An Aegean Sojourn

5 days / 4 nights
    An Aegean Sojourn

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 17 June 2019 to 21 June 2019
    5 days / 4 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Athens

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y170619

    Sail around the Aegean Sea with PONANT during a 5-day cruise. With Athens as the departure point, set off for an escapade aboard Le Lyrial to discover four islands that are among the most beautiful in Greece.  

    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.

    Situated in the midst of the Cyclades archipelago, Paros is renowned for its white marble, whose use dates back to Antiquity. Covered with olive groves and vines, Paros will welcome you in a setting of charming beaches and white-clad villages.

    You will also discover 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.

    Le Lyrial will then make a detour via the island of Hydra, famous for its incomparable light and the calm of its small streets on which all motorised traffic is banned.

    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.

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    Highlights

    • UNESCO World Heritages Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation and disembarkation port), the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos and the Monastery of St John on Patmos.
    • A cruise in the Aegean Sea to discover the Greek Islands and their ancient ruins, typical landscapes and beaches.
    • Discovery of three archipelagos during the same cruise: the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the Saronic Islands.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$5,700
      AU$3,000
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$6,180
      AU$3,240
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$6,960
      AU$3,630
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$7,320
      AU$3,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$7,720
      AU$4,010
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$10,920
      AU$5,610
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$14,980
      AU$7,640
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      AU$15,720
      AU$8,010
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      AU$18,120
      AU$9,210
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      AU$23,140
      AU$11,720
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$23,380
      AU$11,840
      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 June 2019 – Patmos

    Athens

    Embarkation 17/06/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 17/06/2019 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 June 2019 – Patmos

    18 June 2019 – Patmos

    Arrival 18/06/2019 late morning. Departure 18/06/2019 early 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.

    19 June 2019 – Paros

    19 June 2019 – Paros

    Arrival 19/06/2019 early morning. Departure 19/06/2019 early afternoon.

    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.

    19 June 2019 – Mykonos

    19 June 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 19/06/2019 mid afternoon. Departure 19/06/2019.

    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.

    20 June 2019 – Mykonos

    20 June 2019 – Mykonos

    Arrival 20/06/2019. Departure 20/06/2019 at night.

    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.

    20 June 2019 – Hydra

    20 June 2019 – Hydra

    Arrival 20/06/2019 late morning. Departure 20/06/2019 early 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 caïques along 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.

    21 June 2019▸20 June 2019 – Athens

    Athens

    Disembarkation 21/06/2019 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.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      16/06/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      590.00 AU$ **

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    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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