In the heart of the Cyclades

8 days / 7 nights
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    In the heart of the Cyclades

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 29 July 2019 to 5 August 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G290719

    Cruise with PONANT on an exceptional itinerary and discover the treasures of the Cyclades. Step aboard the Le Bougainville in Athens for an 8-day cruise to the most beautiful Greek islands of the Aegean Sea.  

    Your voyage starts 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.

    The Cyclades capital, Syros Island, will surprise you with its authenticity and neo-classical architecture.

    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 also discover Mykonos. This is the ‘Queen of the Cyclades’, an island of white windmills, sinuous lanes and whitewashed buildings, with a small port where fishing boats and dinghies lazily bob at the foot of the terraces. Mykonos cannot fail to charm you. 

    Your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis and its monuments that form the most extraordinary architectural and artistic collection bequeathed by Ancient Greece to the rest of the world.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise in the Aegean Sea to discover the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades.
    • UNESCO World Heritages Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St John on Patmos, Delos.
    • Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Folegandros, Delos, Mykonos and their ancient ruins, mythology, typical landscapes and beaches.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$10,040
      AU$5,670
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$11,320
      AU$6,360
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$11,890
      AU$6,670
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$12,500
      AU$7,000
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$17,700
      AU$9,810
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      AU$17,700
      AU$9,810
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      AU$17,700
      AU$9,810
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$17,700
      AU$9,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$24,250
      AU$13,350
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      AU$25,490
      AU$14,020
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      AU$26,770
      AU$14,710
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      AU$26,770
      AU$14,710
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      AU$29,490
      AU$16,180
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      AU$29,490
      AU$16,180
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$33,460
      AU$16,990
      Not Available
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    LE BOUGAINVILLE

    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

    29 July 2019 – Patmos

    Athens

    Embarkation 29/07/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00 . Departure 29/07/2019 at 19H00 .

    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.

    30 July 2019 – Patmos

    30 July 2019 – Patmos

    Arrival 30/07/2019 midday. Departure 30/07/2019 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.

    31 July 2019 – Folegandros

    31 July 2019 – Folegandros

    Arrival 31/07/2019 early morning. Departure 31/07/2019 midday.

    Folegandros is a treasure concealed in the Cyclades archipelago. You approach this mountainous island from the south-east side of continental Greece. The blue and white houses built on a steep plateau in its main town, Chora, is a feast for the eyes. Why not climb up to the belvederes and admire the view of the Aegean and the port of Karavostasi. The jetty in Karavostasi port leads to a lovely beach where you can have fun in the turquoise water. Higher up, Ano Meria, a village surrounded by terrace farms, offers a magnificient panorama over the sea. Its local art museum allows visitors to discover the island’s safeguarded traditions.

    31 July 2019 – Agali, Folegandros (swim stop only)

    31 July 2019 – Agali, Folegandros (swim stop only)

    Arrival 31/07/2019 early afternoon. Departure 31/07/2019 early evening.

    Agali is a small fishing village set in the hollow of a magnificent creek on the wild coast of the island of Folegandros. Small white houses, sun-drenched hillsides, fine sandy beach, crystal-clear turquoise waters… you’ll enjoy this enchanted setting during a pleasant stop for swimming.

    1 August 2019 – Amorgos

    1 August 2019 – Amorgos

    Arrival 01/08/2019 early morning. Departure 01/08/2019 early evening.

    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.

    2 August 2019 – Syros

    2 August 2019 – Syros

    Arrival 02/08/2019 early morning. Departure 02/08/2019 early evening.

    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, the medieval town of Ano Syros allows to admire charming stairways and arched passageways, as well as small, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas. 

    3 August 2019 – Delos

    3 August 2019 – Delos

    Arrival 03/08/2019 early morning. Departure 03/08/2019 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.

    3 August 2019 – Mykonos

    3 August 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 03/08/2019 midday. Departure 03/08/2019 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.

    4 August 2019 – Hydra

    4 August 2019 – Hydra

    Arrival 04/08/2019 midday. Departure 04/08/2019 evening.

    This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

    5 August 2019▸4 August 2019 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 05/08/2019 at 07H00 .

    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.

    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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Christophe Barbier

    Christophe Barbier

    Christophe Barbier is a French journalist and editorial writer.

    A political reporter with Le Point (1990) and Europe 1 (1995), he headed up the political department at L’Express in 1996 and was made assistant editor in 2001. In August 2006 he was promoted to Managing Editor, a post he held until he left the management team in 2016. However, he remains its editorial writer and editorial advisor.

    He has put on several plays and is the principal director at the Théâtre de l’Archicube, the theatrical troupe at the École normale supérieure in Paris.

    He also worked for LCI which he left in 2011 and returned to I-Télé to present the editorial content and interview for a programme. Since August 2013, he has been on the morning info slot Team Toussaint, alongside Bruce Toussaint. In September 2016, he joined BFM TV.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Eric Garault /L'Express

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      28/07/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      590.00 AU$ **

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