Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 19.00 hrs
Evening cruise on the Elbe
Night passage through the Kiel Canal
Light the Advent candles – cosy and heart-warming in the Baltic region. This winter cruise on the HANSEATIC nature is a celebration of the typical feeling of hygge in atmospheric destinations. The Scandinavian recipe for contentment can be felt in all kinds of different ways: walking in wintry natural landscapes, strolling through historic streets with Christmas decorations, ice skating or enjoying a warm mug of glogg at the Christmas market. Look forward to the special magic of the run-up to Christmas. As soon as you leave Hamburg on an evening cruise on the Elbe, the brightly lit houses along the banks will light the way.
Cruising through the Flensburg Firth
Flensburg, from 15.00 to 19.00 hrs
After cruising through the Flensburg Firth, with interesting views of the Danish and German coastlines, you will reach picturesque Flensburg with its little fishing houses and historic squares. “Moin!” and “glædelig jul!” – enjoy the Danish hygge atmosphere at the Christmas market in the old town. As well as the famous lines of shoes, the streets are also decorated with Christmas lights. Follow your hearts – and your ears: Scandinavian Christmas music will be playing in many of the merchants’ houses. A guided city walking tour* will add to your experience with exciting stories about the port’s seafaring history.
Copenhagen/Denmark, arrival 9.30 hrs
A visit to Copenhagen, with its Little Mermaid and Amalienborg Palace, is on the wish list for all culture lovers. Explore the city at a relaxed pace – with a quick visit to the Christmas market in Nyhavn. Maybe you’d like to try the Danish Christmas pudding while you’re there? If you are the one who finds the almond hidden within, it is said to bring luck for the year ahead. You can enjoy a cosy welcome at Zeeland’s fairy-tale castles* or with glogg and a pastry on the winter canal cruise*. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the winter wonderland in the Tivoli Gardens*, with Christmas lights, a nostalgic carousel, beautiful parkland and the Christmas market. The HANSEATIC nature has an Advent gift in store for you, since the ship will be staying overnight. This means that you can relax and soak up the atmosphere as you wander through the lit-up streets, go skating or visit cosy cafes or one of the city’s many museums. After all, hygge is also about making time for the best things in life.
Copenhagen, departure 5.00 hrs
Relaxation at sea
Cruising through the Stockholm Archipelago
Stockholm/Sweden, arrival 14.00 hrs
Before you explore Sweden’s capital, you will have a perfect 360-degree view from the many open deck areas as you cruise through the Stockholm Archipelago. The archipelago is magical in the December light. Lagom is the Swedish equivalent of the Danish hygge and it’s all about finding the right balance in life. So discover the balance between romance and action as you spend an unforgettable evening in Stockholm. How about starting with the ABBA museum, followed by dinner in the historic city centre and a drink at the Icebar? Your travel concierge will help you make a plan in advance. The next day, you can explore the network of narrow streets with their little cafes and boutiques on a winter walk* through Stockholm’s magical old town with its numerous Christmas wonderlands. Make sure you try the Lussekatter saffron buns or go skating in the middle of the city. A winter visit to the Skansen open-air museum* with its traditional Christmas market is shrouded in the magic of centuries past.
Stockholm, departure 19.00 hrs
Visby/Gotland, from 9.00 to 14.00 hrs
Slowing down, Swedish-style: the “summer destination” of Gotland also has a special appeal in winter. You will have this enchanting island almost to yourself as you explore and enjoy the friendly hospitality and Swedish way of life in the medieval streets of the dreamy Hanseatic town of Visby*, beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. Alternatively, the snow-covered landscape and blue Baltic Sea paint a magical picture on a winter hike along Gotland’s coastline*.
Gdansk/Poland, from 8.00 to 0.00 hrs
Another well-kept secret as a winter destination is Gdansk. As you arrive in the third week of Advent, the morning bells of the city’s many churches will ring in your experience. The legacy of the Hanseatic period, with buildings in the Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles, is illuminated in all its colour and glory at this time of year. Your eyes will light up as your heart and soul are warmed by the atmosphere at the Christmas market – decorated with almost 100 Christmas trees and an enormous hand-made Christmas pyramid. You are sure to find gifts for your loved ones at the 80 or so stalls here. A city walk with Advent concert* including the city hall, Crane and Neptune fountain, will show you the most beautiful sights in the city. Alternatively, follow in the footsteps of the Teutonic Order to Malbork Castle*, Europe’s largest brick building.
Relaxation at sea
Daytime passage through the Kiel Canal
Hamburg, arrival 23.00 hrs
Overnight stay on board
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
* 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 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 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.