Extend your stay with the previous cruise BRE1810 and save € 400 per person. Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise BRE1812 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to categories 1 – 7)
Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 18.00 hrs
With almost never-ending days, the early summer is the ideal time for a cruise to discover the amazing scenery of Europe’s westernmost edge. Where the eventful days are determined by nature and large ships can only sail past, an expedition ship like the BREMEN is truly in its element. On the Iberian peninsula, you will see some picturesque views and interesting insights from Vilagarcia: on excursions to Galicia’s most beautiful gardens* or to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela*. From the rugged Spanish coastline, the ship will head north – but first you will feel as though you have reached the tropics in the Celtic Sea.
Relaxation at sea
Some 45 km (27 mi.) off the British mainland, the Scilly Isles are surprisingly like a kind of “English South Seas”, complete with white sandy beaches and exotic vegetation. In the famous Abbey Garden on Tresco, over 4,000 plants are proof of the effects of the mild Gulf Stream. On the neighbouring island of St. Mary’s, the picturesque coastal landscape is perfect for walking.
Wales’s flourishing natural world is no less impressive than its flourishing culture: the small town of Fishguard is your peaceful starting point for a journey back in time to Pembroke Castle and Tenby*. The 12th-century castle is considered the most beautiful in the region and the picturesque coastal town with Victorian-style houses honours the county’s reputation. Discover some masterpieces that were not created by humans on a kayak tour* to explore the coast.
Douglas/Isle of Man
The Isle of Man then awaits your visit in the middle of the Irish Sea. The Nordic culture here has been shaped by the Celts and Vikings. One of the world’s oldest parliaments, Tynwald Court, can be found here, as well as the Manx Gaelic spoken language. While the long seafront promenade invites you for a relaxing stroll in Douglas, you can also take the steam train to Rushen Castle* – one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval castles.
Northern Ireland (Ballycastle, Rathlin Island)
The stunning town of Ballycastle, a totally new destination for the BREMEN in Northern Ireland, is the focal point for geologists and historians. From here, Giant’s Causeway* will give you an insight into the volcanic origins of this place. The Causeway fascinates with around 37,000 mainly hexagonal basalt columns. The kittiwakes and puffins on Rathlin Island also appear in great numbers. With cliffs up to 70 m (229 ft) high and idyllic bays, it is a wonderful place for birdwatching. In the rugged island world of the Hebrides off the coast of Scotland, the BREMEN can once again prove its expedition mettle. Depending on the wind and weather, you will experience the nature and culture of Scotland up-close while on deck, in the Zodiacs and on a range of excursions.
Inner Hebrides/Scotland (Iona, Staffa)
Landing on the remote island of Iona will allow you to explore the cradle of Scottish Christianisation at your leisure. 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.
Outer Hebrides (cruising off St. Kilda and Boreray, Lewis)
Even from a distance, the seldom-visited St. Kilda archipelago promises to be breathtaking as you glimpse the steep cliffs rising out of the waves. Depending on official approval, the Zodiacs will cruise off the main island of Hirta with its typical stone bothies and grazing sheep. The BREMEN will cruise off the bird-inhabited cliffs of Boreray – home to a rare, horned breed of sheep of the same name. The origins of the around 4,000-year-old stone circles of Callanish* on Lewis are a mystery. And what would Scotland be without tweed? On a visit to the home of tweed, the Hebridean island of Harris*, you will gain an insight into its production in a traditional weaving mill.
Relaxation at sea
Westman Islands/Iceland (Heimaey, cruising off Surtsey)
Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands, welcomes you with bizarre lava formations, grass-covered hills and steep cliffs. An island tour* takes you to petrified victims of the Eldfell eruption of 1973. Volcanic power is also in evidence when cruising off Surtsey, which emerged only around 50 years ago. These hot and cold contrasts at the edge of the Arctic Ocean are a majestic conclusion to your multifaceted cruise.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
All-day island tour in the Golden Circle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Journey to Keflavik
Scheduled flight from Keflavik 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.
A change in itinerary may be required on this expedition. The captain will decide on the best possible alternative depending on local conditions.