On board MS EUROPA from Kiel to Hamburg

Journey through time on the Mare Balticum

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Laid-back metropolises and historical gems will bring out the explorer in you on the diverse coasts of the Baltic Sea. Be inspired by royal legacies and modern design in Copenhagen, stroll through the old towns of Riga and Tallinn and spend two whole days enjoying the unforgettable beauty of St. Petersburg, the city of the tsars. The trail of the Hanseatic League and the age of the German kaisers round off unforgettable summer days on the Mare Balticum. 


from Kiel to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 07.07.2016 to 21.07.2016 (14 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1614

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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 Sites: the historic centre of Riga*, the old town of Tallinn*, the historic centre of St. Petersburg*, Drottningholm Palace* and Malbork Castle*
  • Two full days in St. Petersburg
  • A sunny outlook – take the Kaiserbaeder-Express* through the imperial spas to Usedom
  • European Championship talk with renowned experts on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*
  • New port: Veere/Saaremaa/Estonia

Itinerary

Thu, 07.07.2016

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Kiel, departure 18.00 hrs

Kiel
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and Alster: explore Hamburg* before beginning your cruise.

Fri, 08.07.2016

Copenhagen/Denmark, 8.00 – 21.00 hrs

Copenhagen/Denmark
Since 1909, the Little Mermaid has been welcoming visitors to the charming royal city, with attractions ranging from Tivoli Gardens amusement park to Amalienborg Palace. If you find yourself outside the gates at 12.00 hrs, you might be lucky enough to see the traditional changing of the guard. Alternatively, you can relax in one of the idyllic cafes along the canals of Christianshavn. A boat trip* takes you along the city’s numerous waterways – and on the way, you can look out over the harbour from the first floor of the Royal Opera House.

Sat, 09.07.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 10.07.2016

Riga/Latvia, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Riga/Latvia
Stroll through Latvia’s capital and enjoy a wonderfully preserved array of architecture: while the old town* charms you with Gothic guildhalls and baroque monuments, the new town offers magnificent art nouveau facades as well as the monumental Academy of Sciences built in the Stalinist wedding-cake style.

Mon, 11.07.2016

Veere/Saaremaa/Estonia, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs

Veere/Saaremaa/Estonia
The Kuressaare Episcopal Castle and historic windmills, the Kaali meteorite crater and seemingly endless beaches make Estonia’s largest island a natural paradise with a rich history – and the ideal setting for individual discovery tours.

Tue, 12.07.2016

Tallinn, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Tallinn/Estonia
The Middle Ages seem to come back to life in Tallinn’s fabulous alleys: be enchanted by the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic States, the Gothic city hall and Alexander Nevsky Cathedral on the Toompea limestone hill, which affords a wonderful view of the historic old town*. Naturally, you can also take in the highlights of the upper and lower towns on a Segway*.

Wed, 13.07.2016

St. Petersburg/Russia, arrival 8.00 hrs

St. Petersburg/Russia
The impressive Winter Palace, the imposing Nevsky Prospect and the huge collection of art in the Hermitage* – the city of the tsars is simply too magnificent for just a short visit. You will have two days to explore the capital of the Russian empire via its most beautiful routes. Take a canal trip to St Isaac’s Cathedral* and take in fabulous impressions of baroque palaces and gardens. Visit the tsarina’s favourite palace in Pushkin: since 2003, the blue-and-white facade of Catherine Palace* has concealed the extensively restored Amber Room*. In the heart of the Peter and Paul Fortress*, the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul is the last resting place of the tsars with the gilded icons, marble pillars and painted ceilings lending it an almost celestial feel. Peterhof* is just as extravagant. The sprawling park with its Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain invites visitors to dream – walk in the footsteps of the tsars to the banks of the Gulf of Finland.

Thu, 14.07.2016

St. Petersburg, departure 19.00 hrs

Fri, 15.07.2016

Helsinki/Finland, 8.00 – 17.00 hrs

Helsinki/Finland
A historic cultural legacy mixed with innovative architecture and, of course, the fun-loving Finnish people make Helsinki an attractive destination for extensive walks. Around the capital, the beauty of the skerry landscape entices visitors to take a trip on a traditional two-mast sailing boat*.

Sat, 16.07.2016

Journey through the archipelago
Stockholm/Sweden, arrival 9.00 hrs

Stockholm/Sweden
Hundreds of canals, countless bays and more than 50 bridges provide the backdrop to the endearing capital by the water. The royal family has lived on one of the 14 islands since the 16th century: on a visit to the “Queen’s island”, go behind the baroque facade of Drottningholm Palace* to wander through richly decorated rooms and marvel at the palace theatre before enjoying some royal relaxation in the sprawling park and taking a trip on Lake Maelar. A city tour with a difference will take you to great heights: armed with safety equipment, you will take to the roof of the Parliament building* to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime views. To enjoy Stockholm’s fascinating setting to the full, make sure to plan a trip through the skerry landscape.

Sun, 17.07.2016

Stockholm, departure 9.00 hrs
Journey through the archipelago

Mon, 18.07.2016

Gdansk/Poland, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Gdansk/Poland
Its thousand-year legacy makes Gdansk* a treasure trove of history with wonderful structures around every corner. Follow the King’s Road through the centre and marvel at richly decorated facades, fountains and gates. Europe’s most magnificent knights’ castle rises above the city: today, Malbork Castle* houses a collection of old weapons, ceramics and amber carvings. Alternatively, go behind the walls of a former Cistercian monastery in Oliwa* to enjoy an organ concert with 7,876 pipes.

Tue, 19.07.2016

Heringsdorf/Usedom, 9.00 – 17.00 hrs

Heringsdorf/Usedom
Thomas Mann, Johann Strauß and Kaiser Wilhelm all walked the Kaisermeile (emperor’s mile) and enjoyed the famous view of the Baltic from the sea bridge. Follow in their footsteps to Ahlbeck, where the Kaiserbaeder-Express* awaits you. Soak up pure natural beauty and salty sea air on your hike to Moewenort*. Or would you prefer to enjoy views of Ruegen? The aircraft* offers fantastic views of the Koenigsstuhl (King’s Chair) and the chalk cliffs.

Wed, 20.07.2016

Daytime passage through the Kiel Canal
Hamburg, arrival 23.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Thu, 21.07.2016

Hamburg
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Hamburg
Experience the metropolis on the Elbe and extend your holiday in Hamburg*.

* The shore activities 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

Golf cruise – the Baltic’s most beautiful greens

Fri 8 Jul Copenhagen, Denmark – Kokkedal Golf Club
This 18-hole course is not far from Copenhagen. The fairways on this parkland course, situated on a former agricultural site, have been played since 1980. The open fairways promise an enjoyable round of golf and few turnovers.

Sun 10 Jul Riga, Latvia – Ozo Golf Club
One of Latvia’s few golf courses offers an international standard of play. The wide fairways allow players of all handicaps to attain a good score. A course with a high fun factor!

Tue 12 Jul Tallinn, Estonia – Estonian Golf Club (Additional course 1)
This club has an 18-hole sea course and a 9-hole stone course. The 18-hole course, whose fairways are arranged in aisles through a forest structure, is named for its eight strategically placed lakes.

Fri 15 Jul Helsinki, Finland – Talma Golf Club
Finland’s model golf club has two 18-hole parkland-style courses offering great play.

Sat 16 Jul Stockholm, Sweden – Bro Hof Slott Golf Club
This 36-hole course is a symphony of wide fairways and numerous bodies of water. Situated directly on the Swedish archipelago, the two 18-hole courses stretch across rocky terrain. The possibility of making contact with the water is increased dramatically by 11 lakes around the course in place of the rough.

Mon 18 Jul Gdansk, Poland – Sierra Golf Club
This golf course is located on the edge of a forest in the country’s heartland and offers a fair and very playable layout. The open fairways ensure a straightforward golf experience.

Tue 19 Jul Heringsdorf, Germany – Baltic Hills Golf Club (Additional course 2)
Reaching the second fairway, players encounter the course’s greatest challenge: the “Fisherman’s Bend”, a par 4 between forest and water, requires more than just skill. In fact, the narrow fairway makes it more like a par 4.5!


Family cruise – in the realm of kings and sailors

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.


MS EUROPA European Championship talk

In 2016, experience one of the world’s biggest sporting events in a unique atmosphere with expert company: as part of the MS EUROPA European Championship talk, you will watch all major matches in the football tournament live from France and have the opportunity to discuss proceedings with renowned sports experts.