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Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

Program Overview

Trace the legacies of Viking and Celtic clans on this extraordinary voyage across the mist-enshrouded peaks of Scotland and the pristine natural beauty of Norway’s mighty fjords. Cruise into ports accessible only by small ship. Discover the Orkney Islands’ fascinating Neolithic history, featuring a special presentation on the Ness of Brodgar by archaeologist Nick Card. Enjoy a full day scenic excursion into the glens of the Scottish Highlands and a specially arranged ride on Norway’s legendary Flåm Railway. Enhance your journey with the Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Program and/or Wonders of Norway Post-Program Options.

Program Details

June 2 to 10, 2023 (Le Dumont-d’Urville) June 9 to 17, 2023 (Le Dumont-d’Urville)
From $5,395 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Uniquely designed itinerary available only through Gohagan & Company—all excursions included.
  • Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the five-star small ship Le Dumont-d’Urville, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
  • Private balcony in each of the 92 suites and staterooms.
  • Specially arranged lecture by Nick Card, Ness of Brodgar’s director and head archaeologist.
  • Excursion to the 5,000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands, a UNESCO Global Geopark.
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage-designated Bryggen and a specially arranged tour of Troldhaugen, home of Edvard Grieg.
  • Specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway—one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
  • Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi access aboard ship (conditions permitting).
  • Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater Observation Lounge.
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Program Option and Norway and Copenhagen Post-Program Option.*

*This program also runs in the reverse direction.

Day 1 - Depart the U.S. or Canada

Day 2 - Glasgow, Scotland / Embark Le Dumont-d’Urville

Day 3 - Fort William

Day 4 - Kyle of Lochalsh, Isle of Skye

Day 5 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Day 6 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Day 7 - Cruising Sognefjord / Flåm Railway

Day 8 - Bergen, Norway

Day 9 - Bergen / Disembark ship / Return to the U.S. or Canada

Itinerary will also operate in the reverse direction.

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Le Dumont-d’Urville

Exclusively Chartered, Five-Star Luxury Small Ship

Le Dumont-d’Urville, launched in 2019, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships, where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

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Scotland’s Cultural Capitals: Glasgow and Edinburgh Pre-Program Option*

Discover two of Scotland’s greatest cities and their histories of clans, medieval knights and royal intrigue on a three-night itinerary that includes visits to Glasgow and Edinburgh. Accommodations are in the ideally located Sheridan Grand Edinburgh.

Wonders of Norway and Copenhagen Post-Program Option*

Our five-night itinerary extension explores the Norwegian highlands and the scenery of Europe’s highest mountain plateau on the Bergen Railway. Visit Stalheim and Oslo—concluding your tour with a cruise along Copenhagen’s canals. Stay in historic hotels with one night aboard an award-winning Seaways ferry.

*This program also runs in the reverse direction.

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

Flåm Railway

Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train routes. This masterpiece of Norwegian engineering—the steepest standard‑gauge railway track in Europe, spiraling 2,835 feet—opened to the public in 1940 and travels 13 dramatic miles through 20 tunnels to Myrdal’s mountaintop station.

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Nick Card Guest Speaker

Nick Card, is a senior projects manager at Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology, Scotland, and the site director of the excavation of the Ness of Brodgar. He has worked widely throughout Britain since earning an M.A. with honors in archaeology from Glasgow University. He first engaged in archaeological excavation on Orkney as a student and latterly as a post-graduate research assistant. Falling in love with the islands, he permanently moved there over 25 years ago. Over the last 15 years, he has managed a wide range of projects for the Orkney Archaeological Trust and the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology, which he helped establish at Orkney College University of Highlands and Islands. He also assisted in setting up the Archaeology Institute in the University of the Highlands and Islands, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Departure

Your trip will begin by departing the U.S. or Canada for an overnight flight to Glasgow, Scotland.

Day 2 Glasgow, Scotland

Arrive in Glasgow, where the indelible mark of Viking conquest still permeates the culture. Early arrivals will have the use of the Hospitality Room at the Corinthian Club. This afternoon, embark the five-star Le Dumont-d’Urville.

Day 3 Fort William

In Glenfinnan, see the Glenfinnan Viaduct, immortalized by the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter film series, and the Glenfinnan Monument commemorating the Jacobite Highlanders that rallied against King George II. See Neptune’s Staircase, the longest staircase lock in Britain and an incredible feat of engineering. Explore Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most scenic landscapes. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception on board the ship this evening.

Day 4 Kyle of Lochalsh / Isle of Skye

Visit the 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle, one of the world’s most recognized castles, and travel through the beautiful Cullin Mountains to the Isle of Skye’s scenic coastal capital of Portree. Enjoy leisure time to explore.

Day 5 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands for Ring of Brodgar and Skare Brae

This morning, the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar site, Nick Card, will provide insight on this impressive ancient compound outside of Kirkwall. Visit the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the ceremonial Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar henge, and the nearby Ness of Brogdar site. Continue to the early Orcadian settlement of Skara Brae, then visit St. Magnus Cathedral, known as the “Light of the North.” Hear the iconic sounds of a Scottish bagpiper as you reboard the ship. This evening, enjoy a storyteller’s performance of traditional Scottish tales.

Day 6 Lerwick, Shetland Islands for Jarlshof

Dock in Lerwick and transfer to the island’s southernmost point. Visit Jarlshof, a site pending UNESCO designation. See the remains of more than 4,000 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.

Day 7 Cruising Sognefjord / Flåm Railway

Cruise Sognefjord, passing traditional farmsteads and villages flanked by soaring mountains and glaciers. This afternoon, board the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train journeys, travelling 13 miles through 20 tunnels to Myrdal’s mountaintop station. Watch as snowcapped mountains and cascading waterfalls—including the awe-inspiring Kjosfossen—unfold along this branch of the world-renowned Bergen Line alongside intriguing hamlets.

Day 8 Bergen, Norway

In Bergen, stroll the grounds of Troldhaugen, the summer home of famed Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Visit the Fantoft Stavkirke, a 12th century wooden stave church, noted for its durable post and lintel construction. Take a walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, Bergen’s historic waterfront. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.

Day 9 Bergen / U.S. or Canada

Disembark in Bergen and continue on the Wonders of Norway Post-Program Option or transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. or Canada.