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HANSEATIC nature - from Lisbon to Porto

Expedition Knowledge: Spain's coast between the Moors and modernity

HANSEATIC nature - from Lisbon to Porto
Cruise NAT2234
25.04.2022 - 09.05.2022 (14 days)
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    Cruise
    NAT2234
    Cruise dates
    25.04.2022 - 09.05.2022

    • ¡Hola Espana! Spanish lifestyle from Andalusia to the Basque Country
    • Expert excursions: Dr Volker Gebhardt and Dr Ralph Quadflieg share their extensive knowledge of Iberian art and cultural history
    • Premiere destination for Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – the Spanish exclave of Melilla in North Africa
    • Only possible with a small ship: along the Guadalquivir to Seville
    • Gijon and Santander: insights into Spain’s green north
    • Art city of Bilbao: open-air museum of architecture
    • Special art pre-cruise programme in Lisbon with Dr Volker Gebhardt


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    Expedition Knowledge
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    Please note that your choosen cruise is conducted in German only. All printed matters are available in German. Nevertheless our crew is fluent in English.
    Price specials - Guaranteed price

    SILVER: Guaranteed outside cabin
    (Cat. 1 or 2, approx. 22 or 21 m² (237 or 226 ft²), Deck 4, 5 or 6)

    GOLD: Guaranteed French Balcony Cabin
    (Cat. 3 or 5, approx. 23 or 21 m² (248 or 226 ft²), Deck 6 or 7)

    PLATINUM: Guaranteed Balcony Cabin
    (Cat. 4, 6, 7 or 8, approx. 27 m² (291 ft²), Deck 5, 6 or 7)

    Pay the guaranteed price for double occupancy shown here per person in the relevant price category and travel in a corresponding cabin as described. No partial routes or partial services may be booked. Limited allotment.


    Special offer for single travellers

    There is no surcharge for single travellers on this cruise (Categories 1 – 8).

    The highlights of this cruise

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    After studying medicine and art history in Bochum, Rome and London and obtaining a doctorate in both subjects, Dr Volker Gebhardt devoted himself to researching Renaissance painting in Florence and at the Warburg Institute in London. He trained as a specialist in internal medicine before moving into publishing as a company representative and programme lead for medicine at Springer/Heidelberg, programme director for art at DuMont and TASCHEN in Cologne, and as a division manager for humanities at Walter de Gruyter in Berlin. He works for publications such as Die Zeit, FAZ and Die Welt as a freelance writer and journalist. He has been an expert on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ships since 2004 and has had particular involvement in designing special tours covering the art, archaeology and cultural history of Europe and the Middle East.

    Both history and art fascinated Dr Ralph Quadflieg even as a child, leading him to study art history and archaeology in Cologne, London and Cairo. After his studies, he worked in the preservation of historic monuments in such places as West Africa. He has also travelled the world for more than 30 years as an academic study cruise guide, covering areas such as the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Central America. However, he is particularly interested in European art history. He specialises in the cultural landscape of the Mediterranean, where he has excellent knowledge of practically every city and archaeological site, whether in Christian or Islamic regions.

    Your ship - HANSEATIC nature

    The new expedition class

    The naming ceremony of the HANSEATIC nature took place in Hamburg on 4 May 2019. Together with its structurally identically sister ships HANSEATIC inspiration (2019) and HANSEATIC spirit (2021), the small and state-of-the-art expedition ship explores remote destinations and visits the world’s most fascinating natural landscapes on challenging routes.

    The new expedition class – which offers space for a maximum of 230 guests (or 199 guests on Antarctic cruises and Spitsbergen circumnavigations) – sets standards in terms of variety, comfort and personal space. This is why our ship has more open deck space than any other expedition ship. Find out more!

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    Your cabins & suites on HANSEATIC nature

    Outside Cabin
    • approx. 22 m²/237 ft² cabins on Deck 4, 5 and 6
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Panoramic Cabin
    • approx. 21 m²/226 ft² cabins on Deck 5
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • There is one cabin with fully accessible layout and equipment (cabin 404)
    French Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 21/23 m² (226 ft²/248 ft²) cabins on Deck 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Balcony Cabin
    • approx. 27 m²/291 ft² cabins incl. balcony (approx. 5 m²/54 ft²) on Deck 5, 6 and 7
    • Heated wall in the bathroom
    • Rain shower
    • Free mini bar (soft drinks)
    • Coffee machine
    • Separable beds
    • 24-hour cabin service
    Junior Suite
    • approx. 42 m²/452 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private balcony (approx. 6 m²/65 ft²)
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Bathroom with two sinks and rain shower
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    Grand Suite
    • approx. 71 m²/764 ft² Suites on Deck 6 and 7
    • including private veranda (approx. 16 m²/172 ft²) with space heaters
    • Separate living and sleeping areas
    • Separate dining area
    • Sleeping area with panoramic view
    • Separable beds
    • TV in living and sleeping areas
    • Daylight bathroom with two sinks, free-standing bath, rain shower and veranda access
    • Steam sauna in shower area
    • Heated wall in bathroom
    • Separate toilet
    • Free mini bar with a selection of spirits
    • Coffee machine
    • 24-hour cabin service
    • Butler service
    • Fixed table reservation in the main restaurant, if desired
    • Free choice of Zodiac group
    Cruise
    NAT2234
    Cruise dates
    25.04.2022 - 09.05.2022

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 25.04.2022

    Scheduled flight from Germany to Lisbon

    Monday, 25.04.2022

    Lisbon/Portugal, departure 19.00 hrs

    Tuesday, 26.04.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 27.04.2022

    Malaga/Spain, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs

    Warm hospitality, mild temperatures and delicious tapas: this is what many people associate with Spain. But the country on the Iberian Peninsula bordering the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean has much more to offer. Spain’s eventful history has left traces everywhere you look – whether from the Moorish rule, as a great seafaring nation or under Franco’s regime. The HANSEATIC nature takes you on a tour from the Arab-influenced Andalusia to the green north. Your on-board experts Dr Volker Gebhardt and Dr Ralph Quadflieg will share their rich knowledge of Spain’s art and cultural history with you, from the Moors to modern times. The starting point is Malaga. The city is another place famed for its cultural riches – whether the Castillo de Gibralfaro, the sculptures by Salvador Dalí or the house where Picasso was born. The expert excursion Malaga – from the Arabs to Picasso* with Dr Ralph Quadflieg provides comprehensive insights. For something else with a little surrealism, the Segway tour* is an unusual way to see the city. The two-wheeled electric vehicle is steered by the driver’s body movement. The scenic tour to Granada with visit to the Alhambra* (subject to availability of entrance tickets) takes you to one of the most outstanding masterpieces of Moorish Islamic architecture in Europe. The most beautiful palace of sultans in Spain enchants visitors with its vast gardens and prized mosaics. Take the advice of the joyful motto “viva la vida” in Mijas with a wine tasting* in a rustic bodega. How many winding streets weave through the village? Are you faster on foot than the donkey taxis? It’s time to find out.

    Thursday, 28.04.2022

    Melilla, from 12.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The Spanish exclave of Melilla in North Africa is a very special destination, and this is the first time it features on a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises route. Our two experts will show you architectural features such as the art nouveau centre and the fortress shaped by centuries of different cultures on a comprehensive city walk*.

    Friday, 29.04.2022

    Gibraltar/Great Britain, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs
    Cruising through the Strait of Gibraltar

    Gibraltar is like a melting pot of cultures. The history of English conquest and the influence of Spain sit on either side, surrounding your in-depth impressions of Gibraltar* – from the footsteps of Lord Nelson to the illuminated limestone network of St Michael’s Cave and the Victorian and Georgian buildings. Alternatively, join Dr Gebhardt and Dr Quadflieg for the expert excursion: fortified city of Tarifa and the Roman town of Baelo Claudia* at the southern tip of Europe. 

    Saturday, 30.04.2022

    Seville/Spain, arrival 9.00 hrs

    You’ll have two days in the much-praised capital of Andalusia, Seville, to thoroughly enjoy its charms. Explore the architecture shaped by broad boulevards, gorgeous gardens, narrow lanes and small squares. Dr Ralph Quadflieg will take an in-depth look at the city with you on the expert excursion: Seville – the metropolis of Andalusia*. Alternatively, embark on a musical journey through time with a walk to the locations in Carmen*. Make the most of the overnight lay time here and enjoy the evening charms of Seville independently – perhaps with a typical glass of sherry and some traditional tapas.

    Sunday, 01.05.2022

    Seville, departure 18.30 hrs
    Cruising on the Guadalquivir

    Join Dr Volker Gebhardt for the expert excursion: Cordoba* to trace the footsteps of the caliphs. You’ll visit the cathedral known as the Mezquita, which was once the great mosque of the caliphs’ residence, and the Medina Azahara UNESCO World Heritage Site, the largest excavation of an Arab palace city from the tenth century. The excursion to Jerez de la Frontera – horse show and fine sherry* will introduce you to the birthplace of the much-loved drink sherry and some famous horses. Enjoy the cruise on the Guadalquivir from one of the open deck areas, knowing that many more experiences lie ahead on this cruise.

    Monday, 02.05.2022 to
    Tuesday, 03.05.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Wednesday, 04.05.2022

    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. The expert excursion: Oviedo and Covadonga* takes you on a very special Asturias tour with Dr Ralph Quadflieg. The expert excursion: pre-Romanesque churches in the capital of Asturias* with Dr Gebhardt will also unlock new horizons. Your excursion to Aviles, Cabo de Penas and Luanco* combines opulent merchants’ houses and baroque palaces with marvellous views of the rugged cliffs. 

    Thursday, 05.05.2022

    Santander, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The beauty of Spain unfurls artfully on the Atlantic coast. The old town of Santander nestles harmoniously into the steep slopes right by the sea. 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 the typical little pintxos snacks as you walk around, just like the locals, who enjoy their nibbles at a bar counter. Your expert excursion: Santillana del Mar and the Cave of Altamira* with Dr Volker Gebhardt is a voyage far back in time: historic buildings from the twelfth century and prehistoric cave paintings around 14,000 years old are a testament to the skills of great masters.

    Friday, 06.05.2022

    Bilbao, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs

    The economic and cultural centre of the Basque Country is a melting pot of innovation and proud traditions. Discover the architectural city of Bilbao* on a walking tour of the old town with our expert Dr Ralph Quadflieg, including a visit to the Guggenheim Museum, designed by star architect Frank O. Gehry as a homage to the rough sea. Get to know the fascinating art city of Bilbao – with the Guggenheim and Museo de Bellas Artes* with Dr Volker Gebhardt. Alternatively, impressive natural surroundings await on a hike through the Basque landscape*.

    Saturday, 07.05.2022

    Relaxation at sea

    Sunday, 08.05.2022

    Islas Cies
    Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, arrival 23.00 hrs
    Overnight stay on board

    A masterpiece of nature provides the finale to your cruise. If the authorities give the green light for us to explore the Islas Cies, we’ll set sail in our Zodiacs today and take you to these rarely visited islands with their pine forests, broad beaches and impressive cliffs. Keep an eye out for marine mammals here, too. The waters off Galicia are particularly rich in nutrients, attracting whales and dolphins. Enjoy a relaxing last evening on board with your new understanding of Spain’s history, culture and architecture.

    Monday, 09.05.2022

    Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal

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    Optional bookable
    Monday, 09.05.2022

    Scheduled flight from Porto 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.

    Pre-cruise and post-cruise programmes for your trip

    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 proven pre- and post-cruise programmes

    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.

    PRE-CRUISE PROGRAMME A: LISBON – ART AND CULTURE IN THE CITY OF SEAFARERS
    Cruise
    NAT2234
    Cruise dates
    25.04.2022 - 09.05.2022

    HANSEATIC nature - The new expedition class

    HANSEATIC nature

    How do you combine exciting adventures with the utmost comfort? Our new expedition class has the answers. Enjoy first-class service and unforgettable moments in the world’s most spectacular regions – in the company of a small group of no more than 230 guests (or 199 guests for Antarctic expeditions and circumnavigation of Spitsbergen).

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    Cabins & Suites

    In the HANSEATIC nature cabins and suites, curved lines, natural colours and premium materials come together in a harmonious room concept that promises – and delivers – pure relaxation.

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    Restaurants & Bars

    Come with us on a culinary voyage of discovery around the globe: on board, three spacious first-class restaurants create a unique and indulgent combination of expedition spirit and international gourmet cuisine. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

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    Fitness & Wellness

    A breathtaking Zodiac ride, a challenging hike, a day in the Arctic ice – then close your eyes, feel the heat and indulge your senses. Align your inner compass with total well-being – whether in the ocean-view sauna of the OCEAN SPA, with a relaxing massage or with a workout in the Sports Club.

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    Knowledge on board

    Your shore excursions and Zodiac rides will be accompanied by countless natural wonders that will leave you speechless. But to see the bigger picture, you need to understand the background. The HANSEATIC nature & HANSEATIC inspiration takes your expedition to the next level with fascinating presentations, personal studies in the Ocean Academy and the perfect equipment for the research trip of your life.

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