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 Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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  • 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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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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  • 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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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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  • 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.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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  • 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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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 day
 
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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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