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The Cyclades in the Wake of Le Ponant

Soak up the local riches and traditions of undiscovered Greece on board Relais & Chateaux 3-masted sailing ship, Le Ponant

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7 nights from £8280pp

Small Ship Holiday
Monemvasia   25 10 2011
Kythnos
Athens Acropolis
Spetses

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Whether you are a lover of the sea or a curious traveller, experience the indescribable joy of navigating under sail, bathed by the wind and sea spray, surrounded by the elements. Take your place aboard Le Ponant, a majestic three-mast yacht with elegant lines and an interior design created by the Jean-Philippe Nuel studio to be a warm and intimate setting with a very distinctive personality. As if you were on your very own yacht, match your inner tempo to the boat' subtle oscillations and savour the freedom of living in the moment, being fully present for your trip. Aboard its emblematic yacht, PONANT is reshaping the contours of cruising and invites you to experience a new way of discovering the wonderful Mediterranean shores, between olive groves and sun-drenched vines.

From unique and iconic ports of call to private moments, experience the very essence of the Mediterranean and welcome the unexpected like a breath of freedom. From the port of Lavrio, located very close to beautiful Athens, you will set sail in the direction of the Cyclades, these small heavenly islets scattered around the Aegean Sea. Off the beaten path, from exclusive paradises to emblematic landscapes, your journey takes shape, following the rhythm of the wind and the secret havens. Drink in the pure moments of sailing, cleaving through the foam, as you set off to explore intimate coves and hillside villages.

Carried by the wind, you will head towards Tinos, one of the Greek archipelago' most preserved islands. The serene atmosphere of this spiritual centre infuses its sumptuous scenery. The white rocks of Polyaigos soften the jagged coasts of this uninhabited island, a natural sanctuary bathed by the crystal-clear and turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The discreet island of Serifos is ideal for a walk punctuated by the picturesque white houses that stretch into the distance, amidst a setting perfumed by the scents of thyme and marjoram. Here, the beach with its surreal blue will also tempt you for a swim.

You will leave the Cyclades and head towards the south-east of the Peloponnese. The fortified peninsula of Monemvasia will reveal itself, monumental, like a ship of stone overlooking the azure. You will sail, senses heightened, towards Kythnos, a wild and hilly rock, tamed by traditional and environmentally friendly agriculture. Planted with pine trees, olive trees and flowers, Spetses, known as "the island of jasmine", is a popular haven of freshness in the Saronic Islands.

The activities, designed for you and with you, create possibilities for going back to basics in a setting that is conducive to contemplation.  At your own pace, immerse yourself in wild and stunning panoramas, away from the crowds, and enjoy moments spent in harmony with nature: glass-bottom kayaking, snorkelling, paddle-boarding*. *The activities on offer will be confirmed on board by the captain according to the weather conditions, the itinerary and the cruise plan.

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The Cyclades, in the Wake of Le Ponant Itinerary

Day 1 - Athens (Greece)

Near Athens, Lavrion is a peaceful port welcoming boats from around the world. The town has been known since ancient times for the silver-producing mines of Lavrion, which were major contributors to the wealth of Athens and to the Greek economy in the 20th century. Weather permitting, take a stroll through the town and discover the many vestiges of this industry that flourished until the 1980s: old Neoclassical-style constructions, industrial buildings, and worker houses. While at this port of call, also take the time to discover Athens and its acropolis, or Cape Sounion on which stands the magnificent temple of Poseidon.

Day 2 - Tinos

At full sail, you will chart a course to Tinos, a wild island in the Cyclades where, according to mythology, Aiolos lived. The cerulean blue of the Aegean Sea reveals, in contrast, the pretty port with immaculate buildings. Called “the island of the Virgin”, this pilgrimage destination for Greek Orthodox Christians is also an intimate refuge where Athenians join their families for holidays. The magnificent landscapes of this unspoiled island are dotted with numerous dovecotes, each with a finely crafted architecture. Here, the pared-down decor of the picturesque villages with whitewashed stone houses reveals itself between the intertwining streets and colourful bursts of bougainvillea in bloom. Be captivated by the magic of a wine tasting. The breathtaking view of Mykonos offers an exquisite setting to this moment frozen in time. Included excursions are also possible to discover the island’s villages or a hike along a high point between two villages.

Day 3 - Polyaigos

Further to the south of the Aegean Sea, Le Ponant will reach Polyaigos, an uninhabited, maquis-covered volcanic island protected for its flora and fauna. This white, craggy, sunlit rock with magnificent cliffs that plunge into the turquoise waters reveals its wild and natural beauty. With your yacht at anchor, you will discover the island’s secret contours and recesses, and enjoy magical moments swimming, snorkelling, paddle-boarding or kayaking. Enjoy the charms of this stunning island until sunset when the white rocks are reflected in the crystal-clear waters, creating a golden shimmer.

Day 4 - Serifos

The best words to describe Serifos are probably serenity and authenticity. This small island in the Cyclades archipelago is a port of call off the beaten track, on the waters of the Aegean Sea. The whiteness of its villages contrasting with its hilly scenery illuminates the dry vegetation that characterises the Cyclades. Its main town Chora, perched on the heights, can be reached by a steep path that offers unique panoramas over the deep blue sea and its magnificent bay.

Day 5 - Monemvasía

The jewel of the southern Peloponnese, Monemvasia is the romantic refuge for Athenians. Given the poetic nickname of the “stone ship”, this majestic peninsula is home to an incredible fortified medieval village, lying at the foot of its abrupt cliffs, which seems to have been cast by the gods from the Aegean Sea. Contemplate the horizon from its ramparts, a veritable walkway defying the azure waters, and stroll through its vaulted narrow streets with their thousand shades of ochre. At the crossroads of western and eastern influences and the maritime routes of the continent, Crete and the Cyclades, Monemvasia has preserved in this magical decor the treasures of Venetian and Byzantine architecture.

Day 6 - Kythnos

You will discover Kythnos, an arid and rocky island covered in maquis. Low dry stone walls delimit the terraces where olive groves stand alongside fig and almond trees that feed the imagination as much as the people. Discover the chora and its beautiful white houses by taking a stroll along the intertwined streets. Then, the welcoming shade of a parasol awaits you for a nap on the beach. You might also be tempted by a swim or a spot of paddle-boarding or kayaking to discover the exceptional landscapes of this island surrounded by the exceptionally beautiful Aegean Sea.

Day 7 - Spetses

Spetses, “the jasmine island”, is an unspoiled paradise and the favourite holiday spot of Athenian high society. The shaded outdoor dining areas of the restaurants serving local cuisine stand alongside beautiful boutiques. Away from the hustle and bustle of the world, stroll or cycle around the small port lined with the beautiful Neoclassical homes of shipowners and enjoy the pleasantness of the moment. There is a distinct dolce vita atmosphere in the air. From hidden coves to beaches of fine sand, this island is brimming with charm. The hiking trails through the pine forest also promise beautiful panoramas.

Day 8 - Athens

Near Athens, Lavrion is a peaceful port welcoming boats from around the world. The town has been known since ancient times for the silver-producing mines of Lavrion, which were major contributors to the wealth of Athens and to the Greek economy in the 20th century. Weather permitting, take a stroll through the town and discover the many vestiges of this industry that flourished until the 1980s: old Neoclassical-style constructions, industrial buildings, and worker houses. While at this port of call, also take the time to discover Athens and its acropolis, or Cape Sounion on which stands the magnificent temple of Poseidon.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive yacht cruise
  • Captain's welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Use of ship's watersports equipment where possible
  • 24 hour room service
  • Evening entertainments and events
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board
  • Porterage from quayside to ship and vice versa
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2024 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 2nd - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8860
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8860 Blue Water Price from: £10180 Blue Water Price from: £13420 Blue Water Price from: £12980 Blue Water Price from: £11930 Blue Water Price from: £12810 Blue Water Price from: £14560 Blue Water Price from: £19130 Blue Water Price from: £19130
    • Jun 16th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8860
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8860 Blue Water Price from: £10180 Blue Water Price from: £13420 Blue Water Price from: £12980 Blue Water Price from: £11930 Blue Water Price from: £12810 Blue Water Price from: £14560 Blue Water Price from: £19130
    • Jun 23rd - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8280
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8280 Blue Water Price from: £9520 Blue Water Price from: £12550 Blue Water Price from: £12140 Blue Water Price from: £11160 Blue Water Price from: £11970 Blue Water Price from: £13610 Blue Water Price from: £25410 Blue Water Price from: £17880
    • Jun 30th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8280
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8280 Blue Water Price from: £9520 Blue Water Price from: £12550 Blue Water Price from: £12140 Blue Water Price from: £11160 Blue Water Price from: £11970 Blue Water Price from: £13610 Blue Water Price from: £17880 Blue Water Price from: £17880
  • July
    • Jul 7th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8860
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8860 Blue Water Price from: £10180 Blue Water Price from: £13420 Blue Water Price from: £12980 Blue Water Price from: £11930 Blue Water Price from: £12810 Blue Water Price from: £14560 Blue Water Price from: £19130
    • Jul 14th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8280
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8280 Blue Water Price from: £9520 Blue Water Price from: £12550 Blue Water Price from: £12140 Blue Water Price from: £11160 Blue Water Price from: £11970 Blue Water Price from: £13610 Blue Water Price from: £17880
    • Jul 21st - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £8280
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £8280 Blue Water Price from: £9520 Blue Water Price from: £12550 Blue Water Price from: £12140 Blue Water Price from: £11160 Blue Water Price from: £11970 Blue Water Price from: £13610 Blue Water Price from: £25410 Blue Water Price from: £17880

2025 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • June
    • Jun 28th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £9030
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £9030 Blue Water Price from: £10370 Blue Water Price from: £13690 Blue Water Price from: £13240 Blue Water Price from: £12160 Blue Water Price from: £13060 Blue Water Price from: £14850 Blue Water Price from: £19510
  • July
    • Jul 5th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £9030
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Owner's Suite with balcony (No 1) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £9030 Blue Water Price from: £10370 Blue Water Price from: £13690 Blue Water Price from: £13240 Blue Water Price from: £12160 Blue Water Price from: £13060 Blue Water Price from: £14850 Blue Water Price from: £25910 Blue Water Price from: £19510
    • Jul 12th - Athens and back - Sailing on: Le Ponant From: £9030
      Mistral Stateroom (No 6, 17) Mistral Prestige Stateroom (No 7,9,12,14,15,16) Alizés Prestige Stateroom with balcony (No 3, 5) Alizés Stateroom with balcony (No 2) Mistral Junior Suite (No 8) Mistral Prestige Suite (No 10, 11) Alizés Privilège Suite with balcony (No 4) Grand Privilège Alizés Suite with balcony (No 4+2)
      Blue Water Price from: £9030 Blue Water Price from: £10370 Blue Water Price from: £13690 Blue Water Price from: £13240 Blue Water Price from: £12160 Blue Water Price from: £13060 Blue Water Price from: £14850 Blue Water Price from: £19510

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