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Expedition Knowledge: Masterpiece Europe

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Stephan Börries, expert in architecture: “Gothic highlights, magnificent cities and picturesque landscapes”: Set out in golden autumn light on a fascinating voyage through Europe’s cultural history and discover the art and architecture of our continent from a completely new perspective – crowned by inspiring musical moments.“

from Cuxhaven to Lisbon

Cruise dates:from 19.09.2013 to 30.09.2013 (12 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1317

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


Thu, 19.09.2013

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Cuxhaven, departure 19.00 hrs

Fri, 20.09.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 21.09.2013

Ostend/Belgium, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

Resplendent cities and majestic buildings 
Along the cultural coast of Europe the wealth and prosperity of former times come alive. Starting from Ostende you have the opportunity of discovering Bruges on an Expert Excursion: Intensive Tour of Bruges, City of Fine Art* with the art connoisseur Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt . In the almost completely preserved old city time appears to have stood still exactly as in the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages” that you will explore together with the architecture expert Stephan Börries on the Expert Excursion: Ghent  – Trading Metropolis of the Middles Ages*. In the former centre of the cloth trade, merchants’ houses and the Town Hall as well as works of art such as the Ghent Altar reflect the influence and the power of the Church and the bourgeoisie.

Sun, 22.09.2013

Portsmouth/England, from 9.00 to 19.00 hrs

Enthralling insights into history await you from your starting point in Portsmouth. With Stephan Börries you will marvel at awe-inspiring stately homes, significant art collections and the cohesive stylistics of Salisbury Cathedral on the Expert Excursion: Journey in Time to the Highlights of English Architecture*. Alternatively you can accompany Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt on an Expert Excursion: The Roman Palace of Fishbourne and Chichester Cathedral*, or follow up the Myth of Stonehenge*.

Mon, 23.09.2013

Honfleur/France, from 8.00 to 17.30 hrs

The treasure chest of France
Honfleur, with its picturesque harbour and its half-timbered buildings in narrow alleyways, is a gem of Normandy. On the other hand, Stephan Börries will lead you to a rare jewel of Gothik architecture on the Expert Excursion: Rouen, City of a Hundred Towers*. Alternatively, on an Expert Excursion: Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry* with Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt you will see one of the greatest treasures of the Middle Ages. Over a length of more than 60 m the woven work of art precisely illustrates the conquest of England by William the Conqueror. Indeed a true eye-opener which is followed by a wonderful aural indulgence - in the evening an Exclusive Classical Concert awaits you in a former salt store dating from 17th century.

Tue, 24.09.2013

St. Malo, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs

In St. Malo you can experience one of the most fascinating sights in France. On Expert Excursions to the Mont Saint Michel* our two specialists will reveal to you the secrets of this total work of architectural art.

Wed, 25.09.2013

Le Palais/Belle-Île, from 15.00 to 20.00 hrs

You will find the mighty walls of the Vauban Citadel, that dominate the port of Le Palais on the island Belle-Île, most impressive. On the Expert Excursion: Hidden Treasures in Le Palais* you will be guided through the star-shaped fortification before you are invited to a further Exclusive Classical Concert  in the Citadel.

Thu, 26.09.2013

La Pallice (La Rochelle), from 8.00 to 13.00 hrs

Near La Pallice a small, natural jewel awaits you with picturesque villages and a historic town centre with maritime flair when the Charming Île de Ré and La Rochelle* welcome you.

Fri, 27.09.2013

Gijon/Spain, from 9.00 to 19.00 hrs

Spain’s proud sanctuaries 
For many centuries the Catholic faith has influenced the country and finds its expression in sacral buildings and works of art. Starting out from Gijon, accompanied by Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt on an Expert Excursion*, you will be visiting the old royal city of Oviedo – from here the Christian recapture of the country began after the Moorish invasion. Or explore Gijon – City by the Gulf of Biscay*.

Sat, 28.09.2013

La Coruna, from 8.00 to 20.00 hrs

La Coruna is your point of departure when heading for the great pilgrimage destination of the St. James’ Way in Santiago de Compostela* on various  Expert Excursions. Sense the special magic of the more than 1,000-year-old cathedral, the history of which you can follow with the two experts. In the evening a Musical Surprise in the awe-inspiring stately home Pazo de Santa Cruz will round off your “Expedition Knowledge”.

Sun, 29.09.2013

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 30.09.2013

Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 9.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Lisbon - Germany

* 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.

Following programmes we offer in German:



Europe, the looking glass of the Fine Arts

On the European west coast you will experience a true, intellectual

adventure. Renowned specialists such as the architecture and art experts

Stephan Börries and Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt unlock the secrets of

European cultural history and thus open up a new understanding for the

development of the continent. On this “Expedition Knowledge” you can

look forward to inspiring lectures and specially planned expert

excursions, i.a. on the following topics:

  • The economy of art – the interplay between economic recovery and cultural boom
  • The splendour of power – town halls, cloth halls and the new self-confidence of the bourgeoisie
  • Impressions of Rouen – the cathedral that inspired Claude Monet
  • The paths of faith – on the trail of the pilgrims between genuine miracles and those that are merely a commercial product