Hamburg to Lisbon: Expedition Cruise along Europe’s Historic Atlantic Coast

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13 days

The history and culture of Europe’s Atlantic coast

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

Ancient abbeys, medieval masterpieces and D-Day battle sites

From the moment we set sail from Hamburg – sometimes called Germany’s ‘Venice of the North’ – you’ll be on a deep-dive journey into European history. You’ll explore the canal-webbed city of Amsterdam before sailing to England’s Dover, famed its white cliffs and a sprawling castle. From there we’ll sail to Normandy and walk on a beach where the Allied troops landed on D-Day, and 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

Expedition cruise

Onboard Activities

Landing Activities

Route overview

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

Departure from Hamburg

Day 1

Bound for Amsterdam

Day 2

Amsterdam's Dutch masters

Day 3

White cliffs and castles

Day 4

Normandy past and present

Day 5

Buccaneers’ hideout, corsairs den

Day 6

Sailing the Bay of Biscay

Day 7

Historical A Coruña

Day 8

Galicia's UNESCO sites

Day 9

The ancient port of Vigo

Day 10

Charming Porto

Day 11

The delights of Lisbon

Day 12

Disembark in Lisbon

Day 13

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Ships on this expedition

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Included Programmes

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