Jewels Of The Baltic & Ultimate Viking Explorer

  • 25 May ‘24
  • 35 nights
  • Departing from Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)
  • Zuiderdam
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YOUR ITINERARY

Ijmuiden (Amsterdam) - Oslo - Oslofjord - Arhus, Denmark - Warnemunde - Tallinn - Helsinki - Stockholm - Scenic Cruising Stockholm Archipelago - Visby, Gotland - Ronne, Bornholm - Kiel - Copenhagen - Ijmuiden (Amsterdam) - Eidfjord, Norway - Scenic cruising Hardangerfjord - Lerwick - Djupivogur - Scenic cruising Berufjordur - Akureyri - Scenic cruising Eyjafjordur - Isafjardurdjur - Scenic Cruising Isafjardurdjur - Nanortalik - Paamiut - Qaqortoq - Reykjavik - Reykjavik - Torshavn - Kirkwall - Invergordon - South Queensferry (Edinburgh) - Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)

Date
Port
Info
Arrive
Depart
Day 1
25th May 2024
Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)
Arrive
Depart
15:00
Day 3
27th May 2024
Oslo

At the head of Oslofjord, Norway’s handsome c...

At the head of Oslofjord, Norway’s handsome capital is the logical first stop in Scandinavia. Thor Heyerdahl’s raft, Kon Tiki, recalls a voyage between Easter Island and Tahiti to prove a theory about the earliest colonization of Oceania. Watch the changing of the palace guard; ferry to the open-air Folke Museum with its 12th-century stave church

Arrive
07:00
Depart
14:00
Day 3
27th May 2024
Oslofjord
Arrive
Depart
Day 4
28th May 2024
Arhus, Denmark

Denmark’s second city often seems to sit modestly ...

Denmark’s second city often seems to sit modestly in the shadow of its better-known big sister. But this picturesque town of winding canals and cobbled streets has many of the capital’s charms without its crowds of tourists. As well as dictating its waterside confines, Århus’s location on the east coast of the Jutland Peninsula yields a rich natural bounty that the city’s restaurateurs have exploited with aplomb. Dishes such as caviar and wood smoke at Frederikshøj, or rye and rabbit ravioli at Restaurant Substans, have helped win a clutch of Michelin stars for the region’s pioneering chefs and cement it as a frontrunner of the New Nordic food scene; its affordable street food offerings are no less exciting.The city also holds its own on the design and architecture front, boosted by its 2017 designation as a European Capital of Culture, which resulted in a collection of waterside developments that are architecturally innovative, but anchored by a simple and pleasing Danish aesthetic. In short, this is a city in which to relax, imbibe, and enjoy both the bracing Danish sea air and a touch of laid-back metropolitan class.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 5
29th May 2024
Warnemunde

Inseparable from its modern history, Berlin decidedly feature...

Inseparable from its modern history, Berlin decidedly features it. In the former Soviet/American/British sectors are the Berlin Cathedral, Checkpoint Charlie, Unter den Linden Boulevard and the stunning Brandenburg Gate. In the Western sector, browse the lively Kurfurstendamm for snazzy clothing stores, delicate hand-painted porcelain and a snack of beer and bratwurst.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
22:00
Day 7
31st May 2024
Tallinn

Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Tallinn’s O...

Medieval walls and towers still stand tall in Tallinn’s Old Town. Stroll and shop along cobblestone streets, walk up to the Baroque palace in the Upper Town, look out over the red roofs to the Baltic below, drop in at Alexander Nevsky Cathedral to find inspiration in the gleaming mosaics and icons. Crisp, gorgeous linen is a local specialty—find yours at a small store near the town hall square.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
23:00
Day 8
1st Jun 2024
Helsinki

Shaped by its bays and off-shore islands, Helsinki is one...

Shaped by its bays and off-shore islands, Helsinki is one of Europe’s most scenic capitals. Take an archipelago cruise, walk the esplanade shopping streets, hear a Sibelius concert, or tour across the Arctic Circle to Lapland, home of Santa Claus, reindeer and the Midnight Sun

Arrive
06:00
Depart
17:00
Day 9
2nd Jun 2024
Stockholm

There’s so much to see in charming Stockholm,...

There’s so much to see in charming Stockholm, sprawled on 18 islands, often called the “Venice of the North.” Cruise the sparkling waterways and navigate narrow, medieval streets. Watch the snappy changing of the guard at the Baroque Royal Palace and sail into Viking history with a visit to the awesome Vasa Museum. Work up an appetite so you can do justice to a lavish smorgasbord.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 9
2nd Jun 2024
Scenic Cruising Stockholm Archipelago
Arrive
Depart
Day 10
3rd Jun 2024
Visby, Gotland

Barely able to claim that it has emerged from the Mi...

Barely able to claim that it has emerged from the Middle Ages, Visby is a jumble of immaculate cobblestone streets winding this way and that—purposely confusing for any invaders who actually made it over the medieval walls. Right! Consider exploring by bike, then you’ll have every excuse to refresh yourself with an icy aquavit or stop for Scandinavian treats at a killer bakery in town.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
15:00
Day 11
4th Jun 2024
Ronne, Bornholm

Medieval capital of Bornholm Island, rich in history. Marvel ...

Medieval capital of Bornholm Island, rich in history. Marvel at Viking relics and 12th-century fortress churches.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 12
5th Jun 2024
Kiel

A university town, naval base, and Germany’s largest pas...

A university town, naval base, and Germany’s largest passenger port, Kiel offers the perfect blend of urban charm, culture and history. Kiel also serves as your gateway for Hamburg, a beautiful port city on the Elbe River. Spend a delightful day exploring St. Michael’s baroque church, the St. Pauli District, and the gardens and cafés around Alster Lake. Sample shore excursions: Hamburg – Germany’s Gateway to the World; Medieval Lüneburg by Horse & Carriage.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
17:00
Day 13
6th Jun 2024
Copenhagen

Copenhagen is one of the easiest European capitals to fall...

Copenhagen is one of the easiest European capitals to fall in love with. The sights of old buildings, cobbled streets and the tower- and turret-dotted skyline lend fairy-tale charm—this was, after all, the home of author Hans Christian Andersen. But make no mistake: This is a thoroughly modern city with international clout.

Restaurants around the world draw inspiration from the New Nordic cuisine pioneered by Noma and other Copenhagen restaurants, while Danish design from this century and the last is universally admired and coveted. Urban planners flock here to try to work out just how the city remains so livable and yet so functional, and despite its wealth of old buildings, Copenhagen’s not locked in the past; there are also thrilling examples of modern architecture.

Copenhagen is a city that’s easy to find things to do and explore on foot or by excellent public transport, where everyone speaks perfect English, the food is fresh and innovative, and there’s plenty of locally brewed beer—which, of course, is best enjoyed sitting by the water on a sunny day.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
16:00
Day 15
8th Jun 2024
Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)
Arrive
07:00
Depart
Day 17
10th Jun 2024
Eidfjord, Norway

In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green...

In the shadow of snowy peaks and near stunning blue-green fjords, Eidfjord is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful villages in Norway. Even though it has a population of less than 1,000, scores of visitors come here each year to bask in the area’s natural splendor.

Hardangervidda, near Eidfjord, is Europe’s largest mountain plateau as well as Norway’s largest national park. Interestingly, the legendary polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who led the first expedition to reach the South Pole, and Fridtjof Nansen, who made the first successful crossing of the Greenland interior, both used Hardangervidda to prepare for their expeditions. Walking, hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing are popular, and the area is home to Europe’s largest population of wild reindeer.

Numerous canyons, including the famous Måbødalen Valley, lead south from the Hardangervidda plateau to the fjords along the coast, and about 16 kilometers (10 miles) south of Eidfjord, visitors can see the dramatic 182-meter-tall (597-foot-tall) Vøringfossen waterfall. In the center of Eidfjord stands the 14th-century stone Eidfjord Kirke, while outside town the famous Kjeåsen Mountain Farm sits on a ledge some 600 meters (1,968 feet) above the Simadalsfjord.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 17
10th Jun 2024
Scenic cruising Hardangerfjord
Arrive
Depart
Day 18
11th Jun 2024
Lerwick

The countryside is laced with lakes and vast peat bogs. P...

The countryside is laced with lakes and vast peat bogs. Pause in the Tingwall valley to see the petite Shetland ponies; explore Jarlshof’s Stone, Bronze and Iron age ruins; take a ferry to Mousa to see the 200-year-old “broch,” or castle.

Arrive
12:00
Depart
22:00
Day 20
13th Jun 2024
Djupivogur
Arrive
08:00
Depart
16:00
Day 20
13th Jun 2024
Scenic cruising Berufjordur
Arrive
Depart
Day 21
14th Jun 2024
Akureyri

Often described as the capital of north Iceland, the country...

Often described as the capital of north Iceland, the country’s second-largest city is both vibrant and pretty, and serves as an ideal hub for exploring the incredible landscape that surrounds it.

Located at the head of a 60-kilometer fjord—the country’s longest—and surrounded by snow-streaked mountains, Akureyri was originally settled in the 9th century and was first officially mentioned as a city in the 16th century. Today it boasts a population of around 17,000, a scenic harbor and an array of interesting shops, buzzy cafés and upscale restaurants. Its main sights include the Akureyri Church, a wonderful botanical garden (founded in 1912) and the fascinating Akureyri Museum.

From here it’s possible to explore some of the country’s most memorable landscapes, starting with Akureyri’s own fjord, Eyjafjörður, where you’ll find several museums (including the Icelandic Folk and Outsider Art Museum), fishing villages like Grenivík and plenty of dramatic mountain scenery. Farther afield are the island of Grímsey, the volcanic wonderland of Lake Mývatn and a whole host of waterfalls, gorges, churches and saga sites.

Arrive
10:00
Depart
18:00
Day 21
14th Jun 2024
Scenic cruising Eyjafjordur
Arrive
Depart
Day 22
15th Jun 2024
Isafjardurdjur
Arrive
07:00
Depart
14:00
Day 22
15th Jun 2024
Scenic Cruising Isafjardurdjur
Arrive
Depart
Day 24
17th Jun 2024
Nanortalik

Greenland’s southernmost town, Nanortalik is surr...

Greenland’s southernmost town, Nanortalik is surrounded by the steep mountain peaks of Tasermiut Fjord – whose rugged landscape and lush vegetation attracts serious climbers all year long. Inside the fjord are the ruins of an Augustinian monastery and the towering trees of the Qingua Valley. In this region, the northern lights dance across the sky in the evenings and polar bears have been known to drift by on ice floes.

Visit the old town around the colonial harbor where the museum includes exhibits of rare Norse clothing. This harbor is thought to be the last point of departure of the Norse voyagers when they sailed to or from Greenland. The importance of the site is evidenced in the ruins of boathouses. Take a chilly trip to the ice cap by boat, or warm up in the natural hot springs at Uunartoq.

Arrive
11:00
Depart
20:00
Day 25
18th Jun 2024
Paamiut

Paamiut formerly Frederikshab
With more time at sea ...

Paamiut formerly Frederikshab
With more time at sea and more out-of-the-way ports, there’s much to explore—both on and off your ship. Discover the medieval art of Cherbourg. Stroll the gardens of Madeira. Relax and enjoy yourself.

Arrive
10:00
Depart
18:00
Day 26
19th Jun 2024
Qaqortoq

The name “Qaqortoq” means “the White ...

The name “Qaqortoq” means “the White Place,” and indeed, 85% of the area is under ice. Explore the small town of 3,400 and learn how people survive on this immense, remote island administered by the Danes but desperate for individual recognition of its distinctive culture.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
13:00
Day 28
21st Jun 2024
Reykjavik

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: gey...

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: geysers, hotsprings, vast fields of cooled lava. Swim in the naturally-warmed Blue Lagoon.

Arrive
12:00
Depart
Day 29
22nd Jun 2024
Reykjavik

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: ge...

See dramatic evidence of Iceland’s volcanic origins: geysers, hotsprings, vast fields of cooled lava. Swim in the naturally-warmed Blue Lagoon.

Arrive
Depart
18:00
Day 31
24th Jun 2024
Torshavn
Arrive
08:00
Depart
17:00
Day 32
25th Jun 2024
Kirkwall

Located on the Orkney Islands in the remote northern ...

Located on the Orkney Islands in the remote northern reaches of Scotland, Kirkwall’s history dates from 1046 and includes such characters as Sigurd the Powerful, St. Earl Magnus the Martyr, and Sigurd the Stout. Step back in time 5000 years and discover the stone village of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar. Sample shore excursions: Skara Brae & Skaill House; Orkney Crafts; Southern Panorama & Highland Park Distillery.

Arrive
Depart
17:00
Day 33
26th Jun 2024
Invergordon

The skirl of Highland bagpipes calls you ashore. Go ...

The skirl of Highland bagpipes calls you ashore. Go in search of your clan tartan, and “Nessie,” the spurious monster often sighted in Loch Ness.

Arrive
07:00
Depart
16:00
Day 34
27th Jun 2024
South Queensferry (Edinburgh)

Your jumping-off point for the highlights of Edinburgh, inc...

Your jumping-off point for the highlights of Edinburgh, including historic Edinburgh Castle, housing the Scottish crown jewels and the palace that was once home to Mary Queen of Scots.

Arrive
08:00
Depart
18:00
Day 36
29th Jun 2024
Ijmuiden (Amsterdam)
Arrive
07:00
Depart

YOUR SHIP - The Zuiderdam

First of our Vista-class ships, Zuiderdam boasts classic nautical lines and finishes, modern amenities and a spectacular art and antique collection. While on board, explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Enjoy the wide array of delectable cuisines in our restaurants.

First of our Vista-class ships, Zuiderdam boasts classic nautical lines and finishes, modern amenities and a spectacular art and antique collection. While on board, explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Enjoy the wide array of delectable cuisines in our restaurants.

Art Gallery
Atrium
Concierge
Culinary Arts Center
Duty-free shop
Future Cruise Sales
Observation Deck
Photo Gallery
Shops
Shore Excursion Office

Bar
Canaletto Restaurant
Explorations Cafe
Grill
Lido Bar
Lido Casual Restaurant
Piano Bar
Pinnacle Grill
Sports Bar
Sports Bar
The Verandah
Vista Dining Room

Beauty Salon
Greenhouse Spa & Salon
Hydro Massage Pool
Lido Pool
Spa
Thermal Suite
Whirlpool

Club HAL
Golf Simulator
Indoor Pool
Library
Outdoor Pool
The Loft

Basketball
Fitness Center
Gym
Volleyball

Crow’s Nest
Explorers Lounge
Neptune Lounge
Night Club
Photo Gallery
Queen’s Show Lounge
Theatre

Description

First of our Vista-class ships, Zuiderdam boasts classic nautical lines and finishes, modern amenities and a spectacular art and antique collection. While on board, explore the world’s wonders through BBC Earth Experiences. Enjoy regional cooking demonstrations and food and wine tastings with EXC Port to Table. Relax with a rejuvenating treatment at the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Enjoy the wide array of delectable cuisines in our restaurants.

Other

Art Gallery
Atrium
Concierge
Culinary Arts Center
Duty-free shop
Future Cruise Sales
Observation Deck
Photo Gallery
Shops
Shore Excursion Office

Food and Drink

Bar
Canaletto Restaurant
Explorations Cafe
Grill
Lido Bar
Lido Casual Restaurant
Piano Bar
Pinnacle Grill
Sports Bar
Sports Bar
The Verandah
Vista Dining Room

Relaxation

Beauty Salon
Greenhouse Spa & Salon
Hydro Massage Pool
Lido Pool
Spa
Thermal Suite
Whirlpool

Recreational

Club HAL
Golf Simulator
Indoor Pool
Library
Outdoor Pool
The Loft

Fitness

Basketball
Fitness Center
Gym
Volleyball

Entertainment

Crow’s Nest
Explorers Lounge
Neptune Lounge
Night Club
Photo Gallery
Queen’s Show Lounge
Theatre

STATEROOMS

    suite

    Approximately 500–712 sq. ft. including verandah With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these spacious suites are flooded with light. They feature a large sitting area and two lower beds convertible to one king-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses plus a separate dressing room. There’s also a sofa bed, suitable for two people. The bathroom comes with a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, plus additional shower stall. Amenities include use of the exclusive Neptune Lounge, a private concierge and an array of complimentary services. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

    balcony

    Approximately 212–359 sq. ft. including verandah Filled with light from floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, these staterooms include a sitting area, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our signature Mariner’s Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and bath tub with premium massage showerheads. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

    outside

    Approximately 174–180 sq. ft. These expansive staterooms include include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner’s Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads, a host of amenities and an ocean view. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.

    inside

    Approximately 151–233 sq. ft. These spacious staterooms include two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed—our Signature Mariner’s Dream bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, premium massage shower heads and a host of amenities. The configuration of staterooms may vary from the images shown.
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