On board MS EUROPA 2 from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul
Sunset on Santorini
The Greek islands and Turkey are the focus of a relaxing late summer’s week on board the EUROPA 2. Santorini is inviting with its picture-book views and a stroll through winding streets or a boat trip* along the caldera. The Venetian fort on Rhodes is also impressive, whilst the Mediterranean scents on a mountain-bike tour* are enticing. On a Jeep safari* or boat trip*, you will be introduced to the various landscapes on the island of Samos before heading via Dikili and Lemnos and through the Dardanelles to Istanbul, the Turkish city straddling two continents.
Highlights of this cruise
Highlights of this cruise:
- Idyllic sunset over the legendary island of Santorini.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Pergamum*, the cultural site from the Hellenstic period.
- Istanbul: the lively and bustling city on two continents.
- On board: sirtaki, ouzo and the sea – an unforgettable Greek night.
- Santorini: magnificent views on a hike from Thira to Oia
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sat, 27.09.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Athens and transfer to embarkation
Take your leave from Piraeus with one last look back at the sea of lights .
| Sun, 28.09.2014 |
Thira/Santorini/Cyclades/Greece , 10.30 – 0.00 hrs
The first highlight of your cruise will be the picture-book panorama of Santorini. For centuries, mules have been carrying people up to Thira – but the cable car is a more comfortable way to make the journey. The narrow streets of Megalochori and Pyrgos* are a great place to stroll around. As you walk past the whitewashed houses with blue domed roofs, take the time to look at the views over the island. Discover the “Pompeii of the Aegean” at the Minoan settlement of Akrotiri*, which was buried in lava and ash as a result of a volcanic eruption around 3,500 years ago. The excavations will allow you to see what life must have been like in this long-lost culture. You can also experience some unforgettable impressions from the water: a boat trip takes you along the caldera* to the most beautiful places to drop anchor before a truly unforgettable experience awaits – the atmospheric sunset.
| Mon, 29.09.2014 |
Rhodes/Dodecanese/Greece, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
The sunny island of Rhodes provides the spectacular setting for the next day of your holiday: make your own individual tour of discovery of the historic town centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take yourself along the east coast to Lindos* – a little gem with the second-largest acropolis in Greece rising above it. On a mountain bike tour, you will follow the pleasant scents of the Mediterranean. Those in search of some relaxation can enjoy the sun, sand and sea on Faliraki beach – the sun loungers are already waiting for you.
| Tue, 30.09.2014 |
Pythagorion/Samos/Greece , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
Ancient chestnut trees, picturesque vineyards and bubbling sources: Samos is a delightful place and Pythagorion is the ideal starting point for getting to know the natural beauties and local history on an island tour*. The Jeep safari*, which takes you right across Samos, promises to be an exciting adventure, whilst a boat trip* is more relaxing: drop anchor in some hidden bays and dive into the crystal-clear waters.
| Wed, 01.10.2014 |
Dikili/Turkey, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
The next morning, set out from Dikili to explore a lost empire: the excavations of Pergamum* – either with the Asclepion* or with the Archaeological Museum* – are testament to the size and glory of the former royal city.
| Thu, 02.10.2014 |
Myrina/Lemnos/Greece , 8.00 hrs – 14.00 hrs
One of the best-kept secrets of the Aegean is Lemnos. On this volcanic island can be found the ruins of a Venetian castle in Myrina. Take a relaxed stroll through the town at your own pace and discover the most beautiful places in the small town of Mirina. Mirina’s fabulous beaches invite you to while away some unforgettable hours in the sun or have fun in the sea. Alternatively, you might pop into one of the many tavernas that line the old harbour and enjoy a delicious Greek coffee – explore Limnos as you wish. Following a passage through the Dardanelles, your cruise comes to an end in Istanbul.
| Fri, 03.10.2014 |
Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 12.00 hrs
Whether at Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque or the covered bazaar, the city formally known as Constantinople will impress you on a city tour* – even more so if you view the sprawling city on the Bosphorus from a helicopter*. Alternatively, you can take a boat tour on an exclusive yacht along the Bosporus at sunset – the perfect way to end your cruise.
| Sat, 04.10.2014 |
Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – whether Greeks, Ottomans or Turks, they have all left their marks, with the result that the city can offer sights from all cultures and eras. Visit the fascinating old town of Istanbul, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, to name just a few of the highlights.
*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: