On board MS EUROPA 2 from Piraeus (Athens) to Limassol

Between East and West

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Experience freedom that takes you places between East and West, and spend golden October days in the eastern Mediterranean. The cliff walls tower to the left and right during a boat trip along Corinth Canal*, the Lion’s Gate and other majestic buildings await you in Mycenae and Epidaurus*. Explore Rhodes, the home of ancient philosophers, with its impressive old town and the picturesque village of Lindos. Shop and haggle in the Turkish city of Antalya, and in Cyprus you can follow historic footprints and marvel at the great mosaics* in the House of Dionysus.

from Piraeus (Athens) to Limassol

Cruise dates:from 18.10.2014 to 25.10.2014 (8 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1432

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Highlights of this cruise

The highlights of this cruise:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: explore Epidaurus* and Mycenae*.
  • Santorini: walking on the volcano and bathing in hot springs*.
  • Agios Nikolaos: kayak tour to the island of Spinalonga*.
  • Mythical Knossos*: on the trail of King Minos.
  • Rhodes: enjoy the winding streets of the charming old town or explore Rhodes by mountain bike*.
  • Antalya: a thrilling rafting adventure on the Koprucay River*.

*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.


Sat, 18.10.2014

Scheduled flight from Germany to Athens and transfer to embarkation
Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, departure 21.00 hrs

Sun, 19.10.2014

Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

The EUROPA 2 will set a course from Piraeus to Nauplia. This idyllic spot on the Peloponnese is your starting point for a boat trip along the narrow Corinth Canal*, which was completed in 1893. Afterwards, visit ancient Corinth and gain an insight into the glamorous past. Mycenae* and Epidaurus* also feature majestic buildings, including the Lion’s Gate; a grand testament to high culture on the ancient Aegean, and the theatre in Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics and location.

Mon, 20.10.2014

Santorini/Cyclades/Greece , 12.00 – 22.00 hrs

Unparalleled impressions also await you on Santorini. The gorgeous Cycladic architecture virtually invites you to captivate it with your camera – the blue and white photos of Santorini are famous throughout the world. The most overwhelming impressions can be gained in the village of Megalochori* - with its whitewashed houses, beautiful churches, blue domes and colourful bougainvillea, it is regarded as one of Greece’s picture-perfect idylls.

CHILDREN’S AND TEENS’ EXCURSION: One of the most picturesque places in the Cyclades is the backdrop for the great Santorini photo rally*. Set out in teams through Oia with its whitewashed houses, blue domes and unique location right at the edge of the caldera. Documentary evidence of your solutions to the rally questions is provided in the form of photos taken along the way.

Tue, 21.10.2014

Agios Nikolaos/Crete/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Crete also retains numerous traces of the ancient past. You can set out from Agios Nikolaos to follow the footsteps of the Minotaur in the legendary city of Knossos*. Take a Land Rover safari* and reach the beautiful village of Kroustas, where you can enjoy a typical Greek cafe frappe. More active guests can enjoy a mountain-bike tour* through the natural beauty of Crete’s spectacular landscape.

Wed, 22.10.2014

Rhodes/Dodecanese Islands/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Rhodes is no less impressive, where the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through narrow streets and alleys lined with small shops, quaint restaurants and comfortable cafes. A highlight of Rhodes, in the truest sense of the word, is the site of Lindos and its acropolis*. White houses crowd underneath the second-largest building of its kind in the country, situated on a 116-metre high cliff. The Mediterranean fragrances of pine wood will greet you on your horsebackride through nature*.

CHILDREN’S AND TEENS’ EXCURSION: Every region in Greece and every island has developed their own style of Greek folk dancing*. What is for example the difference between the sirtos and sirtaki dances? Let’s try it out – it’ll be great fun!

Thu, 23.10.2014

Antalya/Turkey, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Antalya is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey, where the narrow streets in the old city make for a perfect place to shop and haggle. Take trips into the ancient past in Perga, Aspendos* and Side*. Alternatively, you can spend some relaxing hours at the hotel beach* and do whatever you please. 

Fri, 24.10.2014

Paphos/Cyprus , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

According to legend, Aphrodite came ashore in Cyprus after her birth. Follow the goddess when the EUROPA 2 calls at the port of Paphos, full of tavernas and shops. The vast ruins are just as appealing, bringing history to life as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For example, marvel at the great mosaics* in the House of Dionysus and the mythical cliffs of Aphrodite. Enjoy majestic nature on a hike in Alektora with BBQ on the beach*. 

Sat, 25.10.2014

Limassol/Cyprus, arrival 1.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany**

* These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on flight schedules, it may become necessary to alter the departure programme.

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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:



Family cruise

Be it on the Corinth Canal* or in the ruins of Knossos*, the myths and wonder of the ancient world seem close enough to touch on the coasts of Greece. After exploring the wonderful old town in Rhodes, you can dive back into the past on a fleeting visit to Turkey. Stroll under the palm trees in the Corniche and visit a bar in the evening – these are just two of the vast number of possibilities in Beirut.

You can find details on trips for children, teens and families in the itineraries for the individual ports.

*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.