* Subject to availability.
- In partnership with Europe 1.
- A cruise around the Aegean Sea, discovering exceptional Greek sites.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the medieval city of Rhodes, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port).
- Sailing in the Dardanelles Strait.
- The Minoan Palace of Knossos and the legend of the Minotaur from Rethymno (Crete).
- Possibility to visit Athens after your cruise.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOUGAINVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- Cruise in partnership with Europe 1
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the third ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Port of call & excursions
IstanbulEmbarkation 13/05/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 13/05/2019 at 20H00 .
Located on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful of all Turkish cities. Named Byzantium when founded by the Greeks, and then Constantinople under the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history and, for this reason, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Sultanahmet hill, the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia and the vast Topkapi palace and its countless mosaics, dominate the Marmara Sea. In the Beyazit district, the Grand Bazaar allows to discover elegant covered passages. A little further away, delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw the visitors’ attention at the Egyptian Bazaar.
14 May 2019 – MolyvosArrival 14/05/2019 midday. Departure 14/05/2019 late afternoon.
Lesbos, this mountainous island whose volcanic origins explain the presence of many warm springs, does not only attract visitors for its magnificent sandy beaches or the memory of the poet Sappho. For example, the preserved Byzantine fortress of Molyvos, the best preserved in the Western Mediterranean, offers sumptuous panoramas from its ramparts, while the petrified forest in the village of Sigri is a geological witness to the dense subtropical vegetation of giant conifers that covered the region 20 million years ago. Finally, the monasteries are active pilgrimage sites, particularly that of Taxiarchis (Archangel Michael), the patron saint of the island.
15 May 2019 – VolosArrival 15/05/2019 early morning. Departure 15/05/2019 late afternoon.
Volos, one of the biggest port cities in Greece, is located at the foot of Mount Pelion. According to mythology, Mount Pelion was a place of celebration for gods and heroes, and the home of the centaurs. The beauty of the place and the magical atmosphere that reigns here can indeed only have been inspired by the gods: the clear water that flows from a multitude of sources bathes the plane trees, apple trees, oaks, beech trees, gardenias, camellias, and hydrangeas that thrive in the fertile soil of Thessaly. Do not miss your chance to visit picturesque village of Milies in the hills, and to discover its traditional architecture.
16 May 2019 – HydraArrival 16/05/2019 midday. Departure 16/05/2019 late afternoon.
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
17 May 2019 – Rethymno, CreteArrival 17/05/2019 early morning. Departure 17/05/2019 midday.
Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Cnossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.
18 May 2019 – RhodesArrival 18/05/2019 early morning. Departure 18/05/2019 midday.
With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
19 May 2019 – NafplionArrival 19/05/2019 midday. Departure 19/05/2019 early evening.
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.
AthensDisembarkation 20/05/2019 at 07H00 .
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.
The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.
Cruise in partnership with Europe 1
Cruise in partnership with Europe 1
France’s leading radio station, Europe 1, is pleased to invite you on a voyage with an exceptional itinerary from Istanbul to Athens. Hosted by journalist Sébastien Guyot, this cruise brings together renowned French political commentators from Europe 1’s acclaimed “Le débat des Grandes Voix” programme: Gérard Carreyrou, Michèle Cotta and Robert Namias.
An unforgettable voyage discovering beautiful islands and towns, but also an opportunity just days before the European Elections on 26 May to discuss the future of Europe with political commentators from Europe 1’s “Le débat des Grandes Voix” chaired by Sébastien Guyot:
- What future for Europe and the Mediterranean?
- What new face for Europe?
During the cruise, each “Grandes Voix” commentator will give a talk:
- “The betrayals between President and Prime Minister of the 5th Republic”, by Michèle Cotta, journalist and writer
- “Information at a time of new media”, by Robert Namias, journalist, coproducer and editor-in-chief at TF1
- “Is Trump on track to be re-elected?”, by Gérard Carreyrou, radio and television journalist
Debate and conferences offered in French except for Gérard Carreyrou’s conference.
Born in Nice, Michèle Cotta is a journalist and writer. Having started her career in the print media (L’Express, Le Point), she moved into radio (editorialist at Europe1 and RTL, CEO of Radio France) then television (Information Director at TF1 from 1987 to 1992; Managing Director at France 2 from 1999 to 2002).
She was the first president of regulatory body, HACA (Haute Autorité de la communication audiovisuelle), predecessor to the current CSA (Conseil Supérieur de l’Audiovisuel).
The author of many books including Cahiers secrets de la Ve République (Fayard, 4 volumes from 1965 to 2007), she also wrote Comment en est-on arrivé là about François Hollande’s five-year term, and Quelle histoire on Emmanuel Macron’s election, published by Robert Laffont.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Petit Tesson – Capa Pictures
Gérard Carreyrou has been working in the French media world for over fifty years. A well-known Europe 1 journalist in the 70’s and 80’s, he notably anchored the radio show Le Club de la presse and interviewed dozens of V.I.P. such as American Presidents Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Egyptian President Sadate, Kings Hussein of Jordania and Mohammed V of Morocco, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Prime Ministers Peres and Sharon of Israel, Colonel Kadhafi of Libya and many others.
In 1988 he joined TF1 Television, privatised a year earlier : he was political editorialist in the evening news, editor in chief, deputy news director (with Michèle Cotta) and director of news till 1996. From 1997 to 2007, he was President of the documentary channels of the TF1 group (Odyssey, History channel and Ushuaïa).
Since 2007 he has been political commentator for several radio and television stations and for newspaper France Soir.
Passionate about literature, history and avid collector of rare books, Gérard Carreyrou is also a USA expert : for the last fifty years he has spent his family life in France and in the United States, country of his wife Jane.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: Petit Tesson – Capa Pictures
Sébastien Guyot was born on December 10, 1974 in Paris. He is currently editorial coordinator for the week-end news on the French radio Europe 1. He is also newscaster during the week-end between 6 and 9 am.
Since 2014, Sébastien Guyot has held various positions in this radio station: reporter, newscaster and anchorman of the week-end morning show.
Sébastien Guyot has been working for radio and television for twenty years. After obtaining a master’s degree in European Law, he performs military service in a French radio station based in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina).
After working during several years for the French radio station OUI FM, of which he was editor in chief, he worked for different radio and television media: Europe 1, RFI (French International Radio), Eurosport, Equipe TV...). He notably wrote documentary scripts about famous French personalities (Yves Montand, Edith Piaf...) for TV.
Sébastien Guyot is also the co-author of two books about the years 1968 and 1969, and he teaches journalism at the famous French major school Sciences Po.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Eric Frotier de Bagneux - Capa Pictures.
An emblematic figure from TF1 where he was news director for over ten years, Robert Namias has also presented, produced and directed numerous medical and political programmes for radio and television.
He started as a reporter then political journalist for RTL, then a few years later joined Europe 1 where he rapidly rose to managing editor. In the mid-1980s, he founded Parisian radio channel 95.2 FM before joining TF1 where he worked as journalist, coproducer and editor.
From 2011 to 2012, he was director of the political review L’Hémicycle, and chairman and editor-in-chief of Nice-Matin from 2014-15.
Alongside his journalistic career, Robert Namias was elected Vice-President of the CFJ (Centre de Formation des Journalistes) from 1996 to 2000, and President of the National Road Safety Council from 2003 to 2008.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Petit Tesson - Capa Pictures
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
Before your cruise
13/05/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Direct transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to the pier (Pre) + Athens, the Acropolis museum and Plaka (Post)740.00 € **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy