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Expedition Knowledge: Close-up Shots of the Far East

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Knut von Hofmann, Asia expert, says: ‘Asia’s development is making waves in the world. But these countries are not just geographically distant – in cultural terms as well they are often remote and unfamiliar to us. On this “expedition knowledge” you will come to a new understanding of these fascinating foreign countries. Between temples, skyscrapers and unspoilt nature, a many-sided kaleidoscope of Asian life and thinking will unfold.’

from Tokyo to Manila

Cruise dates:from 28.09.2013 to 16.10.2013 (19 days)
Cruise number: HAN1318

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


Sat, 28.09.2013

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Tokyo

Sun, 29.09.2013

Overnight stay with breakfast

Mon, 30.09.2013

Scheduled flight to Komatsu, travel to Kanazawa/Japan, departure 20.00 hrs

Tue, 01.10.2013

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 02.10.2013

Nagasaki/Japan, from 8.30 to 19.00 hrs

Big little giants 
Your days of discovery in the Far East start at the ‘Gateway to the West’. Thanks to its port, Nagasaki was for many years the most important trading centre in Japan. Fascinating insights into the philosophy of life of the island nation are offered on an Expert excursion – secrets of the tea ceremony* with Knut von Hofmann. You can find out more about the complex history of the city on an excursion to Nagasaki and the Dejima Museum*, when you will visit monuments that in their different ways recall the destruction of the city in August 1945.

Thu, 03.10.2013

Cheju/Republic of Korea, from 10.00 to 17.00 hrs

You can experience the forces of nature on Korea’s volcanic island, Cheju. Discover this strange world Between craters and cultural history*, or you may prefer to opt for a Hike in the Manjanggul cave*, one of the world’s most attractive lava tunnels.

Fri, 04.10.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 05.10.2013

Shanghai/China, Arrival 6.00 a.m.

China – the mighty dragon 
Why the Middle Kingdom combines tradition and modernity in an almost inseparable way is demonstrated nowhere more powerfully than in Shanghai. Colonial buildings sit enthroned between modern shopping centres, and skyscrapers tower into the skies alongside venerable temples. This symbiosis also makes it possible for you to experience fabulous art. On an Expert excursion – jade, silk and bronze* you will admire art and craft work at the Shanghai Museum, while the Expert excursion – China in the mirror of art* by contrast gives you the opportunity of viewing contemporary work. An air of colonial times may be sensed at the Astor Hotel, which you will discover on the excursion Shanghai – between nostalgia and futurism*, before you ascend what is the world’s tallest building today to get a breathtaking view of the pulsating megametropolis below.

Sun, 06.10.2013

Shanghai, Departure 9:00 p.m.

A Hike* on the sacred island of Putuo Shan gives you the chance of focusing on the more peaceful, religious side of China. More than 20 temple complexes are concealed in the forests of the island. The Expert excursion – Buddhism and temple architecture* takes you from the glorious Puji Temple to the golden Kwan Yin statue, which in popular belief watches over the welfare of sailors.

Mon, 07.10.2013

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 08.10.2013

Xiamen, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

Contrasts between past and future will again be encountered in Xiamen. While in the Roundhouses of the Hakka* a traditional lifestyle is still maintained, another Expert excursion gives you the opportunity of discovering Xiamen – China’s gateway to the world*.

Wed, 09.10.2013

Hong Kong, arrival 18.00 hrs

The spectacular conclusion of your adventures in China is Hong Kong. You set out on an Evening tram ride and visit to the night market* to travel through a city that really never sleeps. The extent to which the futuristic metropolis is still rooted in ancient traditions will be revealed on the following day by Knut von Hofmann on his Expert excursion – feng shui and Taoism*. Or you may prefer to discover Hong Kong Island, Aberdeen and Victoria Peak* for a fascinating mixture of Asian and European culture.

Thu, 10.10.2013

Hong Kong, departure 18.00 hrs

Fri, 11.10.2013

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 12.10.2013
- Mon, 14.10.2013

Philippinen (Batan Island , Hundred Islands , Subic )

Philippines – back to nature
Fabulous expedition premieres await you when you discover the Philippines with the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs – small and hidden islands full of exotic nature, like Batan Island with its picturesque town of Basco (where we will land if the weather permits). Another untouched paradise is to be met with in the Hundred Islands. Luxuriously overgrown islets rise out of the azure sea, with fabulous white beaches inviting you to hours of relaxation, before you proceed to Subic to trace the Culture and history of the Philippines*. Or alternatively you can fathom The mysteries of the jungle* and so conclude a ‘expedition knowledge’ which has given you richly varied insights into the Asian world. 

Tue, 15.10.2013

Manila/Philippines, arrival 6.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Manila – Frankfurt

Wed, 16.10.2013

Arrival in Frankfurt

* 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.
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How is Asia Changing the World?

The dynamism of Asia is breathtaking – and here you will experience a

real adventure for the spirit. On this ‘expedition knowledge’ highly

regarded experts will analyse the potential of this region, which holds

decisive importance for a new world order. In addition, sinologist Knut

von Hofmann will give you an in-depth understanding of the history and

culture on specially planned expert excursions. You can look forward to

exciting lectures and discussions, which will include treatment of the

following topics:

  • Continental drift – the Pacific as the new power centre of the world
  • Between harmony and hegemony – China and its southeast Asian neighbours
  • Panther on the leap – will the Philippines be among the winners from globalisation?
  • The fallen giant: will Japan find the way back to its former greatness?