In the heart of the Aegean Sea

8 days / 7 nights
    In the heart of the Aegean Sea

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 19 July 2016 to 26 July 2016
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y190716

    A paradise on Earth... Dreams are made of this – the multi-coloured strata of rocky outcrops in the Cyclades emerge from the shimmering waters of the Aegean Sea.

    On board Le Lyrial discover some of the 56 magical islands of this stunning archipelago formed by fragments of mainland Greece which over the centuries broke off into the Aegean Sea.

    The sailing of Le Lyrial will bring out to Mykonos, with its pristine white houses, winding streets, windmills, blue domed churches and magnificent beaches and also in Delos, the sacred island where legend has it that Apollo was born.

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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

      19 July 2016 – Nafplion

      Athens

      Embarkation 19/07/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 19/07/2016 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.

      20 July 2016 – Nafplion

      20 July 2016 – Nafplion

      Arrival 20/07/2016 midday. Departure 20/07/2016 early evening.

      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.

      21 July 2016 – Rethymnon

      21 July 2016 – Rethymnon

      Arrival 21/07/2016 early morning. Departure 21/07/2016 late evening.

      Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Cnossos, birthplace of the Minotaur.

      22 July 2016 – Santorini (Thira)

      22 July 2016 – Santorini (Thira)

      Arrival 22/07/2016 early morning. Departure 22/07/2016 early evening.

      The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

      23 July 2016 – Rhodes

      23 July 2016 – Rhodes

      Arrival 23/07/2016 early morning. Departure 23/07/2016.

      With its particularly agreeable climate, the island of Rhodes invites you to walk its pathways and discover its immaculate villages and sumptuous medieval city, a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the centre of the island the mountains are covered in forest and on the western slopes we find vineyards and crops. Rhodes also owes much of its charm and its character to the Knights of St John who reigned over the island from 1310 to 1522 and built impressive defensive walls punctuated with majestic gateways. Do not miss this delightful island with its peaceful beaches, its large walkways and its lively nightlife, perpetuating the myth of the famous Colossus, the legendary statue that is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

      24 July 2016 – Kusadasi

      24 July 2016 – Kusadasi

      Arrival 24/07/2016 midday. Departure 24/07/2016 evening.

      The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colourful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

      25 July 2016 – Mykonos

      25 July 2016 – Mykonos

      Arrival 25/07/2016. Departure 25/07/2016.

      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.

      25 July 2016 – Delos

      25 July 2016 – Delos

      Arrival 25/07/2016 early morning. Departure 25/07/2016 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.

      25 July 2016 – Syros

      25 July 2016 – Syros

      Arrival 25/07/2016 early afternoon. Departure 25/07/2016 early evening.

      Located to the west of Mykonos, Syros is an attractive island in the Cyclades. It has been inhabited since early antiquity, as you’ll discover by visiting the archaeological museum in Ermoupoli, its capital built in the shape of an amphitheatre and stretching out over two hills. Don’t miss the historical district, where the beautiful houses are evidence of the island’s strategic location for trade, between the East and the West. Admire the superb Agios Nikolaos Church or the Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary. Further on, in the medieval town of Ano Syros, succumb to the charms of its stairways and arched passageways, the small, white houses decorated with bougainvilleas, and the sweetness of the ambient air. 

      26 July 2016▸25 July 2016 – Athens

      Athens

      Disembarkation 26/07/2016 at 06H00 .

      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.

      Kid's Club

      Kid's Club

      Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders 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...

      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.

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