On board MS BREMEN from Porto to Hamburg
Circumnavigation of western Europe - An extravaganza of contrasts
An early summer night’s dream on board the BREMEN which underlines the diversity of Europe with numerous premiere destinations. Discover cultural treasures and breathtaking nature: picturesque old towns and magnificent castles on the Loire, idyllic bays and imposing cliffs – all rounded off by exclusive classical concerts in special locations.
from Porto to Hamburg
|Cruise dates:||from 25.05.2015 to 05.06.2015 (11 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
| Mon, 25.05.2015 |
Scheduled flight Germany – Porto
| Tue, 26.05.2015 |
La Coruna/Spain, from 12.00 to 19.00 hrs
In the cultural region of church and crown
| Wed, 27.05.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Thu, 28.05.2015 |
Nantes/France, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Nantes has harmonised the changing times with the preservation of its cultural heritage. Don’t miss out on exploring Nantes on foot*, where a medieval quarter home to over 500-year-old half-timbered houses has become a bustling venue for going out and shopping. Your expectations of a kingdom will take on new dimensions when you visit Angers Castle*. Even Jules Verne, a native of Nantes, could not have made this feudal architecture from the Middle Ages any more fantastical. With fortified walls and 17 towers, it is a colossus amongst the castles along the Loire. The superlatives continue inside. The longest tapestry in the world, the Angers Apocalypse tapestry, dates back to the 14th century and is 4.5 metres tall and over 100 metres long. True natural works of art will parade before you on an active canoe trip on the Erdre River*. Magnificent manors, castles and elegant parks will slowly pass by. The deck of the BREMEN will be like a box seat during the evening cruise along the Loire.
| Fri, 29.05.2015 |
An overture for the following premiere destination of the BREMEN: the Atlantic island of Ile d’Yeu. On a walk around the island*, you are sure to immediately fall in love with this idyllic place with its white houses and busy fishermen.
| Sat, 30.05.2015 |
Concarneau, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
Brittany – the wild spirit of France
| Sun, 31.05.2015 |
L’Aber Wrac’h is more maritime and contemplative – an unknown gem on the Breton coast and a popular destination for sailors. The fjord-like bay is the mouth of the river Aber. A tour leads along the 65 km Aber coast* to the cliffs of Argenton and Portsall. Alternatively, discover the flair of the coast and its villages on a tour of Brittany*.
| Mon, 01.06.2015 |
| Tue, 02.06.2015 |
Honfleur/France, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs
At the estuary of the Seine, the lifelines of European artists flow together in Honfleur. The picturesque port continues to move artists to set up their easels, just as it did Renoir, Courbet and Cézanne. You can sense the charm of this region on a tour through Honfleur and Deauville*, the elegant seaside resort. In contrast, Rouen, the city of 100 steeples*, is dominated by exceptional architecture, as are the Abbey church of St Ouen, the cathedral and the well-preserved half-timbered houses. The striking Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic structures inspired even Claude Monet. A walk along the cliff line* of Etretat is an encounter with nature that is certain to impress.
| Wed, 03.06.2015 |
Cruise on the Westerschelde and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
After cruising on the Westerschelde and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, you cannot miss discovering quintessential Ghent*. The famous Ghent Altarpiece is one of the most significant works of the late Gothic period, painted by Jan van Eyck sometimes using a brush with no more than a single hair. The Flemish legacy is also marked by the 95 m high belfry and the history of the beguinages*. These abodes, which form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will make for a leisurely conclusion to your extravaganza of European contrasts – but your diverse impressions will long be remembered.
| Thu, 04.06.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 05.06.2015 |
Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
= at anchor
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: PORTO – CULTURAL DISCOVERIES IN THE NORTH OF PORTUGAL
EXTENSION: HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE
An art history specialist in the team of experts
Fascinated by history and structural evidence, Dr Ralf Quadflieg studied art history and archaeology in Cologne, London and Cairo. In the preservation of historical monuments, he has accompanied both national and international projects. He is passionate about the history of European art and culture and will bring them to life in absorbing presentations.