19192
Northern Europe
Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea
Sail along the winding Northern European coast to discover six thriving countries and marvel in the magnificent historic landmarks that dot the Baltic Sea.
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Program No. 19192RJ
Length
15 days
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6,995
Flights start at
1,400
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15 days
14 nights
38 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Welcome and Orientation in London
London
D
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This Road Scholar program allows you to design the experience that is most meaningful to you. We provide educational presentations exclusive to our group as well as one or more field trips just for the Road Scholar group. During the voyage, there will also be optional Crystal Cruises shore excursions available at additional cost. These optional shore excursions from Crystal Cruises are independent of the Road Scholar program. Some shore excursions will include lunch depending on duration. Independent shore excursion bookings will be available approximately 6 months prior to the voyage via Crystal’s Priority Check-in and Planning Center. The availability and schedule of their shore excursions is the responsibility of Crystal Cruises. Crystal recommends booking optional shore excursions and any other onboard services early rather than waiting until you are Aboard ship. You can search options and book directly via the Crystal Cruises website: http://legacy.crystalcruises.com/ShoreExFinder.aspx?intcmp=10000-HFLMO16&pos=TR1&pgid=HOME-*

Dinner: Enjoy a Group Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant situated close to your hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
London, Transfer to Tilbury to Embark Crystal Serenity
London
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and join a local expert for a brief exploration of London's highlights by coach. Then travel to Tilbury to embark on the Crystal Serenity.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Group transfer to the port and embarkation on Crystal Symphony in the afternoon.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship remains in port tonight.

DAY
4
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Cruise the seas this morning towards your first port of call.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Arrive in Amsterdam mid-day and spend the afternoon exploring the city's iconic museums.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Amsterdam
Amsterdam
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join a local expert for an exploration of Amsterdam's historical canals. Explore the rich history of this European capital during a field trip led by a local expert. While our local expert talks about the history, take in sites including the Royal Palace and the National Monument at Dam Square. The Royal Palace on Dam Square was originally built as Amsterdam's town hall. Opened in 1655, it was designed in grand style to reflect the city's economic prosperity. It became a royal residence when the Emperor Napoleon established his brother Louis as King of Holland, who had it elaborately furnished. It reverted back to the city when the French empire crumbled only a few years later. The succeeding Dutch Sovereign, King William I of the House of Orange-Nassau, was given permission to use it, as did other monarchs. The city sold the building to the State of the Netherlands in 1935, when it was offered permanently as the residence of the Royal House. When the palace is not in use by the royal family, it is open to the public. Dam Square is named for an actual dam on the River Amstel that was constructed on this spot about 1270. It later became the city's central marketplace. It's turbulent history is nowhere apparent today and what we see instead is the national monument of The Netherlands commemorating those who died in World War II. We end the morning at the Albert Cuyp street market, the largest in Europe. More than a century old, it features nearly 300 vendors selling nearly everything imaginable. But the emphasis is on food - fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, spices, chocolate, cheese, and more - from local favorites to specialties from around the world.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Independent exploration continues. The ship departs at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Today is at sea. Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your Study Leader for an onboard lecture.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Travel past City Hall and Tivoli Gardens, as well as the old Stock Exchange with its spire formed by entwined dragon’s tails. Other sights include the colorful harbor of Nyhavn, the fairy-tale castle of Rosenborg (home of the Danish Crown Jewels), the Christiansborg Palace and the Danish Parliament Building. Stop for a short stroll and photo opportunity at Amalienborg Palace Square, the winter residence of the Danish royal family. The spacious octagonal palace square is surrounded by four identical rococo palaces and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful palace squares in Northern Europe. You will also discover the tranquil and lush area around the Kastellet Citadel – a 17th-century bastioned fortification that today serves as a popular public park and home to the Gefion Fountain, the Museum of Danish Resistance (1940-1945) and the St. Alban’s Anglican Church. Perhaps your warmest memories will be your first sight of the cherished symbol of Copenhagen, the beguiling Little Mermaid, a petite bronze figure inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Copenhagen on your own. The ship departs at 10:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
At Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Today is at sea. Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Join your Study Leader for an onboard lecture.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Our field trip begins with an expert led exploration of Helsinki, founded in 1550. Over the centuries, as ownership changed from Sweden to Russia to Finland, it grew into a cosmopolitan city. Helsinki hosted the 1952 Summer Olympics, was named a European Capital of Culture in 2000, and the World Design Capital for 2012. Among the highlights we’ll see are the historic center, Finlandia Hall, and the Opera House. We’ll also see some of the icebreaker fleet, Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Parliament Building, and Market Square.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Enjoy more time to explore Helsinki on your own. The ship departs at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Activity note: All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line. A Russian Visa will be provided at no additional cost if you will be joining any of the ship based shore excursions. However, please note this visa will only cover you during the guided tours. If you intend to spend any additional time ashore independently, you MUST secure a Russian visa in advance and all visitors to the port must have a chaperone/sponsor of Russia for them to leave the ship.

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: The ship arrives in St. Petersburg at 8:30 a.m. and stays in port for two nights. All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Formerly known as Leningrad, St. Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city. It lies on a series of islands on the broad reaches of the mighty Neva River. The network of decorated bridges arching above the numerous waterways and canals are a visual delight. Over 300 years ago, this area was merely marsh and forest land. Peter the Great's vision was to build a window to the west, a city that would be a reflection of the great capitals of Europe. With the energy and drive so characteristic of this great man, he began the task. Magnificent Russian Versailles and Fontainbleau, with names like Pavlovsk and Peterhof, now encircle St. Petersburg; hence this comparatively young city has become ageless.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Activity note: All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line.

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Activity note: All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line.

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: All shore excursions in St. Petersburg need to booked directly with the cruise line.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg, Russia. The ship departs St. Petersburg at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

DAY
13
Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: From the port drive to the Upper Old Town of Tallinn, situated on a 50m high cliff. Disembark the coach at Tall Hermann tower and explore the town on foot. View the Parliament building, which once used to be a stronghold for the nobles living on Toompea Hill. Visit the most dominating building on the square – Alexander Nevski Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church built in the style of Moscow churches of the 17th century and decorated with mosaics and icons. Peek inside and see an example of an orthodox sacral building. Walk a short distance to reach a viewing point that offers a beautiful view over the Lower Old Town with its dwelling houses, towers, churches and spires rising above the cluster of red-tiled roofs. The tour will continue by taking you to the Lower Old Town. Passing to the Long Street you will see the simple, yet eye-catching façade of the Holy Ghost Church with its only external ornament - the oldest public clock in town. Opposite stands the building of the Great Guild of Merchants, members of which could also become members of the ruling body – the town council. Stop at the Town Hall Square which is inarguably the heart of the old town and the center of Tallinn’s network of medieval streets. The old town of Tallinn is on the list of Unesco World Heritage sites as a living museum. View the Town Hall building, completed in 1404, and preserved almost fully intact in its original Gothic form. Here the town rulers used to gather, make important decisions, and pass legislation. On the other side stands one of the oldest drug stores in Europe, opened in 1422. Here one could purchase different kind of cures for combating diseases, from bat powder to snakeskin.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Tallinn on your own. The ship sets sail at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm
B,L,D
Crystal Serenity

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Your ship arrives in Stockholm at 9:00 a.m. and remains in port overnight. We'll depart the pier for Fjällgatan. From there, you will have a splendid panoramic view over the capital of Sweden – Stockholm was built on 14 islands beginning more than a thousand years ago. Gamla Stan, where the first Stockholmers settled, is situated between the Baltic Sea on the east and Lake Mälaren on the west. We'll cross Lake Mälaren on Västerbron, one of the major bridges in Stockholm. We'll leave the island of Södermalm and enter the island of Kungsholmen. Our next stop will be the historic island of Riddarholmen, where you'll have a stunning view over Lake Mälaren and the City Hall. We'll continue our exploration with a narrated walking tour of Gamla Stan, strolling the narrow, cobbled streets. You will witness buildings from medieval times and hear of the people who long ago lived in this part of Stockholm, which today is considered a very modern place. Now, the Vasa Museum awaits us. It was specifically built to house the oldest fully preserved ship in the world. The warship Vasa was the pride of the ancient Sweden’s navy, but was too thin and too tall and sailed for less than 30 minutes on her maiden trip on August 10th, 1628. The wind caught her sails and toppled the ship, which sank almost immediately and settled in the mud of the Stockholm harbor for 333 years before being raised in 1961. After a guided exploration of the museum, we'll have time to peruse the museum’s other exhibits and displays of historic items. Over 12,000 artifacts were recovered together with the ship.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: At leisure to continue your exploration of Stockholm on your own.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Stockholm, Sweden / Disembark
Stockholm
B

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for return flights to North America.






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