We invite you to join us on this very special exploration of the foods and wines of the Adriatic coasts of Italy and Croatia, aboard the luxury small ship Le Lyrial.
Part of Ponant’s themed ‘Quintessential Collection’ voyages and
designed for never more than 264 travellers who wish to engage with the world
in order to better understand it, PONANT offers a truly immersive experience,
coupled, of course, with the cruise line’s famed luxury. Offering exceptional
activities ashore, all relevant to the theme of the cruise, these itineraries
encourage like-minded travellers to embrace the local culture of every place
To enhance your cruise, you will be joined by renowned wine educators highly recommended by Wine Spectator School – Croatian wine educator and Master of Wine Jo Ahearne, and Italian wine educator Suzanne Branciforte – who will lead a series of talks, tastings, and discussions on board.
Food— its cultivation, preparation, and consumption—has always been central to the Italian way of life. In Croatia, the rich culinary tradition includes influences from myriad neighbouring regions. This one-of-a-kind program is an extraordinary opportunity both to explore and to experience the various roles food and wine play in our lives and its relation to physical, mental, and spiritual well being.
Immerse yourself in the bounty of Italy and Croatia’s regional cuisines as we sample local fare during our comprehensive cruise across the Adriatic Sea.
The Food & Wine of Italy and Croatia (8 days Venice Roundtrip)
September 16 - 23, 2021
In Croatia, highlights include the white truffles of Istria and the renowned oysters of Mali Ston, taken from the waters along the Dalmatian Coast north of Dubrovnik. While in Italy, we will explore olive oil and burrata from Puglia, and the famed hard cheeses, pastas, and balsamic vinegar of Emilia-Romagna. Taking advantage of the area’s rich soils and a variety of splendid grapes, wonderful reds and whites and sparkling wines characteristic of each region abound. We will taste them all.A sure highlight of your cruise will be a visit to the Wine Spectator School-recommended Masseria Pizzariello, a 4th generation family wine estate celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021, for a gala wine tasting and lunch of traditional Puglia cuisine. After walking through the vineyards, you may enjoy all the foods of the region to your heart’s content, while your sommelier pours the most famous DOC and DOCG wines from Puglia. Traditional, live music played by local musicians provides the perfect backdrop to your lunch. Relax and enjoy a hearty dose of La Dolce Vita!
In addition to these culinary-tailored activities, you will have the opportunity to explore important cultural and historic sites along the way, including the Old City of Dubrovnik, the Historic Center of Urbino, and the Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna – all UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- Group transfer and luggage handling from the airport in Venice to the ship on the day of embarkation.
- An included gala wine tasting and lunch of traditional Puglia cuisine at the Wine Spectator School-recommended and spectacular Masseria Pizzariello, a celebrated 4th-generation family wine estate in Puglia celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2021
- Gratuities to guides and drivers on included excursions
- Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard Le Lyrial, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous
- Group transfer from the ship to the airport in Venice at the end of the cruise on the day of disembarkation.
• Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
• All beverages including mineral water, tea, specialty coffees, wine, beer, spirits, and cocktails
• Onboard entertainment and events
• Port charges and taxes
• Crew Gratuities are included
Themed to Inspire – The Quintessential Collection
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