Nordic Essence

Nordic Essence– Baltics, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden –12 days / 11 nights, Helsinki - Tallinn - Stockholm - Copenhagen - Oslo - Bergen - Sognefjord - Nærøyfjord - Flåm - Borgund - OsloNordic Essence, discovery of the Baltic Region, Scandinavian Capitals and Norwegian Fjords, including medieval Tallinn. Starting in Helsinki, the "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". Cruise to historic Tallinn, on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Overnight cruise to Stockholm; discover its medieval Old Town "Gamla Stan". Explore Copenhagen with Palaces, Tivoli Gardens, Nyhavn harbor. Overnight cruise to Oslo, explore Norwegian fjords, Flåm and Bergen.

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Operation May 15 - August 28, 2017
Departure Guaranteed departures 2017
May 15
June 19
July 3, 17, 31
August 7, 14, 28
Price from $2,250 per person in double room
from $3,065 single room
from $2,055 3rd person in extra bed sharing a twin room
Included 10 nights at hotels in standard dbl/twin rooms with private facilities
1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line cruise (inside cabin)
11 Breakfasts - Buffet style
2 x dinners as mentioned in the program
English speaking tour escort from day 1 to day 11 inclusive
All touring by first class private coach
Sightseeing as per program
Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
Panoramic City tours in Helsinki, Tallinn, Stockholm
Panoramic City tours in Copenhagen, Oslo & Bergen
Regular Arrival Transfer, from Helsinki Airport*
Regular Departure Transfer, to Oslo Airport*
Porter service at hotels, excluding day 01 and 12
Not Included International airfare & airport taxes
Gratuities
Alcoholic beverages
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note *Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Helsinki & to the Airport in Oslo 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.
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Day 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI Monday
Arrival to Helsinki 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, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. 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 Helsinki and only on the official date of beginning 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.

Scandic Grand Marina ****

Day 2 HELSINKI - TALLINN (B) Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with meeting your local guide for a 2-hour panoramic city tour of the capital of Finland, also known as "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral - all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840's, the colourful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. The tour also includes, when possible, a visit to Temppeliaukio Church - called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock.

The visit will end at the pier, where you will board Tallink Silja Line Cruise for an approximate 2-hour crossing to Tallinn. Transfer to the hotel followed by a 2-hour panoramic city tour of the Old Town. A walking tour includes visits to the Toompea Hill with its Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform). We continue along Lühike Street to the lower part of the city. Walk through this historic area of Tallinn until we reach the City Hall, where the Old Farm and the Church of the Holy Spirit are also located.

We continue our tour along Pühavaimu Street approaching the Italian and Latin neighborhood of the city, where there are street markets, studios and craft shops. The visit ends at the hotel. Afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Tallinn****

Day 3 TALLINN - STOCKHOLM (B) Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the overnight cruise of the Tallink Silja line, crossing the Baltic Sea, to Stockholm. Dinner is not included.

Onboard Tallink Silja Line, Inside Cabin

Day 4 ARRIVAL STOCKHOLM (B) Thursday
Breakfast on board. After disembarking, we meet a local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour panoramic city tour of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. The city of Stockholm, built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges, embraces a unique character of 13th century Old Town with 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. Its handy size with short walking distances makes it easy to cover a lot in a short amount of time. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and the sightseeing tour, which includes a walk through the Old Town, passing 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 Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. You will see the seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, seat of the archbishop, during your stroll through Old Town and get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. We will also stop at Fjällgatan, where you will be able to enjoy the best view of Stockholm. (No entrances included). The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Marriot Courtyard Hotel

Day 5 STOCKHOLM (B) Friday
Breakfast at the hotel. Day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures.

Marriot Courtyard Hotel

Day 6 STOCKHOLM - COPENHAGEN (B) Saturday (650 km/405 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by long distance coach, which will take us to the enchanting capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. During this trip, we will pass by beautiful Swedish countryside villages until reaching Malmoe, situated by the Swedish coast directly across from the Danish capital.

The two cities are connected by one of the longest bridges in the World - the Oresund Bridge. After crossing this impressive bridge, we will continue on to our hotel in Copenhagen. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Tivoli Hotel

Day 7 COPENHAGEN (B) Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Strøget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum.

Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. Continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace.

Finally, we stop by a landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour, we will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. (No entrances included). The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure for optional tours.

Tivoli Hotel

Day 8 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B) Monday (605 km/375 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by long distance coach, which will take us to the capital of Norway, Oslo. We leave wonderful Copenhagen behind and drive to Helsingør situated in the north of Zealand Island. Here we will embark on a short distance ferry to Helsinborg, in Sweden. After disembarking, we continue along the west coast of Sweden until we reach Norway and Oslo at the end of the afternoon. Evening is at leisure.

First Hotel Millennium ***

Day 9 OSLO - GEILO (B, D) Tuesday (250 km/155 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, we meet a local guide and board our private coach for a panoramic city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house situated right on the Oslo fjord, where you will spend some time on the outside terrace area before heading off to Bygdøy Island. The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works.

We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends downtown, from where you will have some free time to explore the Viking capital at your own pace. Courtesy transport is available to and from the Viking Ship Museum, for those that are interested in visiting this interesting venue on their own.

In the afternoon, we continue our journey across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape where forests of pines alternate with lakes; we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. Arrival at the hotel, followed by check-in. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Hotel Bardøla ****

Day 10 GEILO - BERGEN - VOSS (B, D) Wednesday (385 km/239 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, we board our private coach in the direction of Brimnes, where we will cross the newly inaugurated Hardanger Bridge to Bruravik. Continue our journey bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Here we will make a short visit to the internationally famous fish market of Bergen, where we will have free time for lunch (lunch not included).

Continue with the second part of our panoramic visit (1.5-hour), which includes a walking tour through Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage Site). At the end of the afternoon, we continue in the direction of the mountains and our hotel, located at the foot of a mountain in the heart of the valley. Arrival to the hotel in the evening (approximately 20:00) for check-in, followed by dinner. (Dinner is included).

Fleischers Hotel

Day 11 VOSS - SOGNEFJORD - FLÅM - OSLO (B) Thursday (375 km/233 mi)
Breakfast at the hotel. Early in the morning, we depart from our hotel by private coach through the charming village of Gudvangen followed by a tunnel that takes us to Flåm, where there will be a stop. Flåm is located at the bank of the Aurlandfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord of Norway.

Optional tour: For those who wish to enjoy a journey along the Nærøy Fjord, between Gudvangen and Flåm, we optionally offer the possibility of buying, on site or with preliminary reservation, a ferry trip of approximately 2-hours duration between Gudvangen and Flåm.

The passengers not joining the optional tour will have approximately 3 hours of free time in Flåm.

In the early afternoon, we leave Flåm through the Lærdal tunnel, the longest in Norway with its 25.5km. We will make a quick stop (exterior stop – no entry) at the Stave Church of Borgund (built in 1100) and continue our journey via Hemsdalen, Gol and Hoenefoss, arriving in Oslo at approximately 20:00.

First Hotel Millennium ***

Day 12 OSLO DEPARTURE (B) Friday
Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Oslo Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Oslo 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.

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