From the astronomical clock on the House of Blackheads in Riga to Amsterdam’s magnificent gabled houses – the wealth of early merchants made an incredible contribution to world heritage. Faith gave rise to equally stunning buildings: admire the impregnable Malbork Castle in Gdansk and the golden domes of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Kaliningrad. Some unforgettable experiences also await you on board: join us as we celebrate the birthday of the World’s Most Beautiful Yacht.
from Kiel to Hamburg
|Cruise dates:||from 19.09.2015 to 01.10.2015 (12 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1520|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Malbork Castle in Gdansk* and the historic heart of Riga*
- The old town in Gdansk*, once a member of the Hanseatic League
- Kaliningrad – formerly known as Koenigsberg and the capital of East Prussia
- A bird’s-eye view of Oslo*
- The Van Gogh Museum* in Amsterdam
- Birthday party on board
Stroll along the beach by the Elbe River or hit the shops in the city centre: enjoy Hamburg at your own pace* before joining us on board in Kiel.
Narrow streets throughout the old town* tell of the days when Hanseatic merchants lived in this beautiful Baltic city and buildings such as the “Three Brothers” trade houses and St Peter’s Church were constructed. A Segway tour* is the perfect way to explore this collection of historic buildings.
Thanks to the Hanseatic League, Visby* developed into a key trade centre. It is not only the superbly preserved city walls that will remind you of its heyday: half-timbered houses, the cathedral and even the “Galgbacken” make it an impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set out on the trail of pirates and fantastic island scenery with the hike to Gotland* to the Hoegklint rock plateau.
Formerly known as Koenigsberg*, there is now little evidence of the city’s long-standing German ties. However, Koenigsberg Cathedral has been rebuilt and will be one of the highlights of your tour*. The great philosopher Immanuel Kant is also buried here. Located in part of the old defences, the Amber Museum* celebrates the golden age of amber carving.
Take a walk back in time to explore the history of Gdansk*. The former Hanseatic city is proud of its lovingly restored heritage, which includes St Mary’s Church, one of Europe’s largest Gothic brick churches. The crusaders left behind an impressive legacy on the Nogat: Malbork Castle* was once the seat of the Teutonic Order and is now an impressive museum.
You will soon realise why the Danish capital is considered one of the world’s most charming cities on a walking tour of Copenhagen*. Let the Little Mermaid enchant you before you even leave the harbour, and then admire both the elegant Amalienborg Palace and the vibrant, trendy district of Nyhavn. Explore Copenhagen on land and by water as you sail along the city’s canals* past the Church of Our Saviour with its spiral tower and the pretty half-timbered houses of Christianshavn.
Norway’s green capital is at the northernmost tip of the picturesque Oslofjord. You will have until the following evening to enjoy its beauty and see sights such as the Royal Palace and Holmenkollen ski jump as you explore the city*. You can also admire the work of sculptorGustav Vigelandin Vigeland Park*, where a 17-metre-tall monolith towers over a monumental collection of figures symbolising the human circle of life.Bygdoey museum island*will take you back to the times of the mighty Norsemen, with the Gokstad and Oseberg CE, the latter of these two ships was buried with the Viking queen Aasa. A breathtaking view of Oslo, the castle and the fjord await you on aseaplane tour*.
Wander through the inviting streets of this Dutch city, stop for a “Koffie verkeerd” or see the distinctive gabled houses from the water on a canal trip*. Pedal power is a popular way of getting around in Amsterdam. Do as the locals do and take in sights like the Museum Square and the Anne Frank House on a bicycle tour*. Do you love art? A panoramic trip will take you to the Van Gogh Museum*, home to unique paintings and sketches by the Dutch artist.
The EUROPA will sail into the Hanseatic city past the villas of Blankenese and into the Port of Hamburg in the afternoon. Leave the ship to head home the next morning or stay in the city a little longer to explore Hamburg at your own pace*.
* 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:
EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
HOTEL LANDHAUS WACHTELHOF: TWO-DAY “ATLANTIC” CRUISE ARRANGEMENT