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Scenic Norway – Oslo to Stockholm and Helsinki – Tour EU712

Enjoy spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. Visit Viking Ships and beautiful harbors with gabled pack houses, ride funiculars up mountains, cruise the fjords, take train rides and visit Glaciers. All whilst enjoying excellent accommodations, great restaurants and Nordic culture, plus a Baltic Cruise.

11 nights / 12 Days

Visit: Oslo, Ulvik, Bergen, Flam, Balestrand, Fjords, Geiranger, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki

Guaranteed departures on Tue: Jun 11, 18, 25, Jul 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

Day 1: ARRIVE OSLO (D)
Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan’s Gate. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs. (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Day 2: 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 3: 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 Harbor 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 harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

Day 4: 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 by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy 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 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 Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 5: 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. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. 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 Kvikne’s Hotel

Day 6: 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 Sogn Fjord 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 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 7: 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. Lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo

Day 8: OSLO – STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)
Continue by coach towards the Swedish border, crossing into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a new first class hotel centrally located.

Day 9: STOCKHOLM (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and start of 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting 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 Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 10: STOCKHOLM – HELSINKI (B, D)
Enjoy a 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 11: 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 harbor. 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 12: STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)
After a tasty buffet breakfast, arrive back in Stockholm. Where you will be driven from the Silja Line terminal to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for flight home.

Note:
To allow time for disembarkation, transfer to airport (situated 60 km. from Stockholm), security controls and possible delays, we strongly advise clients not to book flights departing before 13.00 hours.

Includes:

  • 7 nights Oslo – Oslo
  • English speaking tour manager throughout
  • Accommodation in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities
  • Daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except in Bergen) and Scandinavian buffet breakfast, 4 lunches on days 2, 3, 6, 7
  • Visit to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo
  • 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
  • 2 hours cruise on the Sogn and Nærøy Fjords, and 1 hour on the Geiranger Fjord
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • All visits as described in itinerary
  • All ferry crossings
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats 
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days of the tour
  • 2 nights Stockholm accommodation including 3-course dinner on first night only, and daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast
  • Lunch in Karlstad on day 8
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm, incl. entrance to City Hall
  • 2 nights cruise from Stockholm – Helsinki – Stockholm, in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, incl. 2 dinners and 2 buffet breakfasts on board
  • 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki

Price per Person in Euro:

  • Double Room € 3, 498
  • Single Room € 4, 433