Rome & Antique Treasures
* Subject to availability.
• The pianist Dimitri Naïditch will be onboard. He will perform two trio concerts and one solo concert.
• A cruise from Rome to Greece with a high concentration of must-see historical and archaeological ports of call.
• Unesco World Heritage Sites: Rome from the embarkation port in Civitavecchia, Pompeii from Naples, Mount Etna from Taormina and its Greek theatre, the Olympia site from Katakolon, Delphi from Itea, the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, the Acropolis from the disembarkation port in Athens.
• An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.
• Discovering Patmos, Delos and Mykonos, three unspoilt Greek Islands.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LAPEROUSE
- Port of call & excursions
- 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 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
Civitavecchia (Rome)Embarkation 02/11/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 02/11/2018 at 18H00 .
Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.
3 November 2018 – NaplesArrival 03/11/2018 early morning. Departure 03/11/2018 midday.
More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.
4 November 2018 – Taormina, SicilyArrival 04/11/2018 early morning. Departure 04/11/2018 midday.
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
5 November 2018 – KatakolonArrival 05/11/2018 midday. Departure 05/11/2018 early evening.
This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.
6 November 2018 – IteaArrival 06/11/2018 early morning. Departure 06/11/2018 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.
6 November 2018 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 06/11/2018. Departure 06/11/2018.
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!
7 November 2018 – DelosArrival 07/11/2018 early morning. Departure 07/11/2018 midday.
This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you will make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.
7 November 2018 – MykonosArrival 07/11/2018 midday. Departure 07/11/2018 evening.
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.
8 November 2018 – PatmosArrival 08/11/2018 early morning. Departure 08/11/2018 early afternoon.
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.
AthensDisembarkation 09/11/2018 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.
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.
A renowned pianist on the French and European music scene, as passionate about the classical repertoire as he is about jazz, Dimitri Naïditch is “one of those extraordinary musicians whose talent brims over the pigeon holes imposed by the system” (Olivier Bellamy). With a dazzling technique that combines a rare sensitivity and extraordinary power, he has unmistakable charisma.
An outstanding classical pianist (four First Prizes at the Kiev Conservatoire and several international Grand Prix), he is also a bona fide jazz musician and has been for over 30 years. Dimitri Naïditch has travelled the world performing solo, with symphony orchestras and alongside Didier Lockwood, Patricia Petibon, Richard Galliano, Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Gilles Apap, Pierre Amoyal, Rick Margitza, Mario Stantchev, Stefano Di Battista, Andy Sheppard, Buffo-Howard Buten, Jean-Jacques Avenel, Thierry Elliez, Nicolas Dautricourt… The list is long.
Straddling as he does the classical and jazz worlds, Dimitri Naïditch has carved an idiosyncratic path where the interpretation of classical texts, “decomposition” work and the jubilant freedom of improvisation are in harmony.
Author of many of his own creations, he is embarking on a series of programmes revisiting the masters: Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Far from being a simple jazzed-up reinterpretation, Dimitri Naïditch invites us on an exciting journey into the heart of classic masterpieces, which he handles with love and respect to give a new perspective. An inspired composer, he wrote Concerto for piano and nostalgia for the original soundtrack of Claude Lelouch’s film Chacun sa vie.
Founded in 2012, the Trio comprising Dimitri Naïditch (piano), Gilles Naturel (double bass) and Arthur Alard (drums) have performed at Palazzo Farnese in Rome, Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Théâtre du Châtelet, Lyon’s Auditorium, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Théâtre de la Gaîté in Montparnasse and at Lisztomanias in Châteauroux.
Languages spoken: French, Ukrainian, English
Photo credit: Oles Badhio
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
Before your cruise
02/11/2018 – Flights from/to Paris (Economic Class) + Transfer from Airport to Civitavecchia Port with Time at Leisure (Pre) + Athens, the Acropolis Museum & Plaka (Post)470.00 € **
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy