On board MS EUROPA from Lisbon to Hamburg

Western Europe for connoisseurs

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Fine wines and grand culture, elaborate desserts and captivating landscapes – Western Europe is full of diversity and world-famous delicacies. Try sweet wines in Porto’s wine cellars, wander along the Vieux Port in medieval La Rochelle and follow a trail of beautiful sights in France all the way to the wonderful half-timbered houses of Honfleur. You are also invited to our gourmet festival off the coast of Antwerp: At EUROPA’s Best, you will find irresistible delicacies.


from Lisbon to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 03.06.2015 to 17.06.2015 (14 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1511

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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 old towns of Porto* and Santiago de Compostela*, the centres of Bordeaux* and St-Emilion*, the old town of Brugge* and the Grand Place in Brussels*
  • A day in idyllic Honfleur
  • Belgian chocolate in Ghent*
  • Through Antwerp in the footsteps of Rubens
  • Family gathering: MS EUROPA meets MS EUROPA 2
  • The EUROPA’s Best gourmet festival on board in Antwerp
  • Kim Wilde concert in Bordeaux
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*

 

Itinerary

Wed, 03.06.2015

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

Lisbon/Portugal
Experience Portugal’s capital city in the “Lisbon for explorers” pre-cruise programme*.

Thu, 04.06.2015

Leixoes (Porto), 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal
The former merchant city on the Douro flourished in the 18th century when sweet port wine brought wealth to Porto*. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a real treat for you is situated on the left-hand side of the riverbank when we pay a visit to a port winery. The “cradle of the nation” is considered to be Guimaraes* with its small, winding alleyways and the feudal noble palace of Paco Ducal.

Fri, 05.06.2015

La Coruna/Spain, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

La Coruna/Spain
Discover the charm of this Galician beauty on a stroll around the historic docks. Enjoy a sweeping view of Spain’s “green balcony” on the panoramic trip to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela*. Of course, you can also explore the final stage of the famous St James’s Way* on your own.

Sat, 06.06.2015

St.-Jean-de-Luz/France, 13.00 – 19.00 hrs

St.-Jean-de-Luz/France
The Basque region* is home to picturesque villages such as Ainhoa and local specialities including cider and cheese. The queen of the seaside resorts is Biarritz* with its Grande Plage and the impressive Hotel du Palais. Enjoy a stroll through the wonderful alleyways of this city.

Sun, 07.06.2015

Bordeaux, arrival 12.30 hrs

Bordeaux/France
Welcome to the magical wine metropolis on the Garonne, whose old town* is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside is enchanting, too: the Romans planted their vines on the slopes around the wine commune of St.-Emilion*. The magnificent landscape of vineyards and noble chateaux is perfect for extensive exploration on a mountain bike*.

Mon, 08.06.2015

Bordeaux, departure 23.00 hrs

Tue, 09.06.2015

La Pallice (La Rochelle), 9.00 – 18.00 hrs

La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France
Off the coast of the medieval Huguenot city of La Rochelle* lies the Ile de Re* with its picturesque fishing villages and long, sandy beaches. Many artists feel drawn to the island, whose natural beauty might also inspire you to pay a visit.

Wed, 10.06.2015

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 11.06.2015

Honfleur, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Honfleur/France
Monet and Renoir were inspired by Honfleur’s* picturesque alleyways. Or would you prefer to take a stroll and absorb the breathtaking views of France’s Alabaster Coast*? The rural Pays d’Auge*, with its apple trees and half-timbered houses, is the home of cider and Calvados. You can sample this local speciality for yourself at a distillery.

Fri, 12.06.2015

Zeebrugge/Belgium, 9.00 – 20.00 hrs

Zeebrugge/Belgium
After its direct sea access sanded up, Zeebrugge became a port for the romantic city of Brugge*. Here, the Church of Our Lady houses the fascinating Madonna by Michelangelo, and after a canal trip*, this seemingly medieval city will have found a place in your heart. A walking tour around Ghent* will take you to see magnificent historical buildings as well as some sweet temptations: you must have tried Belgium’s world-famous chocolates.

Sat, 13.06.2015

Amsterdam/Netherlands, 8.00 - 18.00 hrs

Amsterdam/Netherlands
Wander through the multicultural capital or take a trip on the town canals* and marvel at the typical gabled houses from the water. Everywhere you look, the Dutch fascination with bicycles is plain to see. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore the city on a bicycle*.

Sun, 14.06.2015

Antwerp, arrival 10.00 hrs

Antwerp/Belgium
In this Flemish port city, you can walk through the Grote Markt with its impressive town hall or admire the art collection in the former home of Rubens*. It is not far from Flanders to Europe’s capital: learn more about the history of Brussels* – from Manneken Pis to the Atomium. Back in Antwerp, a wonderful festival awaits you on board. At the EUROPA’s Best gourmet festival, masterful chefs, fromagers, chocolatiers, affineurs and winemakers will serve up exquisite delicacies on the Lido Deck.

Mon, 15.06.2015

Antwerp, departure 18.00 hrs

Antwerp is one of the oldest and biggest cities in Flanders and the centre of the world’s diamond industry and diamond trade. The tradition of diamond-cutting has been nurtured and developed here for more than five centuries. Brussels, Belgium’s capital city, de facto capital of the European Union, and headquarters of NATO, boasts a large number of historic buildings that are well worth a visit, while the collections in the museums have a worldwide reputation. At the heart of the city of Ghent is Europe’s mightiest moated castle. From here, on a stretch no more than 500 m long, numerous magnificent structures soar skywards, uniting to present an impressive picture of medieval city architecture.

Tue, 16.06.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 17.06.2015

Hamburg, arrival 6.00 hrs

Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Hamburg
This metropolis on the Elbe will tempt you to extend your cruise: enjoy Hamburg at your own pace*.

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

= 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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS


EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: TWO-DAY “ATLANTIC” CRUISE ARRANGEMENT

EUROPA’s Best in Antwerp

Enjoy top-class international festivities on the  EUROPA – all reserved for you. The EUROPA’s Best event has almost become a classic already. When Europe’s most famous chefs, winemakers, affineurs, fromagers, patissiers and chocolatiers come together on board our flagship, the Lido Deck will be transformed into a gourmet paradise for the day.

Impressions from 2014

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Pop Icon Kim Wilde

“Kids in America”, “Cambodia”, “Keep me hanging on” or “You came” – the opening beats of her songs already make listeners casually tap with their feet. The unmistakable sound of Kim Wilde is synth-pop at its best. The young Brit struck a chord in her era, and no less than the youth of an entire generation grew up with her music. Kim Wilde is an icon of modern musical history and, now as then, she inspires a global audience with a good dose of musical nostalgia. Ten years ago, the singer surprised audiences with her successful comeback with fellow star Nena at her side and the German-English remake of her massive hit “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann – Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime” (2003). Her fans were overjoyed. Since then, she has produced several albums including the chart-topper “Come Out and Play” (2010), performed at a number of live concerts and toured at festivals throughout Europe. Yet there is no trace of the cool understatement of the former queen of pop. With a 40-strong orchestra and a gospel choir or rock band in tow, this fully matured artist puts the pedal to the metal and creates emotional highlights with covers of her own favourite songs from artists ranging from The Cure to David Bowie. In March 2014, Kim travelled to Berlin for the first show of her Rock Meets Classic Arena Tour, followed by 20 appearances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland where she performed with artists including rock legend Alice Cooper.


Pop Icon Kim Wilde

“Kids in America”, “Cambodia”, “Keep me hanging on” or “You came” – the opening beats of her songs already make listeners casually tap with their feet. The unmistakable sound of Kim Wilde is synth-pop at its best. The young Brit struck a chord in her era, and no less than the youth of an entire generation grew up with her music. Kim Wilde is an icon of modern musical history and, now as then, she inspires a global audience with a good dose of musical nostalgia. Ten years ago, the singer surprised audiences with her successful comeback with fellow star Nena at her side and the German-English remake of her massive hit “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann – Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime” (2003). Her fans were overjoyed. Since then, she has produced several albums including the chart-topper “Come Out and Play” (2010), performed at a number of live concerts and toured at festivals throughout Europe. Yet there is no trace of the cool understatement of the former queen of pop. With a 40-strong orchestra and a gospel choir or rock band in tow, this fully matured artist puts the pedal to the metal and creates emotional highlights with covers of her own favourite songs from artists ranging from The Cure to David Bowie. In March 2014, Kim travelled to Berlin for the first show of her Rock Meets Classic Arena Tour, followed by 20 appearances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland where she performed with artists including rock legend Alice Cooper.


Pop Icon Kim Wilde

“Kids in America”, “Cambodia”, “Keep me hanging on” or “You came” – the opening beats of her songs already make listeners casually tap with their feet. The unmistakable sound of Kim Wilde is synth-pop at its best. The young Brit struck a chord in her era, and no less than the youth of an entire generation grew up with her music. Kim Wilde is an icon of modern musical history and, now as then, she inspires a global audience with a good dose of musical nostalgia. Ten years ago, the singer surprised audiences with her successful comeback with fellow star Nena at her side and the German-English remake of her massive hit “Irgendwie, Irgendwo, Irgendwann – Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime” (2003). Her fans were overjoyed. Since then, she has produced several albums including the chart-topper “Come Out and Play” (2010), performed at a number of live concerts and toured at festivals throughout Europe. Yet there is no trace of the cool understatement of the former queen of pop. With a 40-strong orchestra and a gospel choir or rock band in tow, this fully matured artist puts the pedal to the metal and creates emotional highlights with covers of her own favourite songs from artists ranging from The Cure to David Bowie. In March 2014, Kim travelled to Berlin for the first show of her Rock Meets Classic Arena Tour, followed by 20 appearances in Germany, Austria and Switzerland where she performed with artists including rock legend Alice Cooper.


Golf – Europe’s western coast is perfect for a game

 

 

Thursday,

5 June, Leixoes (Porto), Portugal – Amarante GC

Putt and pitch with a view of the Serra da Aboboreira mountains. Waterfalls and

narrow fairways provide variety and demand the highest level of accuracy from

drives.


Monday, 8 June, Bordeaux, France – Golf

du Medoc

This top French course with its long par 4 courses and fast greens is situated

in the heart of a famous wine region.


Tuesday, 9 June, La Pallice (La

Rochelle) – Golf la Pree la Rochelle (additional course 1)

Hazards such as streams and lakes and the view of the sea, not to mention the

breeze, make this course a unique golfing experience.


Thursday, 11 June, Honfleur – Golf

d’Etretat GC

Enjoy the gentle sea breeze and a wide view on the cliffs on this varied and

technically demanding course.


Friday, 12 June, Zeebrugge, Belgium – GG

Ooostburg (De Brugse Vart)

This large golf club boasts a wonderfully designed golf course in the vastness

of the wonderful, untouched and attractive countryside of Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.


Monday, 15 June, Amsterdam, Netherlands

– BurgGolf Purmerend (additional course 2)

Tom McAuley and Bruno Steensels designed this 36-hole championship course on a

typically even area in the northern Netherlands with numerous water hazards.