July 16 - August 04, 2020
Tour Status - Available
As the growing sunlight dances across sparkling seas throughout the northern reaches of Europe and the pleasures of summer unfold once again, the enchantment of this region beckons unlike any other. Revel in the cosmopolitan delights of cultural cities such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Edinburgh and experience the far reaches and dramatic landscapes of Iceland and Greenland. Join David and Brenda Layden of Select Holidays on this iconic cruise.
*Please Note: For this departure to be guaranteed and operated by Select Holidays, there must be a minimum of 10 confirmed passengers.
· INCLUDED Air Fare
· INCLUDED Unlimited Shore Excursions
· INCLUDED Unlimited Beverages on Cruise
· INCLUDED Pre-Paid Gratuities
· INCLUDED Specialty Restaurants
· INCLUDED Transfers Between Airport and Ship
· INCLUDED Unlimited Wi-Fi
July 16, 2020 - Depart North America
Depart North America for an overnight flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.
July 17, 2020: Arrive Copenhagen, Denmark
Arrive and transfer to Regent Seven Seas, boarding Regent Seven Seas “Explorer” for 18 wonderful cruising days. You set sail at 9:00 PM.
July 18, 2020: Lysekil, Sweden 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
The seaside town of Lysekil is filled with incredible sights. Among them is Lysekil Church, whose granite was carved by hand and winched into place. The tower alone is 206 feet high and the spire rises more than 300 feet above sea level. Embark on a seal safari and see the rare Bohuslän in its true habitat or visit the Havets Hus, a saltwater aquarium where you can see and get the chance to touch some of the around 100 different species that live in the Gullmar Fjord.
July 19, 2020: Oslo, Norway 7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Oslo is Norway's capital and largest city. Located at the head of the Oslofjord, the city is encircled by wooded hills and snowcapped peaks. Norway is a maritime nation with Oslo being the chief port for sea services from the Continent and England. Throughout Oslo’s 900-year history there have been many fires, and as a result it has a mixture of architectural styles. With a fairly compact city center, many of Oslo's attractions can be explored on foot.
July 20, 2020: Cruising the North Sea
A day at sea to acquaint yourself with the amenities. Watch the world go by, enjoy a coffee, or just watch people as they go by.
July 21, 2020: Edingurgh (New Haven), Scotland 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Edinburgh is Scotland’s bustling capital city, renowned for its culture and traditions. At the center of the city, explore the World Heritage Site of Old Town and its historical area known as `Royal Mile` as you pass delightful multi-storied houses and quaint side streets. You may also visit the impressive St. Giles Cathedral, dating from the 14th and 15th centuries, and known for its famous crown spire. Discover the Palace of Holyrood House, Scotland's primary Royal Palace. Dating from the late 15th century, it is the official Scottish residence of the Queen.
July 22, 2020: Invergordon, Scotland 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Invergordon has a tremendous history stretching back through two World Wars. Ideally situated in the center of the eastern Highlands, Invergordon received its name from Sir William Gordon, a landowner of the 18th century. For centuries the estate on which Invergordon now stands was known as Inverbreakie, or “the mouth of the Breakie.” The Breakie presumably is the stream which enters the Firth at Rosskeen Bridge, near the old parish church west of the present town.
July 23, 2020: Kirkwall (Orkney Islands), Scotland 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the coast of northern mainland Scotland. Kirkwall is one of the most attractive and well-preserved small towns in Scotland. Apart from the main historical buildings, there are many 17th-18th century houses and other structures in the local vernacular style. Kirkwall also has the most northerly of the English speaking world’s Carnegie libraries, which was visited and opened by Andrew Carnegie and his wife in the early years of the 20th century.
July 24, 2020: Torshavn (Faroe Islands), Denmark 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Surrounded to the north and southwest by towering mountains with dramatic landscapes, Tórshavn is a picturesque port steeped in Viking history. Main attractions include Tinganes, the oldest part of town, with small wooden houses covered in turf roofs. Explore Nordic House, widely regarded as one of the finest examples of modern Nordic architecture; and Listasavn Føroya art museum. To fully experience the Faroe Islands’ ancient history, visit the ruins of Magnus Cathedral.
July 25, 2020: Cruising the Norwegian Sea
Once again you are at sea today. You may want to grab a coffee and sit on the deck watching sights go by; or maybe grab a snack or visit with someone else; or catch up with your family via Skype. Whatever you do, enjoy the day at sea.
July 26, 2020: Akureyri, Iceland 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Explore the big city amenities and small village charm of Akureyri, on the shores of one of the world’s longest fjords encircled by dramatic snow-capped mountains. As you stroll into town visit the newly built “temple of culture,” HOF, which houses a theater, music hall, restaurant as well as the Tourist Information Center. Marvel at the variety of Arctic plants in the Botanical Garden of Akureyri. Stroll along Arts’ Alley meandering through the museum, galleries and artists’ studios. Enjoy the tax-free shop in the town center. Look for fine woolen knitwear, handmade ceramics, glassware, and silver jewelry.
July 27, 2020: Isafjordur, Iceland 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Discover the dazzling natural beauty of Isafjordur. With its striking steep mountains on three sides rising dramatically around a gorgeous bay, this is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. Trace the area’s history with a visit to the Maritime Museum in one of the oldest buildings dating back to the 18th century. A delightfully urban atmosphere prevails with major music schools, free concerts and festivals. Bring home fine handmade woolen items, nautical-themed articles, as well as arts and crafts. Feast on fresh baked goods and coffee at one of the many cafés.
July 28, 2020: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
At sea today, you may want to write in your journal or contact your family as to what you have been up to. Or maybe you just want to sit and watch the scenes go by.
July 29, 2020: Cruising Prince Christian Sound
The transit of the Prince Christian Sound is one of the highlights of cruising in Greenland. The approximately 60-mile sound cuts between the mainland and an archipelago of islands from east to west, under the southern edge of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet, which covers 80 percent of the island. The sound is narrow, sometimes as little as 1500 feet across, and numerous glaciers reach the sea on its shores, calving icebergs into the sound. High, barren and sharply defined peaks tower on both sides. The only indications of humanity to be seen are the Ikerassasuaq weather station (using the Greenlandic name for the sound) where the ship enters, and the small village of Appilattoq, housing approximately 100 people. Animal life is more abundant, with minke, fin and blue whales seen frequently, as well as ringed and bearded seals that haul out on the floating ice. It is a breathtaking display of natural splendor in the severe, rugged vernacular of rock, ice and sea that is unique to the arctic realm.
July 30, 2020: Nuuk, Greenland 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The largest city in Greenland, Nuuk is the cultural and economic center of the country. Explore the picturesque colonial harbor with its quaint old buildings and the newly renovated market where locals sell their daily catch. Greenland’s history comes alive in the National Museum, and its culture thrives in the Nuuk Museum of Art and the Katuaq Cultural Centre. Nuuk’s extensive fjord system is home to many whales, and the area is also populated by seals, reindeer, arctic foxes, arctic hares and ravens.
July 31, 2020: Paamiut, Greenland 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
This colorful fishing village is rich with Inuit culture and a strong connection to the sea. Learn about the town’s history and culture on a guided tour revealing archaeological discoveries that indicate the area was inhabited as far back as 1500 BCE. Explore the stunning coastline on a ferry and perhaps catch a glimpse of the minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales and orcas that swim in pods in the surrounding waters. Bring home handicrafts made from local materials such as oxen wool, mussel shells, soapstone, reindeer antlers and precious stones are available in small souvenir shops.
August 01, 2020: Qaqortoq, Greenland 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
This charming, colorful town has a pleasant center with a small square featuring Greenland's oldest fountain. The culture project Stone and Man can be seen as an open invitation to explore the town to find the 30 different motifs that are chiseled into rocks and stones by local and Scandinavian artists. The Church of Our Savior from 1832 and the town's two museums are also well worth a visit. Try traditional Greenlandic suaasat, an Inuit wild game soup made with rice, onions, and potatoes. Shop for local arts and crafts inspired by legends of the Inuit culture, such as the tupilak, a small carved figure representing powerful mythical magic.
August 02, 2020: Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
A day to relax and enjoy another day at sea before the cruise is over. Take some time to organize your pictures, flyers and whatever else you received from this cruise, and put them in a folder for when you get home.
August 03, 2020: Reykjavik, Iceland Arrive 4:00 PM
Just as Iceland is a unique country, rugged and remote, yet modern and enjoying Nordic standards of affluence, so Reykjavik is a beautifully diverse capital city. As Iceland's capital and its main center of population, the city of Reykjavik offers a fascinating mixture of the traditional and the very technically advanced. You will overnight on the “Explorer”.
August 04, 2020: Reykjavik, Iceland Disembark
All too soon, your wonderful cruise comes to an end. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight back to North America.
Per person, double from: $24,299.00 CAD (Cat h)*
including airfare from major north american gateways
as well as air/port/government taxes
*Other Categories available upon request.