Ancien Greece Treasures
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- Staterooms & Suites
- LE LYRIAL
- Port of call & excursions
- Kid's Club
- Guest(s) Lecturer(s)
- Pre/Post & Overlands
Staterooms & Suites
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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
Dubrovnik Gruz Port - dockedEmbarkation 02/08/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 02/08/2016 at 22H00 .
2 August 2016▸3 August 2016 – Dubrovnik - at anchorArrival 02/08/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 03/08/2016 at 13H00 .
Carefully restored and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city formerly known as Ragusa was a republic that rivalled Venice in the 15th Century, monopolising the trade in salt in the Balkans. Of this rich heritage, the Pearl of the Adriatic, nestled in its fortifications, still boasts harmonious façades topped with their famous tiled roofs, and monuments such as the Rector’s Palace, combining a refined Gothic style and Baroque sections, as well as the emblematic cloister of the Dominican monastery and its collection of Renaissance paintings. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of your cruise will be touring the ramparts as the rays of the setting sun set the stones on fire.
3 August 2016 – Sailing the Straight of KotorArrival 03/08/2016 . Departure 03/08/2016 .
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 August 2016 – Paxi IslandArrival 04/08/2016 at 12H30 . Departure 04/08/2016 at 19H00 .
Paxos is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colourful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.
5 August 2016 – Zakynthos Navagio BeachArrival 05/08/2016 at 07H30 . Departure 05/08/2016 at 12H00 .
Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Cove, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Situated at the foot of an imposing cliff, it can only be reached by sea, if the weather conditions are favourable. Or it can be admired from above, from a vertiginous headland. But the Ionian island of Zakynthos is home to many other riches, like the town of Zante and its post-Byzantine museum. A pleasant walk along the seafront and through the town’s streets will lead you to the Saint Dionysios Church and its campanile, dedicated to the patron saint of the island.
5 August 2016 – Corinth Canal crossingArrival 05/08/2016 . Departure 05/08/2016 .
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 !
6 August 2016 – HydraArrival 06/08/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 06/08/2016 at 14H00 .
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 caïquesalong 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.
7 August 2016 – DelosArrival 07/08/2016 at 07H00 . Departure 07/08/2016 at 12H00 .
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.
7 August 2016 – MykonosArrival 07/08/2016 at 13H30 . Departure 07/08/2016 at 21H30 .
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.
8 August 2016 – PetraArrival 08/08/2016 at 08H00 . Departure 08/08/2016 at 16H00 .
The charming port town of Petra nestles in a cove on the northern coast of Lesbos, in the Dodecanese. Its houses with terracotta-tiled rooftops together with the fishing boats moored along the quay, provide a picture postcard view. From the end of the jetty, you can admire a broad view of the hilly wooded coastlines. Very close to the harbour, a lovely sandy beach beckons you to come and revel in the joys of swimming.
AthensDisembarkation 09/08/2016 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.
Especially for this cruise, a team of trained children’s activity leaders 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...
Broadway en Mer
You loved their shows Mamma Mia and Beauty and the Beast, now they propose you to share their passion for musicals.
Just for you, some of the members of the French cast will be coming aboard Le Lyrial to lead you into the world of musicals. Le Lyrial’s theatre will come alive to the sound of the greatest musical successes for two exclusive shows. Be ready to live to the rhythm of the 70’s and the greatest stages of Broadway.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for the show !
Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.
Pre/Post & Overlands
Pre Dubrovnik + Post Splendor of Byzance + Flights
Pre Dubrovnik + Post Athens Acropolis & Plaka + Flights OS
Per person, based on double occupancy
Before your cruise
After your cruise