Northern Europe ArcticWonders, Waterfalls & Winter Palaces

Architectural gems, elaborate churches, ornate palaces, perfectly manicured gardens, plummeting waterfalls … this fly/cruise/stay package has it all! The Wonders, Waterfalls & Winter Palaces combines two luxury cruises with Ponant to form an exceptional package deal.

Beginning in Copenhagen, you’ll board Ponant’s new Le Jacques-Cartier, for a 9 day cruise that includes 3 days in St Petersburg, one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Many cruises don’t include the extra night here, but St Petersburg has so much to see that the extra day is a bonus.

As well as St Petersburg, you’ll visit the charming town of Tallinn with time to explore the medieval centre with it’s gothic Town Hall, and gorgeous Visby, an old Hanseatic city big on character.

After docking in Stockholm, you’ll fly to Reyjavik for an overnight before boarding your next ship, Le Champlain.

On the edge of the Arctic, between vast glaciers, vertiginous fjords, volcanoes and boiling geysers, Iceland offers a kaleidoscope of wild and romantic landscapes. The first port of call on your cruise: the bay of Grundarfjordur, right near Kirkjufell. This stunning cone-shaped mountain possesses a unique charm and this will be an opportunity to take some beautiful photos.

Your ship will then reach Grímsey, a small, hard-to-reach island where, in certain places, the volcanic rock forms magnificent basalt columns. Birds such as guillemots and puffins reign here.

Finally, you will discover Heimaey. This is the only inhabited island in the Westman archipelago. It is an exceptional place composed of volcanoes and almost-desert landscapes, where fishing is the main food source. 

After disembarking, there is an included flight to London and 3 nights to explore the city before flying home.

(See below for more details on ports of call)

Departing on 24 July 2020, your 24 night package includes:

• Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Copenhagen and ex London on return inc tax

• Return airport - hotel - port transfers, Copenhagen by private car

• 2 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, Copenhagen with breakfast

8 night (new ship) Le Jacques Cartier Baltic Capitals cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm:

• 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

• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne | alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)

• Port taxes

• Room service 24h (special selection)

• One way port - airport transfer, Stockholm by private car

• One way economy class airfare from Stockholm to Reykjavik inc tax

• Return airport - hotel - port transfers, Reykjavik by private car

• 1 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, Reykjavik with breakfast

7 night (new ship) Le Champlain Iceland cruise round trip from Reykjavik including:

• 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

• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne | alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)

• Port taxes

• Room service 24h (special selection)

• One way port - airport transfer, Reykjavik by private car

• One way economy class airfare from Reykjavik to London inc tax

• Return airport - hotel - airport transfers, London by private car

• 3 nights accommodation in London at a 4-star hotel in a central location with breakfast

FREE half day tour in London: A 2.5 hour guided visit to the Globe Theatre (a replica of the theatre where Shakespeare`s plays were performed during his lifetime) including afternoon tea. (note transport to/from the tour is not included)

PLUS Receive complimentary return luxury chauffeur driven transfers from your home to/from your nearest international airport (with 35 km)

Le Jaques Cartier and Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, these limited-capacity yachts boast just 92 staterooms and suites offering you a truly unique cruising experience.

Remaining true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier and Le Champlain embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.

Aboard these ships that fly the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.

Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.

Cruise Highlights


Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometres away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high colour of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city’s riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.


Opening onto the Baltic sea, to the far north of Estonia, the town of Tallin will win you over with the picturesque charm of its architecture. You can meander through its little streets in the heart of the medieval centre where its gothic town hall has been standing since 1404. To get a taste of this town’s rich past, you can also visit the Kiek in de Kök tower, the Orthodox Alexander Nevski cathedral, or Toompea castle. Try some of the local dishes, such as the smoked herring, roast elk and salmon with wild berries.

St Petersburg

Founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg has kept its original aura and is still one of the world’s most beautiful cities. It is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Bathed by the waters of the Neva, the “Venice of the North” boasts an impressive wealth of historic and artistic features. From the emblematic Nevsky Propect, the city’s main thoroughfare, exploring the city by foot is a pleasure. With its baroque cathedrals, imperial palaces, suspended bridges, theatres and museums, Saint Petersburg is a jewel of a city. To make the experience even quainter, take a boat ride along the canals though the ancient capital of the Czars.


Seated in the southern peninsula of Finland, Helsinki offers the buzz of a cosmopolitan city that has opted for both elegance and beauty. Explore its historical centre where the soft hues of neoclassical buildings are juxtaposed with spectacular modern constructions. The bustling Kallio district is teeming with boutiques and restaurants where you can taste some local specialities like graavilohi – a sweet, marinated, aromatic salmon dish. Keskuspuisto park, a stone’s throw from the centre, is a good place to sit and unwind.

Visby, Gotland

This old Hanseatic city lies to the west coast of Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic sea. Pass through the spectacular Visby fortifications at Dalmans gate and visit the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll discover the grand Visby homes of rich merchants as well as the lovely low wooden houses in the little cobbled streets. Don’t miss Saint Mary’s cathedral with its octagonal steeples, as well as Powder tower along the fortifications. Make sure you stop over in one of the rose-adorned cafés; indeed roses abound in this town where you can taste one of the island’s specialities, namely saffron pancakes with red fruit.


The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centres: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.


This attractive harbour city is located just a few kilometres from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik Arriving by sea, youメll see fishing boats moored in Hafnarfjörðurメs baysᅠ and volcanic rocks; ᅠHafnarfjörður is built on an ancient field of lava flow. In the town centre, basalt rocks point you in the direction of the historic houses of Sivertsen and Siggubær : their interiors and period furniture bring old Iceland back to life before your very eyes. Not far from here is a spectacular coastal walk and warm geothermal pools.


Grimsey is the northernmost island of Iceland surging from the Arctic ocean, with the Arctic circle running through the island. Its contrasted contours are surprising. From Grímseyjarhreppur, the island’s only town located on the west coast, then heading due south, you can take in the beauty of the hillsides, lushly carpeted with moss and grass. On the rest of the coastline, imposing basalt cliffs inhabited by sea birds stand proud.


The elegant city of Akureyri is located very close to the Arctic circle, tucked away in the Eyjafjörður fjord. It displays a stunning palette of colours: blue waters in the harbour, bronze mountain ash on the squares and brightly-coloured houses in the historical centre. As you walk along the cobbled streets, you’ll come across rows of terraces with wooden furniture, where you can sit and try some scrumptious cream donuts with a cup of coffee. A vast stairway cut into the hillside leads you up to the emblematic feature of the town, namely the Akureyrarkirkja church. You’ll be amazed by the very beautiful botanical garden made possible by a microclimate.


This land seated off the southern coast of Iceland is the largest of the Vestmann islands, and is the only inhabited island in the archipelago. The steep Edfell volcanoes and the green prairies of Herjólfsdalur offer rich contrast of nature. On the Stórhöfði road, look out over grey sand beaches and cliffs carved out by the Arctic ocean. From here, you can also see the bronze landscapes of the mountaintops. You could visit Eldheimar, an ultra-modern and interactive museum which traces the volcanic eruption has experienced Heimaey in 1973.

Terms and Conditions

Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (11Jun19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxesbased on 2019 rates and schedules and are subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior. Once booked air/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellationconditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Whilewe endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on 30/25 percent savings) may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer valid until sold out/withdrawn and aresubject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without notice.

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Modern
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Disability Friendly
  • Drinks All Day
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • Speciality Restaurants
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Trip itinerary

Fly Australia to Copenhagen
Arrive Copenhagen, Transfer to hotel
Copenhagen at leisure
Transfer to port, embark Le Jacques Cartier ship
Denmark, Copenhagen
At Sea
Tallin, Estonia
St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
Helsinki, Finland

Technical Details

  • Crew 110
  • Capacity 184
  • Length 131M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions

Le Champlain

Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, Le Champlain joined the Ponant fleet in 2018, offering a range of elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside.

Cuisine is an important feature of a Ponant cruise and Le Champlain offers two excellent restaurants with a superb selection of dishes and wines to accompany.

Le Champlain features Ponant’s revolutionary multisensory lounge, Blue Eye. Sitting below the water line, with two large portholes and hydrophones, guests can glimpse the underwater world from the comfort of the Blue Eye lounge.

Additional features include multiple guest areas including lounges, pool deck with solarium, bar and pool, modern theatre and spa treatment room.

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