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FRENCH WINES & IRISH WELCOMES - Save thousands with Ponant

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
L'Austral
Package Departs
08 Apr 2020
Other Dates
Package Duration
29 Nights
Embark Ship
Lisbon, Portugal
Disembark Ship
Lorient, France

Save thousands when you book this superb 26 night cruise aboard Ponant`s L`Austral from Portugal to Ireland in 2020.

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AU $15,995Per person

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8 Night Cruise sailing from Lisbon to Lorient aboard L'Austral.In partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour. From Lisbon to Lorient, PONANT invites you to join an exceptional gastronomic and oenological cruise in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Château Latour.Board L’Austral for a 9-day cruise to the land of rich 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 visit Porto. Capital of the northern region of Portugal, this “city of granite”, the centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is renowned for its wine.You will then chart a course for Bilbao, not far from the La Rioja winemaking region, whose reputation goes before it.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.Finally, you will call at the Ile d’Aix before disembarking at Lorient, the conclusion of a unique cruise combining refined gastronomy, vineyards and ocean.Highlights of this cruise:LisbonPortugal’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. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, as you explore the Moorish streets, you may well hear sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels will entice in you for a bit of luxury shopping.BilbaoBilbao, capital of the Spanish Basque country, is one of the most avant-garde cities in Europe. Its architectural audacity as well as its ancient built heritage will take you on a journey between traditions and innovations. An unusual cable car will allow you to reach the magnificent Guggenheim Museum, a unique construction of stone, glass and titanium, designed by the architect Frank Gehry and home to a collection of modern art and contemporary monumental sculpture. The narrow streets of the old city and the unmissable Ensanche district are also worthy of a visit, as is the Vizcaya bridge, the world’s first ever transporter bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.LorientRebuilt after the bombings of the Second World War, Lorient is known as the town of five ports: the military port (the Keroman submarine base is designed to hold twenty or so submarines and their crew), a pleasure port, a fishing port which is the second largest in France, a commercial port and a passenger port. There are two unmissable visits: the museum space dedicated to submarines, home to a submarine named Flore and located in the former German military base, and the Cité de la Voile Éric Tabarly, an interactive sailing museum about yachting and the great sea races. Let yourself fall under the charm of the view from the Port-Louis citadel and the quays, evoking the prosperous past of this Breton town, coloured with silks and spices.

Package Duration: 26 nights Fly, Triple Cruise & StayPackage Departs: 8th April 2020 from AustraliaPackage Starts: 9th April 2020 in LisbonFirst Cruise Starts: 11th April 2020 from LisbonThird Cruise Ends: 3rd May 2020 into DublinPackage Ends: 5th May 2020 in DublinPackage Returns: 7th May 2020 to Australia_____________HIGHLIGHTS:- Your first is an exceptional cruise focused on wine and gastronomy, in partnership with Ducasse Conseil and Chateau Latour.- Learn from sommelier Eric Beaumard and the cheese maker and affineur Bernard Antony onboard your cruise from Lisbon to Lorient- Enjoy two gala dinners prepared by two chefs from Mr Alain Ducasse`s restaurants- The opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites (Jeronimos Monastery) in Lisbon (your boarding port) | The historic centre of Porto | The Vizcaya Bridge in Bilbao | The Port of the Moon in Bordeaux | Fort Liedot in Ile d`Aix | Mont-Saint-Michel (from Saint Malo) | From Belfast, the mysterious Giant`s Causeway site | The old port of Liverpool- Aboard your second cruise, the singer and harpist Cecile Corbel will be on board- When cruising from Lorient to Honfleur - enjoy the Island of Hoedic, where sea daffodils colour the dunes over the seasons, Port-Navalo at the entrance to the Gulf of Morbihan, and the Glenan Islands.- From Cork, there will be the possibility to visit Blarney Castle, an imposing fortress with numerous hidden treasures, including the famous `Blarney Stone`._____________RATES in AUD per person:Twin DEL Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony - was $22355 - NOW from $15,995*ppTwin PR4 Prestige Stateroom with Balcony - was $24685 - NOW from $17,595*ppTwin PR5 Prestige Stateroom with Balcony - was $25710 - NOW from $18,240*ppTwin DS6 Deluxe Suite on deck 6 - was $35900 - NOW from $24,630*ppSingle DEL Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony - was $40725 - NOW from $20,595*______________FRENCH WINES & IRISH WELCOMES Fly, Triple Cruise & Stay package includes:- Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Lisbon and ex Dublin on return inc. tax with a full service carrier- Return airport - hotel - port transfers, Lisbon- 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Lisbon with breakfast- 22 night cruise (made up of 3 back to back sailings^) aboard the L`Austral from Lisbon to Dublin– All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)– Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner– Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)– Evening entertainment and events– Room service 24h (special selection)– Port taxes - Return port - hotel - airport transfers, Dublin- 2 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel, Dublin with breakfast