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- The diversity of the landscapes, from the Côte d’Azur to the Peloponnese.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Paestum and Pompeii from Salerno, the Amalfi Coast, the archaeological site of Mycenae and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus from Nafplion, Catania, the Acropolis in Athens (disembarkation port).
- Bonifacio, the "sentinel city", perched atop its white cliffs.
- From Salerno, discover the Amalfi Coast.
- Discovering the baroque architecture of Catania.
- The Minoan Palace of Knossos and the legend of the Minotaur from Rethymno (Crete).
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE BOUGAINVILLE
- Port of call & excursions
- In partnership with Connaissance des Arts
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Deluxe Stateroom $4,320 Not Available Prestige Deck 4 $4,570 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 $3,660 Available Prestige Deck 6 $3,760 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $6,490 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 3 $5,000 Available Deluxe Suite Deck 4 $6,490 Not Available Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $6,490 Not Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $7,090 Available Prestige Deck 6 Suite $7,300 Available Privilege Suite Deck 6 $7,510 Available Privilege Suite Deck 5 $7,510 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6 $7,730 Available Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5 $7,730 Available Owner's Suite $10,430 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
NiceEmbarkation 15/04/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/04/2019 at 18H00 .
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.
16 April 2019 – Bonifacio, CorsicaArrival 16/04/2019 at 08H30 . Departure 16/04/2019 at 13H30 .
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”.
17 April 2019 – SalernoArrival 17/04/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 17/04/2019 at 18H00 .
Generating a veritable explosion of intense emotions, the province of Salerno fascinates and enchants travellers. Its fascinating history will lead you to the extraordinary archaeological site of Pompeii, whose sprawling ruins provide a grandiose and moving vision of what a Roman city looked like in Imperial times. The city which was frozen in time under the ashes from the eruption of Mont Vesuvius offers you its peerless historical and cultural wealth, as well as the unique beauty of its location, which has earned it classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
18 April 2019 – Catania (Sicily)Arrival 18/04/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 18/04/2019 at 18H30 .
Sicily’s second city Catania is dominated by the majestic silhouette of Mount Etna. Nourishing and devastating at the same time, this giant crowned with smoke rings brought about the destruction of the city at the end of the 17th century. Catania was then rebuilt in the late Baroque style, and the many monuments of this epoch have earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The baroque churches of the harmonious Via dei Crociferi perfectly illustrate the riches of this architectural heritage. During your stop, be sure to visit Saint Agatha Cathedral with its apses made of lava stones, and its square decorated with a fountain of the Elephant, the animal which allegedly has the power to calm the fury of Mount Etna …
19 April 2019 – At seaArrival 19/04/2019 . Departure 19/04/2019 .
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
20 April 2019 – Rethymno, CreteArrival 20/04/2019 at 12H00 . Departure 20/04/2019 at 19H00 .
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.
21 April 2019 – NafplionArrival 21/04/2019 at 08H00 . Departure 21/04/2019 at 18H00 .
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.
AthensDisembarkation 22/04/2019 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.
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.
In partnership with Connaissance des Arts
In partnership with Connaissance des Arts
First published in 1952, Connaissance des Arts is the French leading magazine about arts of all times : antiques, decoration, art objects.
Guy Boyer is an art historian and a journalist. Since 2002, he is the editor in chief of Connaissance des Arts, the French leading magazine about arts of all times.
Photo credit : Manolo Mylonas
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise