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, Five-Star, small ship M.S. LE BOREAL with 100% ocean-view Suite and Stateroom accommodations. Travel in the wake of early Viking explorers, cruising into ports accessible only by small ship amid spectacular landscapes in this seafaring region steeped in history and cultural richness. Specially arranged excursions include two of the world's most scenic rail journeys--The Jacobite steam train through the famed Scottish Highlands and the Flam Railway through Norway's stunning fjordlands. Also, 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.
Day 1: Depart US for Glasgow, Scotland
Day 2: Glasgow / Embark MS Le Boreal
Day 3: Scottish Highlands / Oban / Fort William / The Jacobite steam train / Mallaig / Kyle of Lochalsh
Day 4: Kyle of Lochalsh / Portree, Isle of Skye
Day 5: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
Day 6: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
Day 7: Bergen, Norway
Day 8: Cruising the Norwegian Fjords / Flam Railway
Day 9: Bergen / Disembark / Return to US
Optional two night pre-cruise: Scotland's Cultural Capitals
Optional five night post-cruise: Wonders of Norway
Born and raised on New York's Long Island, Bruce Nelson migrated to California in the 1960s and combined the study of American history at UC Berkeley with participation in the major social movements of that decade. In the seventies he continued his education on a truck assembly line and finally received his Ph.D. from Berkeley in 1982. His principal academic interest is the dynamic process of "making" class, race, and nation, not only in the United States, but in an "Atlantic World" setting. Until his retirement in 2009, he taught recent U.S. history, the working class in American society, and a senior seminar on the Civil Rights Movement. He also added a course on the making of modern Ireland to the History Department's offerings. His most recent book, "Irish Nationalists and the Making of the Irish Race," was published by Princeton University Press in 2012.
Professor Nelson looks forward to applying his historical knowledge and insights to Scotland, above all to the rise and fall of the Highlands as a site of the making of Scottish identity.