Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus

10 days / 9 nights
    Gastronomy
    Oenology
    Gastronomy, Vineyards & Grands Crus

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 13 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Lisbon
    Arrival Port : Portsmouth

    Ship : L'AUSTRAL

    • Ref : A130419

    In partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour. Discover the brochure by clicking here.

    From Lisbon to Portsmouth, PONANT invites you on an exceptional gastronomy and wine cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour.(1)

    Board L’Austral for a 10-day cruise to the land of flavours and discover all the know-how and excellence of Alain Ducasse’s teams during prestigious gala dinners.

    From the port of Leixões, you will first sail to Porto. The capital of the northern region, this “city of granite”, whose historic centre is listed with UNESCO, is renowned for its wine.

    Your ship will then set sail for Saint-Jean-de-Luz, where some wonderful excursions will allow you to discover the Basque Country, from the French side to the Spanish side.

    L’Austral will then make its way up the Gironde estuary for a first stop in Pauillac, will several visits and wine tastings at some very beautiful wine estates in the Saint-Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac appellations. In the evening, the moored ship will have Château Latour as a backdrop: in this magnificent setting, a gala dinner held on board will enchant you with its wine and dish pairings.

    Two days in Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, will follow. You will be captivated by its rich wine-making tradition and have the opportunity to visit the Cité du Vin, the medieval village of Saint-Émilion, and other châteaux.

    Lastly, you will call at Belle-Île-en-Mer and Guernsey before disembarking in Portsmouth(2), in the south-east of England, where your gastronomic cruise combining refined flavours, vineyards and oceans will draw to an end.

    (1)During this cruise where the accent is on wine and gastronomy, a lucky few will be able to discover the fabulous Château Latour estate. While aboard, answer a questionnaire on fine wines for a chance to win a spot on this exclusive visit.

    (2) Guests wishing to disembark in Honfleur before the final port may do so.

    Highlights

    • An exceptional wine and gastronomy cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour.
    • The on-board presence of Jean-Robert Pitte, geographer and wine historian, and of the sommelier Eric Beaumard and the cheese maker and affineur Bernard Antony.
    • As part of the partnership between PONANT and Ducasse Conseil, two gala dinners will be prepared by the chefs Xavier Boireau from Rech, a seafood restaurant that is a veritable institution in Paris, and Francis Fauvel, from Ducasse sur Seine.
    • Tasting of Grands Crus, lectures and activities centred on wine.
    • UNESCO sites: Belém Tower and the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon (embarkation port), the historic centre of Porto, Port of the Moon in Bordeaux, and the Jurisdiction of Saint-Émilion.
    • An overnight stay in Bordeaux, the capital of the Aquitaine region.
    • Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Belle-Île-en-Mer and Guernsey, all absolutely charming ports of call.

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      L'AUSTRAL

      In May 2011, l'Austral joined PONANT's fleet. This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.
       
      A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. A welcoming atmosphere of relaxed sophistication revolves around shades of grey, taupe, white and ivory enlivened by touches of cinnamon, caramel and tan.. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht.”
       
      You will encounter unique itineraries, calls inaccessible to large ships, chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalized service as well as gastronomic cuisine.

      Port of call & excursions

      13 April 2019 – Leixões - Porto

      Lisbon

      Embarkation 13/04/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/04/2019 at 19H00 .

      Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of of luxury shopping.

      14 April 2019 – Leixões - Porto

      14 April 2019 – Leixões - Porto

      Arrival 14/04/2019 midday. Departure 14/04/2019 early evening.

      Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometres from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic centre of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

      15 April 2019 – At sea

      15 April 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 15/04/2019. Departure 15/04/2019.

      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.

      16 April 2019 – Saint-Jean-de-Luz

      16 April 2019 – Saint-Jean-de-Luz

      Arrival 16/04/2019 early morning. Departure 16/04/2019 late afternoon.

      A renowned seaside resort in the South West of France, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a picturesque and authentic town with a rich history. In particular, King Louis XIV married Maria Teresa in the famous Saint Jean the Baptist church in 1660. Wandering through the many pedestrian streets, you’ll be able to soak up the Basque culture, discovering small craft shops, open-air art galleries and the different restaurants showcasing the local gastronomy. Enjoy a walk along the seafront to admire stunning views, between the Basque architecture and the Cantabrian Sea. An unforgettable bay, which was frequented in the 17th century by privateers and wealthy ship-owners.

      17 April 2019 – Pauillac

      17 April 2019 – Pauillac

      Arrival 17/04/2019 early morning. Departure 17/04/2019 late evening.

      Discover Pauillac, a town in southwestern France located a few kilometres away from Bordeaux, stretching along the Gironde. The undisputed capital of Médoc, Pauillac will open up its magical universe for you, from culture and heritage to vineyards and châteaux. This stop will be a voyage of myriad flavours, particularly during the tasting of the region’s wines, revealing their soft ruby colours and reflections turning amber with time. Enjoy both a sensorial adventure and an adventure into the heart of the town. Don’t miss the visit of Saint Martin’s Church or the mysterious grotto of Artigues, dominated by a statue of the Virgin Mary. As for the Aspic Tower, it is topped with a dome from which the harvesters’ work used to be overseen.

      18 April 2019 – Bordeaux

      18 April 2019 – Bordeaux

      Arrival 18/04/2019 early morning. Departure 18/04/2019.

      Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

      19 April 2019 – Bordeaux

      19 April 2019 – Bordeaux

      Arrival 19/04/2019. Departure 19/04/2019 evening.

      Bordeaux stretches along the banks of the Garonne river, in South-West France. Its rich wine tradition makes it the world capital of wine.. You can uncover this city’s secrets in the Bordeaux Wine and Trade museum as well as in the bars housed in the historical wine cellars of the old city centre. Let yourself be carried away by the history of the made a UNESCO World Heritage site for its prestigious classical architecture. On the famous Place de la Bourse, the past and the present unite: here you can observe the majestic old buildings reflected in the contemporary Miroir d’eau creation.

      20 April 2019 – Belle-Île-en-Mer

      20 April 2019 – Belle-Île-en-Mer

      Arrival 20/04/2019 midday. Departure 20/04/2019 late afternoon.

      Lying to the South of Brittany, Belle-Île is very aptly named. The largest of the Ponant islands, it owes its glowing reputation to its exceptional environment and generous natural attributes: pristine moors and dunes, headlands and cliffs cut into granite points, rocky inlets, and sheltered bays with sandy or pebble beaches. Aboard your ship, let the wild coastline of Belle-île-en-Mer surprise you, this little speck of land lying on the ocean, sparkling with colours in the morning light.

      21 April 2019 – Guernsey, Channel Islands

      21 April 2019 – Guernsey, Channel Islands

      Arrival 21/04/2019 midday. Departure 21/04/2019 early evening.

      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.

      22 April 2019 – Honfleur

      22 April 2019 – Honfleur

      Arrival 22/04/2019 early morning. Departure 22/04/2019 early morning.

      A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbour, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

      22 April 2019 – Portsmouth

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      Disembarkation 22/04/2019 at 17H00 .

      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. The Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, is one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom and offers impressive views of the city.

      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.

      Theme

      Gastronomy & Oenology

      Gastronomy & Oenology

      Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

      Prestigious ports of call

      For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

      A journey to the land of flavours

      On board your ship, Ponant will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

      Renowned professionals*

      These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

      *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      Jean-Robert Pitte

      A French geographer and specialist in landscape and gastronomy, Jean-Robert Pitte is passionate about local produce. President of the French Académie du vin de France from 2011 to 2017, he has been a member of the Institut de France since 2008 and has served as Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques since 2017. As President of MFPCA (Mission française du patrimoine et des cultures alimentaires), he contributed to the French gastronomic meal being added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

      An internationally renowned scholar, Jean-Robert Pitte has held many posts including Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Nouakchott (Mauritania) and Hokkaido University in Sapporo (Japan), Professor of Geography at the Paris Sorbonne University, its President from 2003-2008, Founding President of the Paris Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, and information and orientation delegate to the Prime Minister (2010-2014).

      He is the author of many books including Gastronomie française. Histoire et géographie d’une passion (1991), Le vin et le divin (2004), Bordeaux-Bourgogne. Les passions rivales (2005), Le désir du vin à la conquête du monde (2009), La bouteille de vin. Histoire d’une révolution (2013), Dictionnaire amoureux de la Bourgogne (2015) and Atlas gastronomique de la France (2017).

      His services to French gastronomic and oenological heritage have earnedhim several distinctions. He is an Officer in the Légion d’honneur, Commander in the Ordre national du Mérite, Officer in the Palmes Académiques, Commander in Arts et Lettres and has received the Order of the Rising Sun Gold and Silver Rays (Japan).


      Spoken languages: French, English


       
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      Eric Beaumard

      Eric Beaumard

      Manager of Le Cinq, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Éric Beaumard is also one of the best sommeliers in the world. Voted Best Sommelier in France in 1992, Best Sommelier in Europe with the Ruinard Trophy in 1994 and Sommelier of the Year by the magazine Le Chef in 2003, he also held the title of Vice-Champion of the World in the Best Sommelier contest in 1998. In April 2018, he was awarded French Légion d’honneur by M. François Pinault.

      Éric Beaumard has been very involved in purchasing wine for the hotel since its opening: every month he visits a vineyard in France or Europe. He is extremely knowledgeable and is widely recognised by a Parisian clientele that is both French and international. He loves to share his passion for wine and is never at a loss when it comes to giving wise advice on the best vintage to accompany a dish.

      However, he was by no means predestined for this successful sommelier career. As a student he thought of becoming a cook, until a motorbike accident left him temporarily without the use of his right arm. After his recovery he worked as a chef for six months at the Maisons de Bricourt in Cancale, before turning to wine and the sommelier profession on the advice of Chef Olivier Roellinger. A new passion and a new talent were born.

      Languages spoken: French, English

       

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      Bernard Antony

      Bernard Antony

      Bernard Antony, whose business operates in Vieux-Ferrette (Alsace), is one of the most renowned cheese ripeners in the world. His Alsace cellar plays host to a high-end international clientele. Prince Albert of Monaco and Archduke Otto of Austria have both been known to visit his boutique. Today, nineteen 3-star Michelin restaurants entrust Antony with their cheese board selection. Prominent French chefs from Alain Ducasse to Pierre Gagnaire are among those keen to access these heavenly cheeses, as are the major vineyards which use the services of this master cheese ripener in Vieux-Ferrette.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Marcel Ehrhard

      Xavier Boireau

      Xavier Boireau

      In recent years, Xavier Boireau has been honing his skills at the Ducasse Paris, immersing himself in the famous “essential cuisine” philosophy that respects produce. After gaining experience notably from Chef Olivier Roellinger, he joined the Louis XV restaurant in Monaco in 2006, working alongside Franck Cerruti. Four years later he moved to the Plaza Athénée hotel as sous-chef under Chef Philippe Marc, then in February 2016 was appointed chef at the Aux Lyonnais, the famous Parisian restaurant dedicated to Lyonnaise cuisine. He is now chef at the Rech restaurant, a veritable institution where he can build on his knowledge of seafood.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: pmonetta

      Francis Fauvel

      Francis Fauvel

      His career spans a collection of famous establishments and big names like Jean-Louis Nomicos, Arnaud Donkele and Alain Dutournier, before an encounter took him to work with Alain Ducasse at the Louis XV in Monaco. Alongside Franck Cerutti, Pascal Bardet then Dominique Lory, Francis was introduced to the skilful simplicity that puts quality produce in the spotlight. Returning to Paris as head chef of the Aux Lyonnais restaurant, Francis left to take over from Jocelyn Herland as executive sous-chef at the Meurice, responsible for the Dali restaurant, banqueting, room service and tea-time.

      Francis Fauvel is now chef of Ducasse sur Seine, first 100% electric cruise ship-restaurant in the world.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: pmonetta

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        12/04/2019 – Enchanting Sintra (1 night)

        320.00 € **

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        12/04/2019 – Lisbon on your own (1 night)

        260.00 € **

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        13/04/2019 – Lisbon, at the age of the great discoveries

        110.00 € **

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      2. After your cruise

        22/04/2019 – Transfer by coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris CDG Airport (Terminal 2)

        95.00 € **

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        22/04/2019 – Transfer by coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris

        80.00 € **

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      3. Your packages

        12/04/2019 – Flight From Paris (Economic Class) + Enchanting Sintra 1N (Pre)

        610.00 € **

        13/04/2019 – Flight From Paris (Economic Class) + Lisbon, at the Age of the Great Discoveries (Pre)

        400.00 € **

        13/04/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Lisbon, at the Age of the Great Navigators (Pre) + Visit of Portsmouth including a light lunch followed by a transfer to London Heathrow Airport Terminal 4 (Post)

        450.00 € **
      4. During your cruise

        19/04/2019 – LUNCH AT CHÂTEAU DE FERRAND

        190.00 € **

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        17/04/2019 – CHÂTEAU COS D'ESTOURNEL

        190.00 € **

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        17/04/2019 – Château Mouton Rothschild and the "Wine Art" museum

        190.00 € **

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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.
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