Explore the exquisitely preserved treasures and mythical landscapes of ancient Greece, uncovering layers of architectural history. Cruise to fabled halcyon islands from antiquity aboard the Five-Star Le Bougainville, exclusively chartered by Gohagan & Company. This elegant and elite small ship has only 92 Suites and Staterooms, each with a private balcony, and is able to moor in small ports of call inaccessible to larger vessels. Its state-of-the-art features include the exclusive Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.

The epic voyage calls on Delos, Mykonos, Pátmos, Rhodes, the Peloponnese Peninsula— ancient destinations steeped in myth and history—and Santorini. Enjoy opportunities to visit six magnificent UNESCO World Heritage sites. Tour the extraordinary scenic wonder of Meteora, where 24 Orthodox monasteries, built in the 14th and 15th centuries, crown dramatic, soaring natural sandstone cliffs. Walk through the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, where the history of early Hellenic and Roman natural healing practices is engraved onto the ancient stelae and the theater’s original fourth-century B.C. acoustics continue to resonate for audiences today. Learn more about contemporary life on the Greek Isles during the exclusive Island Life® Forum, where you will meet and engage with local residents. Enjoy guided tours in these legendary destinations and experience the time-honored traditions and delights of authentic Greek villages during the best time of the year.

Island Life® Ancient Greece is a popular and outstanding travel program and an excellent value. All accommodations, meals, exclusive Cultural Enrichments and an excursion every day are included, and you only need to unpack once!
The safety and well-being of our travelers remains our highest priority. Cruise lines and some other providers of services (as well as, potentially, some countries) require all passengers traveling on our programs to present confirmation of a full COVID-19 vaccination, and, as well, passengers may have to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID test. All our staff are committed to adhering to all health and safety protocols from the start of your trip to the end as directed by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overseas health officials as well as those protocols mandated by your cruise company (if applicable) and other suppliers of services. Detailed protocol information tailored to your travel program will be mailed to you along with additional pre-departure information.

Admire the breathtaking beauty and dramatic height of Meteora’s remote monasteries, formerly accessible only by rope ladders.















Ancient Greece
The Roman writer Cicero (106 to 43 B.C.) observed of Athens that “wherever you set your foot, you encounter some memory of the past.” In Greece, the cradle of Western civilization, the stories of antiquity come to life. St. John the Apostle is believed to have penned the Book of Revelation on Pátmos; the legend of the lost utopian city of Atlantis lives on in Santorini; and it is on these mythological islands that Odysseus sought redemption in the Underworld and where Orpheus retrieved his first love. Visit evocative archaeological sites, walk the Sacred Way of Delos and discover ancient Akrotiri, the “Minoan Pompeii.” Enjoy exclusive Cultural Enrichments, including a folklore performance, a culinary demonstration and the Island Life® Forum with residents of Pátmos who will share their candid perspectives about life today.


Itinerary
Classical Athens and Mythical Cape Sounion
October 1 to 9, 2021  October 8 to 16, 2021  October 15 to 23, 2021  October 22 to 30, 2021

 1  Depart the U.S.

Pre-Program Option*

 2  Athens, Greece

the birthplace of democracy and home to many of the greatest philosophers and historians from Socrates to Herodotus, Athens is unmatched in its contributions to early Western civilization.

Embark Le Bougainville.

 3  Volos for Meteora

From the attractive port city of Volos, birthplace of legendary Argonaut Jason, cross the fertile Plain of Thessaly to the natural wonder of Meteora—Greek for “suspended in the air”—an extraordinary enigma of virtually uncharted Orthodox monasteries. This breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage site was constructed dramatically atop soaring natural sandstone pillars 1,300 feet above the valley floor in the 14th and 15th centuries. The early Christian traditions of these monasteries have continued uninterrupted for hundreds of years. Visit two of the six active monasteries, originally accessed by precarious use of long ladders and baskets suspended on ropes. Today, a modern road to the top offers impossibly majestic sights overlooking the verdant Peneas Valley.

Visit the 14th- to 15th-century monasteries of Meteora, built atop towering sandstone pillars.

 4  Delos /Mykonos

Delos - The mythical birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, today Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is considered one of the most sacred islands in the Greek world, as central to Grecian spiritual life as Olympia and Delphi. Walk along the Sacred Way to the Sanctuary of Apollo, a spectacularly rich archaeological site with remains of three separate temples from the fifth and sixth centuries B.C. Delos’ awe‑inspiring ruins also showcase an entire district of Hellenistic and Roman‑era houses and a 5,500‑seat theater (300 B.C.), the site of choral competitions during the Delian panegyris and the ancient quadrennial festival honoring Apollo. See the legendary Terrace of the Lions, dedicated to Apollo, where the stately hand‑carved marble statues have guarded the island for nearly 2,600 years; the original lions are in the Delos Archaeological Museum.

Mykonos - According to ancient legend, the craggy hills and clefts of Mykonos were formed from the petrified bodies of giants defeated by Hercules.

Today Mykonos’ iconic 16th‑century windmills, bright‑white cubist Cycladic architecture, picturesque harbor and azure bays epitomize the striking beauty of the Greek Isles.

Walking tour of the archaeological site of Delos. Time at leisure to explore Mykonos.

 5  Pátmos

The Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. John, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Sacred Island of Pátmos, is one of Christianity’s oldest pilgrimage sites. Tour the fortified monastery, built in 1088 and still occupied by monks who continue to preserve it as a pilgrimage site and place of religious study. See the Cave of the Apocalypse, where St. John the Apostle is believed to have written the Book of Revelation in A.D. 95. Cultural Enrichments: Meet and engage with local residents who will discuss contemporary daily life during the specially arranged Island Life® Forum. Enjoy a culinary demonstration by the ship’s pastry chef.

Visits to the Monastery of St. John and the Cave of the Apocalypse.

Cultural Enrichments:
- Island Life® Forum.
- Special culinary presentation by the ship’s pastry chef.

 6  Rhodes /Lindos

The island of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, has been one of the most prosperous and strategic strongholds in the eastern Mediterranean since the Neolithic Period. Dock at the fortified wall of Rhodes Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and step into arguably Europe’s most impressive continuously inhabited medieval walled city—built over a great Hellenistic metropolis and a major Christian outpost during the Crusades.

Visit the splendid 14th‑century Palace of the Grand Masters, built by the Knights of St. John and a rare example of Gothic architecture in Greece.
Cultural Enrichments: Join the excursion to ancient Lindos, one of Greece’s most picturesque villages. In its center, see the magnificent 15th‑century frescoes adorning the Byzantine‑style Church of Panagia. Ascend stone stairs to the clifftop Acropolis where the elaborate porticoes and lofty stoa of the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia command a breathtaking sweep of the Aegean Sea. Delight in a traditional folklore performance on board the ship.

Walking tour of Rhodes Town.

Cultural Enrichments:
- Tour of the Acropolis of Lindos.
- Folklore performance on board.

 7  Santorini for Akrotiri and Fira

Be on deck as the ship cruises into the alluring main harbor of Santorini, a natural caldera, beneath which some believe to be the legendary lost city of Atlantis. Later, by cable car, descend from the elevated town of Fira, where stunning white‑walled houses stand in stark contrast against the dark volcanic cliffs.
Cultural Enrichments: Tour the remarkable Bronze Age ruins of Akrotiri. Held intact by layers of pumice and ash for over 3,500 years, Akrotiri’s streets reveal the architectural sophistication and advanced culture of its Minoan inhabitants. In Fira, visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, which exhibits findings from Akrotiri.

- Cruise into Santorini’s harbor.
- Tour of the Museum of Prehistoric Thera in Fira.
- Afternoon at leisure in Fira. Cultural Enrichment:
- Tour of the Bronze Age ruins of Akrotiri.

 8  Nafplion for Mycenae and Epidaurus

Cruise to the Peloponnese Peninsula, known for its tremendous literary importance and treasured antiquities. Mycenae is bountiful in allusions to the age of Agamemnon, from its secret passages to its Cyclopean walls.
Cultural Enrichments: Tour two UNESCO World Heritage highlights—the ancient citadel of Mycenae, the classical stage of Homer’s The Iliad; and the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Epidaurus, an equally iconic Hellenic site. Both of these ruins bear testimony to Greco-Roman natural healing and medicinal knowledge.

Cultural Enrichments:
- Excursion to the ancient citadel of Mycenae.
- Visit to Hellenic Sanctuary of Epidaurus.

 9  Athens/Disembark ship/ Return to the U.S.

Oracle of Delphi and Antiquities of Thebes
Post-Program Option*
*Available at additional cost.


Ponant Le Bougainville

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Le Bougainville

Luxury Small Ship, Innovative Design
Le Bougainville ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Chic and Casual Dining
Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24-hour room service. Daily meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner.

Blue Eye –World’s First Multisensory, Underwater Observation Lounge
View the beauty of marine life through the large, subaquatic windows and integrated digital screens providing live images from underwater cameras, and enjoy the sensory experience of listening to the ocean’s unique underwater universe in the comfort of the exclusive Blue Eye lounge.*

Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies
Each of the 92 Five-Star Staterooms and Suites (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control, private bathroom with a shower and luxury hotel-style amenities.

Respect for the Environment
A new addition to the Ponant “Clean Ship” fleet, an important certification among ocean-cruising vessels, Le Bougainville is energy efficient and eco-friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems.

Life on Board
Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges— which open to the outdoors—and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. Relax in the spa, or infinity-style swimming pool. The ship has a beauty salon, a fitness room and three elevators. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available (conditions permitting).
*Marine life viewing varies by location.

World-Class Service
The highly trained, English-speaking crew is personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and a nurse.





Included Features

On Board the Five-Star, Small Ship Le Bougainville Exclusively Chartered by Gohagan & Company
♦ Seven-night cruise round trip Athens, Greece.
♦ Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom.
♦ Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
♦ Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
♦ All meals aboard ship.
♦ Complimentary Wi-Fi access (conditions permitting).
♦ Blue Eye—the world’s first luxury, multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
Expert-Guided Excursions and Exclusive Cultural Enrichments
♦ Tour of Santorini—which some consider mythology’s lost city of Atlantis—featuring a visit to the renowned Museum of Prehistoric Thera and a cable car ride.
♦ Guided tour of the remarkable Minoan site of Bronze Age Akrotiri.
♦ Half-day excursion in Lindosto the Acropolis.
♦ Island Life® Forum with local residents who will discuss contemporary life on the Greek Isles.
♦ Traditional Greek music and dance performance.
♦ Special Greek culinary presentation aboard the ship.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Highlights
♦ Excursion to extraordinary Meteora, where 14th- and 15th-century Greek Orthodox monasteries were built atop towering natural sandstone massifs, including lunch in a nearby restaurant.
♦ Walking tour of medieval Rhodes Town, with a visit to the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters of the Knights of St. John.
♦ Tour of the Cave of the Apocalypse and the Monastery of St. John on the island of Pátmos.
♦ Walking tour of Delos’ splendid classical ruins, including the Sanctuary of Apollo and the theater quarter.
♦ Tour of the ancient archaeological site of Mycenae.
♦ Excursion to Epidaurus, featuring the Sanctuary of Asklepios and its perfectly preserved theater.
Always Included
♦ Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
♦ Experienced, English-speaking local guides for included excursions.
♦ Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
♦ Hospitality desk aboard ship.
♦ Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
♦ Experienced Program Directors at your service.
♦ Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.

Classical Athens and Mythical Cape Sounion

Pre-Program Option**
Experience the ancient city of Athens, unmatched in its contributions to the foundation of the Western world. Explore the monumental Acropolis—a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, a graceful example of Doric architecture. Tour the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum and enjoy the colorful neighborhood of Plaka, the oldest section of Athens. Discover the idyllic coves and sparkling Aegean waters of Cape Sounion and follow the ancient route of Pericles to the Temple of Poseidon—where 15 of the original 34 Doric columns are remarkably still standing. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne.

Oracle of Delphi and Antiquities of Thebes

Post-Program Option**
One of the most spectacular of all ancient Greek sites, UNESCO-inscribed Delphi formed the center of the Greek world in the sixth century B.C. Tour the magnificent Archaeological Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, including the life-size, fifth-century B.C. bronze statue of the Charioteer of Delphi. Walk the Sacred Way to the Panhellenic sanctuary of Delphi, second only to the Athens Acropolis in importance. Stand at the marble Altar of the Chians, where the common and the mighty alike awaited the oracle’s pronouncements. Discover the importance of ancient Thebes to Greek civilization, from the Bronze Age and Mycenaean eras until its destruction by Alexander the Great in 335 B.C., at the splendid Archaeological Museum of Thebes.

Accommodations are for one night in the Hotel Amalia Delphi and one night in the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel. Classical Athens and Mythical Cape Sounion Pre-Program Option** Experience the ancient city of Athens, unmatched in its contributions to the foundation of the Western world. Explore the monumental Acropolis—a UNESCO World Heritage site and the perfectly proportioned Parthenon, a graceful example of Doric architecture. Tour the archaeological treasures of the Acropolis Museum and enjoy the colorful neighborhood of Plaka, the oldest section of Athens. Discover the idyllic coves and sparkling Aegean waters of Cape Sounion and follow the ancient route of Pericles to the Temple of Poseidon—where 15 of the original 34 Doric columns are remarkably still standing. Accommodations are for two nights in the deluxe Hotel Grande Bretagne.
**Pre- and Post-Program Options are at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

**Athens and Cape Sounion Pre-Program Option

Double at $995 per person / Single at $1595 per person

**Delphi and Thebes Post-Program Option

Double at $745 per person / Single at $995 per person

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RESPONSIBILITY: We, our employees, and assigns, do not own or operate any entity which provide goods or services for your program including, for example, lodging, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides, ground operators, providers or organizers of excursions, food service or entertainment, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, we are not liable for any act, failure to act, financial failure or other defaults of any such person, entity, supplier or any other third party. In addition and without limitation, we are not responsible for any injury, financial or other loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God, force majeure, acts of government, denial or delay of entry into any country, acts of war or civil unrest, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of and/or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of means of transportation, or for any failure to arrive or depart timely or safely. Further, I release all parties from negligence and assume all risk thereof. If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept or to remove as a program participant, without refund, any person judged to be incapable of meeting the requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other program participants, leaders or third parties. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line. We reserve the right to change the itinerary or program features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series are subject to change or cancellation. We reserve the right to substitute motorcoach transportation, using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or conditions beyond our control. We are therefore not responsible and not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. We may cancel or postpone a program for any reason whatsoever. If so, for cancellations based upon acts of God, force majeure, acts of governments, epidemics or threat thereof, terrorism or threat thereof, strikes or labor disturbances, demonstrations, civil unrest, criminal activity, supplier default, or similar circumstances, the sole obligation is to issue credits in the amount of moneys paid, to the extent its suppliers are crediting those monies. Under no circumstances are we obligated to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. We are not required to cancel any program for any reason including without limitation, U.S. Dept. of State, Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. We are not responsible for fees assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if we make the flight arrangements or cancel the program. We reserve the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; COVID-19 related expenses; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, internet or any other expenses unless specifically described; accident/ sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated taxes, airport facility/security/inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline.

LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Participants must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Participants requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for them.

DISCOUNTED RESERVATIONS: Discounts apply only to those reservations received in writing, accompanied by the required deposit. In the event a “discounted” reservation must be cancelled, no “replacement” reservation can be substituted at the discounted rate. A “replacement” reservation is a new reservation and can be substituted only at the full-fare tariff. Cancellation penalties may apply.

CANCELLATION FEES: Final payment due at least 51 days prior to departure. Cancellation fees and penalties for all new bookings apply as follows: PRIOR TO DEPARTURE 51 days or more prior* 50-0 days prior FEE Full refund 100% of program price *In the event of a cancellation between 0 and 50 days prior to departure, the refund will be in the form of a credit with our cruise ship charterer, Gohagan & Company, usable on a future trip which commences on or before December 31, 2023. In addition, for all bookings, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available for comprehensive coverage as described in the specific policy documents. An application will be sent to you upon receipt of your reservation.

RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of publication and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, we reserve the right to pass through any increases in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid upon notice to the program participant. On programs which include purchased air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666, OST#: TA 0905.

CHOICE OF LAW: This agreement and any issues regarding the program will be governed by substantive Illinois law.

BINDING ARBITRATION: Any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning the program, or the program itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. Sections 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Illinois law and will take place in Chicago, IL. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable. Please understand that by agreeing to these terms and conditions, the participant and other relevant parties are waiving the right to a trial by jury. Any arbitration commenced must be on behalf of only the signatory to this Agreement and his or her immediate family members who traveled with signatory, such as a spouse or child. Under no circumstances can participant be part of a class or other joint action.

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