Northern Highlights Tour of Scandinavia 2017

Oslo  Bergen  Flam Balenstrand Geiranger Stockholm Helsinki

11 nights Oslo - Helsinki  or
14 nights Oslo - St. Petersburg  one date only!

10% early bird discount on bookings made by 30 Nov 2016

Scandinavia Norway tour escorted

Oslo to Helsinki 11nights/ 12 days program
Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays:  June 20, 27. July 04, 11, 18, 25, August 1, 2017

Day 1: OSLO
Independent arrival in Oslo and transfer from the airport to hotel. Before dinner meet with your tour escort in the hotel lobby at 7:50pm.  Dinner and overnight at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated in the city center.

Day 2: OSLO – ULVIK
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 Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. 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 at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 3: ULVIK - BERGEN

Scandinavian breakfast at the hotel. Start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Driving via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, we arrive 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, listed on UNESCO World Heraite list.  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 4: BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND
After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss where we will board the Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal we ride on the famous 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 at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 5: BALESTRAND – A DAY IN THE FJORDS
Day at leisure 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 even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other interesting sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.


Day 6: BALESTRAND - GEIRANGER
After 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 beautiful 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 of views. Afterwards lunch will be served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon the tour continues 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 
From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, 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 and Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo


Day 8: OSLO - STOCKHOLM
After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross 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, first class hotel centrally located.


Day 9: STOCKHOLM
The day starts with a 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 impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit museums. Our suggestion would be the famous Vasa Museum with it fantastically restored sunken ship form dating back to 1628 or take one of the popular canal tours to get a different perspective of the city's panorama. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 10: STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI
Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry of the Silja Line.  Ship departs from Stockholm at 5 p.m. sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend you to bring on overnight carry on bag to your cabin for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin.

Day 11: HELSINKI 
Enjoy your smorgasbord buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbor. After disembarkation we embark on a guided city 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. Dinner and overnight at the Glo Art Hotel,  first class hotel centrally located. 

Day 12: HELSINKI DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast at hotel, followed by transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport to connect with your homebound flight.

Price includes: 11 nights/12 days Oslo - Helsinki

* 10 nights accommodation including 3-course or buffet dinner (except in Bergen and on second night in Stockholm) and daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast, in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
* 5 lunches on days 2, 3, 6, 7, 8.
* 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki, and 4 hours tour of Stockholm.
* Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløien.
* Ride on the Flåm Railway, Flåm-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.

* Inside visit of the Viking museum in Oslo and the famed city hall in Stockholm where the Nobel ceremonies take place.

* All visits as mentioned in itinerary.
* All ferry crossings.
* Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board.
* Luggage assistance at all hotels.
* English speaking tour escort guide throughout.
* Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts, etc.
* Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.

Northern Highlights + St. Petersburg 14 nights Oslo - St Petersburg

Departure dates Oslo - St Petersburg : Jul 18, 2017

Day 1-Day 12 morning same as the previous program, then....


Day 12: HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast transfer by coach to railway station. At 10am departure from Helsinki on high speed train Allegro for St Petersburg. Lunch box on train included. Arrival at 2:36 pm and transfer to the hotel followed by an hour guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit St. Isaac's Cathedral. Welcome dinner including shot of vodka and 1 glass wine. Overnight at Hotel Ambassador , 4 star hotel located in the city center near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.


Day 13 : St PETERSBURG
Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbor for cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, to see the Grand Palace of Peter the Great with its golden fountains and extensive parks. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Day 14 : St PETERSBURG
Buffet breakfast departure to nearby Pushkin to visit t beautiful palace of Catherine the Great with it famous amber room. Lunch at a local restaurant then return to St. Petersburg for an afternoon city tour to see outstanding architectural beauty, magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges. The tour includes sights like the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil’s Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman. A visit will be paid to Peter & Paul Fortress housing the remains of the assassinated last Czar and family. This evening you will be taken to see a colorful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant. Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.


Day 15: ST. PETERSBURG

After breakfast transfer to St Petersburg airport. End of the tour.


Price includes:

14 nights/15 Days Oslo – St. Petersburg


* same as the 11 night program plus
* Train Helsinki – St. Petersburg, including coach transfers between hotels and railways stations.
* Complete program in St. Petersburg, including 3 hours city tour, visit to Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Pushkin, 1 hour’s guided canal tour, plus folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace incl. snacks during intermission and dinner at local restaurant.
* Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof, incl. entrance to Lower Parks and Grand Palace
* 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. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.

2017 Tour prices:

Tour  Rates in Euros ($ rate varies depending on daily exchange rates)

Tour price per person in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange)  based on double occupancy

Single supplement

Northern Highlights
11nights Oslo - Helsinki
Dates: 20Jun-1 Jul, 27 Jun-8 Jul, 4-15 Jul, 11-22 Jul, 18-29 Jul, 25 Jul-5Aug 1-14Aug 2017

2995

798

Northern Highlights + St. Petersburg /14nights
Date: 18 Jul-1 Aug 2017

4473

1099

 

  Children under 12 years of age are not allowed on the  tour. 

  Children between the ages of 12 and 18 will only be accepted if accompanied by an adult. 

 

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