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Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valetta, Malta
Day 2 : Taormina, Italy
Day 3 : Lipari, Italy
Day 4 : Capri, Italy
Day 5 : Ponza, Italy
Day 6 : Portoferraio, Italy
Day 7 : Portovener, Italy
Day 8 : Nice, France / Disembark


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Colorful views await you Magnificent cliffs of the Mediterranean Explore the rich history of the region Explore the fortified cities of ancient Mediterranean rulers Historical castles await your exploration

Day 1 Valetta, Malta

Arrive this afternoon and embark your luxurious small ship, Le Ponant. Overnight at port.

Day 2 Taormina, Italy

On the edge of Catania, Taormina (Italy) stands out against the slopes of Mount Tauro in the heart of a picturesque and charming location. The town’s alleyways and gardens tumble down the mountain to the Ionian Sea. Its ancient Greek theatre is the second largest in Sicily, after the theatre at Syracuse, and offers a magnificent panorama with the majestic Mount Etna, its lava flows still smoking, in the background.

Day 3 Lipari, Italy

Dominated by a fortified citadel, Lipari, the capital of the volcanic Aeolian Islands, is known for its many natural and architectural delights, including remarkable points of view, picturesque quarries of pumice stone and its “castello”, built on the site of the ancient Greek acropolis. Not far from here, you will be able to discover the magnificent sight of the Stromboli volcano. A plume of smoke rises from its sombre beauty and lava regularly erupts from the crater of this still-active volcano.

Day 4 Capri, Italy

The favourite seaside destination of the Roman Emperors who lavished it with palaces, Capri has always won the hearts of the greats of this world, who come here to experience the beauty of a mountain that surges directly from the sea, combined with the gentle lifestyle of a mild, Mediterranean climate. Indented with azure marine caves, its narrow streets dotted with wisteria, the island attracted romantic aesthetes before becoming the glamorous playground of the gilded youth. Above Capri, the picturesque Anacapri is the gateway to the Villa San Michele and its museum, surrounded by a majestic panorama.

Day 5 Ponza, Italy

Ponza, the biggest islands of Pontines, shelters beautiful bays among which the most important, Cala di Ponza and Cala dell' Inferno. The seabed of Ponza, strewed with shipwrecks from various ages, is known from submarine sports amateurs and explorers.

Day 6 Portoferraio, Italy

The island of Elba is at the heart of the Tuscan Archipelago and presents a finely chiselled profile sheltering many unspoiled coves. roman churches, Medicean fortresses and memories of Napoleon blend into the picture postcard that is Portoferraio (Italy). It is one of the oldest towns on the island, the Ligurians, Etruscans and Greeks having shaped its history before it became a Roman colony. Here you can follow in the footsteps of Napoleon as you wind your way through the pastel-coloured houses protected by the two Medicean forts.

Day 7 Portovener, Italy

Built on a rocky peninsula of the very beautiful "Gulf of the Poets ", Portovenere raises its colored houses around its small picturesque harbors. Its alleys lead to a fortress which offers a magnificent panorama. Registered on the World heritage by the UNESCO, Portovenere, Genoese heiress of the XIIth century, has preserved a very unique charm. It is from Portovenere that you will go off to explore of the magnificent National park of Five Earth.

Day 8 Nice, France / Disembark

Disembark this morning for your continued journey home.

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Ocean-view staterooms on the Marie Galante Deck are between 122 and 145 square feet, and most feature beds that are configurable into two twins or one queen, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
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Ocean-view staterooms on the Antigua Deck are between 133 and 165 square feet, and feature one fixed queen bed, en suite bathroom, and one window.


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- Prices based on double occupancy. Singles in all categories may be available at 1.6 times the share rate
-Fares may be subject to fuel adjustments
-Prices do not include optional shore excursions.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

Fares include:
•Port and safety charges
•Open bar
•Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
•Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
•Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
•24 hour room service (selected menu)
•Evening entertainments and events, and/or organized shows
•Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
•English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Fares do not include:
•Flights and airport taxes
•Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
•Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
•Personal expenses
•Other drinks not included in open bar
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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