The Three Capitals and the Fjords
The Three Capitals and the Fjords– Denmark, Norway, Sweden –13 days / 12 nights, Copenhagen - Oslo - Hardanger - Bergen - Flåm - Balestrand - Sognefjord - Briksdal Glacier - Geirangerfjord - Loen - Oslo - StockholmThree Capitals and the Fjords begins in the fairytale capital, Copenhagen. Enjoy the cruise through the Kattegat, into the Oslo Fjord to experience the Viking capital, Oslo, before ending in the enchanting and elegant capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Along the way be witness to the spectacular mountains and magnificent fjords of Norway, and the fascinating and bustling Scandinavian capitals with their cobble-stoned streets, Royal palaces and canals.
|Operation||June 24 - August 19, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed Departures 2017:
July 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19
|Price||from $4,695 per person in double room
from $6,400 single room
from $4,320 third person in triple room
|Included||11 nights hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
Fjord View rooms at Ullensvang Hotel, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union
1 night onboard DFDS Seaways, Commodore cabin with queen bed*
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
5 x Dinners as per program
Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 12
All touring by private motor coach
The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo & Stockholm
Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport**
Regular Departure Transfer, to Stockholm Airport, ARN* *
Porter service at hotels and ferry crossing, excluding days 1 and 13
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||*Commodore Class cabins are with Queen size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins. Breakfast is still provided in Commodore class restaurant.
For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective mono lingual local guide.
**Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Stockholm and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers - for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.
Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.
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Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN Saturday
Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management 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.
*Please 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 Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.
Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B) Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque, the National Museum, the Old Stock Exchange, the Naval Church, the Kings New Square, the Royal Danish Theatre, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn.
From here, we continue to see the impressive Gefion Fountain, the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace, and the statue of the Little Mermaid. We will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D) Monday
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 berth 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.
Onboard DFDS Seaways ferry, seaside cabin
Day 4 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, D) Tuesday
Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hønefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between 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. Drive to the impressive Hardangerfjord, 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. Overnight at the fabulous Ullensvang Hotel in Fjord View room.
Day 5 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B) Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart 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 our journey to Bergen. 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 and Flower market and the old Bryggen area. Evening is at leisure.
Day 6 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D) Thursday
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 Flåm 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 Flåm. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Nærøy fjords, both 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 in Fjord View room.
Day 7 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D) Friday
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 on site. 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 and overnight at the fabulous Union Hotel in Fjord View room.
Day 8 GEIRANGER (B, D) Saturday
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 (included) and overnight at the fabulous Union Hotel in Fjord View room.
Day 9 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B) Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in to the hotel.
Day 10 OSLO (B) Monday
After breakfast, we will embark on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian Capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island, where we will visit the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. We will pass by the Royal Palace and the main boulevard, Karl Johan. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B) Tuesday
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 Värmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, for check-in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.
Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B) Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by 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" and a sightseeing tour, which 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 (B) Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Arlanda Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).
*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Arlanda Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.