Jewels of the Peloponnese

8 days / 7 nights
    Jewels of the Peloponnese

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 8 November 2019 to 15 November 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE BOUGAINVILLE

    • Ref : G081119

    With Athens as the departure point, set sail aboard Le Bougainville for an 8-day cruise around the Peloponnese proposed by PONANT. An exceptional circuit that will give you access to historic and cultural sites that are among the most celebrated in Greece.  

    Your ship will first head west in order to cross the Corinth Canal, a narrow waterway that separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland.

    You will then head to the Delphi sanctuary of Greek gods which you will reach via Itea, your first port of call. Delphi is located on a grandiose site that is one of Greece’s most beautiful natural landscapes. You will walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims of old, who came here to consult the famous oracle.  

    In Pylos, discover the Palace of Nestor, one of the heroes of the Trojan War, then, during the port of call at Gythio, the Byzantine city of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your ship will then drop anchor further south, in Crete. This island is notably home to the famous Minoan Palace of Knossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.

    From Napflio, do not miss out on the visit of the renowned Epidaurus theatre and the Mycenae archaeological site, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Before your return to Athens, Le Bougainville will make a detour via Hydra, a small island of old-worldly charm where all motorised traffic is banned.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise to discover the finest ancient sites of the Peloponnese, with a port of call in Crete.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the sanctuary of Delphi (from Itea), the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflio), the medieval ruins of Mystras.
    • New port of call: Gythio, the main port of ancient Sparta, not far from the Byzantine city of Mystras.
    • The possibility of visiting Athens, cradle of the gods, before or after your cruise.
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $4,320
      $4,320
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $4,570
      $4,570
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $4,700
      $4,700
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $4,830
      $4,830
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $6,490
      $6,490
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 3
      $6,490
      $6,490
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 4
      $6,490
      $6,490
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $6,490
      $6,490
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $9,270
      $9,270
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6 Suite
      $9,550
      $9,550
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 6
      $9,830
      $9,830
      Not Available
    • Privilege Suite Deck 5
      $9,830
      $9,830
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
      $10,130
      $10,130
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
      $10,130
      $10,130
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $20,310
      $10,430
      Not Available
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    LE BOUGAINVILLE

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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 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

    8 November 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Athens

    Embarkation 08/11/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 08/11/2019 at 23H00 .

    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.

    9 November 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    9 November 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 09/11/2019. Departure 09/11/2019.

    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 !

    9 November 2019 – Itea

    9 November 2019 – Itea

    Arrival 09/11/2019 midday. Departure 09/11/2019 early evening.

    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.

    10 November 2019 – Pylos

    10 November 2019 – Pylos

    Arrival 10/11/2019 early morning. Departure 10/11/2019 early evening.

    The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the south west of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. You can admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical centre’s winding streets will plunge you into a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, you will be able to relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.

    11 November 2019 – Gythio

    11 November 2019 – Gythio

    Arrival 11/11/2019 early morning. Departure 11/11/2019 early afternoon.

    Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometres inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wild flowers.

    12 November 2019 – Rethymno, Crete

    12 November 2019 – Rethymno, Crete

    Arrival 12/11/2019 early morning. Departure 12/11/2019 late afternoon.

    Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Cnossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.

    13 November 2019 – Nafplion

    13 November 2019 – Nafplion

    Arrival 13/11/2019 early morning. Departure 13/11/2019 late evening.

    The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see 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.

    14 November 2019 – Hydra

    14 November 2019 – Hydra

    Arrival 14/11/2019 late morning. Departure 14/11/2019 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 caïquesalong the quays. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

    15 November 2019▸14 November 2019 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 15/11/2019 at 06H00 .

    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.

    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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. After your cruise

      15/11/2019 – Athens, the Byzantine & Christian Museum and Plaka

      80.00 $ **

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    2. Before your cruise

      07/11/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      530.00 $ **

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      07/11/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      470.00 $ **

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      08/11/2019 – Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus

      60.00 $ **

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    3. Your packages

      08/11/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus (Pre) + Athens, the Byzantine & Christian museum and Plaka (Post)

      07/11/2019 – Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Discover Athens 1N (Pre) + Athens, the Byzantine & Christian museum and Plaka (Post)

    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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