On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Bilbao

A love letter to France

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The EUROPA sails up France’s famous rivers, the Seine, Loire and Gironde, to reach charming towns and cities in Normandy and wild Brittany.

from Hamburg to Bilbao

Cruise dates:from 13.10.2017 to 25.10.2017 (12 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1721

12 days cruise only from € 4,990 per person
incl. travel package from arrival point from € 5,270 per person

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

France – the land of indulgence and a love of life. Monet was certainly one to appreciate this and he found plenty of inspiration in the cathedral at ROUEN. Brittany is also delightful – with culinary delicacies in the oyster capital, Cancale*, and on the monastery island of Mont Saint Michel*. Savoir-vivre is also what it’s all about on an idyllic afternoon spent on the harbour promenade at LE PALAIS or on a stroll through the medieval streets of LA ROCHELLE. To round off your cruise, there will be an exciting treat for connoisseurs: two days in BORDEAUX will give you plenty of time to get to know the many facets of the university city on the Medoc wine route* or to make the trip to see the magical village of Saint-Emilion*.


Fri, 13.10.2017

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg/Germany, departure 17.00 hrs

Sat, 14.10.2017

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 15.10.2017

Rouen/France, arrival 10.30 hrs

Mon, 16.10.2017

Rouen/France, departure 16.30 hrs

Tue, 17.10.2017

St. Malo/France , 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

Wed, 18.10.2017

Brest/France, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs

Thu, 19.10.2017

Nantes/France, arrival 7.00 hrs

Fri, 20.10.2017

Nantes/France, departure 6.30 hrs
Le Palais/Belle-Ile/France , 14.00 to 19.00 hrs

Sat, 21.10.2017

La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Sun, 22.10.2017

Bordeaux/France, arrival 10.00 hrs

Mon, 23.10.2017


Tue, 24.10.2017

Bordeaux/France, departure 9.00 hrs

Wed, 25.10.2017

Bilbao/Spain, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
= at anchor

Price specials

Extended fun

Combine this cruise with EUR1722 and save € 500 per person (applies to categories 1 – 11).

Please note that our cruises are conducted in German.

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a suite in category 1 to 6, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).

More travel information can be found in the General Information section.

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:



Entertainment on board

On each cruise, we present artists from various genres. Among other things, you can look forward to the following programme.

Ocean Sun Festival

Once a year, we welcome great classical musicians on board the EUROPA to join us for our popular Ocean Sun Festival musical cruise – transforming the ship into a stage for some exceptional concerts and outstanding musical enjoyment. Famous opera singers, virtuoso musicians and well-known conductors perform unique compositions of music and the sea, which you can enjoy up-close and personal in the intimate surroundings of the EUROPA.

Alexander Krichel, Piano

Since winning the “Newcomer of the Year” ECHO Klassik award in 2013 for his first Sony Classical recital disc, German pianist Alexander Krichel has established himself as one of the most promising young pianists of today. His third album for Sony, featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic and Michael Sanderling, has been released in 2015 to great critical acclaim, and 2017 will see the release of a disc featuring works by Maurice Ravel.

Alexander has already made debuts with orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra under Antonio Méndez, as well as the Tokyo and Kyoto Symphony Orchestras and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.
A busy recitalist, this season’s debuts include the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Klavier Festival Ruhr for a performance at the Robert Schumann Saal in Düsseldorf. Further ahead, he will return to the Philharmonie Essen, make his debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn as well as at the Hyogo Performing Arts Centre in Japan. Recent solo performances have taken him to venues such as such as Konzerthaus and Philharmonie Berlin, Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich, Philharmonie Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich and Düsseldorf, Konzerthaus Vienna, Liederhalle Stuttgart, and he has given solo performances in Mainz, Bremen, Kiel and Leverkusen.

Alexander is a keen chamber musician and has collaborated with French horn player Felix Klieser, with whom he has toured Germany last season. Other chamber music partners include Albrecht Mayer, Klaus Florian Vogt, Gabriel Schwabe and Kirill Troussov.

Ocean Sun Festival

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. * Subject to a charge.

Family cruise