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MS BREMEN - from Shanghai to Otaru
Cruise BRE1707
10.05.2017 - 22.05.2017 (14 days)
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10.05.2017 - 22.05.2017

Expedition unknown Japan: discover the land of smiles

MS BREMEN - from Shanghai to Otaru

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Cruise BRE1707

10.05.2017 - 22.05.2017

14 days (12 days cruise only)

    This brand-new BREMEN route provides you with new ways to discover the mysteries of Japan. Your cruise along the seldom-visited west coast will open up an extraordinary world alive with fascinating sights: grand Shinto shrines and small samurai towns, lush gardens and outstanding national parks. An insider’s view of Japan – full of rare insights.


    Expedition
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of € 700

    Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise with the BRE1708 (in categories 1 – 7).

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - MS BREMEN

    Your personal expedition

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS BREMEN

    Outside cabin (category 6) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins with balcony on Deck 6
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • cabins 615 – 618 have two twin beds that cannot be joined together
    Outside cabin (category 1) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: maritime portholes on Deck 3
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    Outside cabin (category 2-5) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 18 m² cabins
    • Ocean view included: panoramic window on Deck 4-5
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
    • Cabins 409 and 411 have disabled facilities
    Suite (category 7) with veranda
    • Comfortable: 24 m² suite with veranda on Deck 7
    • Wi-Fi access, flat screen and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Room service from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 09.05.2017

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Shanghai

    Wednesday, 10.05.2017

    Shanghai/China, departure 18.00 hrs (subject to tides)

    Thursday, 11.05.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 12.05.2017

    Pusan/Republic of Korea

    Where the old and the new exist in harmony
    You will gain your first impressions of Asia in the Land of Morning Calm, at the south-eastern tip of the Korean Peninsula, during a city tour of Pusan – with a special stop for tea. You will see how traditional ceremonies and historic temples still have their place alongside more modern aspects. Gyeongju – a UNESCO World Heritage Site* – still harbours remnants of the old Silla Kingdom, while the colourfully embellished Bulguksa Temple make it one of country’s most impressive sacred spots. The BREMEN will then set off along the Korea Strait. Further exciting experiences of the Far East await you in Japanese territorial waters.

    Saturday, 13.05.2017

    Moji/Japan

    Your gateway to discovering new sides to the country is the port of Moji on the island of Kyushu, the first of many new destinations on this cruise. Here you can witness the fascinating contrasts of Japan, both past and present – whether on a visit to the picturesque Kokura Castle*, in Shimonoseki* with its impressive Kanmon Bridge or on individual explorations.

    Sunday, 14.05.2017

    Hiroshima, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs

    Hiroshima symbolises a very eventful period in modern history that took place around 70 years ago. But your exploration of the area will not be limited to memorials – you will also experience the beauty of nature here. An excursion to Hiroshima and the holy island of Miyajima* will highlight the contrasts between the Peace Memorial Park, designed partly by star architect Kenzo Tange, and the Itsukushima shrine. At high tide, the famous red gate is reflected in the water, symbolising the ancient veneration of nature characteristic of Shintoism. The architecture in this area also encompasses the Edo period, with the Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle*, once the home to samurai. These warriors often asked for support from the deities while bathing in hot water. To this day, traces of that culture can still be seen in rituals of social interaction.

    Monday, 15.05.2017

    Beppu, from 9.00 to 14.00 hrs

    When you ease yourself into the hot thermal waters during your visit to an onsen* at the spa resort of Beppu, you will also be able to partake in this relaxing tradition.

    Tuesday, 16.05.2017

    Sakaiminato, from 11.30 to 19.00 hrs

    The inner life of Japan on the west coast
    The BREMEN will leave the inland sea, passing through the Kanmon Strait between the main islands of Kyushu and Honshu, and back into the Sea of Japan. The hilly landscape glides by slowly, and far below you the tunnels for the Shinkansen trains cross the strait. As you arrive at Sakaiminato – a premiere destination – you will be greeted by a host of mythical creatures cast in bronze, created by the manga artist Mizuki Shigeru, who hails from here. Daisen-Oki National Park looks like something from a Japanese ink painting. You will discover its beauty during an excursion to the Shimane Peninsula and Mihonoseki* – one of the most idyllic coastal towns – or while enjoying downhill biking at Mount Daisen*, the “twin” of Mount Fuji. Alternatively, immerse yourself in tradition at Matsue and its famous castle* – one of Japan’s twelve remaining wooden castles. The Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine*, by contrast, has been restored and rebuilt. It is one of the most important Shinto shrines: this is where newly-weds pray for a happy marriage and single people wish for a partner.

    Wednesday, 17.05.2017

    Maizuru, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs

    Just like a “crane spreading its wings” – for that is what the name of this harbour town means – your understanding of belief systems of the Far East will unfold at the premier destination of Maizuru. From here, you will travel to the spiritual centre of the country: Kyoto – the old imperial city*. It is one of the highlights of the cruise thanks to its myriad temples and extravagantly decorated shrines. After your visit to the Golden Pavilion, you will admire Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy nature in all its glory when you visit the five Mikata lakes in Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park and the Myotsuji Temple*, which dates back to the 13th century.

    Thursday, 18.05.2017

    Kanazawa, from 9.30 to 20.00 hrs

    In Kanazawa, the “gold-leaf capital”, the old geisha and samurai houses and the famous Kenrokuen Gardens* have remained untouched by the ravages of time. They manage to perfectly combine vastness and seclusion, craftsmanship and tradition, remoteness and harmony. By contrast, the Jigokudani Monkey Park in the Japanese Alps*, home to many macaques, will delight you with its wild beauty. The Eihei-ji Temple* comprises 60 different buildings. It is among the most important sites of Zen Buddhism, which is said to reveal the true nature of people and show things as they really are. 

    Friday, 19.05.2017

    Sado Island

    Religious beliefs also characterised the classic Noh theatre. Many Noh stages can be found on Sado Island. Just as exotic are the wooden “washbasin boats” traditionally used by the fisherwomen of Sado*. Try them for yourself during a tour of the port.

    Saturday, 20.05.2017

    Oga Peninsula

    Back on the BREMEN, the next leg of your travels will be much more comfortable as you head for one of the most beautiful sections of Japan’s coast, the Oga Peninsula. Various tours will offer you plenty of opportunities to discover it. Its dramatic landscape is a stark contrast to the tranquillity of the island of Hokkaido, to the north.

    Sunday, 21.05.2017

    Hakodate, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

    From the small town of Hakodate, you will visit the Onuma Quasi-National Park and brewery*. As well as being inspired by Mother Nature, complete with volcanoes, birds and luxurious vegetation, you will learn how the country’s most popular drink is made.

    Monday, 22.05.2017

    Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, arrival 8.00 hrs
    Journey to Sapporo
    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    When your cruise has drawn to a close at Otaru, you will return home with a profound understanding of what you have seen, in keeping with the Japanese maxim: “Seeing once with your own eyes is worth more than hearing a hundred reports.”

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    Optional bookable
    Tuesday, 23.05.2017

    Scheduled flight from Sapporo to Frankfurt

    Pre & Post-Program for your trip

    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:

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SHANGHAI – THE ALLURE OF OPPOSITES
    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: HIGHLIGHTS OF CHINA – THE MIDDLE KINGDOM: SHANGHAI, XIAN AND BEIJING
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: TOKYO – TRADITION AND MODERNITY

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    An art historian in the team of experts

    Sinologist Wilfried König will help you gain deep insights into Asian art. He studied classic and modern sinology plus East Asian art history at the University of Heidelberg. Since 1990, he has worked as a tour guide for study cruises, where he puts his expertise to good use, complemented by knowledge gained from regular trips to Japan.


    MS BREMEN - Your Personal Expedition

    The BREMEN

    Having been awarded four stars by the Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018, the BREMEN is the perfect setting for a truly personal expedition with no more than 155 guests. The wonderful experiences of nature that you will enjoy on your cruise are also reflected in the ship’s ambience. A concept in which our architects and designers break new ground to create a special sense of well-being. With carpets, patterns and materials which reflect the animal and plant kingdoms in their appearance and an awe-inspiring chandelier shaped like a school of fish, enjoy an extraordinarily authentic ship with true character.

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    Cabins & Suites

    Freedom with an ocean view: Every one of the 80 outside cabins and 2 suites on the BREMEN gives you lots of space to relax in complete comfort. The personal touch is highlighted by the little things, such as the bathrobe, the mini bar (which is refilled with soft drinks for free every day) and the live images from the forward-view camera. You can also adjust the temperature of your room to suit you. And naturally, you can always enjoy an ocean view through wide panoramic windows, through the maritime portholes or from your private balcony.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    A cruise of culinary discovery: Against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions, you can enjoy excellent cuisine – such as the fantastical creations and modern interpretations of our chef de cuisine here in the restaurant. On the Lido Deck, a barbecue al fresco is just as inspiring as a drink in the Panorama Lounge with its incredible views. The BREMEN Club is always a popular meeting place for breakfast, the lunch buffet or evening cocktails at the bar. Whatever place you choose, it will be just to your taste.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Enjoy your time: Relax in the sauna, in the pool or on the sun deck. Feeling good has never been so interesting.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Personal touch: On the BREMEN, there are many ways to add a personal touch to your expedition moments. Marvel at spectacular views of the most beautiful natural spectacles and animal worlds and absorb new information during the numerous talks held by experts. They can also compound your experiences before and after shore excursions with their precaps and recaps. Alternatively, how about a literary expedition through the well-stocked on-board library of specialist literature and fiction books?

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    Additional included services

    The cruise price (cruise only) includes, among other things:

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, bouillon, lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, midnight snack)
    • All landings or rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included)
    • Experienced experts give lectures, provide in-depth answers to questions about the cruising area and accompany Zodiac landings.
    • Champagne awaits you in your cabin on your day of arrival
    • Mini bar filled with soft drinks in the cabin (refilled daily)
    • Flat screen, DVD player and Wi-Fi service in every cabin; on the HANSEATIC, also access to a private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew on board
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (up to 1 MB) free of charge
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Arctic and Antarctica as well as expedition maps
    • Information about the port or destination (when available) in the cabin in the form of pocket-size travel guides
    • Depending on the destination, warm parkas and rubber boots as well as snorkelling equipment and Nordic Walking are provided on loan (subject to the destination and subject to availability).
    • Free use of all on-board facilities (except services of the photo shop, hairdresser, massage, boutique, Internet)
    • Harbour and airport fees
    • Travel cancellation insurance, cancellation fee insurance (both only included for guests of the European Economic Area and Switzerland) and bankruptcy insurance.
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