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The North Sea: London to Copenhagen

European Cruise

  • National Geographic Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 102 Capacity
  • 16 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
    • 2016
    • Jul 3 Sun Offer
    • Sep 4 Sun Offer
  • Price from
  • $7,199

Summary : Medieval history comes beautifully alive as you explore the famed cobbled streets and canals of Brugge, Ghent, and Brussels; with visits to a Belgian chocolate making workshop, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts and the Grand-Palace Coudenberg. Take a historic walking tour of Amsterdam with stops at Teylers Museum and St. Bavo’s Church. Discover the old Dutch tradition of whaling and flensing at the Hannemahuis Museum and visit a local Dutch tile workshop. Glide past North Germany’s exquisite storybook landscape on the Kiel Canal and marvel at UNESCO World Heritage Site, the medieval city of Lubeck, where you’ll also visit a marzipan modeling workshop.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography


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Day 1
London, England / Embark

Embark on the National Geographic Orion near the famous Tower Bridge on the Thames River. Set sail on the Thames, passing through East London and under the Tower Bridge as you make your way toward Belgium.

Day 2
Oostende, Belgium / Brugge

Arrive in Belgium and travel to Brugge—a picturesque medieval settlement, full of cobbled lanes, winding canals and photogenic town squares. Spend the morning exploring the city with a local expert, followed by a lunch at a typical Belgian restaurant. This afternoon, join a chocolate making workshop or take some time to explore this charming city on your own. Alternatively, you may choose to bike back to the ship. After dinner, explore Oostende by night before departing for your next destination at midnight.

Day 3
Ghent / Brussels

Today, travel from Ghent to Brussels, the fascinating capital of Belgium and the European Union. Located at the crossroads of Germanic and Latin cultures, this bustling city plays an important role as the melting pot of Europe. Enjoy a full day in Brussels, where you will visit the Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Grand-Place and the remains of the palace on the Coudenberg, among other highlights. Today, lunch is on your own to explore the many diverse culinary options in Brussels. Later choose to return to the medieval city of Ghent, take a cycling excursion through the Belgian countryside or remain in Brussels to explore on your own.

Day 4
Amsterdam, Netherlands / Haarlem

This morning, enter the Ijmuiden Canal and sail into the heart of Amsterdam, the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. With the highest museum density in the world, this historical yet modern metropolis is a true gem. Upon arrival, join a historical walking tour of the city where you will explore Amsterdam’s architecture, religious and political history and art. This afternoon, explore the city at your leisure or join an outing to Haarlem where you explore Teylers Museum and St. Bavo’s Church, among other sights. This evening will have a special dinner experience ashore, after which you can stroll the city by night before returning to the ship.

Day 5

Today explore Harlingen, one of the most integral shipping cities in the region. Take a Zodiac foray through the city center canals led by a local guide, and visit the Hannemahuis Museum and a local Dutch tile workshop. This afternoon, stroll through Harlingen at your leisure.

Day 6
Kiel Canal, Germany / Plön

This morning, the National Geographic Orion will enter the Kiel Canal to begin its crossing through Germany. The Kiel Canal stretches 61 miles, and along the way the ship will pass through the picturesque countryside of Schleswig-Holstein, known as the Switzerland of North Germany thanks to its rolling hills and storybook landscape.

Later take a guided cycling tour along the canal and through the countryside. Alternatively take a panoramic tour of the countryside with stops in Plön and Dersau, where you visit medieval villages and drive through vast forests. Enjoy a typical German lunch ashore, and meet the ship this afternoon where you can rest and recoup as the National Geographic Orion continues to sail toward Lübeck, Germany.

Day 7

Today experience Lübeck—an entrancing UNESCO World Heritage Site, with hundreds of historical buildings and quaint streets. Explore the medieval city center, including the Holsten Gate, St. Mary’s Church and other sights. This afternoon, stroll the streets of Lübeck on your own, or join us for a marzipan modeling workshop with a local pastry chef.

Day 8
Copenhagen, Denmark / Disembark

Arrive in Copenhagen this morning and disembark for flights home, or remain in Copenhagen for an added stay.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Reverse Itinerary (Copenhagen to London): 9/4/2016

Expedition Photography:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

All accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; services of expedition leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guide; services of a ship physician; all gratuities; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; some meals; passport; visa; immigration fees; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature including internet, laundry, etc.