Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs
Crystal-clear water, pine forests and sandy beaches like those of the Caribbean – even the Romans were enchanted by the awe-inspiring Islas Cies, naming them the “islands of the gods”. Today, these three island gems off Spain’s Atlantic coast are strictly protected. If the authorities allow, you will hike with local rangers through this idyllic landscape filled with unimaginable natural treasures.
Relaxation at sea
Brest, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Following your excursion to the tidal island, you will be enchanted by the important trading city of Brest, situated in one of the most beautiful bays on the west coast of France. Look forward to plenty of discoveries and the Breton gems of Concarneau and Quimper*. Surrounded by towering walls, the historic old town of Concarneau is located on an island. A tour of discovery through the medieval alleys of the fortress will immerse you in the history of a place fought over for years. Quimper is an architectural work of art in its own right: the neo-Gothic steeples of the Cathedral of Saint Corentin rise up between the decorative half-timbered houses. Discover natural beauty on a hike on the Crozon peninsula* and get up-close to one of northern France’s most impressive landscapes. The imposing steep coast with bizarrely coloured rocks is well worth a visit, as is an alternative excursion into the world of the calvaries*: like religious oases, these Breton landmarks with Renaissance depictions are a draw for history buffs and will inspire you to take a closer look at the details of these sculptures and figures.
Channel Islands/Great Britain (Guernsey, Jersey)
St. Peter Port on Guernsey is considered the most beautiful town on the British Channel Islands. Experience this Mediterranean-like place for yourself: a fascinating labyrinth of terraces and hidden gardens is just waiting to be discovered. Get to know the smallest church in the world on an island tour* – a short but unforgettable visit. The unspoilt bay of Grand Rocques offers a vast and wildly romantic ocean view. Plant lovers will be in their element as they discover the flowers of Guernsey*, including freesias, bluebells and subtropical plants. Your visit to La Petite Vallee, one of the island’s most magnificent private gardens, will be followed by an overwhelming natural spectacle on Jersey as rugged cliffs and smooth sandy beaches alternate along the coast. Gorey is another place of contrasts: the harbour is adorned with colourful houses, while the impressive Mont Orgueil Castle* overlooks it all. Explore the relics and mysteries of the medieval castle on an extraordinary tour. Next you will enjoy panoramic views of the Atlantic and unspoilt heathland on an adventurous hike on Jersey*. Alternatively, ride along an old railway line on a bicycle tour of the island* to La Corbiere, its snow-white lighthouse a striking sight next to the raging sea.
Isle of Wight
Unique perspectives also await you on the Isle of Wight in Cowes: the small harbour town is the starting point for an eventful hike on the Isle of Wight*. Experience the magnificent ambience of royal Osborne House*, Queen Victoria’s summer residence. See the historic mementos from the Victorian era and immerse yourself in the world of the British royal family.
Honfleur/France, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
After so much majestic beauty, the former seafarers’ town of Honfleur is a blend of Norman history and modernity. By the harbour, old half-timbered houses and new studios create a thrilling contrast. Experience a wealth of history on an excursion to Honfleur and Deauville*: feel as though you are going back in time as you explore the narrow cobbled alleys and catch a glimpse of sites such as the 15th-century wooden St Catharine’s church. Notre-Dame Cathedral is radiant on a tour of Rouen*. In the Pays d’Auge*, gently rolling hills conceal villages with timber-framed houses and unimaginable natural and cultural treasures. What will satisfy your pioneering spirit?
Zeebrugge/Belgium, from 12.00 to 19.00 hrs
Kick things off in the Flemish coastal town of Zeebrugge before taking a tour of romantic Brugge* to the medieval centre and the Cathedral of Our Lady featuring Michelangelo’s famous Madonna. In Ghent*, be surprised by the splendidly Gothic old town and end your cruise on a sweet note with a tasting session at a chocolatier.
Relaxation at sea
Hamburg, arrival 7.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
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.