Scandinavian Panorama, Stockholm & Helsinki

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark


From $4,665 USD
June 23 - July 28, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights

Scandinavian Panorama Tour to Viking capitals Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm, fjord cruises on Norway's fjords and the Baltic Sea to Helsinki.

Overview

Scandinavian Panorama Tour, a 15-days escorted tour to Viking capitals Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen and Stockholm and Helsinki. Enjoy the legends of Norwegian fjords; cruise the Naeroy-, Sogne- and Geiranger Fjord, on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. Ride the Flam Railway, drive through the idyllic Swedish countryside to Stockholm; explore the Old Town Gamla Stan and Vasa Museum. Cruise across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki and return voyage to Stockholm.

Operation

June 23 - July 28, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2018: June 23, 30 July 7, 14, 21, 28

Price

  • from $4,665 per person in double room
  • from $5,980 single room

Included

  • 14 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki – Stockholm
  • 11 nights hotels Copenhagen - Stockholm, with private facilities
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • Daily 3-course dinner or buffet dinner (except on 2nd night in Copenhagen, night in Bergen and 2nd night in Stockholm)
  • 5 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10 & 11
  • 1 x Overnight cruise on DFDS Seaways, Copenhagen - Oslo
  • 2-berth seaside cabin, private facilities
  • 1 x buffet dinner and breakfast on board
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens
  • 3 hours guided tours of Copenhagen and Oslo
  • Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo
  • 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 Sogne & Naeroy Fjords
  • 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • All ferry crossings
  • 2 x Overnight cruises Stockholm - Helsinki - Stockholm
  • 2-berth seaside cabin with shower/toilet
  • 2 x dinners and 2 x buffet breakfasts on board
  • 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
  • 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*
  • Tax and Service fees

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / 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

  • Scandinavian Panorama, 10 nights, from $3,715
  • Scandinavian Panorama + Stockholm, 12 nights, from $4,065

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN (D)

Arrive Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. Transfer to hotel in connection with individual flight arrivals. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B, D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and start of 3 hours guided panoramic 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.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)

Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your 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/toilet.
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 seaside cabin

Day 4 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. You will visit the world-famous Viking Ships and 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 the Thon Hotel Opera, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate and Royal Palace.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 5 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 of 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 6 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. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Floyen, 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 7 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 side 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 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 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 in fjord view rooms, superbly located on the banks of the Sogne Fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 8 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. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room. 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 even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the fabulous Kvikne's Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 9 BALESTRAND - FJaeRLAND - GEIRANGER (B, L, D)

After buffet 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 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 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'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 10 GEIRANGER - LOM - 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 Gudbrands 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 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)

Guests on 12/14 nights tours continue by coach towards the Swedish border, crossing into the attractive province of Varmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vanern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class hotel centrally located.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and start of 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theater, 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 famous 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 13 STOCKHOLM - BALTIC SEA CRUISE - HELSINKI (B, D)

Guests on 14 nights’ tour have 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 seaside cabin

Day 14 HELSINKI - CRUISE TO 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 harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. In the late afternoon departure of return cruise to Stockholm. Dinner and accommodation on board.

Day 15 STOCKHOLM - DEPARTURE (B)

After a tasty buffet breakfast, arrive back in Stockholm at 09.30 hrs. Transfer from the Silja Line terminal to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for flight home.

To allow time for disembarkation, transfer to airport (situated 60 km. from Stockholm), security controls and possible delays, we advise clients not to book flights departing before 13.00 hrs.

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