The Croatia Adriatic and the Magic of
Venice: Valletta, Malta to Venice, Italy
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1424 - August 16-23, 2014
Your cruise on board the EUROPA 2 begins
under the canopy of stars in Valletta, the capital of Malta, and heads towards the popular seaside
resort of Sarande in Albania. In Butrint*, some 20 km further south, you will come across a
“miniature Troy”. Alternatively, you could visit Gjirokastra*, one of the steepest towns in
Albania, with stone buildings that look like strongholds. Your journey then takes you to the
idyllic holiday destination of Dubrovnik. From here, you can explore the surprising “Tuscany of
Croatia”, the valley of Konavle*, with its unspoiled scenery. Hvar is one of the most beautiful
islands in Croatia, and Rovinj is your starting point for excursions to Pula* and Porec*, both
places with great cultural heritage. Venice provides the impressive finale to your cruise, with its
gondolas, canals and palazzi.
Highlights of this cruise:
- UNESCO World Heritage Site – the ruins of Butrint* in Albania.
- History brought to life – the historic city of Dubrovnik.
- One of the most beautiful gems on the Croatian coast – the island of Hvar.
- On board: a Venetian night.
*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed
are in the planning stage. Subject to changes
|Day 1 -
|Embarkation of the MS
You will be leaving the natural harbour of
Valletta just as the first stars begin to appear in the night sky
Departure at 9:00pm.
|Day 2 - Relaxation
|Day 3 - Sarande
(Butrint)/Albania - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
|Enjoy your first day
relaxing on board, before arriving in Sarande. This popular seaside resort is your starting point for
exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Butrint* lies on a peninsula in the middle
of dense forest. The ruins of Greek temples, Roman bath houses and an early
Christian baptistery are testament to the importance of this “miniature Troy” in
ancient times. You can see an impressive example of Ottoman architecture on a
scenic tour to Gjirokastra*. A walk through the “City of Stone” takes you past
houses that look like fortresses to the citadel.
|Day 4 -
Dubrovnik/Croatia - 8:00 am to Midnight
|Dubrovnik is the perfect holiday setting for the third day of your
cruise. A walking tour* of the city will let you take in the Rector’s Palace, and
the Franciscan monastery will give you an insight into the city’s mediaeval past.
Take a stroll over the cobbled streets of the old town and make sure you don’t miss
Stadun, Dubrovnik’s famous pedestrian street. Leave the usual tourist routes behind
and visit the valley of Konavle* – an unspoiled landscape sometimes known as the
“Tuscany of Croatia”, with ancient laurel trees and romantic bays. TEEN EXCURSION:
Grab your paddles! On a kayak trip along the city walls of Dubrovnik*, you can look
forward to some sporting fun.
|Day 5 -
Hvar/Croatia - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
|Hvar is a real Mediterranean idyll and you can explore its
rolling hills on an island tour* with views of the vineyards and fishing villages.
Alternatively, cruise through the extensive network of islands in the Hvar
archipelago on a boat trip to St Clement island*, which is a perfect place for
swimming in crystal-clear waters. FAMILY EXCURSION: Abandoned villages, vineyards,
sheep and plenty of lavender: We’ll be able to see all of these on our journey by
all-terrain vehicle on Hvar. What a beautiful island!
|Day 6 -
Rovinj/Croatia - arrival 8:00 am
|Enjoy a relaxing
atmosphere in Rovinj as well, where a fascinating mix of Renaissance, baroque
and neoclassical styles reflects the city’s interesting history. The former
pirates’ hideaway is the perfect starting point for excursions to visit the
surrounding area. You can go to Pula*, for example, which is the biggest city in
Istria and boasts one of the largest Roman amphitheatres. Porec* also has a long
cultural heritage and is a true gem of the Adriatic, with its ancient Roman street
design and the Byzantine Euphrasius basilica. The old railway line, which used to
link the city to Trieste, is now a great route for mountain bikes. A tour along the
old Parenzana trail* will take you over bridges and viaducts and through impressive
CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: The Dinopark Funtana* near
Rovinj is all about dinosaurs. You can see life-size dinosaurs set amidst stunning
|Day 7 -
Rovinj/Croatia - departure at 1:00 am - arrival in Venice/Italy at 8:00
|Next morning you will be
welcomed by a city, which for many visitors is the most beautiful in the
world: Venice with its 400 or more bridges and countless palazzi right on
the canals. The city's countless highlights include St. Mark's Square, the Doge's
Palace* and the Basilica with its brilliant golden mosaics. You can explore a
lesser known side of Venice on a walking tour of the Cannaregio district*. Allow
yourself to be carried along with the everyday lives of the Venetians, visit the
Jewish Ghetto and marvel at Tintoretto's frescoes in the Madonna dell'Orto
|Day 8 -
|After one last night on
board, take your memories with you on your journey home.
* 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 January 18, 2014!
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)).