Succumb to the pleasure of an 8-day Mediterranean brand new cruise between Greece and Turkey. PONANT invites you aboard Le Jacques-Cartier for an unforgettable journey to discover exceptional islands and cities.
From Athens, you will discover the island of Hydra, famous for its incomparable light and the calm of its small streets on which all motorised traffic is banned.
Le Jacques-Cartier will then set sail to the charming town of Nafplion, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The island of Syros is the next port of call on your cruise: the Cyclades capital will surprise you with its authenticity and neo-classical architecture.
Next, you will sail to the island of Patmos. Known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea”, this island, where Saint John is said to have written the Apocalypse, offers unique landscapes combining white sandy beaches and rocky coves.
You will leave the Greek Islands for Turkey’s Turquoise Coast and the magnificent Bodrum. Offering historical visits to the remains of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus or the famous Castle of St Peter or the Museum Of Underwater Archaeology, and the chance for a relaxing break on its stunning beaches, Bodrum is sure to win your heart.
You will end your exploration of the Turkish coast with a call at Fethiye, a bustling city where miles of azure shoreline rest against the foothills of wooded mountains. From here, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the Xanthos site, the old sanctuary of Leto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Before making your way to Antalya, your final destination.
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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.
The evolving COVID-19 health formalities are available in real time by clicking here.
Given the particularly changing international sanitary context, this itinerary as well as the land programmes and shore excursions may have to evolve according to port authorisations and governmental regulations in force at the time of your trip.
Therefore, for even greater peace of mind, we strongly recommend that you book your land programmes before and after your cruise with PONANT.
Health formalities related to COVID-19 will be confirmed to you before your departure.
In this exceptional context, your safety remains our first priority. The effectiveness of our procedures, our cutting-edge medical equipment and the smaller scale of our ships means we can offer maximum safety so that you can relax and enjoy your cruise. The revised passenger circuit and our enhanced hygiene measures can be found on this page: https://au.ponant.com/sail-with-confidence.
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.
Ideal clothes for life on board:
During the days spent on board, you are advised to wear comfortable clothes or casual outfits. The entire ship is air-conditioned, so a light sweater, a light jacket or a shawl may be necessary. When moving about in the public areas of the ship and the decks, light but comfortable shoes are recommended.
In the evening, you are advised to wear smart-casual attire, especially when dining in our restaurants where wearing shorts and tee-shirts is not allowed.
Depending on the itinerary and the program of your cruise, an Officer’s Evening with a white dress code may be organized. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a stylish white outfit for the occasion (otherwise black and white).
During the cruise, two gala evenings will be organised on board. Thus, we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.
A small shop is available on board offering a wide range of outfits, jewellery, leather goods and many accessories.
A laundry service (washing/ironing) is available on board, but unfortunately there are no dry cleaning services. For safety reasons, your cabin is not equipped with an iron.
OUTFITS ON BOARD:
In your hand luggage, remember to bring any medicines that you need, and possibly a small spare bag of toiletries (in case of delay in the delivery of your baggage by the airline). Remember to always have your travel documents with you in case you need them: hotel vouchers, cruise vouchers, return flight tickets... Never leave them in your hold luggage.
All our cabins have a safe. We recommend not to go ashore with valuable jewellery.
6 November 2021 Athens
Embarkation 6/11/2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Departure 6/11/2021 at 7:00 pm
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.
7 November 2021 Hydra
Arrival 7/11/2021 midday
Departure 7/11/2021 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.
8 November 2021 Nafplion
Arrival 8/11/2021 early morning
Departure 8/11/2021 late afternoon
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Do not 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.
9 November 2021 Syros
Arrival 9/11/2021 early morning
Departure 9/11/2021 early afternoon
Located to the west of Mykonos, Syros is an attractive island in the Cyclades. The island has been inhabited since ancient times and Ermoupolis, its capital, built in an amphitheatre, is spread over two hills. You may wish to visit its archaeological museum and 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.
10 November 2021 Patmos
Arrival 10/11/2021 early morning
Departure 10/11/2021 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 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.
11 November 2021 Bodrum
Arrival 11/11/2021 early morning
Departure 11/11/2021 late afternoon
Bodrum is located one of the bays of Mugla on the west coast of Turkey. At the harbour entrance, you’ll can’t miss The Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John, the town’s emblem. Here you will be able to visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed within the castle precincts. In the centre, the passages shaded by arbours abound with diverse craft shops and ice-cream cafés where you can sit out and enjoy refreshing citrus fruit sorbets. A few streets away, the archaeological site of the Halicarnasse mausoleum invites you to experience the old town’s past, just as the old theatre does, built on the slopes of the hillside looking out over the bay of Bodrum.
12 November 2021 Fethiye
Arrival 12/11/2021 early morning
Departure 12/11/2021 early afternoon
In the south-west of Turkey, Fethiye is a small seaside paradise nestled along the Turquoise Coast. Its natural harbour is one of the most beautiful in the region, revealing a magnificent bay dotted with adorable small islands, while the hinterland exposes the Taurus mountain chain, stretching on to Asia. At the end of the bay, a pleasant atmosphere pervades the narrow streets, small shops and street stalls in the old town. The history of Fethiye can be discovered through the ruins of the ancient city of Telmessos, including the ancient amphitheatre and the Lycian tombs sculpted into the cliff face. Among these is the Tomb of Amyntas, dating back to the 4th century before the current era. The ruins also make a magnificent scenic lookout offering panoramic views of the bay below. The town is also the gateway to the exceptional Xanthos-Letoon site, sanctuary of the goddess Leto, mother of the gods Artemis and Apollo. The vestiges of the three Lycian temples where the gods were worshipped for eight centuries are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
13 November 2021 Antalya
Arrival 13/11/2021 early morning
Disembarkation 13/11/2021 at 7:00 am
On the Turkish Mediterranean coast, discover the seaside resort of Antalya. While the city sports magnificent fine sandy beaches, it is also known for its significant historical heritage. Many vestiges bear witness to the importance of this former Roman port, such as Hadrian's Gate, built in the year 130 in honour of the visiting emperor. In the old town, it is possible to admire magnificent Ottoman houses with flowery gardens, as well as the broken minaret, built on the ruins of a former Byzantine church. The city’s surroundings also provide an opportunity to discover major archaeological sites, such as that of the ancient city of Aspendos, renowned for its impressive Roman theatre.
The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, port and waterfront unspoiled by motorised vehicles. This island offers a rugged charm and many scenes to discover.
From the pier, follow your guide on a walking exploration through the island's historical landmarks. Your first stop will be the Hydra Museum - Historical Archives where you may admire 19th century paintings of considerable artistic value as well as rich documental and photographic material detailing the long maritime tradition and history of the island.
Continuing your walk around the port, you will visit the Church of the Dormitian, which houses icons, chandeliers and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said one of the chandeliers was stolen from Louis XIV and given to the church.
Enjoy a coffee or a refreshment together with Hydra's local sweet " amygdaloto" at a promenade local coffee shop.
Next, take the road uphill to reach Koundouriotis Mansion, one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th century architecture of Hydra. Built in 1780 by the ship owner Lazaros Koundouriotis, it now houses various items from the National Historical Museum of Athens, such as traditional costumes, jewellery, fine embroideries, pottery and wood-carvings.
Enjoy a leisurely walk through Hydra's little alleys and stone houses before your return to the port.
Total : €45
From the pier, board your coach for a 45-minute drive to Epidaurus.
At a distance of 18.5 miles (30 km) east from Nafplion, lies Epidaurus known for its ancient theatre. Considered as one of the most important sanctuaries in the ancient world, Epidaurus was dedicated to the god of Medicine, Asklepios. The world-famous Theatre of Epidaurus, built in the 4th century BC, is a marvel of harmony and acoustics and the best preserved ancient theatre in Greece. Built in limestone, it can welcome 12,000 spectators.
Next, re-board your coach for a drive to the archaeological site of Mycenae. The first in-depth excavations were carried out in 1876 by the German archaeologist Schliemann who was obsessed with finding the grave of King Agamemnon. His diligent work exposed the famous Lions Gate, the entrance to the city which contains the shaft burial graves of some ancient nobles. A short distance away is the Beehive Tomb, so called due to its unusual shape.
Finally, you will board your coach for a 30-minute drive to Nafplion.
Total : €80
Syros is a cosmopolitan island with a rich history. Today Syros is the administrative centre of all the Cyclades.
From the pier, meet your guide and walk to town. Visit Syros’ town hall, the work of the well-known Austrian architect Schiller. Its foundations were laid in 1876 and the building was completed at the end of the 19th century.
Then, you will visit the Church of Saint Nicholas, the patron and protector of Syros seafarers. The church was built between 1848 and 1905. You can see its blue dome and bell tower.
Next, visit the Church of the Dormition of the Virgin (Greek Orthodox Church), which houses the Dormition of the Virgin Mary by Domenicos Theotokopoulos (El Greco). The icon was, in all probability, transferred from Venice some time during the past century. In 1983, the signing of the Greco revealed by cleaning of this work showed for the first time the artist had started his career as an icon painter.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to "Sykoutris" traditional loukoumi workshop, which has been running since 1928 and is considered as one of the best in Syros. Loukoumi is the traditional dessert of the island, made of sugar and water boiled together and it is said that Syros loukoumi is unique, due to the use of local water.
Finally, you can either return to the ship or remain in town.
Total : €30
From the pier, board your coach for a drive to the Saint John Monastery. Overlooking Skala port and the island’s southern region, this medieval monastery looks more like a fortress than a house of prayer. It was built to repel attacks by pirates.
In the year 95 AD, Saint John the Evangelist was banished from Ephesus and exiled to Patmos, which in the days of the Roman Empire was where those who were exiled were sent.
In 1088, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos authorised Saint Christodoulos, an abbot from Asia Minor, to erect a monastery in memory of Saint John. The whole island was yielded to the monastery. The adjoining Theotokos Chapel has frescoes dating back to the 12th century. Other Byzantine treasures are found in the monastery. Today this holy place is a veritable museum of Byzantine art thanks to the countless frescoes, icons, holy objects and manuscripts contained within its walls.
After visiting the monastery, a short drive away, will take you to the Apocalypse Cave where the final chapter of the New Testament was revealed to John the Apostle. The Book of Revelation prophecy came to him through a symbolic vision and was written in Greek. This cave was the house of the evangelist and now is surrounded by a monastery and school of theology. You can see the resting place outlined in beaten silver where St John laid his head every night. To the right the rock is shaped like a pulpit and is where the disciple, Prochoros, wrote the revelation as dictated by John.
Finally, you will re-board your coach for the drive back to the pier.
Total : €60
This tour, covering the south side of the island, not only gives you the opportunity of discovering hidden places but also an opportunity to photograph the most amazing land and seascapes along.
From the pier, board your minibus to the old village of Chora, the island’s capital and a photographer’s paradise! Your first experience is a panoramic view right over the island and over the 11th century monastery built like a fort, standing with proud dominance. You will be guided through Chora’s labyrinth of winding cobbled streets and maze of arched alleyways. The settlement of white-washed houses dating from 16th century, reflects the light casting shadows and creating geometric patterns. The alleys, arches and doorways display a harmonious balance revealing subtle architectural details which, through your lens, can become exciting atmospheric images trapped in time.
You will continue with a short drive to the top of Profit Illias Mountain, the highest point of the island - 880 feet (269 m) above sea level.
Continue to Diakofti stopping off to photograph the view of the mystical rock of Petra and then go to a boatyard. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the local islanders at work and the streamline shapes of vessels in dry dock.
After a local refreshment, and your camera full of great images, you will return to Skala port.
Total : €70
You will be taken to Bodrum’s old town by mini-bus. Here you will have an opportunity to explore this fascinating ancient fortress.
The Castle of St. Peter was built by the Knights of Rhodes between 1415 and 1513 in honour of the saint. On this occasion they used stone and marble from the Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, for its construction. The highest point is the French Tower which rises to 47.5 metres (155 ft) above sea-level. There are four other towers each reflecting the architectural style of the nations who built them: the English Tower, the Spanish Tower, the German Tower and the Italian Tower. As they had such a powerful fleet, the Knights built a smallish wall looking out to sea and a much thicker, more fortified one facing the mainland. When the Ottomans took over the castle in 1523, they converted the chapel into a mosque and much later added a Hammam. After 1895 the castle was turned into a prison, and then in 1960 it became a museum housing numerous undersea archaeological discoveries. The terrace garden features an unusual collection of typical Mediterranean plants, some of which are steeped in the mythology of the ancient Greeks and Romans. For example, myrtle is the plant of love and Aphrodite.
After this visit you will be taken to the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (ancient Bodrum). The Mausoleum was built as a tomb for the Carian King Mausolus between 353 and 350 BC, and was conceived by his wife and sister Artemisia II of Caria. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the tomb is today an open air museum, and they believe that it was originally around 55 metres (180 ft) in height. The structure and the elaborate reliefs which adorn the tomb were the work of Greek architects and the most talented sculptors of that period. The tomb survived intact for over 1,500 years until it was almost totally destroyed by an earthquake. The Knights of Rhodes did further damage when they removed any usable materials to build the Castle of Saint Peter in the 15th century.
Total : €55
From the pier, board your coach for a 30-minute drive to Etrim.
Etrim is one of the Halikarnassos Peninsula's oldest and most untouched villages.
For 30 years now, “Etrim Carpets” has been involved in preserving the local weaving and natural dye techniques and to make carpets from the region as well as greater Turkey known beyond borders. Detailed tutorials on weaving techniques, design and dyes are also offered to the visitors.
Engin Basol now runs the Etrim Weavers Association, which establishes a direct link with local weavers to protect and spread this ancestral skill. A visit to Engin's family home, which is now the showcase for beautiful carpets from all over Turkey, will end with a snack. You will taste a Turkish pastry with cheese called “Gozleme“ served with a tea.
You will then head back to Bodrum. Before arriving at the pier, you will make a photo stop at the ancient theatre of Halikarnassos built around the 4th century BC. This theatre is a witness to the great past of Bodrum, and it is one of the best-preserved structures of ancient Halikarnassos.
Total : €40
The story of the city of Xanthos, one of the most interesting and attractive sites on the Mediterranean Coast, is a tragic one. It was once the capital of Lydia, and the richest and most powerful of the Lydian cities. In the 6th century BC, however, the Lydian Empire was at war with the Persian Empire, whose commander Harpagos was laying ruin to Xanthos. Rather than fighting to the death and watching their beautiful city overtaken by the Persians, the warriors of Xanthos went back and burned their city, including all of the women and children, their wives and mothers, in 545 BC. The families that survived this mass suicide rebuilt the town together with other immigrants. In the 5th century BC, the city was again ravaged by a great fire of unknown cause. In 42 BC Xanthos was devastated by Brutus and rebuilt by Marcus Antonius a year later.
Not surprising for a city of such a history, Xanthos is known for its monumental tombs. According to the Lycian faith, the lid of the tomb is shaped as an overturned boat, for “Life is like a boat flowing down the river, and with death, the boat sinks”. Two tombs that tower above the upper seats of the theatre and an inscribed obelisk have become the trademarks of the site.
After Xanthos, you will visit Letoon. Partly submerged by a rising water table, the site’s principal features are the foundations of three great temples that once stood here, dedicated to Leto and her children Apollo and Artemis. After admiring the faded glory of these once massive structures, you will continue your visit to a Hellenistic stoa and the well-preserved theatre standing, timelessly, among local farmlands.
Total : €50
Aboard your ship, English-speaking lecturer will enlighten you about the culture and history of your destination to deepen your knowledge of the origins of local traditions, the history of emblematic sites, the stories involving famous personalities and those of major historical significance. During on-board lectures or your shore visits, this expert will be there to share his precious knowledge with you throughout your PONANT cruise.
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