On board MS EUROPA from Cannes to Funchal

Atmosphere - Between Metropolises and Medinas

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Mediterranean cities along the coast impress visitors with futuristic architecture, legacies of centuries-old history and plenty of time for Gaudí and tapas in Barcelona. On the Balearic island of Mallorca, a calm November day exudes charm, and in Algiers, the narrow alleys of the “white capital” lead to another world. The medina of Marrakech is an inspiration for all senses. On board, you experience international stars from the field of classical music. Sounds like fantastic days.


from Cannes to Funchal

Cruise dates:from 19.11.2013 to 30.11.2013 (12 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1328

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

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights on this cruise

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage: the works of Antoni Gaudí* in Barcelona, the historic districts of Algiers* and the medina of Marrakech*
  • St. Paul de Vence*, historic little town in Provence
  • Ocean Sun Festival – classical music festival on the high seas
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with comprehensive golf package*
  • New port of call: Algiers/Algeria

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

Itinerary

Tue, 19.11.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Nice
Transfer to embarkation on the EUROPA
Nice/France, departure 19.00 hrs
Cannes, arrival 21.00 hrs

Nice/France
On the “blue coast”, you will set course for eventful days from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.

Wed, 20.11.2013

Cannes, departure 18.00 hrs

Cannes/France
Stroll across the famous Boulevard de la Croisette, wander through the alleys of the old part of the city, have an espresso on the terrace of the Carlton – or enjoy the area at its best on a delightful, memorable panoramic trip along the Golden Corniche* to Saint Raphael. Historic St. Paul de Vence* is an enchanting mediaeval town in the hinterland which attracted artists like Chagall and Picasso. Today, a good many galleries, studios and cafés are to be found in its narrow alleys.

Thu, 21.11.2013

Marseille, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Marseille/France
At the Basilica Notre Dame de la Garde, the landmark of France’s oldest port city*, you will enjoy am impressive view of Marseille. On the trails of Cézanne*, you will travel to elegant Aix-en-Provence and visit his studio. The artist also created some of his masterpieces at the Château Noir in Le Tholonet and Saint-Antonin-sur-Bayon.

Fri, 22.11.2013

Barcelona, arrival 8.00 hrs

Barcelona/Spain
The EUROPA reaches the charming Catalan metropolis in the morning and stays for the night. Plenty of time to get to know Barcelona’s panorama* with the Columbus Monument, the Plaça de Catalunya and the Spanish Village, which was established on the occasion of the World Exposition 1929. Or would you like to discover the city by retracing the footsteps of Gaudí*? The Catalan genius left his mark on Barcelona with works such as the fancy Park Güell, the Casa Milà and his masterpiece, the unfinished church Sagrada Familia, in the crypt of which he was laid to rest in 1926. Construction work on the impressive house of prayer that was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 continues to the present day. A myth-enshrouded Black Madonna statue is being preserved at Montserrat Monastery* on the mountain of the same name. The Benedictine abbey dating back to the 10th century is one of Catalonia’s most frequently visited pilgrimage destinations and already offers a picturesque sight from afar.

Sat, 23.11.2013

Barcelona, departure 14.00 hrs

Sun, 24.11.2013

Valencia, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Valencia/Spain
Enthralling Valencia* proves to be an exciting architectural combination of historic heritage in the old part of the city and the futuristic buildings of the “City of Arts and Sciences” in the dry riverbed of the Rio Turia. Among the gems of the city is the legendary art nouveau market hall*, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful throughout Europe. Under the domes of the gorgeous roof, there is space for almost 1,000 market stalls offering the numerous products from the fertile region all around Valencia. Or combine landscape, typical lifestyles and traditions – a boat trip* through Albufera National Park will show you the world of birds. At the end of the trip, you will learn how a real paella* is cooked and tastes.

Mon, 25.11.2013

Palma de Mallorca, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Palma de Mallorca/Mallorca/Balearic Islands/Spain
The pearl of the Balearic Islands invites you ashore for a stroll through the historic district of Palma or the narrow alleys of Fornalutx*, one of Spain’s most picturesque mountain villages which has received several awards. A train then takes you through the island’s landscape back to Palma. You will be able to enjoy amazing views of Mallorca’s west coast on a helicopter ride*. Seeing rocky coastlines, rustic villages and the island’s interior from a bird’s-eye view is a truly special experience. 

Tue, 26.11.2013

Algiers, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Algiers/Algeria
Between a broad bay and the foothills of the Atlas Mountains lies the “white city”, the capital of Algeria. During a panoramic trip* with photo stops, you can gain first impressions of Algiers, for instance at the Martyrs Memorial and the Basilica Notre Dame d’Afrique. On foot, we will set out for the historic district* with its citadel, mosques and buildings from the French colonial era. A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in the winding alleys of which you can watch craftsmen do their work and where you gain insights into everyday life in a typical residential house.

Wed, 27.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 28.11.2013

Casablanca, 7.30 – 19.00 hrs

Casablanca/Morocco
The minaret of the Hassan II Mosque overlooking the Atlantic impressively towers at a height of 200 m, and visiting the religious building is one of the highlights of a panoramic trip through dynamic Casablanca*. The architectural gem, which is considered the second largest mosque in the world, is also open to non-Muslims and offers space for up to 100,000 people. An Oriental atmosphere reminiscent of 1,001 Nights awaits you in Marrakech, one of the country’s four imperial cities. “The ochre/red city” will fascinate you with magnificent edifices and structures such as Bahia Palace, the medina, the souks and the famous market square Djeema el-Fna.

Fri, 29.11.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 30.11.2013

Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to the scheduled flight to Germany (via Munich)**

Funchal/Madeira/Portugal
Leave the EUROPA on the “flower island” – and enjoy the nature experience Madeira with our post-cruise programme*.

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

** Depending on the flight schedule, it may not be possible to offer connecting flights to all German airports on the day of disembarkation. In this case, we offer you the possibility of spending an additional night in Munich at a surcharge (see price insert page 28).

= at anchor

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 PROGRAMM A: NATURE EXPERIENCE MADEIRA


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: AIRPORT HOTEL MUNICH


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY ARRANGEMENT "ATLANTIC“

Ocean Sun Festival – das Klassikfestival auf hoher See

While the summer sun shines over some of Europe’s most important

cities, the stars of the classical music scene enchant you with their

music on board and ashore for unforgettable concert experiences.

Raquel Andueza and her Ensemble LA GALANíA
They will perform a unique and exclusive concert in Barcelona and enchant on board with a theorbist and guitarist.

Avi Avital
The mandolist will present his new Deutsche

Grammophon album “Between Worlds” and will team up with accordionist

Ksenija Sidorova.

Sabine Meyer and her Trio di Clarone
The clarinettist and her trio will perform a variety of classical repertoire.

Roman Trekel
The baritone is one of the most acclaimed and sought-after opera and concert singers of our days.

Thomas Quasthoff
Artist and “voice” in every sense. He will talk about his life and act as a speaker.

...and others.