PONANT invites you to discover exceptional sites during this brand-new cruise between Spain, Italy, Malta and Greece, in the heart of the Mediterranean. Enjoy this unforgettable 13-day trip aboard Le Champlain, with sumptuous landscapes and historic cities.
From the dynamic city of Barcelona, you will call at Valencia, with its remarkable architectural splendours.
Then, you will join Palma de Majorca, one of the jewels of the Balearic Archipelago, known for its four main islands that are charming, picturesque and discreet, sitting atop the clear waters of the Mediterranean like grains of sand.
Your exploration of the Mediterranean islands will continue as you discover Cagliari, capital of Sardinia and one of the largest natural harbours in the Mediterranean; its historic centre is full of charm, with shaded stairs, small squares inundated with light and remains conjuring up its medieval grandeur.
Then, Le Champlain will cruise towards Palermo where you will make a stop. A cultural jewel of Sicily, the city is a splendid witness to three thousand years of history where you will be able to visit emblematic landmarks such as the 12th-century cathedral and Teatro Massimo, one of the largest theatres in Europe. You will continue with a call at Trapani, to visit the medieval city of Erice. 750 metres (2,460 feet) up, perched on a high triangular plateau sloping down to the sea.
Your cruise will join Valletta, former stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta, before sailing towards Greece and Itea, where another exceptional site awaits: Delphi.
Your ship will then sail along the astonishing Corinth Canal, a famous sea channel dug out by men in the 19th century and arrive in Nafplion. From there you will able to visit two ancient jewels: the Epidaurus Theatre and Mycenae, the royal city of House of Atreus.
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.