Golf in the Mediterranean

8 days / 7 nights
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    Golf in the Mediterranean

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 28 June 2018 to 5 July 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Valletta
    Arrival Port : Nice

    Ship : LE PONANT

    • Ref : P280618

    In partnership with Figaro Golf.

    During this 8-day cruise, Le Figaro and PONANT invite you to combine the pleasures of sailing and your golf swing in the heart of the Mediterranean’s idyllic landscapes.

    For this new “Golf Special” edition, you will set sail aboard Le Ponant to discover a series of carefully chosen courses.

    You will chart a course towards prestigious addresses and will enjoy the incomparable beauty of the scenery around you.

    Whether you are an experienced or an amateur player, you will be able to tee off in stimulating settings, between authentic villages and breathtaking panoramas.

    You will embark in Valletta. This capital, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to many historical sites: St John's Cathedral, the Grandmaster's Palace and the churches of Our Lady of Victory, St Catherine and il Gesù.

    In Sicily, you will discover the village of Trapani and the town of Porto Empedocle, lands full of charm, from high cliffs and long beaches to archaeological treasures and authentic traditions.

    Porto Cervo will then unfurl its small Italian streets and its marina, playing host to boats small and large all year long.

    Before your port of call in Cannes, you will head for the rugged coastlines of Bonifacio and its limestone cliffs sculpted by the wind. 

    Highlights

    • A cruise in partnership with Figaro Golf.
    • A 100%-golf cruise between the colourful towns and crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean.
    • The optional Golf Package including 5 green fees gives you access to internationally renowned golf courses: Golf Terre Blanche (Cannes), Golf de Sperone (Bonifacio), Club Pevero (Porto Cervo), Golf Tanka (Villasimius) and Golf de Verdura (Porto Empedocle).
    • Return transfers to golf courses, handling of clubs and bags at each call, supervision by a Sports Coach.
    • The privilege of sailing aboard our luxurious three-mast yacht Le Ponant.

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      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

      28 June 2018 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

      Valletta

      Embarkation 28/06/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 28/06/2018 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. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

      29 June 2018 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

      29 June 2018 – Porto Empedocle, Sicily

      Arrival 29/06/2018 early morning. Departure 29/06/2018 late afternoon.

      Huddled on the south-western coast of Sicily, Porto Empedocles bears the name of the philosopher Empedocles, who lived in the region in the 5th century BC. An age-old city offered up to sun and sea, this is your doorway to the exceptional archaeological site of Temple Valley, a high place of Greek civilisation listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can admire the remains of many temples dedicated to Zeus, his wife Hera and Hephaestus. Make sure you take in the magnificent Italian countryside, with its olive orchards that cover the hillsides.

      30 June 2018 – Trapani, Sicily

      30 June 2018 – Trapani, Sicily

      Arrival 30/06/2018 early morning. Departure 30/06/2018 early afternoon.

      Bathed in the cobalt waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, Trapani is the former port of the Greek city of Erice, boasting a privileged natural position in western Sicily. As you wander through its little streets, you will discover a secular cultural heritage, bearing witness to the many influences of civilisations that came here: San Lorenzo Cathedral, Maria Santissima Annunziata sanctuary, the fountain of Triton. On the shaded restaurant terraces, savour some fresh fish from the morning’s catch. Or else you can opt for a seafood couscous, a culinary legacy from their Arab neighbours.

      1 July 2018 – Cagliari, Sardinia

      1 July 2018 – Cagliari, Sardinia

      Arrival 01/07/2018 early morning. Departure 01/07/2018 late afternoon.

      The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, like Rome, is built on seven hills. Its Sardinian name means “castle”, in reference to the citadel, its historic centre, which dominates the city. The old ramparts are now pleasant panoramic terraces bordering picturesque streets. The city hosted the Nuragic, Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine civilisations before the rein of the Spanish Hapsburgs and the House of Savoy. The monuments of Cagliari bear the traces of these successive dominations, such as the Bastion of Saint-Rémy or the Sainte-Marie Cathedral. On the sea front, Art Nouveau-style public monuments give way to the Poetto beach, a magnificent stretch of sand that is 8 kilometres long.

      2 July 2018 – Olbia

      2 July 2018 – Olbia

      Arrival 02/07/2018 mid morning. Departure 02/07/2018 evening.

      3 July 2018 – Bonifacio, Corsica

      3 July 2018 – Bonifacio, Corsica

      Arrival 03/07/2018 early morning. Departure 03/07/2018 mid afternoon.

      The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

      4 July 2018 – Cannes

      4 July 2018 – Cannes

      Arrival 04/07/2018 mid morning. Departure 04/07/2018 evening.

      From the shadows into the light… In the 1800s, Cannes was still just a modest little fishing village which over time has been transformed into the elegant town we know today. You will be surprised to see the extent to which Cannes has
      retained its Provencal character, as you explore its most valuable treasures: the Castre Museum, built by the monks of Lérins and today a Historic Monument or the Gothic Notre Dame d’Espérance Church and bell tower.

      5 July 2018▸4 July 2018 – Nice

      Nice

      Disembarkation 05/07/2018 at 07H00 .

      Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

      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.

      Theme

      GOLF

      GOLF

      Cruise towards exceptional destinations in the intimate setting of our luxurious ships. Combine the joys of cruising with the pleasure of practising your swing during our golf cruises!

      World-renowned sites

      The blue of the ocean and the green of the golf courses are juxtaposed to bring you the unique experience of a Golf cruise. Set a course for prestigious addresses and enjoy the incomparable beauty of the greens and the surrounding landscapes.

      During our golf cruises to the Caribbean, you’ll be able to enjoy the stimulating golfing environment of various carefully selected sites. The Nevis Golf Course, the Cuisinart Golf Club Anguilla and the St. Lucia Golf & Country Club are just a few examples of top-notch courses combining natural aquatic obstacles and breathtaking panoramas.

      The Mediterranean golf courses also boast stunning views over the sea. These include the Sperone Golf Club, the Piombino Golf Course, the Donnafugata Golf Resort and the Pevero Golf Club, one of the most remarkable courses in Europe.

      Full assistance

      To ensure that the experience is as enjoyable as possible, passengers receive the assistance necessary so they can give their full attention to their game. The golf courses we visit place carts and buggies at our disposal.

      At each port of call on this themed cruise, golfers are eligible for a return transfer to the courses and their bags are fully taken care of. A sports coach is also present throughout the cruise to give advice and have a friendly chat.

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