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Romantic Rail Journey & Luxury Cruising

LE LYRIAL - ATHENS to LONDON - 17 nights from $16,595 per person Twin Share

19 MAY 2020

Fly, Luxury Cruise, Train & Stay Package
Cruise Line: Ponant
Cruise Ship: Le Lyrial
Package Departure Date: 19 May 2020
Cruise Departure Date: 22 May 2020

- A cruise to discover the wonders of the Adriatic, from Athens, the City of the Gods, to Venice, la Serenissima.
- Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (your embarkation port), the lagoon of Venice, the Mycenae ruins and the Epidaurus theatre (from Nafplion).
- Ports of call in three countries: Greece, Croatia, Italy.
- Travel on the iconic Venice Simplon Orient-Express Art Deco styled train from Venice
- Enjoy 2 night stays in Athens and London
- A big 5 nights in Venice to enjoy this beautiful city


- Return economy airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Athens and ex London on return inc tax
- One way transfer from Athens airport to hotel
- 2 nights accommodation at the 5-star St George Lycabettus Hotel, Athens including breakfast (note city tax is not included and must be paid direct to hotel upon checkout)
- One way transfer from Athens hotel to port of Pireaus
- 7 night Le Lyrial cruise from Athens to Venice including: • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation) • Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne | alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request) • Port taxes • Room service 24h (special selection) • Ships prepaid gratuities
- One way transfer from Venice port to hotel
- 5 nights accommodation in a 5-star hotel in Venice Island including breakfast (note city tax is not included and must be paid direct to hotel upon checkout)
- BONUS FREE: Gondola Serenade with Live Musicians in Venice
- One way transfer from Venice hotel to Venice St Lucia station
- 2 day/1 night Train journey aboard the famous Venice Simplon Orient-Express train from Venice to London including: Onboard train accommodation* | Breakfast & afternoon tea served in cabin on train | Lunch and dinner served in the restaurant cars with coffee, tea and mineral water
- One way transfer from London Victoria Train Station to hotel
- 2 nights accommodation at a 5-star hotel, London with breakfast
- One way transfer from London hotel to airport

Valid to 31 July 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Package Code: CHP54577


Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.

Interoir Design:
We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.

Highlights of this cruise:

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 colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will 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.

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 metres 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.

The engaging town of Nafplion is staggered up green hillsides of the Argolic Gulf, to the east of the Peloponnese. Don’t be surprised by its extremely varied cultural heritage. For instance, you’ll see the ancient agora on the plateau of Akronafplia, Italianate arcades in Syntagma square as well as the baroque fortress of Palamidi on a hillside of the same name. At the top of the hill, views of the gulf and the surrounding mountains are simply awesome. If you want to chill out by the water’s edge, walk along the Arvanitia promenade to a beautiful creek in the shade of cedars and cypresses.

The picturesque port of Pylos is located in the south west of the Peloponnese. Backed against the lush green hills of Messenia, it looks out onto the Navarino Bay. You can admire the gorgeous view as you walk uptown amid pink oleanders that cascade over the jetty. A stone’s throw away, the historical centre’s winding streets will plunge you into a maze of houses with whitewashed facades and terracotta roof-tiles. On the attractive main beach, you will be able to relax in the shade of the age-old plane trees and taste the delicious local biscuits made of sesame and honey.

An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town's colourful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. In a swoon of orange flower and lemon blossom scents, you can walk up steep streets lined with houses generously bedecked with flowers on your way to Ali Pasha castle. Here, youメll be rewarded by splendid views of the old fishing village and wild neighbouring creeks.

Off the coast of Split, Hvar will surprise you by 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.

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.

Pre-Cruise Itinerary

19/05/20    Fly Australia to Athens
20/05/20    Arrive Athens, Transfer to hotel
21/05/20    Athens at leisure
22/05/20    Transfer to port, embark Le Lyrial ship

Cruise Itinerary

22/05/20    Athens (Piraeus) Greece        06:00 PM
23/05/20    Santorini, Greece        
24/05/20    Nafplion, Greece        
25/05/20    Pylos, Greece        
26/05/20    Parga, Greece        
27/05/20    Kotor, Montenegro       
28/05/20    Hvar, Croatia        
29/05/20    Venice, Italy        

Post-Cruise Itinerary

29/05/20    Transfer to hotel, Venice at leisure
30/05/20    Venice at leisure
31/05/20    Venice at leisure
01/06/20    Venice at leisure - with Free gondola serenade one evening
02/06/20    Venice at leisure
03/06/20    Transfer to station, embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
04/06/20    Disembark train in London, Transfer to hotel
05/06/20    London at leisure
06/06/20    Transfer to airport, Fly London to Australia
08/06/20    Arrive Australia

PRICES in AUD per person from

Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony - $16,595

Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony - $17,375

Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony - $17,670

Twin PS5 Prestige Suite - $23,735

Single DEL Deluxe Balcony - $23,735

If you would like a package price on a different cabin category, check with with your consultant.

Prices are per person, in Australian dollars. Offers subject to availability. Amounts payable to third parties not included. Please check all prices, availability and other information with your travel consultant before booking. All prices are per person Twin Share unless stated otherwise.

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