On board MS EUROPA from Lisbon to Hamburg

The Treasures of Western Europe

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Impressive stately homes and modern attractions, picturesque sleepy fishing villages and the splendour of centuries gone by – Europe’s western coastline is extremely varied and home to many treasures. Sample the fine wines of the Bordeaux region at local vineyards and enjoy freshly caught fish on the coast, whilst you will be pampered on board by famous chefs, winegrowers, cheesemakers and pastry chefs.


from Lisbon to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 10.06.2014 to 24.06.2014 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1411

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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 centre of Bordeaux*, Greenwich* and Saint-Emilion*
  • The wine region around Bordeaux*
  • Jersey und Guernsey – the Channel Islands
  • EUROPA’s Best gourmet festival on board in Antwerp
  • Debussy and Ravel – French chamber music on board
  • La Soiree Parisienne – French cabaret evening on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*

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

Itinerary

Tue, 10.06.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Lisbon
Transfer to embarkation on the EUROPA
Lisbon/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs

Lisbon/Portugal
Arrive a little earlier in Portugal’s beautiful capital and enjoy Lisbon for Explorers on our pre-cruise programme.

Wed, 11.06.2014

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 12.06.2014

Bilbao, 9.00 – 19.00 hrs

Bilbao/Spain
Discover the picturesque “Siete Calles” or “seven streets” of the historic city centre at your leisure or join the guided city tour*. On a visit to the Guggenheim Museum*, you can also experience the interior of this impressive building made from steel, stone and titanium.

Fri, 13.06.2014

St Jean de Luz , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

St. Jean de Luz/France
Experience the rugged beauty of the Cote Basque on a hike* or venture out to visit the small, dreamy villages of the Basque Country. Ainhoa* is one of the prettiest villages in the whole of France, and you will have the opportunity to sample local specialities in Sare*.

Sat, 14.06.2014

Bordeaux, arrival 9.30 hrs

Bordeaux/France
With its beautiful city centre to feast your eyes on and exquisite wines for your palate, this world-famous French city on the Garonne is a treat for the senses. Stroll though the historic centre*, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or visit the delightful wine-producing town of Saint-Emilion*, which has been surrounded by vineyards since Roman times. The magnificent landscape of vineyards and noble chateaux is perfect for exploring by bicycle*. Sample fresh oysters in the idyllic bay of Arcachon*.

Sun, 15.06.2014

Bordeaux, departure 20.15 hrs

CHILDREN'S EXCURSION: Race you to the top! From Bordeaux we start on a climbing tour* up the biggest sand dune in Europe, the Dune du Pilat. The sand here soars to a height of 117 metres - what an adventure!

Mon, 16.06.2014

Le Palais, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs

Le Palais/Belle-Ile/France
“I am in a wonderfully wild region, with terrifying rocks and a sea of unbelievable colours.” With these words, Claude Monet perfectly captured the rugged cliffs in the north of the island. The more gentle side is on the island’s east coast, which you can get to know on a panoramic trip*. Here the landscape is lush, green and picturesque – such as in the charming fishing village of Sauzon*

Tue, 17.06.2014

St. Helier, 13.00 – 19.00 hrs
St. Peter Port, arrival 20.30 hrs

St. Helier/Jersey/Channel Islands/Great Britain
The powerful stronghold of Mont Orgueil* is at the centre of a thousand of years of history. The largest of the Channel Islands is surprisingly colourful and diverse – steep cliffs in the north, long beaches in the west and Mediterranean flowering plants in the island’s interior.

St. Peter Port/Guernsey/Channel Islands/Great Britain
Succumb to the charm of idyllic nature, little cottages and pretty bays on the island tour*, which also includes a stop at the smallest place of worship in the world. A walk along the cliff path* on the south coast is a very special experience.

Wed, 18.06.2014

St. Peter Port, departure 17.00 hrs

TEEN'S EXCURSION: Full steam ahead! In St Peter Port you climb aboard a speedboat*. As you fly over the water, there are great views of Guernsey and the other Channel Islands.

Thu, 19.06.2014

Greenwich (London), arrival 19.00 hrs

Greenwich (London)/England/Great Britain
With the Queen’s House and the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich* can look back over many years of royal history. This lovely part of the city makes a great starting point for tours of cosmopolitan London*, the many fascinating sides of which you can discover on a panoramic trip*. Enjoy the views from the London Eye* and discover famous sites such as Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace*. Away from all the hustle and bustle, a peaceful world lies quietly hidden: follow the narrow path alongside Regent’s Canal*, past beautiful houses as far as Little Venice which you can explore by boat. In the grand city of Canterbury*, walk through the historic city centre – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with its wonderful half-timbered houses and pay your respects to the mighty cathedral. The Buttermarket is also famous and is a great place to stop for coffee in historic surroundings.

Fri, 20.06.2014

Greenwich (London)

FAMILY EXCURSION: How does the metropolis of London look from high up in the sky? Find out on from London Eye*, Europe´s biggest Ferris wheel.

Sat, 21.06.2014

Greenwich (London), departure 8.30 hrs

Sun, 22.06.2014

Antwerp, arrival 4.00 hrs

Antwerp/Belgium
The capital of Flanders is the attractive backdrop for when EUROPA’s Best concoct the finest delicacies for you on board. Also enticing are the discoveries to be made in the home town of Peter Paul Rubens; several of his works can be found in the magnificent cathedral. His former home is now a museum and the winding alley of the Vlaeykensgang brings his era back to life. Romantic Bruges* is also well worth a visit: Michelangelo’s Madonna can be found in the Church of Our Lady. A canal trip* will be enough to ensure that there will always be a place in your heart for this city with its medieval gables and towers. In Ghent*, you will find sweet temptations in the form of Belgian chocolates. Thus fortified, visit St. Bavo’s Cathedral with its famous Ghent Altarpiece*.

Mon, 23.06.2014

Antwerp, departure 2.00 hrs

Antwerp is one of the oldest and biggest cities in Flanders and the centre of the world’s diamond industry and diamond trade. The tradition of diamond-cutting has been nurtured and developed here for more than five centuries. Brussels, Belgium’s capital city, de facto capital of the European Union, and headquarters of NATO, boasts a large number of historic buildings that are well worth a visit, while the collections in the museums have a worldwide reputation. At the heart of the city of Ghent is Europe’s mightiest moated castle. From here, on a stretch no more than 500 m long, numerous magnificent structures soar skywards, uniting to present an impressive picture of medieval city architecture.

Tue, 24.06.2014

Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Hamburg/Germany
Say goodbye to the coastlines of western Europe – or explore the beautiful city of Hamburg individually*.

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

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS


EXTEND YOUR STAY - HAMBURG INDIVIDUALLY

EUROPAs Best in Antwerp

This event has already practically become a classic. When Europe’s most

famous chefs, winemakers, affineurs, fromagers, patissiers and

chocolatiers come together on board our flagship, the Lido Deck will be

transformed into a gourmet paradise for the day.


Family cruise

Great culture, delicious cuisine and a unique lifestyle make the

coasts of western Europe a delight for the senses. How about some modern

art in Bilbao and a stroll through the old town in Bordeaux, before

checking out the latest fashions in London? Antwerp is the perfect

backdrop for unforgettable treats and delicious temptations: welcome to

the gourmet festival EUROPA´s Best!

You can find details on trips for children, teens and families in the itineraries for the individual ports.


Golf – the grand nation of golfing pleasure

Play on the following greens during the EUR1411 cruise:

Thu 2 June  Bilbao, Spain – Artxanda GC
The modern design of this 18-hole course fits in perfectly with the surrounding landscape of Txorierri.

Fri 13 June  St. Jean de Luz, France – Course de Golf de Biarritz le Phare (additional course)
Right

in the centre of Biarritz, you will be playing not only amongst

cosmopolitan company, but also on a piece of British golfing tradition

in France. The 18-hole golf course was designed back in 1888 by golf

architect Willie Dunngestaltet and is the second-oldest golf course on

the European mainland.

Sat 14 June  Bordeaux, France – Golf du Medoc
This top course is situated in the heart of the famous wine region and demands full concentration and intelligent play.

Wed 18 June  St. Peter Port, Guernsey/Channel Islands – La Grande Mare GC

Situated among 50 hectares of parkland on Guernsey’s western coast,

this delightful 18-hole golf course is the perfect place for some

relaxing pitching and putting.

Fri 20 June  Greenwich, Great Britain – Royal Blackheath GC

Tee off at the oldest golf club in the world, a legacy of James VI of

Scotland, who in 1603 became King of England, bringing golf with him.

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.