On board MS EUROPA from Limassol to Piraeus (Athens)

To the melting pot of the ancient world

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Follow in the footsteps of Jesus of Nazareth to see the biblical settings of Bethlehem and Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee and Herod's city, Caesarea. To this day, the flag of the Crusaders still flies over Valletta. Discover a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site behind the medieval fortifications of Malta’s centre. The Phoenician city of Carthage and the ruins of the Minoan palace of Knossos offer excellent insights into bygone eras. Pure fascination.


from Limassol to Piraeus (Athens)

Cruise dates:from 27.03.2015 to 11.04.2015 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1506

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site: Medina of Tunis*, the Ruins of Carthage*, the historic districts of Valletta, Rhodes and Syracuse*
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site: the Mount Etna* on Sicily
  • Biblical sites: Jerusalem*, Bethlehem* and the Sea of Galilee*

Itinerary

Fri, 27.03.2015

Scheduled flight Frankfurt** – Larnaca
Transfer to Limassol for embarkation on the EUROPA
Limassol/Cyprus, 20.00 hrs departure

Sat, 28.03.2015

Haifa/Israel, 7.00 – 23.00 hrs

An appealing mix of modern and ancient city districts, churches and mosques characterises Israel’s third biggest city and biggest port, Haifa. Merchants and tourists bustle to and fro in the vibrant harbour district; the long sandy beaches offer respite, while the city’s delightful setting offers a further appeal: the city spreads out across the northern slopes of Mount Carmel and tumbles several hundred metres down towards the Mediterranean.

Sun, 29.03.2015

Ashdod/Israel, 7.00 – 23.00 hrs

The roots of the city of Ashdod, situated to the south of Tel Aviv, go back to the 12th century BCE. Historic Ashdod, some 3 km to the south of today’s modern city, was originally a member of the Philistine pentapolis (a group of five cities). The Korin Maman Museum has a permanently open exhibition called “Philistian World”, where it is possible to relive the lives of the Philistines in historic Ashdod. Ashdod’s beach is also a popular excursion destination. Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Mount Zion and the Dead Sea can be reached from Ashdod on a day trip.

Mon, 30.03.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 31.03.2015

Antalya/Turkey , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Situated on the Turkish Riviera, Antalya is the departure point for excursions to the numerous nearby ruins: Aspendos is especially known for being the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. Very extensive compared with ancient towns of a similar size, the necropolis in Termessos with its rock-cut tombs and sarcophagi is remarkable. Still well preserved today, the stadium in Perge was once the world’s largest, with seats for around 25,000 spectators. And in the ruined city of Phaselis, in addition to finding the remnants of an ancient culture, visitors also have an opportunity to take a swim in one of the typical beach resorts along the coast.

Wed, 01.04.2015

Rhodes/Dodecanese/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Thu, 02.04.2015

Heraklion/Crete/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Fri, 03.04.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 04.04.2015

Valletta/Malta, 8.00 hrs arrival

Sun, 05.04.2015

Valletta, 13.00 hrs departure

Mon, 06.04.2015

La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Tue, 07.04.2015

Palermo/Sicily/Italy , 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Wed, 08.04.2015

Syracuse/Sicily, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Thu, 09.04.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 10.04.2015

Kalamata/Peloponnese/Greece, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Sat, 11.04.2015

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, 7.00 hrs arrival
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

* 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 flight schedule, it may be necessary to make changes to the departure time.

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: CYPRUS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ATHENS - A CITY FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT