Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

8 days / 7 nights
    New itinerary
    Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 23 September 2019 to 30 September 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Barcelona

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y230919

    With this all-new itinerary, PONANT invites you to explore the jewels of Mediterranean’s large islands: Sicily, Sardinia, and the Balearics. Set sail aboard Le Lyrial for an 8-day cruise between Athens and Barcelona, discovering unmissable sites.   

    After crossing the narrow Corinth Canal, your ship will call at Idea, not far from the famous site of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clinging to the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the ruins dominate the valley and still seem to resound to the noise of the footsteps of past pilgrims. Then, another treasure of Ancient Greece awaits you from the port of call in Katakolo: Olympia, its temples, altars, theatres and marble statues…

    Le Lyrial will then take you towards Sicily. You will not fail to admire the ancient theatre of Taormina, remarkable for its acoustics and its state of preservation. As for Palermo, the capital nestling in the heart of a wide bay, it has preserved the traces of all the cultures that have met there.

    After a port of call in Cagliari in Sardinia, you head for Spain, to discover Minorca, the most preserved island of the Balearic archipelago.

    Your cruise will end in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia with a rich architectural heritage and inimitable atmosphere.

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    Highlights

    • A Mediterranean cruise to discover architectural and heritage treasures.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation port), the archaeological sites of Delphi and Olympia, Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Church of Monreale, the works of Gaudí in Barcelona (disembarkation port).
    • The discovery of three large Mediterranean islands, crossroads of civilisations, with ancient ruins and typical landscapes.
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.

     

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
      AU$9,980
      AU$5,250
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Stateroom
      AU$7,210
      AU$5,670
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 4
      AU$8,110
      AU$6,360
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5
      AU$8,510
      AU$6,670
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 6
      AU$8,940
      AU$7,000
      Not Available
    • Deluxe Suite
      AU$12,590
      AU$9,810
      Not Available
    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
      AU$17,190
      AU$13,350
      Not Available
    • Privilège Suite
      AU$18,070
      AU$14,020
      Not Available
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
      AU$20,800
      AU$16,120
      Not Available
    • Grand Privilege Suite
      AU$26,490
      AU$20,500
      Not Available
    • Owner's Suite
      AU$40,880
      AU$20,700
      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

    23 September 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Athens

    Embarkation 23/09/2019 from 19H00 to 20H00 . Departure 23/09/2019 at 21H00 .

    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.

    24 September 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    24 September 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 24/09/2019. Departure 24/09/2019.

    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 September 2019 – Itea

    24 September 2019 – Itea

    Arrival 24/09/2019 midday. Departure 24/09/2019 early evening.

    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.

    25 September 2019 – Katakolon

    25 September 2019 – Katakolon

    Arrival 25/09/2019 early morning. Departure 25/09/2019 midday.

    This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

    26 September 2019 – Taormina, Sicily

    26 September 2019 – Taormina, Sicily

    Arrival 26/09/2019 midday. Departure 26/09/2019 early evening.

    Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

    27 September 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    27 September 2019 – Palermo, Sicily

    Arrival 27/09/2019 early morning. Departure 27/09/2019 early evening.

    Palermo is the guardian of the Sicilian soul. Many have been attracted to this city, the largest capital of the Italian islands. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans... Palermo is a rich culmination of so many cultural influences as seen in the Moorish designs on the cathedral, and the Byzantine mosaics of the Palatine chapel, which is itself housed within the precincts of the Norman palace. You will fall under the spell of the palaces, baroque splendours that grace the town with their obsolete beauty. It is thrilling to stumble upon one of those fabulous markets, high in colour, and headily picturesque.

    28 September 2019 – Cagliari, Sardinia

    28 September 2019 – Cagliari, Sardinia

    Arrival 28/09/2019 midday. Departure 28/09/2019 late afternoon.

    The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, like Rome, is built on seven hills. Its Sardinian name means “castle”, in reference to the citadel, its historic centre, which dominates the city. The old ramparts are now pleasant panoramic terraces bordering picturesque streets. The city hosted the Nuragic, Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine civilisations before the rein of the Spanish Hapsburgs and the House of Savoy. The monuments of Cagliari bear the traces of these successive dominations, such as the Bastion of Saint-Rémy or the Sainte-Marie Cathedral. On the sea front, Art Nouveau-style public monuments give way to the Poetto beach, a magnificent stretch of sand that is 8 kilometres long.

    29 September 2019 – Mahon, Balearic Islands

    29 September 2019 – Mahon, Balearic Islands

    Arrival 29/09/2019 midday. Departure 29/09/2019 late afternoon.

    You will be welcomed by the colourful houses of Mahon, its narrow streets and pretty squares that appear as you stroll around this richly contrasting city. Mahon reveals its different neighbourhoods, alternating between monuments, villas and white buildings. Discover the Santa Maria church, a building of neo-gothic inspiration, rebuilt in the 18th Century. It is worth a visit to see its monumental organ with more than 3,000 pipes and four keyboards. Around the Carmen church you will find a local market, full of stands selling avarcas, typical Menorcan sandals originally made by peasants. Let yourself fall under the spell of this Mediterranean treasure.

    30 September 2019▸29 September 2019 – Barcelona

    Barcelona

    Disembarkation 30/09/2019 at 07H00 .

    Located on the seashore between the mountains of Montjuïc and Tibidabo, Barcelona offers its many visitors a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Truly an open-air museum, the “prodigious town” reveals an astonishing range of artistic treasures and museums, combining Roman ruins, medieval districts and a number of avant-garde elements from the 20th Century. Over the years, it has been marked by some of the greatest artists, such as Picasso, Miró or Gaudí, most of whose work has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Take the time to stroll along the Ramblas and enjoy the gentle, typically Mediterranean lifestyle of the capital of Catalonia.

    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

      22/09/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      590.00 AU$ **

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