Itinerary Overview

Discover the historic & idyllic

Voyage from Copenhagen to London along the inland waterways of the North Sea, exploring beautiful coastal cities as well as the crucial and storied role the region has played in history. Stroll through charming, canal-side towns that sprang up along Old-World trade routes. Marvel at the elaborate architecture of medieval ruling capitals. And reflect at the sites of battles that helped determine the outcome of World War II. National Geographic Explorer will be your warm and welcoming home base as you experience Europe from a unique vantage point.   


  • Take in the stunning architecture in Lübeck, a medieval German city founded in 1143 that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Cruise the storybook canals of Bruges on a private boat tour
  • Explore Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to see “The Night Watch”, perhaps the most famous of Rembrandt’s paintings
  • Walk in the footsteps of Allied soldiers along Omaha Beach, a WWII site that was part of the largest amphibious invasion in history
  • Sail past England’s otherworldly Cliffs of Dover, white-chalk cliffs rising 350 feet from the sea
  • Navigate up the River Thames and under Tower Bridge, one of London’s most recognizable landmarks


Indulge your personal interests

How you spend your expedition time is vital to us. We want to bring you to and through Northern Europe in the most engaging ways possible. Every day you can join naturalist or historian-guided walks—choosing the individual whose interest and personality matches yours. Meet the lively characters who make up the contemporary scene in towns along the way. Or simply enjoy the open decks and glorious views from National Geographic Explorer.


Travel in excellent company

Our expedition team has the knowledge and passion for this region that will kindle yours. Our naturalists will illuminate the geology of these rich coastlines while our historians will add insight, depth, and clarity to each of the fascinating places we explore.  And there’s a certified photo instructor aboard every departure—they will ensure you capture the myriad photo ops in these charming Old-World cities.