The luxury Le Ponant yacht at sea
The luxury Le Ponant yacht at sea

Wine Tours

Malta to Nice on Le Ponant

8 days From £6,995

4 July 2019

Cruise between glorious islands aboard your own luxury yacht, stepping off only to immerse yourself in vibrant local culture, take a dip in the beautiful surrounding waters and pay visits to revered wineries and restaurants alike.

Experience sumptuous tastings of regionally produced wines – and also one of local olive oil – that range from biodynamic to traditional, take part in an authentic cookery class while in Amalfi, and spend time wandering the charming streets of towns we make stops in along the way.

This luxurious, privately-chartered yacht boasts a total of 32 staterooms, all with a porthole and stylish pastel interiors. Facilities on board include a stunning panoramic restaurant as well as several great lounges, in which we can relax after dinner and enjoy a sumptuous drink.

The locations visited on this cruise are reflected in the foods that we eat. Anticipate great Italian and French cuisine that represents the idiosyncrasies of the islands we explore. Taste regional delicacies and experience local gastronomy both on water and land.

What's included?

  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Accommodation
  •  Wine Guide
  •  Professional tour manager

Led by...

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW

Nicola Arcedeckne-Butler MW

Qualifying as a Master of Wine in 1996 and picking up a Villa Maria Viticulture Award along the way, Nicola has become a specialist not only in South African wine, but the classic French regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy, too.

Call for availability £6,995

Deposit: $TBC

Tour highlights:

  • Spend eight indulgent days aboard a private yacht, cruising in style from vineyard to winery
  • Wander the streets of Marsala, a town filled with history, flavour and its amazing wines
  • Visit the 15th century Lipari Fortress, located in an area populated from the Neolithic era
  • Put on an apron and join an exclusive cookery class at Albergo Ristorante Bacco
  • Spend time in Amalfi and Capri, with their dramatic and romantic landscapes
  • Cruise around Palmarola, where a refreshing dip sees us explore rock cathedrals & grottoes

Tour details

Dates 4 July 2019 - 11 July 2019
Duration 8 days
Cost £6,995 Deposit: $TBC Single supplement: $TBC
Balance due by 11 April 2019
Activity Level Moderate
Tour code +WC19A

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4 July 2019: Itinerary

Upon arrival in Valetta we are treated to a drinks reception, before boarding our luxurious private yacht, Le Ponant. In the evening, we will sit down to our first group dinner, which will be a delicious exploration of regional cuisine, paired with Maltese Gellewza and Ghirghentina.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

Today begins with a sumptuous visit to De Bartoli winery and we will then visit Donnafugata winery, where we will enjoy lunch. Afterwards, there will be a little free time in the charming Italian town of Marsala to explore the streets, shops and local flavour. When we return to our yacht this evening, there will be a tasting of delicious Marsala wines along with dinner served on board.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

Our visits today begin with a visit to Carlo Hauner, a winery that utilises the founder’s creativity and wine-making excellence to produce truly stunning vintages. Later, we return to the boat for lunch, where we will sit down to a glorious regional menu. In the afternoon, there will be time for a refreshing afternoon swim before paying a visit to a 15th century Lipari Fortress. This fabulous day will come to an end at the Tenuta di Castellaro wine estate with a memorable sunset tasting, and a light dinner will be served once we get back to our yacht.

All meals included

Hotel: Le Ponant

We get a little hands-on this morning with an exclusive cookery class at Albergo Ristorante Bacco and once we have learned how to make some regional dishes, we will indulge in them for lunch. Later, we will visit Amalfi for some leisure time and then we will take the funicular to Capri, which we can also explore independently. Dinner tonight will be at the breathtaking Ristorante Terrazza Brunella.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

A little slice of paradise awaits this morning at Ponza beach, which is accessible only by sea. After a swim in the azure water, there will be a special wine-tasting that is followed by lunch on board Le Ponant, where we will further explore the traditional foods of the area. Another unforgettable experience is just around the corner, as this afternoon we take a cruise around Palmarola, where a rock cathedral that contains mysterious grottoes can be explored by swimmers. Once we have worked up an appetite, we will head back to the yacht for a fantastic group meal.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

Today we discover the hidden treasures of Corsica, starting with Domaine Pero Longo. This rustic estate boasts hectares of great vineyards and olive groves, and produces some great wines. When we return to our yacht for lunch, we will be presented with a Corsican menu and the hours that follow will be spent at leisure, taking in the charms of Bonifacio. Our evening wine-tasting will focus on Sardinian flavours and styles, and we will also enjoy another fantastic dinner on board Le Ponant.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

Our final full day on this magnificent tour begins at Tenuta La Chiusa, a farm and wine estate that also produces renowned olive oil. During our visit here, we will be privileged to sample both before returning to the yacht for lunch, which includes a traditional Italian fish stew called Cacciucco. The afternoon will be spent at a very relaxed pace and we will be able to explore the charming harbour town of Portoferraio at leisure. Tonight, we will reconvene as a group for one final meal – the highly anticipated Captain’s Dinner.

Meals include: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotel: Le Ponant

In the morning we sail back to Nice in France, where we disembark and journey home.

Meals include: Breakfast

4 July 2019: Additional Info

4 July 2019: Accommodation

Le Ponant is a charming yacht giving passengers the feeling they are on a private yacht. It allows its passengers access to smaller port destinations which larger ships can't dock at. Le Ponant has 32 staterooms all which include a port hole. There are two comfortable lounges and two restaurants on board which typically serve French style cuisine. Service on board is discreet yet attentive where no attention to detail is spared. A sophisticated yet friendly atmosphere, whereby discovery and the quest for authenticity all take priority. 

4 July 2019: Enquiries

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