History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea
* Subject to availability
QUINTESSENTIAL ART THEME
Ponant Quintessential Art Theme voyages are designed to offer an in depth experience of the art of a destination – both the works produced by artists from the region and the art collected in great museums. All Art Theme voyages feature special access to select collections, and all are accompanied by a renowned scholar/critic
Highlights of this cruise:
- Series of lectures and discussions with Till-Holger Borchert
- Included pre-cruise in Copenhagen with visit to Louisiana Museum
- Private after-hours tour and reception at the recently renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam
- Specially designed optional excursions to :
o Groninger Museum;
o Rubens’ masterpieces in the Antwerp Cathedral;
o Michelangelo’s Madonna in Bruges
Staterooms & Suites
Prestige Deck 5 Suite €5,460 Available Prestige Deck 6 €2,860 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €5,620 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 €5,780 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 €5,780 Available Prestige Deck 5 €2,780 Available Prestige Deck 4 €2,700 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 €3,820 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 €3,820 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €3,820 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €3,820 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €5,950 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €5,950 Available Deluxe Stateroom €2,550 Available
LE DUMONT D'URVILLE
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Dumont d'Urville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
CopenhagenEmbarkation 25/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/08/2019 at 18H00 .
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.
26 August 2019 – Sailing the Kiel CanalArrival 26/08/2019 . Departure 26/08/2019 .
Spanning around one hundred kilometres, the Kiel Canal links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, crossing the Jutland peninsula. It is the world’s busiest artificial waterway.
27 August 2019 – HarlingenArrival 27/08/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 27/08/2019 at 18H00 .
Lying at the mouth of the Harinxma canal in the Frise province of the Netherlands, Harlingen has always had a very close relationship with the sea. Once a whale fishing centre and today a port specialised in shrimp fishing, its dynamism has transformed it into a modern city which also offers travellers museums and sites of interest. The local museum, the Hannemahuis, is housed in an 18th Century dwelling and presents a collection of regional furniture and objects retracing the history of the city. The lighthouse and the city hall with their typically Dutch architecture also deserve a visit.
28 August 2019▸29 August 2019 – AmsterdamArrival 28/08/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 29/08/2019 at 15H30 .
Amsterdam is above all a city of water. Omnipresent, it guides the traveller’s steps, from street to street, from canal to canal, its bridges seeming to bend their arches to form allegiances with him. Let yourself fall in love with the grace and romanticism that emanate from this charming scene. Known around the world for its museums and the finest collection of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the golden age, this city is home to many other treasures. Take a stroll through the old district or pay a visit to a diamond house – do not miss this “treasure chest” of the Netherlands.
30 August 2019 – AntwerpArrival 30/08/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 30/08/2019 at 19H30 .
Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp is worth a visit for its remarkable architectural heritage. In this moderately-sized, cosmopolitan city, you will be able to stroll around the ancient city centre, dominated by the most important monument in Antwerp, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The museums of the city retrace the history of Antwerp, including the home of Rubens, containing the works of the painter, and the Plantin-Moretus museum, a print works and publishing house that are UNESCO listed. From Grote Markt, the central square in the city, you will be captivated by the attractive sight formed by the unusual medieval architecture of the guild houses.
31 August 2019 – Ostend (Oostende)Arrival 31/08/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 31/08/2019 at 14H00 .
Located on the Flemish coastline, half way between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favourite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.
HonfleurDisembarkation 01/09/2019 at 07H00 .
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.
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.
Till-Holger Borchert is General Director of the Municipal Museums of Bruges (Musea Brugge) and Founding Director of the Flemish Research Center of the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands at the Groeningemuseum, Bruges. Educated at the University of Bonn and at Indiana University, Borchert has taught in both Europe (Aachen) and the United States (Middlebury, Memphis). He has curated dozens of exhibitions, mostly on Netherlandish Art in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, that have shown in museums in Belgium, New York, Madrid, and Rome. Borchert is also a prolific author on artists ranging from Van Eyck to Dürer to Rubens. In 2016 he published a major study of Hieronymus Bosch, and his work on Jan van Eyck: the Complete Oeuvre is in press.