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Savoir Vivre in France - Hamburg to Bilbao
MS Europa Voyage 1324 -  October 9-21, 2013

5% early booking discount if booked before February 16, 2013!

The Eiffel Tower proudly dominates the Paris skyline whilst a monastic island, built long ago at the behest of an angel, occupies an exalted position on the coast of Normandy – enjoy the art of cruising around the “Grande Nation” on board the EUROPA. Your route takes you to picturesque small towns and idyllic villages in Brittany as far as the country’s most beautiful river. In Bordeaux, fine wines tantalise your palate and the taste of oysters indulges your senses. “Bienvenue” to a spectacular few days.

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites – Mont Saint-Michel*, the city centre of Bordeaux * and the wine-growing region of St. Émilion*
  • A day in Paris*
  • Sampling oysters in the Bay of Arcachon*
  • La soirée parisienne – French revue on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with comprehensive golf package*

These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. Subject to changes.


Date  Destination
Wed, 09-Oct-2013  Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs
Visit the art gallery “Kunsthalle” or take a stroll through the HafenCity – start out by exploring Hamburg individually*.
Thu, 10-Oct-2013  Relaxation at sea
Fri, 11-Oct-2013  Rouen/France, arrival 9.30 hrs
The EUROPA reaches the historic capital of Normandy via the Seine and will remain here overnight. You can enjoy a tremendous panoramic view of the “city of 100 bells” from St. Catherine’s Hill. In the mediaeval district*, one of the country’s largest consecrated buildings dominates the skyline – the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which featured in more than 30 paintings by Claude Monet. The artist also loved the picturesque alleys of the small town of Honfleur*, one of the most delightful places in Normandy and regarded as the cradle of impressionism. The French capital’s many magnificent attractions beckon – the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde, the church La Madeleine – immerse yourself in the magic of Paris*.
Sat, 12-Oct-2013  Rouen, departure 21.30 hrs
Sun, 13-Oct-2013  St. Helier, 12.30 – 19.00 hrs - St. Malo, arrival 23.30 hrs
St. Helier/Jersey/Channel Islands/Great Britain - The most hours of sunshine in the British Isles are recorded on the largest of the Channel Islands. Impressions of Jersey* include the jagged rocky cliffs as well as the sandy beaches and lofty Mont Orgueil Castle in Gorey on the east coast. The murals in the small Fisherman’s Chapel were only rediscovered in the 20th century.
St. Malo/France - The EUROPA reaches the ancient corsair city on the coast of Brittany late in the evening. The next day one of the most impressive examples of mediaeval French architecture rises before you - visit the “Wonder of the Western World”, the monastic island of Mont Saint-Michel*. The idyllic fishing village of Cancale* has been famous for its excellent oysters since the 17th century.
Mon, 14-Oct-2013 St. Malo, departure 17.00 hrs
Tue, 15-Oct-2013 Brest/France 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
A charming little town in Brittany awaits you - in the Middle Ages, Locronan* was famous for its sailcloth. What captivates people today is its wonderfully preserved townscape with old granite houses and the Church of St. Ronan. Spectacular cliffs and magnificent panoramic views will delight you on a hike on the Crozon Peninsula*.
Wed, 16-Oct-2013  Lorient/France 8.30 – 17.30 hrs
Setting out from the former home port of the French East India Company, you can retrace history back to the Neolithic Age - the myriad megalithic standing stones of Carnac* were erected some 3,000 years before Christ, yet what they signify is still a mystery to this day. Other gems of Brittany include the walled historic district of Concarneau* and scenically located Pont Aven*, which attracted Paul Gauguin and other artists in the 19th century.
Thu, 17-Oct-2013  Nantes/France, 6.00 – 18.00 hrs
The EUROPA reaches the capital of the former Duchy of Brittany via the Loire. The ducal castle, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul or the Théâtre Graslin provide insights into Nantes’ history*. You can subsequently enjoy a leisurely boat trip* on the Erdre, “France’s most beautiful river”. Francis I, the Roi Chevalier, bestowed this title on the river on account of the fantastic chateaux and parks along its banks. You can actively explore the Erdre on a canoe trip*.
Fri, 18-Oct-2013 La Pallice (La Rochelle)/France, 8.00 – 18.00 hrs
The pretty Île de Ré* with its small fishing villages and long sandy beaches is located off the coast of this once Huguenot city. Many artists are attracted to the island, and its scenic beauty is likely to inspire you to visit it, too.
Sat, 19-Oct-2013  Bordeaux/France, 8.50 – 19.30 hrs
Welcome to this enchanting wine metropolis on the banks of the Garonne; its historic district has been a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site for several years. The surrounding region is also well-known – even the Romans cultivated vines in the picturesque little wine-growing town of St. Émilion*. The vineyards of the Medoc* are world-famous, and you will get the opportunity to sample some of these fine wines. Dining on oysters in Le Canon – this is the highlight of a boat trip in the idyllic Bay of Arcachon*.
Sun, 20-Oct-2013  St.-Jean-de-Luz/France, 12.00 – 18.00 hrs
You will be delighted by the Basque Country* with its beautiful villages such as Ainhoa and local specialities like cidre and cheese, which you will be able to sample on your travels through this green region. Biarritz* with its Grande Plage and the venerable Hotel de Palais is regarded as the queen of seaside resorts - enjoy a stroll through the beautiful alleys.
Mon, 21-Oct-2013  Bilbao/Spain, arrival 6.00 hrs - Disembarkation.


5% early booking discount if booked before February 16, 2013!

Category Suite type

Price in Euros
(per person)

Price in USD $  ³
(per person)

0
Guaranteed Suite, double occupancy¹

4,980 €

$ 5,976

1
Suite

5,918 €

$ 7,102

2
Suite

6,108 €

$ 7,330

3
Suite

6,298 €

$ 7,558

1-3
Suite, single occupancy

7,828 €

$ 9,394

4
Veranda Suite

6,808 €

$ 8,170

5
Veranda Suite

7,638 €

$ 9,166

4-5
Veranda Suite, single occupancy

10,178 €

$ 12,214

6
Veranda Suite

7,948 €

$ 9,538

7
Veranda Suite

8,458 €

$ 10,150

6-7
Veranda Suite, single occupancy

11,448 €

$ 13,738

8
Penthouse Deluxe Suite

13,038 €

$ 15,646

9
Penthouse Grand Suite

- on request -

- on request -

10
SPA Suite

9,348 €

$ 11,218

11
Extra bed for 3rd person

3,818 €

 $ 4,582

- Without travel arrangements to cruise arrival point

-320 €

- $ 384


³ US Dollar rates as of June 8, 2012.  Fares are based on the current Euro to Dollar exchange rate and are subject to change.

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