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

Fascination of the Aegean

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Begin your cruise in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities: situated on the peninsula between the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus, Istanbul unites East and West like no other city. After the unique passage through the Dardanelles, the EUROPA 2 will carry you to the Greek islands. Rhodes is a sheer delight with its unique blend of fascinating capital city and small, picturesque villages. Just as Aphrodite once did, Cyprus will cast its spell over you. Mykonos is enthralling with its whitewashed, cube-shaped houses and Greek hospitality. For 12 whole days, simply enjoy the fascination of the Aegean on board the EUROPA 2.

from Istanbul to Piraeus (Athens)

Cruise dates:from 21.09.2015 to 03.10.2015 (12 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1528

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • Istanbul, the trendy metropolis
  • The mysterious ruins of Ephesus*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Mykonos, real picture-book Greece



Mon, 21.09.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Istanbul and transfer to the embarkation point
Overnight stay on board.



Tue, 22.09.2015

Istanbul, departue 24.00 hrs

Explore the city’s sights on a tour* or stroll around the oldest bazaar in the world*. Alternatively, designer fashion, boutiques and exquisite cafes invite you to linger in the Nisantasi quarter of Istanbul. 

Wed, 23.09.2015

Passage through the Dardanelles

Passage through the Dardanelles

Thu, 24.09.2015

Pythagorio (Samos)/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs,

The sheer diversity of the natural beauty of the island of Samos is impressive. Discover the island on a Jeep ride into the interior* or enjoy the colourful Greek way of life and local comings and goings along Pythagorio’s harbour promenade.

Fri, 25.09.2015

Symi/Greece, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs,
Rhodes/Greece, arrival: 17.00 hrs

The island’s harbour is a protected site and with its many small cafes and restaurants is the perfect place for a relaxed stroll. In addition to numerous smaller bays that are ideal for swimming, the island also invites you to take a longer walk or go hiking.  

Discover the island during the evening independently. The EUROPA 2 will anchor off Rhodes overnight.

Sat, 26.09.2015

Rhodes/Greece, departure: 18.00 hrs


Take a walking tour of the city* and discover the old town of Rhodes. Fans of maritime cuisine can try out delicious recipes for fish and seafood* during a cookery course for gourmets. Or take in Greece from a bird's-eye view on an aerial tour* with a Cessna, flying across the Aegean islands of Symi, Tilos and Halki.

Sun, 27.09.2015

Paphos/Cyprus, 14.00 – 24.00 hrs,


The most important landmark in Paphos, which is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the medieval castle that stands right by the harbour. A hike in Alektora ends with a barbecue on the beach*, while those who like an active lifestyle will be attracted by a quad bike tour on the Akamas Peninsula*.

Mon, 28.09.2015

Chrysochou Bay/Cyprus, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs,

Blue Lagoon: morning
Cruise in a Zodiac across the crystal-clear water of one of the most beautiful bays in Cyprus.  
Latchi: afternoon
The small harbour is known for its fresh fish. Perhaps you might like to sample some in one of the rustic fish tavernas? Strung out along the coast, the sandy and pebbly beaches offer numerous outlets for making individual arrangements for water sports.

Tue, 29.09.2015

Antalya/Turkey, 8.00 – 24.00 hrs

Numerous boutiques, souvenir shops and restaurants line up along the bazaar streets of the old town; in addition, the new 5 M Migros shopping centre boasts many renowned brands. Travel from Antalya to tour the ancient city of Side* or set off on an exhilarating rafting adventure on the Koprucay River*.

Wed, 30.09.2015

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 01.10.2015

Kusadasi/Turkey 7.00 – 22.00 hrs

Situated in the heart of the modern harbour town is the Orient Bazaar as well as the Okuz Mehmet Pascha caravanserai, which was built in the 16th century. Kusadasi is also the departure point for one of the region’s main attractions: Ephesus*, one of the most important cities of the ancient world. Alternatively, enjoy some blissful horseback riding* on the beach.

Fri, 02.10.2015

Mykonos/Greece 8.00 – 18.00 hrs,

Picture-book Greece: whitewashed houses with blue shutters, small squares and ancient windmills. Enjoy a walk through the narrow, winding alleys, or experience Greek cuisine and hospitality in one of the quaint tavernas.

Sat, 03.10.2015

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Piraeus (Athens)
Set off on your journey home or discover Athens 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.

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: