The Paris Opera Ballet at Sea

The Paris Opera Ballet at Sea

From AUD $6,200


One of the world’s greatest classical ballet companies, the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, will be aboard Le Lyrial for this exceptional cruise around the Italian Peninsula. In the company of some of the troupe’s dancers and of Aurélie Dupont, former prima ballerina and now Director of Dance, discover the must-see cities of the Adriatic and Italy during this all-new 8-day cruise with dance as its central theme.

Your trip will be punctuated by solo performances, pas de deux and highlights of the most beautiful classical, romantic and contemporary ballets, as well as screenings of shows, encounters and interviews.

You will first stop in Hvar, the most famous and attractive of the Adriatic islands. Ringed by ramparts, the town has many remarkable monuments including its elegant cathedral, old arsenal and aristocratic palaces.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Dubrovnik will charm you with its palaces, elegant buildings, cloisters and fountains. Located in Croatia’s deep south, the Pearl of the Adriatic is a true gem.

Le Lyrial will then set sail for Parga, a charming little town nesting in the heart of an isolated bay. Its colourful houses, built on the hillside, enjoy a superb view over the Ionian Sea and overlook beaches of great beauty.

You will also visit Amalfi and its coast, which are magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Perched between sky and sea, Amalfi and the little villages hidden nearby present amazing landscapes.

Trip Name
The Paris Opera Ballet at Sea
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 VENICE
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.
Day 2 - Day 2 HVAR
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.
Day 3 - Day 3 DUBROVNIK
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 Fort Saint John, adjoining the outer walls? A maritime museum and an aquarium featuring rare fish from the Adriatic.
Day 4 - Days 4 - 5 PARGA
An ancient port in the Epirus region, picturesque Parga is located on the western coast of the Greek mainland. Ancient classical ruins and the Venetian citadel bear witness to the town's colourful history and the diverse influences that shaped it. In a swoon of orange flower and lemon blossom scents, you can walk up steep streets lined with houses generously bedecked with flowers on your way to Ali Pasha castle. Here, youメll be rewarded by splendid views of the old fishing village and wild neighbouring creeks.
At the southern tip of the Italian boot, Reggio de Calabre guards the eastern shore of the Strait of Messina. From the lungomare, the sea front promenade, there are magnificent views over Sicily, a little over 3 km away, and Etna. Rebuilt after the 1908 earthquake, Reggio is set out in a grid pattern and has Art Nouveau and Belle Époque architecture that add to its charm. And the fragrance of bergamot, the citrus fruit that dominates the region’s confectionery and perfumery. A visit to the National Archaeological Museum is a must. It is one of the most important in Italy and among its collections are the famous Riacce Bronzes, the stunning Greek statues dating from the 5th century BC that were found off the coast in 1972.
Day 6 - Day 7 AMALFI
The little town of Campania gives its name to the region containing the magnificent, UNESCO World Heritage listed, Amalfi coast. And for good reason. Located at the foot of Mount Cerreto, against a rock face of a gorge that opens onto the sea, Amalfi’s absolutely splendid natural scenery alone is enough to feast your eyes on before making for the medieval streets to explore some of its history. The mix of cultural influences from the Mediterranean Rim is omnipresent here. Don’t miss the dome of Saint André the Apostle and its beautiful cloister, before sipping a delicious lemon juice made from locally grown lemons at a terrace bar.
Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.
Day 8 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $6,200Superior Stateroom
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $6,740DeLuxe Stateroom
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $26,160Owner’s Suite
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $7,610Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $8,020Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $8,450Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $12,040Deluxe Suite
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $16,580Prestige Suite - Deck 5
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $17,440Privilege Suite
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $20,140Grand Deluxe Suite
02-10-202009-10-2020AUD $25,890Grand Privilege Suite


    • For the first time ever, a cruise in partnership with the Ballet de l’Opéra de Paris, with the on-board presence of Aurélie Dupont, Director of Dance, and of 8 dancers from this prestigious troupe, as well as Alain Duault, artistic advisor.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the lagoon of Venice (embarkation port), the old town of Dubrovnik, Amalfi, Rome (from the embarkation port in Civitavecchia).
    • A great diversity of landscapes and islands in the Adriatic, with two essential ports of call: Hvar and Dubrovnik.
    • Discovering the beauty of the Amalfi Coast.
    • Call at Reggio de Calabre, which guards the Strait of Messina at the southern tip of Italy.
    • The possibility of visiting Rome after your cruise.