North Sea - Visiting Europe's Metropolises - Hamburg
MS Europa Voyage 1321 - September 2-14, 2013
5% early booking
discount if booked before February 4,2013!
Two days in the regal
British capital, copious time in Amsterdam – draw inspiration from some of Europe’s most
exciting cities. The Norwegian capital Oslo shows its green and modern side and even lets you
get a glimpse of it from the air. Denmark’s seat of royal power offers the perfect ambiance for
a leisurely stroll. In Antwerp, you can follow in Rubens’ footsteps, Ghent is the place to
sample premium-quality chocolate, and on board, you will be treated to the finest wines and
cheeses. The height of indulgence.
Highlights of this cruise
- London* – the trendy city on the banks of the Thames
- Vintage car tour of the Isle of Wight*
- Gourmet special – cheese specialist and wine expert on board
- Golf & Cruise voyage with comprehensive golf package*
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. Subject to changes.
||Hamburg, Germany departure 20.00 hrs
|A walk along the River
Elbe, a coffee while enjoying the view of the Outer Alster or a stroll through
the city centre – enjoy Hamburg individually*.
||Relaxation at sea
||Cowes/Isle of Wight/England/Great Britain, 8.00 – 18.00
|Even Queen Victoria
and Prince Albert felt very much at home on the Isle of Wight and spent the
summer months at their royal residence Osborne House*, which has been a museum
since 1903. An island tour in vintage cars* driven by their owners will enable
you to get acquainted with this British isle in style.
||Greenwich/England/Great Britain, arrival 14.00
|The EUROPA docks for
two nights in southeast London – giving you a lot of time to explore. The
borough of Greenwich* can look back on a rich history. Henry VII lived here,
Anne of Denmark had The Queen’s House built and King William commissioned the
Old Royal Naval College in 1692. An impressive architectural heritage which has
been declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Cosmopolitan London’s*
city centre also has many fascinating facets. Why not enjoy the panoramic tour*
including the magnificent view from the capital’s giant Ferris wheel, the
London Eye, or go on the big city tour* and see attractions such as Trafalgar
Square and Buckingham Palace. The metropolis shows its modern face in the
Docklands*. This formerly derelict port area has been transformed into an
attractive residential and business district. And the British capital has a lot
more to offer – shopping at Harrods, taking afternoon tea in style, a visit to
the Tate Modern – what takes your fancy?
||Greenwich, departure 15.00 hrs
||Antwerp/Belgium 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
|This Flemish port city
on the bank of the River Scheldt is a little metropolis with the allure of
diamonds, fashion and Belgian waffles. From around the 15th to the 17th
century, Antwerp was a mecca for painters. Following in the footsteps of
Rubens*, the famous Baroque master, you walk past witnesses to history such as
the Grote Markt with its imposing city hall, visit the country’s largest Gothic
cathedral and Rubens’ former home, which houses a valuable collection of art.
Romantic Bruges* and its charming mediaeval townscape will captivate you, as
will a trip along the canals and a sculpture of Michelangelo in the Cathedral
of Our Lady. A guided walk around Ghent* takes you to magnificent Renaissance
and Gothic buildings and also features a sweet treat for the palate - visit a
chocolatier in his small atelier and let him show you how chocolates are made –
as a matter of course, sampling is included.
||Amsterdam/Netherlands arrival 8.00 hrs
|The EUROPA is docked
in the Netherlands multicultural capital until early the next morning, so you
have plenty of time to stroll through the snug streets or get a waterside view
of Amsterdam’s typical gabled houses on a canal trip*. The Flower Market and
the Willet Holthuysen Museum also give you an insight into the city’s past and
present. Art enthusiasts will love the Van Gogh Museum* featuring many
exceptional paintings and drawings by the Dutch painter.
||Amsterdam, departure 7.30 hrs
||Oslo/Norway arrival 18.00 hrs
metropolis is located at the northern end of the picturesque Oslofjord, and you
can enjoy its appeal until the following evening. You will see the Royal Palace
during a city tour* and can take a walk in Vigeland Park. This is where the
sculptor Gustav Vigeland left an impressive legacy of his work. A garland of
sculpted figures symbolises the human life cycle and is dwarfed by a 17-metre
monolith consisting of 121 entwined bodies. A visit to the museum island of
Bygdøy* keeps alive the memory of the era of the mighty Norsemen. The Viking
Ship Museum houses the Gokstad ship and the Oseberg ship. The latter was buried
alongside the Viking Queen Åsa around the year 850. In the Kon-Tiki Museum, you
have the opportunity to marvel at the ethnologist Thor Heyerdahl’s balsa raft
and at Ra II, with which he sailed across the Atlantic. You can expect a
magnificent view of the city, Holmenkollen and the Oslofjord during a
sightseeing flight over Oslo*.
||Oslo, departure 18.00 hrs
||Copenhagen/Denmark 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
|Why the Danish capital
is regarded as one of the world’s most alluring cities soon becomes clear
during a walk through Copenhagen*. The Little Mermaid casts her spell down at
the harbour, and the elegant Amalienborg Palace is just as amazing as the hip
district of Nyhavn with its colourful gabled houses and its many lively cafés
and restaurants. A tour of Copenhagen on land and on the water* also takes you
along the city’s picturesque canals and past Christianshavn with its attractive
||Travemuende, arrival 7.00 hrs.