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Wild and volcanic coasts of the Mediterranean

Valletta - Nice - Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Discover the magnificent volcanic islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea on your 7-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Le Lyrial. Your voyage will begin at Valletta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site capital contains numerous historical structures, including St John's Cathedral, the Grandmaster's Palace, and the churches of Our Lady of Victory, Saint Catherine, and il Gesù. Next, take the sea to Taormina, which overlooks Etna's layer of snow. Its streets will lead you to the city's well-known ancient Greek theatre. Visit Amalfi and its shore, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Amalfi, perched between sky and sea, offers breathtaking scenery. Le Lyrial will thereafter set sail for Ponza. Circe was born on this volcanic isle. You will also explore Bonifacio, the jewel of Corsica's extreme south. The "sentinel city" is a genuine fortress carved by wind and spray. Sail to Elba for a final call in Portoferraio, a little slice of heaven on Elba where Napoleon spent many days in exile. Your cruise will come to an end at Nice, the capital of the French Riviera.
Explore historic Bonifacio atop the cliffs of CorsicaIsland of PonzaRelax in beautiful SicilyRelax on France's colorful coastVisit charming SicilyWander through historic towns of CorsicaExplore colorful NiceStop in beautiful MaltaExplore ruins in Taormina within view of volcanic Mount Etna
Highlights
  • Explore ancient cities of France, Corsica, Italy, and Malta
  • Discover the magnificent volcanic islands of the Tyrrhenian Sea
  • Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Valletta
  • Explore the beautiful island of Elba, where Napoleon was exiled.
  • Discover the beauty of the Amalfi Coast
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Valleta | Embark

The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage-listed and occupies a peninsula in the northeast of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The tall houses' painted loggia and carved corbels will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. You can visit the Grandmaster's palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes. Saint-John’s cathedral and the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century are also among the most emblematic sites of the city. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

Day 2: Taormina, Sicily

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval center, suspended 300 meters above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past is the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
 

Day 3: Amalfi

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its histories. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here.
 

Day 4: Ponza

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Off the coast of Naples, the island of Ponza has always lived outside of time. Also known as the island of Circe, where the famous magician who captivated Ulysses was born, this magnificent rock, the result of a volcanic eruption, rises from the Tyrrhenian Sea. Faced with the wild beauty of this site, you will understand why Ulysses was in no hurry to head off for Ithaca. Its rugged coastline of rocks and white or blue-grey cliffs, sculpted by the wind and the waves, is full of sea caves that the Romans used to use for bathing. The village of Ponza also offers a pretty sight, with its colorful cubic houses forming a semi-circle around the tiny port.
 

Day 5: Bonifacio, Corsica

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The spectacular town of Bonifacio located on the very tip of southern Corsica clings to a narrow promontory of white rock overhanging the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. You can admire its limestone cliffs hewn out by the wind, before setting off on a cultural tour of its cultural treasures. From the little paved streets in the ancient Haute Ville to the promenade on the open-air medieval chemin de ronde, this stunning town will take you on a journey back in time. Frequented or secluded, there are numerous beaches to choose from, all in keeping with the high standards of the “Île de Beauté”.
 

Day 6: Portoferraio, Elba

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the elbow of a creek on the northern coastline of Elba Island, a small corner of paradise awaits in the form of Portoferraio. As you approach its coastlines, you will make out the powerful and majestic contours of its Medici fortresses. Napoleon Bonaparte spent many of his 300 days in exile here. The Palazzina Dei Mulini, his first imperial residence, whose gardens offer outstanding views of the sea, is a must-see. Historical treasures are followed by another kind of treasure, namely white sand beaches, and equally tempting local specialties including gurguglione and rice with cuttlefish ink.

Day 7: Nice | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Capital of the Cote d’Azur, Nice is surrounded by an amphitheater of hills and mountains that protects it from the wind. You will probably want to explore the Promenade des Anglais, where you can sit on one of the famous blue chairs laid out opposite the Baie des Anges. The Château hill is also a very pleasant place to walk. This is the entrance to the old city, with its bustling markets and regional products along the main street, the Cours Saleya.

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Le Lyrial

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Le Lyrial Observatory Lounge
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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. private balcony. Located on Deck 3. Individually-controlled A/C, en suite shower, desk, Wi-Fi access, TV, and stereo.
Le Lyrial Prestige Stateroom
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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.
Le Lyrial Prestige Stateroom
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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.
Le Lyrial Prestige Stateroom
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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.
Le Lyrial - Prestige Suite
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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.
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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.
Le Lyrial - Grand Deluxe SuiteLe Lyrial - Grand Deluxe Suite
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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.
Le Lyrial - Grand Privilege SuiteLe Lyrial - Grand Privilege SuiteGrand 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.
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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.
Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • 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. 
  • Zodiac excursions led by expert naturalist driver-guides
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Visa Fees
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Bonifacio Highlights
    PONANT allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately two months prior to the cruise* departure. Billing is done on board.
  • The Lavezzi Islands & Marine Caves
    PONANT allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately two months prior to the cruise* departure. Billing is done on board.
  • Taormina & Greek Theatre
    PONANT allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately two months prior to the cruise* departure. Billing is done on board.

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