PONANT and the Musée du Louvre launch two exceptional cultural cruises

July 2019
PONANT and the Musée du Louvre have come together to offer two exceptional new cruises in 2020 on the themes of discovery and transmission, with the possibility to visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
Following itineraries designed by the PONANT teams, these voyages interspersed with talks by curators and department directors from the Louvre will enable guests to discover some of the lands from which the museum’s collections originate. 

The cultural jewels of the Adriatic 

On this first cruise in partnership with Le Louvre, guests will discover the cultural and artistic treasures of Ancient Greece and the Adriatic as they sail across the water from Athens to Venice.  
The cruise will have a rich and fascinating programme, both in terms of sailing — Kotor Bay, Corinth Canal — and shore visits, with the discovery of many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as the Acropolis in Athens, the Delphi archaeological site and the Diocletian's Palace in Split. 

On board, Jannic Durand, Director of the Department of Decorative Arts at the Musée du Louvre, and Ludovic Laugier, Curator in the Department of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities at the Musée du Louvre, will be giving many conferences to share their knowledge with guests.

From Athens to Venice
Aboard Le Lyrial
From 14 to 23 August 2020
10 days / 9 nights
From €3,560*
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The treasures of the Persian Gulf

In autumn 2020, the second cruise from this partnership will take its guests to discover the cultural and artistic riches of the Persian Gulf. From Muscat (Oman) to Dubai via Qatar and Abu Dhabi, guests will be able to discover age-old maritime traditions, exceptional natural sites such as the fjords of Arabia or Sir Bani Yas Island, a veritable animal sanctuary, the futuristic architecture of ever-growing metropolises, mosques worthy of the Arabian Nights and, of course, the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

On board, Yannick Lintz, Director of the Department of Islamic Art at the Musée du Louvre, will share her expertise with guests.

From Muscat to Dubai 
Aboard Le Jacques-Cartier
From 19 to 27 November 2020
9 days / 8 nights 
From €3,550*
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* Subject to availability and conditions found on ponant.com

Founded in 1988 by French Merchant Navy officers, PONANT has created a new style of cruising, under the French flag, through a unique conception of sea travel. Accessing exceptional territories aboard yachts of refined design on which the art of living, discretion, attentive service and excellent cuisine take pride of place: such is the promise of a unique and authentic PONANT voyage. 
Not only does PONANT take its profession and its commitment to promoting sustainable tourism seriously, it also wanted to further its efforts by creating, in 2018, a Foundation whose goal is to preserve the oceans and the polar regions and to encourage exchanges between peoples.
Intended as a universal museum since its inception in 1793, the Louvre features collections — among the finest in the world — that span 9 thousand years and 5 continents. Guardian of this unique heritage that it shares and perpetuates, the Musée du Louvre is the world’s most visited museum: It welcomed more than 10.2 million visitors in 2018.


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