From the city of the gods to the Dalmatian coast

8 days / 7 nights
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    From the city of the gods to the Dalmatian coast

    Cruise The Mediterranean , The Adriatic

    from 13 June 2017 to 20 June 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Venice

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y130617

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

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

    You will visit 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. 

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik will charm you with its palaces, elegant buildings, cloisters and fountains. Located in Croatia's deep south, the Pearl of the Adriatic is a true gem.

    You will also stop in Hvar. Its temperate, sunny climate has earned it the nickname ‘The Croatian Madeira’. The old town nestled deep in the bay holds remarkable monuments that bear witness to its rich history.

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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

      13 June 2017 – Canakkale

      Athens

      Embarkation 13/06/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/06/2017 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.

      14 June 2017 – Canakkale

      14 June 2017 – Canakkale

      Arrival 14/06/2017 late morning. Departure 14/06/2017 evening.

      Çanakkale is located on the edge of the straits of the Dardanelles, in the north-west of the country. On the promenade alongside the harbour, you’ll come across a contemporary sculpture of an immense wooden horse evoking Odysseus’ legendary scheme to take Troy. In the Archaeological Museum, you’ll see artefacts found during the excavations made in the ancient city.  Thirty or so kilometres south of Çanakkale, you can also visit the archaeological site of Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Rising out of the luxuriant Mediterranean vegetation, you’ll see many stone walls, sculptures and inscriptions, as well as a theatre with stone tiers.

      15 June 2017 – Mykonos

      15 June 2017 – Mykonos

      Arrival 15/06/2017 midday. Departure 15/06/2017 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.

      16 June 2017 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      16 June 2017 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      Arrival 16/06/2017. Departure 16/06/2017.

      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!

      17 June 2017 – Dubrovnik

      17 June 2017 – Dubrovnik

      Arrival 17/06/2017 midday. Departure 17/06/2017.

      18 June 2017 – Dubrovnik

      18 June 2017 – Dubrovnik

      Arrival 18/06/2017. Departure 18/06/2017 mid morning.

      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.

      18 June 2017 – Kotor

      18 June 2017 – Kotor

      Arrival 18/06/2017 early afternoon. Departure 18/06/2017 evening.

      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 June 2017 – Hvar

      19 June 2017 – Hvar

      Arrival 19/06/2017 early morning. Departure 19/06/2017 early afternoon.

      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, you will discover hams and cheeses made by local producers. The picturesque village of Vrisnik is a good place to try some of local produce.

      20 June 2017▸19 June 2017 – Venice

      Venice

      Disembarkation 20/06/2017 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.

      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.

      • Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://turkey-evisa.travisa-online.com/turkey.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        20/06/2017 – Venice on your own (2 days/1 night)

        538.00 $ **

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        20/06/2017 – Direct transfer from port to airport in Venice

        45.00 $ **

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        20/06/2017 – From Venice to London by the Venice Simplon Orient Express (2 nights)

        3550.00 $ **

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      2. Before your cruise

        13/06/2017 – Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus

        39.00 $ **

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        12/06/2017 – Athens on your own (2 days/1 night)

        218.00 $ **

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        12/06/2017 – Athens, on your own - King George Hotel (2 days/1 night)

        300.00 $ **

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