EXPEDITION CRUISE

Ocean Voyage – Marseille to Valletta (4 Days)

Cruise Line: PONANT Yacht Cruises & Expeditions
Ship: Le Ponant
Marseille, France to Valletta, Malta
Dates: 08 Nov 2019 - 11 Nov 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
08 Nov 2019
Marseille, France
4:00 PM
DAY 2
09 Nov 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
10 Nov 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 4
11 Nov 2019
Valletta, Malta
11:00 AM
Ocean Voyage – Marseille to Valletta map

About the Ship

What's Included

Included

  • • All outside staterooms and suites

    • Attentive, discreet service from a bilingual (French-English) crew (2 to 1 ratio)

    • 1 gourmet dining room; 1 casual dining room

    • French-inspired and regionally-sourced gourmet cuisine

    • 24/7 Open bar and stocked mini-bar

    • Traditional afternoon tea

    • Evening entertainment

    • Luggage handling at embarkation and disembarkation

    • 24 hour room service

    • Fleet of Zodiacs

    • Gratuities

    • Port and safety taxes and fees

Not Included

  • • Air & ground transportation

    • Optional shore excursions

    • Phone, internet and fax use

    • Laundry

    • Travel or other Insurance

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!

Insider Tip

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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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

Marseille, France - 08 Nov 2019

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Full Day (8 hours) Provencal Gems Excursion

Beginning at your Provence area hotel, meet one of our knowledgeable English-speaking drivers and proceed to discover some of the gems of Provence.


First, you will head to Saint Remy, an ancient city dating to the time of the Romans. Surrounded by lush green perfumed valleys, it's streets are lined with beautifully restored old houses. It is here where famed 16th century seer Nostradamus was born, and where Van Gogh, being treated at the Monastery Saint Paul de Mausole, painted what many consider to be his magnum opus: "The Starry Night".


Next, you will head to Les Baux de Provence, a medieval village perched atop a rocky outcropping that offers spectacular views of the surrounding Alpilles mountain ranges. The town's cultural heritage is exceptionally rich, with 22 architectural treasures having been classified as Historic Monuments. This immense stone fortress is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and awe-inspiring sights in Provence.


Finally, your driver will take you to Arles, a city of festivals, art, and culture that has never ceased to attract visitors. Van Gogh stayed here with his friend Ganguin. Picasso, a lover of bull fights, was inspired to do two paintings and 57 drawings here. The Roman monuments, most impressive of which is the city's central ampitheatre, are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The city's many houses and private mansions, dating back to the 16th Century, as well as St. Trophime's cloister and the Hotel de Ville, are also of interest.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Aix en Provence and Marseille

9:00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel or at the pier of the boat in Aix en Provence and Marseille.


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out the Cours Mirabeau, once a street for horse-drawn coaches and the link between the Mazarin quarter and the old commercial town. Aix en Provence is full of fountains. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble.The center of Aix en Provence is the old town, surrounded by a circular boulevard and squares. Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. The market offers Provencal products such as fruit, vegetables, olives and oysters. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665. Today it is a small museum  housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics.


Continue your trip to Marseille. You can start your visit for example with The Pharo promontory that was just a mere rocky plateau on which only rushes and wild grasses grew, but Napoleon decided to build "a house at the water's edge". The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection. You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille.


5.00 pm: Return to your hotel or ship in Marseille or Aix en Provence.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Cezanne’s footsteps in Aix en Provence

9.00 am: Be met in the lobby of your hotel in Aix en Provence.


Visit the Jas de Bouffan, the house where Cezanne grew up. The estate belonged to the Cézanne family from 1859 to 1899. The park’s ancient trees and the cluster of six farm buildings, today on the edge of the estate, were some of Cézanne’s favourite subjects. Continue and enjoy a walking tour of the city following Cezanne’s footsteps: Rue de l’Opera, his father’s hat workshop, the Café des Deux Garçons, the Café Oriental (now Bistro Romain) where he met Joachim Gasquet for the first time, the Eglise de la Madeleine where he was christened, the Ecole St Joseph, Cezanne’s last home, Church St Jean-Baptiste (where he married Hortense Fiquet), Saint Sauveur Cathedral, and many other sites associated with his life. You may wish to have lunch at l’Amphytrion, near the Cours Mirabeau, with a mix of classical and modern decor.


Short drive towards Cezanne’s painting studio “Les Lauves”. Admirers of Paul Cézanne know it well; it is here that we feel the presence of the painter with the greatest intensity. Many works, now exhibited in renowned museums worldwide, were painted in this studio of light and silence, including “Grandes Baigneuses”. We continue our ride along the road named after Paul Cezanne to the foot of Mount Sainte-Victoire. We stop to view Château Noir, the Hills of St Joseph, and the renovated Mill at le Tholonet. We pass the Relais Cezanne with its restaurant, the site of Beaurecueil. Continue to the Pont des Trois Sautets. It was here, along the banks of the Arc River that Cézanne and the young Zola went swimming and read poetry. Years later this setting provided inspiration for “The Bathers”.


5:00 pm: return to your hotel in Aix en Provence.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Cassis, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine
Cassis & Bandol

9:00 am: Be met at the lobby of your hotel or at the pier of your boat in Aix en Provence or Marseille.


Cassis and Bandol, two small and distinct growing regions on the Côte du Provence produce the best wines of Provence. The vineyards of Cassis are shielded from the cold, dry winds of the mistral by a dramatic rock formation that is an ancient mariner’s landmark. The protected vineyards produce a superb crisp dry white wine. This morning visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.


Later, we tour Clos Sainte Magdeleine or another representative winery of Cassis. Then we travel to nearby Bandol for a bouillabaisse lunch (not included) in a seaside restaurant. Bandol produces superb reds and rosés using Mourvedre, Carignan, Syrah and other varietals. This afternoon experience rosé wines for which Château Romassan is famous. Also visit Domaine Tempier to taste their red wines before returning to your hotel.


5:00 pm: return to your hotel.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Cassis, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Aix-en-Provence and Cassis

9:00 am: Be met at the lobby of your hotel.


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out on one of the most famous “Cours” in France, the Cours Mirabeau located in the center of the city, and the heart of Aix. The Cours Mirabeau is a beautiful tree-lined avenue, with one side lined with wonderful terrace cafés and bookshops. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble. Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665. Today it is a small museum housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics. Admire the mansions in the Mazarin district with the Hotel de Caumont, the 4 Dolphins Square with the graceful 4 Dolphins Fountain and the Saint Jean de Malta church, a fortified gothic church built at the end of the 12th century. Visit the old town with the Palais des Justice (Law Courts) built on the former site of the Palace of the sovereign counts, the 17th-century Madeleine church, and St Sauveur cathedral.


The vineyards of Cassis are shielded from the cold, dry winds of the mistral by a dramatic rock formation that is an ancient mariner’s landmark. The protected vineyards produce a superb crisp dry white wine. This afternoon visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.


5.00 pm: return to your hotel.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Food & Wine • Sightseeing
Cassis & Marseille

9:00 am: Be met at the foot of your boat or in your hotel in Marseille or Aix en Provence.

 

Drive to Cassis.

Cassis was a very ancient fishing port and is an interesting village to visit. The village was rebuilt on the old ruins in the 18th century, resulting in a more regular layout than most other medieval villages. Some of the buildings, however, date. A walk through the old village streets will reveal some nice old buildings, some dating back to the 16th century, and some restored with the colourful pastels of Provence. Other sites in the village are old fountains and an open-air artists market (where we bought a few small paintings of Provence). The harbour area is really the prettiest part of Cassis.

This morning visit the harbour of Cassis. We visit this lovely town tucked between the limestone cliffs, and sample the local delicacy, sea urchins enjoyed with a glass of Cassis’ famed AOC white wine.

 

Enjoy a lunch at leisure in a typical restaurant advises by your guide.

 

Pursue the afternoon visiting Marseille.

You will visit Marseille, the largest and most populous commune in France after Paris and is the centre of the third largest metropolitan area in France.

You can start your visit for example with The Pharo promontory which was just a mere rocky plateau on which only rushes and wild grasses grew beforeNapoleon decided to build "a house at the water's edge";The residence was never actually used but became today one of the finest architectural complexes in Europe !

The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection; the 19th century impressive church dominates the city and the view from the churchyard is just astonishing. Inside, you will see dozens of ex-votos, many of them in the shape of boats placed there by grateful sailors.

The tour will follow with a scenic drive around town. Marseille is busy renovating its majestic Second Empire buildings, adding interesting mo-dern architecture and buzzing with the energy of a new Golden Age.

You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille.

 

5:00 pm: Return to your ship or hotel in Marseille.

 

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Aix-en-Provence

9:00 am: Be met at your hotel or at the pier of your boat.  


Enjoy visiting Aix en Provence. Do not miss out on one of the most famous “Cours” in France, the Cours Mirabeau located in the center of the city, and the heart of Aix. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble. The center of Aix en Provence is the old town, surrounded by a circular boulevard and squares. Medieval Aix was protected by a wall with 39 towers, but today only the 14th century "Tourreluquo" tower remains, at the northwest corner of the town.  Be delighted by Aix’s bustling daily open-air market on the Place Richelme. Enjoy a visit to a Calissons boutique and taste the local specialty! You may wish to visit the Pavillon Vendôme, a fine example of an elegant "bastide" built in the 17th century. Preceded by a beautiful French garden, the Pavillon Vendôme was built in 1665 and commissioned by Louis de Mercour, Duke of Vendôme. Today it is a small museum housing a collection of furniture, paintings and 18th century fabrics. Admire the mansions in the Mazarin district with the Hotel de Caumont, the 4 Dolphins Square with the graceful 4 Dolphins Fountain and the Saint Jean de Malta church, a fortified gothic church built at the end of the 12th century. Visit the old town with the Palais des Justice (Law Courts) built on the former site of the Palace of the sovereign counts, the 17th-century Madeleine church, and St Sauveur cathedral.  


5:00 pm: back to your hotel or to the pier of your boat.

Offered by: Découvertes Inc & Sarl - France
Location: Marseille, France
Length: 8 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Family Vacations • Sightseeing
Marseille

9:00 am: Be met at the foot of your cruise ship in Marseilles’ port or at the lobby of your hotel in Aix en Provence or Marseille.


You can start your visit for example with The Pharo. The guide will drive you to the famous Notre Dame de la Garde, « Our Good Mother » as the Marseillais call her with affection. You will pass the Corniche where you will see the most beautiful houses of Marseille, towards the Palais Longchamp, originally the water tower of the town, a very beautiful example of 19th century architecture; the Park Longchamp is today the largest park of central Marseille. Enjoy lunch at leisure in a restaurant suggested by your guide.


In the afternoon, we suggest a visit of the Mucem (new museum which opens in 2013). This national museum is located on a site which includes the Fort Saint-Jean, a historic monument overlooking the Vieux-Port, and a new building designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti on the J4 esplanade. On the Greek and Roman ruins of the ancient state-city, there is a 12th century chapel that was part of the former Commandry of St. John of Jerusalem, the medieval tower of King René (built between 1447 and 1453), and the Tour du Fanal erected in the 17th century at the request of ship-owners to light up the entrance to the harbour, surrounded by various military fortifications. The MuCEM's location is therefore a location steeped in history and memories, at the heart of a prestigious heritage site - Cathédrale de la Major, Eglise Saint-Laurent, with views of the Palais du Pharo, and the Abbaye Saint-Victor, the sea and the islands of Friuli - overlooking "the Suez and beyond".


5.00 pm: Return to your hotel or your cruise.

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