From the Canals of Venice to the Stones of Athens

8 days / 7 nights
    Kid's Club
    Close departure
    From the Canals of Venice to the Stones of Athens

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 5 August 2019 to 12 August 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Venice
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y050819

    Discover the treasures of the Eastern Mediterranean with an exclusive PONANT itinerary.  

    Step aboard the Le Lyrial in Venice for an 8-day cruise around three famed seas: the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean.

    After a port of call at Bol, a charming little Dalmatian village located on the island of Brač, you will arrive in Dubrovnik. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pearl of the Adriatic will charm you with its palaces, elegant buildings, cloisters and fountains.

    Following an enchanting cruise in the famous Bay of Kotor, Le Lyrial will cross the Corinth Canal, thus sailing through the Peloponnese isthmus to arrive in the Aegean Sea and at the island of 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. 

    After a final port of call on Hydra, a charming little holiday island popular with Athenians, you will head for Athens, the City of the Gods, the end of your Mediterranean odyssey.

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    • The magician Alain Choquette will be on board.
    • A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
    • A cruise crossing three countries (Italy, Croatia, Greece) and three seas (Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean), to discover the emblematic treasures of the Mediterranean.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Straits of Kotor, the Acropolis from the disembarkation port in Athens.
    • An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.
    • Three charming Greek ports of call, all with a different character: Parga, Mykonos and Hydra.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
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    • Deluxe Stateroom
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    • Prestige Deck 4
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    • Prestige Deck 5
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    • Prestige Deck 6
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    • Deluxe Suite
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    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
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    • Privilège Suite
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    • Grand Deluxe Suite
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    • Grand Privilege Suite
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    • Owner's Suite
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    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.


    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

    5 August 2019 – Bol


    Embarkation 05/08/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/08/2019 at 18H00 .

    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.

    6 August 2019 – Bol

    6 August 2019 – Bol

    Arrival 06/08/2019 midday. Departure 06/08/2019 late afternoon.

    Bol is a destination in the Dalmatian archipelago, best kept secret. This picturesque village is located on the southern coast of Brac Island. Its traditional architecture has unbelievable charm: little houses with white facades and red tiled roofs provide the perfect setting for laid-back meanders. Beyond the port, the waterfront promenade leads onto the beaches which are shaded by pines and cypresses. The most famous of them is Zlatni Rat, “the golden horn”. From the belvedere on Vidova Gora mountain, you can see its unusual contours and get an eyeful of the other Adriatic islands.

    7 August 2019 – Dubrovnik

    7 August 2019 – Dubrovnik

    Arrival 07/08/2019 early morning. Departure 07/08/2019 midday.

    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.

    7 August 2019 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    7 August 2019 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    Arrival 07/08/2019. Departure 07/08/2019.

    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.

    8 August 2019 – Parga

    8 August 2019 – Parga

    Arrival 08/08/2019 early afternoon. Departure 08/08/2019 late evening.

    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.

    9 August 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    9 August 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 09/08/2019. Departure 09/08/2019.

    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!

    10 August 2019 – Mykonos

    10 August 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 10/08/2019 early morning. Departure 10/08/2019 late 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.

    11 August 2019 – Hydra

    11 August 2019 – Hydra

    Arrival 11/08/2019 midday. Departure 11/08/2019 evening.

    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.

    12 August 2019▸11 August 2019 – Athens


    Disembarkation 12/08/2019 at 07H00 .

    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.


    • 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.

    Kid's Club

    Kid's Club

    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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Alain Choquette

    Alain Choquette

    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.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      04/08/2019 – Discover Venice (1 night)

      1070.00 $ **

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