Informally known as Holland, the Netherlands is an appropriate name for a nation so famously flat, where over a quarter of the land is below sea level. This kingdom of the “lower countries” is situated on the northern coast of Europe, directly across the North Sea from the United Kingdom. Famously laidback, the people of the Netherlands are amongst the friendliest and most welcoming on the continent, with an intelligence and attitude that is reflected in their world-renowned culture and history.
Beginning with the sites of Iberia including the Royal Palace Alcazar and the Alfama, you'll then enjoy sherry tasting in Oporto and a visit to Chateaux country in France before sailing north to the breathtaking fjords of Norway.
This maiden cruise to Norway begins in London before sailing to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Cross the North Sea to Norway and enter one of the largest fjords in the world, Hardangerfjord. You will also have the opportunity to visit the village of Geiranger, capital Oslo, and the fun-loving city of Amsterdam.
The spectacular natural beauty of the Northern waters are the heart of this voyage. Sailing roundtrip from London, you'll admire the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, cruise the expansive fjords of Norway and visit the colorful turf-roofed villages of the Danish Faroe Islands.