From the Dalmatian coast to Greece
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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
VeniceEmbarkation 12/07/2016 from 16H30 to 17H30 . Departure 12/07/2016 at 18H00 .
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.
13 July 2016 – HvarArrival 13/07/2016 midday. Departure 13/07/2016 early 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.
14 July 2016 – MljetArrival 14/07/2016 early morning. Departure 14/07/2016 late morning.
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. .
14 July 2016 – DubrovnikArrival 14/07/2016 early afternoon. Departure 14/07/2016 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.
15 July 2016 – KotorArrival 15/07/2016 early morning. Departure 15/07/2016 midday.
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.
16 July 2016 – Zakynthos Navagio BeachArrival 16/07/2016 midday. Departure 16/07/2016 late afternoon.
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.
17 July 2016 – Corinth Canal crossingArrival 17/07/2016. Departure 17/07/2016.
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!
17 July 2016 – HydraArrival 17/07/2016 early afternoon. Departure 17/07/2016 late evening.
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.
18 July 2016 – DelosArrival 18/07/2016 early morning. Departure 18/07/2016 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.
18 July 2016 – MykonosArrival 18/07/2016 midday. Departure 18/07/2016 early 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.
AthensDisembarkation 19/07/2016 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...