Scheduled flight from Germany to Tokyo
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight to Sapporo
Journey to Otaru/Japan
Otaru (Sapporo)/Japan, departure 22.00 hrs
Hokkaido’s island world/Japan
(Rishiri, cruising off Teuri)
Welcome to the Pacific Ring of Fire – on a premiere route that takes you to some of the most remote corners of this world. Like never before, the small HANSEATIC nature brings together Asian and North American contrasts with great pioneering spirit. Start by exploring Japan’s unfamiliar side together with your experts in the island world of Hokkaido. A new land of smiles with blank pages still unfilled by tourism – your voyage of discovery will craft new pictures of Asia each day like delicate origami. Rishiri will immediately surprise you with a side of nature that is rarely seen. Explore the island on a hike with your experts. The landscape of Teuri is characterised by lush meadows, steep cliffs and seabirds that can be easily spotted.
Aomori/Honshu, from 12.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs
Natural landscapes, famous traditional festivals and historical sites – Aomori is located at the northern tip of Honshu and is connected to the island of Hokkaido by the Seikan Tunnel. The fantastic lantern parade, the so-called “Neputa Matsuri”, in which huge, illuminated papier mache figures are paraded through the streets after dark, attracts almost three million spectators every year in August. Explore the city on a sightseeing tour* with its hidden treasures – the Seiryuji Temple with a giant seated Buddha statue, the Sannai-Maruyama archaeological site and the museum with the floats of the Aomori Neputa Festival. Or discover the deep, crystal-clear Lake Towada in Towada-Hachimantai National Park on a scenic tour*; along the Oirase River, you will then reach Mount Hakkoda. In good weather conditions, you can take the cable car up to approx. 1,200 m (3,937 ft) and enjoy the view.
Hakodate/Hokkaido, from 7.00 to 14.00 hrs
Kushiro/Hokkaido, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
In Kushiro, the Kushiro-shitsugen wetland* reveals the realm of the red-crowned crane. Having almost died out in the 1950s, the cranes now continue to perform their dances here. Alternatively, explore pure nature in Akan-Mashu National Park*. Towering volcanoes, clear lakes and deep forests provide a home for Yezo sika deer and Ezo red foxes.
Relaxation at sea
(Crossing the International Date Line, 06.07 counts twice)
(Adak Island, cruising off Chagulak Island, Unalaska Island, Popof Island )
In the Bering Sea, you will explore one of the most exciting expedition territories of all time: the Aleutian Islands. Go ashore with your experts to trace the history of Adak Island, a former military base that is now practically a ghost town. Things get a little livelier as you cruise off Chagulak Island in the company of thousands of petrels. There is a good chance of spotting orcas and humpback whales on your flexible route through the tangled maze of the islands. Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island tells the history of Russian America, as Alaska was called until the mid 19th century. A hike on Popof Island takes you to the home of bison.
Alaska Peninsula (Chignik, cruising off Kak Island)
Cruising in Katmai National Park/Relaxation at sea
With luck, there may even be bear sightings from deck as the HANSEATIC nature cruises through Katmai National Park and sets course for secluded bays.
Kodiak/Alaska, from 7.00 hrs to 15.00 hrs
Alaska satisfies your longing for great adventures in vast wilderness. The stuff that explorers' dreams are made of will show itself to you in impressive form on this unforgettable journey. On Kodiak Island, individual explorations or shore excursions with our experts become your personal prologue: get glimpses of the time when Kodiak City was the second largest settlement in Russian America. Or hike through Fort Abercrombie State Park in the footsteps of 19th century trappers.
Homer, from 6.00 hrs to 22.00 hrs
In Homer, the starting point for exciting tours, you will be able to observe bears in spectacular natural surroundings*: A seaplane will take you on a panoramic flight to Katmai National Park, where you may be lucky enough to observe brown bears fishing for salmon in a protected area at Brooks Falls. Or you fly to Lake Clark National Park - during a hike with a ranger you can also experience brown bears in their natural environment. Actively enjoy the beautiful landscape on a coastal hike* or a kayak trip*.
Cruising at the Aialik Glacier
The best views are also presented to you when cruising at the Aialik Glacier - a true play of contrasts in blue and white.
Seward/Alaska/USA, arrival 6.00 hrs
Journey to Anchorage
Scheduled flight to Seattle
Overnight stay with breakfast
Scheduled flight from Seattle to Germany
Arrival in Germany
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
The itinerary depends on official approval and the weather conditions. The natural experiences and wildlife sightings described are possibilities on this cruise and are not guaranteed. The use of on-board Zodiacs is currently not permitted in Alaska (Aleutian Islands) and is subject to official approval on the Japanese islands. When the ship is at anchor, the ship’s tender boats will alternatively be used.
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.