North Sea Voyage: Northern Europe and the Normandy Beaches on National Geographic Explorer
North Sea Voyage: Northern Europe and the Normandy Beaches
Voyage from Copenhagen to London along the inland waterways of the North Sea, exploring beautiful coastal cities as well as the crucial and storied role the region has played in history. Stroll through charming, canal-side towns that sprang up along Old-World trade routes. Marvel at the elaborate architecture of medieval ruling capitals. And reflect at the sites of battles that helped determine the outcome of World War II. National Geographic Explorer will be your warm and welcoming home base as you experience Europe from a unique vantage point.
- Take in the stunning architecture in Lübeck, a medieval German city founded in 1143 that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Cruise the storybook canals of Bruges on a private boat tour
- Explore Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to see “The Night Watch”, perhaps the most famous of Rembrandt’s paintings
- Walk in the footsteps of Allied soldiers along Omaha Beach, a WWII site that was part of the largest amphibious invasion in history
- Sail past England’s otherworldly Cliffs of Dover, white-chalk cliffs rising 350 feet from the sea
- Navigate up the River Thames and under Tower Bridge, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks
Indulge your personal interests
How you spend your expedition time is vital to us. We want to bring you to and through Northern Europe in the most engaging ways possible. Every day you can join naturalist or historian-guided walks—choosing the individual whose interest and personality matches yours. Meet the lively characters who make up the contemporary scene in towns along the way. Or simply enjoy the open decks and glorious views from National Geographic Explorer.
Travel in excellent company
Our expedition team has the knowledge and passion for this region that will kindle yours. Our naturalists will illuminate the geology of these rich coastlines while our historians will add insight, depth, and clarity to each of the fascinating places we explore. And there’s a National Geographic photographer as well as your Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard every departure—they will ensure you capture the myriad photo ops in these charming Old-World cities.
- Adventure and Active
Originally constructed for service along Norway’s coast as part of the famed Hurtigruten, or Coastal Express, she ferried passengers among the fjords of this iconic coast in conditions that could deteriorate into heavy seas in a matter of minutes. She had to be able to handle deep swells and towering waves—and have a high degree of maneuverability. Those traits, and an ideal size, made her a natural choice for addition to the Lindblad fleet.
The plans to completely rebuild her drew on 50 years of pioneering expedition history and expertise. National Geographic Explorer was equipped with an ice-strengthened hull and advanced navigation equipment for polar expeditions; a roster of tools for exploration; and a well-appointed interior with vast expanses of glass for an unprecedented connection to the environment. Her interior and exterior design embodied the Lindblad expedition ethos—the privilege of wildness and the luxury of comfort.
For many guests she remains their paradigm of an expedition ship. She is devoted to exploration—from her Welcoming Bridge, and the Chart Room below it where you can tuck in to warm up with a hot chocolate, to her high-perched Observation deck with its aqueous light and compelling 24/7 views. Even the art on the walls—from the Hurley prints of Shackleton’s expedition to the stunning National Geographic photos— tells an uber-narrative of globe-spanning travel and a dedication to curiosity and wonder.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
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