On board MS EUROPA from Venice to Barcelona

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Let crystal-clear water, the warm sun and the Mediterranean air transport you away from your everyday life on the magical coasts of the Mediterranean. Visit Croatia’s beautiful old towns, follow Sicily’s long history to the ancient theatre of Taormina and round off your experiences with a day in the Eternal City. The savoir-vivre of Monte Carlo and Marseille promises a relaxing end to your cruise. Could your spring be any more beautiful?


from Venice to Barcelona

Cruise dates:from 10.05.2015 to 23.05.2015 (13 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1509

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage site: mosaics of Ravenna*, the old town of Dubrovnik*, the trulli of Alberobello*, the cave dwellings of Sassi di Matera* and the historic centre of Rome*
  • UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: the Lipari Islands and Mount Etna
  • Sicilian night on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*
  • Fifteenth MS EUROPA Golf Cup – a tournament with attractive prizes
  • New port: Bari/Italy

 

 

Itinerary

Sun, 10.05.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Venice
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Venice/Italy, departure 0.00 hrs

Venice/Italy
Arrive a little earlier in the lagoon city and enjoy Venice as part of a private cruise arrangement.

Mon, 11.05.2015

Ravenna, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Ravenna/Italy
They decorate Byzantine churches, gild the Archbishop’s Chapel and adorn a royal tomb: Ravenna’s beautiful mosaics* are wonderful and famous around the world. Discover nature’s beauty while passing through pine groves, high poplars and thick reeds on a bicycle in Po Delta Regional Park*.

Tue, 12.05.2015

Zadar/Croatia, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Zadar/Croatia
The Venetian fortified walls of the old town* conceal a treasure chest of Roman, medieval and early baroque buildings. Krka National Park* with its waterfalls, serene lakes and pristine forests is a natural treasure.

Wed, 13.05.2015

Korcula, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs
Dubrovnik, arrival 21.00 hrs

Korcula/Croatia
This small coastal town is famous for its enchanting old town. Explore the lush island on an island tour* to the fishing village of Vela Luka and taste the local wine on the way. After a boat trip, the more adventurous can switch to buggies* in order to explore Korcula in off-road vehicles.

Thu, 14.05.2015

Dubrovnik, departure 19.00 hrs

Dubrovnik/Croatia
The “Pearl of the Adriatic” will be a port of call for the EUROPA for one night and you will have lots of time to explore Dubrovnik’s* historic legacy, which includes the Franciscan monastery and the Rector’s Palace. Take an off-road vehicle into the fertile Konavle countryside*, often known as the “Tuscany of Dalmatia”.

Fri, 15.05.2015

Bari/Italy, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Bari/Italy
This university city will entice you to stop off at the trattoria to try some traditional orecchiette pasta. Another typical sight in Apulia are trulli – white roundhouses with conical roofs. The town of Alberobello* is home to entire districts of trulli and the only trullo-style church in the world. The Sassi di Matera* are extraordinary dwellings, too: many of the caves are 9,000 years old and were inhabited until 1952.

Sat, 16.05.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 17.05.2015

Catania/Sicily, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Catania/Sicily/Italy
Etna appears on the horizon in the morning light. Approach the volcano in and off-road vehicle* and walk through the bizarre world of woods, volcanic desert and grottos. Enjoy the view from the ancient theatre in the town of Taormina*. The beautiful churches, palaces and shopping streets of Corso Umberto also promise hours of enjoyment on shore.

Mon, 18.05.2015

Lipari/Lipari Islands, 8.00 – 13.00 hrs

Lipari/Lipari Islands/Italy
Romantic cottages are nestled on the slopes which lead up to the majestic fort, inviting you to explore inside the city walls. Away from the town, you can look forward to unique impressions* and dreamlike views of the coastline when you travel through tiny villages.

Tue, 19.05.2015

Civitavecchia (Rome), 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Civitavecchia (Rome)/Italy
Be it the Colosseum, Forum Romanum or the Spanish Steps – every step taken in Rome* is a step through history. Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain to promise a prompt return. Modern art is also at home in the Eternal City: n the Giardino dei Tarocchi*, Niki de Saint Phalle created a colourful artwork of mosaics, sculptures and mirrored interiors.

Wed, 20.05.2015

Bastia/Corsica/France, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Bastia/Corsica/France
This beautiful Mediterranean island has always been popular and contested. One of the most beautiful destinations is Cap Corse*, where Napoleon Bonaparte once had a coastal highway built.

Thu, 21.05.2015

Monte Carlo/Monaco, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Monte Carlo/Monaco
The Principality of Monaco is perched on the Riviera and it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the azure sea. You can enjoy more wonderful views along the corniche* before reaching the sophisticated city of Nice. Follow the scent of jasmine, roses and oranges to Grasse*, the heart of perfume culture since the 17th century.

Fri, 22.05.2015

Marseille/France, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Marseille/France
The 2013 European Capital of Culture is visible from afar with the towering Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica. Travel through the idyllic region of Provence to Aix-en-Provence*, where the beautiful alleyways once inspired Paul Cézanne. The boat trip along precipitous chalk cliffs into the turquoise bays of the Calanques* promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Sat, 23.05.2015

Barcelona/Spain, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to a scheduled flight to Germany

Barcelona/Spain
Discover Barcelona in the post-cruise programme “Barcelona* – the great Catalan city”* or set off on your journey home.

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. 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:

PRIVATE CRUISE ARRANGEMENTS IN VENICE


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: BARCELONA – THE GREAT CATALAN CITY


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT

Fifteenth MS EUROPA Golf Cup

Monday, 11 May, Ravenna, Italy – Adriatic GC
Play in the midst of fragrant pine groves and salt lakes on this wonderful 27-hole golf course. One distinctive feature is the successful combination of a classic links course and an American golf course.

Friday, 15 May, Bari – San Dominico GC
Gnarled olive trees, wavy fields of wheat and a deep-blue sea – enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Adriatic every time you tee off.

Sunday, 17 May, Catania, Sicily – Il Picciolo GC
A course with short fairways set gently between black lava hills with a main attraction that is definitely one of the most famous holes in the world – Mount Etna.

Tuesday, 19 May, Civitavecchia (Rome) – Parco de’ Medici GC – Sheraton Resort (additional course 1)
Tee off on the former 16th century hunting grounds of Pope Leo X. You are sure to write your own personal golf history on this technically demanding course with numerous bunkers, ditches and water hazards.

Thursday, 21 May, Monte Carlo, Monaco – Monte Carlo GC
The Monte-Carlo Golf Club designed by Willie Park, Jr. opened in 1911. It offers an 18-hole golf course in an idyllic setting between the sea and the mountains! The golf course, located in La Turbie (in the heights of Nice), has a rolling terrain that requires extreme precision. Discover an elegant club in a warm and friendly ambience!

Friday, 22 May, Marseille, France – Golf de Fregate (additional course 2)
This championship golf course, surrounded by Provencal olive groves, was designed by R. Fream and is one of the most beautiful courses in Europe, with breathtaking sea views over 15 holes.