Secrets of the Greek islands

9 days / 8 nights
    Gastronomy
    Secrets of the Greek islands

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 5 July 2018 to 13 July 2018
    9 days / 8 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y050718

    In partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France.

    Sail the Aegean Sea with PONANT and set off to discover Greece and its famous islands: the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands.

    From Athens, Le Lyrial will take you to exceptional sites during a 9-day Mediterranean cruise.

    Patmos will be the first port of call for this voyage. Known as the “Jerusalem of the Aegean Sea”, this island, where Saint John is said to have written the Apocalypse, offers unique landscapes combining white sandy beaches and rocky coves.

    Le Lyrial will then approach the Santorini archipelago in an incredible cruise along the foot of its caldera formed during an eruption in around 1600 BC. Sublime white villages such as Thera and Oia are built on top of the cliffs falling vertically into the sea. 

    Then, you will discover Delos, a minuscule island in the Cyclades archipelago. According to mythology, Apollo was born here. Like an open-air museum, Delos offers unique testimony of the civilisations that followed one another in the Aegean world.

    Next comes Mykonos, its beaches and windmills, with Alefkandra, a district that is typical of the island, with houses built right on the water’s edge. Le Lyrial will then make a detour via the island of Hydra, famous for its incomparable light, before calling at the charming town of Nafplio, the departure point for visiting the famous Epidaurus Theatre and the Mycenae site, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

    Your cruise will end in Athens, the mythical city dominated by the Acropolis and its monuments that form the most extraordinary architectural and artistic collection bequeathed by Ancient Greece to the rest of the world.

    Highlights

    • A cruise in the Aegean Sea to discover the Greek Islands;
    • Gastronomic cruise run in partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France;
    • Discovering the pearls of the Cyclades: Folegandros, Paros, Delos, Mykonos and their ancient ruins, typical landscapes and beaches;
    • Exceptional sailing in the Santorini caldera;
    • The Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos;
    • From Napflio, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre, listed with UNESCO.
    • 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.

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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

      5 July 2018 – Patmos

      Athens

      Embarkation 05/07/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 05/07/2018 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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

      6 July 2018 – Patmos

      6 July 2018 – Patmos

      Arrival 06/07/2018 midday. Departure 06/07/2018 evening.

      Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

      7 July 2018 – Symi

      7 July 2018 – Symi

      Arrival 07/07/2018 early morning. Departure 07/07/2018 early evening.

      A simply ravishing gem in the Dodecanese, Symi is located north-west of Rhodes. This island of cypress forests, vineyards and olive orchards, possesses a capital city of the same name that is as colourful as the surrounding countryside. The charm of the port district of Gialos is not to be missed: its quaysides are lined with picturesque houses with multi-coloured facades. You can get to the upper town by car or climb the 500 steps up the Kali Strata ramp. The second option offers superb viewing points of the coast and gorgeous turquoise waters.

      8 July 2018 – Karavostasis, Folegandros

      8 July 2018 – Karavostasis, Folegandros

      Arrival 08/07/2018 early morning. Departure 08/07/2018 mid afternoon.

      Folegandros is a treasure concealed in the Cyclades archipelago. You approach this mountainous island from the south-east side of continental Greece. The blue and white houses built on a steep plateau in its main town, Chora, is a feast for the eyes. Why not climb up to the belvederes and admire the view of the Aegean and the port of Karavostasi. The jetty in Karavostasi port leads to a lovely beach where you can have fun in the turquoise water. Higher up, you can pay a visit to Ano Meria, a village surrounded by terrace farms. Don’t forget to explore its local art museum where you’ll discover the island’s safeguarded traditions.

      8 July 2018 – Sailing in the Santorini Caldera

      8 July 2018 – Sailing in the Santorini Caldera

      Arrival 08/07/2018. Departure 08/07/2018.

      Sailing in the waters of Santorini caldera is breathtaking. The gigantic scale of the unique setting, the majesty of the high cliffs surrounds this ancient crater that was flooded in 2000 years before Christ, is one of the highlights of the cruise. The colourful whites, greys, reds of the volcanic rocks, the blue of the Aegean Sea and the immaculate perched villages form a unique and marvellous spectacle.

      9 July 2018 – Delos

      9 July 2018 – Delos

      Arrival 09/07/2018 early morning. Departure 09/07/2018 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.

      9 July 2018 – Mykonos

      9 July 2018 – Mykonos

      Arrival 09/07/2018 midday. Departure 09/07/2018 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.

      10 July 2018 – Paros

      10 July 2018 – Paros

      Arrival 10/07/2018 early morning. Departure 10/07/2018 evening.

      Famous for its white marble, the island of Paros is located in the Cyclades. Along the quays of Parikia, its main town, you’ll see Byzantine churches and neoclassical buildings. To make the most of the turquoise waters, you can stop over in Naoussa. This little fishing port is bounded by a very beautiful cove and offers more than one café to sit and unwind.

      11 July 2018 – Hydra

      11 July 2018 – Hydra

      Arrival 11/07/2018 mid morning. Departure 11/07/2018 late 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 caïquesalong the quays. Further along the shore, within the walls of the “Monastery of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary” is a museum of Byzantine art. Collections from Athens National History Museum are exhibited in the elegant villa Koundouriotis.

      12 July 2018 – Nafplion

      12 July 2018 – Nafplion

      Arrival 12/07/2018 early morning. Departure 12/07/2018 late afternoon.

      The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

      13 July 2018▸12 July 2018 – Athens

      Athens

      Disembarkation 13/07/2018 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. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

      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.

      Kids Club

      Kids Club

      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 (7pm or 9.30pm), such as a DVD screening for example.

      Useful information about the Ponant Kids’ Club:

      • No fixed timetable
      • Opens half an hour before excursions, 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 in order for the child to become a member of the Club. As a cruise souvenir, a CD will be made and sold aboard the ship and a daily Kids Club newsletter will be added as a supplement to the usual daily onboard newspaper.      

      (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...

      Theme

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

      Prestigious ports of call

      For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

      A journey to the land of flavours

      On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

      Renowned professionals*

      These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

      *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Eric Guérin

      Eric Guérin

      Chef but also hunter, fisherman, photographer, and passionate traveler, Éric Guérin, after having presided over the greatest establishments in Paris, opened his own restaurant La Mare aux Oiseaux in 1995 at the heart of the Brière swamp in Loire Atlantique. Adorned with one star, he shares his very personal dishes and invites the enthusiastic eater to follow him on a culinary journey through his regional cuisine & imagination.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Sebastien SIRAUDEAU

      Michel Portos

      Michel Portos

      Michel Portos currently presides over Marseille, his hometown. He was elected Chef of the Year in 2012 by the Gault et Millau Guide. After having paved his way in Perpignan, Roanne, and Bordeaux and having clinched his second star at the Saint James Hotel in Bouliac, he returned to a source of inspiration, the Mediterranean. In his two establishments, he loves to surprise and titillate palates. As a purist, his cuisine offers intense and audacious character.

      Language spoken: French

       

      Photo credit: Anne-Emmanuelle THION

      Christophe Aribert

      Christophe Aribert

      Heading the kitchen at Les Terrasses in Uriage since 2004, Christophe Aribert, originally from Grenoble, returned to his first loves, his mountains, when he carried out his apprenticeship in this restaurant. Crowned with two stars, his creative take is inspired by his terroir. He delivers sincere cuisine marked by an infinite finesse topped with a perfect technical mastery.

      Languages spoken: French, English

       

      Photo credit: Anne-Emmanuelle THION

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        05/07/2018 – Panoramic Tour of Athens before being transferred to the Port of Piraeus

        45.00 $ **

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        04/07/2018 – Athens, on your own (1 night)

        350.00 $ **

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      2. After your cruise

        13/07/2018 – Athens, the Acropolis Museum & Plaka

        70.00 $ **

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