On board MS BREMEN from Lisbon to Safi
Expedition Azores and Madeira: sunny days in wild nature
Invoke the golden age of maritime exploration and discover Europe’s sun-kissed outpost in the Atlantic: the faraway Azores and the verdant island of Madeira – rich and untamed, bustling and diverse. The combination of these two archipelagos makes for a premiere cruise with the BREMEN that is full of contrasts. Volcanoes and vineyards, cliffs and sandy beaches, Renaissance buildings and whaling stations – whether you are taking part in guided walks, enjoying cultural excursions or exploring under your own steam, this will be an expedition you will never forget.
from Lisbon to Safi
|Cruise dates:||from 10.10.2017 to 22.10.2017 (12 days)|
|Your ship:||MS BREMEN|
12 days cruise only from € 4,000 per person
incl. travel packages to / from departure / arrival point from € 4,740 per person
| Tue, 10.10.2017 |
Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
| Wed, 11.10.2017 |
- Thu, 12.10.2017
Relaxation at sea
| Fri, 13.10.2017 |
Long live the Azores!
| Sat, 14.10.2017 |
- Mon, 16.10.2017
Also be fascinated by the untamed landscape from the 300 m (984 ft) high plateau on the island of Sao Jorge. This plateau, dotted with volcanoes, provides a real treat for nature lovers who go on a hike to the Faja dos Vimes*, with stunning views of the cliffs. At their feet, overgrown lowlands jut out into the sea. The “fajas” are used for cultivating tropical fruit, vegetables and even coffee. Typical of the island: don’t miss the fajas and coffee tasting* excursion so that you can experience another side of the Azores. The same applies to the legendary Peter Cafe Sport on Faial – half coffee house, half tavern and a meeting place for sailors from around the world. To allow you to enjoy a relaxed evening and take in the atmosphere of this legendary spot – and the charming old town with its palaces, houses and churches – the BREMEN will remain here overnight. The following day, nature lovers can enjoy the wild, unspoilt beauty of the Azores on a hike around the Faial Caldeira*. One of the most inhospitable islands is Pico: its jet-black rock rises up out of the deep blue Atlantic. With a little luck, you will still be able to see whales here at this time of year. The scenic journey across the crater island of Pico* is dominated by the volcano Ponta do Pico, Portugal’s highest mountain at around 2,350 m (7,709 ft). This region, with over 100 volcanoes, bizarre rock formations and lava fields, is fertile ground for the Verdelho grape, which you will learn about during a walk in the Criacao Velha vineyard*. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Portuguese wine became increasingly important as a commodity for export. When you go ashore at Terceira, you will feel like a seafarer on one of the old transatlantic trade routes. In the picturesque bay, one of the most important supply ports of the Portuguese and Spanish will be revealed to you, with magnificent aristocratic residences and churches, townhouses and cobbled alleyways. On a walking tour of the historical centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Angra do Heroismo*, you will notice the rich Renaissance style and understand why people here defended themselves with numerous fortifications against privateers such as Francis Drake. Or go on the Terceira island excursion* to discover the rich and diverse landscape and see what is probably one of the island’s oldest settlements.
| Tue, 17.10.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Wed, 18.10.2017 |
- Fri, 20.10.2017
Madeira – pretty as a picture
| Sat, 21.10.2017 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sun, 22.10.2017 |
Safi (Marrakech)/Morocco, arrival 6.00 hrs
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions. * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
= at anchor
Attractive combination discount of € 400
Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise with BRE1717 (applies to categories 1 – 7).
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: LISBON AND ROYAL SINTRA
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MAGIC MARRAKECH
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: MOROCCO'S IMPERIAL CITIES
A regional specialist in a team of experts
Birgit Siegel lives in the Azores. She knows where the region’s hidden gems are and has comprehensive knowledge of everything from the area’s political developments to ornithology. She can also regale you with exciting episodes from the history of whaling.