Treasures of the Peloponnese

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Kid's Club
    Treasures of the Peloponnese

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 17 July 2020 to 24 July 2020
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y170720

    Succumb to the charms of Eternal Greece during a new 8-day cruise offered by PONANT. With Athens as the departure point, set sail aboard Le Lyrial for an exceptional tour of Peloponnese that will give you access to historic and cultural sites that are among the most celebrated in Greece.

    During your stop at Sifnos in the Cyclades, discover this harmonious island exploited since Antiquity for its gold and silver mines, offering gentle landscapes, mountains paths and a rich endemic flora. From the main port of Kamares, set off to the picturesque fortified village of Kastro, sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea.

    Le Lyrial will then move towards Milos, especially renowned for the famous statue of Venus found in a field there and now displayed in the Louvre in Paris. This mineral island is also a geological treasure.

    In Gythio, the main port of ancient Sparta, discover the Byzantine city of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then, when the ship calls at Pylos, the Palace of Nestor, one of the heroes of the Trojan War, and of course the wonderful archaeological site of Delphi clinging to the slopes of Mount Parnassus, which you will reach from Itea.

    Le Lyrial will finally cross the Corinth Canal, thus sailing through the Peloponnese isthmus to arrive in Athens, the City of the Gods, the end of your Mediterranean odyssey.

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    Highlights

    • A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
    • A circumnavigation of the Peloponnese with the discovery of numerous ancient Greek sites.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the medieval ruins of Mystras (from Gythio), the sanctuary of Delphi (from Itea).
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.
    • The possibility of visiting Athens, cradle of the gods, before or after your cruise.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      $8,270
      $4,410
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      $8,970
      $4,760
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      $10,070
      $5,310
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      $10,610
      $5,580
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      $11,150
      $5,850
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      $15,710
      $8,130
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      $21,510
      $11,030
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      $22,590
      $11,570
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      $26,010
      $13,280
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      $33,190
      $16,870
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      $33,530
      $17,040
      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

    17 July 2020 – Kamares, Sifnos

    Athens

    Embarkation 17/07/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 17/07/2020 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.

    18 July 2020 – Kamares, Sifnos

    18 July 2020 – Kamares, Sifnos

    Arrival 18/07/2020 early morning. Departure 18/07/2020 evening.

    Nestling in the Cyclades, the harmonious and much less crowded island of Sifnos is home to many treasures. Exploited since antiquity for its gold and silver mines, this little-known pearl boasts gentle landscapes and is a botanical paradise. The rich endemic flora can be admired along the island’s mountain paths that have been trodden for thousands of years. From the main port of Kamares, set off to discover the nearby sandy beach which runs along a lagoon and whose dunes are covered in sea daffodils. The picturesque fortified village of Kastro is another of the island’s wonders. Sitting atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this spot, where people have lived since prehistoric times, is very much an open-air museum.

    19 July 2020 – Adamas, Milos

    19 July 2020 – Adamas, Milos

    Arrival 19/07/2020 early morning. Departure 19/07/2020 early evening.

    Although Milos is especially renowned for the famous statue of Venus found in a field there and now displayed in the Louvre in Paris, this mineral island is also a geological treasure. Its volcanic origin is evident in its breathtaking landscapes and the colours of its cliffs, ranging from pure white to deep red. You’ll discover the wild beauty of the shorelines lined with the most beautiful beaches in Greece from a ship deck, and you’ll enjoy privileged access to emerald-green coves. Tiny fishing ports like Adamas hide there, with brightly-painted doors and terraces. Milos is a charming port of call in the heart of the Cyclades.

    20 July 2020 – Gythio

    20 July 2020 – Gythio

    Arrival 20/07/2020 early morning. Departure 20/07/2020 early evening.

    Located in the south of the Peloponnese, on the Mani Peninsula, Gytheio was the main port and naval base of ancient Sparta, located around fifty kilometres inland. In Roman times, the port experienced significant expansion thanks to trading in imperial dye; in fact, the region had an abundance of murex, the rock snails from which this dye, loved by the Romans, was extracted. The town is nestled against Mount Koumaros and dominated by a citadel. Take a stroll and fall under the charm of the calm that reigns over the stairways bordered by small neoclassic houses with steps overrun with wild flowers.

    21 July 2020 – Pylos

    21 July 2020 – Pylos

    Arrival 21/07/2020 early morning. Departure 21/07/2020 late afternoon.

    The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the south west of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. You can admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical centre’s winding streets will plunge you into a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, you will be able to relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.

    22 July 2020 – Paxi

    22 July 2020 – Paxi

    Arrival 22/07/2020 early morning. Departure 22/07/2020 early evening.

    Paxi Island is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colourful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.

    23 July 2020 – Itea

    23 July 2020 – Itea

    Arrival 23/07/2020 early morning. Departure 23/07/2020 late afternoon.

    Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

    23 July 2020 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    23 July 2020 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 23/07/2020. Departure 23/07/2020.

    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!

    24 July 2020▸23 July 2020 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 24/07/2020 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Francis Huster

    Francis Huster

    Francis Huster is an actor, stage director, author, screenwriter and director.

    His career on stage began when he finished the French National Conservatory, to be admitted to the Comédie-Française, where he became a member.

    Recipient of the Gérard-Philipe Prize in 1980, he left this Institution in 1981, and he set up his own company. Pleased audiences resulted in some unforgettable shows: Lorenzaccio by Musset (1976), Hamlet by Shakespeare (1984), Le Cid by Corneille (1985), Crime et Châtiment by Dostoïevski (2001)…

    Since 2012, he has often worked with Steve Suissa on plays such as Bronx by Chazz Palminteri, Le Joueur d’Échecs by Stefan Zweig, Avanti ! by Samuel Taylor and Horowitz, le pianiste du siècle. Le théâtre, ma Vie, the latest creation of the duo, allows Francis Huster to tell his own story.

    Early on, he’d directed and produced classical playwrights and in 1990, he was the recipient on Prix du Brigadier for the adaptation, direction and interpretation of La Peste by Camus.

    Francis Huster is an Officer of the Legion of Honour, a Commandeur of the National Order of Merite and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.

    He directed 3 films himself, and notably Un homme et son chien (2009) with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

    At the same time, he has pursued a film career, in which he has worked under Claude Lelouch, Andrzej Zulawski, Francis Veber et Steve Suissa, among others. Television has confirmed his popularity. In 2003, he received a “Sept d’Or” for his interpretation of Jean Moulin, a famous member of the French Resistance.

    Language spoken: French

     

    Photo credit: Pascal Ito

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