On board MS BREMEN from Porto to Catania

Expedition Knowledge - On both sides of Gibraltar

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“The interaction of peoples, religions and cultures will come to life on this ‘Expedition Knowledge’. With the BREMEN, you can embark on a journey through time in the treasure trove of southern Europe. Architectural masterpieces, significant cultural monuments and dreamlike natural surroundings make the overall portrait of Europe shine anew,” says Dr Ralph Quadflieg, art and history expert.

from Porto to Catania

Cruise dates:from 18.09.2014 to 28.09.2014 (11 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1418

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


Thu, 18.09.2014

Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs

Fri, 19.09.2014

Cruise on the Tagus
Lisbon, arrival 12.00 hrs

Europe’s cultural coast – built on history
Is there a more appropriate way to reach the sea-faring city of Lisbon
than on board a ship? After cruising on the Tagus, discover the city of great explorers and countless cultural treasures. With art historian and archaeologist Dr Ralph Quadflieg, the Expert excursion: Sintra and Queluz – Portugal’s royal residences* will guide you to the wealth and luxury of the Portuguese monarchs. He will explain the Arabic influences of the royal palace in Sintra and show you the Queluz National Palace, which was shaped by the Rococo era. Marvel at outstanding examples of Manueline style at the Hieronymites Monastery and Se Cathedral ,and round off your eventful day with a traditional fado evening*.

Sat, 20.09.2014

Lisbon, departure 2.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea

Sun, 21.09.2014

Seville/Spain, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
Cruise on the Guadalquivir

The diverse architectural faces of Europe continue in the Andalucian city of Seville. Narrow streets mix with wide alleys and lead to the Moorish Alcazar of Seville. Let Seville, the city of contrasts*, entice you with its famous architecture. A kayak tour on the Guadalquivir* is a sporty way to travel from Isla de La Cartuja to the famous Triana district. The expert excursion: the caliph city of Cordoba* will also lead you to new shores. The legacy of the Arabs can be seen here on a gigantic scale. For example, the Great Mosque is one of the most magnificent places of worship in the world. To round off your day, an experience awaits you which only a small expedition ship such as the BREMEN can deliver: enjoying the panoramic view whilst cruising on the Guadalquivir.

Mon, 22.09.2014

Gibraltar/Great Britain, from 8.00 to 12.00 hrs
Tangier/Morocco, from 14.00 to 19.00 hrs

Between cultures
Where Europe and Africa lie closest together, you can enjoy nature and a spectacular view of the sea – all the while seeing the turbulent history and exposed location of Gibraltar. On one side, the history of the British conquest. On the other side, the gateway to Africa and Tangier. Here you can dive into the world of the Orient with Dr Ralph Quadflieg on the expert excursion: on the Pillars of Hercules – Tangier and Cape Spartel* or enjoy the timelessly fascinating Moroccan town of arts Asilah*.

Tue, 23.09.2014

Malaga/Spain, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

Back on the Iberian Peninsula, you will be greeted by the Andalucian flair of Malaga: on the expert excursion: Malaga – from the Arabs to Picasso*, you can follow the life and work of one of the founders of cubism from his place of birth to the museum. The architectural feats of the Moors highlight the royal city of Granada and the Moorish residence, the Alhambra*.

Wed, 24.09.2014

Cartagena, from 11.00 to 17.00 hrs

Enjoy a journey through a chequered past which is alive in Cartagena and let the expert excursion: Cartagena – a walk through antiquity* lead you to its remnants. With various architectural styles spanning five centuries, the cathedral in the university city of Murcia* reflects a far-reaching past.

Thu, 25.09.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 26.09.2014

Cagliari/Sardinia/Italy, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

Cagliari on the island of Sardinia demonstrates a contrasting mixture of the mediaeval world and modern flair. You can investigate the major ancient ruins on the expert excursion: the Punic-Roman dig at Nora* or marvel at the natural beauty of Sardinia on a walk in the Monte Arcosu natural preserve*. Sicily is a sun-drenched cultural hub between East and West.

Sat, 27.09.2014

Palermo/Sicily, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

Discover the mixture of western European, Arabic and Byzantine artistic concepts in Palermo on the expert excursion: Norman art in Palermo and Montreal*. Alternatively, take a stroll in the temple of Segesta, walking in the footsteps of Greek antiquity*. This combination of exciting knowledge and dolce vita makes for a perfect conclusion to your enriching “Expedition Knowledge”.

Sun, 28.09.2014

Catania/Sicily, arrival 6.00 hrs
scheduled flight Catania – Munich

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The on-shore activities listed are being planned and are subject to change.

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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Expedition Knowledge: Southern Europe: a sea of cultures

On this “Expedition Knowledge”, you can develop a deep understanding

for the history of southern Europe – when an adventure for the mind. Art

expert and archaeologist Dr Ralph Quadflieg will enrich your knowledge

with numerous expert trips and exciting presentations, including on the

following subjects:

  • The kaleidoscope of art: how does the mixture of Arabic and Christian artistic traditions shape regional styles
  • The Mediterranean war zone: Rome vs Carthage, Islam vs Christianity
  • The legacy of the Umayyad Caliphate in Cordoba and the influence of the dynasty on the ancient knowledge of western Europe
  • Sicily’s golden ages: major architecture from antiquity, the Baroque, the Normans and the Staufer