HAMBURG - GERMANY

A GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE

ASTRONOMY - SHORT TOUR

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-S3

DATE

Free of choice

DURATION

5 D. - 4 NTS

P.P. PRICE

On Request

MIN-MAX

8 - 15

HAMBURG - A GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERS

ASTRONOMY - SHORT TOUR

INTRODUCTION

This astronomical short trip takes us to Hamburg, the northern German metropolis on the Elbe, which despite countless superlatives has retained its cozy Hanseatic character. The Free and Hanseatic City is cosmopolitan and important thanks to its busy Hamburg port. The fresh breeze from the big wide world blows here. We will climb through this gateway to the world on a harbour tour and also discover Hamburg as a bridge to the universe. In the central city park we visit the modern planetarium. The Hamburg star theatre is one of the longest serving in the world and with its projection and sound technology it is a world leader. Thanks to the unique technical possibilities, a wide range of lectures were created here with a lot of creativity. From the 50 m high vantage point of the monumental structure, the panoramic view extends to the Elbe and its famous Speicherstadt, a historical warehouse complex that is unique in the world. One of the most important observatories in Germany, the Bergedorf University Observatory, welcomes us to an extensive tour in the rural south of the city. We can also look forward to a guided tour of the German Electron Synchrotron (Desy) west of Hamburg. Desy is one of the world’s leading centres for research on particle accelerators and researches the elementary world of the microcosm. Our 3 * hotel is centrally located in the parlour of the Hanseatic city, directly on the popular Outer Alster, not far from the Inner Alster and Hamburg’s main train station.

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Arrival and greeting at the hotel.
Your own journey to Hamburg by train / plane or car. After check-in at the hotel (possible from 2 p.m.), welcome with a welcome drink at 4 p.m. and presentation of the programme. On the first evening, enjoy a leisurely Alster boat trip through the canals framed by green flora in the middle of Hamburg. After that, a water light organ show is planned in Planten and Blommen.
4 nights / breakfast in the 3 * Hotel Alster-Zentral, Hamburg

After breakfast, tour from the hotel across the Rathausplatz to the Speicherstadt and Hafencity. On the way through the Gängeviertel, past office buildings, canals and warehouses, we will show you Hamburg’s development into a world port city. During a boat trip on the North and South Elbe, we pass through the port with its imperial port facilities and the warehouse district founded on oak piles. It continues through the container ports of Waltershof, Altenwerder and the old harbour basin with the 3618 m long Köhlbrand bridge. On the other side of the Elbe, the modern architecture of the new HafenCity can be admired. The landing stages invite you to take a stroll on the famous promenade. A snack can be enjoyed here on the popular edge of the harbour. Afterwards as an option, you can visit the world’s largest model railway area, the Miniatur Wunderland, with “open end” (entrance fee € 12). Alternatively, or afterwards, you can optionally visit another attraction in the Speicherstadt: a visit to the only “Spice Museum” in the world. The evening is at leisure or visit one of the three great musicals in town. (We would be happy to advise you).
Breakfast in the hotel. This morning we go to Bergedorf to the Astronomy Park Hamburger Sternwarte, one of the largest observatories in Germany. The neo-baroque domes of the observatory, which was built between 1906 and 1912, are widely distributed in a park-like area, a monument to the scientific awakening of the last century. The Hamburg observatory has a great past as an institution. Well-known personalities such as Walter Baade, Bernhard Schmidt and Otto Heckmann worked on it. Today the venerable buildings house a modern university institute that conducts top international research in its special fields of cosmology and stellar astrophysics. We can look forward to an exclusively guided tour. In the afternoon we drive from the eastern part of Bergedorf to the northern part of Winterhude, to the popular city park, a wonderful landscape garden. Right in the middle of it is the modern Hamburg Planetarium, a landmark of the Hanseatic city that can be seen from afar. Inside the former water tower, which is monumentally raised in an elegant Art Deco structure, we venture into the depths of the universe for 45 minutes. Afterwards we recommend the legendary music shows “Deep Space Night” or Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” (admission € 10 each).
This morning we visit the German electron syncrotron. DESY develops, builds and operates large particle accelerators and uses them to research the structure of matter. The combination of research with photons and particle physics at DESY is unique in Europe. After an introductory lecture, we will be given a guided tour where we will also see systems, as far as research operations allow. The afternoon is free. We would be happy to recommend excursions, for example to Blankenese, the beach at Övelgönne or Hagenbeck’s zoo.

After breakfast, farewell at the hotel and departure.

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Optional Day Tour to Vevey and Montreux with Chillon Fort

In the morning after breakfast, the coach takes you to the French part of Switzerland to Vevey to the Chaplin Museum. Charlie Chaplin lived here with his family from 1953 until his death in 1977. On a guided tour, we visit the manor house, which has been restored and restored to its former glory. This is where Chaplin’s private and family life comes back to life. The studio-museum, newly built in 2016, is dedicated to Chaplin’s films and his impoverished childhood in London, which influenced his work. At the foot of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps, you can stroll through the landscaped garden that Chaplin was so delighted with. Visit Montreux for lunch and enjoy the view of Lake Geneva. Exclusive lunch in a selected restaurant directly on Lake Geneva. The third part of the day tour takes us to Chillon Castle, also located directly on Lake Geneva. A visit to the castle gives us an overview of eight centuries of architecture, history and culture. (8-9 hour day tour):

Picture gallery for The optional tour

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ITINERARY

Scheduled flight with Icelandair from Frankfurt to Iceland at noon (departure 2 p.m., arrival 3:35 p.m.). Get a first impression of the volcanic island with the 45-minute transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík. During a city tour we visit the most important and at the same time most photographically attractive buildings in the capital: Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa. Dinner in the hotel and brief presentation of the travel program. 1 night / half board in the Hótel Cabin in Reykjavík.

Today we take the ring road from Reykjavík to the northeast of the island to Mývatn, where we stop on the way. Which route to take in the west of Iceland is decided spontaneously based on the weather and light conditions. A longer stop at Skagafjörður, the epitome of rural Iceland, is firmly planned. Glaumbær’s church and historic peat yard offer attractive photo opportunities.

In the late afternoon we finally reach the Mývatn. In the middle of the North Atlantic, we are in one of the regions with the lowest rainfall in Europe and often with clear skies. Since the aurora oval is almost always above this region, the chances of observing the northern lights after dark are extremely good.

5 nights / half board in the Hótel Gígur or Sel Hotel.

The course of the program today and for the following 3 days is primarily based on the weather and light conditions with regard to photography. This can lead to adjustments and changes in the process shown here.

On the first morning (14.09.18) there will be an introduction to the wonderful world of the northern lights. Further lectures and seminars will be held by Stefan Seip after breakfast or before or after dinner.

In the evening it is dark enough from 8:30 p.m. to see the northern lights.

In and around the Mývatn, almost all known volcanic forms on earth can be found in a very limited geographical area. Mývatn’s surroundings were largely created by the active volcanic system of the Krafla. An asphalt road leads into the central caldera, under which there is a magma chamber at a depth of only 3 km. We walk to the lava flows that flowed in the 1970s and 1980s and to Maar Víti. Even before the last series of eruptions, NASA was so fascinated by the strange environment that it sent its future lunar pilots there for training. From a photographic point of view, the bizarre constructions of a geothermal power plant and the solfataras field at Námafjall a little further south on the ring road are particularly attractive.

In the afternoon there is the option of visiting the Mývatn Nature Spa (entry ISK 4300, -). If you don’t want to swim, you will find attractive photo opportunities in the immediate vicinity or you can take a look around the town of Reykjahlið, which is located on the lakeshore.

Today’s tour takes us around the Mývatn on a distance of around 50 km. In the unique area there are numerous strange lava formations, attractive bays, pseudocraters and rare bird species. Among other things, we can admire the pseudocraters of Skutustaðir right next to our hotel on a peninsula, which were created by the collision of lava and water. The lava formation Dimmuborgir (the dark castles), the bizarre rocks on Kalfaströnd and the rapids of the Laxá are further highlights in today’s program. En route stops will again be decided spontaneously.

The waterfall of the gods, the Goðafoss, is our first destination today. The historic waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót River is one of the most beautiful and famous on the island. According to legend, the god þorgeir is said to have thrown the last pagan images of gods into the Goðafoss around the year 1000 after the adoption of Christianity as the state religion.

The further route leads us more or less along the Skjálfandafljót to its confluence with the Atlantic. There is the pretty town of Húsavík by the bay of Skjálfandi. It has become famous for the whales, which can be found in the bay with a high degree of certainty. In addition to dolphins and humpback whales, blue whales are also spotted time and again. You have the opportunity to take part in a whale watching tour (optional, 3 hours, approx. ISK 10,500, bookable on site). The whale museum (ISK 1800, -) and the harbor front with a view of the year-round snow-covered mountains beyond the bay are also worth a visit.

On the way back to Mývatn we visit the geyser Ystihver, whose eruptions occur every few minutes.

The endless lava deserts Oddáðahraun and Mývatnsöræfi extend east of the Mývatn. The only body of water in this bone-dry environment is the mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. In its lower reaches it falls over several waterfalls into the deep canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. We visit the Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, as well as the somewhat smaller Hrafnagilsfoss. The further organization of the day is decided spontaneously.

Today we leave the Mývatn. First stop is Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. Here is the largest population center in the country outside of the capital district. We take a tour of the sympathetic city, which, thanks to its favorable climate, is astonishingly green despite its northern location. Among other things, we visit the botanical garden, the Akureyrarkirkja(Akureyris Church) and the cozy city center.

From Akureyri there is a short stop in Blönduós to Víðidalur in the north-west of the country. The Kolugil Gorge invites you to stop here – because of the photogenic waterfall, maybe we will see also around 600 – 700 Icelandic horses are herded together from the high pastureshere. From the Kolugil it is only a short drive to the Hotel, where we will spend the night.

2 nights / half board Hotel near Laugarbakkinear

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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TOUR COST

Tour date:
Free of Choice

Tour Price:
On Request 

Individual tour can be organised on request.

INCLUDED

✓ 4 nights with breakfast in the Hotel Alster Zentrum
ü  Welcome to the hotel with a welcome drink
✓ Harbour tour in the port of Hamburg
✓ Guided tour through the old town of Hamburg
✓ Guided tour and lecture in the Hamburg Planetarium with a selected programme
✓ Guided tour of the Hamburg observatory
✓ Local travel regulation
 Various specialist speakers on the programme items

NOT INCLUDED

 Optional excursions, as shown in the travel program
 Other meals and drinks
 Tips
 Arrival and Departure
● Any International airfare

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.
Hamburg has an oceanic climate, influenced by its proximity to the coast and maritime influences that originate over the Atlantic Ocean. The location in the north of Germany provides extremes greater than typical marine climates, but in the category due to the prevailing westerlies. Nearby wetlands enjoy a maritime temperate climate. The winters of recent years have been less cold, with snowfall just a few days per year. The warmest months are June, July, and August, with high temperatures of 18 to 26 °C. The coldest are December, January, and February, with low temperatures of −3 to 1.0 °C.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
 Walking shoes for the walking tours
Rain cover / jacket, Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
Since Hamburg – Germany is the part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter the country. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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HAMBURG - GERMANY (SHORT TOUR)

A GATEWAY TO THE UNIVERSE

TOUR CODE

WT-13-22-S3

DATE

Free

DURATION

5 D. - 4 Nts

P.P. PRICE

On Request

MIN-MAX

8 - 15

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room