Four Capitals & Scenic Norway

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark


From $4,785 USD
June 26 - August 7, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights

Four Capitals, guided tour to Scandinavian capitals, combined with Fjords of Norway, Baltic Sea cruises Stockholm to Helsinki, and Copenhagen to Oslo.

Overview

Four Capitals, combined with Scenic Norway tour, 15-days through Scandinavia. Visit colorful cities of Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway; enjoy scenic cruises from Stockholm across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki and back, and from Copenhagen through the Oslo Fjord to Oslo. Explore Norwegian fjords, quaint villages, mountains and glaciers; ride the Flåm Railway and cruise on the Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Operation

June 26 - August 7, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2018:
June 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7

Price

  • from $4,785 per person in double room
  • from $6,095 single room

Included

  • 14 nights Stockholm - Helsinki - Copenhagen - Oslo
  • 11 nights centrally located first class hotels
  • Rooms with private facilities
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • Baltic Sea Cruise Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm
  • 2 nights on board Silja Line, 2-berth seaside cabin with shower/toilet
  • 2 x buffet breakfasts on board
  • DFDS Seaways overnight cruise, Copenhagen - Oslo
  • Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/toilet
  • Buffet breakfast on board
  • 11 x dinners at hotels, ferries or local restaurants
  • 5 x lunches on days 5, 9, 10, 13, 14
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm
  • Visit the Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm
  • 3 hours guided tours Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki
  • Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens on day 6
  • 2 hours guided tour of Bergen
  • Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen
  • Bergen Railway, Bergen - Voss
  • Ride on the Flåm Railway, Myrdal - Flåm
  • Approx. 2-hour cruise on the Sogne- and Nærøy Fjords
  • 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • All ferry crossings as per itinerary
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
  • English speaking tour escort throughout
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seat belts
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days to coincide with individual flight times*

Not Included

  • International airfare & taxes
  • Airport taxes and customs fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal items / alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • *Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.
  • Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.

Tour Options

  • Four Capitals tour, 8 nights, from $2,750 per person

Day 1 ARRIVE STOCKHOLM (D)

Arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Transfer to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class hotel centrally located. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 2 STOCKHOLM (B)

After your first Scandinavian buffet breakfast, start of a 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm. Famous sights on the tour include the Royal Palace, the Parliament Buildings, the island of Djurgarden and the 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 famous Blue and Golden Rooms, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year.

Afternoon free in Stockholm. We can recommend a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum or one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 3 STOCKHOLM - BALTIC SEA CRUISE - HELSINKI (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a delightful overnight cruise from Stockholm. Sail slowly through the lovely archipelago past numerous small islands while enjoying your dinner on board. Accommodation is in 2-berth seaside cabins with shower/toilet.

We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.

Onboard Silja Line, 2-berth seaside cabin

Day 4 HELSINKI - BALTIC SEA CRUISE - STOCKHOLM (B, D)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. Spend a whole day in this exciting city on the Baltic, retaining your cabin on the ship. Morning 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include 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. In the late afternoon departure of return cruise to Stockholm. Dinner and accommodation on board.

Onboard Silja Line, 2-berth seaside cabin

Day 5 STOCKHOLM - MALMÖ - COPENHAGEN (B, L, D)

After a delicious buffet breakfast on board, arrive back in Stockholm. Route through Southern Sweden to Lake Vättern. Stop for lunch at local restaurant.

Tour continues via Jönkoping to the city of Malmö. Cross the new Øresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark, to arrive in wonderful Copenhagen during the early evening. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel, located close to the Amalienborg Palace, the old Nyhavn harbor and the pedestrian streets.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****+

Day 6 COPENHAGEN (B)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. You will see the Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Danish royal family, Gefion Fountain, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament buildings), the old harbor of Nyhavn, and of course the famous Little Mermaid.

Afternoon free for exploring this fairy-tale city. Your tour escort will provide entrance tickets for the famous Tivoli Gardens. Accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****+

Day 7 COPENHAGEN - DFDS SEAWAYS CRUISE - OSLO (B, D)

Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your fabulous overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC.

We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin.

Onboard DFDS Seaways, 2-berth outside cabin

Day 8 OSLO (B, D)

A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 hrs, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital, including the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Afternoon free in Oslo. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan Boulevard. Dinner and accommodation at thew Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan Gate, City Hall, National Theater and Royal Palace.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 9 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D)

After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Hallingdal Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Lunch at local restaurant.

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 Mabødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge and route to Ulvik. Dinner and accommodation in fjord view rooms at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Brakanes Hotel ****+

Day 10 ULVIK - BERGEN (B, L)

After buffet breakfast, start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Route via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving 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 Harbor with its gabled pack houses, and  the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløyen, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen Harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

First Hotel Marin ***+

Day 11 BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND (B, D)

After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing 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 Sogne 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 Naeroy 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 in fjord view rooms at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 12 BALESTRAND - DAY IN THE FJORDS (B, D)

Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. 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 a hike to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the fabulous Kvikne’s Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 13 BALESTRAND - GEIRANGER (B, L, D)

After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogne 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 Jolster. Descend to the 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 views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant.

After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour 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.

Union Hotel ****+

Day 14 GEIRANGER - LILLEHAMMER - OSLO (B, L, D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. From the top of one of the serpentine roads, 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 Vaga, before descending the magnificent Gudbrandsdal Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer.

After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjosa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at the Thon Hotel Opera Oslo

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 15 OSLO DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport to connect with individual flight departures.

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