Treasures of Sicily

8 days / 7 nights
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    Treasures of Sicily

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 4 October 2019 to 11 October 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Valletta
    Arrival Port : Valletta

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G041019

    Set sail with PONANT to discover the treasures of Sicily, one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, on an itinerary connecting Malta and Sicily.  

    During this 9-day cruise around Sicily aboard our new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville, you will be able to explore mythical places at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilisations.  

    Valletta, the capital of Malta, will be our departure point. Then, we will head straight to the Sicilian coast. In Palermo, the capital of Sicily, you will be able to visit emblematic landmarks such as the 12th century cathedral and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest theatres in Europe.

    Discover Syracuse, one of the most prestigious Sicilian cities, whose monuments are listed as a Unesco World Heritage

    You will then take the sea once again to discover Taormina, overlooking Etna’s blanket of snow. Its streets will lead you to its famed ancient Greek theatre, where the quality of the acoustics is exceptional.

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    Highlights

    • A loop around Sicily, from Malta.
    • An overnight stay aboard the ship in Valletta before disembarking, to visit the capital of Malta, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Discovering Sicily's most beautiful historic cities and ancient sites: Palermo (overnight stay on the ship and full day to visit), Trapani, Taormina and its theatre, Syracuse.
    • The visit of Syracuse, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      €6,630
      €3,490
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      €7,050
      €3,700
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      €7,270
      €3,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      €7,490
      €3,920
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €10,250
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      €10,250
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      €10,250
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €10,250
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      €14,890
      €7,620
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      €15,350
      €7,850
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      €15,810
      €8,080
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      €15,810
      €8,080
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €16,310
      €8,330
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €16,310
      €8,330
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      €16,810
      €8,580
      Not Available
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    LE BOUGAINVILLE

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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 first 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

    4 October 2019 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

    Valletta

    Embarkation 04/10/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 04/10/2019 at 20H00 .

    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. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    5 October 2019 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

    5 October 2019 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

    Arrival 05/10/2019 midday. Departure 05/10/2019 late afternoon.

    Huddled on the south-western coast of Sicily, Porto Empedocles bears the name of the philosopher Empedocles, who lived in the region in the 5th century BC. An age-old city offered up to sun and sea, this is your doorway to the exceptional archaeological site of Temple Valley, a high place of Greek civilisation listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can admire the remains of many temples dedicated to Zeus, his wife Hera and Hephaestus. Make sure you take in the magnificent Italian countryside, with its olive orchards that cover the hillsides.

    6 October 2019 – Trapani, Sicily

    6 October 2019 – Trapani, Sicily

    Arrival 06/10/2019 early morning. Departure 06/10/2019 midday.

    Bathed in the cobalt waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, Trapani is the former port of the Greek city of Erice, boasting a privileged natural position in western Sicily. As you wander through its little streets, you will discover a secular cultural heritage, bearing witness to the many influences of civilisations that came here: San Lorenzo Cathedral, Maria Santissima Annunziata sanctuary, the fountain of Triton. On the shaded restaurant terraces, savour some fresh fish from the morning’s catch. Or else you can opt for a seafood couscous, a culinary legacy from their Arab neighbours.

    6 October 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    6 October 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    Arrival 06/10/2019 late afternoon. Departure 06/10/2019.

    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.

    7 October 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    7 October 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    Arrival 07/10/2019. Departure 07/10/2019.

    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.

    8 October 2019 – Taormina, Sicily

    8 October 2019 – Taormina, Sicily

    Arrival 08/10/2019 early morning. Departure 08/10/2019 early evening.

    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.

    9 October 2019 – Syracuse, Sicily

    9 October 2019 – Syracuse, Sicily

    Arrival 09/10/2019 early morning. Departure 09/10/2019 early evening.

    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.

    10 October 2019 – Mgarr, Gozo Island

    10 October 2019 – Mgarr, Gozo Island

    Arrival 10/10/2019 early morning. Departure 10/10/2019 midday.

    Located to the north of Malta, a lot less urbanised than its larger sibling and protected from mass tourism, the small island of Gozo has managed to remain natural and authentic. Lush hills and valleys alternate with a mosaic of cultivated fields. The buildings, some of which are medieval, are built from honey-coloured limestone and blend in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. Gozo also boasts a unique historic site that is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the megalithic temples of Ggantija near the town of Xaghra. An archaeological museum adjoining the site presents a number of objects that were found there. Red-sand beaches and a crystal-clear sea add to the calm and serenity of Gozo.

    10 October 2019 – Valletta

    10 October 2019 – Valletta

    Arrival 10/10/2019 early afternoon. Departure 10/10/2019.

    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. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    11 October 2019▸10 October 2019 – Valletta

    Valletta

    Disembarkation 11/10/2019 at 07H00 .

    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. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    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.

    • 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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Nicolas Bouzou

    Nicolas Bouzou

    Nicolas Bouzou is an essayist and economist, born in France in 1976. He is graduated in economics from the University Paris X Nanterre and from Sciences Po Paris. He is the founding director of Asterès, a leading economic consultancy. He is also the creator of the Belém Circle, a think-tank that gathers together European progessive and liberal intellectuals.

    Nicolas is a professor of economics at the MBA Law & Management program of the University of Paris II Assas. He is the author of several best-selling books. He is a regular contributor to major French economic newspapers. He can be heard or seen frequently on the radio or on television.

    Nicolas Bouzou was member of the Conseil d’Analyse de la société, set up by the French Prime Minister (2010-2012). Since 2017, he is Chief economist of the French-German committee for cultural and creative industries

    In 2007 he published Petit précis d'économie appliquée à l'usage du citoyen pragmatique (« A manual of applied economics for pragmatic citizens »). He discusses the false reasons behind the stillness of the French economy and underlines its structural causes. These come down to over-regulation of the economic activity by an omnipotent state that penalizes growth and wealth creation. His book won the prestigious Turgot prize in 2008.

    Author of :

    • Les mécanismes du marché : Éléments de microéconomie, 2006
    • Petit précis d'économie appliquée à l'usage du citoyen pragmatique, Eyrolles, 2007
    • Krach financier : emploi, crédits, impôts, ce qui va changer pour vous, Eyrolles, 2008
    • Le capitalisme idéal, Eyrolles, 2010
    • Le chagrin des classes moyennes, J-C Lattès, 2011
    • Nicolas Bouzou et Luc Ferry, La Politique de la jeunesse, Odile Jacob,‎ 2011
    • On entend l'arbre tomber mais pas la forêt pousser, J-C Lattès, 2013
    • Pourquoi la lucidité habite à l'étranger, J-C Lattès, 2015
    • Le grand refoulement. Stop à la démission démocratique, Plon, 2015.
    • L'innovation sauvera le monde : philosophie pour une planète prospère, pacifique et durable, Plon, 2016
    • Le travail est l’avenir de l’homme, Editions de l’Observatoire, 2017

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Jacques Witt-Sipa

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      04/10/2019 – Half day in Valletta

      80.00 € **

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      03/10/2019 – Discover Malta (1 night)

      490.00 € **

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    2. Your packages

      04/10/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Half Day in Valletta (Pre) + Authentic Malta (Post)

      530.00 € **

      03/10/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Malta 1N (Pre) + Authentic Malta (Post)

      940.00 € **
    3. After your cruise

      11/10/2019 – Authentic Malta

      60.00 € **

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    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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