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Gliding the Waters of the Windward Islands

A unique 7-night sailing cruise off the beaten path in the Grenadines, featuring unique aquatic encounters, wild landscapes and special moments of relaxation aboard Le Ponant

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7 nights from £5920pp

Sailing Yacht Holiday
Admiralty Bay On Bequia Island
Green Sea Turtle At Tobago Cays
St Lucia Soufriere And Pitons
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
St Georges Inner Harbour In Grenada
Martinique  Le Robert Market

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Leave the shores of Guadeloupe and sail under wind power towards Dominica, the wildest and most mountainous island in the Lesser Antilles. In Portsmouth, in a local boat, you will go deep into the fascinatingmangals of the Indian River edged with mangrove trees and populated with green herons, moorhens, pelicans and kingfishers. On the banks, you will meet the Kalinago people, one of the indigenous Caribbean peoples. The chief will welcome you into his village, tell you about the history of his people and invite you to taste their food.

In the muted décor of Le Ponant, each moment of your cruise is steeped in the peacefulness of the Caribbean. It is now time to set sail for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Carried by the wind dancing around the ship' rigging, you will reach this strikingly beautiful archipelago. From island to island, savour the gentleness of the Creole way of life, admire the beauty of the sunsets, and explore the waters teeming with life.

Following a port of call on Bequia, where an indigenous fisherman is trying to save Hawksbill sea turtles from extinction, you have a very good chance of finding yourself face to face with one of these creatures in the warm and crystal-clear waters of Tobago Cays and Sandy Island. Thanks to the horseshoe-shaped coral reef connecting these four uninhabited islets, the Tobago Cays archipelago constitutes a real marine wildlife reserve that you can explore while swimming, diving or snorkelling.

Back on your yacht, stretched out on the deck, barefoot and facing the wind, you will see the terns and pelicans flying in the azure-blue sky. After sailing beneath the stars, the jagged silhouette of the pitons of Saint Lucia will appear on the horizon in the early morning light. Weather permitting, you will drop anchor and make the most of the rear deck to swim in this picture-postcard setting. In the evening, you will arrive in Les Anses-d'Arlet. With its colourful houses set on the beach, the tall brick-coloured church belltower standing out against a background of green mountains, and the pontoon jutting out over the sea, it is a perfect spot for admiring the sunset.

On Marie-Galante, the final port of call of your cruise, you will enjoy practically deserted beaches and be immersed in an authentic and agricultural atmosphere focused on growing sugar cane. After this crossing in the form of an ode to freedom, you will gently return to terra firma in Pointe-à-Pitre.

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Gliding the Waters of the Windward Islands Itinerary

Day 1 - Pointe-à-Pitre

At the crossroads of cultures, where European influence mingles with the richness of the Caribbean and the diversity of indigenous traditions, Pointe-à-Pitre promises a unique experience. Here, nestled on the southern coast of the island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, you will fall in love with the heavenly landscapes that reveal themselves to you, including white-sand beaches, verdant mountains, and lush tropical forests. Along the bustling streets of the city, you will discover Creole authenticity through the colourful markets, the traditional wooden houses, and the warm hospitality of the locals.

Day 2 - Portsmouth

With its mountainous terrain, vast tropical forest, hot springs, rivers and spectacular waterfalls, Dominica is undoubtedly the wildest island in the Caribbean. Protected by several national parks, this little-known land, located in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, between Guadeloupe and Martinique, will inspire adventure and exploration. During your port of call, do not miss out on discovering the enchanting landscapes of the Indian River: navigating through this dense mangrove, in which creepers, ferns, forest trees and giant roots are interweaved, is a magical experience, a fascinating voyage into the heart of an almost mystical natural universe.

Day 3 - Port Elizabeth, Bequia

In the heart of the Caribbean, Bequia is the second-largest of 32 islands that make up the country of St Vincent and the Grenadines. You will love the lively and picturesque atmosphere of Port Elizabeth, the island’s main town. From the port, a promenade lined with beautiful traditional houses, landscaped gardens and small restaurants runs along the shoreline. It leads to Princess Margaret Beach, a wild beach where Princess Margaret herself has stayed and which seems to emerge directly from the tropical forest. From rainforest to lush meadows and long stretches of sand, Bequia will offer you a natural setting that is conducive to lovely walks and to spending time on the beach.

Day 4 - Tobago Cays

Scattered between St Vincent and Grenada, the Tobago Cays comprises five little islands: Petit Rameau, Petit Bateau, Baradal, Petit Tabac and Jamesby. This rosary of uninhabited cays in the southern West Indies is a marine park whose turquoise lagoons provide a home and safe haven for some outstanding marine fauna, including peaceful green turtles. Girded and united by a coral reef, these secluded islands are a peaceful paradise for divers, swimmers and snorkellers.

Day 5 - Sandy Island

West of Carriacou, the northernmost island in the state of Grenada, is Sandy Island, a spit of sand set in the bewitching Caribbean waters. Known for its powdery white sand and small lagoon with crystal clear waters, this wild islet, dotted with coconut trees, offers a natural setting for swimming and snorkelling. The abundant and colourful marine life promises memorable and thrilling encounters. Listed as a marine protected area, the site is also a hunting ground for numerous pelicans. Enjoy a fascinating show as they circle above the water before diving suddenly to catch their prey.

Day 6 - Soufrière

You will sail off the coast of the Pitons in Soufrière Bay. The Pitons are two volcanic spires, covered in tropical rainforest, rising side by side from the sea – they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area’s volcanic complex includes a geothermal field with sulphurous fumaroles and hot springs. In the marine area, coral reefs are home to very diverse fauna, including hawksbill sea turtles, pilot whales and whale sharks, these harmless gentle giants that you will perhaps be lucky enough to observe by diving in the sea behind the ship.

Day 6 - Grande Anse, Les Anses-d'Arlet

Lying on the south-western end of Martinique, the charming town of Les Anses-d’Arlet reveals all the colours of the West Indies: from the azure blue of the Caribbean Sea and the emerald green of the surrounding vegetation to the reds, yellows and purples of the traditional Creole houses. This former fishing village, with its picture-postcard appearance and its typical and peaceful atmosphere, promises a unique interlude during which you will be able to spend moments relaxing on long white sandy beaches, discover local culture and explore the lush nature with its singular biodiversity.

Day 7 - Marie-Galante

It is undoubtedly because Marie-Galante concentrates all the charms of the Caribbean into one island that it is today one of the most in-demand destinations in the region. “The island of 100 mills” or the “great galette” as it is sometimes known, in reference to the form of its 15 km diameter limestone plateau, is surrounded by white sandy beaches that are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean In Saint-Louis, you can take the time to bathe in its turquoise waters, relax under the palm trees and almond trees or stroll along the colourful streets of the village. 3 available excursions to this stopover

Day 8 - Pointe-à-Pitre

At the crossroads of cultures, where European influence mingles with the richness of the Caribbean and the diversity of indigenous traditions, Pointe-à-Pitre promises a unique experience. Here, nestled on the southern coast of the island of Grande-Terre in Guadeloupe, in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, you will fall in love with the heavenly landscapes that reveal themselves to you, including white-sand beaches, verdant mountains, and lush tropical forests. Along the bustling streets of the city, you will discover Creole authenticity through the colourful markets, the traditional wooden houses, and the warm hospitality of the locals.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Use of ship's watersports equipment where possible
  • 24 hour room service
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa
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2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 18th - Pointe-à-Pitre and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £5920
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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  • February
    • Feb 15th - Pointe-à-Pitre and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £6300
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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  • March
    • Mar 15th - Pointe-à-Pitre and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £5920
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
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