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Scandinavian Capitals & Norwegian Fjords Extended – Tour EU703

14 nights Stockholm – Helsinki – Copenhagen – Oslo

Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays:  Jun 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6
Copenhagen Denmark

Day 1: ARRIVE STOCKHOLM (D)
Arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport.  Transfer to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class hotel centrally located. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Day 2: STOCKHOLM (B)
After your first Scandinavian buffet breakfast, start of 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm. Famous sights on the tour include the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgården and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Rooms, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm. We can recommend a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum or one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 3: STOCKHOLM – HELSINKI (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a delightful overnight cruise from Stockholm. Sail slowly through the lovely archipelago past numerous small islands while enjoying your dinner on board. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.

Day 4: HELSINKI – STOCKHOLM (B, D)
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. Spend a whole day in this exciting city on the Baltic, retaining your cabin on the ship. Morning 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. During the afternoon you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. In the late afternoon departure of return cruise to Stockholm. Dinner and accommodation on board.

Day 5: STOCKHOLM – COPENHAGEN (B, L, D)
After a tasty buffet breakfast, arrive back in Stockholm. Route through Southern Sweden to Lake Vättern. Stop for lunch at local restaurant. Tour continues via Jönköping to the city of Malmö. Cross the new Öresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark, to arrive in wonderful Copenhagen during the early evening. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel, located close to the Amalienborg Palace, the old Nyhavn harbour and the pedestrian streets.

Day 6: COPENHAGEN (B)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and start of 3 hours guided panoramic tour of the city. You will see the Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Danish royal family, Gefion Fountain, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament buildings), the old harbour of Nyhavn, and of course the famous Little Mermaid. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city. Your tour escort will provide entrance tickets for the famous Tivoli Gardens.
Accommodation at Admiral Hotel

Day 7: COPENHAGEN – OSLO (B, D)
Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smörgåsbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin.

Day 8: OSLO (B, D)
A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.45 hrs, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital, incl. the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon free in Oslo. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan shopping boulevard.
Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate.

Day 9: OSLO – ULVIK (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Gol. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge and route to Ulvik. Dinner and accommodation in fjord view rooms at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 10: ULVIK – BERGEN (B, L)
After buffet breakfast, start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Route via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below.
Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

Day 11: BERGEN – FLÅM – BALESTRAND (B, D)
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 Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, 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 Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation in fjord view rooms at Kviknes Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 12: BALESTRAND – A DAY IN THE FJORDS (B, D)
Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or a hike to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites can also be arranged.
Dinner and accommodation at Kviknes Hotel.

Day 13: BALESTRAND – GEIRANGER (B, L, D)
After buffet breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the Nordfjord, 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. After lunch the tour continues around the Nordfjord 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 14: GEIRANGER – OSLO (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. From the top of one of the serpentine roads, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

Day 15: OSLO DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport to connect with individual flight departures.

Price Per Person In Euro:

  • €4498 in double room
  • €1280 single supplement

Includes:

* English speaking tour manager throughout.
* 11 nights accommodation in centrally located first class hotels, with private facilities.
* Daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast
* Baltic Cruise Stockholm – Helsinki – Stockholm, incl. 2 nights in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC and 2 buffet breakfasts. .
* Overnight cruise Copenhagen – Oslo, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC and buffet breakfast.
* 11 dinners at hotels, ferries or local restaurants
* 5 lunches
* 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm, 3 hours Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki
* Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo and Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm
* Entrance to Tivoli Gardens on day 6.
* 2 hours guided tour of Bergen, incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløien.
* Ride on the Bergen and Flåm Railways, Voss – Myrdal – Flåm.
* Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sogn and Nærøy Fjords, and 1 hours cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.
* Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier.
* All ferry crossings as per itinerary
* Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group.
* Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts.
* Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days of the tour to coincide with individual flight times. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement.