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A fairytale-like legacy of the Moors against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, an old Islamic metropolis which is nowadays home to Andalusia’s temperament or the mighty cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – look forward to magnificent moments in Spain. In Lisbon, charming alleys and tile-adorned houses testify to the history of the erstwhile seafaring nation. On board the EUROPA, the music of Flamenco and Fado, of passion and melancholy, fills the air. A beautiful late summer all around the Iberian Peninsula.

from Bilbao to Barcelona

Cruise dates:from 21.10.2013 to 02.11.2013 (13 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1325

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites: the historic district of Santiago de Compostela*, the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites in Lisbon* as well as the Moorish residence Alhambra*
  • The former Caliphate of Cordoba*
  • Healing the soul with sorrow – Fado on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with comprehensive golf package*
  • New ports of call: Celeiro (Viveiro)/Spain, Seville/Spain

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price and are subject to changes


Mon, 21.10.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Bilbao
Transfer to embarkation on the EUROPA
Bilbao/Spain, departure 19.00 hrs

A prelude featuring modern art: Join the pre-cruise programme* and explore Bilbao and the wine-growing region Rioja.

Tue, 22.10.2013

Celeiro, 8.00 hrs – 15.00 hrs

Celeiro (Viveiro)/Spain
Where the River Landro empties into the Cantabric Sea lies Viveiro, inviting you to take a walk to its old town wall. The beauty of Galicia’s landscape* unfolds behind the settlement. Tall mountain ranges separate the autonomous region from the rest of the Spanish mainland, and in some cases tiny villages prove to be unaffected by tourism. The pristine natural scenery featuring rugged coasts and vast expanses is also fascinating. Sights which are well worth discovering.

Wed, 23.10.2013

Vigo, 8.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

From Galicia’s most significant port city you will follow the call of James the Apostle as far as Santiago de Compostela*, the famous end of the Way of St. James. The mighty Roman cathedral with the ornate Pórtico de la Gloria is the destination of many pilgrims and, together with the enchanting historic district, constitutes a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Another church covered from ground to eaves with shells traditionally associated with Saint James will enhance your Galician impressions* on La Toja island.

Thu, 24.10.2013

Lisbon, arrival 13.00 hrs

Via the Tejo, the EUROPA reaches Portugal’s capital city and stays for the night. The fascinating city built on seven hills can conveniently be discovered by tram* which rattles through the narrow alleys of the historic district Alfama with its tile-adorned houses. On the panoramic trip*, attractions such as the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites await you, but also Europe’s largest aquarium – visit the Oceanarium*. You can also explore the charming “beauty on the banks of the Tejo“ actively by bike*.

Fri, 25.10.2013

Lisbon, departure 19.00 hrs

Sat, 26.10.2013

Portimao, 8.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

Relax a little on the beaches of the Algarve or set out for the undulating hinterland – the partially off-road safari* by all-terrain vehicle takes you up to the peak of Pico da Foia. En route, you may look forward to tasting the local schnapps at a distillery. During the excursion to Sagres, Lagos and Cabo de Sao Vicente*, the southern tip of the European mainland, you will encounter the traces of Portugal’s seafaring history. Those who love fine foods may wish to join the gourmet lunch at the Villa Joya*. Not only a feast for the palate, but also for the eyes – enjoy the marvellous views across the ocean.

Sun, 27.10.2013

Seville**, arrival 13.00 hrs

Flamenco, tapas and a fiery temperament – experience the essence of Andalusia by day and by night. Seville’s landmark is the Giralda, the bell tower of the largest Gothic cathedral worldwide. The former minaret impressively towers over you during a walk* through the city with its narrow alleys and elegant avenues. The erstwhile Caliphate of Cordoba* was once a thriving metropolis of the Islamic world. A time of which the more than 850 pillars in the prayer hall of the gorgeous Mezquita Cathedral – one of the biggest sacred buildings on Earth – bear evidence to the present day.

Mon, 28.10.2013


Tue, 29.10.2013

Seville**, departure 2.00 hrs

Wed, 30.10.2013

Malaga, 8.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

In 2003, the Pablo Picasso Museum* with more than 200 of his masterpieces opened in Malaga – to the great delight of art enthusiasts. In the course of a walk*, the fortress of the Arab caliph of Malaga, Gibralfaro, testifies to the days of the Moors in Spain. The mighty cathedral in the historic district was built in the 16th century on the site of a mosque. In Granada, the fairytale-like palace of the Nasrids towers high in the air – the “red fort“ Alhambra* rises against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. Its interior will thrill you with intricate Arabic architecture, trickling fountains and elaborate ornaments.

Thu, 31.10.2013

Cartagena, 8.00 hrs – 18.00 hrs

One of Spain’s most relevant seaports already facilitated active trading in ancient times. Following the trails of the Romans on foot*, you will encounter Cartagena’s amphitheatre dating back to the time of Emperor Augustus, which was only uncovered in the 1990s. In the valley of Rio Segura lies Murcia* with its well-preserved historic district. Nearby the river you can marvel at a wonderful Gothic cathedral with an impressive baroque-style facade. The city’s patron saint is venerated at the sanctuary La Fuensanta.

Fri, 01.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 02.11.2013

Barcelona/Spain, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to the scheduled flight to Germany

Gaudi’s masterpieces and the mythical creatures of the Gothic Quarter: Join our post-cruise programme* and enjoy Barcelona, the Catalan metropolis.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

** Subject to the tides, times may change.

Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:




Enjoying Golf in Spain and Portugal

The following greens await you on the cruise EUR1325:

Fri, 25.10. Lisbon, Portugal – Oitavos Dunes GC
Enjoy a round of golf right beside the sea on one of Europe’s best courses designed by Arthur Hills.

Sat, 26.10. Portimao, Portugal – Vale do Lobo GC

view from the steep coast across the Atlantic crowns your game on this

picturesque course which will inspire you with undulating fairways

between pine trees and lakes.

Mon, 28.10. Seville, Spain – Real Club de Golf de Sevilla (additional course)

regal golf club invites you to play on one of the best courses in

Europe. The demanding terrain was designed by José María Olazábal and is

appreciated by both professional players and amateurs.

Thu, 31.10. Cartagena, Spain – La Manga GC
An extraordinary location and no less than three 18-hole championship courses – here, an unforgettable game awaits you.

The EUROPA golf arrangement can only be booked in conjunction with a

cruise and as a package as specified prior to departure. Minimum number

of participants: 10 persons. In the case of an insufficient number of

participants, the cruise will be cancelled 4 weeks before the scheduled

departure at the latest. Please note our general information and the

supplementary Golf & Cruise travel conditions.