Here is a perfect summer voyage for those who enjoy visiting picturesque villages, cities and towns, learning of their past inhabitants, most notably the Viking settlements of the region combined with an interest in the natural world. Setting sail from Copenhagen, we continue our exploration of Denmark with a day in Aalborg with its rich Viking history before sailing to the northernmost tip of the country for a day in the delightful resort of Skagen. The following morning we will enter the Oslo Fjord, a truly marvellous sight, and begin our discovery of Norway which will include some stunning fjord scenery and time in the charming summer resorts of Lillesand and Kragero. Our time spent on deck as we cruise through some of Norway’s most impressive scenery promises to astound even the most jaded of travellers. Our voyage ends on Scotland’s east coast after we have visited the ancient ruins on the Orkney Islands and the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Joining us onboard will be our guest who along with our local, informative guides will add much to our understanding of the region and with just 100 fellow travellers, we have the added benefit of not overwhelming the small towns we visit or disturbing the serenity of the beautiful landscapes as we explore in small groups.

Highlights


• Explore the ancient Viking site of Lindholm Hoje, one of the most important ancient monuments in Scandinavia which was dug out from a thick layer of sand.

• Enjoy authentic Viking cuisine with some small dishes prepared using traditional recipes.

• Discover the highlights of Oslo and Copenhagen.

• Transit the Telemark Canal. When completed in 1892, after five years of construction, it was described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.

• Arrive at one of Norway’s best kept secrets, the charming summer resort of Lillesand.

• Learn about the Viking age at the Nordvegen Heritage Centre and visit a Viking Farm complete with long houses, round houses and a large boat shed.

• Visit the 3500 year old Knap of Howar, a Neolithic farm building that claims to be the oldest standing house in Europe.

• See the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5000 years.

Arrive this afternoon and transfer to the MS Serenissima. Embark and enjoy a welcome drink and dinner as we moor overnight.
After breakfast we will enjoy a tour of Copenhagen driving past the Tivoli Gardens and Nyhavn before seeing the Palace of Amalienborg, the four identical Rococo buildings which have been the Royal Residence since 1784. We will continue to Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Parliament built in 1167 and the city’s first fortress which was once the home of the Royal Family. Here we can see the Royal Reception rooms, used by the Danish Queen when receiving foreign ambassadors and visiting heads of state. We return to the MS Serenissima for lunch via the Little Mermaid fountain. This afternoon either choose to return to explore Copenhagen at your own pace or join an excursion to Roskilde where we will visit the impressive UNESCO listed cathedral dating back nearly 1000 years where almost 40 kings and queens of Denmark are buried. Continue to the Viking Ship Museum which houses five original Viking vessels dating from the 11th century and the Tunet, a replica of a Viking meeting place exhibiting handicrafts such as metal work and jewellery.
Aalborg was founded by the Vikings in the late 10th century across the Limfjord and prospered on the fishing and sea trade on the fjord. On a morning excursion we will explore the ancient Viking site of Lindholm Hoje, one of the most important ancient monuments in Scandinavia which was dug out from a thick layer of sand. We will visit the burial site of 700 graves, scattered on a hilltop with a beautiful view of the fjord. Continue to the onsite museum that contains a fascinating exhibition on the Viking settlements found close to the burial ground. We will end with the chance to enjoy authentic Viking cuisine with some small dishes prepared using traditional recipes. After lunch onboard we will have an afternoon to explore the old town of Aalborg. A guided tour will include the Renaissance styled Merchant houses, the Baroque town hall, the 16th century Budolfi cathedral and Aalborghus Castle. For anyone interested in sampling the local beers there will be the chance to join a guided walk of the old town including a tasting of the local specialities.
For our last day in Denmark we are at its northernmost port of Skagen, a 600 year old market town. The delightful scenery and light has inspired artists such as Ancher and Kroyer whilst the surrounding area has been designated by the World Wide Fund for Nature as a rare, authentic natural beauty spot. On a morning excursion we will head to Skagen Odde, the narrow spit at the headland of Skagen where the North Sea and Baltic Sea meet. Due to the strong currents and shallow waters, the shifting sands create a constantly changing landscape. We return to Skagen and enjoy an afternoon exploring the winding alleys in the atmospheric old quarter or the vibrant atmosphere at the marina. Alternatively view the artwork inspired by the region in the local museum or enjoy a beer from the micro-brewery.
Be on deck this morning as we navigate the Oslo Fjord, a marvellous sight as the fjord dramatically narrows on the approach to the city. Founded in the 11th century, Oslo has much to offer the visitor and on a morning tour we will see the Akershus Fortress, Royal Palace and Parliament Building before spending some time at the Viking Ship Museum. Here we find discoveries from the great ship burials at Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune as well as finds from the chieftain grave at Borre, Vestfold County. The three ships, which are the best preserved Viking ships in existence, were found in large burial mounds in the Oslo fjord region and contained rich furnishings of wood and textiles rarely found in such a good state of preservation. Our excursion will end at Holmenkollen Hill where we find the world renowned ski jumping area and ski museum as well as offering wonderful views to the city and Oslo Fjord below. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city at leisure.
Surrounded by nearly 500 islands and skerries, Kragero is a charming town in the region of Telemark and a popular summer retreat. Enjoy a free morning to explore the downtown area, walking through the narrow streets and alleyways amongst the old wooden houses. Alternatively join a cruise through the hundreds of large and small islands that line the coast which are home to wildflowers, seabirds and lighthouses. After lunch onboard we head inland to the Telemark Canal. When completed in 1892, after five years of construction, it was described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. We will join one of the local nostalgic boats as they transit the 18 locks, lifting the ship 72 metres above sea level, and enjoying the changing scenery as we travel from the sea to the mountains.
This morning we arrive at one of Norway’s best kept secrets, the charming summer resort of Lillesand. Using our small ship we will navigate the small islands and skerries which dot the coastline making the approach to the town from the sea a truly memorable sight. We will enjoy a few hours ashore in Lillesand exploring the old town with its old white clapboard houses, beautiful gardens and the local shipping museum whilst enjoying the unique atmosphere of a Norwegian summer resort. Return to the ship for lunch and a relaxing afternoon at sea. Please note that we will be at anchor today and Zodiacs will be used for transportation ashore.
Enjoy a morning cruising Lysefjord, which measures 23 miles end to end and has walls up to 1100 metres in height. We will cruise by Preikestolen (Priest Rock) and Kjerag Mountain, both towering above whilst waterfalls cascade down the rock faces into the fjord. In the early afternoon we will arrive in Stavanger for a stroll in the small harbour with its multi-coloured traditional wood buildings. Old Stavanger is a cluster of 173 small white wooden houses built in the 18th century which house craft shops, galleries and museums. Alternatively join a local boat to the garden at Sor Hidle where we find a tranquil, blossoming garden full of exotic plants and palm trees offering stunning sea views.
It was in nearby Avaldsnes where, a thousand years ago, King Harald Fairhair united Norway into a single kingdom, and it was from this area that the Viking Kings ruled Norway for more than 500 years. The region has laid claim to the title of Norway’s Birthplace and Homeland of the Viking Kings. On a morning tour we will visit the 13th century St Olavs church which was built by Haakon Haakonson and seen as a symbol of the unification of the Norwegian Kingdom. Later we will learn about the Viking age at the Nordvegen Heritage Centre before ending at a Viking Farm complete with long houses, round houses and a large boat shed. After lunch onboard the afternoon is free to explore this small town independently, maybe make your way to the top of Steinsfjellet Mountain with panoramic views over the town, fjord and surrounding islands. Alternatively join us as we visit the charming old town of Skudeneshavn which consists of 130 white wooden houses originating from the 1800’s, when herringfishing was at its peak. We will stroll through the streets and the guide will share stories about the locals that lived here before visiting the Maelandsgarden Museum highlighting the development of the town.
Our final call in Norway is the lovely fjord capital of Bergen. A guided excursion will include King Hakons Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, Bergen Theatre and St. Mary`s Church which was built around 1170 and is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway. Continue to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Greig where we explore the house and gardens before enjoying a private concert of his music. We return to the ship via the Hanseatic Quarters of “Bryggen”. Enjoy lunch onboard and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore at your own pace.
After a morning at sea we arrive, during lunch, in the capital of the Shetland Islands. From here we have a choice of afternoon excursions. You may wish to visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof. The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze- Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouses, several Norse longhouses, a Medieval farmstead and the 16th century laird’s house. Alternatively stay in Lerwick and discover the historic port wandering through its narrow stone lanes. We will visit the excellent Shetland Museum, containing historical artefacts from the Neolithic period, Viking memorabilia and items from the whaling era.
Our first call in the Orkney Islands is the island of Papa Westray. Here we will visit the 3500 year old Knap of Howar, a Neolithic farm building that claims to be the oldest standing house in Europe and the 12th century St Boniface Kirk. In the north of the island is the North Hill reserve, home to arctic terns and skuas and also the extremely rare Scottish primrose. Over lunch we sail to the Orkney capital of Kirkwall from where we will head into the west of the Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. We will pass through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. We will see the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5000 years. We continue to the 5000 year old village of Skara Brae and see the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago. We will also visit Birsay, the ancient centre of Viking power and explore St Magnus Church which dates back over 900 years. Please note that we will be at anchor this morning and Zodiacs will be used for transportation ashore.
Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for your onward travel plans. Alternatively, join the transfer to the railway station at a fixed time.

Inside cabin

£ 4295 GBP pp
Inside cabin
The inside cabins are approx 10 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Inside single

£ 4295 GBP pp
Inside single
Inside single cabins range in size from 9.9 to 11.52 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom

£ 4595 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Single

£ 4595 GBP pp
Standard Single
The standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Plus

£ 4895 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Plus
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Superior Stateroom

£ 5145 GBP pp
Superior Stateroom
The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Deluxe Stateroom

£ 5395 GBP pp
Deluxe Stateroom
The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Junior Suite

£ 5645 GBP pp
Junior Suite
The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Executive Suite

£ 6195 GBP pp
Executive Suite
The executive suites are 25 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Owners Suite

£ 6195 GBP pp
Owners Suite
The owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Sole

£ 6995 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Sole
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Standard Stateroom Plus Sole

£ 7445 GBP pp
Standard Stateroom Plus Sole
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 107

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013

Prior to her life as the MS Andrea she spent many years cruising the Norwegian coast as the Harald Jarl. The decision by the Norwegian owners, Hurtigruten to invest in much larger new vessels, presented an opportunity to the American company, Elegant Cruises to purchase the vessel in 2002. After a substantial refit of over $20 million in Sweden she began her new life of worldwide cruising.

Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

Accommodating just under 100 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience and are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes.

The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit. A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and Jacuzzi.

Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and an elevator. The vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible.

The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

  

  

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