Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

11 Day Treasures of the Mediterranean - Southbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Nice and finishing in Malta

Small Ship & Ocean Cruises Europe & Med Cruises Tauck Ocean Cruises
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 11 Day Treasures of the Mediterranean - Southbound. Sail aboard Le Ponant on one of Tauck's most popular small ship cruises - a weeklong voyage to Corsica, Sicily, Malta and the Amalfi Coast, plus the islands of Lipari, Ponza, and Stromboli - and take in the Côte d'Azur, ...read more


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 11 Days
From: Nice to Malta
Tour Code: WMS
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: France, Monaco, Italy, Sicily
Our Price From:
$ 9,240
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Monte Carlo, France

Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Fairmont Monte Carlo. Bonjour! A transfer is included from Nice Cote d'Azur Airport to the Fairmont Monte Carlo, set in the heart of glamorous Monte-Carlo. Join us for tonight's welcome cocktail reception and dinner. Stay Two Nights: Fairmont Monte Carlo (D)

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

Head up into the hills that are perched above the French Riviera today, where the medieval walled city of Saint-Paul-de-Vence welcomes with panoramic views and centuries of history along winding cobblestone lanes. Find a sidewalk café for lunch and return to Monte-Carlo. Discover the sights on your own for the rest of the day. Your hotel is nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino. (B)

Nice, France

Join us for an optional visit to Monaco-Ville's Palace and Gardens before driving to Nice for an orientation tour of the city; see landmarks that recall the days when Czarist aristocrats and British royals wintered here. Board Le Ponant for the start of your 7-night cruise along the Mediterranean Sea. The ship is so welcoming, you'll feel like you're on your own yacht! Stay Seven Nights: Aboard Le Ponant (B/D)

Elba, Italy

Your first port of call is the secluded harbor of Portoferraio, Elba, settled by the Greeks in the 10th century BC, and home to an exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Visit the Villa San Martino, where he resided prior to his escape from the island in 1814, now home to a Napoleonic museum. Enjoy free time in Porto Azzurro, where sights include a fortress built in 1603 and the Old Quarter, bustling with hints of the past; and stop for a taste of the grape at a family-owned Elba winery - a special Tauck experience adds to the fun. Enjoy a welcome reception followed by dinner onboard tonight. (B/L/D)

Bonifacio, Corsica

Corsica's fjord-like harbor of Bonifacio is only accessible to small ships - your majestic entrance aboard Le Ponant atop sapphire blue waters is truly a special moment so be sure to have your camera handy! On shore, hop aboard Le Petit Train for a ride to the town's walled fortress area; explore a maze of medieval lanes, stroll along the bluff above the harbor, and see the former barracks of the French Foreign Legion. Your ship charts a course for the island of Ponza this afternoon. (B/L/D)

Ponza, Italy

Ponza is fringed with dramatic coves and cliffs lined with yellow and pink houses. Fishing boats set out from the 18th-century harbor and vineyards cover the hillsides for a quintessential snapshot of daily life here. Spend the morning at leisure exploring the island village, before setting sail for the Amalfi Coast. Cast anchor in the Gulf of Salerno late tonight. (B/L/D)

Amalfi, Italy

Wake up to spectacular views of the incomparable Amalfi Coast, revered for its natural beauty since before the Middle Ages. Tender to shore for a memorable drive along the magical seascapes and an up-close look at the shoreline villages that call the Mediterranean home. Stop in Amalfi, the "queen of the Costiera," for a guided walking tour and a visit to the Duomo, dating back to the 9th century. Then it's off to Villa Rufolo in cliff-top Ravello; built in the late 13th century for a prominent local family the views from the terrace are immortalized in the inspired music of German composer, Richard Wagner. Dine on regional specialties at a restaurant overlooking the sea, followed by free time to explore Ravello on your own. An afternoon drive along the dramatic Amalfi Coast returns you to the ship. (B/L/D)

Lipari, Italy

The largest of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari's history as a strategic port dates back thousands of years before its centuries under Greek and later, Roman rule. Alongside medieval fortresses, vestiges of these ancient times still reign on its rugged terrain. Drop anchor off Lipari and take a Zodiac ashore for guided exploration of local sights and an optional visit to the archaeological museum. Weather permitting, a swim off the ship's stern and a nighttime sail by volcanic Stromboli are some of the magical pleasures of small ship cruising. (B/L/D)

Taormina, Sicily

Go ashore at Giardini-Naxos for a memorable visit to Taormina, clinging to the cliffs above the Ionian Sea. Best known as a popular seaside resort, the island also entices with mesmerizing views of Mount Etna, the highest volcano in Europe, and archaeological wonders chronicling its development from the 2nd century to the Middle Ages. See them on a stroll along the Corso Umberto through Old Town, lined with piazzas, palazzi and duomos, and take a guided tour of the ancient Greek Theatre, hewn out of a rocky mountain slope during the Hellenistic period, remodeled by the Romans, and devastated by marauding conquerors centuries later. Do more sightseeing as you wish or return to the ship to relax or swim (weather permitting). Join us tonight for an onboard farewell reception followed by dinner. (B/L/D)

Valletta, Malta

Le Ponant sails into the Grand Harbor of Valletta in Malta this morning for disembarkation. Enjoy an orientation tour of the walled, pedestrian-only city of Mdina and a coastal drive around St. Julian's Bay en route to your hotel in Valletta. Malta's capital city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a virtual open-air museum that is easy to explore on foot. From the 12th century onwards, Mdina has been home to Malta's noble families whose impressive palaces line its narrow, shady streets. An optional walking tour this afternoon includes a visit inside St. John's Co-Cathedral to see its stunning interior and art treasures - the "Beheading of Saint John the Baptist," a masterpiece in oil by the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, Flemish tapestries and silver artifacts reward visitors. Our farewell cocktail reception and dinner end the day. Stay: Hotel Phoenicia (B/L/D)

Depart Valletta

Tour ends: Valletta, Malta. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Phoenicia Hotel Malta to Malta International Airport. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Only 60 guests aboard Le Ponant - just 32 staterooms - for club-like cruising that rewards with more personalized services
  • Visit six Mediterranean islands best accessed by small ship - Elba, Corsica, Ponza, Lipari, Sicily and Malta - for unique shore excursions off-the-beaten path
  • Explore the walled medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, see the remains of Taormina's ancient Greek Theatre, and enjoy a wine tasting on Elba, Napoleon's island base during exile from France
  • A memorable nighttime sailing by the volcanic island of Stromboli to view its fiery eruptions of molten lava

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while bars are open.
  • 26 meals (10 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Style: N/A
Gratuities: N/A
Shore Excursions: N/A
Flights: N/A
Airport Transfers: N/A
Free WiFi: N/A
Drinks: Various
Accommodation: N/A
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
Sep 2017 - Sep 2017

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  Deck Plans: Le Ponant
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Marie Galante Deck (Category A)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Antigua Deck (Category B) $ 300

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Tour Notes
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