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

The natural and cultural treasures of the Aegean

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Let your spirit soar on dreamlike beaches, discover fascinating historical buildings or enjoy Mediterranean hospitality in rustic taverns: welcome to the Greek Aegean. Relax on the sandy beaches of Skiathos, visit the monasteries of Meteora** on high sandstone cliffs or wander through the hidden markets of Thessaloniki. On Thassos, the island where wine and honey flow, you can enjoy tranquil beaches and culinary specialities before visiting the old town of Kavala for a stroll around its little shops and cafes. Your seven-day cruise will come to an end in Pergamon**, one of the most beautiful excavation sites in Turkey.


from Piraeus (Athens) to Istanbul

Cruise dates:from 14.09.2015 to 21.09.2015 (7 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1527

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • Relax in style on the beaches of Skiathos and Thassos.
  • Fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site: the monasteries of Meteora** perched on rocky pinnacles.
  • Walking** in the Nestos Gorge.

 

 

Itinerary

Mon, 14.09.2015

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

Piraeus (Athens)
Start your cruise a little earlier and explore Athens with our pre-cruise programme*.

Tue, 15.09.2015

Skiathos/Sporades/Greece , 12.00 – 0.00 hrs

Skiathos
Green hills and white sandy beaches: on Skiathos, you can relax as you go ashore into the heart of nature to do your own thing, be it going for a swim or taking a walk in the pine forests.

Wed, 16.09.2015

Volos/Greece, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Volos
Whether it’s a walk along the beach, a visit to the taverns on the port promenade or a more active walk on Mount Pelion**, Volos has many diverse hours of downtime to enjoy. The nuns and monks of the monasteries of Meteora** live a life between heaven and earth: out of the woods loom rock monoliths up to 300 m in height with the monasteries balanced on their ledges and peaks. Your insights behind the walls of the monasteries will be just as fascinating as the views.

Thu, 17.09.2015

Thessaloniki/Greece, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Thessaloniki
The glorious history of the city, which was mentioned in sources as early as the Bible, is reflected in its majestic architecture. An unusual way of getting to know Thessaloniki is a walk through the hidden markets**.

Fri, 18.09.2015

Limenas/Thassos/Greece , 8.00 – 15.00 hrs
Kavala/Greece, arrival 17.00 hrs

Limenas/Thassos
The island where wine and honey flow: besides its culinary specialities, Thassos is famous for its long sandy beaches, tranquil bays and crystal-clear water. Decide for yourself how to enjoy the beauty of the scenery – for example, with a ride on the beach** or on a trip in an all-terrain vehicle** with you behind the wheel.

Sat, 19.09.2015

Kavala, departure 17.00 hrs

Kavala
A Byzantine castle looms over the old town of Kavala. Stroll through the centre itself, a protected historical site, and enjoy the perfect mixture of bars, cafes and shopping opportunities. Take an excursion into nature with a walk in Nestos Bay**, a nature reserve which is home to many different bird species.

Sun, 20.09.2015

Dikili/Turkey, 7.00 – 13.30 hrs
Evening passage through the Dardanelles

Dikili
In this port city, you get to choose: visit Pergamon in conjunction with either the Asclepion** or the archaeological museum**. Whatever you decide, one of the most beautiful excavation sites in Turkey awaits you – and still with the perceptible majesty of a city that is said to have surpassed even Alexandria. In the evening, the EUROPA 2 will pass through the Dardanelles – your veranda will become an exclusive vantage point.

Mon, 21.09.2015

Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Istanbul
This bustling metropolis sprawling over two continents will signal the end of your cruise – although it can be explored intensively with our post-cruise programme*.

* The pre- and post-cruise programmes listed are 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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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: ATHENS – A CITY TOUR OF THE ANCIENT WORLD


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ISTANBUL – THE TRENDY METROPOLIS ON THE BOSPORUS