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Create unforgettable memories aboard a deluxe Sea Cloud Cruise 

Hapag Lloyd cruises off many expedition sailings to Antarctica

Discover the Greek Islands aboard a Variety cruise

Explore Europe, the Caribbean, and Antarctica aboard the deluxe Ponant, Boreal or Austral.

The 5 Star MS Deutschland has exotic itineraries all over the world.

The MS Europa sails year round from Europe to North America, Asia to Antarctica.

Following in Historic Footsteps: Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Istanbul, Turkey

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1427 - September 6-20, 2014

Island paradises, palaces and catacombs – this cruise with passages through the Dardanelles Strait and the Bosphorus combines the fascinating highlights of the eastern Mediterranean with those of the Black Sea. Idyllic bays promise some sunny sights and in Pergamum* you can visit one of Turkey’s most impressive archaeological sites. The abandoned Sumela monastery enjoys a spectacular location in the mountains, Sochi is inviting with its Mediterranean charm and the Gothic “Swallow’s Nest” castle on the Crimean peninsula is truly unforgettable. The Potemkin Stairs in Odessa can be seen from afar and in the evening you can enjoy watching the ballet* at the opera house. In Istanbul, the cosmopolitan city on the Bosphorus, your cruise on board the EUROPA 2 draws to a close.

Highlights of this cruise:

  • Idyllic beaches and pure nature on Skopelos and Skiathos.
  • The Sumela monastery* in Trabzon: a candidate for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Odessa: the cultural heritage of the city on the Black Sea.
  • Between East and West: a day and a night in Istanbul.
  • On board: the best of Balkan pop.

 *These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are in the planning stage. Subject to changes

Day 1 - Piraeus (Athens)/Greece - Departure 9:00 pm
Day 2 - Skopelos/Sporades/Greece - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Skiathos/Sporades/Greece arrival at 7:00 pm
Following an evening cruise out of the port of Piraeus, you will arrive the following morning at a true island paradise: Skopelos is an inviting place to explore with its lush natural landscape and picturesque villages, whilst on the neighbouring island of Skiathos you can enjoy the wonderful bays.
Day 3 - Skiathos/Sporades, departure at 6:00 pm
Day 4 - Dikili/Turkey, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs 
In Dikili you have an exclusive choice: you can combine your visit to Pergamum* either with the Asclepion* or with the Archaeological Museum*. Whatever you decide, one of the best archaeological sites in Turkey awaits – the former glory of this city, which was even more important than Alexandria in its heyday, is still clear to see even today. Alternatively, you can leave the ship for three nights (re-embarkation in Trabzon) in order to devote yourself to the equally legendary natural wonders of Cappadocia*.
Day 5 - Passage through the Dardanelles Strait, 1:00 am – 5:00 am - Passage Through the Bosporus 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Those who stay on board in Dikili will be rewarded with a passage through the Bosporus and a relaxing day at sea.
Day 6 - Relaxation at sea 
Day 7 - Trabzon/Turkey, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 
In Trabzon, all guests will have the option of visiting the abandoned S4mela monastery*. It enjoys a spectacular location 1,300 metres high up in the mountains.
Day 8 - Sochi/Russia, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm 
The Russian city of Sochi, host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics, is famous as an exclusive holiday destination. You can discover the magnificent parks and manor houses of this “Russian Nice” on a city walking tour*. The city’s Mediterranean charm even appealed to Stalin, who had a holiday home* built here. Breathe in the fresh air on a hike through the delightful forests of the Caucasian National Park*.
Day 9 - Yalta/Ukraine, 9:30 am – Midnight
According to the last Tsar, “In St Petersburg we work, and in Yalta we are at home”, and the southern Crimean coastline* is adorned with elegant palaces and promenades. The view of the “Swallow’s Nest”*, which is perched on the rocks above the sea, is truly unforgettable. The Romanov* palaces will also provide an insight into the era of the Tsars.
Day 10 - Sevastopol/Ukraine, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm 
From Sevastopol, your journey takes you to Chersonesus*. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks or take a detour to discover the era of the Crimean Khanate: in the inner courtyard of the Khan’s Palace in Bachtschyssaraj*, you can find the famous Fountain of Tears.
Day 11 - Odessa/Ukraine, arrival 8:00 am 
The historic Potemkin Stairs welcome you to the port of Odessa. A city walking tour* takes you to see the city’s most significant landmarks. Or go down into the Odessa catacombs* and explore part of the huge network of tunnels. A cultural treat awaits in the evening at a ballet performance at the opera house* and the next day, a visit to a Ukrainian family* will provide interesting insights into how people live here.
Day 12 - Odessa, departure 12:00 pm
Day 13 - Varna/Bulgaria, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs 
Varna’s colourful history is revealed on a city tour*. On the other hand, the Stone Forest outside Varna* guards its secrets – limestone columns rise up in the midst of wild moorland.
Day 14 - Passage through the Bosporus, at approx. 06:00 am - Istanbul/Turkey, arrival at approx. 8:00 am
Early in the morning on the next day you arrive in Istanbul. A visit to Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are the highlights of a city tour*, whilst a helicopter flight* over the city and the Bosphorus will provide some breathtaking views. You can find a wide variety of Oriental treasures in the Grand Bazaar*. Here, there are more than 4,000 shops where you can browse and haggle, before spending one last night on board before your cruise comes to an end.
Day 15 - Istanbul
Disembarkation of the ship.

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

5% early booking discount if booked before February 8, 2014!

Category Cabin Type

Prices Per Person in USD

0 Guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite¹


1 Veranda/Ocean Suite


2 Veranda/Ocean Suite


1-2 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy


3 Veranda/Ocean Suite


4 Veranda/Ocean Suite


3-4 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy


5 Veranda Suite


6 Spa Suite


7 Spa Suite


8 Grand Suite


9 Grand Suite


10 Grand Penthouse Suite

on request

11 Owner Suite

on request

12 Family apartment (2x20 m²)


13 Grand Suite, equiped for disabled guests


14 Additional bed for 3rd person


All fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to change. 

¹ You pay only the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here. Accommodation will be provided in a Veranda/Ocean Suite of Category 1 to 4, subject to availability. If you book a combination of several cruises in a guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite, it will be necessary to change suites after each individual cruise. Continuous occupancy of the same suite throughout the cruises is not possible. You will receive your exact suite number on board at the beginning of the cruise (limited allotment).

² If you book your cruise 210 days (approx. 7 months) or earlier prior to departure, you will receive an early booking discount of 5% on the cruise-only price (catalogue price minus surcharge for travel arrangements to cruise departure point and from cruise arrival point as well as share of fuel costs (ship)).