Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon

Travel information 12 days MS Spitsbergen
October 6, 2025
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$ 4,346
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

The delights of northern Europe

Your adventure begins in cosmopolitan Hamburg before heading to the Frisian town of Harlingen. You’ll discover medieval architecture in Belgium’s Oostende and Bruges, and you’ll enjoy visiting historic Saint-Malo and the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez in France.

Discover Iberia’s charm

Continuing to Spain, you’ll experience the historical, cultural and culinary delights of Galicia as you visit Ferrol and the ancient port of Vigo. We’ll then sail down the Iberian coast to beautiful Porto with its UNESCO-listed historic center, before your expedition cruise ends in Lisbon, a timeless city brimming with mosaic sidewalks, fado music and old-world charm.

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon  Europe´s Atlantic Highlights – From Hamburg to Lisbon
  • Day 1

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure

    Begin your cruise in Germany’s second city

    Your expedition cruise starts in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany and one of the greenest urban areas in Europe.

    There’s a lot to see and do in Hamburg. If you have time, you’ll find many attractions in the Altstadt district, including the St. Nikolai Memorial and the historic street of Deichstraße.

    Hamburg is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chilehaus, and the world’s largest historic warehouse district in Speicherstadt. Art lovers should head to Kunsthalle, the nation’s foremost art museum.

    Day 1

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure

  • Day 2

    Harlingen’s rich heritage

    Get to know the Frisian port of Harlingen

    Walk or bike around Harlingen, a town of canals and pretty harbors, and home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands. It lies on the shores of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    You’ll find traditional sailing ships and historic warehouses around the old harbors of Noorderhaven and Zuiderhaven. Don’t miss the Harlingen Aardewerk Museum, where you can admire displays of distinctive Frisian pottery.

    Day 2

    Harlingen’s rich heritage

  • Day 3

    Explore Oostende and Bruges.

    Rich medieval architecture among winding streets

    The strategic port of Oostende was first a fishing village, then a medieval city, and later a royal seaside resort; this place is steeped in European history. Despite the ravages of war and time, many of its medieval features have survived to the present day.

    It’s a great base from which to visit Bruges. Lose yourself in this beautifully preserved medieval town as you explore winding streets, picturesque canals, and grand 14th-century buildings.

    Day 3

    Explore Oostende and Bruges.

  • Day 4
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

    Reflect and relax on a calming day at sea

    Enjoy the day relaxing while we navigate the channel separating continental Europe from the British Isles.

    While the British call it the ‘English Channel’, it’s more commonly known on the continent as ‘La Manche’, or derivations of that. The Dutch may have the most diplomatic name for it, as they simply call it ‘Het Kanaal’ (‘the Channel’).

    Whatever the name, a quarter of the world’s maritime trade navigates through this passage, and our Expedition Team will be happy to share their knowledge about these historic waters with you. 

    Day 4
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

  • Day 5

    The citadel of Saint-Malo

    A beautiful Breton town steeped in history

    Viewed from the sea, Saint-Malo is an impressive sight, fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches.

    A circular walk along the ramparts offers the best views of the town and surrounding islands. Follow the historical trail within the old city walls through a maze of cobbled streets and visit Demeure De Corsaire to learn about the feared corsairs and the town’s pirate heritage. You can walk to Île de Grand Bé at low tide or join an excursion to visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. The island holds the remains of an ancient fort, where renowned local writer Chateaubriand is buried.

    Day 5

    The citadel of Saint-Malo

  • Day 6

    Fascinating Finistère

    Inspiring coastal scenery and maritime history

    We’ll use our small boats (RIBs) to go ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez, where we’ll find colorful quaysides, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. Douarnenez hosts a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world, as well as fishermen’s huts and seamen’s chapels.

    If conditions don’t allow a visit to Douarnenez, we’ll head to nearby Brest, a fascinating city containing remnants of medieval fortifications. Here, you can visit the National Maritime Museum inside the military fortress of Château de Brest. It’s also a modern city, with lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll and some food.

    Day 6

    Fascinating Finistère

  • Day 7
    At Sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    Unwind and enjoy the natural world around you

    Today is a perfect day to relax on deck with your binoculars and watch for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where you can spot beaked whales. They’re drawn to the bay’s nutrient-rich waters.

    You can learn about the marine biology of the seas we’re sailing, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography, and environment of the destinations to come. Don’t forget about the leisure amenities on board the ship. This is the perfect time to rejuvenate in the panoramic sauna.

    Day 7
    At Sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 8-9

    Galician highlights

    Explore Ferrol and get a taste of Galicia

    Our next stop is Ferrol, on the rugged coast of Galicia. Once a small fishing hamlet, for the past three centuries it has been Spain’s main naval base. There are more forts, citadels, and barracks here than any other harbor in the country.

    An overnight stay in Ferrol gives us two full days to explore the highlights of northern Galicia. Get to know the historic downtown areas of Ferrol and A Coruña on guided tours, walk a section of the ancient pilgrimage trails that crisscross Galicia, or join optional excursions to the UNESCO-listed towns of Lugo and Santiago de Compostela.

    Day 8-9

    Galician highlights

  • Day 10

    The ancient port of Vigo

    The beautiful city of Vigo in the heart of Galicia 

    Our cruise continues to Vigo, once the gateway to the Americas. Protected by the beautiful Cíes Islands, Vigo has one of the best natural harbors in Galicia and is the country’s main trading and fishing port.

    Vigo is perfect for exploring on foot. Visit the bustling Rúa do Príncipe, which has an eclectic mix of Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings. Or see the impressive 16th-century Castro Castle and park.

    On your way to the old town and the Neoclassical cathedral, stop by Rúa da Pescadería, the best street in town to sample the delicious seafood Galicia is famous for.

    Day 10

    The ancient port of Vigo

  • Day 11

    Charming Porto (Leixões)

    Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center of Porto

    In Portugal, we’ll dock at Leixões. From here, you can see the Leça Lighthouse, Boa Nova Chapel, and the beautiful beach of Praia Azul.

    You can also take a shuttle bus to Porto, famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic center. This city of undulating terrain is perfect for strolling. Fall in love with the pastel houses, colorful tiled façades, street art, ornate churches, and panoramic views across the Douro River.

    Stroll along the bustling Ribeira Docks promenade, cross the Dom Luís I bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

    Day 11

    Charming Porto (Leixões)

  • Day 12

    Legendary Lisbon

    End your cruise in this enchanting city

    Your cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast ends in Lisbon, one of southern Europe’s most enchanting cities.

    The Portuguese capital is rich in history and culture. Take a stroll through the classical districts of Baixa and Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Alfama, the old Islamic quarter, where there are remains of a Roman theater and a Moorish fortress.

    A bit outside the city center, you can visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.

    With so much to see in and around Lisbon, why not stay longer and join our optional Post-Program.

    Day 12

    Legendary Lisbon



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects
  • Our professional onboard photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a panoramic view and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all the equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
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MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway: the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of traveling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the ‘Sports Route’. 

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