Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon
Lisbon/Portugal, departure 18.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Picturesque nature, great history
Britain’s refined nature reveals itself on your first encounter with the kingdom. One day, two islands, countless impressions: part of Cornwall, the Scilly Isles are known for their mild climate caused by the Gulf Stream. During a walk on Tresco and a visit to the Abbey Garden, with over 4,000 exotic plants, you will almost feel as though you are in the tropics. The neighbouring island of St. Mary’s, whose picturesque coastal landscape is perfect for walking, beckons with natural beauty.
Wales (Skomer Island , Fishguard)
The home of thousands of puffins lies before you as soon as the HANSEATIC reaches the premiere destination of Skomer Island off the Welsh coast. Whether while cruising or on a Zodiac ride – the local conditions will dictate how you explore this protected island beauty. With luck, you will also see some porpoises and grey seals. Around Fishguard, Wales shows its particularly green side. This small town is your peaceful starting point for insights into Pembroke Castle and Tenby*. While the 12th-century castle is considered the most beautiful in the region, the picturesque coastal town with Victorian-style houses honours the county’s reputation. Faith appears to be set in stone in St David’s – Wales’ smallest city*. Expand your knowledge of the power of the church on a visit to the largest cathedral in Wales and the ruins of Bishop’s Palace. Like tiny natural naves, hidden caves wait to be explored on a relaxed kayak tour* along the wild coast.
Dublin/Ireland, from 7.00 to 17.30 hrs
Contrasts on the Emerald Isle
Dublin can tell the story of Ireland in the style of Oscar Wilde, a native of the city. The capital is dominated by the venerable St Patrick’s Cathedral. Search for the Irish soul on a stroll through the city: pubs and parks, folk music and Guinness, Trinity College and the Temple Bar quarter. Your historical explorations will be just as diverse. Old Ireland in the Boyne Valley* is filled with life on fertile riverbanks, in monastery ruins and at burial sites. The landscape and views of the Irish Sea offer timeless beauty on a hike along the cliffs from Bray to Greystones*. A very special natural experience that continues in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland (Rathlin Island, Ballycastle)
Rathlin Island impresses with cliffs up to 70 m (229 ft) high that contrast with idyllic bays. Compared with the island’s around 100 human inhabitants, the many kittiwakes and puffins that you can watch are clearly in the majority. The stunning town of Ballycastle – a totally new destination for the HANSEATIC – is the focal point for geologists and historians. From here, the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle* combine volcanic origins and Celtic history. The Causeway fascinates with around 37,000 mainly hexagonal basalt columns, while the castle ruins bear witness to the Middle Ages.
Inner Hebrides (Staffa, Iona)
Scotland’s Stone Age legacy
The Inner Hebrides offer very special experiences. In the rugged island world off Scotland’s coastline, the manoeuvrable HANSEATIC will be truly in its element. What kind of place would have inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his “Hebrides” overture in the 19th century? Find out when you ride out in the Zodiacs to visit Fingal’s Cave, the huge basalt cave on the uninhabited island of Staffa. For centuries, Iona has been famous as the cradle of Scottish Christianisation. In addition to the abbey and Celtic crosses, the island holds the graves of more than 60 kings.
Northern Scotland (Inverewe Garden , Kirkwall/Orkney Islands)
The scent of history will be replaced by the mild climate of the Gulf Stream in the bay of Loch Ewe, also a premiere destination. Osgood Mackenzie made use of the Gulf Stream back in 1862, creating an arboretum, beds and ponds in Inverewe Garden – a wonderful place to walk amongst exotic plants. The coasts of the Orkney Islands are enveloped in wild romanticism. From Kirkwall, discover the historic treasures of Orkney*, including the Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.
Leith (Edinburgh), from 8.00 to 20.30 hrs
Enjoy regal company in Leith, Edinburgh’s port. From the castle above the city, once home to Scottish kings, the highlights of Edinburgh* will take you to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, residence of the Queen. The excursion to the “small highlands” of the Trossachs and Stirling Castle* will also lead you in the footsteps of Mary Stuart. The Royal Botanic Garden*, one of the oldest in Europe, is magnificent with its splendid trees and the Queen Mother’s Memorial Gardens. Alternatively, in the council area of Midlothian, you can unravel the mysteries of the extensively decorated, legendary Rosslyn Chapel*, which gained international renown after appearing in a bestseller by Dan Brown.
Eyemouth, from 7.00 to 14.30 hrs
Eyemouth looks back to its past as a smuggling den, but its picturesque port, winding alleys and little shops have no reason to hide. From here, discover Northumberland* with an idyllic coastline and the Harry Potter castle, or observe numerous sea birds on a walk in the St Abbs Conservation Area*. A fantastic conclusion to an unforgettable expedition that will show you Britain at its best.
Relaxation at sea
Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
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 change.
Dr Hans-Joachim Lauenstein began to travel the world whilst still studying mineralogy and geology. Alongside insights into the geological details of Great Britain’s origins, this amateur photographer will provide valuable tips for unique images.