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Splendors of the Aegean Sea

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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On this voyage aboard Le Bougainville, you will discover the volcanic island of Lemnos, near the Dardanelles Strait. Set sail for the island of Paros. Situated in the Cyclades archipelago, Paros is renowned for its white marble. For those interested, this port of call will provide an opportunity to stroll along the narrow streets and charming little squares of the village of Naousa. You will then head for Symi. Covered with vines, olive trees and cypress trees, this island is one of the most beautiful in the Dodecanese archipelago. Patmos will be the last port of call for this voyage. Known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea”, this island, where Saint John is said to have written the Apocalypse, offers unique landscapes combining white sandy beaches and rocky coves.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Istanbul | Embark
Day 2 : Limnos Island
Day 3 : Paros
Day 4 : Syros
Day 5 : Bodrum
Day 6 : Symi
Day 7 : Patmos
Day 8 : Athens | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Greek islands of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese
  • Enjoy UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Island of Patmos and in Athens
  • Discover an elegant seaside resort sometimes known as “the Turkish Saint-Tropez”
  • See Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings in Paros

Ship

Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The Blue Mosque of Turkey, Istanbul White buildings on the Island Of Paros Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Patmos town Sail across beautiful Patmos The ruins of Athens

Day 1 Istanbul | Embark

Located on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful of all Turkish cities. Named Byzantium when founded by the Greeks, and then Constantinople under the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history and, for this reason, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. On Sultanahmet hill, you’ll see the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia and the vast Topkapi Palace and its countless mosaics. In the Beyazit district, you can admire the elegant covered passages of the Grand Bazaar. A little further away, the delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw your attention at the Egyptian Bazaar.

Day 2 Limnos Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A volcanic island located near the Dardanelles Strait, Lemnos was venerated during Antiquity. Legend has it that Hephaestus, the god of fire, had his forge here. Now one of Greece’s major seaside resorts, Lemnos offers its visitors many superb sandy beaches. It is also home to several archaeological sites, such as the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians, or the Neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Renowned for its olives, fruits, wheat, and honey, and for the authenticity of its inhabitants, Lemnos is also known for the quality of its restaurants, ideal for tasting typical Greek dishes.

Day 3 Paros

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stop over in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove and offers more than one café to sit and unwind.

Day 4 Syros

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located to the west of Mykonos, Syros is an attractive island in the Cyclades.  It has been inhabited since early antiquity, as you’ll discover by visiting the archaeological museum in Ermoupoli, its capital built in the shape of an amphitheater and stretching out over two hills. Don’t miss the historical district, where the beautiful houses are evidence of the island’s strategic location for trade, between the East and the West. Admire the superb Agios Nikolaos Church or the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Further on, in the medieval town of Ano Syros, succumb to the charms of its stairways and arched passageways, the small, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas, and the sweetness of the ambient air. 

Day 5 Bodrum

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Bodrum is located one of the bays of Mula on the west coast of Turkey. At the harbor entrance, you’ll can’t miss The Bodrum Castle of The Knights of St. John, the town’s emblem. Here you will be able to visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology housed within the castle precincts. In the center, the passages shaded by arbors abound with diverse craft shops and ice-cream cafés where you can sit out and enjoy refreshing citrus fruit sorbets. A few streets away, the archaeological site of the Halicarnasse mausoleum invites you to experience the old town’s past, just as the old theatre does, built on the slopes of the hillside looking out over the bay of Bodrum.

Day 6 Symi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located north-west of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards, possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colorful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-colored facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

Day 7 Patmos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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-the-Theologian 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. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbor and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

Day 8 Athens | 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.

Le Bougainville

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Owner's Suite
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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 are subject to change without notice.

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

Included features:
  • All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the Athens airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
  • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • Transfer from the ship to airport in Rome at the end of the cruise.
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
     
Not included:
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
Notes:
This voyage is offered on a space-available basis. 
The program is subject to change without notice.
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