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The Mythical Northwest Passage

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Embark Le Soleal for a five-star expedition to the Arctic Circle and beyond. Set sail for the Far North to a legendary, highly-coveted maritime route: the Northwest Passage. Once the only possible shipping route between the Atlantic and the Pacific, the area transforms into a majestic white desert in the winter. Come to the "roof of the world" during this 23-day summer voyage to see the Arctic as life reappears, nature is reborn, and this mythical route is open.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Depart Paris. Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 2 : Sisimiut, Greenland
Day 3 : Ilulissat / Disko Bay, Greenland
Day 4 : Tugtutoq, Greenland
Day 5 : Kullorsuaq
Day 6 : Savissivik, Greenland
Day 7 : Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Day 8 : Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada
Day 9 : Fury Beach, Nunavut, Canada
Day 10 : Qariaraqyuk and Fort Ross
Day 11 : Gjoa Haven
Day 12 : At Sea
Day 13 : Johanssen Peninsula and Edimburgh Island
Day 14 : Holman
Day 15 : Minto
Day 16 : Franklin Bay
Day 17 : At Sea
Day 18 : Herschel Island
Day 19 : Point Barrow
Day 20 : At Sea
Day 21 : Inalik, Little Diomede and Fairway Rock
Day 22 : Savoonga
Day 23 : Disembark in Nome and Fly Seattle

Ship

Le Soleal

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Traveler on a glacier tour of Alaska. Icebergs in Greenland Colin and Eugene Hiking in Greenland Sisimiut Greenland ice cap

Day 1 Depart Paris. Embark in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Fly from Paris. Arrive in Kangerlussuaq and transfer to the port where Le Soleal awaits you. Embark between 6 and 7 this evening. Settle in to your cabin and familiarize yourself with the ship and her crew.

Day 2 Sisimiut, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail into Sisimiut today. Located on the coast of the Davis Strait, this is the second-largest town in Greenland with a population just over 5,000. Excursions in port are still being planned.

Day 3 Ilulissat / Disko Bay, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the heart of Disko Bay - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Ilulissat Icefjord provides an extraordinary spectacle of almost surreal beauty. The sculptural icebergs continue their timeless journey, shimmering with their eternal light. Vast pieces of ice break off from the bergs and rejoin the inexorable movement of the sea. Close by lies the town of Ilulissat, the region’s principal destination. Encircled by icebergs, it has retained a unique mix of traditional Arctic life, with multicolored wooden houses, huskies and the leather tanners who still work today using the ancient methods of their ancestors. Choose from two half-day excursions today.

Day 4 Tugtutoq, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 Kullorsuaq

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Savissivik, Greenland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive on the northern shores of Melville Bay at the small Arctic town of Savissivik. If you are able to land, you may encounter a few of the town's 66 residents. Excursions in port are being finalized.

Day 7 Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Placed like a custodian on the northern edge of Baffin Island, Pond Inlet appears to guard over the entrance to the legendary Northwest Passage. Formerly called Tununiq by the Inuit, this region was long ago inhabited by their ancestors, the Thule, who left behind numerous archaeological artifacts, little vestiges of the past. No matter where you look, your eyes alight upon a unique landscape of snow-capped mountain ranges, each more beautiful than the last, standing opposite ice-blue glaciers whose vertiginous flows descend into the ocean. In the summertime, when the sun doesn’t set below the horizon, the light is truly magical. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the bird colonies of Bylot Island. Your ship's route brings you close to this uninhabited "Garden of Eden" so that you may wonder at its natural marvels.

Day 8 Beechey Island, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Beechey Island looks across at the huge silhouette of Cape Riley. Located at the eastern end of Resolute Bay, the island calls to mind some of the most important moments of Franklin’s expedition. Sir John set off in 1845 in search of the mythical Northwest Passage and was forced to take shelter in Erebus Harbor for two long years, while he waited for the ice floes to recede and allow him a way through. It is a spectacular location; seeing the three wooden grave markers, bleached by the sun (indicating the burial places of at least three of Captain Franklin’s men), and visiting the memorial that has been erected in memory of Franklin and his men can only reinforce the hushed sense of reverence.

Day 9 Fury Beach, Nunavut, Canada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 10 Qariaraqyuk and Fort Ross

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Formerly a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, today Fort Ross is uninhabited. Located at the end of the Bellot Strait, Fort Ross is home to archeological sites that tell the history of its ancient inhabitants. Excursion details for this port are being finalized.

Day 11 Gjoa Haven

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Its indigenous name means "lots of fat," so it's no surprise that Goja Haven is known for the abundance of sea mammals who frequent its waters. Located above the Arctic Circle, Goja Haven is among the largest and fasted-growing Arctic communities. Details for your stop here are forthcoming.

Day 12 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 13 Johanssen Peninsula and Edimburgh Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Holman

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Also known as Ulukhaqtuuq, Holman is a small settlement on Victoria Island. A visit here is sure to teach you a great deal about the culture and people who continue to thrive in some of the world's most inhospitable regions.

Day 15 Minto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 16 Franklin Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the southeastern end of the Beaufort Sea, Franklin Bay is a large inlet of the Amundsen Gulf. Named for Sir John Franklin, this area has witnessed a lengthy history of explorers. Port details are forthcoming.

Day 17 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 18 Herschel Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This Canadian Arctic Archipelago is composed of a myriad of islands with jagged coastlines, revealing landscapes you can only see at this far end of the world. Come and discover the small Canadian island of Herschel, a frozen paradise located in the Beaufort Sea just 2 km off the coast of the Yukon, and within the Ivvavik National Park. Herschel Island is a landmark in the West Arctic and has served alternately as a whaling station, a relay station, and a refuge for travelers. Set off in the wake of the great explorers to discover a remote land, its people and cultures, and to experience unique moments and rare emotions in landscapes you cannot find anywhere else..

Day 19 Point Barrow

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 20 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 21 Inalik, Little Diomede and Fairway Rock

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 22 Savoonga

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 23 Disembark in Nome and Fly Seattle

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Le Soleal

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The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 4 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
The Prestige Stateroom on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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The Deluxe Suite has a capacity of up to 2 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and a private balcony.
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Prestige Suite Deck 5
The Prestige Suite on Deck 5 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
The Prestige Suite on Deck 6 has a capacity of up to 4 passengers per cabin, with a king-sized bed or twin beds and an 8m² private balcony.
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Owner Suite
The Owner's suite is situated on Deck 6 with a capacity up to 2 passengers per cabin. With a king-sized bed, it has been decorated by French interior designers and provides you with a breathtaking panoramic sea view.

Notes

Please note:
Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

Discounts are available for children sharing a cabin with two adults and third adult passengers in select cabin categories. Please contact us for details.

Single travelers can opt for a solo cabin - supplements start at 50%.

Please note:
- An individual Russian visa must be obtained prior to cruise departure.
- Canadian National Park fees (approximately $50 subject to change) will be charged to your shipboard account.
- A Russian disembarkation fee (approximately $40 subject to change) will be charged to your shipboard account.
- A charter air package is available from/to Paris. Please contact us for details.

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac landings (sometimes with "wet landing"), zodiac outings, moderate walks to more active hikes. All this accompanied by an expedition team of naturalist guides. Certain zodiac outings will not allow for landings just cruising. Landings will depend on weather conditions, position of ice and winds and the state of the sea. These can force a change of plans at any time.

Taking into consideration the unusual and exceptional character of this itinerary, the calls shown are an indication only. The final route will be confirmed by the Captain of the ship, who will take into account the touristic quality of the sites and above all, the safety of the passengers. His decision will be subject to that of local authorities and the expert pilots present on board during the navigation in the Arctic zone.


Included Features:
• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• Room service 24h (special selection)
• English speaking lecturer on selected sailings
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team for all programs
• Special program for US/Canada: The all inclusive package includes the Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request), port taxes, fuel surcharge and gratuities

Included

  • 22 Breakfasts, 22 Lunches, 23 Dinners
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