On board MS BREMEN from Porto to Catania
Expedition Knowledge - On both sides of Gibraltar
“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|
| Thu, 18.09.2014 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto
| Fri, 19.09.2014 |
Cruise on the Tagus
Europe’s cultural coast – built on history
| Sat, 20.09.2014 |
Lisbon, departure 2.00 hrs
| Sun, 21.09.2014 |
Seville/Spain, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
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
| 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
* 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.
Following programmes we offer in German:
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: EXPEDITION KNOWLEDGE: CULTURAL TREASURES IN CENTRAL PORTUGAL
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: EXPEDITION KNOWLEDGE: BETWEEN ETNA AND ANTIQUITY – THE HIGHLIGHT OF EASTERN SICILY
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
- 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