Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

Retracing Norse Lore in Modern Europe (28 days)

Captain's Choice

Hamburg, Germany To Hamburg, Germany

Valid for Departures: 18 Aug 2019 - 14 Sep 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
18 Aug 2019
Hamburg, Germany
Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Pointy church spires define a low city skyline. Hamburg greets us as it stirs to start a new day. Our expansive room at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, on the shores of Inner Alster Lake, is reserved for an early check-in. The day is then yours to rest or explore.

Day 2
19 Aug 2019
Hamburg, Germany
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We uncover Hamburg’s nautical history, then pause for lunch at one of the city’s hotspots, Die Bank Restaurant. Set in the grand foyer of a former bank, this hip brasserie and bar introduces us to contemporary, Michelin-starred German fare in a show of innovation and tradition. It’s time to step aboard our ship. Raise a glass as we drift out of the harbour onto the open sea.

Day 3
20 Aug 2019
Kiel, Germany
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Linking the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, the Kiel Canal is one of the world’s busiest artificial waterways. Our day at sea is spent traversing its length, all 98 kilometres.

Day 4
21 Aug 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We disembark to a cosy knot of winding streets in Copenhagen. Here, beautiful old-world architecture and colourful buildings exude an unparalleled sense of style. Choose from two Your World experiences:

- Accompany our Danish expert who brings the city to life before our eyes on a half-day outing. Rosenborg Castle is just one of many highlights.

- After exploring Copenhagen, we head to the village of Dragør. With its cobbled streets, red roofs and yellowpainted houses built in traditional Danish style, this is known as the place where the ‘happiest Danes’ live.

Day 5
22 Aug 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After a day spent cruising, we get together for cocktails as the sun starts its descent.

Day 6
23 Aug 2019
Stockholm, Sweden
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get acquainted with Stockholm on a Your World experience:

- At Scandinavia’s most-visited museum, we lose ourselves in the exhibits dedicated to the 17th-century Vasa ship.

- A personal shopper joins you on a shopping expedition to the Stockholm Fashion District.

Day 7
24 Aug 2019
Stockholm, Sweden
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our second day in Stockholm, we have two Your World experiences on offer:

- Aboard a private boat, cruise out of Strömkajen and along the Djurgården canal before a spectacular panorama of Stockholm’s skyline is revealed.

- Live the legend of ABBA at the museum devoted to the fantastic four.

Day 8
25 Aug 2019
Tallinn, Estonia
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The skyline of Tallinn, outlined with castle turrets and majestic domes, appears even more magical in the morning light. Choose a Your World experience here:

- On a walking tour, discover the vibrant Old Town, with buildings from the 13th and 14th centuries.

- A gourmet excursion introduces us to local delicacies. Lunch and wine is served at an a la carte restaurant.

Day 9
26 Aug 2019
Helsinki, Finland
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our ship weaves through tiny islands on the way to Helsinki. We step out to enjoy the city on a Your World experience:

- The red houses of Porvoo beckon. With almost 800 years of history, this tiny town is much like a living museum.

- Travelling shoulder-to-shoulder with local residents, Tram Route 6 leads us on a culinary and design tour between Helsinki’s gourmet food markets and galleries.

Day 10
27 Aug 2019
St. Petersburg, Russia
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

St Petersburg is a place in which to lose yourself. We beat the crowds to the Hermitage Museum before a guided exploration reveals all the main sights, including Peter and Paul Fortress and St Isaac’s Cathedral.

This evening we are treated to VIP seats for a ballet performance at the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Day 11
28 Aug 2019
St. Petersburg, Russia
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We complete our exploration of St Petersburg on today’s Your World experiences:

- Visit Catherine Palace and its grounds, manicured to absolute perfection.

- A revealing trip on the hydrofoil through the city’s canals ends at Peterhof Palace. Beneath blue skies, admire gilded fountains and stately gardens.

Day 12
29 Aug 2019
Baltic Sea, Russia
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A welcome day on the gentle waters of the Baltic Sea. Recharge your batteries, ready for adventures ahead. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample the menus at your choice of the seven specialty restaurants on board. Dine on everything from modern bistro fare to delicate sushi and rustic Italian.

Day 13
30 Aug 2019
Klaipeda, Lithuania
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Klaipeda has seen its share of feuds – an inevitable consequence of being almost 1,400 years old. From its old town, we depart on a Your World experience:

- With the Baltic sea breeze on our face, we enjoy a gentle cycle to Curonian Spit National Park.

- On an extensive discovery of Curonian Spit National Park, visit the Hill of Witches, then take a ferry to explore the Dead Dunes.

Day 14
31 Aug 2019
Nexø, Bornholm, Denmark
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On the island of Bornholm, green pastures roll into dewy beech forests and golden sand beaches are punctuated with groups of red fishing huts. Today’s discovery takes on a culinary theme as we taste local delicacies, including stops at the island’s famous smoke houses.

Day 15
01 Sep 2019
Kiel, Germany
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travelling in the opposite direction today, we take in the sights of the Kiel Canal once again. This is the perfect chance to utilise the ship’s extraordinary facilities.

Day 16
02 Sep 2019
Oslo, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Late this evening, after spending the day on the water, the city of Vikings welcomes us. We glide over glassy waters into its harbour, lit by the midnight sun. Watch the city twinkle like a thousand fairy lights in the soft light.

Day 17
03 Sep 2019
Oslo, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

With birds chirping and boats gliding along the fjord, it’s a treat to wake up in Scandinavia’s smallest capital city. During breakfast, decide which Your World experience you might like to embark on today:

- All 200 sculptures of Vigeland Park were created by one man, Gustav Vigeland – Norway’s most prolific artist. Wander among the works of art as part of a city tour, then get up close and personal with the city’s Viking heritage at the Viking Ship Museum. Also visit the Holmenkollen ski jump.

- Oslo’s architectural landmarks sparkle against its waterfront. On a half-day exploration, we take in sights such as the City Hall and the National Theatre, before soaking up the maritime vibe of the Bygdøy peninsula.

Day 18
04 Sep 2019
Oslo, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A stillness defines our day at sea as we edge north along Norway’s west coast, chiselled by glaciers and fjords. Through clouds of mist, our ship cruises close to shore, where dense forests spill over hillsides down to the ocean in a patchwork of deep greens.

Day 19
05 Sep 2019
Vik , Norway
Flåm, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fjord country awaits. Aboard the Flåmsbana, one of the world’s steepest train lines, we click-clack a path through the clouds and over steep mountain passes. Travelling from ocean level near Sognefjord in Flåm, we travel to the summit at Myrdal mountain station.

Day 20
06 Sep 2019
Ålesund, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In Ålesund, the air is crisp. The setting, astounding. Stepping ashore, we admire the town’s buildings, daubed in soft hues. The day takes us to the Art Nouveau Centre & The Art Museum KUBE, where we investigate with a glass of Champagne in hand. Then, take advantage of this afternoon’s Your World experience:

- On Giske, Godøy and Vigra islands, we follow the footsteps of earls, kings and Viking chiefs.

Day 21
07 Sep 2019
Ålesund, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Find your own favourite place on board today as we continue cruising north.

Day 22
08 Sep 2019
Svolvær, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Entering the Arctic Circle, we cast out among the Lofoten archipelago. Wrinkly peaks shelter tranquil bays and traditional fishing huts balance on sunken stumps.

Reaching the town of Svolvær, it’s time to go exploring. We experience a warm Lofoten welcome with lunch in a reconstructed longhouse, accompanied by singing Vikings, before an afternoon at the Aalan Gård Farm. With our heads in the clouds, we say hello to the local population of mountain goats and learn how cheese is produced from their milk.

Day 23
09 Sep 2019
Leknes, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The city of Leknes is widespread among dramatic mountains, their mirror image reflected in glassy waters. Two Your World experiences have been arranged here:

- A half-day expedition includes the Lofotr Viking Museum, located in the ruins of a Viking chief’s longhouse. Also visit the fishing village of Ballstad.

- At the southern end of the Lofoton archipelago, Nordland country awaits. After exploring Flakstad Church, we enjoy lunch in a fishing hut in the oddly named village of Å. Other highlights include the Sund Museum and the Nusfjord open-air museum.

Day 24
10 Sep 2019
Ålesund, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

At sea, there’s plenty of time to admire the scenery.

Day 25
11 Sep 2019
Geiranger , Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Between mountains, the village of Hellesylt is the starting point for our journey to Geiranger. Winding along a mountain road, the beauty presses upon us from every angle. Then, Norway’s most famous fjord, Geirangerfjord, is unveiled before us.

Day 26
12 Sep 2019
Bergen, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In Bergen, a city tour precedes a ride on the Bergen Express train. Timber houses give way to the fields and forest of Norway’s back country. Climbing higher, snowy hills dominate the horizon.

Back in town, embark on a Your World experience:

- Aboard a helicopter, see the velvety green cliffs of Hardangerfjord tumble into crystal waters.

Day 27
13 Sep 2019
Bergen, Norway
EUROPA 2 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our final day on board unfolds on the water. Cherish time to unwind as you’re cocooned in the comforts of your ship.

Day 28
14 Sep 2019
Hamburg, Germany
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our journey has come full circle. We farewell our ship on arrival in Hamburg and are whisked to the airport for our onward flight.

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Description

Northern Europe is at its most glorious in summer. Long, languid

days wander into each other beneath the warm glow of enduring sunlight

as we stop to inspect the series of grand cities stretched out along the shores

of the Baltic Sea. Oslo, Helsinki, Copenhagen, St Petersburg and Stockholm

come and go in a haze of gilded splendour before we enter the peaceful

world that exists along Norway’s lush west coast.

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