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ESCORTED VACATION - Guaranteed departures escorted in English only. All local visits and guiding in English. Scheduled departures - 12-day/11-night tour visiting Copenhagen, Oslo, Eidfjord, Bergen, Stalheim, Flaam, Fagernes, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Includes accommodation with breakfast daily, 4 dinners, arrival and departure transfers, touring by private coach,accommodation in an outside cabin on 2 overnight ferries from Copenhagen to Oslo and Stockholm to Helsinki, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
Day 1: Arrival to Copenhagen
Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet and amp; greet by Via Hansa and amp; Borealis English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Via Hansa and amp; Borealis welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader.
A short welcome meeting will be held in the evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.
Hotel: Scandic Copenhagen (First Class)
Day 2: Copenhagen - Oslo (overnight ferry)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will depart by private coach with our guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. This tour will be the perfect introduction to and quot;Wonderful Copenhagen and quot;. We begin with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street and quot;Stroeget and quot; begins. We will pass by Tivoli Gardens, the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque, and the National Museum. Next, you will see the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church.
We will drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with its world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and boats. We will continue on to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royalresidence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, we will stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace from the outside, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends at the hotel. In the afternoon, private coach transfer to the pier to embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. Depart to Oslo at approximately 4:30pm. Buffet dinner will be served on board.
NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board. (B, D)
Hotel: DFDS Seaways Overnight Ferry (First Class)
Day 3: Oslo - Eidfjord
Breakfast on board. Arrival in Oslo at 9:45am. After disembarking, we will board our private coach. We will drive across Høenefoss and the landscape of Nesbyen, alternating between pine forests and lakes, before reaching the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Proceed through Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains. We will continue to Hardangervidda and visit the Voringfossen waterfall before reaching Eidfjord, where our hotel is located. Checkin and dinner at the hotel is included. (B, D) and nbsp;
Hotel: Quality Hotel Voringfoss (First Class)
Day 4: Eidfjord - Bergen
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord by crossing Hardanger Bridge. This bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, we will continue along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests until we arrive in Bergen - known as the capital of the fjords. In the afternoon, a panoramic sightseeing tour is included, during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish market, and the old Bryggen area (no entrances included). The evening is at your leisure. (B)
Optional: Fløibanen - View Bergen from the peak of Mt. Fløyen
The Fløibanen funicular in Bergen in the heart of Bergen is one of Norway's best-known attractions. The journey up to the peak of Mount Fløyen (320 m above sea level) takes 5-8 minutes. The journey is an experience in itself, cutting through the steep mountainside and forests and revealing more of the city below. At the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen and the Norwegian coast line.
Day 5: Bergen - Stalheim
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure to further explore the stunning fjord capital of Bergen. Early afternoon departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. After a short break, the journey continues towards Naeroy Valley where our hotel is situated. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy the breathtaking views down the Stalheim Gorge. Dinner is included at the hotel. (B, D) and nbsp;
Hotel: Stalheim Hotel (First Class)
Day 6: Stalheim - Flåm - Fagernes
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the coach continues down the Naeroy valley to Gudvangen, where we embark on a ferry along the Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest and most popular fjord journeys in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flåm where you will have some free time if you do not choose to join the optional tour with the famous panoramic train ride Flåmsbana. (B, D)
Optional: Flåmsbana (Available only by pre-booking)
Flamsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2-hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, and 20 tunnels and offers a multitude of views. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters above sea level.
Optional: Stegastein Viewpoint
An unmissable sightseeing trip for any visitor to Flåm. The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Laerdal. This structure, which juts out 30 meters from the mountainside and 650 meters above the fjord, offers an unparalleled panorama. It is difficult to imagine a more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding countryside. In the afternoon, the coach journey continues along the Aurlandsfjord via Aurland and Laerdal. A photo stop is made at the popular Borgund Stave church (entrance not included) before continuing on the last part of the journey to Fagernes. Check-in and later, dinner at the hotel
Hotel: Scandic Valdres (First Class)
Day 7: Fagernes - Oslo
After breakfast, we travel towards Oslo, leaving the mountains behind us. Early afternoon arrival in Oslo and check-in to the hotel. Experience a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera House, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, and pass the Royal Palace and the main street of Karl Johan. The tour ends at your hotel from where you will have the evening to further explore the Viking capital at your own pace. (B)
Hotel: Thon Hotel Opera (First Class)
Day 8: Oslo - Stockholm
Today, head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests. Cross the border and enter the county of Varmland in Sweden. Throughout the balance of the day, enjoy the drive through typical Swedish landscapes with fertile farmland, blue lakes, and thick forests. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Stockholm. (B)
Hotel: Scandic Hotel Grand Central (First Class)
Day 9: Explore Stockholm
Hotel: Scandic Hotel Grand Central (First Class)
Day 10: Stockholm - Helsinki (overnight ferry)
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, private coach transfer to the pier to board one of the comfortable overnight ferries of the Tallink Silja Line. Sail along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki. (B)
Day 11: Explore Helsinki
Arrival in Helsinki. Experience a 2-hour 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 the Lutheran Cathedral. We will also see the colourful Market Square, Kaivopuisto Park, diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshal Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski, and the Sibelius Monument. In addition, we will make a stop at Temppeliaukio Church - also called the "Rock Church", as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). End the tour at the hotel. The afternoon is at your leisure. (B)
Hotel: Scandic Simonkentta Helsinki (First Class)
Day 12: Helsinki-Departure
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