Ancient Wonders and Culinary Delights Cruise

Price from £6000 - £6500pp

Duration: 7 nights

Holiday At A Glance

  • 7 nights All- Inclusive
  • Flights and transfers included
  • Guided city tours
  • Fantastic cruise for island explorers

Luxury All-Inclusive 8-day Cruise around Southern Italy and Sicily

New to Long Travel for 2024, This luxury all-inclusive *cruise is part of a collection of voyages specially tailored for travellers who want to engage with the world.

This 8-day voyage in Sicily and Southern Italy aboard Le Bougainville visits some of the Mediterranean's most compelling ancient, medieval, and Renaissance sites while also offering extensive opportunities to sample the foods and wines that have made this part of the world-famous for its cuisine. Because there is so much to see and do, the itinerary is designed to allow for maximum time ashore.

From Valletta, Malta, your experience of Sicily begins in Syracuse, where you may choose to focus on Ortygia, the ancient centre of this once-powerful Greek colony, and on the city's extensive archaeological park; enjoy a tasting at a nearby winery; or join excursions that combine exploration of historical sites with samplings of Sicilian arancini, cheeses, salamis, breads, and desserts.

The beautiful resort town of Taormina, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Ionian Sea, is home to a stunning Greek theatre, an Odeon from Roman times, buildings blending Arab and Norman cultures, and villas built by European aristocracy in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is also your gateway to Mt. Etna and the vineyards that thrive in the rich volcanic soils of its slopes.

Reggio di Calabria, just across the Strait of Messina from Sicily, is home to the National Archaeological Museum of Magna Graecia and the world-famous Riace Bronzes. The surrounding area, both along the coast and in the interior mountains, boasts a number of intriguing castles and many wineries. During your time here, you may visit the hilltop Norman Castle in Vibo Valentia, the Ruffo Castle overlooking the Messina Strait, or the Aragonese Castle in the village of Pizzo, enjoying a variety of local food specialities whichever excursion you choose, including the native citrus bergamot and the ice cream and fruit delight called tartufo.

From the port of Agropoli, about 30 miles south of the Amalfi peninsula, travel to Paestum, founded by Greeks in the 6th century BC and one of Italy’s most important archaeological sites, containing Doric temples that are among the best-preserved ancient monuments in the Mediterranean. The region around Agropoli is famous for the production of Campania mozzarella, and you will have the opportunity to see it being made and to sample the end product.

No visit to Naples is complete without the opportunity to explore Pompeii, destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD and frozen in time. No other site so acutely captures everyday life in the early Roman Empire. Other excursions include Herculaneum, which shared Pompeii's fate, and a working farm near Sorrento, where you can make your own version of the region's most famous food, Neapolitan style pizza.

Your final full day of discovery is spent in the Eternal City of Rome, where exploration of monuments like the ColosseumTrevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Vatican, and Villa Borghese competes for your attention with tastings of street food and making Rome's version of pizza.

Your voyage ends in Livorno, the gateway to Tuscany.

Food and Drink

Breakfast, lunches and dinners served on board are included in the price of the cruise, from the dinner on the first day to the breakfast on the final day. Beginning with boarding and during the entire duration of the cruise, beverages are served on request and at any time of the day. The Open Bar offers a wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Charles Heidsieck Champagne, spirits, coffee, tea). Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar.

Your Ship

Welcoming and spacious common areas, refined open-to-the-sea design, sleek exterior lines, a marina to make access to the ship's zodiac inflatables easier, hi-tech equipment, an outdoor pool, a multisensorial underwater lounge… Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury, even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions. 

  • Up to 184 guests
  • 92 Staterooms and Suites
  • 118 Crew members
  • Spa 
  • 2 x restaurants  



  • A voyage specially tailored for English-speaking travellers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion in each port of call.
  • Engaging discussions onboard with two Smithsonian Journeys Experts.
  • Discover monuments from the Roman Empire in Syracuse, Taormina, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome.
  • Explore well-preserved Greek sites in Syracuse, Taormina, and Paestum.
  • Visit vineyards and sample the wines of Syracuse, Taormina, Reggio di Calabria, and Naples.
  • Experience the variety of foods in the diet of this region on the Mediterranean, including the arancini, salami, and cheeses of Sicily; the desserts of Calabria; the mozzarella of Campania; and the pizzas of Naples and Rome.


Itinerary at a glance 

Day 1 | Valletta, Malta

Day 2 | Syracuse, Sicily

Day 3 | Taormina, Italy 

Day 4 | Reggio di Calabria, Italy 

Day 5 | Agropoli, Italy 

Day 6 | Naples, Italy 

Day 7 | Civitavecchia ( Rome), Italy 

Day 8 | Livorno, (Tuscany), Italy 


8th September 2024



Day 1


Embarkation 08/09/2024 from 16:00 to 17:00

Departure 08/09/2024 at 18:00

The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme Fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience

Day 2


Arrival 09/09/2024 early morning

Departure 09/09/2024 late afternoon

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 its mark. The blend of Arabic, Roman, Norman, Byzantine and Spanish cultures makes Syracuse a town that is extraordinarily rich in fragrances, colours and flavours.
Day 3


Arrival 10/09/2024
Departure 10/09/2024 early evening

Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past is the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.


Day 4


Arrival 11/09/2024

Departure 11/09/2024 late afternoon

At the southern tip of the Italian boot, Reggio di Calabria guards the eastern shore of the Strait of Messina. From the lungomare, the seafront promenade, there are magnificent views over Sicily, a little over 3 km away, and Etna. Rebuilt after the 1908 earthquake, Reggio is set out in a grid pattern and has Art Nouveau and Belle Époque architecture that adds to its charm. And the fragrance of bergamot, the citrus fruit that dominates the region’s confectionery and perfumery. A visit to the National Archaeological Museum is a must. It is one of the most important in Italy and among its collections are the famous Riace Bronzes, the stunning Greek statues dating from the 5th century BC that were found off the coast in 1972.

Day 5


Arrival 12/09/2024 early morning

Departure 12/09/2024 early evening

Located on the Cilento Coast along the Tyrrhenian Sea, Agropoli is an Italian town located in the province of Salerno in Campania. You will be seduced by the beauty of its coastline, its pristine nature and its fascinating history dating back to Antiquity. The Apennines (from the Celtic word “pen” meaning rocky summit) form the backbone of the Italian Peninsula and serve as a majestic background to a landscape composed of small bays and coves. Listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the magnificent beaches of Trentova Bay contribute to making this small town a very popular seaside resort.

Day 6


Arrival 13/09/2024

Departure 13/09/2024 late afternoon

 More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in a sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.

Day 7


Arrival 14/09/2024 early morning

Departure 14/09/2024 late afternoon

Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easygoing town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

Day 8


Arrival 15/09/2024 early morning
Disembarkation 15/09/2024 at 08:00

On the Ligurian coast, Livorno invites us to Tuscany, a charming region offering archaeological vestiges, Renaissance treasures, undulating landscapes and a pleasant way of life. When the Medicis arrived in the 16th century they developed the city, which became one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean. Cosmopolitan and multireligious, Livorno has welcomed many immigrants and is a wonderful example of cultural diversity. Built during that period, Fortezza Vecchia and Fortezza Nuova attest to the city’s power. At the foot of the new fort, Nuova Venezia is an enchanting district with small canals and streets to stroll along to discover a few architectural treasures, such as the magnificent Santa Caterina da Siena church in the Tuscan baroque style


Smithsonian Journeys is the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centres, research facilities, cultural centres, and libraries. Drawing on Smithsonian's resources dating back 175 years, these sailings will feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife. For more than 50 years, Smithsonian Journeys has been rooted in and focused on cultural immersion and discovery – with the goal of inspiring guests to become global citizens through travel.

Included Features:

  • A program of onboard enrichment provided by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport in Valletta to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous
  • One included shore excursion in each port of call (see “Itinerary” for more information and choice of excursions, if applicable)
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Pisa or Florence at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation


Not included:

  • Independent meals and beverages ashore
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)



  • This voyage is offered on a space-available basis
  • The program is subject to change without notice




Welcoming and spacious common areas with refined open-to-the-sea design, sleek exterior lines, a marina to make access to the ship's zodiac inflatables easier, hi-tech equipment, an outdoor pool, a multisensorial underwater lounge… Le Bougainville represents the new generation of ships designed to combine discovery and exploration with luxury, even in the planet's most remote and isolated regions.

Common Areas

The Blue Eye - Deck 0

  • An underwater lounge
  • Enough room for 40 passengers


The hydraulic platform - Deck 2

  • Much easier onboard access than on any other cruise ship
  • Easier disembarking and embarking by Zodiac when participating in expeditions
  • Swimming and bathing in the sea and various nautical sports, such as kayaking and paddleboarding


Reception - Deck 3

  • A 140 m² (1,500 ft²) space
  • A reception/concierge service
  • The excursions desk
  • The onboard administrative services
  • The sales office is operated by our Customer Manager
  • Our 50m² (540 ft²) shop sells a line of clothing, jewellery, beauty care products, postcards and various accessories.
  • The facilities accessible to persons with reduced mobility


The main lounge - Deck 3

  • A 200 m² (2,150 ft²) main lounge
  • Able to accommodate all our passengers at once for moments of shared conviviality, and as a venue for both daytime and evening shows and entertainment


The theatre - Deck 3

  • 188-seat capacity
  • Cutting-edge audio and lighting technology
  • LED stage background wall enabling the projection of ultra-high resolution media


The pool deck - Deck 3

  • A swimming pool offering panoramic views and equipped with a counter-current system
  • A pleasant, attractive sun deck
  • An exterior bar and lounge equipped with armchairs and sofas


The panoramic lounge - Deck 6

  • Library, internet space, bar, and live entertainment on certain evenings
  • Direct access to the panoramic terrace


Wellness area - Deck 7

  • Spa in partnership with SOTHYS™: massage and treatment cubicles, beauty care cubicle
  • KÉRASTASE / L’Oréal Paris hair salon
  • Free access sauna (open during the day)
  • Gym (open during the day)


Services provided

  • 24-hour room service
  • Inclusive Wifi internet access (availability dependent on navigation and latitude)
  • Individually-controlled air conditioning
  • Dressing room with shelves and closet
  • Dressing table and hairdryer
  • Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products
  • Minibar
  • Nespresso coffee maker and boiler
  • Electronic safe
  • Direct line telephone
  • Bose Bluetooth speaker
  • Flat screen TV, international channels (availability dependent on navigation) and videos on demand
  • 110V American (two flat pins)/220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • Two ADA staterooms



Just like on a private yacht

The 92 staterooms and suites of Le Bougainville are the very embodiment of the PONANT spirit and approach: to offer a combination of finesse, cosy intimacy and well-being. Equipped with private balconies, they benefit from soft and gentle light and radiance throughout the day. You'll be delighted to have the elegant ambience of your cabin to return to after a trip out in a Zodiac® inflatable or a refined restaurant dinner.

There are 15 different types of Stateroom or Suite on offer, the stateroom included in the price is Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3  ( 204 square feet)

In addition to the common services provided to all our suites and staterooms:

  • One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV
  • A bathroom with shower
  • A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs
  • A glazed panoramic swing door and rectangular window


Other staterooms you can choose for an additional price are:

  • Prestige Staterooms - Deck, 4,5,6 ( 204 square feet)
  • Deluxe suites - Deck 3,4,5,6 ( 290 square feet)
  • Prestige Suites - Deck 5,6, ( 409 square feet)
  • Privilege Suite Deck 5,6 ( 344 square feet)
  • Grand Deluxe Suite deck 6 (484 square feet)
  • Owners Suite Deck 5 (484 square feet)


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