Extend your stay with the previous cruise HAN1810 and save € 200 per person. Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise HAN1812 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to categories 2 – 7)
Scheduled flight from Germany to Dublin
Dublin/Ireland, departure 18.00 hrs
Belfast/Northern Ireland, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Belfast, where the heart of Northern Ireland beats, is where your fascinating expedition between the Irish Sea and Arctic Circle begins. Learn all about the story of the most famous ship to be launched from the major shipyard Harland & Wolff at the Titanic interactive centre* with its extensive exhibition. You can expect to see some giants made of lava and basalt on a trip to see Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge*. Formed as the result of a volcanic eruption about 60 million years ago, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is a geological marvel: this impressive natural monument is made up of over 37,000 basalt columns. A true monument to whiskey awaits you on a visit to the Old Bushmills Distillery*, where you can taste the finest whiskies from one of the world’s oldest distilleries.
Cruising on Upper Loch Fyne and around Ailsa Craig
Enjoy the views from the deck when the HANSEATIC cruises on Upper Loch Fyne and then passes by the rocky island of Ailsa Craig. You may be able to observe some northern gannets and auks.
Rathlin Island/Northern Ireland , Inner Hebrides/Scotland (Sound of Islay, Iona, Staffa)
The landing on Rathlin Island is also about exciting encounters with animals: compared with the island’s nearly 100 human inhabitants, the many kittiwakes and puffins are clearly in the majority. The passage through the Sound of Islay is no less impressive. Wonderfully contoured natural scenes of the Inner Hebrides unfold on the banks of the sound. Just as on Iona, which is famous for being the cradle of Scottish Christianisation for centuries. As well as an abbey, there are also the graves of more than 60 kings, including the Scottish king Macbeth, on this island. You can discover the monuments of wild nature when cruising off Staffa. Thousands of years of spray breaking against the cliffs formed the basalt Fingal’s Cave, which inspired Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy to compose his Hebrides overture.
Outer Hebrides (cruising off St Kilda and Boreray)
Literally as solid as a rock: the steep, towering “stacks” emerge off the coast of the seldom-visited island group of St Kilda. According to official specifications, the Zodiacs will cruise off the main island of Hirta with its typical stone bothies and grazing sheep. On the uninhabited island of Boreray lives a rare, horned breed of sheep of the same name. There, you will also cruise past the bird-inhabited cliffs.
The HANSEATIC will take you even further into the soul of Scotland. From the charming little coastal town of Ullapool, you will be able to follow the trail of the secrets of Loch Ness, Inverness and Urquhart Castle*. Their magic will probably only be outdone by an alternative West Highlands panoramic trip*. You will be surrounded by blooms in Inverewe Garden*, where the effects of the Gulf Stream allows subtropical plants from all over the world to flourish.
In the picturesque fishing village of Portree on Skye, you will encounter colourful houses which stand out in contrast against the black cliffs and green highlands. Explore your surroundings on a panoramic trip on the Isle of Skye* or during a visit to Eilean Donan Castle*, where scenes from the film Highlander were shot.
Relaxation at sea
Westman Islands/Iceland (Heimaey, cruising around Surtsey)
Heimaey, the largest of the Westman Islands and situated to the south of Iceland, is an explorer’s paradise. An island tour* takes you to petrified victims of the Eldfell volcanic eruption of 1973. Surtsey, an island which is a strictly protected nature conservation area, indicates the creative power of primeval forces: the volcanic island, which emerged only around 50 years ago, may only be accessed by scientists who want to observe how life is developing here.
Reykjavik/Iceland, arrival 7.00 hrs
Island tour, overnight stay with breakfast
Travel 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.