On board MS BREMEN from La Goulette (Tunis) to Tenerife

Expedition Knowledge - The majesty of the Maghreb and the Moors

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“Explore Andalusia and the world of North Africa on old and new paths with me – from traces of ancient Christianity to oriental palaces and mosques to the lively old towns and everyday culture of the present,” says Gina Egenolf, culture and geography expert.

from La Goulette (Tunis) to Tenerife

Cruise dates:from 25.10.2014 to 03.11.2014 (10 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1421

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


Sat, 25.10.2014

Scheduled flight Germany – Tunis
La Goulette (Tunis)/Tunisia, departure 18.00 hrs

Sun, 26.10.2014

Annaba/Algeria, from 9.00 to 14.00 hrs

Algeria – diverse new land in sight
Enjoy the fascinating worlds “between” Africa and Europe. The BREMEN’s first port of call is Algeria’s Annaba, the birthplace of Albert Camus. The city impressively embodies a connection of Christian and Muslim culture. The ruins of the ancient Hippo Regius* shed light onto the country’s history with impressive temples and theatres and an Early Christian basilica. Annaba and the Basilica of St Augustine* are landmarks of Christian ideology and will lead you in the footsteps of the holy Augustine of Hippo. Deepen your insights into the city on Gina Egenolf’s expert excursion: approaching the East*, which will highlight the architectural influences of Christianity, Islam and the new era in the streets and small souks.

Mon, 27.10.2014

Algiers, from 9.30 to 23.00 hrs

Upon reaching the prime destination of Algiers, the BREMEN will let you look into a kaleidoscope of cultures. White facades, narrow streets and charming parks unite oriental flair and European influence. The highlights of Algiers* are truly outstanding – such as Notre Dame d’Afrique on a 120-metre-high cliff or the almost 100-metre-high Martyrs Memorial. On the expert excursion: tour through the Kasbah*, you can gain insights into the everyday life of the residents of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Feel like you are in one of Scheherazade’s tales on the expert excursion: Le Palais des Rais and Islamic art*. The majesty of the Ottoman Empire speaks volumes when you see the historic 18th-century building. Alternatively, grand history comes to life in the former Punic trading post of Tipaza*.

Tue, 28.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 29.10.2014

Malaga/Spain, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

The treasures of Andalusia and the magic of Africa
The autumn sun bathes the cultural treasures of Malaga in light on the Costa del Sol. The expert excursion: the hunt for traces in Andalusia* recounts the history of the Arab colonisation, which is still evident in the terraced development in the mountains of the Alpujarra. In the city region, the Mediterranean city of Malaga* will enchant you with the castle on Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba fortification – as splendid as Granada and the Moorish residence of Alhambra*. The old royal city is a highlight of Moorish-Arab architecture in Europe and offers exciting insights into the legacy of that era.

Thu, 30.10.2014

Cadiz, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

The Spanish city of Cadiz is a hub between the continents: the old town feels almost African with its narrow streets, small spaces and white, flat-roofed houses. Discover the charming city of Cadiz* with all its colours, cultures and churches. The beauty of nature unfolds with imposingly steep coasts and pine forests on a stroll through the La Brena natural park, whilst Gina Egenolf brings to life the former artistic centre of Europe on the expert excursion: Seville* which includes a tour of the Alcazar palace.

Fri, 31.10.2014

Casablanca/Morocco, from 9.00 to 16.30 hrs

In Casablanca, poignant history and modern everyday culture form an exciting symbiosis. Wide streets and art deco columns mix with Moorish elements. Even religions become manifest in the great Hassan II Mosque and the famous Notre Dame de Lourdes cathedral whilst you explore Casablanca*. The expert excursion: El Jadida – a gate to the world* is just as impressive: the well-preserved fortified city and former Portuguese base on the coast is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site today. Alternatively, visit a world from 1001 Arabian Nights in the royal city of Rabat* with its magically decorated mausoleum for King Mohammed V. Traditional crafts are still alive behind the walls of the old town and the Andalusian Gardens serve as a peaceful oasis.

Sat, 01.11.2014

Agadir, from 12.30 to 19.00 hrs

Deepen your sense of relaxation on a stroll along the beach promenade of the spa city of Agadir. This is the starting point of your expert excursion: Taroudant – the little sister of Marrakesh*. Dive into life in the labyrinth of souks, famous for their numerous tanneries. A trip to Massa Valley in Land Rovers* will lead you past Berber villages, oases and sand dunes.

Sun, 02.11.2014

Arrecife/Lanzarote/Spain, from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs

Inspired by these impressions, set a course for European soil on the BREMEN – in the middle of the Atlantic. On Lanzarote you can explore the volcanoes of the southern island*, a bizarre moonscape of volcanoes and craters. Alternatively, on Gina Egenolf’s expert excursion: the fascinating island art of César Manrique*, you can marvel at the Jardin de Cactus with roughly 1,000 varieties of cactus before your eventful “Expedition Knowledge” comes to a close on Tenerife.

Mon, 03.11.2014

Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Tenerife, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Tenerife – Madrid – Frankfurt**

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

**Our tip for your direct departure: instead of the connection via Madrid, many charter flight airlines offer direct flights. Please consult your travel agent for advice and bookings.

Expedition Knowledge: exciting cultural symbioses

This “Expedition Knowledge” will shed light on North Africa and

Andalusia’s cultural diversity. Culture expert Gina Egenolf will unlock

the history and everyday culture of the various peoples. You will gain

deep insights into Eastern life and the Moorish-Arab legacy in Europe

with topics including the following:

  • The history of North Africa: deserts and seas – how a landscape shapes its inhabitants
  • Questions of faith: on Christian, Jewish and Islamic influences
  • The cosmos of an oriental city: life between mosques, Turkish baths, souks, cafes and trade
  • Arab culture in Europe: the legacy of the Moors in Spain