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Baltic Dream of Capitals and Fjords Tours

16 days
15 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 5,745.00 (double occupancy)
$ 8,040.00 (single occupancy)
$ 4,595.00 (3rd person in extra bed)
$ 4,885.00 (Child 07-12 years)

Dates:

Jun 24, 2017 - Jul 09, 2017 
Jul 08, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017 
Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 
Jul 22, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017 
Jul 29, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 
Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 
Aug 12, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 
Aug 19, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017 

Hotels:

  • Copenhagen - Hotel Skt. Petri *****
  • Outside Cabin (Commodore Class) on DFDS Seaways
  • Lofthus - Ullensvang Hotel – Fjord View room *****
  • Bergen - Radisson Blu Royal Hotel ****
  • Loen - Hotel Alexandra – Fjord View room ****
  • Geiranger - Hotel Union - Fjord View room *****
  • Oslo - Hotel Continental *****
  • Stockholm - Grand Hôtel Stockholm *****
  • Outside cabin on board of the Tallink Silja Line ferry.
  • Tallin - Radisson Blu Sky Tallin Hotel *****
  • Helsinki - Hotel Kämp *****

Included:

• 13 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms, except at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union, where Fjord View rooms are confirmed;
• 1 night on board of DFDS Seaways Ferry (Commodore Class Cabins – except if Twin is required, then 2 berth Outside Cabin);
• 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Outside Cabin)
• 15 Breakfasts – Buffet style
• 6 dinners (as per program)
• Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 15 (English & Spanish or Portuguese);
• All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program;
• Guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Tallinn & Helsinki (For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective mono lingual local guide);
• Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport
• Regular Departure Transfer, to Helsinki Airport
• Porter service at ferry crossing and hotels (excluding day 1 and 16)

Itinerary:

Copenhagen - Oslo - Lofthus - Bergen - Loen - Geiranger

Day 1  : Arrival in Copenhagen

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by our representative English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the our representative welcome letter, which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
*IMPORTANT NOTE! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from our representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

Day 2  : Copenhagen

Breakfast at the hotel. 
This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour we will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Day 3  : Copenhagen – Oslo

After breakfast, morning is at leisure. 
In the afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo.
Buffet dinner will be served on board.
(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 birth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)
NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.
Overnight: Outside Cabin (Commodore Class) on DFDS Seaways

Day 4  : Oslo – Lofthus

Breakfast on board.
Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarkation we will board our private coach. We drive across Hønefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape which alternates with forests of pines, and lakes, we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. We will drive to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 5  : Lofthus – Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. 
We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. . The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world, and the longest in Norway.
After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. Evening is at leisure.

Day 6  : Bergen - Flåm – Loen

Breakfast at the hotel. 
Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flam railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flam. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Neroy fjords, which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation in coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Lærdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.

Day 7  : Loen – Briksdal Glacier – Geiranger

Breakfast at the hotel.
Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe’s largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.
• It is not possible to book this excursion in situ. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.
Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.
We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition.
Dinner at the hotel is included.

Options: Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe’s largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
Day 8  : Geiranger

Breakfast at the hotel. 
This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape. After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll’s path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop in-route (not included).
In the late afternoon we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Day 9  : Geiranger – Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. 
Early morning departure by coach to the capital Oslo. We travel via Lom, where you can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. We continue, via Otta, leaving the fjord area of Central Norway characterized by breath-taking mountains and lakes and being the major attraction in the country. Late in the afternoon we arrive in Oslo and check-in to the hotel.

Day 10  : Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. 
This morning, we will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. Vigeland’s Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Day 11  : Oslo - Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. 
Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, for check-in at your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Day 12  : Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. 
Meet with local guide and private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water”. The sightseeing includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget; where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city’s best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Day 13  : Stockholm - Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. A special dinner including a 3 course set menu will be served on board.
Overnight: Outside cabin on board of the Tallink Silja Line ferry.

Day 14  : Tallinn

A special breakfast is served on board before arrival to Tallinn. 
Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour, starting with a short tour in the coach through the city centre and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of old town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to Lower Town. We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square, with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of the Holy Ghost.
We continue our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it’s a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Day 15  : Tallinn - Helsinki

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. 
The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki. On arrival in Helsinki, meet & greet by your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral – all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840’s, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in.

Day 16  : Helsinki – Departure

Breakfast at the hotel.
A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Helsinki Airport*(Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Helsinki Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from our representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.