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Expedition knowledge - all about the kingdom of the arts

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Dr. Volker Gebhardt, art and culture expert: "5,000 years of turbulent history will come alive in your circumnavigation of Great Britain – from the Stone Age to the traces of the Romans, to the present-day avant garde. Discover art, architecture and gardens from a surprising perspective to gain a new understanding of the British identity."

from Hamburg to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 14.09.2014 to 27.09.2014 (14 days)
Cruise number: HAN1416

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


Sun, 14.09.2014

Individual travel arrangements to
Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

Mon, 15.09.2014

Individual travel arrangements to
Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

Tue, 16.09.2014

Torquay/England, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

Where towns and gardens tell a story
The elegant seaside resort of Torquay shows you southern England’s most beautiful side. Immerse yourself in the “English Riviera” from the Tudor and Stuart period: on the expert excursion: Exeter – a historical city tour* art expert Dr Volker Gebhardt guides you around one of the oldest cities in Great Britain. A journey into the turbulent past is also provided by the mediaeval town of Totnes and Buckfast Abbey*, built by Benedictine monks in 1018.

Wed, 17.09.2014

Tresco/Isles of Scilly, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

The blossoming landscape is in no way inferior to the cultural bloom of England: the mild Gulf Stream enables subtropical plants from all over the world to thrive on Tresco, the second largest of the Isles of Scilly. Relax and enjoy the garden diversity that is unique to Great Britain.

Thu, 18.09.2014

Bristol, from 5.00 to 15.30 hrs (subject to the tides)

Be impressed by the city of Bristol, which is seldom visited by cruise ships, and is a premiere destination for the HANSEATIC and a starting point for the expert excursion: UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Bath*. Take a look back over around 2,000 years of history of the “golden city” with Dr Volker Gebhardt. The Dyffryn Gardens* are typical of the landscape gardens at the time of Edward VII. A popular motif of the landscape painters of the Romantic period is the Cistercian Tintern Abbey*.

Fri, 19.09.2014

Dublin/Ireland, from 12.00 to 20.00 hrs

Your route continues to Ireland – to Oscar Wilde’s home city of Dublin. The expert excursion: world art in Dublin* showcases the most significant collection of paintings in the country and the famous “Book of Kells”, an outstanding work of art history. No less impressive are the antique furniture and paintings in Malahide Castle* and the natural treasures on a cliff walk from Greystones to Bray*.

Sat, 20.09.2014

Liverpool/England, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs

Back in Liverpool, England, the expert excursion: Liverpool, the city of art* lets you marvel at the treasures in the Walker Art Gallery. A must if you like the music of the Fab Four is the excursion that takes you in the footsteps of the Beatles*.

Sun, 21.09.2014

Greenock/Scotland, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs

Scottish highlights and English masterpieces 
The Scottish harbour town of Greenock is your gate to the rugged highlands. Travel past characteristic villages to Loch Lomond*. Alternatively accompany Dr Volker Gebhardt on the expert excursion: an art nouveau metropolis – Mackintosh in Glasgow* on the trail of the architect and painter, who has shaped the cityscape to the present day.

Mon, 22.09.2014

Cruising by Fingal’s Cave/Staffa

Experience the “works” of wild nature as the HANSEATIC cruises up to the island of Staffa in the Inner Hebrides. Over centuries, where the spray breaks against the cliffs, the famous basalt Fingal’s Cave was formed, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to write his “Hebrides Overture”.

Tue, 23.09.2014

Stromness/Orkney Islands, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

From Stromness, on the expert excursion: magical stone circles and the Pompeii of the Stone Age*, you can embark on a journey that chronicles the early history of the Orkney Islands.

Wed, 24.09.2014

Leith (Edinburgh), from 8.00 to 0.00 hrs

Enjoy the royal society in Leith: since 1997, the Britannia, once the yacht of the Queen, has been anchored in the port of Edinburgh. Just as majestic, at the centre of the city the castle is enthroned by an extinct volcano – just one of the highlights of the city tour*.

Thu, 25.09.2014

Newcastle upon Tyne/England, from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs

Dr Volker Gebhardt will talk to you about Scottish cultural assets on the expert excursion: in the footsteps of Mary Stuart* and on the expert excursion: National Gallery of Scotland* with notable works dating from the 17th to 19th century. Alternatively try to discover the secret of the legendary Rosslyn Chapel* before architectural “wonders” are revealed to you close to NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – on the expert excursion: masterpieces of the Romanesque period – Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle*. Or visit Howick Hall and its gardens* and recall the many varied impressions of your journey around Great Britain in grand surroundings.

Fri, 26.09.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 27.09.2014

Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
individual travel arrangements from Hamburg

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The listed shore excursions are in the planning stage. 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.

Following programmes we offer in German:




Expedition Knowledge – Best of Britain

A true adventure for the spirit: on this “Expedition Knowledge” you

will gain a new understanding of the British identity from the

perspective of art, architecture and garden design. Specially designed

expert excursions and fascinating talks given by specialists, including

art historian Dr Volker Gebhardt, will discuss surprising links and

inspirational insights, for instance, on these themes:

  • The thermal legacy of the Romans: UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Bath
  • More than the “Fab Four”: Liverpool between the avant-garde and the working-class environment
  • Stimuli for modern design: Mackintosh’s legacy in Glasgow
  • Mystical and magical: contemporary witnesses of stone – Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands