On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Hamburg
Highlands and heritage
After Ireland’s green hills and Dublin’s long history, you will set out for the highlights of Scotland – the legendary home of whisky, ancient clans and the spectacular Highlands. Discover modern Glasgow and learn more about the country’s origins at the Ring of Brodgar. To round off your cruise, a unique festival awaits in Edinburgh: at the Royal Military Tattoo, more than 1,000 artists dance and perform in kilts and with bagpipes.
from Hamburg to Hamburg
|Cruise dates:||from 12.08.2016 to 26.08.2016 (14 days)|
|Your ship:||MS EUROPA|
Highlights of this cruise
• UNESCO World Heritage Sites: historic Liverpool, Ring of Brodgar* and Skara Brae*, Edinburgh’s old and new town*
• Charming, modern and inspiring – Dublin
• The legendary Royal Military Tattoo* in Edinburgh
• The rugged charm of the Highlands – Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle*
• England and Ireland’s enchanting gardens – special garden excursions with garden expert Dr. Seick*
• Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*
| Fri, 12.08.2016 |
Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Arrive earlier and visit the Hanseatic city of Hamburg*.
| Sat, 13.08.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 14.08.2016 |
Cowes/Isle of Wight/England/
Cowes/Isle of Wight/England/Great Britain
Home to the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the town is world famous amongst sailors. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were regular visitors and you can explore their former summer residence, Osborne House*. A tour in a vintage car* is a stylish way to see the island.
| Mon, 15.08.2016 |
Torquay, 7.00 – 13.00 hrs
Walk along the elegant promenade of this seaside resort or discover the historic heritage of Exeter*: the cathedral is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture. A visit to Buckfast Abbey* will allow you a glimpse inside the walls and into the gardens of the Benedictine monks.
| Tue, 16.08.2016 |
Dunmore East (Waterford)/Ireland, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs
Dunmore East (Waterford)/Ireland
This friendly fishing village is an inviting place for a relaxing stroll – or go on an excursion* to nearby Waterford. Or admire Ireland’s lush meadows on a scenic journey to Kilkenny*, which has a history stretching back to the 12th century. Garden enthusiasts will love Mount Congreve Gardens*; let yourself be inspired by the colourful display of plants and the amazing nurseries.
| Wed, 17.08.2016 |
Dublin, 7.00 – 21.00 hrs
The capital is dominated by St Patrick’s Cathedral and is home to a masterpiece of medieval book illumination, the Book of Kells, in Trinity College Library*. A rocky cliff path* leads from the fishing village of Greystones into the countryside and offers some magnificent views. The Powerscourt Gardens* and Mount Usher Gardens* are amongst the most beautiful gardens in Europe and, with their wide terraces and rivers, are a great place to while away some time.
| Thu, 18.08.2016 |
Liverpool/England/Great Britain, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
Follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four* in the Beatles’ home town or explore the bustling city in your own way. The lively Liverpool Waterfront is home to the famous Tate Liverpool as well as the listed buildings at Albert Dock. Or would you like to take a step back in time? You can reflect on historical times under the half-timbered arcades of Chester*.
| Fri, 19.08.2016 |
Ayr/Scotland, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
This little harbour town is the ideal starting point for visiting Glasgow*. Scotland’s biggest city has long since shaken off its reputation as a working-class city and offers modern design, an interesting cultural heritage and plenty of shopping opportunities. Culzean Castle* offers an insight into the feudal way of life in an 18th-century country residence.
| Sat, 20.08.2016 |
Portree/Skye, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs
The natural landscape of the Gaelic “Misty Isle” is as magical as it is breathtaking. An island tour* will take you to see the moss-green high plateau and wild, overgrown cliffs. Dunvegan Castle* has been home to the MacLeod clan for around 800 years: find out more about the castle and its clan. Eilean Donan Castle* is also fit for the silver screen: the mystical setting of the castle on Loch Duich was made famous by the film Highlander.
| Sun, 21.08.2016 |
Kirkwall/Orkney Islands, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
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 rocks, 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*. 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.
| Mon, 22.08.2016 |
Invergordon, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs
From the small harbour town, you will be taken to the shores of the famous Loch Ness*, with the impressive ruins of medieval Urquhart Castle. Or would you prefer to admire the Scottish Highlands from above? A helicopter flight* will introduce you to the rugged beauty of the landscape from the air.
| Tue, 23.08.2016 |
Leith (Edinburgh), arrival 6.45 hrs
Leith (Edinburgh)/Scotland/Great Britain
Bustling side streets of Old Town, the Royal Mile and the mighty Edinburgh Castle* towering from above – explore Edinburgh, the city of Scottish kings. Stirling Castle* is also one of the great scenes of Scottish history, and in 1543 Mary Stuart was crowned here. Nature awaits you at Trossachs National Park*, which will charm you with ancient woodlands, gently rolling hills and lakes as smooth as mirrors. In the evening, you will be able to see the performers of the Military Tattoo*, with traditional and modern music and dance against the atmospheric backdrop of the illuminated castle.
| Wed, 24.08.2016 |
Leith (Edinburgh), departure 5.30 hrs
| Thu, 25.08.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 26.08.2016 |
Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
Experience the metropolis on the Elbe and extend your holiday in Hamburg*.
* The shore activities 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
Golf – off for some royal rounds – 16th MS EUROPA Golf Cup
Sun 14 Aug Cowes, Isle of Wight, England – Freshwater Bay Golf Club (Additional course 1)
This somewhat short 5,235 m, par 69 18-hole course is situated right on Freshwater Bay in the south-west of the island. The effects of the wind have influenced the compact layout on every fairway and make for a considerable challenge.
Tue 16 Aug Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland – Waterford Castle Golf Club
This par 72 championship course lies in the middle of the Kings Channel on its own island, on which the 18 fairways of the course are arranged in a very harmonious way. The course takes its name from the 16th-century castle, which is also situated on the island.
Wed 17 Aug Dublin, Ireland – Portmarnock Golf Club
This course is a challenge of nature. A blend of the best of British country house style and a links course awaits. There is a clear view from almost every fairway and the sea wind comes in from just about every “corner”. It’s worth asking the pro here for a few tips on Scottish play.
Thu 18 Aug Liverpool, England – Royal Liverpool Golf Club
Experience golfing tradition at its finest. The club, founded in 1869, can look back on a number of international tournaments on the classic links course. Most recently, the best golfers in the world played on this natural course at the British Open in 2014. The course requires excellent accuracy: once a ball lands in the rough, it is as good as gone.
Fri 19 Aug Ayr, Scotland – The Westin Turnberry
Another highlight is the classic Scottish Turnberry resort. All three 18-hole courses offer the best examples of traditional Scottish golf course architecture. The natural geography of the landscape determines the course layout here. The Ailsa Course alone has already hosted the British Open four times over.
Sun 21 Aug Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Stromness Golf Club (Additional course 2)
This lovely, straightforward golf course is ideal for a practice round between courses. The 4,400 m long course, par 65 for men and par 69 for ladies, has seven par 3 and eleven par 4 holes, which are laid out very symmetrically next to one another.
Mon 22 Aug Invergordon, Scotland – Tain Golf Club
Simple in layout but not straightforward to play. The course (par 70) is limited in size thanks to the natural landscape, which therefore underlines its links qualities. The course is par 73 for ladies.
Tue 23 Aug Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland – Royal Burgess Golf Club
Golf has been played here since 1735, making it one of the oldest golf courses in the world. A natural course, which challenges players with its healthy lengths. Look forward to a beautiful and historic round of golf!
Family cruise - The green home of Nessie
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.