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Expedition South Seas: Heaven on Earth
Papeete, Tahiti - Easter Island, Chile
MS Hanseatic - November 22 - December 10, 2013
Voyage HAN1321

5% early booking discount if booked before April 25, 2013!

It is both a myth and divine reality – many discoverers, adventurers and artists have found the indescribable beauty of the South Seas irresistible. Let paradisiacal islands and mystic cultures mesmerise you in the expanse of the ocean, too, and discover the Garden of Eden on our planet.
Date Destination
Fri 22-Nov-2013 Embarkation of the MS Hanseatic in Papeete, Tahiti.  Overnight stay on board
Sat 23-Nov-2013 Papeete/Tahiti/French Polynesia, departure 5.00 hrs.  Moorea/Society Islands.
Gems of the South Seas: Moorea and Tuamotu Islands
What better way of discovering the hidden treasures of the South Pacific than with the manoeuvrable Zodiacs? Set course for the most beautiful islands and atolls of the South Seas, which are lined up in front of you like a necklace featuring turquoise and emerald pearls. Right at the beginning, Tahiti’s “little sister“ Moorea makes all South Seas dreams come true. The lagoon shimmers in shades of blue and green, the white sand entices you to simply relax, and bright, colourful flowers captivate the eye amidst the lush tropical vegetation. During an off-road vehicle trip*, marvellous views of this natural paradise will be revealed to you, while a sailing tour aboard a catamaran* enables you to immerse yourself in the incredible diversity of the underwater world. The crystal-clear waters are home to more than 500 species of coral fish as well as echinoderms and crustaceans which are close enough to touch if you go snorkelling.
Sun 24-Nov-2013 - 27-Nov-2013 Tuamotu Islands (Mataiva , Takapoto , Fakarava , Makemo )
Could there possibly be a place that is even more beautiful? Perhaps the Tuamotu Islands at the heart of French Polynesia – picturesque atolls which are virtually made for unforgettable rides and landings with the Zodiacs. A particularly idyllic spot of our planet awaits you in Mataiva, the inhabitants of which live on fishing and the cultivation of vanilla. The people on Takapoto, which offers ideal conditions for snorkelling with its motus and coral reefs, are dedicated to the farming of precious pearls. The joy of life of the South Seas also greets you on Fakarava – the locals will give you a warm welcome with music and dancing before you stroll through the warm sand in the shade of coconut trees and forget time. “Hours do not strike for a happy man“ – Makemo also provides evidence of just how true this saying is. Here, you will find white sandy beaches, bizarre coral rocks and the protected, untouched underwater world.
Thu 28-Nov-2013 Relaxation at sea
Fri 29-Nov-2013 - 30-Nov-2013 Marquesas Islands (Hiva Oa , Tahuata , Fatu Hiva )
The Marquesas Islands: Green Volcanoes in the Blue Sea
They emerged from the Pacific as a chain of volcanoes, and you can explore them particularly intensively on your expedition – the “tall islands“ of the Marquesas, Hiva Oa, Tahuata and Fatu Hiva. Abundantly overgrown mountain ridges rise out of the sea, deep fissures between rugged rock faces reveal views of green valleys, and in pristine villages, the inhabitants greet you with dances and traditional handicraft. The experts of the HANSEATIC accompany you right to the heart of genuine discoverers’ territory. Follow the trails of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel in Atuona on Hiva Oa, where the two artists spent the last years of their lives, explore the picturesque little town Hapatoni on Tahuata, on the market square of which tropical fruit and wood carvings are offered, and enjoy the breathtaking sight of black lava rocks that reach for the sky in the famous Bay of Virgins on Fatu Hiva.
Sun 01-Dec-2013 - 02-Dec-2013 Relaxation at sea
Tue 03-Dec-2013 Mangareva/Gambier Islands
Between Great History and Great Secrets
The middle of the South Pacific is the hiding place of the Gambier Islands, and their main island Mangareva is considered the cradle of Catholicism in Polynesia. The missionary efforts of French preachers become evident when you see legacies such as the cathedral Saint Michel dating back to the 19th century, the altar of which is adorned with iridescent black mother-of-pearl.
Wed 04-Dec-2013 Relaxation at sea
Thu 05-Dec-2013 - 06-Dec-2013 Pitcairn (cruising off Ducie Island)
Old seafaring stories come to life on Pitcairn. In 1790, the mutineers of the “Bounty“ sought refuge on the island – accordingly, today’s inhabitants are late descendants of the crew. They will be eager to show you the Bible and the anchor of the legendary ship which are being preserved in a little museum. Keep your camera ready when – weather permitting – you explore the paradisiacal coast of the untouched atoll Ducie Island. Countless fabulous sights will entice you to take spectacular photographs.
Sat 07-Dec-2013 - 08-Dec-2013 Relaxation at sea
Mon 09-Dec-2013 Hanga Roa/Easter Island/Chile, arrival 12.00 hrs.  Overnight stay on board.
Setting out from Hanga Roa, you will experience the equally overwhelming and mystic finale of your cruise on the myth-enshrouded Easter Island – are the moai statues* made of stone evidence of a very advanced ancestor worship of the Rapa Nui? Independently of whether the figures weighing several tons and measuring up to 20 m in height really are watching over ancient cult sites – their sight is unforgettable. Perhaps you will also unveil the mystery surrounding the birdman* – without any doubt, however, you can be sure of enjoying fascinating insights into the religion of a long gone advanced civilisation.
Tue 10-Dec-2013 Disembarkation.

* These arrangements are not included in the cruise price. The shore activities listed here are in the planning stage and are subject to changes.

A change in itinerary may become necessary on this expedition on the Amazon. The captain will decide on the best possible alternatives depending on the local conditions.

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