Treasures of the Hellenic World

8 days / 7 nights
    Treasures of the Hellenic World

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 22 April 2019 to 29 April 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G220419

    Succumb to the charms of Eternal Greece during an 8-day cruise offered by PONANT. With Athens as the departure point, board Le Bougainville for an unforgettable sailing experience discovering exceptional islands and cities.  

    Your first port of call: Paros. Nestling in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago, this island reputed for its sublime white marble offers a real concentration of Greek beauty, from whitewashed houses to olive groves to ancient monuments.

    A little further north, you will arrive on Mykonos, with its iconic windmills, beaches, countless churches and whitewashed houses.

    Le Bougainville will then set sail for the Dodecanese archipelago. You will discover the medieval city of Rhodes, with its impressive walls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Lying between the Aegean Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, Crete is the cradle of many myths, including that of the Minotaur. According to legend, this creature, half-man, half-bull, was the lovechild of Pasiphae, the wife of Minos, and a white bull.

    Your cruise will conclude with the exploration of two of Greece’s major sites, from Napflio: the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise to discover the finest ancient sites of Greece, with a port of call in Crete.
    • Several UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the Meteora monasteries (from Volos), the medieval city of Rhodes, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio).
    • The possibility of visiting Athens, before or after your cruise.
    • A varied cruise, including lively cities, historic and cultural sites and beaches of unique charm.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      €6,150
      €3,490
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      €6,540
      €3,700
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      €6,750
      €3,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      €6,950
      €3,920
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €9,500
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      €9,500
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      €9,500
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €9,500
      €5,300
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      €13,790
      €7,620
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      €14,220
      €7,850
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      €14,650
      €8,080
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      €14,650
      €8,080
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      €15,110
      €8,330
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      €15,110
      €8,330
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      €16,810
      €8,580
      Not Available
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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

    22 April 2019 – Paros

    Athens

    Embarkation 22/04/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 22/04/2019 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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

    23 April 2019 – Paros

    23 April 2019 – Paros

    Arrival 23/04/2019 early morning. Departure 23/04/2019 early afternoon.

    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.

    24 April 2019 – Volos

    24 April 2019 – Volos

    Arrival 24/04/2019 early morning. Departure 24/04/2019 late afternoon.

    Volos, one of the biggest port cities in Greece, is located at the foot of Mount Pelion. According to mythology, Mount Pelion was a place of celebration for gods and heroes, and the home of the centaurs. The beauty of the place and the magical atmosphere that reigns here can indeed only have been inspired by the gods: the clear water that flows from a multitude of sources bathes the plane trees, apple trees, oaks, beech trees, gardenias, camellias, and hydrangeas that thrive in the fertile soil of Thessaly. Do not miss your chance to visit picturesque villages in the hills, such as Makrinitsa and Portaria. They have remained intact over the centuries and visitors will enjoy discovering mansions with an architecture that is unique in Greece, as well as typical fountains and churches.

    25 April 2019 – Mykonos

    25 April 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 25/04/2019 midday. Departure 25/04/2019 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.

    26 April 2019 – Rhodes

    26 April 2019 – Rhodes

    Arrival 26/04/2019 midday. Departure 26/04/2019 evening.

    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.

    27 April 2019 – Rethymno, Crete

    27 April 2019 – Rethymno, Crete

    Arrival 27/04/2019 midday. Departure 27/04/2019 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.

    28 April 2019 – Nafplion

    28 April 2019 – Nafplion

    Arrival 28/04/2019 midday. Departure 28/04/2019 late afternoon.

    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. For instance, you’ll see 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.

    29 April 2019▸28 April 2019 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 29/04/2019 at 07H00 .

    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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

    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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Jean-Loup Dabadie

    Jean-Loup Dabadie

    Born 27 September 1938 in Paris, he learned to read and write in Grenoble where he spent his childhood. He studied the classics at Grenoble then in Paris at the Lycées Janson-de-Sailly and Louis-le-Grand, as well as at the Sorbonne.In the summer when he was 18, he did an internship with TNP at the Avignon Festival: Jean Vilar and his troupe of legendary actors gave him a taste for theatre in all its forms.

    He was also writing novels and was published by the age of 20. Pierre Lazareff read two of his books and articles he had written for Arts et Spectacles. Pierre Lazareff then invited him to join his press group where Jean-Loup Dabadie learned the only profession he has ever been taught: that of journalist.But after Pierre Brasseur performed in his first play La Famille écarlate at the Paris Theatre, Jean-Loup Dabadie “left everything” behind to write for the theatre. Since then, he has not stopped writing scripts and screenplays for films, plays, sketches and songs.He has written songs for artists like Julien Clerc, Michel Polnareff, Michel Sardou, Serge Reggiani, Jean Gabin and many others, and scripts for films by Yves Robert (Un éléphant ça trompe énormément, On ira tous au paradis, etc.), Claude Pinoteau (La Gifle) and Jean-Paul Rappeneau.

    He has been on the receiving end of numerous awards. They include the Académie française Jean-Le-Duc prize for César et Rosalie (1972) and La Gifle (1974); Grand Prix du Cinéma from the Académie française for the body of his work (1983); Grand Prix (comedy) from the Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique (SACEM) (1984); SACEM’s Grand Prix for French songs (lyrics) (2000); the Raymond-Devos Prize in the French language (2004); and the Henri-Jeanson Prize of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques (SACD) for the body of his work (2004).

    He was elected by the Académie française on 10 April 2008 to the Pierre Moinot seat (19th seat).

    Mr Dabadie has received several distinctions: Commander in the Légion d'honneur, Commander of Arts et Lettres, and Officier du Mérite.

    He has also written several one-man shows including those for Guy Bedos, Muriel Robin, Sylvie Joly, Jacques Villeret and Henri Salvador, as well as numerous plays.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit : Véronique Dabadie

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      29/04/2019 – Athens, the Byzantine & Christian Museum and Plaka

      60.00 € **

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    2. Before your cruise

      22/04/2019 – Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus

      45.00 € **

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      21/04/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      440.00 € **

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    3. Your packages

      22/04/2019 – Flights from/to Paris (Economic Class) + Panoramic Tour of Athens before being Transferred to the Port of Piraeus (Pre) + Athens, the Byzantine & Christian Museum and Plaka (Post)

      715.00 € **

      21/04/2019 – Flights from/to Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Athens 1N (Pre) + Athens, the Byzantine & Christian Museum and Plaka (Post)

      1210.00 € **
    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.
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