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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: £88,63 GBP
    • Child from: £43,87 GBP
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    NANORTALIK WALKING TOUR

    Nanortalik, Greenland

    Duration 2 Hours

    Enjoy an enlightening introductory walk through Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. ...
    Enjoy an enlightening introductory walk through Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. more...

    Enjoy an enlightening introductory walk through Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. Founded in 1797, Nanortalik is the country’s 10th-largest town despite having only about 1,350 residents. Even the translation of its name, which means “the place with polar bears,” indicates that nature not people rules supreme.


    For an authentic glimpse into daily life in this rather remote town, you will see the local school, police station and fire department. As you walk about, the guide will describe in detail the challenges and joys of living in Nanortalik. You will also browse the open-air museum in old town, a collection of colonial-era buildings such as turf huts that reflect the area’s history. Inside, you will find exhibits of model boats, leather clothing able to withstand harsh conditions and fishing gear that the indigenous Inuits use. It is believed that the Inuits were among the Arctic people that invented the kayak about 4,000 years ago.


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    • Adult from: £97,58 GBP
    • Child from: £52,82 GBP
    DURATION 2 Hours
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Life & Culture of Isafjordur

    Isafjordur, Iceland

    Duration 3 hrs

    Travel by panoramic coach on a tour that offers fascinating insights on the lives of those who make the sometimes-harsh landscape of Iceland’s Westfjords their home. Beginning from the pier, you’ll drive through the streets of Isafjordur and out along the coastal road for a tour of wondrously remote Bolungarvik, a fishing village towered over by its surrounding mountains. ...
    Travel by panoramic coach on a tour that offers fascinating insights on the lives of those who make the sometimes-harsh landscape of Iceland’s Westfjords their home. Beginning from the pier, you’ll drive through the streets of Isafjordur and out along the coastal road for a tour of wondrously remote Bolungarvik, a fishing village towered over by its surrounding mountains. more...

    Travel by panoramic coach on a tour that offers fascinating insights on the lives of those who make the sometimes-harsh landscape of Iceland’s Westfjords their home. Beginning from the pier, you’ll drive through the streets of Isafjordur and out along the coastal road for a tour of wondrously remote Bolungarvik, a fishing village towered over by its surrounding mountains. Nearby, you’ll stop at the outdoor Ósvör Museum, where a century-old fisherman’s hut has been restored, complete with the tools of the trade – and the fisherman.


    On another leg of the journey, you’ll find yourself up amidst breathtaking views of the magnificent mountains of the Djup, largest of the West Fjords and the Buna River. Not far from that spot, you’ll stop to admire a beautiful stepped waterfall in Tunguskogur and take an opportunity to taste the freshest, clearest mountain water you may ever have encountered. Back in Isafjordur, you’ll stop in at the Maritime and Folk Museum, which calls one of the town’s oldest and best-preserved houses its home. The museum presents an excellent collection of artifacts related to the region’s maritime history – as well as a sizable accordion collection. Gotta have something to do during those long winters.


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    • Adult from: £205,01 GBP
    • Child from: £115,49 GBP
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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: £330,35 GBP
    • Child from: £312,44 GBP
    DURATION 9 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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: £249,78 GBP
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    DURATION 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. 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.
    • You will have an opportunity to view colonial harbor, museum area (no interior visit included), protected buildings, Church, Culture area, institution area, trade and administration area.
    • Be on the lookout for exciting wildlife, from majestic sea eagles in the sky to whales in the fjord.
    • Pass by a workshop where sealskin is crafted into mittens and coats in classic Greenland fashion.
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    • Adult from: £70,73 GBP
    • Child from: £70,73 GBP
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - As a Local in Modern Le Havre

    Paris (Le Havre), France

    Duration 3 hrs

    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. ...
    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. more...

    Wander through modern Le Havre with the confidence and familiarity of a local, the result of experiencing the city through the eyes of a resident. Although Le Havre was heavily bombed during World War II, it has been rebuilt with such architectural unity and integrity that UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site. You will enjoy a panoramic view of modern Le Havre while riding the funicular with the locals. As the residents go about their daily business, getting on and off the funicular, you will feel like an integral part of the city. In time, you will walk through Le Havre to one of the guide’s favorite bakeries. While lingering over a flaky croissant or a sweet Madeleine cake, you can watch the world unfold before you. To become further immersed in daily life, you will then browse a bustling market where the locals will be socializing as they select ingredients for their evening meals.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Follow a local guide around Le Havre, an architecturally rich World Heritage site.
    • Ride the funicular through town with the locals to experience an authentic slice of life.
    • Ride the funicular through town with the locals to experience an authentic slice of life.

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    • Adult from: £124,44 GBP
    • Child from: £115,49 GBP
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Burges Through the Eyes of a Local

    Brussels / Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Experience Bruges like a local by exploring areas off the beaten path but still in the shadow of landmarks such as Kruispoort. ...
    Experience Bruges like a local by exploring areas off the beaten path but still in the shadow of landmarks such as Kruispoort. more...

    Experience Bruges like a local by exploring areas off the beaten path but still in the shadow of landmarks such as Kruispoort. Although you will stop at this 15th-century gate, the sites that lie ahead will reveal a lesser-known but not less spectacular side of Bruges. You will see windmills along medieval ramparts, follow atmospheric lanes through residential neighborhoods and pause at the bridges and inner canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North. Upon arriving in St. Anne’s, you will behold the Jerusalem Chapel, which was designed to mirror the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. By the 16th century, Bruges had become a textile center for woven lace, and you will observe a demonstration of this artisan trade that continues to flourish. Another way to become immersed in local life is at the Markt, a sprawling square that has been a marketplace for more than 1,000 years.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Explore atmospheric areas of Bruges that are typically unknown to all but the locals.
    • Cross landmark canals that gave Bruges its nickname, the Venice of the North.
    • Watch a demonstration of lace making, a trade that has flourished in Bruges for centuries.

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    • Adult from: £106,54 GBP
    • Child from: £106,54 GBP
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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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: £133,39 GBP
    • Child from: £133,39 GBP
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Highlights of Nuuk

    Nuuk, Greenland

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Drive through Greenland’s diminutive capital, which nestles at the head of a fjord, and trace the town’s history through its marquee attractions. ...
    Drive through Greenland’s diminutive capital, which nestles at the head of a fjord, and trace the town’s history through its marquee attractions. more...

    Drive through Greenland’s diminutive capital, which nestles at the head of a fjord, and trace the town’s history through its marquee attractions.


    After departing from the pier, you will go to the suburbs of Nuussuaq to have a photo stop at the private boat harbor. Then proceed with a panoramic drive to the viewpoint at Iiminaq passing the more contemporary suburbs Qinngorput and the University. Take pictures of the fjord at the photo stop by the cemetery. you will soon find yourself in downtown Nuuk, the world’s smallest capital and Greenland’s biggest town. Nuuk means “headland,” a reference to its location at the tip of a peninsula at the mouth of an extensive fjord system.


    Missionary Hans Egede officially founded the city in 1728, although Inuits, Vikings and various other groups had lived here on and off for about 4,000 years. It’s still a captivating historical setting. As you drive around town, pausing every so often for photos, you will see landmarks that include the Parliament, the University of Greenland and Katuaq, a cultural venue whose modern design was inspired by the magical play of light on the ice and snow.


    The National Museum occupies several buildings around the colonial harbor, where a statue of Egede overlooks the sea. Other prominent historical buildings include Nuuk Cathedral. Consecrated in 1849, it was constructed with so-called half-timbering, a technique where the timber frame was filled with soapstone and talc. That was later covered with the red paneling seen today.


    -You will also drive through Nuuk’s neighboring suburbs, which include Nuussuaq and the more contemporary Qinngorput district. Regardless of where you travel, the craggy mountains provide a majestic backdrop as you return to the pier.

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    • Adult from: £79,68 GBP
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    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Go Local - Dutch Landscape Through the Eyes of a Local

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Duration 3 hrs

    Bicycle through the Waterland, a classic Dutch landscape that is ideal for bicycling as it is flat and spectacularly scenic. ...
    Bicycle through the Waterland, a classic Dutch landscape that is ideal for bicycling as it is flat and spectacularly scenic. more...

    Bicycle through the Waterland, a classic Dutch landscape that is ideal for bicycling as it is flat and spectacularly scenic. A ferry will take you to the Waterland, where you will begin pedaling at a leisurely pace well suited to the area’s laid-back ambiance. You can expect to see farmers going about their daily lives, brightly painted wooden houses and an impossibly green countryside crisscrossed with canals and dotted with seemingly endless rivers and lakes. Almost half of the Waterland is water, held in check by a series of dikes, and the landscape couldn’t be more beautiful. Expect to pass cows grazing in fields, iconic windmills pumping water out of the lowlands and a number of seaside villages, one of which you will stop in for a drink. The Waterland is also a paradise for water birds, and you will likely see countless swans and geese and perhaps even a godwit, the national bird of the Netherlands.

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    • Adult from: £97,58 GBP
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    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Go Local - Undiscovered Edinburgh

    Edinburgh (Newhaven), Scotland

    Duration 4 hrs

    Explore parts of Edinburgh that are often overlooked but shouldn’t be, as these revitalized areas have become thriving destinations. ...
    Explore parts of Edinburgh that are often overlooked but shouldn’t be, as these revitalized areas have become thriving destinations. more...

    Explore parts of Edinburgh that are often overlooked but shouldn’t be, as these revitalized areas have become thriving destinations.


    After departing from the pier, you will soon reach Dean Village, a historical area of Edinburgh where grains were milled for 800 years. Once a separate village where many mill workers lived, it still seems vastly different from busier Edinburgh.


    Highlights include a 19th-century residential building for the mill workers known as Well Court and Dean Bridge, which spans the Water of Leith. Thomas Telford, the engineer behind the ingenious Caledonian Canal, designed the bridge. While meandering about, you might also see decorative mill stones and stone plaques with carvings of baked breads and pies, a nod to the grains used to make them.


    Continuing on, you will next explore Stockbridge, a village on the north edge of Edinburgh that is wonderfully bohemian and artsy. Landmarks include the Roman temple-inspired St. Bernard’s Well, whose waters supposedly have medicinal qualities, and the Stockbridge Colonies, a cluster of 19th-century stone homes that is really a village within a village.


    A leisurely walk to Leith follows. A port for more than 1,000 years, Leith has been thoughtfully renovated and revitalized, yet its historical character has remained intact. During the guided portion of your visit, you might see what was once the largest swing bridge in the United Kingdom, a 17th-century signal tower that was originally a windmill, and the statue of Roberts Burns. During free time, you can explore even further.

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    • Adult from: £142,35 GBP
    • Child from: £142,35 GBP
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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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.