Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords
Uncover the ancient and tumultuous Viking legacy of remote seafaring destinations as you sail from the northern Scottish Isles to their Norwegian homelands.
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- Saturday in Pamplona
Edinburgh - Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option
Explore Scotland’s two great cities and their histories of feuding warlords, medieval villains and royal and religious intrigue. In Edinburgh, discover the historic Old Town, Royal Mile and iconic Edinburgh Castle and visit the Museum of Scotland for a glimpse of the nation’s formative years from the Bronze Age to Viking and Roman invasions. During a panoramic tour of Glasgow, walk through George Square, visit the City Chambers and see the Tolbooth of Glasgow, Scotland’s most remarkable 17th-century building. See the extensive collection of art and antiquities during a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the deluxe Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonianin the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town.
The Caly as the hotel has been known for years does enjoy a most convenient location right at the end of Princes Street (main shopping street in Edinburgh). Also while not all rooms will have castle views, when one walks out to the hotel, the famous ramparts of the castle are right before you.
Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option
Scandinavia’s most cosmopolitan city and the capital of Denmark is an inviting and exuberant showcase of culture rooted in Viking ancestry, Hans Christian Andersen stories and historical architecture. See Amalienborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens and cruise the 400-year-old canals past Christiansborg Palace, the King’s Palace and gardens. In the nearby town of Roskilde visit its ancient cathedral, a World Heritage site, and explore the Vikings’ life at sea in the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the centrally located, deluxe COPENHAGEN MARRIOTT HOTEL