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Viking Homelands Ocean Cruise
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Tour Dates June 19th - July 4th, 2019 (16 days)
Included meals 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rev Richard & Barb Hall
Pricing from $8,899 CAD
Sail the clear waters of Scandinavia and the Baltic on this 15-day cruise. Enjoy overnights in cosmopolitan Stockholm and St. Petersburg, and explore charming historic city centers in Tallinn and Gdańsk. Visit Helsinki, Berlin, Copenhagen and Bergen, and witness breathtaking scenery from your ship as she glides through majestic Norwegian fjords in the legendary homelands of the Vikings.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Departure Day

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

VikingSeaThe day has finally arrived - all our waiting is over and the adventure begins. Grab your suitcases and cameras - here we go!

Day 2 - Arrive in Bergen

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Bergen Harbour ViewAfter our connecting flight, we arrive in the city of Bergen, Norway, and board our cruise ship and floating hotel for the next 15 days. Once a Hanseatic League trading port, Bergen is a beautiful city to walk and explore. We settle into our staterooms and get ready for a wonderful adventure.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Explore Bergen

Friday, June 21st, 2019

Troldhaugen PianoEncircled by majestic mountains, fjords and glaciers, Bergen was home to Viking sagas. Our ship is docked next to Bryggen Wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS). On our included tour this morning, we see the beautiful 18th-century wooden houses, and visit the Hanseatic Museum. For more sightseeing, we may choose to take an optional tour. Enjoy the incredible view on a cable car ride up Mt. Ulriken, or, the optional excursion to Troldhaugen, home of Norway’s famous composer Edvard Grieg.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Eidfjord, Norway

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

scenic viewCruise 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. We can also marvel at the stupendous 550-foot drop of the Vøringsfossen waterfall into the cavernous Måbødalen canyon. Alternately, we may choose to visit the expansive fruit orchards of Lofthus or tour Europe’s largest hydroelectric power plant at Simadal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Stavanger, Norway

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

overviewFrom the heart of the Old Town, where our ship berths, we have the morning and early afternoon to explore. We may choose to explore 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 - one of Norway’s most famous natural attractions. This steep cliff has an almost flat top and rises 604 metres (1,982 ft) above the fjord. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Ålborg, Denmark

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Aalborg Town HallFounded 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Little Mermaid CloseupOriginally 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. Or, perhaps we may consider a trip to the ornate Kronborg Castle (WHS) the inspirational setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. This fairy-tale city provides plenty to explore, including delights for anyone's palate at one of the many Michelin-starred restaurants, where we can indulge in a decadent lunch or an early dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Berlin (Warnemünde), Germany

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

Brandenburg GateFrom port, take the included train transfer through the scenic countryside of the Mecklenburg region to Germany’s historic capital, Berlin. Just a few hours away we will have the day to explore at our own pace. Discover the major sights including the Berlin Wall, Alexanderplatz Square and Checkpoint Charlie. Or, on an optional tour enjoy lunch in the Käfer restaurant, perched atop the magnificent Reichstag.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Gdańsk, Poland

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Gdansk Old TownGilded Goldwasser. Glowing amber. Gothic cathedrals. Your stop in Gdańsk is a visit to one of the richest cities in the Hanseatic League of old. Spend the morning strolling the remarkably restored Old Town with its mix of Gothic, Renaissance and baroque styles. Perhaps we will indulge in the traditional pierogi dumplings, or a glass of gold-flecked Goldwasser—a liqueur created here in the 16th century. Or, opt to explore the medieval Teutonic stronghold of Malbork Castle (WHS), the world’s largest brick castle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Cruise the Baltic Sea

Friday, June 28th, 2019

AtriumRelax today aboard ship. Learn more about the upcoming destinations during an intriguing port talk. Unwind in The Spa where we can enjoy the Snow Grotto and Sauna, or take a dip in the infinity pool. Tonight, try a regional specialty in The Restaurant, or view a recent movie in one of the three theatres, two indoor and one under the stars at the main pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Tallinn, Estonia

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

Alexander Nevsky CathedralStroll through the meticulously restored medieval streets of old town Tallinn, and 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 the first 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Cathedral of St. IsaacFrom morning through the next day, we explore the majestic city of St. Petersburg. Enjoy an included tour that shows us St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Nevsky Prospekt and more. Our overnight stay allows time to choose an optional tour of the Hermitage Museum, or an evening at a private concert.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - St. Petersburg, Russia

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Hermitage MuseumAwake in St. Petersburg for a second day of discovery. Today we can choose to return to the city for a more detailed look at its wonders, or journey into the countryside to visit the magnificent summer palaces of the Tsars of Russia. For those who didn’t take the included guided tour yesterday, it may be taken today.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Helsinki, Finland

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Sibelius Momument 2Spend the day in Helsinki, known as the “White City of the North.” Take an included city tour and view the Uspenski Cathedral, its 13 magnificent green and gold domes representing Christ and the Apostles. Nearby is the charming medieval town of Porvoo with cobblestone streets that weave between historic wooden buildings. Perhaps, a trip to the home of composer Jean Sibelius at Ainola with a concert at the summer school. Alternatively, visit the 18th-century Suomenlinna Fortress, one of the world’s largest historic maritime fortresses. Another highlight is the spectacular Temppeliaukio Church, also known as the “Rock Church”This subterranean sanctuary boasts rough-hewn walls of granite.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Stockholm, Sweden

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

View over StockholmSpend the day discovering Stockholm’s stunning archipelago, nestled where Lake Mälaren’s cobalt waters meet the Baltic. Take in this amazing city spread over 14 islands, highlighted by a 13th-century Gamla Stan (Old Town) with German-influenced architecture. Consider a trip to the Vasa Museum which contains the almost fully intact shipwreck of a 17th-century warship. In the evening, indulge in an authentic smörgåsbord complete with traditional smoked salmon, and a nightcap of aquavit, as we will be spending the night in port.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 - Transfer to Airport

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

We awake again in Stockholm and depart our ship. Filled with souvenirs, memories and thoughts of the people we have met along the way, we are transferred to the airport for our return flight. Or, choose to spend a few extra days to further explore this majestic city or other parts of Scandinavia.

Meals: Breakfast

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Tour Information

Cruise Information

Line
Viking Ocean Cruises
Ship Name
Viking Ocean Cruise
Life Onboard

Prices per person (CAD)

Cruise Lead In$8,899
Single supplementCall

Deposit

Deposit is $500; fully refundable less $100 administration fee.

Included

  • Accommodation in choice of stateroom
  • All meals onboard ship
  • Specialty coffees, teas, bottled water
  • One included shore excursion in every port
  • Beer, wine, soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Shipboard entertainment
  • Port taxes & Fees

Not included

  • Airfare
  • Government Fees and Taxes
  • Transfers between airport and ship
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any fuel surcharges
  • Insurance
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