Scenic Norway, Stockholm & Helsinki

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, and Finland

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From $3,800 USD
June 19 - July 31, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Scenic Norway, Stockholm and Helsinki, a 12-day guided tour Oslo to Norway's fjords, Flam Railway, Balestrand, Baltic Sea cruise Stockholm to Helsinki.

Overview

Scenic Norway, Stockholm and Helsinki, a 12-day escorted tour starting in Oslo, ending in Stockholm. Travel through Norway and Sweden to Finland, explore highlights of Norwegian fjords, from the idyllic Hardangerfjord to the UNESCO's World Heritage listed Aurlands-, Naeroy-, and Geirangerfjord. Ride the famous Flam Railway, see quaint fjord villages, colorful Bergen and capitals of Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki. Enjoy a return cruise across the Baltic Sea.

Operation

June 19 - July 31, 2018

Departure

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

Price

  • from $3,800 per person in double room
  • from $4,815 single room

Included

  • 9 nights hotel accommodations with private facilities
  • Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 nights Cruise Stockholm - Helsinki - Stockholm
  • 2-berth Seaside cabin, shower, toilet
  • 2 x dinners and 2 x buffet breakfasts on board
  • 5 x Lunches on days 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
  • 8 x 3-course or buffet dinners
  • Visit to the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo
  • 2 hours guided tour of Bergen
  • Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Floyen
  • 2 hours cruise on the Aurlands- and Naeroyfjords
  • Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
  • Ride on the Flam Railway, Myrdal-Flam
  • Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sogn and Naeroy Fjords
  • 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
  • All visits as described in itinerary
  • All ferry crossings
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm
  • Entrance to City Hall
  • 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seat belts
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last day*
  • Taxes 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.
  • These tours are organized by our Associate Partners in Copenhagen. In order to offer a greater variety of tour options, the programs allow for participants to join or depart from the tour in various transit locations. We do hope that the possible change of group participants does not cause any inconvenience as it is meant to offer a greater variety of travel experiences to travelers.
  • Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.

Tour Options

  • Scenic Norway, 7 nights, from $2,675
  • Scenic Norway + Stockholm, 9 nights, from $3,060
  • Scenic Norway + Stockholm & Helsinki & Copenhagen, 13 nights, from $4,425

Day 1 OSLO (D)

Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Thon Hotel Opera, centrally located close the the Karl Johan 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. Afterwards departure from Oslo, driving via Honefoss along the charming Halling 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 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 Harbour with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Floien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour 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 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 Sognefjord, 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 Sognefjord and surrounding 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. 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 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 6 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 Sogn 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 facing the glacier.

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 Thon Hotel Opera.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

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

Guests on 9-, 11-, 13-nights tour 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 new first class hotel centrally located.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 9 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 10 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D)

Guests continuing on the Baltic Cruise to Helsinki 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/WC.

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 11 HELSINKI - 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 souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy.
Late afternoon departure of return cruise to Stockholm. Dinner and accommodation on board.

Onboard Silja Line, 2-berth seaside cabin

Day 12 STOCKHOLM DEPARTURE (B)

After a tasty buffet breakfast, arrive back in Stockholm.
Guests on the 11 nights tour Oslo - Helsinki - Stockholm will be driven from the Silja Line terminal to Stockholm Arlanda Airport for flight home. End of services for the 11 nights tour.

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

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