Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

Island Jewels of the Mediterranean

From AUD $4,730


Explore the jewels of Mediterranean’s large islands: Sicily, Sardinia, and the Balearics. Set sail aboard Le Lyrial for an 8-day cruise between Athens and Barcelona, discovering unmissable sites.

After crossing the narrow Corinth Canal, your ship will call at Idea, not far from the famous site of Delphi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Clinging to the slopes of Mount Parnassus, the ruins dominate the valley and still seem to resound to the noise of the footsteps of past pilgrims. Then, another treasure of Ancient Greece awaits you from the port of call in Katakolo: Olympia, its temples, altars, theatres and marble statues…

Le Lyrial will then take you towards Sicily. You will not fail to admire the ancient theatre of Taormina, remarkable for its acoustics and its state of preservation. As for Palermo, the capital nestling in the heart of a wide bay, it has preserved the traces of all the cultures that have met there.

After a port of call in Cagliari in Sardinia, you head for Spain, to discover Minorca, the most preserved island of the Balearic archipelago.

Your cruise will end in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia with a rich architectural heritage and inimitable atmosphere.

Trip Name
Island Jewels of the Mediterranean
Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 224 Launched: 2015 A sleek silhouette, a welcoming intimate atmosphere, discover aboard this new ship the philosophy that has made our sisterships such a success: the spirit of Yacht Cruises. Sailing under the French flag, this magnificent yacht of only 122 staterooms and Suites, with balconies, will join our fleet in April 2015. You will be enchanted by the contemporary decor inspired by the our destinations and the blue light of the Vega star in the Lyra constellation. The result is 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 A refined ambiance is enhanced by the quality of the workmanship and materials: white Corian counters in the lobby contrast with the warmth of leather to recall a boat’s hull, while the central sculpture of enamelled pieces takes its inspiration from the sea. In the loungebar, the carpet picks up a tennis stripe theme symbolising a certain idea of cruising, one synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.


Day 1 - Day 1 ATHENS
The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.
The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience !Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.
Day 3 - Day 3 KATAKOLON
This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.
Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.
Palermo is the guardian of the Sicilian soul. Many have been attracted to this city, the largest capital of the Italian islands. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans... Palermo is a rich culmination of so many cultural influences as seen in the Moorish designs on the cathedral, and the Byzantine mosaics of the Palatine chapel, which is itself housed within the precincts of the Norman palace. You will fall under the spell of the palaces, baroque splendours that grace the town with their obsolete beauty. It is thrilling to stumble upon one of those fabulous markets, high in colour, and headily picturesque.
The capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, like Rome, is built on seven hills. Its Sardinian name means “castle”, in reference to the citadel, its historic centre, which dominates the city. The old ramparts are now pleasant panoramic terraces bordering picturesque streets. The city hosted the Nuragic, Phoenician, Roman and Byzantine civilisations before the rein of the Spanish Hapsburgs and the House of Savoy. The monuments of Cagliari bear the traces of these successive dominations, such as the Bastion of Saint-Rémy or the Sainte-Marie Cathedral. On the sea front, Art Nouveau-style public monuments give way to the Poetto beach, a magnificent stretch of sand that is 8 kilometres long.
You will be welcomed by the colourful houses of Mahon, its narrow streets and pretty squares that appear as you stroll around this richly contrasting city. Mahon reveals its different neighbourhoods, alternating between monuments, villas and white buildings. Discover the Santa Maria church, a building of neo-gothic inspiration, rebuilt in the 18th Century. It is worth a visit to see its monumental organ with more than 3,000 pipes and four keyboards. Around the Carmen church you will find a local market, full of stands selling avarcas, typical Menorcan sandals originally made by peasants. Let yourself fall under the spell of this Mediterranean treasure.
Day 8 - Day 8 BARCELONA
Located on the seashore between the mountains of Montjuïc and Tibidabo, Barcelona offers its many visitors a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Truly an open-air museum, the “prodigious town” reveals an astonishing range of artistic treasures and museums, combining Roman ruins, medieval districts and a number of avant-garde elements from the 20th Century. Over the years, it has been marked by some of the greatest artists, such as Picasso, Miró or Gaudí, most of whose work has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Take the time to stroll along the Ramblas and enjoy the gentle, typically Mediterranean lifestyle of the capital of Catalonia.
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $4,730Superior Stateroom
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $5,150DeLuxe Stateroom
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $20,180Owner’s Suite
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $5,840Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $6,150Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $6,480Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $9,290Deluxe Suite
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $12,830Prestige Suite - Deck 5
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $13,500Privilege Suite
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $15,600Grand Deluxe Suite
23-09-201930-09-2019AUD $19,980Grand Privilege Suite


    • A Mediterranean cruise to discover architectural and heritage treasures.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis of Athens (embarkation port), the archaeological sites of Delphi and Olympia, Arab-Norman Palermo and the Cathedral Church of Monreale, the works of Gaudí in Barcelona (disembarkation port).
    • The discovery of three large Mediterranean islands, crossroads of civilisations, with ancient ruins and typical landscapes.
    • Crossing the Corinth Canal.