On board MS EUROPA 2 from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Valletta
Romantic Capri and volcanic islands
The FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES begins for you in Civitavecchia. Your first destination is idyllic Bonifacio in Corsica, followed by Cagliari in Sardinia with its historic city centre. The white sandy beaches here are also a great place to sunbathe, and from Serdiana* you can enjoy magnificent views of the mountain scenery. Capri is captivating with its play of colours at the Blue Grotto, and Lipari awaits your visit with its typical Italian charm. The neighbouring island of Vulcano lives up to its name, whilst at the foot of Mount Etna in Sicily, the lava flows have created a bizarre landscape making you want to discover more. Your cruise draws to a close with a wealth of new impressions in the picturesque port of Valletta.
Highlights of this cruise
Highlights of this cruise:
- Mediterranean islands: Corsica, Sardinia and Sicily.
- The epitome of Romance: Capri.
- UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites with spectacular landscapes – the Lipari Islands.
- On board:
- la cucina Italiana – culinary delights and gourmet workshop.
- Children’s ice cream workshop with Giovanni L.
- 5 Elements gourmet cookery course
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sat, 09.08.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Rome and transfer to embarkation
The freedom that takes you places begins for you in Civitavecchia, the gateway to Rome.
| Sun, 10.08.2014 |
Bonifacio/Corsica/France , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
Your first destination: Bonifacio on Corsica. One way of making the most of this idyllic town is on a walking tour*, taking a little train up to the higher part of town. From the Esplanade Saint Francois you will get a great view of the town’s cliffs and the Saint Dominique church with its octagonal bell tower, one of the few Gothic buildings on the island. Take a boat trip* to discover hidden caves, which have been carved out of the craggy limestone cliffs by the waves. Or take a scenic journey to the Col de Bavella* to discover the fabulous mountain scenery of Corsica.
| Mon, 11.08.2014 |
Cagliari/Sardinia/Italy, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
Cagliari on the island of Sardinia also promises a varied experience, with a historic centre featuring sights such as the Elephant Tower and plenty of shops and cafes as well as some fine sandy beaches. A particularly enjoyable part of the city tour* is a wander around Italy’s largest fish market, the Mercato di San Benedetto, with its many different kinds of seafood. You can also venture out into the surrounding area to visit Dolianova and Serdiana*. Leaving this former diocese, the journey takes you through idyllic hilly countryside to a family-run vineyard, where you can enjoy a wine tasting.
FAMILY EXCURSION: A large island seen in miniature: at the Sardegna in miniatura* theme park, we will see detailed reproductions of Sardinia’s beautiful buildings. We then start our boat trip around the mini version of the island.
| Tue, 12.08.2014 |
Cruising around Capri, approx. 11.00 – 12.30 hrs
On the third day of the cruise, you will approach a true pearl of the Mediterranean: Capri. To start, the EUROPA 2 cruises around the island. From the veranda of your suite, you can enjoy the views of the spectacular cliffs before exploring Capri on an individual shore excursion – visiting dreamy beaches, seeing the play of colours at the Blue grotto or enjoying an espresso on the promenade.
| Wed, 13.08.2014 |
Porto di Ponza/Ponza/Ponza Islands/Italy , 7.00 – 16.00 hrs
In Porto di Ponza, the colourful houses surround the port like a kind of amphitheatre. Watch life pass you by on the piazza at the far end of the Corso Pisacane boulevard, or unwind on the beach at Chiaia di Luna.
| Thu, 14.08.2014 |
Lipari/Lipari Islands/Italy , 8.00 – 14.00 hrs
Italian charm also makes its mark in the historic town of Lipari on the island of the same name, the largest of the Lipari Islands, which are all of volcanic origin. Discover this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site on a scenic tour*. The archaeological museum* provides some enlightening insights into the cultural history of the islands. In the afternoon, the EUROPA 2 takes you to Lipari’s neighbouring island, Vulcano, which truly lives up to its name. Steam rises out of fumaroles and you can take a thermal bath in the hot mud baths before heading off to Sicily and Mount Etna.
TEEN EXCURSION: On Lipari, a motor boat trip marks the exciting start to a snorkelling adventure by the volcano*. You will discover various caves and an underwater tunnel, which is home to countless fish.
| Fri, 15.08.2014 |
Naxos (Taormina)/Sicily/Italy , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
From Naxos, you will reach Taormina, which is situated on a plateau in the cliffs above the Ionian Sea. The town is an attractive place for sightseeing and shopping, and you can discover the ancient buildings and little boutiques and craft shops on a walking tour*. Immerse yourself in the lively goings-on in the streets of Taormina on one of Italy’s biggest holidays – Ferragosto (the Assumption of the Virgin Mary) – and enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Etna. Or take a trip by all-terrain vehicle* to the slopes of the volcano in the Valle del Bove, where lava flows have created a bizarre landscape.
CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: Fancy a bit of cool refreshment? The beach at Giardini-Naxos* is one of the longest in the area surrounding Taormina and it is perfect for plenty of fun in the sea.
| Sat, 16.08.2014 |
Valletta/Malta, arrival 5.00 hrs
Your cruise draws to a close as you enter the picturesque port of Valletta.
*?These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
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: ROME – THE ETERNAL CITY
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VALLETTA – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Every island is a summer dream: the narrow streets of Bonifacio in
Corsica are an inviting place to stroll around. Fine sandy beaches will
appeal to the whole family in Sardinia. In the Gulf of Naples, the
EUROPA 2 approaches a true dream destination – romantic Capri with its
shimmering Blue Grotto. The power of nature will amaze adults and
children alike in Sicily – welcome to Mount Etna*.
You can find more details on children’s, teen and family excursions under each port in the itinerary.
* These arrangements are not included in
the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning
stage. Subject to changes.