Scottish Isles/Norway Fjords
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.
Sunday, May 19
Depart the U.S.
Monday, May 20
Discover Glasgow, a dynamic Scottish city where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still
permeates the art and culture. Transfer to the Five-Star LE CHAMPLAIN and embark to the
evocative melodies of a traditional bagpiper. (D)
Fort William and Scottish Highlands
Tuesday, May 21
Enjoy a full day’s journey experiencing the rich, resplendent beauty of the legendary Scottish
Highlands. Travel to the bucolic village of Glenfinnan, where Bonnie Prince Charlie rallied
Jacobite Highlanders against King George II in 1745. Along the way, enjoy the splendor of
majestic Glencoe—Scotland’s most scenic glen, much of which is owned and preserved by the
National Trust for Scotland. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Kyle of Lochalsh/Portree, Isle of Skye
Wednesday, May 22
From the port village of Kyle of Lochalsh travel across a starkly beautiful land of rolling green
moors to visit the 13th -century Eilean Donan Castle, named for a sixth‑century Irish saint and one of the most iconic castles in the world. Cruise the coastline of ethereal Skye, home to some of Scotland’s most phenomenal geography. Visit Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the powerful Clan MacLeod since 1270, built atop a rocky promontory overlooking the sea. Tour its richly appointed public rooms and view the castle’s lush gardens, ablaze with azaleas and rhododendrons. Aboard ship this evening, the director and head of the Ness of Brodgar will introduce and provide insights about this impressive ancient compound that lies outside of Kirkwall. (B,L,D)
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Thursday, May 23
Nearly 5000 years ago, ancient inhabitants of this archipelago employed technological prowess
centuries ahead of their time to erect the Ring of Brodgar. Today, this magical compound rivals
in the British Isles as the third largest stone circle raised to chart the seasons.
See the ceremonial Stones of Stenness en route to visit the settlement of Skara Brae.
Archaeologists suggest these sites, along with the Ness of Brodgar, were inhabited by an early
Orcadian culture known for decorative arts and sophisticated craftsmanship. Pilgrims and traders carried the Orcadian innovations to the mainland and beyond—making Orkney not a remote scatter of islands but instead a hub of Neolithic civilization. Thousands of years later, the Vikings established the port town of Kirkwall on Orkney’s main island, leaving behind the towering 12th -century St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North.” Hear the classically haunting sounds of a traditional Scottish bagpiper as you reembark the ship. This evening, listen as a Scottish storyteller weaves the traditional stories that have been
handed down by word of mouth for generations in these remote isles. (B,L,D)
Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Friday, May 24
Dock in Lerwick and explore the majestic Shetland Islands, declared a Global Geopark by
UNESCO for their geologically diverse landscapes and seascapes carved and shaped by ice.
Admire nature’s endlessly changing colors and textures, and listen for the clamor of gannets and puffins crowding the dramatic sheer rock cliffs. Though remote, these islands have a unique
6000-year- old culture, where Scotland meets Scandinavia at this North Atlantic crossroads and
legacies linger in the fascinating archaeology, dialect and traditional music. From Lerwick, the
capital of Shetland, journey to the island’s southernmost point, scanning the verdant landscape
for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing on the rolling, grass-covered knolls. Visit Jarlshof, a
pending UNESCO World Heritage site and an extraordinary settlement revealing 5000 years of
human history, including late Neolithic stone houses, a Bronze Age village, an Iron Age broch
and wheelhouse, Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead and a 16th -century laird’s house.
Cruising the Norwegian Fjords/Flåm Railway
Saturday, May 25
Norway’s fjords and islands offer some of Europe’s most phenomenal coastal scenery, where sea mist, shafts of sunlight and vivid rainbows congregate in a dazzling array of colors that seem to make the landscape greener and the fjords bluer. Be on deck this morning while cruising the majestic Sognefjord and the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Naeroyfjord (time and weather permitting), passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains. Later this afternoon, board the Flåm Railway, named one of the world’s most scenic train rides by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. This masterpiece of Norwegian
engineering—the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe with an impressive elevation
difference of 2835 feet—opened to the public in 1940 and travels 13 dramatic miles through
20 tunnels to the mountaintop train stop of Myrdal. Enjoy stunning views of snow capped mountains, cascading waterfalls—including the awe‑inspiring Kjosfossen—and picturesque hamlets along this alpine branch of the world‑renowned Bergen Line. (B,L,D)
Sunday, May 26
The city of Bergen was founded on an old Viking settlement in 1070 and has a proud history as
an important part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14 th to mid-16th centuries. Nearby, Troldhaugen was the summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer. Walk the grounds of the estate before visiting the reconstructed Fantoft Stavkirke, a traditional 12th -century wooden stave church, named for its post and lintel construction. Enjoy a walking tour of Bergen’s Bryggen (the old wharf), a UNESCO World Heritage site that proudly displays its characteristically colorful wooden houses, before an afternoon at leisure in this charming city. Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)
Monday, May 27
Disembark the ship in Bergen and continue on the Wonders of Norway and Copenhagen Post-
Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B)
Brochure mail date: August 16, 2018.
Meet Your Trip Host
Thomas P. Lyon holds the Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce at the University of Michigan, with appointments in both the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment. From 2006-2011 he served as Director of the University’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise, and he currently serves as Associate Director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute. Professor Lyon has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Chicago, the University of Bonn, University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Paris, and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Scuola Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.
Professor Lyon is a leader in using economic analysis to understand corporate environmental strategy and how it is shaped by emerging government regulations, non-governmental organizations, and consumer demands. His book Corporate Environmentalism and Public Policy, published by Cambridge University Press, is the first rigorous economic analysis of this increasingly important topic. Professor Lyon earned his bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and his doctorate at Stanford University. His current research focuses on corporate environmental information disclosure, greenwash, and voluntary programs for environmental improvement.
Professor Lyon has participated in several previous trips with the Alumni Association, including to the Greek Islands, Antarctica, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos, and Europe. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, swimming, cooking, and playing cello in alt-country bands.
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