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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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Sail the Mediterranean and the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial from Istanbul to Civitavecchia. Istanbul, which lit up Europe and the Ottoman Empire, has been much more than a capital - it is a beacon in the history of civilizations. Sail in the wonderful Dardanelles Strait before heading to Greece and its mythical Caldera Santorin. Cruise along the majestic Italian coasts to Civitavecchia.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Istanbul, Turkey
Day 2 : Sailing Dardanelle Strait | Dikili
Day 3 : Kusadasi
Day 4 : Santorini, Greece
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Sailing past Stromboli | Taormina, Italy
Day 7 : Naples
Day 8 : Disembark in Civitavecchia

Highlights

  • Sail the waters of the Mediterranean and the Aegean from Turkey to Italy
  • Admire the volcano Stromboli, which looms over the Aeolian Islands
  • Enjoy musical performances by some of the finest contemporary talents
  • Explore the ancient Greek town of Taormina on the side of Mount Tauro

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Istanbul Fish market at Karakoy, near the Galata Bridge (Istanbul) Sicilian landscape in the early evening A romantic view from the cliffs of Santorini An abandoned theatre in Taormina, Sicily

Day 1 Embark in Istanbul, Turkey

For centuries, Istanbul lit up Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Much more than a capital, it is a beacon in the history of civilizations. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the pier to embark Le Lyrial from 4:00PM to 5:00PM. 

Day 2 Sailing Dardanelle Strait | Dikili

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An optional excursion in Dikili is to the Asclepeion, a vast temple dedicated to Asclepius the god of healing and medicine. Remarkable because of its impressive dimensions, the temple played a vital role in the development of medicine in ancient times. In the northern part of the temple stands a Roman theater and there is an underground passage leading to the temple from the Telesphorus treatment center. You can see the circular temple of Asclepius in the eastern part of the building.
Then board your coach again to drive to the Pergamum Acropolis. Before entering, it is worth noting that the site is famous for having once been a serious rival to Alexandria and Egypt. In fact, during the reign of Eumenes II in the 2nd century BC, Pergamum was at the height of its glory and possessed a library to rival that of Alexandria. When the Egyptians decided to stop supplying papyrus, thus preventing new publications from being produced, the wise men of Pergamum invented a new substance from fine calf skin which they called “pergamena” (parchment) after the city. Emerging out of a magnificent natural setting on a hill that is otherwise covered in beautiful buildings, the Acropolis is a joy to behold. Discover the Trajan Temple with its marble columns built at the time of the Emperors Trajan and Hadrian and representing the only evidence of Rome. The Theater (+10,000 seats) is incredible as the terraces are so steep. It overlooks the Temple of Dionysus and the altar of Zeus.

Day 3 Kusadasi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 4 Santorini, Greece

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 6 Sailing past Stromboli | Taormina, Italy

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After disembarkation by tender, journey by coach on a 45-minute journey to the ancient Greek town of Taormina. Called Tauromenium in ancient times, Taormina clings to the side of Mount Tauro and offers superb views, splashed with the vibrant colors of bougainvillea and oleanders, of the Mediterranean Sea, Isola Bella, and a snow-capped Etna in the background. A maze of narrow streets, stairs, and tiny squares, Taormina has attracted many civilizations over the centuries. It is home to theaters and a gymnasium from the Greek period, an Odeon and baths from Roman times, buildings blending Arab and Norman cultures, traces of Byzantine, and villas belonging to European aristocracy in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Visit on foot to the historic center then cross the famous Corso Umberto to discover numerous monuments from several eras, and admire Porta Catania, the Cathedral, Piazza IX Aprile, and Palazzo Corvaja. Then arrive at Teatro Antico, a theater built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC, and almost completely rebuilt by the Romans who created a gladiatorial arena. The theater is the second largest in Sicily after the one in Syracuse. Due to its size and acoustic quality, the theater is still used to host festivals and concerts. Seated on the stone terraces, the audience can enjoy the concert while admiring a breath-taking panoramic view of the sea, Mount Tauro, and Etna.

Day 7 Naples

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 8 Disembark in Civitavecchia

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark in Civitavecchia after breakfast.

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Per person starting at
$5,360
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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Superior Stateroom
8 cabins, 226 sq. ft. located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Stateroom
28 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. balcony located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
35 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
37 cabins, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
1 cabin, 200 sq. ft. + 43 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Deluxe Suite
3 cabins on Deck 6, 290 sq. ft. + 54 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, sofa, armchair and pedestal table, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
11 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Privilege Suite
8 cabins, 398 sq. ft + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with shower, desk, sofa, armchair & table, 2 TVs, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
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Grand Deluxe Suite
1 cabin, 484 sq. ft. + 96 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Grand Privilege Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Grand Privilege Suite
7 cabins, 398 sq. ft. + 86 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with bathtub and shower, desk, minibar, TV, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.
Owner's Suite on the Le Lyrial
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Owner Suite
On Deck 6, 592 sq. ft. + 129 sq. ft. private balcony. Individually controlled A/C, ensuite bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, desk, sofa, table with 4 chairs, armchair and table, 2 televisions, stereo, Satellite telephone, Wi-Fi access.

Notes

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• Mineral water, tea, filter coffee, a selection of white, red and rosé wines offered during meals; afternoon tea
• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
• Evening entertainment and events
• Luggage transfer from pier to the ship and vice versa
• 24h room service (special selection)
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team.
• Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
• Park entry fees into protected areas

Cruise fares do not include:
• Airport taxes (subject to modification)
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure; please ask for more information
• Optional shore excursions
• Beverages other than the ones mentioned
• Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
• Personal expenses, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
• Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
• Visa, disembarkation taxes, environmental taxes and/or national park fees if applicable

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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