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Napoleon Bonaparte: History and Heritage

Napoleon Bonaparte: History and Heritage

From AUD $18,050

Description

With the exceptional presence of Franck Ferrand, Thierry Lentz and Jean Tulard.

More than two centuries after his death, there is still a key figure, a myth to which we constantly return. Political genius, feared war leader or despot? Napoleon Bonaparte continues to raise questions, to appeal and to fascinate, well beyond French and European borders. On the occasion of the bicentenary of his death, whose commemorations were celebrated in May 2021, PONANT invites you on an exceptional 20-night cruise following in the footsteps of the first French emperor.

Aboard Le Lyrial, leaving from Dakar, the bustling Senegalese capital, you will sail south on the maritime route taken by HMS Northumberland, the ship that escorted Napoleon to Saint Helena, in 1815. You will then head towards your first port of call: Ascension Island. On this desert island, the British created a garrison to counter any hope of escape by the Emperor.  Today the island is a veritable sanctuary for birds, marine mammals and green turtles.

You will then call at the mythical and emblematic island of Saint Helena. Although this British territory, the site of his last exile, houses his tomb, it remains above all the place where Napoleon dictated his memoirs and sealed his legend. Offering an intimate and moving testimony of his last moments on the island, the Longwood Residence and the Emperor’s furniture have been preciously maintained and preserved by the French authorities and the Fondation Napoléon. During your visit, you will travel through history in a luxuriant and bucolic setting, far from the sombre image of the island.

After a few days at sea, punctuated by several conferences on-board about the life of “the little corporal”, Le Lyrial will set sail for the Brazilian coastline. Following ports of call at intoxicating Rio de Janeiro and authentic Paraty, this marvellous trip will end in Santos, one of the first Portuguese colonies to be established in the New World, famous for its picturesque historical centre.

Trip Name
Napoleon Bonaparte: History and Heritage
Days
21
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 224 Launched: 2015 A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made our sisterships such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises. Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is a subtle variation around a palette of blues, ranging from the  luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in  Mediterranean coves A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 DAKAR
On the tip of the African continent, the buzzing capital of Senegal stretches along the narrow peninsula of Cape Verde. You may be overwhelmed by its sheer size, but Dakar will win you over with its richly diverse districts, appealing cultural scene and rich natural surroundings. In the historic centre, you'll enjoy the pell-mell of colours and tasty delights in Kermel market. Far from the effervescence of the city, Gorée Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known as a place of remembrance, having once been a slave trade outpost. On the other side of the plateau, the wild Madeleine islands are protected by a national park.
Day 2 - Days 2 - 5 AT SEA
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.
Day 3 - Day 6 GEORGETOWN, ASCENSION ISLAND
Lost in the heart of the Atlantic, this arid island with a lunar landscape is not as deserted as we may believe. Its position has made it a military base and strategic air bridge for the British and the Americans. The first garrison was established in 1815 to prevent any escape attempt by Napoleon, who was exiled nearly 1,000 kilometres away on the island of Saint Helena. The forts and barracks of the Royal Navy from those times can be visited. Intense marine biodiversity surrounds this island. It is one of the most important breeding sites for tropical marine birds and green turtles , which leave their footprints on the island’s magnificent beaches before heading to the Brazilian coastlines.
Day 4 - Days 7 - 8 AT SEA
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.
Day 5 - Days 9 - 11 JAMESTOWN, SAINT HELENA ISLAND
Nestling in the hollow of a volcanic valley, Jamestown retains the charm of a small English village in the tropics. A centre of Napoleonic legend, the French authorities preciously conserved evidence of the Emperor’s exile on the island, including the Briars and Longwood House pavilions, the “valley of the tomb” and Bertrand’s Cottage. Escorted to Saint Helena by the British aboard HMS Northumberland in 1815, Napoléon died there in 1821. Far removed from the arid hell he described in the memoirs dictated to his faithful companions, you will discover that this natural fortress offers a very diverse landscape, from steep cliffs to fertile lands covered with lush nature.
Day 6 - Days 12 - 17 AT SEA
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.
Day 7 - Days 18 - 19 RIO DE JANEIRO
Famed for its colourful Carnival and now as host of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilメs former capital is dubbed the モCity of Marvelsヤ by locals. You canメt help being astounded by the panorama that opens up to you from the summit of Corcovado, the rocky peak where the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer has stood for nearly a century. In downtown Rio historic monuments such as the National Museum of Fine Arts sit side-by-side with modernistic buildings such as the cathedral of São Sebastião. On the seafront, Atlântica Avenue runs alongside Copacabana Beach; enjoy a birdメs eye view from the cable car ride to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Day 8 - Day 20 PARATY
To the South of Rio, you will discover the charming village of Paraty. Bathed in the emerald waters of the Ilha Grande Bay, surrounded by verdant hills and islets, it is one of the jewels of Brazil’s Costa Verde. Here, time seems to have stopped in the time of the conquistadors and their gold-laden galleons. You will love the splendour of Paraty’s heritage — its maze of paved streets, the historic beauty of its colonial houses, its baroque churches. Above all, you will be enchanted by its lively terraces where locals and visitors enjoy grilled fish accompanied by glasses of cachaça. It is, quite simply, a little taste of paradise on Earth!
Day 9 - Day 21 SANTOS
Disembarkation.
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $18,050Superior Stateroom
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $19,710DeLuxe Stateroom
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $75,600Owner’s Suite
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $22,080Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $23,260Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $24,690Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $35,100Deluxe Suite
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $48,130Prestige Suite - Deck 5
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $50,740Privilege Suite
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $58,540Grand Deluxe Suite
14-10-202303-11-2023AUD $69,680Grand Privilege Suite

Inclusions

    • An original cruise in the footsteps of the first French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte, on the occasion of the bicentenary of his death.
    • Two gastronomic dinners inspired by the menus and wines served to the Emperor during his exile.
    • A conference and two concerts featuring music of Napoleon’s time, by the historian Peter Hicks.
    • Screenings of historical movies and documentaries about the Napoleonic era.
    • In Saint Helena, visits “in the footsteps of Napoleon”: La pavilion des Briars, Longwood House, the cottage of General Bertrand and the Valley of the Tomb.
    • Discover the natural and cultural heritage of the island: Jamestown village, volcanic landscapes and the natural park.

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