Northern Highlights

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, and Finland

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From $3,860 USD
June 19 - July 31, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Northern Highlights tour explores Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm, Bergen and Norwegian Fjords, Flam Railway and a Baltic Sea cruise to Helsinki.

Overview

Northern Highlights, 12-day escorted tour, combines Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm with cruises on Norway's Naeroy Fjord, Sogne Fjord and Geiranger Fjord, all on UNESCO's World Heritage List. By modern motor coach through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes, from the idyllic Swedish countryside to Stockholm. Enjoy city sightseeing and first class hotels in each capital. Cruise on the fabulous Silja Line across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki.

Operation

June 19 - July 31, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2018: June 19, 26 July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Price

  • from $3,860 per person in double room
  • from $4,855 single room

Included

  • 11 nights Oslo - Helsinki
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • 5 x lunches on days 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8
  • 9x 3-course or buffet dinners (except on day 3 in Bergen and second night in Stockholm)
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seat belts
  • 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm
  • Visit to Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm
  • Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo
  • Entrance fees
  • Panorama tour of Bergen
  • Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Floyen
  • Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
  • Ride on the Flam Railway, Myrdal-Flam
  • Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sognefjord & Naeroyfjord
  • 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • All visits as per itinerary
  • All ferry crossings as per itinerary
  • Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki
  • 2-berth outside cabins, shower/toilet
  • Dinner and buffet breakfast on board
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days*

Not Included

  • International airfare, airport taxes and customs fees
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $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

  • Northern Highlights + St. Petersburg, 14 nights, from $5,735
  • Departure is July 24, 2018

Day 1 ARRIVE OSLO (D)

Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at the Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Boulevard and Royal Palace. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 2 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D)

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

After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Voringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Mabodal 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 3 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 oystese 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. Ride the funicular to Mt. Floyen for the best views of the city, fjord and archipelago. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen Harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

First Hotel Marin ***+

Day 4 BERGEN - FLAM - 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 Flam Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord village of Flam offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.

After a short rest in Flam, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Naeroy Fjords, both branches of the Sogn 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 Naeroy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 5 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 Kvikne’s Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 6 BALESTRAND - FJaeRLAND - 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 Sognefjord to Sogndal. Continue by road to Fjaerland, 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 beautiful 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 of 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 board the ferry for the one hour's 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 7 GEIRANGER - LILLEHAMMER - OSLO (B, L, D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, 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

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 8 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)

After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Varmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad.

After lunch the tour continues through an idyllic landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, first class hotel centrally located.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 9 STOCKHOLM (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. The day starts with a 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting 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 impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.

Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 10 STOCKHOLM - 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 outside 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 outside cabin

Day 11 HELSINKI (B, D)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbor. After disembarkation 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.

Afternoon free in Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the center of Helsinki.

Haven Hotel ****

Day 12 HELSINKI DEPARTURE (B)

Buffet breakfast at hotel, followed by transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport to connect with your homebound flight.

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