Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs
Borkum/Germany, from 8.30 to 13.00 hrs
The sea and coastlines have inspired artists, mighty cities have been built on trading routes and history has left great pieces of architecture in its wake: Western Europe beckons with enthralling moments. The salty sea air and a brisk breeze herald the Wadden Sea, a unique natural environment that is strictly protected as a biosphere reserve. The East Frisian island of Borkum will greet you with a typical “Moin, Moin!”. A walk in the dune landscape and salt flats reveals how the tides shape life here. The hike through the mudflats of the Wadden Sea National Park* with a hiking guide will introduce the diverse habitat between the tides.
Ghent/Belgium, arrival 13.30 hrs
The mighty trading city of Ghent was built in the Middle Ages at the spot where the River Schelde and River Leie meet in a baffling array of branches, with the intertwined course of the rivers’ arms forming a charming part of the cityscape. A culinary walking tour of Ghent* appeals to all the senses: Gothic treats for the eyes and pralines and waffles for the taste buds. The HANSEATIC nature will stay here overnight to give you plenty of time to experience the city’s charms for yourself. The cobbled streets will bring the Hanseatic legacy to life on a visit to romantic Brugge*. Trade and the textile industry brought prosperity and blossoming culture to the entire region in the Middle Ages. Take a walk to explore the historic city centre, the Grote Markt and the Church of Our Lady with Michelangelo’s white Madonna.
Ghent, departure 13.00 hrs
Cruising on the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal and the Westerschelde
You experts will explain how important the estuaries on the North Sea coast are in modern times as you cruise in the Ghent–Terneuzen Canal and the Westerschelde.
Isle of Wight/Great Britain, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
The coasts of the Isle of Wight paint a gentle and scenic picture. Cowes is nestled in an idyllic, hilly landscape. Stroll through the small British seaport town and along the promenade to the famous marina. If you’re in the mood for impressive grandeur, a visit to royal Osborne House*, Queen Victoria’s summer residence, is the perfect choice. The monarch’s bed chamber and the Durbar Room reveal personal reminders of the royal family. The treasures of Guernsey are to be found in its eventful history and rugged cliffs. Saint Peter Port is considered the island group’s most beautiful town. See the charm of this picturesque place for yourself and explore a fascinating collection of terraces and hidden gardens. An island tour on a vintage bus* will introduce you to the smallest church in the world – a short but unforgettable visit. Alternatively, a hike along the cliffs* reveals spectacular views of steep rock formations and pine forests.
Channel Islands (Guernsey, Herm)
Relaxation at sea
Santander/Spain, from 7.00 to 17.00 hrs
Spain’s beauty lies in the interplay of culture and nature. As if arranged by the hand of an artist, the old town in Santander nestles on the hillside above the Atlantic coast. The inhabitants of Cantabria’s capital seem to love the atmosphere in the streets too: glass balconies offer the best views of Basque street life. Enjoy two essential parts of the city’s character with a market visit and pintxos tasting*. The historic La Esperanza market hall offers an abundance of fish, vegetables and countless delicatessens. Try some of the typical small pintxos snacks along the way – just like the locals, who like to enjoy their nibbles at a bar counter. Marvel at the fascinating symbiosis of apparently opposing contrasts with an excursion to Bilbao and the Guggenheim Museum*. The work of star architect Frank O. Gehry seems to rise up powerfully on the riverbank like a mountain, the undulating titanium facades reminiscent of breaking waves. The old town of Casco Viejo is sure to linger in your memory with its charming buildings from different periods. By contrast, the magnificent masterpieces in the museum are all from modern periods. The rich collection of images you have gathered from the treasure troves of nature, art and architecture will stay with you when you bid farewell to the ship after your days of exploration.
Relaxation at sea
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Porto to Germany
* 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.