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17 Day Europe Cruise: Norwegian Fjords to Portugal W/Flights

$6,999
Per Person

Typically $9,999
Sail on Hurtigruten expedition ship MS Spitsbergen through Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Visit seven bucket list countries in one epic trip!

the tour

Embark on a highlights of Europe cruise from Norwegian Fjords to Iberian charm. Sail on Hurtigruten expedition ship MS Spitsbergen through Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Visit seven bucket list countries in one epic trip!

Sail into Lysefjord beneath some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords. Visit Hamburg; the “Venice of The North”. Cruise into majestic Saint-Malo, a beautiful town steeped in history and fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches. Sample delicious tapas with visits to Spain’s Galicia region. Take an optional excursion to the famous Santiago de Compostela. End the journey in Porto, a UNESCO highlight with ample charm, then Lisbon; one of southerns Europe’s most enchanting cities.

INCLUSIONS

Return international flights. 14 night Europe cruise on MS Spitsbergen in a polar inside cabin (upgrades available). All meals on board including beers and wines during meal times. A range on included activities while on the cruise, as well as a complimentary expedition jacket and water bottle. With only 1 sailing date in October 2023, this cruise has limited spaces. Secure your expedition with just a 20% deposit and pay with interest free payment plans. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

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Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart Australia

Depart from either Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney for your flight to Bergen, Norway! NOTE: some flight schedules may leave on DAY 0.

MEALS: In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 2: Arrive Bergen, Norway ~ Embark Cruise

Your journey starts in what was once Norway’s capital, Bergen. Upon arrival, make your own way to the cruise terminal (20 min by shuttle / $50) and embark on the MS Spitsbergen – your floating home for the next couple of weeks. Embarkation of the ship is anytime between 15:00 and 18:00.

MEALS: In-Flight, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 3: Stavanger, Norway

Explore the dynamic city of Stavanger, the gateway to Lysefjord and Pulpit Rock. Famed for its international ambience and lively cultural scene, Stavanger is on the radar of every visitor to Norway. Discover the architectural relics of Old Stavanger, including a magnificent 12th century cathedral. Visit the Petroleum Museum, pop into a local boutique, or simply enjoy a beer on the waterfront. An optional five-hour guided hike will reward you with breath-taking views of Lysefjord from the famous 1981 ft-high Preikestolen Viewpoint, internationally known as Pulpit Rock. Leaving Stavanger, we’ll sail into Lysefjord beneath some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 4: Sea Day ~ Bound For Hamburg

Today we’ll sail south, crossing the North Sea as we head towards Hamburg. Our onboard Expedition Team will start their lecture programme, giving talks and offering their insights into the history, heritage, and natural science of our upcoming destinations. Why not follow our biologists onto the outdoor decks as they scan the seas for wildlife. Now’s also the perfect time to really get to know the ship and all its facilities. You might also want to spend some time getting to know the crew and your fellow explorers, or just relax in a comfortable chair by a window and watch the sea peacefully pass by – it’s totally up to you!

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 5: Hamburg, Germany

Explore Hamburg’s delights. There’s so much to see and do in Hamburg – the so-called ‘Venice of the North’ due to its picturesque canals. You’ll find most of the city’s attractions in the Altstadt, like St Nikolai Memorial and Deichstraße Historic Street. Hamburg is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Chilehaus, and the world’s largest historic warehouse complex in Speicherstadt. Art lovers should head to Kunsthalle, the nation’s foremost art museum. If you get hungry, we recommend sampling some traditional local snacks like aalsuppe, a ham soup with dried fruits, or labskaus, corned beef with potato and pickles.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 6: Harlingen, The Netherlands

Scenic harbours, canals and warehouses – soak up the nautical heritage of this lively port town. Located on the southern shore of the Wadden Sea – a UNESCO World Heritage Area – Harlingen has a strong nautical heritage. Go Dutch and cycle to some of the city’s highlights on a rented bike – there’s a beautiful centre with canals, pretty harbours, and historic warehouses.  In the Old Town, visit the 18th century City Hall, Hannemahuis Museum and Blauwe Hand – the city’s oldest warehouse. The delightful Harlingen Earthenware Museum is a must-see if you’re interested in the area’s famed blue-and-white ceramics.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 7: Oostende (Brugge), Belgium

Gaze upon rich medieval architecture as you step back through the ages of Europe. First a fishing village, then a medieval city, and later a royal seaside resort – the strategic port of Oostende is steeped in European history. Yet, despite the ravages of war and time, plenty of fascinating sights survive to keep you busy exploring. Oostende is an excellent from which base to visit Brugge – aka Bruges – a beautifully preserved medieval town. Here, you can lose yourself in the 14th century, and explore winding streets, picturesque canals and many fine buildings of great artistic extravagance.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 8: Ouistreham, France

Discover historic beaches, visit pretty Caen and see moving WWII memorials. Normandy’s history, from the Viking invasion to the D-Day landings in 1944, makes it a fascinating region. In Ouistreham, you’ll learn more about the Operation Overlord landings at the Musée de Debarquement No 4 Commando.  See the German fortifications at the Grand Bunker Mur de l’Atlantique Musée, and visit the war cemetery at Hermanville-sur-Mer. Stroll along the beautiful Riva-Bella beach and stop at the 12th century St Samson church and 1905 lighthouse. Afterwards, we’ll explore the pretty town of Caen. The 11th century Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne, the Mémorial de Caen museum and the Musée des Beaux-Arts are highlights not to be missed.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 9: Saint Marlo, France

Majestic Saint-Malo, a beautiful town steeped in history. Viewed from the sea Saint-Malo is an impressive sight, fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches. A circular walk along the ramparts offers the best views of the town and surrounding islands. Or head out on your own and take a tour of the Privateers House to learn about the feared Corsairs and the town’s pirate heritage. You can also follow the historical trail within the old city walls through a maze of cobbled streets. The Gothic-style Saint Vincent Cathedral and the Chateau de la Duchesse Anne are worth a visit. At low tide, you can walk to the fortified island, Le Grand-Bé, where the renowned local writer Chateaubriand is buried.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 10: Douarnenez, France

See what inspired painters around the historic harbours of Finistère. In the picturesque seaside town of Dourarnenez, you’ll find the colourful quaysides, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. As well as fishermen’s huts and seamen’s chapels, Dourarnenez hosts a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world. If conditions don’t allow a visit to Dourarnenez, nearby Brest is a fascinating maritime city with many medieval fortifications. Here, you’ll discover the National Naval Museum – inside the military fortress of Chateau de Brest. Brest is a modern city too, with lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 11: At Sea ~ Bay of Biscay

Relax into a leisurely time at sea with cetacean spotting and onboard activities. Take the opportunity to relax on deck with your binoculars and look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where beaked whales can be seen – if you’re lucky – as they’re drawn to the nutrient rich waters of the Bay. You can also learn about the marine biology of the seas along our cruise, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography, and environment of the destinations to come. And don’t forget the leisure facilities on board – why not try out the panoramic sauna?

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 12: Ferrol, Spain

Get a taste of Galicia as we visit Ferrol and A Coruña. Our next stop is Ferrol on the rugged coast of Galicia. Originally a small fishing hamlet, it’s been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries. No other harbour in Spain has as many forts, citadels or barracks. Optional excursions from Ferrol will include the old town of Lugo, famed for its Roman walls. Late in the afternoon we’ll sail to neighbouring A Coruña and dock for the night. Seeing the historical light of Torre de Hercules is an experience not to be missed. This oldest functioning lighthouse in the world is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 13: A Coruña, Spain

Plenty to see, do and drink. If you didn’t manage to see the Tower of Hercules yesterday evening, be sure to do so today. Call in at one of the many bars or restaurants and sample the unique gallego cuisine. Ask for a selection of tapas and sample a glass of famous Galician cider – traditionally poured into the mouth from a height. Galicia is a region of Spain that’s culturally distinct – and Galicians are proud of their Celtic roots. A branch of the pilgrimage route to Santiago starts here, called the Camino Ingles – or English Way, and a visit to Santiago de Compostela is available as an optional excursion.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 14: Vigo, Spain

Explore the beautiful and ancient city of Vigo. Next we travel to Vigo, once the gateway to the Americas. Protected by the beautiful Cíes Islands, Vigo has one of the best natural harbours in Galicia and became its main trading and fishing port.  Perfectly located for exploring the city on foot, you can visit the bustling Rúa do Príncipe with its eclectic mix of buildings in neoclassical and Art Nouveau styles. Or perhaps the impressive 16th century Castro Castle and park. On your way to the old town and neoclassical cathedral, take time to stop by the Rúa da Pescadería, and sample some of the delicious seafood Galicia is famous for.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 15: Llençois (Porto), Portugal

Discover magical Porto, a UNESCO highlight with ample charm. Arriving in Portugal, we dock at Leixoes. From here, you can see the Lighthouse of Leça, the Chapel of Boa Nova, and the beautiful Praia Azul beach.  You can take a shuttle bus to Porto – famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic centre. An undulating city made for strolling, you’ll fall in love with the pastel houses, colourful tiled facades, street art, ornate churches and panoramic views across the Douro. Stroll along the bustling Ribeira Docks promenade, cross the Dom Luís I bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

OVERNIGHT: MS Spitsbergen

DAY 16: Lisbon, Portugal ~ Departure

End your cruise in one of southern Europe’s most enchanting cities. Your expedition draws to a close as we arrive at the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. A tour of Lisbon’s classical districts is essential – almost everything of historic interest is here. Start your exploration at the Praça do Comercio in Baixa and walk towards the narrow streets of Bairro Alto. From there, you’ll arrive at Alfama and the old Islamic quarter, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre and the Moorish fortress. If you’ve time, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, where you’ll also find the delicious pastéis de Belém.

After disembarkation (07:00 – 10:00), make your way to the airport for your return flight home.

MEALS: Breakfast, In-Flight

OVERNIGHT: In-Flight

DAY 17: Arrive Australia

Today you will arrive back home. We hope you enjoyed your trip away with MyHoliday2 and Hurtigruten! NOTE: some flights may arrive on DAY 18 due to scheduling.

MEALS: In-Flight

Description

Embark on a highlights of Europe cruise from Norwegian Fjords to Iberian charm. Sail on Hurtigruten expedition ship MS Spitsbergen through Norway, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. Visit seven bucket list countries in one epic trip!

Sail into Lysefjord beneath some of the most striking vertical cliffs of all the Norwegian fjords. Visit Hamburg; the “Venice of The North”. Cruise into majestic Saint-Malo, a beautiful town steeped in history and fringed by fortified bastions and gently sloping beaches. Sample delicious tapas with visits to Spain’s Galicia region. Take an optional excursion to the famous Santiago de Compostela. End the journey in Porto, a UNESCO highlight with ample charm, then Lisbon; one of southerns Europe’s most enchanting cities.

INCLUSIONS

Return international flights. 14 night Europe cruise on MS Spitsbergen in a polar inside cabin (upgrades available). All meals on board including beers and wines during meal times. A range on included activities while on the cruise, as well as a complimentary expedition jacket and water bottle. With only 1 sailing date in October 2023, this cruise has limited spaces. Secure your expedition with just a 20% deposit and pay with interest free payment plans. See tabs below for a full list of inclusions. 

INCLUSIONS

 

International flights ex SYD/MEL/*BNE

14 Night expedition cruise on MS Spitsbergen

Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune  

Complimentary tea and coffee 

Complimentary Wi-Fi on board

Complimentary reusable water bottle 

English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 

Range of included activities 

Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics 

Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes 

Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research 

Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 

Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym 

Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come 

Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket 

Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

*No gratuities expected*

EXCLUSIONS

 

Airport transfers

Optional shore excursions 

Travel insurance

Luggage handling

Alcoholic drinks other than at meal times

Personal expenses

Anything else not mentioned in inclusions

DEPARTURE DATES

 

DEPARTURE DATES 2023:

6th October 2023

PRICES

 

POLAR INSIDE CABIN:

– $6,999 per person twin share

POLAR OUTSIDE CABIN:

 – $8,499 per person twin share

ARCTIC SUPERIOR CABIN:

 – $9,199 per person twin share

 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

A single traveller surcharge applies for solo travellers

POLAR INSIDE CABIN:

– $3,899 (Add to cart) 

POLAR OUTSIDE CABIN:

 – $4,399 (Will be invoiced separately) 

ARCTIC SUPERIOR CABIN:

 – $4,999 (Will be invoiced separately) 

THE SHIP & CABINS

 

EXPEDITION SHIP ~ MS SPITSBERGEN:

MS Spitsbergen is named after the crown jewel of Arctic Norway – the Svalbard archipelago and its biggest island, Spitsbergen. Hurtigruten has a long history of travelling to Spitsbergen, beginning in 1896 with the ‘Sports Route’. MS Spitsbergen cruises along the Norwegian coast from September to May and becomes part of our global expedition sailings during the rest of the year.

 

FEATURES:

After a complete reconstruction, MS Spitsbergen joined the Hurtigruten fleet in 2016. The ship features high technical standards as well as comfortable, modern public areas and cabins. The vessel’s fresh Scandinavian design reflects a colour palette derived from the sea. She is modern and environmentally progressive and will undergo further improvements that will reduce emissions and fuel consumption even more. The new ship’s maneuverability and optimal size make her quite suitable for exploring polar waters.

 

PREMIUM EXPEDITION COMFORT:

MS Spitsbergen has her own onboard Expedition Team which serves as a university at sea. Interesting lectures inside the ship as well as out on the sun deck make cruising with her an exciting and educational journey. Topics depend on the season and the waters in which we sail. The Expedition Team hosts a lecture programme and evening gatherings daily. Out on deck, you can participate in live points of interest to learn more about the nature, culture and other phenomena we encounter along the coast. In addition, the Expedition Team will introduce you to the uniquely Norwegian notion of ‘friluftsliv’ (outdoor life), and encourage you take part in ‘friluftsliv’ hikes and activities throughout the cruise.

 

Click the link for more information: MS Spitsbergen

 

CABIN TYPES:

Polar Inside I2D (9-14 m2)

Inside cabin with double bed, TV, bathroom and window for up to 2 people. If you require twin beds, this comes at a supplement of $300 – contact MyHoliday2 to purchase.

Polar Outside J2D/AJ/J3 (8-12 m2)

These outside cabins for up to two people on the middle and upper decks have bathrooms, TV and windows. Some with limited views, perhaps a lifeboat or a pole. Guaranteed views come at a supplement from $500 – contact MyHoliday2 to purchase.

Arctic Superior Balcony QJ (14-18 m2)

These large comfortable cabins for 2 or 4 people on the upper deck have double beds and bathrooms with shower and WC. Some cabins also have upper and lower berths and have a TV. Some cabins have limited view.  Twin or double beds.

 

UPGRADES & OPTIONS

 

UPGRADE YOUR DEPARTURE CITY:

Fly from the following cities for a surcharge of $350 per person: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW

 

DRINKS PACKAGE:

This is a package that will suit those guests who like to be able to choose their beverage more specifically to pair their meals – a more premium selection of beer and wine, in addition to a wide selection of spirits/drinks.

Valid throughout the day within opening hours in all restaurants.

– $1040 per person

 

OPTIONAL TOURS:

Contact us for a list of optional shore excursions. Can be booked on the cruise or before.

 

EXTEND YOUR TRIP: 

Extend your time in Europe by extending your outbound or return flight:

– $100 per person [plus any difference in airfare if applicable]

Note: Extensions cannot be made once flight tickets are issued. 

 

Add extras to cart at checkout

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

VALIDITY:

Voucher valid on 7 October 2023

Voucher valid for 1 person, based on twin/double share

Bookings must be made at least 90 days prior to travel

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

This package is subject to Hurtigruten’s terms and conditions.

This package is available with flights from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney.

Airlines used include but are not limited to; Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Qatar, Malaysian Airlines, Finnair and their codeshare partners.

Other departure cities available with a $350 per person supplement: ADL/PER/CNS/DRW. Add to cart at checkout

Your booking is not confirmed until you receive confirmation from MyHoliday2.

If our advertised availability is not there after purchase, you will be require to choose another date. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to remove availability at any time, which may affect your booking if it is not yet confirmed. 

Hurtigruten Expeditions reserve the right to increase the sale price at any time due to availability

Hurtigruten cancellation and refund policy applies for all departures until the end of 2022. From 2023 departures onward, standard terms apply. If COVID-19 is still preventing world travel by this time Hurtigruten will review their policies inline with the pandemic. 

The Single Supplement may be subject to change. We will be in contact if the single supplement changes after purchase. This is at the discretion of the Huritgruten Expedition Cruise, not MyHoliday2

All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions

Excursions and activities are subject to change

Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements

No gratuities expected

Departure dates are set by current airline schedules. Should airline schedules change, we may be required to alter the departure and return dates to suit new schedules.

21 Day Money Guarantee does not apply to this package

All travel documents are non-transferrable / non-changeable

Any required extensions to flights must be made prior to tickets being issued. If customer requests to change their outbound/return date after tickets are issued, request shall be denied.

Name changes are not permitted. Should a name change be required a full new ticket shall be issued and customers will be required to purchase a new ticket at market rate.

Travel insurance is recommended. MyHoliday2 takes no responsibility for any travel issues that may arise

It is the customers responsibility to obtain the correct visa for their destination and cover all fees associated

It is the customers responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport for travel and must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the period of intended stay.

Travel vouchers are non-redeemable for cash

Travel vouchers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer/promotion

Travel vouchers must be redeemed within the validity period or will be deemed void

MyHoliday2 pricing reflects current market rates, so package prices may fluctuate from day to day. This is the nature of the tourism industry, and MyHoliday2 is not obliged to refund you to match any subsequent price reductions after purchase

Although some airlines no longer require reconfirmation of flights, Reconfirm the ticket 3 days prior to each journey.

For frequent flyer eligibility, baggage allowance and special requirement (Special meals, seating request, medical requirements), please contact your travel consultant.

Please note maximum 2 pieces of checked luggage allowed per person / Not exceeding 158 cm (62 inch).

Please note, flights may require a stopover of more than 5 hours.

Some departure dates may require you to depart Australia on Day 0 or return to Australia on Day 18

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