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Le Bougainville

World Affairs Cruise (from Valletta to Athens)

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 Valletta airport and transferred to the Grand Hotel Excelsior or similar for a one night stay. The following day, after an excursion to the National Museum of Archaeology and the Tarxien Temples, you will be transferred to the pier in Valletta for embarkation.

Day 1: Valletta

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Grand Hotel Excelsior, or similar, a premier destination among five-star Valletta hotels, ideally located on the doorstep of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the City of Valletta, with all its major attractions, culture, art treasures, and historical architectural gems. The afternoon is free to rest and enjoy the amenities of the hotel or to explore Valletta on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel, where our guest experts and our Tour Manager will introduce you to the program ahead.

Day 2: Valletta

After breakfast at the hotel, explore the National Museum of Archaeology. A short drive takes you to the remarkable Tarxien Temples, which date back to 2800 BCE, and then on to Hagar Qim, an even older temple that stands atop a hill on the southern edge of the island overlooking the sea. In late afternoon, transfer to the pier to embark Le Bougainville and set sail for Sicily.

Day 3: Catania

Sicily’s second city Catania is dominated by the majestic silhouette of Mount Etna. Nourishing and devastating at the same time, this giant crowned with smoke rings brought about the destruction of the city at the end of the 17th century. Catania was then rebuilt in the late Baroque style, and the many monuments of this epoch have earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The baroque churches of the harmonious Via dei Crociferi perfectly illustrate the riches of this architectural heritage. During your stop, be sure to visit Saint Agatha Cathedral with its apses made of lava stones, and its square decorated with a fountain of the Elephant, the animal which allegedly has the power to calm the fury of Mount Etna.

Day 4: Taormina

Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina, 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. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

Day 5: Katakolon

Spend the afternoon in Katakolon, a picturesque village that stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. From here you can pay a visit to the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

Day 6: Itea - Corinth Canal

In the morning 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. Later 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!

Day 7: Nafplion

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. You’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

Day 8: Hydra

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 caïquesalong the quays. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

Day 9: Athens

Your voyage ends in Athens where you will disembark the ship. Transfer from the ship to the airport in Athens.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Piraeus, Athens and transfer to the airport in Athens.

Includes

  • Transfer from airport to hotel and from hotel to ship
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta pre-cruise
  • Pre-cruise excursion to the National Museum of Archaeology and the Tarxien Temples
  • 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
  • A program of lectures by men deeply involved in the contemporary world as commentators and critics and as actors on the main stage
  • Opportunities to share meals and informal conversations with Fareed Zakaria, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Michael Hayden
  • Transfer from the ship to Athens 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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