On board MS EUROPA from Barcelona to Lisbon

Spain’s Moorish legacy

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Azulejos, paella and flamenco – experience southern Spain with all your senses. From the Catalan city of Barcelona, you will set sail for relaxed days in the natural and cultural treasures of the Balearic Islands. The Moorish legacy of the kingdom is clear to see along the coast of Andalusia. Besides the Alcazaba of Almeria, the Alhambra in Granada is a highlight of Arab-influenced architecture. Explore behind the fortified walls and take in the awe-inspiring panoramic view of the battlements.


from Barcelona to Lisbon

Cruise dates:from 23.05.2015 to 03.06.2015 (11 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1510

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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 Sites: the Moorish Alhambra palace* and Morocco’s royal city of Rabat*
  • Valencia’s architectural treasures, from the Gothic period to the present
  • In the footsteps of Picasso* in Malaga
  • The pearls of classical music with the prize winners of the ARD International Music Competition and friends
  • Bailale al Flamenco – dance show on board
  • Experts in port wine, Madeira and sherry on board

 

Itinerary

Sat, 23.05.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Barcelona
Transfer to embarkation point for the EUROPA
Barcelona/Spain, departure 18.00 hrs

Barcelona/Spain
Arrive a little earlier and experience the Catalan city of Barcelona on our pre-cruise programme*.

Sun, 24.05.2015

Mahon/Menorca, 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

Mahon/Menorca/Balearic Islands/Spain
Welcome to Mallorca’s little sister, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Take an island tour* and be enchanted by the picturesque town of Ciutadella with its medieval alleyways and decorated manors, whilst the old gravesite of Naveta de Es Tudons, a testament to megalithic culture, is a testament to the long history of the island. The small fishing village of Fornells, whose small bay can be explored on a kayak tour*, is famous for its crayfish.

Mon, 25.05.2015

Palma de Mallorca/Mallorca, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Palma de Mallorca/Mallorca/Balearic Islands/Spain
The cathedral known as La Seu looms imposingly in Palma’s harbour. Take a relaxed stroll through the alleyways in the old town or try a more futuristic approach to exploring the capital of the Balearic Islands on a Segway tour*. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Mallorca’s western coast on a helicopter tour*.

Tue, 26.05.2015

Valencia, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

Valencia/Spain
A rich architectural legacy awaits you in the home of paella: take a city tour* past the bullfighting arena and the famous Silk Exchange to the historic old town with its Arab-influenced buildings. The Central Market, one of the loveliest art nouveau market halls in Europe, will enchant you with rich Azulejo ornaments and the bustling goings-on at over 1,000 stalls. A bicycle tour* will lead you along the Turia River to the City of Arts and Sciences – the new landmark of the city.

Wed, 27.05.2015

Almeria, 13.00 – 19.00 hrs

Almeria/Spain
High above the Andalusian coastal city looms the Arabian Alcazaba fortress, offering you wonderful views of Almeria and the coast. The Catholic cathedral, another destination on your tour*, is also known as a “fortress temple” – the population once took refuge here from pirate invasions. The jeep safari* sets out for the natural paradise of Cabo de Gata and the bird reserve. There, with a little luck, you will get to experience a rare photo opportunity: wild flamingos.

Thu, 28.05.2015

Malaga 8.00 – 0.00 hrs

Malaga/Spain
Walk in the footsteps of a great artist: visit the Picasso Museum* in Malaga and the house where the painter was born. A dream as if from the Arabian Nights is located in Granada: the Moorish Alhambra palace*. Seemingly plain from the outside, the palace interior features stunning Nasrid architecture, such as stylised lions, bubbling fountains and artistic ornamentation. The palace gardens are also wonderful.

Fri, 29.05.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 30.05.2015

Casablanca/Morocco, 6.00 – 19.00 hrs

Casablanca/Morocco
The minaret of the Hassan II mosque climbs almost 210 metres into the sky, towering over the dynamic coastal city of Casablanca*. This enormous building and its gorgeous interior decorations are also open to people of other faiths who wish to visit. French influences and oriental tradition generate a charming flair in the royal city of Rabat*. Sights include the necropolis Chellah and the unfinished Hassan Tower, Rabat’s landmark. The Mausoleum of Mohammed V is one of the most beautiful of the modern buildings of Islamic architecture.

Sun, 31.05.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 01.06.2015

Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Funchal/Madeira/Portugal
The cable car will take you at a leisurely pace to the mountains of the “flower island”, where you can visit the enchanting parish of Monte*. Weather permitting, you can enjoy grand panoramic views on the way to Pico do Arieiro*, the second highest summit on the island. On a levada walk*, you can explore a section of the famous waterways which cut through the beautiful countryside. Enjoy dreamlike views and photo opportunities before tasting some traditional Madeira wine.

Tue, 02.06.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 03.06.2015

Lisbon, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to a scheduled flight to Germany

Lisbon/Portugal
Experience “Lisbon for explorers” in the post-cruise programme* or take your leave from southern Europe.

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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: BARCELONA – THE GREAT CATALAN CITY


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS

The pearls of classical music with the prize winners of the ARD International Music Competition and friends

The exclusive concerts on the EUROPA, where we will welcome the prize winners and friends of the ARD International Music Competition, promise unforgettable moments at sea. Since being held for the first time in 1952, this event has become one of the most internationally significant competitions of its type and has already served as a springboard to a great career for a number of young artists.