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Ancient Cities of the Mediterranean

Athens - Valletta

Dates:
4/26/2025
to  5/4/2025

9
days
8
nights on board
Starting from*
$5,790
per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Gastronomic cruise in partnership with Relais & Châteaux, in the presence of a Relais & Châteaux Chef.

Between Greece and Italy, set off aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville for a cruise discovering two civilisations that have left traces of their intertwined presence in the Mediterranean. During an extraordinary nine-day odyssey, you will hear accounts of the history and secrets of the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Throughout your journey, you will benefit from an excursion included per person per port of call, to choose from a selection offered by PONANT. During this cruise, discover the theatre of Epidaurus, considered one of the masterpieces of Greek architecture, during a stopover in Nafplio; meet a famous puppeteer in his workshop in Syracuse or visit the National Museum of Magna Graecia in Reggio Calabria. The diversity of experiences on offer promises you intense and varied moments (to discover the full range of excursions, go to the itinerary tab).

The legendary Peloponnese will plunge you into the country’s tumultuous and glorious past. Nafplio is an opportunity to discover the mythical sites of Epidaurus and Mycenae, respectively a ancient theatre and a pre-Hellenic city, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Monemvasia, a gem breathing poetry and revealing its Venetian and Byzantine architecture, commingles with the hustle and bustle and charm of Gythio, which was a former seaport of Sparta then a Roman naval base. In Epirus, you will be transported by your exploration of Parga, bathed by the Ionian Sea, with its fortress, built by the Normans in the 14th century, overlooking the pretty fishing port.

It will now be time to set sail towards Italy. With its ancient archaeological sites, Renaissance palaces, citrus perfumes and internationally recognised cuisine, will welcome you for a few days of unforgettable visits. In the southernmost part of the Boot, you will sail towards Sicily, the Puglia region and Calabria, with three ports of call. Stroll the paved streets with their unique charm in Syracuse, walk on the lungomare, the sea front promenade, in Reggio di Calabria with the majestic Etna as a backdrop, and travel through time and history as you discover the former Greek city of Gallipoli.


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In partnership with Relais & Châteaux, in the presence of a Relais & Châteaux Chef. During the cruise, two gala dinners and two culinary demonstrations will be orchestrated by the Relais & Châteaux chef. A...


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Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(204 ft²)

Fully booked
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(204 ft²)

Fully booked
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(204 ft²)

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30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(204 ft²)

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Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(290 ft²)

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30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(290 ft²)

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Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(290 ft²)

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30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(290 ft²)

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30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(409 ft²)

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Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(409 ft²)

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Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(344 ft²)

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Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(344 ft²)

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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(484 ft²)

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Owner's Suite Deck 5
 

(484 ft²)

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For more peace of mind, PONANT selects stays and flights then takes care of your transfers for your trip as well as shore visits before and after the cruise.


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