Legends of Scandinavia

Legends of Scandinavia

12 Days / 11 Nights

Price from$4,104

•Sweden •Norway •Denmark

The vibrant Scandinavian capitals are world famous for their trendsetting lifestyle and design influenced by the clean and powerful Nordic nature. Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen offer you world class restaurants serving the new Nordic cuisine, cozy cafes and endless shopping opportunities. Feel the wings of history as you walk through the medieval, cobble-stoned alleys of the Old Town in Stockholm, sail on the spectacular Norwegian fjords where the Vikings once sailed out to conquer the world or watch the change of the Royal Guards at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Join the Scandinavians in celebrating the long bright summer evenings dining alfresco on Djurgarden island in Stockholm, Aker Brygge in Oslo or on the quay at the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen. This tour ticks off the "must see" places of a Scandinavian holiday!

Legends of Scandinavia map

Day 1: Stockholm Make your own way to the hotel. Overnight at the centrally located Clarion Stockholm Hotel.

Day 2: Stockholm Breakfast buffet at the hotel then meet your tour guide who will stay with you for the rest of the tour. Your local Stockholm guide 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, the Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Clarion Stockholm Hotel.

Day 3: 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 harbor on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later. Overnight at Clarion Stockholm Hotel.

Day 4: Stockholm > Hamar Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today we start the journey by coach towards Norway passing open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. We 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 or similar.

Day 5: Hamar > 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 6: Geiranger > Briksdal Glacier > Balestrand 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 motorized 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 a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth. Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne's Hotel.

Day 7: 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 are scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains. Disembark in Flam and 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 our arrival and take us to Bergen. Overnight in the heart of the city at Zander K Hotel or similar.

Day 8 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 continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Voringsfoss waterfall which has a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau and reaching the resort town of Geilo. Dinner and overnight at Bardola Hoyfjellshotell.

Day 9: Geilo Area > Oslo Breakfast buffet at the hotel. This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. You have some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo. The guided tour 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 Thon Hotel Opera or similar.

Day 10: 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 onboard. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgasbord buffet. Overnight in sea-view cabins.

Day 11: 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 12: Copenhagen Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

• 10 nights' hotel accommodation with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 1 nights' accommodation in sea-side cabin onboard DFDS with Scandinavian breakfast buffet. • 5 dinners included - 1 in Hamar, 1 in Geiranger, 1 in Balestrand, 1 in Geilo and 1 onboard DFDS Seaways. • English-speaking tour guide through-out the program starting from day 2. • City tours of the capitals with English speaking local guides. • Transport by modern coach with reclining seats, seatbelt, toilet and free Wi-Fi onboard 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. • Motorized open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier. • Luggage handling at the pier for the overnight cruise.

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2018

4 star

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$4,104

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$5,247

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