Vacations To Go


Norwegian Fjords


Day 1 Thursday June 13th
  Depart: Spokane


Day 2 Friday June 14th
  Arrive: London


Day 3 Saturday June 15th
4:00 p.m. Do: Sky Princess Cruise


Day 4 Sunday June 16th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 5 Monday June 17th
9:00 a.m. Arrive: Haugesund, Norway
  Sherry Walk the town
9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
Ray and Sherry Ryvarden Lighthouse Walk $154.95 (3 hrs) HAU-380
Stroll, sightsee and shop with a three-hour excursion to the Ryvarden Lighthouse. From the pier you'll disembark in Mølstrevåg and follow your guide along a graveled trail. Keep your camera handy-a seal or two may climb out of the water and warm itself on the rocks. Established in 1849 and automated in 1984, Ryvarden was one of 212 lighthouses that guided sailors home. Located between the strong winds and exposed coastline of the Sletta Sea and Bømlafjorden, Ryvarden's light shining on the horizon is has always been a welcome sight. When you reach the lighthouse about 30 minutes later you can relax with a refreshing beverage (and waffles?), visit the gallery or gaze out over the promontory. As your walking tour comes to a close you'll rejoin your coach for the ride back to Haugesund. This tour will operate by coach and on foot. There are approximately 1 hours walking throughout the tour, over a hilly gravel road.
9:30 a.m.-
1:30 p.m.
  Scenic Skudeneshavn $189.95 (3.5 hrs) HAU-210
Learn how herring helped two villages flourish during the 19th century with a half-day excursion to Karmøy Island. First stop on your itinerary is the the Fishermans Memorial in Ferkingstad. In the late 19th century the town hosted a number of successful herring fisheries. Next is the town of Skudeneshavn. Feel the decades slip away as you stroll past 130 well-preserved homes snuggled in Old Town's narrow streets. Then, get a look at what life was like on the island 150 years ago with a visit to the Mælandgården Museum. Set inside a 19th century merchant's house, the museum features artifacts from the era, as well as a dentist's office, and workshops filled with fishing equipment and boats. The guided tour in Skudeneshavn takes approximately one hour, and covers just under a mile. There are e few steps at the museum.
9:30 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
  Medieval Church and Viking Village $189.95 (3.5 hrs) HAU-205
Travel back to the Middle Ages when Vikings roamed the island of Karmøy with a half-day excursion to Avaldsnes, the royal estate of King Harald Fairhair. Your walk through Viking history begins at St. Olav's Church. Constructed about 1250 A.D. by King Haakon Haakonson and completed about 200 years later as a royal chapel, the stone church is steeped in Viking lore. On the church's north wall you can see "Virgin Mary's Needle" leaning just inches away from the wall. According to legend, Judgment Day will come when the needle finally touches the wall. Gain insight into the world of Vikings at the Nordvegen History Center and learn about the kings who controlled the coast. Next, look into the life of the Viking farmer with a stroll through the Viking Farm on Bukkøy Island. At the end of this unique adventure, you'll rejoin your coach and return to port. Guests will need to walk about 400 meters at the History Center, with a few stairs. Also approximately 100 meters walking distance to the Church. The visit to the History Center involves walking and standing for about one hour and ten minutes. The reconstructed farm is situated on Bukkøy Island - ca 15 Minutes walk from St. Olavs church on Avaldsnes. The interior of the church may be closed at short notice for funerals or other services.
6:00 p.m.    
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 6 Tuesday June 18th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Flam, Norway
9:15 a.m-
11:45 a.m.
Do: Discover Flam on Foot $44.95 (2.5 hrs) FL1-380
A lovely stroll through the Norwegian countryside makes the most of the outdoors and a host of scenic sights on this pleasant 2.5-hour pedestrian adventure. Begin the day with a hello from your guide, then set off through the tiny village of Flam to admire its winding riverside thoroughfare flanked by soaring mountains. You'll pass several stunning landmarks on your walk, including a delightful 17th-century stave church and the magnificent Rjoandefossen waterfall, which cascades more than 1,000-feet down a vibrant green mountainside. The scenic road you'll travel was built in 1924 to help transport materials for the construction of the Flam Railway, one of Norway's most popular attractions and one of the most dramatic train rides in Europe. Your knowledgeable guide will regale you with the history of this fascinating region and will stop for photos and questions along the way. Once back in Flam, you may opt to explore on your own or return to the ship. This tour is conducted entirely on foot and involves approximately 2.5 hours of walking. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather.
9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.-
4:00 p.m.

Easy Flam: Aurland Valley & Aurlandfjord Scenic Drive $119.95/$109.95 (3 hrs) FL1-205
Explore the crystalline fjords on a scenic drive along the magnificent Aurlandsfjord. This dramatic area is so extraordinary that it has earned the moniker 'Norway's Grand Canyon.' Situated along the Aurlandsfjord is the peaceful hamlet of Aurland, surrounded by green pastures, glaciers and peaks reaching 5,900 feet, it's just one of the many endearing towns you'll find clinging to the coastline. Your leisurely sightseeing tour continues along the Aurland River, famed for its salmon fishery and abundant wildlife. Your coach will wind through the back roads along Vassbygda Lake, then climb the rugged cliffs and travel through a series of tunnels. Then, you'll head past Stonndalen and up the Aurland Valley to Osterbø, where you'll stop for waffles and coffee or tea at a traditional mountain lodge. At the completion of your tour, you'll rejoin your coach for a scenic drive back to port. The drive between Flam and Osterbo is approximately 1.25 hours each way. Room for collapsable wheelchair on the Motorcoach. Guest must be able to navigate bus steps.

8:00 a.m.-
1:00 p.m.
Sherry & Ray Aurland Valley & Laerdal Village $139.95 (5 hrs) FL1-210
Experience Norway's revered past and technological present with a drive through the world's longest automobile tunnel and a walking tour of Laerdal, home of Norway's best preserved stave church. A coach ride along the fjord brings you to the village of Aurland and into the Aurland-Laerdal Tunnel for the 16-mile-long drive. Completed in 2000, the tunnel burrows directly through the mountain range and when you emerge you'll stop for a lovely photo at the Sjurhaug Waterfall. Another lovely stop awaits at the hamlet of Laerdal where you'll embark on a guided walking tour. This living museum is home to a charming collection of 18th and 19th century wood houses and the Borgund stave church. Built without any metal, nails or bolts, the church has stood on this spot since 1150. On your return to port, follow the old highway, a serpentine road offering dramatic mountain, valley, and fjord views.
12:00 p.m.-
4:00 p.m.
  Viking Village & Tvinde Waterfall $174.95 (4 hrs) FL1-215
Learn what it was like to be a Viking with a visit to an authentic Viking village. In fact, the Njardarheimr Viking Village at Gudvangen was an important place for trading during the Viking age and, today, the descendants of these fierce warriors are proud to offer a glimpse into their ancient life. Your step back in time begins as you travel from Flam through the wooded countryside to the Tvinde waterfall where you'll stop for photos. Back on the coach, you'll travel along the Stalheim, Norway's steepest road. Soon, you'll arrive at Gudvangen, perched at the end of the stunning Nærøyfjord. Once you disembark, immerse yourself in Viking lore, watch archery and axe-throwing demonstrations, and learn how the ancient Vikings built their boats, set out to sea and conquered Europe. After soaking up the amazing views and history, you'll rejoin your coach for the ride back to Flam.
  The Flam Railway: Waterfalls & Waffles $149.95 (3 hrs) FL1-290
Ride the rails through the exquisite scenery of the Flam Valley and be rewarded with spectacular views and waffles! The famous Flam Railway boasts one of the most interesting stretches of railroad engineering in the world. Only 12 miles in length, the route runs from Flam Station at the head of the Aurlandsfjord to Myrdal Station at an altitude of 2,845 feet above sea level. After the train passes through the tunnel at Nali, you'll take in panoramic views as it climbs into Myrdalsberg. The track ascends the steep hills and includes 21 narrow hairpin bends. Along the way, you'll see thundering waterfalls and mountain peaks with a photo stop at the magnificent Kjosfossen waterfall. Photos taken, you'll head to the Vatnahalsen station and a local hotel for coffee or tea and homemade waffles. Your return train ride to Flam follows the same scenic route. Wear sturdy non-skid walking shoes. Terrain includes gravel paths and steep inclines. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Due to limited availability of guides in Flam, only one guide will accompany the train ride. The time at the Vatnahalsen Hotel is determined by the train schedule and will vary. The rail stations are open-air and have no facilities. Due to ticketing requirements his tour is non-refundable and non-transferable within 21 days of the ships call to Flam, Norway.
9:30 a.m.-
1:45 p.m.

Naeroyfjord Cruise & Scenic Drive $199.95 (4 hrs) FL1-240
Rugged, yet serene, the Western Fjords are considered Mother Nature's masterpieces and in 2009, National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations placed Norway's fjords on top of the list of the most iconic destinations in the world! For an upclose look at one of the world's narrowest fjords, take a boat ride along into Nærøyfjord. Measuring only eleven miles long and only 1,600 feet wide, Naeroyfjord is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you cruise down the gentle coastal waters, you'll be enchanted by the quaint village that's perched along its shore. At the completion of your cruise, board a motorcoach and enjoy a picturesque drive through the countryside to Stalheim, where you'll be treated to a pastry and your choice of coffee or tea. The return trip back to Flam offers different and outstanding views, including two long tunnels, one being more than six miles long. The tour may start with coach, returning with boat. The 'Vision of the Fjords' is a new hybrid vessel with an innovative Norwegian design, inspired by the winding trails of the steep mountain terrain. There is no narration during the boat portion of this tour. Due to ticketing requirements his tour is non-refundable and non-transferable within 21 days of the ships call to Flam, Norway.

8:30 a.m.-
3:00 p.m.

Easy Voss By Train & Coach $229.95 (5.5 hrs) FL1-110
Set off on the ultimate road trip that takes you into the beauty that surrounds Flam and have your camera ready to capture each memorable sight. Sit back and relax as your coach journeys through jaw-dropping scenery and into one of Norway's longest traffic tunnels to Gudvangen, located at the end of Naeroyfjord. Then, you'll continue up the NaeroyValley, passing charming villages along the way. En route to Voss, you'll travel past the breathtakingly beautiful Oppheim Lake, where you'll enjoy free time to purchase lunch before boarding the Bergen Railway. Enjoy the scenery as it chugs its way to Myrdal Station. Here, you'll transfer to the famed Flam Railway. From your window, you can marvel at the deep ravines, magnificent waterfalls, frost-covered mountains and charming farms. The ride is an adventure in itself and the train stops at the 280-foot Kjosfossen Waterfall so that you can capture its beauty. Approx. 45 mins free time in Voss to shop or purchase lunch. Due to ticketing requirements his tour is non-refundable and non-transferable within 21 days of the ships call to Flam, Norway.

8:15 a.m.-
3:45 p.m.
  Best of Flam: Railway & Voss $349.95 (7 hrs) FL1-105
Soak up this magnificent countryside two exciting ways beginning with a coach ride. Among the delights you'll see from your seat are quaint villages and sparkling fjords with a photo stop at two spectacular waterfalls. Drive via Gudvangen and Stalheim tunnels before you reach Stalheim where you'll stop for refreshments. Back on the coach, you'll travel past the breathtaking Oppheim Lake and the village of Vinje en route to Voss where you enjoy a traditional Norwegian country lunch. Then, you'll board the Bergen Railway to Myrdal where you'll step onto the famed Flam Railway for a 12-mile train ride that chugs its way from 2,845 feet to sea level on incredibly steep railway lines. Marvel at the scenery as you journey through deep ravines, magnificent waterfalls, frost-covered mountains and charming farms before returning to Flam. Tour sequence may vary. Passengers may begin their tour by motorcoach or alternatively by train and have the refreshments before or after lunch. Please note that tour could be 6 - 7 hours; duration will vary due to the ship port time. Menu items may vary. Due to ticketing requirements his tour is non-refundable and non-transferable within 21 days of the ships call to Flam, Norway.
4:00 p.m. Depart: Flam
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 7 Wednesday June 19th
9:00 a.m. Arrive: Hellesylt, Norway
11:00 a.m. Depart: Hellesylt
1:00 p.m. Arrive: Geiranger
1:30 p.m.-
4:30 p.m.
  Easy Mt. Dalsnibba & The Eagle Road $109.95 (3 hrs) GE1-215
Geiranger, one of Norway's top resort areas, is a tiny village with big scenic rewards. A three-hour, motorcoach ride with thrilling twists and turns is a wonderful way to take in all the spectacular panoramic vistas with photo stops along the way. Your motorcoach will climb winding mountain roads, offering an ever-changing kaleidoscope of mountain farms, waterfalls, lakes and streams. From sparkling Lake Djupvatn (Deep Lake), you'll travel all the way up to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, which offers a spectacular view of Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the 5,000-foot summit, drive back down the same road, stopping at the Flydal viewpoint. Continue to the north side of the fjord to drive up Eagle Road, famed for its 11 hairpin bends carved into the mountainside, to the Eagle Bend for views of the Seven Sisters Waterfalls. Return to Geiranger via the same exciting and sight-filled route.
1:30 p.m.-
4:45 p.m.
  Mt. Dalsnibba & Flydalsjuvet $139.95 (3.25 hrs) GE1-200
Witness the breathtaking Geirangerfjord on this half-day scenic drive. Your tour begins as you drive through Geiranger, passing the small, octagonal Geiranger Church. You'll travel along Geirangerfjorden and climb the mountain cliffs to Flydalsjuvet, a great rock overhanging the fjord, offering postcard-perfect views of the fjord, valley and village. You'll continue through the Flydal Valley and up the steep, winding toll road to the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba. At 4,757-feet above sea level, the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba offers panoramic views of the village of Geiranger, the fjord with its steep cliff and waterfalls, glacial peaks and the wild Flydal River Valley. Your last stop is the Djupvasshytta Lodge, where you'll enjoy a pastry with tea or coffee before your return drive back to the pier.This Geiranger tour conflicts with the overland tours in Hellesylt, since they all operate on the same day. If Djupvasshytta is fully booked, another venue will be used. Order of sights may vary. On voyages with calls early June, the road to Mount Dalsnibba may still be closed due to snow; if inaccessible, a stop at Eagle's Bend Viewpoint will be made instead.
1:30 p.m.-
5:30 p.m.
  Mt. Dalsnibba, Flydalsjuvet & Fjord Center $149.95 (4 hrs) GE1-205
On this half-day tour, visit the Geiranger Fjord Center, witness Geirangerfjorden from a rock overhang, and travel from the fjord to the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through Geiranger. Upon arriving at the Geiranger Fjord Center, you'll marvel at the exhibits on the ecology, history and culture of Norway's western fjords, and its celebrated multimedia show, 'From Mountains to Fjord.' Next, you'll travel along Geirangerfjorden and climb the mountain cliffs to Flydalsjuvet, a great rock overhanging the fjord. You'll continue through the Flydal Valley and up the steep, winding toll road to the summit of Mt. Dalsnibba. At 4,757-feet above sea level, it offers panoramic views of the village of Geiranger, the fjord with its steep cliff and waterfalls, glacial peaks and the wild Flydal River Valley. Before your drive back to the pier, you'll break for refreshments at Djupvasshytta Lodge. On voyages with calls early June, the road to Mount Dalsnibba may still be closed due to snow; if inaccessible, a stop at Eagle's Bend Viewpoint will be made instead. If Djupvasshytta is fully booked, another venue will be used.
1:30 pm.-
3:00 p.m.
  Geirangerfjord by Zodiac $149.95 (1.25 hrs) GE1-505
All aboard for a high-speed cruise on the Geirangerfjord by RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). After a short orientation and safety briefing, you'll don your waterproof gear (provided) and board your RIB. First, you'll cruise into the harbor, where the captain will engage in a series of maneuvers to demonstrate the RIB's capabilities, then you'll race to Geirangerfjord at speeds of up to 30 knots over open water. You're sure to be awestruck by the breathtaking Seven Sisters Waterfall, the 39th tallest waterfall in Norway, located along the Geirangerfjord. You'll also marvel at Bridal Veil Falls as its water thunders down against the fjord. This tour involves traveling at high speeds over open water. It is not recommended for passengers with back, hip or coronary problems or pregnant women. Passengers should be in good physical condition and must wear life jackets. Waterproof gear is provided. The boat's captain reserves the right to alter the tour routes or destinations due to the day's sea and weather conditions.
1:30 p.m.-
5:30 p.m.
Ray & Sherry Herdal Summerfarm, Eagles Bend & Scenic Drive $179.95 (4 hrs) GE1-210
Witness Geirangerfjord and Herdal Summer Farm on this half-day tour. You'll drive along Geirangerfjord and ascend Eagles Bend, climbing 11 hairpin bends to the mountain crest. You're sure to be awestruck by the breathtaking views of the Geirangerfjord, Seven Sisters Waterfall and surroundings mountains. Next, you'll descend the mountains, travelling through the Eidsdal Valley to Norddal Fjord, passing Lake Eid, scattered farmsteads and dense pockets of woodland. En route, you'll stop near the small village of Eidsdal for complimentary coffee or tea and a local delicacy, homemade pancakes. Your tour continues up the fjord and heads inland for a visit to a typical Norwegian summer farm, the Herdal Summer Farm. The local owner or his staff will proudly show you around their property and share their daily life and experiences on the farm. They'll explain and show you the making of goat cheese and even goat milk caramels, and you'll be able to sample different kinds of their products, which also make an original and tasty souvenir. You'll tour its traditional wood buildings with turf roofs, and witness some of the farm animals roaming about before departing for the pier. If you're looking for a combination of breathtaking views and an authentic experience in rural Norway, look no further. The Summer Farm will open around mid-June. If snow levels do not permit a visit to Summer Farm, a stop to Herdal Home farm will be made instead. Please be advised to dress in layers as the wind chill factor can be much colder than in the fjord itself.
7:00 p.m. Depart: Geiranger
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 8 Thursday June 20th
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 9 Friday June 21st
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 10 Saturday June 22nd
8:00 a.m. Arrive: Honningsvag (North Cape), Norway
8:30 a.m.-
12:00 p.m.
Sherry & Ray North Cape Hall & Cliffs $179.95 (3.5 hrs) HVG-200
Set out on a leisurely, half-day non-guided scenic adventure via motorcoach to the 1000 foot North Cape Cliffs, the northernmost point of continental Europe. Travel across a landscape of tundra, dwarf trees and small bogs to North Cape Hall, a tourist center located atop the cliffs. Tour the center's many fascinating features that include the world's northernmost ecumenical chapel, a post office where envelopes can be stamped with the coveted North Cape postmark and exhibits that trace the history, cultures and ecology of the region. View the impressive 180° panoramic film about Finnmark and the North Cape. Then peruse the gift shop for souvenirs or enjoy a snack at the center's restaurant, weather permitting you can enjoy the panoramic views out to the Arctic Ocean before re-boarding your motorcoach for your scenic return drive to your Princess ship.Accessibility: This tour has flat and even surfaces. This tour can accommodate guests who can navigate 3-5 motorcoach steps and have a collapsible mobility device. There are some gravel surfaces at the North Cape Hall. Guests with mobility limitations or devices not covered above may contact Princess Cruises to inquire about possible options or arrangements to meet their particular needs. Do not leave your belongings on the bus.
This excursion features several departure times. Each departure is operated on a first-come, first-served basis. If your first choice is unavailable, you are automatically assigned the first open departure time. Your confirmation voucher indicates your assigned time; please read it carefully. This excursion is not guided. Dress warmly and bring a jacket or parka if you intend to visit the cliffs. Weather in the North Cape changes frequently and you may encounter poor visibility.
8:30 a.m.-
12:00 p.m.
  Stappen Island Bird Safari $249.95 (3.5 hrs) HVG-280
Indulge your inner naturalist with this breathtaking half-day, moderately active, guided bird-watching excursion. As you traverse Magerøya Island with motorcoach, have your cameras at the ready for the opportunity to photograph the domesticated reindeer that graze here. Then journey to the quaint fishing village of Gjesvær and board a boat for an invigorating cruise to the Stappen Islands for a thrilling hour and a half of bird watching. Bring binoculars and keep a keen eye out for the millions of seabirds that come to this coast to breed! Among them are over 800.000 puffins, a large colony of sea eagles, cormorants, razorbills, guillemots, black-legged Kittiwakes, European shag and northern gannets. Enjoy the sea breeze as you take in the beauty of the islands and their spectacular array of winged wildlife before re-boarding your motorcoach for a relaxing return trip to your Princess ship. Dress appropriately; wear non-slip, low-heeled shoes, and either wear or bring a waterproof jacket. Bring along binoculars to enhance your bird-watching experience.
The birdlife is under protection; the boat's skipper may only approach at a certain distance. Weather in the area changes frequently and you may encounter poor visibility.
6:00 p.m. Depart: Honningsvag
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 11 Sunday June 23rd
  Do: Day at Sea
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 12 Monday June 24th
9:00 a.m. Arrive: Trondheim, Norway
9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
  Open-Air Folk Museum & Nidaros Cathedral $109.95 (3 hrs) TRD-200
This easy-going tour around Trondheim is the perfect way to get to know this pretty town. Accompanied by your guide, you will tour the Folk Museum at Sverresborg, observing how the Norwegians lived in medieval times. View ancient cooking and farming implements that were gathered from surrounding districts, and re-assembled to provide a historically-accurate cross-section of life in the 16th century. Then head back into Trondheim, where you will visit Nidaros Cathedral, which is built on the grave of Saint Olav. Building on this Gothic-style church began in 1070 and finished in the 12th century. You will also stop at the Sverresli viewpoint, to enjoy excellent panoramic views of Trondheim fjord and the city. At the end of the tour, (morning departure only), you will have the option of remaining in town to browse the many shops for gifts to take home. Photography is not permitted in Nidaros Cathedral.
10:15 a.m.-
1:15 p.m.
  Bakklandet Walking Tour & City Drive $119.95 (3 hrs) TRD-380
Leave the pier for a hour city tour by motorcoach including a photostop at Kristansten Fortress, one of the most historical buildings in Trondheim. This impressive building was built in 1681 to protect the city from invaders, which it successful did in 1718, when Swedish forces lay siege of Trondheim. View the white-washed defensive tower, and enjoy the panoramic vistas before continuing downhill to Bakklandet, where the tour continues on foot. This charming district boasts cobblestone streets, wooden houses, shops, boutiques and cafes. A fun highlight is the world's only bicycle lift, which ascends Brubakken Hill, and is part of the town's attempts to keep the population healthy, and pollution at a low level. Cross the old wooden City Bridge, that spans the Nidelva River, as you make your way to Nidaros Cathedral, which dates back to the 12th century, and is built on the gravesite of Norway's patron saint, Saint Olav. Entrance fees to the cathedral is not included, but passengers may enter at their own expense. Return transport to the ship is not included in the cost of the tour; passengers may choose to use the ship's shuttle service for a nominal fee. Wear comfortable, low-heeled walking shoes.
10:30 a.m.-
2:00 p.m.
Ray & Sherry Nidaros Cathedral & Archbishop's Palace $129.95 (3.5 hrs) TRD-250
Board your motorcoach for a brief drive through Trondheim's city center to Nidaros Cathedral. Founded in 1152, Nidaros Cathedral took 230 years to complete. The basilica houses the remains of St. Olav, Norway's patron saint. The western façade of the basilica is adorned with sculptures depicting Norwegian kings and saints. From the cathedral walk to the Archbishop's Palace. The oldest secular building in Scandinavia was built in the 12th century. Tour the Palace Museum, which exhibits artifacts from the Palace including the Archbishop's Mint. The Palace is also home to the Norwegian Crown Jewels. Reboard your coach and drive through the city to Kristiansted Fortress. Completed in 1684, the Fortress offers views of Trondheim and the Nid Estuary. The fortress also played a crucial role in repelling a Swedish invasion force in 1718.
1:45 p.m.-
4:45 p.m.
  Classical Music Museum, Exclusive Recital & City Drive $139.95 (3 hrs) TRD-205
Enjoy a drive through Trondheim to the fabulous Ringve Museum, which sits on a hill overlooking the beautiful fjord, and surrounded by gorgeous gardens. Inside the museum, which is housed in a former stable building and old manor house, you can peruse the incredible collection of many of the 2,000 musical instruments from around the world. Enjoy a sparkling wine reception, and a short musical recital performed by musicians. Browse the gift shop before making a photo stop at Nidaros Cathedral, the burial site of King Olav, the patron saint who is said to have introduced Christianity to Norway. The impressive 12th century church remains an important destination for pilgrims who come from all over northern Europe to worship here. On the way back to the ship, drive past the picturesque drawbridge that spans the River Nidelva.
1:00 p.m.-
3:00 p.m.
  Trondheim by Street Car & Coach $154.95 (2 hrs) TRD-215
Step aboard the Gråkall line streetcar. This five-mile line opened in 1924. It runs from the city center to Lian, located on Trondheim's lush west side, and the Bymarka, where residents enjoy outdoor activities in both summer and winter.
As you travel, you'll pass the houses and gardens of Norway's third-largest city, viewing several picturesque old wooden houses painted in vivid colors. The ride is not narrated, but the views will give you a wonderful insight into the lives of Trondheim's residents.Next, board a motorcoach and continue through modern and historic Trondheim, passing Market Square, the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral and the picturesque, red-painted Old Town Bridge over the Nid Rive
10:00 a.m.-
5:00 p.m.
  Best of Trondheim $249.95 (7 hrs) TRD-120
Drive to old Lokken Mine, where you will receive a short orientation, and be provided with a hard-hat for your half-mile walk through the mine. You will navigate gravel paths, steps and wooden walkways as you absorb the atmosphere in the mine, which was in operation from 1654 to 1987. Visit the museum with exhibitions of the old mining history. There are also time to check out the vintage trains on display or spend some time browsing the museum shop. Head to your lunch buffet at the traditional Bardshaug Mansion before your next photo stop, the Nidaros Cathedral. Building of this cathedral begun in 1070, and believers come here to drink from the well that sprang up next to their Saint's grave. Return to port through Melhus, with its fertile land and farms. The drive from Trondheim to Løkken is approximately 1.75 hours, and the return from Orkanger is 1.15 hours. The tour may also be operated in reverse.
6:00 p.m. Depart: Trondheim
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 13 Tuesday June 25th
8:00 a.m. Arrive: Alesund, Norway
1:30 p.m.-
3:30 p.m.
  Easy Alesund $74.95 (2 hrs) AES-290
Enjoy a two-hour introduction to this unique city that offers a glimpse of ancient and modern history. Your adventure begins as you board your motorcoach at the pier to get to know this city that was completely rebuilt during the Art Nouveau period. Your route takes you down Kongensgata to view the historic buildings and past the impressive Ålesund Church, built in 1909 with a natural stone façade. Next, you'll travel to the city mountain of Mt. Aksla. Quaint and scenic, it offers views of the archipelago, the beautiful town center, and the amazing Sunnmøre Alps that are truly breathtaking. You'll drive to the vista point (though visitors to the town can also opt to climb the 418 steps) to capture the memories for your photo album before heading back down for your scenic ride back to your ship.
  Step Back in Time: A Walk Through Alesund & Coffee $84.95 (2.5 hrs) AES-380
Start your guided tour with short walk to the Norwegian Art Nouveau Center. Housed in the 1907 Swan Apothecary Building, the Center focuses both on Ålesund's Art Nouveau legacy as well as the influence of Art Nouveau in Norwegian society. Exhibits range from Art Nouveau-influenced advertising and posters to jewelry. Stroll through the city center as your guide points out fine examples of the Art Nouveau buildings erected in Ålesund following the 1904 fire. Immediate assistance was provided by Kaiser Wilhelm II, while a team of German and Norwegian architects redesigned and rebuilt the ruined town from 1905 to 1909. Stroll along the harbor – Ålesund is still Norway's most important fishing port. Continue to the park at the foot of Mt. Aksla and enjoy free time to view the statue of Gange Rolf or take in views of the city from the mountain trails. Participants must be in good physical condition and must be able to walk 2 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces. Not recommended for passengers with limited mobility. Parent or adult guardian must accompany minors under 18. This tour operates rain or shine. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a hat and a light waterproof jacket or windbreaker.
The Islands of Giske & Godoy $164.95 (4 hrs) AES-220
Discover the islands of Giske and Godoy, loaded with charm and history. Your adventure begins as you board your motorcoach at the pier and travel to the islands. Your journey will take you via a series of bridges and submarine tunnels, the longest of which is nearly 2.2 miles long! Soon you'll arrive on the island of Giske. Known as the 'Saga Island,' it's been inhabited since the Bronze Age. You'll get to view the picturesque white marble church built in the 12th century by the island's ruling family. Your next island stop is Godoy. You'll visit the island's northern coast, which boasts a charming lighthouse. Climb the 88 steps to the top for some stunning views of the sea, fjords and Alesund. Your final visit is to Mt. Aksla for a view of some truly spectacular and iconic vistas before returning to your ship.
9:30 a.m.-
12:30 p.m.
  Easy Hjorundfjord Cruise $179.95 (3 hrs) AES-500
Ooh and aah at the otherworldly beauty that lies along the Hjorundfjord; at 20-miles-long, the Hjorundfjord is considered one of the most magnificent yet lesser-known fjords in Norway. The cruise begins with a short walk to the sightseeing boat. Relax on board and marvel at the wonderful views of the rugged, skyscraping peaks of the Sunnmore Alps, with some rising up from the fjords to heights of up to 5,000 feet above sea level. Keep your eyes open for the image of the 'Trollman.' According to legend, the image of a troll was carved into one of the mountains by St. Olav when the two battled and one of Olav's arrows grazed his enemy. As you make your way back down the Hjorundfjord, you'll continue through Vegsundet and Borgundfjord and return to Alesund, where a short walk will take you back to the ship.
8:40 a.m.-
4:30 p.m.
  The Best of Romsdal & the Troll Path $259.95 (8 hrs) AES-105
Explore Norway's Western Fjords on a scenic drive offering some truly spectacular views. Departing your ship, you'll board your motorcoach at the pier and drive along the Storfjord to Valldal noted for its strawberry production and annual Strawberry Festival. After ashort break, you'll travel along the famed Trolls' Path, a fantastic zigzagging road with 11 hairpin curves and breathtaking views, before stopping for a traditional country lunch. Afterwards, it's off to see the 'Troll Wall,' Europe's highest rock wall rising 3,600 feet into the clouds, making it a major destination for rock climbers and base jumpers from all over the world. Return journey via Andalsnes and follow the Romsdalsfjord before traversing the Orskog mountain plateau, a popular destination for alpine and cross-country skiers.
6:00 p.m. Depart: Alesund
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 14 Wednesday June 26th
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Olden, Norway
Do: Fjord Rib Adventure $129.95 (1.15 hrs) OL1-500
Take off on a high-spirited RIB cruise around the coastal waters of Olden. Capable of startling acrobatic maneuvers and high speeds, RIBs provide an excellent vehicle for this exhilarating excursion that begins at the pier and ends with a memory making adventure through the inner part of Nordfjord. First, you'll meet your captain for a safety briefing and suit up in a life jacket, glasses and gloves. Then, you'll board the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Next, hang on as the captain revs the engine and steers the RIB out of the harbor and over the crystal-blue waters with speeds of up to 30-miles-per-hour. Ooh and ahh as you're surrounded by steep cliffs, snow-capped peaks and waterfalls created by the melting snow and glaciers. Finally, your captain will maneuver the boat back to shore and you'll be ready to begin another adventure. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. Please take waterproof footwear and warm clothing. Survival suits are provided and must be worn. The high-speed RIB ride will last approximately 20 minutes. Participants are required to sign a waiver.
  Easy Nordfjord $159.95 (4.5 hrs) OL1-290
This laid back half-day sight-seeing tour is a great way to easily explore Norway's stunning countryside, starting with a scenic drive along the north bank of the fjord, passing Blakset, Fjelli and Hopland. At the Nos Viewpoint, located at the edge of a 1,500-foot vertical drop, enjoy sweeping views of the Nordfjord district, the city of Olden, and your ship. The Nordfjord fjord is the sixth largest in Norway, and is almost 2,000-feet deep at the mouth. Then head to Kvalen, where you will enjoy views from the overlook. Immediately below, is the charming town of Nordfjordeid , and that is where you will head next to enjoy a traditional pastry, and tea or coffee, in one of the local restaurants. Your last stop of the day takes you to Europe's deepest lake, the Hornindalsvannet, which is famed for its char and lake trout.
8:30 a.m.-
12:00 p.m.
Sherry & Ray Briksdal by Troll Car $169.95 (3.5 hrs) OL1-220
Repeated Ice Ages sculpted out a landscape that could be considered an awe-inspiring work of art. Nowhere is this feat of nature more beautifully realized than the Briksdal Glacier. Come face-to-face with its rugged beauty beginning with a coach ride through the beautiful Olden Valley with its majestic mountains, glacier tongues, waterfalls and the green Olden Lake. Once you reach the quaint Briksdal Inn, you'll board a small, open-air buggy called a Troll Car that will take you 550 yards from the Briksdal Glacier. Be at one with nature as you walk to the glacier and photograph its many shades of blue and turquoise before walking back to the Troll Cars for the return journey to the Briksdal Inn where refreshments of coffee, tea and cakes will be served. Enjoy browsing the Inn's souvenir shop before boarding the coach back to Olden. The walk to the Glacier from the troll cars will take approximately 15 minutes over some steep, uneven terrain. The troll cars are not covered and will operate in the event of rain. Please wear comfortable, enclosed walking shoes and carry a bottle of water and a warm waterproof jacket. Please heed the warning signs erected near the Glacier and do not venture beyond the safety barriers. The Glacier is not visible from the refreshment venue. This tour involves tunnels.
  Loen Skylift & Stryn $259.95 (4 hrs) OL1-225
Head off the beaten path and take to the skies with a ride on the Loen Skylift, one of the world's steepest aerial ropeways. Relax and soak up the scenery as your coach travels along the shores of the Nordfjord, the sixth longest in Norway at 66 miles. Marvel at this storybook setting of winding roads, surrounded by majestic towering mountains with lush green landscapes and the still glacial waters of the fjord. A stop at Stryn Lake offers picture-perfect photos of shimmering, turquoise water. Back on the coach, you'll continue on to the village of Loen and its famous Skylift. Step inside and get ready to soar 3,300 feet over rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and deep fjords. Approximately five minutes later you're atop Mount Hoven. Walk out to the viewing platform and marvel at the spectacular vistas that surround you before rejoining your coach. In the event of strong wind, the cable car may close at short notice. Long queues may be experienced at the cable car station, due to the popularity of this attraction.  Flat comfortable shoes and warm jacket/extra layers are recommended. This tour is not suitable for passengers who suffer from vertigo.
4:00 p.m. Depart: Olden
  Lodge: Sky Princess


  Do: At Sea
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 16 Friday June 28th
10:00 a.m. Arrive: Brussels/Bruges (Zeebrugge), Belgium
    (All these are good, I do not know which one to choose-Sherry)
  The Flemish Countryside & Castle of Loppem $89.95 (4 hrs) ZE1-225
During the four-hour excursion you'll have ample free time to explore the quaint medieval town of Damme. Begin at Market Square, the site of the charming Town Hall. Originally constructed in 1241, the building boasts a tower with 25 bells and a timepiece from 1459, believed to be Belgium's oldest. The quiet beauty of Our Ladies Church, built in 1225 is one of Damme's most renowned monuments. One of Damme's oldest buildings is Saint-John's Hospital. Founded in 1249 to care for the poor, the chapel and infirmary are still in their original condition. Next, travel to the town of Loppem and witness the enchanting Loppem Castle. Built between 1859 and 1862, its castle-like towers, impressive parapets, and pointed Gothic arched windows and entries are considered a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Meander along the landscaped walkways that wind through the trees and across bridges before returning to port. For purchases, please note that merchants take Euro or credit cards. The castle is closed on Sunday and Monday.
10;30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
  Bruges On Your Own $94.95 (7 hrs) ZE1-185
This wonderful day sight-seeing in Bruges is yours to shape and enjoy. It is known as the 'Venice of the North,' thanks to a network of beautiful canals. You will have around five hours to enjoy the city independently. Your self-styled itinerary may include a visit to the Church of Our Lady, whose altarpiece is home to Michelangelo's white marble sculpture of the 'Madonna and Child,' the Basilica of the Holy Blood, or the impressive City Hall on Burg Square. If you're feeling active, you may wish to climb the Belfry, hire a bicycle, or take a ride on a horse-drawn cart. Shop for local goods, including Flemish lace, tapestries and fine Belgian chocolate, before meeting your guide at an agreed time in the coach parking area. This is a non-guided excursion and does not include lunch or any entrance fees. The walk from the drop-off point in Bruges to the town center is approximately one mile.
10:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
  Bruges On Your Own by Accessible Vehicle $94.95 (7 hrs) ZE1-186
This wonderful day sight-seeing in Bruges is yours to shape and enjoy. It is known as the 'Venice of the North,' thanks to a network of beautiful canals. You will have around five hours to enjoy the city independently. Your self-styled itinerary may include a visit to the Church of Our Lady, whose altarpiece is home to Michelangelo's white marble sculpture of the 'Madonna and Child,' the Basilica of the Holy Blood, or the impressive City Hall on Burg Square. If you're feeling active, you may wish to climb the Belfry, hire a bicycle, or take a ride on a horse-drawn cart. Shop for local goods, including Flemish lace, tapestries and fine Belgian chocolate, before meeting your guide at an agreed time in in the coach parking area. The content of this tour is identical to ZE1-185. Only guests using a wheelchair can book this tour, as it ensures accessible transportation. Due to the specialized nature of some lift-equipped vehicles, priority is given to guests using a wheelchair and one companion only; additional companions may be required to travel on the transportation provided for tour ZE1-185. Bookings not marked with an accessibility requirement will be removed from the tour's inventory. This is a non-guided excursion and does not include lunch or any entrance fees. The walk from the drop-off point in Bruges to the town center is approximately one mile and many streets have cobble stones. Please make sure that only guests that are confined to the wheelchair book this tour. The companions and guests who can enter the coach independently can book the regular Bruges on your own.
  Bruges & Belgian Chocolates $119.95 (5 hrs) ZE1-150
This wonderful, half-day guided tour starts with a motorcoach ride through the Flemish countryside to the medieval town of Bruges. Enjoy a guided city walk through the cobbled streets and past centuries-old buildings, including the marketplace with its Guild Halls. View the Belfry, the Town Hall and the 12th-century Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood which used to be the residence of the Count of Flanders and the Church of Our Lady, a 13th-century church. Afterwards, enjoy an informative and fun chocolate demonstration, where you will learn about the history of chocolate, and enjoy a delicious tasting. Your tour ends with some free time in Bruges to browse for souvenirs, including local hand-made chocolates and Flemish lace. The drive between Zeebrugge and Bruges is approximately 30 minutes each way. This tour has a limited capacity.
  A Walking Tour of Bruges $119.95 (4.5 hrs) ZE1-380
Revel in Bruges's well-preserved architectural jewels with a guided walking tour through its historical center, appointed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your adventure begins when you meet your knowledgeable guide and board the coach at the Zeebrugge pier to travel through the scenic Flemish countryside. Once in Bruges, set out across the cobblestone streets to Burg Square. Soak up its charm as you view stunning examples of Gothic architecture such as the Basilica of the Holy Blood, begun in 1134 in the Romanesque style and finished in 1157 in Gothic; the 15th century Town Hall, and the 83-meter-tall (272-foot-tall) Belfry, which dates back to 1486. Market Square is home to rows of medieval guild houses now filled with cafes, and restaurants. Before returning to Zeebrugge, you'll have time to yourself to shop for gifts like Belgian chocolate or purchase a sugar-dusted Belgian waffle. Tour does not operate on holidays. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not recommended for wheelchair users.
9:00 a.m.-
5:00 p.m.
Sherry & Ray Bruges Highlights & Time on Your Own $119.95 (8 hrs) ZE1-180
Bruges is a bustling port and is known as the 'Venice of the North,' thanks to a network of beautiful canals that run through this historic city. Uncover this delightful city as you stroll through the bustling marketplace, complete with its centuries-old Guild Halls, before passing the most popular landmark in Bruges, the Belfry. Then view the Town Hall and the Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood, a 12th-century Romanesque church that is situated in Burg Square. You will get a photo stop at the Church of Our Lady, a 13th-century chapel that is home to an array of art treasures, including Michelangelo's incredible sculpture, the "Madonna and Child (exterior views)." After enjoying a scenic canal boat cruise, you'll have time to independently explore Bruges and browse the shops that surround the cobbled Walplein Square before choosing your own location for lunch. The drive between Zeebrugge and Bruges is approximately 30 minutes each way. (We will walk back to the church to see the Madonna and Child. Just a few blocks.)
  Ghent by Canal Cruise $129.95 (5 hrs) ZE1-295
This sensational half-day tour starts with a scenic bus ride through the charming Flemish countryside. At the centre of the medieval city of Ghent, your guide will lead you to the pontoon where you will board a canal boat for a fun and thorough exploration of the city. As you cruise through the historic city see highlights such as the impressive castle of the counts, the Fish Market, 13th century monasteries and the ancient port of Ghent along with its mercantile houses.
Then independently explore this gracious city - enjoy a coffee in one of its waffle houses, or shop for fine chocolates and Flemish lace. Take it all in before you meet your guide and head back to the motorcoach. Bring Euro or credit cards for additional purchases. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing suited to the day's conditions. Bring a hat and a light jacket.
  Bruges & Canal Cruise $129.95 (4.75 hrs) ZE1-200
Upon arrival in Bruges, your guided half-day excursion starts with a walk along the cobbled streets and around the historic marketplace, which is home to the Guild Halls and many other centuries-old buildings. Stroll past the Belfry, a huge tower that houses 48 bells, plus the impressive Town Hall and the 12th-century Basilica of the Holy Blood. Then enjoy a cruise around the city's charming network of waterways. Many of the buildings sit directly on the water, making the cruise a very intimate way of discovering this incomparable city. Afterwards, enjoy a photo stop at the 13th-century Church of Our Lady, which is home to Michelangelo's white marble sculpture, the "Madonna and Child (exterior view)." Heading back to the Walplein, you will then have free time to browse the shops for fine Belgian chocolate or Flemish lace, or stop at a cafe for a coffee or locally brewed beer. The drive between Zeebrugge and Bruges is approximately 30-minutes each way. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.
8:30 a.m.-
5:15 p.m.
  Ypres, in Flanders Fields Museum & Bruges $189.95 (8.75 hrs) ZE1-140
Spend the day immersing yourself in military history and medieval architecture. Your first destination is Tyne Cot Cemetery, the world's largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery, which includes11,953 headstones of men who died between 1914 and 1918. Many perished during the epic struggle known as the 'Flanders Offensive' of 1917. Next is a photo stop at the Menin Gate Memorial, which bears the names of the 54,389 soldiers from the United Kingdom and Commonwealth Forces who have no known grave. Then, you're off on a self-guided tour of Flanders Field Museum. After your tour, you're free to shop, sightsee or have lunch before leaving for Bruges. Cobbled streets, centuries-old buildings and canals are hallmarks of this medieval city. Your guided walk takes you past the Belfry, the Town Hall and the Gothic Chapel of the Holy Blood (exterior views only). At the end of the day, you'll return to port. The drive to Ypres is approximately 1 1/4 hours. The walking portion of Brugge is optional. The guide will giving you a meeting time and location.
8:30 a.m.-
5:00 p.m.
  Best of Brussels $199.95 (8.5 hrs) ZE1-100
Your full day's exploration of the capital of Europe takes in many stunning landmarks, including the Chinese Pavilion and Japanese Tower, and the royal castle of Laeken, the official residence of the King of the Belgians. Enjoy a photo stop at the magical Atomium Statue and also Cinquantenaire Park before a guided walking tour around the heart of the Old City and the magnificent Grande Place. View the ornate Baroque facades that adorn the old Guild Houses and pass the St. Hubert's Gallery and the Town Hall. Then visit one of Brussels' most famous sights, the 'Manneken-Pis'. This bronze statue is of a young boy whose irreverence epitomizes the spirit of Brussels, and is not to be missed. Afterwards, enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping for fine Belgian chocolates or Flemish lace. The drive between Zeebrugge and Brussels is approximately two hours each way.
8:30 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
  Best of Bruges, Ghent & Canal Cruise $229.95 (9 hrs) ZE1-105
Your guided city walk starts in the center of town at St Michael's Bridge. Here, you will be instantly enthralled by the town's architecture, including Saint Bavo's Cathedral. On arrival in Bruges, you will stroll through the charming cobbled streets past the marketplace with its impressive Guild Halls and the Belfry, a medieval bell tower that stands 270 feet high. View the Town Hall, Our Lady's Church and the 12th-century Gothic Basilica of the Holy Blood (exterior view only). Enjoy your free time before enjoying a relaxing canal boat ride along the city's romantic canals. In Bruges, browse for fine Belgian chocolates, tapestries and Flemish lace. The drive between Zeebrugge and Ghent is approximately one hour each way. The drive between Zeebrugge and Bruges is approximately 30 minutes each way.
On Sundays, when St. Bavo's Cathedral is closed in the morning, the tour will operate in reverse order. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.
6:00 p.m. Depart: Brussels
  Lodge: Sky Princess


Day 17 Saturday June 29th  
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Southampton  


Day 18 Sunday June 30th  


Day 19 Monday July 1st  


Day 20 Tuesday July 2nd  


Day 21 Wednesday July 3rd  


Day 22 Thursday July 4th