On board MS HANSEATIC from Tahiti to Puerto Montt

Expedition South Seas and Easter Island - The magic of motus and moai

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Fantasy and reality become intertwined when you explore the untouched islands of the South Pacific. Inspired by the magic of the South Seas, silent turquoise lagoons, coral gardens and magical relics will make your dreams a reality – complemented by relaxed days at sea on board the HANSEATIC.


from Tahiti to Puerto Montt

Cruise dates:from 26.11.2016 to 19.12.2016 (24 days)
Your ship: MS HANSEATIC
Cruise number: HAN1622

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

Itinerary

Sat, 26.11.2016

Scheduled flight Frankf - Papeete**
Transfer to embarkation on the HANSEATIC

Sun, 27.11.2016

Papeete/Tahiti/Society Islands/French Polynesia, departure 6.00 hrs
Moorea

Dream destinations in the form of art
The paintings of Paul Gauguin will be brought to life when the HANSEATIC calls at Tahiti’s “little sister” Moorea. Here, nature itself paints the most beautiful portraits comprising the pure romanticism of the South Seas – from the azure blue of the sky and the emerald green of shallow lagoons to the snowy white of the beaches. Take a jeep tour across Moorea* and discover the tropical island landscape, old stone temples and views of bays and the ocean from the Magic Mountain. Take a different approach and experience the peculiarities of the island’s flora and fauna on a walk through lush mountain scenery on the trail known as Three Coconut Trees Pass*. It is a paradisiacal prelude to your expedition.

Mon, 28.11.2016
- Wed, 30.11.2016

Tuamotu Islands (Rangiroa, Manihi, Makemo)

Island jewels of the grand nation
In the heart of French Polynesia lies the world’s largest archipelago, the Tuamotu Islands. Who would expect there to be a wine-growing region here? In the same archipelago as Rangiroa, the vines of fruity red and white wines thrive under the gleaming blue sky and on the chalky soil formed from dead coral. Surrounded by small motus – islets – and pearl farms, dive into the breathtaking underwater world of the atoll’s natural “aquarium” on a snorkelling adventure on Rangiroa*. The coral gardens are no less colourful on a trip on the glass-bottom boat* – keep an eye out for parrotfish, humphead wrasse, moray eels and whitetip reef sharks. In the treasure chest of the South Seas, the atoll Manihi hides a truly special gem: black pearls which are cultivated there in floating farms. The beauty of the pastel-coloured idyll of Makemo unfolds from every angle: from the lofty heights of the new island lighthouse as well as in the protected, untouched underwater world of its whale sanctuary.

Thu, 01.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 02.12.2016
- Sun, 04.12.2016

Puka Rua Atoll , Gambier Islands (Matureivavao, Mangareva)

Puka Rua Atoll consists of numerous little motus and is surrounded by a biodiverse coral reef. It is a miniature paradise with all the more giant mussels in the turquoise lagoon. Matureivavao protrudes just a few centimetres above sea level, revealing just how sensitive the ecosystem of the flat South Seas islands really is. Here, life is to be found underwater and it can be observed in impressive style when snorkelling at the edge of the reef. You can also find rare natural treasures on Mangareva. The extraordinarily clear water of its lagoons is traditionally used in pearl farming. Ashore, feast your eyes on St Michael’s Cathedral, built in 1848, of which the altar is decorated with pearls and mother of pearl. This and numerous­ other churches on your tour of the village attest to the rule of the French missionaries, who were very active in this region in the 19th century.

Mon, 05.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Tue, 06.12.2016
- Wed, 07.12.2016

Pitcairn Islands (Pitcairn, cruising off Ducie Atoll)

Pitcairn, the only inhabited island in the eponymous archipelago, is considered a paradisiacal hideaway. If the tides permit a Zodiac landing at Bounty Bay, you will have the chance to meet the descendants of the HMS Bounty mutineers in person. Both the Bible and the anchor of this legendary ship have been preserved. The language of the island’s inhabitants is a remarkable mixture of the English and Tahitian languages of the 18th century. Keep your camera ready for when, weather permitting, you discover the breathtaking coastline of the untouched atoll Ducie Island. Stunning impressions of the lagoon that will stay with you forever.

Thu, 08.12.2016
- Fri, 09.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 10.12.2016

Hanga Roa/Easter Island/Chile

Ancient mysticism in the kingdom of the moai
Easter Island has been guarded by the moai for over a millennium. Thanks to these stone giants, Rapa Nui National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Get close to these testaments to Polynesian culture, the moai statues*, on an island tour and discover their “birthplace” at the foot of the volcano Rano Raraku. Another puzzle of Rapa Nui is the mystery of the “birdman”*. Shed some light on it when you visit the impressive Rano Kau crater lake and the holy site of Orongo, which in 1866 was the setting of the last birdman ritual in which the natives of the island competed for dominance every year.

Sun, 11.12.2016
- Wed, 14.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Thu, 15.12.2016

Robinson Crusoe Island

Robinson Crusoe Island, on which Alexander Selkirk – the inspiration for the eponymous fictional character – was marooned in 1705, is remote and wildly romantic. The island is home to jagged cliffs and lush, green mountain landscapes with a dense mantle of vegetation consisting of trees, giant ferns and grasses. More than 100 endemic species of plant grow in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Hike to the viewpoint of Alexander Selkirk – the perfect spot to reflect on the many impressions of your cruise.
Together with exciting and unforgettable impressions, enjoy relaxing days at sea to round off this expedition. The perfect opportunity to enjoy the comfort of the HANSEATIC with all your senses, hone your knowledge at expert presentations and simply keep the fire of your South Seas spirit burning.

Fri, 16.12.2016

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 17.12.2016

Puerto Montt/Chile, arrival 8.30 hrs
Flight to Santiago de Chile, overnight stay with breakfast

Sun, 18.12.2016

Scheduled flight from Santiago de Chile to Frankfurt

Mon, 19.12.2016

Arrival in Frankfurt

* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
** Depending on the flight schedule, a change to the travel arrangements to the cruise departure point may be necessary.
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:

POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: SANTIAGO – THE METROPOLIS OF THE ANDES