Sail the North Sea and explore Norway’s stunning fjords and Amsterdam’s storied canals on a voyage tracing the maritime connections of six North Sea countries from the medieval Hanseatic League to today’s European Union. In UNESCO-designated Old Towns lined with quaint cobbled streets, visit renowned museums, and sample the region’s celebrated beer and chocolate. Explore less-visited gems like Lübeck, whose Hanseatic League capital status is still visible in gabled houses and converted warehouses; and Antwerp, where 16th-century guild halls line a picturesque square. Traveling from Northern European trading capitals to the Low Countries of the Netherlands and Belgium, the role of waterways—the sea and canals—take center stage. Conclude in London, one of Europe’s largest modern trading centers.
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