A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Trace the legacy of ancient empires on an 8-day cruise, exploring numerous World Heritage sites as you follow the spectacular Adriatic coast to the legendary ports of Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, and more.

Starting at: $5,050 * Price includes special offer Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Traditional street in Dubrovnik
 The Grand Canal at dusk
 The coastal town of Hvar
 Fort and Old City of Dubrovnik
 Iconic harbor of Dubrovnik
 Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
 <i>Dying Achilles</i> at the Palace of Achilleion Museum, Corfu
 The island of Corfu
 Temple at Delphi
 The Corinth Canal
 The Acropolis of Athens

Cruising the Dalmatian Coast and the Ionian Sea

From Athens to Venice (aboard Le Lyrial)

8 days from $5,050

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT 

Trace the legacy of ancient empires on an 8-day cruise, exploring numerous World Heritage sites as you follow the spectacular Adriatic coast to the legendary ports of Dubrovnik, Hvar, Venice, and more.

or Call 855-330-1542

Ship

Le Lyrial

Launched in 2015 by PONANT, the highly acclaimed Le Lyrial is a new generation of small ship, along with sister ships Le Boréal, Le Soléal, and L'Austral. These ships of the PONANT fleet are of the highest quality, featuring a sleek design, and distinctive French decor.

Spacious, Ocean-view Suites and Staterooms

Ninety-five percent of the 122 large, deluxe, air-conditioned, outside staterooms and suites (from 200 to 600 square feet) feature private balconies. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower (bathtub in limited number of staterooms) and the luxurious amenities of a fine hotel, including individual climate control, satellite flat screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, minibar, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, and plush robes.

Chic and Casual Dining

International and regional cuisine are served in the stylish, spacious dining room in single, unassigned seating; 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 alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are included.

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. The ship company is proud of its 'Clean Ship' standing, an extreme rarity among ocean cruising vessels, as its commitment to energy efficiency and environmental protection of marine ecosystems is of paramount importance.

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