Le Soleal

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Why we like it

  • Intimate size allows insider access to Japan's smaller, private ports
  • All cabins and suites offer private balconies
  • Sister ship to the incomparable A&K charter, Le Boreal
  • Hosted by award-winning A&K guides, lecturers and expedition team
  • Wealth of excursions to choose from, from hiking to art history

A&K Top Tip

Take in our Wonders of Japan tour aboard Le Soleal and enjoy an exclusive private performance by the world-renowned Kodo taiko drummers, followed by a rare opportunity to meet the famous troupe.

Guest Testimonial

I want to thank you for all your help (Annie Jensen) and expertise on arranging our recent trip . Everything was well arranged and your in-country team was very efficient and helpful. Re hotels, Chris and I are still debating which hotel was the best, the Park Hyatt, the Ritz Carleton or the Palace. We have stayed at many 'grand' hotels around the world, but these three topped them all! We had to watch again last night "

- CO, London

Launched in 2013, Le Soleal is a welcome addition to A&K's privately chartered expedition boat complement, and is the sister vessel to the renowned Le Boreal, our polar cruising ship. Marrying the important cruise elements of luxury, adventure and above all, safety, the signature design of Le Soleal has been matched with fluid lines, elegant interiors and an intimate size. Le Soleal is one of the most rare and innovative yachts on the market.

The elegant grey tonal colour scheme combines natural wood and shades of grey and white, referencing a quintessentially nautical theme. Decorated by French interior designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, the flexible capacity of the ship allows for adjoining staterooms and suites where possible in the maximum configuration, making the vessel ideal for families. All cabins and suites offer private balconies. For the ultimate indulgence we like the Owner's Suites, with a separate living area and 100 square foot private balcony.

On board you'll find the utmost in amenities, with stylish lounge areas including a piano bar. Meals are served in one of two restaurants: Marina, a gastronomic restaurant specialising in French and international cuisine where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, and the Grill, which offers a less formal venue for breakfast, buffet lunch and themed dinners. The lecture theatre is the prime venue for the expert talks on offer, from everything from gardening to ancient history. There's also a fitness and beauty corner with a Hammam, and a pool deck bar.

Le Soleal Deck Plan

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Best time to be there

Spring (late March to April) for cherry blossom, early summer (May to early June) for warm sunshine, autumn (October to November) for sunny weather and spectacular colours.

Fly to

Osaka/ Tokyo Narita and Haneda (Japan Airlines, British Airways)

flying time

12 hours 30 minutes from London

time difference

GMT +9 hours


Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

No vaccinations required

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