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Treasures of the Mediterranean World: A Family Learning Adventure

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial
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Join Le Lyrial on its 10-day sailing adventure that travels from Civitavecchia. Roma to Athens, Greece. Be amazed by how abundant history, literature, mythology, and culture are in the Mediterranean world. From the ruins and museums of Rome and Pompeii, Le Lyrial takes you to Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, and home to the ancient Sanctuary of Zeus – a vast expanse of well-preserved altars and temples. On Crete and Santorini, you'll discover the Bronze Age civilization of the Minoans, and in Ephesus, explore one of the best preserved Roman cities in all of the Aegean.
The ruins of AthensHome in Oia Village, SantoriniWalking in SantoriniThe towering ruins of the Acropolis rise over AthensRoman ruins in Rome, Forum
Highlights
  • Visit the famous archaeological site of Pompeii and learn about its history
  • Stroll along the picturesque coastline of Katakolon
  • Admire the old Venetian port of Crete and visit Knossos, the birthplace of the Minotaur
  • Enjoy the famous island of Santorini with its classic blue and white houses
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Civitavecchia, Roma

You will be met at the airport and transferred to the Westin Excelsior Hotel or similar, situated on the Via Veneto between the Spanish Steps and the gardens of the Villa Borghese. 

The afternoon is free to rest or to explore this corner of Rome on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel, where Professor Kathleen Lynch and your Young Explorer Counselors will introduce you to the program ahead.

Day 2: Civitavecchia, Roma | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast at the hotel, travel to the center of old Rome for a tour of the Colosseum and Forum, where important events in the history of the Republic and the Empire are memorialized in monuments. Lunch is included. In the afternoon, transfer to the port of Civitavecchia and embark Le Lyrial.

Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometers from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.

Day 3: Salerno

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Generating a veritable explosion of intense emotions, the province of Salerno fascinates and enchants travelers. Its fascinating history will lead you to the extraordinary archaeological site of Pompeii, whose sprawling ruins provide a grandiose and moving vision of what a Roman city looked like in Imperial times. The city which was frozen in time under the ashes from the eruption of Mont Vesuvius offers you its peerless historical and cultural wealth, as well as the unique beauty of its location, which has earned it classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5: Katakolon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbor offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

Day 6: Rethymo, Crete

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Between the Sea of Crete and Libya, appears the island of Crete with its unimaginable beauty. Discover Rethymnon, home of Zeus, king of the Gods. With a huge fine sandy beach to the east and a rocky coastline to the west, this small town enchants visitors with its natural beauty and its fascinating history. The cradle of the Cretan Renaissance, a town of letters and intellectuals, from its rich past it has retained Venetian buildings from the 16th century, which cohabit harmoniously with the many minarets, the testimony of the Turkish presence. Do not fail to admire its old Venetian port as well as its historical district offering a maze of narrow streets, before you head to the famous site of Knossos, the birthplace of the Minotaur.

Day 7: Santorini

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand meters of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

Day 8: Kusadasi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The attractive seaside resort of Kusadasi is located in a gulf on the western coast of Turkey. You can bathe there in clear waters or stroll along the coastal walk, in the shade of palms. In the historical district, you can take a mosey down the narrow streets and explore the colorful shops in the bazaar. Close by, the Ephesus archaeological site in the hillsides provides an opportunity to discover the ruins of one of the most famous cities of Antiquity.

Day 9: Athens | Disembark. Overnight.

  • 1 Breakfast
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 colorful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything about the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum. Overnight in Athens.

Day 10: Depart

  • 1 Breakfast
Today depart from Athens for your journey home.

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Le Lyrial Observatory Lounge
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$5,420
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.
Cabins on the Le Lyrial
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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.
Le Lyrial - Owner SuiteOwner's Suite on the Le LyrialLe Lyrial - Owner Suite
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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.

Included:
• One night at our deluxe hotel in Rome, with welcome reception and breakfast
• Transfers and luggage handling from Rome airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
• Pre-cruise sightseeing in Rome, including the Colosseum and Forum
• Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Lyrial, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
• ALL excursions and onboard activities during the cruise as described above
• Post-cruise sightseeing in Athens, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Agora, and the “The Labors of Hercules”
• One night in our deluxe hotel in Athens, including breakfast
• Gratuities to guides and drivers throughout
• Transfer and luggage handling from the ship to hotel and hotel to airport in Athens
• 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).‚Äč

Not included:
• Meals and beverages other than those specified above
• Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)

Notes:
This voyage is offered on a space available basis. 
Program is subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • 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. 
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Optional spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions

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