Cruise Type
Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
13.06.2019
21.06.2019
8
Northern Europe, Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands & England’s South
Fare from € 4.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

London (Portsmouth)/Great Britain

This coastal strip in southern Hampshire, blessed by the Gulf Stream, has always been an easily defensible natural harbour. Indeed Henry VII made it his Royal Dockyard at the end of the 15th century. Still an important Royal Navy base, the vast port of Portsmouth is situated on the peaceful west coast of Portsea Island, a spit of land that stretches far out to sea. In the old harbour, historic ships with grandiose names proclaim the city's glorious past and several museums are devoted to the navy and seafaring. Where once adventurers and admirals set sail to re-write the English history books, countless yachts now rock gently in numerous marinas. The lavishly renovated quayside with its looming, futuristic Spinnaker Tower and the long seafront at Southsea are now the beating heart of modern life in the city.

Day 2

Honfleur/France

Many famous impressionists caught the quaint atmosphere of this town at the mouth of the Seine on canvas in the 19th century. This small town in Calvados is still one of the most charming places in Normandy. Tall and narrow slate-clad buildings crowd around the quayside, the exquisite Vieux Bassin and the old 17th century dock. Honfleur honours its famous sons, painter Eugène Boudin and composer Eric Satie, in a museum. East of Honfleur, the breathtaking Pont de Normandie spans the Seine estuary and links Honfleur with Le Havre, an engineering masterpiece and one of the longest bridges in Europe.

Day 3

Dartmouth/Great Britain

The old harbour town of Dartmouth in the southern English county of Devon is set in forested hills on the west bank of the Channel estuary. Since the 15th century, Dartmouth Castle and Kingswear Castle, which faces it, have guarded the entry to the town. Little has changed since 1539 in the cobbled Bayard's Cove with its small fort on the old harbour. Sailing boats and yachts now roll gently where great ships once set sail for new shores. Charming old houses line the narrow streets leading from the promenade up the steep slope with its numerous steps. Located in a dominant position above the town, the Britannia Royal Naval College bears testament to the historic significance of seafaring and the navy.

Day 4

St. Peter Port/Guernsey

'A piece of France fallen into the sea and grabbed up by the English' is how Victor Hugo described his place of exile in the Bay of St. Malo, which is closer to the northern coast of France than the south coast of England. Guernsey, the second largest British Channel Island, later inspired Auguste Renoir to produce a whole series of paintings. Narrow, meandering roads bordered by hedges and embankments wind through the interior of the island, which boasts luscious vegetation courtesy of the mild Gulf Stream climate, while in the south, green hills give way to rocky cliffs on the sea's edge. Here, spectacular crags, bays and sandy beaches have been shaped by the vast tidal range pummelling the rock. The pretty island capital of St. Peter Port overlooking the large sheltered harbour and castle boasts a fascinating mixture of styles in a tangle of terraces and stepped gardens.

Day 5

Saint-Malo/France

This former 'corsaire' town in northern Brittany has always had a close relationship with the sea. Although the buccaneers have left, St. Malo is now the start or end point for many famous sailing regattas. Behind the legendary town defences lies the historic centre, which is surrounded by water on three sides and has always been impregnable. On one side of the town walls you will see the narrow alleyways and tall houses of the old town which bear testament to the prosperity of past traders and sailors. The other side offers exquisite views of the emerald sea, dazzling white sandy beaches, harbour and forts. Tidal variations in the Bay of Saint-Malo provide an impressive natural spectacle with twelve metres difference between high and low tides.

Day 6

Roscoff/France

Day 7

Tresco/Scilly Islands

Off the south west coast of Cornwall, some 150 small islands and islets emerge from the sea. The privately-owned Tresco is the second largest of the five inhabited British Scilly Isles and has a reputation as an 'island in bloom' thanks to the mild Gulf Stream climate. The subtropical Tresco Abbey Gardens, set up in the 19th century by Augustus Smith on the lands of an old Benedictine Abbey, are home to exotic plants from many regions of the world. This small Garden of Eden is set in a natural paradise with subterranean caverns, sheer granite cliffs, idyllic white sandy beaches, emerald water and spectacular violet-red sunsets.

Day 8

Cobh (Cork)/Ireland

The small, typically Irish town of Cobh, dominated by the sea and its harbour, is situated on an island in the wide Cork Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. Several ferry routes and a bridge connect it to the mainland. Overlooked by the neo-Gothic St. Colman Cathedral with its impressive bells, a picturesque mass of colourful houses cram the steep slope leading up from the harbour. The Cobh Heritage Centre commemorates the period of 1849 to 1920 when the town, known back then as Queenstown, was the main port for Irish emigrants. The city of Cork is about nine miles from Cobh in County Cork in south western Ireland, an area dominated by the Gulf Stream. It is nestled among the hills of the valley formed by the River Lee in a prominent position on a river island. Cork is the second largest city in Ireland, a regional economic capital and was European Capital of Culture in 2005.

Day 9

Dublin/Ireland

Disembarkation.
In the wake of the Celtic Tiger boom and financial crisis, Dublin, the Irish capital in the east of the Emerald Isle continues to be young, dynamic and European. It adeptly combines tradition and innovation in a small space. O'Connell Street in the Northside of Dublin shimmers with the lofty steel Millennium Spire and a brand new district has sprung up in the docklands with futuristic glass buildings and a Calatrava bridge. The old Half Penny Bridge takes you right into the heart of the city. Here you will find the lively, cobbled Temple Bar district with its numerous Guinness pubs, Dublin Castle, which is over 800 years old, and the soaring spires of St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals. Behind the neo-classical façade of the historic Trinity College, founded in 1592, is a magnificent library and the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells.

Overview

Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands & England’s South

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Where the mild Atlantic greets – summer cruise to Normandy, Brittany, the Channel Islands and England’s South: London (Portsmouth) – Dublin

Honfleur, paradise for painters
With its colourful fishing boats and soaring timbered houses, Honfleur offers visitors a truly picturesque setting. The enchanting little port is considered the cradle of impressionism – Eugène Boudin, Monet, Renoir and Cézanne met here to paint. In addition to enjoying the abounding art, don’t miss out on Normandy’s culinary masterpieces: cider, calvados and camembert.

The most British town of Brittany: Roscoff
On the outermost northwestern end of Brittany, Roscoff is leaning into the Atlantic as though it wanted to reach across the British Channel for Cornwall. The charming seaside town with its pretty granite houses is considered the most British among the Breton ports. Not surprising, because for hundreds of years, the old corsair town was trading with Great Britain exporting salt, wood, cloth and onions.

Tresco – a British island
with a Mediterranean heart It is hardly surprising that Tresco, the second largest of the Scilly Islands, has been populated since the Neolithic period. Thanks to its mild climate, the island is as lush and green as most Mediterranean coastlines. Abbey Garden is a veritable paradise, bursting with exotic flowers, bamboo thickets, palm and pine trees. It is one of the world’s most spectacular botanical gardens.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Ship information

Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
21.06.2019
29.06.2019
8
Northern Europe, Myths, Magic & the Nature of the Celtic Islands
Fare from € 4.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

Dublin/Ireland

In the wake of the Celtic Tiger boom and financial crisis, Dublin, the Irish capital in the east of the Emerald Isle continues to be young, dynamic and European. It adeptly combines tradition and innovation in a small space. O'Connell Street in the Northside of Dublin shimmers with the lofty steel Millennium Spire and a brand new district has sprung up in the docklands with futuristic glass buildings and a Calatrava bridge. The old Half Penny Bridge takes you right into the heart of the city. Here you will find the lively, cobbled Temple Bar district with its numerous Guinness pubs, Dublin Castle, which is over 800 years old, and the soaring spires of St. Patrick's and Christ Church Cathedrals. Behind the neo-classical façade of the historic Trinity College, founded in 1592, is a magnificent library and the 1,200 year-old Book of Kells.

Day 2

Douglas/Isle of Man

Day 3

At sea

Day 4

Tobermory/Isle of Mull

Day 5

Stornoway/Isle of Lewis

Day 6

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands

Day 7

Invergordon/Great Britain

Day 8

Peterhead/Great Britain

Day 9

Edinburgh (Leith)/Great Britain

Disembarkation.
Three vantage points offer fantastic views of this beautiful capital on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth. The historic castle is impossible to miss atop Castle Rock high above the narrow and sometimes very steep medieval streets. The Royal Mile, a mile-long parade of Victorian buildings in the old town, connects the two royal residences of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The imposing outline of Arthur's Seat, a mountain which would look more at home in the Highlands, looms over Holyrood Park. The New Town, a masterpiece of Georgian urban architecture with a grid-like street pattern, stretches toward the harbour from Prince's Street, at the eastern end of which you will find a small Greek temple looming atop Carlton Hill. The Old Town and New Town, both UNESCO world heritage sites, are divided by Princes Street Gardens, the green lungs of the city and venue for the loudest music and festival events.

Overview

Myths, Magic & the Nature of the Celtic Islands

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Myths, magic and the wild nature of the Celtic islands – en route to Ireland, the Hebrides and Scotland: Dublin – Edinburgh (Leith)

Dublin – the Green Isle’s capital
Live music, witty words and mellow Guiness – Dublin enfolds its visitors with its happy charm. Ireland’s literature-focused capital is not only home to time-honoured sites like Trinity College, Dublin Castle or St Patrick’s Cathedral: Small shops, quirky pubs and inspiring galleries demonstrate Dublin’s modern, metropolitan character.

Islands with a special kind of magic: the Hebrides
Some 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of the Scottish coast lie the Inner and the Outer Hebrides. Here, where salt and seaweed scents the air and granite rocks dot the green meadows, the cordial inhabitants enjoy a peaty whiskey – toasting their arcane homeland as well as the much longed-for summer sun that lights up the coloured facades in the ports of Tobermory and Stornoway.

Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar
Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.

Please Note: more sailing cruises are available, not all of them are listed online. Please contact us for more details.

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Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Booking
Tall Ship Classic Sailing
Star Flyer
22.06.2019
29.06.2019
7
The Mediterranean, Southern Cyclades
Fare from € 1.895
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Travelroute
Day 1

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Embarkation. Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Rhodes, Greece

The beautiful island of Rhodes (Island of Roses) has a rich and varied history. The beach at Lindos is among the best on the island, whose capital, Rhodes Town is a bustling mecca for both sightseers and shoppers alike.

Day 4

Bodrum, Turkey

Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, this was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolu's Tomb (4th century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 5

Dalyan River, Turkey

At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey - A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reedfringed river meandering into the sea. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.

Day 6

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano's caldera.

Day 7

Hydra, Greece

Hydra is a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. As there are no cars, for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you'll have to ride a donkey to the top.

Day 8

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Disembarkation.

Additional charges: Port fees: € 235,- pp

Overview

Southern Cyclades

Long ago, these Mediterranean islands and ports were the landing places for an endless tide of invaders from far off lands. From ancient Phoenisia, Persia, the Peloponnesus, Imperial Rome and Constantinople they came. Followed by waives of European Crusader knights, Genoan mariners, Venetian merchants and turbaned Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire. They stormed ashore to conquer, only to be vanquished by time and absorbed into the dry volcanic earth.

All that remains are their stone ruins, ghostly shapes wrapped in myth and mystery. Today the sun-spangled seas bordered by Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coasts are inviting playgrounds for pleasure seekers. Join us as we explore a yachtsman’s paradise on forgotten islands where white-washed sands invite sun worshipers to bask under Helios’ gaze, or fortress-like rocks where ancient monasteries cling like mountain climbers on towering cliffs.

Or stand where battling armies fought hand-to-hand in Troy and Gallipoli. Walk through iron doors of medieval Kastros where tales of pagan rites and knightly rituals are told. Inhale the balm of almond and lemon at the place where Hippocrates taught his healing arts. The Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Dardanelles Islands and places that fairly sing on the tongue. And no one knows these favoured lands and seas as well as Star Clippers.

Highlights

The Grand Master’s Palace, Rhodes • Village of Oia in Satorini • Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology

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Star Flyer

Vessel Type: Tall Ship

Length: 109.7 m

Passenger Capacity: 170

Star Flyer is a true clipper ship reflecting it's proud heritage in every inch of her polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Star Flyer is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort.

Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Flyer. Ship offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

The décor of Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage.

All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.

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Tall Ship Classic Sailing
Royal Clipper
13.07.2019
20.07.2019
7
The Mediterranean, Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise
Fare from € 2.085
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cannes

Embarkation. Glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ high flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival at the colossal Palais des Festivals.

Day 2

Portofino

Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riveria coastline. It's pastel-coloured houses, luxury boutiques and seafood restaurants surround its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with super-yachts. A short walk takes you up to the Church of St. George, a church with a cool, plain interior, dramatically situated on the narrow neck of the Portofino headland. As a lookout point, and probably as a site of religious significance, the spot goes back thousands of years.

Day 3

L'Ile Rousse, Corsica

Crowded with yachts flying burgees hailing from the world's most prestigious yacht clubs, the harbour of St. Florent is a regatta of colours. Take an excursion to the peninsula of Cap Corse, where medieval watchtowers dot the cliff tops every few miles.

Day 4

Calvi, Corsica

Napoleon once said that he could recognize his native island blindfolded because of the wonderful perfume of the maquis. Approaching by sea, it is the first thing you experience about Corsica. The second is its wild and mountainous landscape. Nearby are secluded beaches and the eerie Grottes des Veaux Marins, offering fantastic diving opportunities.

Day 5

Porquerolles, Iles d'Hyeres & Sanary-sur-Mer

Porquerolles is a small crescent shaped island that is popular with cyclists. On the southern side the coast is made up of steep cliffs and secluded creeks only accessible to hikers and on the northern side you will find fine sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. A large area enjoys National Park status so the island is beautiful, calm and unspoilt. Where the rugged hills of the Massif des Maures subside into the sea, the small island of Porquerolles lies baskingin the eternally blue Mediterranean. The island’s little town was created as a retirement community for Napoleon’s troops - making it the world’s first “Sun City.” Today Porquerolles is a destination for nature lovers, who hike the hills covered in sage, myrtle, and oddly exotic plants to a magnificent white sand beach where a picturesque lighthouse stands guard over the wild shore.

Day 6

St. Tropez

It is said that the most spectacular way to approach the exquisite harbour of St. Tropez is by sea. St. Tropez is a people-watcher's paradise, so you will also want to explore her famous beaches, bistros and bars. The appropriately named Tahiti Plage is where topless sun tanning started, and whether you prefer to take it off or take it all in, there's always plenty to see in St. Tropez.

Day 7

Monaco

Monaco is the fabled domain of princes and movie stars. The magnificent Palais du Prince and opulent casinos remind you of an elegant, pre-war era. With more wealth concentrated in one small area than almost any place on earth, this tiny principality retains its gilt edged allure.

Day 8

Cannes

Disembark in Cannes.

Additional charges: Port fees: € 235,- pp

Overview

Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise

Natural beauty and 4,000 years of history converge in Italy, Sicily, France, Portugal, Spain and the islands of the Mediterranean. The taste of sweet green olive oil and fresh ripe tomatoes, the sound of carefree children laughing on sun drenched beaches, the sight of myriad yachts at anchor in picturesque harbours…

These are but a few sights and scenes of the Western Mediterranean. Replete with sparkling capitals, ancient civilizations and cultured ambiance, it is an incredibly vivid world of mythical lands and tranquil seas, soaring mountains, medieval villages, private coves and sun struck beaches. Wherever you may wander, you will discover the special magic of the Mediterranean that has enchanted travellers for millennia.

Highlights

A taste of Provence at St. Tropez Market • Cycle the forest of Porquerolles • Visit Chic Portofino

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Royal Clipper

Vessel Type: Tall Ship

Length: 133.8 m

Passenger Capacity: 227

In 1902, the largest, fastest sailing ship the world had ever seen was launched. The legendary Preussen dominated the seas, only to be gone in a few short years. Neither before nor since had the world seen such a magnificent sailing ship. Until today…

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.

Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes!

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Tall Ship Classic Sailing
Star Flyer
13.07.2019
24.07.2019
11
The Mediterranean, The Adriatic, Greece, Montenegro & Croatia 12 Days
Fare from € 2.975
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Travelroute
Day 1

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Day 2

Mykonos, Greece

One of the most cosmopolitan of all the Greek Islands, Mykonos is a contrast of rocky hills and beautiful beaches. Hora, the capital, spreads around a colourful harbour, a popular meeting place, overlooked by a variety of tavernas, in which fishing boats nestle side by side with luxury yachts.

Day 3

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano's caldera.

Day 4

At sea

Day 5

Katakolon, Greece (Optional Tour Olympia)

The beach at little Katákolon is an inviting diversion, but you will surely want to go inland to Olympia for bigger game. Set in a stunningly lovely valley overlooked by Kronos Hill, Olympia began hosting athletic games in the 11th century BC. Walk through the sacred Temples of Zeus and Hera, stand on the still visible starting line in Stadium and imagine the chariots about to hurtle around the Hippodrome.

Day 6

Corfu, Greece

The lushest (and some say the loveliest) of all the Greek Islands, Corfu lies just a stone's throw from the Albanian coast. Nowhere is the stunning natural beauty of Corfu more evident than in the small village of Paleocastritsa, where legend says Odysseus was washed ashore to be rescued by Nausicaa.

Day 7

Kotor, Montenegro

This stunning rock-walled chasm splitting the coastal mountains of Montenegro is the longest arm of the sea in southern Europe. Boka harbours one of the prettiest, unspoiled towns you'll ever see, the medieval city of Kotor. Founded by the Romans, fortified during the Byzantine era, then ruled by Venice for much of its history, Kotor has been naturally preserved by its isolation.

Day 8

Dubrovnik, Croatia

It was George Bernard Shaw who said, “Those who seek paradise on earth should come to Dubrovnik.” Indeed, Dubrovnik is a treasure by any measure made more precious by its miraculous restoration. Crowned by the Minceta Tower, the 10th century city walls are the proud symbol of Dubrovnik's colourful history.

Day 9

Korcula, Croatia

Framed by dense green forests of allepo pine and twisted cypress, the red tile roofs of Korcula, whose most famous native son was Marco Polo, form an inviting picture. The pale wheat-coloured stone Cathedral of St. Mark houses a treasure trove of Dalmatia.

Day 10

Hvar, Croatia

The heavenly scent of lavender perfumes the air in the fields and valleys around the island of Hvar. Idyllically located just off the Dalmatian Coast, the island and the little port named after it have been a favorite getaway ever since the time of the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and even Austro-Hungarian royalty.

Day 11

Mali Losinj, Croatia

The warm sands of Cikat Bay, situated near the port of Mali Losinj where we anchor, are an irresistible magnet for beachgoers. And no wonder, the beach is 30 kilometres long and offers every watersport imaginable. For those who prefer to wander farther afield, our bicycle tour takes you around the island past the fortified town of Veli Losinj.

Day 12

Venice, Italy

Disembarkation. Venice is the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge's Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. And know that love is always in the air in Venice.

Additional charges: Port fees: € 370,- pp

Overview

Greece, Montenegro & Croatia 12 Days

Long ago, these Mediterranean islands and ports were the landing places for an endless tide of invaders from far off lands. From ancient Phoenisia, Persia, the Peloponnesus, Imperial Rome and Constantinople they came. Followed by waives of European Crusader knights, Genoan mariners, Venetian merchants and turbaned Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire. They stormed ashore to conquer, only to be vanquished by time and absorbed into the dry volcanic earth.

All that remains are their stone ruins, ghostly shapes wrapped in myth and mystery. Today the sun-spangled seas bordered by Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coasts are inviting playgrounds for pleasure seekers. Join us as we explore a yachtsman’s paradise on forgotten islands where white-washed sands invite sun worshipers to bask under Helios’ gaze, or fortress-like rocks where ancient monasteries cling like mountain climbers on towering cliffs.

Or stand where battling armies fought hand-to-hand in Troy and Gallipoli. Walk through iron doors of medieval Kastros where tales of pagan rites and knightly rituals are told. Inhale the balm of almond and lemon at the place where Hippocrates taught his healing arts. The Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Dardanelles Islands and places that fairly sing on the tongue. And no one knows these favoured lands and seas as well as Star Clippers.

Highlights

Tour the birthplace of the Olympic Games • The Achilleion Palace, Corfu • See Dubrovnik by kayak • Explore St. Stephen’s Square in Hvar

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Star Flyer

Vessel Type: Tall Ship

Length: 109.7 m

Passenger Capacity: 170

Star Flyer is a true clipper ship reflecting it's proud heritage in every inch of her polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Star Flyer is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort.

Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Flyer. Ship offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

The décor of Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage.

All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.

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Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
18.07.2019
25.07.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
25.07.2019
01.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Classic Sailing
Royal Clipper
27.07.2019
03.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise
Fare from € 2.085
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cannes

Embarkation. Glittering Cannes is the archetypal Mediterranean resort city discovered by wealthy English nobles who came to the sunny south of France to escape their drafty old castles during the dreary British winters. Cannes’ high flying lifestyle has attracted notables and the notorious ever since. Every year, the stars flock to celebrate the Cannes Film Festival at the colossal Palais des Festivals.

Day 2

Portofino

Portofino is a fishing village on the Italian Riveria coastline. It's pastel-coloured houses, luxury boutiques and seafood restaurants surround its Piazzetta, a small cobbled square overlooking the harbor, which is lined with super-yachts. A short walk takes you up to the Church of St. George, a church with a cool, plain interior, dramatically situated on the narrow neck of the Portofino headland. As a lookout point, and probably as a site of religious significance, the spot goes back thousands of years.

Day 3

L'Ile Rousse, Corsica

Crowded with yachts flying burgees hailing from the world's most prestigious yacht clubs, the harbour of St. Florent is a regatta of colours. Take an excursion to the peninsula of Cap Corse, where medieval watchtowers dot the cliff tops every few miles.

Day 4

Calvi, Corsica

Napoleon once said that he could recognize his native island blindfolded because of the wonderful perfume of the maquis. Approaching by sea, it is the first thing you experience about Corsica. The second is its wild and mountainous landscape. Nearby are secluded beaches and the eerie Grottes des Veaux Marins, offering fantastic diving opportunities.

Day 5

Porquerolles, Iles d'Hyeres & Sanary-sur-Mer

Porquerolles is a small crescent shaped island that is popular with cyclists. On the southern side the coast is made up of steep cliffs and secluded creeks only accessible to hikers and on the northern side you will find fine sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. A large area enjoys National Park status so the island is beautiful, calm and unspoilt. Where the rugged hills of the Massif des Maures subside into the sea, the small island of Porquerolles lies baskingin the eternally blue Mediterranean. The island’s little town was created as a retirement community for Napoleon’s troops - making it the world’s first “Sun City.” Today Porquerolles is a destination for nature lovers, who hike the hills covered in sage, myrtle, and oddly exotic plants to a magnificent white sand beach where a picturesque lighthouse stands guard over the wild shore.

Day 6

St. Tropez

It is said that the most spectacular way to approach the exquisite harbour of St. Tropez is by sea. St. Tropez is a people-watcher's paradise, so you will also want to explore her famous beaches, bistros and bars. The appropriately named Tahiti Plage is where topless sun tanning started, and whether you prefer to take it off or take it all in, there's always plenty to see in St. Tropez.

Day 7

Monaco

Monaco is the fabled domain of princes and movie stars. The magnificent Palais du Prince and opulent casinos remind you of an elegant, pre-war era. With more wealth concentrated in one small area than almost any place on earth, this tiny principality retains its gilt edged allure.

Day 8

Cannes

Disembark in Cannes.

Additional charges: Port fees: € 235,- pp

Overview

Corsica and the French Riviera Cruise

Natural beauty and 4,000 years of history converge in Italy, Sicily, France, Portugal, Spain and the islands of the Mediterranean. The taste of sweet green olive oil and fresh ripe tomatoes, the sound of carefree children laughing on sun drenched beaches, the sight of myriad yachts at anchor in picturesque harbours…

These are but a few sights and scenes of the Western Mediterranean. Replete with sparkling capitals, ancient civilizations and cultured ambiance, it is an incredibly vivid world of mythical lands and tranquil seas, soaring mountains, medieval villages, private coves and sun struck beaches. Wherever you may wander, you will discover the special magic of the Mediterranean that has enchanted travellers for millennia.

Highlights

A taste of Provence at St. Tropez Market • Cycle the forest of Porquerolles • Visit Chic Portofino

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Royal Clipper

Vessel Type: Tall Ship

Length: 133.8 m

Passenger Capacity: 227

In 1902, the largest, fastest sailing ship the world had ever seen was launched. The legendary Preussen dominated the seas, only to be gone in a few short years. Neither before nor since had the world seen such a magnificent sailing ship. Until today…

Inspired by the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper has the proud distinction of being the largest and only five-masted full-rigged sailing ship built since her predecessor was launched at the beginning of the last century. With her complement of 42 sails, Royal Clipper is a splendid sight to behold.

You might think she was an apparition from the grand age of sail, but Royal Clipper is as new as tomorrow, boasting state-of-the-art navigation systems and every comfort and luxury one could wish for. For connoisseurs of sail cruising, the 439 foot Royal Clipper offers the ultimate sea-going experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. Royal Clipper carries just 227 guests in luxurious style. A full 19,000 square feet of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious and expansive outdoor environment.

Find your secret hideaway on one of the hidden balconies on either side of the bow. Or climb the mast (with safety harness provided) to one of the passenger lookout crows-nests, thoughtfully furnished with a comfortable settee, where you’ll have the grandest view of all!

Royal Clipper’s interior spaces are just as dazzling. They include a three-deck atrium that funnels sunlight into the elegantly appointed, three-level dining room featuring open-seating dining, deliciously prepared cuisine and a no-tie dress code.

A convenient marina platform lowers from the stern for watersports. And the ultimate unique Royal Clipper experience, the one-of-a-kind Captain Nemo Lounge, is the site of our spa and health club with underwater glass portholes!

Contact
Booking
Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
01.08.2019
08.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Ship information

Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

Contact
Booking
Tall Ship Luxury Sailing
Sea Cloud II
03.08.2019
13.08.2019
10
Northern Europe, Vikings, Castles & Fascinating Fjords
Fare from € 5.095
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Travelroute
Day 1

Edinburgh (Leith)/Great Britain

Three vantage points offer fantastic views of this beautiful capital on the southern bank of the Firth of Forth. The historic castle is impossible to miss atop Castle Rock high above the narrow and sometimes very steep medieval streets. The Royal Mile, a mile-long parade of Victorian buildings in the old town, connects the two royal residences of Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The imposing outline of Arthur's Seat, a mountain which would look more at home in the Highlands, looms over Holyrood Park. The New Town, a masterpiece of Georgian urban architecture with a grid-like street pattern, stretches toward the harbour from Prince's Street, at the eastern end of which you will find a small Greek temple looming atop Carlton Hill. The Old Town and New Town, both UNESCO world heritage sites, are divided by Princes Street Gardens, the green lungs of the city and venue for the loudest music and festival events.

Day 2

Peterhead/Great Britain

Day 3

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands

Day 4

Lerwick/Shetland Islands

Day 5

At sea

Day 6

Bergen/Norway

Day 7

Stavanger/Norway

The port of Stavanger spans an area of mainland and several islands in a spectacular location between the skerries to the south and the fjord landscape to the west. The picturesque old town, with a cathedral dating back to around 1125 when Stavanger was founded, and the brilliant white 18th and 19th century wooden houses are overlooked by the glass and metal façades of international oil companies. Initially, Stavanger was an important fishing and seafaring centre. Subsequently, it became the world's biggest producer of tinned sardines before the extraction of black gold from the North Sea made it a rich oil centre and Norway's fourth largest city. Stavenger reinvented itself again as European Capital of Culture in 2008. Nearby are the 612-metre high Månafossen waterfall, the longest sandy beach in Norway known as the Sola beach and the Lysefjord with the imposing Preikestolen cliff.

Day 8

At sea

Day 9

Sylt/Germany

North Sea breakers, mud flats, Red Cliff, vast landscape of dunes, wide sandy beaches and old mariners' houses show the romantic and natural side of Germany's most famous island. Its other side sometimes makes headlines, as Sylt has been the summer retreat for celebrities since the 1960s. They can be seen visiting the most famous fish stand in Germany, strolling through Kampen or in the elegant bars and exclusive clubs.

Day 10

Sylt/Germany

Day 11

Hamburg/Germany

Disembarkation.
Hamburg has seen many ships in its time. Richly laden Hanseatic cogs, famous 19th century windjammers and giant vessels have dropped anchor in its port. The beautiful banks of the Elbe form prominent cordons for ships sailing in or out of the port of Hamburg. Moving towards the mouth of the Elbe, they glide by the patrician villas on the Elbchaussee, the Treppenviertel in Blankenese, the Airbus site and the picturesque banks of the Elbe with their green dykes and white beaches. You can catch charming harbour views of the little villages all along the banks of the Elbe.

Overview

Vikings, Castles & Fascinating Fjords

Exclusive, relaxed, informal – the luxury cruises offered by Sea Cloud Cruises have a five-star style all of their own. An excellent service that meets even the highest of standards, ships that are fitted with lovingly selected furnishings and an array of inclusive services will help make your journey with Sea Cloud Cruises a highly relaxing one.

Three cheers for the North: a summer getaway to Scotland’s green coasts and charming North Sea idylls: Edinburgh (Leith) – Hamburg

Edinburgh – capital of tradition
From the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval Old Town to the generous airy layout of the Gregorian New Town, in Edinburgh you literally walk through the ages. Take bagpipe traditions, spooky stories or pub
culture – ancient customs are kept alive in Scotland’s capital.

The many facets of the North
Rock faces that plunge into the sea, picturesque coastal villages, romantic castles – on the journey from Scotland over Norway to Hamburg, every day features a new landscape to discover. The North is surprisingly diverse and you will be just as enchanted by the raw charm of the Shetland and Orkney Islands as by the modern thrill of the cultural hub, Bergen.

Mysterious ancient sites: Skara Brae and Brodgar
Scotland’s wild North is home to the mysterious ruins of Neolithic settlements. Skara Brae comprises eight round houses dating back 4,500 years, and the Ring of Brodgar is even larger than Stonehenge. Between the weathered stones and grassy mounds, you are sure to feel a touch of mythical magic.

The impressive Norwegian fjords
Over several ice ages, the incredible force of Mother Nature carved narrow valleys in the rocks of southern Norway, leading to the formation of spectacular landscapes: the majestic fjords. Each and every one of them is definitely worth seeing: The Lysefjord boasts the impressive Preikestolen plateau, towering at an altitude of over 600 metres (1,970 feet), and the Hardangerfjord is adorned by a wide range of fruit trees thanks to its mild climate.

Sylt: Germany’s most famed island
North Sea waves, the Wadden Sea, old captains’ cottages, and exploring the wide dune landscape – that is the romantic, down-to-earth side of the renowned North Frisian island. But Sylt enjoys the flurry of camera flashes just as much as the sunshine. Celebrities have chosen the island as their summer retreat: One wants to be seen visiting Germany’s most famous fish & chip shop, strolling through Kampen, in the elegant bars and exclusive clubs – and indulges in oysters fresh from the sea.

Panoramic cruise up the Elbe
The Sea Cloud ii glides slowly up the river Elbe, past the picturesque banks with their green dykes, the Airbus grounds, stair-lined Blankenese and the patrician mansions of the Elbchaussee. At her mooring by the “Überseebrücke”, she is greeted by Hamburg’s new landmark, the “Elbphilharmonie”.

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Sea Cloud II

Vessel Type: Tall Ship (Sailing)

Length: 105 meters

Passenger Capacity: 94

Built: 2001

Launched in 2001, Sea Cloud II is a stunning vessel, built along traditional lines, but offering deluxe accommodation. She combines timeless elegance of sailing ships of the past with the highest safety standards and the luxurious comfort of modern cruise ships. Just like her legendary sister ship Sea Cloud, the 2,750 m² of sails is set by hand which is a truly magical sight.
Built to accommodate 94 passengers in five-star luxury, she offers a range of 47 beautifully appointed suites and cabins which are furnished with great style. All accommodations have outside views and the bathrooms, in light marble, are unusually spacious and extremely comfortable. The finest, carefully chosen fabrics, combined with leather, rattan and other materials, brass and gold, precious woods and marble together create an impressive ensemble.

No expense has been spared to create a sympathetic ambiance in both the accommodations and public areas and this is reflected throughout the vessel. Public areas include an elegant lounge, library, fitness center, boutique, lido bar and hospital. The single sitting dining room is airy and modern and the quality of the cuisine and service will be to the highest of standards, as one would expect on a Sea Cloud cruise. Relax on the Lido deck and experience the natural grandeur of travelling under sail, rekindling memories of a bygone age.

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Spectacular Luxury Sailing
Le Ponant
08.08.2019
15.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, The great Corsican loop
Fare from € 4.690
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Travelroute
Day 1

Nice

Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Day 2

Portoferraio, Elba

In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. You can walk in his footsteps in his first imperial residence, the Palazzina dei Mulini, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialities including gorgoglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 3

Porto Santo Stefano

In Southern Tuscany, Porto Santo Stefano, a charming seaside resort located on the Monte Argentario peninsula, is renowned for its enchanting setting. Nestling on the side of a hill, the small town offers beautiful sandy beaches with crystal-clear water and a picturesque town centre. Stroll around its steep alleyways lined with coloured houses and discover La Rocca, a Spanish fortress built in the 17th century to protect the town against pirate attacks. There, you can enjoy a stunning view over the port and the Gulf of Talamone.

Day 4

Gulf of Santa Manza, Corsica

In the south-east of Corsica, between Bonifacio and Porto-Vecchio, the beaches of the Santa Manza Gulf feature among the most beautiful of the island’s beaches. You will enjoy the fine sand and turquoise waters, as well as the limestone cliffs and granite rocks that drop down into the water. Here, exploring is of the essence. There’s nothing nicer than to walk from creek to creek along the pinewoods. The big Maora beach, at the end of the bay is the easiest to access. Further north, after a walk along a high track leading to Prisarella, you’ll come across a fabulous view of the gulf.

Day 5

Bonifacio, Corsica

The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica, clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville, to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.

Day 6

Cargèse, Corsica

A picturesque South Corsican fishing port and marina port located very close to Ajaccio, Cargèse is known as “the most Greek of Corsican villages.” In fact, during the 17th century, it sheltered a large Greek colony, seeking refuge from the Turkish invasion in Corsica, which, at the time, was under Genoese control. The town preserves the heritage of this historic event. Besides the Saint-Spyridon Greek church, which faces the Baroque-style Latin church, the town’s traditional houses are white and their shutters blue. The town’s Genoese towers, the Tower of Orchinu and the Tower of Ormigna, also reflect its cultural Genoese heritage.

Day 7

Calvi, Corsica

Against a rocky outcrop in the north-west of Corsica, the port of Calvi stands out in its whiteness between two sapphire bays. You will most certainly want to stroll around its picturesque old centre, where the gentle clunk of petanque balls can be heard throughout the streets. Amateurs of history can explore the medieval citadel, a small white-stone maze of buildings on the water’s edge, here you can see the house where Christopher Columbus was born. Food lovers will no doubt prefer the covered market, located just behind the charming pink Sainte-Marie-Majeure church; the market regularly proposes a fine selection of local specialities.

Day 8

Nice

Disembarkation.
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is neighboured by the Baie des Anges. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the shoreline. Don’t forget to explore the Château hill. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya. If you want to plunge into Nice’s diverse cultural heritage, visit the Lascaris palace with its baroque decorations. The museums dedicated to painters Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall are an absolute must.

Overview

The great Corsican loop

Discover a Ponant itinerary that takes in the most remarkable sights of the aptly-named “Isle of Beauty”.
Blending elegance, comfort and intimacy, set sail for an 8-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Ponant, our majestic three-mast yacht.
Leaving from Nice, you will head for the island of Elbe, in Italy. An opportunity to discover Portoferraio and the unmissable Villa San Martino, Napoleon I’s summer residence during the few months of exile he spent there in these parts in 1814.
You will also visit Bonifacio, the jewel of the far south of Corsica. A veritable fortress sculpted by the wind and the spray, the “sentinel city” will reveal its historical centre and its long cobbled streets.
After a port of call at the small coastal city of Cargèse, whose Greek heritage is still very evident, you will make a port of call at Calvi, a city combining charm and beauty. From your ship, you will be able to see the La Revellata lighthouse, before coming ashore to stroll through the streets of the old citadel.
Pristine nature, idyllic beaches, port cities, secret coves and rocky headlands: As Le Ponant sails along its coastline, Corsica will enchant you with the beauty of its contrasting landscapes.
An experienced diving monitor is on board during the cruise. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the underwater world, whether scuba diving or snorkelling.

Highlights

Possibility of diving with an experienced instructor • Possibility of swimming, from your ship’s marina platform or on spectacular beaches • The privilege of sailing in the Mediterranean aboard Le Ponant, our luxurious three-mast yacht • Discovery of the most beautiful places in Corsica: the Nature Reserve of the Strait of Bonifacio with exceptional sea life; Calvi and its citadel with its Genoese houses • Cargèse, a former Greek colony, and the Orthodox church of Saint Spyridon • In Portoferraio, visit of Napoleon I’s former home • Pre or Post Cruise: discover Nice, one of the most beautiful cities of Côte d’Azur, the old town and the world-famous Promenade des Anglais

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Le Ponant

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 88 metres

Passenger Capacity: 64

Built: 1991

Mythical destinations and secret ports of call only accessible to small capacity yachts. Ponant’s signature are French style cuisine in a welcoming and intimate environment, discreet yet attentive service where no attention to detail is spared, unforgettable moments of relaxation aboard elegant French flag yachts of character. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, in which, emotions, discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. Experience cruising in a different way and discover the magic of Yacht Cruising.

Given her size, shallow draft and a design that is very open to the sea (large sundeck, outdoor restaurant, easy acces to the sea for swimming from her marine). Le Ponant, Ponant's symbolic flagship gives passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. The 32 staterooms all have a port hole and are tastefully decorated in a harmony of blues and whites. Two comfortable lounges and two restaurants complete the intimate spaces on this beautiful yacht.

Under full sail, gliding over the sea with the wind, you will fall under Le Ponant's spell.

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Tall Ship Classic Sailing
Star Flyer
10.08.2019
17.08.2019
7
The Mediterranean, Southern Cyclades
Fare from € 1.895
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Travelroute
Day 1

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Embarkation. Walking in the shadow of the Acropolis in the Agora, you can almost hear the voices of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle arguing about who was the greatest philosopher. Ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy and epicenter of western civilization, is a city for all eternity.

Day 2

At sea

Day 3

Rhodes, Greece

The beautiful island of Rhodes (Island of Roses) has a rich and varied history. The beach at Lindos is among the best on the island, whose capital, Rhodes Town is a bustling mecca for both sightseers and shoppers alike.

Day 4

Bodrum, Turkey

Known in ancient times as Halicarnassus, this was the birthplace of Heredotus and the site of King Mausolu's Tomb (4th century BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 5

Dalyan River, Turkey

At first glance, this is a picture one hardly expects to see in Turkey - A lovely, unspoiled lake teeming with fish, a lush marshy delta, verdant farmlands, a lazy, reedfringed river meandering into the sea. On shore, you can see ruins of the Lycian city of Caunos, with its basilica and fortifications looming over the green marsh where endangered Caretta loggerhead turtles hatch in the spring.

Day 6

Santorini, Greece

The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. Around 1500 BC, a volcanic eruption destroyed the centre of the island, leaving a crescent shaped rim of cliffs around a harbour formed in the volcano's caldera.

Day 7

Hydra, Greece

Hydra is a town of stately mansions all built around 1800 by blockade runners who had made fortunes outwitting the British during the Napoleonic Wars. As there are no cars, for the spectacular view from the Monastery of Ilias you'll have to ride a donkey to the top.

Day 8

Piraeus (Port of Athens), Greece

Disembarkation.

Additional charges: Port fees: € 235,- pp

Overview

Southern Cyclades

Long ago, these Mediterranean islands and ports were the landing places for an endless tide of invaders from far off lands. From ancient Phoenisia, Persia, the Peloponnesus, Imperial Rome and Constantinople they came. Followed by waives of European Crusader knights, Genoan mariners, Venetian merchants and turbaned Turkish troops of the Ottoman Empire. They stormed ashore to conquer, only to be vanquished by time and absorbed into the dry volcanic earth.

All that remains are their stone ruins, ghostly shapes wrapped in myth and mystery. Today the sun-spangled seas bordered by Greece, Turkey, Italy, Croatia and the Dalmatian Coasts are inviting playgrounds for pleasure seekers. Join us as we explore a yachtsman’s paradise on forgotten islands where white-washed sands invite sun worshipers to bask under Helios’ gaze, or fortress-like rocks where ancient monasteries cling like mountain climbers on towering cliffs.

Or stand where battling armies fought hand-to-hand in Troy and Gallipoli. Walk through iron doors of medieval Kastros where tales of pagan rites and knightly rituals are told. Inhale the balm of almond and lemon at the place where Hippocrates taught his healing arts. The Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Sporades, the Dardanelles Islands and places that fairly sing on the tongue. And no one knows these favoured lands and seas as well as Star Clippers.

Highlights

The Grand Master’s Palace, Rhodes • Village of Oia in Satorini • Bodrum’s Museum of Underwater Archaeology

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Star Flyer

Vessel Type: Tall Ship

Length: 109.7 m

Passenger Capacity: 170

Star Flyer is a true clipper ship reflecting it's proud heritage in every inch of her polished brass and gleaming brightwork. Step aboard this unique vessel and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day. Star Flyer is a modern cruise ship in every way, created for luxury-loving passengers who also love the traditions and romance of the legendary era of sailing ships. Star Flyer is 360 feet long and carries just 170 guests in pampered comfort.

Life aboard is blissfully relaxed, much like traveling on a private yacht. You’ll never feel confined on Star Flyer. Ship offers spacious accommodations and expansive teak decks with ample space and not one, but two swimming pools. In fact, you’ll find that this ship offers more outdoor space per passenger than most conventional cruise ships.

The décor of Star Flyer is reminiscent of the grand age of sail. Antique prints and paintings of famous sailing ships please the eye, while teak and gleaming mahogany rails are richly reminiscent of Star Clippers’ proud nautical heritage.

All Star Clippers ships feature open-seating dining in an elegantly appointed dining room, our convivial indoor-outdoor Tropical Bar and Piano Bar, and an Edwardian style library where a Belle Époque fireplace glows with a warmth that reflects the friendliness and enthusiasm of Star Clippers’ hospitable officers and crew.

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