Santorini

ETERNAL AEGEAN – VALETTA TO ISTANBUL

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DATE: 2019 – 14 July to 22 July 

 DURATION: 9-DAYS/8-NIGHTS

 EMBARK: VALLETTA, MALTA

DISEMBARK: ISTANBUL, TURKEY

 SHIP: LE BOUGAINVILLE

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All about the ETERNAL AEGEAN – VALETTA TO ISTANBUL.

From the island of Malta to Istanbul, PONANT invites you on a brand new voyage to discover Greece and its famous islandsLe Bougainville will leave Valletta, the capital of Malta and former stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta, for an 9-day cruise on seas that are brimming with history.

You will head for Amorgos, in the Cyclades. On this mountainous island, where some scenes of the film “The Big Blue” were filmed, there is a mix of coves of clear water, villages with typical Cyclades streets and neo-classical buildings.

Then, you will discover Delos, a minuscule island in the Cyclades archipelago. According to mythology, Apollo was born here. Like an open-air museum, Delos offers unique testimony of the civilisations that followed one another in the Aegean world.

You will then arrive on nearby Mykonos, with its iconic windmills, beaches, countless churches and whitewashed houses.

You will head to Syros, a cosmopolitan island with a rich history. Today, Syros is the administrative centre of all the Cyclades.

Finally, you will head for Molyvos, on the north cost of the island of Lesbos. You will fall under the charm of this village, whose rich heritage dates back to the Ottoman Empire, with its paved narrow streets.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Valletta, the monastery of St John and the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos,
  • Before your cruise, the possibility of discovering Valletta, capital of Malta.
  • The stunning beaches of Elafonissos, to the south of the Peloponnese.
  • Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Amorgos, Delos, Mykonos, Syros and their ancient ruins, typical landscapes and beaches.
  • Exceptional sailing in the Santorini caldera.
  • Sailing in the Dardanelles Strait.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursions described above
  • Comprehensive 8-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bouganville, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • All meals while on board ship (from dinner on embarkation day to breakfast on disembarkation day)
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail parties
  • One gala dinner
  • Open bar: select wines by the glass, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands (list available upon request). (Please note: Availability and brands vary according to ship.)
  • 24-hour room service (special selection)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • On selected cruises: lecturers, guides, naturalists, expedition leaders, special themes
  • Baggage handling from pier to the ship and vice versa
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • Port and safety charges
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Items of personal nature, gift shop purchases
  • Pre and post cruise extensions and hotels
  • Optional Excursions
  1. Day 1 VALLETTA, MALTA

    Embarkation 6H00 to 17H00 – Departure at 18H00

    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.

  2. Day 2 AT SEA

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

  3. Day 3 ELAFONISSOS, LACONIA, GREECE

    Located in the south of the Peloponnese, Elafonisos is a small island at the entrance to the Laconian Gulf renowned for its emerald green waters and its white sand beaches edged by cedar forests. The idyllic twin beaches of Fragos (Simos) and Sarakinikos, or that of Kato Nissi even have a certain Caribbean atmosphere. As for the village, it is like a veritable Greek picture postcard, with its gently rocking wooden fishing boats painted in lively colors.

  4. Day 4 SANTORINI CALDERA - AMORGOS

    Sailing in the waters of Santorini caldera is breathtaking. The gigantic scale of the unique setting, the majesty of the high cliffs surrounds this ancient crater that was flooded 2000 years before Christ, is one of the highlights of the cruise. The colorful whites, greys, reds of the volcanic rocks, the blue of the Aegean Sea and the immaculate perched villages form a unique and marvelous spectacle.

    It’s no accident that the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, The Big Blue. You too will fall under the charm of this island as your ship edges closer. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. This port of call will be your chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this typical tableau of timeless Greece.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE

     

  5. Day 5 PATMOS, GREECE

    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 harbor and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE

     

  6. Day 6 DELOS - MYKONOS, GREECE

    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.

    MYKONOS

    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 center, 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.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE

  7. Day 7 SYROS, GREECE

    Located to the west of Mykonos, Syros is an attractive island in the Cyclades. It has been inhabited since early antiquity, as you’ll discover by visiting the archaeological museum in Ermoupoli, its capital built in the shape of an amphitheater and stretching out over two hills. Don’t miss the historical district, where the beautiful houses are evidence of the island’s strategic location for trade, between the East and the West. Admire the superb Agios Nikolaos Church or the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Further on, in the medieval town of Ano Syros, succumb to the charms of its stairways and arched passageways, the small, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas, and the sweetness of the ambient air.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE

  8. Day 8 MOLYVOS, GREECE

    Lesbos, this mountainous island whose volcanic origins explain the presence of many warm springs, does not only attract visitors for its magnificent sandy beaches or the memory of the poet Sappho. For example, the preserved Byzantine fortress of Molyvos, the best preserved in the Western Mediterranean, offers sumptuous panoramas from its ramparts, while a petrified forest, the only one in the region, is a geological witness to the dense subtropical vegetation of giant conifers that covered the region 20 million years ago. Finally, the monasteries are active pilgrimage sites, particularly that of Taxiarchis (Archangel Michael), the patron saint of the island.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE

     

  9. Day 9 ISTANBUL, TURKEY - DISEMBARK

    Disembarkation at 09H00

    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. On Sultanahmet hill, you’ll see the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia and the vast Topkapi palace and its countless mosaics. In the Beyazit district, you can admire the elegant covered passages of the Grand Bazaar. A little further away, the delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw your attention at the Egyptian Bazaar.

    Stay a few days to explore this ancient city – where Asia meets the West.

     

LE DUMONT-D'URVILLE

Premiering in June 2018 through Summer 2020, PONANT’s six new luxury expedition ships will set sail to the world’s most inaccessible locations and go further—where others do not go. The PONANT EXPLORER yachts, each measuring 430 feet in length, are designed for just 184 guests and served by 110 crew members. They feature innovative technology, elegantly-designed guest accommodations with private balcony, welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside, and an infinity pool. And, in a world exclusive, the PONANT EXPLORER yachts are the first ships in the world to be equipped with an underwater, multisensory lounge, called Blue Eye, located within the hull eight feet beneath the water line. Two large oculus windows provide views of the underwater marine life, and guests can also hear and sense this life through unique wave technology.

THE PONANT EXPLORERS
Le Lapérouse, Le Champlain, Le Bougainville, Le Dumont-d’Urville, Le Bellot & Le Surville

Ship Specifications

• Length . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .430 ft.
• Beam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 ft.
• Draft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 ft.
• Average cruising speed . . . . . . .12.5 knots
• Ice Class . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1C
• Classification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bureau Veritas
• Flag . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .French
• Guest Decks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
• Crew members . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110
• Guest capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . up to 184 guests (double occupancy)
• Staterooms with balcony . . . . .88
• Suites with bay windows and terrace . . . . .. . .4
• Zodiacs  (Mark V HD) . . . . . . . .10 Zodiac craft
• Boston Whaler-type boats . . . .1
• Gross tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,900 UMS
• Stabilizers (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13.1 ft. long x 4.7 ft. wide
• Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VARD, Norway

Public Areas

LOBBY

1,507 sq. ft.
Concierge lounge including reception and customer relations.

RESTAURANTS

Panoramic Restaurant
2,798 sq. ft.
Inside capacity: 184 Outside capacity: 35
Main dining room for breakfast, lunch, and dinner serving French
and international cuisine. Cold buffet for salad, dessert, and cheese.

Grill Restaurant
2,530 sq. ft.
Capacity: 70 (outside only)
Casual eating venue for lunch and dinner.

LOUNGES

Main Lounge
2,153 sq. ft.
Capacity: 184
Accommodates all guests. Afternoon tea, lounge, live music, dance
floor, and cocktail bar. Access to outside pool area.

Observation Lounge
Smaller lounge surrounded by windows with bar and library.

Blue Eye Underwater Lounge
807 sq. ft.
Capacity: 30
Multi-sensory underwater passenger lounge, a world first.

Pool area
Infinity pool, solarium, lounge chairs, bar.

MODULAR MARINA

Transforms to 3 positions:
1. Sun deck (when sailing).
2. Immersed connector port for disembarkation into Zodiacs,
SCUBA diving, or deep sea fishing.
3. Sea level for water sports including kayaking and stand up
paddle boarding.

RECREATION / RELAXATION

Theater
Inside capacity: 184
Main venue for lectures and entertainment. State-of-the-art audio and video technology. LED wall behind stage for projection.

Fitness & Spa/Beauty Corner
Fitness room with top-of-the-line equipment
Spa/Beauty Corner: hairdresser, massage rooms (3), Finnish sauna, sheltered terrace.

Infinity pool with counter-current swimming.

Internet corner, library, and art gallery.

Infirmary staffed by a doctor.

Stateroom Amenities

• Glass door leading to private balcony
• Queen bed or twin-size beds
• Connecting cabins available
• Individually-controlled air conditioning
• Private bathroom with Hermès bath products, hair dryer, and bathrobes
• 110/220-volt outlets
• Direct-dial satellite telephone
• WiFi access
• Flat-screen satellite TV
• Movies on-demand
• iPod™ player
• Desk with stationery
• Mini-bar
• Safe
• 24-hour room service

OWNER’S SUITE
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio + Jacuzzi)

3 GRAND DELUXE SUITES
(484 sq.ft. + 328 sq.ft. private patio)
13 PRESTIGE SUITES
(409 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
4 PRIVILEGE SUITES
(344 sq.ft. + 86 sq.ft. private balcony)
5 DELUXE SUITES
(291 sq.ft. + 65 sq.ft. private balcony)
13 DELUXE STATEROOMS
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)
66 PRESTIGE STATEROOMS
(205 sq.ft. + 43 sq.ft. private balcony)