Nordic Capitals & Fjords of Dreams
ESCORTED - 10 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Copenhagen | Oslo | Lofthus | Bergen | Flåm | Loen | Geiranger
Oslo | Stockholm | Tallinn | Helsinki
Tours start in Copenhagen on Saturdays
Departures May 26, June 30, July 07, 21, 28, August 04, 11, 18, 25,
& September 01, 2018
Day 01: Arrive Copenhagen
Arrive today in Copenhagen and look for our representative, who will transfer you and your fellow travelers to your newly renovated hotel for check in.
Meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby tonight and enjoy a welcome drink while being informed about the upcoming tour. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sites of the city.
Skt. Petri Hotel
NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from Copenhagen Kastrup Airport to your hotel on the official start date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
Day 02: Copenhagen
Scandinavian buffet breakfast at hotel.
This morning you’ll begin a 3-hour city sightseeing tour with a local English-speaking guide, which will cover the highlights of wonderful Copenhagen: drive towards City Hall Square and the famous pedestrian street Strøget, pass Tivoli Gardens, the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque, and the National Museum. You’ll also see the Old Stock Exchange, the Naval Church, the Royal Danish Theatre, and Nyhavn, make a photo stop at the royal residence of Amalienborg palace, and drive past Christiansborg Palace (housing of the Danish Parliament).
The tour ends at the hotel, with the afternoon and evening are at leisure to enjoy the highlights of the city on your own.
Skt. Petri Hotel
Day 03: Copenhagen - Oslo
After a tasty Danish buffet breakfast, morning free in Copenhagen. In the afternoon you will be transferred by private coach to the DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo.
Enjoy a delicious Scandinavian buffet dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat on your way to the Norwegian Viking capital. There is dancing and entertainment on board, or you may prefer to sit out on deck and watch the sunset before retiring to your Commodore Class outside cabin with Queen-size bed and shower/WC.
NOTE: for clients that need twin beds, a standard outside cabin will be provided for this cruise portion. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise to avoid having to carry your suitcases to and from the cabin.
Day 04: Oslo - Hardangerfjord - Lofthus
Breakfast onboard as you sail up the Oslofjord. After arrival disembark and board your private coach. Drive past Hønefoss, Nesbyen, and along the picturesque Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo.
Continue across the scenic Hardanger Mountain Plateau to the idyllic Hardangerfjord, where we arrive at Lofthus—a favorite of composer Edvard Grieg’s, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner and accommodation tonight is in a picturesque fjord view room (included) at a local four star hotel on the fjord.
Day 05: Lofthus - Hardangerfjord - Bergen
After breakfast we’ll depart Lofthus and travel to back along the fjord until we reach Brimnes; here you’ll cross the splendid Hardangerfjord by travelling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. Drive along the Hardangerfjord to Bergen, the old Hanseatic capital of western Norway and the gateway to the fjords.
Tonight you’ll stay at a newly renovated four star hotel located in the city center by Bryggen Harbor. In the afternoon, a local English-speaking guide will take you on a 2-hour panoramic Bergen city tour: you’ll discover St. Mary’s Church, the exterior of Haakon’s Hall, colorful fish markets, and the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Harbor area (no entrances).
Tonight you’ll have a free evening to explore the city.
Bergen Bors Hotel
Day 06: Bergen - Flåm - Flåm Railroad - Loen
You’ll have a delicious buffet breakfast this morning before departing from Bergen to the town of Voss, where snow-clad mountains ring the town. Board the train across the mountain plateau to Myrdal, where you will change trains and board the world-famous Flåm Railroad, the highlight of the day! Experience one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys as you descend to the quaint fjord village of Flåm.
Enjoy some free time in Flåm before boarding an afternoon ferry, which will carry you on a breathtaking crossing along two branches—the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord—of the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest open fjord in the world. Disembark in Gudvangen, catch a scheduled coach, and travel through two beautiful regions: Lærdal and Skei.
Arrive in Loen in the late afternoon and check in at a prestigious local hotel, located between the misty peaks and greenery of the Innvikfjorden. Enjoy dinner here and a stay in a fjord view room (included).
Day 07: Loen - Briksdal Glacier (Optional) - Geiranger
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Today you’ll have the option to either enjoy the hospitality of your hotel—which includes a luxurious spa and indoor/outdoor heated pool—or join the excursion to explore Briksdal Glacier, a famous and breathtaking blue glacier tongue which is part of the Jostedal Glacier. If you choose to join the Briksdal Glacier tour, you’ll travel with your guide to the very foot of the glacier. From here, you’ll alternate between small motorized ‘troll’ cars and walking through the Norwegian wilderness to the edge of the ice. Free time for lunch (not included) is provided afterward.
Travel back to the main group at your hotel and leave Loen in the late afternoon. We’ll continue through the Norwegian fjords to the famous Dalsnibba observation point—an extraordinary 4,800 feet above sea level—located above the UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord. Continue down to Geiranger and stay in a fjord view room (included) at a stunning four star hotel located on the fjord. We’ll spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of mountains and fjords, and get the most out of this extraordinary part of the world.
Dinner is at your hotel after a special tour of the Mjelva family’s classic car collection, used in the 1920s and 1930s to show guests of the hotel the beauty of the Geirangerfjord.
NOTE: The optional excursion to Briksdal Glacier must be booked in advance. Price: $78. Passengers who choose not to join the excursion will be picked up at the hotel prior to leaving Loen. Visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climatic conditions, and is not guaranteed.
Day 08: Geiranger
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we board a ferry and cross the dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site-listed Geirangerfjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape.
After disembarkation in Hellesylt, we’ll travel north along Trollstigen or the 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 roughly 100 km of incredible landscape. Lunch stop en-route (lunch is not included).
We’ll return to our hotel in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner.
NOTE: Trollstigen Road tour weather permitting; the road is subject to occasional closure due to weather conditions.
Day 09: Geiranger - Oslo
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure by coach towards the capital of Oslo, crossing the exciting Grotli Mountains to Lom, renowned for its well preserved 12th-century stave church. The tour continues, descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley via Otta with late afternoon arrival into Oslo. Overnight at a centrally-located five star hotel.
Day 10: Oslo
Breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast meet your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour Oslo sightseeing tour. You will enjoy a magnificent view of the Oslofjord from the new Opera House before continuing to Bygdøy to visit highlights such as the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), Vigeland's Park, and more. You will also pass the Royal Palace and Karl Johan Boulevard on the way back to your hotel.
The afternoon and evening are free to explore Oslo on your own.
Day 11: Oslo - Stockholm
After breakfast, continue by coach or train towards the Swedish border, crossing into the attractive province of Värmland via the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. You’ll reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Accommodation at a deluxe five star hotel ideally located in the city center.
Hotel At Six
Day 12: Stockholm
Breakfast at hotel followed by a 3-hour city sightseeing tour by coach with a local English-speaking guide. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, and more. 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.
The afternoon is free in Stockholm, with an optional visit to the famous Vasa Museum.
Hotel At Six
NOTE: The optional Vasa Museum tour, a museum built entirely around the famous Vasa warship which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, is a private 2-hour guided group tour. Price: $68 per person.
Day 13: Stockholm - Tallinn
Before you depart on the afternoon’s Baltic Cruise to Tallinn, morning free in Stockholm. In the afternoon we’ll transfer you by private coach from hotel to pier for your cruise on the Tallink Line ferry.
Depart on the cruise from Stockholm, sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. A special 3-course dinner and accommodations in a 2-berth outside Deluxe cabin with shower/WC is on board, along with a selection of entertainment, bars, and shops.
Day 14: Tallinn
Enjoy a special buffet breakfast as you sail into Tallinn. Meet your local guide for a private transfer to your five star centrally located hotel followed by a 3-hour panoramic city tour with a local English-speaking guide.
The sightseeing tour starts out by coach, followed by a walking tour of Tallinn Old Town which includes Toompea Hill, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, and the Dome Church. We continue our walk along Puhavaimu Street to the Latin Quarter, where you will find open markets, studios and shops of local artisans. From here it’s a short walk back to the hotel, where the city tour of Tallinn ends.
The rest of the afternoon is free for independent exploration.
Radisson Blue Sky Hotel
Day 15: Tallinn - Helsinki
Breakfast buffet at your hotel. The morning is at leisure until your transfer from your hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki.
On arrival in Helsinki, meet your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as ‘The Daughter of the Baltic Sea’. The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral, the colorful Market Square by the sea, the statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski, and the Sibelius Monument. Time and availability permitting, a visit will also be made to Temppeliaukio Church – known as the ‘Rock Church’ as it is carved into solid rock.
The tour ends at your centrally located five star hotel.
Day 16: Helsinki Departure
Enjoy a final buffet breakfast at your hotel, and then meet one of our representatives to be transferred to Helsinki Vantaa Airport for your flight home.
NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from your hotel to Helsinki airport on the official end date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.
- 15 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki
- 13 nights’ accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts (15) and 6 dinners as per itinerary, in centrally-located deluxe/first class hotels (fjord view rooms at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra, & Hotel Union), all rooms with private facilities
- 1 night cruise Copenhagen – Oslo (Commodore Class Cabins, except if Twin is required—then 2 berth Outside Cabin), including shower/WC, dinner, and buffet breakfast on board
- 1 night cruise Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Outside Cabin)
- Guided tours with local English-speaking guide in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki, all entrances included as outlined. All listed sightseeing tours are conducted in a private coach and in English only (Spanish or Portuguese speaking guests will have own coach for all city tours)
- Arrival transfer (Copenhagen) and departure transfer (Helsinki) as stated in itinerary above
- Ferry crossing in Norway
- Train Voss-Myrdal and Flåm Railroad excursion (Myrdal-Flåm)
- High speed ferry Tallinn - Helsinki
- Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 01-15 (English & Spanish or Portuguese)
- Luggage assistance at all hotels excluding days 01 and 16
- Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and air conditioning
NOTE: Prices do not include beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above.
Optional services available for pre-booking: Optional excursion to the Briksdal Glacier on day 07: USD $78 per person, must be pre-booked. Optional Vasa Museum group tour on day 12: $68 per person.
2018 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES View Escorted Tour Specials
*Prices are per person sharing twin-bedded room. Tours start in Copenhagen on Saturdays.
Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates & availability per 7/16/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a land-only tour. Guests 7 years or older are welcome; children 7-18 years old must travel with an adult. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.
Third person in extra bed/special child discount! Deduct $457 from posted per person double room rates. Extra bed discount only applies to third person 12 years or older. Child discount (7-12 years): $857.