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PONANT Mediterranean 2022 – More cruises than ever before!

To celebrate the return to cruising, ponant has released 84 mediterranean cruises in 2022.

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The Mediterranean, a region synonymous with trade, exchange, and history, has always attracted travellers. From Corsica and Sicily to the Cyclades, its islands are simply enchanting. Its beach-cove and steeply cliff-lined shores leave the kind of memories that last forever. Its cities, from Barcelona to Istanbul, bustle with people and activity and paint a picture of the millennia-old history of this legendary sea. Embark on a Mediterranean cruise and enjoy a taste of the “dolce vita” to experience an exotic escape with PONANT on a small-ship luxury cruise.

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Choose from 84 PONANT small-ship cruises leisurely exploring the Mediterranean. First-time PONANT cruisers are invited to save EUR250 per person – cruising starts from just EUR2,230 per person twin share. Solo Travellers enjoy FREE Solo Supplement on 9 voyages with 7-night cruise fares starting from EUR2,600 in a balcony Stateroom.

Guests onboard PONANT take advantage of our small size ships for close access to iconic locations and to explore hidden bays and secret sites, large ships simply can not access. Such as the Corinth Canal in Greece and cruising up the Thames to disembark directly on the sidewalk in London.

The Corinth Canal is an engineering marvel, built-in 1881-1893. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth and separates the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. It is 6.4 kilometres in length and only 21.4 metres wide, making it impassable for many modern ships.

At the heart of the Greek Islands, PONANT invites your clients to enjoy a wonderful interlude to discovering the historical and natural treasures of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese. Set sail with PONANT to leisurely explore the most beautiful Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and delight not only in the rich cultural heritage but also in refreshing dips in the turquoise waters of the archipelago. Choose from 37 Greek Island voyages in 2022, priced from €2,620 per person twin share.

To peruse the full range of 84 Mediterranean voyages, CLICK HERE . For more information and to make a booking contact your preferred wholesaler or PONANT at +61 2 8459 5000 or email [email protected]

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Synonyme d’échanges et de rencontres la Méditerranée attire les voyageurs depuis toujours. Ses îles, de la Corse aux Cyclades en passant par la Sicile, enchantent. Ses rivages ourlés de plages, de criques ou de falaises à pic laissent des souvenirs impérissables. Ses villes, de Barcelone à Istanbul, foisonnent et illustrent l’histoire millénaire de cette mer mythique. Embarquez pour une croisière en Méditerranée et goûtez à la « dolce vita » lors de votre échappée belle.

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Des rivages méditerranéens aux côtes atlantiques

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Grèce et cyclades, malte, sicile et sardaigne, péninsule ibérique, turquie et mer noire, rivages italiens et français, canal de suez, raisons de découvrir la méditerranée.

Riche de son histoire et des cultures qui la bordent, la Méditerranée regroupe des sites uniques et témoigne d’un art de vivre incomparable. Une croisière en Méditerranée est l’occasion de se plonger au cœur de cette diversité des plus enrichissantes.

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Les Incontournables d'une croisière en Méditerranée

Pas facile de privilégier certains sites plutôt que d’autres face au foisonnement que propose la Méditerranée. Voici quelques visites incontournables à faire en Méditerranée, afin d’alterner visites culturelles et moments de détente absolue.

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Pour son histoire et ses sites Unesco

Pour son histoire et ses sites Unesco

Empires romain, grec, ottoman… Dès l’Antiquité, les Hommes ont tenté de dominer ce bassin méditerranéen et d’en contrôler les routes maritimes.

Aujourd’hui, les nombreux sites classés au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco témoignent toujours de la richesse, tant économique que culturelle, et de la diversité des peuples du pourtour méditerranéen.

Partir en croisière en Méditerranée, c’est pouvoir admirer l’Acropole d’Athènes en Grèce, le théâtre d’Epidaure, l’île sacrée de Délos, l’ancienne cité de Nessebar, les ruines archéologiques de Delphes, la cité médiévale de Rhodes, les centres historiques de La Valette, de Dubrovnik, de Kotor ou de Syracuse, les vestiges de Pompéi, ou les fabuleuses cités de Rome ou Venise lors d'une croisière en Italie. Autant de joyaux préservés et de sites incontournables.

Pour sa douceur de vivre

Pour sa douceur de vivre

Roches blanches calcaires, pins vert tendre accrochés à flanc de falaises, ciel bleu sans nuage… Il suffit d’un coup d’œil au voyageur avisé pour reconnaître les paysages typiques de Méditerranée.

Ces paysages qui se teintent de nuances multiples et se chargent d’odeurs diverses selon que l’on visite ses champs de lavande ou d’oliviers, que l’on parcourt ses rues bordées d’orangers, que l’on plonge dans ses eaux cristallines ou que l’on s’attarde sur un marché regorgeant de denrées gourmandes. Les fleurs embaument, les fruits et légumes cultivés localement enchantent, les miels témoignent de la diversité de la flore. Ici, les couleurs se cherchent sur les étals mais aussi sur les sourires et dans les accents. Le voyageur qui se laisse happer par la Méditerranée ralentit le pas, en prend le tempo, apprécie sa douceur de vivre, ses saveurs variées, les gens qui parlent avec les mains et les rayons de soleil qui caressent sa peau.

Pour sa position, au carrefour des civilisations

Pour sa position, au carrefour des civilisations

De la pointe ibérique aux côtes turques, la Méditerranée se situe à la croisée des continents. La Grande Bleue a permis aux hommes de tisser les liens entre Orient et Occident, de naviguer de rivages en rivages, à la découverte de nouveautés, d’échanger savoirs et marchandises.

La Méditerranée peut se targuer d’avoir engendré un métissage culturel hors norme. Petits ports à l’architecture byzantine, anciennes cités ottomanes, vestiges grecs et romains, palais hispano-mauresques… De la mer Noire à l’Adriatique , de la mer Egée au détroit de Gibraltar, les mélanges de genres s’apprécient d’autant plus qu’ils éclairent ce savoir-vivre si cher à ses habitants.

Pas facile de privilégier certains sites plutôt que d’autres face au foisonnement que propose la Méditerranée. Voici quelques visites incontournables à faire lors d'une croisière Méditerranée , afin d’alterner visites culturelles et moments de détente absolue.

La côte amalfitaine

La côte amalfitaine

La côte amalfitaine, inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco depuis 1997, est un véritable joyau de l’Italie. Ses villages pittoresques suspendus à flanc de collines, comme Amalfi, Ravello ou Positano, ses falaises verdoyantes et ses terrasses d’agrumes odorants l’ont rendue célèbre dans le monde entier.

La légende raconte que les dieux de l’Olympe, qui voulaient écouter le chant des sirènes, empruntaient le sentier qui surplombe la côte. De là, ils dominaient tout le golfe de Salerne, jusqu’au rocher de Capri et au minuscule archipel Li Galli d’où venaient les voix ensorcelantes.

La Grèce antique

La Grèce antique

Navigateurs hors pair, explorateurs intrépides, bâtisseurs de génie, les Grecs de l’Antiquité ont essaimé les territoires de Méditerranée de monuments incroyables, dès le Ve siècle avant J.-C. Si l’Acropole d’Athènes en est certainement l’exemple le plus marquant, les joyaux du Péloponnèse, comme le théâtre d’Epidaure, rendent justice à ces architectes hors pairs. Majestueux, il est une merveille d’acoustique et d’harmonie. À plusieurs centaines de kilomètres de là, en Turquie, Éphèse, dédiée à la déesse Artémis, témoigne de la richesse de cette ancienne cité portuaire qui abrite le deuxième plus grand théâtre antique au monde après Épidaure. Il pouvait accueillir 24 000 spectateurs.

La Grèce paradisiaque

La Grèce paradisiaque

Qui n’a pas en tête ces images de maisons peintes à la chaux, ces villages immaculés rehaussés de touches de bleu roi surplombant l’horizon, ces hameaux de pêcheurs où le temps semble suspendu. Admirer un coucher de soleil sur la mer depuis les hauteurs de Santorin, profiter des plages aux eaux translucides de Mykonos, se perdre dans les ruelles de la petite île d’Hydra, interdite aux véhicules motorisés… Rien de tel qu’un tour dans les plus belles îles grecques pour déconnecter et s’offrir un pur moment de sérénité.

Traversée du canal de Corinthe

Traversée du canal de Corinthe

Le canal de Corinthe perce l’isthme éponyme, et fait donc du Péloponnèse une île, en séparant cette région de Grèce du continent. Inauguré en 1893, il mesure un peu plus de six kilomètres de long et permet aux navires de commerce et de tourisme de moins de huit mètres de tirant d’eau d’éviter un long détour de 400 kilomètres autour de la péninsule. Les deux côtés du canal atteignent une hauteur d’une cinquantaine de mètres. Suivre la marche du navire sur ce mince filet d’eau enchâssé entre de hautes falaises ocre depuis les ponts extérieurs est un spectacle inédit à ne pas manquer.

La côte dalmate

La côte dalmate

Laissez-vous bercer par la douceur de vivre de la petite ville balnéaire de Hvar, visitez Dubrovnik, la « perle de l’Adriatique » lovée dans ses remparts ou la ville fortifiée de Split. À la visite de ces centres historiques, s’ajoute le plaisir de se baigner dans des eaux claires. Au Monténégro, les bouches de Kotor déroulent leurs paysages fascinants, où les collines boisées dominent une succession de baies propices à la baignade et de villages authentiques.

Istanbul

Succombez au charme envoûtant d’Istanbul, l’ancienne Byzance ou Constantinople. À la fois grecque, romaine et ottomane, cette ville magique brasse et magnifie comme aucune autre toutes les influences qui l’ont façonnée. Le palais de Topkapi, la Mosquée bleue, la basilique Sainte-Sophie ne sont que quelques-uns des magnifiques monuments d’Istanbul, sans oublier le Grand Bazar et ses multiples échoppes. Une escale fascinante, une découverte inoubliable du Bosphore et de ses palais de bois sculpté.

Bonifacio

Perchée sur ses falaises à la ointe sud de la Corse, Bonifacio fait partie de ces citadelles méditerranéennes tournées vers le large. Port incontournable, Bonifacio a toujours bénéficié d’une place de choix dans les échanges commerciaux avec le reste de la Méditerranée. Point stratégique entre l’Italie et la France, la ville a longtemps été convoitée : les Empires de Pise et de Gênes en revendiquaient la territorialité. Aujourd’hui, la ville la plus méridionale de la France métropolitaine, trône fièrement au milieu de paysages idylliques. Criques secrètes, port plaisant et balades dans la nature environnante en font une étape incontournable de croisières de luxe en Méditerranée .

L’Alhambra

L’Alhambra

Si les croisiéristes qui passent par Malaga poussent le voyage jusque dans l’intérieur des terres, ce n’est pas pour rien ! À quelque 120 km de là, la superbe ville de Grenade abrite le non moins époustouflant palais de l’Alhambra. Bâti dès 1238 par Mohammed ben Nazar, il témoigne de la présence musulmane en Espagne du VIIIe au XVe siècle. Laissez-vous porter de pièces en pièces jusqu’au cœur des Palais nasrides et la célèbre cour des Lions. Ces trésors architecturaux faits de stuc, d’arabesques et de colonnes émerveillent. Les Jardins du Partal avec la tour des Dames et son bassin sont exquis. Victor Hugo écrivait d’ailleurs à propos de ces lieux empreints de magie : « L'Alhambra ! L'Alhambra ! Palais que les génies ont doré comme un rêve et rempli d'harmonies » (Orientales, 1828).

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  • Navigation au large du Mont Athos (Grèce)
  • Navigation dans la caldeira de Santorin (Grèce)
  • Navigation dans le détroit des Dardanelles (Turquie)
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Ponant launches 150+ sailings aboard 10 yachts for Summer 2022

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Ponant unveiled a selection of original summer 2022 cruises designed to meet everyone’s desires.

There are 150+ sailings covering the Mediterranean, Arctic, North Europe, North America, Kimberley (Australia), Japan, and French Polynesia.

The eco-responsible, high-end cruises aboard 10 of the company's small yachts offer a high level of comfort to explore the world. On unusual ports of call, naturalist guides and experts in their field share their expertise with passengers as they explore the treasures of the regions visited.

Corsica and Brittany: a pair of 100% French routes (Wild and authentic Corsica & Brittany: between wild coasts and lighthouses). After these itineraries proved a success last year, Ponant is continuing them in 2022. Around France’s Ile de Beaute, the line’s favorite spots feature Saint-Florent , Gulf of Santa-Manza (near Bonifacio ), Pointe de la Parata (near Ajaccio ), Calvi , and Cape Roccapina. On the Celtic side, this route pays homage to the majestic lighthouses of Brittany, from Brehat island through Ouessant to Pointe des Poulains in the north of Belle Isle .

The Mediterranean as seen from the sea (Ancient civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean). The sailings explore from Italy's shores to Dubrovnik  and the Cyclades. 50+ cruises combine the dolce vita of the Italian Riviera, the charms of the Adriatic, and the treasures of Antiquity in the eastern Med.

Port of Dubrovnik (Croatia, Port Cruz)

8-day Polar expedition cruise in the heart of Svalbard Archipelago (Unexplored Svalbard). Ponant sets sail for the Kongsfjorden glaciers and the Nordvest-Spitsbergen National Park, then heading west to the shores of the north-eastern Svalbard nature reserve and Strait of Hinlopen. During the daily Zodiac outings, accompanied by naturalist guides, guests may be lucky to spot polar bears.

An enchanted break in Icelandic fjords (Icelandic Mosaic). Highlights of the itinerary include:

  • Sailing among the fjords of Iceland, between glaciers, volcanoes and geysers
  • Tour of Reykjavík , the northernmost capital of the world
  • Opportunity to discover the Golden Circle: 3 of the most emblematic sites of Icelnd
  • Visit to Grimsey Island with its volcanic rock forms of basalt columns
  • Exploring Heimaey , the only inhabited island of Vestmannaeyjar archipelago.

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The Mediterranean, a region synonymous with trade, exchange and encounter, has always attracted travellers. From Corsica and Sicily to the Cyclades, its islands are simply enchanting. Its beach-, cove- and steeply cliff-lined shores leave the kind of memories that last forever. Its cities, from Barcelona to Istanbul, bustle with people and activity, and paint a picture of the millennia-old history of this legendary sea. Embark for a Mediterranean cruise and enjoy a taste of the "dolce vita" as you experience your exotic escape.

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Croatia & the adriatic, greece & greek islands, malta, sicily & sardinia, spain & portugal, turkey & the black sea, italy & france, reasons to set sail in the mediterranean.

Imbued with the history and culture of the surrounding countries, the Mediterranean is home to many incredible sites and a unique way of life. A cruise in the Mediterranean is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in this remarkably diverse region.

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Reducing the Mediterranean to a shortlist is no easy feat, but we have put together a selection of must-sees for travellers who are looking for the perfect balance between culture and relaxation.

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To appreciate the history and the UNESCO sites

From the Greeks to the Romans and Ottomans, men have been vying to rule the Mediterranean Basin and control its shipping routes since ancient times. Today, the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites are a testament to the region's economic and cultural wealth and to the diversity of the Mediterranean people. Setting sail on a Mediterranean cruise is a chance to admire a myriad of perfectly preserved artefacts and unmissable sites: the Acropolis of Athens; the Theatre of Epidaurus; the sacred island of Delos; the ancient city of Nessebar; the archaeological ruins of Delphi; the medieval city of Rhodes; the historic centres of Valletta Dubrovnik, Kotor and Syracuse; and the relics of Pompeii, Rome and Venice.

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To enjoy the laidback lifestyle

White limestone rocks, soft green pines clinging to the cliffs, cloudless blue skies... The landscapes of the Mediterranean are as distinctive as they are beautiful. From the fields of olive trees and lavender to the crystal clear waters and the streets lined with orange trees, exploring this region is an adventure for all five senses. Not to mention the gourmet markets, overflowing with fragrant flowers, delicious fruit and vegetables, and sweet honey. These local gathering places are the perfect chance to wander from stall to stall, taking in the colours and accents all around you. Travellers who want to embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle need to slow down and appreciate la dolce vita: the diverse flavours, the people who talk with their hands, and the warm sun that caresses your skin.

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To stand at the crossroads of civilisation

From the Iberian Peninsula to the Turkish Riviera, the Mediterranean is where Europe meets Africa and Asia. Throughout history, the sea has allowed men to travel from shore to shore and from east to west , discovering new curiosities and trading knowledge and goods. The Mediterranean boasts a unique blend of cultures : small ports with Byzantine architecture, ancient Ottoman cities, Greek and Roman ruins, Hispano-Moresque palaces... From the Black Sea to the Adriatic and from the Aegean Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, every community has its own distinctive style and way of life.

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The Amalfi Coast

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Amalfi Coast is the jewel in Italy's crown. Its verdant cliffs, fragrant citrus terraces, and the picturesque hillside villages of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano have made it famous all over the world. Legend has it that the gods of Olympus, who wanted to listen to the song of the Sirens, used to walk the path that overlooks the coast. From high on the cliffs, they could see the entire Gulf of Salerno, all the way out to the island of Capri and the tiny Sirenuse Archipelago from which the bewitching voices came.

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Ancient Greece

Outstanding navigators, intrepid explorers and talented builders, the ancient Greeks were constructing incredible monuments throughout Mediterranean as early as the 5th century BC. The Acropolis of Athens may be the most famous example, but the majestic Theatre of Epidaurus is the jewel of the Peloponnese, showcasing the architects' understanding of acoustics and harmony. The second-largest ancient theatre is found several thousand kilometres away in Ephesus, Turkey, an ancient port city dedicated to the goddess Artemis. This vast venue could hold over 24,000 spectators.

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Idyllic Greece

What do you picture when you hear the word "Greece"? Whitewashed houses, immaculate hillside villages with royal blue accents, fishing hamlets frozen in time ... These Greek dreams can become a reality: admire a sunset over the sea from Santorini, enjoy the clear waters and beaches of Mykonos, or lose yourself in the pedestrianised lanes of the small island of Hydra. The Greek Islands are the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy a moment of pure serenity.

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The Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal cuts through the isthmus that shares its name, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893 , it is just over six kilometres long, allowing commercial and tourist vessels with a draught of less than eight metres to avoid a 400-kilometre detour around the peninsula. The canal is enclosed by walls on each side, reaching a maximum height of around 50 metres. Watching the ship sail through this narrow waterway from the outer decks is a truly unique and unmissable sight.

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The Dalmatian coast

Embrace the laid-back lifestyle in the small seaside town of Hvar , walk the ramparts of Dubrovnik , the "Pearl of the Adriatic", or wander the walled city of Split . From historic centres to crystal-clear waters, the Dalmatian coast truly has it all. Take Montenegro, for example, where wooded hills and authentic villages overlook the Bay of Kotor , the perfect spot for secluded swimming.

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Succumb to the enchanting charms of Istanbul, previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople. Drawing on a multitude of influences, this magical city offers the best of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman worlds. The Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are just some of Istanbul's magnificent monuments, not to mention the innumerable stalls of the Grand Bazaar. A stop in Istanbul is also an excellent chance to admire the carved wooden palaces along the Bosphorus.

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Perched on the cliffs at the southern tip of Corsica , Bonifacio is a classic Mediterranean citadel. Bonifacio has always enjoyed a privileged position in terms of trading with the rest of the Mediterranean. Due to its strategic location between Italy and France, the city has been claimed by many different powers over the years, including the Republics of Pisa and Genoa. Today, the southernmost city of metropolitan France stands proud above its idyllic surroundings . Secret coves, a charming harbour and a range of nature walks make it an essential stop in the Mediterranean.

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The Alhambra

If your cruise is stopping in Malaga, you might want to consider heading inland. Some 120 km away, the beautiful city of Granada is home to the equally breathtaking Alhambra palace . Built in 1238 by Mohammed ben Nazar, it is a testament to the Muslim presence in Spain from the 8th to the 15th century. Take your chance to explore every room of this incredible structure, from the Nasrid Palaces to the famous Court of the Lions. Its incredible stucco decorations , arabesques and columns will have you at a loss for words. The Partal Gardens with the Tower of the Ladies and its basin are particularly exquisite. Victor Hugo himself was inspired by this magical place: "The Alhambra! The Alhambra! Palace that geniuses have golden as a dream and filled with harmonies" ( Les Orientales , 1828).

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Ancient jewels of the Mediterranean

Athens - valletta, dates: 3/21/2024 to  3/28/2024.

In partnership with UGC and with featured guest: Patrice Leconte, the director of Les Bronzés, Ridicule, Le Mari de la coiffeuse, La Fille sur le pont, Maigret and many other cult films and popular hits.

Starting in  Athens , step aboard  Le Bougainville  for an 8-day cruise  between Greece and the majestic Maltese coast.

Le Bougainville   will take you to  Patmos where you will discover its monastery and the cave where Saint John is said to have received his visions.

This cruise will also enable you to discover  Hydra , a small island of old-worldly charm where motorised traffic is banned.

You will then follow a memorable crossing of the Corinth Canal and make a port of call at  Itea , not far from the marvellous Delphi archaeological site.

Then, Southern Italy promises suspended moments where the beauty of the shores combines with the beauty of its historical remnants, which remain fascinating. In Puglia , Gallipoli , meaning “beautiful town” in Greek, reveals its Hellenic origins and offers up its singular atmosphere, where life is good. In Syracuse , the Sicilian soul unfolds across the island of Ortygia - the oldest part of the city -, a maze of small streets dotted with churches, palaces, ancient remnants, sheltering a majestic cathedral in its very heart.

You will make a final call on  Gozo , an unspoiled island that is home to a megalithic site listed with UNESCO.

Your cruise will come to an end in  Valletta , capital of the island of Malta and former stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta.

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Patrice Leconte

In about thirty films, Patrice Leconte has never stopped surprising us and amusing himself, while dealing with every film genre and inventing for himself a place quite apart in the French cinema landscape. An eclectic filmmaker, he has directed popular comedies and action films now cult movies (Les Bronzés, Les Bronzés font du ski, Les Spécialistes), elegant and scathing comedies (Tandem, Ridicule for which he was awarded the César of best film director), unforgettable films noirs (Monsieur Hire, The Widow of Saint Pierre), unexpected encounters (Intimate Strangers, Man on the Train), and unique films full of fantasy, daring, freedom and poetry (The Hairdresser’s Husband, Girl on the Bridge). And even an animated film (The Suicide Shop) …

An excellent actors’ director he has made films with some of the biggest names : Fanny Ardant, Juliette Binoche, Sandrine Bonnaire, Vanessa Paradis, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Philippe Noiret, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Daniel Auteuil, Christian Clavier, Gérard Jugnot, Fabrice Lucchini, Michel Blanc, Johnny Hallyday… Curious and passionate, he is also a very good storyteller who easily shares his experiences and crushes.

Language spoken: French

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Jean-Pierre Lavoignat

Jean-Pierre Lavoignat

Jean-Pierre Lavoignat started as a journalist at Agence France Presse in Paris. He then launched with his fellow journalist Marc Esposito two magazines, PREMIERE first and then STUDIO MAGAZINE, whose success, as early as the 80’s, changed the landscape of film magazines. He was PREMIERE’s director from 1982 to 1986 and STUDIO’s director from 1987 to 2006.He was also a film commentator on channels France 5, Canal + and France Infos.

Since he left STUDIO MAGAZINE, after being curator of the first extensive Romy Schneider exhibition, he has shared his time between writing books with prominent figures from the world of cinema such as Catherine Deneuve, Pierre Lescure, Dominique Besnehard, Gérard Oury –  Rabbi Jacob ’s director – and his daughter Danièle Thompson and producing and making documentaries portraying actors and directors : Steven Spielberg, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, James Gray, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Audrey Tautou, Jean Dujardin, John Landis, Alan Parker, etc. for channels Canal + Cinéma and OCS Cinéma. Recently, three documentaries portraying the three most prestigious Mexican film directors in Hollywood, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Inarritu and Guillermo Del Toro, were selected at the Festival Lumière in Lyon.

Since 2013, Jean-Pierre Lavoignat has also kept on working with UGC, STUDIO’s former shareholder, selecting and presenting world film classics at « UGC Culte » weekly screenings.

Languages spoken: French, English

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To guarantee the safety and well-being of our guests, certain items are strictly prohibited on board. Should you have one of these products or objects in your possession, they will be confiscated immediately and will not be transported on the ship. When an item transported aboard is considered illegal, the relevant authorities will be notified systematically.

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During the days spent on board, you are advised to wear comfortable clothes or casual outfits. The entire ship is air-conditioned, so a light sweater, a light jacket or a shawl may be necessary. When moving about in the public areas of the ship and the decks, light but comfortable shoes are recommended.

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In the evening, you are advised to wear smart-casual attire, especially when dining in our restaurants where wearing shorts and tee-shirts is not allowed.

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Officer’s evening:

For all cruises longer than 8 nights, an Officer’s Evening with a white dress code may be organized. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a stylish white outfit for the occasion (otherwise black and white).

Gala evening:

During the cruise, two gala evenings will be organised on board. Thus, we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.

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  • Tie recommended, possibly bow tie (if you wish to)

A small shop is available on board offering a wide range of outfits, jewellery, leather goods and many accessories.

A laundry service (washing/ironing) is available on board, but unfortunately there are no dry cleaning services. For safety reasons, your cabin is not equipped with an iron.

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In your hand luggage, remember to bring any medicines that you need, and possibly a small spare bag of toiletries (in case of delay in the delivery of your baggage by the airline). Remember to always have your travel documents with you in case you need them: hotel vouchers, cruise vouchers, return flight tickets... Never leave them in your hold luggage.

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UGC

The UGC Group is one of the main actors in the movie industry with 50 cinemas, with 521 screens in France, including UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles in Paris, the number one cinema in the world in terms of audience (Source Comscore). The Group also has 7 cinemas with 74 screens in Belgium. 

The UGC network was recently strengthened with the opening of six new cinemas in 2021 and 2022: UGC Plaisir (9 screens), UGC Ciné Cité Bassins à flot in Bordeaux (13 screens), UGC Montaudran in Toulouse (7 screens), UGC Ciné Cité Part-Dieu in Lyon (18 screens), UGC Ciné Cité Maillot in Paris (12 screens) and UGC Issy-les-Moulineaux (7 screens).

UGC is also a major player in film and TV production.

Just like the movies shown in its cinemas, UGC produces and distributes a wide variety of movies, ranging from successful popular comedies such as the Qu'est ce qu'on a fait au Bon Dieu ? or Ducobu films, to major independent films by Leos Carax : Annette , Bruno Podalydès : Les Deux Alfred, Comme un avion , Jacques Audiard : Un Prophète , Dheepan , De rouille et d’os or Florian Zeller : The Father .

The television series production activity launched in recent years, brings together five structures in France and one in the UK. Producing TV series for all broadcasters in the market, including TF1 : Prométhée and HPI , France 2 : J'ai menti , Netflix : Christmas Flow , La Révolution , Disney+ : Oussekine , Amazon : Ten Percent , the English remake of Dix pour cent . In France, in 2022, The UGC Group is the 4 th largest fiction producer in terms of broadcasted hours.

A cruise under the sign of the cinema! With an exceptional guest: Patrice Leconte , the director of Les Bronzés, Ridicule, Le Mari de la coiffeuse, La Fille sur le pont, Maigret and many other cult films and popular successes, who will present five of his films. During two long conversations on board, moderated by Jean-Pierre Lavoignat , co-founder and former director of Studio Magazine , Patrice Leconte will also talk about his career and his work. As will the actor he has chosen to accompany him. Organised in partnership with UGC , this cinema cruise will also be an opportunity to hear former UGC general manager Alain Sussfeld talk about his job and the major challenges facing cinema today.

  • In partnership with UGC and with featured guest: Patrice Leconte, the director of  Les Bronzés, Ridicule, Le Mari de la coiffeuse, La Fille sur le pont, Maigret  and many other cult films and popular hits.
  • A cruise from Greece to Malta via the Sicilian coast, discovering majestic landscapes.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian, and the Cave of the Apocalypse on the Island of Pátmos, Delphi from Itea, the old town of Syracuse and Noto, the temples of Ggantija on the island of Gozo, the historic centre of Valletta (disembarkation port).
  • An all-new port of call in Gallipoli to immerse yourself in the gentle way of life of the Puglia region and discover the ancient history of this former Greek city.
  • Sicily with the call at Syracuse.
  • In the heart of the Aegean Sea, discover Patmos, an unspoiled island in the Dodecanese archipelago.

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Ports of Call & Excursions

Athens

March 21, 2024 - Athens

Embarkation 3/21/2024 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Departure 3/21/2024 at 6:00 PM

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 colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will 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.

Patmos

March 22, 2024 - Patmos

Arrival 3/22/2024 midday Departure 3/22/2024 late afternoon

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.

Hydra

March 23, 2024 - Hydra

Arrival 3/23/2024 early morning Departure 3/23/2024 early afternoon

This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques  along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

Crossing the Corinth Canal

March 23, 2024 - Crossing the Corinth Canal

Arrival 3/23/2024 Departure 3/23/2024

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 kilometres 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 metres. 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!

Itea

March 24, 2024 - Itea

Arrival 3/24/2024 early morning Departure 3/24/2024 early afternoon

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 kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience whose ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains.

Gallipoli

March 25, 2024 - Gallipoli

Arrival 3/25/2024 midday Departure 3/25/2024 late afternoon

Gallipoli , which comes from the Greek kalle polis, meaning beautiful town, is very aptly named. Located on the heel of the boot, the town known as “the pearl of Puglia” has many attractions. The whiteness of its façades recalls its Greek origins while its architecture echoes its multiple influences. Its old town, perched on a limestone island, concentrates the cultural heritage of this city with a thousand faces, alternately a Roman colony, then Byzantine, the property of the Popes, Norman, under the rule of Taranto… By itself, it tells the story of the different civilisations of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Syracuse, Sicily

March 26, 2024 - Syracuse, Sicily

Arrival 3/26/2024 midday Departure 3/26/2024 early evening

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 civilisations, 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, colours and flavours.

Gozo

March 27, 2024 - Gozo

Arrival 3/27/2024 early morning Departure 3/27/2024 midday

Located to the north of Malta, a lot less urbanised than its larger sibling and protected from mass tourism, the small island of Gozo has managed to remain natural and authentic. Lush hills and valleys alternate with a mosaic of cultivated fields. The buildings, some of which are medieval, are built from honey-coloured limestone and blend in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. Gozo also boasts a unique historic site that is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the megalithic temples of Ggantija near the town of Xaghra. An archaeological museum adjoining the site presents a number of objects that were found there. Red-sand beaches and a crystal-clear sea add to the calm and serenity of Gozo.

Valletta

March 27, 2024   March 28, 2024 - Valletta

Arrival 3/27/2024 late afternoon Disembarkation 3/28/2024 at 8:00 AM

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. You can visit the Grandmasters 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 most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the  Barrakka Gardens  will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

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Religious heritage

From the pier, board your coach for a drive to the Saint John Monastery . Overlooking Skala port and the island’s southern region this medieval monastery looks more like a fortress than a house of prayer. It was built to repel attacks by pirates.

In the year 95 AD, Saint John the Evangelist was banished from Ephesus and exiled to Patmos , which in the days of the Roman Empire was where those who were exiled were sent.

In 1088, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos authorised Saint Christodoulos, an abbot from Asia Minor, to erect a monastery in memory of Saint John . The whole island was yielded to the monastery. The adjoining Theotokos Chapel has frescoes dating back to the 12th century. Other Byzantine treasures are found in the monastery. Today this holy place is a veritable museum of Byzantine art thanks to the countless frescoes, icons, holy objects and manuscripts contained within its walls.

Then you will walk to Zoodochos Pigi Convent where you will visit the church and the museum. Built in 1607 the convent houses a wealth of Icons and frescoes. Here we will discover the history and symbolism of iconography and meet one of the resident nuns. Nowadays, 15 nuns live in this convent respecting strict rules. They occupy with the art of needlework and embroideries of clerical vestments.

Finally, a short drive away is the Apocalypse Cave where the final chapter of the New Testament was revealed to John the Apostle. The Book of Revelation prophecy came to him through a symbolic vision and was written in Greek. This cave was the house of the evangelist and now is surrounded by a monastery and school of theology. You can see the resting place outlined in beaten silver where St John laid his head every night. To the right the rock is shaped like a pulpit and is where the disciple, Prochoros, wrote the revelation as dictated by John.

Finally, you will re-board your coach and join your ship.

  • This excursion is not suitable for people who have difficulty walking. The coach will drop you near the old town, and access to the monastery is on foot via cobblestone streets. Appropriate clothing is required to enter religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered. It is not permitted to take photos inside the chapel or the cave. This tour is limited to 20 participants.

Total : €80

Saint John Monastery & Apocalypse Cave

From the pier, board your coach for a drive to the Saint John Monastery . Overlooking Skala port and the island’s southern region, this medieval monastery looks more like a fortress than a house of prayer. It was built to repel attacks by pirates.

In the year 95 AD, Saint John the Evangelist was banished from Ephesus and exiled to Patmos , which in the days of the Roman Empire was where those who were exiled were sent.

In 1088, the Byzantine Emperor Alexios Komnenos authorised Saint Christodoulos, an abbot from Asia Minor, to erect a monastery in memory of Saint John. The whole island was yielded to the monastery. The adjoining Theotokos Chapel has frescoes dating back to the 12th century. Other Byzantine treasures are found in the monastery. Today this holy place is a veritable museum of Byzantine art thanks to the countless frescoes, icons, holy objects and manuscripts contained within its walls.

After visiting the monastery, a short drive away, will take you to the Apocalypse Cave where the final chapter of the New Testament was revealed to John the Apostle. The Book of Revelation prophecy came to him through a symbolic vision and was written in Greek. This cave was the house of the evangelist and now is surrounded by a monastery and school of theology. You can see the resting place outlined in beaten silver where St John laid his head every night. To the right the rock is shaped like a pulpit and is where the disciple, Prochoros, wrote the revelation as dictated by John.

Finally, you will re-board your coach for a photo stop at the three windmills located at the top of Chora hill. You will then return returning to the pier.

  • This excursion is not suitable for people who have difficulty walking. The coach will drop you near the old town, and access to the monastery is on foot via cobblestone streets. All together you will have to go up and down about 100 steps. Appropriate clothing is required to enter religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered. It is not permitted to take photos inside the chapel or the cave.

Total : €75

Capturing the images of Patmos

This tour, covering the south side of the island, not only gives you the opportunity of discovering hidden places but also an opportunity to photograph the most amazing land and seascapes along.

From the pier, board your minibus to the old village of Chora , the island’s capital and a photographer’s paradise! Your first experience is a panoramic view right over the island and over the 11th century monastery built like a fort, standing with proud dominance. You will be guided through Chora’s labyrinth of winding cobbled streets and maze of arched alleyways. The settlement of white-washed houses dating from 16th century, reflects the light casting shadows and creating geometric patterns. The alleys, arches and doorways display a harmonious balance revealing subtle architectural details which, through your lens, can become exciting atmospheric images trapped in time.

Continue to Diakofti stopping off to photograph the view of the mystical rock of Petra and then go to a boatyard. Here you will have the opportunity to photograph the local islanders at work and the streamline shapes of vessels in dry dock.

After a local refreshment, and your camera full of great images, you will return to Skala port.

  • This tour involves approximately 1.2 miles (2 km) of walking over uneven surfaces, narrow and cobblestone streets. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. You will use your own camera on this tour. A supplement of €25 per person will be applied if there are less than 10 participants. This tour is conducted by an English-speaking photography oriented guide. The guide will not give any information regarding the use of your camera. The observation of the workers and vessels in dry dock is not guaranteed. This tour is limited to 15 participants.

Total : €90

History of Hydra

The charm of Hydra town certainly lies in her rich history, port and waterfront unspoiled by motorised vehicles. This island offers a rugged charm and many scenes to discover.

From the pier, follow your guide on a walking exploration through the island's historical landmarks. Your first stop will be the Hydra Museum - Historical Archives where you may admire 19th century paintings of considerable artistic value as well as rich documental and photographic material detailing the long maritime tradition and history of the island.

Continuing your walk around the port, you will visit the Church of the Dormitian , which houses icons, chandeliers and other offerings from the wealthy seafarers of the island. It is even said one of the chandeliers was stolen from Louis XIV and given to the church.

Enjoy a coffee break or a refreshment together with Hydra's local sweet "amygdaloto" .

Next, reach Koundouriotis Mansion , one of the finest examples of the traditional 18th and 19th century architecture of Hydra. Built in 1780 by the ship owner Lazaros Koundouriotis, it now houses various items from the National Historical Museum of Athens, such as traditional costumes, jewellery, fine embroideries, pottery and wood-carvings.

Enjoy a leisurely walk through Hydra's little alleys and stone houses before your return to the port.

  • This tour is entirely on foot, walking over uneven ground, cobble stone streets and steps (70-80 steps). You must be in relatively good physical condition to participate. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate clothing is required to enter religious sites: shoulders and knees must be covered. The refreshment is included on your tour.

Total : €50

Sacred site of Delphi

From the pier, board your coach for a 30-minute picturesque drive through olive groves before reaching the Archaeological Site .

Once arriving, you will take the Sacred Way that was followed by ancient pilgrims and visitors to the site. The path begins at the southeast corner of the site and winds its way up the hillside, past ancient treasuries and monuments, to the temple of Apollo.

It is an imposing temple of the Doric order whose existence was woven through the turbulent history of the site and endured numerous incarnations. The remains that you can see date back to the 4th century B.C. The Temple of Apollo was first built around the 7th century B.C. by the two legendary architects Trophonios and Agamedes. The exterior was decorated with shields captured from the Persians at Plataea. This temple was also of the Doric order and had 6 columns at the front, and 15 columns at the flanks. Today, you can see one complete column of the facade and portions of five more columns. Also visible are the foundations of the outer colonnade and the interior sekos .

You will continue your walk and pass the spare ruins of the Senate of Delphi , followed be a pile of rocks, marking the site of the early Delphi Oracle which according to legend was guarded by the snake Python. For those who wish, the Theatre can be visited.

A few steps from the sanctuary of Apollo, the Delphi museum has exhibited for over a century, the objects found at the archaeological site. He is one of the four largest museums in Greece, with Athens and Olympia. Vases, bronzes, sculptures found in temples, offerings made to Apollo by the pilgrims, objects of gold and ivory found under the slabs of the Sacred Way can be admired in this museum.

At the end of your visit, you will join your coach and enjoy magnificent views over the Bay of Itea before your return on Itea.

  • This tour involves 3 hours of walking over uneven ground with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun.

Monastery of Saint Lucas & Arachova

From the pier, embark your coach for the one-hour drive to the Saint Lucas Monastery . On the way, you will pass by Delphi and Arachova villages.

The historic walled monastery is one of the most important monuments of Middle Byzantine architecture and art and is listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in Greece . It was founded in the early 10th century by the hermit Saint Lucas, whose relics are kept in the monastery. The main shrine is the tomb of Saint Lucas, originally situated in the vault, but later placed at the juncture of the two churches, the church of Theotokos and the Catholic Church which is the oldest in the complex.

Continue your journey with the visit of Arachova village . Arachova is a mountain small village and its quaint houses are built up on the north slopes of Mount Parnassos, with 3,300 inhabitants, at 800 – 1,100m altitude. In 2000 B.C. Homer mentioned in the Iliad two famous generals who took part in the Trojan War Epistrophos and Schedias from the old towns of Anemoria and Kiparissos. These towns were situated around where Arachova stands today. Later, in about 334 B.C. Philip the Second King of Macedonia destroyed both towns and their populations dispersed over the hills until a new town, Arachova, was built. Today the 'jewel' of Parnassos Arachova remains vital because it keeps its traditions alive and the residents remain simple and hospitable. From the first moment, you will feel a different wind blowing up here, and understand why the locals work so hard to upkeep the areas natural beauty. This town is famous for its carpets and blankets woven by hand and for its wines and cheeses.

After a short walking tour and time to browse through the narrow streets with the numerous souvenir and local product shops, you will return to the ship.

  • This tour involves 1 hour of walking over uneven and flat cobblestones streets and many steps (approximately 50 steps on the Monastery). We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended: shoulders and knees covered.

Total : €65

Walking tour of Gallipoli, pearl of the Ionian Sea

Fall under the spell of one of Puglia’s jewels, Gallipoli, listen to its history in the old town’s maze of narrow lanes and admire its historic and architectural heritage.

A visit through its enigmatic lanes is like a journey back in time, a living exploration of the cultural strata that make Gallipoli such a rare pearl. Time here sometimes seems to stand still. Near the port, where your guided tour will begin, the fisherman are hard at work. Some are gathering together the catch of the day, whereas others are repairing their nets. Off in the distance, the gates of the old town open onto a maze of narrow lanes edged withbright- and warm-coloured dwellings, where the shade of the buildings draws a mystical labyrinth. Each street corner tells its own story of this medieval city, with its multiple heritages and cultural influences. Take the time to listen to the stories told by your local guide, as you admire the surprising St. Agatha’s Cathedral, its columns and its stunning baroque frescoes.

The sun-drenched hills of Gallipoli, bathed by the blue waters of the Mediterranean, made it a regional stronghold in olive-oil production as of the 15th century. The exports of this “liquid gold” were so significant that its production was stored in the four corners of the city in underground cisterns dug out of the local limestone, called carparo. You will have the opportunity to discover the production techniques that were used in the past, as you visit one of the 35 recently renovated underground oil mills.

  • This excursion includes three hours of walking on uneven surfaces. This visit is not accessible for persons with reduced mobility or in a wheelchair. We recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. Appropriate clothing must be worn when visiting religious buildings: trousers for men, and skirts covering the knees for women.

Lecce, Florence of southern Italy

The city of Lecce has earned itself various epithets thanks to its beauty and its historical and architectural treasures: in fact, it is usually referred to as “the Florence of Southern Italy” or “open-air museum” for the abundance of churches and noble palaces, made more elegant and refined by the unique and sumptuous decorations realized with the “leccese stone”, a particular stone whose colour gets the same nuance as honey under the rays of the sun.

Set in the very heart of the Salento region, called “the Heel of Italy’s boot”, Lecce dates back to Roman times: in fact, you can still admire in Piazza St. Oronzo the Roman Amphitheatre (from outside) which dates back to the second century A.D. and could hold up to 20,000 spectators. In it gladiators used to face and fight against wild animals.

From Otranto, board your coach for the one-hour drive to Lecce where your walking tour of the old town will start. Walk the centre of town with your guide to discover a remarkable architectural style known as the “Barocco Leccese”. From the 16th to the 18th century, Lecce knew a period of great splendour during which it was embellished with Rococo’ and Baroque Monuments. The local finely grained limestone was particularly easy to work, making easy the creation of a very decorative style, with delicate details, which you will recognize immediately.

During the tour you will visit Santa Croce Basilica (only outside visit), which is sumptuously decorated, without being overbearing: close to it you can admire the impressive façade of the Governor’s Palace (the former monastery of the Celestine monks). Your tour cannot end without a visit of what is considered one of the finest squares in Southern Italy: Piazza Duomo , where the Cathedral as well as the Archbishop’s Palace are located. Following your visits, you will enjoy a nice local break tasting Apulian wine and local delicacies.

Some free time will allow you to wander at leisure for shopping before returning to Gallipoli and your ship.

  • This tour involves approximately 1.3 miles (2 km) of walking, mainly over uneven and cobblestone streets. We recommend you to wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. The inside visit of the Basilica is not permitted on Sundays due to religious services. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered). Tasting is included in your tour.

Total : €100

Noto, Baroque town

Depart by coach from the port through the countryside, passing through villages and almond groves as you make your way to Noto , the second largest town in Syracuse province and the best example of Sicilian Baroque architecture on the island.

You will cross on foot the Public Gardens , where it is possible to admire the busts of the artists who contributed to Noto’s urban culture and style.

Besides the 18th century Cathedral , currently under restoration after damage suffered during 1990 earthquake, other impressive buildings are the Churches of St Domenico and of St Charles (del Colleggio), the “Ducezio” Palace and “Villadorata” Palace.

Noto has been declared a Heritage site by UNESCO, who also provides financial support for the reconstruction of monuments destroyed during 1990 earthquake.

A refreshment will be offered at a local bar and then you will enjoy some free time to browse around before commencing the return drive to Syracuse.

  • Restoration works on the monuments of Noto (after damage suffered during the 1990 earthquake) are almost completed but access to church interiors might still be restricted. This excursion involves approximately 1.2 mile (2 km) of walking mostly over easy terrain, except for steps to enter churches. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered). The palace visits are only outside visits. This tour is not recommended for guest with limited mobility.

Meet Mr Mauceri, the puppeteer

From the pier, you will meet with your guide and start your walking tour through the Old Town of Syracusa, whose narrow streets are lined by old, Baroque-style houses with charming balconies. You will enjoy a photo stop at the Cathedral Square where the Baroque-style Cathedral can be seen (outside visit only), erected over the remains of the Doric Temple of Minerva.

You will continue your walking tour through the narrow streets in the heart of the historic center towards the artisan workshop of Daniel Mauceri , a famous pupeteer. Daniel, together with his family, carries-on the ancient tradition of the Opera dei Pupi.   In 2021 Daniel Mauceri was selected by the Michelangelo Foundation to be included in the Homo Faber Guide , which contains the best international artisan excellence. His private collection represents the fruit of years of hard work by the Vaccaro Mauceri family. Upon your arrival, Daniel will explains all the processing stages for the creation of a Sicilian puppet and will show you how to move it during a show .  

Finally, you will walk back to your ship.

  • This tour involves 1,3 miles (2,5 kms) of walking on mainly flat but cobblestoned floor with some steps. We recommend you wear comfortable clothes and shoes. This visit is limited to 15 participants. Being an immersive tour, relying on a single artisan availabilty, please note that in case of force majeure, the tour might be cancelled without prior notice.

Archaeological site & Ortygia

Depart the pier by coach and drive to the archaeological area, which you will reach after a short drive.

Visit the Roman Amphitheatre of Augustus , used for fights between gladiators and wild beasts, the Altar of Hieron , constructed in the 2nd century BC to celebrate the “Eleutherian Feast”, the Latomie of Paradise , huge caverns once used as prisons, the Ear of Dionysius , an enormous grotto with extraordinary echo and the Greek Theatre , one of the largest in the Hellenic World, constructed in the 5th century BC and successively enlarged.

Upon completion of the visit, re-board your coach for the short drive to Ortygia, which you will visit on foot. On Ortygia Island discover the Piazza Pancali (the ruins of the Temple of Apollo of the 6th century BC), Corso Matteotti, Archimede’s Place, Piazza Duomo. Visit the Cathedral in Baroque style, erected over the remains of the Doric Temple of Minerva: in the interiors, see the undamaged twelve Doric columns. Then visit the fountain of Arethusa, the nymph praised by Pindar and Virgilio in one of the most touching and fine myths. Several nobility palaces – majority of them originating in the 15th and 16th centuries – will be seen from outside during the walking tour.

Then, return to the port and your ship.

  • This excursion involves approximately 1.5 miles (2,5 km) of walking over uneven terrain and cobble stones as well as steps. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes and protect yourself from the sun. Appropriate dress is recommended to enter religious sites (shoulders and knees must be covered). This tour is not recommended for passengers with reduced mobility.

Ggantija temples & wine tasting

From the pier, you will board your minivan for a 15-minutes drive to Ggantija Temples .

Located in Xaghra, Ggantija Temples are one of the most important archaeological sites in the Maltese Islands and part of UNESCO World Heritage . The well-preserved site consists of two temples dating back to between 3600 and 3200 B.C. Considered to be one of the oldest free-standing monuments in the world predating Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids, they represent phenomenal culture.

Follow your guide and visit the newly constructed Interpretation Centre which helps put context to this mysterious civilization. From here you will explore the site via an external pathway that provides unique views of the natural landscape that surrounds Ggantija.

After discovering the Ggantija Temples, you will enjoy a scenic route to Ramla Bay and Marsovin winery where you will taste local wines and delicacies. .

Finally, you will return to your ship.

  • This tour involves about 2,48 miles (4 kms) walking over rough and uneven terrain and some uphill walking. We advise you to wear comfortable walking shoes, protect yourself from the sun and bring your bottle of water from the ship. This tour is limited to 70 participants.

Total : €150

Xwejni Bay and its salt pans

From the pier, you will board your minivan with your local guide from Mgarr to the must-see Xwejni bay salt pans . You will meet a salt harvester, who will provides step-by-step explanations of the salt harvesting process.

Moving from theory to practice, you will then fill up your own burlap bag of sea salt that you will take back home as a Gozitan souvenir .

You will be able to taste the salt, take pictures and visit the old salt storages, which dates to the beginning of 19th century.

Afterwards, you will hike along the coast to the inlet of Ghar Il-Qamh inlet , where you can enjoy a swim.

Finally, you will head back to Mgarr by minivan and reboard your ship.

  • This tour involves about 1,5 miles (2,5 kms) of walking on uneven surfaces. We advise you to wear comfortable walking shoes, protect yourself from the sun, wear your swimsuit under your clothes and bring a towel from the ship. Please note that the swim stop will be on a pebbly beach, we recommend you to wear watershoes. The order of sites visited may vary. This tour is limited to 32 participants.

A taste of Gozo

From the pier, you will board your coach for an enchanting journey, starting with a visit to the iconic Kenuna Tower . Perched on the cliff's edge, this 19th-century marvel offers a captivating view of your ship anchored in front of the islands of Comino, with its Blue Lagoon, and the northern tip of Malta as a picturesque backdrop. You will also have a stroll through the enchanting botanical garden surrounding the tower as you discover the cultivation of endemic plants.

You will then enjoy a scenic drive through Gozo passing by charming villages with traditional houses, adorned by colourful flowers. The blue Mediterranean Sea is always in view, offering glimpses of cliffs and quiet bays along the way. Driving through Gozitan streets, gives you the opportunity to appreciate the simple yet charming countryside of the island before making your way to discover another Gozitan charm : its culinary tradition. 

You will reach  Fontana Cottage , where tradition meets taste, and locals in traditional attire extend a warm welcome, inviting you to their world. Explore the daily meeting point of every Gozitan family—the kitchen table—where secret ingredients passed down through generations add a unique flavor to Malta's eclectic culinary tradition. Immerse yourself in the experience of tasting Gozo, sampling various wines produced on the island, perfectly complemented by crusty Maltese bread.

Finally, you will make your way back to the tender port, ready to return to the ship and carry the memories of this delightful adventure with you.

  • This excursion involves very few walking distance on flat surfaces. We recommend you wear comfortable clothes and shoes and protect yourself from the sun. This tour is limited to 32 participants.

Le Bougainville

Welcoming and spacious common areas, refined open-to-the-sea design, sleek exterior lines, a marina to make access to the ship's zodiac inflatables easier, hi-tech equipment, an outdoor pool, a multisensorial underwater lounge… Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury , even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions. 

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Experience exceptional moments with PONANT during cruises specially designed to commemorate key historical events or in conjunction with the world’s leading arts establishments. Without a doubt, commemorating the death of Emperor Napoleon on Saint Helena, attending a concert featuring the Opéra de Paris’ most beautiful voices or celebrating a host of other events in style and comfort aboard our luxurious ships constitutes an unforgettable experience.

Guest Speaker

Aboard your ship, an English-speaking lecturer will enlighten you about the culture and history of your destination to deepen your knowledge of the origins of local traditions, the history of emblematic sites, and stories involving famous personalities and those of major historical significance. During on-board lectures or on your shore visits, this expert will be there to share their precious knowledge with you throughout your PONANT cruise.

Shore excursions, Pre/Post & Overlands

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3/21/2024 - PANORAMIC TOUR OF ATHENS BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO THE PORT OF PIRAEUS

3/19/2024 - ATHENS CITY BREAK (2 NIGHTS)

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3/28/2024 - VISIT OF MDINA AND PALAZZO PARISIO

3/28/2024 - HIGHLIGHTS OF MALTA

PANORAMIC TOUR OF ATHENS BEFORE BEING TRANSFERRED TO THE PORT OF PIRAEUS

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Travel with peace of mind as PONANT organises your transfer between the airport and your port of embarkation.

Meet at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos - Arrival Hall. Look for PONANT sign. You will be greeted by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT.

You will depart the airport by coach for a scenic tour of Athens en route to the port of Piraeus.

When you will reach Athens, you will make your first stop at the Panathenaic Stadium, a 19th-century reconstruction on Roman foundations, in which the first modern Olympic Games took place. This stadium is also known as the Kallimármaro which means “the beautiful marbled” because it is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble. It was also restored to host some competitions during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

You will enjoy a photo stop at the bottom of the Acropolis Hill with its spectacular view of the Parthenon before being transferred to the port of Piraeus where you will embark on your ship.

Your programme includes:

  • Transfer by air-conditioned coach.
  • Services of a local English-speaking guide.

Your programme does not include:

  • Tips for the driver and local guide.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other services not mentioned in the programme.
  • Optional photo stops depending on embarkation time and traffic conditions.

Duration and order of the visits may vary. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Total : $60

ATHENS CITY BREAK (2 NIGHTS)

Enhance your cruise and extend your trip with a carefully designed programme.

Day 1 - Athens

Meet at Athens Airport in the Arrival hall. Look for PONANT sign. You will be greeted by our local representative off the flight selected by PONANT or any other flight (provided that you have previously communicated your flight schedule to your travel agent).

You will be transferred to the hotel Athens Capital Centre – Collection Mgallery 5*, perfectly located at Syntagma Square in the heart of Athens.

Official check-in at 15 :00.

Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - Athens

After breakfast, your walking guided visit will be first focus on Anafiotika district. 

This picturesque old quarter is located under the Acropolis. This very typical architecture looks like to the Cycladic islands, with narrow streets and white-washed houses with colorful shutters. You will learn more about its history with your guide. And you will have the perfect opportunity to take the most beautiful photos, through the lens of a professional photograph at your disposal to give you tips and help you..

Later, you will walk until a local tavern in the Plaka district and you will enjoy a traditional Greek lunch followed by a short time at leisure in Plaka.

During the afternoon, you will visit the Acropolis Museum, which is an archaeological museum focused on the findings of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Athens. The museum was built in order to house every artifact found on the rock and at its foot, covering a large period of time from the Greek Bronze Age to Roman and Byzantine Greece. Nearly 4,000 objects are exhibited over an area of 14,000 square metres.

After the Museum visit, time at leisure to strool around the Museum area (about 1 hour), or to visit on your own, the Acropolis site (this visit is not accessible to disabled people). Then short drive back to your hotel (about 15 minutes).

Evening and dinner at leisure.

Day 3 - Athens

Breakfast followed by hotel check-out procedures.

You will walk with your guide until Benaki Museum located in Kolonaki Square (about 10 minutes).

The Benaki Museum ranks among the great benefactions which have enriched the material assets of the Greek State. It is also the oldest museum in Greece. The Museum houses a set of collections comprising many distinct categories and totalling more than 30,000 items that illustrate the Greek world through a spectacular historical panorama: from Antiquity and the age of Roman domination to the medieval Byzantine period, from the fall of Constantinople (1453) and the centuries of Frankish and Ottoman occupation to the outbreak of the struggle for independence in 1821, and from the formation of the modern state of Greece (1830) to 1922, the year in which the Asia Minor disaster took place. Board your vehicle again for a short drive to your hotel.

Following your visit, board your vehicle for a short drive to the meeting point where your local chef will await for you. Combine the best flavors of Athens has to offer, in a master class that involves putting together a menu, shopping for the ingredients in the vibrant central markets of Athens, and actually preparing it, all under the care of a professional chef and expert on Mediterranean cuisine. After collecting everything, you will head to a venue with all the necessary equipment to turn the fresh ingredients into delicious delicacies. With the guidance of the chef, you will enjoy the best meal prepared by yourselves.

You will then be transferred to the pier of Athens to embark on board your ship.

Your hotel:

The Athens Capital Center Hotel - MGallery Collection is a boutique hotel ideally located in the heart of Athens, in the upscale Kolonaki neighbourhood, two minutes from Syntagma Square. Its contemporary interior houses works of art celebrating Greek culture. The fully-appointed Deluxe rooms offer a tranquil haven with an elegant atmosphere. From the rooftop terrace with swimming pool, the view of the Acropolis is uninterrupted and cloaked in magic at nightfall. Greek and Mediterranean specialities are served at MFlavours, the first of the hotel’s restaurants, while creative cuisine awaits guests at the second, Mappemonde.

Upgraded rooms are also available depending on availability and on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further detail.

  • 2-nights accommodation in Deluxe room at Athens Capital Centre – Collection Mgallery 5* (local standard) or similar, breakfast included.
  • Meals as mentioned in the programme.
  • Beverage package during meals (bottled water + 1 soft drink or 1 glass of wine or 1 local beer and 1 coffee or tea).
  • Welcome drink voucher of 20 € to enjoy a cocktail at the rooftop Mappemonde during open hours (non refundable)
  • Transfers, visits, and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • The services of a local English-speaking escort on the day of arrival.
  • The services of a local English-speaking guide during visits.
  • Dinner on days 1 & 2.
  • Visa if necessary.
  • Early check-in and late check-out.
  • Entry fees and guided visit of the Acropolis.

Please note:

  • It is imperative that the details of your departure flight are provided to your travel agent, no later than 30 days before the start date of your cruise, to secure the proper private transfer.
  • On day 2, the photo tour of the Anafiotika district requires about 2 hours of walking on flat and uneven ground with uneven level.
  • The visit of the Acropolis Museum (day 2), the Benaki Museum and the walk at Central Market (day 3) require moderate walking on flat or uneven ground (paved terrain and a few steps).
  • The Acropolis visit site is not included to the program and is not recomanded for disabled people.You can visit it on your own during leisure time.
  • The Benaki Museum is closed on Tuesday.
  • The Central Market is closed on Sunday.
  • The official check-in in room at 15:00.

Contact of your hotel:

Athens Capital Centre – Collection Mgallery 4 Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue and 2 Kriezotou street Syntagma Square, Athens 105 64, Greece Telephone number: +30 21 4444 2000

Total : $2,028

VISIT OF MDINA AND PALAZZO PARISIO

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Travel with peace of mind as PONANT organizes your daytime between airport and embarkation port.

After disembarkation procedures are completed, you will be greeted at pier by our local representative.

Then, proceed to Mdina - Malta’s Old Capital, one of the locations used by the film “Black Eagle” featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and by “Game of Thrones” series. Mdina is one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city, with its extraordinary mix of medieval and Baroque architecture.

Continue with the visit of Palazzo Parisio, a unique 19th century palace in the heart of the Mediterranean. Palazzo Parisio is not only another palace of the legendary Knights of St. John, but the ultimate memorial of ambitions, aspirations and pretensions of a 19th century noble family. It houses two baroque walled gardens, including a lovely orangery – a miniature Versailles.

Enjoy a small snack in the Palace.

Transfer to Malta Airport on time for the flight selected by PONANT.

  • Transfers, and visits as mentioned in the programme.
  • Personal expenses and other services not mentioned in the programme.

Duration and price of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents. In the event of schedule changes of PONANT’s selected flight, your programme will be adapted to ensure the most seamless and enriching experience. The content of your revised programme will be updated on the PONANT website, in My Ponant space and on the PONANT app. The final programme will also be sent to you along with your cruise documents.

Total : $192

HIGHLIGHTS OF MALTA

Enhance your cruise and extend your trip with a specially designed program.

Day 1 - Valletta

After breakfast aboard disembark the ship and depart on a walking excursion of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Valletta, Malta's fortified capital city located on a hilly peninsula between two natural harbors.

You will visit the Upper Barrakka Gardens to enjoy panoramic views over the Grand Harbor. Proceed to the 16th-century St. John's Co-Cathedral and view Carravaggio's famous masterpiece, The Beheading of St. John the Baptist, during an inside visit.

Then, you will board your coach and drive to a local vineyard. At the Meridiana Winery, enjoy a wine tasting of some of the country's most delicious wines. Proceed to a historic local restaurant for a lunch of traditional Maltese specialties.

After lunch, you will reboard your coach and drive to the Hagar Qim Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site (after a photostop at Blue Grotto). The temple complex dates to 3600 BC and is in a beautiful location on a cliff overlooking the sea.

You will be transferred to your hotel The Phoenica 5*.

Check-in in your room.

The end of the day and dinner are at leisure.

Day 2 - Valletta

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Malta International Airport for flights home.

The luxurious Phoenicia Hotel 5* dates back to 1935. Surrounded by seven acres of gardens, it is ideally located next to the Triton Fountain in Valletta's City Gate Square, just outside the ancient city walls. The rooms are spacious and elegant with modern furnishings. You have a choice of three restaurants, serving a range of Maltese and Mediterranean food. The pool bar and restaurant offer a resort-style setting overlooking Grand Harbour. The hotel is also equipped with a gym and spa. Wi-Fi is available to all guests, throughout the hotel.

Upgraded rooms are also available depending on availability and on a supplement basis. Contact your travel professional for further details.

  • 1-night accommodation at the Phoenicia Hotel 5* (or similar) in Executive room, breakfast included.
  • Beverages package during meals (mineral water + 1 soft drink or 1 local beer + 1 coffee or tea).
  • Transfers, visits and entrance fees as mentioned in the programme.
  • Local English-speaking guide.
  • Lunch and dinner of day 1.
  • Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • Personal expenses
  • It is imperative that your flight arrival details are communicated at least 30 days prior to the beginning of your cruise in order to secure your transfer from the hotel to the airport.
  • Early check-in and/or late check-out are available depending on availability and at a supplement. An additional night is possible, upon request and depending on hotel availability. Please, contact reservations or your travel agent for further details.
  • The official currency is the Euro. Credit cards are largely accepted in hotels, shops, and restaurants.
  • The duration of the visits is given as a guide only, and the order of the visits may change.

Hotel contact information :

Phoenicia Hotel

The Mall Floriana

FRN 1478, MALTA

Telephone number: +356 2122 5241

Duration of the visits are given as a guide only. The order of the visits may be reversed. To know your PONANT flight schedule, please contact your travel agent; it is also indicated on your electronic ticket included in your travel documents.

Total : $570

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Faire une croisière de luxe en Méditerranée avec Ponant

Freedom and dolce vita

Going on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea with PONANT means choosing a new way of travelling to rediscover the wonders of the Med: reconnect with nature thanks to secret stopovers, see natural and cultural treasures with fresh eyes, take the time to admire the iconic seascapes and shores at a slower pace as you sail by and discover sublime new flavours on board at the gourmet restaurant. Sailing aboard our luxury fleet means experiencing the Mediterranean far from the overcrowded beaches and packed hotspots: a journey designed as an ode to freedom and an awakening of the senses…

Mediterranean cruise: the luxury of itineraries off the beaten track

PONANT is committed to sharing unspoilt, authentic places with you. Our stand-out offer includes small-sized ships that can dock in secluded coves and teams of enthusiasts who have an eye for spotting secret shores.

Our purpose is to find natural gems – and the Mediterranean is brimming with them if you know what to look for. For example, explore secret Croatia and visit little-known sites such as Primošten, a charming fishing village that is particularly well preserved.

An elegant fleet

The PONANT fleet consists of innovative, next-generation ships designed and created to combine the pleasure of sailing with discovery and luxury .

PONANT Explorers: ships designed for travelling in the sun

New experiences.

PONANT offers activities that leave you with unforgettable memories. We have an à la carte service for tailormade private excursions .

More sustainable tourism

All ships in the fleet have been awarded the Bureau Veritas Cleanship label. We reduce our environmental impact through innovations, such as less heavy and less polluting fuel (LS MGO), silent electric propulsion and innovative wastewater and waste treatment.

Gastronomy is in the spotlight on our luxury cruises

The full PONANT cruise experience also focuses on food in the spirit of French savoir-vivre and refinement. The menu is developed in partnership with the Ducasse Conseil teams .

Our experienced chefs , alongside top sommeliers, are inspired by the flavours of the places visited to create an inventive menu: an alliance with the flavourful cuisines of the Mediterranean – Italian, Greek or Turkish depending on your location at the time. As connoisseurs of local conditions, our experts choose their ports of call to source fish and fresh ingredients from local fishermen and producers early in the morning.

Exceptional guests and prestigious collaborations

Embark on a luxury cruise and share your passions with exceptional guests .

Meet artists , renowned authors, philosophers, historians, ambassadors, and more. During your cruise, you will have countless opportunities to interact informally with these prestigious figures. PONANT also partners with the Paris Opera, MUCEM, the Louvre and Connaissance des Arts magazine.

The Jazz Festival at Sea and Piano Festival at Sea musical cruises are the result of close collaboration with Radio Classique and Alain Duault, who composes line-ups of talented artists.

Ballet as an odyssey: an unprecedented partnership with the Paris Opera

PONANT and the Paris Opera are joining forces to offer an exceptional Mediterranean cruise, where dance and travel will be united in an unprecedented way for uniquely moving experiences . Travel is a massive source of inspiration for choreographers: Greek mythology and Italian baroque, for example, are key influences in many classical ballets.

On board, the ballet’s principals and dancers participate in special encounters and lectures involving dance where you experience behind the scenes of rehearsals. You also have the opportunity to learn classical dance from renowned teachers.

On land, attend performances during your stopovers to continue your immersion in this world of ballet that crosses time and borders.

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Why choose Ponant ?

An attentive crew, expertise, fine dining and more. Within a fully 5 star setting, we take you to discover exceptional destinations while offering you a travel experience that is both authentic and high end .

Travelling the French way

PONANT is an exponent for the French way of life across every sea on the globe. On board, this is translated through exceptional services, a multilingual crew and bringing French know-how to the fore.

Exceptional destinations

From secluded ports to secret seas, from forgotten beaches to remote lands, our experts choose itineraries that take you away from major tourist routes so you can enjoy unique cruises and shorelines that few have seen before.

Ships on a human scale

Thanks to our small capacity ships, we can dock in private ports and offer stopovers in preserved locations . On board, the limited number of passengers means that everybody can enjoy special moments and feel as though they are on a private yacht.

Founded in 1988, PONANT is now the benchmark for a new style of luxury cruises . This enables us to look to the future with confidence and to carry out large-scale projects such as building new ships, technical and technological innovations, new itineraries and unique partnerships, etc.

Thanks to the values ​​we convey and our constant desire to innovate and offer luxurious and virtuous services, we regularly receive a lot of international awards .

Our commitments

PONANT aims at becoming a world reference in the field of sustainable development in the cruising industry. The environment and ethics are among our main concerns, both in the regions we visit and in our relationships within the company and with our partners.

As the only French cruise company , PONANT is an ambassador of the “French Touch” around the world. With attentive crew, discreet service, refined cuisine and partners with excellent track records, we do our utmost to maintain our unique cruising philosophy .

The great art of French fine dining

Our dining menu is created in partnership with Ducasse Conseil, chef Alain Ducasse's high-end catering company. Our chefs are all French and create elegant and sophisticated menus every day based on fine food and quality products. We have therefore associated ourselves with prestigious partners , who are themselves internationally recognised for their expertise . Champagne, Kaviari caviar, Pierre Hermé Paris macaroons, Bordier butter and Palais des Thés teas are all on the menu during our dinners, gala cocktails and gourmet breaks. Taillevent, famous for their food and wine pairings, have also shown their signature know-how with their selection of wine by the glass.

The availability of selected products such as Bordier butter and cheese, Kaviari caviar, pata negra, foie gras and Pierre Hermé macaroons cannot be guaranteed on late-season departures to Antarctica (from late January/early February). In addition, products originating directly from France are banned in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines). The supply of French products in these areas therefore depends on local sourcing possibilities. In Australia and New Zealand, the fish menu includes stonefish, sole, tuna, salmon and red mullet.

Design and the art of living

Because French luxury is recognized and appreciated around the world, we have appealed to partners whose search for excellence matches our own travel philosophy. Our ships are designed for a warmer, closer experience, so that you can bask in a cosy atmosphere comparable to a private yacht . The interior design is by the talented architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, who is internationally recognised. The fabric by Pierre Frey, the room fragrance by Fragonard, and the bathroom collections for the cabins by Hermès all contribute to an atmosphere where sophistication is the order of the day . In the spa , the personal care products from Sothy’s™ are designed for moments of sheer well-being . Our hair salon boasts a team of hairdressers who can offer you personalised advice and use a range of products from Kérastase et L’Oréal Professionnel.

Introducing the world to the French touch

The "French touch" is first and foremost established by the presence of French naval officers on board and a French and English-speaking crew. Both professional and attentive, our ships' teams ensure that you are comfortable throughout your cruise. Because French elegance is always about the little details, you will find all our services are 5-star , just like the best French hotels and restaurants. While French standards throughout the world are synonymous with a certain understated elegance , it is also reflected in our expertise. The exceptional guests present on certain itineraries promote the best of French culture. They include "Chevaliers des arts et des lettres" (a French title of distinction in art and literature), decorated members of the French Legion of Honour, academics, members of the greatest universities, as well as researchers and scientists, and all of them are ambassadors of our unique French culture across every sea on the globe.

Legendary stopovers, secret ports, isolated archipelagos and more. From the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to the mysterious coasts of Asia, from the lush banks of the Amazon river to the majestic Antarctic glaciers, we take you to exceptional destinations , which only a few very lucky people have the chance to explore. Faithful to our sustainable development policy, we are respectful of the lands we visit and the people who live there. Our team of experts travels the world conducting scouting and environmental impact studies and meeting local communities. We ensure that our presence does not disrupt ecosystems or indigenous peoples.

Ships designed on a human scale

In keeping with our desire to offer you exceptional voyages in luxurious onboard surroundings, we have deliberately designed our ships to be of small capacity . Far removed from the race to be ever bigger and huger, our ships are sized on a human scale to enable them to access uniquely out-of-the-ordinary and little visited ports of call. This ensures cruises with an air of exclusivity for our passengers and an attentive and personalised service for all.

Just like a private yacht

Our fleet is made up exclusively of small-sized ships designed to accommodate a limited number of passengers :

  • Our legendary sailing ship the Le Ponant is equipped with 16 cabins.
  • The new yachts of the PONANT EXPLORERS* series feature 92 cabins.
  • The L’Austral , the Le Boréal and the Le Soléal each have 132 cabins and the Le Lyrial 122.
  • The Le Commandant-Charcot is equipped with 135 cabins.

By combining these kinds of capacities with sleek, refined design, our ships enable us to maintain maxium levels of passenger privacy and offer a 5-star personalised service onboard.

*The Le Lapérouse, the Le Champlain, the Le Bougainville, the Le Dumont-D’Urville, the Le Jacques-Cartier and the Le Bellot.

A modern fleet

Our ships are equipped with the very latest technologies , thus guaranteeing the safety and security of our passengers and limiting our impact on the environment . A sonar detection system designed to prevent collisions with icebergs and reefs, a low-energy and low heat generating lighting system (LED and fibre optic based), a dynamic positioning system enabling (when necessary) the ship to be kept in a static position without the need to drop the anchor, thus respecting and preserving the seabed… This innovative equipment is central to the design of our ships.

Exclusive itineraries

Thanks to their reduced size, our ships are able to stop at quiet little harbours and access remote, out-of-the-way places. Because our passengers are looking for unique kinds of travel experiences , we offer them the possibility of cruising into port in exceptional comfort and luxury and accessing little-visited sites .

World leader in luxury expeditions and France's only cruise ship owner, PONANT was founded by a group of professional sailors in 1988 and has been perfecting the art of exploration since its inception. The company is today setting the standard for a new kind of more sustainable travel through a unique sea travel concept combining exceptional itineraries with luxury hotel style services on board intimately sized ships.

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The call of the open sea…

From the start, PONANT’s founders stand out by focusing on innovation and progress, choosing the French flag and reinventing responsible sea travel: the environment, safety and security are at the heart of what is still today the company's heritage.

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The start of a great adventure

Committed from the beginning to a more sustainable tourism , for its first ship the company goes down the sailing route when it inaugurates Le Ponant, a majestic three-mast yacht with 32 cabins.

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The development of the fleet

The company joins CMA CGM, moves to Marseille and becomes COMPAGNIE DU PONANT.

It sets about designing “the ideal cruise ship”, with just 132 staterooms and equipped with the latest technology .

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Six new next generation shipping yachts

PONANT is acquired by Artémis, holding company of the Pinault family, to continue the company’s development while remaining true to its environmental commitments in the same spirit of innovation and excellence. PONANT also announces its order for the PONANT EXPLORERS series: six yachts with 92 staterooms and suites designed for expeditions.

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Setting up of the PONANT Foundation

The company sets up the PONANT Foundation which provides support to a number of projects focused on research and raising awareness. The Foundation continues its commitment to protect the oceans and poles, and develop cultural contacts with indigenous peoples.

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Palmes du Tourisme Durable Award

PONANT is the first company to ban the use of heavy fuel oil in favour of Low Sulphur Marine Gasoil (LS MGO). A decision recognised in 2020 by the annual Palmes du Tourisme Durable with an award in the ‘Travel’ category.

PONANT acquires PAUL GAUGUIN Cruises, which has specialised in the South Pacific region for nearly 20 years, to offer a wider range of and destinations.

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Le Commandant Charcot

PONANT announces a new phase in its development with the arrival of Hervé Gastinel who succeeds Jean Emmanuel Sauvée as company CEO. The company affirms its reputation as a pioneer in the sustainable tourism field and launches Le Commandant Charcot, PONANT's first polar exploration ship, equipped with a hybrid electric Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) propulsion system. She is the very first French vessel to reach the Geographic North Pole (90,00,000°), on September 6th, 2021.

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Development of an environmentally friendly yacht concept

True to its pioneering spirit, PONANT is continuing to explore technological options for making tourism more sustainable. The R&D team is working on the concept of an eco-designed cruise ship that will have no impact on the environment when sailing and navigating.

PONANT is regularly awarded for the quality of its services and its unique cruising concept . Below are French and international prizes won by our company.

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Moscow - Russian Rivers and Waterways Port of Call

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Moscow is a wonderful city to visit, and travelers on river ship cruise tours to or from St. Petersburg spend a few days in Moscow . This capital city of Russia was our last port on a river cruise tour, and we had about four days to see most of the highlights. Our first day we did an overview driving tour and rode the subway under the Mockba (Moscow) River to Red Square. The next day we toured the State Armory and the Kremlin.

These photos show some of the other highlights you can see with three or four days in Moscow .

The Northern River Terminal is located on the Moscow Canal in the northwest section of Moscow at the Khimki Reservoir.

Most river cruise ships sailing between Moscow and St. Petersburg use the ship as a hotel while in Moscow. Because of traffic, it's often a long drive into the city, but the sights along the way are interesting, and you only have to unpack once for the river cruise.

View of Downtown Moscow from Sparrow Hills

Sparrow Hills is the best place to get a great panoramic view of Moscow. The Sparrow Hills overlook the Mockba River and are near Moscow State University.

Novodevichy Convent in Moscow

Novodevichy Convent in Moscow was founded in 1524, and was once used as a sort of prison for the unwanted wives and sisters of the Tsars. Peter the Great sent both his first wife and his sister to Novodevichy. Since the convent had such famous nuns, it was very wealthy due to the many donations of the Tsars and their families. At one time in the 1700s, the cloister had over 36,000 serfs working in 36 villages. Novodevichy was ravaged by the French armies in 1812, but the brave nuns saved the buildings by disarming the fuses set to blow them up. The Soviets wanted to make the convent into a museum in the early 1920s, but it was again saved.

Novodevichy also has a cemetery with the graves of many famous Russians, including Nikita Khrushchev, Anton Chekhov, Raisa Gorbachev, and Yuri Nikulin.

View of the Mockba River in Moscow, Russia

The Mockba (Moscow) River runs into the Volga via the 79.5 mile long Moscow Canal.

River ships sailing between Moscow and St. Petersburg on the Baltic Waterways embark and disembark at the Northern River Terminal about an hour's drive from the city. The drive time can vary significantly in length because of the heavy Moscow traffic. The river looks peaceful here, as it winds around the cosmopolitan area of Moscow.

Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer (Cathedral of Christ the Savior) in Moscow

The Cathedral of Christ the Redeemer, also known as the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, is the largest church in Russia, holding 10,000 worshipers.

The original Cathedral of Christ the Savior was built over 44 years to celebrate the 1812 victory over Napoleon. It was completed in 1883. Stalin had the church destroyed in 1931, but it was rebuilt using mostly private funds in 1999. The new church is a replica of the original. Note that it took 44 years the first time and only 4 years the second to complete the church! Isn't modern technology impressive.

One interesting tidbit is that it took three attempts to blow up the church in 1931. Stalin planned to build a huge Palace of the Soviets on the cleared land, but engineers determined that the land was too boggy. In the 60 years intervening, the space was used for a variety of things, including a year-round swimming pool!

Vendors' Market and Ski Jump at Sparrow Hills in Moscow

The panoramic view of Moscow from Sparrow Hills is a stopover for most tour groups, so we were not surprised to see a large number of vendors. The ski jump was a surprise, but Moscow gets very cold in winter, so winter sports are very popular. This ski jump is near Moscow State University and has a great view of the city. Seeing this ski jump reminded me of the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump in Oslo, which also has a great view of that northern capital city.

Russian Soldiers' Memorial in Victory Park in Moscow

Matryoshka dolls for sale in moscow.

I thought this display of dolls was beautiful! The Matryoshka nesting dolls range in price from just a few dollars to thousands of dollars.

Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow, Russia

This small band greeted us at the Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow. They played a variety of band music and made us all feel very welcome.

Grand Triumphal Arch Celebrates the Victory Over Napoleon in the War of 1812

This arch looks a little like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and it is located near the Victory Park Metro Station in Moscow.

This Grand Triumphal Arch is decorated with the coats of arms from the 48 Russian provinces. To celebrate the victory over France in the war of 1812, it also includes bas-reliefs of the "Expulsion of the French." The arch was originally built in 1834, but has only been on this site since 1968.

It is a little ironic that this arch resembles the Paris Arc de Triomphe , which Napoleon built between 1806 and 1836 to celebrate his French victories.

Moscow Metro Station at the Ploshchad Revolyutsii (Revolution Square)

This station near Red Square has many statues honoring the workers of Russia.

Moscow Metro Station near Victory Park

The Metro in Moscow is one of its shining industrial achievements. Construction on the Metro was begun in 1931 and continues today. The system has over 165 stations and 155 miles of track. Over 9300 trains, traveling sometimes as fast as 56 mph, navigate the huge system each day. Almost 10 million people ride the Moscow Metro every day, which is more than the New York and London systems combined. We found the Metro to be very efficient, with trains arriving every few minutes.

Navigating the Metro system can be somewhat of a problem for non-Russian speaking riders. Most of the signage is in Cyrillic only, and the stations are quite large. Trying to find the correct exit while walking long distances underground can be challenging.

On our cruise tour, we rode the Metro as a group with our program director from near Victory Park under the Mockba River to Red Square. Several of the group ventured out on their own during our time in Moscow, and many rode the Metro. They all returned with stories of getting lost underground, but none seemed the worse for the experience, and they all loved telling the tales.

Red Square in Moscow

Red Square in Moscow is a must-see for visitors to the capital city of Russia.

The Kremlin in Moscow, Russia

The Kremlin is a favorite of Moscow tourists. Inside these walls are buildings for the government of Russia, cathedrals, and the wonderful State Armory museum.

Taras Bulba Restaurant in Moscow

We enjoyed a traditional Ukrainian lunch at this cute restaurant in Moscow before checking in at our hotel.

Buses Wait for Passengers Outside Museum

River cruise tour groups are usually divided into groups for the duration of the tour. Each group had their own bus when touring.

Military Airplanes at the Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow, Russia

Although much of the military museum was indoors, there was quite a collection of planes, helicopters, missile launchers, and tanks outside.

Foreign Ministry Building, One of Moscow's Seven Stalinist-Gothic Skyscrapers

Seven skyscrapers with layers giving them a "wedding cake" appearance dot the Moscow skyline. The style is considered Stalinist-Gothic.

Russian and American War Veterans at the Central Museum of Armed Forces

Meeting with some World War II Russian War veterans was a highlight of our day at the Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow.

Rocket Launchers and Missiles at the Central Museum of Armed Forces in Moscow

The inside of this museum is particularly impressive, but you will need a guide since all of the signage is only in Russian.

Old Arbat Pedestrian Shopping Area in Moscow

We all enjoyed exploring the shops on this mile-long pedestrian shopping area.

Food prices were high in the tourist attraction, with two small pizzas, two small beers, and a bottle of water at an outdoor cafe costing $40. Many of our group ate at the large McDonalds, where prices were more reasonable.

Female Cosmonaut Model at Star City Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow

Female cosmonauts play an important role in the Russian space program. In 1963, Valentina Tereshkova from Yaroslavl was the first woman in space.

Souvenir Shop in Old Arbat Shopping Area in Moscow

The area of Old Arbat had many English signs to attract the tourist trade.

Centrifuge at Star City Outside Moscow, Russia

This 18 meter centrifuge is the world's largest. The centrifuge weighs over 30000 tons, and the maximum load is 30 G, but most tests are run at 3 or 4 G.

A centrifuge ride is the first test for a cosmonaut, whose entire training school takes from five to eight years. The centrifuge can simulate the extreme force of gravity that cosmonauts (and astronauts) face when going into space. A centrifuge training session lasts about 30 minutes, and the trainee experiences both the centrifugal force as well as the spin of the pod he/she is riding in. Just typing this makes me a little queasy!

Cosmonaut's Bathroom Facilities on First Space Flights at Star City

Just like in the USA, everyone who visits the Star City cosmonaut training center near Moscow wants to know how cosmonauts "go to the bathroom". They have more sophisticated equipment today, but this contraption from the early space flights is fairly self explanatory.

Star City Tank Used for Cosmonaut Weightlessness Training near Moscow

This 12-meter deep pool is used to simulate weightlessness training. The pool is flooded and the cosmonauts perform repair tasks on the model of the International Space Station. SCUBA diving underwater is very similar to the weightless experience the cosmonauts experience when working in outer space.

Mir Space Station Replica at Star City near Moscow

The original Mir disintegrated when it fell to earth in 2001. Mir, which means peace in Russian, was launched in 1986.

Marvel Paull with Statue of Yuri Gagarin at Star City near Moscow

Yuri Gagarin was the first man in space, and the Star City Cosmonaut training center was named after him in 1968.

River Cruise Passengers with Yuri Onufrienko, Russian Cosmonaut at Star City

In case you can't tell, Yuri is the one in the middle. My famous traveling mother, Marvel Paull, is on the left and Dick, a cruise friend is on the right.

A highlight of our day in Star City was a visit with Yuri Onufrienko , a Russian cosmonaut who spent extended time in space at the Mir space station in 1996 and the International Space Station in 2001-2002. Yuri patiently took many questions from our small inquisitive group.

Cosmonaut Space Suit at Star City near Moscow

Cosmonauts sit in this position on take off. Thanks to Jerry G. for the tip about the sign. It says, "Don't touch!"

Stained Glass Window at Star City near Moscow

Program directors at farewell dinner in moscow.

After 16 days of discovery, learning, and fun, we had a farewell dinner with the six Program Directors - Evgeny, Olga, Vladimir, Svetlana, Violetta, and Marina - in Moscow.

The Kremlin is a triangular, walled citadel in the center of Moscow. The Kremlin is considered by most to be the heart of the city. First conceived in the 12th century, the Kremlin (which means fortress) was expanded by Tsar Ivan III (Ivan the Great) during the 15th century. His architects designed the magnificent Cathedral of the Assumption and the Faceted Palace, and the Kremlin was an interesting mix of both Russian and Renaissance styles. During the Soviet time of the 1930s, many of the Kremlin buildings were destroyed or vandalized, and the complex remained closed to the public until 1955.

Today the Kremlin is home to the Russian President and his administration. Many buildings are open to the public, but you may need to be with a guide (check in advance).

I visited the Kremlin when in Moscow on a Russian Waterways cruise tour from St. Petersburg.

The Kremlin was also one of the 21 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World.  

Red Square in Moscow, Russia

Red Square's name has nothing to do with Communism or Soviet Russia. The old Russian word for "beautiful" and "red" was the same; the square was supposed to be called "Beautiful Square". Red Square has been the center of Moscow activity since the 16th century when the Tsar cleared the area and allowed vendors, shoppers, and businesses to fill the square. Today this square is surrounded by the Moscow Kremlin, the State Historical Museum, GUM Shopping Mall , and St. Basil's Cathedral .

Many of the important events of the last three hundred years in Russia have been marked by parades or demonstrations in Red Square. Anyone who enters Red Square will have memories from TV or movie reels of this magnificent public square. Those of us who grew up during the Cold War era can remember the parades of soldiers, tanks, and other armaments past Lenin's Tomb just outside the Kremlin Wall. The World War II generation remembers Red Square as the site of a huge victory celebration at the end of the war.

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Join us on an unforgettable tour to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Imagine visiting Red Square, St. Basil’s the Kremlin and more. Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and one of Russia’s most historical. All of our tours to Moscow are fully customizable and can be adjusted to fit any budget. Our most popular tours are listed below. Please click on the tour details to learn more or contact us for more information about our Moscow tours using the form at the side of the page. You can also schedule a call with one of our Russian travel specialists to learn more.

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Classic Moscow

This is our most popular Moscow tour that includes all the most prominent sights. You will become acquainted with ancient Russia in the Kremlin, admire Russian art in the Tretyakov Gallery, listen to street musicians as you stroll along the Old Arbat street, and learn about Soviet times on the Moscow Metro tour.

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A Week in Moscow

This tour is a perfect choice for those who wish to get to know Moscow in depth. One of the highlights of this package is the KGB history tour which gives an interesting perspective on the Cold War. You will also have time for exploring the city on your own or doing extra sightseeing.

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Weekend in Moscow

This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the capital of Russia if you are short of time. You will see all the main attractions of the city, the most important of which is the Kremlin - the heart of Russia. The tour starts on Friday and can be combined with a business trip.

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Group Tour Moscow Break by Intourist

Russia's capital has so much to offer, from the Kremlin and the Metro to the Old Arbat street and the Tretyakov Gallery. Besides these sites, you will also visit a fascinating country estate which today is quite off the beaten path, Gorky Estate, where the Soviet leader Lenin spent the last months of his life.

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Kolomenskoye Tour with transport

The history of Kolomenskoye stretches back for centuries. In 1380, Dmitri Donskoi’s army passed through Kolomenskoye on their way to the Kulikovo battlefield, and it was...

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals & Armory Tour

The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city’s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury...

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals, Armory, Diamond Fund Tour

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Old Arbat walking tour

You will be told of the street’s interesting history and view the street’s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the...

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Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra)...

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Tour to Kuskovo with transport

The Kuskovo Estate often called the Moscow Versailles due to its perfectly preserved French park, is an example of an 18th century, luxurious Moscow summer residence. Its history...

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Tour to Tsaritsyno with transport

The Tsaritsyno Estate is located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate was constructed for Catherine the Great by the Russian architects Bazhenov and Kazakov in a romantic...

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Moscow Metro and Old Arbat Tour

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union’s achievements for both the Russians...

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Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion and vodka tasting)

Vodka is an important component of Russian life, an element of national identity and everyday culture. We invite you to visit the Vodka Museum and feel the atmosphere of long-gone...

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Mikhail Bulgakov Apartment Museum

This apartment museum located close to Patriarch Ponds became the prototype of the "bad apartment" described in the novel "The Master and Margarita." Currently the museum's...

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Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Ilya Repin (1887)

The State Museum of Lev Tolstoy Tour

Take this opportunity to learn more about the Russian writer Lev Tolstoy. During the visit to the museum you will see part of a vast collection of exhibits connected to Tolstoy...

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Novodevichy Convent Tour with transport

Tour of the Novodevichy Monastery. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince VasiliIoanovich, the original convent was enclosed by fortified walls and contained 12 towers. The structure...

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City Tour with Visit to St. Basils & Red Sq. with transport

Panoramic City Tour. This Moscow tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city’s major highlights. Our professional guide will...

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City Tour of Moscow

Head to the heart of Moscow with a professional guide on a 4-hour private walk through the city center. See Tverskaya and Old Arbat streets, Theatre Square with the world-famous...

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Moscow Metro walking tour

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Kremlin, Red Square and Cathedrals Tour

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KGB Tour with transport

This is a very interesting and insightful tour. You will visit places connected with Stalin’s terror - a time of great repression and fear. You will be shown monuments to...

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Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow Tour

The tour begins with a drive or walk down Tverskaya Street – a Soviet masterpiece. In the years of Soviet power, Tverskaya began to undergo a transformation: it was widened...

Girl with Peaches by Alexander Serov

Tretyakov State Gallery Tour

This world-famous gallery contains masterpieces of Russian art beginning in the 10th century up until today. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and...

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Jewish Heritage of Moscow Tour

This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of Moscow. On the tour, you will visit sites connected with the cultural and religious...

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Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion only)

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Lena, our guide in Moscow was excellent. She was very knowledgable and could answer any question we had for her. We liked that she could pick up on our interests and take us places we might not have thought of to go. When we realized that one of the places we had chosen to see would probably not be that interesting to us, she was able to arrange entry to the Diamond Fund and the Armoury for us. Riding the Metro with Lena was a real adventure and a lot of fun. In Saint Petersburg we found Anna well versed in the history of the Tsars and in the Hermitage collection. Arkady in Veliky Novgorod was a very good guide and answered all of our questions with ease. Novgorod was perhaps a long way to go for a day trip, but we did enjoy it. Vasily was a great driver to have and kept us safe with good humour and skill. We enjoyed ourselves so much, my daughter says she is already planning to return. We would both have no hesistation to recommend ExpresstoRussia to anyone we know.

Just wanted to let you know that My grandson Bruno and I couldn´t have been more pleased with our week in Moscow (6/15 - 6/21). We were absolutely enchanted with the whole experience, including getting lost a couple of times in the Metro during our free time. Although both our guides (both Eleanas) were excellent, I would particularly commend the first one (she took us to the Tatiakov, the KGB tour, and to that beautiful cemetery where so many great Russian artists, authors, composers, musicians, militarists, and politicians are buried). Her knowledge is encyclopedic; and her understanding of today´s Russia as a product of its past was, for us, truly enlightening. I will be taking another tour in Russia, with my wife, within the next two or three years. I will be in touch with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, I will refer you to other potential visitors to Russia as I meet them.

Tours to Moscow

Our Moscow tours are land only meaning that you arrange your own air travel to Russia and our expert staff meets you at the airport and handles everything else from there. Our online Airline Ticket booking system offers some of the most competitive rates to Russia available on the web so if you need tickets, please visit our Russian air ticket center . Rest assured that you will be taken great care of on one of our Moscow tours. Express to Russia has a fully staffed office in Moscow that will help to make your visit fun, informative and unforgettable. Please remember that of all these tours are private and can be adjusted to your taste. You can add, replace or skip some sights; you can add more days to the package or cut the tour short. Our specialists will be glad to help you create the tour of your dreams!

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Moscow, a City Like No Other

Moscow is Russia’s largest city with a population of between 12 and 13 million. It is also Europe’s largest city and when you visit Moscow, you can feel it. The layout and architecture of the city is eclectic, ranging from crooked, ancient streets and alleyways to wide, bustling boulevards, from medieval churches to Stalin skyscrapers and to modern, glass buildings towering over everything and of course in the center of it all is the Kremlin and the magnificent Red Square. Moscow is also home to a fantastic, efficient and very beautiful metro system – each station having its own special design. In fact, Express to Russia’s Moscow metro tours and excursions are some of our most popular attractions that we offer. On our Moscow tours, you will see this and more.

Moscow Kremlin in the times of Ivan III

Moscow Tours centering on Russian History

Moscow has a long and interesting history and has been the capital of Russia in many of its different iterations – capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow , the Russian Empire and of course the Soviet Union (who could ever forget the Soviet Union?). Moscow, was founded in the 12th century by Prince Yuri Dolgaruki (Yuri of the long arms – he really did have long arms!). From that time on, it was home to the Russian Tsars until Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1703. The city has survived invasions and sieges from the Mongols, the Tartars, the Poles, Lithuanians and Napoleon but has always persevered. Our Moscow tours will enlighten you on this great history and give you insights into Muscovites and their unique culture. Our Moscow tours show you what the city is like today but also brings to life the past. Moscow never seems to sleep and is bursting with energy. A Moscow tour with Express to Russia is truly the best way of getting to know Russia’s largest and most vibrant city.

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

What is the best time to visit moscow.

Any time of year is fine depending on what you plan to do. Summertime is pleasantly warm, ideal for exploring the city and its vibrant atmosphere, but Moscow will be much busier and accommodation is more expensive. Winter can be quite cold but beautiful nonetheless, and this is unproblematic if you intend to spend most of your trip in museums and galleries. There are also various festivals and events organised throughout the year. For more information about the best time to visit, read our guide

How many days are enough in Moscow?

If you plan your itinerary strategically and aren’t averse to a packed schedule, you can cover Moscow’s main sights over a long weekend. Most popular attractions are in the city centre, and the Moscow Metro allows you to cover much ground in a small amount of time. Ensure that your accommodation is fairly central and book tickets in advance, so that you can make the most of your days. For an informative and well-organised day out, check out our Moscow day tours with options to suit all interests.

Do they speak English in Moscow?

As Russia’s capital city, tourists are well accommodated in Moscow. There should be English-speaking staff in restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and attractions in tourist hotspots, and there are also English-speaking tourist police. Transport services have English translations on their maps and English announcements via intercom; alternatively, order taxis from the Yandex Taxi app (Russian Uber), though it’s unlikely that your taxi driver will speak English. If you get stuck and cannot communicate, it’s fine to use Google Translate.

Is it safe to travel to Moscow?

It is no less safe to travel to Moscow than to any European city if you exercise common sense and look after your belongings. As with every city some regions can be more unsavoury than others, but no tourist attractions are located there. The traffic in Moscow is notorious, so exercise caution when crossing roads. Do not take unlicensed taxis; book in advance or take public transport, which is widespread and perfectly safe. If you encounter any problems, look for the special tourist police who can help you. For more information, read our guide about staying safe in Russia .

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The Mediterranean, a region synonymous with trade, exchange and encounter, has always attracted travellers. From Corsica and Sicily to the Cyclades, its islands are simply enchanting. Its beach-, cove- and steeply cliff-lined shores leave the kind of memories that last forever. Its cities, from Barcelona to Istanbul, bustle with people and activity, and paint a picture of the millennia-old history of this legendary sea. Embark for a Mediterranean cruise and enjoy a taste of the "dolce vita" as you experience your exotic escape.

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Croatia & the adriatic, greece & greek islands, malta, sicily & sardinia, spain & portugal, turkey & the black sea, italy & france, reasons to set sail in the mediterranean.

Imbued with the history and culture of the surrounding countries, the Mediterranean is home to many incredible sites and a unique way of life. A cruise in the Mediterranean is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in this remarkably diverse region.

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Reducing the Mediterranean to a shortlist is no easy feat, but we have put together a selection of must-sees for travellers who are looking for the perfect balance between culture and relaxation.

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To appreciate the history and the UNESCO sites

From the Greeks to the Romans and Ottomans, men have been vying to rule the Mediterranean Basin and control its shipping routes since ancient times. Today, the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites are a testament to the region's economic and cultural wealth and to the diversity of the Mediterranean people. Setting sail on a Mediterranean cruise is a chance to admire a myriad of perfectly preserved artefacts and unmissable sites: the Acropolis of Athens; the Theatre of Epidaurus; the sacred island of Delos; the ancient city of Nessebar; the archaeological ruins of Delphi; the medieval city of Rhodes; the historic centres of Valletta Dubrovnik, Kotor and Syracuse; and the relics of Pompeii, Rome and Venice.

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To enjoy the laidback lifestyle

White limestone rocks, soft green pines clinging to the cliffs, cloudless blue skies... The landscapes of the Mediterranean are as distinctive as they are beautiful. From the fields of olive trees and lavender to the crystal clear waters and the streets lined with orange trees, exploring this region is an adventure for all five senses. Not to mention the gourmet markets, overflowing with fragrant flowers, delicious fruit and vegetables, and sweet honey. These local gathering places are the perfect chance to wander from stall to stall, taking in the colours and accents all around you. Travellers who want to embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle need to slow down and appreciate la dolce vita: the diverse flavours, the people who talk with their hands, and the warm sun that caresses your skin.

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To stand at the crossroads of civilisation

From the Iberian Peninsula to the Turkish Riviera, the Mediterranean is where Europe meets Africa and Asia. Throughout history, the sea has allowed men to travel from shore to shore and from east to west , discovering new curiosities and trading knowledge and goods. The Mediterranean boasts a unique blend of cultures : small ports with Byzantine architecture, ancient Ottoman cities, Greek and Roman ruins, Hispano-Moresque palaces... From the Black Sea to the Adriatic and from the Aegean Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, every community has its own distinctive style and way of life.

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The Amalfi Coast

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, the Amalfi Coast is the jewel in Italy's crown. Its verdant cliffs, fragrant citrus terraces, and the picturesque hillside villages of Amalfi, Ravello and Positano have made it famous all over the world. Legend has it that the gods of Olympus, who wanted to listen to the song of the Sirens, used to walk the path that overlooks the coast. From high on the cliffs, they could see the entire Gulf of Salerno, all the way out to the island of Capri and the tiny Sirenuse Archipelago from which the bewitching voices came.

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Ancient Greece

Outstanding navigators, intrepid explorers and talented builders, the ancient Greeks were constructing incredible monuments throughout Mediterranean as early as the 5th century BC. The Acropolis of Athens may be the most famous example, but the majestic Theatre of Epidaurus is the jewel of the Peloponnese, showcasing the architects' understanding of acoustics and harmony. The second-largest ancient theatre is found several thousand kilometres away in Ephesus, Turkey, an ancient port city dedicated to the goddess Artemis. This vast venue could hold over 24,000 spectators.

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Idyllic Greece

What do you picture when you hear the word "Greece"? Whitewashed houses, immaculate hillside villages with royal blue accents, fishing hamlets frozen in time ... These Greek dreams can become a reality: admire a sunset over the sea from Santorini, enjoy the clear waters and beaches of Mykonos, or lose yourself in the pedestrianised lanes of the small island of Hydra. The Greek Islands are the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy a moment of pure serenity.

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The Corinth Canal

The Corinth Canal cuts through the isthmus that shares its name, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893 , it is just over six kilometres long, allowing commercial and tourist vessels with a draught of less than eight metres to avoid a 400-kilometre detour around the peninsula. The canal is enclosed by walls on each side, reaching a maximum height of around 50 metres. Watching the ship sail through this narrow waterway from the outer decks is a truly unique and unmissable sight.

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The Dalmatian coast

Embrace the laid-back lifestyle in the small seaside town of Hvar , walk the ramparts of Dubrovnik , the "Pearl of the Adriatic", or wander the walled city of Split . From historic centres to crystal-clear waters, the Dalmatian coast truly has it all. Take Montenegro, for example, where wooded hills and authentic villages overlook the Bay of Kotor , the perfect spot for secluded swimming.

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Succumb to the enchanting charms of Istanbul, previously known as Byzantium and Constantinople. Drawing on a multitude of influences, this magical city offers the best of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman worlds. The Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are just some of Istanbul's magnificent monuments, not to mention the innumerable stalls of the Grand Bazaar. A stop in Istanbul is also an excellent chance to admire the carved wooden palaces along the Bosphorus.

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Perched on the cliffs at the southern tip of Corsica , Bonifacio is a classic Mediterranean citadel. Bonifacio has always enjoyed a privileged position in terms of trading with the rest of the Mediterranean. Due to its strategic location between Italy and France, the city has been claimed by many different powers over the years, including the Republics of Pisa and Genoa. Today, the southernmost city of metropolitan France stands proud above its idyllic surroundings . Secret coves, a charming harbour and a range of nature walks make it an essential stop in the Mediterranean.

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The Alhambra

If your cruise is stopping in Malaga, you might want to consider heading inland. Some 120 km away, the beautiful city of Granada is home to the equally breathtaking Alhambra palace . Built in 1238 by Mohammed ben Nazar, it is a testament to the Muslim presence in Spain from the 8th to the 15th century. Take your chance to explore every room of this incredible structure, from the Nasrid Palaces to the famous Court of the Lions. Its incredible stucco decorations , arabesques and columns will have you at a loss for words. The Partal Gardens with the Tower of the Ladies and its basin are particularly exquisite. Victor Hugo himself was inspired by this magical place: "The Alhambra! The Alhambra! Palace that geniuses have golden as a dream and filled with harmonies" ( Les Orientales , 1828).

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