The Hanseatic League
27 Jul — 4 Aug 2022 | Tour Director: Tom Abbott
• Discover the history of the Hanseatic League from the three major merchant centres of Hamburg, Bremen and Lübeck, and review their artistic heritage
• Explore medieval church architecture in an array of locations, including the Church of St Mary in Lübeck, which epitomises the north German Brick Gothic style
• Visit fascinating museums and galleries, including Hamburg’s Kunsthalle and the European Hansemuseum in Lübeck
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Depart London Heathrow 1040 on British Airways, arriving Hamburg 1320. Transfer to Hotel Baseler Hof, Hamburg for three nights. Afternoon visits to Museum of Hamburg History and St Michael’s Church.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Hamburg Kunsthalle. Afternoon walking tour to include exterior views of Chile House, Kontorhaus, Speicherstadt (1880s warehouse and harbour district) and short opportunity to visit Internationales Maritimes Museum. Continue walk through HafenCity (new development on old container harbour) with exterior view of Elbephilharmonie. By ferry to Landungsbrücke and return by coach via Rathaus (exterior).
Morning excursion to Lauenburg: Palmschleuse (the first chamber lock in Europe on the Stecknitz Canal, which brought salt from Lüneburg to Lübeck). Continue to Lüneburg: St John’s Church, exceptionally preserved Rathaus, Lüne Kloster (abbey and museum).
Depart for Bremen via Stade (Schwedenspeicher Museum, Church of Saints Cosmas & Damian) and Bremerhaven (German Maritime Museum). Overnight at the Atlantic Grand Hotel, Bremen.
Bremen: Böttcherstrasse (brick Expressionist buildings – exteriors), Kunsthalle, cathedral. Transfer to Lübeck for four nights at the Atlantic Hotel.
Walking tour of Lübeck including Church of St Peter (exterior), 13th century Church of St Mary, Salzspeicher (16th-18th century salt warehouses – exteriors) and Rathaus. Afternoon: visit to cathedral followed by some free time. Evening lecture: The Art & Architecture of the North – Past & Present.
Whole day excursion to Wismar with visits to Church of St Nicholas, Wasserkunst (water supply) and Church of St George. Afternoon: Bad Doberan (visit to minster and walking tour) followed by historical steam train to Heiligendamm on the Baltic Sea (renowned white architecture).
Morning visit to Hansemuseum. Afternoon: Museum Behnhaus Drägerhaus (neoclassical art gallery) and walking tour including Church of St Catherine (exterior), Church of St Jacob, Heiligen-Geist-Hospital (Brick Gothic) and Burgtor (exterior).
Morning visit to St Annen-Museum (large collection of medieval sculpture). Continue to Hamburg for 1645 departure, arriving Heathrow 1725.
27 Jul — 4 Aug 2022
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"Visits were varied and very interesting. Tom made everything come alive."
ACE customer on a previous Hanseatic League tour
Please note that a good level of fitness is required for this tour, as it has a full itinerary involving three separate hotel stays and a journey made by ferry. Participants should expect to spend a moderate amount of time on foot during historical walking tours, and standing in galleries and museums.
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £170.
Cost of £2945 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, two lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £425.