On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Bilbao

Savoir Vivre in France

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The Eiffel Tower proudly dominates the Paris skyline whilst a monastic island, built long ago at the behest of an angel, occupies an exalted position on the coast of Normandy – enjoy the art of cruising around the “Grande Nation” on board the EUROPA. Your route takes you to picturesque small towns and idyllic villages in Brittany as far as the country’s most beautiful river. In Bordeaux, fine wines tantalise your palate and the taste of oysters indulges your senses. “Bienvenue” to a spectacular few days.


from Hamburg to Bilbao

Cruise dates:from 09.10.2013 to 21.10.2013 (13 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1324

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Highlights of this cruise

Highlights on this cruise

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites – Mont Saint-Michel*, the city centre of Bordeaux * and the wine-growing region of St. Émilion*
  • A day in Paris*
  • Marennes oyster bay and oyster tasting*
  • Sky du Mont on board
  • Verbier Festival on board
  • La soirée parisienne – French revue on board

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price and are subject to changes.

Itinerary

Wed, 09.10.2013

Individual travel arrangements to
Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs

Hamburg 
Visit the art gallery “Kunsthalle” or take a stroll through the HafenCity – start out by exploring Hamburg individually*.

Thu, 10.10.2013

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 11.10.2013

Rouen, arrival 9.30 hrs

Rouen/France 
The EUROPA reaches the historic capital of Normandy via the Seine and will remain here overnight. You can enjoy a tremendous panoramic view of the “city of 100 bells” from St. Catherine’s Hill. In the mediaeval district*, one of the country’s largest consecrated buildings dominates the skyline – the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which featured in more than 30 paintings by Claude Monet. The artist also loved the picturesque alleys of the small town of Honfleur*, one of the most delightful places in Normandy and regarded as the cradle of impressionism. The French capital’s many magnificent attractions beckon – the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde, the church La Madeleine – immerse yourself in the magic of Paris*.

Sat, 12.10.2013

Rouen, departure 21.30 hrs

Sun, 13.10.2013

St. Helier, 12.30 – 19.00 hrs
St. Malo, arrival 23.30 hrs

St. Helier/Jersey/Channel Islands/Great Britain
The most hours of sunshine in the British Isles are recorded on the largest of the Channel Islands. Impressions of Jersey* include the jagged rocky cliffs as well as the sandy beaches and lofty Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey on the east coast. The murals in the small Fisherman’s Chapel were only rediscovered in the 20th century.

St. Malo/France 
The EUROPA reaches the ancient corsair city on the coast of Brittany late in the evening. The next day one of the most impressive examples of mediaeval French architecture rises before you - visit the “Wonder of the Western World”, the monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel*. The idyllic fishing village of Cancale* has been famous for its excellent oysters since the 17th century.

Mon, 14.10.2013

St. Malo, departure 17.00 hrs

Tue, 15.10.2013

Brest, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs

Brest/France
A charming little town in Brittany awaits you - in the Middle Ages, Locronan* was famous for its sailcloth. What captivates people today is its wonderfully preserved townscape with old granite houses and the Church of St. Ronan. Spectacular cliffs and magnificent panoramic views will delight you on a hike on the Crozon Peninsula*.

Wed, 16.10.2013

Lorient, 8.30 – 17.30 hrs

Lorient/France
Setting out from the former home port of the French East India Company, you can retrace history back to the Neolithic Age - the myriad megalithic standing stones of Carnac* were erected some 3,000 years before Christ, yet what they signify is still a mystery to this day. Other gems of Brittany include the walled historic district of Concarneau* and scenically located Pont Aven*, which attracted Paul Gauguin and other artists in the 19th century.

Thu, 17.10.2013

Nantes, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Nantes/France
The EUROPA reaches the capital of the former Duchy of Brittany via the Loire. The ducal castle, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul or the Théâtre Graslin provide insights into Nantes’ history*. Francis I, the Roi Chevalier, bestowed this title on the river on account of the fantastic chateaux and parks along its banks. Alternatively, you can visit two castles along the Loire on a full-day excursion*.

Fri, 18.10.2013

La Rochelle, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France
The pretty Île de Ré* with its small fishing villages and long sandy beaches is located off the coast of this once Huguenot city. Many artists are attracted to the island, and its scenic beauty is likely to inspire you to visit it, too.

Sat, 19.10.2013

Bordeaux, 8.50 – 19.30 hrs

Bordeaux/France
Welcome to this enchanting wine metropolis on the banks of the Garonne; its historic district has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for several years. The surrounding region is also well-known – even the Romans cultivated vines in the picturesque little wine-growing town of St. Émilion*. The vineyards of the Medoc* are world-famous, and you will get the opportunity to sample some of these fine wines. Or you can demonstrate your vinicultural talents during a wine-blending workshop* by creating your own blend of Bordeaux wine.

Sun, 20.10.2013

St.-Jean-de-Luz, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs

St.-Jean-de-Luz/France
You will be delighted by the Basque Country* with its beautiful villages such as Ainhoa and local specialities like cidre and cheese, which you will be able to sample on your travels through this green region. Biarritz* with its Grande Plage and the venerable Hotel de Palais is regarded as the queen of seaside resorts - enjoy a stroll through the beautiful alleys.

Mon, 21.10.2013

Bilbao/Spain, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to the scheduled flight to Germany

Bilbao/Spain
Your cruise ends in Spain. Here, you can extend your holiday by joining the post-cruise programme* and experiencing Bilbao and the wine-growing region Rioja.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are 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:

POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: BILBAO AND THE WINE-GROWING REGION RIOJA


EXTEND YOUR STAY – HAMBURG INDIVIDUALLY


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY CRUISE ARRANGEMENT ‘ATLANTIC’

Verbier Festival on board

Against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the Verbier Festival has been gathering together some of the greatest talents in classical music every year since 1994. For two weeks each summer, established artists and gifted young musicians impress tens of thousands of visitors with an extensive music programme, which is unique of its kind. For some of the greatest stars, the curtain will also be raised on board the EUROPA: as part of an exclusive concert programme, Alexandra Soumm (violin), Barbara Buntrock (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello) and Louis Schwizgebel (piano) will be demonstrating their virtuoso skills. Allow yourself to be seduced by masterful musical performances in the relaxed atmosphere of our ship.


Verbier Festival on board

Against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the Verbier Festival has been gathering together some of the greatest talents in classical music every year since 1994. For two weeks each summer, established artists and gifted young musicians impress tens of thousands of visitors with an extensive music programme, which is unique of its kind. For some of the greatest stars, the curtain will also be raised on board the EUROPA: as part of an exclusive concert programme, Alexandra Soumm (violin), Barbara Buntrock (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello) and Louis Schwizgebel (piano) will be demonstrating their virtuoso skills. Allow yourself to be seduced by masterful musical performances in the relaxed atmosphere of our ship.


Verbier Festival on board

Against the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the Verbier Festival has been gathering together some of the greatest talents in classical music every year since 1994. For two weeks each summer, established artists and gifted young musicians impress tens of thousands of visitors with an extensive music programme, which is unique of its kind. For some of the greatest stars, the curtain will also be raised on board the EUROPA: as part of an exclusive concert programme, Alexandra Soumm (violin), Barbara Buntrock (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello) and Louis Schwizgebel (piano) will be demonstrating their virtuoso skills. Allow yourself to be seduced by masterful musical performances in the relaxed atmosphere of our ship.