Scandinavia & the British Isles – Viking Oceans Cruise

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Scandinavia & the British Isles – Viking Oceans Cruise

Iconic cities of Northern Europe

Sail the historic waters of Scandinavia and the British Isles. Witness stunning vistas in the Norwegian fjords and explore the cities of Northern Europe, including Berlin, Copenhagen and Stockholm. Discover the Scottish Highlands, experience a warm Welsh welcome on the Isle of Anglesey and visit England’s legendary maritime ports.

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Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Expired on Friday May 31st, 2024

Day 1: London (Greenwich), England

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Greenwich, a borough of London, is home to the Royal Observatory. From here, the world’s longitude is measured from the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s renowned historic landmarks, is preserved as a fascinating museum. Upriver, London is home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. In addition, this major economic and cultural hub boasts a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to West End musicals.

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime institutions. Royal Naval College is a major symbol of Britain’s seafaring heritage and the architectural centerpiece of Greenwich. It opened as a hospital for sailors in 1712 and served as the Royal Navy’s educational institution from 1873 to 1998. Today, its hallowed halls whisper of the days when Britannia ruled the waves. The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest, chronicling England’s seafaring endeavors in its compelling collection of art, maps and countless memorabilia, including the first marine chronometer.

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ROYAL GREENWICH BY FOOT (included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

TIME & TIDE: GREENWICH’S MARITIME PAST
Discover Greenwich’s maritime and royal history by foot. You will join your guide for a walk that will take you past the famous Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper and the fastest sailing ship in the world when it was built in 1869, and the Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, and street food. Continue on to St. Alfege Church, dedicated to the archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on this spot in 1012 and where Henry VIII was baptized. Then, stop for photos at the Queen’s House, the first classical building built in England. See the National Maritime Museum, housed in a former royal palace and the world’s largest seafaring museum, and the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich, before returning to your ship.

CEREMONY OF THE KEYS AT THE LONDON TOWER (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN EVENING TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO A PIECE OF ROYAL HISTORY
Enjoy a very special after-hours visit of the Tower of London and experience a unique, centuries-old tradition. The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 1000-year history as a royal palace, fortress, prison, place of execution and jewel house. Nobody knows more about the history of the Tower than the Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as the Beefeaters. You will be captivated by the amazing stories of those who have guarded this fortress for centuries, passed on from generation to generation, during your private guided tour of the tower grounds including the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Following your tour, witness the age-old tradition of the Ceremony of the Keys, which has been enacted every night without fail for almost 700 years by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower. This is your chance to witness a piece of royal history that still exists today.

Most famously known for its dramatic white-chalk towering cliffs, Dover is the nearest city to France across the English Channel. Its strategic location as a doorway into England has earned it the moniker “Key to England.” As the port was under constant threat because of its location, the massive Dover Castle overlooking the channel grew over the centuries to become the nation’s largest edifice and remains so today. Dover also served as a bastion and command center during World War II.

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HISTORIC CANTERBURY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE A STUNNING ENGLISH CATHEDRAL CITY AT LEISURE
Take a stroll around the beautiful city of Canterbury and explore its sights at your leisure. Board your motor coach for a short drive to this historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and enjoy a short orientation walk that will introduce you to Canterbury’s main sights. View the city’s Roman walls and gates while learning about the origins of the Canterbury Cross. See St. George’s Tower and Canterbury High Street, and stroll the city’s maze of ancient avenues. Your guide will regale you with historic tales from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors as you discover more about the city’s fascinating past. You may walk to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral where you can enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Or you may continue to discover more of Canterbury, where pilgrim’s inns and weaver’s houses still stand to this day.

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separates southern England from northern France. William the Conqueror crossed these waters to become king of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The most triumphant crossing unfolded on D-Day, when Allied troops landed on Normandy’s shores. The channel’s narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Dover’s famed cliffs can be seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon.

A UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s finest writers, from James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to Wiliam Butler Yeats. The people of Dublin have long celebrated the written word, nowhere more deeply than at the library of Trinity College, the hallowed home of the inspiring 9th-century illuminated Book of Kells. And there is much more to explore, from the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the nation’s spiritual touchstone, to Dublin Castle, built after the Norman invasion that unseated the Vikings here.

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CITY VIEWS OF DUBLIN (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CHARMING CAPITAL OF THE EMERALD ISLE
Set off on a captivating journey through Dublin’s most famous landmarks and historic buildings. Starting at the Custom House, you will cross the Liffey River to Dublin’s vibrant south side. Pass by Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I; Trinity’s library is home to the world-famous Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Continue to the famous Georgian brightly painted Doors of Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was dean here from 1713 to 1745. On the way to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, pass the famous Guinness Storehouse. Back on the north side, your tour concludes at the General Post Office, which was the scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and the birthplace of the Irish nation.

Holyhead is a cozy coastal enclave on the isle of Anglesey off the northwestern tip of Wales. This region boasts the greatest concentration of ancient burial chambers and standing stones in Britain. Holyhead is contained within one of the few three-walled Roman forts in Europe, protected on the fourth side by the sea. The historic St. Cybi’s Church lies at the fortress’s center and the excellent Maritime Museum chronicles local seafaring history. Locals are as likely to speak Welsh as English; almost two-thirds of the youth speak this fascinating tongue.

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SCENIC ANGLESEY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

COASTAL DRIVE, PICTURESQUE VISTAS AND ISLAND HISTORY
Discover the natural beauty and history of the Isle of Anglesey and visit the town with the longest name in Europe. Embark on a scenic drive passing through Valley, where the Prince of Wales was stationed during his time as a helicopter rescue pilot for the RAF. Drive past Cemaes Bay, the most northerly village in Wales, and follow the coastal road through quaint towns and villages as you admire Anglesey’s rugged beauty. Pause by the Menai Strait to admire the Menai Suspension Bridge, the world’s first iron suspension bridge, and Robert Stevenson’s Britannia Bridge, built in 1850. After time for photos at the viewpoint, journey to the town with the longest name in Europe, known as “Llanfair PG” to locals and enjoy a short stop. Its sign features 58 letters, and is the longest railway station sign in the world. After your scenic coastal drive, return to Holyhead and your awaiting ship.

BEAUMARIS ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A QUAINT WELSH SEASIDE TOWN
Journey across the green pastures of Anglesey to Beaumaris, a delightful coastal town and home to Beaumaris Castle. On arrival in Beaumaris, join your guide for a gentle stroll through the picturesque town, taking in the Victorian pier as well as the stunning views over the Menai Strait. Once acquainted with the town, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure in depth. Perhaps pay a visit to Beaumaris Castle—one of the finest examples of the great medieval castles found in Wales. Although construction was never completed, the castle dominates the town with its concentric defensive walls and surrounding moat. Or wander through the town and stop at one of the many quaint tea shops, and view the work of a local artist at a gallery. Alternatively, take a walk along the pier and see Beaumaris’s own Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station. After time at leisure, return to your ship.

Liverpool is celebrated as the “World Capital of Pop;” 56 musicians born and bred here have had #1 singles. Most notably, the legendary Beatles—John, Paul, George and Ringo—hailed from this port city. But it is more than music that has put Liverpool on England’s cultural map. Long an important center for maritime commerce, its storied waterfront is home to many buildings of historic, architectural and cultural significance, including a spectacular trio of palatial, early 20th-century buildings known as the “Three Graces,” and the revitalized Royal Albert Dock.

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ICONIC LIVERPOOL (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CULTURAL CITY HIGHLIGHTS
Discover some of cosmopolitan Liverpool’s most impressive architectural and cultural sights. Explore the city by motor coach as you learn about Liverpool’s maritime heritage as the home port of RMS Titanic. View the Liverpool Cathedral, dominating the city’s skyline from atop St. James’s Mount, and admire its impressive Gothic arches; it is the largest Anglican cathedral in the UK. In stark architectural contrast, admire the striking style and multicolored glass lantern tower of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in the UK. Pass through St. George’s Quarter, which boasts some of the country’s finest examples of Victorian architecture, including the imposing St. George’s Hall. As you return to the port, pass the iconic “Three Graces,” Albion House, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the rejuvenated Royal Albert Dock.

A HIDDEN TREASURE OF LIVERPOOL: THE ATHENAEUM (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

VISIT TO A HALLOWED LIVERPUDLIAN INSTITUTION
Explore one of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets during a Privileged Access tour of the Athenaeum club. A private members-only institution founded in 1797, the Athenaeum provided a library and newsroom in which merchants and professional gentlemen could read and share information, rather than having to frequent crowded coffeehouses or the local library. You will set foot in this hallowed institution, guided by a senior member of the club who will tell you about its history, purpose and importance to the city of Liverpool. Your host will also introduce you to its many treasures, including the extraordinary library. Admire the collection of more than 60,000 volumes of rare and unique books, historic documents, and nautical charts. Conclude your visit with delicious refreshments, prepared by the club’s chefs and served in the newsroom, before returning to your ship.

THE GRAND ESTATE OF THE EARL OF DERBY (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

ENJOY A PRIVILEGED ACCESS VISIT AND CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AT KNOWSLEY HALL
Visit Knowsley Hall, the ancestral home of the Stanley family and one of northern England’s grandest estates. The 19th Earl of Derby inherited the title and estate in 1994. Since then, he and his wife, the Countess of Derby, have made the running of Knowsley Hall their life’s work. The illustrious Stanley family has a fascinating history; you will learn more about their significant influence on the world of English sport and exploits in politics during a private visit. See the State Dining Room that was designed for the royal visit of King George IV. Today, family portraits of the Earls and Countesses of Derby from the late 15th century to the present day adorn the walls. Step inside the grand Walnut Drawing Room for a champagne reception and admire its collection of priceless antiques and silk furnishings. After your Privileged Access visit, you will return to your ship.

A major port heralded for its shipbuilding heritage, Belfast has undergone a cultural and architectural renaissance unrivaled in the rest of Europe. The influence of Britain is everywhere in this polished capital of Northern Ireland. Some of its most striking buildings exude Victorian flair and cosmopolitan elegance amid its famous Irish charm. Along the Golden Mile, high-end boutiques are reminiscent of those found in Paris, and the opulent Grand Opera House stands as a hub of Belfast culture.

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HISTORIC BELFAST CITY (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN IRELAND’S CAPITAL
Enjoy a tour of the main sights of Belfast, including its noteworthy monuments and structures. Take in the highlights of Northern Ireland’s capital, including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial Clock, Queen’s University and Botanic Gardens. As you pass the impressive Renaissance-style Belfast City Hall, catch sight of the marble Titanic Memorial, erected to commemorate the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. You will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past from your local guide as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. You will also have the chance to see the former Crumlin Road Courthouse, Her Majesty’s Prison Belfast—also known as Crumlin Road Gaol (jail)—and the Peace Line. Be sure to keep watch for Belfast’s political wall murals—a unique cultural touchstone.

HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE AND GARDENS, A ROYAL RESIDENCE (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 45 MINUTES

EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO A HISTORIC GEORGIAN ESTATE
Explore Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, the official residence of His Majesty King Charles in Northern Ireland. Embark on a scenic drive to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, a delightful hamlet known for its floral blooms. With Privileged Access, you will discover more than 300 years of history. View opulent staterooms that have hosted members of the British royal family for generations as well as visiting dignitaries, including President George W. Bush. Hear about the pivotal role that the castle played in Northern Ireland’s peacebuilding process, resulting in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that saw the end of the Troubles in 1998. View works of art and fine pieces of furniture in the elegant Throne Room, the ceremonial heart of the castle. Afterward, take a stroll around the ornamental gardens and admire the woodlands and meadows before returning to your ship.

Ullapool enjoys one of the most remote settings in the United Kingdom on the pristine shores of Loch Broom. This tiny town, dotted with distinctive New Zealand cabbage trees, is the largest community for miles surrounded by the stunningly scenic Western Isles, dramatic mountain peaks piercing the sky and unspoiled wilderness. Ullapool’s beauty lies in its tranquility. A launchpad for ferries to the stunning Western Isles, this former herring port village is also a popular gateway for walkers, adventurers and nature lovers.

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EXPLORE PICTURESQUE ULLAPOOL (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

A NORTHERN HIGHLANDS SMALL-TOWN STROLL
Discover the fishing town of Ullapool in the northern reaches of Scotland, nestled on the shores of Loch Broom. Explore the picturesque town on foot with your knowledgeable local guide, who will introduce you to Ullapool and its interesting history regarding commerce and local folklore. Take a stroll through its streets and admire the town’s charming gabled rooftops en route to a local venue. There, nibble on local tablet—or fudge—and shortbread while listening to live music performed by a talented Ullapool artist. Afterward, choose to either return to your ship with your guide or stay to explore the town independently at your leisure. Later, you may make your own way back to your awaiting ship.

CASTLE LEOD (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE SEAT OF CLAN MACKENZIE
Witness one of the most beautiful, romantic and well-preserved castles in the Scottish Highlands. Castle Leod is the home of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, Earl of Cromartie, whose family has lived here for more than 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland still occupied by the original family, and it remains a family home today. The principal part of Castle Leod—the 17th-century castle itself—retains the distinctive charm and historic ambience that you would expect of the seat of such an important Scottish clan. Enjoy the lived-in atmosphere during a Privileged Access visit and learn about the castle’s fascinating history, as well as view the collection of fine portraits, maps, furniture and antique artifacts. Depending on the timing of your visit, you might also get an opportunity to meet Lord Cromartie, if he happens to be at his residence.

The history of the Scottish Orkney Islands dates back millennia. Neolithic remains, including the ancient site of Brodgar, predate Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The 13th-century Norse Orkneyinga Saga told of Vikings who ruled here. Later, the earls took over, and the French Renaissance palace that remains is a legacy to their grandeur. Another castle, Balfour, stands regally in a stark landscape. While the northern Europeans greatly influenced this hauntingly beautiful archipelago, consider the Italian Chapel, built by the hands of Italian prisoners during wartime.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF HISTORIC ORKNEY (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN ENLIGHTENING PANORAMIC OVERVIEW OF THE CITY
Pass through gentle rolling landscapes into the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and visit a charming seaside village. Meet your local guide and embark on a scenic drive to the Ring of Brodgar, the finest known circular stone ring from the early Bronze Age. This ceremonial circle of 27 remaining standing stones is almost 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After time to ponder, continue your journey to the quaint village of Stromness; after a brief orientation, spend free time exploring the picturesque harbor and pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Visit the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Center, with exhibitions by both local and international artists, or explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and artwork. Return to your motor coach and continue on this circular route, following the coastline of Scapa Flow.

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th century, despite the fact that the Union of the Crowns moved it to London in 1603. There is no capital quite like Edinburgh, with its gorgeous setting on green rocky hillocks and splendid views of the sea. Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and countless medieval treasures, overlooks the city from Castle Rock. The Royal Mile unfurls Edinburgh’s architectural gems in all their finery, from the Canongate to St. Giles’s Cathedral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish residence of British royalty.

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EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PANORAMIC TOUR THROUGH THE HEART OF SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL
See highlights of Scotland’s capital city on this included tour, from gracious architecture to a storied castle. Your journey begins in the historic district of Newhaven, once a thriving fishing village and center for shipbuilding, as you drive toward the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. On your panoramic tour, you will see the 18th-century New Town with its delightful neoclassical and Georgian period architecture. From a high point, view the dramatic skyline punctuated with church spires and dominated by medieval Edinburgh Castle set on its craggy volcanic rock. Drive through the center of the city and walk down the famous bustling Royal Mile to view the 17th-century Palace of Holyroodhouse. Following your tour, enjoy some free time for shopping and independent exploration in central Edinburgh before returning to your ship.

BROOMHALL: HOME OF THE FAMILY BRUCE (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS

GAIN PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO THE FAMILY HOME OF KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
Enjoy an exceptionally rare glimpse into Scottish royal history. After remaining closed for centuries, Broomhall House, the ancestral home of the Bruce clan (descended from King Robert the Bruce), will open its doors for your exclusive visit. The Bruce family has been at the heart of Scotland’s history since the 12th century, when Robert the Bruce took the throne and secured Scottish independence from England at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. A member of the Bruce family will greet you; following a welcome drink, enjoy a fascinating journey through 1,000 years of Scottish history. Broomhall boasts many elegant furnishings, an internationally important collection of fine art and priceless heirlooms such as the Sword of State of King Robert the Bruce. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Invergordon lies in the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish Highlands amid a patchwork of farmland. The small community celebrates itself with a series of stunning murals painted by local artists; a walking trail leads visitors to them all, passing colorful window flowerboxes along the way. Whisky is another mainstay here, produced in a local grain distillery. This charming port is the gateway to a breathtaking region that provides a fascinating glimpse into the days of warring clans, and into the legend of “Nessie,” the fabled monster of Loch Ness.

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INVERNESS SCENIC DRIVE (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS’ CULTURAL CAPITAL
Explore "Inversnecky," as Scotland’s northernmost city on the banks of the Ness River is known locally. From Scottish Gaelic, meaning "mouth of the Ness River," Inverness is the largest city and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. It sits astride the Ness at the spot where the river meets the Moray Firth, at the northern end of the Great Glen. Take a panoramic tour of the city, featuring a drive by Inverness Cathedral, Eden Court Theater and Inverness Town House—one of the city’s most impressive and historic buildings. Enjoy free time to explore on your own or browse the shops for the perfect memento of your visit. You will also have the chance to admire views of Inverness Castle. Built during the 1830s on the original site of several castles dating as far back as the 11th century, this castle is renowned for its role in the legendary Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth.

The Shetland Islands are characterized by cultural traditions and dramatic landscapes. An incredibly scenic land, this archipelago is one of Scotland’s most remote island outposts. Lerwick is a gateway to some of the Shetland Islands’ most beloved residents—the Shetland pony. These diminutive equines can grow up to 46 inches in height and are distinguished by their short, shiny coat in the summer, and thick double coat in the winter, with a long mane and tail. These delightful ponies can be seen grazing and roaming freely throughout the archipelago.

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SHETLAND PANORAMA & PONIES (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

DREAMY SEASCAPES AND A RICH ISLAND CULTURE
Gain insight into the Shetland Islands while learning about Shetland ponies and admiring striking landscapes. Enjoy a photo stop from above Scalloway Castle, overlooking the harbor below, before visiting a Shetland pony breeder and enthusiast. Small ponies have existed in the Shetland Islands for more than 2,000 years; the ponies are thought to have been in domestic use since the Bronze Age. Learn more about how these miniature ponies are bred and used today. Travel north through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, before heading through the peat- and heather-covered landscape to Girlsta, with its beautiful freshwater lochs and hillside scenery. Drive through Whiteness on the Atlantic coast to Wormadale for the chance to photograph many of the islands of the Shetland archipelago. Hear more about Shetland culture and heritage on the way back to your ship.

Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

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PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE NORWEGIAN CITY BY MOTOR COACH AND ON FOOT
Discover the main sights of Bergen during a panoramic drive and a leisurely walk. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites, including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. During a scenic drive, see these and more, pausing to take a photo stop at Nordnes to admire the views over Bergen Harbor. At the National Stage, disembark your motor coach and walk downhill to Festplassen, passing the statue of Ole Bull before arriving in Bryggen. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you admire the picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you may return to your ship via motor coach, or explore the district and return independently on your own.

BERGEN ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER A HANSEATIC PORT TOWN
Explore Bergen’s historic sights during an invigorating walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s best-preserved fortifications. Pass the Rosenkrantz Tower and arrive at Bryygen to admire its picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you get acquainted with this Hanseatic town. Formerly the capital of Norway, Norwegian kings once resided here. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Continue your walk to Festplassen to its music pavilion, and head toward the old financial district, pausing to see the old telegraph, the historic post office and to admire the quaint residences. Afterward, walk back to your ship.

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is located in the heart of western Norway, nestled between seven gargantuan mountain peaks. It is also the gateway to the country’s magnificent fjords, including the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen was Norway’s capital during the 13th century; today, it is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the picturesque outdoor fish market, Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters.

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PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE NORWEGIAN CITY BY MOTOR COACH AND ON FOOT
Discover the main sights of Bergen during a panoramic drive and a leisurely walk. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites, including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. During a scenic drive, see these and more, pausing to take a photo stop at Nordnes to admire the views over Bergen Harbor. At the National Stage, disembark your motor coach and walk downhill to Festplassen, passing the statue of Ole Bull before arriving in Bryggen. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you admire the picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you may return to your ship via motor coach, or explore the district and return independently on your own.

Bergen’s Bryggen has come to serve as an important window into both Norway’s maritime legacy and architectural traditions. Totaling more than 60 buildings, with the earliest dating to the 18th century, these distinct structures are all that remain after the numerous fires that have ravaged Bergen. They were largely reconstructed within their original property lines, with their restoration and continual preservation staying true to medieval Norwegian building techniques, materials and tools. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a delight to explore.

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PANORAMIC BERGEN (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE NORWEGIAN CITY BY MOTOR COACH AND ON FOOT
Discover the main sights of Bergen during a panoramic drive and a leisurely walk. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites, including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. During a scenic drive, see these and more, pausing to take a photo stop at Nordnes to admire the views over Bergen Harbor. At the National Stage, disembark your motor coach and walk downhill to Festplassen, passing the statue of Ole Bull before arriving in Bryggen. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you admire the picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you may return to your ship via motor coach, or explore the district and return independently on your own.

BERGEN ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER A HANSEATIC PORT TOWN
Explore Bergen’s historic sights during an invigorating walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s best-preserved fortifications. Pass the Rosenkrantz Tower and arrive at Bryygen to admire its picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you get acquainted with this Hanseatic town. Formerly the capital of Norway, Norwegian kings once resided here. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Continue your walk to Festplassen to its music pavilion, and head toward the old financial district, pausing to see the old telegraph, the historic post office and to admire the quaint residences. Afterward, walk back to your ship.

The quaint village of Eidfjord is nestled in the heart of one of Norway’s most scenic regions. From the Norwegian Sea, the waters of the expansive Hardangerfjord lead to the smaller Eidfjorden and to this charming mountain hamlet. Eidfjord embodies the Norway of every traveler’s dream, the gateway to Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau of soaring beauty. Wild reindeer roam here, among stunning, treeless moorlands dotted with pools, rivers, streams and the Vøringfossen Waterfall, a 550-foot cascade that plummets into the cavernous Måbødalen Canyon.

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SCENIC NORWEGIAN NATURE CENTER (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES

JOURNEY TO A VAST AND PRISTINE MOUNTAIN PLATEAU
Enjoy a sweeping view of one of Norway’s most beautiful regions and explore nature. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach up the valley to Øvre Eidfjord and the Norwegian Nature Center. Here, learn about the nature and wildlife on Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. In this lively center of exhibitions, aquariums and an inspiring “Super Videography,” you will gain insight into the staggering beauty of this pristine slice of Norway. You will enjoy more than an hour to explore the exhibits independently. Don’t miss the center’s highlight: a five-screen panoramic movie where you can immerse yourself on a journey past fjords, mountains and waterfalls, with drops over steep gorges and gentle sequences over mountain lakes and glaciers. After your visit, your bus will drive you back to Eidfjord.

Stavanger, set on Norway’s southwest coast, boasts a rich history dating to the end of the last ice age. Known as one of Europe’s most interesting old towns, Gamle Stavanger’s cobblestone streets are adorned with a collection of wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Norway’s fourth largest city, it flourished early on, thanks to its strategic location and bountiful fjords. More recently, it has experienced an economic boom from offshore drilling, transforming from a tranquil town into a vibrant city, culminating in the European Capital of Culture honor in 2008.

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STAVANGER WALKING TOUR & OIL MUSEUM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

ENJOY A TOUR OF OLD TOWN STAVANGER
Get well acquainted with Stavanger and its beautifully preserved old town on this included tour. From our berth right in the heart of town, you can walk with ease to Gamle Stavanger, or Old Stavanger. In this attractive pedestrian district, stroll cobblestone streets among close to 250 buildings protected by a conservancy. They range in date from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and are considered the best kept wooden houses in Northern Europe. Destined for demolition during the 1950s, they were saved largely by the city’s architect, Einar Hedén. You will also visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Browse its fascinating exhibits about geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. You will learn about life on board oilrigs and the drama of everyday life at sea. After, linger in Stavanger at your leisure and return the short distance to your ship on your own.

PANORAMIC STAVANGER (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PICTURESQUE DRIVE, LANDMARKS AND OIL MUSEUM
Discover historic landmarks around Stavanger during a scenic drive, then learn about Norway’s petroleum industry. Your panoramic journey will take you past Ledaal Manor, the king’s residence when he visits the city, and into Hafrsfjord. Here, King Harald Fairhair defeated the regional princes to found the Kingdom of Norway in 872 AD; view the Swords in Rock monument, which commemorates this battle. See the 12th-century Sola Church and the famous Jåttåvågen Leaning Tower before stopping to admire Stavanger Cathedral’s impressive mix of Romanesque and Gothic flourishes. Cap your tour with a visit to the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Browse its exhibits on geology, technology and harnessing the power of oil. Learn what it is like to live on an oil rig and the drama of everyday life at sea. Afterward, pass the charming Old Town and glimpse its picturesque wooden houses en route to your ship.

Oslo is one of Scandinavia’s most vibrant cities, set on a splendid bay amid stunning fjords and hills. It was founded by a Norseman, King Harald III, and has grown over the centuries around the cherished Akershus Fortress. The city not only has a rich Viking past with its close ties to the sea, it also boasts an impressive artistic heritage. Perhaps its most famous painter is Edvard Munch, whose work The Scream is known the world over. But Gustav Vigeland’s 200 or so sculptures are the most prominent works in the city, on full display throughout Vigeland Park.

Shore Excursion

OSLO HIGHLIGHTS & VIGELAND PARK (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF NORWAY’S CULTURED CAPITAL
Take in Oslo’s eclectic blend of contemporary flair, rich history and spectacular natural views. With your local guide, you will drive past the medieval Akershus Fortress, built during the 1290s by Norse king Håkon V. Pass Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theater. Travel to the district of Holmenkollen, home to the world-famous ski jump set atop the most prominent hill in the city. This impressive structure dates back to 1892. Back in the city, you will tour Vigeland Park, named after the sculptor whose work adorns this expansive green space. Your local guide will accompany you on a stroll along its pathways to view some of the 200-plus fascinating stone and bronze sculptures depicting the human life cycle. Afterward, return to your ship via the affluent suburb of Frogner.

Oslo is Norway’s largest and most populous city. The city is nestled between the waters of Oslofjord and the sloping forestlands that stretch into the hinterlands, so a nature walk is never far away. Even in the heart, vast open spaces invite residents to commune with the great outdoors. Norway’s most famous is Frogner Park. While a short ferry ride leads to Bygdøy, the green “Museum Peninsula” jutting into the fjord. The grassy expanse of Tøyen Park is home to an inviting Botanical Garden, while St. Hanshaugen Park affords sweeping city views.

Shore Excursion

OSLO HIGHLIGHTS & VIGELAND PARK (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A FASCINATING GLIMPSE OF NORWAY’S CULTURED CAPITAL
Take in Oslo’s eclectic blend of contemporary flair, rich history and spectacular natural views. With your local guide, you will drive past the medieval Akershus Fortress, built during the 1290s by Norse king Håkon V. Pass Oslo City Hall, the Royal Palace, Parliament and the National Theater. Travel to the district of Holmenkollen, home to the world-famous ski jump set atop the most prominent hill in the city. This impressive structure dates back to 1892. Back in the city, you will tour Vigeland Park, named after the sculptor whose work adorns this expansive green space. Your local guide will accompany you on a stroll along its pathways to view some of the 200-plus fascinating stone and bronze sculptures depicting the human life cycle. Afterward, return to your ship via the affluent suburb of Frogner.

Historic Ålborg enjoys a picturesque setting. The best-preserved Renaissance architecture in all of Denmark is here, most famously at the Jens Bang’s House, built in 1624. Its clean symmetry helped lay the foundation for today’s Scandinavian design. Ålborg, the nation’s fourth-largest city, was founded as a trading post by the Vikings during the late 900s. The wealth that poured into merchants’ accounts helped build many half-timbered mansions that still stand today. Ålborghus Castle, the seat of the modern-day governors of Northern Jutland, is perhaps the finest example.

Shore Excursions

ÅLBORG WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

UTZON CENTER, OLD TOWN AND ÅLBORGHUS CASTLE
Enjoy a taste of beautiful Ålborg, strolling its old town, savoring local delicacies and seeing Ålborghus Castle. Leaving your ship’s berth in the city center, walk along the renovated waterfront district, home to the Utzon Center. Pass through Utzon Park and visit Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), which to this day still houses one of the original church bells dating back to the 12th century. Visit the charming old town, see the Gothic 14th-century Budolfi Church and the lovely baroque-style City Hall. Take a stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s stone house. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque renaissance home was never approved by the local gentry. The highlight of the tour is the chance to experience our very own Viking market, where you can sample some of the local delicacies while exploring the grounds of Ålborghus Castle.

PANORAMIC ÅLBORG (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

FROM THE VIKINGS TO THE PRESENT DAY
Discover the culture and history in and around Ålborg during an informative panoramic excursion. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to Lindholm Høje, where you will stop for photos and learn about the importance of this ancient Viking burial site featuring more than 700 gravesites and 150 stone ships. Continue through historic neighborhoods to the harbor for a short visit at the Utzon Center, Ålborg’s famous opera house, then enjoy sweeping views of the city and the fjord from one of the heights of Mølle park. Your journey will also take you to Ålborg’s popular allotment gardens, before you disembark your coach for a short stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s stone house. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque renaissance home was never approved by the local gentry. Afterward, you will walk back to your ship.

A LEISURELY WALK AROUND ÅLBORG (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER HISTORIC ÅLBORG ON FOOT
Set out to explore Ålborg’s highlights and visit our own Viking market during a walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and enjoy a gentle stroll to Aalborghus Castle, passing the centuries-old dungeons. Here, you will explore its grounds and visit our very own Viking market where you may sample local snacks and delicacies as you admire your surroundings. Next, walk to the Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), which to this day still houses one of the original church bells dating back to the 12th century. Visit the charming old town and see the 14th-century Gothic Budolfi Church, where you will pause for photos. Finally, stroll by one of Ålborg’s real treasures, Jens Bang’s Stonehouse. Bang was famously snubbed by the town’s government, and his statuesque Renaissance-style home was never approved by the local gentry.

BUNKER AT REGAN VEST (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

WELL-KEPT DANISH SECRET OPENS ITS DOORS
Descend below the surface to discover a piece of Cold War history at the REGAN Vest bunker. One of two bunkers built in secrecy during the 1960s to house the Danish government and monarch in case of World War III, REGAN Vest resides approximately 180 feet below ground in a chalk hill. Your drive deep into the woods of the Rold Forest will go to the museum’s striking above-ground reception and exhibition building. Browse the intriguing collection of artifacts that tell the story of the Cold War in Denmark, then head underground for a riveting tour of the bunker itself. The facility consists of four concrete rings that lie on top of each other, two- by-two, with everything that would have been needed to sustain life, including a kitchen, storage room, medical clinic, engine room and more. Return to the surface, then board your motor coach and return to your ship.

Copenhagen charms visitors like a Danish fairy tale. Among the Baltic’s most beautiful cities, it began as a fishing village and boasts more than 850 years of history. It has been an important Scandinavian port since the Viking Age and remains one of Europe’s most enchanting places, thanks to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park, and The Little Mermaid statue sitting in the harbor at Langelinie. Grand palaces also grace the cityscape, including Amalienborg Palace, the royal winter residence, and Rosenborg Castle, home to the Danish Crown Jewels.

Shore Excursion

COPENHAGEN BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

LANDMARKS AND HISTORY OF DENMARK’S CAPITAL CITY
Explore the landmarks of Copenhagen and learn about the city’s history during a walking excursion. With a local guide, you will stop to see the Little Mermaid statue sitting serenely in the harbor at Langelinie and visit the courtyard at the 18th-century Amalienborg Palace. Continue to Copenhagen’s largest monument, the Gefion Fountain, followed by Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Queen of Denmark, the sovereign of one of the world’s oldest monarchies. Here, admire the royal rococo buildings and square, plus the stunning Marble Church, New Opera House and flourishing Amaliehaven (Amalie Garden) with its geometrical layout, colorful plants and centerpiece fountain. En route back to your ship, walk through the 17th-century Citadel—one of Europe’s best-preserved fortresses surrounded by eight moats, tall ramparts and cannon bastions.

KRONBORG CASTLE AFTER HOURS (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

FORMIDABLE FORTRESS OF SHAKESPEAREAN RENOWN
Explore mighty Kronborg Castle during a Privileged Access® visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kronborg is one of Northern Europe’s most important Renaissance-era castles; ornately decorated, it earned its wealth from levies charged to passing ships and was immortalized in Shakespeare’s famous play Hamlet. Embark on a scenic coastal drive along the Øresund Sound en route to the town of Helsingør, from which you will see the fortress guarding the strait from atop the headland. Upon arrival, enjoy a welcome drink, then set out with your knowledgeable guide. Learn the castle’s storied history as you roam through its chapel, courtyard and imposing banquet hall. Admire sweeping views across the Sound from the ramparts and learn about the castle’s link to Shakespeare’s melancholy Danish prince. After your visit, you will return to your ship.

After a long postwar rift both between Berlin and the world and within the city itself, Germany’s capital has been reunified and undergone a remarkable rebirth as a center of art, culture and architecture. Still riding a wave of newfound energy, exploring its streets feels akin to browsing a newly opened museum. Risen from the ashes of war, many of its buildings that once stood for division now embrace unity. Among them, the Reichstag parliament building embodies a new transparency with its glass dome, and the city’s Museum Island celebrates self-expression and creativity.

Shore Excursions

BERLIN YOUR WAY (Incuded)
DURATION: 12 HOURS

A SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF BERLIN
Follow your own interests in Berlin, from its historic sites to its lesser-known gems. Transfer to the city by train early in the morning along with your escort, who will provide you with a map and some tips during an orientation tour. Set off on your own in the city center, with 3½ to 4 hours to explore. Call on Checkpoint Charlie and see remnants of the Berlin Wall or explore Alexanderplatz. Admire the remarkable glass cupola of the Reichstag or visit a museum on the renowned Museum Island. For lunch, perhaps stop at a sidewalk café and enjoy a fine German wine while you observe modern Berliners strolling by. At the allotted time, meet your escort at a prearranged location and return to your ship via train in time for dinner.

ROSTOCK HIGHLIGHTS (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE THE MEDIEVAL ARCHITECTURE OF A HANSEATIC CITY
Meet your local guide at the pier and board a motor coach for a scenic ride to the Hanseatic city of Rostock. Upon arrival, begin your walking tour, passing the iconic sights of the city. See the 13th-century Town Hall, which was originally built in the Gothic style but transformed during the 18th century with the addition of a baroque facade and banquet hall. View the Gothic St. Mary’s Church and its cross-shaped basilica and learn about its astronomical clock, built in 1472 by Hans Düringer. Visit University Square and see the handsome terra-cotta Hauptgebäude, the university’s main building. Admire its centerpiece, the Brunnen der Lebensfreude, also known as the Fountain of Happiness. Enjoy free time to explore the pedestrian district of Kröpeliner Strasse, which runs east from the Neuer Markt to the 14th-century Kröpeliner Tor, a former town gate, before returning to your ship.

BERLIN & LUNCH AT THE REICHSTAG (Privileged Access)
DURATION: 12 HOURS

A HISTORIC AND CULINARY JOURNEY THROUGH THE HEART OF BERLIN
Enjoy a panoramic tour of Berlin, lunch atop the Reichstag and a private organ concert in a cathedral. After an escorted scenic train ride, meet your guide in the heart of Berlin. A city drive takes you to remnants of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. At the impressive Berlin Cathedral, delight in an inspiring organ concert. Continue to the Reichstag building, Germany’s first National House of Parliament. Here, take an elevator to the rooftop terrace and the elegant Käfer restaurant, admiring the stunning glass-dome cupola designed by Sir Norman Foster. Few buildings in the city have witnessed so much history. After an unforgettable meal, your city tour commences past the Victory Column, Bellevue Palace and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Later, browse Berlin’s most famous shopping district, Kurfürstendamm, before returning to your ship by train. Note that the Reichstag is closed on July 9.

Founded as a fishing community on the Danish island of Bornholm around the year 1000, the picturesque village of Rønne has played an important role in the maritime trade of the Baltics. Germans, Swedes and Soviets variously overtook the island throughout its history. Today, Rønne is famed for its half-timbered houses and renowned for its celebrated and talented artisans who uphold a long tradition of glassblowing. Along Laksegade and Storegade streets, historic cobblestone lanes and the low-timbered, red-roofed houses of merchants exude the Rønne of yesterday.

Shore Excursion

SCENIC BORNHOLM (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

VISIT PICTURESQUE ISLAND’S CHARMING FISHING VILLAGES
Discover the natural beauty and charming villages of the idyllic island of Bornholm. This picturesque Danish island is nicknamed solskinsøen (Sunshine Island) and klippeøen (Rock Island) for its weather and geology, respectively. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach through the lush green fields of the island’s western coast en route to a photo stop at the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe, Hammershus. Continue along the island’s rugged northern side and glimpse Gudhjem, a small village situated on the steep cliffs. Leave the coastal road and visit one of the four round churches that can be found on Bornholm; these peculiar buildings were not just churches but served as fortresses during times of conflict. From the small village of Østerlars, travel through the island’s interior and return to your ship.

Gda?sk is widely known as the city of glowing amber and Gothic cathedrals. Its luster harkens back to medieval times when it was one of the most prosperous cities in the Hanseatic League, the mercantile powerhouse of the Baltic. The city’s rich history is on display in the remarkably restored old town, a splendid mix of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles—from the royal residence of Green Gate to the 15th-century Artus Court, a merchant’s palace. Traditional Polish pierogies or a glass of Goldwasser, a liqueur created here during the 16th century, round out any visit.

Shore Excursion

CITY OF GDA?SK ON FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

ENJOY A TOUR OF THE SITES AND SQUARES OF GDA?SK
Explore this remarkably restored Polish city and learn about its rich history on this enlightening excursion. One of the wealthiest cities in the Hanseatic League, Gda?sk was extensively damaged during World War II, but its restoration has been phoenix-like. You will visit Long Market, one of the city’s most attractive streets, and pass beneath Green Gate, a former royal residence. View the 15th-century Artus Court, a merchant’s palace, and the fascinating Gda?sk treadwheel crane, a 14th-century human-powered device that helped the medieval port load and unload cargo. En route back to your ship, pass Solidarity Square and see the famous Gate No. 2 of the Gda?sk Lenin Shipyard, where protesting shipyard workers were shot by the Communist regime in 1970. A monument here commemorates their sacrifice.

Sail one of the world's most historic waterways, where maritme battles unfolded in a bid to control Northern Europe. As you sail today, savor a range of international cuisine on board. Choose from a variety of international flavors at the World Café, enjoy al fresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace, or regional specialties in The Restaurant.

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn is located along the coast of the Baltic Sea. Its well-preserved old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is surrounded by a ring of 17th-century historic fortifications that were built to protect the city from invaders. Inside its walls are the upper town, where the regal castle and the cathedral are located, and the lower town, a maze of merchants’ houses, guilds, churches and public buildings. Some of the most notable landmarks include the Town Hall Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church and the Kumu Art Museum.

Shore Excursions

TALLINN OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (Included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

ENJOY A GUIDED WALK THROUGH THIS CHARMING TOWN
Get to know one of the finest medieval Old Towns of Northern Europe on a two-mile walking tour with a local guide. A scenic drive leads past the medieval town wall, the National Opera and Freedom Square. At Toompea, or Dome Hill, enjoy a gentle stroll along cobblestone lanes past the Estonian Parliament, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Along the way, pause at lovely vantage points that overlook a magnificent canvas of red rooftops, slender steeples and the sea. Your walk descends into Lower Town, where you will explore a web of narrow 13th-century streets. Pass the Great Guild House, House of the Brotherhood of the Blackheads, Church of the Holy Spirit and two 15th-century gems: the Town Council’s Apothecary and the Town Hall. Along Katariina Passage and Muurivahe Lane, you can browse handicraft workshops and a street market lined with wool and linen products.

LEISURELY TALLINN OLD TOWN WALKING TOUR (included)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

EXPLORE HISTORIC MEDIEVAL TOWN
Get to know one of the finest medieval Old Towns of Northern Europe on a two-mile walking tour with a local guide. A scenic drive leads past the medieval town wall, the National Opera and Freedom Square. At Toompea, or Dome Hill, enjoy a gentle stroll along cobblestone lanes past the Estonian Parliament, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and St. Mary's Cathedral. Along the way, you will pause at lovely vantage points that overlook a magnificent canvas of red rooftops, slender steeples and the sea. Continue by coach to Lower Town, where you will explore a web of narrow, 13th-century streets. Walk to the Town Hall, a 15th-century gem, where you have some free time before returning to your ship.

Elegant Stockholm is nestled where Lake Mälaren’s cobalt waters meet the Baltic. This stunning cultural capital extends over 14 islands linked by 57 graceful bridges. Hailed as one of the world’s cleanest cities, it boasts numerous green parks. The well-preserved 13th-century Gamla Stan, or old town, boasts gabled merchant houses and an array of architectural styles, from the enormous baroque Stockholm Palace to the art nouveau Royal Dramatic Theater. Strandvägen is one of Europe’s loveliest waterfront esplanades and the ideal place to sample some traditional smoked salmon.

Shore Excursion

OLD TOWN BY FOOT (Included)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

DISCOVER THE CHARMS OF GAMLA STAN
Explore the history and streets of Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, on this engaging walking excursion. Concentrated primarily on the island of Stadsholmen, Gamla Stan was founded in 1252 and is the oldest section of the Swedish capital. Your guided walking tour will take you along the narrow, cobblestone streets to Stortorget, a historic square surrounded by old merchant homes built in the North German style and the Stockholm Stock Exchange Building. Walk down the narrowest alleyway in Stockholm—Mårten Trotzigs Gränd—which decreases to less than three feet wide. See the baroque-style Royal Palace, built in the 18th century and consisting of more than 600 rooms; and neighboring Storkyrkan Church, Gamla Stan’s oldest church and the former coronation site for Swedish kings before returning to your ship.

Stockholm is an open book for those interested in Swedish culture and history; the city has one of the highest concentrations of museums in the world. The most prominent is the maritime Vasa Museum, which houses the restored 17th-century ship Vasa. Other homestead reconstructions are spread across the Skansen open air museum on the isle of Djurgården, providing a glimpse of life before the Industrial Age. Art lovers may also linger among the thousands of paintings and handicraft pieces at the National Museum or admire works by Picasso and Dalí at the Moderna Museet. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

*Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

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More days means more to discover, with extension packages you can add before or after your Viking cruise or cruisetour. Enjoy additional days to explore your embarkation or disembarkation city, or see a new destination altogether with a choice of exciting cities.

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2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Apr-20

London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$24,295
Jul-09 London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$26,295
Jul-29 London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$26,295
Aug-06 Stockholm to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$26,295
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Apr-11

London (Tilbury) to Stockholm FROM
AU$22,295
May-11 Stockholm to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$24,795
Jun-03 London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$25,795
Jun-13 London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$25,795
Jul-01 Stockholm to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$25,795
Jul-15 London (Greenwich) to Stockholm FROM
AU$25,795

 

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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

 

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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