On board MS EUROPA 2 from Colon to Valparaiso
From the Panama Canal to Chile.
The contemporary megacity: Panama City. The fabled legend of a bygone age: Machu Picchu. Plus overwhelming nature and architecture. Western South America is worth a visit.
from Colon to Valparaiso
|Cruise dates:||from 06.12.2017 to 20.12.2017 (14 days)|
|Your ship:||MS EUROPA 2|
13 days cruise only from € 6,990 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 8,650 per person
This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]
| Wed, 06.12.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Panama City and transfer to Colon to embarkation point
| Wed, 06.12.2017 |
Experience some of Panama’s high points in our pre-cruise programmes*, with a fascinating highlight to kick off your cruise: the daytime passage through the Panama Canal, a technological masterpiece spanning over 80 km (49 mi.) through green rainforest and wild mangroves.
| Thu, 07.12.2017 |
Colon, departure 7.00 hrs
Panama City is a place of stunning contrasts with its modern skyscraper skyline and the picturesque old town of Casco Viejo. Stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, passing historic buildings, churches and the presidential palace, or take a helicopter flight* over this impressive metropolis. A boat tour on Gatun Lake with a cable car ride* also promises thrilling perspectives.
| Fri, 08.12.2017 |
Flamenco Island (Panama-City) , departure 17.30 hrs
| Sat, 09.12.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 10.12.2017 |
Manta/Ecuador, 5.00 – 22.00 hrs
Experience Ecuador: the coastal city is your starting point for a hike in the coastal forest of Pacoche* or a flight to Quito*. In the world’s highest capital city, walk through the impressive old town at 2,800 m (9,186 ft). Enjoy a panorama of snow-covered volcanic slopes.
| Mon, 11.12.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 12.12.2017 |
Salaverry/Peru, 8.00 – 14.30 hrs
Houses in every colour, balconies adorned with flowers and tucked-away courtyards – succumb to the charms of Salaverry at the foot of the Andes, the ideal location for fascinating journeys into the past: to the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon* with their artistic paintings or the Huaca el Dragon temple* and the labyrinthine alleyways of the adobe city of Chan Chan*.
| Wed, 13.12.2017 |
Callao (Lima)/Peru, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs
Metropolis or mysticism, the choice is yours: take a tour of Lima* and discover the modern face of the city and the Spanish legacy around Plaza de Armas. Alternatively, take a two-day overland excursion to one of the world’s most spectacular sites: the ruins of Machu Picchu*, the mysterious and legendary Inca city.
| Thu, 14.12.2017 |
Paracas (Pisco)/Peru , 7.30 – 18.00 hrs
Over 2,000 years old and only truly visible from the air: fly over the Nazca Lines* and marvel at monumental animal images and geometric figures. Just as impressive are the Inca ruins of Tambo*.
| Fri, 15.12.2017 |
Matarani/Peru , 17.00 – 20.00 hrs
Resume the cross-country journey to Machu Picchu*.
| Sat, 16.12.2017 |
Arica/Chile, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs
A walk through eternal spring: thanks to its mild climate, the city is filled with blossoms and greenery.
| Sun, 17.12.2017 |
- Mon, 18.12.2017
Relaxation at sea
| Tue, 19.12.2017 |
Valparaiso/Chile, arrival 0.30 hrs
After two relaxing days at sea, your cruise ends in Chile’s cultural capital. Continue in Santiago de Chile with our post-cruise programme*.
| Wed, 20.12.2017 |
Arrival in Frankfurt
* The pre- and post-cruise programmes and shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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Combine this cruise with EUX1800 and save € 1,000 per person (applies to categories 1 – 14).
Clear and simple – our pricing model
¹ Please note that you can choose between a Veranda Suite and an Ocean Suite.
² You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here per person. Accommodation will be provided in a Veranda Suite or Ocean Suite in category 1 – 4, subject to availability. If you book a combination of one cruise with another cruise in a guaranteed Veranda or Ocean Suite, no combination discount will be offered and it will be necessary to change suites between the individual cruises. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number at the time of embarkation on board (limited allotment).
More travel information can be found here.
The Cruise Price Includes (Among Other Services)
- Cruise in the booked category.
- Fresh fruit and champagne await you in your sui te on your day of arrival.
- Full board on the ship: welcome cocktail, breakfast, late morning bouillon, lunch, dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, hot waffles and midnight snack. Individual meal selection also possible.
- Fresh fruit and vegetable juice available during breakfast hours.
- A different entertainment programme every day with on-board activities, e.g. interesting courses, conversations, scientific lectures, film screenings, contemporary seminars or sophisticated evening programmes and more.
- Adventurous Zodiac rides (depending on routes and weather conditions), all landings or tours in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included).
- Television in every suite also boasting integrated music programmes, contemporary or classical video and audio programmes, news, weather map, reports, interviews, travel reports, up-to-date travel information, e-mail, Internet (subject to charge) and much more.
- Mini bar filled with softdrinks and beer in the suite.
- Bottled water during the shore excursions.
- Use of on-board facilities and equipment free of charge (subject to availability): auditorium with film screenings and geography lectures, library, board games, entertainment programmes, sauna, fitness areas, golf simulator, tablet PC, snorkelling gear, bicycles and much more. The use of the Internet and services of the OCEAN SPA, the photographers and video producers as well as the boutique merchandise are subject to charge.
- Your comprehensive EUROPA 2 travel gear including detailed country information, shoulder bag, document bag, luggage tags, travel guide and maps.
- German ship and cruise managers as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew including travel concierge service, guest relation manager, cruise sales service, tour office, tour guides etc.
- Harbour fees.
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:
GUIDED PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: THE HIGHLIGHTS OF PANAMA CITY
GUIDED PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: PANAMA: TROPICAL RAINFOREST AND SKYSCRAPERS
GUIDED POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SANTIAGO – THE METROPOLIS OF THE ANDES
GUIDED POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: SANTIAGO AND CHILEAN WINE
GUIDED POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME C: ACTIVELY EXPERIENCE CHILE
Exclusive, renowned guests discuss contemporary issues
In this exclusive format, Sabine Christiansen, one of the most famous journalists in Germany, invites renowned experts in the fields of economy, science, politics and society to discuss contemporary issues. At „talk2christiansen“ presentations, discussion rounds and conversations, you will meet guests like Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz, H.E. Anote Tong, Former President of Kiribati, Kweku Mandela, Astronaut Thomas Reiter, Dr. Auma Obama, politicians like Theo Waigel, former Federal Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Bosbach, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Christian Lindner, or Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference.
Munich Philharmonic String Quartet
Since it was founded in 2007, the Munich Philharmonic String Quartet has been renowned for its unusual concert programmes in the most diverse of formats. In the various performances that the Philharmonic String Quartet have already given in Europe and even as far afield as Japan and Cuba, the exceptionally experimental ensemble concentrated just as much on artists such as cellist Gautier Capucon, tenor Michael Schade and pianist Igor Levit as they did on klezmer specialist Giora Feidman, writer Elke Heidenreich and chanson singer Annette Postel. The four musicians Bernhard Metz, Clement Courtin, Konstantin Sellheim and Manuel von der Nahmer have all won renowned international competitions and enjoyed excellent training from famous teachers such as Rainer Kußmaul, Igor Oistrach, Hartmut Rohde and Wolfgang Boettcher. As a member of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, working with the world’s most famous directors such as Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Gustavo Dudamel and Valery Gergiev is part of their everyday job. The several years spent with one of Germany’s most renowned and traditional symphony orchestras had a decisive influence on the music and tone of the Munich Philharmonic String Quartet’s performances.
Violins: Bernhard Metz, Clement Courtin
Viola: Konstantin Sellheim
Violoncello: Manuel von der Nahmer
Ragna Schirmer, Pianistin
Ragna Schirmer is one of the most interesting artists of the younger generation. Her extensive repertoire ranges from Bach’s Goldberg Variations to the music of the 20th century. Her performances are marked out by her warm charisma, her rapport with the audience and her perfectionism. Audiences are captivated as much by her power as by her courageous use of soft play.
"You would have to search a long time to find a comparable ability and personality. Ragna Schirmer has a huge amount to say", the Berlin Philharmonic magazine.
Ragna Schirmer made her début at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2005 with the Camerata Salzburg conducted by Sir Roger Norrington.
Among her many credits to date, she has performed with the Munich Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, the Gürzenich Orchestra under Andrey Boreyko, the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Herbert Blomstedt and the German Chamber Philharmonic of Bremen. In addition to her solo appearances, she has a special love of chamber music and has performed with the cellist Michael Sanderling and the Gewandhaus Quartet among others. Her CDs have won many awards and excellent reviews throughout Europe. She received the Echo Classic award for her Haydn album, while “Etude Fantasy” was named Audiophile CD of the Year.
Ragna Schirmer trained under the best teachers, with Professor Kämmerling in Hanover and Professor Ringeissen in Paris. She completed her studies with top marks and as a teenager was already displaying her evident ability in various competitions. She has won 15 first prizes in her young career, resulting in invitations to perform at leading music festivals - she has been invited back repeatedly to the MDR Music Summer and the Ruhr Piano Festival, to name but two.
At the age of 28, Ragna was offered a chair at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim.