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Ancient jewels of the Mediterranean

Athens - Valletta

Dates:
25/07/2025
to  01/08/2025

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8
days
7
nights on board
Starting from*
£3,260
per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Kid Explorers Club in partnership with MAUD FONTENOY FOUNDATION.

Starting in Athens, step aboard L’Austral 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, admire the ancestral history of Hydra through its famous monuments and museums, meet Daniel Mauceri, a famous puppeteer perpetuating the ancient tradition of the Opera dei Pupi in Syracuse, or discover the former shipyard in Aci Trezza from Taormina. The diversity of experiences on offer promises you intense and varied moments (to discover the full range of excursions, go to the itinerary tab).

Your ship will then head towards 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.

You will now sail towards the east of the Peloponnese, to reach your final port of call. Here, a gem named Hydra reveals its old-world charm in a stunning setting. With its hidden coves and its mountains topped with monasteries, this jewel of the Saronic Islands completely devoid of cars offers a total change of scenery against the spellbinding blue of the Aegean Sea.

You will cross the emblematic Corinth Canal to arrive in picturesque Galaxidi. You will fall in love with the authentic character of this town, encircled by captivating arid mountains and a sea front of unrivalled beauty, with its paved little streets edged with former neo-classical residences, remnants of the naval era, and sumptuous religious buildings.

Southern Italy promises suspended moments where the beauty of the shores combines with the beauty of its historical remnants, which remain fascinating. In PugliaGallipoli, meaning “beautiful town” in Greek, reveals its Hellenic origins and offers up its singular atmosphere, where life is good. 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. 


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Kid Explorers Club in partnership with MAUD FONTENOY FOUNDATION. A cruise from Greece to Malta via the Sicilian coast, discovering majestic landscapes. UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens...


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Choose your stateroom

Choose your stateroom

Superior Stateroom Deck 3
 

(226 ft²)

From £3,260 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3
 

(193 ft²)

From £3,430 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
 

(193 ft²)

From £3,620 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
 

(193 ft²)

From £3,790 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
 

(193 ft²)

From £4,000 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Deluxe Suite Deck 6
 

(290 ft²)

From £6,440 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 5
 

(398 ft²)

From £7,140 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Prestige Suite Deck 6
 

(398 ft²)

From £7,310 per person
30% Ponant Bonus

Owner's Suite Deck 6
 

(484 ft²)

From £12,840 per person



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Complete your trip

Additional services
For more peace of mind, PONANT selects stays and flights then takes care of your transfers for your trip as well as shore visits before and after the cruise.


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