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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Copenhagen, Denmark

DEPARTS:
5:00 PM

DANE TO DISCOVER

Pick up a Danish pastry from Conditori La Glace, the city’s oldest confectioner’s shop. Then see where writer Hans Christian Andersen lived and worked in Nyhavn’s brightly hued quay district. Meander around Frederiksberg Gardens’ leafy pathways. Meet exotic animals at the National Aquarium. And if you go roaming the royal palaces, don’t miss Amalienborg’s changing of the Royal Guard.

Scenic Summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederik's Church in Copenhagen, Denmark

Pick up a Danish pastry from Conditori La Glace, the city’s oldest confectioner’s shop. Then see where writer Hans Christian Andersen lived and worked in Nyhavn’s brightly hued quay district. Meander around Frederiksberg Gardens’ leafy pathways. Meet exotic animals at the National Aquarium. And if you go roaming the royal palaces, don’t miss Amalienborg’s changing of the Royal Guard.

Scenic Summer sunset view of Nyhavn pier with color buildings, ships, yachts and other boats in the Old Town of Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederik's Church in Copenhagen, Denmark
Things To Do

in Copenhagen

A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.

Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbor, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.

The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.

Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named “Best Restaurant in the World” for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savor Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market— or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.

Fun, colorful toy soldier figurines on display at a souvenir shop in Copenhagen, Denmark

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

DAY 2 - AT SEA

CRUISING

CAN'T MISS FAVORITES

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THINGS TO DO

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Mini Golf

ON PAR FOR ADVENTURE

Hit the links on the high seas! Refine your mini-golf game on a green that overlooks a sea of blue. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

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Rock Climbing Wall

A BOLDER BOULDER

Rise to the occasion and take on the signature Rock Climbing Wall. From beginners to speed climbers, everyone can enjoy an unparalleled view from 40 feet above deck. Included in your fare, no reservation required.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Stavanger, Norway

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM
ADVENTURE THAT

TOWERS ABOVE

Start by exploring Old Stavanger, where traditional pastel cottages remain in remarkably good order. See Stavanger Cathedral, the oldest church in Norway. About 90 minutes away by car, you'll find the trail that will take you to the top of Prekestol, which offers views over all of the 40 kilometers that make up the unusually straight Lysefjord. Formed during the Ice Age, Lysefjord's mountains reach more than 3,000 feet above sea level and run as far as the eye can see.

Small boats on the coast of a fjord near Stavanger, Norway
City view of Stavanger, Norway
Side view of people standing on Cliff Preikestolen at the Lysefjord in Norway

Start by exploring Old Stavanger, where traditional pastel cottages remain in remarkably good order. See Stavanger Cathedral, the oldest church in Norway. About 90 minutes away by car, you'll find the trail that will take you to the top of Prekestol, which offers views over all of the 40 kilometers that make up the unusually straight Lysefjord. Formed during the Ice Age, Lysefjord's mountains reach more than 3,000 feet above sea level and run as far as the eye can see.

Small boats on the coast of a fjord near Stavanger, Norway
City view of Stavanger, Norway
Side view of people standing on Cliff Preikestolen at the Lysefjord in Norway
Things To Do

in Stavanger

The Domkirke church in Stavanger, Noway

On Top of the World

Prekestol — Norwegian for "Preacher's Pulpit" — is one of the area's biggest draws. The 600-meter climb may seem daunting, but it's actually quite approachable: The trails are well-marked, and the views on the way up slowly unveil the varied topography of the fjord below. By the time you reach the top, you might never want to leave.

Panoramic view of Lysefjord in Norway

Sights by Safari

The two-hour fjord safari takes you on a fascinating journey around Lysefjord, giving you an up-close-and-personal look at the incredibly varied landscape, including fantastic cliff formations. The tour takes about two hours and is conducted from fast, open RIBS boats.

The National Petroleum Museum in Stavanger, Norway

Oil Up

North Sea oil exploration has had a major impact on Stavanger. Visit the Norwegian Petroleum Museum for deeper insight into how it's has shaped the city. This is your chance to learn more about the technology and production of oil, gas and much more.

A plate of lutfisk in Norway

Local Cuisine

Stavanger has come into its own as a culinary destination. Try traditional classics like lutefisk, dried white fish rehydrated by a long cook in cream or beer. Sample locally harvested oysters, crabs, lobsters and other shellfish. Cruise to Stavanger and seek out modernist Nordic restaurants serving creative dishes like herring with sweet pickled carrots or summer trout risotto with ginger.

A souvenir viking boat

Shopping

While the shopping scene is somewhat heavy on national and international chains, Old Stavanger is a great place to find handicrafts, including hand-blown glass and other glass pieces. If you want to bring home something truly traditional, pick up a nisse (Santa Claus troll) or a classic Norwegian knit sweater.

INSIDER TIP

Ovre Holmegata is often called Stavanger's Notting Hill, due to the street's colorful buildings. It's filled with quirky shops and bars that are perfect for local people watching.

DAY 4 - DOCKED

Bergen, Norway

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

GATEWAY TO THE FJORDS

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains

Wooded mountains and narrow fjords surround the vibrant city of Bergen. Explore the charming harbor and the historic streets, lined with distinctively colorful wooden houses. Or take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Floyen, and savor views of snow-capped peaks in the distance and the harbor below. When your appetite calls, sample the traditional Bergen fish soup, or treat yourself to killingsbolle, a large cinnamon bun.

Colorful homes lining the coast on a winter day in Bergen, Norway
Aerial view of Bergen, Norway
Coastal city of Bergen, Norway surrounded by lush mountains
Things To Do

in Bergen

Traditional homes in Bergen, Norway

Walk Through History

Wander alongside the wharf and through the narrow alleyways of Bryggen, the oldest part of Bergen. See the colorful UNESCO-listed wooden buildings, preserved or rebuilt in their original Medieval style. Curious to find out more about the city's history? Visit the Hanseatic Museum or the Bryggens Museum.

A cable car going up a mountain over Bergen, Norway

Sights From the Summit

Head to the top of Mt. Floyen or Mt. Ulriken for dramatic views of the city, the fjords and the ocean. The cable car or funicular will take you there in just a few minutes. Want to stretch your legs? Mt. Floyen is an approachable one-hour hike up peaceful trails.

A park pavilion in Bergen, Norway

Get Cultured

Bergen International Festival, Bergenfest and Bergen Live are among the many yearly festivals held here. Get to know the locals while listening to a rock or jazz band in one of the city's trendy nightclubs. Or indulge in a concert by the world's oldest symphony orchestra in modernist Grieg Hall.

An assortment of seafood for sale at a fish market in Bergen, Norway

Local Cuisine

Treat yourself to a Skillingsbolle cinnamon bun for a breakfast. Don't miss the seafood-centric freshness of Bergen fish soup, traditional fish cakes and local king crab. At the dinner hour, head to the Bryggen district, where you'll find higher-end restaurants transforming local ingredients into refined, modern plates.

Traditional rosemaling plates in Bergen, Norway

Shopping

Bergen is known as the Norwegian shopping capital, so the chances are high you'll find what you're looking for. Check out one of the department stores — Bergen Storsenter is the largest — or trendy design stores stocked with cool gifts, souvenirs, homewares and fashion by local fashion designers, like Dale of Norway and Oleana.

INSIDER TIP

For rainy days, bring an umbrella or raincoat, or head indoors to one of the city's world-class museums.

DAY 5 - DOCKED

Alesund, Norway

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
8:00 PM

GO NOUVEAU

In Alesund, you'll find distinctive archiecture in the Jugendstil style, the Scandinavian answer to the ornate, asymmetrical style of Art Nouveau. Discover the region's mouthwatering seafood, and attend one of the lively cultural and arts festivals. Climb the 418 steps to the summit of Aksla Hill for clear views of the city, the surrounding mountains and the islands that dot the bay. Or hit the mountains for some skiing — there are rugged slopes as well as gentle hills.

Coastal view of Alesund, Norway
Boats docked in a river in Alesund, Norway with colorful buildings on the shore
Two boats docked outside of a red fishing hut in Norway

In Alesund, you'll find distinctive archiecture in the Jugendstil style, the Scandinavian answer to the ornate, asymmetrical style of Art Nouveau. Discover the region's mouthwatering seafood, and attend one of the lively cultural and arts festivals. Climb the 418 steps to the summit of Aksla Hill for clear views of the city, the surrounding mountains and the islands that dot the bay. Or hit the mountains for some skiing — there are rugged slopes as well as gentle hills.

Coastal view of Alesund, Norway
Boats docked in a river in Alesund, Norway with colorful buildings on the shore
Two boats docked outside of a red fishing hut in Norway
Things To Do

in Alesund

Several historic art nouveau buildings in Alesund, Norway

Art Nouveau Artifacts

Visit Jugendstil Senteret, a former pharmacy and the first listed Jugendstil monument in Alesund. Take an up-close look at this unique take on the Art Nouveau style, with its many floral patterns. Learn more about the rebuilding of the city after the great fire in 1904. Next door is Kube, Alesund's primary contemporary art space.

a person sitting in front of an aquarium display as fish swim by

Aquatic Adventure

Head to Atlanterhavsparken, a 4 million liter aquarium just three kilometers from the town center. The place is teeming North Atlantic undersea life. Kids can feed the fish at the touch pool, and there are also penguin and seal exhibits. Admire the coastal scenery from the walking trails that start here.

various trays with street food

Festival Frenzy

Alesund is well-known for the many concerts and festivals that take place here. Have a look at what's on when you're in town. Popular events include the Alesund Theatre Festival, the Norwegian Food Festival and art and music festivals such as Jugendfest and Trandal Country Festival.

A bowl of fish soup

Local Cuisine

Alesund has several excellent top-end dining options — and naturally, seafood is the highlight. Try the salt cod, pan-fried cod tongues, mussels, poached salmon or tasty fish soups. For breakfast or an afternoon treat, sit down at a patisserie, cafe or espresso bar and enjoy a cup of strong coffee alongside a Solskinnskringle, a classic vanilla custard-based pastry.

A blue traditional Norwegian bowl with fish decorations

Shopping

Head to Moloveien Street in the old harbor district near the fishing museum. You'll find several buildings from the period before the big fire in 1904. Among them are unique local shops specializing in everything from collectible Norwegian antiques to handcrafted glasswork and home goods.

INSIDER TIP

Norway is on its way to becoming a cashless society — you might actually find spots that accept only credit cards.

DAY 6 - AT SEA

CRUISING

FOR FOODIES

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Flat Italian bread with potatoes and herb, marinated artichokes, olives & pesto. Cruise fine dining at Giovanni's Table.

THINGS TO DO

Grilled Veal Chop entree at the specialty, Chops Grille restaurant. Cruise vacation fine dining steaks served table side.
Chops Grille

A CUT ABOVE THE REST

For more than a decade, the chefs of Chops Grille have proudly presented quality, hand-cut prime steaks at this hallmark Royal Caribbean restaurant.

Oven baked almond crusted scallops w/red bell pepper pesto served at Giovanni's Table. Cruise fine dining Italian Restaurant
Giovanni's Table

AL DENTE INDULGENCE

A casual Italian trattoria with indoor and al fresco seating, Giovanni's Table offers rustic dishes with a contemporary flair, including fresh pastas, braised meat dishes and stews.

DAY 7 - DOCKED

Kristiansand, Norway

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
4:00 PM
NORWAY'S

SOUTHERN BELL

Norway's fifth-largest city on the south coast faces Denmark and is surrounded by crystal blue water on three sides. Explore the colorful central market, and admire the original wooden houses in the historic quarter Posebyen. Go to the Ravnedalen Valley Nature Park west of town for a quiet walk on paths lined with trees and cliffs, or head to the Kristiansand Waterfall — you can wild salmon swimming in the waters here.

Odderoya Lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway
Baneheia lakeside view in Kristiansand, Norway
A white church in Kristiansand, Norway

Norway's fifth-largest city on the south coast faces Denmark and is surrounded by crystal blue water on three sides. Explore the colorful central market, and admire the original wooden houses in the historic quarter Posebyen. Go to the Ravnedalen Valley Nature Park west of town for a quiet walk on paths lined with trees and cliffs, or head to the Kristiansand Waterfall — you can wild salmon swimming in the waters here.

Odderoya Lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway
Baneheia lakeside view in Kristiansand, Norway
A white church in Kristiansand, Norway
Things To Do

in Kristiansand

Coastal buildings and a lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway

Idyllic Wooden Houses

Take a stroll through Posebyen, the old part of town, admiring the collection of wooden buildings, painted in white and pastel colors. A big city fire in 1892 destroyed most of Kristiansand but left this neighborhood intact.

The Odderoya Lighthouse in Kristiansand, Norway

Redefine Island Fun

Cross the bridge south of the center to the island of Odderoya. Walk the pleasant seaside walking paths, admire the endless views and sandy beaches, have a look inside the cool galleries, and relax in the laid-back cafes. In summer, the island hosts several festivals and large outdoor concerts with both national and international artists.

A vintage cannon overlooking the ocean in Kristiansand, Norway

Protect Against Pirates

Visit the photogenic Christiansholm Fortress, on the seaside promenade in the city center. Built between 1662 and 1672 by Fredrik III to keep watch over the strategic Skagerrak Straits, which were often assailed by pirates. The fortress features five-meter-thick walls — perfect for soldiers to hold up in a bunker.

Five scallops on a black plate with garnish

Local Cuisine

For breakfast, head to the charming coffee shops in Skippergada street to have some quality coffee and a "horn," a savory crescent roll often filled with cheese and ham. Follow the locals to the Fiskebrygga (fish market) and buy a some fish cakes and a basket of strawberries during your Kristiansand cruise. You can enjoy them sitting at the quayside. For dinner, try distinctive dishes like local scallops served with trout roe and radishes at one of the city's upscale, modern restaurants.

Assorted wool hats in Norway

Shopping

Shop for local products at the Posebyen Market, including traditional wool hats and sweaters, as well as antique homegoods and decorations. For trendy fashions and modern Scandinavian home designs, head to Kristiansand's main street, Markens. Here, you'll find the large shopping center Slotts Quartalet. For charming boutiques, head to Skippergata — there are small shops specializing in everything from upscale fashions to leather goods.

INSIDER TIP

Kristiansand is flat, so it's an ideal place to explore on foot or by bicycle.

DAY 8 - Arrival Day

Copenhagen, Denmark

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM

FAIRYTALE ADVENTURE

Embark on a boat cruise around the tiny canals and Dutch-style houses of Christianshavn. Enjoy interactive exhibitions with the little ones at the Experimentarium— or take them to see over 3,000 animals at the Copenhagen Zoo. Soak up the Baltic sun along the beaches of Amager Strandpark. Then spend the evening basking in the glow of Copenhagen’s luminous nightlife scene.

A lake with boats, with a roller coaster in the background in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marble Church (Frederik's Church) in Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark in a sunny day

Embark on a boat cruise around the tiny canals and Dutch-style houses of Christianshavn. Enjoy interactive exhibitions with the little ones at the Experimentarium— or take them to see over 3,000 animals at the Copenhagen Zoo. Soak up the Baltic sun along the beaches of Amager Strandpark. Then spend the evening basking in the glow of Copenhagen’s luminous nightlife scene.

A lake with boats, with a roller coaster in the background in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark
The Marble Church (Frederik's Church) in Copenhagen, Denmark
Aerial view of Copenhagen, Denmark in a sunny day
Things To Do

in Copenhagen

A Moorish Palace in Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark

PUT IT IN PARK

Pump up the adrenaline at Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. Go upside down on the 62 mph Vertigo, or feel the thrill of riding the famous wooden roller coaster that marked its 100th birthday in 2014. Arcade games, pantomime shows and live music only add to the park’s appeal.

Little Mermaid statue sitting on a rock on the harborfront in the northern Kastellet area in Copenhagen, Denmark

PLOT TWIST

Inspired by the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, The Little Mermaid sculpture remains one of the most visited landmarks in all of Copenhagen. Find her sitting on a rock in the harbor, in all her bronze and granite glory, looking forlorn in search of her prince on land.

The National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen

NATIONAL TREASURES

Housed in the old Prince’s Palace, the National Museum’s galleries span the Great Hall and former sleeping quarters of Danish royalty. Here you can admire furniture from the early 18th century, as well as impressive collections of classical and eastern antiquities, handicrafts, coins, medals and children’s toys.

Danish smørrebrød sandwich with salmon fish and egg on wooden board, in Copenhagen, Denmark

Local Cuisine

Copenhagen has the most Michelin-starred restaurants of any Scandinavian city. Noma is consistently named “Best Restaurant in the World” for its New Nordic cuisine. But if you’re hungry for a quick lunch, try a herring smørrebrød sandwich and a dozen Limfjord oysters. Savor Danish cheese, coffee and pastries at Torvehallerne market— or sip on an ice-cold pint of Carlsberg pilsner.

Fun, colorful toy soldier figurines on display at a souvenir shop in Copenhagen, Denmark

Shopping

Hit the famous shopping strip of Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian-friendly streets in Europe, for international brands and kitschy collectibles. Copenhagen is perhaps best-known for its Danish-designed glass and ceramic home goods. Many vendors sell secondhand porcelain and silver pieces in street markets, but be prepared to bargain.

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