Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall

13 days / 12 nights
    Gastronomy
    Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall

    Cruise Northern Europe

    from 1 September 2019 to 13 September 2019
    13 days / 12 nights

    Departure Port : Honfleur
    Arrival Port : Honfleur

    Ship : LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

    • Ref : U010919

    In partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France.

    Between the Channel and the Irish Sea, set sail with PONANT to discover celtic lands of legend and romance.  

    From Honfleur, you will step aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a 13-day cruise around the British Isles.

    Your first stopover will be the Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary. You then set sail for the Aran Islands, so typically Irish with their countless dry stone walls, which you will reach after a lovely journey past the famous Cliffs of Moher.

    Le Dumont-d’Urville will take you to Killybegs, a gateway to the city of Donegal. You will be captivated by its sheer cliffs, deserted sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery and welcoming pubs.

    The Inner Hebrides will then welcome you with Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Scotland where the famous Book of Kells was written, and Tobermory, a charming fishing port with multi-coloured houses whose distillery produces a renowned single malt.

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

    Your ship will finally head towards the peninsula of Cornwall. Its rocky coastlines, beautiful rolling countryside and numerous local legends have inspired novelists and filmmakers.

    Highlights

    • Gastronomic cruise run in partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France.
    • An ideal cruise for an exhaustive discovery of the British Isles and their different coastal regions: Ireland with the Aran Islands, Connemara from Galway, Donegal from Killybegs, Scotland with the Inner Hebrides, Belfast in Northern Ireland, Wales from Fishguard, Cornwall.
    • Possibility of visiting the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its surprising basalt pillars.
    • Iona, the sacred island of Scotland, and its abbey dating back to the Middle Ages.
    • On-board conferences about Irish and Celtic culture and heritage.

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      LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

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      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 fourth 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

      1 September 2019 – At sea

      Honfleur

      Embarkation 01/09/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 01/09/2019 at 18H00 .

      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.

      2 September 2019 – At sea

      2 September 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 02/09/2019. Departure 02/09/2019.

      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 September 2019 – Kinsale

      3 September 2019 – Kinsale

      Arrival 03/09/2019 early morning. Departure 03/09/2019 late afternoon.

      Considered Ireland’s most beautiful village, Kinsale will captivate you with its sublime natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Located at the mouth of the Bandon River in County Cork, this charming little port is home to picturesque streets lined with colourful houses, art galleries and theatres, as well as to a 17th-century fort. Not far away, perched on a rocky promontory, stands the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse: still in operation today, it has magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

      4 September 2019 – Sailing in front of the Cliffs of Moher

      4 September 2019 – Sailing in front of the Cliffs of Moher

      Arrival 04/09/2019. Departure 04/09/2019.

      On the west coast of Ireland, in County Clare, admire the majestic Cliffs of Moher from your ship. Among the country’s most beautiful cliffs, they are as fascinating as they are impressive. Made up of limestone rocks and shale, shaped by the wind and the ocean over hundreds of millions of years, these vertiginous rock walls stand at over 210 metres tall in places. They are home to many sea birds, which offer visitors a memorable show as they spin and whirl in the wind before finding refuge in a rocky nook.

      4 September 2019 – Kilronan, Aran Islands

      4 September 2019 – Kilronan, Aran Islands

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

      Off the west coast of Ireland, in the entrance to Galway Bay, discover Kilronan, the only port on Inishmore, the largest and most heavily populated of the Aran Islands. These wild lands with age-old history will provide a real immersion into the heart of authentic Ireland. With its huge black cliffs where countless sea birds come to nest, Inishmore offers stunning natural landscapes. But, above all, the island is famous for its historical heritage consisting of around fifty monuments, the oldest of which date back to prehistoric times. Among others, you will be able to visit the fort known as Dún Aonghasa: it is one of the country’s most impressive archaeological site and one of the best conserved prehistoric vestiges in Europe.

      5 September 2019 – Galway

      5 September 2019 – Galway

      Arrival 05/09/2019 early morning. Departure 05/09/2019 late afternoon.

      Built at the mouth of the Corrib on in the West, Galway is one of the liveliest towns in the country. The cobbled streets in its historical centre offer plenty of designer boutiques, artists’ studios and bohemian cafés.

      6 September 2019 – Killybegs

      6 September 2019 – Killybegs

      Arrival 06/09/2019 early morning. Departure 06/09/2019 early evening.

      Tucked away and sheltered by a large inlet, this charming fishing port is located on Ireland's most northern extremity, in the heart of the southern coast of County Donegal. As your boat glides into the port, soak up the dazzling colours of the trawlers docked in the harbour. You may well have the opportunity to tour the Donegal Carpets Factory, one of the world's oldest handmade carpet manufacturers. You can also take a tour of the Glenveagh National Park and its castle, after having crossed through the wild, untamed beauty of northern Ireland. Donegal is a rambler's paradise, and the Blue Stack Mountains are sure to have you hooked with their peace, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

      7 September 2019 – Iona, Hebrides

      7 September 2019 – Iona, Hebrides

      Arrival 07/09/2019 early morning. Departure 07/09/2019 midday.

      Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason... it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the islandメs true spiritual centre stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.

      7 September 2019 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull

      7 September 2019 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull

      Arrival 07/09/2019 mid afternoon. Departure 07/09/2019 late evening.

      Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. You will definitely be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbour with their vibrant colours. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.

      8 September 2019 – Oban, Scotland

      8 September 2019 – Oban, Scotland

      Arrival 08/09/2019 early morning. Departure 08/09/2019 late afternoon.

      A small Scottish town located on the west coast of the Highlands, Oban possesses magnificent coastal landscapes and many cultural riches. Make sure you wander the charming Victorian streets of this renowned seaside resort, which was popular in the past with Queen Victoria herself. Among other things, you will discover the whisky distillery: founded in 1794, it is one of Scotland’s smallest and oldest. On the heights of the town, McCaig's Tower is one of the area’s curiosities: this unusual construction, erected by a rich banker at the end of the 19th century to provide work for inhabitants during winter, is reminiscent of Roman and Greek architecture and has breathtaking views over the neighbouring islands.

      9 September 2019 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

      9 September 2019 – Belfast, Northern Ireland

      Arrival 09/09/2019 early morning. Departure 09/09/2019 mid afternoon.

      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.

      10 September 2019 – Fishguard

      10 September 2019 – Fishguard

      Arrival 10/09/2019 early morning. Departure 10/09/2019 late afternoon.

      A small coastal town located in the South Wales, Fishguard will offer you a peaceful stop during your cruise. Nestling in the hollow of two hills, the city, once a Viking trading post, is now the ideal starting point for exploring the Welsh countryside. Across its vast expanses of fertile land, its green valleys and its magnificent moors, the region will reveal its rich historical heritage to you. Among other things, you will be able to visit mediaeval Pembroke Castle, renowned for its impressive architecture and the illustrious people who have lived there, such as Gerald de Windsor.

      11 September 2019 – Penzance

      11 September 2019 – Penzance

      Arrival 11/09/2019 early morning. Departure 11/09/2019 early evening.

      The gateway to Cornwall, on the south-western tip of England, Penzance, whose Cornish name Pen Sans means “holy headland”, is sure to captivate you with its charm. This seaside town with white-sand beaches is brimming with history. It boasts a small fishing port and is home to magnificent Georgian and Regency buildings, stunning gardens with exotic plants, and the Penlee House Gallery & Museum, which traces the evolution of West Cornwall. Follow the promenade along the water’s edge: on the horizon stands St Michael’s Mount. This mysterious island, which can be reached on foot at low tide, was once a refuge for pilgrims, soldiers, monks and fishermen. Here you will deep-dive into a history rich with legends.

      12 September 2019 – Dartmouth

      12 September 2019 – Dartmouth

      Arrival 12/09/2019 early morning. Departure 12/09/2019 early afternoon.

      Succumb to the charming setting of the small town of Dartmouth in the county of Devon, South-East England. Set in the heart of lush scenery, on the banks of the River Dart’s estuary, the town’s magnificent landscapes are typical of English countryside. Its picturesque paved streets will let you discover sumptuous half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries while, on the northern bank of the river, you will be able to admire former fishermen’s houses in their pastel colours. Now a popular tourist destination, this small port town has nonetheless managed to retain its relaxing and romantic atmosphere.

      13 September 2019▸12 September 2019 – Honfleur

      Honfleur

      Disembarkation 13/09/2019 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.

      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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      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)

      Christophe Roure

      Christophe Roure

      Chef Christophe Roure has brought his conscientious approach, attention to detail and ongoing quest for perfection to prestigious firms such as Paul Bocuse and Régis Marcon.

      Crowned Meilleur Ouvrier de France Cuisine in 2007 and a semi-finalist in the TAITTINGER competition, in 2014 Christophe Roure opened his second establishment in Lyon, Le neuvième Art. Just a few months later in 2015 the restaurant achieved two Michelin stars.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Laurence Barruel 

      Patrick Bertron

      Patrick Bertron

      Michelin star Relais Bernard Loiseau Chef Patrick Bertron joined Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu in 1982 as a commis chef for pastries and fillings. Two years later he was promoted to sous chef. From then on, the two men worked together closely for 21 years, adding a 3rd Michelin star in 1991. In 2003, at the request of Dominique Loiseau, Patrick Bertron was put in charge of the kitchens at Relais Bernard Loiseau.

      While he endeavours to perpetuate the great Bernard Loiseau culinary heritage, Patrick Bertron has his own style. This he expresses through poetic creations which reveal his deep attachment to his birthplace in Brittany and his adopted land of Burgundy and the Morvan.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Sophie Menut Yovanovitch

      Sophie Menut Yovanovitch

      Sophie Menut Yovanovitch is editor-in-chief of the magazine Cuisine & Vins de France, and also hosts the TV show Ça roule en Cuisine on France 3. She loves sharing her passion for gastronomy through recipes, encounters and products, and those who make them.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Jean-Baptiste Natali

      Jean-Baptiste Natali

      His CV is bursting with wild herbs and flavours. As a child when others were kicking a ball around, he was running through the woods, the Dhuits, Etoile, Plachet, Blinfey, la Chapelle… There he found bluebells, vanilla-scented orchids, fragrant angled Solomon Seals, wild asparagus, wild garlic, mushrooms – all of which had his mouth watering. His vocation as a storyteller of taste began here.

      His CV is also full of encounters around the world, from time spent at the Palme d’Or restaurant in the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, Daniel Boulud’s restaurant in New York and the famous Mamounia in Marrakech, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Sultanate of Oman and the Maldives. All broadened his palette introducing the subtlest of flavours.

      Finally, Jean-Baptiste Natali decided to return to his home village of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises in Haute-Marne to practice his art in the restaurant his father Gérard had run for several decades. The son returned to give his father a hand, a move that turned into a stroke of genius. Gérard gave Jean-Baptiste carte blanche to overhaul the menu, a radical turning point for this eatery. Steeped in his experiences travelling abroad, Jean-Baptiste changed everything from the produce to the dishes and way of working. Since then, Chef Natali has welcomed and continues to host political figures of every hue, from ambassadors to French presidents and ministers.

      In 2002, just a year after returning to Colombey at the age of 27, he was one of the youngest chefs to earn his first Michelin star.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Alexandre Bader

      Alexandre Bader

      In 1992, In 1992, Alexandre Bader joined François Roland-Billecart as a sales trainee then as sales manager in charge of the Paris sector. He is the responsible for Billecart-Salmon Champagnes’ presence, especially the Rosé, in Michelin starred restaurants and for making great chefs ambassadors of the brand. In 2003, he decided, with François Roland-Billecart, to change the image of the House by introducing a new timeless logo and more modern packaging. The new brand identity is unanimously successful. Faithful to the House, he has been its General Manager for the past 10 years.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Leif Carlsson

      David Biraud

      David Biraud

      Born in 1972, of Vendée origin, he has more than twenty years of high-standard sommellerie experience, in hotels and multi-star restaurants. His grandmother, a cordon-bleu, introduced him to high gastronomy, but it is only when he became student of the renowned catering and hotel school of Talence that David Biraud’s interest in wine and sommellerie flowered into passion. Eager to travel the world to meet winemakers and explore terroirs and cellars, nothing makes him happier than to discover an unknown wine or a secret winemaker to share with others. David Biraud is also an avid competitor, as he likes to challenge himself and discover new olfactory and taste sensations. In 2016, he won the title of vice-champion of the World of sommeliers (silver medal) in Argentina.

      Language spoken: French, English

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        01/09/2019 – Transfer by deluxe coach from Paris CDG Airport (Terminal 2) to the port of Honfleur

        95.00 € **

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        01/09/2019 – Transfert by Coach from Paris to the Port of Honfleur

        80.00 € **

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      2. After your cruise

        13/09/2019 – Transfer by deluxe coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris CDG Airport (Terminal 2)

        95.00 € **

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        13/09/2019 – Transfer by coach from the port of Honfleur to Paris

        80.00 € **

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