7 days

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Germany's Hanseatic Cities

The Hanseatic League, the German Hanse, was a loose confederation of merchant towns and cities in northern Europe in the Middle Ages. It existed to promote commercial interests and to provide uniformity of action to protect mercantile privileges. Its principal focus was northern Germany and especially the cities of Lübeck (the ‘Queen of the Hanse’), Hamburg and Bremen. The wealth generated by the Hanse was manifest in the built environment of these cities and other towns such as Lüneburg, Stade and Wismar but also in technological development fostered by trade such as the construction of deep-water commercial vessels like the cog. Archaeological work in recent decades has complemented the surviving architectural legacy of the Hanse. This tour explores several Hanseatic urban centres enabling viewing of beautiful ancient towns, surviving monuments and archaeological discoveries, as well as opportunity for discussion with German archaeologists. 

Tour highlights:

  • Examine the Bremen Cog, the remarkable medieval merchant ship recovered from the River Weser
  • Visit the great brick gothic church of the Marienkirche in Lübeck as well as the astonishing Holstentor gateway, the Heilige Geist medieval hospital and salt warehouses
  • Explore historic Lüneburg, the key centre for medieval salt production in Northern Europe
  • View archaeological discoveries from the 5-year long Gründungsviertel Hanseatic excavations and discuss the work with the archaeologist who was in charge

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Today's Price

Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £355

Includes flights

Keeping you safe on your next tour

  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • COVID-19 insurance
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing
Meet your Experts

Dr Brian Ayers

Guide Lecturer

Brian Ayers is a British archaeologist specialising in medieval urban archaeology. He was formerly the City Archaeologist of Norwich, about which city he has published extensively (including the book Norwich: Archaeology of a Fine City), and the County Archaeologist of Norfolk.

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Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Expert Guide Lecturer
  • Professional Tour Manager
  • Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
  • Meals as per the itinerary, tea or coffee with dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
  • All taxes & gratuities
  • Field notes
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
30 August 2021 AHAN210830 30 August 2021 (Monday) 5 September 2021 (Sunday) Dr Brian Ayers £2,175
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£500 £355 Book Now
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