On board MS EUROPA from Limassol to Piraeus (Athens)
To the melting pot of the ancient world
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|
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*
| Fri, 27.03.2015 |
Scheduled flight Frankfurt** – Larnaca
| 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
* 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.
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