Northern Europe - Why Visit?

Northern Europe is a beautiful and historic part of the world... with maritime wonders comprising the Atlantic, the North Sea, the Irish Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. Discover them… from the grandeur of Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher, forever looking across the Atlantic towards America, to the United Kingdom’s royal gems in London, to the pearl white beaches and warm weather of the enchanting Isles of Scilly… from the stunning fjords of Norway to the grand, opulent palaces of Stockholm (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), Helsinki (Finland) and of course, St. Petersburg (Russia) – all magnificent port cities and past or present capitals of nations large and small, whose treasures testify to the greatness of the kingdoms that built them. And because the sea is integral to their beauty and their greatness, cruising is the perfect way to appreciate them. Prepare to fall in love...



Representing some of what once ranked among the mightiest kingdoms on the Continent, the maritime nations of Northern Europe – including Great Britain, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia and Estonia – possess storied histories and cultural marvels far too numerous to do justice to here… so we’ll attempt to offer just a taste of what these extraordinary countries have to offer the visitor… especially one who experiences them aboard a small ship cruise.

There is something mesmerizing about approaching land from the sea; as you sail closer, the blurred loveliness of the shore comes into focus. Estonia’s coastline, for example, is a slice of gorgeous scenery along the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of picturesque islands speckle the waters offshore and unspoiled beaches bask in the Estonian sunshine. Farther west and inland, St. Petersburg glitters with the opulence that Peter the Great intended for his 18th-century “Window on the West,” essentially carved out of a swamp – including Peter and Paul Fortress and the golden-spired Cathedral, final resting place of the czars of the Romanov Dynasty, including the city’s founder. It is easy to imagine the Russian Imperial family in days long ago enjoying the quiet charm of the gardens surrounding Catherine Palace, the Romanovs’ summer estate – strolling tree-lined paths, breathing in the sweet perfume of flowers, gazing at a glorious August sky reflected in a tranquil pond...


Celebrated the world over for its natural splendor, Norway is unutterably breathtaking. The midnight sun is a bold artist with a vivid palette, painting the heavens above the coastal town of Ålesund orange, rose, magenta and violet. Lake Loen is an aquamarine jewel in a spectacular setting of rugged mountains; thin wisps of clouds lend a dream-like softness to the scene as they caress snow-dusted peaks and glide silently down the slopes. And the glacier gods carved out a gem when they created Geirangerfjord. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the fjord is simply stunning. A ribbon of water winds its way through a deep canyon of green mountain majesties as streaming cascades tumble from the top, rainbows dancing merrily in their fine spray. Geirangerfjord is a wonder.

A sparkling emerald, Ireland beckons with treasure much more precious than the pots o’ gold the wee folk guard. In Dublin’s fair city, Ireland’s capital entices with St. Stephen’s Square, Phoenix Park, O’Connell Street (the city’s main thoroughfare), the Lord Mayor’s Residence, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College, home to the the exquisitely illuminated Book of Kells. The Ring of Kerry is a magical fairyland of bewitching beauty. The sheer magnificence of the sheer Cliffs of Moher attracts folks like a magnet.


In Northern Ireland, Belfast, the capital, once famous for shipbuilding and political unrest, is now a rising star of commerce, tourism and hip urban culture, from Queens University (founded by Queen Victoria) to the “peace walls” that crisscross the city, emblazoned with colorful street art and murals. The Giant’s Causeway fascinates with its tens of thousands of volcanic building blocks. And everywhere in Ireland, north and south, flocks of bucolic sheep dot the countryside, their clotted cream-colored fleece a pretty contrast to the rolling, rain-kissed hills resplendent in their myriad shades of green.

Across the Irish Sea in southeast England, the chalky white Cliffs of Dover eternally strike a striking pose, as the grand capital of London holds court with her treasures – from the iconic Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, to the Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and more. Across England on the Irish Sea, Liverpool – “England’s finest Victorian city,” built by wealth from transatlantic trading centuries ago – shows off that legacy… as well as that of four hometown lads who, as The Beatles, launched a musical revolution and the “British Invasion” in the 1960s. The Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast have been called the “Fortunate Isles” – and they are just that. The Gulf Stream breezes by, blessing them with sub-tropical weather; the Scillies in winter enjoy temperatures akin to the south of France. Shakespeare described England, his beloved homeland, as a “precious stone set in the silver sea.” It truly is.

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  • Kronborg Castle
  • Roskilde Cathedral


  • Old Town of Tallinn


  • Fortress of Suomenlinna
  • Petäjävesi Old Church

Great Britain (England and Northern Ireland):

  • Westminster Abbey including St. Margaret’s Church
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
  • Tower of London
  • Giant’s Causeway and Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland


  • Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne
  • Skellig Michael


  • Bryggen
  • West Norwegian Fjords including Geirangerfjord
  • Urnes Stave Church


  • Historic Center of St. Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments
  • Kremlin and Red Square, Moscow


  • Drottningholm Palace
  • Hanseatic Town of Visby
  • Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland

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Northern Europe Map

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  • Traveling with Tauck’s private group and the same Tauck Director(s) on land and at sea
  • Tauck Exclusive lecturer onboard to provide expert insights for Tauck guests
  • Shore excursions in Belfast, the Isle of Man, Liverpool, Cork, Kinsale, the Isles of Scilly, Guernsey and Portsmouth
  • Visit to the state-of-the-art Titanic Experience in Belfast
  • Early entry to the Tower of London, before the crowds
  • Tauck-exclusive lecturer on the history of  “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland
  • Visit to The Beatles museum in Liverpool
  • Visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco Island in the Isles of Scilly
  • Norwegian fjord country sightseeing: a private guided cruise on Lake Loen, a visit to Kjenndalen Glacier, a ferry ride at Geirangerfjord, and a gondola ride and scenic touring in the Sunmore “Alps”
  • A private tour of the Vigeland Museum in Oslo
  • A guided tour, reception and private Edvard Grieg concert at his home, Troldhaugen
  • A private visit to a historic home in Old Stavanger
  • A choice in Ålesund between island hopping for panoramic views or a walking tour of Art Nouveau architecture
  • An antique trolley ride in Göteborg  
  • Guided walking tours of Helsinki and Tallinn
  • Privately guided visit through The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and a tour of the opulent Catherine Palace, summer palace of the Romanovs, in Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo)
  • Special Russian cultural evening in St. Petersburg
  • Exclusive private dinner at Stockholm’s Vasa Museum

Catherine Palace

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