Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include BRE1610.
Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Madrid – Tenerife**
Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Tenerife/Spain, departure 21.00 hrs
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Pioneering spirit in all its splendour
It is hard to believe there are so many surprising facets of Madeira, Portugal’s green oasis in the Atlantic. During your spectacular arrival in the port of Funchal, you will have a view over the high mountains that surround the city. A jeep tour of Madeira* along winding roads and away from tarmacked routes will offer you a succession of wonderful views. Gain insights into the island’s famous irrigation system on a levada hike* along this stone lifeline, which runs for more than 2,000 km.
Like a settler and seafarer of old, the BREMEN will continue northwest until an Atlantis-like archipelago suddenly appears before you: the multifaceted, diverse Azores.
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Great natural experiences ahead
The Azores, a hiker’s paradise, are still a largely unknown destination for discerning explorers. Lakes surrounded by flowers and lush volcanic craters are punctuated with green valleys and bustling towns. Where whales are the dominant species, you will experience unforgettable panoramas and expedition moments at the most beautiful time of the year. The first highlight is your visit to Santa Maria. In addition to picturesque sandy beaches and white houses, it is the small farming communities that will enchant you on a hike to the Pedreira do Campo stone quarry*.
Your route also takes in Sao Jorge, whose expansive plateaus and volcanic cones are reminiscent of a dragon. Appropriately, Saint George, the dragon slayer, is the island’s patron saint. A walk around the island* will take you right into the rich native vegetation. Particularly stunning are the many fajas, lush, green stretches of land formed by cooled lava, where tropical fruits and even coffee are cultivated. Get a taste on an excursion with fajas and coffee tasting*.
Western Azores (Flores, Corvo )
Central Azores (Graciosa, Terceira, Pico , Faial)
The eternal fascination of volcanoes and whales
Even from afar, Corvo, the smallest of the Azores, stands out from the others. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is home to many species of birds and marine mammals. Your individual shore visit with the experts will centre on the caldera, which is around two million years old. Seldom visited, the island of Graciosa is a real insider’s tip. Surrounded by small bays, it offers gently rolling volcanic cones, vineyards and white windmills with red domes. Discover its natural beauty and volcanic soul on n a hike to the Furna do Enxofre *. Much livelier is the island of Terceira, which was part of the transatlantic trade routes in the 16th and 17th centuries. Angra do Heroismo, once a supply port for Spain and Portugal, is now considered the most beautiful town in the Azores. See for yourself on an island tour of Terceira and the World Heritage Site of Angra do Heroismo*, where you will walk past palaces, churches and country houses, seemingly on a journey through time.
By contrast, the landscape of the island of Pico is characterised by over 100 volcanoes and deep-black rocks, with Portugal’s highest mountain rising above it all. When you embark on a tour, large sections of the crater island of Pico* will show it to be the most inhospitable island in the archipelago. Impressive rocks and lava fields form the backdrop to the once flourishing whaling location of Lajes. With enriching presentations from your experts on board, you will delve deep into the world of the ocean giants. And the story of the marine mammals continues on the island of Faial. Until the 1980s, hunting whales was still a major part of everyday life. The people who have circumnavigated the globe in Peter Cafe Sport in the harbour of Horta will certainly have plenty to say about this and more. A scenic journey to the Capelinhos volcano* in the centre of the island tells of the elemental forces of the earth. Explore the natural surroundings more actively on a hike around the Faial Caldeira*, which is around 2 km in diameter, 400 m deep and crowned with magnificent views.
The largest of the Azores, Sao Miguel, is fertile terrain for growing tobacco, wine grapes and pineapples, and is Europe’s only tea plantation. The scenery is characterised by laurel and eucalyptus trees, and the island’s volcanic heart is full of bubbling springs and the smell of sulphur. Experience this diversity when you set out for Furnas’s fumaroles* or embark on a jeep tour to the crater lakes of Sete Cidades*. Alternatively, take a local boat with a positioning system and an expert guide for some whale watching – in search of sperm whales*. This cruise will also offer plenty of opportunities for spectacular encounters with various whale and dolphin species – both on guided excursions and from the deck of the BREMEN. The captain may even spontaneously change course for this very purpose. Look forward to a range of experiences on each island in the Azores, which you will explore on your unforgettable expedition.
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Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Lisbon – 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.
** Our tip for your direct arrival at the cruise departure point: instead of a connection with a changeover in Madrid, many charter airlines offer direct flights. You can find out more and book flights at your travel agency.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
Andrea and Wilfried Steffen have been working to protect whales and dolphins for years, and they have their own research centre in the Caribbean. Their sperm whale protection project Dominika was awarded the environmental prize Trophee des Femmes in 2012. On board, the two authors of a number of publications will discuss the fragile underwater habitat in vivid detail.