Amsterdam to Lisbon Expedition Cruise: A European Tapestry of History and Culture

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11 days

Experience Atlantic Europe’s fascinating history and culture

Discover the rich history and cultural legacy of Europe’s Atlantic coast as we sail from Amsterdam to Lisbon.   

Ancient abbeys, medieval masterpieces and D-Day battle sites

Setting sail from Amsterdam, you’ll be on a deep-dive journey into Europe’s fascinating history. You’ll explore Dover, the strategic gateway to England, and marvel at the sprawling castle built atop the famed white cliffs. From there we’ll sail to Normandy and walk on a beach where the Allied troops landed on D-Day, as well as visit Caen, the medieval town where William the Conqueror left his indelible mark. 

In Brittany you’ll stroll through the old quays of Roscoff, for centuries a home for corsairs and smugglers. We’ll then sail down through the Bay of Biscay to the rugged northern coast of Spain, looking out for marine wildlife along the way. In Galicia you’ll see the world’s oldest still-functioning extant lighthouse – the Tower of Hercules – and seek out Celtic links to the past in A Coruña. 

Culture, cuisine and cruising 

Enjoy getting lost in the maze of streets around the Vigo’s Old Town, and when hunger strikes the many bars and restaurants there won’t disappoint. Sample local fare, including Gallego cuisine and popular dishes in Porto, and savour authentic tapas with your Galician cider. Our cruise of discovery comes to an end in culture-saturated Lisbon, the jewel in Portugal’s crown. 

Our experienced and knowledgeable Expedition Team is on hand to ensure you get the best experience on your cruise. Aboard the comfortable MS Spitsbergen, they’ll host informative in-depth lectures about our destinations.

What's Included

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Set sail from Amsterdam

Day 1

Dover's white cliffs

Day 2

Normandy Past and Present

Day 3

Buccaneers’ hideout, corsairs den

Day 4

Sailing the Bay of Biscay

Day 5

Historical A Coruña

Day 6

Galicia's UNESCO Sites

Day 7

The ancient port of Vigo

Day 8

Charming Porto and Leixos

Day 9

The Delights of Lisbon

Day 10

A Portuguese Farewell

Day 11

Ships on this expedition

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Included Programmes

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages