Scheduled flight from Germany to Bilbao
Bilbao/Spain, departure 18.00 hrs
Ile d’Yeu/France, from 13.00 to 23.00 hrs
If you love diverse scenery and cultural treasures, then you will enjoy this cruise with all your senses. Small islands and picturesque old towns, iconic architecture and medieval heritage, culinary delights and thoughtful reflection: on the HANSEATIC inspiration, spring begins to awaken on Europe’s west coast in Port Joinville on Ile d’Yeu. Explore France’s insider tip on a walk or bike ride and soak in the island’s authentic flair. Charming places like these provide plenty of opportunities for individual explorations and thrilling excursions along your route.
Nantes, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs Cruise on the Loire
On a city walk of Nantes* in Pays de la Loire, a region full of character, the birthplace of Jules Verne tells of kings and the power of the church, of dukes and holy people. Discover impressive examples of medieval feudal architecture when you visit the castles on the Loire: Chateau d’Angers and Chateau de Brissac* – the first with mighty walls, 17 towers and an elegant interior garden, the second built in the impressive Renaissance style with circular towers. Spend the evening amidst the natural canvas when you cruise on the Loire and experience the landscape from a very special perspective. Join other cultural enthusiasts on board to discuss the diversity of the French river valley, which reflects practically every historic era of European art.
Relaxation at sea
Sark, Guernsey/Channel Islands
Magnificent and wildly romantic, the Channel Islands are the perfect destination for nature lovers. Sark has an idyllic calm that will accompany you through the multi-award-winning La Seigneurie Gardens. Saint Peter Port on Guernsey is considered the island group’s most beautiful town. Experience this Mediterranean-like place for yourself: a fascinating labyrinth of terraces and hidden gardens is just waiting to be discovered. Explore the island on a vintage bus* and get to know the smallest church in the world – a short but unforgettable visit.
Rouen/France, arrival 10.30 hrs
Back on the French mainland, Normandy’s eventful history is brought to life. In Rouen, half-timbered houses and cobbled streets, the Gothic cathedral and the Le Gros-Horloge astronomical clock tell of turbulent times – for example the life of freedom fighter Joan of Arc, who met a tragic end on the old market square in 1431. Follow in the footsteps of history on a walk through Rouen’s old town*. The city of 100 steeples was immortalised by Monet in his famous cathedral series. Be inspired by a visit to Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny*, the place where he spent his final years of creativity. Alternatively, take a scenic tour through the Pays d’Auge*, the home of cider, Calvados and Camembert. Rouen is the perfect place to explore on your own, and so the HANSEATIC inspiration will stay here overnight. This will give you time to stroll through the streets and savour the savoir vivre in one of the little bistros.
Rouen, departure 7.00 hrs
Cruise on the Seine
Zeebrugge/Belgium, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
Zeebrugge, Belgium’s largest fishing port, is now an important trading centre. Centuries ago, trade and the textile industry helped the region to prosper. Gain an impression of the past in romantic Brugge*. In the old town, the lustre of bygone times will seem as vibrant as ever when you visit the medieval centre and Michelangelo’s Madonna in the Church of Our Lady. Alternatively, sweeten your day with a walking tour of Ghent and Belgian chocolate*. In Flanders’ second-largest city, discover many facets of its history with magnificent Gothic buildings and gain insights into the production of its world-famous chocolates when you visit a chocolatier. The North Sea air has a salty tang when the HANSEATIC inspiration sets sail for German Bight.
Borkum, from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs
On the largest of the East Frisian Islands, you will see how the tides determine the rhythm of life – both ashore and on a hike through the mudflats of the national park in Borkum*. Whether barefoot or in rubber boots, discover the habitat between the tides with an expert at the UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to a DGzRS sea rescue cruiser* also provides a look behind the scenes – a most unusual flying visit.
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 change.
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.
The following programmes are offered in German:
Our popular pre- and post-cruise programmes include a broad spectrum of excursions and are usually accompanied by experienced Hapag-Lloyd Cruises tour guides. Recommended for guests who like to share their experiences with a group of like-minded travellers. Explore specially selected highlights of your holiday destination and enjoy the convenience of group travel – we will take care of the transfers, excursions and overnight stays.
Our travel concierge would be happy to put together travel arrangements tailored to your very own preferences. Whether you’re interested in boutique hotels, luxurious beach resorts, theatre-ticket reservations or restaurant recommendations in the most exciting cities, you can find exclusive tips here and by visiting www.hl-cruises.com/travel-concierge. Our travel concierge will be at your service before the cruise and when on board, of course.