On board MS EUROPA 2 from Istanbul to Piraeus (Athens)
Cultural treasures of the Aegean
From Istanbul, pass through the Dardanelles Strait to Thessaloniki, a city that dates back to biblical times. The Meteora monasteries, daringly built on rock pillars, seem to float between heaven and earth – their collections of art and artefacts make them the centre of Byzantine art in Greece. The impressive Ephesus*, with its huge amphitheatre, as well as Priene, Milet and Didyma* are waiting for you to discover their interesting histories. After all this culture, how about a horseback ride along the beach* or a Jeep tour* deep into the countryside? To round off your cruise, admire the stunning Greek islands with the picture-book backdrop of Mykonos.
Highlights of this cruise
Highlights of this cruise:
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a breathtaking view – the “floating” monasteries of Meteora*.
- From Kusadasi to Ephesus*: fascinating insights into the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- On board: figures of mythology – the gods and heroes of ancient Greece in the literary salon.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sat, 11.10.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Istanbul and transfer to embarkation
Your cruise to see the works of art and natural wonders of the Aegean begins in Istanbul, where the Occident and the Orient meet over the Bosphorus.
| Sun, 12.10.2014 |
Passage through the Dardanelles Strait, 9.00 – 13.00 hrs
Great seafaring history was once made in the Dardanelles Strait – enjoy the impressive views.
| Mon, 13.10.2014 |
Thessaloniki/Greece, 8.00 – 21.00 hrs
The walls of Thessaloniki also have plenty of stories to tell. Discover the city’s chequered past, which dates back to biblical times. A city tour* takes in the city’s landmark, the White Tower from the Ottoman period, as well as the wonderful mosaics in the early Christian Agios Dimitrios basilica. Or you can take a stroll through the markets of Thessaloniki*.
| Tue, 14.10.2014 |
Volos/Greece, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs
Volos will make your holiday dreams come true – whether you take a stroll along the beach, sit in one of the tavernas along the harbour or get a bit more active on a hike through the unspoilt forests of Mount Pelion*. The nuns and monks of the Meteora monasteries live their lives between heaven and earth. The monasteries are perched on the ledges and tops of stone pillars, which rise up to 300 metres out of the forest. A visit inside the monastery walls is just as exciting as the view from outside.
FAMILY EXCURSION: The historic Mount Pelion railway* near Volos is more than 100 years old. We board the train and ride past tiny villages and pretty scenery as the train climbs the mountain at a leisurely pace. The whole family will enjoy the views along the way.
| Wed, 15.10.2014 |
Kusadasi/Turkey, 9.00 – 19.00 hrs
Boulevards lined with palm trees and the blue ocean will tempt you to explore the resort of Kusadasi. Nearby is a major World Heritage site: in ancient times, Ephesus* was one of the most important cities in Asia Minor and its power can still be seen today in the mighty amphitheatre and the impressive walls of the library of Celsus. The excavations of Priene, Milet and Didyma* are also testament to their former glory, in particular the extensive ruins of the Temple of Apollo at Didyma.
TEENS’ EXCURSION: In Ephesus you can experience a completely different kind of history lesson*: as you roam around the former port to see the Bath of Varius, the Temple of Hadrian and the theatre, ancient history seems to come to life.
| Thu, 16.10.2014 |
Marmaris/Turkey, 9.00 – 18.00 hrs
Alternatively, you can enjoy some time out on the beach*. The bay of Marmaris welcomes you the next day in all its colours – golden sand, green wooded slopes and the deep-blue sea. Dream away the day on a sun lounger on Icmeler beach, enjoy the fantastic views on a boat trip along the coast* or take a Jeep trip into the hills.*
CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: In Marmaris, we will have great fun at the beach*.
| Fri, 17.10.2014 |
Delos/Cyclades/Greece, 8.00 – 12.30 hrs
Your last day is devoted to two islands, each with completely different yet equally enchanting charm. Delos is a practically uninhabited museum island. Allow yourself to be captivated by its special kind of magic on a walk through the ancient streets. The neighbouring island of Mykonos, with its white-washed sugar-cube-shaped houses, blue shutters and flower-filled balconies is like a scene from a Greek picture book. Enjoy the views of the harbour from the shade of the world-famous windmills or try the local specialities in one of the quaint cafes before you set off to arrive in Piraeus the next day. From here, begin your journey home, taking some wonderful memories with you.
| Sat, 18.10.2014 |
Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 6.00 hrs
*?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:
YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ISTANBUL – BETWEEN EAST AND WEST
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ATHENS – THE ANCIENT CITY
Start with the Byzantine treasures of Thessaloniki and move on to
discover the Meteora monasteries*, which seem to float in the sky: the
cultural diversity of the Greek coastlines is sure to amaze you.
Marmaris has a much more modern feel, and the delightful marina is
always worth a visit. Spectacular beaches or Italian charm in Little
Venice? On Mykonos, there will be plenty of time for all the family to
have their wishes fulfilled.
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.