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VINTAGE RAIL & AEGEAN SAIL - Fly, Cruise & Train May/June 2020

Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Le Lyrial
Package Departs
19 May 2020
Other Dates
Package Duration
20 Nights
Embark Ship
Athens (Piraeus) Greece
Disembark Ship
Venice, Italy

Fly, Cruise, Stay & Train 17 nights Athens to London with Le Lyrial plus Train journey to London.

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AU $16,995Per person

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7 Night cruise departing from Athens to Venice onboard Le Lyrial.Set sail to discover the Mediterranean and the Adriatic with PONANT. During this new 8-day cruise, Le Lyrial will take you to Greece, Montenegro, Croatia, and Italy.Your voyage begins in Athens, the city of the gods and the great philosophers dominated by the Acropolis.The unique Santorini, one of the pearls of the Cyclades awaits you, unfurling the grandiose circle of its caldera. After calling at Nafplion, an opportunity to visit the superb Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, listed with UNESCO, Le Lyrial will then set sail for Parga, a charming little town nesting in the heart of an isolated bay. Its colourful houses, built on the hillside, enjoy a superb view over the Ionian Sea and overlook beaches of great beauty.You will then reach Montenegro after sailing in the Bay of Kotor, which is strangely reminiscent of Norwegian fjords. The city of Kotor nestles in a bay surrounded by wooded mountains. Its old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its medieval architecture.Your discovery of Croatia will continue with the island of Hvar, and its traditions dating back to ancient times.As a grand finale, your voyage will draw to an end in Venice the Serenissima and its lagoon. Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, the Grand Canal and the palaces along the canals will be your last stops on an unforgettable cruise.Highlights of this cruise:ATHENSThe 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.SANTORINIThe 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.NAFPLIONThe 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.PYLOSThe 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.PARGAAn 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.HVAROff 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.VENICEProud 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.

*** Update: This cruise itinerary has changed, the stop in Dubrovnik has been changed to Kotor instead. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. ________________________HIGHLIGHTS:- 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.________________PRICES in AUD per person from*Twin DEL Deluxe Balcony was $18,165 - your price $16,995*ppTwin PR4 Prestige Balcony was $18,995 - your price $17,630*ppTwin PR5 Prestige Balcony was $19,400 - your price $17,945*ppTwin PS5 Prestige Suite was $24,645 - your price $24,195*ppSingle PR4 Prestige Balcony was $29,030 - your price $24,995*________________________VINTAGE RAIL & AEGEAN SAIL Fly, Cruise, Train & Stay package includes:- 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 (shared gondola)- 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