Treasures of the Mediterranean - Northbound 2018

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Small Ship Cruise
Sail aboard Le Ponant on Tauck's popular Mediterranean cruise - a weeklong voyage to Corsica, Sicily, Malta and the Amalfi Coast, plus the islands of Lipari, Ponza, and Stromboli - and take in the Côte d'Azur, Provence and Monte-Carlo on a two-night land stay.


Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Trip pace
Flexible schedule


    • Cruise the Mediterranean on your private sailing yacht
    • ports include Napoleon's island of exile Elba plus 5 other islands
    • with a two-night land stay in Monte-Carlo and one night on Malta

What's this trip about?

    Sail aboard Le Ponant on Tauck's popular Mediterranean cruise - a weeklong voyage to Corsica, Sicily, Malta and the Amalfi Coast, plus the islands of Lipari, Ponza, and Stromboli - and take in the Côte d'Azur, Provence and Monte-Carlo on a two-night land stay.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityValletta, Malta
End CityMonte Carlo, Monaco

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • Europe
  • France
  • Monaco
  • Italy
  • Malta


  • Amalfi Coast
  • Elba
  • Ponza
  • Sicily
  • Valletta


  • Culture

Trip includes

    • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides included Only 60 guests aboard Le Ponant - just 32 staterooms - for club-like cruising that rewards with more personalized services Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,211 Visit six Mediterranean islands best accessed by small ship - Elba, Corsica, Ponza, Lipari, Sicily and Malta - for unique shore excursions off-the-beaten path Explore the walled medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Monte-Carlo and Nice Tauck Exclusive - private evening at Palazzo Parisio on Malta A memorable nighttime sailing by the volcanic island of Stromboli to view its fiery eruptions of molten lava Aboard ship - alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day aboard ship including house wines and spirits; premium spirits and wines are available at extra cost. 25 meals (10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 9 dinners) on land and at sea for an authentic taste of regional cuisine Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted Service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes and porterage

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Day 1 Exclusive evening at a palazzo in Malta
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Phoenicia Hotel Malta. A transfer is included from Malta International Airport to the Phoenicia Hotel Malta. Rich in historic treasures, Valletta was founded by the Knights of St. John in the 16th century. Join us tonight for a Tauck Exclusive welc...
Day 2 A day in Malta then embark your yacht
A guided tour of Malta includes the medieval walled city of Mdina, perched atop a cliff, and a drive around St. Julian's Bay, a favorite setting for the colorful Maltese boats that are often photographed here for worldwide enjoyment. Return to Valletta for a walking tour...
Day 3 Cliff-top Taormina or Mount Etna on Sicily
Go ashore at Giardini-Naxos and transfer ashore by Zodiac for a choice of sightseeing excursion. First possibility is a visit to Taormina, a terraced town clinging to high cliffs on the east coast of Sicily with Mt. Etna towering in the distance sightseeing. A guided tou...
Day 4 Lipari by day and a night sail by fiery Stromboli
The largest of the Aeolian Islands, Lipari sits on red volcanic rock and looks like "a wall of bronze" according to the Greek poet Homer. Archaeological remains found have yielded clues to civilizations which date to 1700 BC, including the Neolithic stones that sit along...
Day 5 The spectacular Amalfi Coast & Ravello or Positano
Le Ponant calls on mainland Italy and the picturesque town of Amalfi. You can explore Amalfi today on a guided that includes a drive along the dramatic Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Arrive in stunning Ravello, perched on cliffs overlookin...
Day 6 Island of Ponza and cruising the Mediterranean
Ponza is fringed with dramatic coves and cliffs lined with yellow and pink houses. Fishing boats set out from the 18th-century harbor and vineyards cover the hillsides for a quintessential snapshot of daily life here. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the sights as you please. MEALS : B, L, D LODGING : Aboard Le Ponant PORTOFCALL : Ponza, Italy

Day 7 Corsica's hidden harbor of Bonifacio
Sail into the nearly hidden Corsican port of Bonifacio with a deep, narrow harbor sitting at the base of sheer limestone cliffs - a highlight of most Mediterranean cruises. Your entrance into the harbor aboard Le Ponant will be remembered forever... keep your camera at t...
Day 8 Explore Napoleon's Elba
Le Ponant in the Mediterranean cruises to the island of Elba and the secluded harbor of Portoferraio. Today you'll learn about the isolated life of Napoleon Bonaparte on Elba, who spent a brief exile here in 1814 prior to his daring escape. You'll have two choices of sig...
Day 9 Disembark in Nice and on to Monte-Carlo
Disembark Le Ponant in Nice, France, for a brief sightseeing tour and time to explore on your own. Next, travel to the medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence for a walking tour that introduces centuries of history, chronicled in the architectural treasures that are foun...
Day 10 A Monte-Carlo farewell
See more of Monte-Carlo today, visiting the royal palace and gardens in Monaco-Ville or spending time exploring as you please. Join us this evening at the hotel for a farewell cocktail reception and dinner to toast warm memories of a fabulous Mediterranean cruise! MEALS : B, D LODGING : Fairmont Monte Carlo PORTOFCALL : Monte Carlo, Monaco

Day 11 Journey home
Tour ends: Nice. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from the Fairmont Monte Carlo to the Cote d'Azur Airport in Nice. Allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. MEALS : B PORTOFCALL : Monte Carlo, Monaco

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Last Updated: 2/13/2023

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LE PONANT Le Ponant, a three-masted schooner, cruises to small islands, hidden harbors and exclusive ports of call in the Mediterranean with only 60 guests aboard; she is stylish, friendly and relaxed. You’ll feel as though you are cruising with family – the Captain and the crew create a comfortable environment where guests easily interact with everyone aboard. Le Ponant was specially designed for worldwide cruising to remote destinations that are accessible only by small ships – specifically, destinations in the Mediterranean that big ships can’t reach. Coastal navigation and “island hopping” are easily accomplished, and the image of several dramatic harbor entries will last a lifetime!
Built: 1991 Renovated: 2004 Length: 290 ft. Draft: 13 ft. Beam: 39 ft. Tonnage: 850 tons Cruising Speed: 14 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: No Number of Guests: 60 Crew Members: 30 Registry: France Crew Nationality: International Internet: Send / Receive
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