TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY
TRAVEL THE WORLD THE JEWISH WAY

North Cape Explorer

15 days


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Interested in viewing many different cultures? Love to cruise? Cruising Northern Europe may be perfect for you.

You’ll tour historic sights and see beautiful landscapes. And since you’re cruising, you’ll enjoy unlimited first-rate cuisine and you’ll have a range of activities available to you while you’re not exploring the sights.

The North Cape (Norway) is northern Scandinavia’s most popular travel destination – and for good reason. The North Cape is a monumental natural experience, along with breathtaking views, unusual climatic conditions, the dramatic cliff itself and the fact that one is standing at Europe’s northern end.


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Itinerary

Day 1, Sunday, July 9, 2017: Arrival Amsterdam
Arrival to Amsterdam. Upon arrival transfer to the port for embarkation on the” MS KONINGSDAM” (Holland-America) and settle-in for an unforgettable 14 night voyage.
Departure at 04:00 P.M.

Ship Facilities
Dining
* 4 restaurants – Rotterdam dining room, Lido buffet restaurant, Canaletto restaurant, Pinanacle grill * 11 bars/cafes including Mix champagne, Mix martinis, Mix spirits and ales, Ocean bar, Wine tasting room, Terrace grill, Lido bar
Health and Fitness
* 3 pools – Sea View pool, Lido pool, Oasis pool * 3 jacuzzis * Gym * Greenhouse Spa * Aerobics studio * Beauty salon * Thermal suite * Basketball court * Practice tennis court * Lower Promenade deck walk
Entertainment
* Van Gogh theater * Casino * Crow’s Nest lounge/nightclub * Explorations library/internet cafe * Explorer’s lounge * Culinary Arts center * Neptune lounge * Hudson card room * Club HAL kids club * Club HAL games room * The Loft teens club * The Oasis teens deck area
Other Facilities
* Shopping arcade * Art gallery * Launderette * Half Moon meeting room * Medical center

Day 2, Monday, July 10, 2017: At Sea
Today is a day of relaxation as our cruise sails towards Norway. Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 3, Tuesday, July 11, 2017: Stavanger
Stavanger—Norway’s third-largest city—is a charming blend of old and new. Towards the end of the 18th century, Stavanger became a leading commercial and industrial town. The herring fisheries and canneries flourished, as did the shipbuilding industry. Today the oil industry activities play a leading part inside and outside the town. Before you return to the ship, stroll through Old Stavanger and past the charming, picturesque, well-preserved wooden houses in narrow lanes that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The houses were originally built for seaman, craftsmen and businessmen. Conservation of Old Stavanger is today considered the city’s most important.

Day 4, Wednesday, July 12, 2017: Eidfjord, Vøringsfossen Waterfall
The village of Eidfjord has only around 1,000 inhabitants; however, due to its production of hydroelectric power, it is one of Norway’s wealthiest communities. The tour starts with a drive through the spectacular and steep Måbødalen Valley. The road takes you to the huge Hardanger Mountain Plateau—actually the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. It is also part of Norway’s largest National Park. We will stop at the Vøringsfossen Waterfall, which cascades almost 600 feet into the wild Måbø Valley below. Before returning to Eidfjord, you’ll drive to the Sysen Dam—the main reservoir for the Sima Power Station and one of Norway’s largest embankment dams. The dam’s watertight core is lined with filter zones of sand and gravel, weighted down and supported by large quantities of rock. The dam itself is more than a half-mile long, 265 feet tall and 813 feet wide at the base. Return to the village of Eidfjord, where our tour ends at the pier.

Day 5, Thursday, July 13, 2017: Alesund
The coastal city of Ålesund, with a population of 41,000, is the commercial capital of the More-Romsdal District. The city boasts one of Norway’s largest fishing harbors, with a rich and lively history behind it, including a devastating fire in 1904 which gave rise to a popular expression of surprise in Norway: “I haven’t heard anything like that since Ålesund burned down.” The fire left 10,000 people homeless and destroyed the whole city center. Ålesund was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style with building materials from all over Europe. It is now one of very few Art Nouveau towns in the world, and inhabitants and visitors alike value its atmosphere and distinctive character. Travel from the pier through the center of the town with its amazing decorations and colorful façades. You’ll return to Ålesund and end the tour with a drive up to Mount Aksla, high above the city center. There is a splendid view of the town, the skerries and right across to the Sunnmore Mountains.

Day 6, Friday, July 14, 2017: Trondheim, Cruising Trondheim Fjord
Today we will visit the Ringve Museum, Norway’s only specialized museum for musical instruments. It is situated on a hill overlooking the fjord, and is surrounded by botanical gardens with beautiful old trees and plants. The manor house, built in the 1860s, with its rare interiors, is a lovely setting for part of the collection. In another building you will find fine treasures from the European history of music, and 2,000 exotic instruments from all over the world. The guides at the museum are music students and will give demonstrations of some of the instruments on display. There will be time for shopping in the museum shop and a walk in the beautiful gardens before you return to the city. The motor coach will stop at a viewpoint so you can enjoy the panorama of Trondheim and take some photos. If time permits we will visit The Trondheim Synagogue that holds the distinction of being the second northernmost synagogue in the world. The present synagogue has served the Jewish community since its inauguration on October 13, 1925.
We will return to our ship and start our preparations for Shabbat.

Day 7, Shabbat, July 15, 2017: At Sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 8, Sunday, July 16, 2017: Honningsvåg, the North Cape
Invigorating and scenic, Honningsvåg, the world’s northernmost village, is our gateway to the North Cape. Watch for reindeer on our transfer to the North Cape today. As you set out from Honningsvåg, you’ll quickly see that a barren landscape is the hallmark of the windswept Arctic Circle where the vegetation appears sparse indeed. To the botanist, however, it is quite plentiful, with 200 species of plants growing here. The drive to the North Cape will be about 45 minutes. The North Cape itself is an enormous rock with a steep wall climbing more than 1,000 feet from the Arctic Ocean below. At a latitude of 71º, 10’ north, the North Cape is remarkably civilized, with a post office, chapel, bar and restaurant. And, at the North Cape Hall, you’ll find a shopping area and a 180º wide-screen cinema. A spectacular 14-minute audio-visual takes you on a journey of a landscape filled with contrasts, light and nature. The people’s story and history is told with beautiful pictures and music.

Day’s 9-10, Monday-Tuesday, July 17-18, 2017: At Sea
Take advantage of the ship’s many outstanding facilities, or simply relax on deck with a drink and watch unmatched scenery glide by.

Day 11, Wednesday, July 19, 2017: Geirangerfjord
Geiranger is one of Norway’s best-known resort areas. our coach will climb up the winding mountain road, offering an ever-changing kaleidoscope of mountain farms, waterfalls, lakes and streams. From Lake Djupvatn (Deep Lake) you will continue up the hairpin road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba, offering a spectacular view of Geirangerfjord (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) far below and the magnificent mountain peaks all around. From the summit, 5,000 feet above sea level, you will drive back down the same road, stopping at the Flydal viewpoint so you can take a photo of our ship down on the fjord. Back at sea level; continue to the north side of the fjord to drive up the Eagle Road as far as the famous viewpoint at the Eagle Bend. The Eagle Road’s eleven hairpin bends are carved into the mountainside and inspire a healthy respect for the road-building skills of the Norwegians. From the top, you can see the famous De Syv Søstre (the Seven Sisters) waterfalls before you return to Geiranger via the same route.

Day 12, Thursday, July 20, 2017: Bergen
Explore Norway’s most naturally beautiful city, home of Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg.
Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, is charmingly placed between mountains and fjords. The city was founded in 1070 and is the main capital of the fjord country. You will admire the venerable King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkranz Tower, and Bryggen – a row of Hanseatic timbered houses with characteristic pointed gables facing the harbor, and the bustling Fish and Flower Market, the City Park, and the Grieghall – the concert hall of Bergen.

Day 13, Friday, July 21, 2017: Flam, Stalheim, Cruising the Sogfjord
This tour covers the highlights of the Aurlandsfjord region. Leave the idyllic village of Flåm at the head of the Aurlandsfjord by train on one of the most spectacular railroad journeys in Norway. The line is only 12 miles long; however, the journey lasts around 50 minutes because it climbs from 15 feet above sea level to 2,844 feet at Myrdal Station. At the Kjosfoss Waterfall you can leave the train for a few minutes to take photographs. We will continue by coach, stopping at the Tvinde Waterfall cascading down the mountainside. Pass Oppheim Lake and reach the Stalheim Hotel, which perches on a cliff overlooking the Nærøy Valley far below. Brace yourself for the serpentine bends of the Stalheimskleivane—the steepest road in Norway—skirting the Sivle and the Stalheim Waterfalls. Reaching the valley floor, you will follow the Nærøy River to Gudvangen on Nærøyfjord. From here it is a relatively short drive back to Flåm where our ship awaits for us.
We will return to our ship and start our preparations for Shabbat.

Day 14, Shabbat, July 22, 2017: At sea
After Shabbat morning services and our Shabbat meal we will enjoy some interesting lectures.

Day 15, Sunday, July 23, 2017: Amsterdam – Home Gateway
Disembark in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a fascinating city which boasts art, architecture, canals, museums, bicycles and charming side streets. Start our day with an orientation drive of the historic city center. We will see Dam square with the Palace of the King and visit to Anna Frank House and The 17th century Portuguese Synagogue. Tranfer to the airport for your flight home

 

Dates & Prices
Tour Code Departure Return  
Tour Code Departure date Air + Land * Land only * Single Room**

* Price per person in USD Iin double or twin room.

** Supplement for single room.

* Price of tour is subject to change due to change in Air Fare.

Need to Know

All the cruises including mashgiach all the way.

Price Includes:

  • Air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Half Board throughout plus supplies to make sandwiches for lunch
  • Full board during the cruise
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Tips for local service providers
  • Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary

Price Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Taxes and surcharges
  • Personal expenses and services
  • Insurance
  • Tips during the cruise ($155 per person) to be paid on spot
  • Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)

Important to Know:

  • There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
  • The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.

Kashrut on Tours

Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.

The meals:
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.

We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.

On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.

Hotels:
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 90 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• 30-60 days prior to departure: $1,000 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund

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