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Islands of the Mediterranean Sea 
Valletta (Malta) Round trip

June 21-28, 2014 - 8 days / 7 nights on board

  • Embark from Valetta (Malta) aboard LE PONANTto discover the Mediterranean tastes and the welcoming cities of Sicily (Italy), such as Syracuse and Palermo.
  • The fortress-city of Valletta: Europe’s most beautiful natural harbour with a distinguished historic and architectural heritage.





Day 1 - Valletta (Malta)
Embarkation from 4:30pm to 5:30 pm.

4:30 pm

6:00 pm

Days 2- Syracuse (Sicily - Italy)
Goethe, the great German poet and writer, described Sicily as “the land where the lemon trees bloom", the ultimate in destinations. Its undulating rocky coastline, the endless sandy beaches, the menacing form of Mount Etna which surveys its island like a patriarch, the flowery gardens on the hillside...Sicily lays out its varied landscapes like a shopkeeper displays his wares. Described by Cicero as “the most beautiful city in the world”, Syracuse was one of the most prestigious cities in Sicily and at her height was even a rival for Athens. A central city of Ancient Greece, it was home to a succession of civilisations, each of which has left their mark.  The blend of Arab, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colours and flavours.

12:00 pm

7:00 pm

Day 3 - Sailing past the Stromboli 



Taormina (Sicily - Italy) 
Taormina stands out against the slopes of Mount Tauro in the heart of a picturesque and charming location. The town’s alleyways and gardens tumble down the mountain to the Ionian Sea. Its ancient Greek theatre is the second largest in Sicily, after the theatre at Syracuse, and offers a magnificent panorama with the majestic Mount Etna, its lava flows still smoking, in the background.

7:00 am

1:00 pm

Day 4 - Lipari (Sicily - Italy)
Dominated by a fortified citadel, Lipari, the capital of the volcanic Aeolian Islands, is known for its many natural and architectural delights, including remarkable points of view, picturesque quarries of pumice stone and its “castello”, built on the site of the ancient Greek acropolis. Not far from here, you will be able to discover the magnificent sight of the Stromboli volcano. A plume of smoke rises from its sombre beauty and lava regularly erupts from the crater of this still-active volcano.

8:00 am

12:00 pm

Vulcano (Sicily - Italy)

 2:00 pm

7:00 pm

Day 5 - Palermo (Sicily - Italy) 
Cradled in the arms of a magnificent sweeping bay, Sicily’s capital never fails to seduce. A crossroads between Eastern and Western civilisations since time immemorial, Palermo has been indelibly marked by the diverse cultures which have passed this way. the charm of this city of a thousand contrasts owes much to the atmosphere that prevails in the historic centre.

8:00 am

7:00 pm

Day 6 - Porto Empedocle (Sicily - Italy)

2:00 pm

9:00 pm

Day 7 - Comino (Malta) 
Comino or the most beautiful Maltese islands. You will appreciate the beauty of this island, named according to the abundance of the cumin that exists on this little piece of paradise. You will discover its small fine sand beaches, its creeks and of course the famous turquoise and crystalline Blue Lagon.

7:00 am

11:30 am

Valletta (Malta) 
Dominating Europe’s most beautiful natural harbour, Valletta emerges on the prow of the island of Malta. Built by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, Jean Parisot, the fortress-city possesses many of Malta’s historic and architectural treasures. The Baraca Gardens, the Baroque Cathedral of Saint John and the Palace of the Grand Masters with its honey-coloured walls combine to bring alive for you the period when Knights ruled this island.

2:15 pm


Day 8 - Valletta (Malta)



Cruise Fares


Brochure Fare

Ponant Bonus Fare*

Marie Galante Cabin



Antigua Cabin



Triple Occupancy



One Child (8-11 years old) sharing cabin with 2 adults



Safety and port taxes 



Single supplement in cabin*

Starting at + 30%

Starting at + 30%

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and
subject to fuel surcharge. View
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Fares may be subject to Fuel adjustement according to our terms and conditions* On request. Limited availability.

Our fares include:
•Port and safety charges
•Open bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands - list available on board)
•Your cruise including all meals from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation
•Welcome aboard and captain’s cocktail parties, gala dinner
•Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, white, red and rosé wines served with meals
•24 hour room service (selected menu)
•Evening entertainments and events, and/or organised shows
•Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
•English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)


Our fares do not include:
•Flights and airport taxes
•Transfers, day rooms and other services at arrival & departure, before embarkation and after disembarkation
•Optional shore excursions (sold on board)
•Personal expenses
•Other drinks not included in open bar

*Ponant Bonus Fares:
Special Savings program off published cruise-only fares for select voyages, in all stateroom and suite categories. Ponant Bonus fares are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change at any time without notice. Ponant Bonus could decrease or be closed for specific stateroom and suite categories or entire cruise.

Ponant bonus fares represent savings from the published fare and may not be combined with certain other promotional offers. Some cruise credits may not be combinable.  The bonus fares represent our best available rate at time of booking.