Ponant resumed operations from Iceland on June 16 – the first of more than 50 departures to sail to the country with others around the Mediterranean and France this summer. Highlights include a new partnership with the Louvre, new routes and ports of call as well as a stopover on the brand’s islands of the same name, the Ponant Islands.
From the Italian coast to the Greek islands, Ponant offers over 30 cruises in the Mediterranean between June and November 2021. A partnership with the Louvre brings the museum to the seaside, while the ships cruise the ancient sites of Greece and Istanbul during “The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures,” 13-20. July 2021. Numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites will be visited, including the Acropolis in Athens and the Mycenae ruins dating back to 1200 BC Directors of the Louvre, to allow guests to discover the ancient lands that inspired the museum’s collections.
A new 13-day cruise “Iconic Treasures of the Adriatic” will also depart from Athens on August 21 and explore the coasts of Greece, Montenegro, Croatia and Italy. Highlights include the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a new port of call in Primosten, a small medieval fishing village with one of the largest statues of the Virgin Mary in the world; and the mountain island of KorÄula and its medieval town where Marco Polo was born.
Two Ponant Explorer shipsâLe Dumont-D’Urville and Le Champlain– will explore Iceland’s diverse landscapes from this summer to September 2021. The eight-day Icelandic Mosaic itinerary explores the country’s west coast with five ports of call, including Grimsey, the northernmost island, and Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the Westman Archipelago. During the trip, passengers will also spot polar animals such as humpback whales, puffins, arctic terns and Icelandic horses.
Guests can extend the trip with an optional post-cruise excursion to the Golden Circle, the 190-mile round trip from Reykjavik to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. the Geysir geothermal area, believed to have erupted over 700 years ago and has since given its name to hot springs around the world; and the Gullfoss or Golden Waterfall.
Returning to its roots, Ponant is offering 15 trips along the French coast this summer. Le Bellot, the fifth part of the Ponant Explorer series, will sail from Saint-Malo on eight-day routes to explore the Brittany coast. Highlights include the brand’s islands of the same name, the Ponant Islands, and a stop on the island of Houat, which has fewer than 200 residents year-round.
Other trips include a circumnavigation of the island of Corsica with stops at the seaside resort of Saint-Laurent and Roccapina beach with its granite lion, a rocky outcrop made of pink granite that has been naturally eroded into the shape of a crouching lion.
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