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Scottish Highlands, Islands & Norway’s Fjords

Aboard the Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Expedition Ship M.S LE CHAMPLAIN Featuring Norway’s Flåm Railway

Date: Sun, May 19, 2019 - Mon, May 27, 2019

Trip Status: Taking Reservations

Price: from approximately $4,995 per person

Activity Level: Moderate

Region: Europe

Arrangements: Thomas P. Gohagan & Co.

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Join us for a unique, comprehensive, seven-night 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 Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain with a private balcony in all Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory, underwater observatory lounge. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with visits to Fort William, Glenfinnan and Glencoe, and a specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. 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 the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist; and Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen. Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Norway/Copenhagen Post-Cruise Options.

Itinerary*

Scottish Highlands, Isle of Skye, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Norwegian Fjords

Day     Destination

  1. Depart the U.S. or Canada
  2. Glasgow, Scotland/Embark Le Chaplain
  3. Fort William for the Scottish Highlands
  4. Kyle of Lochalsh/Portree, Isle of Skye
  5. Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
  6. Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland, for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
  7. Cruising the Norwegian Fjords/Flåm Railway
  8. Bergen, Norway
  9. Bergen/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada

*Cruise itinerary is subject to change.

 

Highlights

  • Uniquely designed, seven-night itinerary available only through Gohagan & Company.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the newest Five‑Star expedition ship Le Champlain, launching in 2018, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
  • Private balcony for every Suite and Stateroom.
  • Only 92 Suites and Staterooms.
  • Specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway-—one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
  • Explore Scotland’s rarely visited Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye and the Orkney and Shetland Islands.
  • See the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic monuments—the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, both UNESCO World Heritage sites—and the Shetland Islands’ 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof.
  • Specially arranged lecture by Ness of Brodgar’s director and head of archaeologist.
  • Ample time in picturesque Bergen and tour Bryggen, its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Wharf.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the cruise.
  • Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option and Wonders of Norway/Copenhagen Post‑Cruise Option.

Scotland’s Cultural Capitals

Edinburgh  Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option

Explore two of Scotland’s great cities and their histories of fascinating clans, medieval knights and royal and religious intrigue. In Edinburgh, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town and New Town and explore the renowned Museum of Scotland. During your tour of Glasgow, visit the 12th‑century cathedral, the only surviving medieval church in mainland Scotland, and the captivating St. Mungo Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the ideally located, Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian.

Wonders of Norway  Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option

Immerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and traditional Scandinavian culture on this unique and exclusive five‑night journey. Experience the majesty of the Norwegian highlands and ride through the stunning scenery of Europe’s highest mountain plateau on the Bergen Railway. In vibrant Oslo, visit the stately City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held, and the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park. Enjoy an exclusively chartered cruise along idyllic canals of Copenhagen and see Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the “Little Mermaid” statue. In the nearby town of Roskilde, visit its 12th‑century, Gothic‑style cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. Accommodations are for four nights in comfortable hotels and one night aboard an award‑winning Seaways ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen.

The Pre- and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Reservations and Information

To reserve, complete a registration form in the brochure and fax it to (919) 660-0148 or call (919) 684-2988 to reserve conveniently over the phone.

To learn more about our travel program or any of our upcoming trips, please contact us at travel@daa.duke.edu or 919-684-2988

Duke Leaders

Mode of Travel

Ocean Cruise

Le Champlain Luxury Expedition Ships, Innovative Design

The Le Champlain ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for an unparalleled expedition cruising experience to be launched in 2018. Venture where no ships have gone before, remote destinations where authentic encounters with captivating cultures, spectacular wildlife and majestic scenery await you.

Blue Eye The World’s First Luxury Underwater Observatory

Exclusive to the Ponant Explorer Fleet is the extraordinary Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates bionic and biomimetic decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean’s ecosystem. Observe fascinating marine life, from melodic whales and graceful dolphins to majestic sea turtles and translucent jellyfish through the large subaquatic windows, enhanced by underwater illumination that runs the length of the ship. Digital screens and the specially designed global listening system relay the sights and sounds beneath the surface of the ocean.

Respect for the Environment

The newest additions to a fleet that has been awarded the prestigious “Clean Ship” designation,
a rarity among ocean‑cruising vessels, the ships are designed with energy efficient, advanced
eco-friendly features that protect fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each Five-Star Stateroom and Suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control and luxurious hotel amenities.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four‑course dinner.

Spacious Environment, Intimate Atmosphere

Inspired by the natural and nautical worlds, the warm and inviting public areas are marked by a refined elegance. Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna rooms or the Sun Deck’s infinity-style swimming pool. Each ship has a beauty salon, fitness room and, for your convenience, two elevators. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Included Features

On board the exclusively chartered, Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain

  • Seven-night voyage from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, with port calls at Fort William for the Scottish Highlands; Kyle of Lochalsh; Portree, Isle of Skye; Kirkwall, Orkney Islands; and Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland; and Flåm for the Flåm Railway, Norway; and featuring a cruise of Norway’s fjords.
  • Elegantly appointed, Five-Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private bathroom and private balcony.
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are available throughout the cruise.
  • All meals—early continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner—throughout the cruise, featuring fine international and regional cuisine, served at single, unassigned seatings.
  • Wine is served with lunch and dinner.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
  • Full-day excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with visits to Fort William, Glenfinnan and Glencoe.
  • Tour of iconic 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, arguably the most widely recognized castles in the world.
  • Scenic excursion into the beautifully to visit Dunvegan Castle and its spectacular gardens on the Isle of Skye.
  • Exclusive, specially arranged lecture by the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site.
  • Scenic excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and 5000-year-old Skara Brae.
  • Excursion in medieval Kirkwall to see St. Magnus Cathedral in medieval Kirkwall.
  • Traditional Scottish storytelling and the distinctive melodies of Scotland’s iconic bagpipe.
  • Excursion to the 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands.
  • 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.
  • Spectacular cruise through the picturesque Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord, and UNESCO World Heritage-designated Nærøyfjord (time and weather permitting).
  • Round-trip train ride with stunning views on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides.

Enhanced Travel Services

  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
  • All excursions and visits, as outlined above, with experienced local guides.
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
  • Hospitality desk aboard ship.
  • Complimentary use of an audio headset guided excursions.
  • Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Director at your service.
  • Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by
  • Gohagan & Company.
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