On board MS EUROPA from Barcelona to Gran Canaria
Oriental charm and great voices
The souks will tempt you with their oriental variety, aromatic scents are in the air and magnificent buildings have stories to tell of times gone by: from Tunis to Casablanca, the charm of the Orient captivates the senses. Whilst the spirit of Andalusia with its Moorish masterpieces will enchant you, Madeira and Tenerife provide pure relaxation. And on board, the young stars of the Stella Maris Vocal Competition will provide the soundtrack to this varied autumn cruise.
from Barcelona to Gran Canaria
|Cruise dates:||from 04.10.2016 to 18.10.2016 (14 days)|
|Your ship:||MS EUROPA|
Highlights of this cruise
• UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Historic centre of Tunis*, ruins of Carthage*, Medina of Marrakech*, Kasbah of Algiers* and the Moorish Alhambra palace*
• UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: Las Canadas del Teide National Park*
• Madeira in depth
• Stella Maris – international classic singing competition on board
• Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*
New ports: Skikda/Algeria and Oran/Algeria
| Tue, 04.10.2016 |
Scheduled flight Germany – Barcelona
Arrive a little earlier for the pre-cruise programme* Barcelona – culture, architecture and indulgence.
| Wed, 05.10.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Thu, 06.10.2016 |
La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs
La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia
The many souks in the enchanting medina* in Tunis are a great place to have a browse. At the Bardo Museum*, you can take a look at the largest collection of Greek and Roman mosaics in the country. Not far from the city, the Punic people once ruled over the Mediterranean from Carthage*. With wide-ranging views over the Mediterranean, today you can walk through the excavations of the baths of Antonius Pius and the ruins of Roman villas.
| Fri, 07.10.2016 |
Skikda/Algeria, 9.00 – 17.00 hrs
Take in some impressions of this little coastal city* with sights including the neo-Moorish style city hall, the railway station designed by the architect Le Corbusier and the theatre decorated with gargoyles. The city of Constantine* has been named the 2015 Capital of Arab Culture. It has a proud heritage dating back some 3,000 years. Admire the variety of ancient and medieval buildings, the oriental palace of Ahmed Bay and the Pont Sidi Rached viaduct.
| Sat, 08.10.2016 |
Algiers, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
A hint of French charm still pervades the capital, whose Moorish routes you will encounter in the enchanting kasbah*. Get to know the lively city on a walking tour* and explore an oasis of colour, scents and blooms in the tropical Jardin d’Essai du Hamma*.
| Sun, 09.10.2016 |
Oran, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs
The opulent mosque in the historic district of Sidi El Houari, the Palais de la Culture and the Sacre-Coeur cathedral, which now houses the national library – discover the coastal city on a walking tour* and enjoy the views over the sea and the city from the Spanish Fort Santa Cruz.
| Mon, 10.10.2016 |
Malaga/Spain 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
The second biggest city in Andalusia is impressive with its architecture from across the centuries, such as the Teatro Romano or the Alcazaba fortress, which you will see on your bicycle tour*. On the other side of the Sierra Nevada mountains lies the old royal city of Granada and the world-famous Alhambra Palace*: The Nasrid dynasty reigned for 250 years from here. Although it may seem rather plain-looking from the outside, the palace is delightful inside with its Arab-influenced architecture, enchanting gardens, bubbling fountains and artistic embellishments.
| Tue, 11.10.2016 |
Cadiz, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs
With its golden dome and white flat-roofed houses, Cadiz will entice you behind its city walls. Enjoy the Andalusian way of life in the narrow streets of La Vina, stay on one of the city’s beaches or take an excursion to remarkable Seville. The city’s main landmark is the former Giralda minaret, which is now the bell tower of the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. Pine forests, sand dunes and cliffs provide the scenery for your walk* in the La Brena Nature Reserve.
| Wed, 12.10.2016 |
Tangier/Morocco, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs
Tangier has always inspired visitors with its extraordinary atmosphere, which you can feel in particular around the lively markets of the Grand Socco or between the ancient walls of the kasbah*. Asilah* is a real haven for artists: hidden behind the city walls, you can find the brilliant white Medina, picturesque with its blue shutters and colourful wall paintings.
| Thu, 13.10.2016 |
Casablanca, 6.00 – 19.30 hrs
The minaret of the Hassan II mosque rises up an impressive 200 m over the Atlantic and is also open to non-Muslim visitors – one of the highlights on your panoramic trip*. The most beautiful city in Morocco, Marrakech* is full of oriental charm. The “red city” is enchanting with its masterful architecture, amazing Medina and the Djemaa el Fna, the famous square of the jugglers.
| Fri, 14.10.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 15.10.2016 |
Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 8.00 hrs
The EUROPA will spend the night off the island of flowers. A particularly original way to explore Funchal is by tutxi* – three-wheeled electric vehicles with open sides, which will take you safely through the narrow streets. Enjoy the delightful parish of Monte* and some amazing views: from the summit of the Pico do Arieiro* you can see as far as the neighbouring islands in clear weather. The famous toboggan ride back down from Monte to Funchal promises a completely new and unforgettable experience.
| Sun, 16.10.2016 |
Funchal, departure 13.00 hrs
| Mon, 17.10.2016 |
Santa Cruz/Tenerife/Spain, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
Santa Cruz/Tenerife/Canary Islands/Spain
With its futuristic auditorium, tropical parks and extensive shopping, this harbour town is a great place to walk around. Or you can discover Las Canadas del Teide National Park*. The bizarre landscape features cooled lava flows, fields of ash and steep, dark-coloured slopes. La Orotava* is like something straight out of a picture book, with its picturesque narrow streets and wooden balconies. The bars on the promenade at Puerto de la Cruz* will entice you to order a cafe cortado.
| Tue, 18.10.2016 |
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Gran Canaria, arrival 7.00 hrs
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Gran Canaria/Canary Islands/Spain
Extend your holiday with a private travel arrangement*.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to change the airport of arrival.
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: BARCELONA – CULTURE, ARCHITECTURE AND INDULGENCE
PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – GRAN CANARIA
Stella Maris International Vocal Competition
For the high-calibre Stella Maris International Vocal Competition, international opera houses put forward their talented young singers to take part in three rounds of the classical singing competition on board the EUROPA. The selected up-and-coming young talents demonstrate their abilities in the categories of opera, oratorios and lieder. As well as awards presented by the star-studded jury in the form of guest appearances, guests on board the EUROPA also choose their personal favourite to receive the generous audience award.
Family cruise – a fairy-tale world from the Arabian Nights
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.