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Grand Scandinavia

20 days
19 nights

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PER PERSON :
$ 8,330.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$10,415.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Sep 07, 2020 - Dec 31, 1969 

Hotels:

  • Copenhagen: Phoenix Hotel 4*
  • Oslo: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion 4*
  • Bergen: Bergen Børs Hotel 4*
  • Geiranger: Hotel Union Geiranger 4*
  • Balestrand: Kvikne’s Hotel 4*
  • Lofthus: Hotel Ullensvang 4*
  • Stockholm:  Hobo Hotel  4*

Included:

Hotels
4 nights in Copenhagen
2 nights in Oslo
3 nights in Bergen
2 nights in Geiranger
1 night in Balestrand
2 nights in Ullensvang
4 nights in Stockholm

Meals
Daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 11 dinners (per itinerary)
1 drink (wine/beer/soft drink) included for each dinner
Wonderful Norwegian tap water for all meals

Special visits
Local farm visit with Norwegian traditions and animals including coffee/cake
Local farm visit including tasting of homemade apple juice
Salmon farm visit including tasting of 3 samples of salmon
Entrance to the Norwegian Glacier Museum including 5 screen movie
Entrance to the Viking village

Transportation
Modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts
Toll fee Geiranger Skywalk view point and toll fee Hardanger Bridge x 2
All ferry crossings as per program

Magnificent cruises by ferries
Approx. 4½ hours cruise by express boat Bergen-Leikanger along the Norwegian coast and into the Sogn Fjord
1 hour cruise on the UNESCO-listed Geiranger fjord
2½ hours cruise on the Sogn Fjord and the UNESCO-listed Nærøy Fjord

 

Itinerary:

Day 1  : ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN

Private transfers upon arrival. At 19:00 meet our representative in the hotel lobby for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. During the dinner you will get genereal introduction to the following days program and also to your fellow travellers.

Accommodation at the unique Phoenix Hotel, located close to the Amalienborg Palace, the old Nyhavn harbour and the pedestrian streets (D)

Day 2  : COPENHAGEN

Walking tour of Old Copenhagen - food tour - New Copenhagen tour by coach

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with your local guide at 09:00 and start a full day tour of the Danish capital. The day starts with a 2 hours walking tour of Old Copenhagen which will take you by the Royal Palaces of Amaliaborg Palace, the Nyhavn Canal and Christianborg Palace as well as the old Medieval city centre.

Your lunch today will be a 2 hours amazing food tour where you will sample local classics and delicacies.

After lunch we proceed by coach to see New Copenhagen with modern architechure design, pass Tivoli and inner harbour. We will stop at Amager Bakke (Copenhill) to see the innovative and newest city leisure and outdoor activities such as artificial ski slope and hiking areas. We carry on to Ørestad which is the newest residential area in Copenhagen where we will see some of the areas iconic building design by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) such as the Mountain, the VM Houses, the 8 House. Return to the hotel late afternoon and enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Phoenix Hotel (B, L)

Day 3  : COPENHAGEN – ROSKILDE - LEJRE - COPENHAGEN

Tour to Denmark's medieval capital Roskilde - open air museum Land of legends - Øm Jættestue visit

Start you day with buffet breakfast at the hotel before meeting with local guide at 09:00. Leave by coach and start driving westward from Copenhagen, through farming countryside and small villages towards Roskilde, which until 1417 was the capital of Denmark. Here you visit the imposing Roskilde Cathedral with its splendid twin towers. The cathedral was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and has served as the burial place for the Danish monarchs for more than 5 centuries with Viking kings such as Harold Bluetooth being burried here.

Enjoy a Nordic lunch at local restaurantt in Roskilde.

In the afternoon we will visit the Land of Legends, an open air museum dedicated to Denmark’s pre-historic past where many Danes will spend their summers living like their ancestors in the Iron and Viking Age. On our way there, we will make a brief stop at the burial mound called Øm Jættestue for an inside visit – we will provide candles to light up the mound! Return to hotel late afternoon and enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Phoenix Hotel (B, L)

Day 4  : COPENHAGEN – RUNGSTED – HUMLEBÆK – HELSINGØR - COPENHAGEN

Karen Blixen Museum - Krogerup Organic Farm - medievsl town Elsinore - Kronborg Castle

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with local guide and coach at 09:00 and depart towards the magnificent Kronborg Castle passing the alluring coastline nicknamed the Danish Riviera with its stunning landscape and luxury villas.

Our first stop is the Karen Blixen Museum for a visit to the famous writer’s private home and her grave in the park.

Proceed to Krogerup Organic Farm to visit the organic farm shop and walk along the communal fields where locals volunteer in exchange for vegetable and fruit.

We then continue up the coast to Elsinore, one of Denmark’s best preserved Medieval cities where we’ll have a delicious lunch at local restaurant

After lunch, we will explore the old narrow streets of the city on foot and see the murals depicting its history before making our way to the splendid Kronborg Castle, listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.

We will return to Copenhagen late afternoon. Enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Phoenix Hotel (B, L)

Day 5  : COPENHAGEN - OSLO (overnight ferry)

Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer  from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy our first Scandinavian smörgåsbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. 

Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. (B, D)

You will not be accompanied by tour escort on the ferry. You will board and travel on your own and our driver will meet you in Oslo next morning.

Day 6  : OSLO

Arrive Oslo in the morning at transfer to your hotel. Day at  leisure to explore on your own.

At 19:00 meet with our representative in the hotel lobby and go for a welcome dinner with 3-course menu at a local restaurant. During the dinner you will be introduced to your Oslo program and fellow travellers.

Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate (D)

Day 7  : OSLO – CITY CENTRE – DRØBAK – OSCARSBORG FORTRESS – OSLO

Panoramic city tour of Oslo - Holmen Ski Jump and Vigeland Park - Drøbak fishing village - Oscarsborg Fortress on the Oslo Fjord

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with local guide and coach at 09:00 and start the day with a panoramic city tour including highlights such as the Holmen Ski Jump and Vigeland Park the world’s largest sculpture park made by Gustav Vigeland’s.

Then visit the alluring Drøbak fishing Village with its old wooden houses from the 17th and 18th centuries surrounding the small boat harbour and beautiful view of the blue waters of Oslo Fjord. This place also home to Santa Claus, where his spirit hangs over the water and the little town. You will have some time for lunch on own before taking the boat to the impressive Oscarsborg Fortress, located on the Oslo Fjord. Here you can explore the medival fortress, which was first built in 1643 to 1645, and used for defending Oslo from approaching enemies.

Take the boat back to Drøbak and continue by coach back to the hotel in Oslo city centre. Enjoy the evning on your own.

Accommodation at Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion (B)

Day 8  : OSLO - BERGEN by train

Breakfast at the hotel. Train to Bergen (B)

Today you are not accompanied by our tour guide. We will transfer you to the train station where you will board a train to Bergen and will be met by our driver upon arrival.

Welcome in Bergen! Your tour of Norway and the magnificent fjords begins today. Arrive in Bergen at own arrangement and check in to your hotel in the city centre.

At 19:00 meet with tour leader in the hotel lobby. Together, you will walk to Bryggen for a delicious 3 courses welcome dinner at local restaurant. During the dinner you will get introduction to the tours and your fellow travelers.

Accommodation at Bergen Børs Hotel, centrally located near Bryggen, the Fish market and shopping options. (B, D)

Day 9  : BERGEN

Walking tour of Bergen - coach tour to local farm Øvre Eide Farm

After buffet breakfast at your hotel, meet with your tour leader and start a short introduction tour of Bergen by foot including highlights such as the famous Fish and Flower Market, the old Bryggen Harbour with its gabled pack houses, the popular Hanseatic Quarter and the ancient Maria Church.

In the afternoon, excursion by coach to a small local farm Øvre Eide Farm with animals, located just outside of Bergen. Learn about Norwegian culture and farm life while enjoying locally produced juice and traditional Norwegian cake.

Enjoy the evening in Bergen. Accommodation at Bergen Børs Hotel (B)

Day 10  : BERGEN – SOGN FJORD – GEIRANGER

Express boat into the spectacular Sogn Fjord - lunch at countryside eatery - scenic tour to Fjærland - Geiranger Skywalk - buffet dinner at the hotel

After buffet breakfast, embark the express boat taking you up the Norwegian west coast and into the spectacular Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. From the sun deck of the comfortable lounge, you can enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. Disembark in Leikanger, and savor a light lunch at local eatery in the Norwegian country side.

After lunch, follows a scenic tour by road to Fjærland. Pass under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Proceed north, passing small villages and beautiful lakes, before ascending the Nibbevegen road up to Geiranger Skywalk, the highest fjord view by road in Europe. From the mountain top you will be overlooking the spectacular Geiranger Fjord with a clear drop of approx. 500 meter and magnificent views of Geiranger.

Early evening you arrive to your hotel, which is stunningly overlooking the Geiranger Fjord. Settle in before buffet dinner at the hotel. From the restaurant you have a lovely view of the fjord and mountains.

Accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel Geiranger, in mountain facing room (B, L, D)

Day 11  : GEIRANGER

Free morning in Geiranger - tour by coach up to Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road) & famous tourist road Trollstigen (Road of Trolls) - buffet dinner at the hotel

Start your day with buffet breakfast at the hotel and enjoy the free morning to explore the hotel and the area on your own. We warmly recommend a visit to the hotel’s pool and spa area and the vintage car collection.

Just outside the hotel you can start the Geiranger Waterfall walk - a stair walk from the hotel down to Geiranger centre containing 327 steps and plateaus, going close to the majestic surging Stofossen (waterwall). 

In the afternoon enjoy a half day tour by coach up to Ørnevegen (the Eagles Road) and the national tourist road Trollstigen (Road of Trolls). This scenic route goes through west Norwegian nature at its most powerfull, with a dizzying view of high and mighty mountainsides, deep fjords and fertile valleys. Along the route there are several viewpoints overlooking both fjords and valleys as well as a short ferry crossing Eidsdal-Linge and vise versa.

Return to the hotel in late afternoon and enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel in the evening.

Accommodation at the Union Hotel Geiranger (B, D)

Day 12  : GEIRANGER – FJÆRLAND – BALESTRAND

Geiranger fjord cruise - Norwegian Glacier Museum - boat from Fjærland Fjord to Balestrand - buffet dinner at the hotel

Breakfast at the hotel and check out. This morning board a ferry for a 1 hour cruise on the UNESCO listed Geiranger fjord - possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the trip between Geiranger and Hellesylt take in views of the Knivsflå waterfalls, known as the Seven Sisters and Friaren (the Suitor), and pass close by the Brudesløret (Bridal Veil) falls. Disembark in Hellesylt and head out towards the Nord Fjord. Short ferry crossing Lote-Anda and proceed south.

Relish a light lunch at local café with big panoramic windows viewing the Bøyabreen Glacier, a branch of the Jostedalbreen Glacier – the largest glacier on the European continent – and this being one of the most spectacular of the glacier branches.

After lunch, short drive to the exceptional Norwegian Glacier Museum and watch a thrilling 5-screen film, before taking the boat from Fjærland 1½ hours down the beautiful Fjærland Fjord, a branch of the Sogn Fjord, to Balestrand. Disembarkation is right in front of your hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains. Check in and enjoy a few hours at your leisure to soak in this historical hotel, which dates back to 1752. The hotel has been in the Kvikne family since 1877, and they restored and kept this pearl for generations, and today is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere, and adorn with an extensive collection of artworks and antiques.

In the evening enjoy buffet dinner in the hotel’s romantic restaurant with view to the Sogn Fjord.

Accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel, in mountain facing room (B, L, D)

Day 13  : BALESTRAND – NÆRØY FJORD - GUDVANGEN – LOFTHUS

Ferry from Dagsvik to Hella - scenic tour from Sogn Fjord to Sogndal -ferry crossing on the Sogn Fjord and Nærøy Fjord - visit to authentic Viking village - rich buffet dinner at "Spisesalen"

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 and further on to Kaupanger. From Kaupanger take a 2½ hours ferry crossing on the astonishing Sogn Fjord and the Nærøy Fjord. Nærøy Fjord is considered among the narrowest and wildest fjords of Norway and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, you will visit the authentic Viking Village. Here you will visit the setting for the town of Njardarheimr, bringing to life the real history and culture of the Viking age.

Proceed by coach via the town Voss towards the Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Cross the Hardanger Bridge, which is among the longest suspension bridges in the world. Drive along the Scenic route from Kinsarvik to your hotel in Lofthus, along the fabulous Sørfjord, a branch of the Hardanger Fjord.

Arrive to your hotel in the late afternoon. This unique family owned hotel dates back to 1846, and today the hotel has found the perfect balance between rich traditions and modern facilities.

Enjoy a rich buffet dinner at the hotel’s dining room “Spisesalen”, well known for their impressive range of dishes, which is mainly home made from local produce.

Accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang, in beautiful standard room facing the orchards (B, D)

Day 14  : LOFTHUS

Free day to relax at the hotel pools - optional helicopter tours - hiking to local fruit farm and further - buffet dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the day free at your leisure to explore the hotel and the surrounding area. You can adore the spectacular view from the hotel while swimming in the indoor or outdoor pool, or you can exercise in the hotel’s gym, play tennis, squash or try their golf simulator (facilities/equipments for hire at the hotel).

The hotel also offers impressive helicopter sightseeing tours (see optional tours), for unique and spectacular views of amazing fjords, majestic glaciers, roaring waterfalls and green valleys from above.

Follow your tour leader on a walk up the fruit trail behind the hotel and get to learn more about fruit farming and local history. You may extend the walk further to the Elvadalen for close views at the waterfalls at the very end of the valley.

For the hard core hikers, you can add an optional excursion and achieving advanced hiking trails, such as the Trolltunga, a demanding full day hike (10-12 hours + transfer to Skjeggedal).

In the evening enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation at Hotel Ullensvang (B, D)

Day 15  : LOFTHUS – HARDANGER FJORD – BERGEN

Scenic route of Norway - visit and lunch at the local Steinstø Fruit farm - visit salmon Fish farm and exhibition center with salmon tasting - Steinsdalsfossem waterfall - exclusive dinner at Cornelius - one of the best seafood restaurants in Norway

Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Lofthus. Cross the Hardanger Bridge again and proceed along the Scenic Route of Norway, going along the spectacular Hardanger Fjord all the way from Granvin to the Steindalsfossen. En route you stop in Steinstø for a visit to the local Steinstø Fruit farm, an idyllic family owned fruit farm in peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a tour of the farm followed by lunch including homemade apple juice.

Just a short transfer from the Fruit Farm is the Hardanger Aqua Centre. Here you will do a short visit to the Fish Farm and experience salmon farming, before a 15 minutes transfer to Øystese, for a visit to the new exhibition centre for a deeper introduction to fish farming, which is a huge industry in Norway. The visit will include tasting of different types of salmon.

The last stop before reaching Bergen in the afternoon is the Steinsdalsfossen, one of the most popular waterfalls in Norway. The Steinsdalsfossen has a fall of 50 m and is special because you can walk safe and dry behind it.

Return to Bergen late afternoon and settle in before your farewell dinner on a small island just outside the city of Bergen. Walk with your tour leader to Bryggen and board a boat for a beautiful trip in approx. ½ hour to the island Bjorøy. Here you find the Cornelius Restaurants, one of Norway’s best seafood restaurants. Enjoy the unique setting with view to the fjord, mountains, skerries and passing boats and ships, you will be served a heavenly 5 course farewell dinner before the boat is taking you back to the main land late evening.

Accommodation at Bergen Børs Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 16  : BERGEN - STOCKHOLM (by air)

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport (inlcuded) and flight to Bergen (without tour escort).

Transfer to the hotel in Stockholm. 

 At 19:00 meet with our representative in the hotel lobby and go for a welcome dinner with a 3-course menu at a local restaurant. During the dinner you will get introduction to the tours and your fellow traveller.

Accommodation at Hobo Hotel, a hip boutique hotel in the very city centre of Stockholm next to the Sergel Square and just a stone’s throw from Gamla Stan and Östermalm (D)

Day 17  : STOCKHOLM – CITY CENTRE – DROTTINGHOLM – STOCKHOLM

Panoramic city tour of Stockholm - VASA Museum - Drottingholms Palace

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with local guide at 09:00 and start a full day tour of the Swedish capital. Start the day with a panoramic city tour of Stockholm which will introduce you to the city and its main sights such as City Hall, Nobel´s house and the Djurgarden Island.

At Djurgarden we stop at the VASA Museum where you will see the well-preserved and impressive 17th century war ship meant to be the pride of the Swedish navy.

Lunch on your own.

After lunch we proceed to Drottningholm, situated on an island in a small inlet of Lake Mälaren. The magnificent 17th century Drottingholms Palace is today listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Although used by the Swedish royal family today, you can explore the magnificently decorated State Apartments with its banquet hall used at gala dinners, cabinet meetings and parliamentary evenings. Also drop by the Court Theatre, built in 1766, to hear the sound of wind and thunder which operated by wooden machines with themes from the 18th century repertoire.

A magnificent turn of the century ship will take you from Drottningholm back to the city centre in 1 hour. Enjoy the evening on your own.

Accommodation at Hobo Hotel (B)

Day 18  : STOCKHOLM – ROOF TOP TOUR – CRUISE – VÄRMDÖ MUSTERI – STOCKHOLM

Stockholm rooftop tour - cruising Stockholm Archipelago

After buffet breakfast at the hotel, meet with local guide at 09:30 and walk to starting point of an exciting rooftop tour, where you will be guided up to 43 meters above the ground to see the uninterrupted and fantastic view of Stockholm city and hear the local history from above.

You will enjoy a luscious lunch before cruising Stockholm Archipelago for the duration of 2.5 hours. The archipelago is the largest in Sweden and its landscape was formed during the post-glacial times. The archipelago connects Stockholm with the Baltic Sea and is today a very popular residential and holiday area, both authentic and typical of Sweden.

Accommodation at Hobo Hotel (B, L)

Day 19  : STOCKHOLM - FOOD TOUR – SPIRIT MUSEUM – STOCKHOLM

Värmdö musteri - visit to the Spirit Museum with tasting

Breakfast at the hotel and meet your local guide and coach at 09:00 and go to Värmdö musteri where you can make your own apple cider.

Drive back to Stockholm city centre with an hour visit to the Spirit Museum where you will explore the museum first before ending the visit with tasting different type of local spirits.

After ended tasting enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Accommodation at Hobo Hotel (B)

Day 20  : DEPART STOCKHOLM

Breakfast at the hotel (B). Transgfer to the airport

Notes:

Maximum group size is 28 people.