On board MS HANSEATIC from Hamburg to Funchal

Expedition knowledge - Europa – in the studio of the masterpieces

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Dr. Volker Gebhardt, art and culture expert: "art treasures and architectural monuments, enchanting islands and picturesque towns – in the golden autumn light, enjoy the multi-faceted kaleidoscope of the European cultural coastline, resoundingly accentuated by exclusive musical experiences."

from Hamburg to Funchal

Cruise dates:from 27.09.2014 to 11.10.2014 (15 days)
Cruise number: HAN1417

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


Sat, 27.09.2014

Individual travel arrangements to
Hamburg, departure 17.00 hrs

Sun, 28.09.2014

Texel/West Frisian Islands/Netherlands

Imposing structures – testaments to history
Start your voyage of discovery with a little natural masterpiece: on the island of Texel in the Wadden Sea, you are invited on a walking tour in the De Slufter nature reserve* to explore amidst the strip of dunes, before indulging in the cultural riches of Antwerp.

Mon, 29.09.2014

Trip on the Scheldt
Antwerp/Belgium, arrival 13.00 hrs

The magnificent baroque guildhalls around the Grote Markt market square tell of the wealth of Europe’s richest trading city in the 16th century – and art expert Dr Volker Gebhardt explains more on his expert excursion: UNESCO World Heritage Site in Antwerp*. Just as outstanding is the highlight of Brabantian architecture, the Cathedral of Our Lady, which is presented on the expert excursion: Antwerp’s cathedrals* with your architecture expert Stephan Börries. Alternatively it’s worth discovering the multifaceted cultural city of Brussels*. Your day will be topped off by a musical surprise in the erstwhile St Augustin church that dates from the 17th century and has been converted into a concert hall with superb acoustics.

Tue, 30.09.2014

Antwerp, departure 6.00 hrs

Antwerp is one of the oldest and biggest cities in Flanders and the centre of the world’s diamond industry and diamond trade. The tradition of diamond-cutting has been nurtured and developed here for more than five centuries. Brussels, Belgium’s capital city, de facto capital of the European Union, and headquarters of NATO, boasts a large number of historic buildings that are well worth a visit, while the collections in the museums have a worldwide reputation. At the heart of the city of Ghent is Europe’s mightiest moated castle. From here, on a stretch no more than 500 m long, numerous magnificent structures soar skywards, uniting to present an impressive picture of medieval city architecture.

Wed, 01.10.2014

Honfleur/France, from 7.00 to 20.00 hrs

Beautiful coastlines accompany you on your way to France to one of the most delightful places in Normandy: Honfleur. Timber framework, winding alleys and the romantic setting of the harbour all contribute to the atmosphere of the scenic town. Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror with Dr Volker Gebhardt on the expert excursion: Caen and the Bayeux tapestry* to the woven work about the Norman Conquest of England. The expert excursion: Rouen, Gothic city* with Stephan Börries also provides a vivid picture of the Middle Ages. Marvel at prominent Gothic masterpieces such as the Basilica Saint-Ouen with the largest stained-glass window collection in France or the Palais de Justice. Discover the creative power of nature on a walk along the Alabaster Coast*.

Thu, 02.10.2014

Portsmouth/England, from 7.00 to 20.00 hrs

Impressive monuments – wildly romantic islands
A magical atmosphere wafts over you in the south of England as you near Portsmouth, and this contributes to the mysteries Stonehenge*. Was it created by druids? Was it created to calculate the lunar orbit? Less mysterious but just as fascinating is the expert excursion: from the Romans to William Turner* with a visit to Chichester Cathedral and Petworth House with Dr Volker Gebhardt. It was here that William Turner painted countless oil paintings and watercolours. As pretty as a picture, one of the loveliest English manor houses is the destination for the expert excursion: Wilton House and Salisbury Cathedral* with Stephan Börries, who will explain the meaning of the Magna Carta amongst other things. To round off the day with music, an exclusive piano recital will be given in the classical Guildhall before you head for Guernsey.

Fri, 03.10.2014

Channel Islands (Guernsey , Jersey )

Subtropical plants are something that few would expect in the middle of the English Channel. All the more surprising, Stephan Börries’ expert excursion: garden island of Guernsey* will reveal a green paradise. Enjoy an exclusive organ recital in the parish church, just for the guests of the HANSEATIC. Bid farewell to the Channel Islands with a coastal walk* on Jersey.

Sat, 04.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 05.10.2014

Bilbao/Spain, from 9.00 to 19.00 hrs

Spanish cultural treasure – Portuguese lifestyle
Welcome to Bilbao and the cultural diversity of the Basque country! Dr Volker Gebhardt forges a bridge between the modern Guggenheim Museum and the art gallery of the great masters on his expert excursion: Bilbao, city of art*. Alternatively, Stephan Börries will bring you closer to the contemporary works of Moneo, Seiza and Krier on his expert excursion: avant-garde architecture in San Sebastian and Bilbao*. Impressive bodegas, some designed by top architects such as Gehry and Calatrava, and captivating wine-growing landscapes are all part of your journey through the enchanting Basque country*.

Mon, 06.10.2014

Gijon, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs

In Gijon, your knowledge will be broadened thanks to Dr Volker Gebhardt’s expert excursion: Oviedo – the pre-Romantic churches* or the expert excursion: Aviles – between baroque and futurism with Stephan Börries, amidst merchants’ houses, baroque palaces and modern architecture.

Tue, 07.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 08.10.2014

Lisbon/Portugal, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
trip on the Tagus River

A pearl of Portugal awaits you when you reach Lisbon. On the expert excursion: Lisbon, city of art*, Dr Volker Gebhardt opens the doors to the best art collection in the country, and on an excursion to Sintra and Cascais*, you can marvel at an impressive cultural scene. Stephan Börries, as part of the expert excursion: Belem close up*, takes you to the Palacio Nacional da Ajuda, Hieronymus Abbey and Torre de Belem.

Thu, 09.10.2014

Portimao, from 9.00 to 17.00 hrs

For the final highlights of this cruise, your starting point is Portimao. Accompany Stephan Börries to the rococo palace, Palacio de Estoi, on the expert excursion: discover the Algarve*, or be enchanted by Sagres, Lagos and Cabo Sao Vicente*. The final chord is played by an extraordinary classical experience amidst nature in the Roman amphitheatre Fontes de Estombar – your “Expedition knowledge” is certain to leave a lasting impression.

Fri, 10.10.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 11.10.2014

Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
scheduled flight Funchal – Lisbon – Germany

* 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.

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Expedition Knowledge – see, hear and gain a new understanding of Europe

On this “Expedition Knowledge” with art expert Dr. Volker Gebhardt

and architecture expert Stephan Börries, you will explore the cultural

facets of Europe. Deepen your understanding of art, architecture and

music with talks, discussions and excursions on themes including:

  • Turnstiles of global trade: the great naval towns of western Europe – Antwerp and Lisbon
  • Norman art and the origin of the Gothic period
  • Great contemporary architecture: Niemeyer in Aviles, Moneo in San Sebastian and Gehry in Bilbao
  • Europe in miniature: island culture on Texel, Guernsey, Jersey