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Between East & West: Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Limassol, Cyprus

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1432 - October 18-25, 2014

Experience freedom that takes you places between East and West, and spend golden October days in the eastern Mediterranean. The cliff walls tower to the left and right during a boat trip along Corinth Canal*, the Lion’s Gate and other majestic buildings await you in Mycenae and Epidaurus*. Explore Rhodes, the home of ancient philosophers, with its impressive old town and the picturesque village of Lindos. Shop and haggle in the Turkish city of Antalya, and in Cyprus you can follow historic footprints and marvel at the great mosaics* in the House of Dionysus.

The highlights of this cruise:

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site: explore Epidaurus* and Mycenae*.
  • Santorini: walking on the volcano and bathing in hot springs*.
  • Agios Nikolaos: kayak tour to the island of Spinalonga*.
  • Mythical Knossos*: on the trail of King Minos.
  • Rhodes: enjoy the winding streets of the charming old town or explore Rhodes by mountain bike*.
  • Antalya: a thrilling rafting adventure on the Koprucay River*.

 *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 - Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
The EUROPA 2 will set a course from Piraeus to Nauplia. This idyllic spot on the Peloponnese is your starting point for a boat trip along the narrow Corinth Canal*, which was completed in 1893. Afterwards, visit ancient Corinth and gain an insight into the glamorous past. Mycenae* and Epidaurus* also feature majestic buildings, including the Lion’s Gate; a grand testament to high culture on the ancient Aegean, and the theatre in Epidaurus, famous for its acoustics and location.
Day 3 - Santorini/Cyclades/Greece - 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Unparalleled impressions also await you on Santorini. The gorgeous Cycladic architecture virtually invites you to captivate it with your camera – the blue and white photos of Santorini are famous throughout the world. The most overwhelming impressions can be gained in the village of Megalochori* - with its whitewashed houses, beautiful churches, blue domes and colourful bougainvillea, it is regarded as one of Greece’s picture-perfect idylls.  FAMILY EXCURSION: One of the most picturesque places in the Cyclades is the backdrop for the great Santorini photo rally*. Set out in teams through Oia with its whitewashed houses, blue domes and unique location right at the edge of the caldera. Documentary evidence of your solutions to the rally questions is provided in the form of photos taken along the way.
Day 4 - Agios Nikolaos/Crete/Greece - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Crete also retains numerous traces of the ancient past. You can set out from Agios Nikolaos to follow the footsteps of the Minotaur in the legendary city of Knossos*. Take a Land Rover safari* and reach the beautiful village of Kroustas, where you can enjoy a typical Greek cafe frappe. More active guests can enjoy a mountain-bike tour* through the natural beauty of Crete’s spectacular landscape. TEENS’ EXCURSION: The famous Palace of Knossos on Crete is surrounded by myriad legends. When visiting the ruins, dive into the mythical past and discover the secrets of the Minoans*.
Day 5 - Rhodes/Dodecanese Islands/Greece, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Rhodes is no less impressive, where the old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander through narrow streets and alleys lined with small shops, quaint restaurants and comfortable cafes. A highlight of Rhodes, in the truest sense of the word, is the site of Lindos and its acropolis*. White houses crowd underneath the second-largest building of its kind in the country, situated on a 116-metre high cliff. The Mediterranean fragrances of thyme, oregano and basil will greet you on your stroll through nature* towards the village of Salakos and its colourful traditional houses.  CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: Set off on a photo rally through the old town of Rhodes*. We’ll explore the city's numerous unmissable buildings and take a load of great photos. Who’ll take the best photo?
Day 6 - Antalya/Turkey - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Antalya is one of the most beautiful cities in Turkey, where the narrow streets in the old city make for a perfect place to shop and haggle. Take trips into the ancient past in Perga, Aspendos* and Termessos*. Alternatively, take part in an exciting quad-bike safari* through the spurs of the Taurus Mountains.  FAMILY EXCURSION: Set off from Antalya to enjoy a rafting experience* in the Taurus Mountains. We’ll tame the wild water, glide over rapids and feel the power of the water on our skin. A wet and wild adventure for kids and grown-ups.
Day 7 - Paphos/Cyprus 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
According to legend, Aphrodite came ashore in Cyprus after her birth. Follow the goddess when the EUROPA 2 calls at the port of Paphos, full of tavernas and shops. The vast ruins are just as appealing, bringing history to life as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For example, marvel at the great mosaics* in the House of Dionysus and the mythical cliffs of Aphrodite. Enjoy majestic nature on a hike through Avagas Gorge*.
Day 8 - Limassol/Cyprus, arrival 1:00 am
Disembarkation 

* 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 March 22, 2014!

 
Category Cabin Type

Prices Per Person in USD

0 Guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite¹

$4,790

1 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$5,610

2 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$6,110

1-2 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy

$7,600

3 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$6,750

4 Veranda/Ocean Suite

$7,040

3-4 Veranda/Ocean Suite for single occupancy

$9,030

5 Veranda Suite

$7,600

6 Spa Suite

$11,320

7 Spa Suite

$11,600

8 Grand Suite

$11,320

9 Grand Suite

$11,600

10 Grand Penthouse Suite

on request

11 Owner Suite

on request

12 Family apartment (2x20 m²)

$7,040

13 Grand Suite, equiped for disabled guests

$9,890

14 Additional bed for 3rd person

$3,890


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)).