French Polynesia and Easter Island

14 days / 13 nights
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    French Polynesia and Easter Island

    Pacific and Oceania

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

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

    Ship : LE SOLÉAL

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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 SOLÉAL

    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

    Emabarkation 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 at 13H00 . Departure 07/10/2016 at 18H30 .

    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. On land, beyond the white-sand beaches, Fakarava is home to pearl farms that are open to visitors. Here you will find the most stunning examples of the famous Tahitian pearls – black pearls with glints of colour, also called tears of the gods.

    8 October 2016 - At sea

    8 October 2016 - At sea

    Arrival 08/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 08/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    9 October 2016 - At sea

    9 October 2016 - At sea

    Arrival 09/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 09/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    10 October 2016 - Rikitea

    10 October 2016 - Rikitea

    Arrival 10/10/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 10/10/2016 at 19H00 .

    Discover the tall island of Mangareva, an unusual place nestling between sky and Ocean, surrounded by a magnificent coral reef and boasting an abundance of vegetation. Located in the Gambier archipelago, it is the cradle of Catholicism in this part of the world and boasts an exceptional cultural heritage, as demonstrated by the vestiges of 19th century religious buildings here. 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. Renowned for the quality of its immaculate black pearls, this small corner of paradise will gladly reveal its most beautiful treasures to you.

    11 October 2016 - Aukena

    11 October 2016 - Aukena

    Arrival 11/10/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 11/10/2016 at 14H00 .

    11 October 2016 - Sailing along Temoe

    11 October 2016 - Sailing along Temoe

    Arrival 11/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 11/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    12 October 2016 - At sea

    12 October 2016 - At sea

    Arrival 12/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 12/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    13 October 2016 - ADAMSTOWN

    13 October 2016 - ADAMSTOWN

    Arrival 13/10/2016 at 06H00 . Departure 13/10/2016 at 14H00 .

    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 at 00H00 . Departure 14/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    15 October 2016 - At sea

    15 October 2016 - At sea

    Arrival 15/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 15/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    16 October 2016 - At sea

    16 October 2016 - At sea

    Arrival 16/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 16/10/2016 at 00H00 .

    17 October 2016 - Hanga Roa

    17 October 2016 - Hanga Roa

    Arrival 17/10/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 17/10/2016 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.

    18 October 2016 - Hanga Roa

    18 October 2016 - Hanga Roa

    Arrival 18/10/2016 at 00H00 . Departure 18/10/2016 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.

    19 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.

    Guests

    Olivier de Kersauson

    Olivier de Kersauson

    Olivier de KERSAUSON est un navigateur français né en 1944. De 1967 à 1974 il va naviguer aux côtés d'Eric TABARLY, à bord de plusieurs Pen Duick. Par la suite il fera une carrière indépendante à bord des Kriter. Dans les années 80 il se lance dans l'aventure des multicoques... En résumé : 45 ans de navigation en professionnel, plusieurs Trophées Jules Verne à son actif... La mer n'a que peu de secrets pour lui ; de San Francisco à Osaka, de Sydney à Tahiti, le Cap de Bonne Espérance, le Cap Horn, l'Australie, l'Atlantique, l'Océan Indien...il a sillonné tous les océans de la planète et détient toujours quelques records du monde.

    Crédit photo : 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.

    He is also a regular runner, tennis player, and cross-country skier.

    He lives in Boulogne, near Paris with his family.

     

    Photo credit: Derek Hudson

    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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