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Wild Earth Travel is more a travel organization rather than a cruise company. Wild Earth Travel is founded by expedition leaders who followed their hearts and have a worldwide network of various cruise companies. These specialists have been following their passion for more than 30 years, creating the most beautiful expeditions in the furthest corners of the world. They know from first hand and foremost what itineraries are worth to visit. Apart from interesting destinations, they know where the routes and colonies are located of many animal species. Their experience gives them a unique position within the world of small-scale cruises and especially those of expeditions. These cruises are recommended for adventure travellers who are interested in nature and related cultures.
Do you like a cruise on a small ship, where you can expect a lot of personal attention? This is the right place where you can find a cruise that suits you best!
With Wild Earth Travel you can visit the wild habitat with its special species, all over the world. The highly selected partners of Wild Earth Travel with their professional crew and their local expertise offer you an enormous range of choices. And all expeditions are done under the guidance of experienced guides and specialists. You can choose from small sailing boats and catamarans up to various sorts of motor yachts. They have quite a range of expedition ships and small luxury ships up to imposing icebreakers. All equipped with comfortable and often luxury accommodations, intimacy, and comfort guaranteed. With Wild Earth Travel adventure and experience seem infinite. Go for it!
Through the years a huge supply of expedition and small cruise ships has been formed. The ships vary in size from 2 up to 300 passengers. No long rows for the buffets or excursions. Just have a good old-fashioned exploration of a destination with a small group of interested travellers. Most of the ships have all kinds of amenities to guarantee you a pleasant stay. Small ships, which are designed to reach special and remote places, will guarantee you an amazing experience!
Wild Earth Travel provides you with a cruise or expedition not only to enjoy but also to see and experience. In addition to all the relaxation, your trip is also worth learning!

"Small Ships, Big Adventures"

Ship
Date
Days
Destination
Information
Lofoten
05.08.2017
16.08.2017
11
Northern Europe, Classic Norwegian Fjords (Roundtrip)
Fare from € 3.220
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Travelroute
Day 1

Bergen

Our expedition start in Bergen, a city surrounded by its famed seven mountains. Before departure you may wish to explore this cultural gateway to the fjords. After embarkation we invite you to enjoy our tasty dinner buffet, based on the best ingredients from the coast. We sail north from Bergen along the Hjeltefjord, the same route the Vikings once sailed to the Shetland Islands and beyond – we are heading to the high north. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing as you take in the spectacular landscapes, either from deck or in our panorama lounges.

Day 2

Florø - Molde

If you wake up early the next day you have the chance to enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Nordfjord, followed by a delicious breakfast. As we sail past the West Cape, we experience a rare venture into open sea. Then the ship navigates through skerries and islands before reaching Ålesund. In the summer months we set course for the spectacular UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord passing sheer, 800m cliffs and impressive waterfalls en route. In autumn we explore Hjørundfjord, situated amidst the majestic Sunnmøre Alps. In addition to the excursion “A taste of Norway”, we offer two new mountain hikes here. Its seclusion and unspoiled natural landscape give this fjord its special character. In winter you can enjoy a colourful and enlightening presentation about the Aurora Borealis on board.

Day 3

Kristiansund - Rørvik

Today you wake up in beautiful Trondheim. The architecture and surroundings in Trondheim create a beautiful and almost mythical setting for any outing, whether you prefer a guided tour of the Nidaros Cathedral, kayaking on the river Nid and into the city’s smaller channels, or a casual walk or by bicycle through the Bakkland district. In autumn you can join the trip out to Munkholmen. Originally this was an ancient place of execution, before becoming a Benedictine monastery around the year 1000. In 1658 it was made into a fortress and prison, and later a customs station. In the afternoon the ship sets a northwest course, passing the beautiful Kjeungskjær lighthouse and numerous charming islets and rocky outcrops. In autumn you can learn more about navigation and lighthouses along the Norwegian coast during the Captain’s talk. After passing through the narrow Stoksund, the ship arrives at charming Rørvik.

Day 4

Brønnøysund - Svolvær

The Arctic Circle marks the border to the Arctic region. In summer this means 24-hour daylight - often referred to as the ‘Midnight Sun’. During autumn and winter, being above this degree of latitude provides the best chances of experiencing the Northern Lights. We continue sailing along the beautiful coast of Helgeland up to Bodø. In spring there will be a presentation on board where your can learn more about the millions of migrating birds returning to the Arctic Coast during the nesting period. Later this afternoon the sight of the 1,000m high Lofoten Wall will appear on the horizon. The charms of the Lofoten Islands are revealed in all the small, picturesque fishing villages with their bohemian atmosphere. In winter, crossing the Arctic Circle is when the hunt for the Arctic light begins. We celebrate this with a presentation of ‘The Magic Light, Aurora Borealis’, where you can experience this phenomenon via pictures, words and music. After sailing through the narrow Raftsund, we stop at the entrance to the enthralling Trollfjord. Here we serve freshly made fish cakes out on deck. You will also hear the story of ‘The battle of Trollfjord’, which took place here in the winter of 1890.

Day 5

Stokmarknes - Skjerøy

In summer, early birds can go ashore in Risøyhamn for our whale-watching excursion. The ship continues to Tromsø for a prolonged stay. In winter and spring you can complete your stay in Tromsø with a thrilling husky dog sledge ride. If you want to experience the peace and tranquillity of the sea in summer, why not join us on a kayaking excursion, or participate on a mountain hike on one of the mountains close to the city. The air up here is fresh and clear, and we get a beautiful view of the city and the impressive mountain chains around it. After an exhilarating day in Tromsø, we continue our northbound journey. In winter the Captain invites guests to taste stockfish on deck. The ship is now sailing into the area along the coast where you have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights between September and March, and we gather on deck to search for this breathtaking phenomenon.

Day 6

Øksfjord - Berlevåg

Enjoy the magnificent sub-Arctic landscape as we cross the 71st parallel on our journey towards the North Cape, the northernmost point on the continent. In summer, you might see herds of grazing reindeer and small camps belonging to the indigenous Sámi people. After brief early stops in Hammerfest and Havøysund we arrive in Honningsvåg, the gateway to the spectacular North Cape. Close to the North Cape you find one of the world’s most exciting nature reserves, Gjesværstappan. Join the bird-watching safari during spring and summer to experience Finnmark’s largest flock of puffins, together with large numbers of kittiwakes. The Hurtigruten ship continues north, sailing in the heartland of the indigenous Sámi people. We pass their ancient sacred site, the rock formation Finnkirka, and as we approach our next stop, the fishing village Kjøllefjord. Ever so often local fishermen visit us during winter and spring to share their catch of the day (King Crab and Cod) with us out on deck. Here you have the opportunity to learn more about the Sámi people, as well as exploring the wonderful scenery all year round on our different excursions. In winter you can join us on an unforgettable snowmobile trip to one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas.

Day 7

Båtsfjord - Kirkenes - Berlevåg

Early birds can see Vadsø and just after breakfast we arrive in Kirkenes, putting us at 30° East, further east than Istanbul and St. Petersburg. The Russian border is close by, and you may find it intriguing that the road signs are written in both Norwegian and Russian. Depending on the season, there are several ways to make a visit to the Russian border. During spring you may still be able to participate in our winter activities and excursions. You could explore the Arctic winter on a snowmobile, driving over a frozen fjord. On our dog sledge adventure the huskies eagerly transport you across the frozen landscape, taking you through the arctic wilderness. You can also visit the Snow Hotel and see the reindeer. Our Arctic bush craft excursion in autumn provides you with an insight into this season; how people have harvested, stored, hunted and fished for centuries. As the ship starts its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season. The ports previously visited by night on the northbound journey are now seen by day. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø again, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation of "Life in the sea" in spring, and in winter local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

Day 8

Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where it is possible to join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘Energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya - The northernmost natural gas terminal’ on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe. We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø known as “the gateway to the Arctic” just in time to enjoy a Midnight Concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of the many friendly pubs.

Day 9

Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you have the opportunity to participate in one of the classics in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7m deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants, and we make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale watching experience during wintertime. Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and sails through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2km long and 100m wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

Day 10

Bodø- Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 m high, and it is easy to understand how these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop at Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre.

Day 11

Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk through Trondheim is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, which is 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, 577m at most. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has provided the town with a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. This town is now regarded as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Day 12

Ålesund - Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik, Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage is drawing to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedals glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town which is the oldest in Sogn og Fjordane county and the westernmost in Norway. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route. And finally you disembark in Bergen.

Overview

Classic Norwegian Fjords (Roundtrip)

This ultimate voyage is by Lonely Planet described as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”. We take you from Bergen to Kirkenes and back in 12 days. See 34 ports and cover over 2,500 nautical miles, which allows you to explore every inch of the coastal magic Norway has to offer. Any time of year, it’s a voyage like no other. The drama of the scenery and the wildlife will stir the explorer in you. Exactly 22 of the ports lie north of the Polar Circle – and you will be given the opportunity to join excursions tailor-made to match your exploration level. Whatever you miss on the northbound sailing during night, you are able to see in daylight on the southbound sailing.

In the classics league
There is a reason famous travel routes are ‘famous.’ Each offers epic landscapes and the distinctive ability to transport the traveller through time and turn fleeting moments into life-long memories. This Route rightly earns its place in the hall of fame of iconic traveller routes along with other classics like the Orient Express, Europe’s Danube, and the revered Route 66. On this trip you get nothing but spectacular experiences. Visit cities like Bergen, Ålesund and Trondheim, before we cross the Polar Circle and sail into Tromsø. Southbound you get to see Lofoten and Trollfjorden in broad daylight, before we sail along the Helgeland coast, passing the Seven Sisters mountains. Let yourself admire the overwhelmingly beautiful west coast on our way to our final destination, Bergen.

Spectacular seasons
No matter what time of the year you travel with us, you will be surrounded by beautiful nature wherever you turn. Still, every season has its own charm.

Experience stunning shades of light all over the coast, when sailing with us during wintertime. The southern parts of Norway will have purple, yellow and warm glowing skies as far south as Bergen. As you reach Trondheim, the Lofoten Islands, Tromsø and the North Cape, you have a chance to experience the Blue Hour when the indirect sunlight creates a soul stirring blue light every morning and evening. So on our winter voyages, you can experience a great variety of beautiful types of light.

With spring comes the return of the warmth and daylight, which is like an infusion of vitamins, kick-starting life along the Norwegian coast. The migratory birds return, meaning the coast is teeming with life. Spring is also a time of celebration and May witnesses the festivities of Norwegian National Day (17 May), when the coastal communities become a blaze of colour and tradition. We also visit the beautiful Lyngenfjord, with its majestic mountain backdrop and unique nature.

Summer is the most popular time of year for exploring Norway’s coast. The long, light days during the summer months seem to energise both nature and people. Even as far south as Bergen, you can experience 19 hours of daylight. Flowers bloom, rivers fill with fish and giant waterfalls cascade towards the ocean, creating a picture-perfect setting for a summer holiday. North of the Arctic Circle you can experience the Midnight Sun – a natural phenomenon. Daylight in the middle of the night is an intense experience, and you may have to force yourself to go to bed.

Our autumn sailings include a visit to the incredibly beautiful Hjørundfjord. Majestic mountains surround this narrow fjord, and we offer several excursions that let you explore this spectacular area. Enjoy a spectacular voyage during this season, as the fresh and clear coastal air enhances the intense red and yellow that fills mountainsides, hilltops and woods. From the deck, you may see the sharp profiles of the highest peaks sprinkled with the first snow, against the background of an ice blue sky. Gradually, the evenings get darker and the days shorter. With a bit of luck, the Northern Lights will appear and give you a magical experience.

Make it your own

Exactly how you want to explore the Midnight Sun, the Northern Lights, the delicious local food, and the natural beauty is entirely up to you. On a roundtrip voyage with us, you will not only feel like an explorer, you will be one!

Highlights

Discover Norway’s entire coastal route with 34 ports. Named by Lonely Planet as the world’s most beautiful voyage. Polar Circle crossing and special celebration. 50+ excursions to choose from.

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Ship information

Hurtigruten Ships

Length: from 87,4 to 138,5 meters

Passenger Capacity: from 400 to 1000

Built: 1964 - 2003

All our ships include large lounges and deck space affording perfect views to the changing scenery, creating a proximity to nature throughout the ship. This atmosphere gives you the energy to participate on our on board activities and excursions that take you even closer to the coast.

On our ships you will find a wide range of comfortable cabins, from exclusive suites with their own balcony and extras, to cosy inside cabins. We have divided them into four categories; Expedition Suite, Arctic Superior, Polar Outside and Polar Inside with different amenities and extras.

MS Lofoten, our old time favourite, was launched in Oslo in 1964, and provides you a voyage of real nostalgia and intimate informal atmosphere. Special features: special programme that enhances the heritage of Hurtigruten and the feeling of the '60s. Four-course special made dinners. Activities specially made for voyages with Ms Lofoten. Two sun decks. Panorama lounge. Bar and café. Extra lounge in the aft.

Mekong Pandaw
05.08.2017
12.08.2017
7
Aisa, Classic Mekong
Fare from € 1.792
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Travelroute
Day 1

Siem Reap

Morning transfer to your Pandaw moored at Kampong Cham. A packed lunch will be provided on the coach and we will stop at Kampong Thom along the way. Once on board we will set sail upstream to moor overnight at Chhlong. Your guide or purser will collect your passports at the meeting point so we can arrange the immigration formalities. Please note: between mid of February and end of March we are expecting low water levels. Alternate itinerary and excursions will apply should we not be able to reach Kracheh and the river dolphins.

Day 2

Kracheh and the Dolphin Grounds

Sail through the morning to reach Kracheh a charming French colonial river port, and after lunch visit the dolphin grounds travelling further upstream by local bus.

Day 3

Prek Kdam

Sailing down river we stop at the very curious Monkey Temple, Wat Hanchey and Angkor Ban.

Day 4

Phnom Penh

Whilst in Phnom Penh you will be provided with their own private cyclo. The Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh which provides the cyclos is a charity that provides basic welfare and medical services to cyclo drivers. You will visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and National Museum. In the afternoon, optional excursion (by coach) to the Killing Fields and the Khmer Rouge's grim Tuol Sleng or S21 detention centre.

Day 5

Tonle River

Explorations up Tonle River to a silver making village, Kampong Trolach, and Chong Koh either by ship or by coach depending on water levels. This river is very pretty and there is a vibrant local life to be viewed along the river banks and in lesser craft.

Day 6

Vietnam border

Sail for the border and formalities and then continue to Tan Chau for the evening.

Day 7

Chau Doc

Morning either visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc with our guide or do your own thing and take off on one of our mountain bikes. The local market is great and the Catholic Church well worth a visit. Afternoon Sampan boat excursion to Sa Dec via Vinh Long, along canals and backwaters and see the local market and the ancient house of Mr, Huyn Thuy Le, the 'lover' of Marguerite Duras, a famous French novelist whose book was immotalist in the film L’Indochine. Moor overnight at Cai Bei.

Day 8

My Tho to Saigon

Early morning sail from Cai Be for My Tho, where passengers disembark in the early morning for a coach transfer to Saigon. Arrive late morning at around 10.30am.

Additional charges: port charges from: € 60,-

Overview

Classic Mekong

There can be no tapestry of river life as fascinating and varied as the River Mekong. Indeed there can be no more striking a cultural contrast as that between the bustling Vietnam delta and the tranquillity of Cambodia. We pass from the vibrant French colonial port of Saigon, through the vast delta so rich in human life and endeavour, to travel along the main channel into the rich countryside of Cambodia. With a full day in charming Phnom Penh we then explore remoter waterways as we progress to the great monuments of Angkor.

In Cambodia stop at the very curious Monkey Temple, visit the Hanchey Temple and Angkor Ban. Visit a Moslem Cham tribal village and a cat fish farm in Chau Doc.

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Ship information

Mekong Pandaw

Built in Rangoon in 2002 she was sailed round to Saigon under her own power and many a drama described in Paul Strachan’s Pandaw Story. This ship was designed especially for the Mekong and unlike our other P class ships does not have a flying bridge. The reason was so she could get under a road bridge. She did actually scrape under on her maiden but it was so scary that Paul Strachan, then standing on the bridge, never dared attempt it again. As a result, we ended up with this incredible 750 square meter teak deck that even has a full size billiard table.

The MP as she is affectionately known is our most spacious ship with wider promenades, a larger dining hall and more public space per passenger than any known ship afloat. Seriously!

In 2012 she was refitted and lower deck cabins removed in favour of a professional spa, gym, library lounge and office. She is quite justifiably the most splendid ship on the Mekong and the envy of anything that floats by.

The ship has quality mountain bikes for your independent exploration.

Staterooms

The Pandaw stateroom is the most celebrated feature aboard this ship, combining splendid colonial-era character with exquisite contemporary comfort.

Finished in brass and teak, the main and upper deck rooms are a spacious 15.6 sq.m, with the exception of the Zawgyi Pandaw which is 14 sq.m. As the space is much loved by all our passengers, we have ensured that with each ship we build, the stateroom remains essentially the same. Be advised: our cabins do not have mini-bars, satellite TV's, internet access or telephones. Passengers tend to choose Pandaw in order to escape from the tiresome features found in international business hotels.

Dining

At Pandaw we pride ourselves on offering a great choice of local cuisine and exotic foods. We source supplies and ingredients as locally as possible, always in accordance with strictly-monitored environmental health standards.

Breakfast is a buffet, while lunch features a buffet, plus soup, salad and a desert table, with the main course served at the table. Dinner is by waiter-service at the table.

We are happy to cater for individual dietary preferences. Passengers who prefer not to be served hot or spicy foods are offered delicious European-style alternatives and vegetarians are especially well catered for. Other special diets may be accommodated, by prior arrangement. Our chefs know that most passengers want to sample versions of the best, most characteristic dishes of each country they pass through.

Callisto
05.08.2017
12.08.2017
7
The Arctic, Iceland Cruise - Journey in the Land of Ice & Fire
Fare from € 2.070
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Travelroute
Day 1

Reykjavik, Iceland

Embarkation 3-4PM - Sailing at 5pm - Overnight at sea to Haimaey / Westmann Islands, Iceland.

Day 2

Heimaey Island Westmann Islands, Iceland

We reach Heimaey Island in the morning and discover a community which almost disappeared during a 1973 eruption that buried 400 homes and create a mountain. Heimaey is also know as the Pompeii of the North and our Optional excursions will take us to 2 volcanoes and the Eldheimar Geological Museum to understand what happened in 1973 and to other sites around the island. We leave Heimaey in the afternoon and cruise west to Borgarnes. Overnight at sea.

Day 3

Akranes, Iceland

In the morning we reach Akranes and disembark by tenders for our Optional full day excursion to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful thermal spring, to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls area. We will stop in Reykholt which was at one time one of the intellectual centers of the island and had for many years one of the most important schools of the country. Here lived in the Middle Ages one of the most important persons in Icelandic history: Snorri Sturluson. He was a famous poet and politician whose records of the Old Norse language and mythology of medieval Iceland are invaluable to modern scholars. He lived and died here. Remains of his farm and a bathroom with hot pot and a tunnel between the bath and the house can still be visited. In the afternoon we rejoin the ship and sail to the Westfjords. Overnight at sea

Day 4

Bildudalur- Isafjordur, Iceland

We sail past the Latrarbag cliffs which rise 450 m over the sea and reach Bildudalur. Our afternoon optional excursion will take us to the Dynjandi Waterfall and we will walk around Bildudalur and visit the Sea Monsters Museum. In the afternoon , we cruise around the Westfjords to Isafjordur.Evening arrival in Isafjorfur. Overnight in port

Day 5

Isafjordur, Iceland

Isafjordur is a large fishing port in Wesfjords. Our afternoon optional excursion will take us to Bolungravik and then Osvor town where we will visit a restored fisherman's hut. Back in town we will visit the Maritime Museum and walk around the town known for its rich cultural heritage and merchant's homes dating from the 18th century. In the afternoon we sail to Siglufjordur . Overnight at sea

Day 6

Siglufjordur - Husavik, Iceland

This morning we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost city, very close to the Arctic Circle and possibly the most picturesque port of Iceland. Once known as the capital of Herring fishing. The optional walking tour through the city will take you to the port, the Herring Museum, the Folk Music center housed in Madame House, the oldest house in the city. After lunch we leave for nearby Husavik port. Late in the afternoon we sail in the Skjafandi Bay and reach Husavik, Europe's capital of whale watching. We will have time to stroll around this charming fishing village and visit the wooden church, the best preserved church in Iceland. Overnight in port.

Day 7

Husavik - Akureyri, Iceland

This morning our full day optional excursion will take you from Husavik to Akureyri ( where you will meet the Callisto in the evening). You will visit the Lake Myvatn, Namarksard and Dimmuborgir, all fine examples of the volcanic world with lava fields, boiling and steaming mud pools, steam vents and craters. After lunch we continue on the Ring Road to reach Godafoss Waterfall - the Falls of the Gods - and will hear about the Kristni Saga, recounting the arrival of Christianity and the end of Paganism. We rejoin the Callisto in Akureyri the capital of Northern Iceland and we will spend some time walking around this colourful city visiting in particular the Art Alley. Overnight in port.

Day 8

Akureyri, Iceland

Disembarkation 6 AM -10 AM after breakfast.

Additional charges: port charges: € 260,- pp

Please Note: itineraries can be changed at the discretion of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions.

Overview

Iceland Cruise – Journey in the Land of Ice & Fire

Embark the elegant M/Y Callisto, the newest addition to Variety Cruises’ fleet of Mega Yachts and Motor Sailers. With the company of up to 34 fellow passengers, you will discover a fascinating country with amazing rugged landscapes, old legacies of the Vikings and the Norse.Visit Iceland in the summer months, the perfect season to sight humpback whales, orcas and dolphins. Discover Heimaey Island, the Pompei of the North. The Myvatn Lake, the Namarskard a striking geothermal field, and the Godafoss Waterfall. The quaint fishing village of Husavik. Siglufjordur a fishing town close to the Arctic cirle. Isasfjordur, and nearby Arnardalur Valley.

Highlights

Visit Heimaey Island, the Pompeii of the North. Discover Myvatn Lake, Namarskard a striking geothermal field and Godafoss Waterfall (from Akureyi/Husavik). Visit the quaint fishing village of Husavik. Explore Siglufjordur, a fishing town close to the Arctic Circle. See Borganess with the Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls.

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Ship information

MY Callisto
Vessel Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 52 metres
Passenger Capacity: 34
Built/Refurbished: 2000 / 2015-16
The elegant Motor Yacht Callisto is true to her name: Elegant, classic. She was fully refit / rebuilt in 2000 and was thoroughly renovated in in 2015-16. This classy Motor Yacht has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings, and has also sailed along the most interesting coastal sites of Europe, North and West Africa. The M/Y Callisto is of the “boutique” category of cruiser, and offers the highest standard of accommodation, comfort and safety. The yacht’s public areas are cosy and generous, decorated with rich fabrics, handsome woodwork, gleaming brass, antiques and fine works of art. During the day, life on board centres around the indoor and outdoor areas including the Upper deck Indoor and Outdoor lounge/bar and dining areas as well as the cosy Library located on the Sun Deck. The lounge/bar and dining room on the Upper deck are connected by the gallery, displaying exquisite art and adding to the overall feeling of elegance and style. In the evening you can relax in the ship’s lounge, enjoy a drink overlooking the stars or relax with a book in the library with its wraparound windows. The spacious lounge and bar area on the Upper Deck is surrounded by large picture windows and opens onto the Outdoor Dining area. The yacht features a broad Sun Deck for sunbathing and the swimming platform on Callisto’s stern enables you to swim off the ship when in sheltered bays. Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members.

Panorama
06.08.2017
13.08.2017
7
The Adriatic, The Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Fare from € 1.845
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Travelroute
Day 1

Sunday Dubrovnik, Croatia

Embarkation between 3 pm and 4 pm. Welcome dinner and evening sailing to Split, Croatia. Overnight at sea.

Day 2

Monday Split, Croatia

Arrive in Split in the morning. Croatia. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour to discover the city of Split, the former Imperial Resident of Roman Emperor Diocletian, dating back from the 4th century. After lunch on board, enjoy one more optional afternoon excursion to nearby Trogir, starting with a scenic journey along the Dalmatian Coast to this coastal tow. Late afternoon sailing to Rab.

Day 3

Tuesday Rab, Croatia

Morning arrival in Rab. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour of Rab, a historic town of rare charm founded in Roman times along a narrow tongue of land, so when travellers approached from the sea, they could see it proudly atop the head of the bay. Discover cultural and historical monuments including the Church of Justina, the Church of St. John the Baptist, the Prince’s Palace. Later in the afternoon, we sail south passing between the beautiful Kornati Islands to reach Sibenik. Overnight at sea.

Day 4

Wednesday Sibenik, Croatia

We reach Sibenik through a spectacular fjord. Our optional all day excursion will take us to the Krka National Park home to abundant indigenous flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species, before exploring the seaside city of Primosten and Sibenik old Town. Overnight in port.

Day 5

Thursday Sibenik, Hvar, Korcula, Croatia

Early morning sailing and arrival in Hvar, the longest of the Croatian isles. Enjoy a morning optional walking tour to discover the island’s Venetian flavor. You'll discover a fascinating array of sights, including the Cathedral of St. Stephens with its treasury and bell tower, or the Arsenal, built in 1611 and housing Europe's oldest theater. Early afternoon leisurely sailing to Korcula. Late evening arrival in Korcula and overnight in port.

Day 6

Friday Korcula, Croatia

Enjoy all day optional excursions in Korcula Town and to Lumbarda Village for wine tasting Guests will have the opportunity to drive and stroll through Milina - Bire family vineyards before reaching their house. Evening sailing and overnight at sea to the coastal town of Kotor in Montenegro.

Day 7

Saturday Kotor, Montenegro-Dubrovnik, Croatia

Early morning navigation in Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean. Join the optional morning excursion to the well-preserved, fortified medieval Old Town, featuring stunning fortifications including the 10th century city walls, the Baroque church of St Blaise. We leave Kotor after lunch and sail through the stunning fjord of Kotor Bay, before we enjoy a refreshing swim in the stunning Kotor Bay. Late evening arrival in Dubrovnik- Overnight in port.

Day 8

Sunday Dubrovnik, Croatia

Disembarkation at 9 am after breakfast.

Additional charges: port charges: € 290,-

Please note: itineraries are subject to change.

Overview

The Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro

Discover the Tales of the Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro. Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of Dalmatia and the Adriatic Sea. A cruise voyage unraveling the natural and ancient wonders of Dalmatia. The medieval treasures of Dubrovnik and Korcula island in Croatia; the stunning fjord of Kotor Bay in Montenegro; the Palace of Diocletian in Split; the island of Rab just off the northern Croatian coast; Hvar, covered in pine forests, with vineyards, fruit orchards & lavender fields. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Highlights

Discover the city of Split, the former Imperial Resident of Roman Emperor Diocletian. Visit Rab, a historic town of rare charm founded in Roman times along a narrow tongue of land, so when travellers approached from the sea, they could see it proudly atop the head of the bay. Explore the Krka National Park – home to abundant indigenous flora and fauna, including over 200 bird species. In Korcula have the opportunity to drive and stroll through Milina – Bire family vineyards before reaching their house. Enjoy Kotor, the deepest natural fjord in the Mediterranean.

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Panorama

Vessel Type: Luxury Yacht

Length: 54 metres

Passenger Capacity: 49

Built / refurbished: 1993 / 2009

Discover a 3 masted sail cruiser which can accommodate up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. The Panorama was launched in 1993 and was renovated in 2009. This state of the art sail cruiser has performed several Atlantic Ocean crossings and has sailed from the Seychelles to Monte Carlo and from the Black Sea to Tunis and offers the highest standard of accommodation and comfort safety.

Grande Mariner
07.08.2017
15.08.2017
8
North America, Magical Lake Michigan
Fare from € 1.820
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Travelroute
Day 1

Chicago, IL

Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind, and waters.

Day 2

Holland, MI

Set sail for an overnight voyage toward serene Holland, Michigan a charming Dutch-inspired village. Founded in 1847, Holland is home to canals, cobblestone sidewalks, colorful seasonal tulips, and an authentic 275 year-old working windmill. An optional excursion takes you to visit the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Blue Delft factory, where authentic artisans make classic blue and white Dutch pottery.

Day 3

Beaver Island, MI

The largest island on Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is as tranquil as it is lush with greenery and towering, centuries-old trees. This verdant paradise boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region’s freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island’s scenic beaches and majestic state forest.

Day 4

Mackinac Island, MI

Lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages – its only form of transportation! An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second excursion invites you to the historic Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea.

Day 5

Sturgeon Bay, WI

In Wisconsin’s Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and yachts create a striking seascape. An optional morning tour of this coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board a 1930s tugboat or a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside Manitowoc, WI.

Day 6

Milwaukee, WI

Discover the rich history, stately architecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs of Milwaukee. An optional tour begins at City Hall and a scenic river walk winds through the city’s lively downtown. The Milwaukee Art Museum features a marvel of engineering, a retractable ceiling which opens over Lake Michigan. Conclude with a local cheese and craft beer tasting. Onboard, enjoy a musical performance.

Day 7

Chicago, IL

A morning cruise on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district. Tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your adventure with a farewell dinner.

Day 8

Chicago, IL

Disembark this morning in Chicago.

Additional charges: port charges from € 150,-

Overview

Magical Lake Michigan

The natural splendor of Lake Michigan is undeniable. The fifth largest lake in the world and the only Great Lake contained entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan is lovingly referred to as America’s Third Coast. Your cruise combines the folklore and charm of heritage destinations like Mackinac Island with a backdrop of gentle waves stretching past the horizon, and bordered by miles of pristine coastline and white sand beaches. Cruising waters that change color with the seasons, from brilliant aquamarine to inky
sapphire to icy white; your adventure sets sail through this national treasure, into the welcoming small towns, and bustling cities that line its shores.

Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind, and waters. With the Windy City’s towering skyline behind you, cruise toward serene Holland, MI, a charming Dutch-inspired village. Admire the cobblestone sidewalks and an authentic 275-year-old working windmill. On Victorian-era Mackinac Island, relive a time gone by. An oasis renowned for its artfully and conscientiously preserved homes, horse-drawn carriages are the only form of transportation. In Wisconsin’s spectacular Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and luxury yachts create a striking maritime seascape. Discover the rich history, stately architecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs of Milwaukee, WI.

As you lose yourself in the vastness of this Great Lake, you will find yourself connecting with locals and fellow passengers alike across history, time and friendships.

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Grande Mariner

Vessel Type: Small Ship Cruise

Length: 56m

Passenger Capacity: 88

Built/ Refurbished : 1998 / 2010

She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new bathrooms, new furniture in the cabins, a renovated lounge, new décor, and brand new furniture. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready.

Delfin III
09.08.2017
12.08.2017
3
Latin America, Amazon River Cruise (4 days) Delfin III
Fare from € 1.375
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Travelroute
Day 1

Arrive to Iquitos, embarkation, orientation and jungle walk in Amazonas

AM: Arrive to the Amazon city of Iquitos: Our crew will be expecting your arrival at the airport, then transfer all together in our comfortable private vehicle. We will start you off with a lunchbox as we begin a panoramic tour of Iquitos city. After the tour we will travel over paved road to the city of Nauta, 95 kilometers away. Nauta is literally the "end of the road" where you will embark on the Delfin. Along the way, you will see vibrant "terra firma" (non-flooded forest) and various aspects of daily jungle life. Arrive to Nauta port: Nauta is a small riverside town on the banks of the Marañon River and was the first city founded in the department of Loreto. Once we reach Nauta, you will enjoy a VIP greeting at our private port along the shores of the Marañon River where the vessel awaits you. PM: Embarkation: Aboard Delfin, you will be served by our qualified staff who will introduce you to your exquisite and cozy suite, specially equipped with all the amenities for the experienced traveler as yourself. Orthopedic beds, pure cotton sheets, pillows of 100% pure natural latex, cotton bathrobes, air conditioning, and private bathroom with Spanish style hot water showers are all framed with a spacious private terrace we are sure you will enjoy to the fullest. PM Marayali: Our first excursion will be done by skiff where we visit our first location populated by sloths, iguanas, and recently a new favorite location for anteaters. Birdwatchers are likely to check off their bucket list, the yellow-rumped caciques and the very elegant egrets. PM Confluence of the 3 Rivers: Better known as the “Union de los Rios” we will toast and witness the distinguished colors of the 3 rivers. It is known that the Ucayali River, which in turn confluences with the Marañón River upstream of Iquitos, Peru, to form what countries other than Brazil consider to be the main stem of the Amazon River. Great photo opportunity as you witness your first Amazon Rainforest Sunset. Our vessels all have an open bridge policy, so you are welcome to learn about the navigation systems and spend time with the driving captain at any time. Moreover, should you have any doubts or questions, our guides are always fully at your service. After dinner we invite you to the third deck were you can enjoy stargazing while we cruise in to the depths of the Amazon Rainforest. PM Amazonas Night Time Jungle Walk : Just before settling down for dinner we will take you out to your first jungle walk. And how exciting it will be to see what goes bump in the night. We take this opportunity to enjoy a small village along the rivershore and our guides will share with you some interesting legends of the Amazon as you sit around a small campfire.

Day 2

Yarapa River, Yucuruchi & Fundo Casual

AM: Yarapa River / Yucuruchi: Along the Yarapa River river, you will get to explore this tributary intimately. Start your morning with exploring by skiffs and listen closely for the sounds from within the mysterious jungle. After, we will venture to find the giant Amazonian water lily Victoria regia. This beautiful aquatic plant grows in small lagoons known as cochas. PM: Fundo Casual: The walk at Fundo Casual jungle trail will take you deep into the rainforest on terra firme (non-flooded forest) where your guide will point out the dynamic creatures and vegetation of the Amazon. Be sure to keep an attentive eye open for spotting surprises!

Day 3

Yanayacu River & Nauta Caño

AM: Yanayacu Pucate: This morning, you will start cruising through the Yanayacu and Pucate Rivers, peeking into different creeks and lagoons. This is one of the best preserved and protected zones of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve. Your guide will use his expert eye to pinpoint all the biodiversity of this region. If you want to interact directly with the waters of the Amazon, go out on one of our paddle boards. You will even have the opportunity to swim in the jungle river along with the famous pink dolphins! PM: Nauta Caño: After a delicious lunch we will visit Nauta Caño Creek where you will have the chance to do some kayaking. Also, go fishing for the famous piranha, a delightful and challenging experience you won't forget! As night approaches, your guide will take you on a night safari in search of caiman alligators and night birds.

Day 4

Manatee Rescue Center, disembarkation & visit ti ACOBIA mantee center

AM: Disembarkation: With heavy hearts, the staff will wish you farewell as you begin your departure. At the port of Nauta, our ground crew will be waiting to take you by our private vehicle back to the city of Iquitos, about 95 kilometers journey by paved road. On our way from Nauta back to Iquitos airport, you will visit the Rescue & Rehabilitation Center of River Mammals (ACOBIA) where you will have the chance to meet baby manatees and learn about these wonderful and docile creatures and why they are on the endangered species list. You will also have the chance to pet and feed these kind manatees. As well, there are also some other animals cared for by the center that have been rescued from capture for the intention of being turned into pets and other threatening conditions. We welcome you to donate to this ambitious organization and education center as you wish. Our land personnel will wait for you at the airport and give your boarding passes and help you check in. Airport departure: Our staff will be on hand to help you with your luggage and check in at Crnl. FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport in Iquitos. The return flight (additional charge) will take you directly to the city of Lima, the capital of Peru. At the security gate, your guide and Delfin crew will say goodbye. We truly hope that you enjoyed your stay and Amazon travel experience with us!

Please note: this Itinerary based on High Water Season. Itineraries vary based on whether the travel dates fall in the high water/rainy season or low water/dry season. The itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions at certain times of the year. The water levels of the rivers also vary from time to time, as well as the hours of sailing. Excursions may be modified at the discretion of Delfin III crew.

Overview

Amazon River Cruise (4 days) Delfin III

The Amazon Rainforest is named after the Amazon River, the live force of the jungle. It is a unique ecosystem that harbors 1/3 of all living species in the world! The total extent of this incomparable tropical jungle is estimated to the complete land area of the United States. 28 billion gallons of its waters flow into the Atlantic every minute, diluting the salinity of the ocean for more than 100 miles offshore. The Amazon watershed is home to the world’s highest biodiversity. As well, it is home to more species of plants and animals than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet, and its biodiversity is so astounding that scientists regularly discover new species of flora and fauna.

Your Amazon journey takes off on arrival in Iquitos, were we will pick you up and take you to our vessel. In the following days, you will experience an ideal combination of natural wonders, dramatic scenery, indigenous cultural history, and a relaxed self-contained way to explore the rainforest while sightseeing nature at its best. Here in the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, you are about to explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments. Flora and fauna are abundant and time seems to stands still.

High Water Season (November to May) vs Low Water Season (June to October):

If seeing the glorious flooded forest and getting close-up looks at lots of birds and mammals (and enjoying a slightly cooler temperature) sounds attractive, then the flooded season might be the best choice. (Remember: despite its name it only gets about 10% more rain than falls in the dry season). If jungle hikes, seeing exotic migratory birds perch on trees as they pass through Amazonia, still having the chance to see monkeys and other mammals, and going on great fishing expeditions top your list, you might be happier choosing the hotter, less rainy dry season. Perhaps the best solution of all: choose one, and we hope that you will like it so much that you may want to return to experience the other season in the Amazon as well. Highlights Canopy discoveries in the treetops. Hiking & trail walks. Fishing for piranhas & other underwater wonders. Paddleboarding & Kayaking. Birdwatching & swimming with dolphins. Skiff explorations along the banks. Visiting native communities and much more!

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Delfin III

Our newest vessel, the Delfin III, offers guests an immersive rainforest experience while simultaneously treating them to the highest levels of luxury. This brand new vessel is also the largest in our fleet, with capacity for up to 43 passengers. The ship has been beautifully finished with the finest details, hardwood floors, designer furniture, and handmade Peruvian artifacts. The itineraries have been carefully planned and are set to offer an unforgettable experience. Guests will have no shortage of up close rainforest experience and gourmet food to compliment.

Guests have the option of four room classes. On the first deck there are 8 Suites complete with floor to ceiling panoramic windows as well as 2 spacious Corner Suites facing the front of the ship. The second deck is comprised of 10 Upper Suites and the largest of all, the Owner's Suite. The top deck features beautiful indoor and outdoor lounge, a sundeck with plunge pool, a spa and gym, and of course the bar.

Anakonda
09.08.2017
16.08.2017
7
Latin America, Amazon 8 Day Cruise
Fare from € 3.915
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Travelroute
Day 1

Wednesday: Quito – Coca – Napo river

Departure from Quito. A short 30-minute flight takes us to the frontier town of Coca (Francisco de Orellana) – and transfer to the dock, where we will embark on a motorized canoe and navigate down river about 1 hour, to board the M/V ANAKONDA. Throughout the journey we have a chance to admire the rainforest landscape and banks of the great Napo River. Immediately after boarding the M/V Anakonda, we continue navigating downstream. Passengers will have their first opportunities to enjoy the exciting features of our cruise ship: the spacious social areas, comfortable suites, and an observation deck that offers spectacular views. An evening walk is organized after sunset; it gives us the opportunity to discover the forest’s nocturnal activity and listen to the incessant sounds of nature.

Day 2

Thursday: border with Peru (the heart of Yasuní)

After a delicious breakfast, we disembark on land for our first daylight close-and-personal tropical rainforest experience, where we will learn about the relationship between plants and animals while closely watching out for samples of Amazonia’s fascinating biodiversity at every turn. After lunch, the M/V Anakonda navigates to one of the most pristine and little explored sections of Ecuadorian Amazonia, home to the legendary pink river dolphin, black caiman and anaconda. We may also find river turtles and various species of monkeys, as well as the primitive Hoatzin, a one-of-a-kind bird locally known as "the Stinky Turkey". The only way to actually visit this flooded ecosystem is by canoe, a ride that will reveal the beauty of a lush jungle world. For our more adventurous passengers, please inquire about our glamping program.

Day 3

Friday: Meeting the Community – Activities on Board – Island Exploration

Breakfast on board. We visit a school located on the banks of the Napo River, where we will have the opportunity to interact with children of the area and learn about the educational system of a remote jungle community in Ecuador. We return on board the M/V Anakonda for lunch and a moment to relax while we navigate upstream. We will offer a lecture and documentary screening, and if time permits, learn about (and make) typical handicrafts of the area. In the afternoon, we explore one of the largest river islands of the Napo River.

Day 4

Saturday: Obsevation Tower – Limoncocha Biological Reserve

Breakfast on board. In the morning after breakfast, visit an observation tower 100-feet high, built against a giant kapok tree. From the top of the tower, we will be blessed with this unique perspective of the forest, looming over the treetops and the greatness of the Amazon Basin. In the afternoon, we visit Limoncocha Biological Reserve, a fascinating protected area where more than 478 bird species and several monkey species have been recorded. This activity will extend into the evening, when we will have a chance to spot black caiman with the help of our flashlights. Return to the M/V Anakonda for dinner.

Day 5

Sunday: Indillama & Napo Rivers – Yasuní National Park

In this day you have the option to kayak trough one of the afluents of the Napo River that goes into the Yasuni National Park, the Indillama River. Great excursions for wildlife observation, kayaks are a great silent vehicle to flow down river. Or you can choose to go tin a canoe ride in search of more wildlife through the Napo River. It’s up to you!

Day 6

Monday: Visiting the Pañacocha Biological Corridor

We will continue our navigation downstream to the Pañayacu River delta; take a canoe trip up the river to experience the sights of this fascinating reserve. We will seek out Pink River Dolphins, Common Squirrel Monkeys and much more. Pañacocha (Piranha Lake, in Quechua) is an ecosystem flooded by white waters. The rivers and lakes here are the perfect habitat for the infamous Piranha, as well as the Water Monkey Fish (Arawana) and White Caiman. After a refreshing swim (for the courageous!), we will enjoy a delicious Amazon-style BBQ meal and refreshing beverages at a nearby camping site. In the afternoon, we will head out on exploration trails, and return onboard for dinner.

Day 7

Tuesday: Clay Licks – Sani Warmi & Yasuní National Park

Breakfast on board. We set out to visit one of the most amazing spectacles this side of western Amazonia known as parrot licks, these unique pools of mud become rich in minerals and attract hundreds of parrots, parakeets and amazons every day. If weather permits, we will have a chance to marvel at this astonishing natural phenomenon. Later we will visit the Sani Warmi Kichwa Interpretation Center, where a group of Kichwa women will speak of their customs, cuisine and everyday life. They have created the center in order to showcase their culture, and it is a unique opportunity to learn about Amazonian lifestyles along the Napo River. You will also have the opportunity to buy crafts, local products and souvenirs. After lunch, we will make a stop at the Yakukawsay Kichwa Interpretation Centre, and end with an interesting evening walk through the forest (depending on accessibility, river water levels and weather conditions).

Day 8

Wednesday: Return

In the morning, disembark the M/V Anakonda and transfer by motorized canoe to Coca (1-hour ride); flight to Quito.

Additional charges: community entrance fees + flights Quito - Coca - Quito: € 280,- pp

Please Note: the detailed itinerary above is a standard model of our operation. We intend to offer everything as planned, but it is important to note depending on technical or operational difficulties beyond our control, the M/V Anakonda Amazon Cruise reserves the right to modify the itinerary without notice.

Overview

Amazon 8 Day Cruise

This is a journey that takes us into the endless heart of biodiversity, which extends its fabulous prism of life throughout the Amazon Basin.
The very nature of this jungle realm teaches us that the best way to explore it is through a unique means of transportation: by navigating down the river on a fabulous, state-of-the-art vessel set to explore this truly unique environment.
The inspiring adventure will provide many unexpected, astonishing encounters. We will discover the Yasuní (the largest of Ecuador’s continental National Parks), a wild and untamed realm in the heart of the Ecuadorian Rainforest. We will climb observation towers to enjoy unique perspectives of the forest and explore black water rivers escorted by otters and turtles. We will hike trails learning about the wonderful flora that makes up the eternal green of Ecuadorian Amazonia.
Please Note: Air Ticket Quito – Coca – Quito is not included in your voyage rate.
Highlights
Bird and Nature Observation: the regal Harpy Eagle, the gaudy Blue-and-Yellow Macaw, spectacular tanagers and soaring hawks, secretive herons and mythical-looking Hoatzins, the Amazon is certainly one of the most sought after birding destinations. But it is also a great place to encounter reptiles, amphibians and mammals, including record numbers of monkeys, tapirs, freshwater dolphins, Giant otters and many other unthinkable, unbelievably inspiring, creatures. Cross-Cultural Encounters: visit fascinating communities that live amidst towering trees, lush tangles and camouflaged black water streams, where many astounding discoveries await, and where true cross-cultural experiences will surely change your view of the world we live in. Jungle Trekking: disembark at stream banks and take exploratory walks amidst secret Amazon jungle trails, discovering the differences between the distinct types of forests. Kayaking: engage in a one-on-one experience with Amazonian tributaries, paddling at your leisure, guiding yourself around. Natural Medicine: visit communities that use and understand different medicinal practices based on the interminably diverse vegetation of the Amazon. River and Lake Exploration: feel like Conrad, whose novel “The Heart of Darkness”, set in the Belgian Congo, is one of the most poignant examples of river exploration in a tropical rainforest, while discovering the extreme nature and wildlife conditions of the Amazon’s tributaries. Stargazing: Amazonian nights are surely magical, with the ever-present nostalgic moon caressing the voluptuous forests and sleeping rivers. The Anakonda’s ample deck will certainly become your Amazon cruise adventure’s favourite hangout from which to experience the magic and mythology that emanate from deep within the bowels of the jungle.

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Anakonda

Vessel Type: River Cruise
Length: 45m
Passenger Capacity: 40
Built: 2013
The Anakonda Amazon was built to make the experience of the Amazon the most comprehensive and unique adventure possible! Its eighteen suites feature ample sitting areas, large and comfortable beds. The vessel comes complete with an expansive observation deck, outdoor Jacuzzi and an al fresco lounge, ideal for cocktails, relaxation, reading or simply enjoying the spectacular view.
The vessel also features 3 canoes for guest transportation to land excursions and activities and 10 kayaks, as well as hammocks, naturalist tour leaders and a travel concierge, who will go out of his way to personalize your experience, making the Anakonda Amazon River Cruise a savory, unforgettably exciting treat!
Launch Boats: three fiberglass ecologic canoes equipped with four-stroke low emission engines; constant radio communications with the main vessel. Each canoe has a capacity of 30 passengers.
Crew: 20, including a purser, paramedic, 4 English-speaking naturalist guides, 4 native guides, Captain, concierge and crew members. Accommodation: up to 40 passengers with private facilities. Suites: 18 Suites, 4 Deluxe Suites with balconies, 14 Standard Suites (4 interconnected).
All outside-facing with large panoramic windows, all in-suite sitting areas, all with air conditioning system, suites features: full sized beds that can be converted to a queen-sized bed, bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, cabinet, hairdryer and a basket of toiletries. Hot water available 24 hours.
Social Areas:
Bar-Lounge / Conference room, indoor Dining Room, outside Lounge with “al fresco” dining facilities, spacious sundeck with two outdoor Jacuzzis and lazy chairs, Boutique.

Coral Expeditions II
11.08.2017
18.08.2017
7
Pacific and Oceania, Great Barrier Reef Cruise (South)
Fare from € 1.965
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Travelroute
Day 1

Cairns and Thetford Reef

Board at Cairns’ Trinity Wharf at 10:00am > cruise Trinity Bay > Thetford Reef snorkelling > glass bottom boat tours > fish feeding display > optional SCUBA diving > Sudbury Cay drinks ashore > Captain’s Welcome Seafood Buffet

Day 2

Hinchinbrook Channel and Pelorus Island Beach BBQ

Cruise the scenic Hinchinbrook Channel, separating Hinchinbrook Island from the mainland > possible sightings include crocodiles, dolphins, whales, turtles and dugongs > interpretive commentary and mangrove tour > discover a tropical island > guided bushwalk > gourmet Aussie beach BBQ meal > snorkel and dive over the island’s fringing reef showcasing a giant clam garden > kayaking and glass bottom boat tours > relax on the sandy beach

Day 3

Dunk Island and Nathan Reef

Rainforest walk on tropical Dunk Island with naturalist guides > look for the striking electric-blue Ulysses butterfly > afternoon to discover colourful Nathan Reef > snorkel, SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours > interactive marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank

Day 4

Fitzroy Island

Idyllic bushwalks and hikes > snorkel over the fringing reef > beachcombing on the white sands of Nudey Beach > enjoy the resort facilities > return to Trinity Wharf, Cairns before departing again at 4.00pm > cruise Trinity Bay > Captain’s drinks > views of Double Island and the pretty seaside village at Palm Cove > Captain’s Seafood Buffet

Day 5

Historic Cooktown and the Reef

Discover historic Cooktown > stroll the wide main street and see buildings dating back to the 1870s > walk to the botanic gardens where you may see kangaroos and wallabies > visit James Cook Museum to see original artefacts from his ship ‘Endeavour’ > snorkel over the reef on a desert island › glass bottom boat tours › optional SCUBA diving

Day 6

Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the morning on Lizard Island, one of Australia’s most beautiful tropical islands > Discover the legend of Mary Watson > snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens > optional early morning hike to Cook’s Look for stunning views over the reef > afternoon at Ribbon Reef on the rarely visited outer Barrier Reef > snorkel and SCUBA dive and glass bottom boat tours

Day 7

Ribbon Reefs

Full day to discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs > Ribbon Reef > Rachel Carson Reef > snorkelling, optional SCUBA diving > glass bottom boat tours with the Marine Biologist > marine biology presentation at the onboard display tank

Day 8

Cairns

Cruise concludes at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 8:00am

Please Note: due to weather, tides or mechanical reasons the itinerary may be subject to change without notice.

Overview

Great Barrier Reef Cruise (South)

For guests with more time and a great sense of adventure, our 7-night Cairns – Hinchinbrook Island – Lizard Island – Cairns cruise offers the ultimate Great Barrier Reef experience! Combining both our 3 and 4-night cruises you will discover everything that this memorable region has to offer; the best parts of the Reef, spectacular rainforest trails and beautiful tropical islands including Lizard and Dunk, and the stunning Sudbury Cay.
Discover the very best of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef in unrivalled style, our 7-night cruise offers the ultimate experience that will make you want to return again and again.
Please note: post cruise transfer to city centre hotels or Cairns airport is included.
Highlights
The complete Great Barrier Reef experience. Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails. Secluded gourmet beach BBQ. Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings away from the tourist crowds. Be guided by an expert Marine Biologist on glass bottom boat and snorkelling tours. Informative presentations and educational documentaries. History and cultures of the region and early explorers. Join an optional resort or certified SCUBA dive on the outer reef.

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Coral Expeditions II
Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran
Length: 35 metres
Passenger Capacity: 46
Built: 1996 refurbished in 2015
Refurbished during early 2015, Coral Expeditions II is fully equipped for the ultimate Great Barrier Reef cruising experience. Australian flagged, registered and staffed, Coral Expeditions II was purpose-built for cruising in our region and is the ideal size to access the very best parts of the Great Barrier Reef.
The 22 onboard rooms feature traditional maritime stylings with wood panelled walls. You can choose between double and twin bedded rooms, each fully equipped with a private en-suite, air conditioning and ample storage space. All rooms feature large picture windows, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery.
The ship’s spacious lounge is a great place to relax and enjoy a drink from the cocktail bar in air-conditioned comfort, and features a comprehensive reference library and plasma screens. The large Sun Deck is another popular place to relax and take in the sights, with comfortable deck chairs and teak furnishings. You will also enjoy the opportunity to dine al fresco under the magnificent stars over the Great Barrier Reef.
Meals are served in the atmospheric Dining Room, and with space for all guests to dine during one sitting and no assigned seating, meal times are a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Coral Expeditions II operates an open bridge policy, allowing you to spend time with the Captain and his maritime crew as we cruise. Follow our progression on the ship’s charts and chat with the Captain, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Coral Expeditions II is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment.

Harmony G
11.08.2017
18.08.2017
7
The Mediterranean, Classical Greece
Fare from € 2.115
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Travelroute
Day 1

Marina Zeas (Athens) - Kea

2:00-3:00 pm embarkation from Marina Zea. Depart via Cape Sounion to Kea. Leisure time to explore Kea’s tiny port, Korrisia after dinner. Departure in the early hours for Delos. Overnight at sea.

Day 2

Delos (anchorage) - Mykonos

Optional morning tour to the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. On to the port of Mykonos, with a swim stop on the way. Free afternoon and evening to enjoy the island’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Overnight in Mykonos.

Day 3

Santorini

Noon arrival in Santorini's famous port of Fira. Experience the stunning natural drama of the volcanic caldera. Optional tour to archaeological sites and typical villages with unique views over the Aegean Sea. Overnight sailing to Crete.

Day 4

Rethymnon / Crete

Morning arrival at Crete’s famous and lively port of Rethymnon. Optional tour to the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Late departure for Kythira. Overnight at sea.

Day 5

Kythira

Late morning swim stop and afternoon arrival to Kythira, a less known island gem now fast becoming a favourite among visitors to Greece. Evening at leisure to visit the picturesque main town of Chora and experience the subdued charms of this peaceful island. Overnight in Kythira.

Day 6

Monemvassia - Nafplion

Early morning sailing to Monemvassia. Discover a remarkable medieval fortified town, with time at leisure to explore the uniquely preserved Byzantine and Venetian architecture and experience the beauty of the natural setting. The famous Greek poet Yiannis Ritsos, described his birthplace Monemvassia as a “stone ship” about to set sail, calling you for immediate boarding for a journey through time. This uniquely preserved medieval town is carved into the majestic grey rock like a sculpture. Depart for Nafplion in the early afternoon, with a swim stop on the way. Evening arrival at Nafplion. The old quarter is charming, with narrow streets and characteristic period architecture. Also, impressive medieval fortifications can be seen in the port and crowning the hills above. Overnight in Nafplion

Day 7

Nafplion - Hydra or Spetses

Optional tour to Mycenae, the powerful walled palace of Agamemnon, the Homeric Achaean king.Early afternoon departure for the islands of Hydra or Spetses. Time at leisure to explore this picturesque port town. Overnight in port.

Day 8

Marina Zeas (Athens)

Departure in the early hours for Marina Zea, Piraeus. Arrival and disembarkation after breakfast.

Additional charges: port carges € 245,-

Please note: itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel's Captain in case adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.

Overview

Classical Greece

Enjoy a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unraveling the wonders of the Classical Greece. Athens and the Acropolis at sunset. The beautiful Cyclades, Kea, Santorini, Mykonos and the neighboring UNESCO-protected archaeological isle of Delos. Crete, the largest and southernmost Greek island. The crystal blue waters of the island of Kythira, a hidden gem of the Aegean sea. The Peloponnese with Monemvassia and Nafplion historical treasures. Hydra, an off-the-beaten-track island with her picturesque harbor. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Highlights

Discover the unique archaeological site of Delos, antiquity’s most sacred island. Visit the ancient city of Knossos near Heraklion. Explore Kythira, a less known island gem now fast becoming a favorite among visitors to Greece.

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Ship information

Harmony G

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Length: 54 m

Passenger Capacity: 42

Built/Refurbished: 2001 / 2013

The Harmony "G" is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 53 meter long / 7.2 meter wide Mega Yacht Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and in 2013. It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations, while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

Life on board centers around the Indoor / Outdoor lounge and its American bar, on Upper Deck. The classy dining room located on Main Deck is surrounded by large windows. The spacious Sun deck is the ideal place to bask in the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery. The swimming platform on Harmony G stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit.

Ortelius
12.08.2017
21.08.2017
9
The Arctic, Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya
Fare from € 4.600
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Travelroute
Day 1

Arrival in Longyearbyen where we embark our vessel and sailout to Esfjorden

We arrive in Longyearbyen, the administrative capital of the Spitsbergen archipelago of which West Spitsbergen is the largest island. Before embarking there is an opportunity to stroll around this former mining town, whose parish church and Polar Museum are well worth visiting, while in the surrounding area of Longyearbyen. In the early evening the ship will sail out of Isfjorden.

Day 2

14th of July Glacier

Heading north along the west coast, we arrive by morning in Krossfjorden, where we board the Zodiacs for a cruise along the sculpted front of the 14th of July Glacier. On the green slopes near the glacier, a colourful variety of flowers bloom, while large numbers of Kittiwake and Brünnich’s Guillemot nest on the nearby cliffs. There is also a good chance of spotting Arctic Fox, who patrol the base of the cliffs in case a chick falls from its nest, and Bearded Seal, who cruise this fjord. In the afternoon we sail to Ny Ålesund, the world’s most northerly settlement. Once a mining village - served by the world’s most northerly railway, which can still be seen - Ny Ålesund is now a research centre. Close to the village is a breeding ground for Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose and Arctic Tern. Visitors interested in the history of Arctic exploration will want to walk to the anchoring mast used by Amundsen and Nobile, in the airship Norge in 1926 and Nobile in the airship Italia in 1928, before their flights to the North Pole.

Day 3

Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the seven Islands North of Nordaustlandet

We sail through Beverleysundet named by Parry in 1827 and also sailed by the Swedish-Russian Arc-of-Meridian Expedition in 1898. Today we will reach our northernmost point at Phippsøya, in the Seven Islands north of Nordaustlandet. Here we will be at 81 degrees north, just 540 miles from the geographic North Pole. Polar Bear inhabit this region, along with Walrus and Ivory Gull.

Day 4

We reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928

We push east to reach the area of Nordaustlandet, where the Nobile expedition drifted around in 1928 and where the Italian Sora tried to come to the rescue. There we hope to get to Alpinøya, reached by Sora in 1928, and then to the mouth of Finn Malmgrenfjord, and Albertinibukta and to climb Soraberget (205 m) from where we have a fantastic view on the icecap of Nordaustlandet. Alternatively we will land at Storøya, where again we may meet a group of Walrus.

Day 5

We will land at the Western tip at Andreneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions parished in 1898

Today we hope to get to the rarely visited Kvitøya farthest to the east, close to the Russian territory. The island is dominated by an icecap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow. We will land at the western tip at Andréneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions perished in 1898. We will also try to get to Kræmerpynten in the east, where an enormous group of Walrus resides.

Day 6

We sail along the Brasvell Glacier, the longest glacier front in Spitsbergen

South of Nordaustlandet we will try to land on Isisøya formerly a Nunatak area surrounded by glaciers. Now it is an island surrounded by the sea. Later we sail along the front of the Brasvell Glacier, the longest glacier front in Spitsbergen. In Olga Strait we have chances to spot the elusive Greenland Whale.

Day 7

We Cruise South to Diskobukta on the West side of Edgeøya

In Freemansundet we plan to land at Sundneset on the island of Barentsøya to visit an old trapper's hut and then take a brisk walk across the tundra in search of Spitsbergen Reindeer and Barnacle Goose. Later we cruise south to Diskobukta on the west side of Edgeøya. After a Zodiac cruise through the shallow bay, we land on a beach littered with whale bones and tree trunks, which have drifted here from Siberia. We can also climb to the rim of a narrow gully which is inhabited by thousands of Kittiwake, together with Black Guillemot and piratical Glaucous Gull. During the breeding season, the base of the cliffs is patrolled by Arctic Fox and Polar Bear, searching for young birds that have fallen from the nesting ledges.

Day 8

We will Cruise the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of Southern Spitsbergen

We start the day quietly cruising the side fjords of the spectacular Hornsund area of southern Spitsbergen, enjoying the scenery of towering mountain peaks. Hornsundtind rises to 1,431m, while Bautaen shows why early Dutch explorers gave the name ‘Spitsbergen’ - pointed mountains - to the island. There are also 14 magnificent glaciers in the area and very good chances of encounters with seals and Polar Bear. We may visit the Polish research station where the friendly staff will give us an insight into their research projects. Behind the station the mountains are home to thousands of pairs of nesting Little Auk.

Day 9

We will land on Ahlstrand-halvøya where we see piles of Beluga Skeletons

Today we land on Ahlstrandhalvøya at the mouth of Van Keulenfjorden. Here piles of Beluga skeletons (the Beluga is a small white whale), the remains of 19th century slaughter, are yet another reminder of the consequences of thoughtless exploitation. Fortunately, Beluga were not hunted to the edge of extinction and may still be seen locally. Indeed, there is a good chance that we will come across a pod. Cruising into Recherchefjorden during the afternoon we can explore an area of tundra at the head of the fjord where many reindeer feed.

Day 10

Our final day. We disembark the vessel in Longyearbyen.

Return to Longyearbyen and disembark for the transfer to the airport and the flight to Oslo and home.

Please note: the chances that we can complete a full Spitsbergen Circumnavigation (based on our experiences from 1992 until 2014) are about, 80 % in the first half of August, 90 % in the second half of August. In case we cannot complete a full circumnavigation we will mostly resort to a program in Northeast or Southeast Spitsbergen. A typical itinerary to Around Spitsbergen - Kvitøya is illustrated below. This itinerary is for guidance only. Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife. The final itinerary will be determined by the Expedition Leader on board. Flexibility is paramount for expedition cruises.

Overview

Around Spitsbergen – Kvitøya

Voyage around Spitsbergen where we also visit Kvitøya. We have chances to see the King of the Arctic, walruses, reindeers, various bird species and surprisingly beautiful flora. We hope to get to the rarely visited Kvitøya farthest to the east, close to the Russian territory. The island is dominated by an icecap, which leaves a small area bare of ice and snow. We will land at the western tip at Andréneset, where the Swedish explorer André and his companions perished in 1898. We will also try to get to Kraemerpynten in the east, where an enormous group of walruses resides.

Highlights

Visit Svalbard Museum. Explore Longyearbyen & Ny-Ålesund. See magnificent Isfjord system & Braswell Glacier. Encounter polar bear, walrus, bowhead whale and Svalbard reindeer. Enjoy shore based walking. Learn about Spitsbergen’s history.

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Ship information

Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent vessel for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea and Franz Josef Land.

Ortelius was built in Gdynia, Poland in 1989, was named “Marina Svetaeva”, and served as a special purpose vessel for the Russian Academy of Science. The vessel is re-flagged and renamed “Ortelius”. As Plancius, Ortelius was a Dutch-Flemish cartographer. Abraham Ortelius (1527-1598) published the first modern world atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum or Theatre of the World in 1570. At that time, the atlas was the most expensive book ever printed.

The vessel has the highest ice-class notation (UL1 equivalent to 1A) and is therefore very suitable to navigate in solid one-year sea ice and loose multi-year pack ice. Ortelius is a great expedition vessel for 100 passengers with lots of opendeck spaces and a very large bridge which is accessible to the passengers. The vessel is manned by 34 highly experienced Russian nautical crew, 15 international catering staff, including stewardesses, 6 expedition staff (1 expedition leader and 5 guides/lecturers) and 1 doctor.

Ortelius offers a comfortable hotel standard, with two restaurants, a bar/lecture room and a sauna. Our voyages are primarily developed to offer our passengers a quality exploratory wildlife program, trying to spend as much time ashore as possible. As the number of passengers is limited to approximately 100 on the Ortelius, flexibility assures maximum wildlife opportunities. Boots are available for loan.

Nordkapp
16.08.2017
21.08.2017
5
Northern Europe, Classic Voyage South: Kirkenes - Bergen
Fare from € 2.350
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Travelroute
Day 1

Kirkenes - Berlevåg

Your adventure starts at the turning point of Hurtigruten. As the ship begins its voyage south, you can first enjoy a wonderful lunch followed by views of arctic wilderness from deck or the panorama lounge. There will be a presentation on Pomor trade history in the winter season. In the afternoon the ship docks in Vardø, Norway’s easternmost port. Weather permitting, we may invite you to experience ice bathing in the Arctic Ocean during winter season. On board there will also be a presentation of "Life in the sea" in spring. In winter, local Arctic divers will bring displays and give a lecture out on deck about life in the ocean. We continue along the Varanger peninsula to Båtsfjord before reaching Berlevåg in the evening.

Day 2

Mehamn - Tromsø

In the middle of the night we dock at Mehamn, where you can join an unforgettable snowmobile trip through one of Europe’s most extreme and exciting natural areas in winter. In Honningsvåg you can enjoy an excursion and breakfast at the North Cape while discovering hidden parts of Finnmark. Before stopping in Hammerfest, you can enjoy an ‘energy coffee’ and a short introduction to ‘Melkøya - The northernmost natural gas terminal’ on board. In autumn we invite you to taste dried reindeer meat on deck. In Hammerfest you can participate on a mountain hike or join a city guiding and see the UNESCO-listed Meridian Column, erected in 1854 to commemorate the first precise measurement of the globe. We continue south to Øksfjord. In winter our crew will teach you how to tie maritime knots on deck. After crossing open water, we will make a brief stop at the old trading post of Skjervøy before sailing through the beautiful Lyngenfjord in spring. Surrounded by the snowy peaks of the Lyngen Alps, we may be visited by a local fisherman and enjoy a taste of local freshly caught prawns. We dock in Tromsø - “the gateway to the Arctic” - just in time to enjoy a midnight concert at the Arctic Cathedral. Alternatively a walk around town will give you the chance to enjoy a local brew in one of Tromsø's many friendly pubs.

Day 3

Tromsø - Stamsund

We arrive at Harstad this morning, where you can participate in one of the classic entries in Hurtigruten’s excursion programme: A taste of Vesterålen. The Risøyrenna channel is just 7 metres deep, and was made especially for Hurtigruten in the 1920s, providing an "inside route" between Harstad and Sortland. The sand banks are visible through the clear, green water. Risøyhamn is a small village with only 200 inhabitants. We make a short stop here to deliver passengers, groceries and mail. From this port you can also join in on a spectacular whale-watching experience during wintertime. Then we continue via Sortland to Stokmarknes, where Hurtigruten was founded more than 120 years ago. Continuing south it looks like we are sailing straight into the mountain wall, but the captain finds an opening and takes us through the narrow Raftsund. As a tribute to the fishing history in this region, our chef shows how to fillet the catch of the day on deck in winter. Now we reach the spectacular Trollfjord, only 2 km long and 100 metres wide, with majestic mountains surrounding it. If the weather and time permits it – the captain will take a detour in here. Join a sea eagle excursion to see the king of birds up close. Reaching Svolvær, you can choose from several excursion options in summer, spring and winter. From Svolvær we continue on to Stamsund, where the majestic peaks of the huge Lofoten wall can be viewed. We leave the islands during the evening and set course for the mainland.

Day 4

Bodø - Rørvik

Crossing the Arctic Circle at 66°33’N is an important ‘rite of passage’ today. We celebrate this with a taste of our Arctic traditions out on deck. Another highlight is sailing past the Seven Sisters mountain range. All seven mountains are between 900 and 1,100 metres high, and it is easy to understand why these ‘ladies’ have inspired ancient myths. We take a short stop in Nesna, an idyllic old trading post before moving on to Sandnessjøen. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vega Islands is close to our call in Sandnessjøen and can be visited on an optional excursion during summer. In Brønnøysund we offer an excursion to the Norwegian Aquaculture Centre.

Day 5

Trondheim - Ålesund

Today gives you another opportunity to explore the city of Trondheim. The city walk is a journey through its 1,000-year history. Back on board, the ship heads out of the majestic Trondheimsfjord, 170km long and up to 25km wide. Like all other Norwegian fjords it is deep, reaching 577m at the deepest. As we sail along the coast you’ll realise the importance of fish to Norwegian coastal communities. Kristiansund’s location has formed the basis for a wealth of opportunities in the fishing, shipbuilding and oil industries. The town reigns as Norway’s ‘cured cod capital’ because of its long time export of salted dry fish. Here you can join a trip to the Atlantic Road, one of Norway’s most visited tourist destinations. As we cross the open sea to Molde, known as the ‘city of roses’, you will notice the steep, grey, pointed peaks of the Romsdal Alps.

Day 6

Ålesund - Bergen

During the night, the ship will call at Ålesund, Torvik and Måløy as the world’s most beautiful voyage starts to draw to a close. But before we dock in Bergen there are still a few nautical miles of fascinating scenery ahead of us, such as the picturesque Nordfjord below the enormous Jostedal glacier. We will make a call at Florø, a modern town representing the Sogn og Fjordane region’s oldest and Norway’s most western town. A few nautical miles south of Florø we navigate the estuary of the mighty Sognefjord. You also get the best views of the archipelago en route before you finally disembark in Bergen.

Overview

Classic Voyage South: Kirkenes – Bergen

The essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Join a 6-day adventure that is unmistakably Norwegian, across almost 2,500 nautical miles of spectacular coastal scenery. Along the route, you can anticipate in excursions and take part in hikes and activities led by our on-board Expedition Teams.

Discover Norway’s entire coastal route with 34 ports of call, mote than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains. Cross the Arctic Circle and search for the Northern Lights in winter, or enjoy 24 hours of daylight and midnight sun in summer. Stay active and adventurous by joining our exciting sea and land-based excursions. On-board Expedition Teams enhance your experience with exciting activities and by interpreting the cultural and natural treasures you see during your voyage.

Highlights

Visit 34 ports along the Norwegian coast. A spectacular expedition whenever the season. Cross the Polar Circle. Experience the authentic coastal Norway.

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Ship information

Hurtigruten Ships

Length: from 87,4 to 138,5 meters

Passenger Capacity: from 400 to 1000

Built: 1964 - 2003

All our ships include large lounges and deck space affording perfect views to the changing scenery, creating a proximity to nature throughout the ship. This atmosphere gives you the energy to participate on our on board activities and excursions that take you even closer to the coast.

On our ships you will find a wide range of comfortable cabins, from exclusive suites with their own balcony and extras, to cosy inside cabins. We have divided them into four categories; Expedition Suite, Arctic Superior, Polar Outside and Polar Inside with different amenities and extras.

MS Nordkapp is named after one of the highlights of the Hurtigruten voyage, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, the North Cape (71ºN). She is one of our expedition ships. There will be interesting lectures inside the ship, and out on the sun deck. Topic will depend on season and waters we sail in. Special features: sun deck, expedition ship, expedition team, extra lectures, extra activities, extra excursions, large panorama and observation lounge with great views, restaurant, café and library.

Grande Mariner
16.08.2017
24.08.2017
8
North America, Magical Lake Michigan
Fare from € 1.820
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Travelroute
Day 1

Chicago, IL

Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind, and waters.

Day 2

Holland, MI

Set sail for an overnight voyage toward serene Holland, Michigan a charming Dutch-inspired village. Founded in 1847, Holland is home to canals, cobblestone sidewalks, colorful seasonal tulips, and an authentic 275 year-old working windmill. An optional excursion takes you to visit the DeKlomp Wooden Shoe and Blue Delft factory, where authentic artisans make classic blue and white Dutch pottery.

Day 3

Beaver Island, MI

The largest island on Lake Michigan, Beaver Island is as tranquil as it is lush with greenery and towering, centuries-old trees. This verdant paradise boasts a rich history of Native American, French, and Irish cultures, and was the epicenter of the region’s freshwater fishing industry in the 19th century. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation, or explore the island’s scenic beaches and majestic state forest.

Day 4

Mackinac Island, MI

Lovely Mackinac Island embodies the grace of the Victorian era with beautifully preserved historic homes and horse-drawn carriages – its only form of transportation! An optional carriage tour of the island includes entrance to the Wings of Mackinac Butterfly Conservatory and Surrey Hill Square Carriage Museum. A second excursion invites you to the historic Grand Hotel for a traditional Afternoon Tea.

Day 5

Sturgeon Bay, WI

In Wisconsin’s Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and yachts create a striking seascape. An optional morning tour of this coastal community begins with a local wine tasting, and continues to the Door County Maritime Museum, where you can board a 1930s tugboat or a steamship from 1907. This afternoon sail toward riverside Manitowoc, WI.

Day 6

Milwaukee, WI

Discover the rich history, stately architecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs of Milwaukee. An optional tour begins at City Hall and a scenic river walk winds through the city’s lively downtown. The Milwaukee Art Museum features a marvel of engineering, a retractable ceiling which opens over Lake Michigan. Conclude with a local cheese and craft beer tasting. Onboard, enjoy a musical performance.

Day 7

Chicago, IL

A morning cruise on majestic Lake Michigan carries you back to bustling Chicago, IL. After lunch, get to know this iconic American city during an optional Grand Tour beginning in the South Side, home to the Chicago White Sox. Discover the beauty of the North Side and the Magnificent Mile, a world-renowned shopping district. Tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your adventure with a farewell dinner.

Day 8

Chicago, IL

Disembark this morning in Chicago.

Additional charges: port charges from € 150,-

Overview

Magical Lake Michigan

The natural splendor of Lake Michigan is undeniable. The fifth largest lake in the world and the only Great Lake contained entirely within the United States, Lake Michigan is lovingly referred to as America’s Third Coast. Your cruise combines the folklore and charm of heritage destinations like Mackinac Island with a backdrop of gentle waves stretching past the horizon, and bordered by miles of pristine coastline and white sand beaches. Cruising waters that change color with the seasons, from brilliant aquamarine to inky
sapphire to icy white; your adventure sets sail through this national treasure, into the welcoming small towns, and bustling cities that line its shores.

Your voyage begins in the vibrant metropolis of Chicago, IL known for its amazing architecture, wind, and waters. With the Windy City’s towering skyline behind you, cruise toward serene Holland, MI, a charming Dutch-inspired village. Admire the cobblestone sidewalks and an authentic 275-year-old working windmill. On Victorian-era Mackinac Island, relive a time gone by. An oasis renowned for its artfully and conscientiously preserved homes, horse-drawn carriages are the only form of transportation. In Wisconsin’s spectacular Door County, visit idyllic Sturgeon Bay, a shipbuilding port where historic lighthouses and luxury yachts create a striking maritime seascape. Discover the rich history, stately architecture, and inviting riverside cafes and brewpubs of Milwaukee, WI.

As you lose yourself in the vastness of this Great Lake, you will find yourself connecting with locals and fellow passengers alike across history, time and friendships.

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Ship information

Grande Mariner

Vessel Type: Small Ship Cruise

Length: 56m

Passenger Capacity: 88

Built/ Refurbished : 1998 / 2010

She was refurbished in 2010, with totally new cabin configurations including new décor, new bathrooms, new furniture in the cabins, a renovated lounge, new décor, and brand new furniture. So if you want to take in a few rays on the sun deck, relax and enjoy the vista-view lounge, or just have a few quiet moments in your cabin as the sea drifts past your open picture window, the Grande Mariner is ready.