On board MS EUROPA 2 from Istanbul to Istanbul
Imperial hideaways on the Black Sea
A mild climate and impressive coastlines with steep cliffs and sandy shores – the Black Sea, which was an inland, freshwater lake until the penetration of the Bosphorus, has a wealth of attractions. Enjoy the FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES at sea when the EUROPA 2 heads through the Bosphorus to Sochi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics and a VIP holiday resort – even President Putin has a dacha here. The green cultural city of Odessa will draw you under its spell with its unique charm.
Highlights of this cruise
Highlights of this cruise:
- Sochi: tropical plants in the botanical gardens* of this “Russian Nice”.
- World-famous sights: the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa.
- On board: enjoy the best of Balkan pop.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sat, 04.10.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Istanbul and transfer to embarkation
As the sun goes down over Istanbul, the EUROPA 2 sets a course for the Black Sea.
| Sun, 05.10.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
During a day at sea, you can relax and get ready for the week ahead.
| Mon, 06.10.2014 |
Sochi/Russia, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs
Sochi seems as though it were made for rest and recreation, with its exclusive health resorts, magnificent manor houses and extensive parks. In fact, the Mediterranean climate and mineral springs meant that this “Russian Nice” flourished around the turn of the century – allow yourself to be captivated by its charm on a city walking tour*. One of the many dachas* in the city was once home to Stalin. Today you can encounter a piece of history in its rooms, which have been kept just as they would have looked in Stalin’s day. A visit to the Matsesta spa is also impressive, as is a walk through the Caucasian National Park*. Your route will take you through dense boxwood and yew forests.
| Tue, 07.10.2014 |
Sinop/Turkey, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs
For centuries, Sinop has played an important role as a centre of culture and trade on the Black Sea. To this very day, the well-preserved city walls that in the past served as a line of defence encircle the centre. Take a guided walk* through the city to step back in time and discover the past. Or explore the city’s most important sights, as well as the nearby area during a panoramic tour*.
| Wed, 08.10.2014 |
Odessa/Ukraine, Arrival 12.00 hrs
Succumb to the charm of Odessa as soon as you reach the port. The 192 steps of the Potemkin Stairs will take you straight up to the magnificent Primorsky Boulevard. A city walking tour* takes you to discover the highlights of this grand boulevard and to visit the Uspensky Monastery, with golden domes reflecting the sunshine. Or go down into the Odessa catacombs* to discover the quiet secrets of the city. In the evening, the curtain will rise in the neo-baroque opera house for a ballet performance* that is second to none.
| Thu, 09.10.2014 |
Odessa/Ukraine, Departure 23.00 hrs
| Fri, 10.10.2014 |
Passage through the Bosphorus, 20.00 – 21.30 hrs
The next evening, you pass through the Bosporus and arrive at the stunning city of Istanbul. Enjoy one last night on board in the middle of this amazing bustling city.
| Sat, 11.10.2014 |
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.
= 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: