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Expertly crafted coastal European adventures

On Europe's coastlines, captivating seafronts hold little-known wonders, from ancient basalt sea caves to centuries-old monastic settlements and marine reserves teeming with life. Sailing these shores is an invitation to discover both the iconic and unfamiliar—and to gain unique perspectives on the threads that connect histories and cultures across this diverse continent. Step aboard one of our small ships and sail deftly among windswept archipelagos, through historic canals, and into open water, seeing Europe’s seascapes through the eyes of the explorers who came before and discovering new perspectives on timeless treasures.

(10) Europe & British Isles Itineraries

Europe & British Isles

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

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Duration

16 days
  1. Jun
  2. Jul

From

$17,770

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

Duration

16 days
  1. Jun
  2. Jul

From

$17,770

Top Highlights

  • Trace a maritime thread around the isles, exploring the wild and beautiful places where Celtic and Viking influences still thrive in local languages and customs
  • Sail around magical Skellig Michael, which is crowned with a seventh-century beehive monastery
  • See the stunning 12th-century Iona Abbey, and Zodiac into Fingal’s Cave in Scotland
  • Explore wild, windswept outer isles; search for whales, dolphins, and seals; and see vast, important seabird nesting sites
  • Extend your voyage: discover the seaport town of Bergen on a pre-voyage extension, and explore London or the Scottish Highlands on a post-voyage extension

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Barcelona to Basque Country: Tracing History & Culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Duration

13 days
Apr

From

$22,701

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Barcelona to Basque Country: Tracing History & Culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Duration

13 days
Apr

From

$22,701

Top Highlights

  • Encounter an array of architectural marvels, from the Alhambra in Granada to Lisbon’s 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery, and Frank Gehry’s titanium-clad Guggenheim in Bilbao, and capture your best photos alongside a National Geographic photography expert
  • Explore seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Seville’s Alcázar palace, Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Tower of Belém in Lisbon, and Porto’s old city
  • Learn how cork oak is harvested in the orchards of the Algarve, and collect mussels with local fisherman in Galicia
  • Experience Basque country in the music and culture of northern Spain and the markets of southwest France
  • Discover the works of renowned artists including Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, and Richard Serra on a private tour of the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Coastal Powers of the North Sea: Medieval Capitals and Vibrant Cultures

Duration

11 days
Jul

From

$10,990

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Coastal Powers of the North Sea: Medieval Capitals and Vibrant Cultures

Duration

11 days
Jul

From

$10,990

Top Highlights

  • Dive into the multi-layered pasts of countries bordering the North Sea: Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France—and learn how these independent nations have been linked over time through trade, economics, culture, and politics
  • Capture your best photographs alongside a National Geographic photography expert as you explore UNESCO-designated Old Towns including Bryggen, Speicherstadt, and Lübeck
  • Venture out of Amsterdam to the Delta Works project of Neeltje Jans to witness the incredible feat of engineering of the storm surge barrier protecting the Low Countries
  • With the knowledge of our historians, naturalists, and local experts, experience life in major cities and coastal towns, taste culinary specialties, and see some of this region’s biodiversity

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Crossroads of the Mediterranean: A Voyage Through Greece, Malta, and Sicily

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$13,484

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Crossroads of the Mediterranean: A Voyage Through Greece, Malta, and Sicily

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$13,484

Top Highlights

  • Walk amidst iconic classical ruins like the Parthenon, Palace of Knossos, and the Valley of the Temples on this fascinating four-country voyage
  • Explore vestiges of Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Talayotic, and Minoan civilizations alongside expert historians and archaeologists
  • Marvel at the transparent blue waters of Malta and the stunning natural beauty of Crete’s Gorge of Samaria
  • Discover the Sardinian island of Isola di San Pietro, whose population's unique history personifies the blending of cultures across the Mediterranean
  • Sample regional specialties like Marsala wine, Greek cheese, and tuna and sardines from Sardinia

Europe & British Isles

Africa

New Egypt, the Greek Isles, and the Suez Canal: Sailing Through Antiquity

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$10,260

Prices are per person

Highlights

Europe & British Isles

Africa

New Egypt, the Greek Isles, and the Suez Canal: Sailing Through Antiquity

Duration

12 days
Apr

From

$10,260

Top Highlights

  • Explore the greatest sights of antiquity: The Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings, the Bibliotheca Alexandria, and the Minoan city of Phaestos on Crete 
  • Navigate the Suez Canal, an engineering marvel and major trade corridor cut through expansive desert landscapes 
  • Discover the mesmerizing beauty of four Greek islands including stunning Santorini 
  • Observe the exciting underwater realm of the Red Sea in Hurghada 
  • Experience local culture as you explore fishing villages, souks, and wineries 

Europe & British Isles

New Emerald Isle Expedition: Ireland’s Rugged Coastlines and Celtic Traditions

Duration

11 days
May

From

$12,825

Prices are per person

Highlights

Europe & British Isles

New Emerald Isle Expedition: Ireland’s Rugged Coastlines and Celtic Traditions

Duration

11 days
May

From

$12,825

Top Highlights

  • Experience the contrasts between cosmopolitan cities like Dublin and small villages like Killybegs as you visit the four traditional Irish provinces: Leinster, Ulster, Munster, and Connacht
  • Spot Ireland’s most critically endangered birds, corncrakes, on Tory Island as well as large populations of nesting seabirds including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and fulmars. On wild Rathlin island, encounter a colony of puffins among other seabirds
  • Spend a day on the Isle of Man, a Crown Dependency nicknamed the Gem of the Irish Sea and known for having the world’s longest-standing parliament
  • In Northern Ireland, learn about the Troubles while exploring the capital city of Belfast, and gain a deeper understanding of life on both sides of the north and south divide as you stroll Londonderry’s ancient city walls
  • Marvel at the natural beauty along the shores of the Emerald Isle—from the otherworldly landscape of Giant’s Causeway to the striking geology of the uninhabited Blasket Islands

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring Scotland’s Wild Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys & Inner Hebrides

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Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,577

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Exploring Scotland’s Wild Isles: Shetlands, Orkneys & Inner Hebrides

Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,577

Top Highlights

  • Peer into the past in the prehistoric homes of Skara Brae in the Orkney Islands and Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands
  • Ride Zodiacs for a close-up view of the unique geometric basalt columns of Staffa, a tiny island in the Inner Hebrides
  • Join our naturalists on excursions and aboard the ship to watch for puffins, gannets, fulmars, razorbills, kittiwakes, and more
  • Venture to the Aberdeenshire countryside to learn about Scottish Highland traditions, including a visit to a Highland cattle farm or local whiskey distillery
  • Capture your best photos alongside a National Geographic Photography Expert
  • Extend your voyage: choose to explore Dublin’s rich history on a pre-voyage extension, and discover the Scottish Highlands on a post-voyage extension

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Atlantic Isles

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Islands of the Azores: Fado Music to Fin Whales

Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,721

Prices are per person

Highlights

Atlantic Isles

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Islands of the Azores: Fado Music to Fin Whales

Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,721

Top Highlights

  • Aboard National Geographic Endurance, take advantage of the ship’s state-of the-art amenities, from wellness programs and spa treatments to gourmet dining options as we travel to the more secluded and seldom-visited islands of the Azores Archipelago
  • April is one of the best months to see the many whales that pass through these waters on their annual migrations. With the help of some of the best whale spotters in the world, search for fin, blue, sei, and pilot whales, just to name a few
  • Discover the varied past and the stories of explorers, whalers, and conquerors who all had a part in weaving the tapestry of island history
  • Experience the commitment the locals have to sustainable growth and protecting the natural beauty and ecosystems of the archipelago

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Navigating the Atlantic Coast: Brittany, Wales & England’s Channel Islands

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Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,268

Prices are per person

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Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Navigating the Atlantic Coast: Brittany, Wales & England’s Channel Islands

Duration

10 days
Apr

From

$10,268

Top Highlights

  • Sail along the picturesque and culturally rich coasts of Brittany, Cornwall, and Wales—each with their own unique essence, yet intertwined throughout history
  • Sample culinary specialties including freshly harvested oysters, Bordeaux’s world-famous wines, and Cognac’s renowned eau de vie
  • In Brittany, experience the historic harbor of Brest, and with a National Geographic Photography Expert by your side, explore charming Dinan, known for its medieval ramparts and half-timbered houses
  • Discover Land’s End, Cornwall’s peninsula known for its scenic headlands, artists’ community, and intriguing history
  • Delve into Welsh history at castles built by King Edward or take in the country’s spectacular natural beauty with a coastal walk on the Isle of Anglesey
  • Extend your voyage: discover Bordeaux and its surrounding wine country on a pre-voyage extension, and explore Dublin’s rich history on a post-voyage extension

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Arctic

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles

Duration

10 days
May

From

$10,200

Prices are per person

Highlights

Arctic

Europe & British Isles

New and Noteworthy

New Norwegian Fjords and Scottish Isles

Duration

10 days
May

From

$10,200

Top Highlights

  • Glide beneath the dramatic cliffs of the second-largest fjord in Norway, Hardangerfjord
  • Explore the towering cliffs of Noss, a nature reserve that harbors thousands of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, and kittiwakes
  • Venture to the Aberdeenshire countryside to learn about Scottish Highland traditions, including a visit to a Highland cattle farm or local whiskey distillery
  • See the U.K.’s northernmost lighthouse, Muckle Flugga, at Unst
  • Extend your voyage: choose to discover the Scottish Highlands on a pre-voyage extension. On a post-voyage extension in Norway, discover the seaport town of Bergen or Norway’s stunning fjords

Expedition Highlights

Explore your way, every day, using first-rate exploration tools such as kayaks and Zodiacs to see Europe’s shorelines up close and at water level. The special experience we arrange on shore with local experts foster authentic connections to the continent’s modern-day cultures, while the team at the helm of each expedition—from cultural experts to historians—offers expert insights into Europe’s past to help illuminate her present.

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Exploring Europe Through Music

Music encodes the spirit of place, evoking powerful emotions and opening a doorway into the destinations we visit. In EuropeJacob Edgar, our talented ethnomusicologist, curates exclusive, one-of-a-kind musical performances both on board and on land—from a stirring choral ensemble in Visby’s grand ruins to the Wellerman’s rhythmic sea shanty serenade en route to London. Enjoy a preview of these soulful European sounds.

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Follow Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic on Spotify or Apple Music to find Europe playlists specially curated by Jacob Edgar.

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When you arrive at climactic points along the way, you'll get there by the grandest of front doors—the sea. This is how people through history came and went, and consequently, Europe’s ports are hubs of vibrance and in many cases, remarkable beauty.

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