On board MS HANSEATIC from Lisbon to Bremerhaven

Expedition Knowledge: Europe at the Peak of its Art

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Dr. Ralph Quadflieg, art expert: “World-famous cathedrals and places of pilgrimage, baroque splendour in impressive cities, small islands and atmospheric riverside landscapes - on this spring voyage, the fine arts tell the fascinating story of Europe. Experience significant cultural treasures in a new light.“

from Lisbon to Bremerhaven

Cruise dates:from 24.05.2013 to 04.06.2013 (12 days)
Cruise number: HAN1310

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.


Fri, 24.05.2013

Scheduled flight Germany – Lisbon
Lisbon/Portugal, departure 17.00 hrs
Trip on the Tejo

Sat, 25.05.2013

Leixoes (Porto), from 9.00 to 15.00 hrs

From Iberia to English: Europe’s Cultural Treasures 
Metropolis of melancholy and stronghold of significant cultural treasures: You approach Porto from the harbour in Leixoes . Explore with Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt on an  Expert Excursion: the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in Porto* with magnificent churches and the Fundação Serralves, newly built in 1999, the most important museum for contemporary art in Portugal. The crowning glory of your day will be an  Exclusive Classical Concert  in the beautiful stock exchange building with its Moorish hall.

Sun, 26.05.2013

La Coruna/Spain, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

La Coruna opens the gate for you to one of the most significant pilgrimage places of Christianity: Santiago de Compostela – the holy city on the pilgrimage route, the Way of St. James*. On his Expert Excursion Dr Ralph Quadflieg will reveal to you the secrets of the splendid cathedral under which the tomb of St. James is said to be.

Mon, 27.05.2013

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 28.05.2013

St. Malo/France, from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs

You can follow in the Footsteps of the Roman Antiquity* in Lugo on an Expert Excursion with Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt *. A protective fortification surrounds St. Malo, during the 17th and 18th centuries the capital of the Barbary Corsairs and your departure point for  Expert Excursions to the Mont Saint Michel*. The high towering masterpiece, central hub in the network of route of the pilgrims, appears to be nearer to Heaven than to the Earth. A divine pleasure the same evening is the second Exclusive Classical Concert in the modern Théâtre Chateaubriand.

Wed, 29.05.2013

Peter Port/Guernsey/England, from 6.00 to 17.00 hrs

In contrast the compositions of nature enchant you on the Channel Island  Guernsey. On a  Guided Tour of the Island* or a Cliff-top Hike* you can enjoy superb views of the English Channel before an  Organ Concert  takes place exclusively for the guests of HANSEATIC in the City Church of St. Peter Port.

Thu, 30.05.2013

Excursion on the Seine
Rouen/France, from 10.30 to 19.00 hrs

Picturesque impressions 
On the Seine with a genuine expedition ship: Rouen can hardly be reached more impressively than on board the HANSEATIC. On an  Expert Excursion: Norman Monasteries by the Seine* Dr Ralph Quadflieg will lead you to prominent buildings of Roman architecture and to the imposing ruins of Jumièges Abbey. In the footsteps of Monet in Rouen* Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt will lead you on an Expert Excursion to the splendid cathedral that inspired the impressionist to his famous cycle of paintings.

Fri, 31.05.2013

Cowes/Isle of Wight/England, from 7.00 to 11.30 hrs

England’s picturesque idyll dominates your detour to Cowes on the  Isle of Wight. Pay a visit to the former summer residence of Queen Victoria, Royal Osborne House*.

Sat, 01.06.2013

Antwerp/Belgium, from 8.30 to 17.00 hrs
Excursion on the Westerschelde

Via the Westerschelde you reach Antwerp, the richest trading city in Europe during 16th century. The magnificent baroque guild houses around the Grote Markt bear witness to this wealth. On the  Expert Excursion: Guided Walking Tour to Two Unknown Gems* you will discover the living quarters and printing works of Plantin-Moretus and one of the main works of Pieter Brueghel. You will be impressed to see the Ghent Altarpiece*, with its minute and finest details partly painted with a single hair brush, on an Expert Excursion with Dr Ralph Quadflieg. Or in  Brussels* you can explore the political centre of Europe.

Sun, 02.06.2013

Amsterdam/Netherlands, arrival 8.00 hrs

Your cruise to Amsterdam leads you from the art of diplomacy to master paintings. Excellent museums of international standing show the significance of van Gogh for contemporary art and the Golden Age of Dutch art. On Expert Excursions  Dr Dr Volker Gebhardt or Dr Ralph Quadflieg will share with you Amsterdam – the City of Art* and Holland’s Great Painters in the Rijksmuseum*. A  Literary Guided Walk through the City* and a third  Exclusive Classical Concert in the neo-Gothic Posthoornkerk round off your intensive „Expedition Knowledge“, on which you will re-discover the culture of Europe with all your senses.

Mon, 03.06.2013

Amsterdam, departure 00.30 hrs
Relaxation at sea

Mon, 03.06.2013

Borkum from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

Tue, 04.06.2013

Bremerhaven, arrival 6.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes. 

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

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