On this spectacular North Sea voyage from the south of England to Denmark, explore great public buildings, private houses, and museums, all containing cherished treasures and art spanning centuries. See the extravagant legacy of the Hanseatic League, a confederation that dominated trade in the Baltic Sea from the 12th to the 15th centuries. The League fueled unprecedented wealth in northern Germany and throughout the Baltic region and laid the groundwork for the Renaissance. Upon arrival in London, a group transfer to Portsmouth will be provided. Embark the recently christened Ocean Albatros, and sail to French Normandy. Call in Belgium for an excursion to charming medieval Bruges, a perfectly preserved medieval town, or Ghent, where you will admire the sublime Van Eyck altarpiece. In Holland, venture to The Hague and Amsterdam for special museum openings just for our group. Arrive in Germany for a day in the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, then navigate the picturesque, 61-mile-long Kiel Canal connecting the North Sea to the Baltic. Marvel at the elegance of Lübeck, Germany, with a dazzling tour of the European Hansemuseum. Call in sparkling Rostock, and spend a day in Copenhagen where the ship is overnight in port.