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Kyoto (Kobe)/Osaka
7-night Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys Cruise
April 15, 2022
Ponant Cruises: Le Soleal
Kyoto (Kobe)/Osaka
Vacation Offer ID 1421569
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  • 7-night Cruise
  • Meals
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7-night Treasures of Japan by Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys Cruise
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Kyoto (Kobe)
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Takamatsu

Takamatsu 04/16/2022

A former fortified city, ruled over by the Matsudaira clan from the Tamamo Castle with its seawater moats, the city is home to one of the most beautiful classic gardens in Japan, the Ritsurin. It was created by the barons of the city at the start of the Edo period, during which time gardening became a profession in its own right. Its landscape incorporates Mount Shiun in the background, an example of what is known as the shakkei technique, which uses the surrounding landscapes to increase the beauty of the gardens.,
04/16/2022 04/16/2022
Hiroshima

Hiroshima 04/17/2022

Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto Inland Sea. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden., At the heart of the Inland Sea, Miyajima, the "island sanctuary", will reveal its treasures. In the background, you will see the Shinto Grand Sanctuary, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion "torii". Considered to be one of the most beautiful sites in the Japanese islands, you will be transported by the unique character and the serenity of this sacred site.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

HIROSHIMA - Hiroshima Memorial Park and Museum - 4 hours
This is a full day tour from Hiroshima (hotel or Hiroshima station). Prices are based on pick-up and drop-off in central Hiroshima. If your hotel or port is not in central Hiroshima, please enquire us for more information.

Hiroshima is most famous for the events of August 6th, 1945, and today you’ll have the chance to pay your respects and learn about the city’s history at the moving Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum.

Highlights:
  • Visit Hiroshima Peace Park, a touching memorial to all those who suffered and perished in the events of August 6th 1945.
  • See all the important icons of the Peace Park, the A-Bomb Dome which survived at the epicentre of the explosion, the Peace Bell, Memorial Flame, the Children's Peace Monument, and the Memorial Cenotaph
  • Explore the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, which permanently houses a fascinating and extremely moving exhibition about the events leading up to and after, the dropping of the atomic bomb, with some harrowing stories of the citizens caught who were in the crossfire
  • Be escorted by professional, registered local guides with an expert knowledge of the city of Hiroshima
 
Duration: 4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Included: Transport for the day (public transport or taxis); privately guided tour; entrance fees; pick up and drop off in Hiroshima (central area)
*We can also arrange a private car and driver instead of trains at a supplement.

Not included: Meals

 
04/17/2022 04/17/2022
Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island 04/17/2022

Visiting Hiroshima is a moving experience. The town spreads along Honshu Island, along the inside coasts of Seto Inland Sea. While firmly focused on the future, Hiroshima doesn't forget its past, and a visit to the Peace Memorial Park and Genbaku Dome is a must. You'll enjoy the city's modern, cosmopolitan atmosphere and effervescent nightlife just as much as the peaceful stillness of its natural parkland areas such as splendid Shukkei-en, the town's historic garden., At the heart of the Inland Sea, Miyajima, the "island sanctuary", will reveal its treasures. In the background, you will see the Shinto Grand Sanctuary, whose entrance is guarded by a magnificent vermillion "torii". Considered to be one of the most beautiful sites in the Japanese islands, you will be transported by the unique character and the serenity of this sacred site.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

MIYAJIMA Full Day - Essential Miyajima - 8 hours
This is a full day tour from Miyajima (hotel or Miyajima port). Prices are based on pick-up and drop-off in central Miyajima. If your hotel or port is not in central Miyajima, please enquire us for more information.

Take a day trip to Miyajima to explore the Island’s main sights. You’ll see Itsukushima Shrine and its famous ‘Floating’ Torii, the 5 Tier Pagoda and Daisho-in Temple. Cable car (or hike) to the peak of Mt Misen for stunning views across the island studded Inland Sea.

Highlights:
  • Visit Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which at high tide appears to float above the water and famous in particular for its 'Floating Torii Gate'
  • See Daisho-in, one of the most important temples of Shingon Buddhism. Housing many statues, buildings and religious artefacts for visitors to admire, it has even been visited by the Dalai Lama in 2006 for its 1200 year anniversary.
  • Enjoy spectacular views from the summit of Mt. Misen. Either hike the 1.5 hour trail from Daisho-in, or catch the ropeway, both having lovely views of the surrounding forest. You may even meet some of the local wild monkeys. On a clear day, you might even be able to see Hiroshima from the top!
  • Meet Miyajima's local  deer, traditionally believed to be the messengers of the gods. They are fairly tame and friendly and will happily approach if they think you have food.
  • Be escorted by professional, registered local guides with an expert knowledge of Miyajima island
 
Duration: 8 hours

Tour can operate: Full day

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Included: Transport for the day (local transport or taxis); privately guided tour; entrance fees;; pick up and drop off in Miyajima (central area)
*We can also arrange a private car and driver instead of trains at a supplement.
**We can also arrange pick up and drop off from Hiroshima at a supplement

Not included: Meals


 
04/17/2022 04/17/2022
Hagi

Hagi 04/18/2022

In the south of Honshu island, surrounded by mountains, Hagi is a city of water, as it was built in the delta of the Abu River. Its castle was built in the 12th century and its outer walls remain in the lovely Shizuki Park. The old town was one of the cradles of the Meiji Revolution. You'll discover its rich past in streets lined with old houses and samurai manors, or within the walls of the many museums and Hagi-yaki ceramics workshops.,
04/18/2022 04/18/2022
Pusan (Busan)

Pusan (Busan) 04/19/2022

With around four million inhabitants, Busan is the second-largest metropolis in South Korea, after Seoul. This dynamic harbour city, located in the south-east surrounded by the warm waters of the Sea of Japan, benefits from a mild, pleasant climate. You'll find delightful simply to stroll around the lively streets and explore the city's outstanding cultural heritage of art galleries, museums, and Buddhist sites, such as the Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, which elegantly sits on the waterfront. Rich too in magnificent beaches and superlative natural landscapes, Busan's peaceful atmosphere will win you over, as will its inhabitants, whom you'll have the pleasure of meeting.,
04/19/2022 04/19/2022
Moji, Japan

Moji, Japan 04/20/2022

At the mouth of the Kanmon Straits lies Mojiko, the northernmost port of Kyushu, one of Japan's four main islands. For many years, Mojiko was the gateway to the island. Today, the old boats are gone, but as you stroll around the picturesque streets you will discover a well-preserved architectural heritage that evokes traditional Japan from the Meiji era of the late 19th century. From the heights of the Mojiko Retro Observation Room, you can enjoy the amazing views that take in the Shinto shrine and coastal landscape like a postcard of the Land of the Rising Sun.,
04/20/2022 04/20/2022
Tamano

Tamano 04/21/2022

Located on the island of Honshu, hugging the banks of the Sento Inland Sea, Tamano is a popular destination thanks to its sun-drenched climate. Upon arrival, marvel at the way in which the city has been built along the coast at the foot of a deep dark forest. In the area surrounding Tamano, stroll down the streets of Kurashiki, known as the 'white-walled city' in a nod to the pretty façades of the houses that line the streets of this ancient Edo-period trading town. Another major regional attraction is the Seto Ohashi bridge. Its 12.5 kilometres make it the world's longest double-decker bridge.,
04/21/2022 04/21/2022
Osaka

Osaka 04/22/2022

Like its big sister Tokyo, Osaka is the product of ancestral traditions and amazing technological innovations. And despite its size, its location on the Pacific Ocean give it a sense of serenity. The main historic landmark is the 16th-century Osaka Castle, which stands proud in the midst of majestic skyscrapers. The lively streets of Dotonbori and the bizarre Shinsekai district attract thousands of locals and visitors. A multitude of restaurants offer menus full of regional specialities: takoyaki, made with octopus, and other succulent dishes such as kushikatsu kebabs.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

OSAKA - Osaka Castle, Shitennoji and Den Den Town - 4 hours
This is a full day tour from Osaka (hotel or port in central Osaka). Prices are based on pick-up and drop-off in central Osaka. If your hotel or port is not in central Osaka, please enquire us for more information.

Enjoy a half day private guided tour of Osaka, Japan’s second city. Start with a stroll around Osaka castle, taking in the view of the city from this impressive building, before ending your tour with Shitennoji shrine and/or the Den Den electronic district – depending on how much time you have.

Highlights:
  • Visit Osaka Castle, one of Japan's most famous castles. The five-storey castle tower itself is impressive, as are the two-square-kilometer grounds, featuring a large lawned garden with 600 cherry trees, and many other fortifications such as turrets, gates, moats, and other secondary citadels.
  • Explore Shitennoji Temple, the first temple to be built by the state in Japan, and one of the country's oldest. It boasts a small but beautiful garden, the faithfully maintained temple buildings, that despite several reconstructions still retain their 6th century design, and a fascinating treasure house, where some of the temple's valuable paintings, scriptures and other artifacts are on display.
  • Discover Den Den Town, Osaka's equivalent to Tokyo's Akihabara. Largely an electronics district, where you may be able to bargain to get cheap elctronic goods, the area is also developing as an 'otaku' area with many manga and anime shops appearing, as well as numerous maid and cosplay cafes.
  • Be escorted by professional, registered local guides with an expert knowledge of the city of Osaka
 
Duration: 4 hours

Tour can operate: Morning or Afternoon

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Included: Transport for the day (local transport/taxis); privately guided tour; entrance fees; ; pick up and drop off at Osaka  port (central area)
*We can also arrange a private car and driver instead of trains at a supplement.

Not included: Meals


 
04/22/2022 04/22/2022
Ponant Cruises: Le Soleal

Designed in 2013 and loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Soléal like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is Ponant’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 132 staterooms and suites)make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market. 

Interior Design
With her fluid lines and a modern color scheme combining natural wood with shades of grey and white, Le Soléal presents references to a nautical theme.

FREE Unlimited WiFi is available on board all Ponant ships.*

*Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or circumstances beyond Ponant's control.

Ship Statistics
Year Built
2013
Year Refurbished
Year Entered Present Fleet
Previous Name
Country of Registry
Tonnage (GRT)
10944
Guests (Lowers)
264
Total Guests
264
Passenger Decks
6
Number of Crew
139
Officers' Nationality
Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality
Total Rooms
132
Suites
4
Balconies
120
Ocean/River View
8
Interior
–
Accessible
3

Information provided within these pages has been updated as of July 2019. While we do our best to ensure that stateroom descriptions and deckplans appearing in this website are complete and accurate, we cannot be responsible for inaccurate representations, which may or may not be under our control. Please reconfirm stateroom accommodations and deck placement prior to booking.

Oceanview

Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3) $6,180
Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: SP3
  • Deck 3

Balcony

Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL) $6,580
Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: DEL
  • Deck 3
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4) $7,160
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR4
  • Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5) $7,450
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR5
  • Deck 5
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6) $7,790
Prestige Stateroom with Balcony
  • Category: PR6
  • Deck 6

Suite

Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6) $10,320
Deluxe Suite with Balcony
  • Category: DS6
  • Deck 6
Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5) $13,490
Prestige Suite with Balcony
  • Category: PS5
  • Deck 5
Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA) $14,130
Owner's Suite with Balcony
  • Category: SA
  • Deck 6
Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6) $14,130
Prestige Suite with Balcony
  • Category: PS6
  • Deck 6
Fares listed are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Deck 7

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)
Deck 6

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)
Deck 5

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)
Deck 4

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)
Deck 3

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)
Deck 2

Stateroom Key

  • Owner's Suite with Balcony (SA)
  • Deluxe Suite with Balcony (DS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS6)
  • Prestige Suite with Balcony (PS5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR6)
  • Deluxe Stateroom with Balcony (DEL)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR5)
  • Prestige Stateroom with Balcony (PR4)
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (SP3)