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Embark on a 9-day cruise to explore the cultural and artistic treasures of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas aboard the Le Bougainville. Along the way, enjoy captivating lectures from Pinault Collection experts. The journey will take you to Malta, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy, with private visits to Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana in Venice for the Contemporary Art Biennale. Visit historic cities, UNESCO World Heritage sites, and stunning landscapes, including Syracuse in Sicily, Otranto in Puglia, Dubrovnik in Croatia, and the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. The cruise culminates in Venice, where you can experience the city's most iconic landmarks, such as Piazza San Marco and the Grand Canal.
Mediterranean blue Dubrovnik from aboveKotorStone streets of Stari Grad on Hvar islandGondola on Canal Grande at Sunset, VeniceView of Valletta
Highlights
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valletta, with majestic streets and narrow staircase vennels to discover
  • Experience the rich fragrances, colors, and flavors of Syracuse, a town that blends Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures
  • Discover Otrante's medieval ramparts, magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, and the sweetlife of Salento
  • Admire Dubrovnik's ancient city, with its elegant houses built in legendary travertine stone, and walk along the ramparts to see the coastline
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: Valletta | Embark

The Maltese capital, Valletta, is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula northeast of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme Fort, there are as many majestic streets as narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations and rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmaster's palace, decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint John's cathedral and the ramparts, which have guarded the city since the 16th century, are also among the city's most emblematic sites. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

Day 2: Syracuse, Sicily

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  • 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, and the flowery gardens on the hillside—Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Syracuse was one of Sicily's most prestigious cities and, at its height, was even a rival to Athens, according to Cicero, who called it "the most beautiful city in the world." As the central city of ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilizations, each of which left its 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 3: Otranto

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Apulia region, Otrante is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, taste the sweet life of Salento, the “heel on Italy’s boot.” Inhabited since Antiquity, Otrante has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible as you meander through the little streets of its old center. With its magnificent 12th-century ornamental mosaic tiling, the cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. You can sit and relax on a café terrace during a stroll along the ramparts.

Day 4: 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 listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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. The statue of Dubrovnik's patron saint will welcome you at Pile Gate, and as you stroll along the ramparts, you can take in the view of the coastline. But what's inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.

Day 5: 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 6: Hvar

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you with its traditions that have stayed the same since antiquity. The country's oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian island. The town nestles in a cove on the northwest coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites because they were built during the Ancient Greeks' time. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil, which are manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. 

Day 7-8: Venice

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
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. 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, ramble through its squares, and 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 9: Venice

  • 1 Breakfast
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. 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, ramble through its squares, and 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.

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  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
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  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
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  • 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. 
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