July 30, 2015 In Natasha's Picks
NEWLY DESIGNED FOR 2016: DISCOVER EUROPE IN A REFRESHING NEW WAY
“I’ve spent most of my life either in wild places or in the third World. But every time I venture into Europe, I’m enthralled. And last year we made a commitment to curate the most compelling experiences possible to reveal this historic, cultural and modern part of our world to you in a seamless way. We’ve had three teams on the ground for months looking to blend the known and the unknown into a mosaic of possibilities” – Sven-Olof Lindblad
For most travellers, Europe’s diversity is both alluring and exhilarating. Its art and architecture are among the greatest gifts human culture provides; and its food, people, plus the everlasting co-existence of past and present are a wonder.
Now, you can discover Europe, again or the first time, in a uniquely gracious and personal way. Get to know each destination—more actively, insightfully, exclusively, and effortlessly than you ever imagined.
Europe 2.0, by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic — carefully curated, perfectly paced one-week itineraries with distinct advantages over Europe by any other means. And, to make your Europe experience even more remarkable, arrangements for pre- and/or post-voyage hotel accommodations at premier properties have been taken care of.
Itinerary design has always been a Lindblad Expeditions art, and the new Europe 2.0 program combines the best of independent travel with having someone thoughtfully handle the logistics for you and ensure unanticipated delights. The Europe Experience Design Team has developed exclusive opportunities— behind-the-scenes visits, dining experiences, concerts and performances, and more— ones you wouldn’t otherwise experience, everywhere they go.
In addition, these voyages are deliberately paced to allow more time in ports so you can explore deeper, with at least one evening ashore for a local dinner, and the nighttime delight of charming towns. And most importantly, we’ve also built in time for you to explore on your own.
You’ll never miss a one-of-a-kind view, an enriching encounter, a photogenic sunset, or the magic of the totally unexpected. It’s a way to travel that puts the unforgettable in otherwise memorable experiences.
Earlier scheduled embarkation, boarding by 1:00 pm, so you can settle in, relax and enjoy lunch aboard the ship as the crew prepares to set sail. And aboard National Geographic Orion, you’ll traverse tedious distances while you sleep (the ship travels by night), so you awaken to a new vista daily.
The bicycles, kayaks and Zodiacs that will enhance your experience each day are all onboard, so heading off to have fun is uncomplicated. And, all museum, cathedral and other site visits and entance fees have all been arranged for you, and in many cases, we’ve also arranged special access or behind-the-scenes opportunities you might not otherwise be able to secure.
Every activity you’ll have the opportunity to do on each voyage is included in the price, as is your bar tab and crew tips. And, to make your Europe experience even more remarkable, we have arranged for pre- and/or post-voyage hotel accommodations at premier properties if you wish. All you have to do is to decide you like the notion of a before or after ‘decompression,’ and we’ll handle the details.
Interesting fact: If you were to travel on your own, duplicating, for example, the experience of our Mediterranean Isles: Sardinia, Corsica, and Menorca itinerary, it could involve 17 hours of driving/ traveling total, 2-3 hours a day over 8 days. And that’s assuming your directions are flawless, and you’re willing to limit the joys of discovery to the non-driving, or packing, parts of the day.
THE PERFECT SHIP TO DISCOVER EUROPE
The National Geographic Orion is a beautiful ship, originally purpose-built for luxurious expedition cruising—to adventurous regions such as Antarctica, as well as the temperate and tropical zones of the South Pacific. Spacious and modern, Orion offers panoramic views from her main lounge, observation lounge and library at the top of the ship to maintain a constant visual connection to the wonders outside. The dramatic window-lined main lounge is the site of lively daily Recap sessions, presentations and performances. And her expansive decks offer balmy air and brilliant vistas by day, or the romance of dining under stars at night. And while Orion interiors are elegant, life aboard is always casual, with no need for formal clothing, and very inclusive, fostering a rewarding esprit de corps.
Included is just about everything you have the opportunity to do as part of your expedition aboard ship and ashore. The only things not included are scuba diving in Scapa Flow and those of a personal nature—internet usage, wellness treatments and other specialized arrangements.
All meals and alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages, Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during lounge recap
Sauna & Fitness Center, Fully stocked library
The guidance and company of expert expedition staff
Gratuities to ship’s crew
Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
Special access permits, park fees,port taxes
Transfers to and from group flights
The expertise of our expedition staff
All shore activities
Zodiac, kayak and bicycle explorations
Snorkelling, including wetsuits,masks, fins
Lectures & presentations in the lounge
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DETAILED ITINERARIES, PRICING OR TO REQUEST AN ELECTRONIC OR PRINTED BROCHURE, CONTACT NATASHA