ART AND CULTURE OF JAPAN
11 Days / 10 Nights
Ponant takes you to the heart of the Land of the Rising Sun to discover its many traditions and emblematic sites.
In Otaru, you will board L’Austral for an 11-day cruise that promises exceptional discoveries as you visit places such as Hiroshima and our new port of call in Ulsan.
An essential part of your trip will be the stop in Kanazawa. From there, you will be able to visit Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. These villages are UNESCO World Heritage Sites particularly famous for their traditional houses in the gassho-zukuri style.
From Sakaiminato, you will set off to discover medieval Japan and the ancient dwellings of the samurai, who built lavish homes and castles.
Then you will sail to South Korea, a small peninsula that juts out into the Sea of Japan, and discover its port city of Ulsan, which will charm you with its picturesque and modern scenery including the Bulguksa Temple or the Flying Horse Tomb.
We will call at Hiroshima, the gateway to Miyajima, home to the majestic Shinto shrine whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion Torii listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Awaken Your Sense of Wonder – with PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions
The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Cultural Cruises & Expeditions currently has five distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and four identically designed ‘sister ships’ with no more than 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL, LE SOLÉAL and LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships, with a fleet of 12 zodiacs and 95% staterooms with full private balconies, sail to the remote corners of the world touching all 7 continents including regions such as: Antarctica, Northern Europe & Baltics, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia , New Zealand, South Africa & the Arctic North on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. PONANT offers a casual luxury ambience aboard ship. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available shore excursions, the 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Ships also provide a gastronomic restaurant, full service Hammam spa and fully equipped gym. Awaken Your Sense of Wonder - Explore destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!
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