Calling all wine and food lovers!

Food & Wine Trails is pleased to offer a very unique opportunity to fulfill the oenophile and foodie in all of us, a 9-day culinary voyage from Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France with Ponant Yacht Cruises.  This exceptional gastronomic and oenological cruise is in partnership with Ducasse Paris, Château Latour and Le Point, sailing April 11 – 19, 2020 aboard the intimate 264-guest L’Austral.

Your taste buds will be in overdrive as you cruise to the lands of rich flavors and discover all the know-how and excellence of Alain Ducasse‘s teams during prestigious gala dinners.  From the port of Leixões, you will first visit Porto, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned for its wine.  Then chart a course for Bilbao, not far from the La Rioja winemaking region. Your yacht-like ship will then make its way up the Gironde estuary for a first stop in Pauillac, with several visits and wine tasting at some very beautiful wine estates in the Saint-Estephe, Margaux and Pauillac appellations.  Spend two days in Bordeaux, the wine capital of the world, and have the opportunity to visit the Cité du Vin, the medieval village of Saint- Émilion, and other châteaux.  Finally you will call at the Ile d’Aix before disembarking in Lorient.

Program Highlights:
  • Cruise itinerary focused on wine and gastronomy
  • Renowned chef and sommelier on board
  • Onboard tasting of Grands Crus plus wine conferences
  • Gala wine-paired onboard dinner with Château Latour Estate as your backdrop
  • Tea time by renowned French pastry chef Cédric Grolet
  • Cheese tasting with cheese ripener Bernard Antony
  • Overnight stay in Bordeaux, capital of the Aquitaine region
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites visits in Lisbon, Porto, Bilbao, Bordeaux and Ile d’Aix
  • Shipboard gratuities included
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)

Food & Wine Trails Exclusive Bonus: $500 shipboard credit per stateroom!

  • Cruise Line


  • Ports of Call

    Lisbon to Lorient


Destination: Europe
To & From: Lisbon to Lorient
Dates: April 11 – 19, 2020
Length: 9 Days
Ship: L’ Austral

April 11
LIsbon, Portugal
Depart 6:00 PM
April 12
Leixoes - Porto, Portugal
Arrive 12:30 PM
Depart 7:00 PM
April 13
Day at Sea
April 14
Bilbao, Spain
Arrive 7:00 AM
Depart 6:00 PM
April 15
Pauillac, France
Arrive 10:00 AM
Depart 6:30 PM
April 16
Bordeaux, France
Arrive 2:00 AM
April 17
Bordeaux, France
Depart 9:00 PM
April 18
Ile d-Aix, France
Arrive 9:00 AM
Depart 6:00 PM
April 19
Lorient, France
Disembark AM

F&WT Optional Land Programs - Not Applicable

Per Person, Cruise-only Fares

CATEGORYDouble Occupancy
Superior Stateroom$5,030
Deluxe Stateroom$5,410
Prestige Deck 4$6,020
Prestige Deck 5$6,310
Deluxe SuiteSold Out
Prestige Deck 5 Suite$12,380
Prestige Deck 6 Suite$12,990
Owner's Suite$18,470

About the Ship


In May 2011, L’Austral joined PONANT’s fleet.  This superb mega-yacht with 132 staterooms is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel.  L’ Austral remains faithful to the PONANT philosophy – to create a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being.

Deluxe Stateroom


Prestige Stateroom


Terms & Conditions

  • Fares shown are per person based on double occupancy, cruise-only and are subject to availability.  Single occupancy rates available upon request.  Rates include safety and port taxes, shipboard gratuities, all meals onboard, open bar (pouring wines, house champagne and alcohol except premium brands).  Fares do not include airfare, transfers, optional land programs or excursions, visa expenses, luggage handling, premium beverages and all items of personal expenses.

    As a member of Signature Travel Network, Food & Wine Trails provides a $500 shipboard credit per stateroom based on double occupancy.  Offer is subject to change by Signature Travel Network.