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Le Lyrial

Treasures of the Mediterranean World - A Family Learning Adventure

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. The sleek and sophisticated Le Lyrial launched in May 2015. This latest addition to the fleet offers a welcoming intimate atmosphere with only 122 staterooms and suites. Its stylish decor, inspired by the Mediterranean coves and coastline is a subtle palette of blues and is complimented with sculptures and fabrics synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.





You will be met at the airport in Rome and transferred to your hotel for a one night stay. The following day after breakfast join a tour of the Colosseum and Forum. Transfer to the port of Civitavecchia in the afternoon for embarkation.

Day 1: Rome

Arrive in Rome where you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Westin Excelsior Hotel or similar, situated on the Via Veneto between the Spanish Steps and the gardens of the Villa Borghese. The afternoon is free to rest or to explore this corner of Rome on your own. In the evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel, where Professor Kathleen Lynch and our Young Explorer Counselors will introduce you to the program ahead.

Day 2: Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, you will travel to the centre of old Rome for a tour of the Colosseum and Forum, where important events in the history of the Republic and the Empire are memorialized in monuments. Lunch is included. In the afternoon, transfer to the port of Civitavecchia and embark Le Lyrial.

Day 3: Salerno

From Salerno, the excursion for adults leads to Pompeii and to nearby Herculaneum, Roman cities both destroyed and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, No other sites so completely capture the character of life in the early Roman Empire. The Young Explorers head to a farm in the Sorrentine Hills overlooking the Gulf of Naples, where they learn about the cultivation of oranges, lemons, olives and grapes, as well as the making of mozzarella according to traditional methods, before visiting Pompeii in the afternoon.

Day 4: At Sea

A day at sea, attending lectures, participating in Young Explorers activities, and generally enjoying the amenities of the ship.

Day 5: Katakalon

Katakalon is your gateway to Olympia, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of four sites where the Panhellenic games were held. Tour the sacred area, including the temples of Hera and Zeus, the Council House, the Treasuries, and the stadium. Young Explorers will be invited to compete in mock Olympic Games staged for them on the site of the ancient games.

Day 6: Rethymnon, Crete

Crete was once home to the Minoans, Europe’s earliest developed civilization. From quaint Rethymnon, travel to Knossos and its fabled Palace – a maze of frescoed corridors and chambers showing life as it was four millennia ago – and home to the labyrinth of the legendary Minotaur. Also visit the Heraklion Museum, which houses treasures from Knossos. Young Explorers may choose to hike a portion of the rugged and scenic Imbros Gorge on a guided walk through narrow passages lined with caves. The walk ends on the coast, near the 14th-century Venetian castle of Frangokastello, for a swim.

Day 7: Santorini

In the second millennium B.C., volcanic eruptions shrouded Santorini (or Phira) in pumice and ash and collapsed the island into a fractured caldera. This explosion led to Santorini’s wild, multi-hued beauty while sending its Minoan civilization into irreversible decline. Adults will visit the stunning archaeological site of Akrotiri and the Prehistoric Museum, while Young Explorers board a sailboat to Nea Kameni, the island in the center of Santorini’s caldera, where they hike to the summit of the volcano to learn about the area’s geology. Families reunite in Phira Town for lunch and free time.

Day 8: Kusadasi

From Kusadasi, travel to Ephesus. Renowned as the center of worship of the mother-goddess Cybele, later known as Artemis, it was also the site where St. Paul addressed the Ephesians. Excavations continue and archaeologists are restoring the Terrace Houses, which offer a glimpse of daily Ephesian life. See the facade of the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, and the Great Amphitheater.

Day 9: Athens

Your voyages ends in Athens where you will disembark the ship. Athens is a city with an incomparably dramatic and influential history. Explore the Acropolis, perhaps the most important ancient monument in the Western world, and the stunning Acropolis Museum. After lunch at a taverna, adults visit the ancient Agora, while Young Explorers discover the city on an iPad-based interactive game to complete “The Labors of Hercules.” Spend the night at the Divani Caravel hotel, or similar in Athens.

Day 10: Athens

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to the airport in Athens for your onward journey home.


Disembark the ship in Athens and transfer to the airport.


  • Transfers and luggage handling from Rome airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
  • 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise at a deluxe hotel in Rome, with welcome reception and breakfast
  • Tour of the Colosseum and Forum
  • 7 Nights' accommodation on board Le Lyrial
  • 1 nights accommodation post cruise at a deluxe hotel in Athens, including breakfast
  • Post-cruise sightseeing in Athens, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the Agora, and the “The Labors of Hercules”
  • Transfer and luggage handling from the ship to hotel and hotel to airport in Athens
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Young Explorers™ Program of activities both aboard ship and ashore is focused on engaging children. And lectures by Professor Kathleen Lynch of the University of Cincinnati inform and entertain the entire family.
  • English speaking only cruise


  • International transportation
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses

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