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7-night The Îles du Ponant Cruise

Cruise Line:
Ponant Cruises
Ship:
L'Austral
Destination:
Lorient/Honfleur
Departure Date:
4/19/2020
Length:
7
Offer ID:
1326179
from
$3560

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Itinerary

Destination
Arrival
Departure
Lorient
4/19/2020
4/19/2020

Brittany's fourth largest city, lies on an immense natural harbour protected from the ocean by the Île de Groix and strategically located at the junction of the rivers Scorff, Ter and Blavet. A functional, rather depressing port today, it was once a key base for French colonialism, and was founded in the mid-seventeenth century for trading operations by the Compagnie des Indes, an equivalent of the Dutch and English East India Companies. Apart from the name, little else remains to suggest the plundered wealth that once arrived here. During the last war, Lorient was a major target for the Allies, but the Germans held out until the very end and by the time they surrendered in May 1945, the city was almost completely destroyed. The only substantial remains were the U-boat pens, which have subsequently been expanded by the French for their nuclear submarines.

Houat
4/20/2020
4/20/2020

No information currently available.

Belle Ile
4/20/2020
4/20/2020

Aptly named Belle-Ile-en-Mer is the largest of France's Atlantic islands, located just off the Brittany coast. It is a popular summer holiday spot, with rolling countryside and broad beaches, miles of hiking trails along the shoreline cliffs and even romantic castle ruins above the protected harbor of Le Palais.

Hoedic
4/21/2020
4/21/2020

No information currently available.

Port Navalo
4/21/2020
4/21/2020

No information currently available.

Groix
4/22/2020
4/22/2020

No information currently available.

Glenan Islands
4/22/2020
4/22/2020

No information currently available.

Pont-Aven (Concarneau)
4/22/2020
4/22/2020

In the 19th century, Parisian artists sought refuge from the growing emphasis on Impressionist realism (painting only what you saw), and it was in Pont-Aven that many of these painters - most notably, Paul Gauguin - found what they were looking for. Serene green landscapes with quaint old homes, cobblestone streets and the Aven river, all stir up artistic energy in any visitor. The Aven River snakes through town peacefully, with old mills serving as relics of a time when Pont Aven was a thriving mill town. One of these mills, the Moulin du Grand Pouguin, has been restored and renovated into a restaurant and museum you can visit, looking over the river while enjoying a crepe or other French delicacy. Experience the idyllic setting of Pont-Aven and Brittany by strolling through town or the ethereal ruins of 15th century Château de Rustéphan in the neighboring town of Nazon. To learn more about the region's influence on art, visit the Pont-Aven Museum of Fine Art to see works by Gauguin, Bernard, and art ranging from the 1860s to Breton painting of the 20th century. Further afield, explore Brittany's numerous gardens, Celtic ruins, picturesque coastline and eccentric museums.

Ile de Sein
4/23/2020
4/23/2020

No information currently available.

Morgat Bay
4/23/2020
4/23/2020

No information currently available.

Tas de Pois
4/23/2020
4/23/2020

No information currently available.

Molene
4/23/2020
4/23/2020

No information currently available.

Ushant
4/23/2020
4/23/2020

No information currently available.

Brehat
4/24/2020
4/24/2020

No information currently available.

St. Malo
Suggested Private Excursion
4/24/2020
4/24/2020

Saint Malo is a prime tourist destination in Brittany. Visitors flock to Saint Malo to experience the unique "intra-muros" (meaning within the walls) streets of the old citadel. Visit Saint Vincent Cathedral, noted for its medieval and modern stained glass windows. The museum in Château de Saint Malo has exhibits illustrating the city's prosperous time during its heydays of piracy, colonialism and slave trading. The ramparts afford great views over the roof tops and harbor. Saint Malo also serves as a gateway for excursions to legendary Mont Saint Michel - with the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel and its ensemble of buildings soaring high above the sea. As amazing as the abbey itself are extraordinary tide variations that leave the mount to look out on stretches of bare sand at low tide, while the same expanse of land is submerged during high tide. South of Saint Malo is the medieval town of Dinan. Once totally surrounded by ramparts, 14 towers and a good part of the walls are still standing, encircling beautiful 15th-century timbered houses.

Suggested Private Excursions

Saint Malo Shore Excursion - Brittany Coast and Saint Malo - 8 hours

St. Malo
Suggested Private Excursion
4/25/2020
4/25/2020

Saint Malo is a prime tourist destination in Brittany. Visitors flock to Saint Malo to experience the unique "intra-muros" (meaning within the walls) streets of the old citadel. Visit Saint Vincent Cathedral, noted for its medieval and modern stained glass windows. The museum in Château de Saint Malo has exhibits illustrating the city's prosperous time during its heydays of piracy, colonialism and slave trading. The ramparts afford great views over the roof tops and harbor. Saint Malo also serves as a gateway for excursions to legendary Mont Saint Michel - with the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel and its ensemble of buildings soaring high above the sea. As amazing as the abbey itself are extraordinary tide variations that leave the mount to look out on stretches of bare sand at low tide, while the same expanse of land is submerged during high tide. South of Saint Malo is the medieval town of Dinan. Once totally surrounded by ramparts, 14 towers and a good part of the walls are still standing, encircling beautiful 15th-century timbered houses.

Suggested Private Excursions

Saint Malo Shore Excursion - Brittany Coast and Saint Malo - 8 hours

Honfleur
Suggested Private Excursion
4/26/2020
4/26/2020

The peaceful setting of the picturesque port of Honfleur along the estuary of the Seine attracted many artists and writers over the years, including Impressionist Painters. Throughout its history, numerous maritime journeys were initiated from Honfleur. It's a place of great historic charm, notably around the Vieux Bassin, where lofty slate-and-timber fronted houses overlook the colorful yacht and fishing harbor, and sloping cobbled streets recall 16th century Honfleur. Not to be missed are the 15th century wooden church and the Impressionist paintings of the Musee Eugene Boudin. From here it is possible to visit Monet's Garden, Arromanches, the Normandy Landing Beaches and if there is time, Paris.

Suggested Private Excursions

Honfleur - Flower Coast - 8 hours

Honfleur - Etretat / Fecamp - 8 hours

Honfleur - Normandy Landing Beaches - 8 hours

Honfleur - Pays d'Auge Gourmet Tour - 8 hours

Itinerary subject to change without notice. Please confirm itinerary at time of booking.

Departure Date:
4/19/2020
Number of Nights
7
Cruise Inclusions:
  • 7-night Cruise
  • Meals
  • And more
Remarks:
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.



All prices per person and in USD unless otherwise stated.
Offer ID:
1326179

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