Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise with BRE1716 (applies to categories 1 – 7).
Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg, departure 19.00 hrs
Ostende/Belgium, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
You will set sail from Hamburg to discover Europe’s beautiful works of art and charming countryside. As the BREMEN pulls away from the port, the Elbphilharmonie concert hall looks like a musical clef from the deck – already putting you in the mood for the cultural and musical programme that awaits you. You will experience the first part on the Belgian North Sea coast in Ostende, once known as the “queen of the seaside resorts”. Small ports like this along your route offer plenty of different opportunities for discovery, whether you explore on your own or go on our exciting excursions. Romantic Bruges* will transport you back to the Middle Ages. In the old town – which has been almost completely preserved – the glory of days gone by still seems to resonate. The same applies to medieval Ghent*. Previously a centre of the cloth trade, its old port and historic guildhalls reflect the many facets of its history.
Portsmouth/Great Britain, from 9.00 to 19.00 hrs
The magical nature of England
A mystical atmosphere envelops you near Portsmouth when you puzzle over the prehistoric stone circles of Stonehenge*. Created by druids? Intended to calculate the lunar orbit? Historic Winchester and its cathedral* are also full of timeless magic. The cathedral is one of the longest in Europe. The city harks back to the era when this was England’s capital, and the legend of King Arthur’s Round Table is brought to life in the Great Hall. Rather than draw their swords, nature lovers will pick up paddles here: a kayak tour of the New Forest National Park* provides an active way for you to explore riverbanks lined with pines and oaks that look like something straight out of a fairy tale. This outing in nature will get you in the mood for several culture-filled days on the picturesque coast of France.
Aviles/Spain, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Premiere destinations in Spain and Portugal
In the north of the Iberian Peninsula, the regions of Asturias and Galicia reveal charming Spanish contrasts. Aviles is included on the BREMEN’s route for the first time. Here, history and modernity exist in harmony. On one side, there is the old town with its merchants’ houses and baroque palaces, while on the other, there is the futuristic Centro Cultural Internacional, created by the Brazilian star architect Oscar Niemeyer. Wander between different worlds as you explore Aviles and Cabo de Penas* and discover picturesque fishing villages and superb beaches at Asturias’ northernmost tip. The history of the old royal city of Oviedo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site*, is no less varied. This is where the Christian reconquest of the country after the Moorish invasion began. Here your route will take you to a host of monuments from the eighth and ninth centuries.
Honfleur/France, from 8.30 to 17.30 hrs
Norman landscapes, architecture and art all converge at the mouth of the Seine: Honfleur, with its picturesque harbour and half-timbered buildings, is one of the gems of Normandy. On a walking tour of the beautiful, winding alleys of Honfleur and Deauville*, you will see what once inspired Renoir and Monet. The latter paid tribute to Rouen, the “city of 100 steeples”*, with his series of paintings of the cathedral. A cliff hike* along the Falaises d’Etretat – the famous chalk cliffs – will make you feel as though you are in a Matisse painting. Indeed, this is where he set up his easel.
St. Malo, from 7.00 to 17.30 hrs
7Discover the history of St. Malo: here, behind defensive walls, the historic city centre reveals its exciting past as the capital of privateers in the 17th and 18th centuries. Another beautiful sight is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mont Saint Michel* bathed in golden sunlight. The team of experts on board will tell you the secrets of this monastic island, with its church that reaches up high into the sky.
Relaxation at sea
Celeiro (Viveiro), from 8.00 to 13.00 hrs
Now it is time for Galicia to also reveal its picture book side. The route begins in Celeiro, near Viveiro. Surrounded by green forests, high mountain ranges and fjord-like coastlines, the villages of Galicia* have remained unspoilt. You will discover remote places that were real melting pots around 200 years ago – something that has left its mark on the language and culture of this region today. Alternatively, go on a coastal walk* on Monte Faro, where you will be rewarded with glorious views of the sea, before the BREMEN heads to Marin, its next premiere destination and the port of Pontevedra.
Marin (Pontevedra), from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
It is worth visiting the centre, where the famous Ferreria fountain provides welcome refreshment to pilgrims from all over the world walking the St James’s Way. During a hike along the St James’s Way*, you’ll find a “fountain” of exciting information. This is one of the most popular secondary routes of the “camino”, which runs from Porto to the most famous pilgrimage site in Europe: Santiago de Compostela*, a monument to romanticism, early Gothic and the baroque. Thanks to the specialist knowledge of your experts, you will be able to trace the history of this city, which goes back over 1,000 years.
Viana do Castelo/Portugal, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs
A journey into the past will take you to the medieval lanes of Viana do Castelo, one of the most beautiful towns in Portugal. Stroll through the historic centre or walk up to the Santa Luzia Basilica on the hill for an impressive panoramic view. Historic Braga* is surrounded by densely wooded countryside and is one of the country’s most important religious centres. Taking in Portugal’s oldest cathedral Se is a wonderful experience – and not just for architecture lovers. The same applies to the baroque church of Santa Cruz, with its beautiful azulejo ceramic tile work. Finally, from the Bom Jesus do Monte Sanctuary perched high up on a hill, you can look back over your experiences: the many facets of Europe have rarely been as clear as they were during this cruise on the BREMEN.
Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Lisbon to 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:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
Dr Ralph Quadflieg studied art history and archaeology in Cologne, London and Cairo. For more than 30 years, he has travelled the world as a specialist tour guide for study cruises. One of his particular interests is the history of European art, and he will provide you with plenty of insight into this along the route.