Europe's Coastline of the
Arts: Hamburg, Germany Round
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1509 - April 24 - May 2, 2015
Enjoy the Hanseatic flair of Hamburg on your own before following in the
footsteps of inspiring artists along Europe’s western coast on board the EUROPA 2. On Europe’s most
beautiful waterways – such as the Seine, the Westerschelde and Amsterdam’s canals – we will call at
impressive cities including Rouen, Ghent and Amsterdam with proud cathedrals, charming gabled
houses and impressive architecture. And you can enjoy eight days of casual luxury on the EUROPA
Highlights of this trip:
- In the footsteps of Claude Monet** and Peter Paul Rubens**.
- Enjoy Belgium’s chocolate side**.
- A truly Dutch experience: cycling through Amsterdam.
- On board: beer tastings and beer-themed workshops.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions
listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
Embarkation of the MS Europa 2
|Hanseatic flair between
the Elbe and the Alster: discover Hamburg*, known as the “gateway to the world”,
before setting off on your cruise.
|What an experience: on the
EUROPA 2, you can sail up the Seine to the city of 100 bells, which is home to
Gothic architecture and jewellery from the Renaissance. Follow the trail of Joan of
Arc on a city tour** and marvel at the panoramic view of the old capital of
Normandy from Sainte-Catherine hill. Alternatively, take an impressionist painting
course* and marvel at the genius of Claude Monet – within view of the impressive
cathedral which the artist eternalised in his famous series.
||Rouen, departure 13.00
||Antwerp/Belgium, 12.00 –
|Via the Westerschelde, we
will reach what was once the wealthiest commercial city in Europe in the 16th
century. The guild hoses around the Grote Markt, which you can visit as well as the
Rubens House** on a city tour, attest to this wealth. Antwerp’s underground** also
promises exciting insights: the network of subterranean waterways on various levels
used to serve as fortifications and a secret port.
||Ghent/Belgium, 7.00 –
|A journey to the Middle
Ages: Ghent is one of the most beautiful cities on our continent. In a canal
boat**, you can enjoy the city at its most beautiful as you pass by historic gabled
houses, the old port and the romantic Gravensteen castle. Belgium’s famous
chocolate**, which you can learn a great deal about in an exclusive chocolate
factory, is a particularly enjoyable aspect. Alternatively, explore Brugge** at
your own pace; not only is its historic town centre a UNESCO World Heritage Site,
it is also a grand open-air museum which brings the past to
arrival 8.00 hrs
|How better to succumb to
the charms of the “Venice of the North” than on a canal trip**? Perhaps on a
bicycle tour. There are roughly 600,000 bicycles for the city’s 750,000 inhabitants
and the narrow streets, small bridges and slender towpaths are ideal for exciting
discoveries by bicycle – in true Amsterdam style. Or discover the city’s many
sights – such as the Nieuwe Kerk and the Anne Frank House – at your own pace, and
let the bustling streets spur you on until late in the night.
||Amsterdam, departure 2.00
||Hamburg/Germany, arrival 7.00 hrs, Disembarkation of the MS
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in
the planning stage and are subject to changes.