Treasures of Central America

14 days / 13 nights
    Back to back offer
    Excursions included
    Treasures of Central America

    Cruise Latin America

    from 29 March 2019 to 11 April 2019
    14 days / 13 nights

    Departure Port : Guayaquil
    Arrival Port : Colón

    Ship : LE BOREAL

    • Ref : B290319

    PONANT invites you to discover a condensed overview of Central America’s architectural gems and most stunning natural treasures through an exceptional itinerary.

    In Guayaquil, you will board the Le Boréal for a 14-day cruise to 5 countries!

    From Puerto Quetzal, you will be able to visit Antigua Guatemala. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this city, overlooked by majestic volcanoes, is often considered to be the country’s most beautiful.

    The Le Boréal will stop in Quepos, the gateway to one of Costa Rica’s finest natural treasures, the Manuel Antonio National Park. Combining lush tropical rainforest and abundant wildlife, this unspoiled park is fringed with idyllic beaches.

    As we leave Fuerte Amador in Panama, you will have an exceptional opportunity to journey back in time as you discover the Embera tribe. These proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life.

    This cruise to Central America will also be the chance for a unique experience: crossing the mythical Panama Canal. Spanning the Isthmus of Panama, this marvel of engineering will take you from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.

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    Special offer(s) :

    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

    - When this cruise is in 5th position get a -50% discount

    - When this cruise is in 6th position get a -60% 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.

    Highlights

    • Visiting the pyramids of Tikal, a major feature of Mayan civilization and a UNESCO World Heritage Site;
    • Discovering the national parks of Costa Rica, pristine natural sanctuaries that cover almost a quarter of the country;
    • Rich and varied tropical plants and wildlife;
    • Exceptional architectural heritage, testimony to the colonial era, alternating Baroque and Andalusian-Moorish styles;
    • Specialist lecturers aboard, to share their passion for their subject and their knowledge with you.

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      LE BOREAL

      Like her sisterships, Le Boréal 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
      Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor reflect a nautical mood subtly revisited. Aboard, soothing neutral grey tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”.

      Port of call & excursions

      29 March 2019 – At sea

      Guayaquil

      Embarkation 29/03/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 29/03/2019 at 18H00 .

      Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Pacific”, Guayaquil is the most inhabited city in Ecuador. Founded by the conquistadors in 1535, it borders the coasts of the province of Guayas. You can stroll without any cares in the world, in the upper part of the city, next to the Las Peñas district. This Bohemian district with its colourful houses offers an impressive view of the city, if you’re courageous enough to climb the steps which separate the chapel rooms from Cerro Santa Ana lighthouse. The city is also blessed with many parks and gardens, perfect for taking a breather.

      30 March 2019▸31 March 2019 – At sea

      30 March 2019▸31 March 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 30/03/2019. Departure 31/03/2019.

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

      1 April 2019 – Golfito

      1 April 2019 – Golfito

      Arrival 01/04/2019 early morning. Departure 01/04/2019 midday.

      The town of Golfito lies on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Puntarenas, one of the most humid regions in the world. It was occupied by the indigenous Bruncas tribe during the Pre-Columbian era. Once specialised in the export of bananas, Golfito has today become the starting point for visitors who want to reach one of the largest primary tropical rainforests in Central America. Meanwhile, the beaches of Golfo Dulce are some of the most beautiful in Costa Rica, with the lush forest, home to many tropical birds and monkeys as well as a variety of rare species of plants, as their backdrop.

      2 April 2019 – At sea

      2 April 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 02/04/2019. Departure 02/04/2019.

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

      3 April 2019 – Puerto Quetzal

      3 April 2019 – Puerto Quetzal

      Arrival 03/04/2019 early morning. Departure 03/04/2019 early evening.

      Located on the Pacific coast, 100 kilometres south of the capital, the city of Puerto Quetzal is the largest port in the country. Close to the city, the ravishing little old city of Antigua, is a former colonial capital listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You’ll admire the wealth of its historical monuments.

      4 April 2019 – At sea

      4 April 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 04/04/2019. Departure 04/04/2019.

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

      5 April 2019 – San Juan del Sur

      5 April 2019 – San Juan del Sur

      Arrival 05/04/2019 early morning. Departure 05/04/2019 late afternoon.

      Considered Nicaragua's surfing capital, the attractive seaside resort of San Juan del Sur is an idyllic location for chilling in the waves. You're guaranteed to fall in love with this former fishing town on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, now a popular seaside holiday spot. Less than a two-hour drive away is the city of Granada, founded in 1524 at the foot of the Mombacho volcano. Clinging to the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the town is a stunning example of colonial architecture, with its narrow streets and Al-Andalus houses painted in bright colours. Don't miss out on a tour of its La Merced church, wander around the main square and explore the San Francisco convent.

      6 April 2019 – Herradura

      6 April 2019 – Herradura

      Arrival 06/04/2019 early morning. Departure 06/04/2019 early evening.

      Herradura takes its name in Spanish from the horseshoe form of its bay, covered in lush tropical vegetation, its beauty enhanced by the hills that loom over it. This small town is surrounded by national parks that are remarkable for the rich variety of fauna and flora they protect. When your ship calls here, it will be the moment to take a journey in small covered boats along the Tarcoles River, whose banks are home to crocodiles and iguanas. This mangrove also hosts the loyal and flamboyant Scarlet Macaw, with its red, blue and yellow plumage, known for mating with the same partner for life.

      7 April 2019 – Quepos

      7 April 2019 – Quepos

      Arrival 07/04/2019 at night. Departure 07/04/2019 early afternoon.

      Quepos makes for a charming stop-off on the Pacific coast, just next-door to the famous Manuel Antonio National Park, an untouched tropical natural reserve lined with white sandy beaches. The town's seafront is an opportunity to stroll through market stalls touting pineapples and bananas in the shade of the manchineel trees. In this coastal town criss-crossed with tree-lined streets in bloom, admire the houses and their incredible sculpted balconies. Enjoy a spot of shopping in the many traditional boutiques: pick up some handmade cotton clothing, ceramics embellished with Costa Rican designs and home décor pieces in hand-painted wood.

      8 April 2019 – Cébaco Island

      8 April 2019 – Cébaco Island

      Arrival 08/04/2019 early morning. Departure 08/04/2019 early afternoon.

      Off the Pacific coast of Panama, at the entrance to the Gulf of Montijo, Cebaco Island conjures visions of paradise lost. Covered in tropical rainforest, edged by white sandy beaches, home to exceptionally rich plant and wildlife, the island offers a number of hiking routes along which to discover its pristine natural environment. Its magnificent coral reefs, located in the outlying regions of the Coiba National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are the refuge for many marine species and offer stunning underwater landscapes.

      9 April 2019 – Fuerte Amador, Flamenco Island

      9 April 2019 – Fuerte Amador, Flamenco Island

      Arrival 09/04/2019 early morning. Departure 09/04/2019 early evening.

      An artificial peninsula situated at the Pacific entrance to the Panama Canal, Fuerte Amador is the gateway to several noteworthy sites. Right near there, the impressive Miraflores Locks are a shining example of the engineering feats deployed during the construction of the Panama Canal. Further north, in villages nestling amid dense vegetation, lives the Embera tribe, guardian of the forest and of the Chagres River. This proud people have successfully preserved their traditions and their ancestral way of life, which predate the colonisation of the region by the Spanish.

      10 April 2019 – Crossing the Panama Canal

      10 April 2019 – Crossing the Panama Canal

      Arrival 10/04/2019. Departure 10/04/2019.

      Aboard your ship, experience something unique, that has inspired the imagination of numerous adventurers in the 20th century: sailing the Panama Canal. Its construction started in 1880 under the direction of Ferdinand De Lesseps. Abandoned then resumed, this marvel of engineering was completed by the United States in 1887 and opened in 1914. The canal crosses the Isthmus of Panama and links the Atlantic to the Pacific. Including three levels of locks and by raising ships to the level of Lake Gatun, almost as if the water was a lift, it allows them to avoid having to round Cape Horn.

      10 April 2019 – Colón

      10 April 2019 – Colón

      Arrival 10/04/2019 evening. Departure 10/04/2019.

      Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city.  Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

      11 April 2019▸10 April 2019 – Colón

      Colón

      Disembarkation 11/04/2019 at 00H00 .

      Colón is the second largest city in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance of the Panama Canal. Colón is today an important port, and the free trade zone created in 1953 contributed greatly to the development of the city.  Colón was founded in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama railroad connecting the Atlantic and Pacific coasts through the isthmus of Panama; the city rapidly overshadowed the older Caribbean ports of Panama when the canal opened.

      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.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Christine Clerc

      Christine Clerc

      Following her academic studies at the French Institute of Political Science and the Louvre Institute, Christine Clerc became a journalist for l'Express under the helm of Françoise Giroud (1971). She continued her career as a senior reporter and columnist for the weekly newspaper Le Point. She then worked as a regular columnist for various national publications such as Le Figaro, Figaro Magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, Marianne — as well as for the regional press (Télégramme de Brest and Midi Libre).

      She also produced special portraits of great artists (such as Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Delvaux, Charlotte Perriand, Lorin Maazel) for Elle magazine, the Reader's Digest and Connaissance des Arts.

      Christine has been also a radio commentator for RMC and RTL and a member of Europe1's Press Club. She was the first woman awarded the prestigious Prix Albert Londres (the French equivalent of the Pulitzer prize), with her first novel Le Bonheur d’être Français (1982) — an  account of interviews throughout the country, meeting the famous and the anonymous to capture the essence of being French.

      Christine also published around 20 other novels: La Guerre de Mitterrand; Journal intime de Jacques Chirac; Les de Gaulle, une famille française; Tigres et Tigresses - Histoire intime des couples présidentiels sous la Ve République; De Gaulle-Malraux, une histoire d’amour; Les Conquérantes; « Tout est fichu ! » Les coups de blues du Général and in 2016 Victor Hugo amoureux. She contributed to various TV documentaries.

      She was bestowed as a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (Knight of the Legion of of Honour). She is the president of the "Prix d'Aujourd'hui" award, which nominates the best historical or philosophic publication of the year.

      Language spoken: French

       

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      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. During your cruise

        03/04/2019 – Tikal by air

        675.00 € **

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      2. After your cruise

        11/04/2019 – Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks

        180.00 € **

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      3. Before your cruise

        28/03/2019 – DISCOVER GUAYAQUIL (1 NIGHT)

        260.00 € **

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        25/03/2019 – From Quito to Cuenca via the Andes route (4 nights)

        For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
        The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
        His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
        2290.00 € **

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      4. Your packages

        28/03/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Guayaquil 1N (Pre) + Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks (Post)

        1430.00 € **

        25/03/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + From Quinto to Cuenca, via the Andes route 4N (Pre) + Colonial Panama and Miraflores Locks (Post)

        3560.00 € **
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