1 Bergen, Norway
Step on board your ship to begin your journey. Encircled by majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers, Bergen was home to Viking sagas. With your ship berthed next to Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO Site, easily stroll along its waterfront. This evening mingle with the locals and dine ashore, as we will be spending the night in port.
2 Bergen, Norway
Awake in Bergen and further explore this Norwegian treasure. See the beautiful 18th-century wooden houses, and visit the Hanseatic Museum on your included tour. Perhaps take an excursion to Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s famous composer. Or take a trip to the top of Mt. Ulriken, where you can savor an Ulriken bun, a cinnamon pastry, with a view that is equally as indulgent.
3 Eidfjord, Norway
Cruise through breathtaking fjords into the village of Eidfjord, nestled in the heart of one of Norway’s most scenic regions. Ascend Europe’s largest mountain plateau, Hardangervidda, for sweeping views of epic Nordic landscapes. Here, in Norway’s largest national park, visit the informative Nature Center and perhaps view the Hardangerjøkulen glacier in the distance. You can also marvel at the stupendous 550-foot drop of the Vøringsfossen waterfall into the cavernous Måbødalen canyon. Alternately, you can opt to visit the expansive fruit orchards of Lofthus or tour Europe’s largest hydroelectric power plant at Simadal.
4 Stavanger, Norway
From the heart of the Old Town, where your ship berths, you will have the morning and early afternoon to explore. Start here in the old quarter, Gamle Stavanger, which has Europe’s highest concentration of wooden buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Or consider a cruise along the Lysefjord to see the famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, jutting out nearly 2,000 feet above—it is one of Norway’s most famous natural attractions. Offshore oil drilling is an important industry for the local economy, and the award-winning Norwegian Petroleum Museum tells the story of the dangers faced in extracting this precious fuel. While ashore, don’t forget to indulge in waffles with cream and sweet jams with a steaming cup of hot tea.
5 Kristiansand, Norway
Call on Kristiansand today, a charming small city near the tip of Sørlandet, Norway’s southland. Its strategic location on the Skagerrak strait long made it both a military stronghold and the royal residence of Harald Fairhair, the first King of Norway. Discover this remarkable city during a panoramic drive, featuring the impressive 17th-century Christiansholm Fortress, the fish market at Fiskebrygga wharf, the Old Town with its picturesque wooden houses and the splendid neo-Gothic cathedral. Alternately, you can visit its fascinating Kristiansand Cannon Museum, a remarkable collection of coastal artillery.
6 Oslo, Norway
Discover the cultural riches of Norway’s sophisticated capital today. Oslo enjoys a stunning setting at the northern tip of the Oslofjord and boasts a rich history and cosmopolitan flair. See the once-mighty fortress of Akershus, the splendid Royal Palace and more before enjoying a leisurely stroll through the city’s famous Vigeland Park, a breathtaking collection of 212 stone and bronze sculptures. With an overnight stay here, you can learn the secrets of aquavit during a distillery visit or enjoy a Privileged Access excursion to the Munch Museum after hours.
7 Oslo, Norway
Continue your discovery of Oslo today. Perhaps you will venture to the city’s Bygdøy peninsula and the Viking Ship Museum to witness some of the best preserved longships in the world. Alternately, get a closer look at the ramparts and exhibits at the Akershus Fortress or browse the fascinating galleries of the Munch Museum, home to one of Edvard Munch’s most iconic paintings, The Scream.
8 Gothenburg, Sweden
Witness the legacy of Gothenburg’s maritime past during a visit to Sweden’s second largest city. Built upon the prosperity of the Swedish East India Company, the city is home to historic stone merchant houses and grand squares. A panoramic tour introduces you to its highlights, including the impressive Masthugg Church with its 200-foot tower, the cultural center of Götaplatsen with its towering Poseidon sculpture and many fine cultural institutions, and Gustav Adolfs Square, named for the city’s founder. A visit to the thriving fish market helps you take in Gothenburg at its most authentic. Alternately, visit the archipelago of Öckerö and take in its scenic charms.
9 Ålborg, Denmark
Founded by the Vikings in the late 900s, this historic city straddles both sides of the Limfjord Sound. Spend the morning strolling along to Nytorv (New Square) to see the Renaissance-style Jens Bang’s House, the baroque-style Town Hall, and the charming 14th-century Budolfi Church. Take in the lively Jomfru Ane Gade, a street lined with trendy cafés and restaurants. Or, opt for a tour led by a local chef to taste traditional aquavit, an herb-infused spirit distilled here since the 15th century.
10 Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany
From port, take the included transfer through the scenic countryside of the Mecklenburg region to Germany’s historic capital, Berlin—just a few hours away—where you will have the day to explore. Here you can discover at your own pace the major sights of the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz square and Checkpoint Charlie. Alternatively, on an optional tour take lunch in the Käfer restaurant, which perches atop the magnificent Reichstag.
11 Copenhagen, Denmark
Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, the Danish capital boasts over 850 years of history. With an entire day to explore, pass the brightly colored houses of Nyhavn, or New Harbor, once the home of Hans Christian Andersen. Discover the sumptuously rococo interiors of Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. You may also want to consider a trip to the ornate Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the inspirational setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This fairy-tale city provides plenty to explore, including delights for your palate at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants.
12 Copenhagen, Denmark
Enjoy a second day in Copenhagen, one of Europe's most enchanting places, thanks to Tivoli Gardens, the world’s oldest amusement park, and The Little Mermaid statue sitting in the harbor at Langelinie. The brightly hued houses and wooden ships of Nyhavn, or “New Harbor,” are a delight to explore. And a smørrebrød, or open sandwich, provides a tasty snack. We are docked here overnight, allowing for ample time to explore this city.
13 Copenhagen, Denmark
Awake in Copenhagen and further explore the charming city, or opt for one of several optional tours.
14 Bornholm (Rønne), Denmark
Explore the charming village of Rønne, the largest town on the Danish island of Bornholm. Its atmospheric cobblestone lanes lined with the low-timbered, red-roofed houses of medieval merchants chronicle a rich mercantile past. Take a tour around Bornholm’s Medieval Center, or sample local food and drink, including its famous smoked herring.
15 Gotland (Visby), Sweden
Call on Sweden’s largest island today and explore by foot its main city of Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you stroll the medieval city’s narrow lanes, vestiges of a rich past emerge at every turn. Vikings had settlements here and left more treasures here than anywhere else in Sweden. Later, with its strategic location on the route of most any Baltic voyage, Visby was once the most important and wealthiest city of the Hanseatic League.
16 Tallinn, Estonia
Step back in time as you explore Tallinn’s Old Town, a UNESCO Site and one of the finest medieval quarters in Europe. As you take a stroll through the meticulously restored medieval streets, you will feel the aura of the 14th and 15th centuries of the Estonian capital. Essential is a visit to the colossal Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, built in the Russian Orthodox style. Explore the sumptuously baroque Kadriorg Palace, intended as a summer residence for Catherine I of Russia, now the home of the foreign art collection of the Art Museum of Estonia. Last but not least, feast on marzipan, for this is the honey and almond confection’s birthplace. Intricate edible creations can be found throughout the city, and should be sampled as often as possible.
17 St. Petersburg, Russia
For the next three days, explore majestic St. Petersburg. Enjoy an included tour that shows you St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt and more. Our overnight stays allow you the opportunity to choose an optional tour of the Hermitage Museum, an evening at a private concert and more.
18 St. Petersburg, Russia
Awake in St. Petersburg for a second day of exploration. Today you can choose to return to the city for a more detailed look at the wonders on display or journey into the countryside to visit the magnificent summer palaces of the tsars of Russia. If you didn’t take yesterday’s included guided tour, you can do so today. Or, opt for one of the many optional tours.
19 St. Petersburg, Russia
Enjoy your final day in St. Petersburg. Visit a communal flat, or kommunalka, browse a local market or admire art treasures at the Fabergé Museum or Russian Museum. Enjoy a third day to immerse yourself in the cultural and imperial treasures of St. Petersburg. If you wish, you can witness its sprawling palaces and elegant bridges from the water, embarking a fascinating cruise along the city’s charming canals.
20 Scenic Cruising: Stockholm Archipelago
Sail the vast expanse of idyllic islands along Sweden’s picturesque coastline, a magnificent patchwork of some 24,000 islands and islets. The Stockholm Archipelago is the largest archipelago in Sweden, and the second largest island group in the Baltic, extending 37 miles out to sea. The once-dominant farming and fishing culture has all but vanished, though its coastal beauty of green forests, tiny villages and rock-strewn beaches endures and has inspired writers and artists for generations.
21 Stockholm, Sweden
Spend the morning exploring Stockholm’s architectural and natural wonders. Perhaps you will embark on an intimate boat tour and take in the breathtaking cityscape from the waters. Attend a private performance at the famed opera house. Or head on your own to the heart of the city to stroll the inviting footpaths of Djurgården Island, once a royal game park and today a picturesque recreational area blanketed in green.
22 Stockholm, Sweden
Awake in Stockholm, where you will be departing your ship. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this majestic city or other parts of Scandinavia.