Scottish Islands and Norwegian Fjords

May 17-25, 2018 [waitlist only]

Tour Details

Number of days: 
$5,995 [and up]
Activity Level: 
Mild to Moderately Active
Tour Operator: 
Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.
Tour Brochure 
Tour Description 
  • Join us for a unique, comprehensive, nine-day journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage.
  • Cruise from Bergen, Norway to Glasgow, Scotland, aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship M.S. LE BORÉAL with 100% ocean-view Suite and Stateroom accommodations.
  • Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness.
  • Specially arranged excursions include two of the world’s most scenic rail journeys—The Jacobite steam train through the famed Scottish Highlands and the Flåm Railway through Norway’s stunning fjordlands.
  • Visit Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Orkney’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by local archaeologist and site director Professor Nick Card; and Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen.
  • An Edinburgh/Glasgow PostCruise Option and Copenhagen/Overnight Ferry/Oslo/Stahlheim Pre-Cruise Option are offered.

EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED FIVE-STAR SMALL SHIP M.S. LE BORÉAL State-of-the-Art Design: The exclusively chartered M.S. LE BORÉAL launched the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication. Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies: Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower, luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages; most have two twin beds that convert into one queen bed. Enjoy accommodation amenities including individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers. Chic and Casual Dining: International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious La Licorne dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual La Boussole Restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complementary wine is served with lunch and dinner. Spacious Public Areas/World-Class Service and Facilities: In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. There is a library, Internet suite, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath-style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and a nurse. The highly trained and personable, English-speaking, international crew provides attentive service. Respect for the Environment: The state-of-the-art propulsion system and custom-built stabilizers provide an exceptionally smooth, quiet and comfortable voyage. By design, the ship is energy efficient and environmentally protective of marine ecosystems and has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation due to its advanced eco-friendly features, a rarity among ocean-cruising vessels. The ship has two tenders. INCLUDED FEATURES ON BOARD THE EXCLUSIVELY CHARTERED, FIVE-STAR M.S. LE BORÉAL

  • Seven-night voyage from Bergen, Norway to Glasgow, Scotland, featuring port calls and cruising the Norwegian Fjords up the Songefjord to Flam for the famous Flam Railway; Lerwick for the Shetland Islands; Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; Portree for the Isle of Skye and Oban for The Jacobite steam train through the Scottish Highlands to Mallaig, Scotland.
  • 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—early continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and four-course dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Complementary 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 greatest railway journeys in the world.”
  • Traditional Scottish storytelling and the elegiac melodies of Scotland’s iconic bagpipes.
  • Visit to the mysterious Isle of Skye
  • Scenic excursion 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.
  • Visit to medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.
  • Excursion to the 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands.
  • Spectacular cruise through the picturesque 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.