Scheduled flight from Germany to Porto
Leixoes (Porto)/Portugal, departure 18.00 hrs
La Coruna/Spain, from 13.00 to 19.00 hrs
The Atlantic and North Sea coastlines of Western Europe are a treasure trove for explorers in early summer with wondrous locations, moving history and stunning landscapes. Marvel at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela* in La Coruna, the first highlight of your diverse cruise. It is considered a place of pilgrimage for fans of architecture due to its numerous architectural styles. Enjoy the typical Galician lifestyle and cuisine during a walk and tapas in La Coruna*, which proudly displays its Roman origins with the Tower of Hercules.
Aviles, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Past and present stand shoulder to shoulder in Aviles: medieval arcades can be found in close proximity to the futuristic Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre. The region’s religious heart also reveals itself through impressive architecture which you will explore in the capital of Asturias, Oviedo*. In the 8th century, the Holy Cave of Covadonga* provided the Christians with a place to hide from the Arabs. The appearance of the Virgin Mary gave them the courage to fight back.
Ile d’Yeu/France, from 14.00 to 20.00 hrs
Nantes, from 7.00 to 19.00 hrs
Cruise on the Loire
Nantes tells of kings and the power of the church, of dukes and holy people. Impressive manor houses, parks and castles pass slowly by during a boat trip on the River Erdre*. Meanwhile, the magic of the castles on the Loire* is characterised by extensive gardens and facades in the impressive style of the Italian renaissance. Take an evening cruise on the Loire with the HANSEATIC spirit, enjoy the panorama and relax as the day draws to a close.
Relaxation at sea
Channel Islands/Great Britain (Jersey, Guernsey)
Between the coasts of France and England, the Channel Island of Jersey thrills with craggy cliffs and sandy beaches. What was life like in a mighty castle during the Middle Ages? A visit to Mont Orgueil Castle* will provide fascinating insights. Alternatively, enjoy stunning panoramas on a bicycle tour of the island*. The treasures of Guernsey also shine through its eventful history and wild, romantic cliffs. The vintage flair on a bus tour on Guernsey* shows how the mild climate of the Gulf Stream allows a diverse range of splendid and exotic plants to bloom. Alternatively, a hike along the coast* will lead you through heathland and fragrant pine forests.
Cruise on the Seine
Rouen/France, from 9.00 to 20.30 hrs
Many French painters have taken inspiration from the landscape along the meandering course of the Seine. See for yourself on a short cruise on the Seine – a river with a unique connection to France’s soul. The Le Gros-Horloge astronomical clock in Rouen tells of turbulent times. A walk through the old town* will also take you to the market square where Joan of Arc met her tragic end in 1431. Be inspired on the trail of Claude Monet* in Giverny, the place where he spent his final years of creativity.
Relaxation at sea
Texel/Netherlands, from 8.00 to 17.30 hrs
Helgoland, from 8.00 to 18.00 hrs
Discover one of North Germany’s most imposing natural landmarks – Lange Anna on Helgoland: the red stack of rock rises 47 m (154 ft) into the air off the island’s coast, You can also enjoy one of Germany’s smallest nature reserves, the Lummenfelsen. This attracts not only day trippers but also a great number of animal inhabitants. Did you know that Germany’s largest predator lives off Helgoland? The grey seal, which shares the dunes with common seals, reaches speeds of up to 40 km/h (25 mph) in the water as it hunts for sardines and cod. You, meanwhile, will hunt for spectacular panoramas on a 2.8 km (1.7 mi.) walk along the cliffs or on a Zodiac ride. Say goodbye to the North Sea and continue your journey back to Hamburg, the metropolis on the Elbe. It’s hard to believe how many North Sea stories you’ll take home from this cruise.
Hamburg, arrival 8.00 hrs
Individual travel arrangements from cruise arrival point
* 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.
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.