Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic
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- A cruise to discover the wonders of Adriatic, in partnership with Le Louvre, with the participation of Jannic Durand, general heritage curator, and Director of the Department of Decorative Arts and Ludovic Laugier, heritage curator, in charge of Greek sculptures within the department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities.
- A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment every day.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (your embarkation port), the sanctuary of Delphi (from Itea), the old towns of Kotor and Dubrovnik, the palace of Diocletian in Split, the early Christian Monuments of Ravenna, the lagoon of Venice (your disembarkation port).
- Crossing the Corinth Canal.
- Sailing in the Bay of Kotor.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Kid's Club
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom $4,690 Available Deluxe Stateroom $5,030 Available Prestige Deck 4 $5,610 Available Prestige Deck 5 $5,880 Available Prestige Deck 6 $7,530 Not Available Deluxe Suite $8,510 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite $11,470 Available Privilège Suite $12,040 Available Grand Deluxe Suite $13,800 Available Grand Privilege Suite $21,690 Not Available Owner's Suite $21,900 Not Available
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.
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
AthensEmbarkation 14/08/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 14/08/2020 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. 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.
15 August 2020 – DelosArrival 15/08/2020 early morning. Departure 15/08/2020 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.
15 August 2020 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 15/08/2020. Departure 15/08/2020.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience!
16 August 2020 – IteaArrival 16/08/2020 early morning. Departure 16/08/2020 early afternoon.
Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.
17 August 2020 – PargaArrival 17/08/2020 early morning. Departure 17/08/2020 late afternoon.
An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town's colourful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. In a swoon of orange flower and lemon blossom scents, you can walk up steep streets lined with houses generously bedecked with flowers on your way to Ali Pasha castle. Here, youﾒll be rewarded by splendid views of the old fishing village and wild neighbouring creeks.
18 August 2020 – OtrantoArrival 18/08/2020 early morning. Departure 18/08/2020 early afternoon.
Located in the Apulia region,Otrante is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, you will taste the sweetlife of Salento, the “heel on Italy’s boot”. Inhabited since Antiquity, Otrante has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible as you meander through the little streets of its old centre. With its magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, the Cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. During a stroll along the ramparts, you can sit and relax at a café terrace.
19 August 2020 – KotorArrival 19/08/2020 early morning. Departure 19/08/2020 midday.
Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colourful costumes are often organised.
19 August 2020 – Sailing in the Bay of KotorArrival 19/08/2020. Departure 19/08/2020.
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
19 August 2020 – DubrovnikArrival 19/08/2020 late afternoon. Departure 19/08/2020 late evening.
Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
20 August 2020 – SplitArrival 20/08/2020 midday. Departure 20/08/2020 evening.
On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.
21 August 2020 – AnconaArrival 21/08/2020 early morning. Departure 21/08/2020 early afternoon.
Situated on the promontory of Monte Conero, Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, offers visitors all the charm of a typical Italian historical city. Founded by the Greeks in 390 BC and conquered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC, Ancona has a long history that was very much shaped by its harbour, a hub attracting different populations and cultures. When your ship calls here, take the time to discover the city’s many buildings, such as the cathedral dedicated to Judas Cyriacus and its façade made of white and pink marble, the Arch of Trajan, which is considered to be the port’s main embellishment, or the 15th century mansion where the painter Raphael was born and raised.
22 August 2020 – RavennaArrival 22/08/2020 early morning. Departure 22/08/2020 early afternoon.
Linked to the Adriatic Sea by a canal, the city of Ravenna and its countless monuments offer you a rich journey back in time. Roman and Byzantine cultures intermingle here, and the fruits of this history adorn the interiors of the cityﾒs religious buildings: the abundance of classical mosaics is the most stunning witness to Ravennaﾒs glorious past. Eight UNESCO World Heritage listed Paleo-Christian sites punctuate your journey into the historic heart of the city. Still very lively despite the weight of its history, Ravenna has much to offer to visitors.
VeniceDisembarkation 23/08/2020 at 07H30 .
Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.
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.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Children aged 4 to 17 can take part in age-appropriate activities organised aboard the ship by the PONANT Kid’s Club activity leaders: manual, physical or cultural activities, board games, DVD evenings, or discovering the occupations on board during dance, photo or cooking workshops (depending on staff availability and the number of children signed up).
These activities are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings until 9.30 pm (10.30 pm on gala evenings). The times can fit in with your excursion schedule: please check with the activity leaders beforehand.
Thanks to outings and shore excursions near the ship under activity leader supervision, children aged 6 and over can also enjoy the beach, have a swim, stroll through town or go fishing!
Each day, the Kid’s Club programme will be added to the standard daily programme to inform you of the details and times of activities planned for the young seafarers the next day!
As a souvenir of your cruise, a CD will be made and available for purchase on board.
The activities on offer will depend on the number children signed up, their respective ages, and the weather conditions.
During the shore excursions with the kids aged 6 and over, the younger children will not be able to attend the Kid’s Club aboard the ship.
Parents/grand-parents must read the “General information about the PONANT Kid’s Club” document and sign a permission slip authorising the child/children in their care to be looked after by the Kid’s Club on board and during outings.
Art and Literature
Because we firmly believe that there are many different ways to travel, we are inviting you to join us on one of our Art cruises or Literature cruises and to enhance your trip with a rich cultural programme.
Your cultural explorations on land
Choosing a themed cruise with PONANT means setting sail on an itinerary punctuated by unique ports of call. Our Art cruises and Literature cruises combine the pleasures of travel by sea with the discovery of emblematic sites in cities famous for the richness of their architecture and heritage.
During your different visits, you will enjoy special moments immersed in art and culture. Promising exclusive discoveries, personalised programmes and private performances, these cruises have special experiences in store for you in prestigious locations.
Knowledge-sharing on board
Aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized yachts, you will meet other travellers who share your passion. High-profile lecturers and artists will also be joining us on these cruises. As we sail across the oceans, you will be able to experience special moments between lecturers and enthusiasts.
Throughout your Art or Literature cruise, our special guests will present unique lectures in keeping with the chosen theme. They will talk about different art-related themes, such as a period, a movement or famous artists, or topics relating to literature, such as politics, society, history etc.
Ludovic Laugier, heritage curator, is in charge of Greek sculptures within the department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities of the Louvre museum. Specialized in Hellenistic sculpture (3rd to 1st century B.C.), in the history of collections and Antiques restoration, he supervised the restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, organized several exhibitions within his field of expertise and co-wrote various works about the collections of the Louvre such as The Winged Victory of Samothrace: rediscovering a masterpiece. He wrote the catalogue La Sculpture grecque du musée du Louvre, t.3.
Ludovic Laugier is taking part in the excavation of the antic Smyrne (Izmir, Turkey) and often collaborates with the American archaeological mission of Samothrace. He teaches Art history and Greek archaeology at the Ecole du Louvre and participates in many symposiums and conferences each year in French and international universities, Paris Beaux-Arts school and Ecole Normale Supérieure.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: © 2017 Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin
Jannic Durand, general heritage curator, is Director of the Department of Decorative Arts of the Louvre museum since 2013. This department is home to a unique collection of objects of extremely diverse shapes and materials from the early Middle Ages to the first half of the 19th century: jewelry, silverware, enamels, ivories, bronzes, semi-precious stone work, ceramics, glassware, stained glass, furniture, rugs… Born in 1955, he graduated from the Ecole des Chartes in 1981, and successfully passed the competitive examination of French Museums the same year. He also graduated the Ecole du Louvre in museology. In 1983 he was appointed to the Department of Decorative Arts of the Louvre museum, as a specialist of Middle Ages sumptuary arts and Byzantine arts as well as Relics and Reliquaries History. He was the curator of various exhibitions at the Louvre such as « Byzance, l’art byzantin dans les collections publiques françaises » (Byzantine arts in the French public collections) in 1992-1993, « Le trésor de la Sainte-Chapelle » (the treasure of the Sainte-Chapelle) in 2001, « Sainte Russie, l’art russe des origines à Pierre le Grand » (Russian art from the roots to Pierre le Grand) in 2010 or « Chypre entre Byzance et l’Occident IVe-XVIe siècle » (Cyprus between Byzantium and the West) in 2012. He wrote several works in his various domains of speciality. Professor at the Ecole du Louvre since 1983, he is the President of the French Committee of Byzantine studies, vice-President of the French Committee of Art History, director of the Cahiers archéologiques and President of the Ecole du Louvre association.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: © 2013 Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin
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