From Athens to the Turquoise Coast

9 days / 8 nights
    New itinerary
    From Athens to the Turquoise Coast

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 19 November 2019 to 27 November 2019
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Antalya

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P191119

    Embark on a 9-day cruise aboard our three-master Le Ponant, to discover the most beautiful sites of the Aegean Sea and Turkey.  

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

    Other pearls of the Cyclades now await you: the unique Santorini, unfurling the grandiose circle of its caldera, and Mykonos, with its paved small streets and blue-and-white houses.

    Your voyage continues with sightseeing around Patmos. Also known as the 'Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea', this divine island features unique landscapes that blend long white beaches with rocky coves.

    Le Ponant will then sail towards Kusadasi, gateway to the fabulous ancient site of Ephesus and its huge library, a real jewel of white marble.

    Your ship will then take you to Rhodes, whose old medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, is surrounded by ramparts. It is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and, like Alexandria, it was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: its famous Colossus.

    Ponant Bonus
    See the map Request a quote Add to my wishlist

    Highlights

    • A cruise between Greece and Turkey, to see the most beautiful sites in the Aegean Sea.
    • The possibility of visiting Athens, cradle of the gods, before your cruise.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation port), the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, the site of Ephesus from Kusadasi, Rhodes.  
    • Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Syros, Santorin, Mykonos.
    • The spectacular caldera of Santorini and its steep cliffs.
    • The castle and the Lycian tombs of Kekova.
    • After 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.

    • program-8485207
    • program-8485208
    • program-8485209
    • program-8485204

    Staterooms & Suites

    • MARIE GALANTE
      AU$9,630
      AU$7,550
      Not Available
    • MARIE GALANTE PREMIUM
      AU$11,120
      AU$8,690
      Not Available
    • ANTIGUA
      AU$11,120
      AU$8,690
      Not Available
    Back

    There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.

    LE PONANT

    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT
    • LE PONANT

    LE PONANT

    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

    19 November 2019 – Syros

    Athens

    Embarkation 19/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/11/2019 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.

    20 November 2019 – Syros

    20 November 2019 – Syros

    Arrival 20/11/2019 midday. Departure 20/11/2019 late afternoon.

    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 amphitheatre 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. 

    21 November 2019 – Santorini

    21 November 2019 – Santorini

    Arrival 21/11/2019 early morning. Departure 21/11/2019 late afternoon.

    The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

    22 November 2019 – Mykonos

    22 November 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 22/11/2019 early morning. Departure 22/11/2019 early 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.

    23 November 2019 – Patmos

    23 November 2019 – Patmos

    Arrival 23/11/2019 early morning. Departure 23/11/2019 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.

    24 November 2019 – Kusadasi

    24 November 2019 – Kusadasi

    Arrival 24/11/2019 early morning. Departure 24/11/2019 late afternoon.

    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.

    25 November 2019 – Rhodes

    25 November 2019 – Rhodes

    Arrival 25/11/2019 mid morning. Departure 25/11/2019 early 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.

    26 November 2019 – Kekova Island

    26 November 2019 – Kekova Island

    Arrival 26/11/2019 early morning. Departure 26/11/2019 mid afternoon.

    27 November 2019▸26 November 2019 – Antalya

    Antalya

    Disembarkation 27/11/2019 at 07H00 .

    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.

    Ponant also recommends

    From Antarctica to Africa

    from 3 March 2019 to 24 March 2019

    Baffin Bay Secrets

    from 15 August 2019 to 28 August 2019

    • Kangerlussuaq - Kangerlussuaq
    • Ship : LE BOREAL

    Green and Gentle Lands: Exploring Gardens and Historic Sites

    from 14 May 2019 to 22 May 2019

    Request a quote
    Need information ?