Fabulous Scandinavia & Helsinki

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark


From $2,975 USD
May 17 - September 13, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Enjoy the Best of Scandinavia, Viking Capitals, Norwegian Fjords, Helsinki and St. Petersburg, offering a blend of history, culture and natural scenery.

Overview

Experience highlights of Scandinavia including the Scandinavian Capitals of Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki, and the magnificent Norwegian Fjords with Bergen. Enjoy cultural and historic delights of Viking cities; wild, rugged scenery along the fjords. Enjoy the blend of history and nature, bustling cities and quaint villages, along with fabulous cruises across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen to Oslo, and Stockholm to Helsinki, "Daughter of the Baltic".

Operation

May 17 - September 13, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed Departures 2018:

May 17, 24*, 31
June 14*, 21, 28*
July 5, 12*, 19, 26*
August 2*, 9*, 16*, 23, 30
September 6, 13

* The dates marked with* can be combined with Fabulous Baltics, Poland & Berlin, starting in Helsinki on Sundays, duration 22 days / 21 nights.

Price

  • from $2,975 per person in double room
  • from $4,220 single room
  • from $2,715 third person in triple room
  • from $2,420 child (7-12 years), sharing room w parents

Included

  • 9 nights hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 1 overnight cruise on DFDS Seaways, Seaside cabin
  • 1 overnight cruise on Tallink Silja Line ferry, Exterior cabin
  • 11 x Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 x dinners as per the program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from day 1 to day 12
  • All touring by private coach
  • The long distance bus from day 3 - 8 offers WIFI
  • Sightseeing as per program
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
  • Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Guided city tours of Stockholm & Helsinki
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Helsinki Airport*
  • Porter service DFDS Seaways & Tallink Silja Line Ferry
  • Porter service at all hotels and railway stations during the program (excluding day 1 & day 12)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Beverages
  • Gratuities
  • 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 Copenhagen & to the Airport in Helsinki and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative 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.

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Thursday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by an English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. 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 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.

Tivoli Hotel ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We begin with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. Passing by Tivoli Gardens and past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next, it is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church.

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 boats. Continue to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace from the outside as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends at the hotel.

In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

NOTE: Passports must be shown when traveling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients traveling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

Onboard DFDS Seaways, 2-berth outside cabin

Day 3 OSLO - EIDFJORD (B, D)
Saturday

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 to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Proceed through Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains.

We continue to Hardangervidda and visit the Vøringfossen waterfall, and continue to Eidfjord, where our hotel is located. Check-in and dinner at the hotel is included.

Quality Hotel Voringfoss ****

Day 4 EIDFJORD - BERGEN (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning you head towards the Hardangerfjord and make a stop at Vøringfoss, a powerful waterfall that thunders down 597 feet from the Hardanger Plateau in some parts. A short drive via Eidfjord to Brimnes, where you will cross the splendid Hardanger Fjord, by traveling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. This Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, we continue along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests until we arrive in Bergen - known as the capital of the fjords.

In the afternoon, meet the guide in the hotel, for a panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall, the colorful and picturesque Fish and Flower Market and the old Bryggen area (No entrances included). The evening is at your leisure.

Optional: We recommend a journey up on the Fløybanen (not included), a funicular railway journey that will take you up the mountainside in order to enjoy the most amazing views of Bergen.

Scandic Ornen Hotel ****

Day 5 BERGEN - STALHEIM (B, D)
Monday

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning is at leisure to further explore the stunning fjord capital of Bergen. Early afternoon departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. After a short break the journey continues towards Nærøy valley where your hotel is situated.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the stunning views down the Stalheim Gorge, directly from your hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Stalheim Hotel ****

Day 6 STALHEIM - FLÅM - FAGERNES (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the coach continues down the Nærøy valley to Gudvangen where we embark on a ferry along the Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest and most popular fjord journeys in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flåm where we will have some free time if you do not choose to join the optional tour with the famous panoramic train ride Flåmsbana.

Flåmsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2 hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers so many viewpoints. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flåm, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters over the ocean.

In the afternoon, the coach journey continues along the Aurlandfjord, via Aurland and Lærdal. A photo stop is made at the popular Borgund Stave church (entrance not included) before continuing on the last part of the journey to Fagernes. Check-in and later, dinner at the hotel.

Scandic Valdres ****

Day 7 FAGERNES - OSLO (B)
Wednesday

After breakfast, we travel towards Oslo, leaving the fjords behind us. Early afternoon arrival in Oslo and check-in to the hotel. Experience a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house, visit the Vigeland Park and pass the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at your hotel from where you will have the evening to further explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Scandic Hotel Victoria ****

Day 8 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by private coach or by train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests and the region of Värmland, home of many Nordic legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, capital of Sweden, for check-in to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

Scandic Grand Central ****

Day 9 STOCKHOLM (B)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. The city, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water”. The sightseeing tour includes a walk through the Old own, and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, making for a memorable morning tour. Feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town “Gamla Stan”, with its Cathedral and Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. The tour also includes a drive to Fjallgatan where you will enjoy picturesque views of Stockholm. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Optional: VASA MUSEUM FOLLOWING REGULAR SIGHT SEEING
Scandinavia’s top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship.

Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Vasa, considered as one of the world’s largest and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum was built around the 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm’s inner harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628; its discovery in 1956 and subsequent salvage in 1961 is one of the most important events in marine archaeology. Painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, the Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history.

Scandic Grand Central ****

Day 10 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board one of the comfortable overnight ferries of the Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki.

Onboard Tallink Silja Line ferry, 2-berth outside cabin

Day 11 HELSINKI (B)
Sunday

Arrival to Helsinki. Experience a 2-hour sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and the Lutheran Cathedral. We will also see the colorful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – also called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). End of the tour at the hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure.

Scandic Hotel Simonkentta ****

Day 12 HELSINKI DEPARTURE (B)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. A Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Helsinki Airport* (please see notes below for this service).

* Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Helsinki Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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