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Highlights
  • An extended discovery of Saint Petersburg allows you to see the spectacular cathedrals, fortresses and palaces built under Peter the Great.
  • Discover fascinating cities including Karlskrona, Klaipeda, Mariehamm and Helsinki.
  • Explore Copenhagen, an elegant Scandinavian city of expansive parks and plazas.

Discover Scandinavia by water, undoubtedly the best way to experience a region known for its soaring fjords, Viking longships and fantastic legends and lore tied to the mighty sea. Sail to the capitals of Sweden, Finland and Denmark, plus Saint Petersburg, Russia’s gateway to the West.

Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Rivers & Seas
  • Baltic Sea
Ship Name
  • Crystal Symphony

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Road Scholar Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Value
4.5 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.5 Lodging
4.3 Transportation
4.4 Meals
4.3
Cathedrals & Capitals: Scandinavia by Sea

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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Operator Road Scholar

S

Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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Operator Road Scholar

LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

Operator Road Scholar

TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Welcome and Orientation in Copenhagen

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Copenhagen Strand Hotel

Afternoon: After arriving at the hotel, check in and get your room, then take some time to unpack, freshen up, and relax. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. This Road Scholar program allows you to design the experience that is most meaningful to you. We provide educational presentations exclusive to our group as well as one or more field trips just for the Road Scholar group. During the voyage, there will also be optional Crystal Cruises shore excursions available at additional cost. These optional shore excursions from Crystal Cruises are independent of the Road Scholar program. Some shore excursions will include lunch depending on duration. Independent shore excursion bookings will be available approximately 6 months prior to the voyage via Crystal’s Priority Check-in and Planning Center. The availability and schedule of their shore excursions is the responsibility of Crystal Cruises. Crystal recommends booking optional shore excursions and any other onboard services early rather than waiting until you are Aboard ship. You can search options and book directly via the Crystal Cruises website: http://legacy.crystalcruises.com/ShoreExFinder.aspx?intcmp=10000-HFLMO16&pos=TR1&pgid=HOME-*

Dinner: Enjoy a Group Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant situated close to your hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 3: Copenhagen / Embark Crystal Symphony

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Join a local expert for a brief exploration of Denmarks' enchanting capital city by coach, including a stop to see the the famous Little Mermaid statue. Then travel to Humlebaek to discover the Louisana Museum of Modern Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes more than 3000 works and is one of the largest in Scandinavia. Pause in Helsingør (Elsinore) for a view of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Group transfer to the port and embarkation on Crystal Symphony in the afternoon.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure. Your ship remains in port tonight.

Day 4: Copenhagen, Denmark

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Denmark, the world's oldest kingdom, awaits your discovery on this visit to its lively capital, Copenhagen. Immerse yourself in the vitality of this delightful city as you explore its expansive parks and plazas, as well as its treasure trove of historic galleries and buildings. Discover its exquisite combination of Scandinavian elegance and European joie de vivre. Visitors traveling outside the city enter an altogether different world; one where stately castles are found nestled in the gentle, emerald-green Danish countryside.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Independent exploration of Copenhagen continues. Your ship departs at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 5: Gdansk / Gdynia, Poland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Arrive in Gdansk at 9:00 a.m. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: Gdansk, Poland's marine capital, is a remarkable city which combines a rich history with striking natural beauty. Its proud residents are known for their kind-heartedness and hospitality, as you will experience firsthand during your explorations of this region. Whether it's a visit to the bustling Long Street Market, or the breathtaking St. Mary's church, traces of Gdansk are sure to remain in your heart long after you leave.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Independent exploration continues. The ship departs at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 6: Stockholm, Sweden

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: This morning is at sea. Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: Your ship arrives in Stockholm at 4:00 p.m. and remains in port overnight.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 7: Stockholm, Sweden

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today’s field trip is exclusively for Road Scholar participants. Please do not book an Independent Exploration through Crystal on this day.

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Road Scholar Exclusive Field Trip: Sweden's capital, Stockholm, which sprawls over 14 islands, is often called the "Beauty on Water." Resting amid wooded hills, it is a city surrounded by water, firmly linked by over 50 bridges. Originally founded as a fortress in the 12th century, the earliest mention of Stockholm as a city was in the year 1252. By 1850, the city had less than 100,000 inhabitants. Today it is one of Europe's most prosperous cities with a population of over a million.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Stockholm on your own. The ship departs at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 8: Helsinki, Finland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: The ship arrives in Helsinki at 9:00 a.m. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: A heritage spanning over 450 years awaits you as you step ashore in Helsinki, "City of the Sea." Spurred on by the inspiration of Carl Ludvig Engel, a native of Berlin who had worked earlier in Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Helsinki has produced some of the world's finest architects. Today, the legacy of their splendid work is seen everywhere. Nonetheless, nature has not been subdued, as leafy parks and picturesque bays continue to exert their timeless influence. A political and economic hub, this city is also a cultural center boasting 20 theatres, the National Opera, numerous museums and art galleries.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue to explore Helsinki. The ship departs at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 9: St. Petersburg, Russia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Activity note: A Russian Visa will be provided at no additional cost if you will be joining any of the ship based shore excursions. However, please note this visa will only cover you during the guided tours. If you intend to spend any additional time ashore independently, you MUST secure a Russian visa in advance and all visitors to the port must have a chaperone/sponsor of Russia for them to leave the ship. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for more information.

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: The ship arrives in St. Petersburg at 7:00 a.m. and stays in port for two nights. Independent Exploration: Formerly known as Leningrad, St. Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city. It lies on a series of islands on the broad reaches of the mighty Neva River. The network of decorated bridges arching above the numerous waterways and canals are a visual delight. Over 300 years ago, this area was merely marsh and forest land. Peter the Great's vision was to build a window to the west, a city that would be a reflection of the great capitals of Europe. With the energy and drive so characteristic of this great man, he began the task. Magnificent Russian Versailles and Fontainbleau, with names like Pavlovsk and Peterhof, now encircle St. Petersburg; hence this comparatively young city has become ageless.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Enjoy more time to explore St. Petersburg.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 10: St. Petersburg, Russia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Independent Exploration: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Continue exploration of St. Petersburg.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 11: St. Petersburg, Russia

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Independent Exploration

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill.

Afternoon: The ship departs St. Petersburg at 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Day 13: Cruising the Baltic Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Oslo, Norway

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Your ship arrives in Oslo at 8:00 a.m. and remains in port overnight. INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: At the head of the Oslofjord, which boasts many densely wooded islands, lies the impressive Norwegian capital of Oslo. This inspiring city is the site of many of Norway's finest historic and cultural achievements. Towering above our dock near the city center is the imposing Akershus Fortress and Castle. Graceful Viking ships, the Munch Art Museum and Gustav Vigeland's awesome sculpture collection are among the rich treasury of attractions this city has to offer.

Lunch: At leisure on board the ship in the Crystal Dining Room, the Lido Café, or the Trident Grill, or you may choose to eat independently ashore. Some Crystal shore excursions will include lunch (depending on the length).

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Join your study leader for a group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 15: Oslo, Norway / Disembark

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Breakfast: At leisure on board in the Crystal Dining Room (open seating) or the more casual Lido Café. Room Service is also available 24 hours a day.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for return flights to North America.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 7,999

Price Per Day:

$ 533 per person
 
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Details
Ship Name

Crystal Symphony

Trip Includes
  • 13 nights of accommodations
  • 5 expert-led lectures
  • 2 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches and 13 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Independent
Accomodations

Copenhagen Strand Hotel: 1 night  Copenhagen

This unassuming hotel is well located just a 1-minute walk from the Havnepromenade along the shore of the Øresund sound, 2 km from the National Museum of Denmark and 3 km from the Tivoli Gardens amusement park. Just in front of the hotel's entrance is a beautiful canal that runs into the North Sea.

 

Crystal Symphony: 12 nights  Los Angeles

With her sleek silhouette and shimmering elegance, the legendary Crystal Symphony finds a natural home in the world's most glamorous harbors and idyllic ports of call. Generous per-passenger space ratios have become a Crystal trademark, along with forward-facing observation decks, a Palm Court lounge, and a wide teak promenade encircling the ship. A makeover in 2006 refreshed the Bistro Café and shops, reconstructed the casino and Starlite Lounge, and added a new nightclub called Luxe. An even more extensive refurbishment in 2009 transformed the Crystal Penthouses, Lido Café, and Prego Italian restaurant. Accented by a lovely waterfall, the focal point of the central two-deck atrium is a sculpture of two ballet dancers created especially for the space. Crystal Cove, the lobby lounge, is the spot to meet for cocktails as you make your way to the nearby dining room. Throughout the ship, public rooms shine with low-key contemporary style and flow easily from one to the next.

Start City
Copenhagen
End City
Oslo
Guides

Laurieanne Wysocki

Laurieanne Wysocki received a Certificat Pratique de Langue Francais in Angers, France and graduated with a B.A. in French from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. As a veteran traveler in over 60 countries on six continents, she began working as a group leader for Road Scholar in 2000, traveling with groups predominantly in Europe with an emphasis on Adventure Afloat programs. When not facilitating Road Scholar programs and otherwise journeying abroad, Laurieanne pursues vocations in writing and art while living on a lake in western Massachusetts where she also enjoys swimming, hiking, and gardening. Her adventure travel stories have been published by GoNomad; her paintings currently hang in local galleries and restaurants, as well as in private collections in London, St. Petersburg, Boston, New York, and San Francisco.

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