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Along the Andes Cordillera with Ponant

Along the Andes Cordillera with Ponant

From AUD $4,670

Description

PONANT invites you to discover the ancient Inca Empire and its stunning slumbering citadels. From Talcahuano, set sail aboard the Le Boréal for a 10-day cruise along the coasts of Chile and Peru.

Your first port of call will be Coquimbo, a charming seaside resort just a few kilometres from La Serena, an old colonial city with a remarkable architecture, founded in 1544.

You will then discover Iquique and its exceptional historic centre inherited from the Gold Rush. Not far, you will find Humberstone, a disused mining town where the buildings now house museums listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Arica, the ‘city of eternal spring’ where the climate is temperate and sunny year round, is very popular for its beautiful beaches and its sites brimming with history. You will be captivated by this surprising city where the Inca people once lived.

When we drop anchor in Matarani, discover Arequipa, an old colonial city founded in 1540 in a fertile valley at the foot of the majestic El Misti volcano.

Before reaching the Peruvian capital, you will make a final stop in Pisco, known for attracting a wide variety of birds, particularly to the Ballestas Islands which you will have the chance to visit.

Trip Name
Along the Andes Cordillera with Ponant
Days
10
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 142 meters Passenger Capacity: 264 (in twin cabins, 200 in Antarctica) Built: 2011 A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, she is the fruit of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Le Boreal remains faithful to our philosophy - to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. Superior materials, discreet elegance and a tasteful décor combined with exterior and interior lines to reflect a nautical mood, subtly revisited. On board, soothing neutral tones are enlivened by splashes of red, our signature theme linking tradition and innovation to create personal touches in the spirit of a “private yacht”. Cuisine Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberte Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner. Life On Board Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, Le Boreal has been designed to meet the needs of every guest.  Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Carita™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available forfamilies either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting ser vice.Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please. Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Carita™ brand, the Beauty Centre on Le Boreal welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser, hammam, balneotherapy).

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 TALCAHUANO
Talcahuano, Chile’s largest fishing port, neighbours the overflowing energy of Concepción, where music resonates on every street corner. Renowned for its cultural and artistic life, it is nicknamed “the gateway to the south”. With its 215,000 inhabitants, Concepción is a relatively prosperous city in Chile and the country’s largest town south of Santiago. Very beautiful little traditional fishing villages scattered along the coast add to the charm of this part of the Chilean coastline.
Day 2 - Day 2 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 3 COQUIMBO
On Chile'sᅠNorte Chico (Little North) is the port of Coquimbo where peace and harmony reign, sheltered in the inlet of the La Herradura Bay. This charming seaside town is mere minutes away from La Serena. Set off to discover this site along the Pacific Ocean and its spectacular sandy beaches. Founded in 1544, this old town has retained its beautiful colonial architecture that bears traces of Spanish and neoclassical influences. Venture deeper inland to the Elqui Valley, one of the country's largest and most spectacular. This valley was the birthplace of Gabriela Mistral, the renowned poet, and is also where Chile's famous pisco is made.
Day 4 - Day 4 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 - Day 5 IQUIQUE
Coastal town in the north of Chile, capital of the Tarapacà region, Iquique enjoys a unique location between the Pacific and the cliffs of the Cordillera de la Costa. Although the bustle of its harbour makes this a modern city, it also has many admirable relics from Chile’s past. You’ll love to stroll in the old centre, which is one of many preserved structures, such as the old aristocratic district of Paseo Baquedano or the neoclassical style municipal theatre.
Day 6 - Day 6 ARICA
Located at the gateway to the Atacama desert, Arica, the Northernmost town in Chile, owes its reputation to the richness and beauty of its landscapes: long white sandy beaches edging the Pacific, millennial geoglyphs, arid valleys of the cordillera foothills, fertile altiplano and dormant volcanoes are just some of the sites that the “City of Eternal Spring” has in store for you. Let yourself be swept back in time and discover the culture, traditions and mummies of the Chinchorro people, this Indian civilisation, some 7,000 years old, which was the first in the world to develop mummification techniques.
Day 7 - Day 7 MATARANI
On the southern coast of Peru, the port of Matarani is the doorway into the Arequipa region, one of the most prosperous in the country. From the city, you can get to the famous city of Arequipa, overlooked by three majestic volcanoes, the Misti, the Chacani and the Pichu Pichu. Apart from the Andean mountains, the Matarini region also houses impressive landscapes of desert, scattered with green oasis.
Day 8 - Day 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 9 - Day 9 PISCO
In the south of Peru, discover the small port town of Pisco, named in reference to the Quechua word Pisscu, meaning “bird”. The region is indeed renowned for its wide variety of birdlife that you can observe in the Ballestas Islands. In addition to this exceptionally well-preserved nature, the province also boasts major historical treasures such as the archaeological site of Tambo Colorado, vestige of the Inca civilisation, the Nazca Lines, very precise traces representing geometric figures on the arid earth of the Peruvian plain, or the Candelabra, a mysterious hieroglyph sculpted into the rock by the Paracas, a pre-Inca civilisation.
Day 10 - Day 10 CALLAO
As the country's primary fishing and trading port, Callao is the maritime gateway to Peru. From the town centre, journey on to the capital, Lima, and wander around the Plaza Mayor (formerly Plaza de Armas), crowned with its gorgeous bronze fountain. Embellished with neo-colonial buildings such as the Government Palace or the Cathedral of Lima, the esplanade is a symbol of the city's founding by conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535. Two streets away is the Monastery of San Francisco, one of the city's best-preserved colonial structures. Further south, don't miss the superb cloisters and patios of the Casona San Marcos.
Day 11 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $4,670Superior Stateroom
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $5,100DeLuxe Stateroom
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $5,400Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $5,580Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $5,820Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $8,070Deluxe Suite
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $8,750Prestige Suite - Deck 5
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $9,050Prestige Suite - Deck 6
20-03-202329-03-2023AUD $9,530Owner’s Suite

Inclusions

    • A cruise between Chile and Peru, to discover the Inca Empire and its slumbering citadels.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the saltpeter mining towns of Iquique, the historic centre of Arequipa from Matarani.
    • Discovering the major pre-Columbian sites and the mysterious geoglyphs.
    • Exceptional architectural heritage, testimony to the colonial era.
    • Discovering Arequipa and the Santa Catalina Convent from Matarani.
    • The visit to Pisco and the Ballestas Islands, where the biodiversity is unique and nature enchanting.
    • Specialist lecturers aboard to share their passion for their subject and their knowledge with you.

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