Scheduled flight Germany - Lisbon
Lisbon/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Fascinating experiences in charming natural surroundings
All nine Azores islands are of volcanic origin – and yet each has its own individual character. So that you can experience it intensively, the Captain and crew will adapt the itinerary flexibly to the local conditions. The first highlight awaits you on Sao Miguel, the largest island. Setting out from Ponta Delgada you will undertake a Jeep Tour to the Crater Lakes of Sete Cidades*. Enjoy the fantastic view into the interior of the volcano, or, on the excursion Furnas Fumaroles*, explore not only bubbling fumaroles but also the only tea plantation in Europe.
Sao Jorge (Cruising off Ilhéu do Topo, Velas )
The most beautiful hiking paths of the Azores can be found on Sao Jorge. With the Zodiacs you will head for the island on which the charming town of Velas will captivate you with its numerous buildings dating from 18th and 19th centuries.
Western Azores (Flores , Corvo )
You will fall victim to the magic of Flores, the westernmost island of the Azores, in Santa Cruz das Flores, the small, picturesque main town. Even more idyllic is Corvo. Only around 400 people live on the smallest Azores island. Hectic and stress are unknown here, as you will also discover when you leave Porto da Casa for the Cara-do-Indio hiking path*. Small paths lined with stone walls along which the locals drive their cattle to their pastures, lead you to the original beauty of this gem.
Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Graciosa, Terceira)
Fascinating perspectives are offered you on the island of Pico: The volcano of the same name, which is more than 2,000 m high, and the peak of which often disappears in the clouds, is the highest mountain in Portugal. Departing from the small town of Madalena, which was already founded in 1542, you will start out on a Scenic Excursion across the Crater Island Pico* and absorb the wild natural surroundings – bizarre-shaped rock formations, lava fields and a rainforest-type of vegetation. As an alternative, on a hike through the Vineyards of Criacao Velha*, which meanwhile form part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, you can discover how the volcanic soil lends the famous Verdelho grape its unique aroma.
Formed by fire
Just in time to visit Peter’s Café Sport – the legendary meeting place for round-the-world yachtsmen – in the late afternoon you will arrive in Horta on Faial . The next day you will have enough time to explore the island. Look forward to spectacular insights into the impressive volcanic crater in the centre of the island on a Hike around the Caldera of Faial* or a Scenic Excursion on Faial*. A genuine insiders’ tip among explorers is Graciosa, which is visited by only a few ships and will enthral you with its original naturalness. On the excursion Graciosa, the “Delightful Island” – Small Villages and Volcanoes*, walk down into the Furna do Enxofre, an underground sulphur cave and an impressive spectacle of untamed nature which you will also experience on the excursion Caves and Hot Springs*. You will also feel their power on a Hike on Terceira*, which, starting out from Praia da Vitoria, will lead you to the imposing Natal Caves, the lava passages of which consist of basalt stalactites and stalagmites. On the other hand, devote your time to exciting cultural aspects on the Guided Tour of the Island of Terceira and the Town of Angra do Heroísmo*, which, due to its historic town centre with superb renaissance and baroque buildings, is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.
Finally the BREMEN heads for the southernmost island, Santa Maria. From Vila do Porto you will start out on a Guided Tour of the Island*, on which i.a. you will visit the village of Anjos, just like Christopher Columbus long before you. On the superb sandy beach of Praia Formosa you can once again enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the Azores that has made your expedition an experience beyond compare.
Relaxation at sea
Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Tenerife, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Tenerife - Madrid - Frankfurt**
The following programmes can be booked.
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:
During this expedition amendments to the itinerary can become necessary. Depending on the local conditions the Captain will decide on the best possible alternatives.
* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.
** Our tip for your direct travel arrangements from the cruise arrival point: As an alternative to the connection with a changeover in Madrid, many charter flight companies offer direct flights. For further information and booking please consult your local travel agent.
Birgit Siegel has been living on the Azores island of Sao Miguel
since 2003. Already during her studies she concentrated on the group of
islands and trained to be an official travel guide “Guia-Intérprete
Regional”. Her extensive knowledge ranging from the political
development to ornithology makes her the ideal guide for your