Experience outstanding nature on a no-fly Summertime in the Fjords cruise on board Saga Cruises’ Saga Pearl II, from £1,099pp*, cruise only. Departing 28 July 2017, the eight-day round trip sailing from Dover visits Stavanger, Sognefjord, Geiranger and Bergen.
The smaller of Saga’s two ships, Saga Pearl II offers an informal and enjoyable way to cruise, effortlessly taking you to a host of amazing destinations. As a ship reserved exclusively for adults, the atmosphere is always refined and relaxed. There are no kids’ areas or noisy games rooms, just plenty of entertainment and activities tailored for you. This often includes painting and photography classes, music recitals, talks, quizzes and films in the cinema.
Saga Cruises offers a fantastic array of guest speakers and lectures across various subjects including upcoming destinations – and little wonder, as the cruise line won Best for Enrichment in the Cruise Awards 2016.
Stavanger is situated along the Byfjord, an arm of the Stavangerfjord in southwestern Norway. A bishop ruled the city from the 12th through 17th centuries. At the end of the 18th century, Stavanger had developed a successful merchant shipping fleet and during the next century developed herring fishing and canning industries. Appealing echoes of that proud heritage live on amid the evocative cobbled streets of Gamle (Old) Stavanger, whose whitewashed 18th century houses are probably northern Europe’s best-preserved community of wooden houses.
And you won’t fail to be impressed with Bergen’s own wooden buildings. Its UNESCO-listed harbour Bryggen is a collection of timbered Hanseatic houses from the 14th to 16th century that are now restored. The Hanseatisk Museum recreates the living quarters of a merchant and his imported staff. Visit King Haakon’s Hall (built in the 13th Century), the Rosenkranz Tower, and the Mariakirken built in the 12 century. The Theta Museum honours the local Nazi resitance group from WW2.
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*Prices correct at time of publication.