On board MS EUROPA 2 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Barcelona
Corsica’s wild beauty and Spanish modernity
Sunsets and orange and lemon groves: Sorrento, perched high above the sea and surrounded by impressive cliffs, offers a dreamlike view of the Gulf of Naples and Vesuvius. The excavations at Pompeii* grant fascinating insights into the everyday life of the ancient Romans. The Blue Grotto* and a red sun – Capri holds its own romantic promise! Enjoy the picturesque old town of Bonifacio on Corsica, whilst Ibiza invites you to walk between the old city walls. In the futuristic city of Valencia, enjoy both tradition and modernity. A fascinating ensemble of glass and steel has become part of the landscape in the City of Arts and Sciences*. The backdrop of Barcelona is no less impressive, where your cruise will come to an atmospheric end.
Highlights of this cruise
The highlights of this cruise:
- Gain insight into the rustic Italian cuisine*.
- Ibiza: Kayak-tour* to the Posidonia Seagrass Beds or a relaxing day at the beach of the Coco-Beach-Club*.
- Cycling tour* in the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia.
- On board: Eleganza Italiana – fashion, design and la dolce vita.
*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
| Sat, 26.07.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Rome and transfer to embarkation
Your holiday under the Mediterranean sun begins in Civitavecchia.
| Sun, 27.07.2014 |
Sorrento/Italy , 8.00 – 14.00 hrs
Even the following day will be dominated by la dolce vita. Sorrento towers on steep white cliffs, surrounded by pine forests and lemon groves. Wander through the streets, enjoy the spectacular view of the Gulf of Naples and try the local limoncello in one of the cafes. More pleasurable moments you can expect by gaining insight into the rustic Italian cuisine*. Journey into the past on a visit to Pompeii*. Around 2,000 years ago, the surprising eruption of Vesuvius brought life in this thriving city to a complete halt. Take a tour of the excavations, and enjoy fascinating insights into the everyday life of the ancient Romans. In the late afternoon, when the last rays of sunlight bathe the bays of Capri in magical light, we will reach the legendary island. On an individual exploration, you will get a sense the special atmosphere which has attracted kings, artists and writers.
Children's and Teens’ Excursion: In Sorrento, you can learn to make pizza just like the Italians*. Take a bus along the coast to a farm where pizzaiolo will show you how to prepare this treat. Make your favourite pizza and enjoy every mouthful.
| Mon, 28.07.2014 |
Porto di Ponza/Ponza, Ponza Islands/Italy , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
The following morning, Porto di Ponza will greet you with an impressive panorama, where you can still experience authentic Italy. This area surrounds the port like an amphitheatre. Enjoy relaxing hours, either walking on the Corso Pisacane, sunbathing in the crescent-shaped Chiaia di Luna or on an individual boat tour to hidden caves.
| Tue, 29.07.2014 |
Crossing the Strait of Bonifacio, approx. 6.00 – 7.00 hrs
With its dreamlike surroundings and harbour perched on a limestone plateau, Bonifacio is one of the most impressive cities in the Mediterranean. You can reach the old city with its narrow cobbled streets by crossing a drawbridge, and from the upper city you can enjoy majestic views of the sea. Take a city tour including a boat trip* and you will have plenty of time to let the diverse impressions of the city take a hold of you. Alternatively, you will experience the beautiful nature during a hiking tour to the southern end of Corsica*.
Children’s Excursion: Making city tours fun: we’ll jump on the mini train* and travel to the upper city in Bonifacio. From here we’ll be able to see the EUROPA 2 sitting in the harbour. Afterwards, we’ll see the old town and eat a delicious ice cream.
Teens' Excursion: Discover the beautiful landscape of Corse by mountain bike*! If the weather permits, we will include a stop for swimming! Have fun!
| Wed, 30.07.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Thu, 31.07.2014 |
Ibiza/Balearic Islands/Spain 7.00 – 0.00 hrs
Pure joie de vivre awaits you on Ibiza. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage of Posidonia Seagrass Beds during a kajak tour* or enjoy your day while relaxing on the beach at Coco Beach Club*. Experience a part of the island with the eyes of a local - and start a tour on a scooter*!
Family Excursion: Enjoy a relaxing day at the "Coco Beach Club"* – that is fun for the entire family!
| Fri, 01.08.2014 |
Valencia/Spain, 9.00 – 19.00 hrs
Valencia has great diversity, combining cultural history with futuristic modernity like no other city can. A city tour* will take you past the traditional bullfighting arena and on to Mercado Central, where 1,200 traders present their goods under a colourful cupola decorated with azulejos. The pioneering aspects of this Spanish metropolis can be seen on a cycling tour along the river Turia*: the City of Arts and Sciences has led to the development of a fascinating ensemble of glass and steel on the banks.
Children's and Teens' Excursion: In Valencia we’ll pay the inhabitants of the sea a visit. In the Oceanografic* aquarium there are over 500 different plants and animals, including sharks, sea lions and penguins. Here we’ll learn lots of exciting facts about various environments, from the Arctic to the tropics.
| Sat, 02.08.2014 |
Barcelona/Spain, arrival 7.00 hrs
The backdrop of Barcelona is no less impressive, where your cruise will come to an atmospheric end.
*?These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
The fragrance of oranges and lemons wafts through the air in
Sorrento, and stunning landscapes in Capri and on Corsica invite you to
relax: enjoy that feeling of the Mediterranean in summer. Build
sandcastles, go snorkelling and bathe on Ibiza, before enjoying the
Balearic Islands’ legendary nightlife in the evening. Enjoy the Spanish
way of life in Valencia – a wonderful conclusion to your cruise.
You can find details on trips for children, teens and families in the cruise itineraries for each port.