PONANT invites you to discover the Atlantic coastline with a brand-new 9-day cruise. During this exceptional journey aboard L'Austral, let the wild and melancholic beauty of the French, British and Irish coasts surprise you.
Setting sail from Bordeaux, the world's wine capital, you will chart a course for the Breton coast. Belle-Île-en-Mer, to the south of Brittany, will be one of the key ports of call. The Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived for a while in the village of Kervilahouen on this island. Make sure you climb the 247 steps of the Grand Phare lighthouse for a breathtaking view over the ocean.
L'Austral will then sail to Roscoff on the Morlaix peninsula. You will be enchanted by this port which is easily recognisable for its granite facades, testimony to a rich architectural heritage dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries.
Saint-Malo is the next port of call of your cruise. In this town famous for the legendary Route du Rhum yacht race, lose yourself in the diversity of its heritage, stroll along its rampart walks, and fall under the charm of the city of privateers.
Your first port of call will be Guernsey, whose green prairies and romantic cliffs welcomed Victor Hugo during his exile, then you will make your way to Dartmouth, a charming town tucked away in the heart of the stunning décor formed by the mouth of the Dart. You will discover its old pastel-coloured fishermen's houses and some half-timbered buildings.
Your ship will then sail towards the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. Here, long sandy beaches lie alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops.
You will leave England for Ireland where you will discover Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.
Your cruise will end in Dublin, the Irish capital brimming with convivial atmosphere and authentic charm.