The Three Capitals and the Fjords

Escorted Tour and Self Drive TourNorway, Sweden, and Denmark


From $4,655 USD
May 26 - September 1, 2018
13 Days / 12 Nights

Three Capitals and the Fjords visits Denmark’s capital Copenhagen and Viking capitals Oslo, Stockholm. Cruise the Norwegian fjords, visit Bergen and Flåm.

Overview

Three Capitals and the Fjords begins in Denmark’s fairytale capital, Copenhagen. Continue with an overnight cruise through the Kattegat and Oslo Fjord to the Viking capital, Oslo, before ending in the elegant capital of Sweden, Stockholm. Enjoy spectacular mountains, magnificent Norwegian fjord scenery, the colorful city of Bergen, and bustling Scandinavian capitals with Century-old history, their cobble-stoned streets, Royal palaces and Canals.

Operation

May 26 - September 1, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed Departures 2018:

May 26
June 30
July 7, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1

Price

  • from $4,655 per person in double room
  • from $6,380 single room
  • from $4,285 third person in triple room
  • from $3,955 child (7–12 years), sharing room with parents

Included

  • 11 nights hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • Fjord View rooms at Ullensvang Hotel, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union
  • 1 night onboard DFDS Seaways, Commodore cabin with queen bed*
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
  • 5 x Dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 12
  • All touring by private motor coach with air-conditioning
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
  • Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo & Stockholm
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport**
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Stockholm Airport, ARN* *
  • Porter service at hotels and ferry crossing (excluding days 1 and 13)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • *Commodore Class cabins are with Queen size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins. Breakfast is still provided in Commodore class restaurant.
  • **Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Stockholm and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from the Destination Management 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
Saturday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by a Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in. Please consult the Destination Management welcome letter which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink. 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 from the Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

Hotel Skt. Petri ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroeget" begins. Pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We 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 vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace.

Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. 

The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Hotel Skt. Petri ****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Monday

After breakfast, morning is at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.
(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant).

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 Commodore cabin

Day 4 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, D)
Tuesday

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; we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. Drive to the impressive Hardangerfjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favorite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included. Overnight at the fabulous Ullensvang Hotel in Fjord View room.

Ullensvang Hotel ****+

Day 5 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by traveling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world.

After reaching the other side - Bruravik, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund, crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway's second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque Fish and Flower Markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Bergen Bors Hotel ****+

Day 6 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flåm Railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flåm.

Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will cruise on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Nærøy fjords, branches of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord, while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful emerald green.

Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation in coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. Continue our journey through Lærdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious Hotel Alexandra in Fjord View room.

Hotel Alexandra ****+

Day 7 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Excursion: BRIKSDAL GLAIER, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, traveling by small motorized "Troll cars" and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier's breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

Please note: It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner (included) and overnight at the Hotel Union in Fjord View room.

Union Hotel ****+

Day 8 GEIRANGER (B, D)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape.

After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll's path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop in-route (not included). In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Union in Fjord View room.

Union Hotel ****+

Day 9 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in to the hotel.

Hotel Continental *****

Day 10 OSLO (B)
Monday

After breakfast, we will embark on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian Capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdøy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included); Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. Afternoon at leisure.

Hotel Continental *****

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)
Tuesday

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

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality.

Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour.

Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 13 STOCKHOLM (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. A  Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Arlanda Airport*

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

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