Treasures of the Adriatic

8 days / 7 nights
    Treasures of the Adriatic

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 1 July 2019 to 8 July 2019
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Venice

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y010719

    “The Adriatic represents a unique crossroads. For millenniums everyone has converged on the sea, causing upheaval and enriching its history...”  

    Discover with PONANT this legendary sea. From Athens, step aboard Le Lyrial for an unforgettable 8-day cruise in the Adriatic.  

    After a first Greek port of call at Hydra, a charming island without automotive traffic that is a holiday destination for Athenians, your ship will cross the Corinth Canal,        a narrow stretch of water set into the limestone rock of the Peloponnese.

    You will then begin your discovery of the Adriatic by sailing on the Bay of Kotor, the natural treasure of Montenegro. The still waters of the bay, dotted with churches and fortresses, create a magical atmosphere.

    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.

    After stopovers in Mjlet and Korčula, Le Lyrial will head to Hvar. The old town nestled deep in the bay holds remarkable monuments that bear witness to its rich history.

    Your cruise will then draw to an end in Venice, the flamboyant City of the Doges.

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    Highlights

    • A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Athens, the City of the Gods, to Venice, la Serenissima.
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik.
    • Charming port of call: Hydra, the St Tropez of Athenians.
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.
    • The most beautiful ports of call in Dalmatia: Mjlet, Korčula, Hvar.

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    Staterooms & Suites

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    Deluxe Stateroom

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Prestige Deck 4

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
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    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5

    • Area : 18 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • Private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Prestige Deck 5 Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 4 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Shower
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Privilège Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   
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    Grand Deluxe Suite

    • Area : 45 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 108 sq.ft. private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet acces wifi.
    Price Ponant Bonus
    Book now and get the guaranteed best price. 15%off the public rates, per person,  based on  double occupancy.   

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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

    1 July 2019 – Hydra

    Athens

    Embarkation 01/07/2019 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 01/07/2019 at 18H30 .

    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.

    2 July 2019 – Hydra

    2 July 2019 – Hydra

    Arrival 02/07/2019 early morning. Departure 02/07/2019 midday.

    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.

    2 July 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    2 July 2019 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

    Arrival 02/07/2019. Departure 02/07/2019.

    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!

    3 July 2019 – Igoumenitsa

    3 July 2019 – Igoumenitsa

    Arrival 03/07/2019 late morning. Departure 03/07/2019 late afternoon.

    In the Epirus region, Igoumenitsa is a charming little port town bordered by the Ionian Sea, in north-west Greece. Surrounded by mountains, it faces the island of Corfu. The coastal path offers beautiful views over the “Emerald Island.” Not far from the town are several sites that are worthy of interest, such as the Gitani archaeological site, in a magnificent natural setting surrounded by water, and the Holy Monastery of Giromeri in Filiates. Dating from the 14th century, the Monastery perches like an eagle's nest on mountainous slopes wooded with hundred-year-old sycamores, not far from the border with Albania.

    4 July 2019 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    4 July 2019 – Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

    Arrival 04/07/2019. Departure 04/07/2019.

    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.

    4 July 2019 – Dubrovnik

    4 July 2019 – Dubrovnik

    Arrival 04/07/2019 midday. Departure 04/07/2019 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.

    5 July 2019 – Mljet

    5 July 2019 – Mljet

    Arrival 05/07/2019 early morning. Departure 05/07/2019 midday.

    This splendid, pristine island is located off the Pelješac peninsula. Untouched nature awaits you in the protected forests of Mljet National Park. A hike up the hills brings you to the bays linked to two salt water lakes. On the larges lake, Veliko Jezero, you can see an old Benedictine monastery. .

    5 July 2019 – Korcula

    5 July 2019 – Korcula

    Arrival 05/07/2019 early afternoon. Departure 05/07/2019 early evening.

    This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Korçula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.

    6 July 2019 – Hvar

    6 July 2019 – Hvar

    Arrival 06/07/2019 early morning. Departure 06/07/2019 midday.

    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.

    7 July 2019 – Opatija

    7 July 2019 – Opatija

    Arrival 07/07/2019 early morning. Departure 07/07/2019 early evening.

    This elegant Istrian seaside location evokes an atmosphere of olden day holiday charm. The Opatija coastline is scattered with castels and layered gardens on hillsides which you can admire during a walk on the Lungomare. On this coastal path, famous for its panoramic terraces, and built in the early 20th century, you will find the Maiden with a seagull, a graceful statue embodying life on the water’s edge. Further along the shoreline, you will notice the Saint-James Abbey which gives its name to the town “opatija”, meaning “abbey” in Croatian.

    8 July 2019▸7 July 2019 – Venice

    Venice

    Disembarkation 08/07/2019 at 07H00 .

    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.

    • 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.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Robert Charlebois

    Robert Charlebois

    In a career spanning more than 50 years, songwriter, musician and performer Robert Charlebois has carved out his own special place on the Quebec music scene and across the French-speaking world. He made his mark in 1968 during the memorable show, L’Osstidcho. In 1969, he performed for the first time at the Paris Olympia, establishing French Quebec rock on the European stage.

    Robert Charlebois has had a major impact on his era, and has influenced many singer-song writers and performers. He has given thousands of concerts, recorded dozens of albums, and is as enthusiastic today as ever: a truly unique presence.

    Languages spoken: French, English

     

    Photo credit: Sylvain DUMAIS

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    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      30/06/2019 – Discover Athens (1 night)

      590.00 AU$ **

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