Greece is the perfect blend of culture, history and lifestyle. Experience the white and blue cube-shaped houses, the jet set flair of Mykonos and the Meteora monastery complex in its spectacular setting. The splendid sultans' palaces in Istanbul provide the grand finale for your cruise.
Extend your stay with the previous cruise EUX2309 and save € 1,500 per person (applies to Categories 1 - 14) or extend with the subsequent cruise EUX2311 and save € 900 per person (applies to Categories 1 - 14).
Flight from Germany to Larnaca and transfer to the embarkation point
Limassol/Cyprus, departure 22.00 hrs
Paphos/Cyprus , 6.00 - 18.00 hrs
The key landmark of Paphos is waiting to greet you at the port: the medieval castle with ancient ruins of Roman houses and royal tombs, which have long been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A wealth of tavernas, shops and cafes invite you to take a stroll and while away some time. Alternatively, visit the monastery of Agios Neophytos* and the Baths of Aphrodite* in the north of the city, where vineyards, orange and lemon plantations and olive groves shape the landscape. Or enjoy the quiet as you go parasailing* above the sea.
Rhodes/Dodecanese/Greece, arrival 20.30 hrs
Rhodes, departure 18.00 hrs
Chania/Crete/Greece , 8.00 - 18.00 hrs
In magical Chania*, which was once the island's capital, the picturesque old town with its little streets and the Venetian harbour will enchant you. The Agia Triada Monastery* lies on the Akrotiri Peninsula. Alternatively, get to know the city of Rethymnon* and the scenically situated Agreco Farm*, where you can find out all about how fine olive oil is made.
Thira/Santorini/Cyclades/Greece , 7.00 - 22.00 hrs
Thira on Santorini can be recognised from its white and blue cube-shaped houses at the edge of a crater, which make it one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The narrow winding lanes are a lovely place to take a stroll and discover some Greek cuisine in the rustic tavernas. Alternatively, you can take to the water to explore Santorini's scenery from a different perspective in a catamaran*.
Mykonos/Cyclades/Greece , 8.00 - 20.30 hrs
Volos/Greece, 8.00 - 19.00 hrs
Volos is the starting point for your excursion to the fascinating Meteora monastery complex*, which was built in a breathtaking spot on strangely shaped conglomerate rock. The monasteries are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are among the most impressive sights in the Mediterranean region.
Cruising through the Dardanelles/Turkey
Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 8.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Ancient Istanbul on the peninsula between the Golden Horn, the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus seems destined to unite East and West like no other city. Visit the Blue Mosque, the lively bazaar and the Hagia Sophia. For a laid-back alternative, take a boat trip* on the Bosporus past sultans' palaces, grand Ottoman wooden houses and historic forts. After one final night on board, your cruise on the EUROPA 2 comes to an end here.
Transfer to scheduled flight to Germany
* The pre- and post-cruise programmes and shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Explore your cruise destinations on a more personal basis as a couple – ideal for all those who don’t want to be part of a group. The excursions in the programmes are accompanied by a local tour guide who will be happy to attend to your individual wishes. There will also be enough time and space for your own activities. Transfers are exclusively by private car with private drivers. Prices for solo travellers or groups of three or more are available on request.
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.