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Wonders of the Mediterranean and the Red Sea

13 days with Ponant   Rating: Deluxe

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Itinerary
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Day 1 Valletta (Malta)
Embarkation 10/07/2020 from 16h00 to 17h00, Departure 10/07/2020 at 18h00
 
The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.
 
Day 2 At sea
10/08/2020
 
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
 
Day 3 Heraklion, Crete (Greece)
10/09/2020 from 12h00 to 18h00
 
Day 4 Kusadasi (Turkey)
10/10/2020 from 13h30 to 19h00
 
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 5 Rhodes (Greece)
10/11/2020 from 11h00 to 19h00
 
With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
 
Day 6 At sea
10/12/2020
 
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
 
Day 7 Beirut (Lebanon)
10/13/2020 from 07h00 to 18h00
 
Day 8 Port Said (Egypt)
10/14/2020 from 14h00 to 16h00
 
The city was born from an audacious but successful project: to link the Mediterranean with the Red Sea in the 19th Century and create a maritime route via a canal. The Suez Canal crosses the desert for 162 kilometres and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956. In the city, to the rhythm of the colourful carts, you will admire the colonial houses with their large balconies, which give Port Said its cachet.
 
Day 9 Crossing the Suez Canal (Egypt)
10/15/2020
 
Without the waterway linking the Red Sea to the Mediterranean this part of the world would be an arid sandy desert inhabited by a few nomads. The Suez Canal slices through 162 km of desert and was inaugurated in 1869 in the presence of Empress Eugenie, then nationalised by Nasser in 1956.
 
Day 10 Ain Sukhna (Egypt)
10/16/2020 from 07h00 to 22h00
 
Ain Sukhna, which means “hot spring,” is located in the Gulf of Suez, facing the Red Sea. Around fifty kilometres from the entrance to the Suez Canal, and less than two hours from the Egyptian capital, it is an elegant seaside town that is popular with wealthy families from Cairo. Ain Soukhna is an ideal base for discovering the marvels of Ancient Egypt.
 
Day 11 At sea
10/17/2020
 
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
 
Day 12 Eilat (Israel)
10/18/2020 from 07h00 to 23h59
 
Day 13 Aqaba (Jordan) 
Disembarkation 10/19/2020 at 08h00
 
Located in the Red Sea within the eponymous gulf, Aqaba offers Jordan its only access to the sea. At the crossroads of the land and sea routes that linked Asia, Africa and Europe, the town is rich with more than 5,000 years of history. The warm waters of the Red Sea attract holidaymakers and divers to this seaside destination; the underwater sites home to coral and fishes are some of the most beautiful in the world. Aqaba is also the gateway to the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and the marvellous site of Petra.
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All This Included

This 13-day itinerary combining history and archaeology will take you from Malta to Jordan. During your cruise, Le Bellot will visit several unmissable sites in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Valletta, the capital of Malta, will be our departure point before heading straight to Crete. Your call in Heraklion will be the opportunity to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, remembering the legend of the Minotaur.

Le Bellot will then reach Kusadasi, in Turkey. An old fishing village with history going back 5,000 years, not far from the Ephesus site, the town is now one of the country’s most famous seaside resorts.

In Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, you will discover the medieval town, built by the Knights of St John, surrounded by ramparts.

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.

After sailing through the legendary Suez Canal, you will call at Ain Sukhna, the ideal starting point for a visit to the Egypt of the Pharaohs.

Conclude your journey by disembarking in Aqaba. After your cruise, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wadi Rum desert, or the ancient caravan city of Petra, two must-see jewels of this fascinating country at the crossroads of history.

  • Port and safety charges
  • Open bar
  • Gratuities
  • Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
  • Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
  • Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
Highlights
  • A new itinerary between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, in the footsteps of ancient civilisations.
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historical sites of Ephesus (from Kusadasi), the medieval city of Rhodes, Byblos (from Beirut), the Pyramids of Gizeh (from Ain Sukhna).
  • The Minoan Palace of Knossos and the legend of the Minotaur from Heraklion (Crete).
  • Cross the Suez Canal.
  • Sail in the Red Sea.
Accommodations
Cruising: Cabin onboard Le Bellot 
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Fares may be subject to a fuel adjustment.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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