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Feeling inspired by the sporting weekend?

15/07/2018

Today, fans around the world will be watching (and some lucky ones attending) as the top prizes in sport are contested. Football, tennis and cycling are top of the bill, and in honour of our global passion for all things athletic, we’ve rounded up a sport-inspired travel guide. Where will you kick off your next holiday?

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, the pearl of the Adriatic

Croatia

With exquisite old towns, delicious food, traditional culture and unspoilt scenery, Croatia has something for everyone.

The walled city of Dubrovnik is known as ‘the pearl of the Adriatic’, and with its gorgeous harbour and a UNESCO-listed old town, it’s easy to see why. Stroll the 2km-long city walls or visit the Franciscan monastery with its beautiful cloister.

Sensational Split is one of the most fascinating ports in the Adriatic. Diocletian’s Palace has atmosphere and history in spades and is an unmissable part of a trip here. Afterwards, relax and soak up the scene in the Riva, the café-lined strip between the palace walls and the waterfront.

For a dose of Mediterranean glamour, Hvar is hard to beat. Once you’ve explored the Old Town, take to the water for a swim in the intense blue-green of the Adriatic.

 

Learn more about the destinations we visit in Croatia 

 

France

France has that certain je ne sais quoi. From the vineyards of Bordeaux to the sunny beaches of Provence, our Gallic neighbour is so close, yet a world apart.

For lovers of food, drink, history and culture, the country’s Atlantic Coast can’t be bettered. From its perch at the tip of the Cotentin Peninsula, Cherbourg has long been a gateway between Britain and France and is a fine example of Norman charm. Medieval La Rochelle, meanwhile, is a lively city with a stunning harbour and an atmospheric Old Town.

The South of France is a sun-drenched paradise. From captivating Cannes, you can visit Nice and stroll the Promenade des Anglais, experience the glitz and glamour of Monte Carlo or admire the superyachts in the harbour of St Tropez. Ajaccio,  the capital of Corsica and birthplace of Napoleon, offers a relaxed Mediterranean vibe and fascinating history in equal measure.

 

Learn more about the destinations we visit in France 

 

Belgium

Beautiful Bruges (tours from Zeebrugge) is a picture-perfect destination at any time of year. The charming city offers an exciting cultural escape, just a short jaunt from home.

Wander the atmospheric cobbled streets of the city centre (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), explore by bike or take a canal trip to marvel at the architecture. To fuel up, indulge in some moules-frites and Belgian beer. Be sure to leave space to indulge in the city’s array of world-famous chocolates.

In winter, Bruges’ Christmas markets are a fairy tale come true. The city is decked out with twinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, snow-covered streets and the mouthwatering smells of hot chocolate and waffles. Shoppers will delight in local crafts, lace and ­– of course – chocolates.

 

Learn more about our Short BreaksCity Breaks and Christmas Markets cruises

 

England

If you’re cruising from Southampton, why not take some time to explore the city? It’s heaven for history buffs – start with the Old Walls, which date back to the 13th century and stand proudly around the city centre. Lovers of maritime history, meanwhile, should visit the SeaCity Museum to learn about Southampton’s distinguished port heritage.

If you have a bit more time to spare, head out of town to charming Winchester. The ancient capital of England is famed for its legendary and literary attractions. King Arthur’s Round Table – one of the greatest symbols of medieval mythology – can be found in The Great Hall, and don’t miss Winchester Cathedral, which boasts the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe.

For some rural respite, take a short drive to the New Forest to explore quaint villages, as well as idyllic glades and ancient woodland with free-roaming ponies, cattle, donkey and deer.

 

Discover the world from Southampton 

 

Brazil

Exotic Brazil is a diverse destination full of fiery culture and lush scenery. Aurora’s Amazon, Caribbean & Central America Adventure visits three Brazilian ports, each of which offers a unique experience.

Manaus is the furthest navigable port on the Amazon River. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to discover the rainforest or view the phenomenon known as the ‘Meeting of the Waters’, where the Solimões and Rio Negro meet.

No roads lead to Parintins – you can only arrive by air or sea. In June, the small city comes alive with the vibrant Boi Bumba festival. Outside of festival season, it’s a laid-back city filled with friendly locals and surrounded by lush natural beauty.

Santarem boasts a bustling harbour full of boats, many of which are loaded with huge cargoes of rubber – the foundation of the local economy. In the surrounding area you’ll discover virgin rainforest bursting with local flora and fauna.

 

Learn more about our cruises to Brazil 

 

Russia

Russia has enjoyed some time in the sporting spotlight this summer. We offer a number of Baltic cruises that visit St Petersburg a grand introduction to Russia and the jewel in the Baltics’ crown.

Known as the Venice of the North, St Petersburg has a distinctly Italian flavour, with plazas and canals dotted with Italianate mansions. It’s known for its fascinating history and opulent architecture, and a visit to the Hermitage Museum ticks both of those boxes. The museum houses more than three million works of art and world culture artefacts, from Egyptian antiquities to Renaissance works.

Most cruises to St Petersburg stay overnight, allowing you extra time to see the sights and to take advantage of the city’s famous ‘white nights’, in which from May to July, the sun barely sets behind the horizon. 

 

Explore the beauty of St Petersburg 

 

 

Sweden

Sweden’s stunning scenery, world-class cities and rich Nordic heritage make it a fantastic cruise destination.

Stockholm is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, thanks in no small part to its spectacular setting – Sweden’s capital city is built on an archipelago of 14 islands in the Baltic Sea and connected by bridges and ferries. The island of Gamla Stan is where you’ll find the medieval Old Town. Explore its myriad museums, churches, restaurants and shops. Be sure to also visit Djurgården island, which boasts peaceful green space and the Gröna Lund amusement park.

Visby is located on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The UNESCO World Heritage town offers a wealth of picturesque attractions, from haunting medieval ruins to limestone ramparts and charming lanes of painted houses draped in roses.

 

Learn more about our Baltic and Scandinavia cruises

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