Cultural Highlights Along Coastal Europe (9 Days)

Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Bergen, Norway to Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: 09 Sep 2018 - 17 Sep 2018

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09 Sep 2018
Bergen, Norway

Bergen was founded in 1070 AD, and was the capital of Norway for several years. The city is a central point for Norwegian travel, yet has retained a great deal of local character and history. One example of this is the historic UNESCO-listed Bryggen district with colourful wharfs that date back to the 14th century. Take a stroll around this charming and compact city, spend some time in one of the outdoor cafés and restaurants, enjoy a trip on the Fløibanen Funicular, or visit the Fish Market before embarking your European adventure on MS Midnatsol.

10 Sep 2018
North Sea (Cruising)

Historically, the North Sea has been important during much of the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It was the centre of the rise of the feared Vikings, and later the Hanseatic League. For many years, the Dutch and the British each tried to dominate the area and the access to markets and resources found here. Today, this shallow north-eastern arm of the Atlantic Ocean is very important for marine transport. The shipping lanes are among the busiest in the world, with major ports located along its coasts. Enjoy a day on deck. Breathe in the fresh salt air, look for birds, mammals, ships, and oilrigs – all part of the lively North Sea.

11 Sep 2018
Ostend, Belgium

Oostende has a 9 km long white sand beach and is a popular beach destination for locals, but the city offers so much more. The seafront is Ostend's principal tourist attraction. But as an adventurer, you might enjoy a visit to the small and bustling fish market. Take a walking tour in the footsteps of Marvin Gaye, the American singer who spent time here. Have your own personal moment of zen in the beautiful Japanese Garden, called Shin Kai Tei. Visit the deceptively large Oostende art museum, with corridors snaking in all directions. Wander through the subterranean fortifications in the best-preserved sections of the infamous German Atlantikwall. Stand in line to get a large steaming pot of delicious mussels and fries, and later, for dessert, have a waffle or some of the famous Belgian chocolate. Or join in on a trip to Bruges and see the historical centre that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

12 Sep 2018
English Channel (Cruising)

We 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. Our observation lounge or on deck are good places to be to watch vessels from all over the world on their way through the Channel. In between relaxing, fully enjoying the experience of being at sea, or sharing experiences with fellow adventurers, you can join in for fascinating lectures and talks.

13 Sep 2018
Le Palais, France

As its name suggests, Belle-Île is one of France's most beautiful islands. With stunning cliffs, quaint seaside hamlets, pastel coloured houses, green countryside, and jagged rocky coastlines, Belle-Île's beauty has inspired adventure novelists such as Dumas, as well as impressionist painters like Monet and Matisse. The island is a well-kept secret in France, and now it's your turn to discover it! The town of Le Palais is the "capital" of the island. It is situated around the Bassin de la Saline and is overlooked by the massive Citadelle. From here you can either join several hikes and outings with the expedition team, or discover this busting towns many markets, shops, and sights independently.

14 Sep 2018
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is the heart of the Basque Country. The city boasts an unexpected duality, as it has successfully mixed traditional Basque culture with a new vision for the future. It is sophisticated and humming with action, but at the same time it is super relaxed. And it is an absolute must for design and culture lovers: the Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry, a timeless metro system designed by Sir Norman Foster, a community center designed by Philippe Starck. The list goes on and on. On the other hand you have the Casco Viejo, Bilbao's atmospheric old quarter, full of charming streets, the market, and plenty of distinctive, independent shops. At the heart of the Casco are Bilbao's seven original streets, Las Siete Calles, which date from the 1400s. Explore this wonderful and diverse urban landscape, either on your own or with one of our many excursions.

15 Sep 2018

Cruising at the sea.

16 Sep 2018
Leixoes, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
Leixoes, Portugal

From Leixões, it is a short yet very interesting trip to one of the last undiscovered European metropolises: Oporto. This ancient port is steeped in history and tradition, but with a modern outlook and bold new architecture. The cultural attractions are so diverse they will please everyone. See amazing Baroque carvings and churches with spectacular interiors as you walk down the monumental avenue Avenida dos Aliados and discover the historic centre Ribeira with colourful houses facing the river and its charming boats. A river cruise in a replica of the old rabelo boats offers a perfect view over the historic city from the riverside. Oporto is also the home of the Port wine, made exclusively in this area. Join a wine tour through the spectacular landscapes of Portugal. Visit one of the old wineries and taste this sweet and fortified red wine before you finish the excursion with a Portuguese meal.

17 Sep 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

As one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon offers centuries of heritage and charm, and has been influenced by many different cultures over time. It was home to great explorers like Vasco da Gama, Ferdinand Magellan, and Prince Henry the Navigator. Lisbon's historic districts feel like different villages as you stroll the charming streets. Visit the city's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Lisbon has a network of quaint old-fashioned trams that lurch and screech around the narrow streets. No visit is complete without taking a ride on one of these classic pre-war Remodelado trams. Discover the many hidden gems of Portugal's capital at your own pace.

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About the Ship

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MS Midnatsol (Midnight Sun)

The name Midnatsol (Midnight Sun) is something to live up to, and this ship is dedicated to the Norwegian summer.The interior's bright, colourful décor is inspired by the warm sunny climate, a motif also reflected in the many pieces of Norwegian modern art on display.

What's Included


  • Cabin grade of your choice on a full board basis

  • Wind and water resistant jacket

  • Landings with Polarcirkel boats and activities onboard and ashore

  • Professional English speaking Expedition team

Not Included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional excursions and gratuities

About Us

Exploring since 1893, Hurtigruten operates premium exploration voyages to Norway, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Europe, Africa, South/Central America and Arctic Canada. Our itineraries to these unique destinations focus on the stunning diversity of its wilderness, inhabitants, flora, and fauna. Hurtigruten’s unique heritage, combined with highly skilled crews and a diverse fleet of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, enable us to offer guests unforgettable experiences in some of the most exciting corners of the world.

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Choose from a variety of cabin options ranging from Interior, Ocean View and Suite categories on any one of our 15 ships offering modern facilities carefully blended with true character.

Terms & Conditions

The terms and conditions of this contract apply to the sea passage as well as to all other products or services of any kind whatsoever provided for or arranged by Hurtigruten AS, their agents or independent contractors. These terms and conditions represent the entire agreement and a binding contract between Hurtigruten AS and the customer. These pro-visions supersede any oral or written representations. Any change in these provisions must be in writing signed by the president of Hurtigruten AS.The transports of passengers, baggage and vehicles is subject to the provisions of the Act no. 39 of 24 June 1994 Norwegian Maritime Code, as amended (‘Norwegian Maritime Code’), and package tours are subject to the provisions of the Act no. 57 of 25 August 1995 Relating to Package Tours (‘Package Tours Act’). Copies of the Norwegian Maritime Code and the Package Tours Acts, in Norwegian and in English, are on file with Hurtigruten AS and available upon request. The terms and conditions of this contract are drawn up in accord ance with the Norwegian Maritime Code, Package Tours Act, and the regulations laid down by the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion. However, in case of conflict between this contract and the Norwegian Maritime Code or Package Tours Act, this contract shall take precedence.

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Shore Excursions

Bergen, Norway - 09 Sep 2018

Ostend, Belgium - 11 Sep 2018

Bilbao, Spain - 14 Sep 2018

Leixoes, Portugal - 16 Sep 2018

Porto, Portugal - 16 Sep 2018

Leixoes, Portugal - 16 Sep 2018

Lisbon, Portugal - 17 Sep 2018


Sintra, Portugal

Offered by: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Location: Sintra, Portugal
Length: 2 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Pre / Post Cruise Stay - Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

Start or finish your Cruise journey with additional Grandeur by staying at Tivoli Palácio de Seteais Sintra Hotel, 18th Century palace located in Sintra, the most beautiful town close to Lisbon and classified World Heritage by UNESCO.


Book a 2 night minimum stay and we are pleased to offer COMPLIMENTARY pick-up or drop-off transfer service between the Lisbon cruise terminal and Tivoli Palácio de Seteais

The Cruise Package includes:

  • 2 night stay in Superior, Deluxe or Suite category
  • A la carte breakfast in the Seteais Restaurant
  • COMPLIMENTARY pick-up or drop-off transfer service between the Lisbon cruise terminal and Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
  • Guest choice of: USD 100 equivalent Hotel Credit to be utilized during stay OR Cold cuts & Colares Wine Experience with Sommelier for 2 guests, once during stay
  • Early check in and late check out subject to availability
  • VIP Amenity with Port Wine & Sintra pastries
  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Booking period: Book by 31st MAY 2018

Eligible Room categories: Superior / Deluxe / Diplomatic Suite

How to book: Directly with the hotel and through GDS

Restrictions: Only applicable for pre- post Ocean Cruise.

How to book the transfer: After booking a room on GDS or direct, the agent needs to contact Concierge Department ( experience.seteais@tivolihotels.com ) regarding the transfer. Mention code "PrePostStay" upon reservation.

It is required the mobile phone number of the passenger to make sure the pick-up/drop-off goes smoothly. Especially for the pick up from the pier, it is key to know which pier the vessel is docked.

Offered by: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Location: Sintra, Portugal
Length: 3 Nights
Virtuoso Hotel: Tivoli Palácio de Seteais
Tivoli Palácio de Seteais - ROYAL STAY

At Tivoli Palácio de Seteais this is how we welcome Kings & Queens

Live a luxury Experience where everything is included and nothing is left to chance

SINGLE 3,225 Euro

DOUBLE 3,750 Euro

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