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    City of Kotka & Maritime Centre Vellamo

    Kotka, Finland

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. ...
    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. more...

    Get an authentic glimpse of life in Kotka by browsing attractions that highlight the influence of the sea. The city is surrounded by water as it covers two islands in the Gulf of Finland at the mouth of the Kymijoki River. While strolling through Sappoka Water Garden, you will soon realize the calming effect of its central waterfall and many ponds and brooks. Kotka’s most iconic building is the Maritime Centre Vellama, a complex of museums within a modern façade that resembles a massive wave that reflects the colors of the sea. Its Museum of Kymenlaakso focuses on cultural aspects and presents a history of the Coast Guard. The complex’s Maritime Museum of Finland is even more comprehensive, as it holds everything from nautical charts to underwater archaeological artifacts to full-size ships. You will gain a different historical perspective at the 19th-century Kotka Church, which is known for its rose windows and for having the largest baroque organ in Finland.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Recognize how the sea has shaped Kotka while enjoying a panoramic drive around town. • Stroll through serene Sappoka Water Garden, the city’s most popular park. • Browse two marine-oriented museums within the Maritime Centre Vellama complex. • Behold the largest baroque organ in Finland at the Kotka Church.

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    • Adult from: $99.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local-Playing Gaelic Games

    Cork (Cobh), Ireland

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    Learn to play Gaelic football and hurling, two decidedly Irish and wildly popular games that share similarities to sports you may be more familiar with. ...
    Learn to play Gaelic football and hurling, two decidedly Irish and wildly popular games that share similarities to sports you may be more familiar with. more...

    Learn to play Gaelic football and hurling, two decidedly Irish and wildly popular games that share similarities to sports you may be more familiar with.


    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a scenic drive to a sporting club that is ideal for the Gaelic games that you will be playing. The Gaelic Athletic Association promotes many of these traditional games throughout Ireland, the history of which you will learn during an introduction to the organization. You will also gain an understanding for how dominant sports such as hurling and Gaelic football came about and the basic rules of both.


    Then, the fun will begin. With a hurling stick in hand, you will practice driving the ball through the goal. A coach will be standing by to offer tips to increase your chances of scoring. The sport of hurling is more than 3,000 years old and is considered the world’s fastest field game. If you’re good in lacrosse, field hockey and baseball, you will likely be a skilled hurler.


    You will also have the chance to try Gaelic football. It is played with a round ball that is somewhat smaller than a soccer ball. The ball can be caught, kicked and passed, but with certain conditions that the coach will explain. For instance, if you carry the ball, you can only take four steps.


    Following your invigorating immersion into Gaelic sports, you will enjoy a drink at the club.

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    • Adult from: $229.00 USD
    • Child from: $199.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Recipes with 1001 Stories

    Cartagena, Spain

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Tour a country estate with one of the owners, who will regale you with stories of the family’s history as a prelude to a picnic. Generations of the family have lived at the estate, and there are countless stories about their lives, the founding of the property and how the Murcian region has changed over the decades. ...
    Tour a country estate with one of the owners, who will regale you with stories of the family’s history as a prelude to a picnic. Generations of the family have lived at the estate, and there are countless stories about their lives, the founding of the property and how the Murcian region has changed over the decades. more...

    Tour a country estate with one of the owners, who will regale you with stories of the family’s history as a prelude to a picnic. Generations of the family have lived at the estate, and there are countless stories about their lives, the founding of the property and how the Murcian region has changed over the decades. Farms sprawl across much of the land in Murcia, some of them dedicated to growing grapes for wine and others devoted to fruits and vegetables that thrive in the semi-arid Mediterranean climate. As part of your tour, the owners of the estate will share the family cookbook, whose recipes have been handed down for generations. You will hear entertaining stories about the recipes and see handwritten notes in the margins that show how they have been altered to make the dishes even more delectable. Afterwards, you will picnic in the countryside and taste just how spectacular Murian cuisine can be.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Spend time with the owners of a country estate who will show you around their property.
    • Gain an understanding of the local agriculture and see family recipes that make the most of it.
    • Enjoy a picnic in the countryside with dishes that reflect traditional Murian cuisine.

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    • Adult from: $179.00 USD
    • Child from: $179.00 USD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    WALKING TOUR OF PAAMIUT

    Paamiut (Frederikshab), Greenland

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Escorted around town by a local, you’ll be introduced to life in Greenland’s eighth-largest fishing village. Suffice it to say, rush hour is no big challenge in this burg. ...
    Escorted around town by a local, you’ll be introduced to life in Greenland’s eighth-largest fishing village. Suffice it to say, rush hour is no big challenge in this burg. more... OVERVIEW

    Escorted around town by a local, you’ll be introduced to life in Greenland’s eighth-largest fishing village. Suffice it to say, rush hour is no big challenge in this burg. But living in Paamiut has its rewards for the 1,500-or-so souls who call it home. Their scattered skyline is colorful, their blue-black mountain backdrop is stunning – they even have a handsome stave church, one hotel and a supermarket. The fishing is excellent, the mitten-makers are busy, and the wildlife is contented. Minke and humpback whales swim by in the fjord, while white-tailed sea eagles (Greenlanders call them “Nattoralik”) guard the sky and bring good luck to those who spot them. On your town walk you’ll visit a local family and perhaps strike up conversations with friendly shopkeepers and others. A stop at a workshop that crafts coats from sealskin will provide a glimpse into the unique local economy – in Greenland, seal meat is a mainstay in the diet and no by-products are wasted.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Stroll the streets of tiny Paamiut with a local who knows its story and residents personally. • Be on the lookout for exciting wildlife, from majestic sea eagles in the sky to whales in the fjord. • Visit a workshop where sealskin is crafted into mittens and coats in classic Greenland fashion. less

    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $79.00 USD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Meet Local Farmer in Shepherd's School

    Bilbao, Spain

    Duration 5 hrs

    Learn to tend and herd sheep at a shepherd’s school in the fiercely independent Basque Country and see how the sheep’s milk is used to produce local cheeses. ...
    Learn to tend and herd sheep at a shepherd’s school in the fiercely independent Basque Country and see how the sheep’s milk is used to produce local cheeses. more...

    Learn to tend and herd sheep at a shepherd’s school in the fiercely independent Basque Country and see how the sheep’s milk is used to produce local cheeses. The school will present the fundamentals of the ancient trade of shepherding. During the hands-on class, you will learn how to care for the indigenous Laxta sheep and how to milk them most efficiently. You will also see firsthand, the importance of Basque shepherd dogs, a highly intelligent, energetic breed with one of the world’s oldest lineages. These working dogs are naturals at helping shepherds tend their flocks. The sheep’s milk is used to make Idiazabal cheese, which you will sample with a glass of Txacoli wine. Following the enlightening experience at the shepherd’s school, you will stop at the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, which Franciscan monks founded centuries ago. It perches atop a rocky cliff and looks surprisingly unconventional, as its bell towers are made with blocks of diamond-point limestone.

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    • Adult from: $139.00 USD
    • Child from: $129.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Local Cheese Lovers

    Seville (Cádiz), Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Drive through the beautiful Andalucia region to an acclaimed cheese-producing village for an insider’s look at the artisanal process and to sample the most representative cheeses. ...
    Drive through the beautiful Andalucia region to an acclaimed cheese-producing village for an insider’s look at the artisanal process and to sample the most representative cheeses. more...

    Drive through the beautiful Andalucia region to an acclaimed cheese-producing village for an insider’s look at the artisanal process and to sample the most representative cheeses. Your host will be a farmer that tends payoya goats and Grazalemeña sheep, whose milk is used to produce the cheeses. The most well-known and award-winning cheese is El Bosqueño, a smooth textured, light-colored cheese. The farmer will lead you through the fields where the goats and sheep graze and walk you through the cheese-making process step by step. You will also browse a cheese museum with displays of cheese-making hand tools and exhibits detailing the history of cheese production in the area. Afterwards, you will enjoy a sampling that may include an emborrado cheese cured in olive oil and wheat bran. Other cheeses produced here are cured with fresh spices such as rosemary and paprika. To complement the experience, you will be served a glass of locally produced wine.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • See how several award-winning cheeses are produced at a farm in the town of El Bosque.
    • Browse a cheese museum with displays that trace the importance of cheese in this region.
    • Sample various cheeses made with milk from payoya goats and Grazalemeña sheep.

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    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Local - Cartagena: Traditional Market

    Cartagena, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. ...
    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. more...

    Explore two lively markets in downtown Cartagena; one for food and the second a favorite locale for handmade jewelry and crafts. While walking to the Santa Florentina covered market, you will pass landmarks such as Conception Castle and several leafy parks. Long a staple for shopping, the market offers every imaginable culinary ingredient, and you can expect the atmosphere to be extraordinary lively as the residents and vendors interact and socialize. The guide will lead you to stalls where you can taste tapas topped with favorite ingredients. You might try one of these small-plate appetizers with fried squid, anchovies, artisanal cheese or vegetables, as produce is a specialty. Continuing on to the nearby Artisan Center, which is housed inside an 18th-century palace, you will browse stalls full of locally made arts and crafts. The ceramics, jewelry and glassware are particularly noteworthy. Chances are, you will see artisans making their pieces by hand.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Browse the stalls of the Santa Florentina market, which is revered for its fresh produce.
    • Sample small-plate tapas at the market, topped with local specialties such as squid and cheese.
    • Shop for hand-made jewelry and glassware at the Artisan Center, another favorite venue.

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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Highlights of Oporto

    Oporto, Portugal

    Duration 4 hrs

    The city of Oporto lies on the north bank of the Douro River, near where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and is the second largest city in Portugal. While it has always played an important role in international trade, Oporto's historic center has been recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. ...
    The city of Oporto lies on the north bank of the Douro River, near where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and is the second largest city in Portugal. While it has always played an important role in international trade, Oporto's historic center has been recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. more...

    The city of Oporto lies on the north bank of the Douro River, near where it meets the Atlantic Ocean and is the second largest city in Portugal. While it has always played an important role in international trade, Oporto's historic center has been recently recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    Your tour begins with a lovely walk around the historic heart of Oporto where you will see many of the city's notable landmarks. Dating mainly from the 18th century when trade was booming and merchants were financing elegant homes for themselves and grand buildings for the city, the local architecture reflects the elaborate gilt-work of the baroque-style and the neoclassicism and romanticism of the 19th and 20th centuries. You will also have the opportunity to drive over the unique double-decker bridge which spans the Douro River, the work of the famous Parisian engineer Gustav Eiffel. At the conclusion of your city tour, you'll be given some free time to explore on your own or browse through some of the colorful local shops.


    Before returning to the ship, a final stop is made at one of the many port wine lodges that Oporto is internationally famous for. After an informative tour of the cellar where you will learn about the processes involved in creating fine port wine, you'll be treated to a wine tasting of some of their finest products.


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    • Adult from: $79.00 USD
    • Child from: $49.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    GL- Belfast Food Trail

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Duration 4 hrs

    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies. ...
    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies. more...

    Gain a greater understanding of Northern Ireland and its culture by following a foodie guide through Belfast, pausing every so often to sample classic dishes and delicacies.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach the heart of Belfast, where you will commence a walking tour, accompanied by a local food enthusiast. The exact locations to be visited will be determined the day of the excursion, but they will definitely be establishments that best represent the cuisine of Northern Ireland. These will be the markets, restaurants and cafés that the locals frequent, rather than those typically found in guide books.


    You may well start at St. George’s Market, the oldest covered market on the entire island of Ireland. While browsing the stalls and soaking up the atmosphere, you will sample delicacies that are distinctly Irish. You may be offered a chunk of fried eel or a bite of Belfast bap, a hearty sandwich typically loaded with Irish bacon, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese.


    Continuing on to other foodie locales, you might try a few spoonfuls of colcannon, a mixture of mashed potatoes, cabbage, cream and butter. Of course, potatoes appear in all sorts of classic dishes such as Irish stew, Ulster fry and boxty, a tasty potato pancake.


    Other Irish staples that you may sample include fluffy soda bread and wheaten farls. The latter is a griddle cake that is served in quarters known as farls.

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    • Adult from: $279.00 USD
    • Child from: $279.00 USD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Go Green-Beach Clean Up and Green Energy

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 5 hrs

    Help keep Zeebrugge’s coastline free from debris during a beach clean-up and then take the collected material to a facility that will convert it into green energy. The exact beach will be chosen the day of the excursion, but you can be sure it will be one of Zeebrugge’s ...
    Help keep Zeebrugge’s coastline free from debris during a beach clean-up and then take the collected material to a facility that will convert it into green energy. The exact beach will be chosen the day of the excursion, but you can be sure it will be one of Zeebrugge’s more...

    Help keep Zeebrugge’s coastline free from debris during a beach clean-up and then take the collected material to a facility that will convert it into green energy. The exact beach will be chosen the day of the excursion, but you can be sure it will be one of Zeebrugge’s most beautiful and popular stretches of sand. After about an hour of cleaning the beach, you will drive to nearby Oostende, where the collected debris will be taken to Biostoom, a biosteam plant that produces sustainable energy from waste. During the insider’s tour of the facility, you will gain an understanding of the fascinating process that creates green energy from household trash. You will learn how the debris is sorted and combusted in an eco-friendly way that makes enough steam to drive a generator and produce electricity. Steam power is just one of the sustainable energies that have made Belgium a leader in green energy.


    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Join a beach clean-up to help beautify one of Zeebrugge’s most popular stretches of sand.
    • Take the collected debris to Biostoom, a facility that produces steam power from waste.
    • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Biostoom to see firsthand how it creates green energy.


    HELPFUL HINTS
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
    • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.


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    • Adult from: $159.00 USD
    • Child from: $159.00 USD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Helsinki Through the Eyes of a Local

    Helsinki, Finland

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. ...
    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. more...

    Experience local life by exploring food markets and a shopping mall, sampling Finnish cuisine and then strolling a serene waterfront park. As you meander about the historical market Vanha Kaupahalli, you will gain an understanding of daily life in Helsinki. Similarly, after a short tram ride to the Kamppi Shopping Centre, you will get a feel for other types of merchandise available to the residents, mainly fashions and jewelry. You will then ride the metro to Hakaniemi Market, a shopping area that specializes in gourmet foods and delicacies. To see if the local cuisine suits your palate, you will sample traditional snacks such as cold smoked reindeer with marinated red onion, Finnish archipelago bread with lemon crème fraiche and salmon, and non-alcoholic rhubarb soda. To become further immersed in local life, you will stroll through waterfront Kaivopuisto Park, which is on the southernmost tip of Helsinki and surrounded by embassies and extravagant homes.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Observe local life while browsing the merchandise at several popular shopping areas.
    • Recognize the vast range of stores available in urban Helsinki.
    • Sample traditional Norwegian snacks and stroll a waterfront park.

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    • Adult from: $149.00 USD
    • Child from: $149.00 USD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Like a Parisian in the Marché D'Aligre

    Paris (Le Havre), France

    Duration 9 1/2 hrs

    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. ...
    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. more...

    Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies. You may see the finest chefs in Paris stocking up their kitchens, locals engaged in lively conversations as they browse the stalls and vendors proudly offering tastings of their wares. The guide will be an invaluable resource and introduce you to vendors who will happily elaborate on what makes their goods so special. Then, as a prelude to spending a bit of free time in the area, you will linger over a glass of wine at a nearby wine shop. Before leaving Paris, you will also enjoy a panoramic drive, taking in some of the iconic landmarks.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Experience the Marché d’Aligre, one of Paris’ most extraordinary markets, like a Parisian for a true picture of daily life in the capital of France. You will meet up with a local guide that will show you around the market where so many Parisians come daily for garden produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, cut flowers and all sorts of gourmet delicacies.
    • Meet venders that the guide personally knows and sample some of their offerings.
    • Reflect on the experience over a glass of wine in a Parisian shop.
    • Drive through Paris, passing some of the most iconic landmarks.

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    • Adult from: $369.00 USD
    • Child from: $349.00 USD
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.