The Magic of the Aegean: Valletta, Malta -
Piraeus (Athens), Greece
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1426 - August 30-September 6, 2014
The Crusader castle at Valletta sees us off from Malta as we set a course for the blue Aegean with
its picturesque bays and islands. In Ythion, the Caves of Dirou* with their stalactites and
stalagmites provide an insight into the Neolithic era, whilst in Crete, Minoan history is brought
to life. In Didyma and Milet*, you can visit the region’s most impressive oracle sites, whilst a
Land Rover safari reveals the many sides of Crete. Cruise on a traditional yacht at Bodrum and
stroll around the narrow streets of Mykonos town. The grand finale to your cruise will be the
impressive ruins of Mykene and Epidaurus*, with the famous Lion’s Gate, before disembarking in the
lively port of Piraeus.
Highlights of this trip:
- Underground play of colours at the Caves of Dirou* near Ythion.
- Greetings from the ancient world: Mykene*, Epidaurus* and Corinth*.
- Picture-book Cyclades: enjoy the sunset on Mykonos.
- On board: Aristotle and more – lecture on ancient philosophy.
*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed
are in the planning stage. Subject to changes
|Day 1 -
Valletta/Malta - Departure at 10:00 pm
|As you leave behind the
Crusader castle in Valletta, some relaxing days in Greece and
Turkey lie ahead.
|Day 2 - Relaxation
|Day 3 -
Ythion/Peloponnese/Greece - 7:00 am to 1:30 pm
|Your first stop is
at Ythion, a lively port with captivating charm. Stroll along the harbour
promenade with its cafes and quaint tavernas, wander through picturesque streets or
explore the fascinating sites in the surrounding area. The Caves of Dirou*, which
were not discovered until the 1950s, will provide a deep insight into life in the
Neolithic era. Or visit Mistras*, a ruined Byzantine city with beautiful views over
the valley and the village of the same name.
|Day 4 - Agios
Nikolaos/Crete/Greece, 8:00 – 6:00 am
|The next day, we reach
Agios Nikolaos on Crete, a former fishing village with the delightful Lake Voulismeni in
its centre. Not far away from here are some relics of Minoan culture – the
legendary Palace of Knossos*. A Land Rover safari* will take you through the wildly
romantic hills, partly off-road, to the idyllic village of Kroustas. Here you can
enjoy a typical Greek frappe coffee. TEENS’ EXCURSION: On a scavenger hunt through Arolithos*, you can
explore this traditional village in Crete. You will be stopping at some special
places to answer questions and each correct answer will take you one step closer to
solving the mystery.
|Day 5 -
Bodrum/Turkey, 8:00 – 6:00 pm
|In Bodrum, you will be stepping onto Turkish soil with a backdrop of
the distant Taurus Mountains. The city was built on the ruins of the ancient
settlement of Halikarnassos, which had a mausoleum that was one of the Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World. One of Bodrum’s landmarks is the Castle of St Peter,
which will be just one of the highlights on your walking tour* of the city. At
Didyma and Milet*, you can discover one of the most impressive oracle sites in Asia
Minor and the “Manhattan of the ancient world”. Alternatively, you can spend the
day in Bodrum on a boat trip from bay to bay*. We will be taking a relaxing cruise
along the coast on a gulet, a traditional wooden yacht, making stops for a swim at
some beautiful places. CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: From Bodrum, we will be making our way to
visit the gourd village*, where the inhabitants are famous for their artistically
decorated gourds. We will be getting together with a family from the village to
paint our own gourds.
|Day 6 -
Delos/Cyclades/Greece - 7:00 am to 1:00 pm Mykonos/Cyclades/Greece - 2:30 pm - 9:00
|The enchanting Cyclades
are true picture-book Greece. Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to the most extensive
archaeological site in Greece. From the harbour, a boulevard leads up to the
sanctuary of Apollo. Another legendary Greek island is Mykonos. The snow-white cube
houses, old windmills and the unique atmosphere of the island attract stars such as
Sharon Stone and Mick Jagger. Stroll through the narrow streets in Mykonos town,
past chic boutiques, cosy bars and courtyard restaurants with plenty of
|Day 7 -
Nauplia/Peloponnese/Greece - 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
|Your next destination is
the attractive resort of Nauplia in the Peloponnese. Here you can look forward to some
unforgettable experiences: travel through the narrow Corinth Channel* and visit the
Temple of Apollo in ancient Corinth*. Or follow in the footsteps of Heinrich
Schliemann and explore the impressive ruins of Mykene* and Epidaurus*, including
the famous Lion’s Gate and an amazingly well-preserved Greek theatre with its
breathtaking location and acoustics.
|Day 8 - Piraeus
(Athens)/Greece, arrival 6.00 hrs
|Sun worshippers will
appreciate Tolo beach*: round off your cruise in the lively port of
Piraeus with some swimming and relaxation at the
* 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 1, 2014!
Per Person in USD
||Veranda/Ocean Suite for single
||Veranda/Ocean Suite for single
||Grand Penthouse Suite
||Family apartment (2x20
||Grand Suite, equiped for disabled
||Additional bed for 3rd
All fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to
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)).