The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures
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- A cruise in partnership with Le Louvre, to discover the finest ancient sites of Greece, with a port of call in Turkey.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), Delos, the sacred island, the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos, the historical sites of Ephesus from Kusadasi.
- A varied cruise, including lively cities, historic and cultural sites and beaches of unique charm.
- Possibility of visiting Athens before your cruise and Istanbul after your cruise.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom €3,370 Available Prestige Deck 4 €3,760 Available Prestige Deck 5 €3,940 Available Prestige Deck 6 €4,140 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €5,750 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 €5,750 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 €5,750 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €8,070 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €7,790 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €8,170 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 €8,580 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 €8,580 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €9,420 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €13,320 Not Available Owner's Suite €13,990 Available
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
AthensEmbarkation 13/07/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/07/2021 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. 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.
14 July 2021 – NafplionArrival 14/07/2021 midday. Departure 14/07/2021 evening.
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. Some of the must-see visits are 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.
15 July 2021 – ParosArrival 15/07/2021 midday. Departure 15/07/2021 early evening.
Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stop over in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove and offers more than one café to sit and unwind.
16 July 2021 – DelosArrival 16/07/2021 early morning. Departure 16/07/2021 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.
16 July 2021 – MykonosArrival 16/07/2021 early afternoon. Departure 16/07/2021 late 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.
17 July 2021 – PatmosArrival 17/07/2021 early morning. Departure 17/07/2021 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.
18 July 2021 – KusadasiArrival 18/07/2021 early morning. Departure 18/07/2021 midday.
The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colourful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.
19 July 2021 – Limnos IslandArrival 19/07/2021 early morning. Departure 19/07/2021 midday.
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.
19 July 2021 – Sailing in the DardanellesArrival 19/07/2021. Departure 19/07/2021.
The Dardanelles Strait is an emblematic, 61 km-long waterway connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It is strategic for controlling passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Like the Bosporus, or Strait of Istanbul, it separates Europe from Asia. A surface current flows along it, while a more saline undercurrent flows in the opposite direction. Along the strait, you will be able to admire hilly landscapes and arid lowlands brightened by fields and groves of olive trees.
IstanbulDisembarkation 20/07/2021 at 07H00 .
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.
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://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
Art and Literature
Because we firmly believe that there are many different ways to travel, we are inviting you to join us on one of our Art cruises or Literature cruises and to enhance your trip with a rich cultural programme.
Your cultural explorations on land
Choosing a themed cruise with PONANT means setting sail on an itinerary punctuated by unique ports of call. Our Art cruises and Literature cruises combine the pleasures of travel by sea with the discovery of emblematic sites in cities famous for the richness of their architecture and heritage.
During your different visits, you will enjoy special moments immersed in art and culture. Promising exclusive discoveries, personalised programmes and private performances, these cruises have special experiences in store for you in prestigious locations.
Knowledge-sharing on board
Aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized yachts, you will meet other travellers who share your passion. High-profile lecturers and artists will also be joining us on these cruises. As we sail across the oceans, you will be able to experience special moments between lecturers and enthusiasts.
Throughout your Art or Literature cruise, our special guests will present unique lectures in keeping with the chosen theme. They will talk about different art-related themes, such as a period, a movement or famous artists, or topics relating to literature, such as politics, society, history etc.