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The Natural and Cultural Treasures of the Aegean: Athens, Greece to Istanbul, Turkey
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1527 - September 14-21, 2015

Let your spirit soar on dreamlike beaches, discover fascinating historical buildings or enjoy Mediterranean hospitality in rustic taverns: welcome to the Greek Aegean. Relax on the sandy beaches of Skiathos, visit the monasteries of Meteora** on high sandstone cliffs or wander through the hidden markets of Thessaloniki. On Thassos, the island where wine and honey flow, you can enjoy tranquil beaches and culinary specialities before visiting the old town of Kavala for a stroll around its little shops and cafes. Your seven-day cruise will come to an end in Pergamon**, one of the most beautiful excavation sites in Turkey.

Highlights of this cruise:

  • Relax in style on the beaches of Skiathos and Thassos.
  • Fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site: the monasteries of Meteora** perched on rocky pinnacles.
  • Walking** or white-water rafting** in the Nestos Gorge.

** The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.



Monday 14-Sep-2015

Piraeus (Athens)/Greece, departure 21.00 hrs

Embarkation of the MS Europa 2.

Tuesday 15-Sep-2015

Skiathos/Sporades/Greece, 12.00 – 0.00 hrs

Green hills and white sandy beaches: on Skiathos, you can relax as you go ashore into the heart of nature to do your own thing, be it going for a swim or taking a walk in the pine forests.

Wednesday 16-Sep-2015

Volos/Greece, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs

Whether it’s a walk along the beach, a visit to the taverns on the port promenade or a more active walk on Mount Pelion**, Volos has many diverse hours of downtime to enjoy. The nuns and monks of the monasteries of Meteora** live a life between heaven and earth: out of the woods loom rock monoliths up to 300 m in height with the monasteries balanced on their ledges and peaks. Your insights behind the walls of the monasteries will be just as fascinating as the views.

Thursday 17-Sep-2015

Thessaloniki/Greece, 7.00 – 17.00 hrs

The glorious history of the city, which was mentioned in sources as early as the Bible, is reflected in its majestic architecture. An unusual way of getting to know Thessaloniki is a walk through the hidden markets**. A stay at Sani Resort**, where you can swim, relax, dive** and snorkel in the colourful underwater world promises relaxation in its purest sense.

Friday 18-Sep-2015

Limenas/Thassos/Greece, 8.00 – 15.00 hrs


The island where wine and honey flow: besides its culinary specialities, Thassos is famous for its long sandy beaches, tranquil bays and crystal-clear water. Decide for yourself how to enjoy the beauty of the scenery – for example, with a ride on the beach** or on a trip in an all-terrain vehicle** with you behind the wheel.

Kavala/Greece, arrival 17.00 hrs

Saturday 19-Sep-2015

Kavala, departure 17.00 hrs

A Byzantine castle looms over the old town of Kavala. Stroll through the centre itself, a protected historical site, and enjoy the perfect mixture of bars, cafes and shopping opportunities. Take an excursion into nature with a walk in Nestos Bay**, a nature reserve which is home to many different bird species.

Sunday 20-Sep-2015

Dikili/Turkey, 7.00 – 13.30 hrs

Evening passage through the Dardanelles

In this port city, you get to choose: visit Pergamon in conjunction with either the Asclepion** or the archaeological museum**. Whatever you decide, one of the most beautiful excavation sites in Turkey awaits you – and still with the perceptible majesty of a city that is said to have surpassed even Alexandria. In the evening, the EUROPA 2 will pass through the Dardanelles – your veranda will become an exclusive vantage point.

Monday 21-Sep-2015

Istanbul/Turkey, arrival 7.00 hrs

Disembarkation of the MS Europa 2.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.


Suite Type

Price per person in USD


Veranda/Ocean Suite



Veranda/Ocean Suite



Veranda/Ocean Suite for Single Occupancy



Veranda/Ocean Suite



Veranda/Ocean Suite



Veranda/Ocean Suite for Single Occupancy



Veranda Suite



Grand Ocean Suite



Grand Ocean Suite



Penthouse Suite



Penthouse Suite



Grand Penthouse Suite

on request 


Owner Suite

on request 


Family apartment (2x20 m²)



Penthouse Suite, Equipped for Disabled Guests



Extra Bed for Third Person



Guaranteed Veranda/Ocean Suite¹



5% early booking discount (cruise only) until


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)).