On the Nordic coast, the remnants of a long history draw you to Oslo and Bergen, which have developed into multifaceted metropolises over the centuries. Along the way, let yourself be enchanted by myths surrounding the majestic fjords before discovering the beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh awaits you with its rich history: be it the Royal Mile or the venerable castle, Scotland’s capital will impress with its cultural heritage.
from Kiel to Travemuende
|Cruise dates:||from 04.06.2016 to 16.06.2016 (12 days)|
| Your ship:|| MS EUROPA|
| Cruise number:|| EUR1611|
This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.
Highlights of this cruise
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hanseatic quarter of Bryggen* in Bergen and Edinburgh’s old and new town*
- UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site: Geirangerfjord
- Breathtaking nature with plenty of active excursions*
- The pearls of classical music with exclusive countryside concert in Oslo
Hanseatic flair between the Elbe and Alster: explore Hamburg* before beginning your cruise.
Visit Oslo’s most important sights* such as the Royal Palace, the Holmenkollen ski jump and the inspiring Vigeland Park. On Bygdoey museum island*, follow in the footsteps of the Vikings and stare in amazement at the ship of Thor Heyerdahl and the Fram polar ship.
Behind a charming skerry landscape, the one-time capital of Norway invites you to take a walk through the old part of Bergen* on the trail of the Hanseatic League. Alternatively, take the cog train to the summit of Floeyen for a hike* that promises views fit for a king.
Past forested rock faces reflected in the deep-blue waterways, the EUROPA glides through the morning quiet to this small village. Travelling the stretch to Geiranger* over the breathtakingly steep mountain road, settle back and be enchanted by views of fjords and mountains.
The sound of the thundering waterfalls and the legend of the “Seven Sisters” will accompany you through the majestic fjord, which has been declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Looking up at the steep rock faces and the green mountain pastures is an experience that can only be outdone by the view from the top: located at 1,500 m, the Dalsnibba* lookout point affords a breathtaking panoramic view. Sports fans can travel back down to the valley on all-terrain bicycles*.
Lerwick/Mainland/Shetland Islands/Great Britain
Grey stone houses and green meadows form the striking backdrop of the Scottish island capital. Gain an insight into long-gone times in 17th-century Fort Charlotte*, examining the relics of the 2,000-year-old Clickimin Broch* or visiting the Stone Age site of Jarlshof*.
The beauty of the Scottish Highlands stretches out beneath you on a helicopter flight*: rugged mountains and green valleys in which little villages, spellbinding lakes and the ruins of old clan fortresses nestle alongside each other. Enjoy the view of Loch Ness* and the ruins of Urquhart Castle* and pay a visit to the home of Nessie, the fabled monster.
Find yourself in the best of company in the harbour next to the Royal Yacht Britannia before setting out for the mighty Edinburgh Castle*. The Royal Mile leads through the Scottish capital* from the castle to the vibrant old town. In the heart of the council area of Midlothian lies the extensively decorated Rosslyn Chapel*, which gained international renown after appearing in a bestseller by Dan Brown.
Kristiansand moves between the past and the present: while the modern centre, Kvadraturen, invites you to browse to your heart’s content, the Posebyen* district allows you to follow historic trails past picturesque wooden houses. For a sporty touch, take a speedy rigid inflatable boat (RIB) through the skerry landscape to Ny-Hellesund*, where you can take a walk to explore the old bunkers.
Experience the real Goeteborg lifestyle and take the nostalgic tram* along the magnificent Avenyn boulevard. You will then continue on foot through the narrow alleys of Haga, which has evolved from a 19th-century workers’ quarter into a popular meeting place. Between 1898 and 1904, Tjoloeholm Castle*, a country residence, was also built in the English style and furnished with what at that time was state-of-the-art technology. A gentle paddling tour allows you to marvel at Sweden’s idyllic skerry landscape*.
The north has plenty more to offer: why not visit Hamburg*, for example?
* The shore activities are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.
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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.
Following programmes we offer in German:
EXTENSION – HAMBURG AT YOUR OWN PACE