Individual travel arrangements to Hamburg, departure 18.00 hrs
Evening cruise on the Elbe
Relaxation at sea
Amsterdam/Netherlands, from 7.00 to 18.00 hrs
The hustle and bustle of the summer months is over and the low sun paints the sky in magical light – time to enjoy all that autumn has to offer with the small HANSEATIC nature. The starting point is Amsterdam. Old and new, quiet and busy, provincial and cosmopolitan – no description of Amsterdam is without its contradictions. Discover the jewel of the Netherlands on a city walk with a canal trip* or at your own pace. Only by wandering through the narrow streets will you notice the elegance of the gabled houses, the heron on a house boat or a hidden inner courtyard known as a “hofje”. For a bit of culture, head to the Van Gogh Museum or the Moco Museum of modern art, for instance. Get a different perspective in typical Dutch style on the bicycle tour of Amsterdam’s hidden corners*. A countryside excursion to the picturesque little harbour towns of Marken and Volendam* reveals unspoilt scenes.
Ostende/Belgium, from 7.00 to 15.00 hrs
A diverse array of experiences awaits you on your explorations from Ostende in Belgium. Avant-garde fashion, fine chocolates and the adventures of Tintin and Snowy: Belgian artistry is world-renowned, following in the tradition of the Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, the master of naturalism. A visit to the historic trading cities of Brugge* and Ghent* in Flanders brings history to life in the cobbled streets. Trade and the textile industry brought prosperity and blossoming culture to the entire region in the Middle Ages. Van Eyck’s famous winged altarpiece, typical guildhalls and a glimpse over a chocolatier’s shoulder: what will be your favourite sensory experience?
London (Tower Bridge)/Great Britain**, arrival 4.00 hrs
Red double-decker buses, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square: London is a city everyone has to visit at least once. The HANSEATIC nature is moored right next to Tower Bridge and offers short distances for plenty of explorations. Enjoy a panoramic trip with the London Eye* for an initial view of the city. There is much to experience and marvel at, be it organised or at your own pace. For example, take a city walking tour of the South Bank and St Paul’s Cathedral*, an area awoken from its slumber by spectacular construction projects. Kings and castles are as much a part of the fabric of Great Britain as the Royal Family in Buckingham Palace. Explore the world’s largest inhabited castle with a visit to Windsor Castle*. Would you rather sink into an armchair with tea and scones or enjoy a pint in a cosy pub? Our travel concierge will be happy to organise the perfect evening for you* in Great Britain’s cosmopolitan city.
London (Tower Bridge), departure 15.00 hrs
Cruise on the Thames
Texel/Netherlands, from 10.30 to 15.00 hrs
Why travel to distant lands when there’s so much to see close by? The answer lies on the Dutch island of Texel, famous for the sheep of the same name and its typical farmhouses. Feel the wind in your hair as you explore the De Slufter nature reserve*, a vast area with tidal creeks and salt flats amidst a chain of dunes. Take an island tour* and discover the dreamy, idyllic little town of De Koog with its lovely centre and small beach cafes. Or get active with a bicycle tour* across the island through the dunes and heathland.
Bremerhaven, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
(bus transfers to Hamburg are included)
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to change.
** Information about the mooring point in London: the HANSEATIC nature is moored directly behind Tower Bridge in central London, an option only available to small ships. Official confirmation has been given, although the British authorities reserve the right to change the mooring point in London at short notice. Lay time subject to the tides.
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.