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Le Ponant will leave Valletta, for a 9-day cruise on seas that are brimming with history. After calling at beautiful Catania whose Late Baroque style monuments spread to the foot of Mount Etna, set sail for Syracuse, one of the most prestigious Sicilian cities, whose monuments are listed as a Unesco World heritage. You will then leave the Sicilian coast to reach the town of Gytheio in Greece.  From there, you will be able to visit the Byzantine town of Mystras, in the heart of a beautiful landscape. Then head to the charming town of Nafplion, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Valletta, Malta | Embark
Day 2 : Catania, Sicily
Day 3 : Syracuse, Sicily
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Gythio, Greece
Day 6 : Chania, Crete
Day 7 : Heraklion, Crete
Day 8 : Nafplion, Greece
Day 9 : Athens, Greece | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a cruise from Italy to Greece to discover exceptional archaeological sites
  • Visit Syracuse, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Discover the baroque architecture of Catania
  • Visit Saint Agatha Cathedral¬†with its apses made of lava stones

Ship

Le Ponant

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Capital city of Malta, Valletta. Explore the colorful city of Valletta View of Valletta Syracuse Visit the island of Gythion with the spectacular Dirou Caves Historic Nafplion Nafplion, Greece Athens, Greece

Day 1 Valletta, Malta | Embark

The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John's cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

Day 2 Catania, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sicily’s second city, Catania is dominated by the majestic silhouette of Mount Etna. Nourishing and devastating at the same time, this giant crowned with smoke rings brought about the destruction of the city at the end of the 17th century. Catania was then rebuilt in the late Baroque style, and the many monuments of this epoch have earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The baroque churches of the harmonious Via dei Crociferi perfectly illustrate the riches of this architectural heritage. During your stop, be sure to visit Saint Agatha Cathedral with its apses made of lava stones, and its square decorated with a fountain of the Elephant, the animal which allegedly has the power to calm the fury of Mount Etna.

Day 3 Syracuse, Sicily

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside... Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilizations, each of which has left their mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colors and flavors.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea on board Le Ponant, make the most of your free time and the comfort of your ship for a moment of rest or conviviality. If the weather is right, let yourself be tempted by a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to do some shopping in the boutique and share the highlights of your cruise with the other passengers. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining relaxation, sharing and the pleasure of sailing on a yacht.

Day 5 Gythio, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometers inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wildflowers.

Day 6 Chania, Crete

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7 Heraklion, Crete

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Nafplion, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see 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.

Day 9 Athens, Greece | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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. 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 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.

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Marie-Galante Stateroom aboard the Le Ponant.
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Marie-Galante Staterooms
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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Marie-Galante Premium Staterooms
Ocean-view staterooms on the Marie Galante Deck are between 113 and 145 square feet, they feature one queen bed, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
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Antigua Staterooms
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.

Notes

- 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.

Please note:
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.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Fares include:
* 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
* All zodiac shore landings
* A polar parka
* Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
* English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)

Fares do not include:
* Flights and airport taxes
* Port and safety charges
* Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
* Insurances
* Personal expenses, tips
* Other drinks than aforementioned ones
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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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