Smithsonian & Ponant

Smithsonian Journeys

Ponant and Smithsonian Journeys, the travel programme of the Smithsonian Institution, have formed a unique alliance to offer themed sailings featuring experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife.

In addition to the usual elements of the Ponant experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that immerses guests in the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of each destination, and helps provide a deeper understanding of the places you explore.

On these specially designed voyages, you have the unique opportunity to travel across the globe with like-minded travellers.

Immerse yourself in the cradle of civilization on a singular journey encompassing Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, the Turkish coast, and the Greek Islands of Rhodes and Crete. Or soak up the sun and the merry sounds of live steel drums while our Ducasse-trained chefs prepare a regional barbecue lunch during a stopover on a private Caribbean beach. The Arabian Coast is an architecture aficionado’s dream. Marvel at the breathtaking Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum; this chalk-white modern structure seemingly floats atop a cerulean-blue pool.


On each departure, you have the option to join Smithsonian Journeys Experts as they host a series of enlightened discussions onboard.
These passionate professionals—chosen for their expertise and affability—explore the core themes of the destinations with you.
Specially crafted shore excursions or activities are included in each port of call, providing ease and enrichment to every program.

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