Like her sister ship, the sturdy Azamara Journey is a mid-sized beauty with a deck plan well-suited to the needs of modern voyagers. You’ll never feel crowded in the comfortable social spaces of our bars, restaurants, lounges, Casino and Cabaret. Nor will you feel like a sardine jammed in around the pool, where our attentive staff is always ready to offer a complimentary bottled water, soft drink or fresh towel. Staterooms feature modern amenities, furnishings, and European linens. And one of the greatest features of this ship is the large number of staterooms with verandas. There’s nothing better than opening your door to the fresh sea air and views. Azamara’s friendly ships are an altogether wonderful place to call your home away from home!
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Edinburgh and return Copenhagen to Vancouver
- 15 night cruise aboard Azamara Journey
- One way transfer from airport to pier
- 1 night accommodation at Adina Apartment Hotel Copenhagen (or similar)
- Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
- Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
- Self-service laundry
- Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
- Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
July 23 to August 9, 2018
|Inside||Outside||Veranda||Taxes & Fees|
|Victoria, Kelowna from $400 more|
Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.
|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|July 24||Edinburgh, Scotland||-||-|
|July 25||Edinburgh, Scotland||-||7:00pm|
|July 26||At Sea||-||-|
|July 27||Bergen, Norway||8:00am||11:00pm|
|July 28||Flam, Norway||7:00am||1:00pm|
|July 28||Gudvangen, Norway||4:00pm||6:00pm|
|July 29||Geiranger, Norway||12:00pm||6:00pm|
|July 30||At Sea||-||-|
|July 31||Svolvaer (Lofoten), Norway||8:00am||5:00pm|
|July 31||Trollfjord, Norway||6:30pm||7:00pm|
|Aug 1||Tromso, Norway||12:00pm||9:00pm|
|Aug 2||Honningsvag, Norway||1:00pm||10:00pm|
|Aug 3||At Sea||-||-|
|Aug 4||At Sea||-||-|
|Aug 5||Olden, Norway||8:00am||5:00pm|
|Aug 6||Haugesund, Norway||9:00am||5:00pm|
|Aug 7||Skagen, Denmark||12:00pm||7:0pm|
|Aug 8||Copenhagen, Denmark||7:00am||-|
To discover Edinburgh begin at its historic heart, with a walk down The Royal Mile. Take it from the top, at Edinburgh Castle perched above the city, for a look at the view, the crown jewels, and the Stone of Destiny on which Scottish monarchs were crowned. At the far end of the mile is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence when in Scotland. Buildings steeped in history, with fascinating stories to tell, line the route between them. Outside the city are numerous impressive stately homes with beautiful grounds and gardens. And for those itching to get out on the links, there is no better place than this, the land where golf was born.
Your first glimpse of this quaint town will be of the old Hanseatic Wharf, lined with narrow peak-roofed buildings in various colors. Many old wooden houses survive here, making an exploration of the narrow lanes a worthwhile pursuit. A funicular will take you from the city center to the top of Mt. Floyen, for an expansive view of the city below, and the surrounding mountains and fjords. If you are feeling energetic you can walk back down, enjoying the clear air and delights of nature, all the way to the bustle of the fish market, with its large selection of the freshest of seafood.
You will find the beautiful small town of Flam nestled deep in a tributary of the world’s longest and deepest fjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind experience with nature. Its almost 65-year-old Flam Railway is widely known as one of the world’s most fantastic stretches of railroad.
The tiny hamlet of Gudvangen (population 100 people, 1,400 goats, and an undetermined number of trolls) lies at the head of the Nærøyfjord, which has carved its way deep into the mountainous terrain, leaving the precipitous rock walls and overhanging cliffs that are characteristic of the scenic majesty of the fjords. Here waterfalls line steep mountainsides and farms lie scattered about green valleys. Mining for white anorthositic rock has left a subterranean labyrinth of magical caves – imaginatively recycled for the benefit of visitors. Natural rock walls are creatively lit in varying hues that throw intriguing shadows to stimulate the imagination, all set to the music of Edvard Grieg.
It is hard to imagine more majestic scenery than this – truly nature at its glorious best. Sail up the fjord all the way to its head and the tiny village of Geiranger, dwarfed by the towering snow-capped peaks that surround it. There will be many magical moments along the way, perhaps the most spectacular being views of the Seven Sisters Waterfall, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of water into the fjord from an incredible height of 5,000 feet. Directly opposite is the Suitor Waterfall, so far having no luck in seducing any of the sisters.
Svolvaer (Lofoten), Norway
The scenery of the Lofoten archipelago is among the most dramatic in Norway, its spectacular glacial rock formations always visible, looming large behind beaches and green fields. Here, 200 km (124 miles) north of the Arctic Circle, the landscape is wild and life is simple, the coast ringed with fishing hamlets and picturesque cabins on stilts that have attracted artists for centuries. Birdlife is abundant, with large colonies of co-habiting species nesting on towering cliffs. Six miles offshore the continental shelf drops away to depths of 3,000 feet, and massive sperm whales can be spotted feeding in the deep, nutrient-rich waters.
Far north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is surrounded by a dramatic landscape of snow-capped peaks, scattered islands, and fjords, a scene best observed by taking the cable car up Storsteinen Mountain. In town the striking Arctic Cathedral mirrors the setting in glass and concrete, its triangular façade representative of an iceberg pointing to the sky. This part of the country is home to the Sami, Norway’s indigenous people, with their own language, culture, and traditional pursuits of fishing, hunting, and reindeer herding. Stop in at the Wilderness Center to say hello to Tove and Tore, their children, and more than 100 Alaskan huskies.
Honningsvag, population 4,000, is the last village before the North Cape. The Midnight Sun shines here unceasingly from mid-May to the end of July, during which time the hamlet’s numbers swell, as the Sami people and their reindeer herds settle on the outskirts of town. No one lives permanently at the North Cape itself, but many come to visit this majestic cliff, rising over 1,000 feet above the sea, providing a lookout over a limitless panorama stretching silently to the North Pole. Ingeniously concealed inside the cliff is North Cape Hall, where you can ponder the vastness in comfort.
The village of Olden sits peacefully at the edge of the colossal Jostedal Glacier. This is Europe’s largest ice floe, covering 188 square miles, and 2,000 feet at its thickest. But it’s not the only glacier in this park. If you are feeling energetic, consider a journey to the frozen cascade of the million-year-old Briksdal Glacier, hiking the last portion across a wooden bridge over a waterfall, through a bewitching mountain valley, right up to the glacier’s face. Alternatively, opt for a relaxing journey by boat on an emerald green lake framed by ancient mountains.
The lovely port town of Haugesund is known as the birthplace of Norway, crowned as such by Viking King Harald Fairhair in the 9th century. Today it’s one of Norway’s principal culture centers, hosting the Norwegian International Film Festival as well as a jazz festival every summer. The fascinating Viking past of Haugesund comes alive at the Norwegian History Center where re-creations take place on a 7th century Viking farm. And the descendants of renowned Viking ship builders recently completed an exact sailing replica of a dragon ship. If it’s in town, go aboard. Life on the farm was hard; on the sea, unimaginable – no wonder Vikings were so fierce. Ferries travel to the stunning island of Røvær, where you can walk around the beautiful coves where Vikings once lived. And to Utsira, where there’s a wilder coastal walk with over 300 birds for birders to spot. One last must-see is the Langfoss Waterfall, which CNN rates as one of the most majestic in the world. From a distance it looks like a bridal veil. It is stunning.
This seaside town is one of Denmark’s main fishing ports, a cute little get-away destination with lovely beaches. In the late 19th century the wild landscape and quality of light drew the attention of artists, who came to paint and take a break from the city. They became quite famous as the Skagen School, and some of their work is featured in the local art museum. Each July the town hosts a major folk festival, with performances by bands from around the world – folk, folk rock, jazz, ballads, blues, and perhaps some never before heard new variations on the theme.
Copenhagen is known as a city of spires: the skyline of its medieval core is punctuated only by the steeples of churches and towers of palaces, though a modern building boom has overtaken other parts of the city. Today’s Copenhagen is known for its excellent quality of life and environmental consciousness – with many parks, it is green both literally and in today’s sense of the word. It is also bicycle-friendly, with bike paths lining almost every major street. After a ride or wander through the old town, stop for a local repast of Smørrebrød, traditional open-face sandwiches, or a mouthwatering Danish pastry.
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