Sailing the Mediterranean with Ponant will give you a luxury, boutique and authentic experience

Venice/Athens cruise (credit Studio Ponant)

Imbued with the history and culture of the surrounding countries, the Mediterranean is home to many incredible sites and a unique way of life. A cruise in the Mediterranean is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in this remarkably diverse region.

Boasting a unique blend of cultures: small ports with Byzantine architecture, ancient Ottoman cities, Greek and Roman ruins, Hispano-Moresque palaces… From the Black Sea to the Adriatic and from the Aegean Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, every community has its own distinctive style and way of life.

Croatia & the Adriatic Cruises

What are Croatia’s must-see destinations? Which activities should you prioritise on a cruise to Croatia? Whether you are looking for urban adventures or an escape to nature, this country has something for everyone.

Visit Dubrovnik

Despite the damage caused by the earthquake of 1667, Dubrovnik is widely recognised as one of the jewels of the Adriatic. The Assumption Cathedral, built on the site of a 12th-century church, symbolises the rebirth of the city after this terrible event. The Dominican and Franciscan monasteries are also well worth a visit; in addition to its iconic cloister, the latter is home to the oldest pharmacy in Europe. Founded in 1317, it is still in operation, offering a range of traditional remedies.

Stroll around Split

Another quintessential Croatian city, a walk through Split is like a visit to an open-air museum. See the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, the Temple of Jupiter, the Golden Gate, and the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, believed to be the oldest in the world. The history of the city is reflected in its monuments and beautiful stone buildings. Split is ideal for discovering on foot, from the streets of the old town down to the docks. There are also many bars and restaurants offering welcome refreshment!

Discover the island of Korčula

Just off the Pelješac peninsula, Korčula is a classic seaside resort. The narrow streets of the historic city centre are crammed with tall houses and buildings to save space. Known as the birthplace of Marco Polo, the celebrated explorer, Korčula is also home to a multitude of peaceful bays and beaches with clear water for swimming.

Take a walk through Krka National Park

One of the most iconic natural sites in Croatia, Krka National Park encompasses a section of the river that shares its name, Visovačko Jezero Lake and the famous Skradinski Buk Waterfalls. They are part of a series of 17 waterfalls over a total vertical drop of 45 metres. Surrounded by lush vegetation, their refreshing pools are a unique spot for swimming.

What is on offer?

Choose your departure port from Venice, Athens or Valletta.

There is a wide selection of departures from May through to September to experience the beautiful Dalmatian Coast and clear waters.

There is a choice of vessel from the iconic three-mastered sailing yacht, Le Ponant with just 32 passengers; her departures under sail from Dubrovnik offer an incredible way to explore the islands and coast.

Or choose one of the Ponant Explorers Yachts with the Blue Eye Lounge. The world’s first underwater multisensory lounge. You can always choose L’Austral, the biggest yacht option that we have. However only 240 passengers still means an intimate, boutique sailing experience.

Greece & Greek Islands Cruises

A cruise to Greece and the Cyclades will take you on a journey to the very heart of the Mediterranean. This area is home to some of the most important landmarks and ruins of Greek civilisation, as well as some legendary islands. From Mykonos to Santorini, the relaxed lifestyle and beautiful landscapes offer the perfect setting to get away from it all.

Sail through the Corinth Canal

A passage between the Ionian Sea and the Aegean Sea, the Corinth Canal is an essential part of any Greek cruise. Separating the Peloponnese from the continent, it offers a unique sailing experience. Measuring just 24.60 metres in width, sailors navigating this six-kilometre canal must be extremely vigilant.

Take a stroll on Hydra

To the south of the Peloponnese, the island of Hydra is best explored by boat, on foot or with a donkey. Cars are banned from the island, which was known for its powerful fleet until the 1820s. Today, pleasure boats have replaced the commercial vessels, letting passengers admire the island’s rocky, maquis-covered Mediterranean coastline. The charming town of Hydra is easy to visit on foot, from the white houses covered with bougainvillea and jasmine to the churches and historic mansions built by powerful ship-owners. A 15-minute walk away, travellers can also drop into the authentic Greek fishing village of Kamini.

Appreciate a more relaxed way of life in Paros

The pearl of the Cyclades, Paros is a Greek postcard come to life. Its small fishing ports are filled with blue and white boats to match the whitewashed houses with navy shutters, while the beaches are hidden in coves or laid out along the coast in long stretches of golden sand. High in the hills, Lefkes is one of the island’s most charming villages. Its cobbled streets are lined with taverns, offering breath-taking views of the surrounding hills, the sea and the distant island of Naxos.

Wander the sacred ruins of Delphi

At the sacred site of Delphi, the gods of old still have a powerful presence. In a magnificent location at the foot of Mount Parnassus, it provides a stunning panorama of the surrounding hills. From the 4th to the 6th century BC, Delphi symbolised of the unity of the Greek world. This important position is reflected by the Sacred Way that connects the temple of Apollo, the council house and the spectacular theatre.

Test the acoustics of the Theatre of Epidaurus

The Theatre of Epidaurus is known around the world for its exceptional acoustics and its perfectly preserved structure. Even the slightest sound in the orchestra carries to the very top of the auditorium, allowing all 12,000 spectators to appreciate every performance. Dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine, this ancient theatre hosts an annual festival every summer.

Discover the beauty of Santorini

Blue-roofed churches, whitewashed villas, stunning views and the most beautiful sunsets in the Mediterranean: Santorini is the best-known archipelago in Greece, and for good reason. It is the ideal setting to enjoy a magical moment and embrace the understated refinement of the Greek way of life.

What is on offer?

Departing to and from Athens you can choose from 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 night journeys featuring or immersing the Greek islands and mainland.

With three choices of vessel to choose from to explore this region offer unique opportunities to experience an authentic Greek experience.

Whether it’s the three Explorer Yachts are Le Dumont-D’urville, Le Bouganville and Le Laperouse. The Sistership L’Austral or the beautiful sailing yacht Le Ponant, one thing is guaranteed that you will be sailing in style and luxury.

All departures for Greece, Croatia and the Adriatic and many more can be found here.

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