Treasures of Brittany
* Subject to availability.
- Cruise in partnership with Relais & Châteaux. On board, the Michelin-chef Relais & Châteaux Mathieu Guibert will prepare two gala dinners and offer two original signature dishes, as well as a cooking demonstration and a cookery class, to make you discover the flavours of the destination. Depending on the possibilities, a market visit with the chef will also be organised.
- Discovering the most beautiful coastlines of Western France around Brittany.
- Sailing around the Ponant Islands, the symbol of our company.
- Discovering the Gulf of Morbihan from Port-Navalo.
- Belle-Île-en-Mer and its stunningly beautiful natural sites.
- New ports of call: Bréhat Island, Nantes (port of disembarkation).
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE JACQUES CARTIER
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom €4,700 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 €5,270 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 €5,530 Available Prestige Deck 6 €5,810 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €8,130 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 €8,130 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 €8,130 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €8,130 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €11,060 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €11,620 Not Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 €12,200 Not Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 €12,200 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €13,420 Not Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €13,420 Not Available Owner's Suite €14,090 Not Available
LE JACQUES CARTIER
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 sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier 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
Saint-MaloEmbarkation 20/09/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 20/09/2020 at 19H45 .
The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.
21 September 2020 – Bréhat IslandArrival 21/09/2020 early morning. Departure 21/09/2020 late afternoon.
The island of Bréhat, which has banned cars from its streets, became France’s first classified natural site in 1907. As it’s 3.5 km long and 1.5 km wide, you’ll appreciate visiting it on foot for a change of scenery, one imbued with the maritime and military history which marked it from the Middle Ages. Its nickname is the Island of Flowers for the variety of its flora with agaves, echium, hydrangea, mimosa, mulberry trees, eucalyptus, aloes, camellias and the emblematic agapanthus. All year round, it enjoys the influence of the Gulf Stream which gives it a particularly mild microclimate, even in winter. It’s also a paradise for birds, with 120 different species identified.
22 September 2020 – OuessantArrival 22/09/2020 early morning. Departure 22/09/2020 late afternoon.
Chart a course towards the sentinel island, the most westerly point of mainland France, recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 1988. Some 7 km long, Ouessant boasts a wild and bitter beauty. Its landscapes carved by the sea and the wind, the vegetation of the moors and the heather, the rocks ceaselessly whipped by the Atlantic waves, are the home to thousands of sea birds. The island has been continuously inhabited since prehistoric times, with women dedicating themselves to farming while the men were fishermen and sailors. From Lampaul, the “capital”, you can admire the powerful lighthouses that adorn the Ouessant coastline, including the Créac’h lighthouse, which stands out from the rest with its black and white stripes!
23 September 2020 – Glénan IslandsArrival 23/09/2020 early morning. Departure 23/09/2020 midday.
A little like the Seychelles…The Glénan archipelago and its string of islets offer you a magical spectacle with their white sand beaches and emerald green waters, evoking the exoticism of distant islands. Located around 10 nautical miles from the French mainland, the Glénans are a succession of seven islets, coiled around an interior sea with a paradisiac decor. To the east, Penfret shelters the lighthouse. Further on is the island of Loch, the largest one, recognisable by its chimney stack. Then come Cigogne with its fort, Drenec, Bananec, Guéotec, and finally Saint-Nicolas. The daffodil is the emblematic flower of the Glénan Islands; these pretty white flowers decorate the idyllic landscape of the archipelago in springtime … A waking dream.
23 September 2020 – ConcarneauArrival 23/09/2020 midday. Departure 23/09/2020 late evening.
An emblematic town in Brittany, it is hard to resist the delights of Concarneau. The "blue town” will astonish and surprise you with its charm and history. Stroll along the streets of the Ville Close, with its remarkable walls and fortifications overlooking Concarneau Bay. Since the siege of the town by Duguesclin in the 16th Century, it has maintained its taste for adventure. The maritime history of the town and its canning industry is examined in the interesting fishing museum (Musée de la Pêche). Also, do not miss the visit to Keriolet Castle, a neo-gothic gem built in the 19th Century by a Russian imperial princess.
24 September 2020 – Groix IslandArrival 24/09/2020 mid morning. Departure 24/09/2020 mid morning.
“Qui voit Groix voit sa joie” (“Whoever sees Groix will see its glee”) — this proverb will make perfect sense as soon as your ship reaches Groix Island. Located around 4 nautical miles from Lorient, Groix stretches 8 kilometres long and is home to pretty low houses and colourful gardens. There is much contrast in the panorama: mainly wild and craggy landscapes to the west, and long beaches to the east, inviting conviviality and relaxation. At the beginning of the 20th century, Groix was the leading tuna port in France and the tuna-shaped weathercock, perched atop the church belfry, illustrates this activity.
25 September 2020 – Sailing around Hoëdic IslandArrival 25/09/2020. Departure 25/09/2020.
Along its 8 km of coastline and superb beaches, the island of Hoëdic offers an enchanting and rare palette of colours and sensations. Authentic and faithful to its roots, it presents a universe that is both fragile and poetic. The island has steep shores, and upholds its motto: “Hoedic, come hell or high water” Secret and wild, the island saw its first tourists arrive at the beginning of the 1960s in second homes, which represent 80% of accommodation today.
25 September 2020 – Port-NavaloArrival 25/09/2020 midday. Departure 25/09/2020 late afternoon.
Port-Navalo is located at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, at the extreme tip of the Rhuys peninsula. The view over Locmariaquer, at the other side of the gulf as well as over the Quiberon peninsula are exceptional. A charming village of traditional Breton houses, Port-Navalo has always been a resolutely maritime town, a traditional fishing port and a well-protected refuge from the Suroit winds. Do not miss the chance to stroll along the coastal footpath in search of viewpoints over this inland sea that is the gulf, crossed every day by all types of vessels including the famous sinagots with their red sails.
26 September 2020 – HouatArrival 26/09/2020 midday. Departure 26/09/2020 midday.
Located between Belle-Île-en-Mer and the golfe of Morbihan, near Hoëdic, the island of Houat is home to 400 inhabitants all year round. It belongs to Mor Braz, a vast body of water that includes the peninsulas of Quiberon, Rhuys and Guérande. Houat is immediately striking thanks to its immaculate appearance and its sandy creeks bathed by emerald waters. If you walk briskly, it’s possible to get around the island in a couple of hours, admiring its landscapes, which are a paradise for amateur botanists, honeysuckle, tamarix, everlastings, sea pink, and more.
26 September 2020 – Belle-Île-en-MerArrival 26/09/2020 midday. Departure 26/09/2020 late evening.
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.
NantesDisembarkation 27/09/2020 at 07H00 .
Right near the Atlantic coast, on the Western edge of Europe in France’s Loire-Atlantique département, Nantes will seduce you with its rich and varied historical, architectural and artistic heritage. From the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, which along with the cathedral is the city’s oldest monument, to the famous Passage Pommeraye in the city centre, the arts museum or the Galerie des Machines, Nantes is a rather green city that holds many surprises. Jules Verne was born here in 1828. A museum bears his name on Butte Sainte-Anne, while on Ile Feydeau there is a commemorative plaque on the house where he was born.
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.
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…
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.
You can find Mathieu Guibert every morning at the port in Pornic selecting seafood for his guests. He supports traditional fishing and the continuation of traditional skills such as barefoot fishing. In his refined, iodic cuisine, one can rediscover long lost ingredients such as salicornia, a small rare plant that grows in briny waters. Local producers are given priority, especially for vegetables and dairy products. Mathieu wants to take this further and share his passion for taste and flavours with children, initiating them into degustation of the 4 flavours: sweet, savoury, bitter, acidic.
Facing the sea, the Maison Anne de Bretagne is part of the wild landscape of the southern coast of Brittany and offers a sea inspired menu that champions local fishing.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
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** Prices per person, based on double occupancy