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France to Senegal

A luxury Cruise

This is an unusual opportunity to visit three of the Atlantic island groups on the one journey.

Pre-cruise, experience Normandy including a two night stay in the picture postcard French port town of Honfleur.

Board the new Ponant ‘Le Dumont d’Urville’ in Honfleur before calling into St Malo, La Rochelle and Atlantic ports of Oporto and Lisbon in Portugal.

Sail on to the lush garden islands of Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

Continue along the African coastline to the Senegal capital of Dakar – the final destination of the annual Paris to Dakar car rally.

Finally a six-day tour of Senegal, one of the most stable countries in West Africa.

Discover the treasures of areas little-visited by New Zealanders on another of ‘Jim’s Classic Tours.’

  • Le Dumont D'Urville
  • Paris, France
  • Honfleur, France
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Tenerife, Canary Islands
  • Funchal, Madeira
  • Saint Louis
  • Dakar, Senegal

Your travel itinerary

Tuesday 17 September

Auckland – Dubai – Paris

Depart Auckland on Emirates Airlines. Arrive Dubai and change planes.

Wednesday 18 September


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Arrive Paris. Transfer to hotel for a one night stay.

Thursday 19 September

Paris – Honfleur

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Morning departure by coach to Giverney, where the former home of impressionist artist Claude Monet is located. Visit Monet’s Garden before continuing on to the port city of Rouen for a guided tour of a city where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in the 1400s.

Later arrive in the picturesque port of Honfleur on the estuary where the Seine River meets the English Channel.

Friday 20 September


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A day to absorb the maritime charm of this old city. Walk the old harbour, wander the galleries, museums and old streets. This day will not disappoint.

Saturday 21 September

Honfleur – Embarkation

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This morning, travel to Bayeux to visit the morning market where the best of Normandy produce is displayed, the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry and the British and Commonwealth Cemetery.

After lunch travel to Omaha beach, site of the Allied forces WWII invasion.

Return to Honfleur and embark Le Dumont d’Urville.

Sunday 22 September

St Malo (Brittany)

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After sailing along the French coastline arrive around midday in St Malo – famous for its walled old town, marinas, yacht races, pirates, traders and rich history.

Monday 23 September

Belle – Île-En Mer

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This island 15km off the Brittany coast is Belle – Île en Mer, an island of magnificent coastline, fishing ports and numerous beaches. Its lighthouses and citadel are two major attractions.

Tuesday 24 September

La Rochelle

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Two monumental medieval towers guard the picturesque harbour of this port city in the Bay of Biscay. The old town dates back to the 17th & 18th centuries to its sea faring heritage. The town is all built in the local limestone.

Wednesday 25 September

At Sea

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A day to enjoy all the amenities and relax on board.

Thursday 26 September

La Coruna – Cee (Spain)

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La Coruna is a historic city with an old fishing and commercial port. The Tower of Hercules is its symbol and the Romanesque streets and squares are there to explore.

Later sail around the peninsula to Cee, a lovely town in Northern Spain.

Friday 27 September

Leixõus (Portugal)

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Leixõus is the port for the city of Porto, renowned as the ‘Home of Port Wine,’ a city with stately bridges, colourful buildings and wine cellars that stretch along the Duoro River bank. On the opposite bank lies the old Riberia district with narrow cobbled streets, ancient houses, cafés and restaurants.

Saturday 28 September


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A full day to explore Portugal’s capital, a memorable city rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake. It is a vibrant city that mixes old with the new and is surrounded by seven hills with great view points of the city. See the beautiful Azulejos ceramic tiles and taste the delicious Pastel de Nata (custard tarts)

Sunday 29 September

At Sea

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A day to enjoy the on-board facilities.

Monday 30 September

Funchal (Madeira)

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The capital of Madeira has walkways lined with Azulejos and an impressive market square. The promenade is also the start of the cable car that takes you over the bay of green, blue and orange to the top of Monte.

Tuesday 01 October

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canary Islands

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Tenerife is the most-popular island of this Spanish archipelago, a beautiful port leading to wide avenues, squares and exotic landscaped areas.

Wednesday 02 October

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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One of the two co-capitals and thriving port, Las Palmas, the second most populated island and is a mixture of culture and colour with its bays, beaches and promenades. Vegueta, the 15th century colonial quarter is well worth a visit.

Thursday 03 October

At Sea

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Friday 04 October

At Sea

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Saturday 05 October

Mindelo - São Vincente Island (Cape Verde)

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The people are Cape Verde creoles with their own morna music and grog – a sugar cane spirit. The historical district has pastel-coloured houses, colonial buildings and of course a market.

Sunday 06 October

Praia (Cape Verde islands)

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The capital Praia, features streets lined with Tamarind and Albizia trees and above the harbour is a statue of Diego Gomes who discovered Cape Verde in 1460.

Monday 07 October

At Sea

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Tuesday 08 October

Dakar (Senegal)

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Arrive in the Senegal capital of Dakar and disembark after breakfast. Join our coach for our four hour drive to the north-west city of Saint Louis for a two night stay. Lunch at the hotel with the afternoon free.

St Louis is known for its colonial architecture with the old city located on a narrow island near the mouth of the Senegal River.

Senegal with its stable democracy, Senegal remains the only country in West Africa never to have experienced a military coup and is one of Africa’s safest destinations to visit. During the 20th century, many Senegalese viewed France as the ‘motherland’ and fought for France during the First and Second World wars. In northern Senegal, the enigmatic capital of Saint-Louis is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with colonial architecture and its proximity to scenic national parks amid astounding biodiversity, including hundreds of bird species. Perched on the tip of a peninsula, the capital Dakar is a dizzying, street-hustler-rich introduction to the country.

Wednesday 09 October

Saint Louis

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After breakfast drive to Langue de Barbarie National Park, an ornithological reserve and territory of nesting sea turtles. Enjoy a boat trip on the Senegal River and lunch in lodge with views of the river.
Return to St Louis for a traditional horse carriage city tour visiting the UNESCO-listed historical colonial district, the aero-postal museum and fisherman’s district. Dinner in the hotel.

Thursday 10 October

Saint Louis – Touba – Somone

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An early departure for our drive south, stopping off at the Holy Town of Touba, one of the most important and influential Muslim cities in Senegal on the way. Visit the Grand Mosque, lunch along the way before arriving late afternoon in the coastal town for a one night stay.

Friday 11 October

Somone – Dakar

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After breakfast, visit the lagoon of Somone and walk the ecological trail. After lunch continue to Dakar.

Saturday 12 October

Dakar - Pink Lake – Goree – Dakar

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After breakfast, travel 30km north-east to the Pink Lake (lac Ros / Retba Lake), famous for its remarkable pinkish-coloured water that has a strong salt content and can turn purple depending on the intensity of the sun.
Visit the salt extraction area and a Peul village before returning to Dakar.
Later take a short ferry ride to the UNESCO listed island of Goree. This tiny car-free island is a stark reminder of the 15th to 19th Century Atlantic slave trade where millions of people passed through before being taken to America to become slaves.

Visit the ‘House of Slaves’ which is now a museum, St Charles Church and the walking tour will be a nostalgic step back in time. Return to Dakar.

Sunday 13 October

Dakar – Dubai

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Our morning city tour takes in the ‘Plateau District,’ railway station, city hall, Independence Square and typical craft markets.

In the afternoon transfer to the airport for an early evening Emirates flight to Dubai.

Monday 14 October

Dubai* – Auckland

Arrive Dubai, changes planes and continue to Auckland.

 *Option to stopover in Dubai available

Wednesday 16 October

Arrive Auckland


  • Economy Emirates air flights as outlined
  • All transfers and coach travel pre and post-cruise
  • Touring Paris to Honfleur
  • Two nights Honfleur
  • Meals as specified
  • Seventeen nights on board ‘Le Dumont d’Urville’
  • All-inclusive drinks and shore excursions on board ‘Le Dumont d’Urville’
  • ‘Le Dumont..’ features the new ‘Blue Eye’ in the hull where you can view the fish and ocean from the unique lounge
  • Four nights post-cruise in Senegal
  • Port charges
  • All meals on board
  • Pre-paid gratuities (NZD250)
  • Jim and Eve Murphy as tour escorts – minimum 15 Persons


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
 Prestige Suites (Deck 4)                                 19sq m + 4sq m Private Balcony 
with sliding bay window       
 $20, 395- SOLD OUT  $32,718- SOLD OUT
 Prestige Suites (Deck 5)                             19sq m + 4sq m Private Balcony
with sliding bay window       
  $20,997       $34,083
 Deluxe Suite                                                  27sq m + 6m balcony  $25,779        N/A

Mixed Class Upgrade

(Auckland to Dubai return to Business Class)

Business Class Upgrade +$6,398
Early Booking Discount ( 01 December 2018 ) $150
Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


  • Travel Insurance – please ask us for a quote
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities 
  • Items not specified
  • Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD225)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $4,000 per person for twin travelers, will secure a place on this trip
  • A non-refundable deposit of $6000 for a single traveler, will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 21 June 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 21 June 2019 – loss of deposit
  • After 21 June 2019 - no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

General Information

Temperatures High Low
Honfleur 20 ˚c    12 ˚c
Lisbon              26 ˚c    12 ˚c
Madeira 18˚c     12˚c
Canary Islands 28˚c     20˚c
Dakar   31˚c     25˚c

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health is required, with the ability to walk some distance on cobble stones and uneven surfaces, negotiate ship’s stairs and get in and out of zodiacs

Ship Information

Le Dumont D’Urville

The Le Dumont d'Urville is one of their luxurious Explorer ships featuring well-appointed cabins, elegant public spaces, innovative facilities and state-of-the-art green technology which helps comply with the environmental guidelines needed to visit the more unique destinations.
Fitting into Ponant's standard of luxury, guests can enjoy spacious accommodation with private balconies, relaxing and modern lounges, a theatre, health and fitness facilities and unique features such as the adjustable marina and underwater Blue Eye lounge.


With only two dining venues onboard, guests will experience the finest in French cuisine as Ponant's passion and heart for the culinary arts is demonstrated in every dish.

Spa and fitness

Promoting wellbeing, the Dumont d'Urville is equipped with a fitness centre, hair salon and spa on deck 7 where excellent views can be enjoyed.

Activities and recreation

The Dumont d'Urville's sun deck is equipped with a counter-current swimming pool, an outdoor bar and lounge, and a solarium so guests can enjoy the weather as they relax.
The multi-sensory Blue Eye lounge is a new feature introduced with the Explorer ships. The underwater lounge provides guests a chance to fully immerse themselves in the seaworld in a comfortable environment.
If you'd like to get more active, the adjustable three-form marina comes equipped with Zodiacs and complimentary watersports equipment so you can enjoy time off the ship.

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* Itinerary subject to change