Scheduled flight from Germany to Funchal
Overnight stay on board
Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, departure 6.00 hrs
Cruising off Madeira
Ilha Deserta Grande (subject to official approval)
The HANSEATIC nature sets a course for Madeira and the Azores where Mother Nature took no half measures. Bizarre volcanic landscapes, hot springs and lush, green vegetation are just waiting to be explored thoroughly. Cruising off Madeira marks the first stage of your Portuguese island adventure. Some dolphins might even burst out of the deep-blue waters of the Atlantic to awaken a sense of springtime in you. The island group of Madeira also includes the rarely visited Ilha Deserta Grande, an uninhabited nature reserve with rare Mediterranean monk seals. If the local authorities give the green light, the Zodiacs will take you ashore for a tour with a local ranger.
In Porto Santo, you will get a taste of what’s to come in Portugal’s islands in the Atlantic. Its glittering escarpments and miles of beach have earned it the nickname of the “golden island”. Discover its riches on an island tour in an all-terrain vehicle* with fascinating geological insights. If you would rather get active, explore the island on horseback as you go riding on Porto Santo*.
Relaxation at sea
Azores (Sao Miguel, Pico , Faial, Sao Jorge , Terceira , Santa Maria )
Little visited and largely unknown, the Azores allow explorers to experience unspoilt nature. Cloaked in the fresh green colours of spring, the mild climate will make your explorations particularly pleasant. With a little luck, the many open deck spaces and the nature Walk will allow you to watch marine creatures as well as the numerous contrasts along the coasts and ashore. The Zodiacs might also be used, depending on the local conditions. Sao Miguel, perhaps the greenest of the islands, is waiting to welcome you. It is home to numerous volcanic lakes, fumaroles and some of Europe’s few tea plantations, which you can explore on an all-terrain vehicle tour*. Tea has been grown on the island since 1883 and the quality is particularly high thanks to the remote location and microclimate. No visit would be complete without the crater lakes of Sete Cidades* where you can take in spectacular views from the edge of the caldera. The green pastures and wine-growing areas on Pico create a significant contrast with the deep-black volcanic rock. The rolling hills inland feature hundreds of eroded volcanic cones and numerous little lakes. From here you will set out to the heart of the crater island*: at over 2,300 m (7,545 ft), the volcano is Portugal’s highest peak. See the home of the famous Verdelho wine when you explore Pico’s vineyards on foot*. The wine-growing region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site: white grapes grow surrounded by walls of volcanic rock. Alternatively, you can dive deep into the world of the ocean giants on a whale and dolphin watching trip in an RIB*. Faial is a more cosmopolitan prospect. Every year, thousands of sailing boats and yachts moor in Horta, the island’s capital, its old town one of the architectural gems of the archipelago. Peter Cafe Sport is a famous meeting point for people who have circumnavigated the globe – seize the opportunity to mingle. The HANSEATIC nature will stay here overnight, allowing you to enjoy its flair long after the sun has set. See what nature is capable of on a panoramic trip through the volcanic landscape*. Marvel at the almost circular Caldeira do Pico Gordo. For those who love exercise, a hike around the caldera* along the roughly 400 m (1,312 ft) deep crater offers a stunning view.
Sao Jorge is like something from primeval times. It is known as the “dragon island” because of its wide, undulating flank shaped by volcanic cones, which you will come face to face with on an island tour*. The beauty of untamed nature is reflected in the many fajas – lush, green stretches of land formed by cooled lava where tropical fruits and coffee are cultivated. Here you can go an excursion that is typical of the island: fajas and coffee tasting*. The brightly coloured capital of Terceira was crafted by masters in a Renaissance style. On a city walk through Angra do Heroismo*, stroll through its centre which has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you explore Terceira in a jeep*, bizarre lava formations and volcanic caves combine with delicious island specialities to fascinate the eyes and palate. Alternatively, a challenging hike in the wild highlands* will lead you past lakes, hot springs and heathland as you walk through almost untouched natural scenery. The Azores are also a haven for beach lovers, as demonstrated by the idyllic island of Santa Maria. Take a hike to Formosa beach*, possibly the most beautiful place to swim in the Azores. Soak up the sun before you return home with the special feeling of spring in the middle of the Atlantic.
Relaxation at sea
Funchal/Madeira/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs
Scheduled flight from Funchal to Germany
* 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 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.