Enjoy savings when you extend this cruise to include BRE1510.
Scheduled flight Germany – Porto
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs
La Coruna/Spain, from 12.00 to 19.00 hrs
In the cultural region of church and crown
This cruise will show you facets of Europe that you have never seen before. Be it on our diverse excursions or your own individual activities – and you will have numerous opportunities to take part. Your first step on this path will be the contrasts of La Coruna, where the churches will take you back to the 12th century. The museums of archaeology and fine arts are just as enticing as the historic garden of San Carlos. Modernity is reflected in the glazed facades of the new town. Walk along the beach promenade and let the “Tower of Hercules”, the city’s landmark, show you the way. Like a beacon of belief, the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela* points out St. James’s Way to pilgrims from around the world. Its famous cathedral is a monument to Romanesque, early Gothic and baroque architecture. It towers over enchanting monasteries, churches, alleyways and grand squares. But for lovers of culture, heaven on earth can also be found in France.
Relaxation at sea
Nantes/France, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Cruise on the Loire
Nantes has harmonised the changing times with the preservation of its cultural heritage. Don’t miss out on exploring Nantes on foot*, where a medieval quarter home to over 500-year-old half-timbered houses has become a bustling venue for going out and shopping. Your expectations of a kingdom will take on new dimensions when you visit Angers Castle*. Even Jules Verne, a native of Nantes, could not have made this feudal architecture from the Middle Ages any more fantastical. With fortified walls and 17 towers, it is a colossus amongst the castles along the Loire. The superlatives continue inside. The longest tapestry in the world, the Angers Apocalypse tapestry, dates back to the 14th century and is 4.5 metres tall and over 100 metres long. True natural works of art will parade before you on an active canoe trip on the Erdre River*. Magnificent manors, castles and elegant parks will slowly pass by. The deck of the BREMEN will be like a box seat during the evening cruise along the Loire.
An overture for the following premiere destination of the BREMEN: the Atlantic island of Ile d’Yeu. On a walk around the island*, you are sure to immediately fall in love with this idyllic place with its white houses and busy fishermen.
Concarneau, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
Brittany – the wild spirit of France
People live in harmony with the sea on this jagged coast of contrasts. This is underlined in impressive style by the picturesque town of Concarneau. The town centre, enclosed by massive walls, exudes medieval flair whilst the port enthrals visitors with its hundreds of fishing boats. The timbered town of Quimper* lives up to its name – an open-air museum of architectural masterpieces. Your walk through the alleyways will turn into a journey through the centuries. You will be able to envision the inspirational power emanating from the Breton countryside in the dreamy artistic village of Pont-Aven*. Here, Paul Gauguin sought and found pure originality and exchanges with other artists. A walk on the Cap de la Chevre* will bring you to the heart of a landscape scene that only nature could paint. Just like the bay with its 100 m high cliffs, Brittany is so powerful, raw and wonderful at the same time. La Jument lighthouse stands as a reminder to us of the power of the sea as the BREMEN cruises by it (subject to official permission). This location became famous around the world due to a spectacular series of photos: the tower beset by waves as high as a house, with the seemingly tiny lighthouse keeper standing in the doorway.
L’Aber Wrac’h is more maritime and contemplative – an unknown gem on the Breton coast and a popular destination for sailors. The fjord-like bay is the mouth of the river Aber. A tour leads along the 65 km Aber coast* to the cliffs of Argenton and Portsall. Alternatively, discover the flair of the coast and its villages on a tour of Brittany*.
Self-administration and tax exemption – these remain the privileges of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Besides the convenient boutiques and antique shops of St. Peter Port, the impressions of the island* also have lasting value. Wander through a wildly romantic, craggy landscape and reams of history. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, Guernsey’s gardens* will bewitch you with their subtropical plants before you leave for the treasures of Normandy.
Honfleur/France, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs
At the estuary of the Seine, the lifelines of European artists flow together in Honfleur. The picturesque port continues to move artists to set up their easels, just as it did Renoir, Courbet and Cézanne. You can sense the charm of this region on a tour through Honfleur and Deauville*, the elegant seaside resort. In contrast, Rouen, the city of 100 steeples*, is dominated by exceptional architecture, as are the Abbey church of St Ouen, the cathedral and the well-preserved half-timbered houses. The striking Romanesque, Renaissance and Gothic structures inspired even Claude Monet. A walk along the cliff line* of Etretat is an encounter with nature that is certain to impress.
Cruise on the Westerschelde and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal
Ghent/Belgium, from 12:30 to 0.00 hrs
After cruising on the Westerschelde and the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal, you cannot miss discovering quintessential Ghent*. The famous Ghent Altarpiece is one of the most significant works of the late Gothic period, painted by Jan van Eyck sometimes using a brush with no more than a single hair. The Flemish legacy is also marked by the 95 m high belfry and the history of the beguinages*. These abodes, which form part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will make for a leisurely conclusion to your extravaganza of European contrasts – but your diverse impressions will long be remembered.
Relaxation at sea
Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
Fascinated by history and structural evidence, Dr Ralf Quadflieg studied art history and archaeology in Cologne, London and Cairo. In the preservation of historical monuments, he has accompanied both national and international projects. He is passionate about the history of European art and culture and will bring them to life in absorbing presentations.