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Expedition Brazil - World records of creation

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Bigger, more exuberant, more beautiful – Brazil deserves many a gold medal for its different facets and dimensions. Travel to the land of superlatives before the Olympic Games take place here in 2016. The world’s biggest rainforests, a wide variety of plant and animal species, and a lively cultural scene: this premiere for the HANSEATIC covers practically the entire coastline of the country for a “carnival of contrasts”.

from Buenos Aires to Belem

Cruise dates:from 05.03.2016 to 25.03.2016 (20 days)
Cruise number: HAN1604

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This is a bilingual cruise with English shore excursions. [Read more]


Sat, 05.03.2016

Scheduled flight Germany – Buenos Aires

Sun, 06.03.2016

City tour
Buenos Aires/Argentina, departure 17.00 hrs

Mon, 07.03.2016

Montevideo/Uruguay, from 8.00 to 22.00 hrs

Today, Uruguay’s capital Montevideo is your host. A city tour* will take you along Avenida 18 de Julio and introduce you to the famous freedom fighter Artigas in his mausoleum in the monumental Independence Square. From here, you will be able to go on a walk through the old town*. You will find out all about the country’s wine cultivation on a visit to a vineyard* – including tasting, of course.

Tue, 08.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 09.03.2016

Rio Grande/Brazil, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs

South America for all the senses
The many splendours of your expedition will become clear as soon as you reach Rio Grande. Historic buildings and modern feats of engineering are combined on a tour through Rio Grande*. Not far away from here is the city of Pelotas* with its splendid colonial buildings – a city that owes its riches to “charque”, a special kind of dried meat. On a walk through the swampy landscape of Taim*, you will gain an insight into the diverse flora and fauna of this ecological conservation area. With a bit of luck, you will spot capybaras, broad-snouted caimans, cormorants and ibises as well as kingfishers here.

Thu, 10.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 11.03.2016

Ilha do Mel, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

Ilha do Mel, or “honey island”, has sweet hidden treasures and is not usually found on cruise ship routes. On a walk along the coast, you will feel like you are one of the first explorers to discover the long beach and hidden caves.

Sat, 12.03.2016

Parati, from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs

Picturesque Parati is truly a golden discovery. The architectural riches of the town, which you can see on a walk through historic Parati*, date back to the 17th century gold rush. On a jeep trip along the gold route*, you can discover the diverse wildlife in the Serra da Bocaina national park. 

Sun, 13.03.2016

Rio de Janeiro, from 6.00 to 23.00 hrs

The heavenly kingdom of joie de vivre
The upcoming Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 will bring even more life into the city. Beaches and samba, Copacabana and Ipanema – the charm of this huge city can be discovered on a city tour with a trip to Sugar Loaf*, past historic colonial buildings and modern skyscrapers. The tour will be rounded off with a cable car ride up to the granite cone of the mountain Sugar Loaf. You can see even more amazing views on a helicopter flight* over the city and the statue of Christ the Redeemer. Dom Pedro II built himself a “kingdom of heaven” at a height of more than 800 m in 1843: a visit to Petropolis, the former summer residence of the Brazilian emperor*, is a major attraction north of Rio.

Mon, 14.03.2016

Ilha Grande, from 6.00 to 17.00 hrs

For centuries, the Tupinamba tribe lived on Ilha Grande, and their paths are still used today for hiking. The beautiful beaches and unspoilt natural beauty are shared with monkeys and butterflies.

Tue, 15.03.2016

Armacao dos Buzios, from 7.00 to 13.00 hrs

For Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Cousteau, the former sleepy fishing village of Armacao dos Buzios was heaven on earth. If you wish to enjoy the idyllic beaches from the water, we recommend taking a schooner ride* with the opportunity for swimming and snorkelling.

Wed, 16.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 17.03.2016

Ilheus, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

Cocoa plantations were once responsible for the opulent growth of the city of Ilheus. Walk in the footsteps of the cocoa barons* through the colonial heart of the city and pay a visit to a plantation. A natural, flourishing sight awaits you on a boat trip on the Rio Contas* through the mangroves and to the Cleandro waterfall – right into the green heart of Brazil.

Fri, 18.03.2016

Salvador, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

The joining of cultures
It’s impressive how the city’s Afro-Brazilian way of life and colonial past come together in Salvador. The street scene is shaped by the “combat dance”, which was introduced by African slaves. In historic Bahia*, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, baroque churches and historic buildings stand as a reminder of colonial times. You can marvel at other relics of this era in the area inland from Salvador* in Santo Amaro, which became rich thanks to tobacco and cotton farming, and the picturesque twin towns of Cachoeira and Sao Felix.

Sat, 19.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 20.03.2016

Recife, from 6.00 to 17.00 hrs

In Recife, Prince Maurice of Nassau had bridges, canals and palaces built in the swamps and on the islands. You can get a feel for the city’s architecture on a walking tour of the old town* and on a visit to fascinating Olinda*, a baroque gem of the city. See the works of a famous Brazilian sculptor on a visit to the Brennand museum*.

Mon, 21.03.2016
- Wed, 23.03.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 24.03.2016

Belem/Brazil, arrival 8.00 hrs
Scheduled flight Belem – Frankfurt

Fri, 25.03.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities 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.

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A geology specialist in the team of experts

Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein was already travelling the world when he was still studying mineralogy and geology. He lived in South America for 15 years as a tour guide. This amateur photographer enhances his outstanding lectures with some impressive photos – and a few tips on good South American wines.