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

Cruise Line
Le Lyrial
Package Departs
19 May 2020
Package Duration
20 Nights
Embark Ship
Athens (Piraeus) Greece
Disembark Ship
Venice, Italy
DEL - Balcony Prestige Stateroom Deck 4 - Balcony PR5 - Balcony 5S2 - Suite
AU $16,995
per person
AU $17,630
per person
AU $17,945
per person
AU $24,195
per person

*** Update: This cruise itinerary has changed, the stop in Dubrovnik has been changed to Kotor instead. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

– 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*pp
Twin PR4 Prestige Balcony was $18,995 – your price $17,630*pp
Twin PR5 Prestige Balcony was $19,400 – your price $17,945*pp
Twin PS5 Prestige Suite was $24,645 – your price $24,195*pp
Single 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

Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (29Aug19). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. **All airfares/taxes are based on 2019 dates/schedules and are subject to change until bookable approx 10 months prior to departure. Once booked, all airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here (based on special discounted fares which have a limited allotment). Offer ends 31Oct19 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. The VSOE train is 1920`s style and does not have showers on the train - beds in cabin are twin bunk-bed style.

Special Validity Dates

Special is valid from 29 Aug 2019 to 31 Oct 2019 or until sold out/withdrawn.

Pre-cruise Itinerary

19 May 2020 Fly Australia to Athens
20 May 2020 Arrive Athens, Transfer to hotel
21 May 2020 Athens at leisure
22 May 2020 Transfer to port, embark Le Lyrial ship

Cruise Itinerary

22 May 2020
Athens (Piraeus) Greece
06:00 PM
23 May 2020
Santorini, Greece
24 May 2020
Nafplion, Greece
25 May 2020
Pylos, Greece
26 May 2020
Parga, Greece
27 May 2020
Kotor, Montenegro
28 May 2020
Hvar, Croatia
29 May 2020
Venice, Italy

Post-cruise Itinerary

29 May 2020 Transfer to hotel, Venice at leisure
30 May 2020 Venice at leisure
31 May 2020 Venice at leisure
01 Jun 2020 Venice at leisure - with Free gondola serenade one evening
02 Jun 2020 Venice at leisure
03 Jun 2020 Transfer to station, embark Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
04 Jun 2020 Disembark train in London, Transfer to hotel
05 Jun 2020 London at leisure
06 Jun 2020 Transfer to airport, Fly London to Australia
08 Jun 2020 Arrive Australia

All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.

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Category Twin Per Person     Single Per Person
Deluxe Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Prestige Suite

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:

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.

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.

Ship Profile & Stats

  • Length: 142 metres
  • Maiden Voyage: 2015
  • Passenger Capacity (dbl): 264
  • Crew Nationality: French
  • Ship Registration: French

Ship Amenities

  • Internet Access WiFi
  • Individually Controlled Air Conditioning
  • Mini Bar
  • Flat Screen Television
  • IPod Entertainment System
  • Video on Demand
  • Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Bathrobe
  • Direct Dial Satellite Phone
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • 24 Hour Room Service

Ship Facilities

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Main Lounge
  • Shop
  • Medical Centre
  • Theatre
  • Fitness Centre
  • Beauty Corner
  • Hairdresser
  • Relaxation Room
  • Photo Corner
  • Leisure Area
  • Swimming Pool
  • Grill Restaurant
  • Internet Station
  • Panoramic Lounge
  • Panoramic Terrace
  • Open Air Bar
  • Sun Deck


Our mission is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

To offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment – a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared – and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

To combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.

Yacht cruises: more than a cruise, a privilege…

Attentive, professional, discreet and elegant, the fully bilingual service on board will meet your every desire. Our unique atmosphere is filled with a signature sentiment: a warm welcome from an experienced crew who are passionate about what they do, in the tradition of private yachting.

In the dining areas, our gourmet cuisine is worthy of top fine dining restaurants: exquisite wines are available, and menus are created with expertise by our skilled chefs with a French-inspired menu enhanced by specialties from our various ports of call.

Pleasure, enrichment, discovery: relax – we take care of everything…

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