On board MS EUROPA 2 from Limassol to Piraeus (Athens)

A cruise through millennia

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Enjoy a detour into ancient times with Perge and Aspendos*. Explore the myth of the labyrinth in Knossos* or take a stroll in Crete’s couloir* and soak up the natural beauty of the island. Set out from Kusadasi on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus*. In Priene and Miletus*, you can gain exciting insights into ancient history with temples of Athena and a vast theatre.


from Limassol to Piraeus (Athens)

Cruise dates:from 25.10.2014 to 03.11.2014 (10 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1433

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]

Highlights of this cruise

The highlights of this cruise:

  • Antalya: a thrilling rafting adventure on the Koprucay River*.
  • Hiking through the canyon of Kounavia* or exploring Cretan hinterland in an off-road vehicle*.

* These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Itinerary

Sat, 25.10.2014

Flight from Germany to Limassol and transfer to embarkation**
Limassol/Cyprus, departure 20.00 hrs

Sun, 26.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 27.10.2014

Alanya/Turkey, 7.00 – 24.00 hrs

 

 

Tue, 28.10.2014

Antalya/Turkey, 7.00 – 21.00 hrs

 

 

Wed, 29.10.2014

Rhodes/Dodecanese Islands/Greece, 8.00 – 19.00 Uhr

Rhodes is very impressive with its old town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through narrow streets and alleys lined with small shops, quaint restaurants and comfortable cafes. A highlight of Rhodes, in the truest sense of the word, is the site of Lindos and its acropolis*. White houses crowd underneath the second-largest building of its kind in the country, situated on a 116-metre high cliff. Alternatively, you can explore the island actively on a mountain bike*.

Thu, 30.10.2014

Heraklion/Crete/Greece, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Afterwards, the EUROPA 2 will set sail for Heraklion and Crete. Explore the myth of the labyrinth in Knossos* or take a stroll in Crete’s couloir* and soak up the natural beauty of the island. Great discoveries also await you in Asia Minor.

CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: Today, a treasure hunt* will take you through the village of Arolithos. Explore the traditional houses and the narrow lanes and answer questions: with every correct answer, you come a little bit closer to solving the mystery.

Fri, 31.10.2014

Marmaris/Turkey, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Following a relaxing day at sea, you can discover the lively little city Marmaris – an important trade hub in classical antiquity – with its long port promenade. An off-road vehicle tour* to the hinterland offers you marvellous views of the landscape and the coast. Alternatively, you may wish to experience tangible history by visiting the ruins of Kaunos* - the sight of the famous rock tombs and a boat trip on Lake Koycegiz amidst a unique scenery augur unforgettable moments.

CHILDREN'S EXCURSION: Today will be all about having lots of fun on the hotel beach of Icmeler*! Here we can enjoy ourselves building sandcastles and playing exciting games. And perhaps we might even dare dip our toes into the cool sea?

Sat, 01.11.2014

Kusadasi/Turkey, 8.00 – 16.00 hrs

Set out from Kusadasi on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus*. In Priene, Miletus and Didyma*, you can gain exciting insights into ancient history with temples of Athena, an oracle sanctuary and a vast theatre.

TEENS’ EXCURSION: Setting out from Kusadasi, you get to learn about history in a completely different way*. Touring Ephesus, the ruins of monumental structures pay testament to the age of the Romans.

Sun, 02.11.2014

Volos/Greece, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

Near Volos you can see some amazing constructions: the Meteora monasteries* were built several centuries ago hundreds of metres high up on huge rock pillars. Visit the nuns and monks in their breathtaking homes, and you will be given some exclusive insights into life behind the monastery walls. Or you can take a hike on Mount Pelion*. If you prefer to travel in comfort, the 100-year old narrow-gauge railway* will take you over viaducts and through the magnificent mountain scenery.

Mon, 03.11.2014

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, arrival 7.00 hrs
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany

Your cruise will come to an end in Piraeus – but it will long remain a memory.

* These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

** Depending on the flight schedule, it may be necessary to alter the arrival programme.

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:

Family cruise

For one day and one night, you can enjoy the exciting contrasts of

Beirut. In Cyprus, stroll through charming old town streets and

accompany the EUROPA 2 to the coast of Israel. You can also visit

biblical sites in Nazareth* and Jerusalem*. In Egypt, adults and

children can enjoy the treasure rooms of the pharaohs and marvel at the

Pyramids of Giza*, a true wonder of the world.

 You can find details on trips for children, teens and families in the itineraries for the individual ports.

*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore

activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.