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Corinth Canal, Greece

Treasures of the Adriatic

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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Cross the Corinth Canal, a narrow stretch of water set into the limestone rock of the Peloponnese.  Discover the still waters of the Bay of Kotor, dotted with churches and fortresses, create a magical atmosphere.  Enjoy Dubrovnik, located in Croatia's deep south, the Pearl of the Adriatic is a true gem. Explore Hvar, the old town nestled deep in the bay holds remarkable monuments that bear witness to its rich history.  End your journey in Venice, the flamboyant City of the Doges.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens (Greece) | Embark
Day 2 : Hydra (Greece)
Day 3 : Crossing the Corinth Canal (Greece)
Day 4 : Igoumenitsa (Greece)
Day 5 : Sailing in the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) | Dubrovnik (Croatia)
Day 6 : Mljet (Croatia) | Korcula (Croatia)
Day 7 : Hvar (Croatia)
Day 8 : Opatija (Croatia) | Venice (Italy) | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Athens, Venice, Dubrovnik
  • Cross the breathtaking Corinth Canal for unique views
  • Explore the most beautiful ports of call in Dalmatia: Mjlet, Korčula, Hvar
  • Try some local produce in the picturesque village of Vrisnik

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Corinth Canal, Greece Kotor, Montenegro Dubrovnik, Croatia Scenic view of Dubrovnik View from gondola during the ride through the canals, Venice

Day 1 Athens (Greece) | Embark

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. 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 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.

Day 2 Hydra (Greece)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 harbor 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. 

Day 3 Crossing the Corinth Canal (Greece)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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!

Day 4 Igoumenitsa (Greece)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Sailing in the Bay of Kotor (Montenegro) | Dubrovnik (Croatia)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 have lived here for centuries, in this bay that forms a perfect natural harbor, used by sailors since ancient times. At the crossroads of Latin and Byzantine cultures, have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.

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. 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, 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.

Day 6 Mljet (Croatia) | Korcula (Croatia)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

This harbor 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 helps 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.

Day 7 Hvar (Croatia)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Split, Hvar surprises you with 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.

Day 8 Opatija (Croatia) | Venice (Italy) | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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 can find the Maiden with a seagull, a graceful statue embodying life on the water’s edge. Further along, the shoreline, notice the Saint-James Abbey which gives its name to the town “opatija”, meaning “abbey” in Croatian.

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. 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.

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Per person starting at
$4,330
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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Superior Stateroom
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.
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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

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
• All meals while on board the ship 
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner, featuring Veuve Clicquot Champagne
• “Open Bar” (Pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands. List available upon request.)
• Evening entertainment and events
• 24-hour room service (special selection)
• Ladurée macarons served aboard
• English-speaking lecturer on selected sailings
• Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
• Park entry fees into protected areas
• Port and safety taxes
• Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
• Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​

Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates do not include:
• Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request. 
• Airport taxes (other than the ones included)
• Luggage handling
• Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure; please ask for more information
• 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 expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable

Please Note:
Please do not forget to bring your medical certificates when it is required to participate in an expedition cruise. 

These voyages include activities such as Zodiac® landings (sometimes wet landings), Zodiac® outings, moderate walks, to more active hikes accompanied by your expedition team of naturalist guides. Considering the nature of the programs, a reasonable level of mobility is required to enjoy these expeditions.

Due to the exceptional nature of this itinerary, the calls/sites listed are only a guide. The final route will be confirmed by the ship’s Captain with priority being given to passenger safety. Pack ice may also force the Captain to change course at the last minute. Zodiac® landings or outings accompanied by your expedition team offer plenty of opportunities to discover and experience what Antarctica and/or South Georgia have to offer at close range. These will of course depend on the weather conditions, the ice, the wind and the sea state.
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