Highlights Tour of Scandinavia 2018
Oslo Bergen Flam Balenstrand
Geiranger Stockholm Helsinki
11 nights Oslo - Helsinki or
14 nights Oslo - St. Petersburg
one date only 24 July!
early bird discount on bookings made by 15 Apr 2018
Oslo to Helsinki 11nights/ 12 days program
Guaranteed departures on Tuesdays:
June 19, 26, July 03, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 2018
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 7:45 pm. Dinner and
overnight at the first class centrally located Thon Opera Hotel.
Day 2: OSLO – ULVIK
Breakfast at the hotel, then we will visit the world-famous Viking Ships.
Oslo, we will drive via the town of 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,
wiht a lovely view 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 colorful old Bryggen harbour, a
UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is close to
the pedestrian shopping streets as well.
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 for dinner and overnight accommodation.
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
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 to see 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 Haven 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.
Oslo: Thon Opera
Bergen: Hotel Marin
St Petersburg: Ambassador
11 nights/12 days Oslo - Helsinki
* 10 nights first class 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.
* 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
* 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
Highlights + St. Petersburg
14 nights Oslo - St Petersburg
dates Oslo - St Petersburg : Jul 24, 2018
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 marvellous
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.
In the evening we will attend 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.
14 nights/15 Days Oslo – St. Petersburg
* same as the 11 night program plus 3 extra nights in St Petersburg
Amabassador hotel with brekfasts
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
assistance at all hotels while with the group.
* Transportation by modern
deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts.
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
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
11nights Oslo - Helsinki
Dates: 19-39Jun, 26 June-7 July,
10-21 July, 17-28 July,
24 July- 4 Aug, 31 July-11 Aug, 2018
Northern Highlights + St. Petersburg /14nights
Date: 24 Jul-7 Aug 2018
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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