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Scandinavian Exploration Tour

18 days
17 nights

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$ 4,600.00 (double occupancy)

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ALL YEAR ROUND

Included:

  • 15 x nights’ accommodation in standard rooms in centrally located 4* properties
  • 2 x nights’ accommodation in outside 2-berth cabins on board overnight ferries from Helsinki to Stockholm and from Copenhagen to Oslo
  • Breakfast buffet served daily at the hotels/overnight ferries
  • 2 x half board dinner (buffet/3-course) at Fretheim Hotel (beverages are not included)
  • Private transfers with English-speaking driver as per program
  • Private sightseeing with private vehicle and English speaking-guide as per program
  • Entrances when stated
  • Norway in a Nutshell Oslo-Bergen (non-escorted) including train Oslo-Myrdal, train Myrdal-Flåm, premium boat Flåm-Gudvangen, bus Gudvangen-Voss, train Voss-Bergen
  • Luggage handling from hotel in Oslo to hotel in Bergen (one piece of luggage per person)
  • Private walking tour with local guide in Gothenburg and Bergen
  • Return tickets to Fløyen funicular in Bergen
  • Rail tickets in second class Stockholm-Gothenburg & Gothenburg-Copenhagen

 

Itinerary:

Day 1  : HELSINKI

Arrival in Helsinki airport and private transfer with English-speaking driver to your hotel and check-inl. Check-in guaranteed from 3pm.  Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in Helsinki

Day 2  : HELSINKI -TALLINN - HELSINKI

Breakfast at the hotel. Your English-speaking driver will transfer you from your hotel to the terminal to board the ferry to Tallinn (duration 2 hours). Upon arrival, you will be met by your English-speaking guide and your city tour starts with a panoramic tour of the city by private vehicle (3 hours), further to Toompea Hill, where a walking tour of the Old Town starts, the walking tour highlights include  Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Dome church, onwards along Pikk Street to the Lower Town with Niguliste Church and the Old Town Hall (the oldest in North-Europe). End of the sightseeing at the terminal to board your ferry back to Helsinki. Arrival and transfer to the hotel with English speaking driver.  Overnight in Helsinki (B)

Day 3  : HELSINKI- STOCKHOLM

Breakfast at the hotel.  
10am-1pm Meet your English-speaking guide at the hotel’s lobby for a 3-hour private sightseeing by car. Helsinki, the capital of Finland and also known as the "Daughter of the Baltic Sea" or "White City of the North". You will learn more about Finland, its culture, history, traditions and much more. You will see the Senate Square with the famous Cathedral, the Market Square, the orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, the Olympic Stadium, the Parliament, Finlandia hall, the Sibelius Monument and the unique Temppeliaukio Church which is also known as ‘the Church In The Rock’ (subject to opening – entrance included)
In the afternoon, private transfer with English-speaking driver to the pier to board the overnight ferry to Stockholm, departing at 5pm.  
Overnight: Tallink Silja overnight ferry in outside 2-berth cabin (B)

Day 4  : STOCKHOLM

Breakfast on board and arrival to Stockholm at 09:30am.
09:30am-12:30pm Meet your English-speaking guide at the pier for a 3-hour private sightseeing by van.
Explore the sights of Stockholm, Sweden’s capital and largest city. Thanks to its civic beauty, appealing architecture, clean and open waterways as well as numerous parks, this lovely city is sometimes referred to as the “Venice of the North”. Your tour of the city will take you past the impressive buildings of the National Museum, the Royal Theatre, the Grand Hotel, and the Royal Palace before enjoying a walk-through Stockholm’s picturesque historical city centre, known as Gamla Stan.  You will also see the City Hall (entrance included), and see the Blue & Golden Halls, the venue of the Nobel Peace Prize banquet held each year. The Stockholm City Hall is one of Sweden’s most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited tourist attractions.  
End of the sightseeing at the hotel. Check-in guaranteed from 3pm. 
Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in STockholm (B)

Day 5  : STOCKHOLM

Beakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore Stockholm on your own. Overnight in Stockholm (B)

Day 6  : STOCKHOLM - GOTHENBURG

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. 
Private transfer from the hotel to the train station with English-speaking driver.
11:13am-04:05pm Direct train from Stockholm to Gothenburg in second class seats. Upon arrival in Gothenburg train station and own arrangements to the hotel, located at approximately 350 m away.  Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in Gothenburg (B)

Day 7  : GOTHENBURG

Breakfast  at the hotel.
10am-1pm Meet your English-speaking guide at the hotel’s lobby for a 3-hour private walking tour. You'll see streets and buildings that are of interest both from a historical and contemporary perspective and hear about how the city was founded, how the old quarters of Haga arose and about the Gothenburg harbour. Overnight in Gothenburg (B)

Day 8  : GOTHENBURG - COPENHAGEN

Breakfast at the hotel.
Own arrangements to the train station in time to board your train.
10:55am-2:28pm Direct train from Gothenburg to Copenhagen in second class seats.
Upon arrival in Copenhagen train station and own arrangements to the hotel, located at approximately 8 minutes’ walk. Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in Copenhagen (B)

Day 9  : COPENHAGEN

Breakfast at the hotel.
10am-1pm Meet your English-speaking guide at the hotel’s lobby for a 3-hour private sightseeing by car.
Explore the Danish capital, taking in the highlights of Copenhagen. You will admire the Little Mermaid, Copenhagen’s most iconic landmark made famous by the famous author, Hans Christian Andersen, from where the tour continues on to the colourful canal-area of Nyhavn and its many cafés and restaurants. You will also see the splendid Amalienborg Palace, the Danish Royal Family’s winter residence, and a brief stop is also made at Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish parliament. You will also see the Old Stock Exchange building, the Tivoli Gardens and Rosenborg Castle. No entrances included. End of the sightseeing at the hotel. Overnight in Copenhagen (B)

Day 10  : COPENHAGEN

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore Copenhagen on your own. Overnight in Copenhagen (B)

Day 11  : COPENHAGEN - OSLO

Breakfast at the hotel.
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon private transfer with English speaking driver to pier and board DFDS Seaways ferry for an overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo, departing at 16:30 Overnight: DFDS Seaways overnight ferry in Outside A 2-berth cabins. (B)

Day 12  : OSLO

Breakfast buffet on board and arrival to Oslo at 09:45am.
09:45am Upon disembarkation, meet your English-speaking guide at the pier for a 4-hour city tour by private car. 
You will start the day driving to the Bygdøy peninsula where you will visit the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with the world's best-preserved Viking Ship, and exhibitions of Ship burials of the Viking Age and unique Viking woodcraft, just some of the highlights of this must-see museum. Continue your drive through Oslo, passing such national landmarks as the Parliament building, with its two imposing lion statues at the main entrance, the National Theater and the magnificent Royal Palace, official residence of the present Norwegian Monarch. Your tour will take you outside of the city through charming suburban areas where beautiful homes are set within manicured gardens. A guided walk through the extraordinary Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest sculpture park in the world created by one single artist, is invigorating and inspiring. The park covers eighty acres and was designed by renowned Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland who created the over 200 iron and bronze statues. The sculptures artistically depict a complete human lifecycle from birth to death and are displayed in five different areas throughout the park. The gardens are vast and Vigeland also designed the impressive lawns and straight avenues flanked by maple trees perfect for strolling. End of the sightseeing at your hotel. Check-in guaranteed from 3pm. 
Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in Oslo (B)

Day 13  : OSLO

Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure to explore Olso on your own. Overnight in Oslo (B)

Day 14  : OSLO - FLÅM

Breakfast at the hotel.
Guests will require overnight bag for their stay in Flåm. Your luggage will be picked up at hotel’s reception in Oslo latest at 06:30am and be available at hotel’s reception in Bergen a day later upon arrival.
In the morning, make your own way to the railway station, located right next to your hotel, to board your train ride bound for Myrdal, a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the most magnificent landscapes of Norway. Upon arrival to the mountain station of Myrdal you change trains and travel by the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest train lines in the world.
Arrival to Flåm and own arrangements to your hotel, located within a couple minutes’ walk from the railway station.
Half board dinner at the hotel (buffet/3-course menu) (beverages are not included)
Overnight: 4 star fjord hotel in Flam (B, D)

Day 15  : FLÅM

Breakfast at the hotel.
Stegastein Viewpoint (1,5 hour) public tour. 
Experience the spectacular Stegastein viewing platform, 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flåm. Bus from Flåm via Aurland to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint. This structure, which juts out 30 metres from the mountainside, 650 metres above the fjord, offers an unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding landscape is hard to imagine. A sight to take your breath away and a perfect place for memorable holiday photos. Stegastein is one the most photographed viewpoints in the region. The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the National Tourist Road that runs from Aurland to Lærdal, popularly known as “The snow road”. The viewpoint was designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen and was completed in 2006.
Half board dinner at the hotel (buffet/3-course menu) (beverages are not included). Overnight in Flam (B, D)

Day 16  : FLÅM - BERGEN

Breakfast at the hotel.
From Flåm you go by boat through the Nærøyfjord UNESCO landscapes to Gudvangen. Surrounded by towering mountains up to 1,700 metres high, Nærøyfjord is the narrowest and best known of the many arms of the Sognefjord. With its steep mountainsides, hanging valleys, towering peaks, snowfields, waterfalls and small hamlets, this fjord is perhaps the most outstanding natural attraction in Norway. During a cruise on the Nærøyfjord you will have excellent views of small traditional farms on the mountainsides. If you are lucky, you can see goats grazing right beside the fjord and seals basking on rocks along the fjord. Short coach ride to Voss and then train ride to Bergen.  
Arrival to Bergen railway station and own arrangements to the hotel, located at approximately 200 meters away. Overnight: 4 star centrally located hotel in Bergen (B)

Day 17  : BERGEN

Breakfast  at the hotel.
10am-1pm Meet your local guide at the hotel’s lobby and enjoy a 3-hour private walking tour in the beautiful Hanseatic town on the west coast of Norway including the fish market, the old Hanseatic warehouses, the cathedral (exterior only) and many charming wooden houses. Enjoy a ride by the funicular to mount Fløyen for a last panoramic view of Norway (return tickets included). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Bergen (B)

Day 18  : BERGEN DEPARTURE

Breakfast  at the hotel.
Private transfer with English-speaking driver to Bergen airport. (B)