Ancient Treasures of the Mediterranean
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- A cruise in partnership with le Mucem.
- A cruise to discover the finest ancient sites of Greece, with two ports of call in Turkey.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), Delos, the sacred island, the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos, the historical sites of Ephesus from Kusadasi and Pergamum from Dikili.
- Possibility of visiting Athens before your cruise.
- A varied cruise, including lively cities, historic and cultural sites and beaches of unique charm.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOUGAINVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- Mucem partnership
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
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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 25/10/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 25/10/2019 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. 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.
26 October 2019 – NafplionArrival 26/10/2019 midday. Departure 26/10/2019 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.
27 October 2019 – ParosArrival 27/10/2019 midday. Departure 27/10/2019 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.
28 October 2019 – DelosArrival 28/10/2019 early morning. Departure 28/10/2019 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.
28 October 2019 – MykonosArrival 28/10/2019 early afternoon. Departure 28/10/2019 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.
29 October 2019 – PatmosArrival 29/10/2019 early morning. Departure 29/10/2019 early 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.
30 October 2019 – KusadasiArrival 30/10/2019 early morning. Departure 30/10/2019 evening.
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.
31 October 2019 – DikiliArrival 31/10/2019 early morning. Departure 31/10/2019 midday.
The charming harbour city of Dikili is located on the west coast in the province of Izmir. It’s shoreline of turquoise waters is an invitation to come. In the shade of maritime pines, the streets in the town centre will win your favour with their fresh fruit juice stands and honey cakes. You can also go on a wander inland and visit the Pergamon acropolis.
IstanbulDisembarkation 01/11/2019 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. 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.
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.
Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.
The cruise from Athens to Istanbul is part of a cycle of cruises, conceived in 2016 by PONANT and the Mucem (Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean), national museum which opened its doors in Marseille in 2013 . These cruises address the themes presented in the Mucem Permanent Gallery entitled "Connectivités". This exhibition is devoted to the relations between the great coastal cities of the Mediterranean of the 16th and 17th centuries and prolongs the reflection until the contemporary period. This approach, inspired by the great historian Fernand Braudel, was chosen by the Mucem to trace the Mediterranean history by inscribing it in a long time, thus going beyond the traditional historical narrative with strict chronological boundaries.
Adrien Joly, and Émilie Girard, Scientific Director of Mucem, will give four lectures aboard the Bougainville. These conferences will deal with archaeological, historical and geopolitical themes. They will provide you with a better understanding of the Mediterranean area and a more in-depth look at some of the sites on offer. The four lectures given aboard the Bougainville will address the following topics:
- An introduction to the Mediterranean.
- The Greek Pantheon in ancient times.
- Art and architecture in the first Christian times.
- Istanbul, capital of the Ottoman Empire.
General Commissioner. Head curator, head of the History section of Mucem
She managed the Marseille History Museum from its inception in 1983 until 2007 and has helped to run many other museums including those in Cartagena and El Jem in Tunisia. From 2007 to 2010, she was head of the Culture Department of Senghor University, based in Alexandria. Since 2011, she has been curator of the Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem).
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Yves Inchierman
Resources Development Director of MuCEM
After graduating with a degree in History from the University of Sussex and a Masters in the Arts And Cultural Professions from the University of Lyon II, Adrien Joly started his career in museums in the UK, in Brighton, working as a guide, in charge of interpretation at the museum. In this role, he gave a number of conferences on historical subjects that were as varied as they were specialised.
His fluent English meant that Adrien was recruited by the Chateau of Versailles to manage international patronage. He joined the MuCEM team in 2011, working to ensure the success of the opening and developing the Museum’s resources.
Languages spoken: French, English
Credit photo: ARR
Emeritus Professor of Universities
Economist, he devoted the first part of his work to the economic and social forecast, and more particularly to the relations between long-term forecasts and short-term forecasts. His state thesis, was entitled: "Prospective and Conjuncture - Methodological study”.
In a second time, he devoted his work to the geographical economy - and more particularly to the regional economy - and to regional planning and urban planning. While giving lectures in many universities as a Senior Lecturer, Bernard Morel led a political career, first as Chief of Staff to the President of the PACA Region (1998-2001), then as a member of the Economic Council and Regional Social PACA (2007-2010) of which he chaired the prospective section. He was also councilor (1st sector of Marseille) and vice-president of the Urban Community of Marseille from 2008 to March 2013.
Vice-President of the Regional Council from 2010 to 2015, for employment and economic development. From 2014 to 2015, he was the President of the Euroméditerranée in Marseille. He is the author or co-author of 17 books and about a hundred articles.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: ARR
Chief curator, Emilie Girard joined the Mucem team in 2006. In 2008, she became head of the museum's collections department, where she led, among other things, the building site that enabled the transfer from Paris to Marseille of the entire collections and funds kept, and the establishment of the Mucem Conservation and Resource Centre, which she leads today. Since 2016, she is also in charge of the "Beliefs and Religions" section of the museum, in connection with her initial training in Christian archeology and Coptic language. For several years, she has been organizing professional training courses, particularly on religious heritage, and is also a regular curator of exhibitions at Mucem (such as the Galerie de la Méditerranée in 2013, Food in 2014, A genius without a pedestal, Picasso and the arts and popular traditions in 2016 and Let’s dance in 2019).
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: ARR
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
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