Masterpieces in Adriatic #2 PONANT EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION
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- A cruise in partnership with CHRISTIE'S
- A personal access pass for the Venice Biennale, valid for 48 hours
- The Palazzo Grassi visit in Venice
- The onboard lectures presented by members of Christie’s management
- Traditional Croatian Klapa music concert in The Rector's Palace
- The Captain’s Cocktail Reception, the Gala Dinner, and onboard events and entertainment
- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
There are no staterooms available for booking. Please contact our cruise advisors.
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.
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
VeniceEmbarkation 20/06/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 21/06/2017 at 00H00 .
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.
22 June 2017 – HvarArrival 22/06/2017 midday. Departure 22/06/2017 late evening.
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.
23 June 2017 – DubrovnikArrival 23/06/2017 early morning. Departure 23/06/2017 late evening.
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.
24 June 2017 – KotorArrival 24/06/2017 early morning. Departure 24/06/2017 late afternoon.
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.
24 June 2017 – Sailing the Straight of KotorArrival 24/06/2017. Departure 24/06/2017.
The long walls of the fortified city of Kotor unfurl before your eyes as you admire this medieval construction enclosed between the sea and the rugged cliffs from the decks of your ship. The still, deep waters of the bay plus the clouds of mist floating here and there create a surreal and magical atmosphere. Small islands with churches and fortresses built on them remind us that a proud maritime people has lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbour, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.
25 June 2017 – OtrantoArrival 25/06/2017 early morning. Departure 25/06/2017 midday.
Located in the Apulia region,Otrante is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, you will taste the sweetlife of Salento, the “heel on Italy’s boot”. Inhabited since Antiquity, Otrante has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible as you meander through the little streets of its old centre. With its magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, the Cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. During a stroll along the ramparts, you can sit and relax at a café terrace.
26 June 2017 – IteaArrival 26/06/2017 early morning. Departure 26/06/2017 early 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.
26 June 2017 – Crossing the Corinth CanalArrival 26/06/2017. Departure 26/06/2017.
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 !
AthensDisembarkation 27/06/2017 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.
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.
ART AND LITERRATURE
Because we firmly believe that there are many different ways to travel, we are inviting you to join us on one of our Art cruises or Literature cruises and to enhance your trip with a rich cultural programme.
Your cultural explorations on land
Choosing a themed cruise with Ponant means setting sail on an itinerary punctuated by unique ports of call. Our Art cruises and Literature cruises combine the pleasures of travel by sea with the discovery of emblematic sites in cities famous for the richness of their architecture and heritage.
During your different visits, you will enjoy special moments immersed in art and culture. Promising exclusive discoveries, personalised programmes and private performances, these cruises have special experiences in store for you in prestigious locations.
Knowledge-sharing on board
Aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized yachts, you will meet other travellers who share your passion. High-profile lecturers and artists will also be joining us on these cruises. As we sail across the oceans, you will be able to experience special moments between lecturers and enthusiasts.
Throughout your Art or Literature cruise, our special guests will present unique lectures in keeping with the chosen theme. They will talk about different Art-related themes, such as a period, a movement or famous artists, or topics relating to Literature, such as politics, society, history etc.
Brook A. Hazelton
Brook Hazelton serves as President of Christie’s in the Americas. Previously, he was the CEO of Phillips auction house from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Hazelton’s background is in finance: He is the co-founder of St. James Partners, an investment firm focused on the ownership and management of luxury-related businesses, and earlier in his career Mr. Hazelton held leadership positions with Goldman Sachs in Geneva, The Carlyle Group in London and James D. Wolfensohn in New York. He received his B.A. with Honors from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. He conducts business in English, French, German and Spanish, and frequently volunteers his time as a charity auctioneer.
Stephen S. Lash is Chairman Emeritus of Christie’s Americas and Vice Chairman of Christie’s American Advisory Board. He has been with Christie’s since 1976 when he was one of the original team of eight responsible for launching the venerable auction house’s first galleries in the United States on Park Avenue in New York City. Prior to joining Christie’s, Mr. Lash was a Vice President at S.G. Warburg & Co. Mr. Lash currently serves on the boards of Stanhope Capital and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where he is on the Board of Overseers. He was a mayoral appointee to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and served as Trustee at the Preservation League of New York State. He has served on the boards of the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Landmarks Conservancy (of which was Chairman for several years) and the Park Avenue Armory. Mr. Lash serves as co-chairman of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, and is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Lash received a B.A. from Yale and an M.B.A. from Columbia.
Mr. Lash and his wife, Wendy Lehman Lash, have two children, are the proud grndparents of Hattie Lehman Shapard and Lucy Lash Shapard, and live in New York City with three Jack Russell Terriers.
Languages spoken: French, English
Adrien Meyer graduated from the Ecole du Louvre in 2000 where he specialized in Contemporary Art. He received his early training from 2000-2004 in the European Furniture department at Sotheby's in New York where he built a strong international client network while working amongst others on the collections of the late Ogden Phipps, the Gianni Versace sale and the Bill Blass estate.
He then joined Christie's in 2004 to serve as Head of European Furniture in Paris which organized such prestigious sales as the Collection of the late Duc de Talleyrand, the collection of M. Rene Smadja, Five Treasures from the Qizilbash collection, the Michard-Pellissier collection & the Steinitz sales to name a few. Ever since, Adrien Meyer's team was able to capture market leadership in France almost every consecutive year, achieving in 2008 the €4.1m world record price for a Louis XIV commode. In 2009, Adrien became a Commissaire-Priseur, allowing him to conduct auctions in Paris; in 2010 he then joined the Impressionist & Modern Art department in New York as Specialist, Vice-President.
François de Poortere
Francois De Poortere was appointed Head of the Old Master Paintings department in New York in March 2015. He joined Christie’s with a broad knowledge of the Old Masters field, and a personal passion for Northern Renaissance paintings, which resulted in the recent rediscovery of a painting by the great Flemish master, Hans Memling. Having worked on both sides of the Atlantic, he brings a sophisticated international viewpoint to the department. Mr. De Poortere was formerly a senior specialist at another auction house in New York, where he worked for thirteen years.
Mr. De Poortere graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a BA in Art History and from New York University with an MA in Art Administration.
Languages spoken: French, English
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
After your cruise
27/06/2017 – Athens, the Acropolis Museum & Plaka83.00 AU$ **
27/06/2017 – Athens on your own (2 days/1 night)293.00 AU$ **
27/06/2017 – Historical monuments and masterpieces of art in Athens (2 days/1 night)848.00 AU$ **
27/06/2017 – En route to Athens International Airport60.00 AU$ **
Before your cruise
20/06/2017 – Panoramic transfer in Venice98.00 AU$ **
19/06/2017 – The Venice Biennale (2 days/1 night)1193.00 AU$ **
20/06/2017 – Punta della Dogana Exclusive visit of the 2017 exhibition of Damien Hirst240.00 AU$ **
20/06/2017 – A day at leisure in Venice195.00 AU$ **
19/06/2017 – Pre Venice Biennale + Post Athens, historical monuments 1N + Flights
** Prices per person, based on double occupancy