Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

9 days / 8 nights
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    Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 25 October 2020 to 2 November 2020
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Valletta
    Arrival Port : Antalya


    • Ref : X251020

    In Malta, board the Jacques-Cartier for an unforgettable trip to several islands that are emblematic of Southern Europe.

    This 9-day cruise will take you to Sicily, Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, to discover exceptional historic and cultural sites.

    Your ship will leave Valletta, the capital of Malta and former stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta, and set sail for Syracuse, one of the most prestigious Sicilian cities, whose monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage.

    In Pylos, discover the Palace of Nestor, one of the heroes of the Trojan War, then, during the port of call at Gythio, the Byzantine city of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your ship will then drop anchor further south, in Crete. This island is notably home to the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.

    The next day, you will visit Santorini and its white villages ornamented with blue domes. In the South of the island, you can visit the ruins of the antique city of Akrotiri buried under volcanic ash.

    Finally, you will head for 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.

    You will disembark in the city of Antalya. With its Roman port, picturesque narrow streets and beautiful Ottoman homes this town, lying on the southern coast of Turkey, has maintained its many charms.

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    • A cruise to discover Sicily, Crete, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Valletta (embarkation port), the old town of Syracuse, the Byzantine city of Mystras (from Gythio), the medieval city of Rhodes, the rupestrian sites of Cappadocia (after your cruise).
    • Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Santorini and Mykonos.
    • The spectacular caldera of Santorini and its steep cliffs.
    • On the island of Mikonos, the typical district of Alefkandra with houses built right on the water’s edge.
    • Gythio, the main port of ancient Sparta.
    • After your cruise, you have the opportunity to discover the sublime region of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys”, its troglodyte homes and its rock-hewn sanctuaries.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
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    • Prestige Deck 4
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    • Prestige Deck 5
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    • Prestige Deck 6
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    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
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    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
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    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
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    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
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    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
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    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
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    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
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    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
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    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
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    • Owner's Suite
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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.
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   




    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 sixth ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Jacques Cartier 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

    25 October 2020 – Syracuse, Sicily


    Embarkation 25/10/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/10/2020 at 18H00 .

    The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    26 October 2020 – Syracuse, Sicily

    26 October 2020 – Syracuse, Sicily

    Arrival 26/10/2020 early morning. Departure 26/10/2020 midday.

    Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside... Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilisations, each of which has left their mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colours and flavours.

    27 October 2020 – Pylos

    27 October 2020 – Pylos

    Arrival 27/10/2020 early afternoon. Departure 27/10/2020 evening.

    The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the south west of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. You can admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical centre’s winding streets will plunge you into a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, you will be able to relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.

    28 October 2020 – Gythio

    28 October 2020 – Gythio

    Arrival 28/10/2020 early morning. Departure 28/10/2020 early evening.

    Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometres inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wild flowers.

    29 October 2020 – Rethymno, Crete

    29 October 2020 – Rethymno, Crete

    Arrival 29/10/2020 early morning. Departure 29/10/2020 late evening.

    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.

    30 October 2020 – Santorini

    30 October 2020 – Santorini

    Arrival 30/10/2020 early morning. Departure 30/10/2020 late evening.

    The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

    31 October 2020 – Mykonos

    31 October 2020 – Mykonos

    Arrival 31/10/2020 early morning. Departure 31/10/2020 mid afternoon.

    Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.

    1 November 2020 – Rhodes

    1 November 2020 – Rhodes

    Arrival 01/11/2020 early morning. Departure 01/11/2020 late afternoon.

    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.

    2 November 2020▸1 November 2020 – Antalya


    Disembarkation 02/11/2020 at 08H00 .

    On the Turkish Mediterranean coast, discover the seaside resort of Antalya. While the city sports magnificent fine sandy beaches, it is also known for its significant historical heritage. Many vestiges bear witness to the importance of this former Roman port, such as Hadrian's Gate, built in the year 130 in honour of the visiting emperor. In the old town, it is possible to admire magnificent Ottoman houses with flowery gardens, as well as the broken minaret, built on the ruins of a former Byzantine church. The city’s surroundings also provide an opportunity to discover major archaeological sites, such as that of the ancient city of Aspendos, renowned for its impressive Roman theatre.


    • 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.

    • Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Julia de Funès

    Julia de Funès

    A doctor in philosophy and a DESS Human Resources graduate, Julia de Funès worked in a company before setting up her own consultancy, Prophil Conseil, giving advice to companies like HSBC, Thales, EDF, Adidas, Intercontinental, Canal +, Valrhona, Deloitte, Axa, Accenture, Accor, Chaumet, Afnor, Novartis and L’Occitane.

    In 2012, Julia created and presented a daily programme called Le bonheur selon Julia which ran for 42 episodes on France 5, and hosted a philosophy column on BFM Business for two years as part of the Club Media HR broadcast.

    Books published:

    Coup de philo sur les idées reçues, Lafon 2010.
    Socrate au pays des process, Flammarion, 2017.
    La comédie (in)humaine, co-written with N. Bouzou, Éditions de l’observatoire

    Language spoken: French


    Photo credit: ARR

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      24/10/2020 – DISCOVER MALTA (1 NIGHT)

      490.00 € **

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      25/10/2020 – HALF DAY IN VALLETTA

      80.00 € **

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    2. After your cruise


      450.00 € **

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      02/11/2020 – 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.
      1690.02 € **

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      50.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      24/10/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Discover Malta 1N (Pre) + Direct Transfer from Antalya Port to Antalya Airport (Post)

      970.00 € **

      24/10/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Discover Malta 1N (Pre) + Antalya, Jewel of the Mediterranean 1N (Post)

      1370.00 € **

      24/10/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Discover Malta 1N (Pre) + Cappadocia 3N (Post)

      2610.02 € **

      25/10/2020 – Flights From/ To Paris + Half Day in Valetta (Pre) + Direct Transfer from Antalya Por to Antalya Airport (Post)

      560.00 € **
    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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