On board MS EUROPA from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul

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Over 1,000 years of cultural history have transformed Europe’s inland seas into real treasure chests. Besides monuments left behind by fallen empires in Pergamon or the grave mounds of Vergina, explore shows of heartfelt belief: monks still live high in the monasteries of Meteora and to this day the old frescoes in the Church of St Stephen in Nesebar instil awe in visitors. The Potemkin Stairs – Odessa’s landmark – is a further highlight of your cruise. To round off your cruise, you will then enjoy some time in Istanbul, the exciting metropolis between East and West.


from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul

Cruise dates:from 11.04.2015 to 26.04.2015 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1507

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

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of your cruise:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: monasteries of Meteora*, early Christian and Byzantine structures in Thessaloniki*, old town of Nesebar*, ancient Chersonesos and the Hagia Sophia* in Istanbul
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nesebar and the western Caucasus
  • Istanbul – a bustling metropolis located between East and West
  • Classical enjoyment with the soloists of the Verbier Festival
  • Lively swing and klezmer music on board
  • New port: Batumi/Georgia

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Itinerary

Sat, 11.04.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Athens
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, departure 21.00 hrs

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece
We will welcome you in the cradle of Europe. Arrive a little earlier and experience “Athens – city of the ancients” in the pre-cruise programme*.

Sun, 12.04.2015

Volos, 10.30 – 20.00 hrs

Volos/Greece
In the mountainous hinterland, we will arrive at a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is quite enigmatic from a distance: the monasteries of Meteora* seem to be balancing on the edge of a knife on the high, rocky points. Take a walk on Mount Pelion* and enjoy the view of the natural wonders of Thessaly.

Mon, 13.04.2015

Thessaloniki, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

Thessaloniki/Greece
The Macedonians, Byzantines and Ottomans left behind a diverse cultural legacy* in a city mentioned as early as in the Bible. A tour* will lead you from the landmark, the White Tower which dates back to the Ottoman era, to the wonderful mosaics of the early Christian Basilica of Agios Dimitrios.

Tue, 14.04.2015

Dikili/Turkey, 8.30 – 19.00 hrs

Dikili/Turkey
For centuries, Pergamon was the cultural heart of the ancient world. Marvel at the columns of the Asclepion*, the terraced Acropolis* and the remains of the Pergamon Altar with your own eyes. You can find a detailed model in the Pergamon Museum*.

Wed, 15.04.2015

Passage through the Dardanelles
Evening passage through the Bosporus

Thu, 16.04.2015

Nesebar/Bulgaria, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Nesebar/Bulgaria
This Bulgarian gem is just waiting to be discovered on the Black Sea: explore a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site between sandy beaches and buildings dating back to ancient times.

Fri, 17.04.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 18.04.2015

Trabzon/Turkey, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Trabzon/Turkey
Travel to one of the oldest Christian sites: the Sumela Monastery* towers imposingly over a gorge and houses centuries-old frescoes in its rock church. Back in Trabzon, visit the Hagia Sophia* which dates back to the 13th century.

Sun, 19.04.2015

Batumi/Georgia, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Batumi/Georgia
With numerous colleges and universities, the youngest city in Georgia* is a place of knowledge and plenty of surprises: large Black Sea bottlenose dolphins show off their talent in the Dolphinarium, 5,000 types of plants from around the world bloom in the Botanic Gardens* and Gonio Castle* at the city gates attests to Roman rule.

Mon, 20.04.2015

Sochi/Russia, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Sochi/Russia
Even Stalin retired to his dacha* summer retreat in this popular health resort. Thanks to its subtropical climate, the boulevards are lined with palm trees and over 2,000 types of plants thrive in the Botanical Gardens. A country drive to Agura Gorge* will take you to the heart of nature in Sochi National Park*. Wander through the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and breathe in the fresh fragrance of moss and leaves.

Tue, 21.04.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 22.04.2015

Constanta/Romania, 5.00 – 19.30 hrs

Discover Bucharest*, the capital of Romania! Visit the vast complex of the Romanian Parliament and the Metropolitan Church, a majestic centre of Romanian Orthodox belief. Alternatively you join a boat trip on the Danube delta*. At 5,600 square kilometres, the Danube delta is one of the biggest deltas in Europe.

Thu, 23.04.2015

Odessa/Ukraine, arrival 8.00 hrs

Odessa/Ukraine
Pushkin praised Odessa for its freedom and independence. Walk from the harbour and up the Potemkin Stairs straight into the majestic inner city and explore the metropolis on a tour to Uspensky Monastery*. Alternatively, explore a labyrinth of tunnels in the Odessa Catacombs*, where partisans hid during the Second World War. In the evening, the ballet* in the neo-baroque Opera House promises another unforgettable experience.

Fri, 24.04.2015

Odessa/Ukraine, departure 8.00 hrs

Sat, 25.04.2015

Morning passage through the Bosporus
Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Istanbul/Turkey
With the Blue Mosque*, Hagia Sophia* and Topkapi Palace, the former city of Constantinople can look back proudly on thousands of years of history. Dive into this bustling metropolis and haggle for your favourite souvenir in the largest covered bazaar* in the world. Experience the special flair of Istanbul on a boat trip through the Bosporus*, which divides not only the city, bus also the continents. After staying on board overnight, start your journey home or stay for the “Istanbul – between East and West” post-cruise programme*.

Sun, 26.04.2015

Istanbul
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – whether Greeks, Ottomans or Turks, they have all left their marks, with the result that the city can offer sights from all cultures and eras. Visit the fascinating old town of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, to name just a few of the highlights.

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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: ATHENS – CITY OF THE ANCIENTS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ISTANBUL – BETWEEN EAST AND WEST


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT

Classical enjoyment with the soloists of the Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival has been promoting contact between established artists and promising new faces for 20 years. In this time, it has evolved into an extremely renowned international music festival. During your cruise, you can experience some of the most brilliant soloists of the Verbier Festival during exclusive concerts on board the EUROPA. Enjoy an extraordinary classical music event on the world’s most beautiful yacht.

http://www.verbierfestival.com


Classical enjoyment with the soloists of the Verbier Festival

The Verbier Festival has been promoting contact between established artists and promising new faces for 20 years. In this time, it has evolved into an extremely renowned international music festival. During your cruise, you can experience some of the most brilliant soloists of the Verbier Festival during exclusive concerts on board the EUROPA. Enjoy an extraordinary classical music event on the world’s most beautiful yacht.

http://www.verbierfestival.com