MediterraneanThe Best of Croatia 2021



Discover the best of Croatia on an exceptional 8-day luxury cruise with Ponant Cruises. Not only will you fall under the spell of the spectacular Croatian coastline, you’ll also also fall in love with the elegance and attentive service aboard Le Lyrial.

Beginning in the romantic city of Venice, you’ll have the opportunity to take a ride through the canals on the famous gondolas, do some shopping or explore by foot.

Once on board, it’s time to enjoy the luxury that is Ponant as you set sail for Korcula, the birthplace of Marco Polo and home of olive groves, vineyards and ancient buildings.

You will then head to the aptly named “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by medieval ramparts, its terracotta-tiled roofs, its palaces, cloisters and fountains are bound to impress you and will plunge you into the heart of Croatian history.

Your ship will then set sail towards Montenegro, for an unforgettable cruise in the Bay of Kotor. This impressive gash between two mountain ranges is home to a veritable inland lake with a magical atmosphere; the medieval city of Kotor and its many historical monuments are its jewels.

Your exploration of the Croatian coastlines will conclude with visits of Hvar and Rovinj, before you head back to Venice. (See below for more details on ports of call)

Your 8 night fly/cruise/stay package has several departures in June and July 2021 to choose from, and includes:

• Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaideor Perth to Venice inc tax

• One way transfer by private boat from Venice airport to hotel

• 1 nights accommodation pre-cruise in Venice^ in a 4star hotel with breakfast

• One way transfer from Venice hotel to port- 7 night Italy & Croatia cruise round trip from Venice aboard Le Lyrial including:

• All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day ofembarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)

• Captain`s welcomecocktail and gala dinner

• Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne,alcohol except premium brands) onboard cruise

• Evening entertainment and shipboard events

• Onboard cruise ship room service 24h (special selection)

• Port taxes

• One way transfer from Venice port to airport

Plus! Receive complimentary return luxury chauffeur driven transfers from your home to/from your nearest international airport (with 35 km)

Prices begin from $7,995 per person share twin in a Twin Deluxe Balcony

Special is valid until 31 March 2020 unless sold out/withdrawn.

Le Lyrial

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.

Interior 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.

Cruise Highlights


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.


This harbour town has a very special location, presiding on a spur on the north-eastern coast of the island of Kor?ula. The ramparts in its medieval district provide perfect vantage points over the Pelješac peninsula. To get there, you can take the monumental staircase in the Revelin Tower.Another way is to climb the steps in the shade of palm trees from the MorskaVrata (Marine portal). As you make your way through the little streets, you’ll see the bell-tower of Saint-Mark’s cathedral rise above you. This landmark will help you locate the house where Marco Polo was born. The island also has some of its own famous wines like the red Plavac and the white Posip.


Šibenik is one of the oldest capitals in Croatia. It is located on the Dalmatian coast, at the mouth of the Krka river.


On the Dalmatian coast, the town of Split offers cultural visits in a seaside atmosphere. Close to the seafront shaded by palm trees, the historical centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts a unique building: the Diocletian’s Palace. Here you will explore its galleries, courtyards with carved columns, as well as a former mausoleum converted into a church, namely Saint Domnius Cathedral. If you get peckish, stop off at a terrace in the Pjaca, the main square in the old town, where you can try a pala?inka, a kind of pancake topped with melted cheese.


Emblem of the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik is magnificently positioned on a rocky spur. History is sovereign here, in this ancient city, now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. You will perhaps be surprised by the proportions of La Placa, the central drag through the city. The sheer width of it can be explained by the fact that it straddles a former lagoon. The elegant houses along La Placa are built in the legendary travertine stone. At Pile gate, you will be greeted by the statue of the patron saint of Dubrovnik, and you can admire the coastline as you walk along the ramparts. But what’s inside FortSaint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.


Nestling at the end of a bay surrounded by wooded mountains, the town of Kotor offers its UNESCO World Heritage listed old town with its medieval architecture.


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.


Rovinj is located in Istria, a region bordering Slovenia. This becomes apparent as you walk through its old cobblestoned town. There are many monuments of Venetian influence here. If you study the Balbi arch, you will see the winged lion, symbol of Venice. The bell-tower erected beside Saint Euphemia Cathedral was designed like the bell of St. Marc in Venice. From the top of the tower, you can scan the entire historical district. To absorb its quaint atmosphere, take a walk in the ochre and sepia-coloured streets leading to bustling squares and terraces shaded by canvas awnings.

Terms and 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 (09Jan20). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may 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 airfare/taxes due in full at time of booking (approx 10 months prior) and once ticketed, cancellation/change fees may apply. Transfers are only included on dates shown in day to day itinerary, any variations may result in a forfeit transfer. Airlines/routing at discretion of our agency - variations may result in a surcharge on package prices. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. ^Italian city hotels must charge a local govt tax to guests upon checkout which is not included in package price and must be paid direct to the hotel. Offer ends 31Mar20 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Not included in this package: 1. Travel insurance (highly recommended) 2. meals other than those listed as included 3. Shore excursions 4. Ships tips or gratuities to drivers

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • All meals
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • Pool &/or Spa
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Trip itinerary

Pre cruise flight from Aus and transfers
Sibenik & Split
Dubrovnik & Kotor
Post cruise flight from Aus and transfers

Technical Details

  • Built Date 2015
  • Crew 139
  • Capacity 264
  • Length 142M

Cruise Category

  • Boutique Style

Le Lyrial

Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, exudes a refined ambiance, enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials. images courtesy Ponant





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