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

A journey through millennia

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Enjoy unforgettable experiences between Greek mythology and history, and between exciting culture and dreamlike natural landscapes. On your cruise with the EUROPA 2, Skiathos awaits you with its rustic tavernas and landscape of gentle hills. Afterwards, the former fishing village of Agios Nikolaos on Crete will be the starting point for your visit to the legendary palace of Knossos**, and Antalya in Turkey will provide a detour into ancient times with Perge and Aspendos**. With Jerusalem and Bethlehem**, as well as the Sea of Galilee**, you can experience Biblical stories first-hand before setting off to Cyprus – the “island of the gods” – to start your journey home.


from Piraeus (Athens) to Limassol

Cruise dates:from 17.10.2015 to 27.10.2015 (10 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA 2
Cruise number: EUX1531

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

Highlights of this cruise

  • Mythical Knossos**: in the footsteps of King Minos.
  • Rafting on the Koprucay River**.
  • Biblical sites: Jerusalem**, Bethlehem** and the Sea of Galilee**.

 

 

Itinerary

Sat, 17.10.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Athens and transfer to the embarkation point
Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, departure 22.00 hrs

Piraeus (Athens)
You can prepare yourself for your cruise with our pre-cruise programme* in Athens.

Sun, 18.10.2015

Skiathos/Sporades/Greece , 13.00 – 0.00 hrs

Skiathos
Try local specialities in rustic tavernas or wander over gentle hills: enjoy a relaxed day off on Skiathos – the “green island” – however you wish.

Mon, 19.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 20.10.2015

Agios Nikolaos/Crete/Greece, 5.00 – 20.00 hrs

Agios Nikolaos/Crete
Lake Voulismeni charmingly sets the scene in the centre of this former fishing village. Nearby lie the ruins of the Minoan culture with the legendary palace of Knossos**. A ride in an all-terrain vehicle** will lead you off the roads and into the romantic mountainous region and to the idyllic village of Kroustas.

Wed, 21.10.2015

Marmaris/Turkey, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

Marmaris
Surrounded by picturesque woods, the lively town of Marmaris will make you want to dream the day away in a sun lounger on the beach in Icmeler. Alternatively, travel along the coast in a traditional gulet**, stopping at the best points to swim and snorkel.

Thu, 22.10.2015

Antalya/Turkey, 8.00 – 23.00 hrs

Antalya
This port city is one of the most beautiful places in Turkey, and the narrow alleyways in its old town are the ideal place to go shopping. Take a detour into ancient times in Perge and Aspendos** before taking a thrilling tour through spectacular canyons and gorges as you go rafting on the Koprucay River**.

Fri, 23.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 24.10.2015

Haifa/Israel, 6.00 – 21.00 hrs

Haifa
Nestled beautifully between Mount Carmel and long sandy beaches, Haifa is home to sights such as the Shrine of the Bab and its golden dome. Follow Biblical trails in Nazareth and on a boat trip through the Sea of Galilee**, the lowest freshwater lake in the world.

Sun, 25.10.2015

Ashdod/Israel, 6.00 – 22.00 hrs

Ashdod
The roots of Ashdod reach back to the 12th century; it will be your starting point for a trip to the fortress of Masada**, which remains a contemporary symbol of Jewish freedom in the State of Israel. It towers high above the Dead Sea, where you can literally let the current carry you. Alternatively, discover many of Christianity’s most important sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem**, including the Church of the Nativity, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Wailing Wall.

Mon, 26.10.2015

Paphos/Cyprus , 12.00 – 19.00 hrs

Paphos/Cyprus
According to legend, Aphrodite came ashore in Cyprus after her birth. Follow this goddess and sense the magic of the ancient world in the vast ruins of Paphos. Take a detour to the north through vineyards to the Monastery ofSaint Neophytos and the Baths of Aphrodite**. Alternatively, enjoy the scenery of Cyprus first-hand on a walk in Alektora**.

Tue, 27.10.2015

Limassol/Cyprus, arrival 2.00 hrs
Transfer to Larnaca for flight to Dusseldorf

Limassol/Cyprus
Set off on your journey home or remain on the island of the gods with our post-cruise programme*.

*   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.

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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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: ATHENS – A CITY TOUR OF THE ANCIENT WORLD


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: CYPRUS – ISLAND OF THE GODS

Family cruise

A holiday is a chance to spend some time as a family – and on board the EUROPA 2, there are plenty of exciting opportunities for parents and children to discover the world together, or to go their own way if they prefer. In addition to a varied on-board programme of games and sports as well as arts and crafts, children and teens on family cruises can take part in specifically tailored excursions*. Our travel concierge service will be happy to suggest personalised family excursions* for you.

* This service is not included in the cruise price.