Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 19.00 hrs
Evening cruise on the Elbe
Relaxation at sea
Rosyth (Edinburgh)/Scotland/Great Britain, arrival 12.00 hrs
In northern Europe, the small HANSEATIC nature sets a course for spectacular landscapes that feel like far-flung corners of the world. Close at hand and still unknown: on Scotland’s east coast, be surprised as you explore Edinburgh from its port at Rosyth. The capital is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an open book of cultural and architectural history. Winding streets, ancient and neoclassical architecture, society and monarchy: a walking tour with a castle visit* reveals many facets, Edinburgh Castle being the crowning glory. You would hardly believe it: in the middle of the city, you can really walk up- and downhill through the lively streets. Enjoy the evening atmosphere and visit a pub or two. Perhaps try one of the many local beers? The hike up Arthur's Seat* the next day is invigorating and like a fascinating excursion into volcanology. At around 250 m (820 ft), the mountain sets the tone for another of Scotland’s unspoilt regions: the Orkney Islands. At around 250 m (820 ft), the mountain sets the tone for another of Scotland’s unspoilt regions: the Orkney Islands.
Rosyth (Edinburgh), departure 13.00 hrs
Orkney Islands (Kirkwall, Westray)
The legendary Scottish Orkney Islands await you with rugged cliffs and mystical light. Explore the early history of the islands, starting in Kirkwall with the historical treasures of Orkney*. Uncovered by a storm in 1850, the sensational Skara Brae is the best-preserved prehistoric village in northern Europe. The Ring of Brodgar, which dates back to around 2700 BC, is another stone reminder of times gone by. A hike along the coastal cliffs* takes you past Iron Age towers and offers breathtaking views. Explore nature with your experts on the small, untouched island of Westray and look out for puffins, common murres and northern gannets.
Shetland Islands (Lerwick, Isle of Mousa , Isle of Noss , Fair Isle )
Lerwick’s typical architecture is rich in granite. Visit the archaeological site of Jarlshof*, which bears witness to the everyday lives of the Stone Age people and Vikings, or join a local photographer to focus on natural photography on Shetland*. When you land in the Zodiacs for hikes, the uninhabited Isle of Mousa will offer snapshots of the lives of seals and grey seals. The Isle of Noss, too, holds some completely undiscovered island treasures. An independent shore visit will give you the opportunity for birdwatching. Fair Isle is Great Britain’s most remote inhabited island. Spectacular narrow cliffs make a Garden of Eden for countless birds such as northern gannets and puffins – the final, impressive piece in the kaleidoscope of contrasts on your cruise.
Relaxation at sea
Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
* 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 may be cancelled at short notice, depending on the developments at the time of the cruise.