Inaugural cruise - Mediterranean Islands

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Inaugural cruise - Mediterranean Islands

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 15 April 2019 to 22 April 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Málaga
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G150419

    Inaugural cruise aboard Le Bougainville. 

    Set off to discover the ancient treasures of the Mediterranean with an all-new PONANT itinerary between Málaga and Athens.

    During these 8 days of sailing, Le Bougainville will enable you to explore mythical sites.

    Leaving from Málaga, you will sail towards Cartagena where a rich antique heritage dating back from the Carthaginians and the Romans awaits you.

    After a second call at Palma de Majorca, one of the jewels of the Balearic Archipelago, known for its four main islands that are charming, picturesque and discreet, sitting atop the clear waters of the Mediterranean like grains of sand, you will join Sicily and call at Palermo.

    Nestling in the heart of a wide bay, Palermo has preserved the traces of all the cultures that have met there. You will be able to visit emblematic landmarks such as the 12th century cathedral and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest theatres in Europe.

    You will then head to the Delphi sanctuary of Greek gods which you will reach via Itea. Delphi is located on a grandiose site that is one of Greece’s most beautiful natural landscapes. You will walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims of old, who came here to consult the famous oracle.

    After crossing the narrow Corinth Canal, your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis.

    Highlights

    • Inaugural cruise: be the first to embark aboard the latest addition to the PONANT fleet: Le Bougainville.
    • The diversity of the landscapes, from Costa del Sol to the Peloponnese.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Alhambra Palace in Granada (before your cruise), the cathedral of Palermo, the sanctuary of Delphi, the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port)
    • Discover the Balearic Islands including Palma de Mallorca, their capital.
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.
    • The possibility of visiting Athens after your cruise

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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

      15 April 2019 – Cartagena

      Málaga

      Embarkation 15/04/2019 from 18H00 to 18H45 . Departure 15/04/2019 at 19H00 .

      A historical and festive town, Malaga is located in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol. Between the marina and the beaches, the seaside promenade of La Farola offers an ideal setting for strolling and relaxing. Set slightly further back, the Malagueta bullring is one of the emblematic sites of the city. From the hill overlooking the old town, one can see Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba, two fortified ensembles rising out from the cypresses and maritime pines. To visit Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, you will go first to the courtly plaza de la Merced. A few streets back from here, you can explore the museum dedicated to the artist, in the Buenavista palace.

      16 April 2019 – Cartagena

      16 April 2019 – Cartagena

      Arrival 16/04/2019 early morning. Departure 16/04/2019 early afternoon.

      Surrounded by hills, the natural site of the Bay of Carthagena presided over the fate of this former fortress which has been home to the greatest European civilisations. Today, these Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Moorish and Christian influences form a rich architectural heritage. Its Roman theatre is one of the most significant and best conserved in Spain. You will also be able to cross the landscapes of vines and citrus groves stretching endlessly towards Murcia, to visit this dynamic regional capital.

      17 April 2019 – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

      17 April 2019 – Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

      Arrival 17/04/2019 early morning. Departure 17/04/2019 midday.

      Palma de Mallorca will reveal its many treasures: idyllic coves, majestic limestone cliffs that plunge into the clear sapphire- and turquoise-coloured waters of the Mediterranean, and vast plains planted with almond trees, olive trees and vineyards. When your ship calls at the capital of the Balearic Islands, take a walk to discover its emblematic monuments, such as its famous cathedral, and amble through its old streets. Here, like a painting, the island’s historical heritage forms a backdrop to the lively and warm cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Mediterranean.  

      18 April 2019 – At sea

      18 April 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 18/04/2019. Departure 18/04/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      19 April 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

      19 April 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

      Arrival 19/04/2019 early morning. Departure 19/04/2019 early evening.

      Palermo is the guardian of the Sicilian soul. Many have been attracted to this city, the largest capital of the Italian islands. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans... Palermo is a rich culmination of so many cultural influences as seen in the Moorish designs on the cathedral, and the Byzantine mosaics of the Palatine chapel, which is itself housed within the precincts of the Norman palace. You will fall under the spell of the palaces, baroque splendours that grace the town with their obsolete beauty. It is thrilling to stumble upon one of those fabulous markets, high in colour, and headily picturesque.

      20 April 2019 – At sea

      20 April 2019 – At sea

      Arrival 20/04/2019. Departure 20/04/2019.

      During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

      21 April 2019 – Itea

      21 April 2019 – Itea

      Arrival 21/04/2019 early morning. Departure 21/04/2019 midday.

      Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

      21 April 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      21 April 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      Arrival 21/04/2019. Departure 21/04/2019.

      The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!

      22 April 2019▸21 April 2019 – Athens

      Athens

      Disembarkation 22/04/2019 at 06H00 .

      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.

      In partnership with Connaissance des Arts

      In partnership with Connaissance des Arts

      First published in 1952, Connaissance des Arts is the French leading magazine about arts of all times : antiques, decoration, art objects.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Guy Boyer

      Guy Boyer

      Guy Boyer is an art historian and a journalist. Since 2002, he is the editor in chief of Connaissance des Arts, the French leading magazine about arts of all times.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Manolo Mylonas

      Jean-François de Bronac de Bougainville

      Jean-François de Bronac de Bougainville

      Languages spoken: French, English 

       

      Photo credit: ARR

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        22/04/2019 – Athens, the Acropolis Museum & Plaka

        60.00 € **

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      2. Before your cruise

        14/04/2019 – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF PICASSO (1 NIGHT)

        490.00 € **

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        15/04/2019 – STROLL IN MALAGA

        90.00 € **

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