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 Bergen, Norway
Day 2: Bergen, Norway/Embark LE BOREAL
Day 3: Bergen
Day 4: Cruising the Norwegian Fjords/Flam Railway
Day 5: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland, for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
Day 6: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
Day 7: Portree, Isle of Skye/Kyle of Lochalsh
Day 8: Fort William and the Scottish Highlands/Oban
Day 9: Glasgow/Disembark ship/Return to the U.S. or Canada
Optional pre-cruise: Wonders of Norway
Optional post-cruise: Scotland's Cultural Capitals
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Christopher MacEvitt, Associate Professor of Religion, specializes in the history of medieval Christian communities, particularly around the Mediterranean. After studying Classics and Medieval Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut (B.A. 1995), he did his graduate work at Princeton University in the department of History (Ph.D. 2002). His courses explore both the ancient and medieval history of Christian communities, with particular interests in gender and identity. He published his first book on the idea and practice of tolerance in the twelfth-century crusader principalities in Syria and Palestine and has just completed a book on Franciscans who died as martyrs in Islamic lands. He teaches a course on the early medieval history of the British Isles and Scandinavia, focusing on conversion to Christianity and the preservation of the pagan past.