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MS EUROPA - from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul
Cruise EUR1507
21.04.2018 - 21.04.2018 (15 days)
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Golden spring in the Black Sea

from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul

Cruise EUR1507

21.04.2018 - 21.04.2018

15 days (0 days cruise only)

    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.


    Music
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of €500

    Save €500 per person when you combine cruises EUR1507 and EUR1508.

    The 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.

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    Your ship - MS EUROPA

    Your most beautiful yacht in the world

    Travelling to the world's most beautiful destinations on board the EUROPA will be an experience in itself: whether you're shaking the captain's hand or going to a dazzling gala evening, enjoy the traditional luxury of a classic cruise in the company of a small group of no more than 400 guests. You can look forward to the highest service and gastronomy standards, which have already been awarded the rating of 5-stars-plus for the eighteenth time in a row by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018. You can always rely on our German-speaking crew who, with their discreet attentiveness and eye for detail, will be happy to fulfil your individual wishes.

    Come on board the EUROPA, home of the extraordinary. Dive into a world of moving experiences and exclusive moments. See where state-of-the-art comfort and luxurious cruise traditions meet.

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    Your suites on MS EUROPA

    Suite
    • 27 m² (290 ft²) Suite with a panorama window
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Visually divided living and sleeping area
    • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar
    Veranda Suite
    • 27 m² (290 ft²) suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Visually divided living and sleeping area
    • Bathroom with shower and bathtub
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar
    • Some suites can be booked with connecting doors
    Veranda Suite, barrier-free
    • Barrier-free suite with veranda
    • German-speaking 24-hour service
    • Living area and sleeping area with height-adjustable bed
    • Bathroom with walk-in, barrier-free shower and height-adjustable vanity
    • Wardrobe with sliding doors
    • Free minibar
    Spa Suite
    • 27 m² (290 ft²) SPA Suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour suite service
    • Includes SPA pamper package
    • Bathroom with natural light, ocean view
    • Hydrotherapy shower and whirlpool bath
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar (incl. a selection of high-quality spirits)
    Penthouse Deluxe Suite
    • 45 m² (484 ft²) Penthouse Deluxe Suite with a veranda
    • 24-hour butler service
    • Private atmosphere on Deck 10
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with underfloor heating, two washbasins, shower and whirlpool bath
    • Walk-in wardrobe
    • Free mini bar (incl. a selection of high-quality spirits)
    Penthouse Grand Suite
    • 85 m2 (915 sq ft) Penthouse Grand Suite with a spacious, partly covered veranda featuring a Dedon sofa island
    • Separate living and sleeping area
    • Inviting dining area with a dining table for up to six people
    • Bathroom with heated floor, two washbasins, a floor-level shower, a whirlpool bath and a private sauna; separate guest toilet
    • Spacious walk-in wardrobe
    • 24-hour butler service
    • Free mini bar (incl.  a selection of high-quality spirits)

    At anchor - If the ship anchors in open water the ferrying ashore will be done with tenders or Zodiacs.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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*.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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*.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Passage through the Dardanelles
    Evening passage through the Bosporus

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Relaxation at sea

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Odessa/Ukraine, departure 8.00 hrs

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    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*.

    Saturday, 21.04.2018

    Istanbul
    Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    The following programmes can be booked.

    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

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

    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


    MS EUROPA - Your Most Beautiful Yacht In The World

    The EUROPA

    Travelling to the world's most beautiful destinations on board the EUROPA will be an experience in itself: whether you're shaking the captain's hand or going to a dazzling gala evening, enjoy the traditional luxury of a classic cruise in the company of a small group of no more than 400 guests. You can look forward to the highest service and gastronomy standards, which have already been awarded the rating of 5-stars-plus for the eighteenth time in a row by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018. You can always rely on our German-speaking crew who, with their discreet attentiveness and eye for detail, will be happy to fulfil your individual wishes.

    Come on board the EUROPA, home of the extraordinary. Dive into a world of moving experiences and exclusive moments. See where state-of-the-art comfort and luxurious cruise traditions meet.

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    Suiten

    A home away from home: Every suite is inviting – just like an elegant home, but at sea. Each is equipped with all the facilities you would expect, and designed so that you have plenty of space to yourself. What’s more, the view changes every day.

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    Restaurants

    Culinary perfection: Our chefs serve up masterful creations in four restaurants, from classic dishes to uncharted culinary waters. On selected cruises, they will even accept a little assistance - but only from the best in the field, of course. The stars of the culinary world, recipients of Michelin stars or Gault et Millau chef hats, dazzle with distinctive creations and deliver taste sensations that you will rave about for a long time afterwards.

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    Bars

    To see out the day in style: Five bars promise hours of pleasant relaxation and are the perfect location to see out any day in wonderful style. They are also popular locations for a few of the events that we organise for you on every cruise.

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    SPA & Fitness

    You alone decide how many and what type of physical challenges you want to set yourself. Perhaps you would like to discover something new, take up an old activity again or simply improve your stamina. If you wish, you can ask the personal trainer to help you put together a fitness programme that is tailored precisely to your physical condition and your personal goals. Then you can choose whether to work out alone or in a group – and set off for breathtaking experiences along the coasts of the world with new energy.

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    Entertainment

    Top-class entertainment awaits you on the stages on board. Enjoy concerts and performances by famous artists, face-to-face and in a personal setting. We welcome renowned stars of classical music on board on many of our cruises. Enjoy high-calibre big-band music, the finest dance music, musical melodies and elegant lounge music as well as all types of cabaret artists, readings and theatrical pieces. Exclusive events and selected special cruise formats guarantee unforgettable moments and promise a truly special entertainment programme.

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