On board MS EUROPA 2 from Ven to Valletta
History brought to life on the Adriatic
Late in the evening, the EUROPA 2 sets a course from Venice to Ravenna, which is particularly well known for its mosaics. On the next day, you arrive in Split, where you can visit Diocletian’s Palace and the historic city centre. The landmark of Mostar*, the Stari Most bridge, has been restored to its former glory, whilst Trogir and Salona* reveal their mediaeval and Roman pasts. Korcula was named after its black pine forests and the EUROPA 2 cruises into the Bay of Kotor, which extends far inland offering idyllic views of the countryside. Budva* is one of the oldest settlements on the Balkan Peninsula and was restored to its original form following destruction by an earthquake. The cathedral at Otranto is a masterpiece of Apulian architectural artistry and the “Florence of the South”, Lecce*, is a vision of baroque architecture. Your cruise will draw to a close in the natural port of Valletta.
Highlights of this cruise
Highlights of this cruise:
- Superb mosaics*: cultural and historical discoveries in Ravenna and Otranto.
- A Roman emperor’s retirement home and UNESCO World Heritage Site: Diocletian’s Palace in Split*.
- UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site – the Bay of Kotor, Europe’s southernmost fjord.
- On board: Muzika I Ples – Balkan music.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sat, 23.08.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Venice and transfer to embarkation
| Sun, 24.08.2014 |
Ravenna/Italy, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
The EUROPA 2 glides out of the Venetian lagoon, taking you after your first night on board to Ravenna. The central Piazza del Popolo, with its typical Italian street cafes, is the ideal starting point for a stroll around this dreamy university city. Ravenna is best known for its mosaics*, which decorate the San Vitale basilica and the Galla Placidia mausoleum. The natural beauty of the region can be explored on a bicycle tour of the Po Delta nature park*. The unusual landscape is made up of ancient forests, sand dunes and marshlands.
CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: Look forward to plenty of fun rides: Mirabilandia* near Ravenna is Italy’s second biggest amusement park. If the weather is good, we will cool off at the water park.
| Mon, 25.08.2014 |
Split/Croatia , 8.00 – 0.00 hrs
The next morning, you will be welcomed by the old imperial city of Split. A walk through the historic part of the city* offers a chance to see the Temple of Jupiter, as well as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Palace. The extensive centre also features a succession of boutiques, bars and clubs. Alternatively, go on an excursion to Mostar* with its famous Stari Most bridge, which can be seen in all its former glory following reconstruction along with the Ottoman mosques. Relax on a catamaran* while sliding along the coast of the island of Brac. In between you may have the chance for a dip in the azure sea water. For those who like a bit of adventure, follow the rapids on a white-water rafting* trip through the Croatian natural landscape.
| Tue, 26.08.2014 |
Korcula/Croatia , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
Korcula is also known as the “black island” thanks to its dark-green forests of pine trees, firs and holm oaks. The mediaeval town centre is surrounded by fortifying walls and sits on a promontory, with spectacular views over the water. An island tour* through fertile valleys and olive groves will also provide an opportunity to taste the region’s wines. Or you could opt for a fast-paced buggy safari*.
TEEN EXCURSION: A motorboat takes you to Lumbarda, where your mountain-bike tour* of Korcula begins. A great sporty way to discover the spectacular countryside and little villages.
| Wed, 27.08.2014 |
Kotor/Montenegro, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs
The voyage to Kotor on board the EUROPA 2 is also a truly unforgettable experience. The natural harbour lies at the end of the bay of the same name, which like a fjord cuts about 30 kilometres deep into the mainland. The narrow, winding alleys and Venetian palaces are well protected behind the mighty walls of the town. Along the scenic coast of Kotor Bay* you will reach Perast and the offshore island of Gospa od Skrpjela, which is a famous pilgrimage site with its chapel. The visit of the Lovcen park* is recommended to active and sporty people. Under the expert guidance fun and thrills are guaranteed. Discover the Blue Cave by a speed boat*, or relax on the private sandy beach of Sveti Stefan Amanresorts.
FAMILY EXCURSION: From Kotor, you will visit the Lovcen adventure park*, where seven routes with various levels of difficulty take you to heights of nearly 15 metres through the forest. We’ll be whizzing down steel cables, climbing over tree trunks and crawling through tunnels.
| Thu, 28.08.2014 |
Otranto/Italy , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
Italian charm, an idyllic location and historic heritage all come together in Otranto, making this a wonderful holiday destination. Take a walk* along the harbour promenade, where you can try the popular Affogato al caffe and visit the impressive cathedral – with its portico, frescoes and mosaics, it is a masterpiece of Apulian architectural artistry. Lecce* is a testament to the baroque period. On a visit to the cathedral and the – Santa Croce church, you will be enchanted by this magnificent “Florence of the South”, before your cruise draws to a close in the natural harbour at Valletta, Malta’s picturesque capital.
| Fri, 29.08.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 30.08.2014 |
Valletta/Malta, arrival 4.00 hrs
*?These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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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:
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: VALLETTA – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Whether you prefer to while away the time in a street cafe or marvel
at the amazing culture, Ravenna is perfect for starting your cruise
exactly as you wish. Enjoy the views over the Adriatic on a stroll along
the promenade in Split. The EUROPA 2 also has some magnificent
panoramas for you – such as when you cruise in the UNESCO World Heritage
Site of the Bay of Kotor.
You can find more details on children’s, teen and family excursions under each port in the itinerary.