19192
Northern Europe
Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea
Explore spectacular cathedrals, historic landmarks, opulent palaces and elegant cities as you discover the history and legends of Scandinavia aboard a modern super yacht.
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Program No. 19192RJ
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15 days
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7,999
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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 Copenhagen
Copenhagen
D
Copenhagen Strand Hotel

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
Copenhagen / Embark Crystal Symphony
Copenhagen
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Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Join a local expert for a brief exploration of Denmarks' enchanting capital city by coach, including a stop to see the the famous Little Mermaid statue. Then travel to Humlebaek to discover the Louisana Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. Pause in Helsingør (Elsinore) for a view of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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
Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Denmark, the world's oldest kingdom, awaits your discovery on this visit to its lively capital, Copenhagen. Immerse yourself in the vitality of this delightful city as you explore its expansive parks and plazas, as well as its treasure trove of historic galleries and buildings. Discover its exquisite combination of Scandinavian elegance and European joie de vivre. Visitors traveling outside the city enter an altogether different world; one where stately castles are found nestled in the gentle, emerald-green Danish countryside.

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 of Copenhagen continues. Your ship departs at 4:00 p.m.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Gdansk / Gdynia, Poland
Gdansk
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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: Arrive in Gdansk at 9:00 a.m. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Gdansk, Poland's marine capital, is a remarkable city which combines a rich history with striking natural beauty. Its proud residents are known for their kind-heartedness and hospitality, as you will experience firsthand during your explorations of this region. Whether it's a visit to the bustling Long Street Market, or the breathtaking St. Mary's church, traces of Gdansk are sure to remain in your heart long after you leave.

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
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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: This morning 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: Your ship arrives in Stockholm at 4:00 p.m. and remains in port overnight.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today’s field trip is exclusively for Road Scholar participants. Please do not book an Independent Exploration through Crystal on this day.

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: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE FIELD TRIP: Sweden's capital, Stockholm, which sprawls over 14 islands, is often called the "Beauty on Water." Resting amid wooded hills, it is a city surrounded by water, firmly linked by over 50 bridges. Originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century, the earliest mention of Stockholm as a city was in the year 1252. By 1850, the city had less than 100,000 inhabitants. Today it is one of Europe's most prosperous cities with a population of over a million.

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 Stockholm on your own. The ship departs at 4:00 p.m.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
8
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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 Helsinki at 9:00 a.m. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: A heritage spanning over 450 years awaits you as you step ashore in Helsinki, "City of the Sea." Spurred on by the inspiration of Carl Ludvig Engel, a native of Berlin who had worked earlier in Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Helsinki has produced some of the world's finest architects. Today, the legacy of their splendid work is seen everywhere. Nonetheless, nature has not been subdued, as leafy parks and picturesque bays continue to exert their timeless influence. A political and economic hub, this city is also a cultural center boasting 20 theatres, the National Opera, numerous museums and art galleries.

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 to explore Helsinki. 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
9
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

Activity note: 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. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.

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 7:00 a.m. and stays in port for two nights. 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: Enjoy more time to explore St. Petersburg.

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 Symphony

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: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg, Russia.

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 Symphony

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: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION

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

Afternoon: The ship departs St. Petersburg at 4:00 p.m.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
Cruising the Baltic Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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 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, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

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

DAY
13
Cruising the Baltic Sea
At Sea
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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 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, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

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
14
Oslo, Norway
Oslo
B,L,D
Crystal Symphony

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 Oslo at 8:00 a.m. and remains in port overnight. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: At the head of the Oslofjord, which boasts many densely wooded islands, lies the impressive Norwegian capital of Oslo. This inspiring city is the site of many of Norway's finest historic and cultural achievements. Towering above our dock near the city center is the imposing Akershus Fortress and Castle. Graceful Viking ships, the Munch Art Museum and Gustav Vigeland's awesome sculpture collection are among the rich treasury of attractions this city has to offer.

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.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Oslo, Norway / Disembark
In Flight
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.