On board MS BREMEN from Hamburg to Cuxhaven

Expedition Knowledge – in the Kingdom of the Arts

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Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt, art expert: “Come with me on a journey in time through 5,000 years of eventful cultural history, and gain a new understanding of the British identity. From traces of the Stone Age to the Romans, from impressive cathedrals to filigree masterpieces of garden architecture, from art nouveau in Glasgow to world class museums."

from Hamburg to Cuxhaven

Cruise dates:from 06.09.2013 to 19.09.2013 (14 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1316

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Fri, 06.09.2013

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

Sat, 07.09.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 08.09.2013

Portsmouth/England, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

Enthralling excursions into history 
Contemporary architecture and British tradition bid you welcome in Portsmouth  – your point of departure for the mystery of Stonehenge*. On the Expert Excursion: The Roman Palace at Fishbourne and Chichester Cathedral* you will move between past and present with Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt. Besides reliefs and paintings dating from 12th century, in the impressive Norman church you will also be able to admire modern art, including a window by Marc Chagall.

Mon, 09.09.2013

Penzance, from 9.00 to 14.00 hrs

The impressions on the “Cornish Riviera“ are picturesque. Off Penzance you can walk around the former pilgrimage site  St Michael’s Mount*, through the sub-tropical floral splendour of the tidal island. Or let yourself be enchanted by the superb views of the green coast and the cliffs of Land’s End on the excursion  Cape Cornwall with Coastal Walk*.

Tue, 10.09.2013

Dublin/Ireland, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

Metropolises of Art 
Ireland’s lively capital Dublin is the home of art and artists – and accommodates a unique work of art history. Marvel on the Expert Excursion: World Art in Dublin* at the “Book of Kells”, a copy of the four gospels dating from 8th century that is decorated on each page with ornate illustrations. In the immediate vicinity of Dublin in the Wicklow Mountains impressive complexes such as the  monastic city of Glendalough and the garden of Powerscourt*, which is regarded as being one of the most beautiful, aristocratic gardens in the world.

Wed, 11.09.2013

Liverpool/England, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

The four legendary moptops, who you will meet in Liverpool, are famous. Tread in The Footsteps of the Beatles*, or explore the  Museum City Liverpool*, which, with its Walker Art Gallery, possesses the largest art collections in England.

Thu, 12.09.2013

Greenock/Scotland, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

Artists, Kings and Cathedrals 
The port of Greenock is your gateway to the rugged Highlands. On an excursion to Loch Lomond* you will have spectacular views across the Highlands. Alternatively Dr. Dr. Volker Gebhardt will accompany you on an Expert Excursion: Metropolis of Art Nouveau – Mackintosh in Glasgow* and tread in the footsteps of this architect and painter who still influences the image of the city today.

Fri, 13.09.2013

Cruising off Fingal’s Cave/Staffa

You can experience the works of art of the wild side of nature when BREMEN cruises off the small Hebridean island of Staffa . Where the seas have dashed against the cliffs for thousands of years the famous basalt cave Fingal’s Cave has been formed, which i.a. inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his “Hebridean Overture“.

Sat, 14.09.2013

Stromness/Orkney Islands, from 7.00 to 13.30 hrs

From Stromness you will travel on the Expert Excursion: Magic Stone Circles and the Pompey of the Stone Age* on a journey into the early history of the Orkney Islands.

Sun, 15.09.2013

Leith (Edinburgh), from 8.00 to 24.00 hrs

In Leith you can enjoy royal company – since 1997 the “Britannia”, the former Royal Yacht, has been berthed in the port of Edinburgh. Just as majestically in the middle of the city, Edinburgh Castle thrones on an extinct volcano – just one of the highlights of a tour of the city through Edinburgh and the Royal Botanic Garden of Dawyck*. Dr. Dr. Volker Gebhardt will abduct you into the Scotland of the past on the Expert Excursion: National Gallery of Scotland* and on the Expert Excursion: On the Trail of Mary Stuart*.

Mon, 16.09.2013

Newcastle upon Tyne/England, from 12.00 to 17.30 hrs

Things become typically British in Newcastle upon Tyne. Enjoy a stylish teatime in Howick Hall and its Gardens*, the family home of the Earl of Grey.

Tue, 17.09.2013

Kingston upon Hull, from 6.00 to 17.00 hrs

The Expert Excursion: Masterpieces of the Romanic – Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle*. The ribbed vault over the choir stalls of the Cathedral are the oldest preserved of their kind. You can explore the largest mediaeval church in England, which altogether took 250 years to build, to the north of Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire. On the Expert Excursion: Castle Howard and York Minster* you can immerse yourself in their history – and, after climbing the tower, you will be able to crown your fascinating insights with a breathtaking view.

Wed, 18.09.2013

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 19.09.2013

Cuxhaven, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* 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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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

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Best of Britain

A truly intellectual adventure – on this “Expedition Knowledge”

through the perspective of art, architecture and garden design you will

gain a new understanding for the British identity. With specially

planned expert excursions and during captivating lectures, amongst

others the art historian Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt will reveal surprising

connections and inspiring facts to you, for example on the following


  • Both mystical and magical – stone witnesses in Stonehenge and in Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands
  • The pillars of the earth- Roman and Gothic church architectural art in Chichester, Durham and York
  • Stylish art nouveau – Mackintosh’s legacy in Glasgow
  • More than the Fab Four - Liverpool between avant-garde and working-class