Follow in the wake of the ancient Vikings and soak up the rich history of Scandinavia while seizing the rare opportunity to experience the extraordinary Sea Cloud II during the height of summer. Begin in Oslo for an introduction to the region's seafaring heritage at a series of excellent museums located on the Bygdøy Peninsula, then embark the Sea Cloud II for a four-night cruise through the picturesque Skagerrak and Kattegat straits that connect the Baltic and North Seas, concluding in Kiel, Germany for flights home from Hamburg. Learn about the remarkable history of Scandinavia seafaring with visits to unique museums including one that features three of the best-preserved Viking ships in existence along with exquisite artifacts that were buried with them. Tailor the itinerary to personal interests with a choice of included tours in each destination, following the seafaring theme closely, or combining it with visits to top art museums and historic sites.
A journey aboard the Sea Cloud II, which carries only 94 passengers, is an intimate and exciting experience. The sister ship of Marjorie Merriweather Post's legendary Sea Cloud, she combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world's finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail, as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas.
Please note: Princeton travelers will be joined on this program by those from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Smith College and Yale University.