4th Annual Piano Festival at Sea

4th Annual Piano Festival at Sea

From AUD $6,300


In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE.

Set sail aboard Le Bougainville for a musical cruise in the Aegean Sea, in the cultural cradle of western civilisation. A circuit in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault.

This itinerary will enable you to discover several UNESCO World Heritage treasures over 8 days during unforgettable ports of call, with all this punctuated by recitals performed on board by exceptional pianists.

Your voyage begins in Athens, the city of the gods and the great philosophers dominated by the Acropolis, from where you will head for the island of Patmos in the Dodecanese. Saint John wrote his gospels here and it is where tradition locates the Cave of the Apocalypse.

Le Bougainville will then sail towards Kusadasi and Dikili, gateways to the fabulous ancient sites of Ephesus and its huge library, a real jewel of white marble, as well as Pergamum and its impressive theatre.

The pearls of the Cyclades now await you: the unique Santorini, unfurling the grandiose circle of its caldera, Delos, the sacred island frozen in time, and Mykonos, with its paved small streets and blue-and-white houses.

After a final port of call at Hydra, the “Saint-Tropez of Athenians”, you will reach Athens, the end of your musical and maritime odyssey.

Trip Name
4th Annual Piano Festival at Sea
Vessel Type: Luxury Passenger Capacity: 92 cabins Built: 2017/2018 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bougainville will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. Through its two restaurants, Le Bougainville will invite you on a journey to elegance and epicureanism. In a relaxed atmosphere, a first dining area located on Deck 3 and able to seat 70 will serve grilled meats daily, along with a variety of salads and desserts. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. PUBLIC AREAS Like Le Boréal and its sisterships, Le Bougainville has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides: Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Day 1 - Day 1 ATHENS
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.
Day 2 - Day 2 PATMOS
Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.
Day 3 - Day 3 KUSADASI
The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colourful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.
Day 4 - Day 4 DIKILI
The charming harbour city of Dikili is located on the west coast in the province of Izmir. It’s shoreline of turquoise waters is an invitation to come. In the shade of maritime pines, the streets in the town centre will win your favour with their fresh fruit juice stands and honey cakes. You can also go on a wander inland and visit the Pergamon acropolis.
Day 5 - Day 5 SANTORINI
Santorini is the most spectacular of the Cyclades. The arrival of your ship in the grandiose region of the caldera, the ancient volcanic crater engulfed by the sea, is one of the highlights of your cruise. The huge cliffs with their volcanic hues, combining black, purple-grey and deep red rocks, form precipitous heights on the top of which are perched dazzling white villages. At the North-Western tip of the island, the village of Oia, with its tangle of houses and the blue domes of its churches hanging from the edge of the cliff offer a panorama between sky and sea that literally takes one’s breath away.
Day 6 - Day 6 DELOS
This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you will make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.
Day 7 - Day 7 MYKONOS
Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast.
Day 8 - Day 8 HYDRA
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïquesalong the quays. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
Day 9 - Day 9 ATHENS
Day 10 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Deluxe Stateroom
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Deluxe Suite
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Prestige Suite Deck 5
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Prestige Suite Deck 6
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Privilege Suite
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Grand Deluxe Suite
29-04-201906-05-2019AUD $0Owner's Suite


    • A cruise in partnership avec RADIO CLASSIQUE, combining an exceptional musical line-up and cultural programme, in the presence of Alain Duault.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the Monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, the sites of Ephesus from Kusadasi and Pergamum from Dikili, the sacred island of Delos.
    • The spectacular caldera of Santorini and its steep cliffs.