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Highlights
  • With a Road Scholar expert, stroll Amsterdam’s arched bridges and watery passageways to 100-year-old Albert Cuyp Market and sample stroopwafel, a signature Dutch syrup waffle.
  • From Reykjavik, a field trip into central Iceland unveils the jewel of Thingvellir national park, the world’s best and most fascinating example of continental drift.
  • In New York City, experience Ellis Island, where 40 percent of U.S. citizens can trace an ancestor’s arrival, explore the Met, see a Broadway show or walk architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s gem — Central Park.

Voyage from the five concentric canals of Amsterdam’s enchanting city center to the five boroughs of bustling New York City — but not via a direct route. In between the cosmopolitan start and finish, embrace thousands of years of settlement, dramatic landscapes and hearty people as you sail to villages in the North Atlantic’s Shetland and Faroe islands, feel the energy of Iceland’s Gullfoss waterfall, and rewind three centuries hearing French colonial musket fire at Nova Scotia’s Fortress of Louisbourg. Cap your adventure sailing past Lady Liberty in New York Harbor.

Travel Theme
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • Crystal Symphony

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Old Meets New: An Extraordinary Crossing, Amsterdam to New York City

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Does Not Recommend

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

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
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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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S

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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S

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.

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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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart North America for Amsterdam

In Flight

Day 2: Welcome and Orientation in Amsterdam

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

Afternoon: Program Orientation starts at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel, followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. (time is subject to change, your final orientation time will be confirmed upon check-in at the hotel)

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Introduction to Amsterdam / Embarkation

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: ROAD SCHOLAR EXCLUSIVE: Explore the rich history of this European capital. While our expert talks about the history, take in such sites as the Royal Palace and the National Monument at Dam Square. End the morning at Europe's biggest day market: The Albert Cuyp Market.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample the market specialties.

Afternoon: Transfer to the Crystal Symphony by coach. Embark the ship for 14 nights. Your afternoon is at leisure to unpack and explore the ship.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options. The Symphony will remain in port overnight.

Day 4: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: Amsterdam derives its name from a 13th-century protective dam. Itis a beautifully preserved city with quaint architectural styles, priceless art treasures and welcoming people. Many of its wondrous highlights are located within the five concentric canals that gird the city's older neighborhoods and business districts. Whether cruising its waterways or visiting its exquisite galleries and museums, you will discover a wealth of fascinating sightseeing opportunities. A short drive away, characteristic towns preserve their traditional Dutch ways with intricate national costumes, sturdy wooden shoes and purposeful windmills.

Lunch: 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 port exploration continues. Symphony is scheduled to leave the port at 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Group dinner will be served in the Crystal Dining Room.

Day 5: Edinburgh / Rosyth, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: Morning at sea as you sail towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation. The Crystal Symphony will arrive in Edinburgh at approximately 1:00 pm.

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

Afternoon: INDEPENDENT EXPLORATION: The ship arrives in Edinburgh in the early morning; after breakfast choose to explore Edinburgh on your own, or select from an array of Crystal excursion options. Dominated by a medieval castle on a towering crag, Edinburgh is the celebrated capital of Scotland and boasts more than a thousand years of vibrant historical heritage. The Exchange building, the famous Royal Mile featuring St. Giles Cathedral and John Knox House, as well as Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queens official, are only a few of the architectural masterpieces found in this delightful Scottish city.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Evening: The ship will remain in port overnight.

Day 6: Edinburgh / Rosyth, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 of Edinburgh continues.

Lunch: 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: The ship will depart Edinburgh at 1:00 pm. Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 7: Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: The ship arrives in Lerwick in the early morning; after breakfast choose to explore Edinburgh on your own, or select from an array of Crystal excursion options. Located at the northern tip of the British Isles, nearly 50 miles northeast of the Orkneys, the Shetland Islands are a mosaic of more than a 100 islands. Craggy cliffs sculpted by turbulent seas are in stark contrast to the tranquil, sandy bays and flower-strewn meadows found here.

Lunch: 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: This afternoon is your final chance to delve into Lerwick history, explore its monuments, and soak in the essence of Scotland.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 8: Torshavn, Faroe Islands, Denmark

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: With roots firmly grounded in Viking language and tradition, the 18 islands that form the Faroes are steeped in history, graced with windswept wilderness and occupied by people with a hearty passion for survival. With 17,000 citizens, Tórshavn, which means "The Harbor of the god Thor," is the smallest capital in the world and is said to be the oldest capital in Scandinavia. The colorful houses and tiny fishing boats decorate a harbor that is charming and inviting.

Lunch: 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 Torshavn. The ship is scheduled to leave the port at approximately 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 9: At Sea / Reykjavik, Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 morning is at sea as you sail towards Reykjavik. Join your study leader for an exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

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

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Evening: Crystal Symphony will arrive in Reykjavik at a 8:00 pm. Isolated in a northern landscape of icy tranquility, Iceland is a land of volcanoes, hot springs, mountains, glaciers and northern lights. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík reflects this natural diversity with ancient maritime history as well as a thriving modern energy and sophistication.

Day 10: Reykjavik, Iceland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Activity note: Today's exclusive Road Scholar field trip through Iceland is included in your program price. Please do not book a Crystal Shore Adventure on this day.

Breakfast: 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: EXCLUSIVE ROAD SCHOLAR FIELD TRIP: Journey from Reykjavik on this popular route which covers approximately 300km from Reykjavik to central Iceland and back. Stop at Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall), and the spouting spring area of Geysir, after whom all geysers are named. En route, you will make a stop at Friheimar Tomato Farm. Learn how they are able to grow tomatoes year round using geothermal energy.

Lunch: A light lunch of tomato soup, bread and a salad will be served at the farm.

Afternoon: Continue exploring the Golden Circle of Iceland as you make your way back to the ship.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 11: Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

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

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 12: Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

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

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the ship's amenities and activities.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 13: Crusing the North Atlantic Ocean

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

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

Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Day 14: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: Sydney, situated on Cape Breton Island's eastern shore, was settled in 1783 by New York and New Hampshire colonists loyal to the British crown and is Nova Scotia's third largest city. The opening of coal mines and a steel plant attracted a large number of Scottish and Eastern European settlers in the early 1800s. The settlers' ethnic legacy has left an indelible imprint and has created a vibrant urban and rural landscape ripe for exploration. Outside Sydney, natural wonders abound. At the Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Park, visitors will step back in time to 1740, when this fortress town was France's North American administrative, military and commercial center. Sydney is also the gateway to the spectacular beauty of the Cape Breton Highlands and the Bras d'Or Lakes, where sailing opportunities flourish. Baddeck, site of Alexander Graham Bell's summer home, is also within easy reach. Whatever your desire, the treasures of northern Nova Scotia will come alive as you delve into this delightful port city.

Lunch: 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 Sydney before returning to board the ship.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 15: Cruising the North Atlantic Ocean

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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 exclusive Road Scholar presentation.

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

Afternoon: Free afternoon to relax on board the ship. Take advantage of the many activities and amenities offered on board.

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and options.

Day 16: New York City, New York, USA

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Crystal Symphony

Breakfast: 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: Welcome to one of the world's most famous and exciting cities. Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building and Central Park are just some of the celebrated spectacles this bustling city has to offer. Giovanni da Verrazano was the first European to glimpse Manhattan Island in 1542, but the area was not explored until Henry Hudson arrived in 1609. It is said that Peter Minuit bought the entire island from Native Americans for $24 worth of beads and trinkets in 1629 - the biggest real estate bargain in history. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered to a British Fleet, and the town was renamed New York in honor of the Duke of York. George Washington was inaugurated here in 1789, and for a time, New York served as the country's capital. Since then, the city has grown spectacularly and has become one of the most exciting and electrifying cities in the country - not to mention one of the most rewarding to visit and explore.

Lunch: 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 independent exploration of New York City

Dinner: Group dinner in the Crystal Dining Room and review of tomorrow's itinerary and departure logistics.

Day 17: New York City / Disembarkation

In Flight

Morning: Disembark the ship and join the group transfer to JFK airport for departure flights.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,500

Price Per Day:

$ 324 per day
 
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Crystal Symphony

Meals Included:

14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 15 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Independent
Accomodations

Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station: 1 night  Amsterdam

Set in the heart of the historic city, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station places business and leisure guests within reach of Amsterdam’s famous shopping streets, congress centres and cultural heritage sites. Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station and arrive at Schiphol International Airport in just 20 minutes. Every spacious guest room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station hotel boasts floor to ceiling windows, framing views of the Amsterdam old city, courtyard or IJ River. Enjoy an Apple iMac computer and complimentary WiFi access. Refresh with a power shower. Executive rooms and suites offer complimentary breakfast, guaranteed city views, late afternoon drinks and bites in the Executive Lounge. The hotel’s SkyLounge with SkyTerrace is a stylish meeting place featuring baristas, cocktail experts and a live DJ daily. From the top floor, guests have a breath-taking 360° view of the city skyline and historic old town. Choose from a large selection of beers, wines, signature cocktails, snacks and small dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. All meeting rooms are concentrated on the same floor for your convenience. Expect personal assistance, complimentary WiFi, user-friendly equipment and natural daylight through floor to ceiling windows to enhance an energetic event. ‘Wow’ delegates by booking the SkyLounge for an event with a panoramic view. Dine in the City Café and enjoy delicious meals prepared by Master Chef Marcel de Leeuw. Get your daily coffee at the lobby-level Starbucks®!

 


Crystal Symphony: 14 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
Amsterdam
End City
New York
Additional Information:

Programs with Crystal Cruises are designed for the independent traveler. These programs offer a lower Activity Level and the ability to choose your own shore excursions based on your preferences and physical ability. Road Scholar will provide one exclusive shore excursion and private onboard lectures with our own Study Leader.

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