Monaco Le Ponant

Le Ponant

7 Nights on the Marie Galante Deck





  • 7 Nights aboard the deluxe sailing yacht "Le Ponant"
  • Accommodations on the Marie Galante Deck
  • May 23 - 30, 2016
  • Embark/disembark in Nice
  • Cruise to Portovenere/Cannes
  • Moored inside Monaco Harbor*
  • Floating hotel in Monaco
  • Group airport transfers
  • All meals
  • Unlimited wine included at meal times
  • F1 driver cocktail party
  • Captains Welcome & Farewell Cocktails
  • Gratuities and taxes
  • F1 race itinerary
  • Port charges are not included*


Monaco Grand Prix


Monaco is like no other place on earth. It is the home of the super-rich, who take their out-of-town vacation when the crowds and noisy race cars come once a year. They like their elbow room and being able to get a table at their favorite restaurant. Ever bought a $70 beer or a Coke for $50? During the Grand Prix the nicely-printed new menus are more than double the regular prices, if you can get a table.

You can tell your friends back home about the $70 bottles of beer and the $300 scotch at the Billionaires Club you didn`t buy. There are tales that the crews of super yachts have spent $70,000 for an evening out on the owner`s tab. Sounds crazy doesn`t it, but it is the excesses of corporate spending that people brag about when they get home.
Stay on le ponant and you can go where ever and whenever you want to go. If you are tempted to be on a big cruise lines be aware they will have to follow a stricked schedule have to stay out anchored at sea, and that is a problem. You get a few white caps and you can`t get off the ship - imagine going all that way to Monaco, spending oodles of money, and not seeing the race? You can also get stuck in Monaco if the ship sails to a safer harbor. Vacations are not for this type of predicament.

We have operated tours to the Monaco Grand Prix for over 30 years and have experienced all the problems you can have. You can look on a map that shows a grandstand within easy reach - because of road closures it will take you 50 minutes to get there by foot, unless you know about the tunnels that will shorten your walk to a few minutes. All the GP Tours staff has experienced the Monaco Grand Prix over 20 times. They know how to get to the Old Town in a few minutes, or the Casino by boat and elevator in five minutes flat.

The Monaco Grand Prix can be a nightmare or the most exciting weekend of your life. We prefer the latter as we organize the trip, and look after you with our expertise when you are there. We make sure you get the best Monaco Grand Prix available. Our inside connections allow us to get the best rooms and the best viewing locations available, along with our knowledge of the each event location you will be sure to have an experience of a life time and a hassle-free weekend.

Le Ponant

32 fully equipped outer cabins, double or single beds, private bathroom facilities with robes, hair-dryer, mini-bar, safe, hi-fi radio, individual air-conditioning and telephone. There are 5 cabins on the Antigua Deck which have windows, and 27 cabins on the Marie Galante Deck with portholes. Cabins are appox 122-146 square feet and are nicely appointed. Sailing under the French flag. Four decks - Length: 88m/290 feet. Width: 12m/39 feet. Draught: 4m/13 feet. 4300 sq.ft. Sun Deck. Numbers of Masts: 3. Sail area: 16,140 sq.ft. Speed under sail: 14-16 knots. Engine: 1 600kW. Tonnage: 1,000t. Highest international safety standards. Crew of 30. 1 terrace restaurant - 67 seats. 1 gourmet restaurant - 67 seats. 1 large lounge. 1 terrace lounge. 1 nightclub. 1 video room with books. Telephone and fax by satellite.

Pirates!


The question is how can we offer our clients something that will bring them back to Monaco time and time again? The best would be to offer the ability to be part of Formula 1. But how can this happen without owning a team worth at least $100M. We could charter a ship and get into the port of Monaco with a team. So that`s what we do with Le Ponant.

Of course like so many things it is easier said than done. We have chartered the ship on twelve occasions, but in 2008 we have a story to tell. This is a copy of the story straight out of Wikipedia about the pros and cons of wanting the very best for our clients.

On April 4, 2008, Le Ponant was seized by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden while en route from the Seychelles to the Mediterranean. The ship carried no passengers at the time of its capture, but all 30 crew members were taken hostage; one Cameroonian, six Filipinos, 22 French, and one Ukrainian. French forces - including Commandant Bouan - and a Canadian CH-124 helicopter from HMCS Charlottetown were monitoring the yacht after its seizure.[5] The hostages were released without incident on April 12.

Following the release, French helicopters from the Djibouti military base tracked the pirates to the village of Jariban. French commando marine and GIGN operating from the frigate Jean Bart and the cruiser Jeanne d`Arc moved in when the pirates attempted to flee in the desert. A sniper disabled the get-away vehicle, and the commandos were able to capture six men. Local officials claimed that three people died in the raid, with a further eight wounded, but France denied this. Troops also recovered some of the ransom money paid by the owner of the yacht for the release of its crew. The six captured pirates were flown to Paris, where they faced trial in 2012.

That was in 2008 and we had a wonderful time with lots of thrilling stories from the crew.

Monday, May 23:

Upon your arrival into Nice Airport (NCE), you will be met at 3:30 pm, by a GPT representative, for a group transfer to Nice to Le Ponant for a 4:30 pm embarkation. We will depart for Portovenere at 6:00 pm.

Tuesday, May 24:

Enjoy breakfast overlooking one of the most attractive landscapes of the Italian Riviera. Spend a full day at your leisure exploring Portovenere, a favorite haunt of many poets. Overnight sailing to Cannes.

Wednesday, May 25:

Spend the morning exploring Cannes and the sights and sounds of the Cannes film festival. Afternoon sail to Monaco where we will be moored on the jetty inside Monaco Harbor.

Thursday, May 26:

Enjoy the weekends first Monaco Grand Prix practice sessions. Tonight join us for our F1 Driver Cocktail Party onboard.

Friday, May 27:

Spend the morning exploring Monaco or if you are holding a grandstand ticket for Saturday or Sunday you can visit the pits today! Evening at your leisure.

Saturday, May 28:

Today is the final day for the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 practice and qualifying. Spend the evening at your leisure and take the opportunity to sample one of Monaco`s fine restaurants or dine onboard.

Sunday, May 29:

Enjoy the 74th Grand Prix de Monaco. In the late evening we set sail for Nice.

Monday, May 30:

Early morning transfer to Nice Airport (NCE) for your return flight home or continue your vacation in Europe. Please do not schedule your flights before 10am if taking our group transfer. Disembarkation is between 7:00 am - 9:00 am.

*Monaco Port Charges

We are confirmed inside the Monaco Harbor during the Grand Prix! This truly is a luxury and as such comes with a price tag! Spaces are limited and only those with "connections" are even considered. Stepping on and off Le Ponant at your whim, instead of waiting for boat tenders ashore, and being right in the hub of the F1 paddock area is indeed a thrill. Port charges are $1970 per person.

F1 Driver Hosted Party

Along with the desire to see the machines of F1 charge around the many circuits of the world lies an even greater passion to get to know the men behind the machines. On Thursday enjoy a glass of wine and tasty hors d`oeuvres onboard Le Ponant and let us make your race weekend one to remember as an F1 Driver and race commentator show you what racing is like from the inside out.

Our driver, Romain Grosjean is a 30 year old racing driver from Geneva, Switzerland racing for the American Hass F1 Team. He races under the French flag and holds a French/Swiss nationality. He started racing as a team driver for Renault after the Flavio Briatore episode when Briatore was banned from participating in F1 for life. The team was in disarray and he had a tough introduction to Formula One. Three years ago after Renault sold the team to a Lotus branded car, Romain has had considerable success and became a solid number 1 driver.

When the Hass Team was looking for a top driver they chose Romain. His efforts this year have been excellent and he has scored points in most of the races. Romain has brought the team into the midfield which is unusual for a new team. As an American Team it has immediately shown that they have a competitive car, Romain Grosjean has certain helped the team with his experience as an F1 driver and knowledge of F1

Portovenere

The coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for the harmonious interaction between people and nature. In other words, the remarkable way homes cling to the steep and jagged cliffs like clusters of mussels, becoming one with the precarious landscape. The 12th-century tower houses were built by the Genoese with defense as well as housing in mind, and it would have taken an intrepid attacker to climb the narrow tunnel leading to the castle above. This was once a favorite haunt of the poets Shelley, Byron, and Lawrence. Visit Byron`s Cave, where the poet used to swim. Admire the black and white stripes of the Church of San Pietro, perched on a rock in the sea. Travel to nearby Florence to swoon at the works of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, and Botticelli.

Cannes

Cannes is the sister city to Beverly Hills and the chic epicenter of the French Riviera - a world of exclusive boutiques, palm-lined avenues, starlet-studded beaches, and elegant sidewalk cafes. The famous Film Festival is in full swing with international celebrities gathering to screen films and make deals...sunning by day, and a club and casino scene by night.

Monte Carlo

The fairy-tale kingdom of Monte Carlo glitters with opulence and jet-set glamour, and the action centers around its famed casinos. Inside, under gilt-edged ceilings and ornate frescoes, fortunes are made or lost. Elsewhere in Monaco are the Prince`s Palace, from which the Grimaldi dynasty has ruled since 1297; the Cathedral where Grace Kelly married Prince Rainier; and the Rock of Monaco, where gardens cascade to the sea.

The above events are included in tour price.

Amber Lounge $775.00

The world`s most glamorous Grand Prix destination, together with the world`s most sought after `After Party`, Amber Lounge Monaco - the party haven for F1 stars, royalty and celebrities the world over.

Amber Lounge is the original and world`s most exclusive Grand Prix after party that follows the F1 series around the globe. This is where the international jet-set, royalty, film stars and the Formula One fraternity enjoy exquisite cuisine, elegant fashion shows, breath-taking live performances by iconic artists and electrifying DJ sets. For over a decade, Amber Lounge has affirmed its reputation as the hottest party during the GP weekend!

Amber Lounge Monaco 2016 will unite VIP race viewing and celebrity yachts, a one-of-a-kind F1 Driver Fashion Show, Fine Dining, Live Charity Auction, and 3 nights of wild After Parties with unforgettable live entertainment..

Amber Lounge Monaco Dates: May 27, 28 & 29 Venue: Le Méridien Beach Plaza Hotel, 22 Avenue Princess Grace, 98000 Monaco

Access: Friday U*NITE including cocktails, fashion show, charity auction, fine dining, live performances and a table at the club from 7,200 EUR - all with unlimited bottle service and Individual Passes after 11.30pm from 350 EUR per person*

Call (1 800 400 1998) for pricing as prices are in the currency of country of the grand prix and fluctuate.

Price Per Person

Price Per Person: $8,595.00
Single Use Supplement: $995.00

Price is per person, based on two persons sharing a room. Single supplement is an additional cost per room (for the entire tour) if traveling alone. Extra nights subject to hotel availability.

Hotel Room Types


Double Marie Galante Deck max 2 person(s)
Single Room Marie Galante Deck max 1 person(s)
Twin Room Marie Galante Deck max 2 person(s)

Newsletter

Thursday 1-Day
*K Grandstand [+]   $120.00
*Yacht Viewing [+]   $995.00
*Rascasse [+]   $375.00
*Caravelles Rooftop [+]   $595.00
Saturday 1-Day
Platinum Terrace [+]   Sold Out
K Grandstand [+]   $350.00
T Grandstand [+]   $350.00
*Yacht Viewing [+]   $1,525.00
*Cafe De Paris [+]   $545.00
*Ermanno 6th Floor [+]   $1,125.00
Saturday/Sunday 2-Day
Platinum Terrace [+]   Sold Out
*Yacht Viewing [+]   $3,995.00
*F1 Paddock ClubTM [+]   $6,400.00
*Ermanno Terrace [+]   $3,495.00
*Caravelles Rooftop [+]   $4,250.00
Sunday 1-Day Tickets
Platinum Terrace [+]   Sold Out
K Grandstand [+]   $770.00
T Grandstand [+]   $770.00
*Yacht Viewing [+]   $3,845.00
*Ermanno Terrace [+]   $3,225.00
*Caravelles Rooftop [+]   $3,995.00

* indicates ticket is on request
- Tickets are not included with your hotel package and are offered separately as there is usually a choice.
- Additional charges apply if tickets are purchased without accommodations. Please contact our office for details and for race ticket only sales.
- Additional options that are not listed here may be available.
- All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.