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Cruising the Mediterranean: Greece, Sicily, and Malta – with Smithsonian Journeys

Athens - Valletta

Dates:
9/26/2023
to  10/3/2023

Other available dates

8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
$5,410
20% Ponant Bonus

Shore excursion in each port of call + transfers included


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys.

This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

This voyage aboard Le Jacques Cartier in the Aegean and Ionian Seas spans nearly six millennia, from the 5,500-year-old megaliths on Malta to the mid-20th-century playground of the rich and famous on Hydra. Along the way, you will call in ports in the Greek Islands, on the Peloponnese, and in Sicily and Malta, where you will visit some of the most compelling sites in all of the Mediterranean.

Departing from Athens, your first encounter with the rich history of this part of the world is the monumental Byzantine monastery on Patmos that guards the cave where St. John the Evangelist received his visions of the Apocalypse, preserved in the Book of Revelations.

During a morning visit to the motor-vehicle-free island of Hydra, enjoy a walking tour of this celebrity retreat made famous by Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis in the 1950s, before crossing the Corinth Canal to arrive the following morning in the small port town of Itea, from where you may choose to visit Delphi, home of the oracle of Apollo, whose massive ruins dominate an entire hillside, or travel to St. Lucas Monastery, which, like Patmos and Delphi, is one of the many UNESCO World Heritage sites you will visit on this voyage.

Sail down the western coast of the Peloponnese to call in Katakalon, your gateway to Olympia, the birthplace of the Panhellenic Games and home to the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus – a vast expanse of well-preserved altars, temples and other ruins. Then cross the Ionian Sea to Sicily and the ancient town of Syracuse, which rivalled Athens as one of the most powerful cities of the ancient world. You may visit the Roman Amphitheater and the 15,000 seat Greek Theater, or Ortygia, the old town. Or you may choose to travel to nearby Noto, a Baroque World Heritage site, now rebuilt following a devastating earthquake in 1990.

Your final full day of discovery begins on the Maltese island of Gozo, where you may tour the Ġgantija Temples, one of the most important megalithic archaeological sites in the world, dating from around 3600 to 3200 BC, about 500 years earlier than Stonehenge. After lunch aboard ship, arrive in Valletta, where Le Jacques Cartier remains docked overnight. 


Ref : AV4045US - EX260923


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A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion in each port of call. Engaging discussions...


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Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Deluxe Stateroom
 

(204 ft2)

From $5,410
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 4
 

(204 ft2)

From $5,900
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 5
 

(204 ft2)

From $6,140
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 6
 

(204 ft2)

From $6,430
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(290 ft2)

From $8,590
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 4
 

(290 ft2)

From $8,590
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 5
 

(290 ft2)

From $8,590
20% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 3
 

(290 ft2)

From $8,590
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 5 Suite
 

(409 ft2)

From $11,280
20% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Deck 6 Suite
 

(409 ft2)

From $11,820
20% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 5
 

(344 ft2)

From $12,360
20% Ponant Bonus

Privilege Suite Deck 6
 

(344 ft2)

From $12,360
20% Ponant Bonus

Suite Grand Deluxe Deck 6
 

(484 ft2)

From $13,490
20% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite
 

(484 ft2)

From $17,320



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