Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1621.
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Denpasar
Benoa/Bali/Indonesia, departure 18.00 hrs
Small Sunda Islands (Sumba , Komodo )
On the trail of mysterious cultures
Packed with experiences, your expedition days will be shaped by a variety of sensory impressions in the sprawling island realm of Indonesia. Get to within touching distance of the last living megalithic culture, the ancestor veneration of the Marapu religion and fascinating rituals on Sumba. Your discoveries will be underlined by the cries of native bird species such as the citron-crested cockatoo. Unforgettable impressions of Kodi* will be provided by a traditional welcome ceremony and the Pasola ritual. On Komodo, the fabled Komodo dragons naturally command respect. Accompanied by experienced rangers, you will set out on the hunt for the earth’s “last dragons” in the national park. Up to 3 m long and 140 kg in weight, these creatures are truly a sight to behold.
Relaxation at sea
West New Guinea (Arguni , Waigeo (cruise), Wayag Island )
Arguni’s labyrinth of overgrown limestone islands will take you back in time. From the Zodiacs, you will be able to marvel at the rock paintings located just a few metres above the sea and which are around 3,000 years old. Here, the clock ticks somewhat differently: the Rajah of Arguni, who controls visits to the rocks, may have something to do with this. Take a Zodiac ride to discover the timeless beauty of the rock formations rising up out of the water and the mangrove bays of Waigeo. The agile inflatable boats will also allow you to explore Wayag Island. Glide over crystal-clear water to enjoy the picturesque backdrop on the small sandy beach.
Relaxation at sea
Equipped with flippers and diving masks, explore the coral reef full of colourful fish. Manim is a snorkelling paradise. Let our experts provide you with fascinating information about diversity of the coral gardens – an extremely sensitive ecosystem. They will also hone your eye on Numfoor when you visit the typical village of Baruki. The friendly inhabitants who live in simple wooden huts are just as curious about foreign cultures as you are.
Relaxation at sea
Papua New Guinea (Wewak , Kopar )
Wilderness and adventure in the land of volcanoes
Papua New Guinea’s various natural attractions leave even the most experienced globetrotters speechless: primeval mountain peaks, smoking volcanic cones, crystal-clear water and islands packed with mangrove forests and palm trees. The country contains around 750 tribes with just as many languages and a number of cultural legends. Away from the usual tourist routes, you will learn about coastal life in Wewak. Travelling in typical buses, you will gather impressions of Wewak* – from picturesque panoramas of the surrounding islands to personal insights into city life. One particularly impressive day will see you delve deep into forest life on the Sepik River. Perhaps you will encounter the typical dugout canoes, or a Papuan hornbill. In the Zodiacs, you will travel down narrow tributaries to the village of Kopar, where you will be greeted by the inhabitants adorned with leaves, feathers and shells to perform a welcome dance.
The fascinating features produced by the underground power of fire will be evident when you arrive in the harbour of Rabaul: numerous volcanoes surround the city and once buried large parts of the “Pacific Pompeii” under ash and dust. Find out more when you explore Rabaul and its history*. Your enthusiasm will also be ignited by the Solomon Islands. A world that seems long forgotten: untouched beaches, old tribal rites and friendly inhabitants. And don’t forget about bathing and snorkelling in the turquoise sea!
Solomon Islands (Pirumeri Island , Santa Ana Island , Utupua )
The inhabitants of the small Pirumeri Island will welcome you in style. Immerse yourself in the lives of the islanders and be enchanted by their dancing and song. On the beach of Santa Ana Island, “warriors” painted with clay and brandishing spears will perform an unusual welcome ceremony. You will also be touched by the friendly nature of the people on Utupua – not to mention the diverse coral reef that surrounds the island. This unique expedition will bring you particularly close to these far-removed worlds – and not just in terms of geography.
Relaxation at sea
Lautoka/Fiji, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight to Sydney
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Sydney to Singapore to Frankfurt
Arrival in Frankfurt
The following programmes can be booked.
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:
* 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.
Biologist Wolfgang Bittmann has travelled around the world over 100 times as a guide, diver and photographer. He lived on the Galapagos Islands for three years, he is a former national park guide, he has been involved in underwater TV documentaries, and he has published travel guides for nature lovers. Besides information on his specialist field, he can also give you tips on how to take the perfect photo.