Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
Starting your tour at the quay, pass the King Haakon's Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, & Bryggen - a row of Hanseatic timbered houses. Further along, pass the bustling Fish & Flower Market, the City Park, & the Grieghall; the concert hall of Bergen. After a 30 minutes drive, you will arrive at Troldhaugen, home to composer Edvard Grieg, beautifully situated on Nordaas Lake. One of Norway's best-known pianists will give you a glimpse of Edvard Grieg's life with musical examples. After the recital visit the villa & garden. The excursion continues back to the city center & the peninsula of Nordnes with its typical 19th century white painted wooden houses.
See the key sights and landmarks of Bergen on this half-day tour. Begin with a short tour of the city center before traveling to the green and hilly outskirts surrounded by mountains. Visit the elegant 19th century lakefront villa and museum of the composer Edvard Grieg and the new Fantoft Stave Church. Drive past the Rosenkrantz Tower and 12th century St. Mary's Church en route to the Hanseatic Assembly Rooms. Stroll the area that allows you to imagine life in medieval times.
This tour will take in all the main sights, beginning with the wooden warehouses at Bryggen which date back to the Middle Ages. Watch for Haakons Hall (1247)-the largest and most imposing building of royal residency when Bergen was the political hub of Norway. Pass by the Rosenkrantz Tower and St. Mary's Church--the oldest building in Bergen, dating back to the first half of the 12th century. Before returning to the pier, you will stop at the market in the center of the city. Those passengers who wish to do so may leave the motor coach and make their own way back to the ship.
Your guide will walk you from the pier past the fortress of Bergenhus with the King Haakon's Hall and along "Bryggen" with all the old wooden buildings. You will reach Schotstuene, the assembly rooms, where the merchants once gathered for warm meals, held court meetings, and taught their apprentices. You will visit the Hanseatic Museum, one of the best preserved wooden buildings in Bergen and furnished in the 17th century style, the interior gives an intimate picture of merchant life in Hanse's day. After the visit, you may explore the city further on your own.
Please contact the Shore Excursion Department at firstname.lastname@example.org to review full details on this tour. Tour must be booked in advance of the cruise in order to secure equipment and departure time.
Your guide walks with you from the pier pasting the fortress of Bergenhus with the King Haakon's Hall and along "Bryggen" with all the old wooden merchants buildings that once belonged to the German merchants of the Hanseatic League. Continuing along the wharf, you will proceed to the lower station of the Mt. Floibanen Funicular where you will board the funicular. At the top of Mount Floien, you will walk along some of the many gravel paths above the city of Bergen. A leisurely downhill walk will return you to the upper funicular station for your return to the city center and the ship.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.