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Cultural Jewels of the Adriatic from Athens to Venice

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Lyrial (CDP)
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This 10-day cruise explores archaeological sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as well as a bay surrounded by wooded mountains. Get your camera ready to take pictures of unforgettable medieval architecture, and remarkable monuments attesting to a rich history, from the Roman Empire to Byzantine Italy. You will have an unforgettable cruise visiting Athens, the Corinth Cana, Itea, Paxi, Otranto, Bari, Bay of Kotor, Kotor, Split, Ancona, Ravenna and Venice.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Athens | Embark
Day 2 : Crossing the Corinth Canal | Itea
Day 3 : Paxi
Day 4 : Otranto
Day 5 : Bari
Day 6 : Sailing in the Bay of Kotor
Day 7 : Split
Day 8 : Ancona
Day 9 : Ravenna
Day 10 : Venice | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a kid-friendly, family cruise, with specific entertainment
  • Visit seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Cross the Corinth Canal
  • Discover the wonders of Adriatic, in partnership with the Louvre Museum

Ship

Le Lyrial (CDP)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

A coastal town on the Adriatic Sea Corinth Canal, Greece The ruins of Athens Donkeys are a traditional form of transportation in Greece City of Split on the waterfront

Day 1 Athens | 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. 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. The National Archaeological museum and the Cycladic Art Museum are also some of the city’s key attractions and allow visitors to discover Athens’ cultural past.

Day 2 Crossing the Corinth Canal | Itea

  • 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 kilometers 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 meters. 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!

Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometers from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

Day 3 Paxi

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Paxi Island is one of the Ionian islands’ best kept secrets, only reachable by boat. You will be lured in by the port of Gaios and the colorful houses surrounding the orthodox church of Analipsi. On the northern tip of the island, you’ll want to dive straight into the translucent waters of the Lakka bay. After that, you can climb into a caïque and head for the little island of Agios Nikolaus, where the Venetian fort awaits your visit.

Day 4 Otranto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Apulia region, Otrante is the easternmost transalpine town. Behind its medieval ramparts, you will taste the sweet life of Salento, the “heel on Italy’s boot”. Inhabited since Antiquity, Otrante has today become a very pleasant seaside town. Yet its history is still visible as you meander through the little streets of its old centre. With its magnificent 12th century ornamental mosaic tiling, the Cathedral is one of its most beautiful treasures. During a stroll along the ramparts, you can sit and relax at a café terrace.

Day 5 Bari

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 center, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.

Day 6 Sailing in the Bay of Kotor

  • 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 has 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, you will have the pleasure of observing the natural treasures of Montenegro during an unforgettable journey.

Situated in one of Montenegro’s most beautiful bays, the medieval city of Kotor is a small town full of charm, truly imbued with the traditions and stories of another time. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, this village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has preserved many historical monuments from this epoch. During your stop, be sure to admire the impressive castle that dominates the town, and let yourself fall under the charm of its maze of small streets and intimate squares on which folk festivals featuring magnificent colorful costumes are often organized.

    Day 7 Split

    • Ship
    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical center listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a palacinka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.

    Day 8 Ancona

    • Ship
    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    Situated on the promontory of Monte Conero, Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, offers visitors all the charm of a typical Italian historical city. Founded by the Greeks in 390 BC and conquered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC, Ancona has a long history that was very much shaped by its harbor, a hub attracting different populations and cultures. When your ship calls here, take the time to discover the city’s many buildings, such as the cathedral dedicated to Judas Cyriacus and its façade made of white and pink marble, the Arch of Trajan, which is considered to be the port’s main embellishment, or the 15th century mansion where the painter Raphael was born and raised.

    Day 9 Ravenna

    • Ship
    • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
    Linked to the Adriatic Sea by a canal, the city of Ravenna and its countless monuments offer you a rich journey back in time. Roman and Byzantine cultures intermingle here, and the fruits of this history adorn the interiors of the city's religious buildings: the abundance of classical mosaics is the most stunning witness to Ravenna's glorious past. Eight UNESCO World Heritage-listed Paleo-Christian sites punctuate your journey into the historic heart of the city. Still very lively despite the weight of its history, Ravenna has much to offer to visitors.

    Day 10 Venice | Disembark

    • 1 Breakfast
    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.

    Le Lyrial (CDP)

    Per person starting at
    $4,440
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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.
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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.
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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:
    • 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)
    • 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

    Cruise rates do not include:
    • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise 
    • Visa expenses (which may include additional administrative charges imposed by the
    authorities of a country) and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable.
    • Luggage handling
    • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
    • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
    • Dives when authorized by local authorities and feasible with ship equipment.
    • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
    • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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