MS Fridtjof Nansen
13 days

European Atlantic Coast – Cultural Highlights

Price from
3070 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
MS Fridtjof Nansen
13 days

European Atlantic Coast – Cultural Highlights

Price from
3070 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • See UNESCO World Heritage sites along the European coast
  • Enjoy charming towns and beautiful islands on this expedition cruise
  • Learn about the history, culture and natural world of the places we visit
  • Visit nine fascinating places in five European countries

This is an expedition through rich European history, fascinating culture and natural beauty. We visit charming towns, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and remote islands at nine locations in five countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

European Atlantic Coast – Cultural Highlights
  • Day 1
    Lisbon

    Legendary Lisbon

    Estimated time of departure is 8:00 PM

    Built on seven hills along the shores of the scenic River Tejo, Lisbon is a legendary city with centuries of history. Take some time to explore the city and visit world famous sites like Tower of Belém before embarkation.

    Day 1
    Lisbon

    Legendary Lisbon

  • Day 2
    Porto, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    UNESCO´s World Heritage list says this about lovely Porto: `An outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth...can be seen in the many monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Church of Santa Clara.

    Day 2
    Porto, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 3
    La Coruna, Spain

    Architectural Emblems

    We will pass the 55m/180ft high Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today, on our way into the harbour. Stroll through reminders of the historic city´s golden age in the 14th century, when it became wealthy as the main port for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.

    • Included La Coruña - UNESCO Hercules Visit
    Day 3
    La Coruna, Spain

    Architectural Emblems

  • Day 4
    Gijon, Spain

    Maritime History

    Gijon is steeped in history and the surrounding area is known for fine cheeses and cider. The Old Quarter boasts the baroque Revillagigedo Palace, beautiful churches and interesting museums to explore.  Enjoy a hike to Santa Catalina for spectacular views, or a leisurely stroll in the ancient fishing village of Cimavilla.

    • Included Gijon - Walking Gijon
    Day 4
    Gijon, Spain

    Maritime History

  • Day 5
    Bilbao, Spain

    Delights of Design

    The heart of Basque country is sophisticated and humming with action, while maintaining a relaxed pace of life. The Casco Viejo, Bilbao’s atmospheric old quarter, is full of charming streets dating as far back as 1400’s and features a fine market and plenty of unique shops, while other parts of the city are cutting-edge contemporary, symbolised by the Guggenheim museum.

    • Included Bilbao - Guggenheim Museum
    Day 5
    Bilbao, Spain

    Delights of Design

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Bay of Biscay

    Today, we sail in the Bay of Biscay; a wide inlet of the North Atlantic Ocean bordered by France and Spain. During the day, you can enjoy interesting lectures given by our expert Expedition Team.

    Day 6
    At sea

    Bay of Biscay

  • Day 7
    Bordeaux, France

    History and Vineyards

    This city incorporates the modern and the ancient effortlessly. Bordeaux’s Old City is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and spans nearly 5,000 acres, with 350 listed monuments and churches. Nearby, magnificent chateaux sit grandly amongst vineyards.

    • Included Bordeaux - History and Heritage of UNESCO Classified Bordeaux
    Day 7
    Bordeaux, France

    History and Vineyards

  • Day 8
    Belle Île, France

    A Well-kept French Secret

    Belle Île is one of France’s most beautiful islands with stunning cliffs, quaint seaside hamlets, pastel houses, lush countryside and rocky coastlines. The town´s beauty has inspired writers like Dumas and painters like Monét. Join our Expedition Team for hikes and outings, or discover the markets, shops and sights independently.

    • Included Belle Île - Walking Le Palais & Citadel
    Day 8
    Belle Île, France

    A Well-kept French Secret

  • Day 9
    St. Malo, France

    A Pirate Stronghold

    Saint Malo from the sea is quite a sight, fringed by impenetrable bastions and shallow beaches. Since Roman times, it has been a prized fortification for empires. Tour the Château Saint Malo town museum, and visit the Privateers House built in 1725, where you can learn about local pirate heritage. 

    • Included Saint-Malo - UNESCO Mont Saint Michel
    Day 9
    St. Malo, France

    A Pirate Stronghold

  • Day 10
    At Sea

    Navigating the English Channel

    Enjoy time out on deck with a view of the English Channel, or join our experts, who will invite you to take part in lectures and talks about our next destinations.

    Day 10
    At Sea

    Navigating the English Channel

  • Day 11
    Ostend, Belgium

    More than a Beach Destination

    There´s a wide choice of sights in Ostend: browse the fish market or take a tour in the footsteps of the singer Marvin Gaye. Perhaps you would enjoy a moment of tranquility in the beautiful Japanese Garden or at the Ostend Art Museum. History buffs can wander through the fortifications in the infamous German Atlantikwall.

    • Included Ostend - Bruges on your Own
    Day 11
    Ostend, Belgium

    More than a Beach Destination

  • Day 12
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam – Treasures of Art

    We’ll be docked just a short drive outside Amsterdam which has grown from a village in the 13th century to one of the most charming and vital cities in the world today, Amsterdam blends fascinating history with modern energy. Tour the famed Canal District and enjoy world class art at the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House or the van Gogh Museum.

    Day 12
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam – Treasures of Art

  • Day 13
    Hamburg, Germany

    Canals and Gardens

    Estimated time of arrival is 8:00 AM

    Our expedition cruise comes to an end in as we arrive in Hamburg. The second-largest city in Germany is one of the greenest urban areas in Europe – boasting large parks, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Extend your stay by booking our post program with an overnight in the Westin hotel, located in the famous Elbphiharmonie.

    Day 13
    Hamburg, Germany

    Canals and Gardens

Departures

  • 2021
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  • Dec
10 May 2021

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurants Aune and Fredheim
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included excursions

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s, hot tubs, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come
  • Loan of trekking poles, and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area

Notes

A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background
Pool area on MS Fridtjof Nansen
Photo: Oscar Farrera
Science Center
Photo: Agurtxane Concellon

Your ship

MS Fridtjof Nansen

Year built 2020
Shipyard Kleven Yards, Norway
Passenger capacity 530 (500 in Antarctica)
Gross tonnage 20 889 T
Length 140 m
Beam 23,6 m
Speed 15 knots
A large boat in a body of water with a mountain in the background

MS Fridtjof Nansen is the latest addition to Hurtigruten’s fleet of custom built ships – and the next generation expedition ship. She will explore some of the most spectacular corners of the globe.

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