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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Trade Routes of the Middle Ages

Follow the medieval trade routes on this 15-day cruise and learn more about Europe's fascinating history, visiting Amsterdam, Bruges and Paris with overnight stops in Bergen and Barcelona. Includes return flights from the UK and shore excursions

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14 nights from £3790pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Bergen
  • Amsterdam
  • Bruges
  • Paris
  • Portsmouth
  • Falmouth
  • Porto
  • Malaga
  • Cartagena
  • Barcelona

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Trade Routes of the Middle Ages Special Offer

Follow the trade routes of the Middle Ages through seven countries from Norway to Spain on this unique cruise.

Enjoy an overnight stay in the beautiful city of Bergen then cruise the North Sea to elegant Amsterdam with its famous canals and world-class museums. Perhaps explore Bruges on a visit to Belgium then enjoy a trip to the romantic city of Paris. Sail along the south coast of England from Portsmouth to Falmouth and uncover fascinating maritime history and dramatic Cornish landscapes.

Cruise the Atlantic Ocean to visit Porto, home to the famous port wine, and on to Malaga in Spain where there is an optional excursion to the mighty Alhambra Palace in Granada. Discover the history of Cartagena or Murcia then enjoy an overnight stop in Barcelona where there is the chance to admire the architecture of Gaudi.

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Trade Routes of the Middle Ages Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Bergen (Norway)

Fly from the UK to Bergen and embark ship.

Day 2 - Bergen

Bergen's majestic setting surrounded by mountains, fjords and glaciers inspired the Viking sagas. Tour the main sites in Bergen on an included coach tour to see the waterfront Bryggen Wharf, medieval King Haakon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower. There is also the option to visit a textile museum to see how the iconic Norwegian jumpers are produced, or take a trip to a traditional Norwegian farm.

Day 3 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 4 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the famous canals of Amsterdam, the elegant city that was born from the Dutch Golden Age, when merchants became rich from the Indonesian spice trade and commissioned great works of art. The included tour explores the city's canalside buildings by glass-bottomed boat. Alternatively, visit the pottery city of Delft to learn how its beautiful porcelain is produced, experience the Keukenhof Gardens which are a riot of colour in spring, or visit the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 5 - Zeebrugge (Belgium)

From Zeebrugge enjoy a scenic drive through the Flemish countryside to the exclusive beach town of Knokke. Or explore the canals and medieval cobbled streets of Bruges, discover WWI history with visits to Belgium's battle sites, cemeteries and museums, or see the highlights of Ghent, the city of chocolate.

Day 6 - Le Havre (Paris, France)

The historic port city of Le Havre is the gateway to Paris. Enjoy a short panoramic tour to get acquainted with the city, before spending time at leisure. Alternatively, optional excursions include a visit to the D-Day beaches, a stroll along the pretty quay of the artists’ town of Honfleur or enjoy tastings of Camembert cheese and Calvados brandy on a trip through the Normandy countryside.

Day 7 - Portsmouth (England)

Sail between Napoleonic forts in the Solent Strait and past stunning citadels to Portsmouth harbour. Discover the city’s maritime past and see the historic vessels of the Tudor battleship Mary Rose and the HMS Victory, and visit the D-Day Museum. Optional excursions include a trip to mysterious Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral, a visit to the world-famous Bombay Sapphire gin distillery and a panoramic tour of London.

Day 8 - Falmouth

Falmouth is the gateway to the dramatic landscapes of Cornwall. Enjoy a scenic drive to the Georgian city of Truro then along country lanes through Poldark countryside to Marazion. There is the option to visit the astonishing greenhouses at the Eden Project or explore the island of St Michael's Mount and its historic castle and abbey.

Day 9 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 10 - Leixoes (Porto, Portugal)

See the Clerigos Tower and the neoclassical wonders along Avenida dos Aliados on an included excursion in Porto. Alternatively, take in Braga and Guimaraes, two of northern Portugal's most historically significant sights, enjoy a port tasting at the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia or take a step back in time on a tram journey to Ribeira and its magnificent church.

Day 11 - At sea

Enjoy the ship's facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 12 - Malaga (Spain)

An included tour of Malaga features the 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, the Moorish Gibralfaro Castle, the Renaissance Cathedral and Picasso’s birthplace. Or, choose to explore the mighty Alhambra Palace in Granada, the spectacular caves of Nerja or the glamorous seaside resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus.

Day 13 - Cartagena (Murcia, Spain)

Today, enjoy an included scenic drive to Cape Palos before continuing to Cartagena with its 6000-seat Roman Theatre. Alternatively, explore Cartagena by Segway, venture deep underground on a silver mine tour or discover the Holy City of Caravaca de la Cruz.

Day 14 - Barcelona

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Roman, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. There is an included guided tour of the city passing the Columbus Monument, Port Vell and on to the impressive Parc de la Ciutadella. Alternative options include an excursion exploring the magnificent architecture of Antoni Gaudi, a visit to Montserrat Abbey, a tour of the private studios of Lupo Barcelona, a prestigious producer of high-quality leather goods and an evening flamenco performance.

Day 15 - Barcelona - UK

Disembark ship in Barcelona and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 14 night full board cruise
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Complimentary shore excursion in every port with a wide choice of optional extra excursions available
  • House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Choice of dining options from casual to private dining and al fresco dining
  • 24-hour room service
  • Tea and coffee available 24 hours
  • Wi-Fi throughout the ship
  • Gratuities (excludes Apr 2019 departures)
  • All port charges and government taxes

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel Insurance
  • Additional optional shore excursions

Cruise Extensions

  • Iceland Extension Enjoy a 3-night pre-cruise stay in Iceland. From £989pp, please contact us for more details
  • Oslo Extension Enjoy a 2-night pre-cruise stay in Oslo. From £549pp, please contact us for more details
  • Barcelona Extension Enjoy a 2-night post-cruise stay in Barcelona. From £389pp, please contact us for more details
  • Madrid Extension Enjoy a 2-night post-cruise stay in Madrid. From £399pp, please contact us for more details
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • April
    • Apr 15th - Barcelona to Bergen - Sailing on: Viking Sky From: £3990
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Map for Trade Routes of the Middle Ages