Natural and cultural treasures of the Greek islands
During this exceptional 8-day cruise aboard Le Champlain, set out to discover the natural and cultural heritage of the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean Seas, leaving from Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your ship will chart a course south towards Montenegro where the Bay of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site will welcome you for a wonderful journey through four mountainous gulfs where sheer cliffs plunge into a deep blue sea.
Next Corfu, the most famous Ionian island, will reveal the hidden treasures of its Greco-Byzantine and Venetian architectural heritage, listed by UNESCO. Do not miss the chance to visit the Achilleion, the luxurious neoclassical palace built for the Empress Sissi.
Your ship will then call at Itea, not far from the marvellous archaeological site of Delphi, before crossing the Corinth Canal, a narrow strip of water hewn from the chalky rocks of the Peloponnese.
The birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, Delos is rich in archaeological ruins, illustrating its prestigious history. This port of call will offer you a fabulous journey between history and mythology.
Then, you will discover Delos, a minuscule island in the Cyclades archipelago. According to mythology, Apollo was born here. Like an open-air museum, Delos offers unique testimony of the civilisations that followed one another in the Aegean world.
You will also discover Mykonos. This is the 'Queen of the Cyclades', an island of white windmills, sinuous lanes and whitewashed buildings, with a small port where fishing boats and dinghies lazily bob at the foot of the terraces. Mykonos cannot fail to charm you.
Your voyage will continue with sightseeing around Patmos. Also known as the 'Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea', this divine island features unique landscapes that blend long white beaches with rocky coves.
Your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis and its monuments that form the most extraordinary architectural and artistic collection bequeathed by Ancient Greece to the rest of the world.
Itineraries may change in line with port authority requirements and government regulations.
Wild and secret Corsica
France is beautiful from the sea...
PONANT invites you to take to the sea, without a care in the world, to enjoy a break from reality in a privileged setting, and cast a fresh eye over the infinite riches of the French coastline. As your journey unfolds and depending on the elements, you will enjoy magnificent moments as unique as they are unexpected.
Leaving from Nice, set sail aboard Le Lyrial* for an authentic 7-night cruise and get to the very heart of Corsica, a fascinating island of a thousand fragrances and influences.
Below the Cap Corse mountains and the Agriates desert, the beauty of the landscapes gives Saint-Florent a picture-postcard appearance. The magnificent idyllic beaches that have forged the reputation of the Isle of Beauty, such as the Gulf of Santa-Manza, are complemented by the breathtaking and unspoiled natural landscapes.
From the sea, the chalk cliffs of the Strait of Bonifacio, sculpted by the wind, create a luminous mineral setting enhanced by the deep blue of the sea. The most southerly point of Corsica, Cap Pertusato, meaning "pierced", announces the presence of a rock that has been perforated through the middle. At this majestic site you will discover a succession of natural caves forged by the sea.
The sumptuous archipelago formed by the pointe de la Parata and the îles Sanguinaires announces the entrance to the Gulf of Ajaccio. The long line of crests seems to extend the coast like a backbone. Listed as a Grand Site de France and a Natura 2000 area, this coastal landscape at the foot of the mountains is home to exceptional biodiversity adapted to the harsh climate. Here, Nature is the star attraction.
The turquoise waters of the island will satisfy all desires for swimming and nautical activities. Far from the hordes, these unspoiled areas encourage the observation of nature and the practice of sporting activities.
During this trip, you may be lucky enough to see certain species of cetaceans, such as bottlenose dolphins, rorquals and pilot whales, common off the Mediterranean coastline.
This itinerary is given as an indication only. Based on tide times and weather conditions, the Captain and the Expedition Leader may need to change the order of certain ports of call to ensure guests have the best possible experience.
Encounters with wildlife are possible but cannot be guaranteed.
*Or another ship in the Sistership series.