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Baltic Cruise St. Petersburg


Escorted by Laura & Todd Dodson

Join Laura and Todd Dodson on an all-inclusive cruise as they explore the Greek Islands on Ponant’s new Le Bougainville. Occupancy is limited to only 184 guests. From Athens, set sail aboard for an 8-day cruise to the most beautiful Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and delight not only in the rich cultural heritage but also in refreshing dips in the turquoise waters of the archipelago. 

This journey is one of Ponant’s Smithsonian Journeys.  Drawing on Smithsonian’s resources , this sailing will feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife. 

Book now for this special escorted cruise with extra value.

Pricing starts at $4,220 per person

Exclusive: On Board Credit of $100 per person.*

*See terms & conditions.

Escorted Greek Isles - Symi


Escorted Greek Isles - Hydra

Hydra – No Cars Allowed

Escorted Greek Isles - Mykonos

Mykonos Windmills

Cruising the Greek Isles & Aegean Sea with Smithsonian Journeys

Escorted | Sept 01-08, 2022 | Ponant Le Bougainville

Stateroom CategoryPromotional Fare per Person/Double Occupancy*
Deluxe Balcony$4,220
Prestige Balcony Deck 4$4,630
Prestige Balcony Deck 5$4,830
Prestige Balcony Deck 6$5,080

Special Amenity: $100 On Board Credit per person

Ponant has waived the Solo Supplement for a limited time.

Space is limited.


  • Port fees & taxes
  • Round-trip transfers provided (Athens airport to ship and back) when arriving on day of embarkation and disembarkation.
  • Comprehensive 8-day cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous (beverages, gratuities, stocked mini-bar, and WiFi).
  • One included shore excursion or activity in most ports of call. 

* Prices are based on per person and includes port fees and taxes.  Ponant requires a 25% deposit and Final Payment is due 45-days prior to departure. See Le Bougainville tab for more details on the cabins and ship. See our terms and conditions below for more information.


You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau , the Acropolis, listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colorful streets. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past. Embark Le Bougainville. Sails at 7:00 PM.

Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint John Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas.

Ship arrives: 12:00 PM. Departs early evening..

Ship arrives early morning. A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located north-west of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards, possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colorful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-coloured facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters. Ship departs mid afternoon.

Ship arrives early morning. It’s no accident that the island of Amorgos was chosen as a shooting location for Luc Besson’s film, The Big Blue. Amorgos is the most easterly island in the Cyclades and stands out for its rocky inlets with crystal-clear water and its small, picturesque villages. This port of call will be your chance to visit one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades, Chora, and discover its cobbled streets and whitewashed houses overlooked by a castle. Byzantine churches, windmills and courtyards brimming with flowers complete this typical tableau of timeless Greece. center. Ship departs late afternoon.

Sailing in the waters of Santorini caldera is breathtaking. The gigantic scale of the unique setting, the majesty of the high cliffs surrounds this ancient crater that was flooded in 2000 years before Christ, is one of the highlights of the cruise. The colourful whites, greys, reds of the volcanic rocks, the blue of the Aegean Sea and the immaculate perched villages form a unique and marvellous spectacle.

Ship arrives midday. Folegandros is a treasure concealed in the Cyclades archipelago. You approach this mountainous island from the south-east side of continental Greece. The blue and white houses built on a steep plateau in its main town, Chora, is a feast for the eyes. Why not climb up to the belvederes and admire the view of the Aegean and the port of Karavostasi. The jetty in Karavostasi port leads to a lovely beach where you can have fun in the turquoise water. Higher up, Ano Meria, a village surrounded by terrace farms, offers a magnificent panorama over the sea. Ship departs evening.

Ship arrives early morning. This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you will make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view. Ship departs midday.

Ship arrives early afternoon. Nicknamed “little Venice”, Mykonos is famous for its Alefkandra district where houses are built right on the water’s edge. Their multi-coloured loggias are emblematic of this Cyclades island, as are the pelicans and windmills. You can get close up to the birds on the quaysides of the old port. Up on the hillside, you can see the windmill sails turning. In the cobbled streets of the pedestrian centre, bougainvillea bedeck immaculate facades. As you weave in and out of the little streets, snatches of coastline will undoubtedly call you to the island’s beaches, the quietest of which can be found on the northern coast. Ship departs late evening.

Ship arrives midday. This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis. . Ship departs evening..

Ship arrives early morning. Disembarkation begins at 7:00 AM.

Escorted Greek Isles Map


  • A voyage specially-tailored for English-speaking guests: Smithsonian Journey includes Experts that will delight passengers with lectures and discussions.
  • Explorer ship with only 184 passengers.
  • Amazing Sports Marina with use of kayaks, floats and stand-up paddle boards.
  • Blue Eye (multisensory underwater lounge).
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), Delos, the sacred island, the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos.
  • Discover the pearls of the Cyclades: Amorgos, the Santorini Caldera, Folegandros, Delos, Mykonos and their ancient ruins, typical landscapes and beaches.
  • Exceptional sailing in the Santorini caldera.
  • Swimming opportunity.


Le Bougainville  is a small 5-star ship with a capacity of only 184 passengers in 92 staterooms/suites. There are 112 crew. 

This beautiful ship has two open-dining venues and a lounge called the Blue Eye (includes windows below water level- allows viewing of sea-life). 


Le Bougainville  also has a beautiful pool, spa, gym, theater and marina deck (kayaks, SUP and Zodiac). 


Your Hosts, Todd & Laura Dodson

Greek Isles Escorted - Laura & Todd

ABOUT LAURA- Laura has been with Cruise and Travel Specialists since their opening in 2002. Her blend of expertise and enthusiasm for travel are evident from your first interaction. Because of her longtime industry knowledge and focus to detail, Laura ensures her clients experience vacations of a lifetime! Laura has first-hand experience and has earned certifications from all the major ocean and river cruise lines.

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Terms: Terms: All fares are in USD per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability at time of booking. Taxes, fees and port charges are included. A 25% deposit is due to secure your reservation and pricing. Travel insurance and airfare are additional and may be purchased separately. Please inquire. Pricing for solo travelers has the solo supplement waived for a limited time and is subject to stateroom category availability. Prices are subject to change without notice.  Final payment date is 45 days prior to cruise departure. Rates shown already include any applicable discount(s). 

Covid-19 requirements in place, please inquire. Other restrictions may apply.

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