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Europe's Coastline of the Arts: Hamburg, Germany Round trip

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 2.

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.

Date Destination
Friday 24-Apr-2015 Hamburg/Germany, Embarkation of the MS Europa 2
Friday 24-Apr-2015 Hamburg/Germany, departure 18.00 hrs 
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and the Alster: discover Hamburg*, known as the “gateway to the world”, before setting off on your cruise.
Saturday 25-Apr-2015 Relaxation at sea
Sunday 26-Apr-2015 Rouen/France, arrival 12.00 hrs 
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.
Monday 27-Apr-2015 Rouen, departure 13.00 hrs
Tuesday 28-Apr-2015 Antwerp/Belgium, 12.00 – 0.00 hrs 
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.
Wednesday 29-Apr-2015 Ghent/Belgium, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs 
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 life.
Thursday 30-Apr-2015 Amsterdam/Netherlands, 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.
Friday 01-May-2015 Amsterdam, departure 2.00 hrs
Saturday 02-May-2015 Hamburg/Germany, 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.
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