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From the Serenissima to the City of gods

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Bougainville
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Le Bougainville invites you on an unforgettable circuit that will take you from the Adriatic Sea to the Aegean Sea, discovering the unmissable sites of Italy, Greece and the Dalmatian coastlines. Enjoy this 8-day cruise aboard Le Bougainville, between Venice and Athens. Following a first port of call in the picturesque port of Hvar, you will continue to sail along the Dalmatian coastlines to Dubrovnik. Reach Montenegro after sailing in the Bay of Kotor. The city of Kotor nestles in a bay surrounded by wooded mountains. Its old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its medieval architecture. From Brindisi, do not miss out on the visit to Lecce, justifiably nicknamed “the Florence of Southern Italy.” This city, a major site for Baroque architecture, is home to many architectural wonders. Head to the Delphi sanctuary of Greek gods which you will reach via Itea. Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims of old, who came here to consult the famous oracle.  

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Venice | Embark
Day 2 : Hvar
Day 3 : Dubrovnik
Day 4 : Kotor
Day 5 : Brindisi
Day 6 : Fiskardo, Cephalonia
Day 7 : Itea | Crossing the Corinth Canal
Day 8 : Athens | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the Adriatic Sea and the Aegean Sea, featuring exceptional cultural sites
  • Enjoy numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor, Itea, and Athens
  • Explore the city of Lecce, a major site for Baroque architecture
  • See rare fish from the Adriatic in Dubrovnik

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Le Bougainville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Stop to explore the picturesque island of Hvar on your Mediterranean Voyage Turquoise sea of Hvar island Dubrovnik, Croatia Dubrovnik, Croatia Kotor Corinth Canal, Greece Iconic Athens Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece

Day 1 Venice | Embark

Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark's square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

Day 2 Hvar

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you with its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks.  From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of the local produce.

Day 3 Dubrovnik

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 4 Kotor

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

Day 5 Brindisi

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the “heel” of the Italian boot, Brindisi has been famous since Antiquity for its huge natural harbor, which is amongst the most sheltered in the Adriatic. The position of the city, turned towards the Orient, explains the commercial trade and the bonds established from the outset with Greece and other eastern Mediterranean countries. Brindisi is an ideal starting point for visiting the villages of the Puglia region, such as Alberobello and its famous trulli, the traditional dry stone dwellings with conical roofs, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or Ostuni with its immaculate façades dominated by a majestic cathedral. The masseria, fortified farmhouses typical of the region, punctuate an ancient landscape of olive groves, vineyards and orchards.

Day 6 Fiskardo, Cephalonia

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You’ll be won over by the charm of this fishing village located north-east of the island of Cephalonia.  A best kept secret of the lonian archipelago, Fiskardo gives onto the coasts of Ithaca, home of legendary king Odysseus. To see the coasts, just walk out onto the jetty. While you’re there, look back at the colorful houses along the quaysides: they have surprising architecture with evidence of Italian influence. Unwind at the café terraces along the water’s edge, in the shade of gazebos. While you watch the boats in the harbor, you can savor some local specialties like kreatopita, small meat pastries.

Day 7 Itea | Crossing the Corinth Canal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometers from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometers long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty meters. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!

Day 8 Athens | Disembark

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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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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