At the heart of the Greek islands

8 days / 7 nights
    At the heart of the Greek islands

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 19 September 2017 to 26 September 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y190917

    Cruise with Ponant on a new itinerary and discover the treasures of the Aegean Sea.

    Step aboard the Le Lyrial in Athens for an 8-day cruise to the Greek islands.

    The birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, Delos is rich in archaeological ruins, illustrating its prestigious history. According to legend, the island was Apollo's cradle. This port of call will take you on a wondrous journey of history and mythology.

    You will also discover Mykonos. This is the ‘Queen of the Cyclades’, an island of white windmills, sinuous lanes and whitewashed buildings, with a small port where fishing boats and dinghies lazily bob at the foot of the terraces. Mykonos cannot fail to charm you.

    Your voyage continues with sightseeing around Patmos. Also known as the 'Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea', this divine island features unique landscapes that blend long white beaches with rocky coves.

    You will sail to Santorini and its white villages ornamented with blue domes. In the South of the island, you can visit the ruins of the antique city of Akrotiri buried under volcanic ash.

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      LE LYRIAL

      Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

       

      Interior Design
      We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

       

       

      Port of call & excursions

      19 September 2017 – Volos

      Athens

      Embarkation 19/09/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 19/09/2017 at 18H00 .

      The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

      20 September 2017 – Volos

      20 September 2017 – Volos

      Arrival 20/09/2017 early morning. Departure 20/09/2017 early evening.

      Volos, one of the biggest port cities in Greece, is located at the foot of Mount Pelion. According to mythology, Mount Pelion was a place of celebration for gods and heroes, and the home of the centaurs. The beauty of the place and the magical atmosphere that reigns here can indeed only have been inspired by the gods: the clear water that flows from a multitude of sources bathes the plane trees, apple trees, oaks, beech trees, gardenias, camellias, and hydrangeas that thrive in the fertile soil of Thessaly. Do not miss your chance to visit picturesque villages in the hills, such as Makrinitsa and Portaria. They have remained intact over the centuries and visitors will enjoy discovering mansions with an architecture that is unique in Greece, as well as typical fountains and churches.

      21 September 2017 – Delos

      21 September 2017 – Delos

      Arrival 21/09/2017 early morning. Departure 21/09/2017 midday.

      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.

      21 September 2017 – Mykonos

      21 September 2017 – Mykonos

      Arrival 21/09/2017 early afternoon. Departure 21/09/2017 evening.

      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.

      22 September 2017 – Patmos

      22 September 2017 – Patmos

      Arrival 22/09/2017 early morning. Departure 22/09/2017 evening.

      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-the-Theologian 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. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

      23 September 2017 – Rhodes

      23 September 2017 – Rhodes

      Arrival 23/09/2017 early morning. Departure 23/09/2017 evening.

      With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

      24 September 2017 – Rethymno, Crete

      24 September 2017 – Rethymno, Crete

      Arrival 24/09/2017 mid morning. Departure 24/09/2017 late evening.

      Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Cnossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.

      25 September 2017 – Santorini

      25 September 2017 – Santorini

      Arrival 25/09/2017 early morning. Departure 25/09/2017 late afternoon.

      The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

      26 September 2017▸25 September 2017 – Athens

      Athens

      Disembarkation 26/09/2017 at 06H00 .

      The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

      Formalities

      • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

      • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        18/09/2017 – Athens on your own (2 days/1 night)

        218.00 $ **

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        19/09/2017 – En route to the port of Piraeus

        39.00 $ **

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        19/09/2017 – Discover Athens (1 day)

        140.00 $ **

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      2. After your cruise

        26/09/2017 – Athens on your own (2 days/1 night)

        218.00 $ **

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        26/09/2017 – Athens, on your own - King George Hotel (2 days/1 night)

        300.00 $ **

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        26/09/2017 – En route to Athens International Airport

        45.00 $ **

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