Aug 17, 2018
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Precipitous, glacier-carved shorelines, colorful clapboard fishing cabins, and wispy, veil-like waterfalls gently twisting in seaside breezes: The Norwegian coastline offers perspectives and experiences unlike any other in Europe and this 7-day adventure makes the most of every opportunity. Embark from Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, and quickly traverse the North Sea to Sognefjord, the deepest and longest fjord in Norway. Take a ride on the acclaimed Flåmsbana Railway high into the remote mountains, then breathlessly descend by bike to the village below. Peer tentatively over the sheer face of Preikestolen at the captivating Lysefjord shoreline almost 2,000 feet beneath you. Or, if reflective solitude moves you, spend quiet moments among the intricate carved wood and polished surfaces of the Urnes Stave Church in Skjolden, one of the last surviving wooden structures from the Medieval Era. Sample and savor endless variations of smoked salmon, briny caviar, and plump scallops. Or keep it rustic with a golden dollop of tart, cloudberry jam on a thick slice of dense Norwegian fjellbrod. This is an unforgettable journey of stunning vistas, lingering twilights and enlightening discoveries of arts, foods and Viking traditions that shape our modern world today.
• Traveling round trip from Edinburgh affords you opportunities to see the UNESCO site of Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyrood or the Crown Jewels of Scotland
• Ride the famous Flam Railway
• Appreciate the dramatic scenery cruising Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord
• Learn about Viking culture and Scandinavian style
• Stroll the Bryggen District of Bergen, a UNESCO site
• Visit Urnes Stave Church, Skjolden’s UNESCO site
This is a James Beard Foundation culinary-themed cruise featuring Chef Evan Hanzcor and Sommelier Katie Bell and includes:
Hosted dinner with James Beard Foundation Chef Hanzcor and Sommelier Bell, including wine pairings
Demos by the chef of some of their recipes
Shopping at the local market with the chef
Wine, spirits, or beer tastings
Shopping and tours with the sommelier/beverage expert (based on availability)
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.