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Botanica

Scottish Gardens & Norwegian Fjords

Edinburgh to Tromso

Trip Code: BTNOR12
12 Days
8 Jun 2021
  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • 12 days with a Cruise Director, Botanical Guide and Art/Architecture Guide
  • 11 nights aboard MS Hebridean Sky, which holds a maximum of 100 guests
  • Airport transfers on first & last day, tipping & port taxes
  • 32 meals plus wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner on board the ship
  • Explore the coastline and landscapes of Scotland and Norway where larger ships can't go
  • Discover spectacular scenery, Viking history, spring wildflowers, architecture and art
  • Call in to the Shetland Island port of Lerwick and visit a private garden
  • Sail the fjords of Norway and marvel at the scenery during spring

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness level - involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour. A good degree of mobility is required
  • Small ship up to 100 guests maximum
  • This tour can be combined with: British Isles, Castles, Gardens, History & Birdlife Small Ships Cruise (BTBNC11)
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. Flights not included
Europe map BTNOR12 2020-2021
Edinburgh to Tromso

Join in Edinburgh at the tour hotel at 9am to travel north to visit 16th century Crathes Castle, famous for its splendid landscaped grounds and gardens or join the MS Hebridean Sky in Aberdeen from 4pm.

Stay: 11 Nights: MS Hebridean Sky

Daily :
  • Dinner

Spend the day in Scrabster, the most northerly port on the Scottish mainland. This morning we will visit the Castle and Gardens of Mey, built between 1566 and 1572 by the Earl of Caithness. The castle was purchased by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, in 1952, who restored the castle for use as a holiday home. This afternoon we drive along the coast to Dunnet Bay, home to many seabirds and unusual flora. We continue to Dunnet Head to see the lighthouse, built in 1831 and enjoy the views 
over to Orkney. Before our return to the ship 
we will visit the Medieval Canisbay Kirk.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the Shetland Islands' capital of Lerwick to enjoy a choice of excursions this morning. Enjoy a visit to the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof which was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5,000 years of human history. Alternatively, explore the historic port of Lerwick with a tour that wanders through its narrow stone lanes. We will also visit the excellent Shetland Museum, containing historical artefacts from the Neolithic period and memorabilia from the Viking through to the whaling eras. You may also choose to travel to a private garden nearby to learn about gardening in the Shetland Islands. Return to the ship for lunch and an afternoon at sea.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dock in Norway this morning in the port of Stavanger and visit an amazing feat in horticulture on the island garden of Flor and Fjaere. This remarkable five hectare garden has many exotic and colourful plantings which is most unusual for its northern location. Arrive into Haugesund this afternoon and visit 
the town of Skudeneshavn, with its traditional wooden houses.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend a full day in Norway’s premier art city, Bergen. This morning we visit the home of Norway’s famous musician, Ole Bull, on Lysoen Island for a private music recital. This afternoon you can choose a visit to the fine arts museum KODE 3 with our Art Guide or alternatively travel to Arna to tour through Norway’s only knitting factory, Oleana or enjoy free time exploring the city.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spend this morning taking in the spectacular fjord scenery as we cruise through Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord that extends more than 200 kilometres and is surrounded by three National Parks. Visit the old viking village of Gudvangen, where history comes alive in a traditional shoreside setting of grass-roofed houses, surrounded by lush valleys and mountain peaks.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning take a journey on one of the most dramatic train rides in Europe, The Flam Railway. View waterfalls and mountain peaks from the nostalgic wooden interior of your carriage.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The town of Ålesund has been voted one of Norway’s most beautiful towns and is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style. This afternoon you can join our guide for a walking tour with an artist’s impression of the town and its architecture. Arrive in Molde, the town of roses and visit Romsdal Open-Air Museum which contains a collection of more than 40 buildings dating from the 16th to 20th centuries and offers an opportunity to see 
the grass-roofed houses Norway is famous for.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today in Trondheim we visit Ringve Manor House Museum, Norway's national museum of musical instruments with a collection of about 1800 instruments. Many of the rooms in the Manor House are named for famous Norwegian composers and musicians. Surrounding the Museum is the Ringve Botanical Garden spanning 13 hectares including six main plant collections, as well as ornamental plantings.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning we dock in Bronnoysund. Travel to Torghatten, the famous mountain with a hole where we can either enjoy a climb or a gentle wildflower walk with our Botanical Guide. Enjoy afternoon tea at a traditional family-owned herb farm rich in Viking history and complete with grass-roofed buildings.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore the picturesque Lofoten Islands today including a stop in Reine, declared as Norway's most beautiful village. You'll also get an insight into the region's rich fishing industry, seeing fish laid out to dry on racks. At Borg's Viking Museum, see a collection of rare items discovered by archaeologists.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast this morning, you’ll disembark the MS Hebridean Sky and enjoy a short tour in Tromso plus visit the world’s northernmost Botanic Garden where you can see how plants have adapted to this Arctic environment for their survival. Your tour will then conclude at either Tromso Airport at around 11.30am or at the post-tour hotel at approximately 12 noon.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Would not hesitate to recommend Botanica and we are already looking into our next adventure.

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