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Trade Routes of the Middle Ages

Follow the medieval trade routes on this 14-night 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 £4790pp

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

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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)

When you arrive in Bergen, encircled by majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers, you’ll quickly understand how its setting inspired the Viking sagas. With your ship berthed next to Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can easily stroll along its waterfront once you’ve settled in to your veranda stateroom. This evening mingle with the locals and dine ashore, as we will be spending the night in port.

Day 2 - Bergen

Take in more of Bergen’s Norwegian charms this morning. You’ll see the beautiful 18th-century wooden houses and visit the Hanseatic Museum on your included tour. Or, take an excursion to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s famous composer Edvard Grieg, or a trip to the peak of Mt. Ulriken to savour an Ulriken bun, a cinnamon pastry, at the mountaintop restaurant.

Day 3 - At Sea

Cross the North Sea, where Vikings sailed as they established colonies on Scottish islands, coastal France and beyond. Enjoy the amenities of your ship as you sail. Perhaps take a breath of fresh air on a brisk walk around the Promenade Deck or begin your day with a workout in the well-equipped Fitness Centre.

Day 4 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore Amsterdam, the celebrated city of canals. This elegant city was born from the Dutch Golden Age, when merchants fed their coffers from the Indonesian spice trade and commissioned great works of art. You can see many of them, including Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, in the excellent Rijksmuseum. Embark on a canal cruise to get acquainted with the city’s charms and experience its laid-back rhythm. Don’t forget to stop for a sweet or savory classic Dutch pancake, a favourite local treat.

Day 5 - Bruges

Call on Zeebrugge, Belgium’s most important fishing port and your doorway to canal-laced Bruges, one of Europe’s most remarkably preserved medieval cities. Bruges’s early textile trade made it one of the wealthiest trading towns in the world, and the world’s most important port. You can explore its cobblestone streets, ascend its towering belfry in the Market Square for sweeping views of restored guild houses and tree-shaded squares, and shop for lace and chocolate.

Day 6 - Paris

Arrive in historic Le Havre today, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on a Seine River estuary. This historic port city is the gateway to Parisian pleasure, so you’ll take a scenic drive through Normandy’s countryside to the heart of Paris. You’ll have time on your own to ascend the Eiffel Tower for sweeping city views, or marvel at the Gothic glory of Notre Dame Cathedral. Alternately, you might choose to pay homage at D-Day beaches or stroll the pretty quay of the artists’ town of Honfleur.

Day 7 - Portsmouth (England)

Portsmouth has been a naval port for centuries and is home to such historic vessels as Henry VIII’s Mary Rose and Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory. The only island-city in the United Kingdom, Portsmouth has been settled since before the days of the Roman Empire. It grew into a medieval port town; more recently, this was an embarkation port for the D-Day landings and served as headquarters for Dwight D. Eisenhower. The stunning citadel walls of Napoleonic forts greet ships as they approach through the Solent Strait.

Day 8 - Falmouth

Call on Falmouth today, gateway to the dramatic county of Cornwall in the most southwestern corner of England. Admire the grey granite architecture and hilltop college of this picturesque port city overlooking the deep, scenic harbour, famous as a backdrop of countless film and television series. Henry VIII built his Pendennis Castle here to defend his country from France and the Holy Roman Empire.

Day 9 - At Sea

Head south in the Atlantic today, skirting the waters of the Bay of Biscay. This region of the Atlantic long served as a trade route for ships bearing goods from Asia, including vessels from the British East India Company, the Dutch East India Company and many others. During your passage, you can melt into a Swedish massage at The Spa or find your inner calm with yoga on the Sports Deck. This evening, watch a film al fresco at our Main Pool.

Day 10 - Porto

Leixões, the coastal city where we dock for the day, boasts a history that spans 1,600 years. It’s a port of call that is sure to inspire you to raise a glass to port wine and to the town for which it was named, Porto. On an included tour, you can soak in the charm and atmosphere of the celebrated wine town. You’ll see its Clérigos Tower, the historic quarter surrounding Santa Catarina Street, the neoclassical wonders along Avenida dos Aliados and the São Bento Railway Station, adorned with magnificent tile work. Naturally, you will pause along the way for a taste of the port wine for which this city is famous. As an option, you can delve more deeply with a Porto walking tour.

Day 11 - At Sea

Sail through the famed Strait of Gibraltar today into the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean. On a clear day, you will spot the giant Rock of Gibraltar on the port side. In legend, this enormous geological wonder is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa. As you cruise, perhaps you’ll soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the gently falling snow of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers’ Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi’s Italian Restaurant.

Day 12 - Malaga

Granada is a splendid canvas of Moorish architecture, rich Andalusian tradition and remarkable history. It was the last stronghold of the Moorish Nasrid dynasty, whose 250-year reign ended during the 1492 reconquest of Spain by Catholic monarchs. The grand Granada Cathedral is a soaring celebration of that victory; its Royal Chapel holds the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, the celebrated pair who oversaw the triumph. Their magnificent fortress-palace, the Alhambra, was long the stronghold of Moors, and so offers a magnificent blend of Islamic and Christian detail.

Day 13 - Murcia

The charms of Murcia lie in its embrace of its rural pleasures. Surrounded by farmland and fertile huertas, Murcianos are never at a loss for produce freshly plucked from “Europe’s orchard.” They, in turn, live by the patient cycle of the harvest, going about their days at a leisurely pace. The Moors founded the city in 825 and introduced a vast irrigation network for crops and for city use. They were expelled by Ferdinand III of Castile in 1243. Murcia province remained a vassal kingdom until 1812 and became an autonomous region of Spain in 1982.

Day 14 - Barcelona

Soak up the charm of sunny Barcelona, the Catalonian capital of culture. Stroll along Las Ramblas, take in the architectural masterpieces of Antoni Gaudí or explore the myriad side streets of the ancient Gothic Quarter. Take an included tour today, or opt for one of the many optional shore excursions we offer.

Day 15 - Barcelona - UK

Awake in Barcelona, where you will be finishing your journey. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this city and its world-class culinary delights, or discover other areas of Spain.

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
  • 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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Map for Trade Routes of the Middle Ages