British Isles Explorer - London to Bergen

The Isles, north to south

Immerse yourself in the British Isles during a 15-day cruise, with overnight stays in Bergen, Norway, and Greenwich, England. Discover Scotland's legendary Highlands and Western Isles and the capital of Edinburgh. Visit the Shetland and Orkney Islands and contrast modern Belfast with traditional Dublin. Witness Welsh culture in Snowdonia. In England, visit maritime Liverpool, see historic Dover and enjoy a tour of London.

All This Is Included

  • 15-day cruise visiting 5 countries & 12 ports
  • One included shore excursion in every port of call
  • Culture Curriculum®: lectures on or performances of music, art, cooking, dance and history
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • All onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Multiple dining venues including alternative restaurant dining
  • Most al fresco dining at sea
  • 24/7 specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
  • 24-hour room service
  • Private veranda stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linens & pillows
  • Separate seating area
  • 42" flat-screen LCD TV, with interactive programming
  • Complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 110/220 volt outlets with ample USB ports
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • In-suite binoculars
  • Mini-bar
  • Luxury robes & slippers
  • Spacious closet & drawer storage
  • Heated bathroom floor & anti-fog mirrors
  • Oversize glass-enclosed walk-in shower
  • Premium Freyja? toiletries
  • Access to top-rated spa & state-of-the-art fitness center
  • Open-air walking track & sports deck
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Self-service launderette with iron/ironing board
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air Program

    DETAILED ITINERARY

    Day 1 - London (Greenwich), England


    Embark today in the celebrated Royal Borough of Greenwich-part of which, Maritime Greenwich, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take some time to settle in to your veranda stateroom and get to know your ship, perhaps having a bite in Mamsen's gourmet deli, with open-faced sandwiches and delicious sweets inspired by the cuisine of Scandinavia.

    Day 2 - London (Greenwich), England


    Discover the celebrated Royal Borough of Greenwich-part of which, Maritime Greenwich, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. London is just a short drive away, so you can take in the regal city and all its splendor. See the Tower of London, Parliament and Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul's Cathedral. Or venture into the countryside to visit Windsor Castle, one of the royal residences. Alternately, step off the ship to tour Greenwich, its excellent National Maritime Museum and the Royal Observatory from where the world's clocks are set.

    Day 3 - Dover, England


    Call on Dover today, where you can explore the streets of this ancient port, said to have been set ablaze when William the Conqueror came through on his way to London after his Battle of Hastings victory. A panoramic tour leads you to the impressive walls of hilltop Dover Castle, the largest fortification in England, and to a scenic overlook for striking views of the dramatic White Cliffs of Dover.

    Day 4 - Cruise the English Channel


    Cruise the Irish Sea into the Celtic Sea. Along with a stretch of the Atlantic Ocean to the west of the British Isles, these waters were once known simply as "Western Approaches" as recently as the mid-20th century. You will round the southern shores of Wales and England and enter the English Channel, making your way to the Strait of Dover. Enjoy your ship's many amenities as you cruise, perhaps indulging in a massage at The Spa, taking high tea in the Wintergarden and closing your day with fine cuisine at Manfredi's Italian Restaurant.

    Day 5 - Dublin, Ireland


    Discover Dublin, the Republic of Ireland's charismatic capital on the Liffey River. Founded as a Viking settlement, today it is one of Europe's most significant cultural hubs. A panoramic tour takes you to Trinity College; its library is the city's repository of some five million volumes. You will also see the soaring St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral, two major centers of the country's religion, and pass by neoclassical City Hall and the sprawling Dublin Castle.

    Day 6 - Holyhead, Wales


    Soak up the Welsh ambiance of Holyhead, a cozy coastal enclave on the northwestern tip of Wales. This fascinating town is contained within one of the few three-walled Roman forts in Europe, protected on the fourth side by the sea. You will see the historic St. Cybi's Church at the fortress's center and visit the Holyhead Maritime Museum, chronicling local seafaring history. You will also have time to explore the bustling waterfront.

    Day 7 - Liverpool, England


    Discover Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles and a stunning cultural center of soaring churches and impressive architecture. You will see the neoclassical St. George's Hall and the cone-shaped Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. On the storied waterfront, part of the city's Maritime Mercantile UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the "Three Graces," a trio of magnificent buildings. You might also follow in the footsteps of the Beatles, Liverpool's most famous sons.

    Day 8 - Belfast, Northern Ireland


    Explore Belfast, a hidden gem of the British Isles and capital of Northern Ireland. This historic city has undergone a renaissance that has bolstered its economy and its culture. During a tour, witness a unique blend of British-influenced Victorian flair in its stately public buildings and an authentic Irish charm in its pubs and shops. See the quaint Cathedral Quarter, the majestic City Hall, bustling St. George's Market and the poignant murals recalling its past turbulence. If you wish, you may visit the nearby Giant's Causeway, a spectacular seaside formation of 40,000 conjoined basalt columns.

    Day 9 - The Highlands (Ullapool), Scotland


    Cruise through the stunningly scenic Western Isles and anchor in the pristine waters of Loch Broom to explore Ullapool, situated in a spectacularly remote area of the United Kingdom. Dramatic mountain peaks pierce the sky here, dwarfing this former herring port village. You will disembark for a panoramic tour that takes you deep into the village-dotted Wester Ross landscape, passing pristine lakes, craggy massifs and tranquil castles.

    Day 10 - Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Scotland


    Today, immerse yourself in the rich history of the Orkney Islands, ruled by the Vikings from the 9th to 13th century. Explore recent history on an included Kirkwall walking tour of 17th- and 18th-century houses, the Bishop's Palace, the French Renaissance Earl's Palace and St. Magnus Cathedral. Or, opt to explore "Scottish Pompeii," a remarkable Neolithic site.

    Day 11 - Edinburgh (Rosyth), Scotland


    Today, you'll take in the medieval and neoclassical beauty of Scotland's capital, gracefully set among rocky hills and gracious green ribbons of park. On an included tour, browse the National Museum of Scotland and drive the Royal Mile, the famed avenue connecting the hilltop Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You might elect to explore Edinburgh Castle more closely, including a visit to the Crown Jewels. Or, venture to medieval St. Andrews, birthplace of golf.

    Day 12 - The Highlands (Invergordon), Scotland


    Call today on Invergordon, on the doorstep of the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish Highlands. One of Europe's most sparsely populated regions, the famed Highlands provide a fascinating glimpse into the days of warring clans. Enjoy a scenic drive into their splendor, stopping to view Loch Ness, legendary home of the elusive monster, and the historic ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland's largest, perched on a ledge overlooking the famous lake.

    Day 13 - Shetland Islands (Lerwick), Scotland


    Admire the rugged beauty of one of Scotland's remote island outposts today. You'll set out to explore the main island's southern reaches on an included tour. After a panoramic drive through charming Lerwick, the Shetlands' only burgh, stop at the limestone hamlet of Fladdabister, the crofting town of Aithsetter and a 2,000-year-old castle. Or, visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof instead, stunning evidence of a thriving Viking presence.

    Day 14 - Bergen, Norway


    Take in more of Bergen's Norwegian charms this morning. You'll see the beautiful 18th-century wooden houses and visit the Hanseatic Museum on your included tour. Or, take an excursion to Troldhaugen, the home of Norway's famous composer Edvard Grieg, or a trip to the peak of Mt. Ulriken to savor an Ulriken bun, a cinnamon pastry, at the mountaintop restaurant.

    Day 15 - Bergen, Norway


    Awake in Bergen, where you will be departing your ship. From here, you can easily spend a few extra days to further explore this city or discover other areas of Norway.

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    Cruise Line
    Viking Ocean Cruises
    Duration
    15 Days
    Cruise Ship
    Viking Sky

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Greenwich  
    Day 2Greenwich  
    Day 3Dover  
    Day 4Cruise the English Channel  
    Day 5Dublin  
    Day 6Holyhead  
    Day 7Liverpool  
    Day 8Belfast  
    Day 9Ullapool  
    Day 10Kirkwall  
    Day 11Rosyth  
    Day 12Invergordon  
    Day 13Lerwick  
    Day 14Bergen  
    Day 15Bergen  
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