A Cruise through Millennia: Limassol,
Cyprus to Piraeus (Athens), Greece
MS Europa 2 Voyage 1433 - October 25 - November 2,
Haifa and the ancient royal town of Caesarea* bring the Roman Empire to life, and you can follow
biblical trails on a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee* and in Jerusalem* and Bethlehem*. Explore the
myth of the labyrinth in Knossos* or take a stroll in Crete’s couloir* and soak up the natural
beauty of the island. Set out from Kusadasi on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of
Ephesus*. In Priene, Miletus and Didyma*, you can gain exciting insights into ancient history with
temples of Athena, an oracle sanctuary and a vast theatre.
The highlights of this cruise:
- Explore the region: by Jeep*, mountain bike* or on foot*.
- Visit biblical sites: Jerusalem*, Bethlehem*, the Sea of Galilee* and Masada*.
- The highlights of Egypt: the Pyramids of Giza* and the Egyptian Museum* in Cairo.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: the monasteries of Meteora* near to Volos.
- A relaxing boat trip* along the coast of Marmaris.
- On board: presentation entitled “Jesus – prophet, rabbi, son of God. Who believes
*These arrangements are not covered by the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed
are in the planning stage. Subject to changes
|Day 1 -
Embarkation of the MS Europa 2,
departure 8:00 pm
|Day 2 -
Haifa/Israel, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
|Haifa is a pearl on the Mediterranean. Impressively nestled between
Mount Carmel and long sandy beaches, it is brimming with sights like the Bahai
Shrine and its golden dome. Setting out from Haifa, travel to the ancient royal
town of Caesarea*, where the ruins reflect the glory of the Roman Empire. Follow
the trail of the Bible in Nazareth and on a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee*, the
lowest freshwater lake in the world. Alternatively, enhance your experience on
Haifa with impressive gardens and fine wines*.
|Day 3 -
Ashdod/Israel, 6:00 am – 7:00 pm
|The roots of
Ashdod date back to the 12th century, and the city will be your starting
point for a trip to the fortress of Masada*, which to this day remains a symbol of
freedom for Israel. It towers high above the Dead Sea* where, after your detour
into Jewish history, you can actually float on the surface of the water.
Alternatively, discover a number of the most important cities of Christianity in
Jerusalem* and Bethlehem* – from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Church of the Holy
Sepulchre to the birthplace of Jesus. Or, take a different kind of tip and explore*
Tel Aviv on a Segway.
|Day 4 - Port
Said/Egypt, 5:00 am– 9:00 pm
|One day later on your
programme, you will encounter the highlights of Egypt: setting out from
visit the legendary Pyramids of Giza* and the Sphinx – either combined with a visit
to the Egyptian Museum* in Cairo, an atmospheric Nile safari or an unforgettable
camel ride and an off-road drive*.
|Day 5 - Relaxation
|Day 6 -
Heraklion/Crete/Greece, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
|Afterwards, the EUROPA 2
will set sail for Heraklion and Crete. Explore the myth of the labyrinth in Knossos* or take a stroll
in Crete’s couloir* and soak up the natural beauty of the island. Great discoveries
also await you in Asia Minor. CHILDREN’S EXCURSION: An experience for all horse lovers. We will
take a carriage ride* on Crete. After that, we’ll have a picnic in the natural
surroundings and get ready for more adventures.
|Day 7 -
Marmaris/Turkey, 8:00 – 6:00 pm
|Following a relaxing day
at sea, you can discover the lively little city Marmaris
– an important trade hub in
classical antiquity – with its long port promenade. An off-road vehicle tour* to
the hinterland offers you marvellous views of the landscape and the coast.
Alternatively, you may wish to experience tangible history by visiting the ruins of
Kaunos* - the sight of the famous rock tombs and a boat trip on Lake Koycegiz
amidst a unique scenery augur unforgettable moments. CHILDREN'S EXCURSION: Today will be all about having lots of fun
on the hotel beach of Icmeler*! Here we can enjoy ourselves building sandcastles
and playing exciting games. And perhaps we might even dare dip our toes into the
|Day 8 -
Kusadasi/Turkey, 8:00 – 4:00 pm
|Set out from
Kusadasi on a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site
of Ephesus*. In Priene, Miletus and Didyma*, you can gain exciting insights into
ancient history with temples of Athena, an oracle sanctuary and a vast
TEENS’ EXCURSION: Setting out from Kusadasi, you
get to learn about history in a completely different way*. Touring Ephesus, the
ruins of monumental structures pay testament to the age of the
|Day 9 -
Volos/Greece, 7:00 am –5:00 pm
|Near Volos you can see some amazing constructions: the Meteora
monasteries* were built several centuries ago hundreds of metres high up on huge
rock pillars. Visit the nuns and monks in their breathtaking homes, and you will be
given some exclusive insights into life behind the monastery walls. Or you can take
a hike on Mount Pelion*. If you prefer to travel in comfort, the 100-year old
narrow-gauge railway* will take you over viaducts and through the magnificent
|Day 10 - Piraeus
(Athens)/Greece, arrival 7:00 am
|Your cruise will come to
an end in Piraeus – but it will long remain a memory.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in
the planning stage and are subject to changes.
5% early booking discount if
booked before March 29, 2014!
Per Person in USD
||Veranda/Ocean Suite for single
||Veranda/Ocean Suite for single
||Grand Penthouse Suite
||Family apartment (2x20
||Grand Suite, equiped for disabled
||Additional bed for 3rd
All fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to
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)).