A Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean
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QUINTESSENTIAL MUSIC THEME
A combination of extraordinary sightseeing with private recitals by classical musicians: that is what we offer on our Ponant Quintessential Music Theme voyages. A signature of these voyages is that the artists do not simply perform and then retreat to their staterooms; they participate fully in excursions and in life aboard ship. Travelers can expect to share their company over drinks or dinner and in informal conversation. The intimacy of concerts aboard ship and ashore—designed especially for this voyage—and the quality of the performing artists provide a truly unparalleled experience.
- Enjoy a series of exclusively-designed, private concerts aboard ship by our collection of world-class chamber musicians.
- Explore Athens’ Acropolis during a pre-cruise sightseeing tour.
- A private concert in the Duomo, Cathedral of Taormina, freaturing our accompanying musicians.
- Optional excursions to iconic sites in the Mediterranean including: The Monastery of St. John on Patmos; The Oracle of Apollo at Delphi; The Greek Temple at Taormina; Olympia; and
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOUGAINVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- Cruise Package
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom $4,480 Available Prestige Deck 4 $4,900 Available Prestige Deck 5 $5,090 Available Prestige Deck 6 $5,300 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $7,010 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 $7,010 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 $7,010 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $7,010 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $9,170 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite $9,580 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 $10,010 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 $10,010 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $10,910 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $10,910 Available Owner's Suite $15,720 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 first 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
AthensEmbarkation 20/09/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 20/09/2019 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.
21 September 2019 – PatmosArrival 21/09/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 21/09/2019 at 22H00 .
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.
22 September 2019 – SifnosArrival 22/09/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 22/09/2019 at 18H00 .
Nestling in the Cyclades, the harmonious 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 picturesque fortified village of Kastro: sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this spot is very much an open-air museum.
23 September 2019 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 23/09/2019 . Departure 23/09/2019 .
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 !
23 September 2019 – IteaArrival 23/09/2019 at 13H30 . Departure 23/09/2019 at 19H00 .
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.
24 September 2019 – KatakolonArrival 24/09/2019 at 07H00 . Departure 24/09/2019 at 13H00 .
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 to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.
25 September 2019 – Taormina, SicilyArrival 25/09/2019 at 12H30 . Departure 25/09/2019 at 19H00 .
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.
26 September 2019 – NaplesArrival 26/09/2019 at 12H30 . Departure 26/09/2019 at 18H00 .
More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.
Civitavecchia (Rome)Disembarkation 27/09/2019 at 08H00 .
Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.
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.
PONANT Quintessential Collection™ voyages are designed for travelers who want to engage with the world in order to understand it. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, these voyages include a pre- or post-cruise stay with excursions relevant to the theme, lectures and performances aboard ship by world class experts and musicians, and one or two exceptional activities ashore that encourage guests to embrace the sights and sounds, tastes and smells of the local culture.
Quintessential Collection included cruise package
Your Quintessential Music Theme
Thursday, September 19
You will be met at the airport and transferred to your 5-star hotel (Grand Bretagne, Royal Olympic, or similar) located in central Athens.
The afternoon is free to rest or to explore Athens on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail Reception, where Michael Parloff, our musicians, and your Tour Manager will introduce the program ahead.
Friday, September 20
Begins with included breakfast at the hotel. After check out, join an excursion to the Acropolis, where we explore the stunning architectural marvel of the Parthenon, built in the 5th-century b.c. as a temple to the city’s protector, the goddess Athena. Tour the Acropolis Museum, an award winning collection of artifacts from excavations of the Acropolis, housed in a modern state-of-the-art building specially designed for the purpose. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier in Piraeus to embark Le Bougainville.
Wednesday, September 25
Our call in Taormina begins with a tour of the Greek theater – offering dramatic views of Mt. Etna and of the Bay of Naxos – and time to amble among Taormina’s quaint streets and gardens. The highlight of our visit, however, will be a private concert at Taormina’s medieval Cathedral, featuring a selection of Sicilianos from composers including Bach and Fauré.
You will be staying in one of Athens' centrally located, premiere hotels - Grand Bretagne, King George, Royal Olympic, or similar.
- All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
- Transfers and luggage handling from the Athens airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
- Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
- Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
- Transfer from the ship to airport in Rome at the end of the cruise.
- Meals and beverages other than those specified above
- Optional excursions
- Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, Internet, etc.)
This voyage is offered on a space available basis.
Program is subject to change without notice.
Michael Parloff, Artistic Director and Lecturer, was Principal Flutist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra from 1977 until his retirement in 2008 and has been heard regularly as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. Highly respected as a lecturer and teacher, he gives regular presentations at the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and Music@Menlo and masterclasses at major conservatories and university music schools in the United States and abroad. A member of the flute faculty at Manhattan School of Music since 1985, Mr. Parloff is the founder and Artistic Director of Parlance Chamber Concerts in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Photo credit: Elizabeth Veneskey
Flutist Jasmine Choi, whom The Philadelphia Inquirer declared “A major talent with a robust tone,” performs more than 100 concerts a year in all of the major musical capitals of the world. She has recently been featured as a soloist, chamber musician, and in recital in Berlin, Vienna, Saint Petersburg, Seoul, Paris, London, and New York City. Her infinite curiosity has led her to make her own arrangements of major works, including the Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky violin concertos, as well as recent world-premieres of works composed by Detlev Glanert, Taxu Kim, and Mark Laycock. In 2015, she was selected as one of the top ten flutists in music history by Sinfini Magazine UK.
Cellist Nicholas Canellakis has become known as one of the most sought-after and innovative performers of his generation. The New York Times praised his playing as “impassioned,” saying “the audience was seduced by Mr. Canellakis’s rich, alluring tone.” He performs regularly with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society in Alice Tully Hall and on tours throughout the world and has also been a guest artist at many of the world’s leading music festivals, including Santa Fe, La Jolla, Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Verbier, and Aspen. He is the coartistic director of the Sedona Winter MusicFest in Arizona and is on the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
Photo credit: MattDine
Equally acclaimed as a pianist and composer, Michael Brown has been described as “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers” (The New York Times). A recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Mr. Brown appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras from Seattle to Germany and recently made his solo recital debuts at New York City’s 92nd Street Y and Zurich’s Tonhalle. As a member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Mr. Brown performs regularly in New York City, on tour throughout the U.S., and he recently shared a Lincoln Center recital with his longtime duo partner, cellist Nicholas Canellakis.
Violinist Kristin Lee enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. A 2015 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, she has performed concertos with orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad and recitals at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, and the Kumho Art Gallery in Seoul. As a chamber musician, she is an artist of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society and has made appearances at Music@Menlo, Sarasota, Ravinia, El Sistema in Caracas, and the Perlman Music Program. Ms. Lee earned a master’s degree from The Juilliard School where she served as an assistant teacher in Itzhak Perlman’s studio.
Photo credit: Arthur Moeller