On board MS EUROPA from Larnaca to Ven

Glorious Days Between the Aegean and the Adriatic

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The Mediterranean was once ruled by powerful empires. Many of their cultural treasures are still alive today – in the ancient heritage of the Greeks and Romans, in the magnificent palazzi of Venice or behind the medieval facades of Croatian architecture. On your way to countless discoveries on this cruise, you will take in romantic vistas of olive groves, ancient cypresses and colourful bougainvillea. You can look forward to visiting delightful Mediterranean islands, whilst the voices of rising international singing stars ring out on board.

from Larnaca to Ven

Cruise dates:from 29.04.2014 to 11.05.2014 (13 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1408

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic cities of Rhodes*, Kerkyra*, Dubrovnik* and Trogir*, as well as Venice and its lagoon*
  • Explore the Konavle valley by jeep*
  • Greek mythology and Roman legends on board
  • Stella Maris – International classic singing competition on board

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


Tue, 29.04.2014

Flight Germany – Larnaca
Transfer to Limassol for embarkation on the EUROPA
Limassol/Cyprus, departure 21.00 hrs

Enjoy Cyprus, the Island of the Gods, on our pre-cruise programme*.

Wed, 30.04.2014

Antalya, 11.00 – 19.00 hrs

The ruins of Perge* and the well-preserved Roman theatre at Aspendos* are testament to how popular the Turkish Riviera had already become in the ancient world. Antalya* itself is charming with its historic centre and a special feature for a major city: the thundering Karpuzkaldiran waterfall plunges down 30 m into the Mediterranean.

Thu, 01.05.2014

Marmaris, 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

Discover the countryside and typical friendliness of the locals on an inland jeep tour*. Encounter a piece of Lycian history on a boat trip to the ruins of Kaunos* – even from a distance, you can see the tombs of the kings cut into the cliffs.

Fri, 02.05.2014

Bodrum, arrival 7.00 hrs

St. Peter’s Castle, the town’s landmark, stands over the bay – the houses behind it overgrown with bougainvillea and lit up by the sunshine: Turkey’s answer to St. Tropez had already become a memorable place in ancient times. Not far away from Bodrum lies ancient Miletus*, the birthplace of Greek philosophy. The countryside tour will take you along the “Holy Road” to the Temple of Apollo at Didyma*.

Sat, 03.05.2014

Bodrum, departure 6.00 hrs
Kos, 8.00 – 23.00 hrs

Hippocrates, the great physician, still has a great presence on the island. He himself did not work at the Asclepion*, where the well-preserved terraces stand amongst the idyllic surroundings of a cypress grove. But maybe one of his students did, whom he taught under the plane trees in the town of Kos?

Sun, 04.05.2014

Rhodes, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Seafarers were once welcomed to the island by the Colossus of Rhodes. Today, the medieval streets of the ancient city contribute to a lively UNESCO World Heritage Site for you to explore. See the picturesque side of the island on a hike* through green olive groves, idyllic mountain villages and copses. On the east coast, there is a sublime view of pretty Lindos with its Acropolis*, one of the most delightful places on the island.

Mon, 05.05.2014

Heraklion, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

The Palace of Knossos stands as a testament to Minoan culture and originally had around 1,300 rooms. The Monastery of Arkadi*, the national sanctuary of the Cretans which once served as a stronghold, has a chequered past. You can also visit the Venetian buildings at Rethymnon*.

Tue, 06.05.2014

Kalamata, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs

Enjoy a day in the shade of the historic part of town or stroll past Byzantine churches, the old castle and the convent. A detour to the idyllic village of Methoni* and to see King Nestor’s clay bath makes for an interesting morning.

Wed, 07.05.2014

Kerkyra, 8.00 – 17.30 hrs

Empress Elisabeth of Austria loved to retreat to this peaceful island. Discover the undulating green scenery by jeep* or follow in the footsteps of “Sissi” across the grounds of the Villa Achilleon*, which was built for her in the attractive Renaissance style.

Thu, 08.05.2014

Dubrovnik, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

The “Pearl of the Adriatic” is full of surprises: discover Dubrovnik’s* historic heritage, such as the Franciscan monastery and the Rector’s Palace. Or explore Croatia off the beaten track on a tour of the fertile landscape of the Konavle* region by all-terrain vehicle.

Fri, 09.05.2014

Trogir, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

The delightful historic town of Trogir*, a gem of Romanesque and Gothic architecture with its churches and palaces, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The palace built for Diocletian’s retirement in his home town of Split* is equally exquisite. The excavations at Salona* are another legacy of the Roman Empire.

Sat, 10.05.2014

Venice/Italy, arrival 11.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

The EUROPA arrives in the Venetian Lagoon and you will be able to explore the city’s lesser-known side on a walk around the Cannaregio district. A motorboat will take you to the islands* of Murano, Burano and Torcello. On the following day, it will be time for you to start your journey home – or stay a while longer to explore as part of a private travel arrangement*.

Sun, 11.05.2014

Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

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

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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:



Stella Maris International Vocal Competition

In this high-calibre vocal contest, world-famous opera houses recommend

their up-and-coming stars, who compete against one another in three

concert events on board the EUROPA. The classical headliners of tomorrow

demonstrate their abilities in the categories of opera, oratorios and

lieder to the star-studded jury and the rest of the audience. The

audience choose their personal favourite to receive the generous

audience prize.