Istanbul, Turkey / EmbarkEmbark this afternoon for your luxurious cruise from Istanbul to France.
Sailing the Corinth CanalIn the evening L'Austral will cross the Corinth Canal. A grandiose and impressive work of art linking the Ionian to the Aegean Sea, the Corinth Canal follows the plans set out in ancient times. Construction of this 6 km long navigable road was initiated by French engineers at the end of the 19th century.
Itea, GreeceFrom Itea (Greece) we enter the immaculately preserved sacred site of the Delphi Valley. Clinging to the precipitous slopes of the mountain, the white ruins of Apollo’s famous sanctuary rise up out of the pines, olive trees and cypresses. In total harmony with nature, it was a symbol of the unity of the Greek world in the 6th Century BC. The stadium and theater offer a wonderful viewpoint across the Pleistos Valley.
Katakolo, GreecePort details pending.
Taormina, Sicily, ItalyOn 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 theater is the second largest in Sicily, after the theater at Syracuse, and offers a magnificent panorama with the majestic Mount Etna, its lava flows still smoking, in the background.
Palermo, ItalyCradled in the arms of a magnificent sweeping bay, Sicily’s capital never fails to seduce. A crossroads between Eastern and Western civilizations since time immemorial, Palermo has been indelibly marked by the diverse cultures which have passed this way. the charm of this city of a thousand contrasts owes much to the atmosphere that prevails in the historic center.
Salerno, ItalyPort details pending.
Bonifacio, France - CorsicaPerched precariously on a high rocky promontory, Bonifacio overlooks the lovely “bouches” marine reserve. A fortress city atop white limestone and granite cliffs that have been sculpted by wind and waves, Bonifacio’s historic heart of tall, narrow houses and winding cobblestone streets is a legacy of its medieval period. Not far from here the Bavella Needles and the perched city of Sartène add to the Corsican charm.
Nice, France / DisembarkDisembark this morning for your continued journey home.