Discovery of Dalmatian shores
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- A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Athens, the City of the Gods, to Venice, la Serenissima;
- Family cruise: the magician Alain Choquette will be on board;
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik, Kotor;
- Charming port of call: Hydra, the St Tropez of Athenians;
- Visiting Ithaca, where the legend of Ulysses, the king of Ithaca, as told by Homer still lives on;
- The most beautiful ports of call in Dalmatia: Mjlet, Korcula, Hvar.
- New: our experts have put together a range of excursion packages: the Essentials and the Essentials+, designed to give you the perfect introduction to the countries visited during your cruise. Travel with complete peace of mind with PONANT! Information and pre-booking : please contact your travel professional.
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Kids Club
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
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 21/07/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 21/07/2018 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.
22 July 2018 – HydraArrival 22/07/2018 late morning. Departure 22/07/2018 late afternoon.
This unusual gem belonging to the Saronic islands is located to the east of the Peloponnese. There are no cars here. Named after the island, the harbour town is layered up the slopes of a mountainous bay. You may be surprised to see beautiful stone mansions. These are traditional here, as are the multi-coloured caïques along the quays. Further along the shore, you will discover the Historical Archives Museum. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.
22 July 2018 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 22/07/2018. Departure 22/07/2018.
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!
23 July 2018 – IthacaArrival 23/07/2018 late morning. Departure 23/07/2018 evening.
“As you set out on the way to Ithaca, hope that the road is a long one,” wrote Constantine Cavafy, a famous Greek poet.Mythical and immortal, a symbol of quests and adventure, Ithaca is a magical island and was the main source of inspiration for Homer’s legendary Odyssey. The ultimate aim of many sailors, Ulysses’ island offers unusual landscapes with a harmonious mixture of wooded mountains, white-sand beaches, traditional villages and archaeological monuments. When your ship calls here, discover the island’s many landmarks such as the ancient ruins of Stavros, and try to solve the mysteries of one of the world’s most told stories.
24 July 2018 – PargaArrival 24/07/2018 early morning. Departure 24/07/2018 early 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.
25 July 2018 – Sailing in the Bay of KotorArrival 25/07/2018. Departure 25/07/2018.
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.
25 July 2018 – KotorArrival 25/07/2018 midday. Departure 25/07/2018 late 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.
26 July 2018 – DubrovnikArrival 26/07/2018 early morning. Departure 26/07/2018 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.
27 July 2018 – MljetArrival 27/07/2018 early morning. Departure 27/07/2018 midday.
Discover Mljet Island off the Pelješac peninsula. Known for its national park and its protected forests, this Croatian splendid, pristine island offers many opportunities for walking with bays linked to two salt water lakes. On the largest lake, Veliko Jezero, a small island is home to an old Benedictine monastery.
27 July 2018 – KorculaArrival 27/07/2018 early afternoon. Departure 27/07/2018 late evening.
This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower. Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.
28 July 2018 – HvarArrival 28/07/2018 early morning. Departure 28/07/2018 midday.
Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by its traditions that haven’t changed since Antiquity. The country’s oldest town, Stari Grad, is here on this Dalmatian Island. The town nestles by a cove on the north-west coast, surrounded by dry stone wall structures on the Stari Grad plains. These have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site because they were built in the time of the Ancient Greeks. From these parcels of land come wines and olive oil manufactured manually. In the upper part of town, it is possible to discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is also a good place to try some of local produce.
VeniceDisembarkation 29/07/2018 at 08H00 .
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.
Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders(1) will be aboard, running the Kids’ Club.
The Kids’ Club allows children from four years old, older children and teenagers to enjoy activities that are adapted to their age. Each child can learn at their own pace and develop their knowledge whilst having fun, enjoying a range of cultural and sporting activities including:
- Manual and creative activities, some of which are related to the destinations or ports of call on the itinerary
- Board games
- Exhibitions of items created
- Dance, with the help of the staff aboard
- Fishing (minimum number of participants required)
- Sports and games (darts – minimum number of children required, swimming – depending on weather conditions...)
- Photo workshops (minimum number of children required)
Aboard, accompanied by the activity leaders and with the help of crew members(2), they will be able to enjoy cookery workshops, to visit the Bridge, have their photo taken with the Captain and take group photos.
Outings/walks with the activity leaders (subject to a minimum number of participants) near the ship (beach & swimming) will be organised.
Evening entertainment led by the activity leaders or crew members will be organised on one or two evenings during the parents’ evening meal (7 pm or 9.30 pm), such as a DVD screening for example.
Useful information about the PONANT Kids’ Club:
- There is no fixed timetable.
- The Kids' Club opens half an hour before excursions and closes half an hour after excursions.
- Times are given each day in the onboard newspaper.
- The Kids’ Club will close if no-one turns up within the first half hour after it opens.
- Attendance sheet and waiver to be signed by parents/guardians are required in order for the child to become a member of the club.
(1) Experienced and qualified professional youth activity leaders: service providers – number of activity leaders based on number of children registered for the club.
(2) As far as possible, other activities will be organised with staff aboard the ship, related to the life on a ship and the various professions involved for example.
Happy parents, happy children...
Born in Quebec, Alain Choquette dreams of becoming a famous magician from his earliest age. Specialised in “close-up magic”, he handles card tricks with skill and bases his shows on a close collaboration with his audience. With humour and poetry, Alain Choquette offers another approach to magic while collaborating with renowned artists like the famous magician David Copperfield.
In his early stages, Alain presented his close-up magic tricks to the most popular talk show in Quebec television "Ad Lib". Starting from 1993, he multiplied performances in Quebec and in the United States. His first show “Première apparition” was a great success in Montreal with 200 performances within two years.
This dazzling celebrity brought him then to the American stages. He was invited to participate in the TV special "World's Greatest Magic" broadcast by NBC and watched by over 26 million viewers, and then to join the American tour 50th anniversary of the prestigious Radio City Music Hall in New York.
In 2003, he presented “Alain Choquette et compagnie” at the Casino of Montreal, and mystified Montrealers with “La Disparition des Douze” in which he removed 12 randomly selected people within the public. This trick gave him a worldwide reputation.
Alain Choquette crossed the Atlantic in 2013 to seduce the French audience through his participation at the Comedy Magic Show of Arturo Brachetti. He came back to France in late 2014, and since then has been presenting his new show “Drôlement magique” across the country.
Languages spoken: French, English
Photo credit: Michel Cloutier
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
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** Prices per person, based on double occupancy