Copenhagen welcomes you with a royal start to your cruise before you travel deep into Norway’s fjords and enjoy the view of the breathtaking scenery from Pulpit Rock. At the heart of the tranquil archipelago, you reach the charming Hanseatic city of Bergen. Continue following the call of nature and be surprised by green islands and histories reaching as far back as the Stone Age. Geysers and volcanoes characterise the magnificent country of Iceland – the destination of your cruise is one of Europe’s most remote worlds.
from Kiel to Reykjavik
|Cruise dates:||from 21.07.2015 to 01.08.2015 (11 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1515|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen*, Ring of Brodgar*, Neolithic sites in the Orkney Islands* and Iceland’s Thingvellir National Park*
- The two most beautiful royal residences in Denmark – Rosenborg Castle* and Christiansborg Palace*
- Celtic groups of islands in the far north – Shetland, Orkney and Faroe Islands
- Literary salon on board
Stroll through galleries or walk barefoot on the sands of the Elbe: enjoy Hamburg at your own pace* before joining us on board in Kiel.
Spend your time in the charming Danish metropolis that is entirely influenced by the monarchy, and experience royal Copenhagen*. In the fairy-tale-like Rosenborg Castle, you can see the royal collection, which includes paintings and the crown jewels. Christiansborg Palace was the former residence of the royal family and now houses the parliament. Or take a boat trip* and then delight in a visit to famous Tivoli* with its very special blend of nostalgia and thrills.
One of the greenest cities of Europe fascinates with its architecture, parks, museums and cafes. See the royal palace and walk through Vigeland Park on a city tour*. This park is home to a monumental collection of nearly 200 sculptures bequeathed by the sculptor Gustav Vigeland. You will continue on a boat trip* which takes you to the beautiful Bunnefjord. On a traditional sailing ship, you sail past summer houses and hidden bays and enjoy a delicious crab buffet. In the evening, you will be welcomed to Icebar*.
With its idyllic white, wooden houses and a nearly 900-year-old cathedral, you will be instantly enchanted with the European Capital of Culture for 2008. A boat trip through the magnificent Lysefjord* takes you to Pulpit’s Rock, a nearly 600-metre-steep towering rock with a breathtaking viewing platform. One of the deepest underwater tunnels in the world takes you to the island of Mosteroy. There, the medieval Utstein Monastery* is captivating in its picturesque location.
The second largest city in the country has preserved its cultural heritage well: on a panoramic trip*, you will see the new and old Bergen with Bryggen, the Hanseatic quarter. The composer Edvard Grieg lived with his wife in Troldhaugen*. Listen to his work at a piano recital and then visit the little Fantoft stave church*.
Lerwick/Shetland Islands/Great Britain
The foundations of the largest town on the mainland were laid by Dutch herring fishermen in the 17th century. The Jarlshof excavation site* impressively reveals that the green hills were populated as far back as the Stone Age. Learn more about the fascinating history of this remote world on a walk* through the capital of the Shetland Islands.
Kirkwall/Orkney Islands/Great Britain
A total of 77 islands lie just off the northern tip of Scotland – a cosmos of endless horizons, steep cliffs and bizarre cliffs, which has been populated by people for centuries. The historic treasures of Orkney* include the Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and the Stone Age village of Skara Brae*. The majestic Balfour Castle* with its turrets and domes is on the neighbouring island of Shapinsay. The living accommodation and ancestral portrait gallery grant you insights into the life of the Balfours. On no account must you miss out on a sip of Orkney’s “national drink”: The Highland Park Whisky Distillery* invites you to a tasting.
Irish monks were probably the first settlers to take up residence on this remote natural paradise in the North Atlantic. Around the year?800 CE, the Vikings arrived and founded the small village Kvivik*. In the village of Kollafjördur* on the fjord of the same name, another historical legacy dominates: a genuine Faroese wooden church from 1837. Passing little mountain lakes and rugged pastures, you are taken on a hike to the columnar basalt formations of Streymoy Sill*. In the picturesque little village of Leynar, you will marvel at the hand-hewn salmon ladder.
From the northernmost capital in the world, you travel to the Golden Circle*: Marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the hissing geysers and Thingvellir National Park in which one of the first parliaments in the world sat as far back as the year 930 CE. On a flight over fire and ice*, you will be witness to equally unique and unforgettable sights. Horse lovers especially should not miss out on a ride on the strong island horses* through the rolling hills. After one last overnight stay on the EUROPA, you leave the cosmopolitan capital city for your journey home – or stay on for the post-cruise programme* and experience the natural beauty of Iceland.
* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
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:
EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: REYKJAVIK AND ICELAND’S GOLDEN CIRCLE
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: NATURAL BEAUTY OF ICELAND
HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT
On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children.
Details of kids’, teens’ and family excursions can be found in the itinerary under the respective ports.
* Subject to a charge.