World Heritage Highlights along the European Coast

Casablanca, Morocco - Bremerhaven, Germany

Enjoy a rich variety of sights, the heritage and history of Europe! Discover different landscapes and cities through our activities and excursions. Wake up every morning knowing that another interesting European destination, with thrilling experiences are waiting for you. Explore some of the most fascinating sights and some of Europe’s UNESCO World heritage listed places.

  • Explore the fascinating cities along the European coast
  • Enjoy discovering diverse cities and a rich variety of sights
  • See several of Europe’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Interesting lectures and activities on land and on board

Overview

Discover some of Europe’s World Heritage highlights in Explorer style, with our expedition team. This spring voyage from Casablanca to Bremerhaven let you experience six different cities in one journey, and through our lectures and activities you will to get even closer to the fascinating places we visit and learn more. 

Starting in beautiful and fascinating Casablanca, we sail north to the one of the oldest capitals in the world; Lisbon. Then get a taste of the world famous Port wine in Oporto. Both cities offer UNESCO sites, historical centres that are deeply charming and each creates a unique atmosphere. 

As we approach La Coruña in Spain you will get a first glimpse of the 55-metre high UNESCO listed Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use today. The oldest part of the city, known popularly as Cidade (City), is built on an ancient Celtic castro.  Here you can an optional excursion to Santiago de Compostela, to see the Cathedral of Santiago that attracts thousands of pilgrims who walk the ancient Way of St James every year. 

Next you will discover Guernsey. The island’s unique geographical position sets the scene for a fascinating heritage with its forts and castles, ruins and ancient tombs.  Bremerhaven is the last port of call, and we hope you take your time to explore this great historic city before you fly back home. 

Price includes: 

  • Hurtigruten Expedition with cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis
  • Wind and water resistant jacket
  • Landings with small boats and activities on board and ashore
  • Professional English speaking Expedition team that gives lectures as well as accompanying landings and activities
  • Free tea and coffee 

Not included: 

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional excursions and gratuities
Itinerary

The itinerary

This is an expedition where weather and wind conditions will determine our final schedule. Safety is paramount and the captain will decide the sailing itinerary during the voyage. Therefore, this itinerary is just an indication of what you can experience, and why every expedition with Hurtigruten is unique.

15 April 2017

Departs From Casablanca
Day 1
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The “White city”


Location: Casablanca

Casablanca was an old pirate lair back in the days, but today it is an exotic mix of old and new. We recommend you explore the city before departure. Stay on deck as we sail out from the “White City” to enjoy the view of the town and the harbour life with small, open and colourful wooden boats next to fishing vessels and huge ocean liners. 

Day 2
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Photo: Barbara Schoog Photo

Lectures, photo courses and relaxing


Location: At sea

As we start sail north, the expedition team will start the lecture programme and prepare you for the experiences we have ahead. If you are interested in photography, the expedition photographer will show you the basics of expedition photography. Spend time on deck to fully experience the feeling of being at sea. Enjoy the sense of being excited and at peace at the same time.

Day 3
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Photo: interpixels/shutterstock Photo

A legendary city built on seven hills


Location: Lisbon

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon offers centuries of heritage and charm, and has been influenced by many different cultures over time. It was home to great explorers like Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Lisbon´s historic districts feel like different villages as you stroll the charming streets. Visit the city’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Lisbon has a network of quaint, old-fashioned trams that lurch and screech around the narrow streets. No visit is complete without taking a ride on one of these classic, pre-war, Remodelado trams. Discover the many hidden gems of Portugal’s capital at your own pace.

Day 4
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Photo: golovianko/shutterstock Photo

The home of Port Wine


Location: Leixões/ Oporto

From Leixões, it is a short yet very interesting trip to one of the last undiscovered European metropolises: Oporto. This ancient port is steeped in history and tradition, but with a modern outlook and bold new architecture. The cultural attractions are so diverse they will please everyone. See amazing baroque carvings and churches with spectacular interiors as you walk down the monumental avenue Avenida dos Aliandos and discover the historic centre, Ribeira, with colourful houses facing the river and its charming boats. A river cruise in a replica of the old Rabelo boats offers a perfect view over the historic city from the riverside. Oporto is also the home of the Port wine, made exclusively in this area. 

Day 5
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Photo: Anibal Trejo Photo

Exploring the mystic Roman and Celtic heritage


Location: La Coruña

Join the excursion to Santiago de Compostela - the capital of Galicia, a beautiful, green land with strong Celtic ties. Historically the city is famous as the place where St James was buried after his remains were transferred here by sea from the Holy Land. On the site where he was buried stands the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago, which attracts thousands of pilgrims who walk the ancient Way of St James (Camino de Santiago) every year. La Coruña is great for history and culture buffs, with a mystic and magic allure created by the Celtic and Roman heritage. The city had its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries when it functioned as the port for English pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On our way into the harbour, we pass the Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse still in use today. Take a walk through the historic city and see the relics from the different people and cultures that gave the city its amazing appearance.

Day 6
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Photo: Angela Siegel Photo

The legendary Bay of Biscay


Location: At sea

From Portugal on our way to Guernsey, we will sail the Bay of Biscay; far out to sea and out of sight of land. Enjoy the salt air, hopefully catch a glimpse of birds and sea mammals and listen to the peaceful sound of the ocean. During the day, you can participate in the interesting lectures by the expedition team, and maybe you even get to hear about the many famous naval engagements that have taken place here during the centuries. 

Day 7
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Photo: David Young Photo

Life on the Channel islands


Location: Guernsey

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, located near the coast of Normandy in France.  The island’s unique geographical position sets the scene for a fascinating heritage with its forts and castles, ruins and ancient tombs. The islands have a very complicated political status. They are British crown dependencies, but they do not belong to the UK. St Peter Port in Guernsey is considered to be one of Europe’s prettiest harbours, and it has been busy since Roman times. 

Day 8
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Photo: John Hemmings Photo

Cruising "The Channel"


Location: At sea

We sail through the English Channel, which connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This is the world's busiest seaway, with more than 500 ships passing every day. Our observation lounge or on deck are good places to be to watch vessels from all over the world on their way through the Channel.  In between relaxing, fully enjoying the experience of being at sea or sharing experiences with fellow adventurers, you can join in for fascinating lectures and talks. 

Day 9
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Photo: canadastock/shutterstock Photo

The largest port city in northern Germany


Location: Bremerhaven

As we reach Bremerhaven, where the River Weser and the North Sea waters meet, this voyage sees its end. The town was founded in 1827, and even though it is a relatively new city, it has a rich history as a trade port that stretches back to the 9th century. Bremerhaven offers a nice mix of maritime flair, adventure and shopping. Take some time to explore this wonderful city before flying home. 

23 April 2017

Location Bremerhaven
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