In the heart of the Aegean Sea

10 days / 9 nights
    New itinerary
    Oenology
    In the heart of the Aegean Sea

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 19 July 2020 to 28 July 2020
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Istanbul
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G190720

    In partnership with Revue du Vin de France. 

    Sail the Aegean Sea with PONANT and set off to discover Greece and its famous islands: the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands. From Istanbul, Le Bougainville will take you to exceptional sites during a new 10-day Mediterranean cruise

    You will discover the volcanic island of Limnos, near the Dardanelles Strait. Protected during Antiquity by Hephaestus, the god of fire, this green and lush island has now become one of Greece’s major seaside resorts.

    After visiting Syros, a cosmopolitan island with a rich history, you will head for Patmos. Known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea”, this island, where Saint John is said to have written the Apocalypse, offers unique landscapes combining white sandy beaches and rocky coves.

    You will then reach Symi. Covered with vines, olive trees and cypress trees, this island is one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese archipelago.

    Le Bougainville will sail to Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.

    Amorgos, the easternmost Cyclades island, is sure to win your heart. Wild and mountainous, Amorgos is a stunning, protected island which has been used for many things including filming Le Grand Bleu.

    Your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis and its monuments that form the most extraordinary architectural and artistic collection bequeathed by Ancient Greece to the rest of the world.

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    Highlights

    • In partnership with La Revue du Vin de France, French leader magazine about wine, with the presence on board of Denis Saverot, managing editor, and Olivier Poels, journalist and wine taster.
    • 4 wine-paired dinners and 6 tasting workshops will be organised by winemakers from the famous wine estates of Champagne Roederer, Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse, Château Giscours and Château du Tertre.
    • Set up of a jury made up of passengers.
    • A cruise in the heart of the Aegean Sea, discovering the Greek islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos, the medieval city of Rhodes, the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port).
    • The port of call at Bodrum, an elegant seaside resort sometimes known as “the Turkish Saint-Tropez.”
    • Discover Patmos, an unspoilt Greek Island.
    • Kos, the island of Hippocrates, is a new port of call.
    • Possibility to visit Athens after your cruise.

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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
    Price Ponant Bonus
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • 1 stateroom for people with reduced mobility.
    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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    Prestige Deck 6

    • Area : 19 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 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
    • 2 staterooms of 27.5 m² with a private balcony of 6 m² for people with reduced mobility.
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    Deluxe Suite Deck 3

    • Area : 27 m²
    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • 1 sofa
    • 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.
    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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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 38 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² 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 access 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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    LE BOUGAINVILLE

    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

    19 July 2020 – Sailing in the Dardanelles

    Istanbul

    Embarkation 19/07/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/07/2020 at 18H00 .

    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.

    20 July 2020 – Sailing in the Dardanelles

    20 July 2020 – Sailing in the Dardanelles

    Arrival 20/07/2020. Departure 20/07/2020.

    20 July 2020 – Limnos Island

    20 July 2020 – Limnos Island

    Arrival 20/07/2020 midday. Departure 20/07/2020 early evening.

    A volcanic island located near the Dardanelles Strait, Limnos was venerated during Antiquity. Legend has it that Hephaestus, the god of fire, had his forge here. Now one of Greece’s major seaside resorts, Lemnos offers its visitors many superb sandy beaches. It is also home to several archaeological sites, such as the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians, or the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Renowned for its olives, fruits, wheat and honey, and for the authenticity of its inhabitants, Lemnos is also known for the quality of its restaurants, ideal for tasting typical Greek dishes.

    21 July 2020 – Syros

    21 July 2020 – Syros

    Arrival 21/07/2020 early morning. Departure 21/07/2020 evening.

    Located to the west of Mykonos, Syros is an attractive island in the Cyclades. It has been inhabited since early antiquity, as you’ll discover by visiting the archaeological museum in Ermoupoli, its capital built in the shape of an amphitheatre and stretching out over two hills. Don’t miss the historical district, where the beautiful houses are evidence of the island’s strategic location for trade, between the East and the West. Admire the superb Agios Nikolaos Church or the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Further on, the medieval town of Ano Syros allows to admire charming stairways and arched passageways, as well as small, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas. 

    22 July 2020 – Patmos

    22 July 2020 – Patmos

    Arrival 22/07/2020 early morning. Departure 22/07/2020 evening.

    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 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.

    23 July 2020 – Symi

    23 July 2020 – Symi

    Arrival 23/07/2020 early morning. Departure 23/07/2020 evening.

    A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located north-west of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards, possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colourful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-coloured facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

    24 July 2020 – Bodrum

    24 July 2020 – Bodrum

    Arrival 24/07/2020 early morning. Departure 24/07/2020 evening.

    Bodrum is located one of the bays of Mugla on the west coast of Turkey. At the harbour entrance, you’ll can’t miss The Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John, the town’s emblem. Here you will be able to visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed within the castle precincts. In the centre, the passages shaded by arbours abound with diverse craft shops and ice-cream cafés where you can sit out and enjoy refreshing citrus fruit sorbets. A few streets away, the archaeological site of the Halicarnasse mausoleum invites you to experience the old town’s past, just as the old theatre does, built on the slopes of the hillside looking out over the bay of Bodrum.

    25 July 2020 – Kos

    25 July 2020 – Kos

    Arrival 25/07/2020 early morning. Departure 25/07/2020 late evening.

    A captivating gem in the Dodecanese, the island of Kos is located north-west of Rhodes. Its capital, named after the island, emanates a subtle oriental atmosphere. Take a look at the mosque in Eleftherias square, stroll in the shade of the palm trees along Foinikes street and admire the boats moored in the port. For a bird’s-eye view of the coastline, you can climb to the top of the towers of Neratzia castle. You will also have the opportunity to chill out on one of the island’s superb Blue Pavilion beaches. Wafts of sweet-smelling aromas from the beach-huts will whet your appetite; try the xerotiganas, a kind of honey-covered donut.

    26 July 2020 – Rhodes

    26 July 2020 – Rhodes

    Arrival 26/07/2020 early morning. Departure 26/07/2020 early evening.

    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.

    27 July 2020 – Amorgos

    27 July 2020 – Amorgos

    Arrival 27/07/2020 early morning. Departure 27/07/2020 late afternoon.

    It’s no accident that the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, The Big Blue. You too will fall under the charm of this island as your ship edges closer. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. This port of call will be your chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this typical tableau of timeless Greece.

    28 July 2020▸27 July 2020 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 28/07/2020 at 08H00 .

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

    Theme

    Gastronomy & Oenology

    Gastronomy & Oenology

    Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

    Prestigious ports of call

    For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

    A journey to the land of flavours

    On board your ship, Ponant will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

    Renowned professionals*

    These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

    *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Denis Saverot

    Denis Saverot

    Since 2000, Denis Saverot has been editor of La Revue du vin de France, a leading European magazine specialising in fine wines (Marie Claire group). He is responsible for developing partnerships on wine themes with other press groups and media outlets.

    A graduate of the Marseille journalism school, Denis Saverot began his career as a journalist on Provençal, first in Manosque then Marseille (1989-1990), before becoming a politics/foreign affairs reporter for France-Soir (1990-94). In 1995, he won the Académie Prisma award in the magazine category, then joined the business magazine Capital (1995-2000).

    Denis Saverot is also the author of four books:

    - Chirac Président, les coulisses d’une victoire, Éditions DBW-Le Rocher, 1995 (with Raphaëlle Bacqué)

    - Seul comme Chirac, Grasset, 1997 (with Raphaëlle Bacqué)

    - In Vino Satanas, Albin Michel, 2008 (with Benoist Simmat)

    - Le Guide des vins pour Les Nuls 2012, First and La Revue du vin de France (with Benoist Simmat)

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

    Olivier Poels

    Olivier Poels

    As a journalist and member of the tasting committee of La Revue du vin de France since 2005, he is coauthor of the « Guide Vert des Meilleurs Vins de France », a guide for the French best wines.

    In parallel, he has been a radio chronicler for gastronomy on Europe 1 for 5 years and participates to the show « Les Bons Vivants » every Saturday from 11:00am to 12:30.

    Since September, he is a gastronomic chronicler in the week-end morning shows on the TV channel LCI, promoting products and recipes.

    He is the author of the book « Accords mets-vins de grands chefs » published in 2014 and has a weekly column in Le Parisien Week-End about restaurants.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: ARR

     

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      16/07/2020 – CAPPADOCIA (3 NIGHTS)

      For your comfort and serenity, this programme benefits from a PONANT accompaniment***.
      The escort, mandated by the company, accompanies you and remains at your disposal during your stay.
      His mission: offering you assistance and facilitating the organisation to ensure the full success of your stay.
      1890.00 € **

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      18/07/2020 – FASCINATING ISTANBUL (1 NIGHT)

      650.00 € **

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      19/07/2020 – TRANSFER FROM ISTANBUL AIRPORT TO THE PIER WITH PANORAMIC DRIVE

      50.00 € **

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    2. After your cruise

      28/07/2020 – ATHENS, THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUM AND PLAKA

      60.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      16/07/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Cappadocia 3N (Pre) + Athens, The Acropolis Museum and Plaka (Post)

      2670.00 € **

      18/07/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Fascinating Istanbul 1N (Pre) + Athens, The Acropolis Museum and Plaka (Post)

      1400.00 € **

      19/07/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Transfer from Istanbul Airport to the Pier with Panoramic Drive (Pre) + Athens, The Acropolis Museum and Plaka (Post)

      800.00 € **
    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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