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The Jewels of the Aegean

Antalya - Athens - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Set sail on the L'Austral for an 8-day cruise to the southern Aegean's most stunning Greek islands, and take in the archipelago's rich cultural history and cool, turquoise waters. Explore Antalya's Roman port, medieval Rhodes, mythic Patmos, and the historic fishing village turned resort, Kusadasi. Sail through the Cyclades to discover Delos, Paros, and Santorini's beauty. Journey west to Monemvasia's romantic enclave and Nafplio's gateway to UNESCO sites. Conclude in Athens, marveling at the Acropolis. This cruise ensures a diverse, enriching experience with included excursions for an in-depth exploration of each port.
Old town harbor of AntalyaExplore colorful villages on RhodesOld marina of Antalya.Colorful local boats in GreeceExplore the ancient AcropolisExplore the beautiful walkways of Santorini
Highlights
  • Experience Kusadasi's transformation from a historic fishing village to a renowned seaside resort.
  • Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Athens, and Patmos
  • Discover Patmos, 'Jerusalem of the Aegean,' with its unique landscapes.
  • Sail the Cyclades archipelago, exploring Delos, Paros, Santorini
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Antalya | Embark

Explore the enchanting coastal retreat of Antalya on the Turkish Mediterranean. Here, amidst its stunning fine sandy beaches, lies a treasure trove of historical wonders. Remnants of its illustrious past, including the iconic Hadrian's Gate erected in 130 AD to honor the esteemed emperor, stand as a testament to its former glory as a Roman port. Wander through the quaint streets of the old town, where elegant Ottoman residences adorned with vibrant gardens await, alongside the striking broken minaret, a relic of a bygone Byzantine era atop the remnants of a church. Venture beyond the city limits to uncover ancient marvels like the renowned Roman amphitheater of Aspendos, offering a glimpse into the rich archaeological tapestry of the region.

Day 2: Rhodes

Blessed with a delightful climate, Rhodes beckons you to wander its winding paths and uncover its pristine villages and majestic medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Nestled at the heart of the island, lush forests cloak the mountains, while vineyards and fields adorn the western slopes. The island's allure and character are indebted to the Knights of St John, who ruled from 1310 to 1522, erecting formidable defensive walls adorned with grand gateways. Don't overlook this enchanting island, renowned for its tranquil beaches and expansive promenades, perpetuating the legend of the famed Colossus, an enduring symbol of the ancient world's wonders.

Excursions Included
Walking Tour of Rhodes
The Acropolis of Lindos

Day 3: Patmos

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 Saint John Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas.

Excursion Included
Patmos, Island of the Revelation

Day 4: Kusadasi

The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colorful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

Excursion Included
The Ephesus Archaeological site
Ephesus & Roman Villas

Day 5: Santorini

The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proudly in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand meters of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you can visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

Excursion Included
Oia & Fira
Akrotiri site & Oia

Day 6: Delos | Mykonos

This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary does not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you can make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

Excursion Included
The Archaeological site of Delos

Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-colored loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian center, bougainvillea bedecks immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline can undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.

Excursion Included
Walking Tour of Mykonos

Day 7: Nafplion

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Do not be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. Some of the must-see visits are the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Excursion Included
Epidaurus & Mycenae
Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal

Day 8: Athens | Disembark

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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 can be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns tickle your taste buds. The National Archaeological Museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Ship/Hotel

L'Austral

Enjoy a gourmet meal at the Gastronomic Restaurant.
Stunning views from the bar and lounge
Relax on the sun deck.

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$4,960 2-3 travelers
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
Deluxe Suite
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Deluxe Suite
3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
Prestige Suite
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
Owner's Suite
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

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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.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses

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