Splendours of the Western Mediterranean
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- Before your cruise, the possibility of discovering Valletta, capital of Malta, voted European Capital of Culture for 2018.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Valletta (disembarkation port), the temples of Ggantija on the island of Gozo, Mount Etna from Taormina and its Greek Theatre, Delphi from Itea, the Acropolis from the disembarkation port in Athens.
- Sicily with the call at Taormina.
- An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOUGAINVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
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Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom AU$6,640 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$7,440 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$6,340 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$8,200 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$11,490 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 AU$9,290 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 AU$9,290 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$11,490 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$12,620 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite AU$16,440 Not Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 AU$17,260 Not Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 AU$13,910 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 AU$15,280 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 AU$18,980 Not Available Owner's Suite AU$19,940 Available
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
VallettaEmbarkation 15/06/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/06/2020 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. You can visit the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.
16 June 2020 – Mgarr, Gozo IslandArrival 16/06/2020 early morning. Departure 16/06/2020 early evening.
Located to the north of Malta, a lot less urbanised than its larger sibling and protected from mass tourism, the small island of Gozo has managed to remain natural and authentic. Lush hills and valleys alternate with a mosaic of cultivated fields. The buildings, some of which are medieval, are built from honey-coloured limestone and blend in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. Gozo also boasts a unique historic site that is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the megalithic temples of Ggantija near the town of Xaghra. An archaeological museum adjoining the site presents a number of objects that were found there. Red-sand beaches and a crystal-clear sea add to the calm and serenity of Gozo.
17 June 2020 – Taormina, SicilyArrival 17/06/2020 early morning. Departure 17/06/2020 midday.
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
18 June 2020 – KatakolonArrival 18/06/2020 midday. Departure 18/06/2020 early evening.
This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.
19 June 2020 – IteaArrival 19/06/2020 early morning. Departure 19/06/2020 midday.
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.
19 June 2020 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 19/06/2020. Departure 19/06/2020.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!
20 June 2020 – Kamares, SifnosArrival 20/06/2020 early morning. Departure 20/06/2020 early evening.
Nestling in the Cyclades, the harmonious and much less crowded island of Sifnos is home to many treasures. Exploited since antiquity for its gold and silver mines, this little-known pearl boasts gentle landscapes and is a botanical paradise. The rich endemic flora can be admired along the island’s mountain paths that have been trodden for thousands of years. From the main port of Kamares, set off to discover the nearby sandy beach which runs along a lagoon and whose dunes are covered in sea daffodils. The picturesque fortified village of Kastro is another of the island’s wonders. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this spot, where people have lived since prehistoric times, is very much an open-air museum.
21 June 2020 – HydraArrival 21/06/2020 late morning. Departure 21/06/2020 late afternoon.
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.
AthensDisembarkation 22/06/2020 at 08H00 .
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.
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.
Eric Emmanuel Schmitt
Born 1960, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt is a Franco-Belgian playwright, short-story writer, novelist and film director.
A philosophy graduate, with a PhD, he made his first mark on the theatre with Don Juan on Trial in 1991, then The Visitor which has become a classic on the international repertoire. Other successes in theatre and film quickly followed including Enigma Variations with Alain Delon and Francis Huster; The Libertine with Bernard Giraudeau; Frederick or Crime Boulevard with Jean-Paul Belmondo; Between Worlds with Rufus; Partners in Crime with Charlotte Rampling and Bernard Giraudeau; and Oscar and the Lady in Pink with Danielle Darrieux, to name a few.
Within two decades, he became one of the most widely read and performed French-language authors in the world. Praised by both the public and critics, his plays have won him several Molière awards and Académie française theatre Grand Prix prizes. His books have been translated into 43 languages and his plays are regularly performed in over 50 countries.
In 2016 Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt was unanimously elected by his peers to be a member of the Goncourt Jury where he occupies the n°2 place of Jules Renard, Sacha Guitry and Edmonde Charles-Roux. On 21 July the same year, he was made Commander of the Order of the Crown by King Philippe of Belgium.
Language spoken: French
Photo credit: Catherine Cabrol
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