The Panama Canal and Ancient
Shrines:La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela to Valparaiso,
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1502 - January 17 - February 1,
The white beaches of Oranjestad, bizarrely shaped divi-divi trees in Arikok
National Park* and a colourful underwater world – the prelude to FREEDOM THAT TAKES YOU PLACES is
the tropical setting of the Caribbean. Negotiate the Panama Canal, whose history of origin
resembles an economic crime thriller. A flight brings you to Quito* so that you can ramble about
the picturesque old town of the highest situated capital in the world. Between elaborate paintings
and friezes of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon* in Moche Valley, dip into the history of this
part of the world in the Inca ruins of Pachacamac*. Natural experiences and animal sightings are
promised by Lauca National Park* and the Isla Damas before your cruise concludes in Valparaiso.
Highlights of this trip:
- A legend full of history: passage through the Panama Canal.
- UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site: the old towns of Quito* and Panama city* and the
“White City” of Arequipa*.
- In the footsteps of an advanced civilisation: Machu Picchu*, the “Lost city of the
- On board: South American night.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore excursions
listed here are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
(Caracas)/Venezuela, departure 21.00 hrs
Guaira, you are warmly welcomed aboard the EUROPA
Antilles/the Netherlands, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs
|You reach your first
destination the following day with the white sandy beaches of Oranjestad. A hike takes you to the Arikok National
Park* with cacti fields, bizarrely shaped divi-divi trees and impressive rock
formations. Or explore the magnificent underwater world on a snorkelling
||Passage through the Panama
Canal, Panama/Panama, arrival in the evening
experience that you can enjoy on board the EUROPA 2 is the day passage through the
legendary Panama Canal.
||Panama, departure 18.00
|Central America’s lively
centre, Panama, provides a wealth of contrasts: in the midst of the historic
Casco Viejo*, the view is of skyscrapers. The natural diversity of the Parque
Natural Metropolitano* grows into the capital city and, at the Miraflores locks*,
the container ships are an impressive sight.
||Manta/Ecuador, 7.00 –
|The following day you
follow the coastline south to Manta
– your starting point for
excursions to the treasures of Ecuador. A gem is the Machalilla National Park*.
Go on voyages of discovery in charming bays, dense mangroves and primitive cloud
||Salaverry/Peru, 8.00 –
|A flight to Quito* takes
you to the highest capital city in the world: at 2,850 metres, the delightful
UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site provides a fantastic view of snow-covered
volcano slopes and entices you to stroll through the picturesque old town. After a
day at sea, you are invited to immerse yourself in the pre-Colombian era in the
charming colonial town of Salaverry under balconies adorned with flowers.
In its heyday about 100,000 people lived in the labyrinthine alleys of the
mud-brick city Chan Chan*. Go even further back in history with the elaborate
paintings and friezes of the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon* in Moche
||Callao (Lima)/Peru, 7.30 –
|In the port city of
Callao, return to present-day Peru. On a tour of Lima* (01), discover
both the modern face of the capital and the Spanish heritage around the Plaza de
Armas. Alternatively, near the city, explore the Pachacamac ruins*, an ancient Inca
shrine. Whoever wishes to explore the legendary “hub of the world” can leave the
EUROPA 2 for two nights (re-embark in Matarani) and spend their time with the
secrets of the tremendous ruined city Machu Picchu*.
||Matarani/Peru, 7.00 –
|Or stay on board
until Matarani, and visit the “White City” of
Arequipa*. The name of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site is courtesy of the
magnificent buildings such as the cathedral, built out of white volcanic rock. A
diverse paradise is presented in the Mejia Lagoons* rich with wildlife, which you
will catch sight of with a little luck.
||Arica/Chile, 6.00 – 18.00
|Your next destination will
also surprise you with abundant nature: From Arica it is not far to reach Lauca National Park*. Enjoy the
grandiose setting of the volcano reflected in Lake Chungara. As an alternative,
explore mysterious geoglyphs in Azapa Valley*.
||Isla Damas/Chile (Zodiac
cruising), 10.00 – 15.00 hrs
|Pure fascination is also
promised by the Isla Damas. We will approach the rugged habitat of
cormorants, penguins and sea lions in the Zodiacs. Your cruise comes to an end
the following day in Valparaiso.
||Valparaiso/Chile, arrival 6.00 hrs. Disembarkation of the 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.