Sail the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic Ocean as you cruise from Nice, France to Funchal on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Mediterranean cities along the coast impress visitors with futuristic architecture, legacies of centuries-old history and plenty of time for Gaudí and tapas in Barcelona. On the Balearic island of Mallorca, a calm November day exudes charm, and in Algiers, the narrow alleys of the “white capital” lead to another world. The medina of Marrakech is an inspiration for all senses. On board your cruise ship, you'll experience international stars from the field of classical music. A wonderful voyage from all angles. Includes pre and post cruise tours, accommodations and private transfers in Nice and Madeira Island.
Cruise Departure Dates:
Nov 19, 2013
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
Le Meridien Nice (4*) hotel occupies a dream location at Number One, Promenade des Anglais, overlooking the magnificent Baie des Anges. It is a few steps from the Old Town and offers a panoramic rooftop terrace. With the Albert 1st Gardens to its east, the hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city. Acropolis, the city's convention centre, is less than three kilometres from the hotel, and Sophia Antipolis, the leading European science park, is 25 minutes by car. The famous sightseeing spots of Nice are a five minute walk from the hotel. The modern guest rooms at Le Meridien Nice have views of the sea, the Albert 1st Gardens, or the hotel patio. Each is air conditioned and includes a mini-bar and satellite TV, and most also feature a balcony. Guests of Le Meridien Nice can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, or sunbathe on the rooftop terrace, overlooking the sea. The hotel also has a fitness centre.
Enjoy a half day (5hrs) private tour with your private Guide and vehicle. Upon leaving Nice, we drive to the spectacular coastline Lower Corniche between Nice and Monaco, which harbours typical Mediterranean villages and modern marinas. Admire the Bay and Citadel of Villefranche. Short stop for panoramic view.. On the Middle Corniche stop at Eze – a medieval perched village with its crafts shops and breathtaking panorama. Guided tour of a traditional perfumery, the true essence of Provence. Continue to Monaco. City tour at the Old Town of Monaco: view of the palace, the Cathedral, oceanographical museum (no entrance). Tour of Monte-Carlo and drive along the amazing Grand Prix circuit. Free time at Casino Square: enjoy yourselves with luxurious shopping, strolling along stunning gardens, megayachts, chic casinos… or simply watch the “rich and beautiful” in their favourite haunts. After the tour return back to Nice.
Port transfer with private vehicle and English speaking driver. (A supplement for transfer between 8pm and 7am may be charged).
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your cabin, and to explore the length of your ship. This evening, your first dinner aboard will provide an ideal opportunity to meet some of your fellow cruisemates.
After sailing for merely 2 hours, you'll arrive to your first call-to-port on your voyage, at Cannes, home of the renowned International Film Festival. Explore some of the city's nightlife, as you'll have the day tomorrow to do some sightseeing.
The M/S Europa is the only cruise ship worldwide to have been awarded the coveted distinction “5 stars plus” by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2012. Never before has there been so much space per passenger nor so much privacy to feel comfortable and at ease. Aboard M/S Europa, the at-most 408 guests are exclusively awaited by suites in a sophisticated ambiance and with generous space at the disposal of each guest. The limited number of passengers and the superior ratio of crew members to guests with a German- and English-speaking hotel crew ensure that you feel comfortable on board in every respect from the very first minute, both at sea and ashore. Besides the perfect service, a genuine culinary highlight also awaits you on a cruise with the M/S Europa. The master chefs will treat you to mouth-watering adventures, new passions for the palate and surprising interpretations of classics. In particular, you may look forward to the “Restaurant Dieter Müller“ of the renowned Michelin starred chef. Time out for body and soul: the golf area, the Ocean Spa, the fitness room, the pool with Magrodome as well as the outstanding cultural and entertainment programme offer plenty of diversity and ensure your well-being. Let yourself be whisked away to the most fascinating destinations on Earth. Welcome aboard M/S Europa!
Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department. The Promenade de la Croisette is Cannes' waterfront avenue with palm trees, known for picturesque beaches and for its restaurants, cafés and boutiques. La Suquet, the old town, provides a good view out to La Croisette.
Marseille is the second largest city in France, after Paris. Located on the southeast coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France's largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. It is listed as a major centre of art and history. The city has many museums and galleries and there are many ancient buildings and churches of historical interest. Most of the attractions of Marseille (including shopping areas) are located in the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th arrondissements.
The Port of Barcelona has a 2000-year history and a great contemporary commercial importance. The Port is divided into three zones: Port Vell (the Old Port), the commercial port and the logistics port (Barcelona Free Port). The Port Vell houses the Maremagnum (a commercial mall), a multiplex cinema, the IMAX Port Vell and Europe's largest aquarium, containing 8,000 fish and 11 sharks contained in 22 basins filled with 6 million litres of sea water. The Maremagnum, due to being situated a designated tourist zone, is the only commercial mall in the city that can open on Sundays and public holidays.
You have until the early afternoon to do some additional exploration of Barcelona. Perhaps admire some Gaudi architecture, or take a cable car ride up Montjuic Mountain for a superb view of the city.
Valencia’s port is the largest on the Mediterranean Western coast. Formerly an industrial city, Valencia saw rapid development that started in the mid-1990s, expanding its cultural and touristic possibilities, which turned it into a vibrant city, restoring old landmarks like the old Towers of the medieval city (Serrano Towers and Quart Towers), monasteries like the San Miguel de los Reyes Monastery, and the whole Malvarrosa beach.
Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma.The city is dominated by its wonderful Gothic cathedral, La Seu, and most of the main sights are located within the area bounded by the old city walls, especially to the north and east of the cathedral. Both the cathedral La Seu and the Palau de l'Almudaina (Royal Palace) are on the harbor and worth a visit, as are the nearby ancient Moorish baths (Banys Arabs).
Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria, and the second largest city in the Maghreb (after Casablanca). Nicknamed El-Bahdja or Alger la Blanche ("Algiers the White") for the glistening white of its buildings as seen rising up from the sea, Algiers is situated on the west side of a bay of the Mediterranean Sea. The modern part of the city is built on the level ground by the seashore; the old part, the ancient city of the deys, climbs the steep hill behind the modern town and is crowned by the casbah or citadel, 400 feet (122 m) above the sea. The casbah and the two quays form a triangle.
Today is a full day spent at sea, sailing toward Casablanca. As you now know, there are many ways to pass the time on board, whether it is relaxation or excitement you're looking for.
Cruise the historic waters of the Mediterranean aboard your luxury cruise vessel, making calls-to-port at many of the region's most triumphant cities of bygone eras. Your onboard experience will be enriched with shore excursions out to explore the local culture, the beaches, or well-preserved relics of the past, such as great mosques or hand-masoned city walls.
Funchal is the capital city and seaport of Portugal's autonomous region of Madeira. Owing to its geographic location, the site became an important maritime port in the 15th century, while its productive soils became a focus of new settlers, with winemaking becoming largely important. With the formal creation of the Port of Funchal, and later the establishment of the Santa Catarina Airport in the second half of the 20th century, Funchal turned into a major international tourist destination supported by a series of hotels and ocean-front residences.
Today is a final day spent at sea, sailing toward your disembarkation port of Funchal. Make your way to the action at the onboard bar or lounge, and recount some of your favourite moments with your cruisemates.
Enjoy a private full day guided tour of Camacha, Pico do Areiro, Ribeiro Frio, Santana and Machico. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today you will experience Pico do Arieiro, which at 1810 metres above sea level is breathtaking. Drive to Ribeiro Frio and the notable trout hatchery, and venture to Santana, home of the ‘A’ framed cottages. Later in the day, follow the stunning north coast, visiting Porto da Cruz, Portela and its dramatic mountain views, and Machico where the explorers first landed. Finally, you will head to Camacha, home to the famous wickerwork warehouse. End with a transfer back to your hotel. No entrance fees included.
Hotel Penha de Franca Mar (4*) situated in the best area of Funchal, with easy access to the sea. With 109 rooms fully equipped, guests will feel the utmost comfort and be able to relax in style. This hotel offers beautiful gardens to stroll through, and restaurants to dine in. The hotel complex comprises two distinct sections: the original part, sitting on a cliff, was built around an old manor house, surrounded by luxuriant, subtropical gardens, whilst a more recent addition, is located right on the ocean shore with direct access to the sea via a swimming platform.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in a chauffeur driven vehicle.
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