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 ship traces its way through enchanting fjords and forgotten archipelagos, you won’t need words. You are speechless.


 

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.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Edinburgh - 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.

London to London - 12 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.

London to Reykjavik - 11 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.

Copenhagen to Stockholm - 10 Days

Visit seven magical countries and nine delightful cities as you travel through the Baltic's most fascinating cultures and breathtaking scenery. Your ship docks close to the center of most ports placing you just steps away from major sights, while an overnight stay in St. Petersburg gives you time to savor more of the imperial city’s wonders.

Amsterdam 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.

Copenhagen to Stockholm - 7 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.

Athens to Athens - 12 Days

Follow Jason and the Argonauts through the Black Sea on their quest for the Golden Fleece and find a magical world where lines blur between fact and fantasy. Listen as your onboard narrator shares tales of the Trojan Horse and the Battle of Gallipoli as you navigate the narrow Dardanelles between ancient Troy and the famous World War I battlefield. Discover Istanbul, the romantic city once known as Constantinople, with its radiant Blue Mosque and still-bustling Silk Road caravanserai dating to the 17th century. Explore ancient towns brimming with medieval churches, charming Ottoman villages where the gold of the realm is saffron, and cuisines as delicious as they are unfamiliar. In fact, the unexpected is your constant companion on this voyage to all 6 countries that border the Black Sea. Follow wine to its original source in Georgia, far from the vineyards of France and Italy. Spend a long day in Odessa, a city that appears more European than Soviet with its Greek Street, French Boulevard and Italian Boulevard. Take in the novelty architecture of Batumi from the Acropolis to an upside-down White House. And rearrange your reality in Bulgaria, where shaking your head from side to side means "yes," and nodding your head up and down means "no." Although you may not find a golden fleece on this journey, each port you visit offers diverse and wonderful rewards.

Reykjavik to Reykjavik - 10 Days

Take in the glow of pink midnight skies as you stand before fragile moss-shrouded arctic deserts punctuated by alabaster icefields, steaming geysers and smoldering volcanoes on a 10-day combination cruise and tour that integrates inland adventures with a coastal circumnavigation of Iceland. Venture inshore to Iceland’s untouched regions, including the Hraunfoss Lava Falls, the thundering Barnafoss Waterfall and glowing blue ice caverns beneath the Langjokull Glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Bask in the steamy comfort of Blue Lagoon’s outdoor geothermal spa. Wander Reykjavik’s cultural museums and make your way along inviting side streets where former fishing homes offer basement bars, artisan boutiques and local coffee houses. Sample Kjötsúpa, a regional lamb stew rich in root vegetables. Spend an evening amid the colorful and quirky Seydisfjordur, a summer haven for artists and a jumping-off point for naturalists and scientists studying puffins, kittiwakes, arctic terns and innumerable wildlife in the nearby Skálanes Nature Reserve.

London to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) - 10 Days

Discover the lesser-known wonders of Ireland during this 10-day cruise that practically circles enchanting Éire. Wander among famous literary landmarks on Baker Street, in the Globe Theatre and at the George Inn prior to indulging in locally brewed brown and amber ales during an overnight stay on the River Thames in London. Saunter the narrowed cobbled lanes of Kilkenny and admire the imposing Black Abbey and colorfully painted shop displays. Stroll the neatly manicured grounds of Kilkenny Castle, a Norman fortification built nearly a thousand years ago. Take in a seisiún, or traditional Irish music performance featuring fiddles and trilling uilleann pipes punctuated by bodhrán drums. Listen to soaring seabirds cry as you hop across hexagonally shaped stones on the storied Giant’s Causeway. Stay overnight in Belfast touring amid the cast-iron relics and colossal shipyard equipment used to build and launch the Titanic over a century ago, or sit back and enjoy a Black Cab tour rich in sparkling contemporary lights and centuries-old sights.

Lisbon to London - 10 Days

Sip robust red wines from storied French chateaus. Stare skyward at centuries-old arches in silent, candle-lit cathedrals. This 10-day, autumn Atlantic cruise along the coasts of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal is an ideal getaway for anyone seeking popular European destinations without summertime crowds. Set sail from London, where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and open seats at riverside pubs. Trace the Battle of Hastings across the 1,000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry and the victory of William the Conqueror over King Harold II. Sip cider beverages paired with local cheeses at an old distillery near Honfleur. Uncover the secret war waged by Guernsey’s island resistance at the La Valette Underground museum in St Peter Port. Slurp freshly shucked oysters with dry Muscadet wines from the western Loire Valley during a delicious stop at the Castel Clara restaurant in Port Goulphar on Belle Ile. Stroll beneath the storied arches of famous classified wine estates and sample exceptional French food during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Soar high above the priceless Medoc vineyards and sprawling chateaus in St. Émilion in a helicopter. Cook up pinchos, or Basque-style tapas at a Bilbao cooking class or study contemporary art at the Guggenheim Museum. Sip smoky, 30-year-old port and shop the famed Avenida do Aliados District in Porto, Portugal. This journey concludes in Lisbon, where uncrowded streets present opportunities to explore the palace ruins of Moorish São Jorge Castle above the city and the crenelated splendors of Belém Tower down on the waterfront—all in one wonderful autumn day.

Quaint ports and little-known delights await you on this 10-day cruise along the shores and canals of Northern Europe, focusing on Germany with overnights in London, Amsterdam and Hamburg. Ride in the trailing mist of a century-old Rügen steam locomotive and stroll the Standpromenade or a sandy, uncrowded Baltic Sea beach in Germany. Sip refreshing beers and sample marizipan in an authentic German beer garden in the small port of Wismar, or take an exceptional journey inland to explore Berlin’s Cold War relics and contemporary refinements. Admire verdant northern countryside scenery as you transit the Kiel Canal between the North and Baltic Seas. Wander the raucous Reaperbahn in Hamburg’s St. Pauli District before visiting the old haunts of ‘60s pop performances. Spend an evening in London admiring Hyde Park’s ornate gardens, shopping one-of-a-kind boutiques on Bond and Oxford streets or combining dinner and theatre in the West End during an overnight stay on the River Thames.

Bordeaux to Amsterdam - 11 Days

The French are known for their style and taste, and as you make your way from Bordeaux to Brittany, Normandy to Flanders, notice how each new vista appeals to an artist’s eye. Island fortresses exude a fairytale magic – the breathtaking abbey perched on Mont St. Michel, imposing St.-Malo filled with pirate lore, the Ville Close of Concarneau with its romantic drawbridges. Everywhere you look are scenes that beg to be captured on canvas, or perhaps already are – stunning La Rochelle built of luminous white limestone, Quimper’s gargoyle-embellished cathedral, Monet’s fabulous Japanese garden in Giverny, and Versailles, its gardens as magnificent as its gilded interior. History here escapes the books and leads you on a wild scavenger hunt. Bone up on the Norman Conquest in the threads of the 11th century Bayeux Tapestry. Uncover the hearts and souls of medieval prisoners in the graffiti of La Rochelle’s Old Port towers. Read the story of St. Ronan carved into the wood pulpit of Locronan’s church. Relive the battle before the battle of D-Day in the bullet holes on Pegasus Bridge. Your spring timing is perfect for wandering gardens and flower markets, quaint Old Towns and the shops of Rue de Rennes in Paris. And with three overnight stays and smaller ports of call that are closer to the sights than big ships get, you can spend more time in the places you want to see most.

Discover the hidden coastlines and the overlooked charms of lesser-known small ports during this extraordinary 11-day crossing of Europe’s Atlantic shores. Sip Devonshire Cream tea and nibble on decadent cakes as you discover Dartmouth’s 400-year-old connection to Mayflower pilgrims. Explore the century-old halls inside the Britannia Royal Naval College, the UK’s naval academy for the British Royal Navy officers and former school of several princes in the royal family. Attend a French cuisine cooking class or stroll among the vineyard rows in Médoc or St. Émilion during a delicious stop that blends storied red wines with briny French cheeses near the outskirts of Bordeaux. Follow the painted or sculpted scallop shells leading to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate destination of pilgrims for more than 1,000 years. Linger over dark, rich, and fiery red port wines as you float past the tall, tiled-roof port houses lining Porto’s waterfront on the Douro River. Run your fingers along the sculpted stone knots commemorating Portugal’s bold maritime history at Belém Tower on the banks of Lisbon’s Tagus River. It’s a perfect vista for watching sunsets on the Atlantic while sharing dreams and plans for your next European adventure.

Edinburgh to Copenhagen - 10 Days

Trek past low, wind-shorn coastal vegetation punctuated by cairns of stacked rocks and lichen-covered Neolithic monoliths. Caress the glossy corners of wooden church pews polished smooth by generations of prayerful hands from Norwegian villagers both past and present. This 10-day cruise combines the cultural intimacy exclusive to small port excursions with the rugged beauty of the fjords and glaciers of Norway. It’s a journey of contrasts where futuristic innovations intermingle with artifacts and monuments from an ancient past. Stroll among countless tartans, kilts and scarves for sale along Edinburgh’s cobblestoned Royal Mile. Savor lesser-known Scottish haddock dishes like sauce-covered Finnan haddie or salty, hardwood-smoked Arbroath smokies. Ride in Olden’s open ‘Troll Cars’ to the melting Briksdal Glacier, the most accessible arm of the Jostedal—the largest glacier in Europe. Take flight in a helicopter to the sweeping heights of Norway’s popular Pulpit Rock and the steep, granite-lined cliffs of Lysefjord. Explore Skagen’s “blue hour” a summer light favored by Scandinavian Realist and Impressionist artists more than a century ago. Take a ride among old world amusements in Copenhagen’s Tivoli Garden or catch an impromptu concert amid Christiania’s eclectic and contemporary counterculture crowd. This delicious and insightful journey delivers memorable experiences far beyond ordinary.

Edinburgh to Tilbury - 8 Days

Surround yourself in the pageantry and majesty of parading tall-mast sailing ships at Sail Amsterdam, a special event that only occurs once every five years and is the largest nautical event of its kind in the world. This special cruise spends three days in Amsterdam among the splendor of this global event, anchored in the company of legendary sailing ships. You’ll have plenty to see, sample and celebrate along storied waterfronts, but make time to follow the countless canals past tall and tilting timbered shops and flats to verdant old world parks and stately museums housing shadowy masterpieces by Dutch Masters and vibrant, impressionist pieces immortalized by Van Gogh’s bold brushstrokes. This one-of-a-kind cruise also explores historic ports and hallmark cuisine throughout Scotland, England, and Belgium. Stroll in the footsteps of Roman sentries on Hadrian’s Wall Path, the largest Roman artifact in the world.  Discover the ancient engineering secrets of improvised fortifications made from turf, timbers, limestone, and sandstone along the longest line of defense in ancient Western Civilization. Sip and savor the citrus and spice notes in Belgian ales, the sweet richness of local chocolates and the rustic charm of Flemish farmhouses surrounding Ghent and Bruges. Your memorable journey concludes on the River Thames near London, where you should plan on making time for riding double-decker buses, eating fish and chips, and sipping countless malty, fruity caramel-colored iterations of classic English brown ales.

Stockholm to London - 12 Days

Satisfy your Scandinavian cravings with a voyage that combines iconic Northern capitals, a handful of smaller, less-visited ports, and the incredible fjord scenery Norway is famous for. Viking history weaves its way throughout your journey at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, a Viking burial site in Aalborg, the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, and a reconstructed Viking living history farm in Haugesund, homeland of Viking kings. Leap forward a few centuries and find yourself in Copenhagen’s Nyhavn, brightly painted townhouses reflecting in a canal lined with historic wooden sailing ships. But all the fascinating history, grand buildings, and magnificent museums are dwarfed by the beauty of Norway’s fjords. Cruise Sognefjord past gushing waterfalls, deep green mountains, isolated hillside farms, and the occasional stave church. Take in vistas of Oslofjord from the public square on the roof of the Oslo Opera House. Visit tiny fjord-side hamlets with populations barely larger than that of Star Legend. And enjoy unique berths, from the town of Aalborg with room for just one cruise ship at a time, to our exclusive small ship moorage next to the museum ship HMS Belfast right at London’s Tower Bridge. With more time in port and an overnight stay in London, you can see even more of the wonders under the Midnight Sun.

Savor mouthwatering local delights and breathtaking scenery along the coastlines of Estonia, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United Kingdom during this 19-day cruise throughout the Baltic and North Sea. Sink your teeth into the art of Estonian truffle making with the guidance of a Master Confectioner at a delicious workshop in Tallinn’s Rottermann Quarter. Overnight in St. Petersburg and enjoy the grace of a Russian Ballet performance at a famed St. Petersburg theater. Drift close to Scandinavian seabirds and the moored Finnish Ice Breaker fleet during a kayaking tour around the Helsinki archipelago and bicycle through the rustic countryside outside the small Finnish port of Mariehamn before sitting down to traditional Åland pancakes with plum jam and whipped cream. Tour Stockholm’s rustic Old Town before sampling an authentic Swedish Smorgasbord of gravy-covered meatballs, smoked herring, sweet preserves and dense breads. Discover the beauty of Norwegian fjord cruising and combine trekking and biking on a guided journey to the scenic Drivande Waterfall above the verdant Mørkrid Valley near Skjolden. Overnight in London with time to see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

Discover small ship cruising’s unique advantages during stops at little-known ports like Killybegs and Bantry and unusual perspectives of iconic destinations on small-group tours throughout England, Scotland and near circumnavigation of Ireland on this remarkable 18-day cruise. Wander Kilkenny’s medieval buildings, including Ireland’s second longest cathedral—St. Canice—adjacent to one of oldest European high towers accessible to visitors. Stroll Belfast’s cobblestoned streets and visit one of the city’s eldest and most celebrated pubs for a special Irish whiskey tasting. Trace the scenic and treacherous Isle of Man motorcycle racing course on a special three-seater touring Trike. Hop along the black, hexagonal beachside basalt pillars of the fabled Giant’s Causeway near Portrush. Roam the windswept heath around the ancient and mysterious Ring of Brodgar near Kirkwall. Dine on haggis capped with neeps and tatties—pureed parsnip and mash potatoes—paired with greens and a delicious briny sauce at a cheery Scottish restaurant near Edinburgh.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Copenhagen - 18 Days

From the craggy, foggy coastlines of Brittania to the soaring Norwegians fjords, the tales and feasts of Viking and the Scots abound.  This cruise features stops in Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Norway, and Denmark. Sip a wee dram of exquisite whisky as you listen to tales of lost Spanish gold in Tobermory’s harbor port on the Isle of Mull. Wander the windswept Orkney Island moors near Skara Brae, Scotland. Admire massive glaciers and sample Norwegian cheeses in Olden, Norway. Browse Bergen’s eclectic waterfront shops for intricate Norwegian sweaters and wood-carved ornaments. Discover the celebrated history of the Skagen School and learn why accomplished artists ventured here a century ago to paint in Denmark’s distinct summer sunlight. This remarkable journey culminates among the cosmopolitan splendors of Copenhagen, where you can explore the 1800s amusement-park ambiance of the Tivoli Gardens and sample new Nordic cuisine at several of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the world.

Uncover Europe’s culinary and cultural delights throughout this 19-day August cruise featuring stops in the UK, France, Spain, and Portugal. Set sail near London and walk the small town of Dartmouth among fresh Royal Naval College cadets and Medieval Era exhibits. Pair rich Bordeaux wine blends with succulent French cuisine during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Admire the view of distant Moroccan mountain ranges from the strategic heights of the Rock of Gibraltar. Discover the beauty of UNESCO site the Alhambra Palace. Kick back on a warm beach not far from Palma de Mallorca’s exceptional restaurants, or head up the hill and explore Castell de Bellver, a circular fortification dating back to the 1300s. This amazing adventure culminates in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where you can amble up Las Ramblas with pedestrians and shoppers, or wander among the Gothic Quarter’s narrow passages and daunting walls.

Savor more than two months exploring Europe’s small ports and popular landmarks throughout the Baltic, North Sea, and the Western and Central Mediterranean during this once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Visit 48 ports in 20 countries over 62 days aboard our flagship sailing ship, Wind Surf. Spend the night in St. Petersburg, Russia and visit The State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, or attend an exclusive evening ballet performance. Feel inspiration from Norway’s beautiful towering fjords and sample the fresh flavors of an abundant smorgasbord. Attend the 3-day Sail Amsterdam Celebration and check out historic sailing ships from all over the world, a bucket list highlight. Bask on sandy Spanish beaches sipping delicious local wines. This exceptional journey concludes among Venice canals, where you watch gondoliers atop the Rialto Bridge and reflect on a wealth of new travel memories.

Barcelona to Amsterdam - 23 Days

Sip and savor delicious European cuisine paired with famous destinations and little-known fishing villages during this deliciously delightful, 23-day exploration of Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Browse more than 155 works spanning 83 years, including ceramics created by Picasso at the Fundación Museo Picasso de Málaga. Ride in a scenic gondola to Gibraltar’s summit and enjoy panoramic strait views in the company of resident Barbary apes. Dip a paddle blade in the Minho River during a guided kayak tour near Vigo, Spain. Sail up the river to overnight in Seville where many varieties of tapas beckon. Tour globally renowned wineries and indulge in steak au poivre paired with spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon dominant red wine blends from Bordeaux’s famed left bank during an extended 2-night Bordeaux stay. Walk amid the ruins of German concrete fortifications above the beaches of Normandy near Caen. Overnight in St-Malo ensuring time to visit UNESCO site Mont St Michelle. Admire the French countryside during a cruise up the Seine River, culminating in a romantic overnight stay near Paris and the well-known wine and food delicacies.

Lesser-known North Sea splendors and warm Mediterranean beaches beckon during this 18-day cruise that stops at ports in England, France, Guernsey, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. Cast off from London’s busy riverfront, past the Tower Bridge and the restored light cruiser HMS Belfast. Learn how Victor Hugo lived and wrote during his exile from France, or dine on rich, local cassoulet and conger—sea eel—soup at a St. Peter Port café in Guernsey. Wander winding streets to walled fortifications above the tiny French port of Le Palais. Sniff, swirl, and sip your way through a flight of red wines during a delectable overnight stay in Bordeaux. Inhale the aroma and savor the richness of t Porto’s renowned Ports. Quench your thirst with sweet Moroccan mint tea and shop for trinkets and dried fruit and nuts among the stalls at the Grand Socco in Tangier. Your journey concludes in cosmopolitan Barcelona, where enticing aromas of sizzling seafood paella reminds you of the eclectic cuisine, culture, and history Spain offers.

Copenhagen to Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) - 20 Days

Medieval castles, scenic coastlines and delicious sweet surprises await on this 20-day cruise that visits large cities and overlooked small ports throughout Denmark, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland and the Netherlands. Examine historic chocolate-making machines from the 1950s and 1960s prior to creating your own sweet confection during a Hamburg overnight stay. Take in scenic views of the north German countryside on a time-saving daytime transit of the small-ship-friendly Kiel Canal. You’ll use this time to explore most of Ireland’s rugged coastline while making stops at popular destinations and tiny, often-overlooked port villages. Admire the manicured terraced gardens and stately Georgian architecture at the Bantry House and Garden. Step aboard a flying boat and discover the roots of transatlantic passenger flights in an original terminal building in Foynes. Browse intricate tapestries and hand-knotted carpets by famed Killybegs weavers, sample fresh-caught Atlantic salmon and steaming Dublin oyster stew at authentic, family owned seafood establishments and relish 3 days in London.

Explore the finest small ports in Scotland, Norway, and the Faroe Islands (Denmark) before circumnavigating Iceland on this 17-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.

Bask in the natural beauty of Norwegian fjords and delightful Danish shores prior to delving into the history and culture of Ireland, Scotland and England during this memorable 24-day cruise that visits Sweden, Denmark, Norway, England, Ireland and Scotland. Float in Tivoli Garden dragon boats, whirl on an antique carousel, or relax and enjoy coffee and pastries in a Copenhagen café. Sip chilled vodka poured into ice glasses inside Icebar Oslo. Stare skyward at steep cliffs and tumbling waterfalls while cruising past Sognefjord’s rugged coastline. Take a turn or three ascending and descending the London Eye, snacking on fish and chips and watching the changing of the Buckingham Palace guard during two overnight stays. Steal away to Spike Island, a former Irish smuggler’s haven not far from where passengers purchased tickets for the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Sample Scottish whisky amid copper kettles, fragrant oak barrels and old stone passages at the famed Oban Distillery.

Venice to Reykjavik - 51 Days

Set sail on an unforgettable vacation rich in European art, Mediterranean cuisine, and memorable cultural exchanges during this epic 66-day cruise featuring stops in Iceland, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Norway, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Malta, Greece, and Turkey. You begin in Reykjavik, surrounded by ice-topped ridgelines. Visit Akureyri along the northern Icelandic coast, not far from lunar-like volcanic expanses where astronauts perfected simulated moonwalks. Sip a pint of amber ale or a dram of fiery golden Scotch whisky in a Kirkwall pub. Wander Dublin Castle’s Gothic halls. Sample premier crus and small-run French wines during an overnight stay in Bordeaux. Stroll Valetta’s narrow flagstone streets and touch dun-hued city walls gouged by centuries of sieges. Dine among the history of the Celsus Library prior to an exclusive concert in Ephesus. This epic journey concludes in Athens not far from the Acropolis and the best souvlaki-serving tavernas found in the Attica.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Copenhagen - 16 Days

Much like the Irish blessing, the road, fjords and emerald scenery rise up to meet you throughout this 16-day cruise to historic Northern European ports, emerald-topped cliffs and unspoiled Norwegian fjords during visits throughout Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland, Norway, and Denmark. Sip a rich and frothy stout and take in Dublin’s skyline from the Gravity Bar. Float past lonely Scottish castles, serrated coastal cliffs and seemingly endless windswept heaths. Ride deep into the Norwegian wilderness aboard the scenic Flam Railway. Spiral skyward in the hoofsteps of royalty inside Copenhagen’s Rundetaarn, a 17th century observatory built for horses and carriages and host to horseback rulers like Czar Peter the Great.

Discover flavors, history, culture and little-known small ports of Western Europe like Oban, St. Peter Port and Le Palais on a remarkable 24-day cruise that stops in England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain and Portugal. Overnight in Belfast and wander Industrial Era maritime warehouses and shipbuilding relics on cobbled streets, at this former global nexus for linen, tobacco and shipbuilding—and the Titanic’s birthplace. Sip an amber-hued dram of smoky, aged whisky in a Scottish distillery near Oban. There’s time to explore the old halls of Edinburgh Castle, with chambers dating back to the 1100s, and admire the sparkling Crown Jewels of Scotland and the historic Stone of Destiny when you overnight there. Swirl, sniff and sip the black plum and brambleberry aromas and flavors of red Bordeaux blends during an overnight stay near the famed French vineyards along the Garonne River, a small ship specialty. Drop in at family tascas—small restaurants—for Porto’s fried mackerel or cod paired with broa, a Portuguese corn bread that easily washes down with a tart and fizzy Vinho Verde white wine.

Begin your adventure overnight in jolly old England with plenty of time to see London’s Big Ben and Buckingham Palace before setting sail to France. Where the Seine meets the English Channel, the charming town of Honfleur welcomes you to view its famous Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral. In St Peter Port, reputed to be Europe’s prettiest harbor town, photo opportunities abound—capture Salem Church, Sutler’s Garden and the famous Guernsey cows. An inspiration to Monet and Matisse, Belle Ile boasts staggering cliffs, pastel houses and the bustling town of Le Palais. Next, it’s time to raise your glass to an overnight in Bordeaux. Enjoy extra time to visit France’s most famous vineyards including the chateaux of Médoc and Saint-Émilion. In Bilbao, don’t miss the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum before cruising to Portugal. Arrive in Porto to sip Port wine in Old Town. In Lisbon, climb the steep hills in a turn of the century funicular and take in views of the Rio Teja. Follow the aroma of grilled sardines to the colorful quay in Portimao. Overnight in Cádiz, and visit Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales nature parks. Arrive in Casablanca’s whitewashed alleyways and make a memorable trip to Marrakech before strolling the beautiful beaches of Tangier, gateway to Africa. On the shores of Costa del Sol, overnight and visit Museo Picasso Málaga, or venture into the Andalusian countryside to sip some of the world’s best wine in the village of Mijas. The walled town of Cartagena offers windsurfing, snorkeling and sailing for an active day ashore. Finish the voyage with a bang in Barcelona, nibbling tapas and witnessing Antoni Gaudí’s La Sagrada Familia Cathedral as its decorative spires soar high into the sky.

Circumnavigating Iceland, from Heimay Island witness a modern-day Pompeii as you sail past Surtsey Island, the youngest place on earth, created by an eruption in 1963. Overnight in Seydisfjordur, taking in the cascading waterfalls and admiring colorful historic houses imported from Norway. Akureyri’s must-dos include visiting Listagil (art canyon), riding an Icelandic horse, and soaking in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths. You can also take a polar flight to Grimsey Island and stand half in and half out of the Arctic Circle. Discover the alternative music scene in Isafjordur and visit Snæfellsjokull National Park in Grundarfjordur—full of glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls, caves, calderas, and basalt cliffs. Cruise Prince Christian Sound, a beautiful fjord system that connects the Labrador and Irminger Seas. In Greenland, soak in the 100⁰ natural hot springs at Uunartoq, see polar bears in Nanortalik, cruise Tasermiut Fjord, and hike the trails out of Narsaq, an agricultural town rich in cowboy and Nordic history. In Newfoundland, experience one of North America’s oldest settlements at St. John’s and don’t miss Quidi Vidi, the village-within-a-city. Pull out the binoculars for soaring seabirds, seals and other wildlife in St. Pierre & Miquelon, and wander Old Town Lunenburg’s distinctive waterfront in Nova Scotia. The journey concludes in New England with fishing piers and lobster in charming Portland, Maine, and a visit to Boston, one of the oldest cities in the U.S., founded by Puritan settlers in 1630.

Experience Norwegian fjords, German hospitality and memorable overnight stays in northern Europe’s landmark coastal cities during this 18-day cruise featuring stops in Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, UK and the Netherlands. Take to the skies above expansive, milky-white Norwegian glaciers and turquoise crevasses during a helicopter tour near Bergen. Drift in a sea kayak toward the misty grandeur and toppling torrents of the Geirangerfjord’s Seven Sisters Waterfalls. Follow rivers and transit 20 tunnels on the scenic Flam Railway, Europe’s most dramatic train ride. Chill with a vodka cocktail or other trendy refreshments in Copenhagen’s crystal-clear Ice Bar. Sip sparkling wine amid the Old World elegance of a Berlin manor and discover how its post-unification citizens continue to evolve socially, politically and economically. Hear sea tales and traditional German sea shanties as you sail away for fishing grounds near Lübeck Bay, then sample delectable smoked herring with your catch of the day. Overnight in Hamburg, London and Amsterdam, three fascinating ports.

Edinburgh to Stockholm - 20 Days

Experience Scandinavia and Northern Europe through small ports, remote archipelagos, and storied cities during this 20-day cruise featuring stops in Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. Admire towering fjord walls, pristine evergreen forests, and ribbon-like waterfalls as you glide into the village of Olden, Norway, where you can visit glaciers and examine ornate, centuries-old woodcarving techniques. Relax on deck as you drift past the beauty of nature in glaciers, woodlands, cliffs, and waterways. Walk in the footsteps of kings past the historic gate and tall 14th century residences to Neptune’s Fountain on Gdansk’s famous Royal Way. Late nights in Helsinki and Klaipeda offer more time to see UNESCO site Suomenlinna Island and the Witches Hill. Overnight to stroll among intricate mosaics and beautiful marble works beneath the onion-shaped domes in The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood prior to an exclusive evening ballet performance in St. Petersburg, or tour the elaborate and ornate halls among art and artifacts in the Winter Palace, the former home of Russian Emperors until a century ago.

Venture from pastoral French countryside to pristine Norwegian fjords during this 19-day adventure across Northern Europe. Port stops include France, Belgium, Norway and Denmark. Walk across Normandy’s scarred sands and demolished German gun emplacements during an overnight stay in nearby Caen. Watch the French countryside drift past as you make your way up the Seine River to Rouen and late-night excursions to romantic destinations in Paris. Tour Bruges picturesque city canals prior to sipping local beers and sampling sweet Belgian chocolates and waffles. Peer down at the Nordic wilderness 2,000 feet below Pulpit Rock near Stavanger. Sit back and admire the natural scenery and high alpine snow from the deck of your vessel during an extended cruise of Norway’s Sognefjord. Dig into a hearty fish pie or gravy-covered moose steak paired with Norwegian beer just steps away from Bergen’s colorful wharf-side shops.

Attend the 3-day Sail Amsterdam celebration on your own Windstar flagship sailing ship during this unforgettable 18-day cruise throughout the ports and cities of Denmark, Norway, Scotland, The Netherlands, Belgium, and England. During the Amsterdam event you’ll have ample time to see these international sailing ships moored throughout the city’s extensive quays, and stroll inland along countless canals, cafés and small shops. Meander among Skagen’s brightly painted cottages and learn why artists and art students reproduced the summer sunlight on canvas for more than a century. Try on a moose leather jacket or sample a reindeer hot dog along the historic Bergen wharf. Listen to bagpipes in Edinburgh Castle. This memorable journey culminates along the River Thames just outside London, where you have easy rail access to nearby airports or, better yet, opportunities to spend days near royalty at Buckingham Palace, sculptures in Hyde Park, and innovative cuisine served throughout busy Piccadilly Circus.

Experience the historic Sail Amsterdam celebration followed by an exploration of Europe that touches on small ports, historic castles, and delicious dining experiences throughout Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, France, Spain, and Portugal in this once-in-a-lifetime cruise. Stroll Hadrian’s Wall Path in Newcastle or appreciate new works at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Explore eclectic timbered shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques along the narrow streets bordering Amsterdam’s historic canals. Take in the view of the thriving Markt from atop the Belfry of Bruges before sampling Belgian brews. Spend a late evening dining in Bordeaux and indulging in red blends from local wineries during an overnight port stay. Learn the fearsome history of Spanish Armada and why no navy penetrated El Ferrol’s protected harbor. Inhale floral fragrances among the Castro Fortress formal gardens, a granite-walled coastal fortification built above Vigo, Spain or sample spicy salt-cod dishes paired with refreshing Vinho Verde white wines.

Blend the best Northern Europe cities with Norway’s unforgettable vistas and natural beauty on a 2-week cruise through Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, Denmark and Norway. Sip traditional kali, a tart, dark and bubbly Estonian refreshment made from fermented rye bread, in a small café in Tallinn’s Old Town. Savor an enchanting evening of classical music and ballet in an ornate, centuries-old theater during an overnight stay in St. Petersburg, Russia. Inhale the arboreal aromas of a Norwegian forest high above a fjord during a ride on the famous Flam Railway. Glide past tumbling waterfalls and sheer precipices in Geirangerfjord and admire the serene beauty of Sognefjord, Norway’s deepest and longest fjord.

Lisbon to Reykjavik - 21 Days

Bilbao brings the lush Bay of Biscay and the Guggenheim Museum. Overnight in Bordeaux, wine taste among France’s most famous vineyards in the chateaux of Médoc or Saint-Émilion. On Belle Ile, find yourself on one of France’s most beautiful islands that inspired Monet and Matisse. Reputed to be Europe’s prettiest harbor town, St. Peter Port offers photo opportunities, like Sutler’s Garden. In Honfleur, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry and sip local cider along the Route du Cidre. Overnight in London brings the chance to see Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square, and try shepherd’s pie. Overnight in Bergen exploring colorful Bryggen, Bergen’s Hanseatic quay, second only to watching the Huldras (forest nymphs) dance at Kjosfossen Waterfall. In Olden, witness the 66-mile long Nordfjord and visit Jostedal glacier. At the entrance to spectacular Geirangerfjord, Alesund has been voted the most beautiful town in Norway for its location and Art Nouveau style. In the Shetland Islands, witness seabird colonies, tiny ponies and Iron Age ruins. The Orkney Islands offer St. Magnus Cathedral and a chance to taste a nip of Scotland's most northerly whisky. Dock within walking distance of Old Town Torshavn in the Faroe Islands to marvel at locals mowing their roofs while shopping for warm wool sweaters.

Athens to Venice - 20 Days

Start your voyage in the ancient Greek city of Athens, home to the Acropolis, the Plaka, and the Parthenon. Then cruise The Dardanelles, a natural 38-mile long strait that separates Europe from Asia on the way to the terracotta rooftops of Nessebar, Bulgaria, a 24-acre island. Arrive in Constanta, a coastal resort town, en route to Bucharest and Dracula’s Castle. Enjoy a late night in sparkling Odessa, with time to visit its beaches and climb the lucky Potemkin Stairs. In Sochi, home of the 2014 Winter Olympics, visit Sochinskiy National Park. Stroll the beach promenade and piazza in the popular resort town of Batumi, Georgia before exploring one of the loveliest towns on the Black Sea coast, the walled city of Sinop, Turkey. An overnight in Istanbul affords time to see the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia Museum, the Grand Bazaar and sip a tiny cup of potent Turkish coffee with sweet lokum (Turkish delight). Transit the narrow Corinth Canal to experience Delphi’s Temple of Apollo and Archaeological Museum. Savor a late night in Dubrovnik with time to explore Old Town and watch divers leap off the cliffs into the Adriatic. The approach to Kotor, Montenegro offers breathtaking fjord-like views while the car-free medieval town awaits. In Zadar, Croatia witness the haunting Sea Organ performed by the surging Adriatic. Situated on a tiny piece of land jutting into the sea, Piran, Slovenia boasts medieval architecture, narrow streets, and Skocjan Caves National Park. For the grand finale, overnight in Venice with time to wind around the canals and fully appreciate St. Mark’s.

Dun Laoghaire (Dublin) to Stockholm - 28 Days

Discover captivating ports and breathtaking vistas throughout this 28-day cruise of historic destinations and little-known secrets along the North Sea and Baltic coastlines of Ireland, the UK, Scotland, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Russia, and Sweden. Take in expansive views from historic Iverness Castle near the small port of Portree in Scotland. Peer into the restored underground Neolithic homes along the windswept coastline of Skara Brae near Kirkwall. Glide in a sea kayak near rocky islands within sight of Alesund, or explore local art galleries along narrow Norwegian streets. Strap into a helicopter seat and soar high above sweeping fjords to the expansive views of Pulpit Rock near Stavanger. Late night in Tallinn  with time to see Peter the Great’s Baroque masterpiece, Kadriorg Palace and overnight in St. Petersburg, Russia and explore remnants of the former Soviet Union before catching evening ballet performances or spending extra time in the State Hermitage Museum, one of the most extensive museums in the world.

Discover Norwegian natural beauty, Scandinavian splendors and remote Baltic ports during this 18-day exploration of Northern Europe. Wander the cobbled pedestrian paths along aromatic cafés and captivating Estonian shops in Tallinn’s Old Town. Dine on rich, gravy-covered Swedish meatballs, or sample pickled herring paired with dill, garlic and mustard in a classic Smörgåsbord meal in Stockholm. Lean back and take in near-vertical views of sheer cliffs and tumbling veiled waterfalls throughout Norway’s Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord. Spend an enchanting evening among St. Petersburg’s sparkling city lights, and linger over Russian exhibits in the Hermitage Museum, one of the largest art collections in the world, during an overnight port stay.

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