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History, Music & Gardens of the Mediterranean

A luxurious springtime voyage from Athens to Rome aboard Le Bougainville

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  • History and Culture

Join us for this relaxing and informative voyage as we explore the Mediterranean and all its wonders. Our luxurious, small ship is perfect for this journey of discovery as we cruise to some of the most culturally fascinating and scenically beautiful places in Greece and Italy. The combined effect of the natural beauty of the islands and coast with the intriguing history and stunning architecture of the towns and cities makes this journey unforgettable.

The itinerary has been planned to ensure the balance is just right between exploring ashore and relaxing on board to enjoy the facilities of our five-star vessel as well as some time at leisure for individual exploration. It is also the most perfect time of year; verdant gardens, landscapes awash with blossoms, moderate temperatures and the ancient sites and attractive towns can be enjoyed in the absence of high season crowds.

With just a few like-minded fellow travellers and the benefit of excellent local guides and our knowledgeable guest speakers, by the end of the voyage you will have seen and learnt so much about this fascinating region. All this will be achieved with great ease from the comfort and luxury of the newly built Le Bougainville, which has the advantage of being able to access many of the region’s ports which the big ships simply cannot.

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  • Voyage Highlights

    • A choice of guided excursions in select locations.
    • Exclusive private concerts in stunning palaces in Syracuse and Palermo.
    • Visit gardens in their springtime glory accompanied by our horticultural expert, Rosemary Legrand.
    • Daylight transit of the Corinth Canal, accessible only by small ship.
    • Explore spectacular Greek ruins including Delphi, Taormina & Syracuse.

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  • Featured Expert - Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons. Many of his award winning hybrid plants can be seen at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley, Surrey, the de Rothschild rhododendron gardens at Exbury, Hampshire, and the National Trust Gardens at Kingston Lacy in Dorset. Rosemary had the honour of presenting H M The Queen with a collection of her late father’s azaleas named after the Queen’s former Head Gardener, Fred Nutbeam, at Chelsea Flower Show in 1996. She has travelled extensively to gardens in many parts of the world and is an an experienced public speaker. She is on RHS Speakers Register and also speaks for NADFAS; she wrote a number of contributions for the book, ‘1001 Gardens you must see before you die’ and a recent article for the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia 2014 Year Book’.

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Le Bougainville

Le Bougainville

For this fascinating itinerary we are delighted to have chartered Le Bougainville, a luxurious vessel with just 75 staterooms and suites. Currently being built, this elegant vessel offers a subtle blend of sophistication combined with comfort creating the feeling of being aboard a private yacht. After a day of exploration, you can return to the ship’s spacious and luxurious surroundings and enjoy high quality cuisine with the added advantage of an open bar. Staterooms and suites are located over four decks, and all feature balconies. Public areas include two restaurants, a lecture theatre, a swimming pool, a shop, two lounge bars, a spa and fitness centre.

Please note that as the vessel is still being built the images displayed as artist's impressions.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London to Athens, Greece.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival, transfer to Le Bougainville, moored in Pireaus and enjoy drinks and dinner as we sail this evening.

Day 2 - Nafplion.

Looking out across the translucent water of the bay towards the Arcadian Mountains, Nafplion’s sheltered location below a rocky headland and large natural fortress crowned by a Venetian castle is perhaps unrivalled in Greece. This morning we will visit one of the most renowned of Greece’s ancient sites. Situated on the slopes of a beautiful and wooded valley, Epidaurus was known throughout the Hellenic world for its unique medical facilities and healing treatments. Dedicated to Aesclepius, the god of healing, the city was filled with curative spas and baths and only priests had access to certain secret rites. Most of the ruins of Epidaurus have been reduced to their foundations, with the exception of the astonishing theatre. Built into the ground, rather than above it, it is known for its fantastic acoustics. Return to Nafplion and enjoy time wandering the twisting labyrinthine streets, view the Venetian and Turkish architecture and maybe enjoy a pre-dinner drink ashore. Alternatively take a scenic drive through the Argos Plain to Nemea, the site of a religious sanctuary which hosted the pan-Hellenic athletic games every two years from 573 BC until 271 BC. Nemea was not a town or settlement but a venue where festivities were held during the games and our tour will include the Temple of Zeus, the bath house and the stadium before spending time in the small but excellent onsite museum. Nemea is also famous for its red wines and we will enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard and lunch at a local restaurant before we continue to the famous citadel of Mycenae. Located high above the confluence of two boulder strewn ravines, once inside the gate, we will explore the Royal Palace, the shaft graves and the remains of the city walls. An archaeological briefing within the Treasury of Artreus will add to our understanding and appreciation of the sights.

Day 3 - Corinth Canal & Delphi.

Be on deck this morning as we transit the Corinth Canal. Completed in 1893 and only 6.4 kilometres long and 21.5 metres wide, it is only small ships like ours which can now make this journey. We spend the remainder of the morning cruising arriving into Itea at lunchtime our base for an afternoon at Delphi, one of Greece’s most important sites of antiquity. The ruins here are exceptional and we will explore the Sanctuary of Apollo, site of the sacred Delphic Oracle and walk along Delphi’s Sacred Way, visiting the Treasury of the Athenians and the 5000 seat theatre dating from the 4th century BC.

Day 4 - Olympia.

The port of Katakolon will be our base today for our excursion to Olympia. Pastoral and lush, Olympia’s plentiful ruins are shaded by Aleppo pines and olive trees. The fame of Olympia rests upon the Olympic Games. During the celebrations that accompanied the Games, competitors, while not forgetting that they were Athenians, Spartans or from other city states, remembered that they were Greeks and regarded an Olympic victory as the highest honour. We will see the gymnasium, the stadium and the palaestra or wrestling school. We will also explore the Altis, or sacred precinct of Zeus, which houses structures including the Temple of Zeus, one of the largest temples on the Greek mainland and the Archaeological Museum which houses some fine sculptures and artefacts from the site. Return to the ship for lunch and relax on board as we spend the afternoon at sea.

Day 5 - Syracuse, Sicily.

After a morning at sea we will arrive in Sicily at the port of Syracuse which was founded by the Greeks in 734 BC and by the 5th century was a political and military power throughout the Mediterranean, rivalling Athens as the largest and most beautiful city in the Greek world. This morning you may choose to visit the Neapolis Archaeological Park to discover the well-preserved Greek theatre with seats carved from limestone. Paradise Quarry, now an attractive garden and orange grove, was the primary source of that limestone and is the site of the curious ‘Dionysus’ Ear’ – a vast grotto with an amplifying resonance. Alternatively enjoy a private visit to the gardens of the Marquis of San Giuliano. See the Mediterranean, Arabian and Tropical gardens which owe much to the head gardener, Rachel Lamb. After dinner this evening we will transfer to a stunning private 18th century palace, located in the central square near the cathedral where we will enjoy a private concert.

Day 6 - Giardini Naxos for Taormina or Mount Etna.

We anchor this morning in Giardini Naxos, the oldest Greek settlement in Sicily which dates from 735 BC and our base for our visit to Taormina, a walled town lying the shadow of Mount Etna. Popular since the 19th century as a holiday resort it nevertheless has some truly impressive sites including the 3rd century Greek Theatre, Palazzo Corvaja, a 15th century building adorned with the classic double windows, Corso Umberto, the Cathedral and the public gardens. After our tour we return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon in Giardini Naxos to explore the small town independently or relax on the local beach. Alternatively you may prefer to drive to Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. We will climb to the Cratere Silvestri which at 1950 metres above sea level offers wonderful views out to the Gulf of Catania. Before we return to the ship we visit one of the vineyards which benefits from the nutrients in the volcanic soils to produce excellent wines and is now one of the premier wine growing regions. We will learn about the cultivation and enjoy a tasting with Sicilian delicacies.

Day 7 - Palermo.

Over breakfast we arrive in Palermo famous for its jumbled and picturesque streets punctuated with ornate Baroque churches, domed Arab mosques and the glittering Byzantine mosaics that reveal a unique and diverse heritage. There will be a choice of tours today, maybe take a city tour including the impressive 12th century cathedral and the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace. Alternatively, join an excursion to visit the remarkable Byzantine mosaics in the cathedral at Monreale or maybe take the drive along the coast to Cefalu where a walking tour will include the splendid Norman-Arab Cathedral, begun in 1131 and famous for its mosaics as well as a Medieval wash-house and the Osterio Magno, the 11th century residence of King Ruggiero II. This evening, after an early dinner, return to the centre of Palermo for an exclusive private concert and cocktail reception at one of the stunning palazzo, a truly fitting end to our time in Palermo.

Day 8 - Lipari Island, Italy.

This morning we arrive at the picturesque island of Lipari situated in the Aeolian Islands off the north coast of Sicily. Here we will find an amazing collection of ruins from the prehistoric through to the Roman period. Lipari town is a thriving little place prettily located between two harbours. Our morning tour includes a visit to the upper town set within fortress walls, a drive around the volcano followed by a visit to the Archaeological Museum with its impressive relics from nearby excavations. After lunch there will be some free time for further exploration of the attractive port before we sail in the early afternoon. In the early evening we will anchor off the island of Stromboli, the ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’ where we enjoy dinner on board and, if weather permits, we hope to view the eruptions from island’s active volcano.

Day 9 - Amalfi Coast.

Awake this morning at our anchorage off the town of Amalfi for a full day to enjoy the stunning Amalfi Coast. Amalfi has a Spanish flavour, its white houses sitting on the rocks facing a bright blue bay. Flanked by an old Saracen tower and a 12th century Capuchin monastery, Amalfi boasts a splendid cathedral dating from the 11th century that is covered with geometrical designs in coloured stones. Enjoy time to walk the town or maybe people watch from one of the cafes by the marina. There will also be a chance to join a tour to Ravello where we will visit the beautiful gardens of the Villa Cimbrone. Transformed in the early 20th century by Lord Grimthorpe and Vita Sackville- West, it is an essentially English style garden perched high above the sea offering “the most beautiful panorama in the world”. A visit will also be made to Villa Rufolo which it is said inspired Wagner in his composition of Parsifal and has a garden referred to as “Garden of the soul”. Alternatively join a local boat for a cruise to Positano, considered the prettiest town along the coast where white Moorish style houses cling to the slopes around a small sparkling bay.

Day 10 - Naples.

Arrive this morning in Naples and see the Norman castle that protects the port and the backdrop of Vesuvius in the distance. We have a choice of activities today and you may choose to spend the day on the garden island of Ischia. We will travel to the island by ferry from Naples and on arrival on the island our focus will be La Mortella, a wonderful garden designed by architect Russell Page for Lord and Lady William Walton. Divided into two parts called the Valley and Upper Garden, the areas are linked by a network of paths and inviting walks from where you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Bay of Forio. Spread over two hectares there are fountains, ponds, streams and scattered everywhere are water loving plants. After some free time, we will have lunch in a local restaurant. Alternatively enjoy a day in Naples where a morning tour will take us to Herculaneum. This wealthy Roman town was completely submerged by volcanic mud following the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius. Since its rediscovery in 1709, excavations have revealed beautiful public baths, villas and gardens of noble families, decorated with murals and floor mosaics, and the remains of a theatre. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon in Naples or join us on a guided tour of the spectacular San Carlo Opera House. Founded in 1737, it is the oldest opera house in Italy. Illustrious composers such as Bach, Haydn, Rossini, Verdi and Puccini have all graced the theatre with their immortal music.

Day 11 - Civitavecchia to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to Rome airport for our scheduled flight to London.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER - SAVE £300 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
20 to 30 May 2019
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
1 Deluxe Stateroom Deck 3 £5995 £5695
2 Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 & 5 £6295 £5995
3 Prestige Stateroom Deck 6 £6695 £6395
4 Deluxe Suite Deck 3, 4 & 5 £6895 £6595
5 Deluxe Deck Suite 6 £7295 £6995
6 Privilege Deck Suite 5 £7195 £6895
7 Privilege Deck Suite 6 £7595 £7295
8 Prestige Suite Deck 5 £7895 £7595
9 Prestige Suite Deck 6 £8595 £8295
10 Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5, 6 £8895 £8595
11 Owner’s Suite Deck 6 £9295 £8995
1 Deluxe Stateroom for Sole Use Deck 3 £7695 £7395
2 Prestige Stateroom for Sole Use Deck 4 £8295 £7995

Tour Reference Code: SCLB200519

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 10 nights aboard Le Bougainville on a full board basis with open bar, onboard team including Guest Speakers, shore excursions, gratuities, group transfers, permits and port taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance.

Ship to Shore: Please note that we will be at anchor at the following ports and will use local boats/Zodiacs to tender ashore: Giardini Naxos, Lipari, Amalfi.

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Le Bougainville

For this fascinating itinerary we are delighted to have chartered Le Bougainville, a luxurious vessel with just 75 staterooms and suites. Currently being built, this elegant vessel offers a subtle blend of sophistication combined with comfort creating the feeling of being aboard a private yacht. After a day of exploration, you can return to the ship’s spacious and luxurious surroundings and enjoy high quality cuisine with the added advantage of an open bar. Staterooms and suites are located over four decks, and all feature balconies. Public areas include two restaurants, a lecture theatre, a swimming pool, a shop, two lounge bars, a spa and fitness centre.

Please note that as the vessel is still being built the images displayed as artist's impressions.

 
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    Theatre
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  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
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    Pool
  • Marina
    Marina
  • Your Space

    Whether you want to join other guests in one of the bars or to relax on your own in a quiet corner of the ship, Le Bougainville has been designed to meet the needs of every guest. On Deck 3 you will find the reception desk, shop and large lecture theatre. The Main Lounge leads out to the Grill Restaurant and pool with loungers and chairs. Leading down to Deck 2 there is a hydraulic platform, with adjustable height, which provides ease when embarking and disembarking the Zodiacs. Deck 4 features the Panoramic Restaurant, and on Deck 6 you will find the Panoramic Lounge offering fantastic views. Deck 7 houses the spa area which includes a massage facility, a hammam, a hairdresser and fitness room.

  • Your Stateroom / Suite

    Staterooms and suites are spread over four decks and include deluxe and prestige staterooms, both of which measure 19 square metres, deluxe suites which measure 27.5 square metres, privilege suites which measure 32 square metres, prestige suites which measure 38 square metres and grand deluxe suites and the magnificent owner’s suite, both of which measure 45 square metres. All staterooms and suites feature a private balcony ranging in size from 4 to 30 square metres dependent on cabin category. The owner’s suite also boasts a private hot tub. All staterooms and suites feature en-suite facilities, individually controlled air-conditioning, desk with stationery, minibar, flat screen satellite television, video on demand and I-pods. A security safe, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, Wi-Fi internet access, bathrobes and French bath products are also provided.

  • Your Dining

    The cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is standard. The Panoramic Restaurant is situated on Deck 4 and can accommodate all passengers in a single sitting. This dining area has a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses, and there is also table service for hot meals. At the smaller, more casual Grill Restaurant on Deck 3, you will have the opportunity to eat lunch outside. House wine and beer will be served during lunch and dinner.

  • Life Onboard

    Aboard Le Bougainville, the atmosphere is akin to being on your own private yacht. The independence and space of each guest has been considered in the design of the vessel and therefore you will find plenty of places to sit and relax in solitude, as well as areas for social gatherings and to meet fellow guests. The Captain, his officers and the hotel management are European and all crew members are fully bilingual.

  • For your comfort

    Le Bougainville meets the highest safety specifications and the crew of 110 will ensure the best possible service. The ship is equipped with state of the art technology. There is also a doctor on board and lifts that serve all decks.

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted you have chosen Le Bougainville for your upcoming voyage. Le Bougainville is a luxurious ship with 75 staterooms and suites spread over four decks and all featuring a private balcony. The facilities on board include two elegant restaurants and bars, a lecture theatre, a swimming pool and a spa and fitness centre. This newly built vessel is a comfortable and sophisticated base from which to explore beautiful locations, watch for passing wildlife and appreciate the dramatic scenery. Remote areas can also be accessed using the ship’s highly manoeuvrable Zodiac landing craft.

    The Captain, officers and crew have all been selected for their professionalism and expertise and the onboard team, with their in-depth knowledge, be it of marine biology, ornithology or history, are also on hand and dedicated to offering you the best possible experience during your time on board and ashore. After a day of exploration, you can return to the ship’s spacious, five-star surroundings and enjoy high quality cuisine, an open bar and impeccable service.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    The entire ship is air-conditioned and is set to an average temperature. Please feel free to change the temperature in your cabin to suit your preference using the individual thermostat. If you need help setting the temperature, please ask at Reception. On sunny days, we advise you to keep the curtains closed so that the air-conditioning is as efficient as possible.

    COMMUNICATION

    Wi-Fi internet access is available in the cabins and most public areas when using your personal laptop, tablet or smartphone. Please note that, as a satellite internet connection is used, the connection may not be of the same quality as that of a land based service. Sending or downloading large files such as photographs may cause the system to slow down and use up your available minutes. There is a charge for this service which will be advised. Please note that should you wish to make external calls from the telephone in your cabin, there is also a charge for this.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities is produced on board and delivered to your cabin each evening during the turndown service.

    DINING & DRINKING

    The ship features two restaurants which have an open seating policy.

    Panoramic Restaurant – Deck 4 Breakfast is in the form of a self-service buffet. Main courses at lunchtime are served at the table, whilst starters, desserts and cheese are at the self-service buffet. Dinner is “à la carte” and served in an elegant ambiance. The cuisine is French and international served with a selection of fine wines.

    Grill Restaurant (serving lunch only) – Deck 3 A casual outside seating dining venue where the lunches are buffet style and offer a range of light salads, fresh flavours, grilled dishes and desserts. As places are limited, please reserve a table beforehand with the Maitre D’. The ship also features two lounge bars.

    Main Lounge - Deck 3 A large lounge with bar which can accommodate all passengers.

    Panoramic Lounge – Deck 6 A smaller area affording excellent views and casual seating. Coffee, tea, fruit juices and an assortment of pastries are available for early risers. Room service is also available 24 hours a day.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    Special dietary requests such as vegetarian, diabetic, dairy free, gluten free, low fat, low salt and low cholesterol should be made with Noble Caledonia in advance. However, we recommend that you contact the Maitre D’ once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that these, and any other special dietary needs, cannot be guaranteed.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There are lifts on the ship which serve all decks.

    DISEMBARKATION

    Your Cruise Director / Expedition Leader will provide you with disembarkation information prior to the end of your cruise.

    DOCTOR

    A medical doctor and a nurse are on board at your disposal. A fee is charged for any consultations and medication prescribed. Please ensure you carry adequate supplies of any regular medications you may require.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. a shirt and trousers for gentlemen and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be a Welcome and Farewell Dinner, so you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, gentlemen may wish to wear a jacket and tie, and ladies a dress or trouser suit. Black tie is not required.

    ELECTRICITY

    The electric current on board is 220V (European Standard) and 110V (North American Standard). There are outlets in each cabin and bathroom. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of irons or hair straighteners in your cabin is forbidden.

    FITNESS ROOM

    The fitness room is located on Deck 7. Please ensure that you are in appropriate health before using any of the machines. If you are unsure, please seek advice from the onboard Doctor.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities to crew and whilst on excursions are included in the cost of your holiday.

    HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE

    Your cabin attendant will clean your cabin every morning and evening. If you do not wish to have service, please hang the “Do not disturb” on the outside door handle.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    There is an onboard laundry service at your disposal during the cruise. Please place your washing on the bed in the bag provided along with the completed laundry form. Prices, bags and laundry forms can be found in your cabin’s wardrobe. The service will be billed directly to your cabin’s account. There is no dry cleaning service available.

    LIBRARY

    The library can be found on deck 6.

    MONEY

    Each cabin has its own account. A bank card imprint will be requested at the beginning of your cruise. An invoice and a bank card receipt will be left in your cabin the day before you disembark. The onboard currency is the Euro. Accepted bank cards are Visa, American Express and Mastercard. The other payment option available is cash in Euros. Debit cards, personal cheques and travellers cheques are not accepted. Please note there is no foreign exchange office on board.

    POST

    You are welcome to leave your letters and postcards at Reception. Please note your cabin number on the documents. The cost of the stamps will be charged to your cabin account.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Deck 7: Spa Area and Fitness Room Deck 6: Panoramic Lounge Deck 5: The Bridge Deck 4: Panoramic Restaurant Deck 3: Lecture Theatre, Medical Centre, Reception, shop, Main Lounge, Grill Restaurant, and swimming pool

    SHOP

    The boutique on Deck 3 offers a choice of clothes, gifts, postcards and jewellery. Please be advised that the opening times vary.

    SMOKING

    The ship is a non smoking vessel and smoking is permitted in the designated outside areas only. The use of electronic cigarettes is permitted on the outside areas of the ship and on the balcony of your cabin.

    STATEROOMS & SUITES

    All cabins are outside facing with private facilities and balconies.

    Deluxe Staterooms – Deck 3 Stateroom size: 19 square metres, plus 4 square metres private balcony.

    Prestige Staterooms – Decks 4, 5 and 6 Stateroom size: 19 square metres, plus 4 square metres private balcony.

    Deluxe Suites – Decks 3, 4, 5 and 6 Suite size: 27.5 square metres, plus 6 square metres private balcony.

    Privilege Suites – Decks 5 and 6 Suite size: 32 square metres, plus 8 square metres private balcony.

    Prestige Suites – Decks 5 and 6 Suite size: 38 square metres, plus 8 square metres private balcony.

    Grand Deluxe Suites – Decks 5 and 6 Suite size: 45 square metres, plus 30 square metres private terrace.

    Owner’s Suite – Deck 6 Suite size: 45 square metres, plus 30 square metres private terrace with hot tub. Cabin facilities include: • Individually controlled air-conditioning • Wi-Fi Internet access • 24 hour room service • Direct line telephone • Safe • Shower • French bath products • Hairdryer • Bath robes • Minibar • Flat screen satellite TV with video on demand service • IPod player • Desk with stationery

    SPA

    The spa area is on Deck 7, and includes a massage facility, a Hammam, and a hairdresser.

    SWIMMING POOL

    The swimming pool is on Deck 3. Please note diving is not permitted. Sun beds and towels are available.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Please ask Reception in order to schedule any wake up calls you desire.

    WATER

    Drinking water is available free of charge.

    ZODIACS

    In ports where the ship is at anchor, Zodiacs may be used to transport passengers ashore. These rubber boats are ideal for our operations; they have a shallow draft and contain air-filled compartments. Guests will be advised where and when to meet the Zodiac for travel to and from the ship. Please ensure that your hands are free at all times and accept the assistance given by the crew when boarding the Zodiacs. A Zodiac safety briefing will be given if necessary.

    Please Note:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Voyage Highlights

• A choice of guided excursions in select locations.
• Exclusive private concerts in stunning palaces in Syracuse and Palermo.
• Visit gardens in their springtime glory accompanied by our horticultural expert, Rosemary Legrand.
• Daylight transit of the Corinth Canal, accessible only by small ship.
• Explore spectacular Greek ruins including Delphi, Taormina & Syracuse.

Onboard Team

  • Philip Blake-Jones

    Philip Blake-Jones

    Studied singing and piano at the Royal Academy of Music.  As a professional opera singer he made his solo debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera and was a principle with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company which included national tours and singing Strephon in the most recent recording of Iolanthe. 

    He is the Artistic Director of London Festival Opera and over twenty-five years has produced opera performances in a wide range of venues including Buxton Opera House, Windsor Theatre Royal, St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Palace, Kensington Palace, 10, Downing Street, Guildhall and Mansion House.  Overseas performances include at the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and La Fenice Opera House in Venice.

    Most recently he has created and presented performances for the Salisbury and Windsor Festivals and a lecture on performing opera internationally at the House of Lords.

    Philip works closely with Noble Caledonia on creating programmes of opera and music inspired by many wonderful locations such as the Villa Carlotta on Lake Como, Mannheim Castle on the Rhein and the Church of Sant’ Andrea della Valle in Rome.  LFO also performs on board many river and sea cruises for the company.

    Philip Blake-Jones will be on the following tour dates: 20 to 30 May 2019
  • Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary Legrand

    Rosemary is a former nursery owner and daughter of the late George Hyde, who was a hybridist of azaleas and rhododendrons.  Many of his award winning hybrid plants can be seen at the Royal Horticultural Society’s gardens at Wisley, Surrey, the de Rothschild rhododendron gardens at Exbury, Hampshire, and the National Trust Gardens at Kingston Lacy in Dorset.

    Rosemary had the honour of presenting H M The Queen with a collection of her late Father’s azaleas named after the Queen’s former Head Gardener, Fred Nutbeam, at Chelsea Flower Show in 1996.

    Her enjoyment of photography is used to great effect in creating the atmosphere of the gardens she discusses in her range of illustrated talks.  She has travelled extensively to gardens in many parts of the world to amass a substantial library of pictures.

    Rosemary is an experienced public speaker and has given presentations to a wide range of organisations since 1992.  She is on the RHS Speakers Register, is a NADFAS Area Speaker, and wrote a number of contributions for the book, 1001 Gardens you must see before you die, and a recent article for the Royal Horticultural Society Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia 2014 Year Book.

    Rosemary Legrand will be on the following tour dates: 20 to 30 May 2019

Tour Extensions

    • 18th to 20th May 2019

      The Parthenon, Athens The Parthenon, Athens

      Day 1 London to Athens, Greece. Fly by scheduled flight and on arrival transfer to our central hotel for a two night stay. The remainder of the day is at leisure before we meet for dinner tonight.

      Day 2 Athens. After breakfast we drive to the Acropolis, a symbol of the glory of ancient Greece. We will see the Temple of Athena Nike (Wingless Victory), and the Erectheum, with its classical Porch of Maidens, the Caryatids. Stand in awe of what is considered the most perfect example of classical architecture in the world – the Parthenon, designed as a shrine to Athena and at one time housing a massive gold and ivory statue of the warrior goddess. A brief walk will bring you to the new Acropolis museum with artefacts from the site. After our visit we will make our way to Plaka for a traditional Greek lunch. This afternoon is free to explore independently, you may wish to visit the National Archaeological Museum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium or take the funicular up Mount Lycabettus.

      Day 3 Athens. Enjoy a morning and lunch at leisure before we transfer to Le Bougainville, moored in Pireaus.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £425
      Single £695

      Price Includes: Two nights accommodation in Athens on a bed and breakfast basis, dinner on day 1, lunch on day 2, excursions, Tour Manager, gratuities.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, meals not mentioned in itinerary.

    • 30th May to 2nd June 2019

      Saint Angel Castle and bridge over the Tiber river in Rome Saint Angel Castle and bridge over the Tiber river in Rome

      Day 1 Civitavecchia to Rome. Disembark after breakfast and drive to Rome where on an orientation drive we will take in the sites of the Eternal City including the Colosseum, an amphitheatre large enough to seat 80,000 spectators at Roman events which was built between 75 and 80 AD. We will visit the well preserved Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forum, with its majestic columns and ruins and Piazza Venezia, dominated by the imposing Monument to Vittorio Emanuele II. As we pass by the Capitoline Hill, the city’s oldest settlement and most sacred site, we will see the remains of Marcello Theatre, the Circus Maximum, Caracalla Baths and the Tiber River. Also see Castel Sant’Angelo and the Vatican State with St. Peter’s Basilica. After lunch we will transfer to our hotel for check in and have the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore further independently.

      Day 2 Tivoli. Today we visit two magnificent villas in Tivoli. The Villa Adriana is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian. We will have time to enjoy some lunch in the town of Tivoli before we continue to Villa d’Este,masterpiece of the Italian Garden and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to the hotel this afternoon and enjoy a free evening.

      Day 3 Rome. Enjoy a full day at leisure. We will meet tonight for dinner. Day 4 Rome to London. After a leisurely breakfast in the hotel we will check out and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £995
      Single £1495

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation in Rome on a bed and breakfast basis, dinner on day 3, lunches on days 1 & 2, excursions, Tour Manager, gratuities.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, meals not mentioned in itinerary.

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