PONANT
Recitals in the Med
Venice to Athens CRUISE ONLY: In partnership with Radio Classique, cruise through history enjoying recitals and special performances onboard.

  • Departs: Monday, 10th June 2019
  • Ship: Le Lyrial
  • Cruise line: Ponant
  • Special is valid from: 21st December 2018
  • Book by: 31st January 2019

Special Inclusions

In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE.

PONANT invites you on a musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Set sail aboard Le Lyrial on an 8-day itinerary that will take you along the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic, up to the Aegean Sea.

During your voyage, you will cross Italy, Croatia and Greece, discovering charming sites full of history, attending several concerts on board: piano and strings recitals, and song recitals.

Your cruise will begin in Venice, la Serenissima. Before your embarkation, you will be able to stroll at leisure around the Piazza San Marco, admire the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palazzi, or take a walk along the canals.

You will then sail along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop, its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seems to be awaiting your visit. The city’s monasteries, palaces and fountains from the Renaissance are each more graceful than the next.

After an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor, whose magical atmosphere is reminiscent of Norwegian fjords, Le Lyrial will reach Napflio via the Corinth Canal, a narrow waterway inaugurated in 1893 in the presence of King Georges I.

Your voyage will end in Athens, cradle of the gods.


Price includes:
7-Nights accommodation aboard L' Lyrial Venice to Athens
Superb dining, with all main meals included during your cruise
Captains welcome cocktail and gala dinner.
Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands... list available upon request).
Evening entertainment and events onboard.
24 hour room service.
Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa.
Port taxes and government fees.

Your Bonus for classical music lovers
As we cruise through stunning scenery in the Adriatic, these concerts will alternate some of the most beautiful pages of chamber music ever written for piano, violin and cello in all combinations, performed by top-flight artists. They are: pianist-poet François Chaplin and two new generation stars, virtuoso violinist Alexandra Conunova and dazzling cellist Edgar Moreau. Mirroring these string variations, with vocal accompaniment expert Antoine Palloc on piano, are two exceptional voices, that of Italian Bel Canto star, Patrizia Ciofi, and the French mezzo-soprano who was such a sensation on opera stages in 2017, Aude Extremo.

6 concerts in total: 1 piano recital + 2 chamber music concerts (piano/violin; piano/cello//piano/violin/cello: Schubert n°2 + Rachmaninov n°1) + 3 lyrical recitals)


TERMS & CONDITIONS: YOUR PAYMENTS TO OUR WORLD LTD ARE PROTECTED BY TAANZ. Unless otherwise stated, prices are NZ$, cruise only, based on share twin/double. Cruise is based on categories as shown & includes Port Taxes & Govt. Fees. Gratuities additional unless specified. Price includes all discounts. Special conditions apply for all Bonus Inclusions. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are for payment by cash, eftpos or cheque only – QCard & credit card prices on application. Capacity restrictions may apply. Amendment and cancellation fees do apply, contact us for details. Prices were correct as of 21 December 2018 and are subject to change without notification and other conditions may apply. Sales to 31 January 2019 unless sold prior.

Cruise Description

7 Night Cruise sailing from Venice to Athens aboard Le Lyrial.

PONANT invites you on a musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. Set sail aboard Le Lyrial on an 8-day itinerary that will take you along the Dalmatian coast in the Adriatic, up to the Aegean Sea.

During your voyage, you will cross Italy, Croatia and Greece, discovering charming sites full of history, attending several concerts on board: piano and strings recitals, and song recitals.

Your cruise will begin in Venice, la Serenissima. Before your embarkation, you will be able to stroll at leisure around the Piazza San Marco, admire the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palazzi, or take a walk along the canals.

You will then sail along the Dalmatian coast to Dubrovnik. Sitting high on a rocky outcrop, its old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, seems to be awaiting your visit. The city’s monasteries, palaces and fountains from the Renaissance are each more graceful than the next.

After an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor, whose magical atmosphere is reminiscent of Norwegian fjords, Le Lyrial will reach Napflio via the Corinth Canal, a narrow waterway inaugurated in 1893 in the presence of King Georges I.

Your voyage will end in Athens, cradle of the gods.

Highlights of this cruise:

Venice
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.

Hvar
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.

Bari
Extending out along a fertile plain facing the Adriatic Sea amid infinite landscapes sculpted by the water and wind, Bari bears the traces of the peoples which, over the centuries, have conquered it, settled it, or simply visited it fleetingly before making their way to faraway lands. Though its exact origins are lost among the mysteries of archaeology, the many sites here provide evidence of the town’s rich past. The Saracens, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians have left a trace here, each bringing their own cultural baggage. During your stop here, stroll along the minuscule streets in Bari Vecchia, the historic centre, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.

Navplion
The engaging town of Nafplio 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. For instance, you’ll see 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.

Athens
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.

Pricing (per person)

Cabin Price
NZ $8599

Cruise Itinerary

Date Activity Arrive Depart
10/06 Venice, Italy 06:00 PM
11/06 Hvar, Croatia 01:00 PM 06:00 PM
12/06 Dubrovnik, Croatia 07:00 AM 02:00 PM
13/06 Bari, Italy 07:00 AM 01:30 PM
14/06 Corinth Canal, Greece
15/06 Navplion, Greece 07:30 AM 06:00 PM
16/06 Paros, Greece 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
17/06 Athens (Piraeus) Greece 07:00 AM
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.