Reasons to Cruise Through Europe
With so many diverse countries along Europe’s coastlines,...
Reasons to Cruise Through Europe
With so many diverse countries along Europe’s coastlines, there’s a wealth of history, culture and nature to discover. Take in Atlantic Coast highlights on an expedition cruise from Lisbon to Hamburg or Portsmouth, sailing to Portugal, Spain, France, Netherlands and Germany. Let your senses be tantalised as you explore the lively ports of Lisbon and Porto, the medieval towns along the Bay of Biscay and Brittany, and the canal ports in the North Sea. Or you can discover Southern Scandinavia’s coastal gems on a round trip sailing from Dover, UK. You’ll stop at a scenic German beach town, transit the Kiel Canal and sail to the prettiest coast towns of northern Denmark, southern Sweden and Norway. Experience the tranquil bliss of Germany’s prettiest coastal resort, and contrast with the wild island archipelagos, incredible nature and beautiful beaches of the Nordic nations.
Journey Through the Ages
Europe’s coastal nations are steeped in history, each with their own unique tale to tell. As neighbours, these proud countries have, at various times, been allies and enemies through the centuries. Take a fascinating journey through Europe’s complex past as far back as Neolithic times, through the buildings and landmarks you’ll visit on our Atlantic Highlights expedition. Discover the charming seaports with great strategic importance, and historic UNESCO treasures.
Europe's Cultural Medley
On the Atlantic highlights adventure, you can contrast the local fishing traditions of Spain and Holland or the viticulture of Porto and Bordeaux. Discover how the port towns of Ferrol and Gijón have been influenced by conquering forces. Find out about the legendary pirates of Saint Malo and the influence of the Moors on Lisbon. And be sure to sample the famously delicious cuisine of the Basque Country.
Nordic Summer Style
Experience the relaxed vibe of summer in Scandinavia where the main attraction is active adventure in nature. Explore remote fishing villages where traditions have stayed much the same since their 19th century heyday. Or you can discover the picturesque coastal towns that inspired some of Scandinavia’s greatest artists? Taste the best of the region’s seafood, such as German oysters, Swedish crayfish, and Norwegian shrimp.
Stunning Coastal Landscapes
Europe is also home to some of the world’s most beautiful coastal environments, with many coastal paths and nature trails to explore. With their dramatic cliffs, headlands and bays, Galicia and Brittany offer some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the region. You can also experience the lush, verdant and serene landscapes of French islands and villages. Along Southern Scandinavia, you’ll encounter fine sand beaches juxtaposed against stretches of exposed coastline that are wild, rugged and glorious.
The waterways of Southern Scandinavia are themselves a highlight. Marvel at the freshwater canals, pristine fjords, deep oceans, and expansive archipelagos. Admire the impressive engineering of the locks and bridges along the Kiel Canal against the natural wonder of Norway’s glacier-carved fjords, studded with towering rock formations. And spot for seabirds, scan for seals, or swim in crystal-clear waters as you island hop in southern Sweden, where the elements and wildlife rule.