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Transatlantic Viking Passage Cruise with Holland America Line – 21 Days

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July 11, 2019 Double: $10,195, Single: $15,095 Book by September 7, 2018 SAVE $300 pp, book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 SAVE $100 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.     Fly to Amsterdam for a guided…

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July 11, 2019

Double: $10,195, Single: $15,095

Book by September 7, 2018 SAVE $300 pp, book by December 14, 2018 SAVE $200 pp or book by March 15, 2019 SAVE $100 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $500.

 

 

Fly to Amsterdam for a guided tour of its famous museums, niche eateries, flower-lined canals, and narrow streets. Then, set sail through the Viking Passage for 17 nights aboard Holland America Line’s luxury ms Rotterdam.

Your first port is Rotterdam, a lively, contemporary city pushing the bounds of innovation. Bergen is traditional and seafaring, nurturing its heritage within seven fjords. The Shetland’s vibrant Lerwick is a Scandinavian-Scottish mix outlined in beaches and rock towers.

In Iceland, a scenic cruise of breathtaking Eyjafjörður brings us to the bright white red-roofed buildings of Akureyri. We’ll cruise past 17th c. wooden houses and towering peaks, then sail to Iceland’s creative hub, Reykjavik, a geothermal-powered city with a thriving arts scene, renowned Viking museums, and a buzzing nightlife.

Across the North Atlantic to Greenland, the biggest island in the world, mostly covered by a 100,000-year-old ice sheet. A cruise down Prince Christian Sund is an unforgettable experience!

From Nanortalik to St. John’s, Newfoundland where candy-coloured row houses line Signal Hill. Halifax is the Celtic sweetheart of the Maritimes. Stroll the Waterfront Warehouses! Our last stop is Boston for a guided tour and free time at Faneuil Hall before our return motorcoach journey home.

 

Fantastic fjords of Iceland and the sensational sund of Greenland

Incredible Iceland! A kind, green-conscious people take care of this rugged land of hot and cold. Volcanoes, hot springs, and hydrothermal ocean vents clash with ice fields and deep fjords. Cruise Eyjafjörður in the north, Iceland’s longest, and Isafjardurdjur in the west fjords. Swaths of purple lupin cover green chunks of land seemingly hewn by giant axes. Wildlife abounds! Spot ptarmigan, puffins, arctic tern, and arctic fox. Beneath the ocean, Eyjafjörður is rich in marine life thanks to the mingling of cold and warm currents. Krill and cod feed many species of whale, including the blue whale, earth’s largest creature.

Narrow Prince Christian Sund is Greenland’s most scenic inland passage. Wild and quiet, great granite spires explode from the ocean like dark, jagged teeth. Blue glaciers heave into the sound calving icebergs as big as ships – bearded seals use them as lounge chairs! This pure, breathtaking part of the world will exhaust your camera and carve a special spot in your heart after you’ve sailed away.

 

 

Price Includes

Flight from Toronto to Amsterdam, deluxe motorcoach transportation, 19 nights accommodation, 19 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 19 dinners, 17-day cruise on Holland America Line’s ms Rotterdam (outside cabin, Category D), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.

 

Highlights

• Guided tour of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• 17-day Viking Passage Cruise including scenic Eyjafjörður Fjord and Prince Christian Sund cruise
• Guided tour of Boston, Massachusetts

 

Ports of Call

• Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• Bergen, Norway
• Lerwick, Shetland Islands
• Akureyri, Iceland
• Ísafjörður, Iceland
• Reykjavik, Iceland
• Nanortalik, Greenland
• St. John’s, Newfoundland
• Halifax, Nova Scotia
• Boston, Massachusetts

 

Accommodation

Amsterdam: Park Plaza Vondelpark (1 night)
Holland America Line: ms Rotterdam (17 nights)
Great Barrington: Fairfield Inn & Suites (1 night)

 

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Transatlantic Viking Passage Cruise with Holland America Line – 21 Days

Day 1-2: Flight to Amsterdam

Fly from Toronto to Amsterdam and upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a DeNureTours representative who will transfer you to your hotel with time to relax before dinner.

Stay: Park Plaza Vondelpark, Amsterdam
Nights: 1
Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Amsterdam Sightseeing, Board Ship

Spend the morning enjoying a guided tour of Amsterdam’s famous museums, niche eateries, flower-lined canals, and narrow streets. After lunch, we’ll head for the cruise terminal in Rotterdam, The Netherlands – Europe’s busiest port! Rotterdam is a lively, contemporary city pushing the bounds of innovation. Board the ms Rotterdam and set sail through the Viking Passage for 17 nights aboard Holland America Line’s luxury ship.

Stay: ms Rotterdam, Holland America Line
Nights: 17
Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: At Sea

During your first day at sea enjoy the wide teak decks and state-of-the-art luxury amenities: see the onboard multi-million dollar art and antique collection. Take in a cooking show or hands-on workshop from America’s Test Kitchen. Eat in any of the speciality restaurants, or work off those tasty meals in the fitness centre.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Bergen, Norway

Bergen is beautiful. One of Europe’s oldest settlements, our ship ties in the medieval Bryggen wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with mountains and thick forest in the distance. See the colourful gabled buildings that look out over the harbour dotted with small boats. Walk the cobblestone streets and narrow alleyways to medieval cathedrals, stone fortresses, and markets selling seafood, produce, and trinkets. In the evening we set sail, heading west for the Shetland Islands.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Lovely Lerwick in the Shetland Islands is part of the United Kingdom. It doesn’t necessarily feel British though! Lerwick is a vibrant Scandinavian-Scottish mix (the dialect here is Old Norse). The island is outlined in beaches and rock towers. Fishing and textiles once supported this archipelago, and are still a big part of the island’s heritage. But energy and wind power drive the economy today. Home to the iconic Shetland pony, you will easily recognize the island’s signature animal by their distinctive short legs and heavy fur coats. In Lerwick proper, Commercial Street is best for shops and places to eat. Musicians, writers, and filmmakers grow their arts at the Mareel Center for Visual and Performing Arts, a testament to the growing arts community.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: At Sea

Another glorious day at sea to unwind and take in the big skies and waves of the North Atlantic. In the morning, we’ll dock in Iceland! Perhaps tonight is the night for Explore BBC Earth Experiences or Casino Action? Slot machines, blackjack, and what’s new in gaming invite you to try your luck!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Akureyri, Iceland

Tucked in neatly on the northern shore of Iceland, today we arrive in Akureyri – but not before a scenic cruise of Eyjafjörður, the “Island Fjord.” Peaks soar along this fjord’s 64 kilometres of pure rugged beauty. We’ll sail past hydrothermal vents and the small bird-sanctuary island of Hrísey, inhabited since the 800s. In Akureyri, walk down streets of tidy wooden houses, past its tall church and museum, to the Botanical Gardens. Akureyri, the pretty hub of about 17,000 people, is that clean, cute burgh that begs exploration.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: Ísafjörður, Iceland

Today we sail out Eyjafjörður over to Ísafjörður. Surrounded by mountains, the town of only 2,600 is a jump-off spot to explore the Westfjords peninsula. Visit the local museums of this pretty place first settled in the 1500s, and see the fishing boats heading out to sea. Stop in a café or go for a hike. Connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus, local lore tells of the trolls who once lived here apart from humans. Ísafjörður stretches 2,300 square kilometres from the waterfall of Dynjandi in the south to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the north. A daily ferry takes you to where the largest colony of seabirds in the North Atlantic rest on the cliff of Hornbjarg. Visit the Westfjord Heritage Museum that tells all about Ísafjörður heritage from fishhooks to antique ships.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10-11: Reykjavik, Iceland

Down around the bottom of Iceland today to visit relaxing Reykjavik. This calm city is the world’s most northerly capital. It is, without a doubt, one of the coolest places on earth. Geothermal-powered with both lava fields and glaciers, its rainbow houses pop against dramatic natural backdrops (like famous lagoons and crashing waterfalls). In the city, museums are award-winning and put the Vikings in our sights. Cozy cafés and a food scene that keeps self-proclaimed foodies mumbling exclamations from full mouths, you simply must sample the sensational Nordic cuisine! You’ll have two days to explore Reykjavík, undeniably one-of-a-kind, before a day at sea.

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day 12: At Sea

Today we sail from Iceland to Greenland, leaving a small green island behind and heading for biggest island in the world – mostly covered in ice. Aboard the ms Rotterdam, shop for duty-free jewellery at Merabella, or visit the Ocean Bar at the top of the atrium for cocktails and dancing.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 13: Cruise Prince Christian Sund

A cruise down Prince Christian Sund is an unforgettable experience! Chunks of ice bob in blue-black water and giant rock walls look down on our cruise ship. The 105-kilometre fjord separates the mainland from the Cape Farewell Archipelago, only accessible by ship in summer. Aappilattoq, an Inuit town of 100, is the only settlement. Glaciers, wildlife, and jagged ridges are so close it feels like you can touch them.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 14: Nanortalik, Greenland

West to Nanortalik, which means “the place with polar bears” – but you’re not likely to spot one! Founded in 1797 as a trading post, today 1,000 people call Nanortalik home. It is a tiny, gorgeous place of rocky ridges above a narrow inlet leading to the Qinngua Valley, the only forest in all of Greenland. Explore Old Norse history in the museum, visit nine historic buildings, and see the world’s oldest umiak (sealskin boat). This is where you’ll hear a unique musical sound unlike anywhere else in the world at the local choral concert. In the evening, we’ll say goodbye to Greenland and head for Canada!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: At Sea

South and steady from Nanortalik to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Enjoy a day at sea with cocktails, live music, exciting activities, and ocean views.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 16: St. John’s, Newfoundland

Hello, Canada! Today we dock in jaunty St. John’s, where sprightly row houses line Signal Hill painted in cobalt, lemon, chartreuse, and neon red. St. John’s is the easternmost city in continental North America, casting its gaze east over the Atlantic and west over eastern Canada. Before it became a town in 1630, British fisherman set up camp here in summer. The harbour (est. 1497) remains the city centre and Water Street is the oldest street in North America. Compared with San Francisco because of its many hills that offer panoramic views, there’s a down-home coziness to St. John’s that will bring you back time and again. While here, check out The Rooms, Signal Hill, the Yellowbelly Corner Building, and Quidi Vidi Brewery – take part in a “Screech In!”

Meals: B, L, D

Day 17: At Sea

Another day at sea down Canada’s east coast to Halifax. Perhaps the Explorer’s Lounge will call you to relax with a liqueur and classical music.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 18: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is the Celtic sweetheart of the Maritimes. Towering buildings and funky shops work hand-in-hand to put Nova Scotia’s best nautical foot forward. Stroll the Waterfront Warehouses and eat fresh seafood in pubs that play folk music. Or make your way to Peggy’s Cove, a charming fishing village with picturesque lighthouse to boot! And don’t miss Lunenburg’s colourful Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and local showstopper!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 19: At Sea

South still we sail to Boston. Why not try Lido Market tonight for dinner on board the ms Rotterdam, or take in a show on the Main Stage. The Greenhouse Spa and Salon is the perfect onboard spot to work out the kinks before we hit Boston for a city tour.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 20: Boston Sightseeing

Our last port of call is Boston, where famous Americans like John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere once lived. A beautiful waterfront with plenty of green, Boston’s neighbourhoods are beautiful and packed with attractions from casual to high-end. We’ll explore the best of Boston with a guided tour in the morning and free time at Faneuil Hall for lunch and shopping before our return motorcoach journey home. We’ll arrive in Stockbridge this evening for dinner and finish the day at our hotel in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Stay: Fairfield Inn & Suits, Great Barrington
Nights: 1
Meals: B, D

Day 21: Travel Home

Travel aboard the DeNureTours’ luxury motorcoach today, with stops along the way enroute home.

Meals: B

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