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Gems of the Atlantic Coast

9 days
8 nights

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Dates

Rates:

$ 3,020.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 29, 2017 

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Bergen, Norway
This expedition starts on the west coast of Norway. Bergen is the gateway to the fjords and is an international city packed with history and tradition. It is a big city with a small-town atmosphere.

Day 2: At Sea
A day at sea is a perfect way to start this adventure. The lecture team has prepared interesting lectures for you, or you can have a cocktail or coffee in the bar or observation lounge, enjoy the tasty meals in the restaurant, or simply relax on deck.

Day 3: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam developed from a small fishing village in the 13th century to one of the most charming and culturally important cities in the world. Few cities mix history with an urban flair like the capital of the Netherlands does. Take a walk into history, be amazed by the museums, or explore by foot, bike, or canal boat. We will spend almost two days here, giving you time to join our excursions and to get to know the city.

Day 4: Amsterdam and the English Channel
We leave Amsterdam in the morning. For the rest of the day we will sail through the English Channel, which connects the North Sea with the Atlantic Ocean. This is the world’s busiest seaway with more than 500 ships passing every day. The observation lounge is a good place to watch ocean liners from all over the world on their way through the Channel.

Day 5: Guernsey
Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands, located near the coast of Normandy in France. The islands have a very complicated political status. They are not part of the United Kingdom, but are dependent territories of the English Crown. St. Peter Port in Guernsey is considered to be one of Europe’s prettiest harbors, and it has been busy since Roman times. Enjoy a day of shopping, museums, hikes, and bicycle trips, or just unwind in a pub.

Day 6: At Sea
A day at sea means spotting marine life such as dolphins, whales, and seabirds from the deck. Enjoy the lectures on history and biology from the Expedition Team in the lecture hall and on deck.

Day 7: La Coruña, Spain
La Coruña is great for history and culture buffs, with a mystical and magical allure created by the Celtic and Roman heritage. The city had its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries when it functioned as the port for English pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela. On our way into the harbor we pass the Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today. Take a walk through the historic city and see the relics from the different peoples and cultures that gave the city its amazing appearance.

Day 8: Leixões, Portugal
From Leixões, it is a short yet very interesting trip to Porto. Mix monuments by leading international architects from the past and the present with some fantastic baroque carvings, then add a world-famous sweet wine and a certain British flavor. Place it all by a grand river, and you have Porto. This is Portugal’s second-largest metropolis and one of Europe’s most charismatic cities. Its historic center, Ribeira, at the northern bank of the Douro River, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A boat tour in a replica of the old Rabelo boats offers a perfect view of the historic city from the riverside. We will spend a day exploring Porto and its wonderful surroundings.

Day 9: Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is Europe’s second-oldest capital (after Athens) and home to the Bélem Tower and the Jéronimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The old city is situated close to the harbor, so it’s just a short trip to famous buildings such as the nearly 150-foot high Santa Justa Elevator built in Neo-Gothic style. Get a taste of Portugal in one of the many restaurants, cafés, or bars before you fly home.