Northern European Cruises


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Words like moor, loch, and geyser were born in this land, because no existing vocabulary could adequately describe these extraordinary landscapes. These regions could just as easily have coined a term for ambrosial summer evenings at seaside cafés, Fabergé palaces of amber and gold, and storybook cities crisscrossed by canals and flower markets, all of which are here in abundance. But as your elegant yacht traces its way through enchanting fjords and forgotten archipelagos, you won’t need words. You are speechless.


 

London to Lisbon - 12 Days

Journey from the coast that launched a thousand explorers to the bucolic shores of the Channel Islands, sampling ambrosial meals and unique cultures along the way. Listen to the soulful strains of fado music as you stroll the black-and-white calcada sidewalks of Lisbon. Taste Galicia’s famed seafood, hearty Basque cuisine, and fine Bordeaux wines. Explore Brittany’s granite castles and the landing beaches of Normandy. Feed your intellect at the Guggenheim, and your soul amid the Victorian gardens and watercolor seascapes of Guernsey.

Edinburgh to Edinburgh - 7 Days

Precipitous, glacier-carved shorelines, colorful clapboard fishing cabins, and wispy, veil-like waterfalls gently twisting in seaside breezes: The Norwegian coastline offers perspectives and experiences unlike any other in Europe and this 7-day adventure makes the most of every opportunity. Embark from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and quickly traverse the North Sea to Sognefjord, the deepest and longest fjord in Norway. Take a ride on the acclaimed Flåmsbana Railway high into the remote mountains, then breathlessly descend by bike to the village below. Peer tentatively over the sheer face of Preikestolen at the captivating Lysefjord shoreline almost 2,000 feet beneath you. Or, if reflective solitude moves you, spend quiet moments among the intricate carved wood and polished surfaces of the Urnes Stave Church in Skjolden, one of the last surviving wooden structures from the Medieval Era. Sample and savor endless variations of smoked salmon, briny caviar, and plump scallops. Or keep it rustic with a golden dollop of tart, cloudberry jam on a thick slice of dense Norwegian fjellbrod. This is an unforgettable journey of stunning vistas, lingering twilights and enlightening discoveries of arts, foods and Viking traditions that shape our modern world today.

Copenhagen to Edinburgh - 11 Days

Drink in the scenery of Norway’s famous fjords, then lay claim to three of Scotland’s four island groups—Shetland, Orkney, and Outer Hebrides. Stunning scenery is all around—velvet-green moors, jagged mountains, timeless gray castles perched on lonely lochs. And each day brings a new adventure from meeting a Scottish laird to watching for Nessy in Loch Ness to tasting Scotland’s national dish, haggis. Cities large and small punctuate this well-rounded voyage, concluding with an evening in Edinburgh—time to shop for tweeds, kilts, and cashmere along the Royal Mile.

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 7 Days

Dramatic scenery and curious communities coalesce on this week-long circumnavigation of Iceland. Explore a country few people will ever visit, and go far beyond the tourist hotspots to remote fjords, raging waterfalls, and small fishing villages. Get to know the independent and creative Icelanders, and watch whales and seabirds play offshore. This Iceland cruise is yachting at its most inventive.

Edinburgh to Dublin - 8 Days

From the pubs of Dublin to the castles of Edinburgh, journey through hills and highlands, idyllic islands, and lyrical landscapes. Here in the land of good Scotch and great golf, astonishing natural beauty meets refined elegance in beautiful ports and quaint marinas. Celebrate Scotland's iconic past and lively present – and toast the spirit of the Emerald Isle.

Edinburgh to London - 11 Days

Close in geography, distinct in culture, the countries of the British Isles offer their own unique takes on the United Kingdom. See it all with the perspective only a Windstar ship can give you as you visit small-ship-only ports like Ullapool, Oban, and Fishguard; berth at small-ship-only locations in Belfast  and London ; and stay in key cities like Belfast and Dublin late into the evening. Explore castle ruins and gardens in Scotland. Check the Giant’s Causeway and Blarney Castle off your list in Ireland. Discover the idyllic Cornish village of St. Ives. Even your disembarkation is an adventure as you dock in London right next to HMS Belfast (Tower Bridge), one of the most exclusive cruise ports in the world.

Copenhagen to Reykjavik - 10 Days

Cruise beneath the Midnight Sun to sparkling Norwegian fjords, steaming Icelandic geysers, ancient Scottish standing stones, and the bucolic Faroe Islands. Hear the echoes of Old Norse tongues, see lands once lauded in ancient Viking sagas, and witness sights that will stir your soul. As a Windstar guest you experience it all from a uniquely thrilling perspective.

Amsterdam to Stockholm - 10 Days

Discover the radiant beauty of Baltic capitals from the fairytale castles and gardens of Copenhagen to Tallinn’s medieval walls and Helsinki’s charming Old Town. Spend two days in St. Petersburg enthralled by the gold-and-amber excesses of imperial palaces, the Hermitage, a perfectly performed ballet. Then venture to places off the beaten path, including some reserved exclusively for small ships like ours. Cruise through the middle of the German countryside as you cross the Kiel Canal. Nose into the tiny port of Harlingen with its 600 historic homes and UNESCO-designated wetlands. Stand on deck as your luxurious ship arrives in Mariehamn, Port of the Last Windjammers, and docks next to a lovely windjammer from ages past. Go to sleep each night with stars in your eyes, even as the Midnight Sun is slow to set.

Discover and explore the hidden treasures often overlooked along the far-flung edge of Western Europe during this 8-day Atlantic cruise that touches on Portugal, Northern Spain, France, Belgium, the UK’s Channel Islands and the Netherlands. Take a relaxing riverboat cruise along Porto’s storied Douro River waterfront and learn the significance of Port wines during a detailed wine tasting. Explore Spain’s greenest landscapes surrounding El Ferrol, then, meet the skilled artisans of centuries-old Sargardelos, one of the most famous ceramics factories in the world. Hike to breathtaking vistas atop the 229-foot-high headlands of Cap Frehel near St.-Malo. Wander the elegant halls of Elizabeth Castle in the small port of St. Helier in the Channel Islands, or sample the famous fresh lobster and savory and creamy dishes based on cheeses from the famed Jersey cows. Learn the mysteries, controversies and disputes that continue nearly a thousand years after the final strands of the Bayeux Tapestry were woven into place. Admire classical Flemish art at Bruges’ Groeningemuseum and sample tangy Belgium ales at countless small pubs and family breweries. This coastal adventure concludes in Amsterdam, where you can admire works housed in the Van Gogh Museum, tour Anne Frank’s House or rent bikes to ride among countless art galleries, antique shops and charming cafes in some of the most famous and vibrant neighborhoods in the Netherlands.

Indulge your sense of adventure and slake your thirst for local cuisines and cultures during this 10-day cruise between Athens and Rome. Sail a Santorini catamaran around the volcanic islands of Thirassia, Nea Kameni and steamy newcomer Palea Kameni before swimming in relaxing thermal spring waters. Discover the untouched, windswept and often-overlooked island of Milos, the place where the storied Venus de Milo, one of the most celebrated statues in classical art, remained hidden for centuries. Transit the narrow, steep-walled Corinth Canal that divides the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland, an engineering feat attempted in antiquity, but incomplete for 2,000 years. Snorkel or sunbathe along the uncrowded beaches and clear waters near tiny Fiskardo. Master the fine art of Maltese Mediterranean antipasti platters and other culinary delights under the guidance of a professional chef. This remarkable journey ends in Rome, among the broken ruins of the Coliseum and Forum, the cradle of representative government. Wander narrow side streets and browse boutique shops for handmade souvenirs, but save a moment to throw coins in Trevi Fountain and guarantee future visits to this wondrous city.

Copenhagen to Copenhagen - 8 Days

More than a thousand fjords lace the west  coast of Norway, carved by glaciers and filled by the Norwegian Sea. One of the world’s natural wonders, Geirangerfjord and Signefjord are stunning from every angle—from the top of Lysefjord’s anvil-shaped Pulpit Rock, from the Flam Railway as it winds through the mountains and past waterfalls high above Aurlandsfjord, and from the fjords themselves as you cruise on Star Breeze. Tiny hill farms, half-timbered houses, and stave churches pass by, leading the way to the Art Nouveau architecture of Alesund, the colorful Hanseatic pier in Bergen, and sights too beautiful to imagine.

Stockholm to Copenhagen - 8 Days

Marvel at the sheer magnitude of it all. The charming Old Towns of Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki. Copenhagen’s picture-perfect Nyhavn wharf. St. Petersburg’s imperial grandeur and treasure trove of visual and performing arts. Marvel again at the ever-changing panorama of emerald archipelagos, fairytale castles, and immaculately manicured gardens. Six countries in a week, yet nothing feels hurried. There’s time to stroll the Nevsky Prospect for amber earrings, explore the golden age of sail on Mariehamn’s classic windjammer, and spend a day at sea relaxing with a good book and a perfect massage in the WindSpa.

A perfect adventure for anglophiles or anyone with a desire to explore the British Isles, this 19-day cruise lands at major destinations and pastoral, often-overlooked settings throughout Ireland, the Isle of Man and the United Kingdom. Hone your skills at pulling the perfect pint at the Gravity Bar high above the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. Learn about the 5,000-year-old mysteries of Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Ring of Brodgar, near Kirkwall, and sit back and sip a cup of rich Cornish Cream Tea as you admire the steep slopes and coastal views surrounding Kynance Cove in Cornwall, England.

The precipitous stone walls of Edinburgh Castle have defined the skyline of Scotland’s capital for more than a millennium, and even if you miss the many pipe-and-drum performances of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, or the chest-thumping blast of the One O’Clock Gun, walking along the storied parapets remains the best view of the city and the perfect place to ponder the courageous feat of withstanding 26 sieges. After exploring and shopping the Royal Mile during the height of Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe, you’ll cross the North Sea to scenic Sognefjord and glide between the sheer, 5,000-foot-high cliffs that define Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Don’t miss a trip up to the imposing, 2,000-foot-high ledge on Pulpit Rock, and follow the worn cobblestones to Stavanger Cathedral, Norway’s best preserved cathedral. Gaze out from the stacked slabs that make up the village walls of Skara Brae, the oldest and most intact Stone Age settlement in the world. our adventure concludes in Dublin, where you can take in a pint of rich Guinness stout as you contemplate the 360-degree view of slate rooftops, church spires and Ireland’s rolling green hills in the distance.

Europe’s summer days are longest and most scenic along the coastlines of Scandinavia, Russia, Scotland and Iceland. Discover this unique seasonal beauty as fjords and pristine archipelagos meander past your cabin window late into the evening twilight. Pedal past tree-lined streets and pastel-painted homes in the archipelago town of Mariehamn, a Finnish island capital where nearly 90% of residents speak Swedish. Sample reindeer sausage or try fresh, tart lingonberries paired with smooth and velvety local ice cream in Helsinki’s numerous eateries and cafés. Stay overnight in St. Petersburg near the opulence and alabaster elegance of the Winter Palace, or test your endurance among Hermitage Museum’s three million exhibit items, a display tally second only to the Louvre. Master the Estonian art of fine chocolate confectionaries as you create mouthwatering truffle fillings under the tutelage of a Master Confectioner in Tallinn’s Rottermann Quarter. Admire expansive waterfalls and Norwegian natural settings as you wander among quiet, fern-topped cabins in the misty village of Hellesylt. Examine Iron Age artifacts near the craggy, windswept expanses surrounding the village of Lerwick, in the Shetland Islands, or sit with a frothy pint of ale among locals in a wood-paneled pub. Your extensive exploration of Northern Europe concludes in Reykjavik, with its steaming fissures and brooding volcanoes. Browse Edward Munch sketches and local artists’ works at the National Gallery of Iceland or discover a quiet café and drink in the warmth of fresh coffee and sincere Icelandic hospitality.

Listen for Edinburgh’s One-o’clock gun, the same one captains used to set their sailing ship clocks, then set sail for the Scottish fishing village of Ullapool, a highly regarded debarkation point for Highland wildlife enthusiasts, moorland backpackers and heathland naturalists. Raise an amber dram of whisky in a Glasgow distillery, chased by a pint of dark, stout ale inside Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse. Learn Welsh traditions in the tiny coastal village of Fishguard and discover seaweed-rich laverbread, meat-filled shepherd’s pies and cheesy Welsh rarebit. Wander the Tower of London and see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Bike beside Bruges’ placid canals and colorful parks. Sample freshly-made ice cream from Jersey cows near St. Helier in the Channel Islands. This magnificent journey eventually concludes among the colorful shops and one-of-a-kind restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal. Take a side trip to explore Pena Palace, a captivating and colorful architectural monument to the Romanticism, or stay local and sample Ports and Madeira as the nearby Tagus River gently flows toward the Atlantic

Explore the finest small ports in Scotland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark) before circumnavigating Iceland on this 18-day summertime adventure from Edinburgh to Reykjavik. Your first 11 days cover the shorelines of Scotland and Norway, stopping off to see Denmark’s Faroe Islands. The following week explores Iceland’s majestic fjords, imposing volcanoes and remote rocky reaches. Discover the challenges faced by Iron Age communities near Kirkwall, Scotland, sample almond ring cake and other Norwegian culinary delights at a historic farm near Bergen, Norway, and kayak among sea birds and urban artistry in Alesund, Norway. Iceland excursions include flights above waterfalls and volcanoes on Heimaey Island, detailed archaeological examinations of a medieval farm near Seydisfjordur, and relaxing moments immersed in the natural geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths outside Akureyri.

Make the most of every European moment during a delightful journey that touches on 11 countries throughout the north and west. Walk among the restless, unrelenting push of prevailing westerly sea breezes that ruffle the Galician vineyard vines today but protected El Ferrol and the Castle of San Felipe from centuries of seafaring invaders and blockades. Explore the shadowy recesses of German bunkers, detailed World War II exhibits and heart-rending memorials in St.-Malo, France. Indulge in deliciously decadent cheeses from world-renowned Jersey cow dairies outside St. Helier on the Channel Islands. Admire classic masterpieces in Bruge’s famed Museum St. Janshospital, then sample rich Belgian chocolates and tart Trappist ales. Ride sturdy bikes along Amsterdam’s cobblestone paths, past quiet canals and open markets, before snacking on salty fish paired with sharp pickles and aromatic onions at local herring carts. Make a leisurely transit of the Kiel Canal, tracing pastoral Eider Plain farmland, and enjoy perspectives inaccessible to large conventional cruise ships. Sip coffee paired with mouth-watering chocolate desserts in Copenhagen’s scenic Tivoli Gardens, among stalls and pavilions that have been around since 1843. Linger amid Russia’s largest French art collection and the Faberge Coronation Easter Egg during an overnight in St. Petersburg. This exploration of the Atlantic and Baltic coastlines concludes among the modern splendors of Stockholm, where you can marvel at the restoration of a 17th Century warship and other maritime exhibits in the Vasa Museum, learn about human advancements at the Nobel Museum, or sample the delicate flavors of Gravlax, thinly-sliced dill-cured salmon at one of the innumerable charming waterfront cafés.

Explore sundrenched beaches, windswept cliffs, and celebrated canals along the Iberian Peninsula. Portugal beckons with achingly beautiful fado folk music, creating the soundtrack of your days exploring twisting alleyways, outdoor cafés, towering sea cliffs, and sampling local Port and Madeira wine on an overnight in Funchal. Reminiscent of its namesake, witness the whistled speech of locals in the Canary Islands, visit the lush cloudforest of Garajonay National Park and feel the sand between your toes at San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Teide National Park. Journey north to soak up Morocco’s eccentricities—from goats in trees (really), to the vibrant colors and scents of exotic spices in the storied souks of Agadir. Make your own pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and discover the beauty of Mont St. Michel with a stop to sample the famed French oysters of Cancale. Explore Norman villages in search of the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a “Memory of the World,” or take in war history at the D-Day beaches of Normandy. Your adventure concludes with a toast to fine Belgian beer and chocolate in Bruges, and exploring canals while cycling the museum-filled streets of Amsterdam.

Reykjavik to Dublin - 18 Days

Savor 19 days of sailing and adventures among the northern latitudes of Ireland, Isle of Man, UK, Norway, Faroe Islands (Denmark) and Iceland in this exceptional journey featuring 15 stops in diverse and scenic settings that range from remote fishing villages to bustling seaports. Wander the windswept northern Scottish reaches once inhabited by Iron Age families outside of Kirkwall. Watch nesting sea birds and listen to the calls of grey seals along the coastline of Spanish Head on the Isle of Man. And step inside the Rosenkrantz Tower at Saint Mary’s Church in Bergen, recognized as the finest example of Romanesque architecture in Norway. In Reykjavik, Iceland you can visit the stately white Höfdi House where Ronald Regan and Mikhail Gorbachev discussed peace in 1986 before sampling Icelandic meat soup at the Viking World Museum.

Escape the summer crowds on this autumn adventure through western France, Portugal, and Spain. With 20 days ahead, you have time to relax on sunny Costa del Sol beaches, follow the explorers to highlights along Portugal’s coast, and sip fine wines in France’s most famous vineyards. Tune your ear and your taste buds to the diverse cultures you encounter, from the Basque Lands to Celtic Brittany to Andalusia’s Moorish influence. And discover you can have delightful adventures even as your small white ship draws envious glances wherever you go.

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