Cruise European capitals and celebrate summer in the shining cities, majestic fjords and charming medieval towns of Scandinavia
In summer Northern Europe takes on a festive air as its people celebrate the return of long, warm days and lingering daylight. Seabourn ships return each spring to the grand cities, noble traditions and spectacular natural beauty the region offers. From Portugal, Spain, France and the British Isles to the splendors of the Baltic, Russia and the majestic Norwegian Fjords, we show you all of it. Then we sail westward, following the Viking route through Iceland and Greenland to the New World.
The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline which encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downland and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton, the United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, and home for many years to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear, has a rich and varied heritage. The remains of the medieval town walls are among the best preserved in the country and fascinating monuments can be found all around the city.
This attractive sailing and fishing port, a suburb of Rostock, is the gateway for trips to Berlin and the Baltic coast. The Alte Strom (Old River) was the sole entrance to the port until 1903. Today the small fishermen's cottages flanking the river are home to cozy pubs and cafes, shops and boutiques. On the opposite bank of the Middle Mole, the yacht harbor offers a pleasant promenade for leisurely strolling. The Old River ends at the breakwater, and where the fine sandy beach of Westmole begins. The 19th-century lighthouse offers splendid panoramas of Warnemuende, the harbor, and often the Danish coast, just 28 miles across the Baltic Sea.
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia's second largest city and principal Baltic port contains a tsar's ransom in architecture, palaces and art treasures. Once the capital of Imperial Russia and playground of Russia's elite, the city's name was changed following the 1917 revolution to Petrograd, then Leningrad, before resuming its original name in 1991. St. Petersburg is patterned after Western capitals with canals reminiscent of Venice, a grand boulevard that evokes Paris and a spirit that is uniquely Russian. Explore Condé Nast Insider Tips for St. Petersburg
Norway's capital lies at the head of the majestic Oslofjord and dates back to the mid-11th century. Arriving by ship, your first sight is the imposing Akershus Fortress towering above the docks. Vigeland Sculpture Park holds astonishing sculptures in granite, bronze and iron. The interior of the City Hall features Socialist modernism in its purest form. Edvard Munch, the famous Norwegian artist, bequeathed an extensive collection to the museum that bears his name. Sagas of Norway's explorations are preserved in the polar ship Fram, and the Viking Ship Museum. Explore Condé Nast Insider Tips for Oslo
Helsinki, capital of Finland and "Daughter of the Baltic," was founded in 1550 and became the capital in 1812. The city is beautifully set on a peninsula surrounded by islands and is protected by fortifications at Suomenlinna. A modern, lively city of approximately a half million inhabitants, Helsinki's attractions include the harbor, market square and many spacious parks. The Empire Center is one of Europe's finest examples of neoclassical architecture.
Go beyond with a Seabourn Journey before or after your cruise. Compliment your holiday, Seabourn style, with a multi-day tour to inland attractions. All Seabourn Journeys are fully escorted and include deluxe hotels, transportation, and city tours. To book your Seabourn Journey, please call 866-755-5619 or 206-626-9179.
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