Join us for a unique, comprehensive, seven-night journey to Scotland’s rarely visited Orkney and Shetland Islands and Norway’s majestic fjords, remote destinations forever linked by their Viking heritage. Cruise from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, aboard the exclusively chartered, newest Five-Star, small ship Le Champlain with a private balcony in all Suites and Staterooms and the world’s first multisensory, underwater observatory lounge. Travel in the wake of Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Enjoy a full-day scenic excursion into the Scottish Highlands, with visits to Fort William, Glenfinnan and Glencoe, and a specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys. Visit Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands; prehistoric Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands; the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Orkney’s Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, including a special presentation by the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site director and head archaeologist; and Bergen’s picturesque Bryggen. Edinburgh/Glasgow Pre-Cruise and Norway/Copenhagen Post-Cruise Options.
- Depart the U.S. or Canada
- Glasgow, Scotland/Embark Le Chaplain
- Fort William for the Scottish Highlands
- Kyle of Lochalsh for Isle of Skye
- Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
- Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland, for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
- Cruising the Norwegian Fjords/Flåm Railway
- Bergen, Norway
- Bergen/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada
*Itinerary will also operate in the reverse direction.
- Introducing the extraordinary Blue Eye, the world’s first multisensory, underwater observation lounge.
- Uniquely designed itinerary available only through Gohagan & Company—all excursions included.
- Exclusively chartered cruise aboard the new Five‑Star expedition ship Le Champlain, accessing ports unavailable to larger vessels.
- Private balcony for every Suite and Stateroom.
- Only 92 Suites and Staterooms.
- Specially arranged ride on Norway’s Flåm Railway—one of the world’s most scenic rail journeys.
- Explore the Inner Hebridean, Orkney and Shetland Islands.
- See the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic monuments—the Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae, both UNESCO World Heritage sites—and the Shetland Islands’ 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof.
- Specially arranged lecture by Nick Card, Ness of Brodgar’s director and head archaeologist.
- Ample time in picturesque Bergen, featuring Bryggen, its UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Wharf.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the cruise and complimentary Wi-Fi aboard ship.
- Edinburgh and Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option and Wonders of Norway and Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option.
Five-Star Small Ship Le Champlain
Luxury Expedition Ships, Innovative Design
The Le Champlain ushers in a new generation of Five-Star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for an unparalleled expedition cruising experience to be launched in 2019. Venture where no ships have gone before, remote destinations where authentic encounters with captivating cultures, spectacular wildlife and majestic scenery await you.
Blue Eye—The World’s First Luxury Underwater Observatory
Exclusive to the Ponant Explorer fleet is the extraordinary Blue Eye, a multisensory underwater observation lounge that incorporates bionic and biomimetic decor and technology to immerse you in the beauty of the ocean’s ecosystem. Observe marine life through the large subaquatic windows and on digital screens projecting undersea activity in real time, while specially designed hydrophones echo the ocean’s ebb and flow and relay the sounds and senses beneath the water’s surface.
92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies
Each Five-Star Stateroom and Suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, individual climate control and luxurious hotel amenities.
Chic and Casual Dining
Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor-outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24-hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and a four-course dinner.
Spacious Environment, Intimate Atmosphere
Inspired by the natural and nautical worlds, the warm and inviting public areas are marked by a refined elegance. Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances or film screenings in the state-of-the-art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna rooms or the Sun Deck’s infinity-style swimming pool. Each ship has a beauty salon, fitness room and, for your convenience, two elevators. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.
The highly trained, English-speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has an infirmary staffed with a doctor and nurse.
On Board the Exclusively-Chartered, Five-Star, Small Ship Le Champlain
- Seven-night voyage from Glasgow, Scotland, to Bergen, Norway, featuring a cruise of Norway’s fjords.
- Elegantly appointed, Five‑Star Suite or Stateroom, each with a private balcony.
- Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions.
- Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available throughout the cruise.
- All meals aboard ship.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
- Blue Eye—the world’s first luxury, multisensory, underwater observatory.
- Excursion through the Scottish Highlands, featuring Glencoe, Scotland’s most scenic glen, and the bucolic village of Glenfinnan.
- Visit iconic 13th-century Eilean Donan Castle and enjoy a scenic excursion of the Isle of Skye.
- Traditional Scottish storytelling and the distinctive melodies of Scotland’s iconic bagpipe.
- Visit to medieval Kirkwall to see St. Magnus Cathedral.
- Exclusive, specially arranged lecture by esteemed expert Nick Card, the director and head archaeologist of the Ness of Brodgar archaeological site.
- Scenic excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Orkney Islands’ Neolithic Ring of Brodgar and 5000-year-old Skara Brae.
- Excursion to the 5000-year-old prehistoric site of Jarlshof on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands, a UNESCO Global Geopark.
- Spectacular cruise through the picturesque Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord, to Flåm.
- Round-trip train ride with stunning views on the Flåm Railway, one of the world’s most scenic train rides.
- Visit to Bryggen, Bergen’s historic waterfront—a UNESCO World Heritage site—and a specially arranged tour of Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg.
- Transfers and luggage handling abroad if your arrival(s)/departure(s) coincide with the scheduled group transfer(s).
- Experienced, English-speaking, local guides for included excursions.
- Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers.
- Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom and on excursions.
- Hospitality desk aboard ship.
- Experienced Gohagan & Company Travel Directors at your service.
- Complimentary use of an audio headset during guided excursions.
- Automatic $250,000 flight insurance policy for each participant ticketed on flights by Gohagan & Company.
Scotland’s Cultural Capitals
Edinburgh ◆ Glasgow Pre-Cruise Option
Explore two of Scotland’s great cities and their histories of fascinating clans, medieval knights and royal and religious intrigue. In Edinburgh, discover the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town and New Town. Exlpore Edinburgh Castle. During your tour of Glasgow, visit the 12th‑century cathedral, the only surviving medieval church in mainland Scotland, and the captivating St. Mungo Museum. Accommodations for two nights are in the ideally located, Five-Star Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa.
Wonders of Norway ◆ Copenhagen Post-Cruise Option
EImmerse yourself in majestic Norwegian landscapes and traditional Scandinavian culture on this unique and exclusive five‑night journey. Experience the majesty of the Norwegian highlands and ride through the stunning scenery of Europe’s highest mountain plateau on the Bergen Railway. In vibrant Oslo, visit the stately Opera House, and the unique Vigeland Sculpture Park. Enjoy an exclusively chartered cruise along idyllic canals of Copenhagen and see Christiansborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the “Little Mermaid” statue. In the nearby town of Roskilde, visit its 12th‑century, Gothic‑style cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore the fascinating Viking Ship Museum. Accommodations are for four nights in comfortable hotels and one night aboard an award‑winning Seaways ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen.
The Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.