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The Panama Canal and Ancient Shrines:La Guaira (Caracas), Venezuela to Valparaiso, Chile

MS Europa 2 Voyage 1502 - January 17 - February 1, 2015

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 Incas”.
  • 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.

Date Destination
Saturday 17-Jan-2015 La Guaira (Caracas)/Venezuela, departure 21.00 hrs 
In La Guaira, you are warmly welcomed aboard the EUROPA 2.
Sunday 18-Jan-2015 Oranjestad/Aruba/Dutch 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 adventure*.
Monday 19-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Tuesday 20-Jan-2015 Passage through the Panama Canal, Panama/Panama, arrival in the evening 
An unforgettable experience that you can enjoy on board the EUROPA 2 is the day passage through the legendary Panama Canal.
Wednesday 21-Jan-2015 Panama, departure 18.00 hrs 
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.
Thursday 22-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Friday 23-Jan-2015 Manta/Ecuador, 7.00 – 19.00 hrs 
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 forests.
Saturday 24-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Sunday 25-Jan-2015 Salaverry/Peru, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs 
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 Valley.
Monday 26-Jan-2015 Callao (Lima)/Peru, 7.30 – 20.00 hrs 
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*.
Tuesday 27-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Wednesday 28-Jan-2015 Matarani/Peru, 7.00 – 20.00 hrs 
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.
Thursday 29-Jan-2015 Arica/Chile, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs 
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*.
Friday 30-Jan-2015 Relaxation at sea
Saturday 31-Jan-2015 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.
Sunday 01-Feb-2015 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.

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