On board MS BREMEN from Callao to Belem

Expedition Panama Canal and Orinoco: Rich Diversity Between Two Oceans

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Thousands of years old advanced civilisations and the secrets of the jungle. Indio traditions and the Caribbean attitude towards life. Traces of colonial times and the tracks of exotic animals. On this expedition you will travel between two oceans to the experience the contrasts of South America. Connected with one another they form a unique lifeline – the Panama Canal will make your explorer heart leap for joy.


from Callao to Belem

Cruise dates:from 17.03.2014 to 08.04.2014 (23 days)
Your ship: MS BREMEN
Cruise number: BRE1405

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
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Itinerary

Mon, 17.03.2014

Scheduled flight Frankfurt – Lima
Overnight stay with breakfast

Tue, 18.03.2014

Guided city trip
Callao (Lima)/Peru, departure 17.00 hrs

Callao is Peru’s biggest harbour and close to the capital, Lima. Despite chaotic traffic conditions, a constant grey mist that the locals call “garua”, and the rapidly growing shanty towns – formerly known as “barriadas” and today called “pueblos jovenes” – numerous historic sights dating from the colonial era and impressive collections of Peruvian art offer visitors a wealth of interesting impressions.

Wed, 19.03.2014

Salaverry, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs

On the trail of ancient advanced civilisations 

Impressive relics of extinct civilisations characterise the start of your expedition when, after setting out from Salaverry, you will explore the Dragon Temple Huaca and Chan Chan*. Here you will follow the trail of the Chimu culture - this UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, built around 1300, is probably one of the largest cities in the world to be built with clay. The two temples of the highly developed culture of the Mochica, which you will discover in the Moche Valley with the Pyramid of the Sun and of the Moon*, date back to an even earlier period. Built from millions of clay bricks, the Pyramid of the Sun is regarded as the largest solid building on the American continent, whereas the Pyramid of the Moon is famous for its radiant paintings and frescoes. Precious cultural objects which are followed by the precious treasures of nature.

Thu, 20.03.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 21.03.2014

Isla de la Plata/Ecuador

On the small Isla de la Plata, on which Sir Francis Drake is once said to have buried his silver treasure, a very diversified wildlife has its habitat. During a guided tour of the National Park you can observe i.a. dolphins and frigate birds as well as masked and blue-footed boobies.

Fri, 21.03.2014

Manta, arrival 18.00 hrs

 

 

Sat, 22.03.2014

Manta, departure 15.00 hrs

 

 

Sun, 23.03.2014

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 24.03.2014

Gulf of San Miguel/Panama

The green heart of Panama is the Darien Jungle in the Gulf of San Miguel. Traditional boats bring you right into the largest coherent rainforest in Central America. In the seemingly impenetrable thicket jaguars, tapirs, pumas and aras can be found. The animals share their habitat with the Choco Indians who live in widely scattered villages in the jungle. You will get to know their traditional everyday life more closely on your excursion.

Tue, 25.03.2014

Day excursion through the Panama Canal

The experience Panama Canal 

And suddenly it lies ahead of you - a myth full of history and stories, and the absolute highlight of your cruise – the Panama Canal. The unforgettable daytime passage with the BREMEN leads you for more than 80 km past savannas, green rainforests and wild mangrove forests. Based on their wide knowledge the experts on board will explain this technical masterpiece to you which is at present being considerably widened. Look forward to spectacular and intensive moments.

Wed, 26.03.2014

San Blas

Before you reach the archipelago of San Blas the Kuna Indians will welcome you with their artistically decorated molas.

Thu, 27.03.2014

Cartagena/Columbia, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs

Caribbean flair 

One of the most beautiful cities in South America awaits you – walk through Historic Cartagena*, and marvel at the picturesque old city with its magnificent facades dating from colonial times. On the other hand a Canoe Ride through the Mangrove Forests around La Boquilla* will bring you deep into Columbian nature to see the abundant bird life there

Fri, 28.03.2014
- Sun, 30.03.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 30.03.2014

St. George’s/Grenada, from 12.00 to 17.00 hrs

Exotic Caribbean fragrances welcome you to St. George’s on the Spice Island of Grenada* – two-thirds of the nutmegs sold throughout the world come from here. Sunny leisure hours are promised on the tour With the Catamaran to the Grand Anse Bay*, on which you can snorkel and swim to your heart’s content.

Mon, 31.03.2014
- Wed, 02.04.2014

Expedition on the Orinoco/Venezuela with Zodiac rides

Pure expedition experience in the Orinoco Delta 

The BREMEN allows herself three exciting and flexibly organised days to explore the unique ecological system of the Orinoco with you. Climb into the Zodiacs, and discover the narrow branches of the fourth-largest river in the world. In pristine nature you can observe toucans, parrots, flamingos and hummingbirds, listen to the cries of the howler monkeys and, with any luck, sight perhaps even the rare Orinoco crocodile. In addition, in concealed, initially villages you can immerse yourself in the secluded life of the inhabitants.

Thu, 03.04.2014

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 04.04.2014

Ile Royale/Iles du Salut/French Guiana

Finally the BREMEN will head for a small paradise that belongs to France. The Ile Royale and its neighbouring island Ile St. Joseph belong to the overseas department French Guiana. In the former penal colony you will enjoy the freedom of choosing the finale of your high-contrast expedition completely according to your wishes.

Sat, 05.04.2014

Relaxation at sea

Sun, 06.04.2014

Belem/Brazil, arrival 15.30 hrs (depending on the tide)
Scheduled flight Belem – Frankfurt

Mon, 07.04.2014

Scheduled flight Belem - Frankfurt

Tue, 08.04.2014

Arrival in Frankfurt

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes. 

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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:

PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: MACHU PICCHU – ON THE TRAIL OF THE INCAS


PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME B: IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN OF GALAPAGOS


POST-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: RIO DE JANEIRO – THE BUOYANT METROPOLIS

Specialist in Biology in the Expert Team

With a PhD in biology Dr Hans-Peter Reinthaler has accompanied

numerous research projects in Venezuela and has been travelling for

many years around the world on expedition ships. No matter whether he is

dealing with South American flora and fauna or with the effect of the

climate change on various eco-systems, on the grounds of his experience

is well able to present complex background knowledge in a easily

comprehensible way.