Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1622.
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Singapore
Connecting flight to Sydney
Two overnight stays with breakfast
City tour with lunch
Scheduled flight to Lautoka/Fiji, departure 21.00 hrs
Fiji (Ovalau , Fulanga )
Dream destinations ahoy
Your wonderful expedition begins on Fiji with a journey into the past. Founded by Europeans in 1830, Ovalau has retained the charm of the times of the pioneers. Picturesque colonial houses, Fiji’s first church and the warmth of the people make a visit to Levuka unforgettable. The HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs will take you to more and more seldom-visited destinations. Fulanga will give you a taste of the intense exploration feeling to come. Surrounded by tiny islands, which emerge from the turquoise water like mushrooms, you can walk along the overgrown limestone coast and white beaches or go for a swim in crystal-clear water.
Tonga (Nuku’alofa, cruising off Tofua, Ha’apai Group , Vava’u )
The last Polynesian monarchy
The archipelago of 176 islands is a kingdom for explorers. The paradise of Tonga is ruled from Nuku’alofa, where the royal family’s remarkable palace stands, made from New Zealand Norfolk pines. Fascinating island impressions* await you on a visit to Tonga’s National Museum and the blowholes in the coral banks, from which the crashing waves shoot impressively high fountains of water. When cruising off Tofua, marvel at the power of the earth, which once produced this volcanic island. William Bligh is reported to have gathered provisions here after the mutiny on the Bounty. The South Seas dream continues in the Ha’apai Group. After landing on the white beach of the palm-lined island of Foa, you will receive a ceremonial welcome to your village visit with “Malo e me’a mai”. By now, you will understand why James Cook called Tonga the “Friendly Islands”. You will get to know the native flora and fauna during your visit. Dominated by a natural forest and the flat-topped Mount Talau, the idyllic natural harbour of Neiafu is situated on Vava’u. As you walk through this tranquil town, the colonial buildings and bustling market will work their special magic.
Samoa (Upolu, Savai’i )
In the 19th century, the colonial powers’ interest in Samoa grew as a result of copra, the raw material from which coconut oil is extracted. For passionate explorers, however, the real riches can be found in the beautiful fairy-tale landscape, such as the black beaches and green vegetation of Upolu. You can discover its unknown side in the capital of Apia and the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum*. At the summit of Mount Vaea, which sits above the city, you will find the last resting place of author Robert Louis Stevenson. The neighbouring island of Savai’i, the largest island in the archipelago, demonstrates the more peaceful side of the South Seas with picturesque beaches and palm forests. Here, you will gain insights into traditional village life* and Samoan culture. According to legend, the local deity Tui Fiti, who is invisible to the native people, occasionally appears to foreign visitors. Perhaps you will be one of the chosen few? Spectacular contrasts are provided by impressions of Savai’i island* with a “history book” of volcanology, left behind by the eruption of Matavanu at the start of the 20th century with igneous lava flows and tubes.
Relaxation at sea
Crossing the International Date Line (day counts twice)
Relaxation at sea
Cook Islands (Rarotonga , Aitutaki Atoll )
Heaven on earth and underwater
The Cook Islands with their beach paradises, lush rainforests and overgrown mountains seem to float in the emerald-green water of the Pacific. Rarotonga is almost too beautiful to be true. Immerse yourself in its magic on a boat trip to Muri Lagoon* to relax and snorkel. No less impressive is the walk through the rainforest with Pa Son*, a Polynesian guide, who will lead you through the green vegetation and reveal the secrets of the fauna and flora. Aitutaki Atoll only measures around 20 km2 – making this South Seas paradise all the greater. You will travel by boat through the blue lagoon*, one of the world’s most beautiful and a fantastic snorkelling site. Or you can take a tour of idyllic villages, the Marea site and vegetable plantations to gather unforgettable impressions of the island*.
Bora Bora/Society Islands/French Polynesia
Epitome of South Seas dreams
One of the most famous South Seas islands in French Polynesia was said to have been “created by the gods” – and your impressions of Bora Bora* will confirm it. On an island tour through small villages, you will enjoy plenty of fantastic views of the mighty volcanic massif at the centre of the island. The colourful underwater life at the edge of the reef will fascinate you on a trip on a glass-bottom boat*.
Papeete/Tahiti/Society Islands/French Polynesia, arrival 19.30 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Moorea is another wonderful example of South Seas romanticism. Its lagoon gleams blue and green and colourful flowers light up the countryside. The white beach will entice you to unwind. Explore the impressive island of Moorea* with its pineapple plantations, Mount Rotui and traces of old stone temples. And walking the Three Coconut Trees Pass* through the exotic natural surroundings is certain to provide more unique South Seas moments to round off your HANSEATIC expedition.
Transfer to the Middle Class Hotel Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, Day Room, in the evening Transfer to scheduled flight to Los Angeles.
Connecting flight to Germany.
Arrival in Germany
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:
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on the flight schedule, a change to the travel arrangements to the cruise departure point may be necessary.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
For Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein, the more inhospitable the landscape and the more foreign the culture, the better. Having studied mineralogy and geology, he will enchant you with extraordinary presentations about the Pacific Ocean.