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History, Art & Architecture along the North Sea

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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This voyage is an art connoisseur’s dream, visiting some of the best museums in the world in the space of eight days, with a state-of-the-art five-star small luxury cruise ship as our means of transportation. We begin our journey in Copenhagen with a visit to the marvelous collection of modern art at Louisiana Museum, situated at water’s edge with views of Sweden across the sound. Then transiting the Kiel Canal, we spend five days on the eastern shores of the North Sea exploring the great museums of Holland and Belgium. During an overnight in Amsterdam, you will enjoy special access and a reception at the Stedelijk Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Copenhagen | Embark
Day 2 : Sailing the Kiel Canal
Day 3 : Harlingen
Days 4-5 : Amsterdam
Day 6 : Antwerp
Day 7 : Ostend
Day 8 : Honfleur | Disembark

Highlights

  • Experience several excursions, at the Groninger Museum, and many more!
  • Enjoy pre-cruise time in Copenhagen with visit to Louisiana Museum
  • Partake in private after-hours tour and a special reception at the Stedelijk Museum

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colors of Copenhagen, Denmark Old buildings in Amsterdam Bridge in Amsterdam, Netherlands Antwerp city center The charming Honfleur old dock

Day 1 Copenhagen | Embark

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.

Day 2 Sailing the Kiel Canal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spanning around one hundred kilometers, the Kiel Canal links the North Sea to the Baltic Sea, crossing the Jutland peninsula. It is the world’s busiest artificial waterway.

Day 3 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 which 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.

Day 4-5 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 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.

Day 6 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.

Day 7 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.

Day 8 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, you will 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.

Le Dumont-d'Urville

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$4,910
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Deluxe Stateroom
Area: 19 m² Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin 4m² Private balcony; King-size bed or twin beds
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
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Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
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Deluxe Suite
Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin 6m² private balcony
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Prestige Suite Deck 5
8m² private balcony King-size bed or twin beds
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Prestige Suite Deck 6
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Privilege Suite
Area: 32 m² Capacity: up to 4 passengers per cabin 8m² private balcony; King-size bed or twin beds
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Grand Deluxe Suite
Area: 45 m² Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin 30m² private balcony; King-size bed or twin beds
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Owner's Suite
Area: 45 m² Capacity: up to 2 passengers per cabin 30m² private balcony; King-size bed or twin beds

Notes

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Included features:
  •  All accommodations, meals, and excursion described above
  • Transfers and luggage handling from Copenhagen airport to the hotel and from hotel to the ship
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Dumont D’Urville, with all the amenities for which Ponant ships are famous.
  • Transfer from Honfleur to Paris airports at the end of the cruise.
  • 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).​​​
     
Not included:
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified above
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
Notes:
This voyage is offered on a space-available basis. 
Program is subject to change without notice.
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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