On board MS HANSEATIC from Tenerife to Lisbon
Expedition to the Azores - A hiker’s dream in the Azores and whale watching
Set sail on the HANSEATIC for the nine islands of the Azores in the most beautiful season for cruising. This refuge of numerous marine mammals will give you a good chance at spectacular encounters with sperm whales, fin whales and pilot whales, not to mention dolphins. Breathtaking scenery, including deep-blue crater lakes, black lava fields, volcanic cones and colourful fishing villages await your discovery as part of hikes and exciting Zodiac rides and landings.
| Sat, 16.05.2015 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt – Madrid – Tenerife**
| Sun, 17.05.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Mon, 18.05.2015 |
A kaleidoscope of colours and landscapes
| Tue, 19.05.2015 |
Relaxation at sea
| Wed, 20.05.2015 |
| Thu, 21.05.2015 |
Sao Jorge is known for its distinctive high plateaus and volcanic cones. The many fajas – lush green stretches of land formed by cooled lava – are a treat for the eyes. Take advantage of the breathtaking photo opportunities on a hike along the cliff line, which is perhaps the most beautiful of all the Azores.
| Fri, 22.05.2015 |
Western Azores (Flores , Corvo ),
With a little luck you, will spot pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins and striped dolphins in the waters of Flores, the island of flowers. The wonders will shift from the water to the colours of the flowers when you hike along ancient island trails*. You can enjoy pure natural beauty when you travel to crater lakes and waterfalls* – not to mention beautiful panoramic views.
The eternal fascination of volcanoes and whales
| Sat, 23.05.2015 |
- Tue, 26.05.2015
Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Graciosa, Terceira)
The region is dominated by the highest volcano in Portugal, which is located on Pico. The landscape is characterised by over 100 other volcanoes and jet-black rock. Here, the whales are a dominant species, too. They guarantee special expedition moments and are the subject of exciting presentations by the experts on board. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take a local boat in search of these giants of the oceans*. The excursion to find out more about the history of whaling on Pico* will show that even more tradition is entwined with these gentle giants than the city arms would suggest. In contrast, the famous Verdelho grape is the main focus of a hike through the vineyards of Criacao Velha*. The chapter on marine mammals will continue on the island of Faial, where you can marvel at relics of the whaling era at the former whaling station of Porto Pim. Or opt for a scenic journey to the Capelinhos volcano*.
| Wed, 27.05.2015 |
In 1493, Columbus stopped off at the island of Santa Maria on his homeward journey. Follow in his footsteps on a tour of the “island of the sun”*. Your memories of this expedition will also appear set in stone, remaining vivid so you can happily reminisce whenever you wish.
| Thu, 28.05.2015 |
- Fri, 29.05.2015
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 30.05.2015 |
Lisbon, arrival 7.00 hrs
* The shore excursions are not covered by the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Our tip for your direct arrival at the cruise departure point: instead of a connection with a changeover in Madrid, many charter airlines offer direct flights. You can find out more and book flights at your travel agency.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition to the Azores. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
= at anchor
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:
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS
POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: LISBON AND OBIDOS
Marine mammal specialists in the team of experts
Andrea and Wilfried Steffen have been working to protect the whales and dolphins for years, and they have their own research centre in the Caribbean. Their sperm whale protection project Dominika was awarded the environmental prize Trophée des Femmes in 2012. On board, the two authors of a number of publications will discuss the fragile marine life in vivid detail.