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From Hamburg to Lisbon

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The Maiden Voyage Along Western Europe’s Coasts

Travelling aboard a ship which is departing for its first voyage ever is a very special experience. Accompany the EUROPA 2 on her maiden voyage from Hamburg to Lisbon. Glide through the North Sea to buoyant Amsterdam aboard our second flagship. Or stroll through picturesque Bruges* before Normandy’s Honfleur or scenic La Rochelle welcome you. Those who love art may look forward to Bilbao’s marvellous Guggenheim Museum*. A moving premiere with the EUROPA 2.

The highlights of this cruise:

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites: the town of Saint-Émilion* and the city of Bordeaux
  • Discovering art: Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum*
  • The fine life along the Douro River - the most exquisite port wines in the world*
  • On board: Exciting premiere – the exclusive show experience
  • On board: Healing the soul with sorrow - Portuguese Fado
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with comprehensive golf package*

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

Your Itinerary

Your Itinerary
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Date Destination
Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg and embarkation
Hamburg, departure 15.15 hrs

Travelling aboard a ship which is departing for its first voyage ever is a very special experience. The EUROPA 2 gradually picks up speed, and at the start of the maiden voyage, you will cruise through the Port of Hamburg with her. The venerable Hanseatic city on the banks of the River Elbe with the old kontor buildings, the historic warehouse district, the modern HafenCity and the numerous cultural attractions provides the impressive backdrop for the beginning of your cruise. Ashore, the lights of aged captain’s houses bid you farewell as you gently and elegantly glide down the River Elbe towards the North Sea on board the EUROPA 2. Now, a day characterised by unadulterated relaxation at sea lies ahead of you. Time to really get to know the untouched ship before the EUROPA 2 reaches buoyant Amsterdam.

Relaxation at sea
Amsterdam/Netherlands, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

If you like, you can join a trip with a typical canal boat* here, which allows you to conveniently explore the Dutch metropolis on the meandering waterways. A visit to the Van Gogh Museum* must be considered the ultimate highlight - no other exhibition hall accommodates as many masterpieces by the famous Dutch painter.

Antwerp/Belgium, 9.00 – 19.00 hrs

The following day, you will encounter precious stones – in Antwerp. From this globally renowned hub of the diamond trade, you can set out to visit the mediaeval and idyllic neighbouring city Bruges*.

Relaxation at sea
Honfleur/France, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs

Because the following morning, you will be awaited by Normandy’s Honfleur – picturesquely situated at the mouth of the River Seine, the town is ideal for discovering the typical Norman charm on a walk* through its many small lanes, or as a starting point for tasting a calvados at a venerable distillery*.

Relaxation at sea
La Rochelle/France, 7.00 – 16.00 hrs

Another day at sea takes you through the Gulf of Biscay to scenic La Rochelle – visits to the idyllic artists’ island Ile de Ré* or the oyster bay Marennes* enable you to thoroughly enjoy this region with all senses.

Bordeaux/France, arrival 2.30 hrs

Over the days of Pentecost, you will get to know the world-famous wine city Bordeaux. Explore southwest France and its unique attitude towards life. Visit the mediaeval wine village Saint-Émilion*and join a drive to a typical vineyard* - or marvel at Europe’s tallest sand dunes during a boat trip to the Bay of Arcachon. In the little village Le Canon*, you can taste the oysters which are farmed here if you wish.

Bordeaux, departure 15.00 hrs
Bilbao/Spain, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

On the next day of your cruise, you will be headed for the Basque capital Bilbao. Visit the Guggenheim Museum* designed by the architect Frank O. Gehry or embark on an excursion to Guernica* and discover the holy city of the Basques.

Relaxation at sea
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, 8.00 – 19.00 hrs

With Leixoes, you have reached the country of Fado. High-quality port wine is also sent to destinations all over the world from here. In Porto*, Portugal’s second largest city, you can taste quite a few exquisite samples at the wineries on the banks of the Douro.

Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 12.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board

Eventually, the EUROPA 2 arrives at the port of Lisbon, the final destination of your maiden voyage. With its historic buildings, the Portuguese metropolis at the estuary of the River Tejo tells the story of courageous seafarers who once discovered the world – just like you are conveniently experiencing it from aboard the EUROPA 2 today.

Transfer to the scheduled flight to Germany

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

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