Mediterranean Flavours

8 days / 7 nights
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    Gastronomy
    Mediterranean Flavours

    Cruise The Mediterranean , The Adriatic

    from 15 August 2017 to 22 August 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Civitavecchia (Roma)
    Arrival Port : Venice

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

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    In partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France.

    Discover a new Ponant itinerary of must-see towns and cities along the Italian and Croatian coasts.

    Step aboard the Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day cruise in the Mediterranean.

    You will visit Amalfi and its coast, which are magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Perched between sky and sea, Amalfi and the little villages hidden nearby present amazing landscapes.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik will charm you with its palaces, elegant buildings, cloisters and fountains. Located in Croatia's deep south, the Pearl of the Adriatic is a true gem. 

    You will also stop in Hvar, the most famous and attractive of the Adriatic islands. Ringed by ramparts, the town has many remarkable monuments including its elegant cathedral, old arsenal and aristocratic palaces.

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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.

       

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      Port of call & excursions

      15 August 2017 – Amalfi

      Civitavecchia (Roma)

      Embarkation 15/08/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 15/08/2017 at 18H00 .

      Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

      16 August 2017 – Amalfi

      16 August 2017 – Amalfi

      Arrival 16/08/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 16/08/2017 at 13H00 .

      The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its history. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister, before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.

      16 August 2017 – Sailing in front of Stromboli

      16 August 2017 – Sailing in front of Stromboli

      Arrival 16/08/2017 . Departure 16/08/2017 .

      Like Ulysses during his Odyssey, you will have the opportunity to admire the Stromboli, the capricious volcano that looms over the Aeolian Islands. Its activity, uninterrupted for thousands of years, has earned it the nickname the “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”.

      17 August 2017 – Taormina (Sicily)

      17 August 2017 – Taormina (Sicily)

      Arrival 17/08/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 17/08/2017 at 15H00 .

      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.

      18 August 2017 – Monopoli

      18 August 2017 – Monopoli

      Arrival 18/08/2017 at 13H30 . Departure 18/08/2017 at 19H00 .

      Perched on the Adriatic coast in Puglia, the charming small town of Monopoli blends history and authenticity. Protected by its fortified walls along the seafront and its castle, in the shade of the cathedral’s elegant bell tower, the town is bustling with fishermen who come to repair their nets or unload the day’s catch. But it is also the gateway to the village of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alberobello is famous worldwide for its traditional dry stone huts called trulli. These dwellings with whitewashed walls and conical, domed or pyramid-shaped roofs are built without any mortar, using a construction technique inherited from prehistoric times.

      19 August 2017 – Dubrovnik

      19 August 2017 – Dubrovnik

      Arrival 19/08/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 19/08/2017 at 13H00 .

      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.

      19 August 2017 – Lopud

      19 August 2017 – Lopud

      Arrival 19/08/2017 at 14H30 . Departure 19/08/2017 at 19H00 .

      An intimate destination among the Elaphiti islands, the harbour village of Lopud will win your heart with its picturesque waterfront. In the higher areas, is the Sutvra? belvedere where you can visit the ruins of a Spanish fort. Here, you can gaze at amazing views of the hillsides and coastline. Below, on an isolated promontory, stands the Franciscan monastery. The monastery nestles among maritime pines and cypresses announcing Šunj beach. This cove is famous for its fine sand and translucent waters. You won’t be able to resist taking a dip on your walk on the coastal paths.

      20 August 2017 – Hvar

      20 August 2017 – Hvar

      Arrival 20/08/2017 at 07H00 . Departure 20/08/2017 at 13H30 .

      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.

      20 August 2017 – Pakleni Islands

      20 August 2017 – Pakleni Islands

      Arrival 20/08/2017 at 14H30 . Departure 20/08/2017 at 19H00 .

      Separated from Hvar Island by a narrow stretch of sea, the Pakleni Islands form an archipelago of three main islets covered in typical Mediterranean vegetation: pine trees, as well as thyme and rosemary bushes. You’ll love the calm of Sveti Klement Island (the island of Saint Clement) and the charm of its botanical gardens, where numerous exotic species have been patiently acclimatised. The island of Marinkovac is wilder and less busy, while Jerolim was used by Franciscan monks to produce salt during the Middle Ages. Although their name means “infernal islands”, they are anything but. They are actually heavenly if you enjoy swimming in out-of-the-way creeks!

      21 August 2017 – Rab, Croatia

      21 August 2017 – Rab, Croatia

      Arrival 21/08/2017 at 08H00 . Departure 21/08/2017 at 18H00 .

      We have no doubt that the authenticity of this little island in Kvarner bay will charm you beyond belief. Dating from Adriatic Antiquity, its name means “wooded lands” in reference to the pinewoods, cypresses and cork oaks surrounding the main town. This town is called Rab, like the island. Here, you will see architecture of Venetian influence, inherited from the Middle Ages, illustrated by the bell-tower. Below, the ramparts provide views embracing the entire coastline. Punctuated by deserted creeks, you will no doubt be tempted to take a trip along the coast.

      22 August 2017▸21 August 2017 – Venice

      Venice

      Disembarkation 22/08/2017 at 08H00 .

      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.

      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.

      Kids Club

      Kids Club

      Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders(1) 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...

      Theme

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      GASTRONOMY & OENOLOGY

      Whether you are an amateur or a fine connoisseur, join us aboard our luxurious, smaller-sized ships to experience a unique cruise on the theme of Gastronomy or Wine.

      Prestigious ports of call

      For these themed cruises, Ponant has designed unique itineraries for lovers of French cuisine, wine and the sea. You will sail off to discover carefully selected ports of call in cities with a rich cultural heritage. During your visits, you will be surprised by exceptional culinary and wine-tasting experiences.

      A journey to the land of flavours

      On board your ship, Ponant, who is forging a close partnership with the experts from Alain Ducasse Entreprise, will serve you tasty and varied cuisine, punctuated by entertainment and gala dinners. Special attention will be paid to the wines that will be offered to you during these Gastronomy and Wine cruises: an exclusive wine list, wines carefully chosen to complement your meals…

      Renowned professionals*

      These themed cruises will be an opportunity to cruise alongside illustrious guests such as the Michelin-starred chefs Jérôme Nutile or Patrick Jeffroy, the famous sommelier Eric Beaumard, or the French wine and gastronomy specialist Jean-Robert Pitte. They will share with you their passion for fine dining, through degustations, workshops and fascinating lectures.

      *These names are given as an example only, the special guests on your cruise can be found in the "guests" tab.

      Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

      Patrick Henriroux

      Patrick Henriroux

      In 1989, Patrick Henriroux took over the reins of La Pyramide in Vienna, succeeding one of the greatest French chefs: Fernand Point. After seven months of work, the establishment opened a hotel, two salons, a French garden and a restaurant which, rich with history, looked toward the future. The first Michelin star was awarded in 1990, then the second in 1992 crowning the achievements of the chef. A formidable creator, Patrick Henriroux, loves to evolve and reinvent himself as he brings out the beauty of his quality products.

       

      Sylvestre Wahid

      Sylvestre Wahid

      Sylvestre Wahid maintains from his childhood in Pakistan a taste for transmitting flavors and using quality products. He learned rigor and discipline from his father, a chef for the Southern officers’ canteen. Then, France became his second country, his adopted home. Alain Ducasse, one of his mentors, gave him the chance to travel extensively and, as a result, he adores finding his way around all types of cuisine to better reinterpret them with his exceptional sensitivity.

      Photo credit : Stéphane de Bourgies

      Frédéric Robert

      Frédéric Robert

      Frédéric Robert is the executive chef at the legendary Grande Cascade, * in the Michelin Guide, famous for its tables nestled into the enchanting setting of a hunting pavilion from the Second Empire in the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. After having worked for a long time under the direction of the greatest chefs (Pacaud, Senderens), his creativity was given free range to work amid the charming décor, a backdrop for his cuisine, which finds its inspiration in art and seasonal markets. His dishes blend mastery with the emotion of omnipresent nature.

      Photo credit : Alban couturier

      Olivier Poussier

      Olivier Poussier

      France’s Best Sommelier in 1990 and the World’s Best Sommelier in 2000, Olivier Poussier is an undeniable expert in the world of wine. Currently responsible for the selection of wine at Lenôtre, he also has been at the helm for other great tables including, the Tour d’Argent in Paris and the Connaught in London, and worked as a consultant for airline companies.

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      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. Before your cruise

        Rome, the eternal city (2 days/1 night)
        14/08/2017

        533.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Time at leisure at Piazza Navona and transfer to the pier of Civitavecchia
        15/08/2017

        83.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      2. Your packages

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Roma, The Eternal City 1N (Pre) + Transfer to the Airport (Post)
        14/08/2017

        Flights From/To Paris (Economic Class) + Transfers and Leisure Time (Pre) + Transfer to the Airport (Post)
        15/08/2017

      3. After your cruise

        Venice on your own (2 days/1 night)
        22/08/2017

        720.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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        Direct transfer from port to airport in Venice
        22/08/2017

        60.00 AU$
        Per person, based on double occupancy

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      Attention: the prices listed at the time of your reservation can be different from those listed in the brochure. These prices can evolve based on availability and the real time rates of the airline companies selected.
      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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