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MS HANSEATIC - from Belem to Iquitos
Cruise HAN1706
17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015 (21 days)
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17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

Expedition Amazon - On the river of a thousand wonders

MS HANSEATIC - from Belem to Iquitos

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Cruise HAN1706

17.03.2015 - 17.03.2015

21 days (0 days cruise only)

    The legends of the Amazon: where native peoples live hidden in the rainforest; where toucans, howler monkeys and cicadas add their voices to the wildlife chorus; and where the plants explode in a riot of colour. Behind every bend of the river, new facets of the evergreen jungle await you. Only a small expedition ship like the HANSEATIC and its Zodiacs will allow you to explore this paradise at close range. Travel deep into winding waterways for what could be the greatest adventure of your life.


    Expedition
    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.

    The highlights of this cruise

    Your ship - MS HANSEATIC

    Magical moments for explorers

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Your cabins & suites on MS HANSEATIC

    Outside cabin (category 2) with portholes
    • Comfortable: 22 m² (237 sq ft) cabins
    • Ocean view: portholes on the Amundsen Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Outside cabin (category 3-6) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 22 m² cabins
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Explorer Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films,Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • 24-hour room service (up to category 6: 24-hour butler service)
    Suite (category 7) with panoramic window
    • Comfortable: 44 m² suite
    • Ocean view: panoramic window on the Bridge Deck
    • Private e-mail account (free of charge), flat screen with Internet access (for a fee), choice of films, Wi-Fi access and DVD player
    • Mini bar: free soft drinks
    • Exclusive: 24-hour butler service

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Sao Paulo to Belem

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Overnight stay with breakfast (mid-range hotel)

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    City tour
    Belem/Brazil, departure 20.00 hrs (subject to the tides)

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Day trip through the Breves Channels

    In the midst of a mysterious world
    The first explorers called it a “green hell”. Today, the Amazon is considered an earthly paradise. No river is as long, and no rainforest is as diverse and virtually unexplored. In the spirit of adventurers and scientists, this expedition will enable you to explore this pristine, magical world – for example, during breathtaking daytime passage through the Breves Channels.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Rio Pucurui, Guajara, Alter do Chao, Parintins, Canacari)

    The small HANSEATIC is in its element in this labyrinthine network – the diverse shores close enough to touch: banana trees, cashew trees and a succession of small settlements of wooden buildings on stilts. Depending on the weather and currents, the Zodiacs will be lowered to the water again and again on this cruise to take you deep into the winding waterways on numerous rides and landings such as the Rio Pucurui, which is lined with buriti and acai palms. The colours of the toucans, yellow-headed caracaras and saffron finches sparkle in the lush green leaves – and these are just three of over 1,000 species of bird that will catch your eye in the Amazon. Alongside around 3,000 species of fish, the “kings” of the river are the mammals: with a little luck, pink dolphins will make an appearance when you reach Guajara. Is the legend true? Can they really transform into young men to entice away the girls? And how deep into the water must the mighty water buffalo wade to graze on the floating vegetation? Be it mythology or biology, the experts on board will have the answer. Wherever you turn, the jungle surprises with stories and impressions, as Alter do Chao will demonstrate: on the emerald-green Rio Tapajos, you will suddenly find yourself on an almost Caribbean beach. Unsurprisingly, bathing in the Amazon will be enjoyable and relaxing.

    Tropical surroundings bursting with cultures
    The middle point of the world’s largest river is dominated by contrasts between the traditional and modern. Lush nature on the one hand, vibrant culture on the other. Parintins is a prime example of atmospheric customs. The inhabitants revel in the atmosphere of the “Bumba-meu-boi” dance spectacular with colourful costumes and intoxicating music. Back in the deep green of the jungle, the Zodiacs transport you to curiosities of creation. In Canacari, these are the leaves of the giant water lilies, up to 3 m in diameter, which seamlessly connect with the floating carpet of grass. Be it red bromeliads, pink Gustavia leaves or blue-and-yellow macaws in the treetops, the diversity is there for all to see.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Manaus

    The city of Manaus is filled with very different contrasts. Modern glass facades sit alongside classical and art nouveau buildings on a tour of the city’s history and opera house*. An aerial tour above Manaus* highlights the coexistence of civilisation and nature in breathtaking fashion. The Meeting of the Waters can be seen as an allegory for this, where the “black” Rio Negro joins the clay-yellow Rio Solimoes; the two rivers do not mix immediately, but flow alongside each other for several kilometres.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Further upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Badajos, Cuxiu Muni, Rio Jutai, Panelas, Leticia, Pevas)Further upstream on the Amazon with Zodiac landings (including Badajos, Cuxiu Muni, Rio Jutai, Panelas, Leticia, Pevas)

    A beating green heart
    In the shallow waters of the upper reaches of the Amazon, you will experience South America’s lifeline close-up. Very few ships can travel these waters – ideal expeditionary territory for the HANSEATIC. Colourful orchids and brilliant passion flowers highlight the beauty of remote locations, and not just in Badajos. How do the people live in harmony with nature? The answer to this question can be found in Cuxiu Muni, for example: the traditional native community provides fascinating insights into their everyday lives. In the late evening, when the many-voiced choir of cicadas echoes over the river, the Zodiacs will set off into the tropical night. Will you succeed in finding one of the caimans hunting in the dark? During the day, you will have many opportunities to observe monkeys and birds such as the purple-throated flycatcher in the igapo forest of the Rio Jutai. In the Zodiacs, you will head into side branches and tributaries to explore the unique ecosystem. While you glide past the brilliant violet leaves of the Cattleya orchid, the cries of Amazonian parrots will provide the soundtrack to your impressions. Your experiences in Panelas will also appear to have sprung from a picture book. Huge jungle trees transform the rays of the sun into a gentle light. This is ideal for sloths, who spend up to 20 hours a day sleeping in the mighty branches. By contrast, the Colombian city of Leticia is active and vibrant: the colourful market life with curious delicacies from the rainforest provides sensory inspiration. Just as astounding are the stilt buildings in the native Peruvian village of Pevas.

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Iquitos/Peru, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Charter flight to Lima
    Overnight stay with breakfast

    You will reach Iquitos with the moving sensation of having grown closer to this paradise world. And even if your expedition is drawing to a close after 4,000 km from the mouth of the Amazon to here, the thrill of the many moments you have experienced will never end.

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    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    City tour
    Scheduled flight from Lima to Frankfurt

    Tuesday, 17.03.2015

    Arrival in Frankfurt

    Pre & Post-Program for your trip

    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:

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: RIO DE JANEIRO – THE FUN-LOVING CITY
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MACHU PICCHU – IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE INCAS

    * 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.

    A biology specialist in the team of experts

    Biologist Claudia Roedel will fascinate you with her extensive experience in the Amazon region. An experienced expedition leader, she specialises in tropical ecology, has completed a survival training course in the jungle and knows all about the native tribes in the Amazon.


    MS HANSEATIC - Your Personal Expedition

    The HANSEATIC

    The world's only five-star expedition ship (Berlitz Cruise Guide 2018) combines adventure with excellent comfort. This provides the perfect setting for your extraordinary expedition routes with special facilities and many special on-board details - from the ship's furnishings to the first-class service provided by the crew. With no more than 175 guests on board the HANSEATIC, you can enjoy a sense of well-being with an almost familial character that you will not find any-where else.

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    Cabins & suites

    Feel at home on the open sea: What could be better than travelling in the most remote regions of the world and yet still feeling right at home? The HANSEATIC’s state-of-the-art cabins and suites measuring 22 m²/237 ft² and 44 m²/474 ft², respectively, ensure that you have plenty of room to enjoy and recall your diverse discoveries and impressions in a relaxed frame of mind. The many details make your cruise especially enjoyable: tasteful furnishings, lighting designed to create a pleasing ambience and a mini bar that is replenished daily with refreshing non-alcoholic beverages free of charge. After all, when your days are thrilling, you need a place to relax.
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    Culinary art, bars & lounges

    Gourmets together: A place in the main restaurant, Marco Polo, is already reserved for your journey into delicious culinary worlds. Discover the creative gastronomic variety and discerning gourmet philosophy of our top chefs against the backdrop of the most beautiful expedition regions. Bistro Lemaire offers a variety of culinary treats - from the breakfast and lunch buffets through to the incomparable "Ethno Dinner", which reinterprets the exotic diversity of various cruise destinations.

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    Experiences & relaxation

    Your time: The HANSEATIC invites you to live out your exploratory urges and spend your time however you wish. Enjoy active relaxation in the fitness room with ocean view or in the whirlpool.

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    Prestigious experts on board

    Room for inspiring moments: Share your impressions with like-minded guests and experts in the Observation Lounge with a 180° panoramic view and piano music in the evenings, for example. Explorers will meet in the Explorer Lounge, where the experts will prepare for and follow up on the trips ashore. The Darwin Hall presentation room, where specialists share their knowledge, will also be a focal point. Laptops and microscopes are available for loan and will help you to enhance your experiences.

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    Additional included services

    The Cruise Price Includes

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, late morning bouillon, lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee and tea with pastries, midnight snack)
    • All landings or rides in the ship’s own Zodiacs or tenders (potential admission fees or guided tours by local tour guides not included)
    • Experienced experts give lectures, provide in-depth answers to questions about the cruising area and accompany Zodiac landings
    • Champagne awaits you in your cabin on your day of arrival
    • Mini bar filled with soft drinks in the cabin (refilled daily)
    • Flat screen, DVD player and Wi-Fi in every cabin. On the HANSEATIC, these also provide access to your private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (without attachments) free of charge
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a Germanand English-speaking service crew on board
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of the Amazon, the Arctic and Antarctica as well as expedition maps
    • Information about the port or destination (when available) in the cabin in the form of pocket-size travel guides
    • Depending on the destination, warm parkas and rubber boots as well as snorkelling equipment, Nordic Walking poles and bicycles are provided on loan on board both expedition ships (subject to availability)
    • Free use of all on-board facilities (except services of the photo shop, hairdresser, massage, boutique, Internet)
    • Harbour and airport fees
    • Travel cancellation expenses insurance
    • Bankruptcy insurance
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