On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Kiel

To the kingdom of diversity

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Between the frozen north and the warm south appear the varied facets of the green island. Follow the footsteps of the Templars to the Scottish city of Edinburgh before visiting the legendary home of the clans in the Highlands. Learn the secrets of whisky and the great legacy of a rebellious island in Ireland. The county of Cornwall is completely different, where the warm Gulf Stream produces Mediterranean backdrops reminiscent of picture books. It’s lovely, isn’t it?


from Hamburg to Kiel

Cruise dates:from 17.08.2015 to 31.08.2015 (14 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1517

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

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh*
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Giant’s Causeway*
  • The legendary Military Tattoo* in Edinburgh
  • England and Ireland’s enchanting gardens – special garden excursions*
  • “It’s tea time” – tea experts on board
  • Perfume cruise with renowned experts on board
  • Let’s dance! Ball night on board
  • Irish tap dance – tap-dancing show on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*

 

 

Itinerary

Mon, 17.08.2015

Individual arrival
Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs

Hamburg
Take a walk through the port city or wander through the district of Oevelgoenne: arrive a little earlier and get to know Hamburg at your own pace*.

Tue, 18.08.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 19.08.2015

Leith (Edinburgh)/Scotland/
Great Britain, arrival 4.00 hrs

Leith (Edinburgh)/Scotland/Great Britain
Bustling Old Town closes, the Royal Mile and the old fortress high on Castle Rock – explore Edinburgh and its castle*. The elaborately decorated Rosslyn Chapel* in Midlothian is steeped in Templar and Freemason legends. It was made famous in a bestseller written by Dan Brown. A truly special spectacle awaits you in the evening: the artists in the Military Tattoo* perform traditional and modern music and dance routines, kilts and bagpipes included, in front of impressive backdrops.

Thu, 20.08.2015

Leith (Edinburgh), departure 4.45 hrs

Fri, 21.08.2015

Ullapool, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Ullapool/Scotland/Great Britain
This picturesque fishing village is your gateway to the natural beauty of the Scottish countryside with its deep gorges and still lochs. Enjoy the West Highlands as part of a panoramic trip*. Alternatively, stroll through the majestic plants of one of the northernmost botanic gardens in the world, Inverewe Gardens*.

Sat, 22.08.2015

Tobermory, 7.00 – 13.00 hrs
Iona Island, 16.00 – 19.00 hrs

Tobermory/Mull/Scotland/Great Britain
Colourful fishermen’s cottages greet you on the Inner Hebrides and rumour has it that the fish and chips in this small principal town are especially good. Sample them for yourself, or embark on an island tour* instead. On the tour, Duart Castle will grant insights into the life of Clan MacLean. With a little luck, on the boat trip* through the Sound of Mull, we will be able to observe the birds and seals.

Iona Island/Scotland/Great Britain
This small island is the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. Many kings were laid to rest on this “holy site” and the beautiful abbey* continues to draw pilgrims to this day.

Sun, 23.08.2015

Belfast/Northern Ireland, 8.00 – 22.00 hrs

Belfast/Northern Ireland/Great Britain
A famous ship was built in the capital of Northern Ireland: pay a visit to Titanic Belfast*. The spectacular Giant’s Causeway*, a formation consisting of almost 40,000 basalt columns, is a natural wonder. Find out something exciting about the “water of life” in the Old Bushmills Distillery*, one of the most famous whisky distilleries in Ireland.

Mon, 24.08.2015

Dublin/Ireland, 8.00 – 0.00 hrs

Dublin/Ireland
This lively metropolis is dominated by St Patrick’s Cathedral and is home to a masterpiece of medieval book illumination, the Book of Kells*, in Trinity College Library. The birthplace of Ireland’s black gold is St James’s Gate brewery. Here, you can learn about the history of Guinness*. The majestic Malahide Castle*, owned for centuries by the Talbot family, is one of the oldest manors in Ireland. Enjoy an Irish coffee in a typical Irish pub when you are out and about.

Tue, 25.08.2015

Holyhead/Wales/Great Britain, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Holyhead/Wales/Great Britain
When all roads and railways end, your path will take you to one of the most beautiful gardens in Wales: Bodnant Garden* with its roses, rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias. Travel through the charming countryside to the royal Caernarfon Castle*, which dates back to the 13th century. The castle is still used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales.

Wed, 26.08.2015

Cobh/Ireland, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Cobh/Ireland
The Titanic dropped anchor for the last time off the coast of this small town with its steep alleyways. The medieval fishing village of Kinsale* is guarded by the well-preserved Fort Charles and is also the finish point of a fast-paced journey in rubber inflatable boats along the coast*. The largest pot still in the world is housed at the Old Midleton Distillery*: The pot still, which is over 150 years old, can hold 30,000 gallons.

Thu, 27.08.2015

Tresco/Scilly Isles/Great Britain, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Tresco/Scilly Isles/Great Britain
An exotic plant kingdom from around the world thrives and blooms on the second largest of the Scilly Isles. Take a walk through the famous Tresco Abbey Gardens on the site of an old Benedictine abbey.

Fri, 28.08.2015

Falmouth/England, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Falmouth/England/Great Britain
Idyllic cottages, majestic castles, Mediterranean flowers – Cornwall owes its unforgettable flair to the Gulf Stream. The medieval island of Saint Michael’s Mount* is at the mercy of the changing tides, and the surf is even eating away at the cliffs of Land’s End. The wonderful countryside of the Roseland Peninsula* is the perfect setting for a stroll through nature.

Sat, 29.08.2015

Entspannung auf See

Sun, 30.08.2015

Daytime transit through the Kiel Canal

Mon, 31.08.2015

Kiel, arrival 1.30 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Kiel
Leave the EUROPA to make the journey home – or stay a little longer in the north and 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.


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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:

EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE


HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: 2-DAY "ATLANTIC“ ARRANGEMENT

The scent of distant lands

In cooperation with the traditional perfumeries Stadt-Parfuemerie Pieper and Hamburger Hof Parfuemerie, we on the EUROPA will welcome you to an extraordinary experience for the senses. On this cruise, two renowned experts will reveal the secrets of fine fragrances. Enjoy exciting presentations and an exclusive workshop. You might create your own personal favourite fragrance in this relaxed atmosphere before allowing yourself to be enchanted by the combination of various sensations at a sensational fragrance dinner on board. A vial exhibition on the EUROPA will also take you through the history of perfume. Gerd Pieper, owner of Stadt-Parfuemerie Pieper and Hamburger Hof Parfuemerie, has provided some of the finest pieces of his private collection exclusively for this perfume cruise – including fine glass vials from Guerlain, Dior and Chanel. Enjoy this and many other fragrant experiences and a unique cruise for the senses on board the World’s Most Beautiful Yacht.


Golf – “tee time” in Great Britain

Wednesday, 19 August, Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland, Great Britain – Longniddry GC
Fairways lined with trees and a successful mixture of woodland and links promise a varied and fun game on a sandy substrate.

Sunday, 23 August, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Royal Belfast GC
Ireland’s oldest golf club was founded in 1881 and still offers a challenge for every handicap. The course is designed in two loops: an inner anti-clockwise circuit and an outer clockwise circuit.

Monday, 24 August, Dublin, Ireland – Carton House GC
Both courses are amongst the best in Ireland and Great Britain. The wonderfully designed O’Meara and Montgomerie courses make for an interesting game on large and extremely fast greens.

Tuesday, 25 August, Holyhead, Wales, Great Britain – Holyhead GC (additional course)
Situated deep in the heathland and with a view of the mountains of Snowdonia, you will be welcomed to one of the best golf clubs in Wales. Enjoy a challenging 18-hole championship course.

Wednesday, 26 August, Cobh, Ireland – Fota Island GC
Play on the course where Colin Montgomerie won the Irish Open. Strategically placed bunkers and gentle, undulating parkland are waiting to test your skills.

Friday, 28 August, Falmouth, England, Great Britain – West Cornwall GC
Cornwall’s idyllic countryside, hilly courses hugging the coastline, marram grass swaying in the wind and an old church on hole 1 make this course a golfing paradise.


Family Cruise

On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children.

Details of kids’, teens’ and family excursions can be found in the itinerary under the respective ports.

* Subject to a charge.


Golf – “tee time” in Great Britain

Wednesday, 19 August, Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland, Great Britain – Longniddry GC
Fairways lined with trees and a successful mixture of woodland and links promise a varied and fun game on a sandy substrate.

Sunday, 23 August, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Royal Belfast GC
Ireland’s oldest golf club was founded in 1881 and still offers a challenge for every handicap. The course is designed in two loops: an inner anti-clockwise circuit and an outer clockwise circuit.

Monday, 24 August, Dublin, Ireland – Carton House GC
Both courses are amongst the best in Ireland and Great Britain. The wonderfully designed O’Meara and Montgomerie courses make for an interesting game on large and extremely fast greens.

Tuesday, 25 August, Holyhead, Wales, Great Britain – Holyhead GC (additional course)
Situated deep in the heathland and with a view of the mountains of Snowdonia, you will be welcomed to one of the best golf clubs in Wales. Enjoy a challenging 18-hole championship course.

Wednesday, 26 August, Cobh, Ireland – Fota Island GC
Play on the course where Colin Montgomerie won the Irish Open. Strategically placed bunkers and gentle, undulating parkland are waiting to test your skills.

Friday, 28 August, Falmouth, England, Great Britain – West Cornwall GC
Cornwall’s idyllic countryside, hilly courses hugging the coastline, marram grass swaying in the wind and an old church on hole 1 make this course a golfing paradise.


Golf – “tee time” in Great Britain

Wednesday, 19 August, Leith (Edinburgh), Scotland, Great Britain – Longniddry GC
Fairways lined with trees and a successful mixture of woodland and links promise a varied and fun game on a sandy substrate.

Sunday, 23 August, Belfast, Northern Ireland – Royal Belfast GC
Ireland’s oldest golf club was founded in 1881 and still offers a challenge for every handicap. The course is designed in two loops: an inner anti-clockwise circuit and an outer clockwise circuit.

Monday, 24 August, Dublin, Ireland – Carton House GC
Both courses are amongst the best in Ireland and Great Britain. The wonderfully designed O’Meara and Montgomerie courses make for an interesting game on large and extremely fast greens.

Tuesday, 25 August, Holyhead, Wales, Great Britain – Holyhead GC (additional course)
Situated deep in the heathland and with a view of the mountains of Snowdonia, you will be welcomed to one of the best golf clubs in Wales. Enjoy a challenging 18-hole championship course.

Wednesday, 26 August, Cobh, Ireland – Fota Island GC
Play on the course where Colin Montgomerie won the Irish Open. Strategically placed bunkers and gentle, undulating parkland are waiting to test your skills.

Friday, 28 August, Falmouth, England, Great Britain – West Cornwall GC
Cornwall’s idyllic countryside, hilly courses hugging the coastline, marram grass swaying in the wind and an old church on hole 1 make this course a golfing paradise.