A Cruise to Ancient Greece and Turkey
Take part in an odyssey to the ancient windswept islands of Greece and the fabled coast of Turkey, where you will uncover the living legacy of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations and witness the stunning architectural achievements of the Byzantines.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
We appreciate Smithsonian's attention to detail, excellent planning and accommodations, (and most important) erudite speakers and guides.”
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The highly acclaimed, exclusively chartered M.S. Le Lyrial, launching in 2015, represents the newest generation of five-star small ships, featuring only 120 suites and staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.
Spacious, 100% Ocean-View Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned deluxe stateroom and suite (200 to 600 square feet) features a private bathroom with shower or tub/shower combination and luxurious five-star hotel amenities. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes, and slippers.
Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual indoor-outdoor restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary beer is served with lunch; complimentary wine and beer are served with dinner.
Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities
Inviting and spacious public areas accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances, and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment, and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service.
Respect for the Environment
The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet, and comfortable voyage by minimizing vibration and engine noise. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” rating, an extreme rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders.