Cruising the Adriatic & Aegean Seas on Le Lyrial
Odyssey of Ancient Civiliazations
Trip Type: By Sea
Group Size: Up to 220 guests*
Price: From $4,895 per person, double occupancy
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Co-sponsored with: Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Johns Hopkins, McGill, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Northwestern, University of Pennsylvania, Smithsonian
*Le Lyrial can accommodate up to 220 passengers. Harvard passengers will be joined by guests from the co-sponsoring institutions listed above, as well as potential independent travelers.
Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites exploring the influence of the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Venetian and Slavic civilizations. Tour ancient Delphi, Corfu’s Old Town, the remarkable archaeological site of Butrint, Kotor’s medieval fortifications, Dubrovnik’s 15th-century walled city and Split’s Diocletian’s Palace. Enjoy a Coastal Life Forum® with local residents and a folk music performance.
- Small ship enters ports, bays and inlets inaccessible to larger vessels: Korčula, Kotor and the Corinth Canal.
- Visit five countries and up to eight UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Exclusive Coastal Life Forum® for interaction with local residents and included excursion in each port.
Schedule by day
- May 8: Depart for Athens, Greece
- May 9: Athens, Greece / Embark Le Lyrial
- May 10: Cruise Corinth Canal / Itea for Delphi
- May 11: Corfu / Sarandë, Albania, for Butrint
- May 12: Kotor, Montenegro
- May 13: Dubrovnik, Croatia
- May 14: Korčula / Split
- May 15: Split
- May 16: Venice, Italy / Disembark ship / Return flights home
- Category 8: $4,895
- Category 7: $6,095
- Category 6: $6,695 / $11,895 single
- Category 5: $7,095
- Category 4: $7,695
- Category 3: $7,995 / $13,595 single
- Category 2: $8,495
- Category 1: $8,695
- Deluxe Suite: $9,595
- Prestige Suite: $10,595
- Privilege Suite: $10,895
- Grand Deluxe Suite: $12,895
- Owner’s Suite: $13,595
- Seven nights aboard Le Lyrial
Optional Athens Pre-Cruise: Begin your cruise with two nights in an ancient city unmatched in its contributions to the foundations of the Western world—Athens, Greece, the birthplace of democracy and home to many of history’s greatest philosophers and poets. Admire the stunning beauty of this celebrated seat of cultural inception with guided tours of the magnificent Parthenon atop the Acropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage site; and explore the glory of ancient Greece in the new Acropolis Museum. Visit the Temple of Poseidon, constructed in reverence to the ancient Greek god of the seas.
Accommodations: Two nights in the deluxe Athenaeum InterContinental Athens hotel
Optional Venice Post-Cruise: An extraordinary masterpiece, from the marble Bridge of Sighs to the Byzantine opulence of St. Mark’s Basilica, the entire city of Venice is constructed upon an amazingly unique archipelago. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this historical center of prosperity and culture is today one of Italy’s premier cities for art and architecture. Tour the Gothic Doge’s Palace, the lavish heart of the Venetian Empire; admire one of the finest collections of Renaissance art in the world in the Gallerie dell’Accademia; and cruise the legendary Grand Canal past the stately villas of Venice’s first families and alongside colorfully decorated gondolas.
Accommodations: Two nights at Westin Europa & Regina (located just steps away from Piazza San Marco and within view of the picturesque Grand Canal)
Moderately Active: Many of the cities and towns being visited were founded centuries ago, and the terrain is rugged. Therefore, a fair amount of walking along narrow cobblestone streets, stone floors or uneven and/or slippery terrain and climbing several flights of stairs (some without railings) is to be expected. Walking excursions often cover distances of at least one mile/1.6 km and are approximately three hours in length. Also please be advised that the ship may either dock in port or tender ashore by small boat.
Hollis Research Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
Kathryn Wasserman Davis Professor of Slavic Studies, Professor of History and Director of Russian Area Studies at Wellesley College and Center Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University
Mode of Travel
The highly acclaimed Le Lyrial launched in 2015, represents the newest generation of state-of-the-art Five-Star small ships, featuring 110 deluxe Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.
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