On board MS EUROPA from Kiel to Hamburg

The great classics of the Baltic Sea

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Whether the Hanseatic League or kings, tsars or crusaders – they have all transformed the Baltic Sea into a true treasure trove which reveals new delights every day. Set out in search of historical evidence in St. Petersburg, experience Scandinavia’s capital cities Helsinki and Stockholm and be enchanted by the medieval old towns of the Baltic. The Ocean Sun Festival also promises art to enjoy and you will see classical music stars in the intimate surroundings of the EUROPA and in performances ashore.


from Kiel to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 31.08.2015 to 12.09.2015 (12 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1518

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

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the historic centre of Riga*, Tallinn’s old town*, the historic centre of St. Petersburg* and Malbork Castle in Gdansk*
  • Unspoilt nature in Lahemaa National Park*
  • Stockholm – with the SkyView to the top of the Ericsson Globe*
  • Ocean Sun Festival – the classical music festival at sea
  • Royal tea time – aristocracy experts on board

 

 

Itinerary

Mon, 31.08.2015

Individual arrival
Kiel, departure 18.00 hrs

Kiel
A visit to the art gallery or a ride on an Alster steamer: explore Hamburg at your own pace* before joining us on board the EUROPA in Kiel.

Tue, 01.09.2015

Copenhagen/Denmark, 8.00 – 21.00 hrs

Copenhagen/Denmark
The Danish metropolis is not only home to the royal family: impressive architecture, old-town side streets to amble along and a relaxed way of life gives it a charming atmosphere, which you will explore best on a city tour*. Or on the kayaking tour*, you can paddle through the canals of Christianshavn and Nyhavn, and discover Copenhagen from the water.

Wed, 02.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 03.09.2015

Riga/Latvia, 6.00 – 14.00 hrs

Riga/Latvia
You can see the former prosperity of the Hanseatic city and, on a panoramic trip* through Riga, see magnificent buildings from the art nouveau and historicism periods. Explore the treasures of the old town, such as the castle and cathedral, on a Segway tour*.

Fri, 04.09.2015

Tallinn/Estonia, 9.30 – 17.00 hrs

Tallinn/Estonia
The old town* of Tallinn is a medieval gem: Be enchanted by charming alleyways, the Gothic town hall and the Alexander Nevsky cathedral on the Toompea limestone hill. Set off into Estonia’s natural world on a walk in Lahemaa National Park*. On narrow trails, you will go through the remote Viru bog and past mysterious lakes and dwarfish pines. The old manor of von Pahlen delights with a French park including a lake with swans.

Sat, 05.09.2015

St. Petersburg/Russia, arrival 8.30 hrs

St. Petersburg/Russia
The city of the tsars on the Neva River showcases its unique heritage for two days. On a panoramic trip*, you see the key sights of the magnificent city, whose historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or do you wish to discover St. Petersburg on foot*? The baroque Catherine Palace* welcomes you in Pushkin, and the interior of the palace sparkles with the famous restored Amber Room. An evening of art appreciation awaits you: on a visit to the Hermitage*, you will see a selection of the most beautiful works of European masters. Peterhof* – the summer residence of the tsars – deserves equal attention with its plush, decorated palace interior, and the wonderful park on the Gulf of Finland is perfect for a stroll. Sights such as St Isaac’s cathedral with its mighty dome as well as many bridges and palaces form the backdrop of a canal trip* along the waterways of St. Petersburg.

Sun, 06.09.2015

St. Petersburg, departure 19.00 hrs

Mon, 07.09.2015

Helsinki/Finland, 13.00 – 18.00 hrs

Helsinki/Finland
The white cathedral on Senate Square heralds Finland’s friendly metropolis from afar. Out and about in Helsinki*, you also discover the Sibelius monument and the rock-hewn church. A lovely bicycle tour* takes you through the city and the natural landscape to the idyllic lake district.

Tue, 08.09.2015

Journey through the archipelago
Stockholm/Sweden, arrival 9.00 hrs

Wed, 09.09.2015

Stockholm, departure 7.00 hrs
Journey through the archipelago

Stockholm/Sweden
The outstanding location amidst the picturesque archipelago meant that Stockholm was awarded the title of capital city in 1634. The history of the Vasa warship* goes just as far back. Its restored wreckage is a highlight of your city tour*. Enjoy a fantastic view over the Swedish metropolis with a trip on the SkyView gondola* on the Ericsson Globe. Towering over the island of Lovoen in Lake Maelar is the residence of the royal family: the palace in Drottningholm* is a baroque dream with wonderful gardens.

Thu, 10.09.2015

Gdansk/Poland, 7.00 – 16.00 hrs

Gdansk/Poland
The bubbling fountain in front of Artus Court, richly ornamented houses and the impressive St Mary’s Church: Gdansk* shows its more than 1,000-year-old history on a walking tour. And St Mary’s Church* also knows how to delight: where the German Order once had its base, Europe’s largest Gothic brick castle now remembers the days of the crusaders. Perhaps you fancy exploring Gdansk at your leisure*? Meander through the pretty old town’s side streets, browse the shops and see some of the historical sights.

Fri, 11.09.2015

Relaxation at sea
Evening passage through the Kiel Canal

Sat, 12.09.2015

Hamburg, arrival 6.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Hamburg
Disembark and stay on the Elbe River: enjoy Hamburg at your own pace*.

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. 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:

EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT

Ocean Sun Festival – the classical music festival at sea

Since 2007, the EUROPA has hosted an annual classical music festival which combines some of the best international musicians as part of the Ocean Sun Festival on the World’s Most Beautiful Yacht. Famous opera singers, virtuoso musicians and well-known conductors create a unique composition of music and the sea, and give you the unparalleled pleasure of experiencing world-class stars up close and personal in the intimate surroundings of our ship. And that is not all: the artists also transform a number of hand-picked venues on shore into concert halls with their masterful performances.


Family Cruise

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.