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

The Croatian Adriatic and Greek idylls

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Secret spots in Croatia, ancient history and the Mediterranean lifestyle promise some unforgettable experiences in the late summer sunshine with the EUROPA 2. Your cruise to the premiere port of Piran begins in the lagoon city of Venice. Mediterranean charm awaits you on the Croatian island of Hvar, and Dubrovnik is like an open-air museum with its historic buildings. Butrint**, the “second Troy”, has been popular since ancient times, and from Zakinthos your route will take you to Olympia**, the birthplace of the Olympic Games. A boat trip** through the Corinth Canal** awaits you before you reach the port of Piraeus, where your cruise comes to an end after nine fascinating days.

from Venice to Piraeus (Athens)

Cruise dates:from 05.09.2015 to 14.09.2015 (9 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1526

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • The unknown pearls of the Adriatic: Piran and Sarande.
  • The enigmatic Smugglers Cove** of Zakinthos.
  • A masterpiece of engineering: the Corinth Canal**.
  • Dubrovnik: a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site.




Sat, 05.09.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Venice and transfer to the embarkation point
Venice/Italy, departure 22.30 hrs

Your cruise begins with an atmospheric departure from the lagoon as you leave the city lights behind.

Sun, 06.09.2015

Piran/Slovenia , 8.00 – 16.30 hrs

The EUROPA 2 will be the first ship in our fleet to sail into this delightful town. Ideally situated on a peninsula, the town welcomes visitors to its tiny port and historic centre built in the Venetian style. From here, you can set out to visit the famous Postojna Cave**: explore the cave system with its impressive domed roofs and bizarre limestone sculptures by underground train and on foot.

Mon, 07.09.2015

Hvar/Croatia , 8.30 – 0.00 hrs

Vineyards and olive groves, the scent of lavender and rosemary: the longest island in Croatia offers genuine Mediterranean flair. The gently rolling landscape is best explored on an all-terrain vehicle trip**. Alternatively, you can cruise through the labyrinth of the Hvar archipelago on a kajak tour from island to island**, which is a great place for swimming thanks to its crystal-clear waters.

Tue, 08.09.2015

Dubrovnik/Croatia , arrival 12.00 hrs

The “pearl of the Adriatic” is like a unique open-air museum. The historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is car-free and enchants with its enclosed collection of baroque and Renaissance buildings. On a city walking tour**, you can take the cable car up to the top of Mount Srd. From here, you can see the famous red roofs of the city stretching out below.  You can also see some impressive sights on an exciting kayak tour** along the city walls.

Wed, 09.09.2015

Dubrovnik , departure 14.00 hrs

Thu, 10.09.2015

Sarande (Butrint)/Albania , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Sarande (Butrint)
This resort on the Ionian coast is your starting point for exploring some impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites. In Butrint**, the impressive ruins of temples, bathhouses and an early Christian baptistery are witness to the popularity of this “second Troy” of ancient times.

Fri, 11.09.2015

Zakinthos/Ionian Islands/Greece , 8.00 – 0.00 hrs

Picturesque narrow streets and breathtaking views, stone arches and columns both in and under the sea: Zakinthos is fascinating place to explore both on land and underwater. Make a detour into Greek history on an excursion to Olympia**, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, whilst Smugglers Cove** is a great place to go for a swim.

Sat, 12.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 13.09.2015

Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece , 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

The idyllic resort on the Peloponnese is the starting point for a boat trip through the narrow Corinth Canal**, which was completed in 1893 and is lined by steep walls. Enjoy the attractive scenery of the Argolis region on a hike along the Mycenaean trail**, which takes you past numerous olive groves and ancient water mills.

Mon, 14.09.2015

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Piraeus (Athens)
Your cruise ends in the port of Piraeus – or extend your stay to get to know Athens better on our post-cruise programme*.

* The post-cruise programme is not included in the cruise price.
** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Family cruise

A holiday is a chance to spend some time as a family – and on board the EUROPA 2, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for parents and children to discover the world together, or to go their own way if they prefer. In addition to a varied on-board programme of games and sports as well as arts and crafts, children and teens on family cruises can take part in specifically tailored excursions*. Our travel concierge service will be happy to suggest personalised family excursions* for you.

* This service is not included in the cruise price.