Celtic coastlines

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Celtic coastlines

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 1 May 2017 to 8 May 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Dublin
    Arrival Port : Portsmouth

    Ship : LE SOLEAL

    • Ref : S010517

    From Dublin to Portsmouth, Ponant invites you to discover a new itinerary in the heart of the Celtic Sea.

    Step aboard the Le Soléal for an 8-day cruise to lands of legend and romance.

    During your stopover in Belfast, you can visit theGiant's Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns.

    Le Soléal will take you to the Isle of Man, located between the United Kingdom and Ireland. Along the way, between Douglas and Castletown, discover a place brimming with mystery and magic: Fairy Bridge.

    Step ashore at Cobh, a maritime port in County Cork in south west Ireland, and take a trip to discover the picturesque village of Blarney - a village famous for its castle - and Kinsale - a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

    One port of call will be at the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. Here, long sandy beaches stand alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops. 

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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

      1 May 2017 – Belfast-Northern Ireland

      Dublin

      Embarkation 01/05/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 01/05/2017 at 18H00 .

      The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

      2 May 2017 – Belfast-Northern Ireland

      2 May 2017 – Belfast-Northern Ireland

      Arrival 02/05/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 02/05/2017 at 18H00 .

      The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

      3 May 2017 – Douglas

      3 May 2017 – Douglas

      Arrival 03/05/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 03/05/2017 at 18H00 .

      Douglas ᅠis the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its gruelling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. Take a stroll or horse tram along the busy promenade and visit the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. You can take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where you'll see medieval castles and pretty villages and farms.

      4 May 2017 – Liverpool

      4 May 2017 – Liverpool

      Arrival 04/05/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 04/05/2017 at 12H30 .

      The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight youメll also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".

      5 May 2017 – Cobh

      5 May 2017 – Cobh

      Arrival 05/05/2017 at 09H30 . Departure 05/05/2017 at 18H30 .

      From the very endearing small town of Cobh, you will set out to discover Cork, rich with a history that goes back to Viking times. During our visit here, we invite you to take an exceptional trip to Blarney Castle, dating from 1446 and renowned for its legends and its ancient stones. At the end of your visit, do not miss the chance of kissing the “Stone of Eloquence”, located at the top of the monument, which legend tells will confer its powers upon you.

      6 May 2017 – Scilly Islands

      6 May 2017 – Scilly Islands

      Arrival 06/05/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 06/05/2017 at 14H00 .

      Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

      7 May 2017 – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      7 May 2017 – Guernsey (Channel Islands)

      Arrival 07/05/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 07/05/2017 at 15H00 .

      Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

      8 May 2017▸7 May 2017 – Portsmouth

      Portsmouth

      Disembarkation 08/05/2017 at 08H00 .

      Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. Do not miss the view over the city from the Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, making it one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom.

      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.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Discovery of Dublin (1 day)
        01/05/2017

        120.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Dublin on your own (2 days/1 night)
        30/04/2017

        225.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. During your cruise

        The world famous TT race (2 hours)
        03/05/2017

        145.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      3. After your cruise

        Transfer to London Heathrow Airport with a panoramic tour & free time in the capital (half-day)
        08/05/2017

        85.00 €
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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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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