Enjoy the nature and culture of France and Spain in the golden autumnal light - with exclusive classical concerts in hand-picked locations.
Extend your stay with the subsequent cruise NAT2221 and save € 300 per person. (Applies to Categories 1 - 10)
Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 19.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Honfleur/France, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
This cruise on board the HANSEATIC nature hits all the right notes, with culture, architecture and, above all, music setting the tone. The jewel of Normandy, Honfleur, starts the show with its half-timbered houses and winding streets. A scenic tour to medieval Rouen* is particularly charming in autumn, when the sun bathes the green hills and meadows in a beautiful light. The same is true for a hike along the Alabaster Coast to Etretat*. The route to the small seaside resort takes you past steep cliffs with inspiring views.
St Malo, from 8.30 to 18.00 hrs
The fortified city of St Malo offers insights into Norman architecture. The first of your exclusive music concerts underscores the city's powerful impression. The monastic island of Mont-Saint-Michel* seems like a water-borne mountain, floating when the tide comes in and grounded when the water is low. The tides also shape life in Cancale - the Breton oyster capital*. Explore the oyster farms, crowned by a fabulous ocean view.
Concarneau, from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs
Concarneau on the French Atlantic coast surprises with its small fishing port and historic fortress walls. From here, discover the capital of art, history and legends: The city tour of Quimper* through the alleys with half-timbered houses becomes an architectural journey through time - crowned by the Gothic Cathedral of St. Corentin from the 13th century. Alternatively, mighty granite rock faces and heath landscape determine your hike at Cap Sizun*.
La Pallice (La Rochelle), from 9.30 to 18.00 hrs
Bilbao/Spain, from 10.00 to 20.30 hrs
The vibrant blend of culture and nature sings in harmony in Spain. This exciting symbiosis is revealed in Bilbao, where another exclusive concert provides the ideal accompaniment. The economic and cultural centre of the Basque Country is a melting pot of innovation and proud traditions. Get to know the architectural city of Bilbao with a city walk through the old town*, including a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, designed by star architect Frank O. Gehry as a homage to the rough sea. Alternatively, impressive natural surroundings await on a hike through the Basque landscape*.
Gijon, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
From the most economically important city in Asturias, Gijon, you will travel to a region known as the cradle of the Spanish nation. In the eighth century, this was the birthplace of the resistance against Moorish rule. Discover the old royal city of Oviedo* with its masterpieces of art and architecture inspired by faith. The old town with the cathedral and the early Romanesque churches have been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1985. Your excursion to Aviles, Cabo de Penas and Luanco* combines opulent merchants' houses and baroque palaces with marvellous views of the rugged cliffs.
La Coruna, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
La Coruna heralds your arrival with the Tower of Hercules, the only lighthouse dating back to Roman times to still be in operation. Visit the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela*, a sacred beacon, and marvel at its relics and architectural styles. Away from the famous place of pilgrimage, it is well worth exploring the labyrinth of the old town with its arcade-lined streets. Tread historic and religious paths with a hike along the final stage of the Way of Saint James*. The uneven trail takes you through the partially forested landscape to Monte do Gozo, the "Hill of Joy". A concert in La Coruna provides a melodious finale to this diverse cultural cruise.
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 musical clef indicates places where we invite you to enjoy a classical concert - let us surprise you. On this cruise, a special classical programme will also inspire you on board. For experiences that will resonate with you for a long time to come.
The following programmes can be booked.
Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German and are charged additionally to the travel package. The prices and conditions for these programmes can be found on the German travel details page and are charged additionally to the travel package. 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.