Ancient Greece and Egypt

10 days / 9 nights
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    Ancient Greece and Egypt

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 9 November 2018 to 18 November 2018
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Aqaba

    Ship : LE LAPEROUSE

    • Ref : R091118

    In Athens, join us aboard Le Lapérouse, the latest addition to our fleet, for an unforgettable 10-day cruise.

    It will be an opportunity to discover major ancient sites from the great civilisations that were spread across the Mediterranean and contributed to shape our modern world.

    After a stop in Nafplio, a charming and well-preserved city dominated by an impressive Venitian citadel, Le Lapérouse will take you to Patmos, its monastery and the cave where Saint John is said to have received his visions. The next stop will be Rhodes, where you will fall under the charm of the Gothic architecture in the medieval city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

    You will cross the world-famous Suez Canal, built by Ferdinand de Lesseps and widened recently to facilitate trade, before arriving in Ain Soukhna, the gateway to the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the new Grand Egyptian Museum of Cairo, then on to Aqaba in Jordan, the end of your voyage.

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    Highlights

    • An amazing Mediterranean cruise, on the steps of two major ancient civilisations: Greece and Egypt.
    • Unesco World Heritage sites: the Acropolis in Athens, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), the medieval city of Rhodes, the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos, the Great Pyramids of Giza from Ain Sukhna, Petra and Wadi Rum (from Aqaba).
    • Crossing the mythical Corinth Canal and Suez Canal.
    • All-new port of call: Ain Sukhna in the Red Sea, gate to the marvels of Ancient Egypt: the Great Pyramids in Giza and the Sphinx, the stepped pyramid of Djoser, the famous Rameses Colossus.

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    Prestige stateroom Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 4m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 6m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Privilege Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 32 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.
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    Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 5%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.
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    Owner's Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 30mprivate balcony
    •  Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed
    • or twin beds Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod(TM) players
    • Video on demand
    • safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    LE LAPEROUSE

    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 first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse 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

    9 November 2018 – Nafplion

    Athens

    Embarkation 09/11/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 09/11/2018 at 18H00 .

    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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

    10 November 2018 – Nafplion

    10 November 2018 – Nafplion

    Arrival 10/11/2018 at 07H30 . Departure 10/11/2018 at 14H00 .

    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. For instance, you’ll see 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.

    11 November 2018 – Patmos

    11 November 2018 – Patmos

    Arrival 11/11/2018 at 07H30 . Departure 11/11/2018 at 14H00 .

    Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

    12 November 2018 – Rhodes

    12 November 2018 – Rhodes

    Arrival 12/11/2018 at 07H30 . Departure 12/11/2018 at 14H30 .

    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.

    13 November 2018▸14 November 2018 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    13 November 2018▸14 November 2018 – Crossing the Suez Canal

    Arrival 13/11/2018 . Departure 14/11/2018 .

    Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.

    15 November 2018 – Ain Sukhna

    15 November 2018 – Ain Sukhna

    Arrival 15/11/2018 at 06H00 . Departure 15/11/2018 at 21H00 .

    Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.

    16 November 2018 – Aqaba

    16 November 2018 – Aqaba

    Arrival 16/11/2018 at 22H00 . Departure 16/11/2018 .

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    17 November 2018 – Aqaba

    17 November 2018 – Aqaba

    Arrival 17/11/2018 . Departure 17/11/2018 .

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    18 November 2018▸17 November 2018 – Aqaba

    Aqaba

    Disembarkation 18/11/2018 at 07H00 .

    Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.

    Formalities

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Egypt: Visa delivered and charged onboard (25€ to date subject to change). This visa is valid for 30 days. 

    • Jordan: A visa is mandatory (current cost 40 JOD). The visa is included for guests participating in a PONANT pre or post-cruise programme, in order to secure your visa, please send a copy of your passport to PONANT 30 days prior to your cruise departure. 

      The validity of those visas are restricted to the duration of PONANT pre and post cruise programs. Groups of tourists visiting Jordan for a minimum stay of 2 consecutive nights and arriving through Amman Airport, whose programme has been organised by a Jordanian agency, benefit of a complimentary visa on condition that they are met by the local Jordanian agency at the airport . Please note that rules and regulations regarding visa subject to change by the government without any prior notice. Guests not participating on PONANT pre or post cruise programs will have to pay for the visa at the arrival or departure airport. Double entry visas can be obtained prior to the cruise and have a validity of 3 months.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Patrick de Carolis

    Patrick de Carolis

    Writer and journalist Patrick de Carolis is a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Beaux-Arts) and heads the Marmottan Monet Museum which houses the world’s first collection of works by Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot. Former Chairman of France Télévisions and creator of the French programmes Reporters, Nomades, Zone Interdite, Des Racines et des Ailes and Le Grand Tour, he received a lifetime achievement award for his work in TV at the Lauriers d’Or de la Télévision.

    At the same time, Patrick de Carolis had responsibilities in the written media as Managing Director of Figaro Magazine from 2001 to 2004. Indeed, writing has played a key role in his career. After Conversation in 2001, a collection of interviews with Bernadette Chirac, he published Les Demoiselles de Provence in 2005; in 2009 a book of poems Refuge pour temps d’orage, brought to the theatre by Bérengère Dautun; in 2011, La dame du Palatin, a historic novel in which he brings to life the wife of Roman philosopher Seneca; and in November 2014 Letizia R. Bonaparte, la mère de toutes les douleurs in which he explores the extraordinary destiny of Napoleon’s mother. His latest work, Les ailes intérieures, is an essay on the world of television and its cultural role in society.

    Passionate about live performance, Patrick de Carolis was the man behind Les Eclectiques de Rocamadour, a festival which from 2001 to 2010 brought great music, dance and theatre performers together every year.

    Language spoken : French

     

    Photo credit : DR

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      Athens, on your own (1 night)
      08/11/2018

      310.00 €
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus
      09/11/2018

      40.00 €
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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    2. Your packages

      Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Panoramic Tour of Athens and Transfer to the Port of Piraeus (Pre) + Wonders of Egypt (Post)
      09/11/2018

      Flight To Paris (Economic Class) + Direct Transfer from the Pier to the Airport of Cairo (Post)
      17/11/2018

    3. After your cruise

      Treasures of Jordan
      18/11/2018

      370.00 €
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Petra and treasures of Jordan (1 night in premium room)
      18/11/2018

      540.00 €
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Petra and treasures of Jordan (1 night in standard room)
      18/11/2018

      510.00 €
      Per person, based on double occupancy

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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