Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Norwegian Jade (3T+) in readiness for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Bergen, Norway
Known as the gateway to the fjords, Bergen is strikingly set between towering mountains and the deep blue sea. Once Norway's capital, its Viking and Hanseatic past has created an impressive and traditionally beautiful city. Head to Bryggen to find colourful old buildings where painters, weavers and craftsmen produce fine items, or take the funicular from the town up to Mount Fløyen for magnificent views. You may also like to visit Troldhaugen, the home of composer Edvard Grieg, who named it for the trolls who are said to roam the area.
Day 4 - Ålesund
From striking fjords and mountains to a pretty skyline punctuated by spires and turrets, Ålesund is a true charmer. Discover a quaint harbour, canals and an abundance of Art Nouveau architecture that flourished across the islands after a devastating fire ravaged the city in 1904. Or take this opportunity to explore the renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, where impressive waterfalls with fabled names cascade down near vertical mountain sides.
Day 5 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands
Busy with fishing boats and ferries, the natural harbour of Lerwick is your gateway to the Shetland Islands. This 17th century port is the only town in Shetland and the northernmost town in the UK, although there is a certain Scandinavian influence. Visit Fort Charlotte, hardly changed since the 1780s when it was rebuilt to protect the Sound of Bressay and the Lodberries, the oldest houses in Lerwick which project out into the harbour. You may have the opportunity to learn more of the island’s Norse heritage or watch Shetland ponies grazing.
Day 6 - At sea
Day 7 - Reykjavik, Iceland (overnight)
Iceland is considered a photographer's dream destination, with stunning terrain spouting lava flows and hot springs, plus quaint villages and the world’s most northerly capital, where the Hallgrímskirkja (the Church Tower, which you may choose to climb) reaches higher than the city’s few, meagre skyscrapers. Learn about days of the Vikings as you explore Reykjavik; see the Sun Voyager, a gleaming steel representation of a Viking longship on the waterfront; and visit the National Museum which exhibits artefacts from the Settlement Era to the fight for independence up to the present day. As we remain in dock overnight, you may want to experience a little of the city nightlife.
Day 8 - Reykjavik
Enjoy further time in the coastal capital before we depart this afternoon. You may like to discover the Icelandic love for creativity, celebrated through multiple classic and contemporary exhibitions by revered writers and artists, then relax back on board as we trace Iceland’s coastline northwards.
Day 9 - Akureyri
Early this morning we make our way along Eyjafjördur, one of the most breathtaking fjords in Iceland, to beautiful Akureyri. Being no bigger than the average small town in the UK, you may be surprised that this is Iceland’s second largest city. Spend your day visiting the museums, exploring the botanical gardens or hiking along the extraordinary vistas which surround it. It is a great base for experiencing nature’s power, with lava-formed valleys and beautiful waterfalls just an excursion away.
Day 10 - At sea
Day 11 - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
This starkly beautiful island holds many ancient treasures including the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the incredibly well-preserved, 5,000-year old village of Skara Brae. The capital shows its Viking roots through the striking St Magnus Cathedral and the nearby ruins of the Earl's Palace and Bishop's Palace, and its independent shops support local farmers and craftsmen, offering speciality items including cashmere and whisky.
Day 12 - Invergordon (Inverness)
Experience the stunning Scottish Highlands from the port of Invergordon. From here you can soak up the rugged green and heather-strewn scenery of this famous region, discover the myths and legends of Loch Ness and delve into the past of the castles of Dunrobin, Urquhart and Cawdor. Alternatively, venture into the handsome city of Inverness, situated on the beautiful River Ness and dominated by Inverness Castle, currently used as a courtroom.
Day 13 - Newhaven (Edinburgh)
From the port of Newhaven we make our way to the centre of Scotland’s capital. Stroll along the medieval Royal Mile to the Palace of Holyroodhouse to see the abbey and Queen Mary’s chambers. Or at the other end of the famous cobbled thoroughfare, marvel at the impressive Edinburgh Castle, high on its volcanic crag with a fabulous view. Savour the old town’s marvellous Georgian and Victorian architecture as you negotiate the three dimensional web of streets, and pat the bronze statue of legendary Greyfriars Bobby as you pass. Visit St. Giles’ Cathedral where John Knox once preached or head to Princes Street, a popular place for finding souvenirs.
Day 14 - At sea
Day 15 Southampton
Early this morning we arrive in Southampton, disembarking after breakfast. You will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.