Our cruise/tour to Norway is a journey into breathtaking and rare landscapes of genesis: high mountains, thick forests, endless ice fields in the Arctic Circle, huge waterfalls and, most importantly, deep, beautiful blue fjords. Unlike tours that require exhausting travel in Scandinavia, we have chosen to focus on Norway – the most beautiful of all countries in Scandinavia – and to do it on one of Holland America’s luxury liners. We’ll enjoy all the major tourist attractions, plus a variety of deep blue fjords, towering mountains and breathtaking scenery. This is a full 9 day trip with a scent of “the wonders of creation.”
We’ll arrive to Amsterdam airport. After arrival we’ll head to the Port of Amsterdam and where we’ll complete the embarkation process and get our cabin keys. We will board the Holland America Lines “Nieuw Statendam” luxury vessel that will serve as our deluxe floating hotel for the duration of the cruise. We set sail at 17:00.READ MORE
Here are a few facts about Holland America’s NIEUW STATENDAM:
Restaurants and lounges surrounded by panoramic views
Bar complex in the atrium
Upgraded and decorated theater
Spacious and elegant rooms with a window (rooms with balconies at an additional charge)
TV with DVD
In addition to the ship offers a magnificent hall for performances, music and singers, casino, bars, luxury restaurants, a spa, gym, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and of course an active entertainment team every day.
A relaxing day at sea to enjoy lectures and all of the ship’s wonderful, pampering facilities.
Today we’ll anchor in Flam and enjoy one of the most fascinating tours in the area. We’ll drive towards the city of Stalheim. There, we’ll climb to the top of the mountain for a spectacular view of the green valley.READ MORE
At this point, the Germans set up cannons and built bunkers during the Second World War. In addition, the Germans set up a trial farm to improve the Aryan race by “hybriding” German men with local blond girls. We’ll continue to Flam where we’ll climb to the mountain town of Mirdal on the special train which is considered one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world and one of the most impressive engineering operations. The train travels in wild landscapes with special stops for photographs. Twenty tunnels with a total length of more than six kilometers were excavated during the construction of the route. During the journey we will cross several rivers, glaciers, snowy peaks, waterfalls and isolated farms. At the end of the visit we will return to the ship and sail along the Sognefjord.Close this
In the morning we will dock in Stavanger, the third largest city in Norway. We will tour the Old City and see the wooden houses which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. According to some this is the largest wooden city in Europe.READ MORE
Stavanger is a magnet for workers interested in integrating into the oil drilling industry in the North Sea. We will visit the unique oil museum that describes the discovery of oil in the North Sea and its development into the economic sector.Close this
Today we will dock in the port city of Kristiansand, which is the capital of Vest-Agder in Norway. The city is ranked fifth in the country.READ MORE
The center of the city is called Quadadorn, after the square grid of parallel streets that bisects the city center. We’ll tour the city and see its main sites: Christianholm Castle and the Fossbein district, as well as the traditional and picturesque wooden houses of the Old Town district.Close this
This morning our luxurious cruise liner docks at the port of Oslo. We’ll disembark from the ship for our tour of the Norwegian capital.READ MORE
We’ll see the castle of Akarshus, built in the 14th century as a fortress, designed to protect Oslo from attacks from the sea. After that we’ll visit the largest park in Wijland. The park has 212 bronze and granite sculptures that look like real people and arouse a desire to touch them. From there we’ll continue to the Kontiki Museum. The museum is dedicated to the raft used by the renowned Norwegian naval researcher Thor Heyerdahl is on display. Heyerdal traveled extensively across the oceans trying to prove that even thousands of years ago, people could reach various places in the world using primitive means of transportation. At the end of the visit we will return to the ship to prepare for Shabbat.Close this
Shabbat provides us a relaxing day at sea. Shabbat services, meal, shiurim and time to enjoy the ship’s wonderful luxuries.
Our cruise to Norway is over. We’ll leave the ship at the port of Amsterdam and make our way into the enchanting city of Amsterdam.READ MORE
We will visit the Anne Frank House and see the magnificent Portuguese Synagogue, Dam Square, alongside the Queen’s Palace and the pedestrian mall full of shops. Once our walking tours are over, we’ll travel to Amsterdam’s Schipol International Airport for our flight back home.Close this
8 day cruise on the Holland America Luxury Cruise Liner
Air conditioned coach for transfers and tours
Accommodation during the cruise in a state room with window
Kosher full board during the cruise
Professional experienced English-speaking guide
Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
Experienced tour guide from the staff of Shai Bar Ilan
Logistics and Kashrut supervisor during the cruise
Tips for local service providers
Health & Travel Insurance
Personal expenses and services
Evening excursions and entertainment that is not included in the tour program
Tips for cruise staff ($120 per person)
Tip for guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Upon registration: $500 per person
Up to 75 days prior to departure – completion of 30% of the tour price
Up to 45 days prior to departure – completion of 100% of the tour price
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy
Cancellation for any reason from registration until 90 working days prior to departure – $97 only
Cancellation for any reason from 89 to 30 working days prior to departure – $47 + $1500 per person
Cancellation for any reason from 29 to 11 working days prior to departure – $47 + $2500 per person
Cancellation for any reason from 10 working days and less prior to departure – 100% cancellation fee for the tour and all added expenses
If airline tickets have been issued before cancellation, the cost of same will be added to the cancellation penalty
Fridays, Saturdays, Festivals and Chol Hamoed in Israel, as well as Sundays and Holidays abroad, are not considered as working days
If airline tickets have been issued, and/or added services (eg: visas) have been purchased before cancellation the cost of same will be added to the cancellation penalty
Change of times, cancellation or delay of flights, sailings or other modes of transport are the sole responsibility of the airline, shipping company or Transport Company.
The itinerary may change due to change of flight times or other objective reasons.
The performance of the trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the website
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of return
Currency Exchange Rates
Due to the significant changes occurring daily in foreign exchange rates against the dollar, which cause the cost of services to rise in dollars, an accurate calculation will be made of the trip before the date of departure and the price of the trip will be updated accordingly.