On the trail of the gold prospectors

8 days / 7 nights
    Flight credit
    Roundtrip flight included
    On the trail of the gold prospectors
    Roundtrip flights from/to Paris + pre & post 1 night in Vancouver and Seattle + transfers

    Cruise Alaska

    from 12 August 2020 to 19 August 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Vancouver
    Arrival Port : Juneau, Alaska

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : VJ1165 - S120820

    Follow in the footsteps of the gold prospectors on this 8-day cruise brought to you by PONANT. This exceptional itinerary aboard Le Soléal will take you from British Columbia to Alaska, to discover magnificent landscapes marked by the Gold Rush.

    Setting sail from Vancouver, you will make your way up the east coast of Alaska, whose Inside Passage, shaped by the sculpture of imposing glaciers, is home to vertiginous fjords. Here, the natural environment includes glaciers, coniferous forests, and myriad islands and islets magnified by the wonderful play of light.

    After first calling at the small city of Ketchikan, home to charming, colourful stilt houses, discover Sitka, a former Russian settlement surrounded by tall mountains known for their centuries-old totem poles.

    Sailing along Tracy Arm, one of Alaska’s most beautiful fjords, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your cruise.

    Before disembarking in Juneau, the capital of Alaska long inhabited by the Tlingit people, do not miss the chance to visit Skagway, where many pioneers came in search of gold at the end of the 19th century and Haines, where majestic bald eagles are often spotted flying over the houses.

    The encounters with the wildlife described above illustrate possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed.

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    Special offer(s) :

    Exclusive offer: Receive a credit of €800 towards your flights*. To make your cruise even better, choose your pre- and post-cruise programmes from the selection presented in the "A la carte options" tab.

    *€800 flight credit offered depending on the cruise. Credit is per person and applies when flights are booked through PONANT. This offer is subject to availability and may be changed or withdrawn without prior notice. It cannot be backdated or combined with any other offers.

    Highlights

    • Discover Alaska’s breathtaking landscapes: fjords, glaciers, waterfalls, primary forests, giant sequoias.
    • Wildlife: brown bears, black bears, sea otters, orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles.
    • Tlingit American Indians Art and traditions in Ketchikan.
    • Visit of Skagway, the gateway to the mythical “Golf Rush” with optional walk along the railroad of White Pass.
    • Sailing in the Tracy Arm Fjord, close to Sawyer Glacier.

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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 25%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 25%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Situated on Deck 6
    • Decorated by French designers
    • Breathtaking panoramic sea view
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    •  Butler service
    • Internet acces wifi
    • 1 private transfer (round trip): Airport - Hotel - Port
    • 1 free hour of Spa treatments
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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

    12 August 2020 – Sailing in the Johnstone Strait

    Vancouver

    Embarkation 12/08/2020 from 15H00 to 16H00 . Departure 12/08/2020 at 16H30 .

    Verdant and cosmopolitan, Vancouver is one of Canada's most multi-cultural cities. Located in British Columbia on Canada's west coast, it's surrounded by mountains and outdoor activities are popular. In the city, you can immerse yourself in the Asian atmosphere of bustling Chinatown, shop for pashminas and silk saris at the Punjabi Market Indian district and explore the historic area of ᅠGastown. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses important First Nations collections. Granville Island Jetty is a fascinating revitalised industrial area that hosts galleries, restaurants and a huge produce market.

    13 August 2020 – Sailing in the Johnstone Strait

    13 August 2020 – Sailing in the Johnstone Strait

    Arrival 13/08/2020. Departure 13/08/2020.

    Along the north-east coast of Vancouver Island, Johnstone Strait is a 100 km-long channel formed by an old glacier bed, dotted with a string of lush islands. Sailing amid this wilderness offers fantastic opportunities to observe the wildlife. Indeed, blue whales, humpback whales and the world’s largest population of orcas can be found in the cool and sheltered waters of the strait, and you can try to spot some from your ship’s deck.

    14 August 2020 – Ketchikan, Alaska

    14 August 2020 – Ketchikan, Alaska

    Arrival 14/08/2020 early morning. Departure 14/08/2020 late afternoon.

    The most southern town in the State is called Ketchikan. This spectacular doorway into the Inside Passage, the glory of Alaska cruises and the old world capital of salmon will blow you away. It takes no time at all to realise how deeply peaceful this port and its surrounding wilderness is. Nearby, you can delve more deeply into the rich indigenous culture in the Totem Heritage Center, which houses one of the largest totem pole collections in the world. The town also offers a number of charming art galleries. Ketchikan’s richness resides in it hospitality and sense of adventure.

    15 August 2020 – Sitka, Alaska

    15 August 2020 – Sitka, Alaska

    Arrival 15/08/2020 midday. Departure 15/08/2020 evening.

    Formerly a Russian colony located on Baranof island, to the west of the Alexander archipelago, Sitka is brimming with history. The historical national park of Sitka shelters totems carved out of red cedar, a tree that is omnipresent in the region. These totems are testimonials of the former presence of Tlingit Indians. This place is full of natural wonders too. You just have to look up to admire the mountain range around the port. In the distance, the snow-peaked Edgecumbe volcano stands majestic. Numerous islands scattered around Sitka stretch out before you in a vision of preserved Alaska.

    16 August 2020 – Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

    16 August 2020 – Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska

    Arrival 16/08/2020. Departure 16/08/2020.

    When you reach Tracy Arm fjord, 80 kilometres south-east of Juneau, you will sail into the middle of the inlet, surrounded by waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs into the sea. A few seals guarding their spur of ice may add unexpected spice to your expedition. This is your opportunity to see the Sawyer glacier close up. Majestic and otherworldly, it spans the whole length of the mountain in shades of crystalline blue: without a doubt, this is one of the most breath-taking wonders of Alaska.

    17 August 2020 – Skagway, Alaska

    17 August 2020 – Skagway, Alaska

    Arrival 17/08/2020 early morning. Departure 17/08/2020 early evening.

    In the 19th century, it was through Skagway, a small town in south-east of Alaska, that swarms of gold seekers passed in their quest for gold. You can get a sense of these pioneers as you wander along the main street, Broadway, edged with the painted houses typical of this region. From White Pass & Yukon Route station, trains across pristine landscapes over the Alaskan border. All around the town, a handful of paths taken by the seekers of the precious metal, fan out into superb natural surroundings offering a glorious scenery of mountains, waterfalls, lakes and glaciers.

    18 August 2020 – Haines, Alaska

    18 August 2020 – Haines, Alaska

    Arrival 18/08/2020 early morning. Departure 18/08/2020 early evening.

    Hidden in the heart of this spectacular wilderness, between jagged peaks and a sapphire ocean, the legendary small port of Haines lays out all the richness of its traditions. Founded by the Tlingit Indians, peopled by the pioneers of the famous gold rush, the village is now a rallying point for modern day adventurers. You can visit its streets trimmed with colourful houses, soak up local history at Fort Seward or visit the Indian art museums, before a possible excursion into the nearby wilderness.  The very beautiful Chilkatriver is especially worth a visit.

    19 August 2020▸18 August 2020 – Juneau, Alaska

    Juneau, Alaska

    Disembarkation 19/08/2020 at 07H00 .

    In 1880, gold diggers flocked here, and it didn't take long before Juneau was singled out, getting itself a solid reputation and henceforth becoming the capital of Alaska. Along the Gastineau Strait, in the heart of the spectacular Inside Passage, the 31,000 or so inhabitants of Juneau enjoy some of the world’s most incredible fauna and scenery every day of their lives. Perhaps you’ll even be able to watch the antics of humpback whales against a backdrop of majestic glaciers. Culture and shopping are certainly not lacking; the city is full of places to experience, enjoy and relax in.

    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.

    • Canada: Entry (or transit) by air - The ETA is required for Australian and British citizens, US citizens are exempt. Other nationalities, please contact Canada consulate website for details. http://www.canada.ca/en/index.html. A copy of your visa or ETA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ETA is sufficient to enter Canada, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ETA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

    • USA: Depending on your nationality, an ESTA or Visa may be required. Please contact USA consulate website for details. A copy of your visa or ESTA must be sent to PONANT at the very latest 45 days prior to your cruise date. In case the ESTA is sufficient to enter the USA, we also ask you to keep a copy of your ESTA with your passport throughout the duration of your trip.

    Roundtrip flights from/to Paris + pre & post 1 night in Vancouver and Seattle + transfers

    For your serenity, PONANT selects flights for your trip and provides transfers and visits. This package is included in your cruise fare.

    The day before embarkation – Paris/Vancouver

    Flight Paris/Vancouver selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 10 hours

    Meet at the airport – Arrival Hall (look for PONANT sign).

    You will be greeted by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT. You will be transferred directly to the hotel EXchange Vancouver.

    Check-in your room.

    The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner is on your own.

    Embarkation Day – Vancouver

    Breakfast and check-out.

    Depart for a full day sightseeing tour of the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. You will explore Vancouver’s beauty throughout the city. Begin with a drive from Canada Place and the scenic waterfront with a stop at the Olympic Flame Monument. Continue to world-famous Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre peninsula of old growth rainforest in the heart of the city. It is Vancouver’s first, largest and most beloved urban park. It boasts miles of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, cultural and historical landmarks, including the collection of nine Totem Poles. You will then visit on your own the Museum of Anthropology, renowned for its displays. It focuses on the First Nations objects which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia.

    Lunch included.

    After lunch, you will proceed to Canada’s largest Chinatown, which will give you a glimpse into the city’s cultural diversity. A photo stop will be made at Dr Sun Yat Sen Park. Finally, head towards the historic Gastown area, where Vancouver began. Gastown was initially a settlement that sprung up around a tavern founded in 1867 by sailor and gold prospector John “Gassy Jack” Deighton. These historic district’s cobblestone streets are lined with Victorian buildings and First Nations galleries.

    You will be transferred to the port to embark aboard your ship.

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    Disembarkation Day – Juneau/Seattle  

    Disembarkation.

    Meet and great at the port.

    Transfer to the airport in time for flight check in.

    Flight Juneau/Seattle selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 2 hours 30 minutes.

    In Seattle, you will be greeted by our local representative off the flight.

    You will be transferred directly to the hotel Hilton & Conference Centre by Seattle Airport.

    Official check-in time is 3 pm. Check-in your room.

    The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

    Dinner included.

    The day after your disembarkation - Seattle

    Breakfast.

    Check out. You will be transferred to the airport in time for check-in of the PONANT selected flight.

    Flight Seattle/Paris selected by PONANT.

    Approximate flight duration: 10 hours

    Two days after your disembarkation – Paris

    Arrival in Paris.

    Your hotel before your cruise:

    The EXchange Hotel is the former headquarters of the Vancouver Stock EXchange. The historic building has hosted creative minds for nearly a century. Adjacent to the Vancouver waterfront, the hotel is within easy access of luxury shopping districts and downtown Vancouver. Each room at the hotel features deluxe amenities, handmade furniture, marble bathrooms and a renewed collection of 20th century artwork.

    Your hotel after your cruise:

    Located close to Seattle international airport and numerous area attractions, the hotel Hilton & Conference Centre by Seattle airport is convenient. Guest rooms are equipped with all the modern comfort. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a fitness room.

    Your programme includes:

    In Vancouver:

    • 1-night accommodation in Deluxe room at the hotel EXchange Vancouver 4* (or similar) including breakfast.
    • Lunch with beverage package (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).

    In Juneau:

    • Flight Juneau/Seattle selected by PONANT in economy class.

    In Seattle:

    • 1-night accommodation in Standard room at the Hilton & Conference Centre by Seattle Airport including breakfast.
    • Dinner with beverage package (tap water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).

    For both programmes:

    • Transfers, visits and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
    • Services of a local English-speaking guide.
    • Tips for the driver, guide and hostess.

    Your programme does not include:

    • Meals not mentioned in the programme.
    • Other services not mentioned in the programme.
    • Personal expenses.
    • Tips for the local guide.

    Please note:

    • Programme and flight schedule are subject to change.
    • Flights included in the programme are in economy class.
    • In Canada, the local currency is the Canadian dollar. You can use your credit card to withdraw CAD from ATMs.
    • In Seattle, the hotel room Hilton & Conference Centre will be available for check-in from 3 pm

    Contacts of your hotel before your cruise:

    EXchange Vancouver

    475 Howe St,

    Vancouver, BC V6C 2B3,

    Canada

    Telephone: +1-604 563 4693

    Contacts of your hotel after your cruise:

    Hilton & Conference Centre by Seattle Airport

    17620 International Boulevard

    Seattle, Washington, 98188,

    USA

    Telephone : +1-206-244-4800

    Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. For the times of your PONANT flight, please contact your travel agent ; they are also shown on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents. 

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. During your cruise

      14/08/2020 – Neets Bay bear adventure & flightseeing

      290.00 € **

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      14/08/2020 – Misty Fjords flightseeing

      240.00 € **

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      14/08/2020 – Wildlife cruise & beach bonfire

      170.00 € **

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      18/08/2020 – Glacier discovery by helicopter (2 hours)

      420.00 € **

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      15/08/2020 – Zodiac adventure & Fin Island lodge

      170.00 € **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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