronomy and wine. They include: “French Gastronomy: History and Geography of a Passion”; “Le vin et le divin”; “Bordeaux-Burgundy: A Vintage Rivalry”; “Le désir du vin à la conquête du monde”; “À la table des dieux”; “La bouteille de vin. Histoire d’une révolution” and “Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne”.


      Spoken languages : French, English
       
      Photo credit: Plon

      Stéphane Duchiron

      Stéphane Duchiron

      Stéphane, graduated from l’École supérieure de cuisine française Grégoire Ferrandi, has worked in top level Michelin star restaurants. First as a commis in Guy Savoy during a few months of 1996, and then the following year, with Jacques Lameloise, in Burgundy. And finally, in 2004, at Passiflore, where he is sous-chef to Roland Durant, a “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” who exerts a strong influence on him. In June 2006, he opens his own restaurant, Les Fougeres. One fine day in 2010, an unexpected guest arrives. It is Alain Ducasse that he seats as best he can and to whom he serves a lobster salad with Jerusalem artichoke and a hare a la Royale. It must be said that Le Fougeres had been noticed by many critics. In September 2016, Alain Ducasse offers Stéphane to join him to lead the kitchens of ore - Ducasse au château de Versailles.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: pmonetta

      Pascal Féraud

      Pascal Féraud

      Pascal began at the Negresco in Nice before joining the Lucas Carton restaurant in Paris, where he was promoted to chef de partie just seven months later. He then worked in the kitchens of the Elysée and declined an offer to be restaurant chef at the Lucas Carton, opting instead to accept Alain Ducasse’s offer as commis at the Louis XV in Monte Carlo in 1996. A difficult challenge, but a tremendous and decisive learning opportunity. Pascal then decided to branch out and gain international experience. He travelled to the United States as executive sous-chef at L’Orangerie in Los Angeles, which, in one short year, received countless awards. Back in France in 2001, he became restaurant chef at La Maison Blanche in Paris. Alain Ducasse called him back to his side for the position of executive chef at Spoon at Sanderson in London, where he remained for more than four years. He became chef at Le Jules Verne in January 2007.

      Langage spoken: French

      Photo credit: Eric Laignel

      Bernard Antony

      Bernard Antony

      Bernard Antony, whose business operates in Vieux-Ferrette (Alsace), is one of the most renowned cheese ripeners in the world. His Alsace cellar plays host to a high-end international clientele. Prince Albert of Monaco and Archduke Otto of Austria have both been known to visit his boutique. Today, nineteen 3-star Michelin restaurants entrust Antony with their cheese board selection. Prominent French chefs from Alain Ducasse to Pierre Gagnaire are among those keen to access these heavenly cheeses, as are the major vineyards which use the services of this master cheese ripener in Vieux-Ferrette.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Marcel Ehrhard

      Pierre Charles Gandilhon

      Pierre Charles Gandilhon

      After graduation from the Institut Paul Bocuse (Lyon, France) in 2009, Pierre-Charles joins DUCASSE Paris as a trainee in the executive sommellerie department. He then evolves in the group: commis sommelier in Monaco, sommelier at the Jules Verne (Eiffel Tower), chef sommelier at Spoon and Benoit Paris. It has now been 4 years that he is assisting Gérard Margeon – Alain Ducasse’s Executive Head Sommelier since 1994 – as the Assistant Executive Head Sommelier. He recruits and trains an international team of sommeliers, composed of 40 people. He is in charge of the human and financial monitoring of the group’s restaurants as well as openings around the world.

      Languages spoken : French, English

       

      Photo credit : Benjamin Schmuck

       

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Lisbon, at the age of great navigators
        11/04/2018

        110.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Lisbon, on your own (1 night)
        10/04/2018

        260.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. After your cruise

        Transfer from port to Lorient airport
        19/04/2018

        30.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      3. During your cruise

        Exclusive visit of Château Smith Haut Lafitte (half-day)
        16/04/2018

        180.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Dinner at Château Smith Haut Lafitte
        15/04/2018

        230.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Visit of Newly opened Lascaux IV caves & lunch at a Truffle Farm
        16/04/2018

        230.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Exclusive visit of Château Cos d'Estournel
        17/04/2018

        230.00 $
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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