The Caribbean & Amazon River
13 days with Ponant Rating:
DAY 1 – CAYENNE
Departure at 23H59.
Capital of French Guyana located more than 7,000 km from the French mainland, Cayenne offers a harmonious ensemble of monuments, beaches and old creole houses on the eastern side of the South American continent. Between history and modernity, the city is marked by the presence of the former prisons, the vestiges of which can be seen on the Salvation Islands. This port of call will give you the opportunity to visit two museums, the Musée local de la Guyana and the Musée des cultures guyanaises, and learn more about the historic and cultural interests of the region. The Place des Palmistes, with its three soaring Guisanbourg palm trees, is the main square in Cayenne It provides the setting for a variety of events throughout the year.
DAY 2 – CAYENNE, SALVATION ISLANDS
Lying off the coast of Kourou, an essential element of any trip to Guiana, the Islands of Salvation were known as the "Islands of the Devil" because of the strong sea currents that made access to them perilous. Once infamous for being the site of a jail with very harsh conditions of detention, where Alfred Dreyfus was exiled, today they are a peaceful place where coconut palms cast shade over the crystal-clear waters. During your cruise, we invite you to make a timeless journey to visit the many remains of the prison that are still visible, including cells and the abandoned hospital.
DAY 3 – 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 4 – BELEM, AMAZONIA
The historical city of Belém stretches along the Bay of Guajar on the Amazon Delta, at the northernmost tip of Brazil. Its lively waterfront is home to the century-old Ver-o-Peso market and its iconic turreted iron structure, the Mercado de Ferro. Nearby, mango tree-shaded streets lead to the neoclassic Da Paz Theatre, the Baroque cathedral of Sé and Presépio Fort, whose battlements look out over the old town and the bay. The Bosque Rodrigues-Alves Botanical Garden is a fascinating mini Amazonian forest in the middle of the city that was established in the 19th-century.
DAY 5 – ABACATE, STRAIT OF BREVES
Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon and their many treasures: lush vegetation, fascinating wildlife, villages built on piles, wooden canoes navigating between houses… You will notably discover Abacate, a typical village of the Amazonian shores.
DAY 6 – AQUIQUI, AMAZONIA
The Aquiqui River is one of the many tributaries of the Amazon River and offers the opportunity to admire an impressive forest gallery. A veritable ecological corridor, this natural area with its dense and luxuriant vegetation is home to a rich and varied fauna, notably including many aquatic birds. If the water is high enough, you will be able to explore the branches of the river aboard your Zodiac® dinghy. And maybe you will be lucky enough to observe the cocoi herons, roadside hawks and anhingas, as well as monkey squirrels and iguanas.
Day 7 – MACAPA, AMAZONIA
DAY 8 – AT SEA
DAYS 9-10 – PARAMARIBO
The many facets of Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, a small South-American country nestling between French Guiana and Guyana, will undoubtedly surprise you and fill you with wonder. This former colonial town was established by the Dutch in the 17th century. The historic city is home to many buildings made of wood and red bricks: a simple architecture that has been enriched over the centuries under the influence of the growing ethnic diversity of the population. Be sure to visit the Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral and the presidential palace in the historic inner city, now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
DAY 11 – AT SEA
DAY 12 – PORT ELIZABETH, BEQUIA ISLAND
In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This secluded island, strongly attached to its tradition of whale hunting, is popular with visiting yachties and divers. Port Elizabeth, the island's main town, has a lively atmosphere and further afield tropical rainforest and white-sand beaches provide a natural setting for peaceful walks.
DAY 13 – FORT-DE-FRANCE
Disembarkation at 07H00.
Located on the western coast of Martinique, Fort-de-France will amaze you by the splendour of its bay, a magnificent cut-out in the coastline, considered as one of the most beautiful in the world. At the harbour mouth, on its strip of land, fort Saint-Louis overlooks the capital city of Martinique. If you climb up to it, you can see some breath-taking views. Saint Louis Cathedral and the Schoelcher library bear witness to a secular history, intimately linked to the island’s story. Why not try some fresh coconut at the colourful Grand Marché. Two really pleasant places you can take a breather in, right in the heart of the city, are the garden of Balata and the Aimé Césaire park.
All This Included
Set sail for an incredibly diverse cruise, taking in Caribbean beaches and incursions into tropical rainforest. PONANT offers you a 13-day circuit aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville, from Cayenne to Fort-de-France, including a 5-day expedition with our naturalist guides.
Leaving from Cayenne in French Guiana, your ship will head to the famous Salvation Islands. This will be the occasion to visit the former prisons which once held political prisoners and convicts, deep in the lush vegetation.
Then PONANT is inviting you to enjoy an unforgettable experience along the Amazon River, this mythical and impressive river in the heart of Brazil. Through the “green corridor” of the Strait of Breves, discover the banks of the Amazon and their many treasures: lush vegetation, fascinating wildlife, villages built on piles, wooden canoes navigating between houses… You will notably visit Abacate, a typical village of the Amazonian shores. The beautiful city of Belem, where you will be captivated by the huge open-air market and the walls of Forte do Presépio is also a town full of charm.
You will then leave the earth-coloured waters of the Amazon for a call at the picturesque town of Paramaribo in Surinam before you reach Bequia Island in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines archipelago.
There you will discover Port Elizabeth and its small, colourful and typical Creole houses nestling amid lush vegetation, with white-sand beaches and turquoise water that beckons you in for a swim.
Cruising: Standard cabin onboard Le Dumont d'Urville
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