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Ancient Jewels of the Mediterranean

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Oceanview
$6,165
Balcony
$6,488
Suite
$12,221
* Port charges, taxes and fees included
 Cruise Length
8 Days
 Cruise Starts
Athens
 Cruise Finishes
Valletta
8 Day Ancient Jewels of the Mediterranean Itinerary (Ponant)
Countries Explored: Greece, Italy, Sicily, Malta
Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Departures
Passengers
264
Crew
145
Launched
2011
Refurbished
2018
Cruise Code
ATHLVA7.5

Overview

Kid Explorers Club in partnership with MAUD FONTENOY FOUNDATION. Starting in Athens, step aboard Dumont-d'Urville for an 8-day cruise between Greece and the majestic Maltese coast. Throughout your journey, you will benefit from an excursion included per person per port of call, to choose from a selection offered by Ponant. During this cruise, discover the typical villages of Lefkes and Naoussa on the island of Paros, visit the former Rodolico shipyard in Aci Trezza, near Taormina, or meet a famous puppeteer in his workshop in Syracuse.

The diversity of experiences on offer promises...read more you intense and varied moments (to discover the full range of excursions, go to the itinerary tab). Your ship will call at Paros. Nestling in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago, this island reputed for its sublime white marble offers a real concentration of Greek beauty, from whitewashed houses to olive groves to ancient monuments.

This cruise will also enable you to discover Hydra, a small island with yesteryear charm, where all motor traffic is forbidden. You will then sail along the Corinth Canal and will call at Galaxidi. You will be charmed by this picturesque village where calm and tranquillity reign. Southern Italy promises suspended moments where the beauty of the shores combines with the beauty of its historical remnants, which remain fascinating. In Puglia, Gallipoli, meaning "beautiful town" in Greek, reveals its Hellenic origins and offers up its singular atmosphere, where life is good.

You will take the sea to discover Taormina, overlooking Etna's blanket of snow. Its streets will lead you to its famed ancient Greek theatre, where the quality of the acoustics is exceptional. In Syracuse, the Sicilian soul unfolds across the island of Ortygia - the oldest part of the city -, a maze of small streets dotted with churches, palaces, ancient remnants, sheltering a majestic cathedral in its very heart. Your cruise will come to an end in Valletta, capital of the island of Malta and former stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta.

Cruise Itinerary

 
Arrive
Depart

Day 1: Athens
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18:00
Day 2: Paros
12:00
23:30
Day 3: Hydra
08:00
15:00
Day 3: Crossing The Corinth Canal
20:30
20:30
Day 4: Galaxidi
06:00
15:00
Day 5: Gallipoli
12:00
20:00
Day 6: Taormina, Sicily
13:30
22:00
Day 7: Syracuse, Sicily
07:00
18:00
Day 8: Valletta
08:00
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Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Transfers to and/or from the ship port may be required.

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Exquisite French Dining
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Nightlife and Entertainment
Nightlife and Entertainment

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Renowned Service Excellence
Renowned Service Excellence

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Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Ponant. For cruise itineraries, cabin images are sourced from Ponant. These should be treated as indicative only. Cabin inclusions, upholsteries and room layout may differ to the image(s) shown depending on the ship selected and your sailing dates.

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