Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include HAN1718 (applies to categories 2 – 7).
Scheduled flight from Frankfurt to Keflavik
Journey to Reykjavik/Iceland
Reykjavik/Iceland, departure 19.00 hrs
Iceland (Heimaey, cruising off Surtsey)
Wild territory in the far north
Where nature determines an eventful itinerary, the HANSEATIC has one clear goal: to seek out the special features of islands that other ships can only sail past – such as the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland. Encounter fire and flames on Heimaey as you take an island tour* to the petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973. Marvel at Iceland’s contrasts from a unique perspective on an aerial tour above volcanoes and waterfalls* – carpets of green moss, glacial rivers and Eyjafjallajoekull. With the wonder of creation before your eyes, the HANSEATIC will cruise past the volcanic island of Surtsey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and research site.
Relaxation at sea
Scotland (Stornoway, Oban)
In the Celtic kingdom
The HANSEATIC will allow you to delve deep into the soul of the British Isles. These islands also seem so isolated: the Standing Stones of Callanish* on Lewis are a testament to a long history and the island of Great Bernera* reveals ancient secrets. This will set the mood for the mystical expanses of the mainland, which you will visit on Scotland’s wild west coast. Your exploration of the coastal town of Oban will be crowned by McCaig’s Tower, a replica of Rome’s Colosseum. Mighty Inveraray Castle – residence of the Duke of Argyll* provides a contrast with splendid rooms and vast gardens. The idyllic Arduaine garden* relies on the “goodwill” of the Gulf Stream. Rare, exotic plants grow here under the care of the National Trust for Scotland. This autumnal garden visit will probably be surpassed only by an alternative tour to the Scottish highlands*. Travel along Loch Etive over mountain passes to deep valleys and peaceful lakes.
Douglas/Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is shaped by its gently rolling landscape, picturesque bays and dunes. While the long seafront promenade invites you for a relaxing stroll in Douglas, take the steam train to Rushen Castle*, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles.
Wales (Fishguard, Swansea)
Wales takes you back to the same era: from tranquil Fishguard, continue to Pembroke Castle and Tenby*. The 12th-century castle is considered the most beautiful in the region and honours the county’s reputation together with the picturesque, Victorian-style coastal town. Immerse yourself in ancient history in St. David’s – Wales’ smallest city* – on a visit to the famous cathedral and the ruins of the Bishop’s Palace. Like tiny natural naves, hidden caves await on a kayak tour* of the coast. Swansea, a premiere destination for the HANSEATIC, is greatly influenced by a Welsh author. Follow in the footsteps of Dylan Thomas* and discover his life and home. As vibrant as his rhapsodic poems, the neighbouring town of Mumbles is packed with shops, restaurants and pubs – an insider’s tip for individual explorations. A visit to Cardiff Castle*, a blend of Roman, Norman and Victorian architectural styles, tells of Welsh tradition and culture.
The fascination with exploration grows as soon as you reach the Scilly Isles, which are part of Cornwall. One day, two islands, countless impressions: a visit to the Abbey Garden on Tresco, with over 4,000 exotic plants, will almost make you feel you are in the tropics. The neighbouring island of St. Mary’s, whose picturesque coastal landscape is perfect for walking, also beckons with natural beauty.
Relaxation at sea
Santander/Spain, from 8.00 to 19.00 hrs
Masterpieces on the Iberian coast
Spanish beauty takes artistic forms on the Atlantic coast. The old town of Santander nestles harmoniously into the steep slopes right by the sea. The city of architecture, Bilbao, and the Guggenheim Museum* provide insights into its cultural diversity and the avant-garde aesthetic of Foster, Calatrava, Starck and Gehry. A visit to the listed town of Santillana del Mar and the Cave of Altamira* feels like a journey back through time: historic buildings from the 12th century and prehistoric cave paintings around 14,000 years old are a testament to the skills of great masters.
Gijon, from 8.00 to 14.00 hrs
The flair of Gijon is underlined by traces of the Romans, baths and a beautiful old town. Oviedo, capital of Asturias*, has particular historical significance. The massive San Salvador cathedral with the Camara Santa (Holy Chamber), a UNESCO cultural monument, looms over the city: merchants’ houses, baroque palaces and Oscar Niemeyer’s modern architecture are combined in the excursion to Aviles and Cabo de Penas* with wonderful views of the rugged cliffs.
Relaxation at sea
Cruise on the Tagus River
Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 13.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
When the HANSEATIC reaches Lisbon, the experts will open up Portugal’s living history on a cruise on the Tagus River with fantastic views of the city. A walk in the footsteps of Fernando Pessoa* will shed light on the country’s literature. Your journey continues along the coastal road and through the Serra de Sintra in an all-terrain vehicle to Cabo da Roca*. Be it the steep cape, the westernmost point on the European mainland or an evening stroll through Lisbon’s vibrant old town – by the end of your cruise, your many impressions will have formed an unforgettable picture of Europe.
Scheduled flight from Lisbon to Germany
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:
Our proven pre and post programs cover a wide range of excursions and experiences and are accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. For all travelers who like to share experiences in a group of like-minded people.
Our travel concierge will be pleased to tailor exclusive travel arrangements to your wishes. From trendy design hotels to luxury beach resorts to insider tips for the most exciting metropolises - exclusive recommendations can be found here and at www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Your travel concierge is available to you before traveling and on board.
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
Dr Franz Gingele became fascinated with our planet’s primeval forces while studying geology, glaciology and climatology. On this expedition, he will explain how these forces formed Europe’s islands.