Day 1 - Newcastle
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Newcastle where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in readiness for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
As we cruise towards Norway, a day at sea provides the perfect opportunity for you to settle into onboard life.
Day 3 - Ålesund, Norway
In 1904 Ålesund was destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in the fashion of the time - art-nouveau - and the colourful architecture is now regarded as one of Europe’s marvels. Take a stroll along the pedestrianised streets to enjoy the art galleries, diverse shops and lively cafés, climb the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla for fantastic views, or relax aboard a train on the Rauma Railway, travelling through spectacular scenery.
Day 4 - Cruising Rørvik, Torghatten, Seven Sisters, Black Glacier
Enjoy a relaxing day on board as we sail past some stunning, fable-inspiring scenery, including Torghatten, a mountain with a hole through the middle, the seven majestic peaks of the Seven Sisters mountain range, and cross the Arctic Circle before reaching Svartisen, the black glacier. For the next few nights we will be able to witness the Midnight Sun phenomena, that occurs in this part of the world.
Day 5 - Tromsø
After lunch arrival in Tromsø, capital of northern Norway spread across two islands now linked to the mainland by a spectacular bridge. Founded essentially by traders, fur trappers and fishermen, it is now a busy commercial centre. A selection of optional excursions will be available here including the opportunity to explore Tromsø and its surrounds, a fascinating blend of old and new, with modest wooden houses surrounded by contemporary architecture and with a backdrop of impressive mountain peaks. You may choose to take a ride on a cable car to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the city or to visit the Tromsø museum, founded in 1872. We sail late tonight.
Day 6 - Honningsvåg (North Cape)
Honningsvåg (North Cape). town and one of the most northerly inhabited places in Europe, lying well within the Arctic Circle; perhaps join an optional excursion to the North Cape Plateau. You may be lucky enough to see reindeer grazing on the seemingly wild and desolate landscape as we drive to the Cape. On top of the majestic cliff formation that represents the final frontier to the Arctic Ocean, and at 307 metres above the sea, sits the North Cape Hall, where you can view a film depicting the region through the seasons, browse in the shops, or if the weather is fine, experience the panorama of the Arctic Ocean from the Globe, near the edge of the cliff. This is a place where the scenery, the Midnight Sun and the sense of standing at the very edge of the world never ceases to fascinate visitors. Cruise the North Cape and The Horn this evening.
Day 7 - At sea
Day 8 - Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen (overnight)
Spend time in Longyearbyen to explore this colourful collection of houses, where the reindeer amble freely along the roadsides, and take the opportunity to go summer dog sledding with beautiful huskies. The town is surrounded by beautiful scenery, including two glaciers - Longyearbreen and Lars Hjertabreen. We enjoy an overnight stay here with plenty of time to make your explorations. An optional visit to the small but substantial Svalbard Museum will give you an insight into everything from the discovery of Svalbard, the war on Svalbard and mining history to local flora, fauna and geology, the 17th century whaling history, expeditions and winter trapping techniques. Beluga Whales can sometimes be spotted along the shores in summer months. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 9 - Longyearbyen - Pyramiden
Longyearbyen - Pyramiden. Spend further time in Longyearbyen before sailing towards Pyramiden, a former Russian coal mining town, now abandoned, to enjoy the stunning natural surroundings. Polar bears are sometimes spotted among the rocky, mountainous landscapes. Ship to shore tender service.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Two days to relax at sea. Perhaps enjoy a game of cards, read in the library or take part in the extensive programme of onboard activities.
Day 12 - Kristiansund
The once war-torn Kristiansund has come back strong with attractive modern architecture spread over three islands. From Kristiansund you can enjoy a trip to nearby Grip Island to explore the abandoned fishing villages once owned by Norway’s most important societies, or take a drive along the incredible Atlantic Road - a breathtaking 8 km stretch of road that twists, rises and falls through beautiful rocky coastlines, over the sea and through vast hills and mountains.
Day 13 - Geiranger - Seven Sisters waterfall - cruising Geirangerfjord and Sunnylvsfjorden
The small, attractive town of Geiranger is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Waterfalls with legendary names, including the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, tumble down near vertical cliffs into the clear blue fjord. Appreciate the scenes from cliffside or water before taking in further sights of UNESCO protected Geirangerfjord and Sunnylvsfjorden from the ship’s bow.
Day 14 - At sea
During our last day, perhaps perfect your skills at deck quoits or shuffleboard, test your golf swing or enjoy a game of deck tennis.
Day 15 Newcastle
Early morning arrival back in Newcastle where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.