Wonders of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea
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- An amazing Mediterranean cruise to discover numerous famous ancient sites and landmarks, from Greece to Jordan, via Egypt and Israel.
- With the exceptional participation of Robert Charlebois, composer, musician and singer.
- UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Acropolis in Athens, the medieval city of Rhodes, the Monastery of Saint-John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Patmos, the Great Pyramids of Giza from Ain Sukhna, Petra and Wadi Rum (from Aqaba).
- Crossing the mythical Suez Canal.
- From Eilat, possibility of visiting Masada, a majestic fortress looming over the Dead Sea listed as a UNESCO site.
- Ain Sukhna in the Red Sea, gate to the marvels of Ancient Egypt: the Great Pyramids in Giza and the Sphinx, the stepped pyramid of Djoser, the famous Rameses Colossus.
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom €2,960 Available Prestige Deck 4 €3,130 Available Prestige Deck 5 €3,220 Available Prestige Deck 6 €3,320 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €4,440 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 €4,440 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 €4,440 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €4,440 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite €4,780 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite €4,920 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 €5,060 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 €5,060 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 €5,210 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 €5,210 Available Owner's Suite €7,500 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 30/10/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 30/10/2020 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.
31 October 2020 – PatmosArrival 31/10/2020 early morning. Departure 31/10/2020 late 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.
1 November 2020 – RhodesArrival 01/11/2020 early morning. Departure 01/11/2020 early 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▸3 November 2020 – Crossing the Suez CanalArrival 02/11/2020. Departure 03/11/2020.
Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.
3 November 2020▸4 November 2020 – Ain SukhnaArrival 03/11/2020 evening. Departure 04/11/2020 late afternoon.
Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.
5 November 2020▸7 November 2020 – EilatArrival 05/11/2020 early evening. Departure 07/11/2020 early morning.
AqabaDisembarkation 07/11/2020 at 08H00 .
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.
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.
Jordan: A visa is mandatory (current cost 40 JOD). The visa is included for guests participating in a PONANT pre or post-cruise programme, in order to secure your visa, please send a copy of your passport to PONANT 30 days prior to your cruise departure.
The validity of those visas are restricted to the duration of PONANT pre and post cruise programs. Groups of tourists visiting Jordan for a minimum stay of 2 consecutive nights and arriving through Amman Airport, whose programme has been organised by a Jordanian agency, benefit of a complimentary visa on condition that they are met by the local Jordanian agency at the airport . Please note that rules and regulations regarding visa subject to change by the government without any prior notice. Guests not participating on PONANT pre or post cruise programs will have to pay for the visa at the arrival or departure airport. Double entry visas can be obtained prior to the cruise and have a validity of 3 months.
Egypt: Visa delivered and charged onboard (25€ to date subject to change). This visa is valid for 30 days.
In a career spanning more than 50 years, songwriter, musician and performer Robert Charlebois has carved out his own special place on the Quebec music scene and across the French-speaking world. He made his mark in 1968 during the memorable show, L’Osstidcho. In 1969, he performed for the first time at the Paris Olympia, establishing French Quebec rock on the European stage.
Robert Charlebois has had a major impact on his era, and has influenced many singer-song writers and performers. He has given thousands of concerts, recorded dozens of albums, and is as enthusiastic today as ever: a truly unique presence.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: Sylvain DUMAIS