The Cyclades and Ancient Treasures
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- A kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment.
- A cruise to discover the finest ancient sites of Greece, with a port of call in Turkey.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens (embarkation port), the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Napflion), Delos, the sacred island, the monastery of Saint John and the Cave of the Apocalypse in Patmos, the historical sites of Ephesus from Kusadasi.
- A varied cruise, including lively cities, historic and cultural sites and beaches of unique charm.
- Possibility of visiting Athens before your cruise and Istanbul after your cruise.
Staterooms & Suites
Superior Stateroom AU$4,260 Available Deluxe Stateroom AU$4,590 Available Prestige Deck 4 AU$5,130 Available Prestige Deck 5 AU$5,390 Available Prestige Deck 6 AU$5,640 Available Deluxe Suite AU$7,840 Available Prestige Deck 5 Suite AU$10,620 Available Privilège Suite AU$11,160 Available Grand Deluxe Suite AU$12,800 Available Grand Privilege Suite AU$16,270 Available Owner's Suite AU$23,270 Available
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
AthensEmbarkation 23/07/2021 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 23/07/2021 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. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.
24 July 2021 – NafplionArrival 24/07/2021 midday. Departure 24/07/2021 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. Some of the must-see visits are 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.
25 July 2021 – ParosArrival 25/07/2021 early morning. Departure 25/07/2021 evening.
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.
26 July 2021 – DelosArrival 26/07/2021 early morning. Departure 26/07/2021 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.
26 July 2021 – MykonosArrival 26/07/2021 early afternoon. Departure 26/07/2021 late evening.
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.
27 July 2021 – PatmosArrival 27/07/2021 early morning. Departure 27/07/2021 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 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.
28 July 2021 – KusadasiArrival 28/07/2021 early morning. Departure 28/07/2021 midday.
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.
29 July 2021 – Limnos IslandArrival 29/07/2021 early morning. Departure 29/07/2021 midday.
A volcanic island located near the Dardanelles Strait, Limnos was venerated during Antiquity. Legend has it that Hephaestus, the god of fire, had his forge here. Now one of Greece’s major seaside resorts, Lemnos offers its visitors many superb sandy beaches. It is also home to several archaeological sites, such as the towers of Kastro, an ancient acropolis fortified by the Venetians, or the neolithic site of Poliochni and the city of Hephaestia. Renowned for its olives, fruits, wheat and honey, and for the authenticity of its inhabitants, Lemnos is also known for the quality of its restaurants, ideal for tasting typical Greek dishes.
29 July 2021 – Sailing in the DardanellesArrival 29/07/2021. Departure 29/07/2021.
The Dardanelles Strait is an emblematic, 61 km-long waterway connecting the Aegean Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It is strategic for controlling passage between the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. Like the Bosporus, or Strait of Istanbul, it separates Europe from Asia. A surface current flows along it, while a more saline undercurrent flows in the opposite direction. Along the strait, you will be able to admire hilly landscapes and arid lowlands brightened by fields and groves of olive trees.
IstanbulDisembarkation 30/07/2021 at 07H00 .
Located on the Bosphorus, Istanbul is one of the most beautiful of all Turkish cities. Named Byzantium when founded by the Greeks, and then Constantinople under the Roman Empire, this city is steeped in history and, for this reason, is a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on Sultanahmet hill, the great Blue Mosque, the mysterious Hagia Sophia and the vast Topkapi palace and its countless mosaics, dominate the Marmara Sea. In the Beyazit district, the Grand Bazaar allows to discover elegant covered passages. A little further away, delicate aroma of loukoum and spices will draw the visitors’ attention at the Egyptian Bazaar.
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.
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.
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.
Turkey: note that some nationalities are required to get a visa for Turkey. The visa can be obtained online at https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/.
Children aged 4 to 17 can take part in age-appropriate activities organised aboard the ship by the PONANT Kid’s Club activity leaders: manual, physical or cultural activities, board games, DVD evenings, or discovering the occupations on board during dance, photo or cooking workshops (depending on staff availability and the number of children signed up).
These activities are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings until 9.30 pm (10.30 pm on gala evenings). The times can fit in with your excursion schedule: please check with the activity leaders beforehand.
Thanks to outings and shore excursions near the ship under activity leader supervision, children aged 6 and over can also enjoy the beach, have a swim, stroll through town or go fishing!
Each day, the Kid’s Club programme will be added to the standard daily programme to inform you of the details and times of activities planned for the young seafarers the next day!
As a souvenir of your cruise, a CD will be made and available for purchase on board.
The activities on offer will depend on the number children signed up, their respective ages, and the weather conditions.
During the shore excursions with the kids aged 6 and over, the younger children will not be able to attend the Kid’s Club aboard the ship.
Parents/grand-parents must read the “General information about the PONANT Kid’s Club” document and sign a permission slip authorising the child/children in their care to be looked after by the Kid’s Club on board and during outings.