Small Ship Cruising

Treasures of the Mediterranean

$8,990 USD
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Cities & Landmarks
Sicily, Nice, Monte-Carlo, Amalfi, Valletta, Lipari
Treasures of the Mediterranean Italian Cruise
Le Ponant, Sicily, Italy


Uniquely Tauck



Visit six Mediterranean islands best accessed by small ship


Explore the walled medieval village of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Monte-Carlo and Nice




All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff and local guides included


Only 32 guests aboard Le Ponant – for club-like cruising that rewards with more personalized services


Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,965





Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Cultural journeys and expeditions

This is the Mediterranean as you’ve always dreamed it should be... explored aboard a sailing ship small enough to reach remote, treasured islands that larger vessels overlook... a Mediterranean cruise doesn't get any better than this!

Discover the islands of Lipari, Ponza, Stromboli, Corsica, Sicily, Elba and Malta... see fortified medieval towns, ornate cathedrals, ancient castles, and the dramatic cliffside drive along the Amalfi Coast on the Italian mainland... feel like a jetsetter pulling into ports aboard Le Ponant, designed to access small harbors and remote destinations that large ships can’t maneuver. And on land... spend two nights in glittering Monte-Carlo along the French Riviera, where you'll explore Provence and the tiny principality of Monaco, and enjoy one night on Malta. Read Less

See for yourself what Small Ship Cruising is all about

Visiting Bonifacio on Corsica

Discovering the medieval harbor of Bonifacio on the island of Corsica

Tucked between soaring chalk-white limestone cliffs, the island of Corsica’s tiny, fjord-like harbor of Bonifacio is only accessible to small ships and private yachts like the one you’ll be sailing on. And your entrance into this spectacular harbor – and the historic 12th-century city it welcomes you to – is nothing short of magical… so be sure to have your camera ready! Once ashore, you can hop aboard Le Petit Train for a ride to the area of the town’s walled citadel, built during the Middle Ages; wander a maze of medieval lanes; stroll along the bluff overlooking the harbor; or explore the former barracks of the French Foreign Legion.

Fairmont Monte Carlo

A lavish retreat in a jet-setters' playground

Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel is a unique, four-star luxury resort set in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Monte-Carlo Casino – a prestigious destination where the international elite gathers, providing a harbor for the most beautiful yachts, and home to some of the world’s most celebrated events... including the Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show. Immerse yourself in the beauty and sophistication of this world-class destination at this world-class resort.

My daughter and I booked this trip to celebrate my 70th birthday. What an amazing party! Every element of the trip was planned by Tauck to perfection.

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Deck Plans

Welcome Aboard

Antigua Deck

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Owner's Suite

Saint Barth Deck

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Balcony Suite

Marie Galante Deck

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Junior Suite

Deluxe Stateroom

Prestige Suite


Your Journey

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

What you need to know

Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

Protect Your Travel Investment

Cruise Protection Product

Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

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Reviews (19)

Le Ponant crew and ship were great. Tour directors were outstanding. Itinerary was exciting.

Most Memorable Moment:

Under sail on a beautiful evening and walking on top of a Mt. Etna crater.

Our trip from Nice to Malta was stunning! The "off the beaten path" stops gave us real insight into the history, culture and stories of the less well-known islands off the Italian coast as well as Sicily, Elba and Corsica. Thanks to our Tauck Director and the local guides for their knowledge and their obvious love of what they do. An amazing trip!!

Most Memorable Moment:

Each island had memorable moments....from the "Mamma Mia!" roads to the blues of the Mediterranean but the most memorable was the Farewell Dinner at the palace on Malta. The room, the food, the amazing sense of history, all set to an eclectic "playlist" of Pachelbel, John Legend, Adele, the Beatles and more from an extremely talented harpist.

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.

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Discover The World

Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.

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