Scheduled flight from Germany to Tenerife
Santa Cruz/Tenerife/Spain, departure 20.00 hrs
Gran Canaria, from 8.00 to 17.00 hrs
It would be difficult to find a more varied island-hopping adventure in the Atlantic than this. Sometimes dark and volcanic, sometimes light, fine and sandy, and always brimming with lush vegetation and rich cultural facets: discover huge contrasts in a small exclusive group with the HANSEATIC inspiration. With springlike temperatures, the Canary Islands offer a variety of vibrant nature and zest for life all year round. Experience this for yourself on Gran Canaria, which is like a miniature continent featuring every vegetation zone. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the island’s vibrant capital, will welcome you with its many enchanting cafes, a historic old town and inviting beaches. Feel the impressive power of nature on a hike to the Bandama crater*, which is 200 m (656 ft) deep. Alternatively, explore the green north of the island*, where the Agaete Valley reveals a unique array of flora with cacti, dragon trees and agaves. Idyllic Puerto de Mogan and the golden Maspalomas Dunes await on an island tour to the south of Gran Canaria*.
Lanzarote, from 6.00 to 0.00 hrs
On the fiery island of Lanzarote you’ll encounter its volcanic origins at every turn. How about a hike through the lunar landscape* in Timanfaya National Park, a realm of lava flows, volcanoes and craters? Immerse yourself in the typical relaxed and fun-loving charm of the island as you walk through the little streets of Arrecife. Trace the footsteps of César Manrique* and dive into the island’s colours. The famous painter was inspired by the bold contrasts of his home and created works that combine art and nature perfectly.
Relaxation at sea
El Hierro, from 7.00 to 22.00 hrs
What will satisfy your curiosity on the volcanic island of El Hierro, which is over a million years old? Explore the natural history on the smallest of the Canary Islands, which is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Go for a sporty e-bike tour along the coast* or get to know the island as a hiking paradise*. Take in the volcanic landscapes, rock formations and eucalyptus and pine forests. Your explorer’s heart will be filled with joy – very fittingly given that the biogeographical name for the region is Macaronesia, meaning islands of happiness.
La Gomera, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
A subtropical climate and millions of years of erosion have given La Gomera its character. An island tour* will take you up-close to the timeless natural beauty. Imagine you’re in a Himalayan mountain village in the valley of Hermigua and be awed by the Garajonay National Park, which is said to have an ancient witches’ meeting place at its centre. For a mystical alternative, enjoy a hike through the enchanted forest*. The laurel trees are often wreathed in mist, and a magical aura fills the air. A stroll through the small city of San Sebastian de la Gomera will prove equally atmospheric in the spring sunshine.
La Palma, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs
Featuring volcanoes, forests and dark beaches, the “Isla Bonita” of La Palma will charm you with its diverse vegetation. The capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, has great cultural and historic value and boasts many 16th- and 17th-century buildings. Take the opportunity to explore the old town at your own pace and stroll along the Avenida Maritima with its typical wooden balconies. Nature lovers can take a ride to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park* along breathtaking escarpments to one of the world’s largest calderas. A hike in La Palma’s rainforests* takes you to lush vegetation with laurel trees and majestic ferns.
Fuerteventura, from 12.00 to 19.00 hrs
Fuerteventura has much more to offer than just sand and fantastic beaches – the wildest of the Canary Islands is shaped by barren lava landscapes, rugged coastlines and tranquil villages. Experience Fuerteventura in all its facets and delve into the traditions and everyday life of the islanders. Explore the island’s former capital Betancuria and Ajuy Caves* or learn the secrets of aloe vera*. Alternatively, soak up the sun with some beach time* and enjoy the fine warm sand between your toes on the island’s many beaches.
Relaxation at sea
Funchal/Madeira, arrival 20.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Madeira’s small neighbouring island Porto Santo is a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Find out all about the unique landscape with an island tour by all-terrain vehicle* and see the kilometres of golden beaches that are part of the beauty of this idyllic place. Embark on a sporty adventure with horse riding on Porto Santo* or a mountain bike tour* to explore the island, with unique views and fascinating insights into the geology. The HANSEATIC inspiration will stay overnight in Funchal, which is framed by the mountains like an amphitheatre. This gives you the chance to stay into the late evening and round your cruise off with a leisurely stroll through the town and a traditional poncha. Images of these delicate yet rugged, volcanic yet idyllic island beauties are sure to stay with you forever.
Scheduled flight from Funchal to Germany
* The organised shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. You will receive details prior to departure. All shore activities (organised and individual) may be cancelled by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises at short notice, depending on the given developments at the time of the cruise.