The Mediterranean - 2020 Dates TBD
An itinerary connecting Malta and Sicily
9 days / 8 Nights
Departure Port: Valletta
Arrival Port: Valletta
Ship: LE BOUGAINVILLE
Set Sail with PONANT to discover the treasures of SICILY, ONE OF THE JEWELS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN, on an itinerary connecting MALTA and SICILY.
During this 9-DAY CRUISE around Sicily aboard our new luxury expedition ship Le Bougainville, you will be able to explore MYTHICAL PLACES at the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilisations.
VALLETTA, the capital of Malta, will be our departure point. Then, we will head straight to the Sicilian coast. In Palermo, the capital of Sicily, you will be able to visit emblematic landmarks such as the 12th century cathedral and TEATRO MASSIMO, one of the largest theatres in Europe.
Discover SYRACUSE, one of the most prestigious Sicilian cities, whose monuments are listed as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE.
You will then take to the sea once again to discover TAORMINA overlooking ETNA'S blanket of snow. Its streets will lead you to its famed ANCIENT GREEK THEATRE, where the quality of acoustics is exceptional.
Embarkation 06/07/2019 from 17H00 to 18H00. Departure 06/07/2019 at 20H00
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 will rarely be bothered by traffic. Among the city's countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John's cathedral, with its splendidly ornate gilding, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a pleasant green, floral experience.
Arrival 07/07/2019 at 12H00. Departure 07/07/2019 at 18H30
Huddled on the south-western coast of Sicily, Porto Empedocles bears the name of the philospher Empedocles, who lived in the region in the 5th century BC. an age-old city offered up to sun and sea, this is your doorway to the exceptional archaeological site of Temple Valley, a high place of Greek civilisation listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can admire the remains of many temples dedicated to Zeus, his wife Hera and Hephaestus. Make sure you take in the magnificent Italian countryside, with its olive orchards that cover the hillsides.
Arrival 08/07/2019 at 7H00. Departure 08/07/2019 at 20H00
Bathed in the cobalt waters of the Tyrrhenian sea, Trapani is the former port of the Greek city of Erice, boasting a priveleged natural position in western Sicily. As you wander theough its little streets, you will discover a secular cultural heritage, bearing witness to the many influences of civilisations that came here: San Lorenzo Cathedral, Maria Santissma Annunziata sanctuary, the fountain of Triton. On the shaded restaurant terraces, savourt some fresh fish from the morning's catch. Or else you can opt for a seafood couscous, a culinary legacy from their Arab neighbours.
Arrival 09/07/2019 at 7H30.
Palermo is the guardian of the Sicilian soul. Many have been attracted to this city, the largest capital of the Italian islands. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans...Palermo is a rich culmination of so many cultural influences as seen in the Moorish designs on the carthedral, and the Byzantine mosaics of the Palatine chapel, which is itself housed within the precincts of the Norman palace. You will fall under the spell of the palaces, baroque splendours that grace the town with their obsolete beauty. It is thrillig to stumble upon one of those fabulous markets, high in colour, and headily picturesque.
Departure 10/07/2019 at 18H45
Arrival 11/07/2019 at 7H30. Departure 11/07/2019 at 19H00
Located on Sicily's eastern coast, in the provence of Messina, 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. 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.
Arrival 12/07/2019 at 8H00. Departure 12/07/2019 at 19H00
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...Siciky lay 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 fr 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 fregrances, colours and flavours.
Arrival 13/07/2019 at 7H00. Departure 13/07/2019 at 12H00
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.
Arrival 13/07/2019 at 14H15.
Disembarkation 14/07/2019 at 07H00
Pricing is in Euro based on double occupancy
Fares from 4,320 Euro*
* subject to availability
from 4 October 2019 to 11 October 2019 - SOLD OUT
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