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Cruise of the editorial staff of Le Figaro in the Mediterranean

We are happy to reconnect with a tradition that is dear to us: the editorial cruise of the Figaro in Mediterranean. We are offering you an exceptional journey, one of those highlights that we are keen to prepare and which brings us closer together: a unique and exclusive journey for readers of the Figaro, according to a chosen itinerary, inviting experienced journalists, editorialists and columnists on board. On the program, conferences, interviews and informal meetings, but also privatizations and guided tours among carefully selected remarkable sites.

In 2022, our odyssey will leave from Venice, place of all enchantments, legendary city, which lived as sovereign for more than two thousand years on the waters of its lagoon. We could not miss, a little further south, Ravenna, our first stopover, capital of the ending Roman Empire, at the crossroads of East and West, which was one of the cradles of Christian spirituality… and the final resting place of the poet Dante Alighieri. We will then pass on the eastern shore of the Adriatic to discover Hvar, in Croatia, star of the Adriatic. Then it will be the deep creek of the mouths of Kotor, in Montenegro, one of the most beautiful natural ports in the world. We will continue via Bari, stuck at spur height, on the heel of the boot, the ideal starting point for exploring the region of Puglia, the humble “Finis Terrae” of this great Italian south full of light with Matera. We will arrive in Greece via Corfu, the most charming of the Ionian Islands, a land of plenty where, according to Homer, the trees were never without fruit. Then we will take the Corinth Canal, which allows ships to avoid a 400 km detour around the Peloponnese peninsula: a spectacular shortcut already imagined by Nero in 67 AD. At the other end we will be waiting for the port of Piraeus, then Athens, at the foot of the Acropolis, will be our final destination.

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We have built and imagined this journey for you, in order to offer you an exceptional sample of the treasures scattered on the shores of this familiar sea. We have also punctuated it with highlights and surprises, to make it unforgettable. “The most advanced peoples are always those who sail the most,” wrote Emerson. So, together, let’s weigh anchor. This trip aboard the Bougainvillefrom the company PONANT, reserved for readers of the Figaro, with private visits, and journalist-speakers available to answer all questions, will constitute a cultural parenthesis that we wish to be demanding, exciting and warm. Like the ties that unite us.

Itinerary :

Sunday September 25


Meeting at the port of San Basilio, near the city center of Venice, where we will have the pleasure of welcoming you aboard the Bougainville.

Monday, September 26


Connected to the Adriatic Sea by a canal, Ravenna will offer you a colorful journey through time thanks to its many monuments.

The Roman and Byzantine cultures blended there, and the fruit of this union covers theinterior of religious buildings of the city: theabundance of ancient mosaics remains the finest testimony to the glorious local past.

Eight early Christian sites, classified as World Heritage by Unesco, will punctuate your walk through the historic heart, which is largely pedestrianized.

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Tuesday, September 27


Often ranked among the most beautiful islands in the world, Hvar has earned its nickname of “Croatian Saint-Tropez” since the jet-setters adopted it. Hvar, with its jumble of prickly pears, lemon trees and bougainvillea escaping from tiny gardens where cicadas chirp vigorously, is on the same time zone as Paris, but much further east.

Twenty-six centuries of history precede it. Illyrians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Croats, Venetians – as well as the French during the Napoleonic era – have indeed left their mark on the island. You will set off to discover the cobblestone historic center of this once flourishing city, which owes its finest heritage to Venetian influence.

Many places will seduce you: the elegant Place Saint-Étienne with lustrous limestone slabs, dominated by its Roman bell tower ; them renaissance palace adorned with Venetian lions and columns with finely carved capitals; the radvising Franciscan monastery shaded by a five-hundred-year-old cypress; the Benedictine convent where obstinate nuns continue to damage their eyesight by weaving exceptional lace in agave yarn; the two fortresses dominating the shady maze of stepped alleyways; without forgetting the remains of the old ramparts.

Wednesday, September 28


Located in one of the most beautiful bays in Montenegro, Kotor is a small medieval town full of charm, steeped in tradition and history.
Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, it retains many historical monuments from this era (and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

During your stopover, you will admire the impressive castle which dominates the city and you will be enchanted by its labyrinth of alleys and its picturesque squares, where shows are often organized with characters in period costumes.

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Thursday September 29


Capital of the Puglia region, stuck in the heel of the boot at spur height, bari is the gateway to this splendid southern Italy whose turbulent history has left a rich heritage, particularly from medieval times. Its strong commercial tradition has always made it a nerve center for trade but also for political and cultural exchanges with Europe and the Middle East.

From Bariyou will go to neighboring Basilicata to discover thetroglodyte habitat and the churches of Matera, a spectacular tuff maze, a unique landscape with millennial origins. The site, occupied since Antiquity, was indeed developed in the Middle Ages under the impetus of numerous and dynamic monastic communities. This is worth more than 130 cave sanctuaries around the city, decorated, for the most beautiful, with primitive and moving frescoes. This unique site was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

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Friday September 30


Corfu is the most famous city of the Ionian archipelago. Protected by the ramparts of the citadel, its old town, also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will reveal to you an unusual Greco-Byzantine and Venetian architecture.

You will be able to see, dominating the shore, the astonishing St. George’s Churchsimilar to a ancient temple. nearby, thein Spianada and its cafes shaded by arcades offer a lively atmosphere. the picturesque islet of Pontikonisistopover of the legendary Ulysses, stands just a stone’s throw from the southern tip of the city.

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Saturday October 1


This penultimate day of your cruise promises to be particularly spectacular with the crossing of the corinth canal, 6.3 km long and 25 m wide. Its official inauguration took place on July 25, 1893, eleven years after the start of its construction. The first ship to cross this channel, in January 1894, was a french building 110 m long and 13 m wide, the Notre-Dame du Salut. Nowadays, its annual traffic is more than 11,000 passes (including many yachtsmen), large vessels having the obligation to embark a pilot for their crossing if their tonnage exceeds 800 tonnes. The Corinth Canal allows vessels under 8m draft to avoid a 400km long detour around the Peloponnese. It is of both historical and geographical importance since it plays a unavoidable in the Mediterranean trade.

Sunday October 2


Disembarkation will take place during the morning.

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Equipped with innovative and environmentally friendly equipment, cabins with a refined design, large glass suites, lounges largely open to the outside, this new human-sized yacht with only 92 cabins and suites will offer you a cruising experience unique. Vessel from a new series faithful to the PONANT spirit, Bougainville embodies this unique atmosphere, a subtle alliance of refinement, intimacy and well-being, which is the signature of the company. Aboard this ship sailing under the French flag, you will find the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, offering the possibility of exploring an ever-expanding range of destinations within the framework of a 5-star service.

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Speakers on board:

Alexis Brezet

Alexis Brezet F Travels

Renaud Girard

Renaud Girard F Travels

Guillaume Roquette

Guillaume Roquette F Travels

Guillaume Tabard

Guillaume Tabard F Travels

Sonia Mabrouk

Sonia Mabrouk F Travels

Eugenie Bastie

Eugenie Bastie F Travels

Vincent Tremolet de Villers

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Agnes Verdier-Molinie

Agnes Verdier-Molinie F Travels

Michel De Jaeghere

Michel De Jaeghere F Travels

Early booking: – €500 until 30/11/2021

Rates shown per person based on double occupancy. Rates for single occupancy on request, please consult us. The Early Booking rate* is applicable for all reservations made before 30/11/2021.

These prices include:
The presence of dedicated speakers and contributors • the “open bar” package • the full-board cruise from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day • welcome and captain’s cocktails • the gala dinner • mineral waters • the tea • filter coffee and red, rosé and white wines served at will with meals • afternoon tea • entertainment evenings and/or organized shows • 24-hour room service • port taxes (€450/ pers) • gratuities on board (€12 per day per person) • The program of exclusive excursions organized for the Figaro Editor’s Cruise (Visit of Ravenna, visit of Hvar, visits to Kotor, Matera and Corfu).
These prices do not include:
The Paris/Venice and Athens/Paris flight package (optional) • transfers • personal expenses • cancellation, assistance, repatriation insurance • luggage and medical expenses.

Offer designed and offered by Les Voyages F.


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