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A Musical Odyssey in Northern Europe

Stockholm to Honfleur - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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In 2020, the entire world will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the most beloved and transformative composer of all time. Join this musical odyssey from Stockholm to Honfleur and explore a rich cultural heritage. After the first recital during a day at sea, arrive in Copenhagen where the marvelous collection of modern art at Louisiana Museum awaits. The second on board concert occurs as you transit the Kiel Canal to arrive on the eastern shores of the North Sea. The next five days are spent exploring the museums of Holland and Belgium – the stunning architecture and contemporary art of the Groninger Museum; the Dutch Masters of the Rijksmuseum; the incomparable Van Gogh Museum; Rubens’ masterpieces in the Antwerp Cathedral; Michelangelo’s Madonna in Bruges.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Stockholm | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Copenhagen
Day 4 : Cross the Kiel Canal (East)
Day 5 : Harlingen
Days 6-7 : Amsterdam
Day 8 : Antwerp
Day 9 : Ostend
Day 10 : Honfleur | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a series of concerts aboard ship, exclusively-curated by Michael Parloff
  • View the Louisiana Museum and the Reijksmuseum
  • Explore the Van Gogh Museum and the Groniger Museum
  • Discover Michelangelo’s Madonna in Bruges

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sunset over the tranquil Honfleur harbor Dusk reveals the glow of city lights Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands Visit Amsterdam Charming timber houses of Honfleur

Day 1 Stockholm | Embark

The capital of Sweden occupies an archipelago in the east of the country at the junction of Mälar Lake and the Baltic sea. In Gamla stan, meaning “old town” in Swedish, you can stroll at your leisure in picturesque medieval streets until you reach the majestic Royal Palace. On the green island of Djurgården, you can visit several very different kinds of cultural centers: the Vasa museum is dedicated to a 17th-century three-mast, the ecomuseum of Skansen presents traditional customs, and the ABBA museum is dedicated to the legendary pop group. For a fantastic, all-encompassing view of Stockholm, you can take a ride in SkyView, a glass-encased sphere gondola that takes you to the top of the world’s largest building, the Ericsson Globe, a Stockholm landmark.

Day 2 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Copenhagen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Connected to the far eastern side of Sealand island, a few kilometers away from the Swedish coasts, Copenhagen offers you the high color of Scandinavian capitals. You can discover the city's riches that weaves through the canal networks through the historical districts of Christiansborg and Nyhavn. Many palaces provide an apercu of Danish history. For eating, you can try out the smorebrod, a traditional dish composed of several kinds of smoked fish.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Royal Copenhagen And Glypoteque Museum, Louisiana Museum Of Modern Art.

Day 4 Cross the Kiel Canal (East)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, the ship will cross the Kiel Canal. 

Day 5 Harlingen

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lying at the mouth of the Harinxma canal in the Frise province of the Netherlands, Harlingen has always had a very close relationship with the sea. Once a whale fishing center and today a port specialized in shrimp fishing, its dynamism has transformed it into a modern city that also offers travelers museums and sites of interest. The local museum, the Hannemahuis, is housed in an 18th Century dwelling and presents a collection of regional furniture and objects retracing the history of the city. The lighthouse and the city hall with their typically Dutch architecture also deserve a visit.

​The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Harlingen On Foot, Friesland And Franeker, Groninger And Groninger Museum.

Day 6-7 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Amsterdam is above all a city of water. Omnipresent, it guides the traveler’s steps, from street to street, from a canal to canal, its bridges seeming to bend their arches to form allegiances with him. Let yourself fall in love with the grace and romanticism that emanate from this charming scene. Known around the world for its museums and the finest collection of the Dutch and Flemish masters of the golden age, this city is home to many other treasures. Take a stroll through the old district or pay a visit to a diamond house – do not miss this “treasure chest” of the Netherlands.

​The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The Hague & Mauritshuis, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum And Canal Cruise, Rural Holland.

Day 8 Antwerp

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located in the Flemish region of Belgium, Antwerp is worth a visit for its remarkable architectural heritage. In this moderately-sized, cosmopolitan city, you will be able to stroll around the ancient city center, dominated by the most important monument in Antwerp, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The museums of the city retrace the history of Antwerp, including the home of Rubens, containing the works of the painter, and the Plantin-Moretus Museum, a print works and publishing house that are UNESCO listed. From Grote Markt, the central square in the city, you will be captivated by the attractive sight formed by the unusual medieval architecture of the guild houses.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Antwerp, City Of Rubens, Brussels And The Musical Instruments Museum, Mayer Van Den Bergh Museum.

Day 9 Ostend

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the Flemish coastline, halfway between France and the Netherlands, the elegant city of Ostend is a favorite summer destination for Belgians. You can enjoy the “queen of beaches”, a stretch of fine white sand punctuated by breakwaters, covered by the North Sea at high tide. The seafront boasts sumptuous facades from the Belle Epoque, such as Villa Maritza, which stands witness to this seaside town’s rich past. Art amateurs will enjoy the excellent Kunstmuseumaan Zee, where a retrospective of Belgian art dating from 1830 is on display.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Historic Bruges And Groeningemuseum, Historical Bruges With Canal Boat.

Day 10 Honfleur | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbor, see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Honfleur.

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Book now and pay no supplement on single occupancy rates. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after February 13, 2020. Contact us for details.
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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, onboard medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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