The Classical World of The Mediterranean (8 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Piraeus, Greece to Civitavecchia, Italy
Dates: 19 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018

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19 Oct 2018
Piraeus, Greece
6:00 PM

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 Site. 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.

20 Oct 2018
Pátmos, Greece
12:00 PM 10:00 PM

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lambi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You'll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

21 Oct 2018
Kamares, Sífnos, Greece
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
22 Oct 2018
Corinth Canal (Transit), Greece
Itea, Greece
1:30 PM 7:00 PM

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.

23 Oct 2018
Katákolon, Greece
7:00 AM 1:00 PM

This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian Sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline's wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the Church of Saint Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympia on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

24 Oct 2018
Taormina, Italy
12:30 PM 7:00 PM

Located on Sicily's eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily's Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches, and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area that overlooks a turquoise bay.

25 Oct 2018
Naples, Italy
12:30 PM 6:00 PM

More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world's marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell'Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don't forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.

26 Oct 2018
Civitavecchia, Italy
8:00 AM

Built on an ancient Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

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About the Ship

Le Lapérouse

As the first ship in the new Explorer series, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is Ponant's hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy & comfort. She offers innovative and environmentally-friendly hardware and elegantly designed accommodations with 100% balcony.

What's Included


  • Port Charges or Gratuities

  • Alcoholic Beverages

  • Shore Excursions- Expedition Cruising

  • All meals while on-board ship

  • 24-hour room service (special selection)

  • Evening entertainment and events

Not Included

  • WiFi, sundries, spa treatments, Premium Spirits, Shore Excursions- Traditional Cruising, Airfare, Transfers, Travel insurance, Medical services, consultations, and drug, prescriptions, Laundry Visa fees, if applicable

About Us

The world’s only French-flagged cruise line and top cruise line worldwide in polar expeditions, PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions currently has four distinctive and intimate vessels, embodying the essence of a private luxury yacht: the three-masted LE PONANT, an elegant sailing yacht accommodating 64 guests and three luxury yachts of 264-guests LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL. The luxury cruise line will launch its fifth ship in Spring 2015, LE LYRIAL. These luxurious ships sail to the unexplored corners of the world including the Poles, Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand on cruises ranging from three to 21 nights and including many ports and islands not accessible to large cruise ships. From Five Star Expeditions to themed cruises, the engaging itineraries offer a wealth of fascinating shore excursion programs to ensure that every voyage is a unique and exceptional experience. The latest eco-friendly technologies, attentive service, bilingual crew, luxurious staterooms and suites, an elegant, sophisticated cuisine and a chic, yet informal atmosphere offer a cruise experience unlike any other. In addition to the best available tours, our 1:2 staff to guest ratio also guarantees the best in personalized service. Explore your destinations at an unhurried pace and let the beauty that surrounds you, stir your senses. No matter where you wish to travel, our cruises will take you off the beaten path to a whole new world of adventure. Welcome aboard!

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PONANT is the only luxury cruise line to feature three brand new ships sailing to Antarctica and the Arctic each season with 46% market share, making us #1 in luxury expedition cruising.

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Shore Excursions

Piraeus, Greece - 19 Oct 2018

Pátmos, Greece - 20 Oct 2018

Corinth Canal (Transit), Greece - 22 Oct 2018

Itea, Greece - 22 Oct 2018

Katákolon, Greece - 23 Oct 2018

Taormina, Italy - 24 Oct 2018

Naples, Italy - 25 Oct 2018

Civitavecchia, Italy - 26 Oct 2018

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