The Essence of Scandinavia

The Essence of Scandinavia– Denmark, Norway, Sweden –9 days / 8 nights, Stockholm - Copenhagen - Oslo - Geilo - Bergen - Voss - Sognefjord - Flam - OsloEssence of Scandinavia, 9-day tour from Stockholm to Oslo. Enjoy Nordic capitals, the wild nature of Norway's fjords, pristine valleys, quaint fjord villages of Gudvangen and Flåm along the shores of Sognefjord, Aurland- and Nærøy fjords. Explore Stockholm, built on 14 islands with medieval Old Town "Gamla Stan", Copenhagen with Palaces, Tivoli and Mermaid. Cruise to Oslo, visit Viking ships and Vigeland Park, and Bergen, filled with colorful history.

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Operation May 18 - August 31, 2017
Departure Guaranteed departures 2017
May 18
June 22
July 6, 20
August 3, 10, 17, 31
Price from $1,815 per person in double
from $2,465 single room
from $1,665 3rd person in extra bed sharing a twin room
Included 8 nights at hotels mentioned in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
Buffet breakfast daily
2 x dinners as per program
English speaking tour escort from day 1 to day 8 inclusive
All touring by private first class coach
Sightseeing asd per program
Visits, excursions and entrances as per program
Panoramic City tours in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo & Bergen
Regular Arrival Transfer, from Stockholm Airport*
Regular Departure Transfer, to Oslo Airport*
Porter service at hotels (excluding day 1 and 9)
Not Included International airfare & airport taxes
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 Stockholm & 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.

For departures May 5, 19 and June 9 accommodation in Copenhagen is NOT confirmed at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel****, but instead guests will be accommodated at the Hotel Tivoli****.
Tour Options Optional Excursion: Dizzying Mountaintops and deep fjords ($55 per person)

The 2-hour boat tour between Flåm and Gudvangen winds around precipitous mountains, mighty waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides. Soon you will also reach the Nærøyfjord, a minor fjord branching off from the Sognefjord, which is the world's narrowest fjord at only 250 metres at its narrowest point.

The Nærøyfjord was also added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2005. From here you can view the majestic Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world, framed by mountaintops of up to 1800 metres. In the early summer the waterfalls roar over the mountain sides and break in a white foam when the water hits the fjord.
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Day 1 STOCKHOLM (D) Thursday
Arrival to Stockholm Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in.

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 Stockholm 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.

Marriott Courtyard Hotel

Day 2 STOCKHOLM (B) Friday
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, 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.

Marriott Courtyard Hotel

Day 3 STOCKHOLM - COPENHAGEN (B) Saturday
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 4 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 "Stroeget" 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. We 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 are at leisure.

Tivoli Hotel

Day 5 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B) Monday
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 6 OSLO - GEILO (B, D) Tuesday
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 Bygdoy 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 will 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 7 GEILO - BERGEN -VOSS (B, D) Wednesday
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. We 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 8 VOSS - SOGNEFJORD - FLÅM - OSLO (B) Thursday
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 Flam, 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 9 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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