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Ancient Relics and Mediterranean Life: Piraeus (Athens), Greece to Lisbon, Portugal

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1434 - November 3-16, 2014

Enjoy freedom that takes you places on a journey through the southern Mediterranean that concludes in Lisbon. Explore the green island of Corfu on a mountain bike tour* or embark on a sea kayak adventure* to discover Comino, Malta’s seldom-visited neighbouring island. On Sicily, be swept away by the magnificent palaces of Syracuse and a Jeep tour* at the foot of Mount Etna. Palermo is the political and cultural hub of this large Mediterranean island, and the cathedral – containing the sarcophagus of Frederick II – is worth the visit alone. On Spain’s Costa Calida lies the town of Cartagena, steeped in history and with fascinating contrasts between its Roman amphitheatre, art nouveau houses and Cathedral Murcia*. Lisbon, the proud city on the Tagus River, forms the finale of your spectacular Mediterranean odyssey.

The highlights of this cruise:

  • Unique testaments to Greek and Italien culture: Mycenae*, Syracuse* and Palermo*.
  • Gain a fascinating insight into ancient times in Tipaza and the Mausoleum of Mauretania*.
  • On board: the Taste of Africa – an inspiring spice workshop.

 *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, Embarkation of the MS Europa 2 - departure at 10:00 pm
In the evening, the EUROPA 2 will leave Piraeus and set a course for the beautiful city of Nauplia in the Peloponnese.
Day 2 - Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece - 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Small shops, tavernas and cafes – where you can spend several relaxing hours – beckon underneath the Venetian tower fortifications. The digs at Mycenae*, formerly one of the most important cities in Greece and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, promise unforgettable moments. In Corinth*, set off on a boat trip along the famous canal, six-and-a-half kilometres long and lined by steep walls.
Day 3 - Relaxation at sea
Day 4 - Kerkyra/Corfu/Greece - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
With its Mediterranean climate and lush vegetation, the second-largest of the Ionian Islands is also known as “the Green Island”. Get up close and personal with the enchanting landscape on a mountain bike tour*. Or follow in Sissi’s footsteps: once upon a time, Empress Elisabeth of Austria commissioned the Achilleon*, a building surrounded by magnificent gardens with a sculpture park.
Day 5 - Syracuse/Sicily/Italy, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm 
Once Sicily’s most powerful city, its picturesque old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – never fails to impress. The central Piazza Archimede is surrounded by grand palazzi – immerse yourself in the vibrant lives of the locals. Thrilling active excursions such as canyoning* or a Jeep tour* await you at the foot of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano.
Day 6 - Valletta/Malta, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 
Erected by the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta, Valletta’s imposing walls defy the ages. In the old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, historic sites such as St John’s Co-Cathedral and numerous cafes entice you to explore and relax. Alternatively, investigate the unspoilt nature of the small neighbouring island of Comino on a sea kayak adventure tour*. 
Day 7 - La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia, 13.00 – 19.00 hrs 
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is waiting to astound you in La Goulette: the Arabian old town of Tunis. A world of fairy tales, just as in 1,001 Nights, with interconnected alleyways and small stalls selling rugs, furniture and oriental jewellery. Set out after the traces of history and visit the Bardo Museum* and the old town: the museum displays treasures from the age of Carthage and houses the largest collection of Greek and Roman mosaics in the country. You can get even closer to the Carthaginian civilisation on a trip to Carthage*. The ruins of the former master of the Mediterranean reflect the splendour of the past.
Day 8 - Palermo/Sicily/Italy, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm 
Palermo is Sicily’s political and cultural hub. The cathedral, which contains the sarcophagus of Frederick II, is worth the visit alone. The catacombs in the Capuchin Crypt*, in which the mummified remains of many families of the high nobility are interred, are a fascinatingly eerie testimony of human mortality. Alternatively, talk a walk through the coastal town of Cefalu*, idyllically situated between the sea and the 300-metre-high Rocca.
Day 9 - Relaxation at sea
Day 10 - Algiers/Algeria, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs 
Algiers is a melting pot of cultures and a living juxtaposition of French and Eastern influences. Discover this wonderful oasis on a city tour with a stop in the Jardin d’Essai* gardens: an exuberant plethora of tropical plants with exotic colours and scents. Alternatively, gain a fascinating insight into ancient times in Tipaza and the Mausoleum of Mauretania*.
Day 11 - Cartagena/Spain, 9:00 am – 7:00 pm 
Founded by the Carthaginians, this town on the Costa Calida – which is best explored on foot* – has a chequered past shaped by the Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. From the Casa de la Fortuna, your route will take you to the Roman amphitheatre – a contrast to the Calle Mayor boulevard lined with art nouveau houses. With a 90-metre-high tower rising majestically up to heaven, Cathedral Murcia* is an architectural masterpiece. This unusual house of God combines architectural styles from five eras.
Day 12 - Relaxation at sea
Day 13 - Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 12:00 pm - Overnight stay on board
Your final destination sees melancholy, Mediterranean joie de vivre, fado and fiesta closely mixed with one another: Lisbon, the proud city on the Tejo. Take a tram ride* through the narrow rows of houses or discover the city in a highly original way, try a tour on a Segway*, a two-wheeled electric vehicle. After one last night on board the EUROPA 2, your spectacular journey draws to a close.
Day 14 - Lisbon/Portugal

* 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 April 7, 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)).