Ponant partners with Smithsonian Journeys

Smithsonian-crafted Cultural Experiences to be offered on land and at sea

Ponant has forged a new alliance with Smithsonian Journeys, the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, for select voyages beginning in 2022.

Smithsonian Journeys offers a diverse range of trip styles, including Land, Train, Family, Tailor-Made and Active Journeys, Private Jet, Cultural Stays, Special Interest, and both River and Ocean Cruising.

The new themed sailings with Ponant will feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment and wildlife.

19 departures exploring Antarctica, Japan, Iceland, the Mediterranean, British Isles, Great Lakes, Norwegian fjords and more, will debut next year, providing opportunities to engage with a variety of experts, ranging from archaeologists and scientists to anthropologists and historians.

Among the Ponant expeditions offered by Smithsonian Journeys are the November and December 2021 Solar Eclipse sailings to Antarctica.

Le Boreal | Credit: ©Studio PONANT/Philip Plisson

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The partnership is Smithsonian Journeys’ first alliance with an expedition line.

In a statement, Ponant said it and Smithsonian Journeys share common values – focusing on cultural immersion and discovery – with a goal of further inspiring guests to become global ambassadors through travel.

“Ponant has been a pioneer in immersing travellers in destinations in meaningful ways for more than 30 years. We are proud to launch a collaboration with Smithsonian Journeys, the enduring leader in cultural enrichment, to continue to deliver unparalleled experiences alongside guides that have traversed the globe for decades and top experts in their field,” said Deb Corbett, General Manager Sales & Marketing Asia Pacific, Ponant.

Lynn Cutter, Senior Vice President, Smithsonian Travel said the company was thrilled to team up with Ponant.

As travel begins to resume, we believe guests will be more interested than ever in meaningful and enriching experiences that help to better interpret and understand the places they are exploring.”

Smithsonian Journeys also offers itineraries in cooperation with Sea Cloud Cruise (Greek Ilses), Windstar Cruises (French Polynesia) and Metropolitan Touring (Galapagos).

Lead image: Arctic explorations with Ponant  © Studio PONANT/Nathalie Michel

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