•Finland •Sweden •Norway •Denmark
Experience the very best of the Nordic countries! You'll see first-hand the latest design trends in the cities of Helsinki, Stockholm, Bergen, Oslo and Copenhagen. Each city is unique, having its own particular charm, culture and history. The night cruises from Helsinki, through the stunning archipelago, to Stockholm and between Oslo and Copenhagen offer you the most comfortable and enjoyable way to travel. Travel through the beautiful Norwegian fjord region by coach, boat and train and take the Troll Cars to the glacier. Glittering fjords, countless waterfalls, green hills and snowy mountains await!
Day 1: Helsinki Make your own way to your hotel. This evening meet your tour guide who will stay with you for the rest of the tour. Overnight at the centrally located Scandic Grand Marina Hotel or similar.
Day 2: Helsinki > Silja Line Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel followed by a morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. You will see the colourful harbour market, the neo-classical Senate Square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius monument, the Russian orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the famous Church in the Rock; Temppeliaukio. Some time at leisure. In the late afternoon transfer to the pier to board your ship for an overnight cruise to Stockholm. Enjoy a buffet dinner on board with drinks included. Overnight in sea-view cabins.
Day 3: Stockholm Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board as you sail through the breath-taking Stockholm archipelago. Morning city tour of Stockholm with a local guide who will take you on a guided tour of the Swedish capital. From Fjallgatan you will have the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected by bridges. We will visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in happy colours, Cathedral and the Royal Palace. You will have an afternoon at leisure. Overnight at centrally located Clarion Stockholm Hotel or Scandic Malmen Hotel.
Day 4: Stockholm Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Day at leisure in Stockholm or maybe join an optional tour to visit the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held and the fascinating Vasa Ship museum with the unique wooden warship who sank in Stockholm's harbour on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later. Overnight at Clarion Stockholm Hotel or Scandic Malmen.
Day 5: Stockholm > Hamar Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today start the journey by coach towards Norway passing open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. Stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Varmland beautifully located on the shores of Lake Varnern, the largest of Sweden's lakes. After crossing the border into Norway we continue to Hamar located by Norway's largest Lake Mjosa. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar Hotel.
Day 6: Hamar > Lom > Geiranger Breakfast buffet at the hotel. First stop today is Lillehammer, where the 1994 winter Olympics took place. We continue north through the green, fertile farmland of Gudbrands Valley. In Lom we stop to see the amazing wooden stave church dating back to the 12th century. Our route continues via Grotli to Geiranger. A photo-stop is made before descending the hairpin curves to the village by the fjord. The fjord and the surrounding mountains give a unique and fabulous backdrop to your stay. Dinner and overnight at the Union Hotel.
Day 7: Balestrand > Briksdal Glacier Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning cruise on the UNESCO listed Geiranger Fjord with the impressive waterfalls "the Bridal Veil" and "the Seven Sisters". Continue to Briksdal Glacier. The last part of the journey up to the glacier will be in the motorizedc open Troll Cars, allowing you to enjoy the full panoramic view. After the glacier experience sit back in the coach and enjoy the views of mountains and fjords passing by as we drive towards Balestrand. Our route will take us through the Gaular Mountain National Park. Late afternoon we reach the beautiful resort Balestrand located on the shores of the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne's Hotel.
Day 8: Balestrand > Bergen Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Ferry across to Hella and continue along the scenic coastal route to Manheller for a short ferry crossing to Fodnes. We then continue to Gudvangen, where we board a 2 hour mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Marvel at the landscape as we sail into the Naroy fjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains. Disembark in Flam and we continue with one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world, the Flam Railway. With breath-taking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal where you will connect to your train to Voss where the coach awaits your arrival to transfer to Bergen. Overnight at the Clarion Admiral Hotel located directly on the waterfront in the heart of the city.
Day 9: Bergen > Geilo Area Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The guided tour of Bergen will take us to the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buildings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic League. Time at leisure for shopping, having lunch and maybe taking the funicular to the top of Mount Floyen for a stunning view of Bergen. In the afternoon we continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Voringsfoss waterfall with has a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau and reaching the Storefjell Resort. Dinner and overnight at Storefjell Resort Hotel.
Day 10: Geilo Area > Oslo Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. Some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo, which takes you to the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures of the famous Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. Other highlights of the tour are the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress Akershus, the modern Opera house, the City Hall etc. Remainder of the day free to explore Oslo, the pedestrian street Karl Johan and the lovely shopping and restaurant wharf Aker Brygge. Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar.
Day 11: Oslo > DFDS Seaways Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning free to continue exploring Oslo, maybe visit some of the famous maritime museums such as the Viking Ships or the Polar ship Fram. Late afternoon transfer to the pier for embarkation of the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. Enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord from the deck or one of the cafes or bars on board. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgasbord buffet. Overnight in sea-view cabins.
Day 12: Copenhagen Breakfast buffet onboard as you sail into Copenhagen. Directly upon arrival in Copenhagen meet your local guide showing you some of the highlights of Copenhagen; the little Mermaid, the Gefion fountain, the royal residence Amalienborg Palace, Christianshavn and Nyhavn with its charming canals etc. Afternoon free to enjoy this fairy-tale city on your own. Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel or similar.
Day 13: Copenhagen Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
• 10 nights hotel accommodation with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 2 overnights in sea-side cabins on board Silja Line and DFDS Seaways with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 6 dinners included - 1 on board Silja Line, 1 in Hamar, 1 in Geiranger, 1 in Balestrand, 1 in Geilo and 1 on board DFDS Seaways. • English-speaking tour escort throughout the whole program. • City tours of the capitals with local English-speaking guides. • Transport by modern coach with reclining seats, seatbelts, toilet and free Wi-Fi on board the long distance coach. Scandinavian driver. • 2 Mini cruises on the Norwegian fjords of Geiranger Fjord and Naeroy Fjord - Sogne Fjord • Scenic rail road trip with Flam Railway. • Tour with motorized open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier. • Luggage handling at the piers for the overnight cruises.
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Aug 1, 15