On board MS EUROPA 2 from Lisbon to Funchal
Eternal spring on the Canary Islands
Depart from Lisbon, the pearl of Portugal, to spend a day of relaxation at sea before taking in the legendary city of Casablanca. Rabat* and Marrakech* will appear like a tale from 1,001 Nights. Explore the world of jugglers, snake-charmers and storytellers – all the while enjoying the fragrance of exotic spices. Taroudant*, known as “little Marrakech”, has mighty city walls and the Canary Islands not only play home to national parks, but also colonial architecture, cathedrals, flower-covered wooden balconies and the works of famous island artists. To round off your cruise, bid farewell to the EUROPA 2 off the “flower island” of Madeira.
Highlights of this cruise
The highlights of this cruise:
- Royal cities of Morocco: Rabat* and Marrakesh*.
- Hikes* in unique natural surroundings: in Canadas del Teide* on Tenerife and in the El Cedro rainforest* on Gomera.
- On board: Estrella Del Mar – lounge and chill-out music at the pool.
- Golf & Cruise with our comprehensive package*.
*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
| Sun, 16.11.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon and transfer to embarkation
In Lisbon, the EUROPA 2 is waiting to take you out to sea for a day of relaxation to start off your cruise.
| Mon, 17.11.2014 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 18.11.2014 |
Casablanca/Morocco , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs
Your first destination is the legendary city of Casablanca. Wander along the bustling Corniche or take a city tour* and visit the second largest mosque in the world, the Hassan II Mosque, a majestic building with fine mosaics. Rabat* is just like from a tale from 1,001 Nights: visit the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, built with Italian marble in the Arabian-Andalusian style. Alternatively, take a cross-country trip to Marrakech*. The East opens up like out of a picture book on the famous Djemaa el Fna, with jugglers, snake-charmers and storytellers, whilst the aromas of exotic spices greet you in the labyrinth of souks.
| Wed, 19.11.2014 |
Agadir/Morocco, 12.30 – 19.00 hrs
On the following day, re-embark in Agadir. It is not far from here to Taroudant*, also known as “little Marrakesh”. Framed by the imposing Atlas Mountains and surrounded by olive and orange plantations, this city and its mighty walls make for an impressive sight. Or take a trip in off-road vehicles* and discover traditional fishing villages, cliffs and wonderful beaches.
| Thu, 20.11.2014 |
Arrecife/Lanzarote/Canary Islands/Spain, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
Arrecife your starting point for exploring the bizarre countryside of Lanzarote. Timanfaya National Park* features fascinating solidified magma flows and hot craters. Following the footsteps of the island artist César Manrique*, experience the symbiosis of art and nature, or discover the volcanic island in an electric car*. Afterwards, enjoy Canarian flair in Santa Cruz. Take a break in the cafes and on benches beneath trees as tall as a house on the Rambla del Franco.
| Fri, 21.11.2014 |
Santa Cruz/Tenerife/Canary Islands/Spain , 7.00 – 22.00 hrs
Take a trip to Teide National Park* and experience the fascinating nature on Tenerife with its breathtaking panorama. Or experience Tenerife as viewed from the water – you will paddle in kayaks* along the picturesque coast, passing fish farms and hidden bays.
| Sat, 22.11.2014 |
San Sebastian de la Gomera/La Gomera/Canary Islands/Spain , 7.00 – 0.00 hrs
On La Gomera, Columbus made one last stop before setting out to find the passage to India. Your explorations will lead you from San Sebastian de la Gomera into Garajonay National Park* with its evergreen laurel forests or into the El Cedro rainforest*: enjoy the staggering views from the summit of the 1,487-metre-high Garajonay rock formation.
| Sun, 23.11.2014 |
Santa Cruz de la Palma/La Palma/Canary Islands/Spain, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs
On La Palma, explore the small port city of Santa Cruz de la Palma with its Spanish colonial architecture and wooden balconies covered in flowers, known as balcones tipicos. Marvel at the breathtaking landscape of one of the world’s largest erosion craters in Caldera de Taburiente National Park*. Alternatively, enjoy some driving pleasure with a quad bike* and drive through woods and lush vegetation, away from the hard-surfaced roads.
| Mon, 24.11.2014 |
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Gran Canaria/Canary Islands/Spain, 7.00 – 12.00 hrs
Las Palmas on Gran Canaria is shaped by its rich historical and cultural heritage, which is most easily seen in the Vegueta district. Besides Santa Ana Cathedral, which is built in various styles, in this district you can find exclusive boutiques and comfortable tapas bars – making for a relaxing conclusion to your cruise which will come to an end on Madeira.
| Tue, 25.11.2014 |
Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
*?These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
**?Depending on the flight schedule, we may be unable to offer connecting flights to all German airports on the date of disembarkation. In this event, we will offer an additional overnight stay in the connecting airport at a surcharge.
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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:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: THE “FLOWER ISLAND” OF MADIERA
Golf cruise – spectacular drives in Morocco and on the Canary Islands
Tue 18.11 – Casablanca – El Jadida Royal GC
El Jadida is one of Morocco’s best golf courses. The greens were designed by the architect Cabell B. Robinson, and every hole is a challenge. Both beginners and professional golfers will enjoy discovering this course.
Fri 21.11 – Santa Cruz – Buenavista GC
Situated in the immediate vicinity of the cliff coastline and designed by Severiano Ballesteros, you can expect great moments on this course. The spectacular greens make it feel like you are hitting the ball on the surface of the sea.
Sat 22.11 – San Sebastian de la Gomera – Tecina Golf
This 18-hole course in La Lomada de Tecina offers spectacular views of the valley, the Atlantic Ocean with the Teide in the background and the rich and varied vegetation. On hole 4, players must hit a drive across the Tapahuga gorge. Due to its length and location, hole 10 is particularly noteworthy: the tee can be found 45 metres above the green, giving players a majestic panoramic view.