Cultural treasures and Scandinavian panoramas

Discover the treasures of scotland and scandinavia

an unforgettable Ocean cruise

Get ready for an incredible adventure as PONANT partners with Les Éditions Tallandier to bring you a fabulous 12-day cruise featuring the renowned French historian Thomas Gomart. A cruise to experience the cultural and historical heritage of the Scandinavian countries, between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, where you will also discover the commercial and industrial past of Northern Europe and the history of the Celts and the Vikings as well as the Scandinavian kingdoms.

Why We love Ponant!

I was so excited to get the chance to sail on Ponant’s Exploration ship – Le Bellot. It’s a French company, however, all announcements on the ship were In both French and English.

My room was a prestige stateroom on deck 5 and were designed to a classy finish. Incredibly comfortable beds and a beautiful balcony to sit on and watch the amazing sunsets.

It was really interesting to hear that Ponant is very eco aware, they clean and filter water onboard, making 60% of the water recycled. I was provided with a reusable metal water bottle that you’ll find in all rooms. There’s no single use of plastics, oh and a really fun fact I loved was that the ship has a shell and sea creature detector on the hull. There’s an environmental officer on board who is in charge of overseeing the impact the ship makes to the environment in each destination and making sure it can be minimal if any.

The cruise had guest speakers on board, scientist, environmentalist, historian and author. Normally you’ll find the speakers to be an expert in the destinations you are visiting. There’s a theatre where you can go and immerse yourself in documentaries and talks, I found these utterly fascinating!

The entertainment wasn’t huge and is kept rather low key, most people headed to their beds about 10pm. To be honest, after a day exploring, you just want to eat your meal and snuggle up in bed ready for another day of adventure. 

A really special feature on this ship is the Blue Eye, the underwater lounge – A worlds first underwater bar on a cruise ship. Imagine sat, sipping your coffee or champagne and watching the world swim past you, I could have spent my entire time down there, such a fun experience to have.

The gym was small with 4 machines and no free weights but again, with all the exploring, you’ll be getting your fitness in daily. After a day of walking you’ll HAVE to check out the spa, it has the most incredible sauna.

I also spent a lot of time at the infinity pool at the back of the ship, here you’ll find a gorgeous seating area and an outside bar. Not forgetting the art gallery on Deck 6 where there were games tables and a photo shop.

All in all, I had an amazing time and it’s a ship that ticks all the boxes on knowledge and luxury. 

Two thumbs up from me.”  ~ Lucie

All the things you need to know

The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centres: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.

This old Hanseatic city lies to the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll discover the grand Visby homes of rich merchants as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little cobbled streets. Don’t miss Saint Mary’s cathedral with its octagonal steeples, as well as Powder tower along the fortifications. Make sure you stop over in one of the rose-adorned cafés; indeed roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialities, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.

Discover Karlskrona on the southern coast of Sweden, between land and sea, spread over the small islands of the Blekinge archipelago. Its strategic position on the Baltic Sea made it the headquarters of the Swedish Royal Navy and its naval dockyard on the orders of King Karl XI of Sweden, in 1680. Constructed from nothing, the citadel has kept its architecture, whose coherence and conservation have today earned its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its authentic colourful wooden houses facing the sea – which is never too far away – and its rich naval history give it an exquisite and unique charm. Do not miss this visit.

Lying in the south-west of the Baltic Sea, the medieval village of Gudhjem, on the island of Bornholm, is one of the most visited and most popular villages in Denmark. As you stroll along its picturesque streets, you will fall under the spell of its varied landscapes, its easy way of life, and the authenticity of this charming town with half-timbered houses topped with red roofs, in the Danish tradition. It is here, along these charming streets, that the first herring smokehouses were built in the mid-19th century, attracting all the region’s fishermen. Tucked away in a gorgeous natural setting composed of rocky cliffs, dense forests and beaches of white sand, Gudhjem will provide an unforgettable interlude where time will seem to stand still.

Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city’s riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorrebrod, traditional danish sandwiches made with ham, cheese or smoked fish.

Nestling on the western coast of Sweden, at the junction of the Göta River and the Kattegat sea area, Gothenburg enchants and surprises. Authentic and welcoming, this city of canals, edged with many green spaces, has a rich maritime history, making it Sweden’s most important port. Going beyond its commercial influence, “the cultural capital of Scandinavia” is a perfect blend of historic monuments, neo-classical architecture and eco-districts featuring modern urban spaces. In the old Haga district, you can peruse hippy-chic fashion boutiques and bohemian cafés in the ground floors of traditional wood houses. On the hills of the city, fall under the spell of the Lutheran Masthugget Church, a sumptuous 18th-century building. 1993, Bratislava is a modern multicultural metropolis with an intriguing history. Its Old Town is glorious, with medieval and Gothic architecture, and its well-preserved hilltop castle, which has history dating back to the 9th century, still dominates the town. These charming historic sites contrast with its brutalist socialist architecture, which is evident around the city.

Capital of Norway, Olso, is a green city. Its many parks and gardens make it the reputedly pleasant city it is. The 80 hectares of Vigeland sculpture parks and its 212 open air exhibitions, the Munch Museum dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, plus the Akershus fortress which symbolises Oslo’s rich history, are both must-sees. For culture, the national gallery shelters the largest Norwegian collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures open to the public. And, for sports enthusiasts, the Holmenkollen district with its Ski museum and famous ski jump offer the most stunning, all-encompassing view of the city. everything in between. It is also well known for its hot springs and thermal baths, and has a vibrant nightlife scene.

A port city located on Norway’s southern coast, Arendal is considered as the municipality enjoying the best climate in the country. This town in the Sorlandet region has also long been renowned for its iron ore mines: their operation in the 19th century produced a particularly resistant magnetite ore. The Raet National Park, the only protected area on the eastern coast of Norway, is not far away; here, you will fall in love with its raw nature, with silver and emerald reflections, dotted with immense coniferous forests and long pebble beaches. stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions.

A Like a painter’s palette, the former industrial town of Egersund unveils its colours as if to better charm its passing visitors. Its small wooden houses, among the best conserved in Norway, certainly display colourful façades that distinguish them from the other municipalities of the southern Norwegian coast, which opted for white at a time when this was a sign of wealth. Admire the façades of Strandgaten, the former main street of the town, and wander the old district of Hauen, which is now full of cafés, galleries and boutiques. Also make a detour to the Heidningeholmen Church, whose foundations date back to the 17th century, and dive into Egersund’s past.

Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, is an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes the visitor with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.

In the Aberdeenshire region, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third most populous city and Britain’s third largest fishing port. It is known as the Granite City due to its grey-coloured granite buildings. It becomes the Silver City when the sun shines upon the building façades. You will love the charm of its many flowers, the source of yet another moniker, the Flower of Scotland. The city once prospered thanks to whale hunting, herring fishing and shipbuilding. The Tolbooth, on the corner of Union Street and King Street, is a magnificent 17th century building that is worth the detour. Today, it is a museum dedicated to the city’s history.

Situated on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth opposite to Rosyth, the great city of Edinburgh has served as Scotland’s capital since the 15th century. Although no longer the largest city in the country, it remains the political, religious, and cultural focus of Scottish pride. Edinburgh Castle, in the very centre of the city, is one end of the world famous Royal Mile that leads through the Old Town to the Palace of Holyrood, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. A UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a wonderful place to shop and to sample local delicacies, like haggis and the whisky for which Scotland is renowned.

Le Dumont-d’Urville belongs to a new generation of ships fitted with innovative equipment and designed to be environmentally friendly, and which come equipped with lounges that are largely open to the exterior, an outdoor swimming pool and a Blue Eye, an underwater lounge. Everything is in place for an extraordinary cruise experience. It’s now possible to depart for adventure to the most remote places on the planet onboard a ship offering luxury services

  • Up to 184 Guests
  • 92 staterooms & suites
  • 118 crew members
  • Spa
  • 2 restaurants


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