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Passage to Greenland

A voyage from Toronto to Greenland including the St Lawrence River, Labrador & Newfoundland aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration

  • 30 June 2020
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Polar bear

For this expedition we are delighted to be working with our associates at Hapag-Lloyd Cruises who have made some cabins available to us aboard their five-star vessel, the Hanseatic Inspiration. This unusual itinerary combines the sophisticated cities of the Canadian east coast with the great outdoors and some of the world’s last remaining wilderness areas such as the vast coastal region of the Labrador Coast and the southwestern tip of Greenland with its great towering cliffs, walls of glacial ice, winding fjords, vast ice sheets and flowing glaciers.

Before embarking the Hanseatic Inspiration, we have an overnight stay in Toronto and a visit to the wonderous Niagara Falls before we set sail north, cruising through some breathtaking scenery with a day spent in Lake Ontario, a call in to Montreal and a day sailing along the St Lawrence River. Continue on to Newfoundland Island and visit Gros Morne National Park, the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada, and discover Newfoundland and Labrador´s towering mountains, massive rock faces, deep forests and infinite supply of lakes and rivers. Much of the deeply indented Labrador coastline is a vast wilderness area, virtually unknown to modern travellers and the isolated communities can only reach each other by sea or air. We will sail through the mixing ocean currents of the Davis Strait and Labrador Sea, a biologically rich area, before reaching coastal Greenland, one of the last great wilderness areas where man has made little difference to the landscape, and our final days will be spent exploring this grand, spectacular and unspoilt scenery.

This expedition promises to be a unique experience featuring coastlines steeped in history set against stunning landscapes of natural wonders. Good use will be made of the fleet of Zodiacs as we navigate small bays and land in otherwise inaccessible places and we hope to encounter fascinating wildlife including eagles, whales and polar bears. There will be a range of optional excursions on offer as well as ample time to relax on board this wonderful vessel on which you can be assured of the most excellent service, food and luxurious surroundings.

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Hanseatic Inspiration

Hanseatic Inspiration

Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a new five-star expedition ship launched in October 2019. With a maximum of just 230 passengers (199 passengers in Antarctica), this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with more open deck space than any other expedition ship. There is a qualified expedition team of naturalists who will accompany you ashore and provide informative talks in the comfort of the well-designed HanseAtrium, and a crew of 175 offering the most exquisite and attentive service on board.

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Itinerary

  • Iceberg, Greenland
  • Gros Morne National Park

Day 1 - London to Toronto, Canada.

Fly by scheduled flight and on arrival, transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay. The evening is free to explore at leisure and dine independently.

Day 2 - Toronto.

After breakfast, we visit the Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour before taking a cruise aboard the Hornblower where we witness the breathtaking power and amazing mist of the magnificent falls. Enjoy lunch before transferring to embark the Hanseatic Inspiration where the crew will welcome us aboard. Sail this evening.

Day 3 - Cruising Lake Ontario.

Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. It is the 14th largest lake in the world in terms of surface area. Like all of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario as it is known today was the result of glacial shifting and melting at the end of the most recent Ice Age. The Hanseatic Inspiration will scale seven locks, something very few ships can do, on the way to Montreal.

Day 4 - Montreal.

The francophone metropolis of Montreal is situated on a picturesque island in the St. Lawrence River and there will be a choice of optional excursions here. Join a city tour on which you will witness the view of the city and Notre-Dame Basilica from Mont Royal (the local mountain). Just as majestic, though formed by nature, alternatively visit the Laurentian Mountains with panoramic views of endless forests and deep-blue lakes. Lastly, there is the option to explore the cultural riches on a bicycle tour through Montreal. Discover popular sights from the Old Port to the bustling Atwater Market on one of North America’s best cycle networks.

Day 5 - Sailing on the St. Lawrence River.

Today we spend the day sailing along the St. Lawrence River, keep an eye out for whales as we pass along the lifeline of the Canadian wilderness.

Day 6 - Tadoussac.

Our route to the north-east takes us to Canada’s oldest village, Tadoussac, which was founded in 1535. Discover the region’s majestic scenery whilst whale watching on the St. Lawrence Fjord. Keep an eye out for blue, fin and humpback whales and there is also a chance of seeing white beluga whales. Alternatively, join an optional hike on the Sentier du Fjord trail, one of Quebec’s most beautiful hiking routes.

Day 7 - At Sea.

Enjoy a day at sea as we cruise towards Newfoundland. Join one of the lectures or relax and enjoy the facilities on board.

Day 8 - Norris Point, Newfoundland.

Following a passage through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, we reach Norris Point in Newfoundland. This charming town in Bonne Bay is the starting point for the optional tours today. Join a hike in Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which will take you to ancient table mountains and the fishing village of Lobster Cove Head. Alternatively, enjoy the view of the lunar-like Tablelands from a boat trip in Bonne Bay where two fjords flow together, picturesque villages sit by the shore and, with a little luck, whales and eagles will add the perfect touch to this idyllic panorama.

Days 9 to 12 - Labrador (Red Bay, Battle Harbour, Rigolet & Hopedale).

The further north the Hanseatic Inspiration goes, the further we leave civilisation behind. Labrador is largely untouched by tourism. This remote paradise beckons you to explore its impressive scenery and culture and the villages of Red Bay and Battle Harbour display the region’s grand history of fishing. We also hope to cruise through the Inuit community of Rigolet (subject to permissions from the local authority). We continue onto Hopedale, a small town located in the north of Labrador where you can visit a local museum which provides an insight into the culture and history of the First Nations, Canada’s indigenous peoples.

Day 13 - At Sea.

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea as we sail through the Labrador Sea.

Days 14 to 16 - Hudson Strait (Akpatok Island, Sugluk Bay & Diana Island (Diana Bay).

Enjoy breathtaking views cruising through the Labrador Sea as the Hanseatic Inspiration heads further north towards the famous Hudson Strait. Ice conditions at this time of year often determine the course here which adds to the sense of discovery. On the wild Akpatok Island, marvel at the untouched landscapes as steep rocky coasts form the backdrop for potential polar bear sightings. Explore the region’s geology up-close in a Zodiac during our visit to the rugged, rocky hills of Sugluk Bay and on Diana Island (Diana Bay), home to musk oxen and reindeer, you will be able to experience how the pioneers felt all those years ago.

Day 17 - Cruising off Monumental Island.

A wonderful natural spectacle awaits on Monumental Island: with luck, a Zodiac ride off the island will bring you face-toface with walrus.

Day 18 - At Sea.

Today is our last full day at sea as we cruise towards the coast of Greenland. Join one of the lectures in the HanseAtrium or relax with a book in the lounge.

Days 19 to 21 - Western coast of Greenland (Qeqertarsuaq, Ilulissat, Disko Bay & Sisimiut).

Our first destination on Greenland, Qeqertarsuaq, is a picturesque natural harbour and a whalebone gateway leading to a world of colourful houses, kayaks and huskies. Meanwhile, Ilulissat reveals its charm: with experts by our side, we will reach the old settlement of Sermermiut and enjoy fantastic views of bizarre icebergs. With luck, this almost surreal scene in blue and white will be unveiled in Disko Bay. The icebergs drift slowly through the water, leaving observers astonished. In Sisimiut, bid farewell and look back on an expedition filled with spectacular scenery, fascinating cultures and unspoilt wilderness.

Day 22 - Kangerlussuaq.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our chartered flight from Kangerlussuaq to Dusseldorf. On arrival in Dusseldorf, transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.
Please note that the arrival airport for the charter flight from Greenland is subject to change. Should it be necessary to change to another airport in Germany, we will advise and amend the hotel accommodation and flight to London accordingly.

Day 23 - Dusseldorf, Germany to London.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to London.

  • Lighthouse, Bonne Bay
  • Battle Harbour, Newfoundland
  • Fin whales, St Lawrence river

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
30 June to 22 July 2020
Category Price
1 Outside cabin Deck 4, 5 & 6 £13235
2 Panoramic cabin Deck 4 & 5 £13885
3 French balcony cabin Deck 6 £14385
4 Balcony cabin Deck 5 £15465
5 French balcony cabin Deck 7 £15465
6 Balcony cabin Deck 6 & 7 £16695
7 Balcony cabin Deck 6 £17895
8 Balcony cabin Deck 7 On Request
9 Junior suite with balcony 6 & 7 On Request
10 Grand suite with veranda Deck 6 & 7 On Request
2 Panoramic cabin for sole use £20175

Tour Reference Code: SCHI300620

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel from London to Toronto • Overnight hotel accommodation in Toronto with breakfast • Tour to Niagara Falls with lunch as described • 20 nights aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration on a full board basis • Mini-bar with soft drinks in your cabin restocked each day • Zodiac excursions • Expedition team including onboard lectures • Specially chartered air travel from Kangerlussuaq to Dusseldorf • Overnight hotel accommodation in Dusseldorf with breakfast • Gratuities • Transfers • Landing fees • Port taxes • Airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) which is required for entry into Canada, shore excursions (details will be available to pre-book three months before departure and payment will be made on board), dinner on days 1 & 22.

N.B Flight schedules are yet to be released at the time of going to print and the itinerary may change on their release.

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Hanseatic Inspiration

Operated by our German associates, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, the Hanseatic Inspiration is a new five-star expedition ship launched in October 2019. With a maximum of just 230 passengers (199 passengers in Antarctica), this unique vessel offers an informal and relaxed atmosphere on board with more open deck space than any other expedition ship. There is a qualified expedition team of naturalists who will accompany you ashore and provide informative talks in the comfort of the well-designed HanseAtrium, and a crew of 175 offering the most exquisite and attentive service on board.

 
  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    There are a total of 120 cabins and suites. All cabins/suites feature a comfortable sleeping area with separable beds, a heated wall in the bathroom, a rain shower, TV, a coffee machine and a mini bar with soft drinks refilled daily. They are also equipped with binoculars and Nordic walking poles and 24-hour cabin service is available. The Outside Cabins, Panoramic Cabins and French Balcony Cabins all measure between 21 to 23 square metres and the Balcony Cabins measure 27 square metres including the balcony. The Junior Suites are approximately 42 square metres including the balcony and offer panoramic views, a comfortable living and sleeping area and a separate dining area. They also benefit from the addition of a bathroom with two sinks, a steam sauna and butler service. The Grand Suites are approximately 71 square metres including a private veranda with space heaters. They feature a sleeping area with panoramic views and a comfortable living area as well as a separate dining area. Additional facilities include a bathroom with two sinks, free standing bath, rain shower, steam sauna, balcony access and butler service.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel has three spacious restaurants, two bars, a library, Sun Deck with swimming pool and pool bar, fitness room, hair salon and a small boutique. Whilst relaxing on deck and watching for passing wildlife, the excellent service team offer little touches like exotic fruit skewers and cooling cloth towels. There is also a hospital on the lower deck and it is in the HanseAtrium that the expedition team will hold lectures and briefings. The vessel has been designed taking inspiration from nature to reflect the expeditionary theme of the voyages and to provide interplay between the interiors and the world outside. Exciting vistas are guaranteed in the Observation Lounge thanks to the 180-degree panoramic view which can be enjoyed while relaxing with an aperitif at the bar and listening to the music. Another design highlight is the two extendable glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which passing wildlife can be viewed on the ocean surfaces. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations and conditions allow, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diverse and classic delicacies will be available at every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations. The Hanseatic Restaurant and Speciality Restaurant are à la carte whereas the Lido Restaurant offers a buffet-style service. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    With your every need attended to, there is nothing to do but relax and enjoy the experience aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration. After a Zodiac excursion, you will be welcomed back on board with hot drinks and snacks, drinks will be handed to you as you stand on deck viewing magnificent icebergs and the crew will think of everything and enhance your cruise in every way possible. Highly qualified, knowledgeable experts will accompany you throughout the cruise; discovering unknown territory and seeing amazing wildlife will be a lot more rewarding with an expert by your side. Whether a naturalist or ornithologist, their passion and enthusiasm will be conveyed through talks on board and during excursions. The onboard fleet of 17 Zodiac landing craft enables guests to reach every spectacular sight, no matter how remote and, due to their manoeuvrability, these inflatable craft allow us to truly immerse ourselves in nature. You can be feet away from glaciers, spectacular birdlife and explore otherwise inaccessible fjords and waterways.

  • For your comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety & Security

    During construction of the Hanseatic Inspiration, the focus has been on making her suitable for all ice conditions and she has been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. The vessels holds the highest ice class for a passenger ship – PC 6, and with a shallow draught, powerful engine and robust propellers, this is a sturdy ship with excellent manoeuvrability. All of these features allow access to remote islands and coastlines and make for one of the finest expedition vessels.

    Please note that the Hanseatic Inspiration is a smoke-free ship. This applies to all interior public areas as well as on deck, including the private balconies and verandas.

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  • Your Cabin / Suite

    Your Cabin / Suite

    There are a total of 120 cabins and suites. All cabins/suites feature a comfortable sleeping area with separable beds, a heated wall in the bathroom, a rain shower, TV, a coffee machine and a mini bar with soft drinks refilled daily. They are also equipped with binoculars and Nordic walking poles and 24-hour cabin service is available. The Outside Cabins, Panoramic Cabins and French Balcony Cabins all measure between 21 to 23 square metres and the Balcony Cabins measure 27 square metres including the balcony. The Junior Suites are approximately 42 square metres including the balcony and offer panoramic views, a comfortable living and sleeping area and a separate dining area. They also benefit from the addition of a bathroom with two sinks, a steam sauna and butler service. The Grand Suites are approximately 71 square metres including a private veranda with space heaters. They feature a sleeping area with panoramic views and a comfortable living area as well as a separate dining area. Additional facilities include a bathroom with two sinks, free standing bath, rain shower, steam sauna, balcony access and butler service.

  • Your Space

    Your Space

    The vessel has three spacious restaurants, two bars, a library, Sun Deck with swimming pool and pool bar, fitness room, hair salon and a small boutique. Whilst relaxing on deck and watching for passing wildlife, the excellent service team offer little touches like exotic fruit skewers and cooling cloth towels. There is also a hospital on the lower deck and it is in the HanseAtrium that the expedition team will hold lectures and briefings. The vessel has been designed taking inspiration from nature to reflect the expeditionary theme of the voyages and to provide interplay between the interiors and the world outside. Exciting vistas are guaranteed in the Observation Lounge thanks to the 180-degree panoramic view which can be enjoyed while relaxing with an aperitif at the bar and listening to the music. Another design highlight is the two extendable glass balconies on the Sun Deck from which passing wildlife can be viewed on the ocean surfaces. Guests will have the opportunity to visit the bridge whenever the local regulations and conditions allow, by prior arrangement with the officer on duty.

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    Highly trained chefs will surprise you every day with their skill and attention to detail. Diverse and classic delicacies will be available at every meal, whether you are enjoying a quick breakfast or a relaxed evening meal. There is a choice of three spacious open-seating restaurants including the Hanseatic Restaurant with its relaxed atmosphere, the Lido Restaurant offering both indoor and outdoor seating, and the Speciality Restaurant where you will be taken on a culinary voyage of discovery with Japanese and Peruvian creations. The Hanseatic Restaurant and Speciality Restaurant are à la carte whereas the Lido Restaurant offers a buffet-style service. Spend your days and evenings however you wish thanks to flexible mealtimes, a free choice of seating and attentive 24-hour cabin service.

  • Life On Board

    Life On Board

    With your every need attended to, there is nothing to do but relax and enjoy the experience aboard the Hanseatic Inspiration. After a Zodiac excursion, you will be welcomed back on board with hot drinks and snacks, drinks will be handed to you as you stand on deck viewing magnificent icebergs and the crew will think of everything and enhance your cruise in every way possible. Highly qualified, knowledgeable experts will accompany you throughout the cruise; discovering unknown territory and seeing amazing wildlife will be a lot more rewarding with an expert by your side. Whether a naturalist or ornithologist, their passion and enthusiasm will be conveyed through talks on board and during excursions. The onboard fleet of 17 Zodiac landing craft enables guests to reach every spectacular sight, no matter how remote and, due to their manoeuvrability, these inflatable craft allow us to truly immerse ourselves in nature. You can be feet away from glaciers, spectacular birdlife and explore otherwise inaccessible fjords and waterways.

  • For your comfort

    For your Comfort, Safety & Security

    During construction of the Hanseatic Inspiration, the focus has been on making her suitable for all ice conditions and she has been fitted with cutting-edge equipment and environmental technology. The vessels holds the highest ice class for a passenger ship – PC 6, and with a shallow draught, powerful engine and robust propellers, this is a sturdy ship with excellent manoeuvrability. All of these features allow access to remote islands and coastlines and make for one of the finest expedition vessels.

    Please note that the Hanseatic Inspiration is a smoke-free ship. This applies to all interior public areas as well as on deck, including the private balconies and verandas.

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