Europe – Cultural Highlights of Europe's Atlantic Coast
Duration: 13 days
Ship: MS Fridtjof Nansen
September 22, 2020
- See UNESCO World Heritage sites along the European coast
- Experience charming towns and beautiful islands
- Learn about the history, culture and natural environment of the places we visit
- Enjoy a overnight stay in Bordeaux
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- Day 1 Hamburg, Germany - Embarkation
- Day 2 Amsterdam (IJmuiden), Netherlands
- Day 3 Ostend, Belgium
- Day 4 At sea
- Day 5 St. Malo, France
- Day 6 Belle Île, France
- Day 7-8 Bordeaux, France - Overnight
- Day 9 Bilbao, Spain
- Day 10 Gijón, Spain
- Day 11 La Coruña, Spain
- Day 12 Porto, Portugal
- Day 13 Lisbon, Portugal - Disembarkation
The second-largest city in Germany is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – featuring large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Before embarking on your ship, you may want to enjoy a harbor barge tour to explore some of the city's canals.
We’ll be docked a short drive outside Amsterdam, which has grown from a 13th century village to one of the world’s most charming and vital cities. Amsterdam blends fascinating history with modern energy. Tour the famed Canal District and enjoy world-class art at the Rijksmuseum, Rembrandt House, and Van Gogh Museum.
There's a wide choice of sights in Ostend. Browse the fish market or take a tour in the footsteps of the singer Marvin Gaye. Perhaps you’d enjoy a tranquil moment in the beautiful Japanese Garden or Ostend Art Museum. History buffs can wander through the fortifications of the infamous German Atlantikwall.
Today we sail the English Channel, heading towards St. Malo, France. Enjoy time out on deck or join our experts, who will invite you to take part in lectures and talks about our next destinations.
Saint Malo from the sea is a quite a sight, fringed by impenetrable bastions and shallow beaches. Since Roman times, it has been a prized fortification. Tour the Château Saint Malo town museum, and visit the Privateers House built in 1725, where you can learn about local pirate heritage.
Belle Île is one of France’s most beautiful islands with stunning cliffs, quaint seaside hamlets, pastel houses, lush countryside and rocky coastlines. The island´s beauty has inspired such writers as Dumas and painters like Monet. Join our expedition team for hikes and outings, or discover the markets, shops and sights independently.
This port city incorporates the modern and ancient effortlessly. Bordeaux’s Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and covers nearly 5,000 acres, with 350 listed monuments and churches. Nearby, magnificent chateaus sit grandly amidst vineyards. We will overnight here to experience the very best of this amazing city.
At the heart of Basque country, this sophisticated city hums with action, while maintaining a relaxed pace of life. Bilbao’s old quarter, Casco Viejo, features charming streets dating back to the 1400s, a fine market and unique shops. Other parts of Bilbao are ultra-modern, symbolized by the Guggenheim museum.
Gijón is steeped in history while the surrounding region is known for fine cheeses and cider. The Old Quarter boasts the baroque Revillagigedo Palace, beautiful churches and interesting museums to explore. Enjoy a hike to Santa Catalina for spectacular views, or a leisurely stroll in the ancient fishing village of Cimavilla.
We will pass the 180 ft high Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today, on our way into the harbor. Stroll through reminders of this historic city's medieval golden age, when it became wealthy as the main port for Christian pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela.
UNESCO's World Heritage list says this about lovely Porto: “An outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000 year history.” Its continuous growth can be seen in the many monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange, and the typically Portuguese Church of Santa Clara.
Early risers will be rewarded with a lovely view of Lisbon as we cruise up the Tejo River, ending our European expedition cruise in the legendary capital of Portugal.
Included in Your Expedition
- Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE
- A rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team
- Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in
- Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
- Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION
- In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience
- Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
- Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
- Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
- Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
- Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers
- Destination-focused onboard library
- Port presentations providing destination insight
- A farewell event
PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT
- All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
- Coffee and tea included throughout the day
- Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Fredheim restaurant meals included
- A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests)
- Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
- Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track
- Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
- No gratuities expected
Not Included In Your Expedition
- International flights
- Optional shore excursions with our local partners
- Travel protection plan
- Luggage handling
- All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
MS Fridtjof Nansen
|Shipyard||Kleven Yards, Norway|
|Passenger capacity||530 (500 in Antarctica)|
|Gross tonnage||20 889 T|
|Length||140 m / 459 ft|
|Beam||23.6 m / 77 ft|
MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom-built ships – and represents the next generation of expedition ships. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.
Sailing with MS Fridtjof Nansen
- MS Fridtjof Nansen: Life on board and Practical information
- Meet our Expedition Team
- Young Explorers Program