On board MS EUROPA 2 from La Guaira to Valparaiso

The Panama Canal and ancient shrines

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The white beaches of Oranjestad, bizarrely shaped divi-divi trees in Arikok National Park* and a colourful underwater world – the prelude to FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES is the tropical setting of the Caribbean. Negotiate the Panama Canal, whose history of origin resembles an economic crime thriller. A flight brings you to Quito* so that you can ramble about the picturesque old town of the highest situated capital in the world. Between elaborate paintings and friezes of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon* in Moche Valley, dip into the history of this part of the world  in the temples Huaca Huallamarca und Huaca Pucllana*. Natural experiences and animal sightings are promised by Lauca National Park* and the Isla Damas before your cruise concludes in Valparaiso.


from La Guaira to Valparaiso

Cruise dates:from 17.01.2015 to 02.02.2015 (16 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1502

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

Highlights of this cruise

Highlights of this trip:

  • A legend full of history: passage through the Panama Canal.
  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site: the old towns of Quito* and Panama city*.
  • In the footsteps of an advanced civilisation: Machu Picchu*, the “Lost city of the Incas”.
  • On board: South American night.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

Itinerary

Sat, 17.01.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Caracas and transfer to embarkation
La Guaira (Caracas)/Venezuela, departure 21.00 hrs

In La Guaira, you are warmly welcomed aboard the EUROPA 2.

Sun, 18.01.2015

Oranjestad/Aruba/Dutch Antilles/the Netherlands, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs

You reach your first destination the following day with the white sandy beaches of Oranjestad. adventure*. Experience the Caribbean in one of the most beautiful and peaceful ways on a catamaran*. Cool off in the crystal-clear water or go snorkelling and explore the wonderful underwater world. Alternatively, explore the island on an exciting ride in a buggy*.

Mon, 19.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 20.01.2015

Passage through the Panama Canal
Panama/Panama , arrival in the evening

An unforgettable experience that you can enjoy on board the EUROPA 2 is the day passage through the legendary Panama Canal.

Wed, 21.01.2015

Panama , departure 17.00 hrs

Central America’s lively centre, Panama, provides a wealth of contrasts: in the midst of the historic Casco Viejo*, the view is of skyscrapers and at the Miraflores locks*, the container ships are an impressive sight. Or visit an Embera Indian settlement* in Chagres National Park – but how about also trying your luck at deep-sea fishing*! A helicopter flight* over Panama City and its surroundings is a truly extraordinary experience.

Thu, 22.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 23.01.2015

Manta/Ecuador, 5.00 – 22.00 hrs

The following day you follow the coastline south to Manta – your starting point for excursions to the treasures of Ecuador. A flight to Quito* takes you to the highest capital city in the world: at 2,850 metres, the delightful UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site provides a fantastic view of snow-covered volcano slopes and entices you to stroll through the picturesque old town. Another option is to discover the diverse flora and fauna in the coastal forest of Pacoche*. Ecuador is also home to the Panama hat – visit the native artists and craftsmen* for insights into how these hats are made.

Sat, 24.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 25.01.2015

Salaverry/Peru, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs

After a day at sea, you are invited to immerse yourself in the pre-Colombian era in the charming colonial town of Salaverry under balconies adorned with flowers. In its heyday about 100,000 people lived in the labyrinthine alleys of the mud-brick city Chan Chan*. Go even further back in history with the elaborate paintings and friezes of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon* in Moche Valley.

Mon, 26.01.2015

Callao (Lima)/Peru, 7.30 – 20.00 hrs

In the port city of Callao, return to present-day Peru. On a tour of Lima*, discover both the modern face of the capital and the Spanish heritage around the Plaza de Armas. The Larco Herrera Museum* is also worth a visit. Go back in time and history as you wander through the ruins of Huaca Huallamarca and Huaca Pucllana*. Whoever wishes to explore the legendary “hub of the world” can leave the EUROPA 2 for two nights (re-embark in Matarani) and spend their time with the secrets of the tremendous ruined city Machu Picchu*.

Tue, 27.01.2015

Paracas/Peru, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

The Paracas Peninsula is one of the largest marine reserves in South America. Unravel the mystery of the Nazca Lines* on a flight over this work of art dating back more than 2,000 years – how were the monumental animal images and geometric figures formed? The wildlife paradise of Islas Balletas* is no less impressive: take a boat tour and observe seals, sea lions and Inca terns.

Wed, 28.01.2015

Matarani/Peru, 17.00 – 18.00 hrs

The cross-country journey to Machu Picchu resumes here.

Thu, 29.01.2015

Arica/Chile, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Your next destination will also surprise you with abundant nature: From Arica it is not far to reach Lauca National Park*. Enjoy the grandiose setting of the volcano reflected in Lake Chungara. As an alternative, explore mysterious geoglyphs in Azapa Valley*.

Fri, 30.01.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 31.01.2015

Isla Damas/Chile (Zodiac cruising) , 10.00 – 15.00 hrs

Pure fascination is also promised by the Isla Damas. We will approach the rugged habitat of cormorants, penguins and sea lions in the Zodiacs. Your cruise comes to an end the following day in Valparaiso.

Sun, 01.02.2015

Valparaiso/Chile, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to Santiago for scheduled flight to Germany

Mon, 02.02.2015

Arrival in Germany

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions listed here 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:

POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SANTIAGO – THE METROPOLIS OF THE ANDES