Nine days in the heart of a region blessed with unparalleled cultural richness: this is the programme that PONANT is offering during this brand-new cruise. Aboard Le Ponant, our three-mast yacht, you will sail the seas of the Near East, and discover some of the finest jewels of the great civilisations.
You will board your ship in Antalya. With its Roman port, picturesque narrow streets and beautiful Ottoman homes this town, lying on the southern coast of Turkey, has maintained its many charms.
From Beirut, the Lebanese capital, do not miss the visit to Byblos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inhabited since the Neolithic era, this is one of the oldest cities in the world. One can observe the many vestiges of an extremely rich past, marked by the dissemination of the Phoenician alphabet.
Your ship will then sail towards the coast of Cyprus. Lying at the extreme east of the Mediterranean Basin, this island is the crossroads of many civilisations and offers plenty of discoveries, with beaches, mountains, Byzantine chapels and Ottoman caravanserais.
The end of your cruise will include a port of call at Ashdod, where you can visit Jerusalem with its instantly recognisable Dome of the Rock, Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ, and Massada a majestic fortress looming over the Dead Sea.