On board MS HANSEATIC from Lisbon to Hamburg

Expedition to the British Isles - Royal contrasts and majestic natural beauty

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Great Britain – seemingly well known, but full of secrets. The HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs transform the British Isles into a real expedition region. Wild cliff lines, stylish gardens, well-fortified castles and mystical relics from the island’s 5,000-year history – this kingdom for explorers will open its doors to you.


from Lisbon to Hamburg

Cruise dates:from 30.05.2015 to 12.06.2015 (13 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1510

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

Sat, 30.05.2015

Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
Lisbon/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs

Sun, 31.05.2015

Viana do Castelo, from 14.00 to 18.00 hrs

Pay witness to raw natural beauty
Your new appreciation for the British Isles begins in Portugal. Setting out from the small, picturesque city of Viana do Castelo between the sea and mountains at the mouth of the Lima, your cruise will bring together the history of exploration and medieval architecture. The historic city of Braga*, which is home to Se, the oldest cathedral in Portugal, is an important religious centre. Then you will set sail for the British Isles against the backdrop of the fertile province of Minho.

Mon, 01.06.2015

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 02.06.2015
- Wed, 03.06.2015

England (Scilly Isles , Penzance )

Nature will seize the sceptre when you first encounter the United Kingdom. The Scilly Isles, which are part of Cornwall, owe their mild climate to the Gulf Stream. After landing, you will feel like you are in the tropics when you visit the spectacular Abbey Gardens – surrounded by succulents, aloe plants and rare trees. Subtropical trees also grow in the city park of Penzance – the flair of the harbour and the long beach promenade will certainly prove just as delightful. You can also enjoy the views of Cape Cornwall as part of a hike along the coast*. You can reach the tidal island of Sant Michael’s Mount* on foot during low tide and by boat during high tide. Just like the French Mont Saint Michel in Normandy, the castle on the mountain is a famous former pilgrimage site. Its interior will transport you back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

Thu, 04.06.2015

Dublin/Ireland, from 8.00 to 0.00 hrs

Dublin can tell the story of Ireland in the style of Oscar Wilde, a native of the city. Perhaps his Canterville Ghost strayed into the monastic settlement of Glendalough and the gardens of Powerscourt*. Walking to the ruins of the monastic site, the wind will seem to be whispering secrets through the meadows and oak forests. There are no words to describe the breathtaking views of the Irish Sea that you can enjoy as you hike along the cliffs from Bray to Greystones*.

Fri, 05.06.2015

Douglas/Isle of Man/England, from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs

Between the waves lies the impressive countryside of the Isle of Man, shaped by gentle hills and valleys and picturesque bays and dunes along a 160 km coastline. Follow the Celts and Vikings and discover the countryside for yourself – and in style as part of a journey on a steam train to Rushen Castle*, one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Europe.

Sat, 06.06.2015

Scotland (cruise in the Sound of Islay, Iona Island )

Scottish treasures as far as the eye can see
In Scotland, nature and culture always seem to want to excel – and together they make these intensive days so appealing. The Sound of Islay has a particularly enchanting allure. Wonderfully contoured natural scenes of the Inner Hebrides unfold on the banks of the sound as the HANSEATIC passes through. Just as on Iona Island, which is famous for being the cradle of Scottish Christianisation for centuries. On this island, you can find historic relics and the graves of more than 60 kings.

Sun, 07.06.2015

Skye, from 8.00 to 15.00 hrs

When you land at the picturesque fishing village of Portree on Skye with the Zodiacs, you will encounter colourful life. Colourful facades stand in contrast to black cliffs and green highlands. Explore Scotland’s lochs, mountains and bays on a scenic northern journey*, or backdrops from the film Highlander and one of the most photographed Scottish scenes on a visit to Eilean Donan Castle*.

Mon, 08.06.2015

Kirkwall/Orkney Islands, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs

Steep cliffs and dreamlike coastal villages: the Orkney Islands always have new expedition moments in store. Setting out from Kirkwall with its imposing St Magnus Cathedral, discover the historic treasures of Orkney*, including the Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae. Instead of exploring the treasures of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can enjoy breathtaking natural beauty on a hike along the cliff line*.

Tue, 09.06.2015

Leith (Edinburgh), from 8.30 to 0.00 hrs

Enjoy royal society when you travel to Leith: the Britannia, the former Royal Yacht, has been anchored in Edinburgh since 1997. Equally majestic, the castle in the centre of the city is perched on an extinct volcano and counts among the many highlights of Edinburgh*. Alternatively, in the heart of the council area of Midlothian, you can unravel the mysteries of the extensively decorated, legendary Rosslyn Chapel*, which gained international renown after appearing in a bestseller by Dan Brown.

Wed, 10.06.2015

Eyemouth, from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs

The former smuggling den of Eyemouth rounds off your royal experiences: be it heavenly views of the ruined monastery and castle of the mystical Holy Island* or in the Howick Hall Gardens for tea* at the ancestral seat of the Earls Grey – a truly British-style conclusion.

Thu, 11.06.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 12.06.2015

Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and 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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: LISBON AND OBIDOS


EXTENSION: HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE