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Le Laperouse

Splendours of the Western Mediterranean 8 Day Cruise

Launching in 2018, Le Lapérouse is the first of a new series of Explorer ships that remain true to the Ponant spirit, embodying the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. The ship offers guests elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. Le Lapérouse will be the first cruise ship on Earth to be equipped with a multi-sensory underwater space, called Blue Eye, located within the hull beneath the water line.





Embark the ship in Valletta.

Day 1: Valletta

Join Le Laperouse in the Valletta in the early evening. There will be time to settle in to your stateroom before your first gourmet dinner on board tonight. The ship will depart for Sicily at 6pm.

Day 2: Catania, Sicily

Today the ship arrives in Catania, Sicily’s second city, dominated by the majestic silhouette of Mount Etna that destroyed it in 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. A number of optional excursions are available including visiting the Roman Amphitheatre of Augustus and Ortygia Island to discover the Piazza Pancali (the ruins of the Temple of Apollo of the 6th century BC. You may also visit the beautiful town of Taormina.

Day 3: Taormina

Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, is the seaside town of Taormina, 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. You may also visit the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre, a well-preserved site overlooking a beautiful turquoise bay.

Day 4: Katakolon

Arrive at the pretty village of Katakolon which stretches 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. Join an optional excursion to the fascinating archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

Day 5: Itea - Crossing the Corinth Canal

Located on the Gulf of Corinth is the small port of Itea. Here you may take a stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. You may join a number of fascinating excursions to ancient sites surrounding the port including 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. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights. The ship then continues through the Corinth Canal. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passengers to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres.

Day 6: Nafplio

Arrive at the town of Nafplio which clings to the hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. From here you may join an optional excursion to Corinth. In the ancient times, Corinth was amongst the richest cities and this is quite evident by its remains, including the huge Agora (Market Place) and the Temple of Apollo (6th century BC).

Day 7: Hydra

Arrive at Hydra, a traffic free island of old worldly charm and one of the Saronic Islands of Greece. The harbour backs into a high amphitheatre dotted with 18th-century stone mansions. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. You may join an optional walking tour to gain insight into the local history and culture of the island.

Day 8: Athens

After your final breakfast disembark the ship in Athens.


Disembark the ship in Athens.


  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board Le Laperouse
  • 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 guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • 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


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

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