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Le Bougainville

A Musical Odyssey in the Mediterranean

Launching in 2019, Le Bougainville features innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites offers guests a truly unique cruising experience. The ship also includes superb dining including a relax grill restaurant and a fine dining restaurant, spacious sun deck with inviting swimming pool, onboard spa with a great range of relaxing spa treatments and theatre. The ship is also to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye. Non-intrusive underwater projectors will enable the observation of the seabed and photo-luminescent organisms from the Blue Eye lounge and all focus is drawn towards the two portholes, shaped like the eye of a cetacean and looking out upon the sub-aquatic world.

 

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Embark

You will be greeted at Athens airport and transferred to the Grand Bretagne, King George, Royal Olympic, or similar for a one night stay. The following day, after an excursion to the Acropolis, you will be transferred to the pier in Piraeus for embarkation.

Day 1: Athens

You will be met at the airport and transferred to your 5-star hotel (Grand Bretagne, Royal Olympic, or similar) located in central Athens. The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish perhaps exploring this fascinating city or taking a rest at your hotel. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Cocktail Reception, where Michael Parloff, our musicians, and your Tour Manager will introduce the program ahead.

Day 2: Athens

After breakfast at your hotel, join an excursion to the Acropolis, where you can explore the stunning architectural marvel of the Parthenon, built in the 5th-century b.c. as a temple to the city’s protector, the goddess Athena. Tour the Acropolis Museum, an award winning collection of artifacts from excavations of the Acropolis, housed in a modern state-of-the-art building specially designed for the purpose. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier in Piraeus to embark Le Bougainville.

Day 3: Patmos

Arrive at Patmos, one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

Day 4: Kamares, Sifnos

Nestling in the Cyclades, the harmonious and much less crowded island of Sifnos is home to many treasures. Exploited since antiquity for its gold and silver mines, this little-known pearl boasts gentle landscapes and is a botanical paradise. The rich endemic flora can be admired along the island’s mountain paths that have been trodden for thousands of years. From the main port of Kamares, set off to discover the nearby sandy beach which runs along a lagoon and whose dunes are covered in sea daffodils. The picturesque fortified village of Kastro is another of the island’s wonders. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this spot, where people have lived since prehistoric times, is very much an open-air museum.

Day 5: Crossing the Corinth Canal - Itea

Today the ship will cross the Corinth Canal. 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. Stand on deck and enjoy this unique experience! In the afternoon the ship arrives at Itea, tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. Perhaps visit the Delphi Sanctuary, 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. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

Day 6: Katakolon

Arrive at the picturesque village located along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

Day 7: Taormina

Spend the day at the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Your day begins with a tour of the Greek theatre – offering dramatic views of Mt. Etna and of the Bay of Naxos – and time to amble among Taormina’s quaint streets and gardens. The highlight of our visit, however, will be a private concert at Taormina’s medieval Cathedral, featuring a selection of Sicilianos from composers including Bach and Fauré.

Day 8: Naples

Your penultimate stop is Naples. More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.

Day 9: Civitavecchia

Your voyage ends in Civitavecchia (Rome) where you will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Civitavecchia, Rome and transfer to the airport in Rome.

Includes

  • Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to ship
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Grand Bretagne, Royal Olympic, or similar in Athens pre-cruise
  • Pre-cruise excursion to Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board Le Bougainville
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English speaking only cruise
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port taxes
  • Private concert at Taormina’s medieval Cathedral, featuring a selection of Sicilianos from composers including Bach and Fauré
  • Transfer from the ship to Rome airport
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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