Discovering the Levant

9 days / 8 nights
    New itinerary
    Discovering the Levant

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 27 November 2019 to 5 December 2019
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Antalya
    Arrival Port : Antalya

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P271119

    Nine days in the heart of a region blessed with unparalleled cultural richness: this is the programme that PONANT is offering during this brand-new cruise. Aboard Le Ponant, our three-mast yacht, you will sail the seas of the Near East, and discover some of the finest jewels of the great civilisations.  

    You will board your ship in Antalya. With its Roman port, picturesque narrow streets and beautiful Ottoman homes this town, lying on the southern coast of Turkey, has maintained its many charms.

    From Beirut, the Lebanese capital, do not miss the visit to Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, this is one of the oldest cities in the world. One can observe the many vestiges of an extremely rich past, marked by the dissemination of the Phoenician alphabet.

    Your ship will then sail towards the coast of Cyprus. Lying at the extreme east of the Mediterranean Basin, this island is the crossroads of many civilisations and offers plenty of discoveries, with beaches, mountains, Byzantine chapels and Ottoman caravanserais.

    The end of your cruise will include a port of call at Ashdod, where you can visit Jerusalem with its instantly recognisable Dome of the Rock, Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and Massada a majestic fortress looming over the Dead Sea.

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    Highlights

    • A brand-new cruise to the heart of the Levant, to discover exceptional sites that have marked the history of the Mediterranean Basin.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the rupestrian sites of Cappadocia (before your cruise), Byblos (from Beirut), Massada (from Ashdod).
    • Before your cruise, you have the opportunity to discover the sublime region of Cappadocia with its “fairy chimneys”, its troglodyte homes and its rock-hewn sanctuaries.
    • Discover Cyprus, the Island of Aphrodite, with its varied landscapes and multiple cultural influences.
    • Visit many of the emblematic sites in the history of religions: Jerusalem, the Holy City, and Bethlehem, the cradle of Christianity.

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    MARIE GALANTE

    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 30%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    MARIE GALANTE PREMIUM

    • Capacity : up to 3 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • Double bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 30%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    ANTIGUA

    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access Wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 30%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

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    Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are Frenchstyle cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of « Yacht Cruising ».

    Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy access to the sea for swimming from her marina), Le Ponant, PONANT’s symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

     

     

    Port of call & excursions

    27 November 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Antalya

    Embarkation 27/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 27/11/2019 at 18H00 .

    28 November 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    28 November 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 28/11/2019. Departure 28/11/2019.

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. 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 relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    29 November 2019 – Beirut

    29 November 2019 – Beirut

    Arrival 29/11/2019 early morning. Departure 29/11/2019 early evening.

    30 November 2019 – Larnaca

    30 November 2019 – Larnaca

    Arrival 30/11/2019 early morning. Departure 30/11/2019 midday.

    1 December 2019▸2 December 2019 – Ashdod

    1 December 2019▸2 December 2019 – Ashdod

    Arrival 01/12/2019 early morning. Departure 02/12/2019 late afternoon.

    3 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    3 December 2019 – At sea aboard Le Ponant

    Arrival 03/12/2019. Departure 03/12/2019.

    During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. 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 relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

    4 December 2019 – Antalya

    4 December 2019 – Antalya

    Arrival 04/12/2019 early morning. Departure 04/12/2019.

    5 December 2019▸4 December 2019 – Antalya

    Antalya

    Disembarkation 05/12/2019 at 08H00 .

    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.

    • 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.

    • Lebanon: for this transit-call European, Australian, Canadian and US citizens will be granted a shore-pass valid for the duration of the call, provided they have no Israeli stamp in their passport. 

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