On board MS EUROPA 2 from Hamburg to Hamburg

Europe’s coastline of the arts

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Enjoy the Hanseatic flair of Hamburg on your own before following in the footsteps of inspiring artists along Europe’s western coast on board the EUROPA 2. On Europe’s most beautiful waterways – such as the Seine, the Westerschelde and Amsterdam’s canals – we will call at impressive cities including Rouen, Ghent and Amsterdam with proud cathedrals, charming gabled houses and impressive architecture. And you can enjoy eight days of casual luxury on the EUROPA 2.


from Hamburg to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 24.04.2015 to 02.05.2015 (8 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1509

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

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Highlights of this cruise

  • In the footsteps of Claude Monet** and Peter Paul Rubens**.
  • Enjoy Belgium’s chocolate side**.
  • A truly Dutch experience: cycling through Amsterdam.
  • On board: beer tastings and beer-themed workshops.

Itinerary

Fri, 24.04.2015

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point

Fri, 24.04.2015

Hamburg/Germany, departure 18.00 hrs

Hamburg
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and the Alster: discover Hamburg*, known as the “gateway to the world”, before setting off on your cruise.

Sat, 25.04.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 26.04.2015

Rouen/France, arrival 12.00 hrs

Rouen
What an experience: on the EUROPA 2, you can sail up the Seine to the city of 100 bells, which is home to Gothic architecture and jewellery from the Renaissance. Follow the trail of Joan of Arc on a city tour** and marvel at the panoramic view of the old capital of Normandy from Sainte-Catherine hill. Alternatively, take an impressionist painting course* and marvel at the genius of Claude Monet – within view of the impressive cathedral which the artist eternalised in his famous series.

Mon, 27.04.2015

Rouen, departure 13.00 hrs

Tue, 28.04.2015

Antwerp/Belgium, 12.00 – 0.00 hrs

Antwerp
Via the Westerschelde, we will reach what was once the wealthiest commercial city in Europe in the 16th century. The guild hoses around the Grote Markt, which you can visit as well as the Rubens House** on a city tour, attest to this wealth. A wonderful view over Antwerp awaits those who ascend the two highest towers in the city**. Take in the fabulous panoramic view from the roof terrace of the MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) as well as the southern steeple of the Cathedral of Our Lady.

Wed, 29.04.2015

Ghent/Belgium, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Ghent
A journey to the Middle Ages: Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities on our continent. In a canal boat**, you can enjoy the city at its most beautiful as you pass by historic gabled houses, the old port and the romantic Gravensteen castle. Belgium’s famous chocolate**, which you can learn a great deal about in an exclusive chocolate factory, is a particularly enjoyable aspect. Alternatively, explore Brugge** at your own pace; not only is its historic town centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is also a grand open-air museum which brings the past to life.

Thu, 30.04.2015

Amsterdam/Netherlands, arrival 8.00 hrs

Amsterdam
How better to succumb to the charms of the “Venice of the North” than on a canal trip**? Perhaps on a bicycle tour. There are roughly 600,000 bicycles for the city’s 750,000 inhabitants and the narrow streets, small bridges and slender towpaths are ideal for exciting discoveries by bicycle – in true Amsterdam style. Or discover the city’s many sights – such as the Nieuwe Kerk and the Anne Frank House – at your own pace, and let the bustling streets spur you on until late in the night.

Fri, 01.05.2015

Amsterdam, departure 2.00 hrs

Sat, 02.05.2015

Hamburg/Germany, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

Hamburg
In Hamburg it will be time to part ways – unless you extend your stay in this maritime Hanseatic city*.

*   The pre- and post-cruise programmes listed are not included in the cruise price.
** The shore activities 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