Grand Tour of Scandinavia

Grand Tour of Scandinavia

Depart:
Escorted Tour-Land Only

15 Days/ 14 Nights

2019 Departures:

June 15, 22 and 29
July 6, 13, 20 and 27
Price per Person:
In a double room $5059
Single supplement $1479
Package Includes:
12 nights first class accommodation with private facilities
Round trip airport transfers on scheduled days
Breakfast daily
5 lunches-drinks not included
11 dinners-drinks not included
Overnight cruise-Copenhagen-Oslo in an outside cabin with private facilities
Overnight cabin Stockholm-Helsinki in an outside cabin with private facilities
Luggage handling at hotels (1 piece per person except on ships)
English speaking tour escort
Transportation by modern deluxe motor coach
Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
Hotel taxes and service charges
Itinerary
Day 1 Copenhagen
Upon arrival you will be met and taken to your centrally located hotel. Dinner and overnight Hotel Admiral.

Day 2 Copenhagen
The day starts with a city tour of the Danish Capital. Famous sights include the Royal Amailenborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), the Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn, and of course the Little Mermaid. Afternoon free to explore this fairytale city. Tickets to the charming Tivoli Gardens are included to visit on your own. Overnight Hotel Admiral.

Day 3 Copenhagen-Overnight Cruise to Oslo
Morning free in Copenhagen, possibility to visit the Carlsberg Glyptothek Art Museum or the pedestrian shopping street the Stroget. Afternoon transfer to the DFDS pier for your overnight cruise to Oslo. Ship sails at 5pm. Scandinavian Smorgasbord dinner and overnight on board. Outside 2 berth cabin with private facilities. We recommend that you take carry on bags to the cabin as luggage assistance is not available. Large cases will be stored on the ship.

Day 4 Oslo
Breakfast on board as you cruise along the enchanting Oslofjord. Arrive 9.30am where you will be met and taken on a city tour of the Norwegian capital including a visit to the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon is at leisure. We recommend visits to the world famous Kon Tiki Raft and the Polar exploration ship Fram. Dinner and overnight Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza.

Day 5 Oslo-Geilo-Ulvik
After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Afterwards departure from Oslo, driving via Honefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Voringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Brakanes, ideally located on the banks of the fjord. Fjord view room.

Day 6 Ulvik--Bergen
After breakfast, start a scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Travel via the towns of Oystese and Norheimsund, arriving to Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon enjoy a 2 hour tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Floien, for the best views of the city and the fjords below. Overnight at the First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

Day 7 Bergen-Flam-FlamRailway-Balestrand
After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flam Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2,838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flam offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flam, begin a 2 hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Naeroy Fjords, both branches of the Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Naeroy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Naeroy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne's Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Fjord view room.

Day 8 Balestrand
Breakfast. Full day at leisure in this beautiful fjord setting. We recommend visits to the aquarium, art gallery or shop for handicrafts. Dinner and overnight Hotel Kvikne. Fjord view room.

Day 9 Balestrand-Geiranger
After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogn Fjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjaerland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jolster. Descend to the Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant facing the glacier. After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour's cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord

Day 10 Geiranger-Lillehammer-Oslo
More magnificent scenery today, as your tour crosses first the Grotli Mountains to Lom, then following Lake Vaga, descends the remarkable Gudbrands valley, renowned for its old farmsteads and beautiful river, to the world famous town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch. After lunch continue alongside Lake Mjosa, to arrive back in Oslo during the early evening. Dinner and overnight Hotel Radisson Blu Plaza.

Day 11 Oslo-Karlstad-Stockholm
After breakfast continue by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Varmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vanern. After your included lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital. Dinner and overnight Hotel Clarion Sign.

Day 12 Stockholm
The day starts with a city tour. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral and the Royal Theater. You will also visit the charming Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit the City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with a possibility to visit the famous Wasa Museum or take one of the popular canal cruises. Overnight Hotel Clarion Sign.

Day 13 Stockholm-Overnight Cruise to Helsinki
Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer to the Silja Line pier for your 5pm overnight cruise to Helsinki. Enjoy your dinner on board as you cruise slowly down the glorious archipelago past numerous small islands. Overnight outside cabin. We recommend that you bring carry on bags to the cabin as luggage assistance is not available. Large cases will be stored on the ship.

Day 14 Helsinki
Breakfast on board. Arrive 9am. Upon arrival you will be taken on a tour of the Finnish capital. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park and Monument and the Church in the Rock. Afternoon free to shop of visit one of the city's many museums. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Haven.

Day 15 Helsinki-End of Tour
After breakfast you will be taken to the airport or you many extend your stay in Russia the Baltic States or Lapland.

Additional nights in Copenhagen and/or Helsinki available.



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