The best of Croatia

8 days / 7 nights
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    The best of Croatia

    Cruise The Mediterranean , The Adriatic

    from 13 September 2018 to 20 September 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Venice
    Arrival Port : Venice

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y130918

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    Discover the beauty of the Adriatic with PONANT on an exceptional 8-day cruise in Croatia. Aboard Le Lyrial, fall under the spell of the hidden treasures of the Croatian coast and its turquoise waters.  

    Your voyage will begin in Italy with an embarkation in Venice. An opportunity to discover or rediscover the sublime city of the Doges, with its many canals, its vaporetti and its mythical gondolas.  

    Le Lyrial will then call at Korčula, full of olive groves, vineyards and ancient buildings. An island marked by history, the birthplace of the explorer Marco Polo. 

    You will then head to the aptly named “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its terracotta-tiled roofs, its palaces, cloisters and fountains are bound to impress you and will plunge you into the heart of Croatian history.

    Your ship will then set sail towards Montenegro, for an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor. This impressive gash between two mountain ranges is home to a veritable inland lake with a magical atmosphere; the medieval city of Kotor and its many historical monuments are its jewels.

    Your exploration of the Croatian coastlines will conclude with visits of Hvar, Pula and Rovinj, before you head back to Venice.

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    Highlights

    • Discover during one single cruise 7 Croatian cities, amazing for their cultural and historic heritage and their charm;
    • Unesco World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice, the old town of Dubrovnik and Kotor, the cathedral St Jacques in Šibenik, the Diocletian’s Palace in Split;
    • In Montenegro, sailing in the bay of Kotor and a one-day stop in the town of Kotor;
    • The opportunity to (re)discover Venice, the City of the Doges before or after your cruise.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      $9,870
      $5,210
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $10,670
      $5,610
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $11,930
      $6,240
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $12,530
      $6,540
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $13,150
      $6,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      $18,390
      $9,470
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $25,010
      $12,780
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      $26,290
      $13,420
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      $30,230
      $15,390
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      $38,550
      $19,550
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $38,930
      $19,740
      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

    13 September 2018 – Korcula

    Venice

    Embarkation 13/09/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 13/09/2018 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.

    14 September 2018 – Korcula

    14 September 2018 – Korcula

    Arrival 14/09/2018 early afternoon. Departure 14/09/2018 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.

    15 September 2018 – Sibenik

    15 September 2018 – Sibenik

    Arrival 15/09/2018 early morning. Departure 15/09/2018 early morning.

    Located at the heart of central Dalmatia, Sibenik is proud of its pure Croatian architecture, unlike its neighbours which were founded by the Romans. Behind its walls, along its steep narrow streets with their almost Italian charm, the old town has conserved a prestigious built heritage of churches and palaces dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Do not miss the magnificent Cathedral of Saint James and lose yourself in the contemplation of the remarkable ornate frieze of 71 sculpted portraits of women, men and children, illustrating the successful merger of Gothic and Renaissance art.

    15 September 2018 – Split

    15 September 2018 – Split

    Arrival 15/09/2018 midday. Departure 15/09/2018 evening.

    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.

    16 September 2018 – Dubrovnik

    16 September 2018 – Dubrovnik

    Arrival 16/09/2018 early morning. Departure 16/09/2018.

    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.

    17 September 2018 – Dubrovnik

    17 September 2018 – Dubrovnik

    Arrival 17/09/2018. Departure 17/09/2018 at night.

    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.

    17 September 2018 – Kotor

    17 September 2018 – Kotor

    Arrival 17/09/2018 early morning. Departure 17/09/2018 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.

    18 September 2018 – Hvar

    18 September 2018 – Hvar

    Arrival 18/09/2018 early morning. Departure 18/09/2018 late 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.

    19 September 2018 – Pula

    19 September 2018 – Pula

    Arrival 19/09/2018 early morning. Departure 19/09/2018 midday.

    The Pearl of the Adriatic, lying at the southern tip of the Istrian Peninsula, Pula is undoubtedly the most Roman of all Croatian towns. Some of the greatest pages in history were written here, as the breathtaking ancient remains testify. Take your pick exploring the amphitheatre, the Renaissance Communal Palace, the Venetian Fort, and others. Stroll through the busy lanes in the old town, enjoying the warm welcome of the locals, and perhaps you will be tempted to try the famous Kvarner scampi or Istrian ham.

    19 September 2018 – Rovinj

    19 September 2018 – Rovinj

    Arrival 19/09/2018 early afternoon. Departure 19/09/2018 evening.

    Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

    20 September 2018▸19 September 2018 – Venice

    Venice

    Disembarkation 20/09/2018 at 07H00 .

    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.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      12/09/2018 – Venice, on your own (1 night)

      550.00 $ **

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      13/09/2018 – Pinault Foundation’s sites in Venice and transfer to the pier

      210.00 $ **

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    2. After your cruise

      20/09/2018 – Direct transfer from port to airport in Venice

      45.00 $ **

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    Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
    Travellers are advised to check all the information with the authorities concerned prior to the departure date. Ponant advises Travellers to consult the country factsheets relating to the chosen destinations. Ponant specifically draws Travellers' attention to the fact that the information provided may change up until the departure date, and they are advised to consult that information up until the time of departure. CDP invites Travellers to adjust their behavior to the visited country, to exercise vigilance and to avoid carrying valuable objects during their travel.

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