On board MS HANSEATIC from Sao Miguel to Hamburg
Expedition Azores and Channel Islands - More island jewels than ever before
Volcanic landscapes and wild romanticism. Lush nature and picturesque towns. Blossoming gardens and rugged cliffs. These contrasting expedition premiers on board the HANSEATIC combine the natural beauty of seven Azores islands with the unspoilt nature of five Channel Islands.
from Sao Miguel to Hamburg
|Cruise dates:||from 24.05.2016 to 09.06.2016 (16 days)|
|Your ship:||MS HANSEATIC|
| Tue, 24.05.2016 |
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Lisbon
| Wed, 25.05.2016 |
Sao Miguel/Azores, departure 22.00 hrs
Azores: world of volcanoes and whales
| Thu, 26.05.2016 |
- Fri, 27.05.2016
Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Sao Jorge)
The scenic journey across the crater island of Pico* will give you an impressive picture of rocks and lava fields. Between jagged rocks lies the former whaling location of Lajes, its coat of arms alluding to the long history of whaling on Pico. Here you will find the most-visited whale watching centre in the Azores, which will provide fascinating insights into the lives of these marine mammals. Scientists head to Faial to study these gentle giants. Meanwhile, nature lovers can enjoy the island’s unspoilt natural beauty on a scenic journey to the Capelinhos Volcano* or a hike around the Faial Caldeira*. Be fascinated by the untamed landscape from the 300 m high Sao Jorge plateau. This long stretch of level land was created by volcanos and is the perfect place for a walk.
| Sat, 28.05.2016 |
Western Azores (Flores, Corvo )
Once you have set foot on Flores, the island of flowers, you will travel the paths of this Eden to visit crater lakes and waterfalls*. Here you will also enjoy spectacular views of Corvo. What from this perspective appears to be a mountain will turn out to be a huge crater as your shore excursion continues. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is an ideal location for spotting pilot whales and dolphins, which can appear off the coast at any time.
| Sun, 29.05.2016 |
- Mon, 30.05.2016
Central Azores (Graciosa, Terceira)
Another jewel in the Atlantic is Graciosa, the “gracious island” – where small villages and volcanoes* shape one of the most tranquil refuges in the archipelago. You will gather further impressions on an island tour* or on a hike to Terceira*, which will take you into the heart of the volcanic landscape.
| Tue, 31.05.2016 |
- Wed, 01.06.2016
Relaxation at sea
| Thu, 02.06.2016 |
La Coruna/Spain, 12.00 – 19.00 hrs
Spain’s proud sanctuaries
| Fri, 03.06.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Sat, 04.06.2016 |
- Mon, 06.06.2016
Channel Islands/Great Britain
Channel Islands: Europe’s unknown gems
| Tue, 07.06.2016 |
Honfleur/France, 7.00 – 14.00 hrs
In Honfleur, time seems to have stood still. Art and history merge at the mouth of the Seine. On your tour of Honfleur and Deauville*, you will feel the same inspiration as Monet and Renoir in the beautiful, narrow alleys. Magnificent impressions – in every sense – await you in Rouen, the city of 100 steeples*. And even if your diverse and inspiring expedition on board the HANSEATIC ends here, in the cradle of impressionism, your canvas of memories will never fade.
| Wed, 08.06.2016 |
Relaxation at sea
| Thu, 09.06.2016 |
Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.
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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: SAO MIGUEL – THE GREEN AZORES ISLAND
PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: LISBON FOR EXPLORERS
YOUR PRIVATE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS – HAMBURG
A geography specialist in the team of experts
Ole Stapelfeld studied geography, Portuguese philology and urban development. A study trip to Rio de Janeiro intensified his affinity with the Portuguese-speaking culture. He will use his knowledge to provide fascinating insights into the contrasting landscapes of the Azores.