Join Bryn Mawr Alumnae, family and friends on this specially designed itinerary that follows along the stepping stones of Nordic and Scottish civilizations during the best time of year - when the weather and the days are long. We will explore these fascinating lands of ruins and old-world villages, Viking and Celtic clans and the spectacular natural beauty of misty isles, wild glens, lochs, moors and Norway's stunning fjords.
Depart the US for Bergen, Norway
Arrive Bergen, Norway/ Embark M.S. LE BORÉAL
Norway's fjords and islands offer some of Europe's most phenomenal coastal scenery, where sea mist, shafts of sunlight and vivid rainbows congregate in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the landscape greener and the fjords bluer. Be on deck while cruising the majestic Sognefjord en route to the charming town of Flam, passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains. Upon arrival, board the Flam Railway,"one of the world's most scenic train rides." This masterpiece of Norwegian engineering the steepest standard-gauge railway track in Europe with an impressive elevation difference of 2835 feet.......opened to the public in 1940 an travels 13 dramatic miles through 20 tunnels to the mountaintop train stop of Myrdal. Enjoy stunning views of snowcapped mountains, cascading waterfalls - including the awe-inspiring Kjofssen - and picturesque hamlets along this alpine branch of the world-renowned Bergen Line.
Dock in Lerwiick and explore the majestic Shetland Islands, declared a Global Geopark by UNESCO for their geologically diverse landscapes and seascapes carved and shaped by ice. Admire nature's endlessly changing colors and textures, and listen for the clamor of gannets and puffins crowding the dramatic sheer rock cliffs.
Though remote, these islands have a unique 6000-year-old culture, where Scotland meets Scandinavia at this North Atlantic crossroads and legacies linger in the fascinating archeology, dialect and traditional music. From Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, journey to the island's southernmost point, scanning the verdant
landscape for Shetland's famous ponies grazing on the rolling, grass-covered knolls. Visit Jarlshof, a pending UNESCO World Heritage site and an extraordinary settlement revealing 5000 years of human history, including late Neolithic
stone houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouse, Norse longhouses a medieval farmstead and a l6 th-century laird's house.
Nearly 1000 years before the pharaohs built Giza's pyramids and over 500 years before Neolithic man raised Stonehenge, ancient inhabitants of this archipelago employed technological prowess centuries ahead of their time to erect Ness of Brodgar.
Today, this mysterious compound rivals the scale of the fifth-century B.C. Athenian Acropolis, though it was constructed nearly three millennia earlier. Nearby, walk around the stone monoliths of the Ring of Brodgar, which were raised more
than 4000 years ago to chart the seasons. See the ceremonial Stones of Stenness
en route to visit the settlement of Skara Brae. Archaeologists suggest these sites, along with the Ness of Brodgar, were inhabited by an early Orcadian culture known for decorative arts and sophisticated craftsmanship. Pilgrims and traders carried the Orcadian innovations to the mainland and beyond-making Orkney not just a remote scatter of islands but rather a hub of Neolithic civilization.
Thousands of years later, the Vikings established the port town of Kirkwall on
Orkney's main island, leaving behind the towering 12'h-century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the "Light of the North."Hear the classically haunting sounds of a traditional Scottish bagpiper as you reboard the ship. This evening, listen as a Scottish storyteller weaves the traditional stories that have been handed down by word of mouth for generations in these remote isles.
Explore Scotland’s fascinating and rarely visited Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye,
Enjoy a full day's journey experiencing the rich, resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish Highlandss. From Ohan, travel along the picturesque, castle-dotted shores
of Loch Linnhe to the splendor of majestic Glencoe-Scotland's most scenic glen, much of which is owned and preserved by the National Trust for Scotland. After lunch in Fort William, board The Jacobite steam train, immortalized as the Hogwarts"' Express in the Harry Potter film series, for "one of the great railway journeys in the world" through awe-inspiring natural landscapes. Board in the shadow of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, and travel past Loch and River Morar to Mallaig near Loch Nevis, the deepest seawater loch in Europe. Along the way, stop at the bucolic village of Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745.
This evening, before the Captain's Welcome Reception, the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist will introduce and provide insights about this impressive ancient compound that Lies outside of Kirkwall.
Friday, June 2
Arrive in Glasgow, a dynamic Scottish city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the art and culture.
Disembark in Glasgow and continue on the Post-Cruise Option to further explore the rich heritage of Scotland wit a visit to Edinburgh; or, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
UNESCO World Heritage site; and explore the Vikings' lives at sea in the fascinating Viking Ship Ml!lseum.
Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located, deluxe Copenhagne Marriott Hotel
|Cabin||Ocean-view, one large window, shower.
Deck 3, Le Champallion, forward
|Cat 8||Ocean-view, small window and single door onto private, partial wall balcony, shower. Deck 3, Le Champollion, aft||$4,995|
|Cat 7||Ocean-view, small window and single door onto private, partial wall balcony, shower. Deck 3, Le Champallion, midship.||$6,495|
|Cat 6||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private, partial wall balcony, shower. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, forward.||$6,695|
|Cat 5||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private, partial wall balcony, shower. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, forward.||$7,095|
|Cat 4||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, shower. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, midship·.||$7,895|
|Cat 3||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, shower. Deck 5, Le Lafayette, midship·||$8,095|
|Cat 2||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, shower tub/shower. expansive Deck 5, floor-to-ceiling Le Normandie, sliding glass midship.||$8,495|
|Cat 1||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, shower tub/shower. expansive Deck 6, floor-to-ceiling Le Normandie, sliding glass midship.||$8,995|
|Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, tub/shower and sitting area with sofa. Deck 6, Le France.||$9,595|
Prestige Suite II
|Two-room, ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto large private balcony, two bathrooms: tub/shower and shower, large sitting area with sofa, two closets, writing desk and dressing table. Deck 5, Le Normandie||$10,795|
|Prestige Suite I||Two-room, ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto large private balcony, two bathrooms: tub/shower and shower, large sitting area with sofa, two closets, writing desk and dressing table. Deck 6, Le France. (limited availability)||$11,795|
|Owners Suite||two-room, ocean-view, expansive !bar-to-ceiling sliding glass doors onto two private balconies, one and a half bathrooms, separate tub and shower, sitting room with sofa, table and lour chairs and writing desk. Deck 6 Le France||$12.795|
|Single Cat 6||Ocean-view, small window and single door onto private, partial wall balcony, shower. Deck 3, Le Champallion, midship.||$12,095|
|Single Cat 4||Ocean-view, expansive floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door onto private balcony, shower. Deck 4, Le Lafayette, midship·.||$14,095|
ON BOARD THE EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED, FIVE-STAR,
SMALL SHIP M.S. LE BORÉAL
◆Seven-night voyage from Bergen, Norway to Glasgow, Scotland,featuring port calls at Oban for The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands to Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh; Portree, Isle of Skye; Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; and Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland; and cruising Norway’s Sognefjord to Flåm for the Flåm Railway.
◆Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom.
◆Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
◆Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.
◆All meals—continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
◆Wine is served with lunch and dinner.
◆Full-day excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with lunch, featuring
a specially arranged trip aboard The Jacobite steam train, “one of the great railway journeys in the world.”
◆Traditional Scottish storytelling and the distinctive melodies of Scotland’s iconic bagpipe.
◆Excursion into the beautifully rugged landscape on the Isle of Skye, with a visit to the open-air Museum of Island Life.
◆Scenic excursions to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and 5000-year-old Skara Brae.
◆Exclusive, specially arranged lecture by the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site.
◆Time at leisure in medieval Kirkwall.
◆Excursion to the 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands.
◆Cruise through the spectacular Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord.
◆Round-trip train ride with stunning views on the Flåm Railway, named “one of the world’s most scenic train rides.”
◆Visit to Bryggen, Bergen’s historic waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a specially arranged tour of Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg.