Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon

Travel information 12 days MS Spitsbergen
6 October 2025
Price from
3890 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

The delights of northern Europe

Your adventure begins in cosmopolitan Hamburg before heading to the Frisian town of Harlingen. In Belgium’s Oostende and Bruges, you’ll discover medieval architecture, and in France, you’ll enjoy visiting historic Saint-Malo and the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez.  

Discover Iberia’s charm

Continuing to Spain, you’ll experience the historical, cultural and culinary delights of Galicia as you visit Ferrol and the ancient port of Vigo. We’ll then sail down the Iberian coast to beautiful Porto with its UNESCO-listed centre, before your expedition cruise ends in Lisbon, a timeless city brimming with mosaic pavements, fado music and old-world charm.  

Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon Europe´s Atlantic Highlights - From Hamburg to Lisbon
  • Day 1

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure

    Begin your cruise in Germany’s second city

    Your expedition cruise starts in Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany and one of the greenest urban areas in Europe. 

    There’s much to see and do in Hamburg. If you have time, you'll find many attractions in the Altstadt district, including the St Nikolai Memorial and the historic street of Deichstraße.  

    Hamburg is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chilehaus, and the world's largest historic warehouse complex in Speicherstadt. Art lovers should head to Kunsthalle, the nation’s foremost art museum.  

    Day 1

    Germany’s Hanseatic treasure

  • Day 2

    Harlingen's rich heritage

    Get to know the Frisian port of Harlingen

    You can walk or bike around Harlingen, a town of canals and pretty harbours, and home to the last traditional pottery factory in the Netherlands. It lies on the shores of the Wadden Sea, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    You'll find traditional sailing ships and historic warehouses around the old harbours of Noorderhaven and Zuiderhaven. Don’t miss the Harlingen Aardewerkmuseum, where you can admire displays of distinctive Frisian pottery. 

    Day 2

    Harlingen's rich heritage

  • Day 3

    Explore Oostende and Bruges

    Rich medieval architecture among winding streets

    First a fishing village, then a medieval city, and later a royal seaside resort, the strategic port of Oostende is steeped in European history. Despite the ravages of war and time, many of its medieval features have survived to the present day.  

    It’s also a great base from which to visit Bruges. Lose yourself in this beautifully preserved medieval town as you explore winding streets, picturesque canals and grand 14th century buildings. 

    Day 3

    Explore Oostende and Bruges

  • Day 4
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

    Reflect and relax on a calming day at sea

    Enjoy the day relaxing while we navigate the waters of the channel that separates continental Europe from the British Isles.  

    While the British call it the ‘English Channel’, it’s more commonly known in continental Europe as ‘La Manche’, or derivations of that. The Dutch may have the most diplomatic name for it, they simply call it ‘Het Kanaal’, or ‘the Channel’.  

    Whatever the name, a quarter of the world's maritime trade navigates through this passage, and our Expedition Team will be happy to share their knowledge about these historic waters with you.  

    Day 4
    At Sea

    Cruising the Channel

  • Day 5

    The citadel of Saint-Malo

    A beautiful Breton town steeped in history

    Viewed from the sea, Saint-Malo is an impressive sight, fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches.  

    A circular walk along the ramparts offers the best views of the town and surrounding islands. Follow the historical trail within the old city walls through a maze of cobbled streets and visit Demeure De Corsaire to learn about the feared corsairs and the town’s pirate heritage.   You can walk to Île de Grand Bé at low tide or join an excursion to visit the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. The island has the remains of an ancient fort, and this is where the renowned local writer Chateaubriand is buried. 

    Day 5

    The citadel of Saint-Malo

  • Day 6

    Fascinating Finistère

    Inspiring coastal scenery and maritime history

    We’ll use our small boats to go ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez, where you'll find the colourful quaysides, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. As well as fishermen’s huts and seamen’s chapels, Douarnenez is home to a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world.  

    If conditions don’t allow a visit to Douarnenez, we’ll head to nearby Brest, a fascinating city where remnants of medieval fortifications can still be seen. Here, you can visit the National Maritime Museum inside the military fortress of Château de Brest. It’s a modern city too, with lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll and some food.  

    Day 6

    Fascinating Finistère

  • Day 7
    At Sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    Unwind and enjoy the natural world around you

    Today is the perfect day to relax on deck with your binoculars and look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where beaked whales can be seen – if you’re lucky – as they’re drawn to the nutrient rich waters of the Bay. 

    You can also learn about the marine biology of the seas along our cruise, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography and environment of the destinations to come. And don’t forget the leisure facilities on board – why not try out the panoramic sauna? 

    Day 7
    At Sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 8-9

    Galician highlights 

    Explore Ferrol and get a taste of Galicia

    Our next stop is Ferrol on the rugged coast of Galicia. Once a small fishing hamlet, for the past three centuries it’s been Spain’s main naval base. There are more forts, citadels and barracks here than any other harbour in the country.   

    An overnight stay in Ferrol gives us two full days to explore the highlights of northern Galicia. Get to know the historic centres of Ferrol and A Coruña on guided tours, walk a section of the ancient pilgrimage trails that crisscross Galicia, or join optional excursions to the UNESCO-listed towns of Lugo and Santiago de Compostela. 

    Day 8-9

    Galician highlights 

  • Day 10

    The ancient port of Vigo

    The beautiful city of Vigo in the heart of Galicia 

    Our cruise continues to Vigo, once the gateway to the Americas. Protected by the beautiful Islas Cíes, Vigo has one of the best natural harbours in Galicia and is the country’s main trading and fishing port.   

    Perfectly located for exploring the city on foot, you can visit the bustling Rúa do Príncipe with its eclectic mix of buildings in Neoclassical and Art Nouveau architectural styles. Or seek out the impressive 16th century Castro Castle and park.    

    On your way to the old town and Neoclassical cathedral, don’t miss the Rúa da Pescadería, and sample some of the delicious seafood Galicia is famous for. 

    Day 10

    The ancient port of Vigo

  • Day 11

    Charming Porto (Leixões)

    Explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre of Porto

    Arriving in Portugal, we dock at Leixoes. From here, you can see the Lighthouse of Leça, the Boa Nova Chapel, and the beautiful beach of Praia Azul.  

    You can take a shuttle bus to Porto – famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic centre. An undulating city made for strolling, you'll fall in love with the pastel houses, colourful tiled facades, street art, ornate churches and panoramic views across the Douro. 

    Here, you can stroll along the bustling promenade by the Ribeira docks, cross the Dom Luís I Bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.  

    Day 11

    Charming Porto (Leixões)

  • Day 12

    Legendary Lisbon

    End your cruise in this enchanting city

    Your cruise along Europe’s Atlantic coast ends in one of southern Europe's most enchanting cities – Lisbon. 

    The Portuguese capital is rich in history and culture. Take a stroll through the classical districts of Baixa and Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Alfama, the old Islamic quarter, where there are remains of a Roman theatre and Moorish fortress. 

    A bit outside the city centre, you can visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery.  

    With so much to see in and around Lisbon, why not stay longer and join our optional Post-Programme. 

    Day 12

    Legendary Lisbon



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What’s included

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities
  • *House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water
  • †Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported. 

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna, and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected 

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 
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 220
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
MS Spitsbergen

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the `Sports Route´.

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