On board MS EUROPA from Bilbao to Nice
Up-close with the masterpieces of Iberia
Their history of exploration and discovery and the legacy of the Moors have shaped the towns and cities of Portugal and Spain. Discover Iberia’s cultural riches in the footsteps of great artists past and present.
from Bilbao to Nice
|Cruise dates:||from 25.10.2017 to 07.11.2017 (13 days)|
|Your ship:||MS EUROPA|
13 days cruise only from € 4,741 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 5,331 per person
The coastlines of the Iberian Peninsula are impressive with their appealing blend of centuries of history and modern life. PORTO also has something for everyone: north of the Douro, the historic centre around the Gothic cathedral is pleasing to the eye, whilst on the south bank the well-known port wine cellars invite you for a tasting. You can combine both sides of the river by walking over the Ponte Dom Luis I to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view from the bridge. LISBON’S timeless elegance is characterised by historic buildings, artistic tiled facades and the typical black-and-white paved streets. From the chic Baixa Pombalina, the Elevador de Santa Justa has been taking people up to the higher districts since 1902. The “City of Seven Hills” can also be explored by tram*, which travels along the Tagus River as far as Belem. This is where you can see the Monument to the Discoveries, honouring Portugal’s history as a seafaring nation, and the Monastery of Jeronimos* where Vasco da Gama was laid to rest. The EUROPA cruises inland up the Guadalquivir and soon you will be able to see the outline of SEVILLE in the distance. For two full days, you will have the opportunity to get to know the wild heart of Andalusia. In the labyrinth of the old town, the sounds of flamenco music will make you want to dance, and as you stroll around you may be tempted to stop for tapas or a glass of sherry in one of the bodegas. Around five hundred years of Moorish rule has left its mark on the city – the impressive cathedral was built on the site of the main mosque and the Giralda bell tower was originally built as a minaret. The routes from MALAGA into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada also follow in the footsteps of the Moors: the Nasrid dynasty reigned for 250 years from the Alhambra*. Bubbling fountains, intricate carvings and columns decorated with mosaics make the royal palace seem like a magical fairy tale from the Arabian Nights. Two major cities on Spain’s Mediterranean coast have plenty of surprises to offer with some outstanding architecture: as the City of Arts & Sciences, VALENCIA is a truly modern landmark. A futuristic ensemble of museums, the opera house and Europe’s largest aquarium rise up out of the former river bed. Antoni Gaudí had a lasting influence on the skyline of BARCELONA. His greatest work of art, the still incomplete Sagrada Familia cathedral*, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Parque Guell* has a magical feel to it. As an oasis of peace high above the city, it is enchanting with its fanciful statues, colourful little houses and a heavenly view. Visit MARSEILLE and enjoy a stylish end to your cruise in NICE on the Cote d’Azur.
| Wed, 25.10.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Bilbao
| Thu, 26.10.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 27.10.2017 |
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Sat, 28.10.2017 |
Lisbon/Portugal , 8.00 – 0.00 hrs
| Sun, 29.10.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Mon, 30.10.2017 |
Seville/Spain, arrival 5.00 hrs
| Tue, 31.10.2017 |
| Wed, 01.11.2017 |
Seville/Spain, departure 4.00 hrs
| Thu, 02.11.2017 |
Malaga/Spain , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Fri, 03.11.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 04.11.2017 |
Valencia/Spain , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Sun, 05.11.2017 |
Barcelona/Spain , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Mon, 06.11.2017 |
Marseille/France , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
| Tue, 07.11.2017 |
Nice/France, arrival 6.15 hrs
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
= at anchor
= golf course
Combine this cruise with EUR1723 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:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: BILBAO
YOUR INDIVIDUAL TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT
Stella Maris - International Vocal Competition 2017
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.
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.
Fri 27.10 LEIXOES (PORTO), PORTUGAL – AMARANTE GOLF CLUB (ADDITIONAL COURSE 1)
A real highlight awaits golfers today: 600 m (1968 ft) above the sea, seven par 3 and three par 5 holes are ready to challenge your game. The topographical situation of the course has a clear influence on the fairways: the “playing field” is very up and down.
Sat 28.10 LISBON, PORTUGAL – PENHA LONGA GOLF CLUB
This traditional resort course is one of the top courses in Europe and represents a considerable but fair challenge for players of all levels. A very harmonious course integrating the natural landscape. There are good reasons for this course being chosen to host the Portugal Open on several occasions.
Tue 31.10 SEVILLE, SPAIN – REAL CLUB DE GOLF DE SEVILLA
Some facts and figures for this “regal” course: 10,000 trees over 61 ha (150 ac.), 90 bunkers and nine artificial lakes on this par 72, 6,529 m (7,140 yd) course. This ideal “playground” was designed by Spanish golf pro José María Olazábal for players of all levels.
Thu 02.11 MALAGA, SPAIN – SANTANA GOLF
This unique course is set in the Mijas Golf Valley in the hills of Andalusia. The “golf journey” over 18 fairways takes you through a former avocado and mahogany plantation. With two champions tees and two tees for both men and women, players of all levels will enjoy the challenge.
Sat 04.11 VALENCIA, SPAIN – EL BOSQUE COUNTRY CLUB
El Bosque Club de Golf has a magnificent location in Valencia. Opened in 1975, it was designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr., renown designer of some of the best golf courses.
Sun 05.11 BARCELONA, SPAIN – CLUB DE GOLF VALLROMANES (ADDITIONAL COURSE 2)
Vallromanes is a par-72 course with four par-5’s and, from the white tees, more than 9,000 meters of emerald-green fairways and greens. Buggies are recommended. Very impressive the clubhouse, a massive 18th-century Catalán country house.
Mon 06.11 MARSEILLE, FRANCE – DOLCE FREGATE GOLF CLUB
The breathtaking landscape is definitely a major distraction on this course. Set right on Mediterranean coast, time and again you will be treated to views that will make you forget the game. It’s no surprise that this 18-hole course has received several awards for its beauty.