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MS HANSEATIC - from Tenerife to Lisbon
Cruise HAN1709
22.05.2017 - 05.06.2017 (14 days)
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22.05.2017 - 05.06.2017

Expedition Azores - a delight for nature lovers

MS HANSEATIC - from Tenerife to Lisbon

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Cruise HAN1709

22.05.2017 - 05.06.2017

14 days (14 days cruise only)

    Lush vegetation and bizarre volcanic cones, colourful fishing villages and black lava fields, former pirates’ hideaways, whales and dolphins – on this expedition with the HANSEATIC, all nine Azores islands and Madeira line up their riches like a string of pearls. Discover a springlike Garden of Eden on various walks and activities.


    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.

    Price specials - Attractive combination discount of € 300

    Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1710 (applies to categories 2 – 7).

    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

    Monday, 22.05.2017

    Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Tenerife
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife/Tenerife/Spain, departure 21.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 23.05.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 24.05.2017

    Funchal/Madeira/Portugal

    Madeira: island of eternal spring
    Looking to experience unspoilt nature? You will find just that when the HANSEATIC heads for the Atlantic’s island treasures. Wherever you set foot on volcanic soil, the beauty of creation will find new ways to fill you with wonder. For example when you reach Madeira, the green oasis. The ship sails slowly into the magnificent harbour of the capital, Funchal, nestled in high mountains like an amphitheatre stage. Explore life by the blue ocean from an unusual perspective by taking a “tukxi” through Funchal*. These electric vehicles with open sides will transport you through narrow alleys into the heart of the city. One of the island’s greatest sights is nature itself, as you will discover on a levada hike* along the famous water channels in a stunning setting.

    Thursday, 25.05.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Friday, 26.05.2017

    Sao Miguel/Azores

    Great natural experiences ahead
    Like the settlers and seafarers of old, the HANSEATIC will continue north-west until an Atlantis-like archipelago suddenly appears before you: the Azores. This paradise for hikers and nature lovers remains largely unknown. Lakes surrounded by flowers and lush volcanic craters are punctuated with green valleys and bustling towns. Here, where there is a good chance of seeing whales, you will experience unforgettable panoramas and expedition moments at the most beautiful time of the year. The first highlight is Sao Miguel, the largest of the nine islands: fertile land for growing tobacco, wine grapes and pineapples, and the site of Europe’s only tea plantation. The scenery is characterised by laurel and eucalyptus trees, and the island’s volcanic origins are evident in bubbling springs and the smell of sulphur. The excursion to Furnas’ fumaroles, tea plantations and Botanical Park* provides an insight into its natural diversity, while a spectacular scene awaits at the crater lakes of Sete Cidades*. Alternatively, take a local boat with a positioning system and an expert guide for some whale watching – in search of sperm whales*. This cruise will also offer plenty of opportunities for encounters with various whale and dolphin species – both on guided excursions and from the deck of the HANSEATIC.

    Saturday, 27.05.2017

    Sao Jorge

    Sao Jorge, whose expansive plateaus and volcanic cones are reminiscent of a dragon, makes an elemental impression. Particularly stunning here are the many “fajas”, lush, green stretches of land formed by cooled lava, where tropical fruits and even coffee are cultivated. Sample this in truly typical fashion: “fajas” and coffee tasting*. A walk to Faja dos Vimes* with idyllic views takes you along a goat track through the rich endemic vegetation.

    Sunday, 28.05.2017

    Western Azores (Flores, Corvo )

    Set foot on Flores, the island of flowers, for a hike along ancient island trails*. A sea of flowers in intense colours, the waterfalls and bizarre rock formations will be a delight for all nature lovers. Corvo UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the smallest of the Azores, is home to marine mammals and birds. What initially appears to be a mountain will turn out to be a huge crater on an individual exploration with our experts.

    Monday, 29.05.2017 to
    Wednesday, 31.05.2017

    Central Azores (Pico , Faial, Graciosa, Terceira)

    Spectacular contrasts
    Over 100 volcanoes, deep-black rocks and deep-blue water add accents to the natural canvas of Pico – named for its approximately 2,350 m (7,709 ft) high volcano, Portugal’s highest mountain. The scenic journey across the crater island of Pico* fascinates with rocks and lava fields, rainforest-like vegetation and former whalers’ villages. Today, it is mainly researchers and scientists who are drawn here from around the world by the marine mammals. The animals will also be discussed during exciting presentations by your experts on board. Equipped with new background knowledge, your boat trip for whale and dolphin watching* will be even more intensive. You will also follow the marine mammals on the island of Faial. Until the 1980s, hunting whales was still a major part of everyday life. The people who have circumnavigated the globe in Peter Cafe Sport in the harbour of Horta will certainly have plenty to say about this and more. A tour to the Capelinhos volcano* or a hike to the Faial Caldeira* tells of the elemental forces of the earth – both will reward you with wonderful views of the island and ocean. The seldom-visited island of Graciosa, whose appeal lies in its natural beauty, is an insider’s tip. On a hike to the Furna do Enxofre*, descend to a sulphur cave where hot springs bubble: a spectacle of untamed nature. The pioneering spirit of former Portuguese seafarers will come to life when the HANSEATIC docks at Terceira pier. In the narrow alleys of the old town in the World Heritage Site of Angra do Heroismo*, white houses and old churches tell of the times when the city was an intermediate stop for overseas trade. As in the past, the landscape – which you will enjoy on an island tour* – offers idyllic retreats.

    Friday, 02.06.2017

    Santa Maria

    Santa Maria is known for its idyllic beaches and sunshine. The typical whitewashed houses with colourful windows and doors lend the villages their special charm. By the time you hike to the Pedreira do Campo stone quarry*, the many experiences of your expedition will feel like they have been set in stone – unforgettable!

    Saturday, 03.06.2017

    Relaxation at sea

    Monday, 05.06.2017

    Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
    Scheduled flight from Lisbon to Germany

    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: HIGHLIGHTS OF TENERIFE
    POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON AND ROYAL SINTRA

    A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.

    * The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.

    Country expert on the team

    Birgit Siegel began studying Atlantic history while attending the University of the Azores. A tour guide, she has been living on the island of Sao Miguel since 2003. She therefore knows many hidden beauties on the archipelago as well as fascinating background information – from politics through to its bird life.


    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 (cruise only) includes, among other things:

    • Expedition in the booked category
    • Full board on the ship (early bird breakfast, breakfast, 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 service in every cabin; on the HANSEATIC, also access to a private e-mail account as well as an integrated video-on-demand system
    • German ship, cruise and expedition management as well as a German- and English-speaking service crew on board
    • Sending and receiving e-mails (up to 1 MB) free of charge
    • Comprehensive information about the cruise, service handbooks about the flora and fauna of 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 and Nordic Walking are provided on loan (subject to the destination and 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 insurance, cancellation fee insurance (both only included for guests of the European Economic Area and Switzerland) and bankruptcy insurance.
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