Lindblad introduces 7-day cultural voyages in Europe

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Lindblad Expeditions next year will offer seven-day Europe voyages in addition to the longer expedition sailings for which the company is known. 

The sailings will have an emphasis on food, wine, culture and history as well as the Lindblad staples of nature and the environment. A musicologist, local historians and naturalists will be aboard the ship for all or most of the sailings, Lindblad said.

The slogan for the new product is “See the Old World in a New Light,” said Todd Copley, Lindblad's vice president of expedition development. In order to achieve that, the company has designed itineraries that are slower-paced than its Europe expedition cruises. 

The seven-day voyages will depart on the National Geographic Orion starting next April.

The ship will call in major ports as well as off-the-beaten track destinations such as the Skellig Islands off the Ireland coast. Passengers will have a wide choice of activities, including dinner in a vineyard, a rooftop tour of Stockholm or scuba diving in Scotland. The Orion will sail with its own fleet of bikes, Zodiacs and kayaks.

The exertion level of activities vary from mountain biking to touring in a 4x4 vehicle to people-watching from a wine bar in a port city.

National Geographic photographers will be on the ship, working with passengers on their photography. Musicologist Jacob Edgar, host of the PBS travel series “Music Voyager,” has arranged concerts throughout the trip. Some will be onboard the ship, others in onshore venues.

Passengers may purchase a combination of sailings. Pre- and post-cruise tours are available.

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