Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic

10 days / 9 nights
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    Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic

    Cruise The Mediterranean , The Adriatic

    from 14 August 2020 to 23 August 2020
    10 days / 9 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Venice

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y140820

    Set sail to discover the cultural and artistic jewels of the Adriatic with PONANT. During this new 10-day cruise from Athens, Le Lyrial will take you to Montenegro, Italy and Croatia.

    From Athens, you will follow a memorable crossing of the Corinth Canal and make a first port of call at Itea, not far from the marvellous Delphi archaeological site, on the slopes of Mount Parnassus.

    Next, you will visit the stunning Puglia region in Italy when the ship calls at Otranto and Bari. Don’t miss the chance to discover the famous UNESCO-listed trulli, small stone houses with a conical roof, in Alberobello, or to visit Lecce. Its lavish baroque monuments have earned it the nickname “Florence of the South of Italy”.

    You will then reach Montenegro after sailing in the Bay of Kotor, which is strangely reminiscent of Norwegian fjords. The city of Kotor nestles in a bay surrounded by wooded mountains. Its old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its medieval architecture.

    After calling at Split in Croatia, home to the gigantic palace of Diocletian, Le Lyrial will make its way to the cities of Ancona and Ravenna. These art cities are home to remarkable monuments attesting to a rich history, from the Roman Empire to Byzantine Italy.

    As a grand finale, your voyage will draw to an end in Venice the Serenissima and its lagoon. Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palaces along the canals will be your last stops on an unforgettable cruise.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Athens, the City of the Gods, to Venice, la Serenissima.
    • A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (your embarkation port), the sanctuary of Delphi (from Itea), the trulli of Alberobello (from Bari), the old town of Kotor, 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.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      $10,670
      $5,690
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $11,530
      $6,120
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $12,970
      $6,840
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $13,650
      $7,180
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $14,350
      $7,530
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      $20,230
      $10,470
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $27,630
      $14,170
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      $29,050
      $14,880
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      $33,450
      $17,080
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      $42,670
      $21,690
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $43,090
      $21,900
      Not Available
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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

    14 August 2020 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Athens

    Embarkation 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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

    15 August 2020 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    15 August 2020 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 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!

    15 August 2020 – Itea

    15 August 2020 – Itea

    Arrival 15/08/2020 early afternoon. Departure 15/08/2020 evening.

    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.

    16 August 2020 – Paxi

    16 August 2020 – Paxi

    Arrival 16/08/2020 late morning. Departure 16/08/2020 late evening.

    Paxi Island is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colourful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.

    17 August 2020 – Otranto

    17 August 2020 – Otranto

    Arrival 17/08/2020 early morning. Departure 17/08/2020 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.

    18 August 2020 – Bari

    18 August 2020 – Bari

    Arrival 18/08/2020 early morning. Departure 18/08/2020 early afternoon.

    Extending out along a fertile plain facing the Adriatic Sea amid infinite landscapes sculpted by the water and wind, Bari bears the traces of the peoples which, over the centuries, have conquered it, settled it, or simply visited it fleetingly before making their way to faraway lands. Though its exact origins are lost among the mysteries of archaeology, the many sites here provide evidence of the town’s rich past. The Saracens, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians have left a trace here, each bringing their own cultural baggage.  During your stop here, stroll along the minuscule streets in Bari Vecchia, the historic centre, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.

    19 August 2020 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    19 August 2020 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    Arrival 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 – Kotor

    19 August 2020 – Kotor

    Arrival 19/08/2020 early morning. Departure 19/08/2020 early afternoon.

    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 Kotor

    19 August 2020 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    Arrival 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.

    20 August 2020 – Split

    20 August 2020 – Split

    Arrival 20/08/2020 early morning. Departure 20/08/2020 late afternoon.

    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 – Ancona

    21 August 2020 – Ancona

    Arrival 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 – Ravenna

    22 August 2020 – Ravenna

    Arrival 22/08/2020 early morning. Departure 22/08/2020 midday.

    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.

    23 August 2020▸22 August 2020 – Venice

    Venice

    Disembarkation 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.

    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.

    • 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.

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