On board MS EUROPA from Bilbao to Hamburg

Culture and cuisine along Europe's west coast

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With seafood, red wine and chocolates, the charming cities lining Europe’s west coast promise a delightful combination of haute cuisine and cultural treasures. Find the perfect end to your cruise at the legendary event EUROPA’s Best outside Antwerp, which celebrates all things gourmet.


from Bilbao to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 12.06.2018 to 26.06.2018 (14 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1812

14 days cruise only from € 6,166 per person
incl. travel package to departure point from € 6,416 per person

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

Picturesque landscapes, world-famous culture and wonderful moments are an irresistible recipe for a diverse cruise that will take you from BILBAO along the Atlantic coastline. The appearance of the gentle hills of ST.-JEAN-DE-LUZ on the horizon heralds the Basque country. Our tip: Visit Place Louis XIV to taste regional specialities and take in the wonderful historical setting. The following morning, the EUROPA will sail up the Gironde to BORDEAUX and will spend two full days in the heart of this wine-producing metropolis. Besides its famous old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular filming location – life in this city revolves around its famous grapes, be it in a rustic wine bar, the futuristic Cite du Vin or the surrounding vineyards in the Medoc region*. LA ROCHELLE is a treasure trove of historical flair: three medieval watchtowers will guide you to the old harbour where you can try a cafe au lait on the quay or hunt for original souvenirs in the markets. BELLE-ILE, whose beauty has two faces, will shed light on island life in France: whereas the north of the island enjoys rugged beauty with jagged rocks, cliffs and the citadel in Le Palais, the south boasts golden beaches, green meadows and idyllic fishing villages.
Bienvenue! St. Malo will welcome you to BRITTANY. The imposing fortified walls surrounding the old town invite you to ascend the steps and enjoy fabulous views of the bay regardless of the tide. The monastic island of MONT SAINT-MICHEL* promises an equally fascinating spectacle when the tides change. Wander through the labyrinth of medieval streets in the lower town as you head up to the monastery. With four harbours and the interesting museum La Cite de la Mer, Cherbourg embraces its maritime tradition wholeheartedly. The vibrant city can serve as a starting point for excursions into Normandy and across the enchanting Cotentin Peninsula*. The lush, green meadows and vast areas of marshland will entice you to set out on a long walk and take a detour to Barfleur*, considered by many to be the most beautiful village in France.

Diamonds, silk, chocolate and waffles – the secrets of art and cuisine have been common knowledge for centuries in Flanders, Belgium. For example, in GHENT you can see trading posts and patrician houses as well as the Ghent Altarpiece, a unique masterpiece which dates back to medieval times. The smell of sweet treats fills BRUGGE* as well. Its picturesque canals and facades reminiscent of doll’s houses will make it seem like time is standing still, and a boat trip will only reinforce this impression. The best way to explore ANTWERP is in the footsteps of its famous son, Peter Paul Rubens. Many of his works can be found in his wonderfully well-preserved home and four of his greatest adorn the altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady. Back on board, Michelin-starred chefs will transform the Lido Deck into a gourmet heaven in the evening. Celebrate into the night with us and EUROPA’s Best before your cruise comes to an end in HAMBURG following one final day at sea.

Itinerary

Tue, 12.06.2018

Scheduled flight from Germany to Bilbao
Transfer to embarkation point
Bilbao/Spain, departure 0.00 hrs

Wed, 13.06.2018

St.-Jean-de-Luz/France , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Thu, 14.06.2018

Bordeaux/France, arrival 9.00 hrs

Fri, 15.06.2018

Bordeaux/France, departure 21.45 hrs

Sat, 16.06.2018

La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France, 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

Sun, 17.06.2018

Le Palais/Belle-Ile/France , 7.00 – 14.00 hrs

Mon, 18.06.2018

St. Helier/Jersey/Great Britain , 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

Tue, 19.06.2018

St. Malo/France , 4.30 – 22.00 hrs

Wed, 20.06.2018

Cherbourg/France, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Thu, 21.06.2018

Honfleur/France, arrival 7.00 hrs

Fri, 22.06.2018

Honfleur/France, departure 8.00 hrs

Sat, 23.06.2018

Ghent/Belgium, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Sun, 24.06.2018

Antwerp/Belgium, arrival 6.00 hrs

Mon, 25.06.2018

Antwerp/Belgium, departure 3.00 hrs

Tue, 26.06.2018

Hamburg/Germany, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* 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

Extend your stay with the previous cruise EUR1811 and save € 550 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:

GUIDED PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: BILBAO


MORE TIME IN HAMBURG

EUROPA's Best

Once a year, the gourmet festival promises a special treat on board. When Michelin-starred chefs, winemakers, chocolatiers, fromagers and patissiers serve up their creations outside on the Lido Deck, wander from one gourmet station to the next to taste and feast on what’s on offer. Afterwards, enjoy a glittering party on deck.

EUROPA's Best

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, operetta 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.

More information is available here.

Stella Maris International Vocal Competition