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This tour is a fantastic combination of our absolute favorite things to do in Iceland, from the iconic sites of the South Coast and West to hidden treasures and local flavors such as lava caving, Blue Lagoon bathing, traditional tastes and storytelling and, of course, northern light hunting! Get the ultimate introduction to Iceland! Visit the amazing highlights of both West and South Coast of Iceland. Each day brings unique experiences with local traditions and adventures that the Icelanders themselves love best, such as tasting traditional hot spring bread and and visiting a colourful lava cave. At the day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of the Northern Lights. We are proud of our carefully selected local guides who bring their own charm and flavour to this tour.

  1. Day 1
    Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
    Highlights: Reykjavik, National Museum, Hallgrimskirkja.Upon arrival in Keflavik International Airport, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. Transfers from airport to hotel. Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik's old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city's outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland's nature and landscape. Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital. Tonight will be an information meeting (around 18:00-6:00pm) for people in the group to meet each other and to learn more about the tour. Overnight stay in Reykjavik at Icelandair Hotel Natura.
  2. Day 2
    Day 2 : Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes peninsula, Borgarf
    Highlights: Snaefellsjokull National Park, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Kirkjufell, Borgarnes, Glacier-crowned Volcano, Volcanic Formations, Fishing Villages, Icelandic tales, Lava Cave.Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your local guide in the hotel lobby. Depart Reykjavik with your guide and driver traveling northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay) on your way to the rugged coastline Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Known as "Iceland in a Nutshell" this area will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes that can be seen in Iceland, but in one area. This is part of the remote and tranquil Snaefellsjokull National Park, named after the peninsula's magnificent glacier-crowned volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). The mountain is said to be protected by a benevolent spirit, and you'll surely feel recharged as you drive through this beautiful park. You'll visit secluded and charming fishing villages as you head along the northern peninsula. View Iceland's most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, and its surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales. In nearby Grundarfjordur village, you'll meet a local storyteller in his home for some funny insights, facts and fables about the Icelanders. Continue along the coastline, making some amazing stops to admire columnar basalt formations and the crashing waves of the North Atlantic. The afternoon's highlight a visit to the spectacular Vatnshellir, an 8000 year-old lava cave located at the foot of the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier. An expert cave guide will show you the amazing and beautiful features of Vatnshellir. The road then leads to the Borgarfjordur, a scenic and historical area of West Iceland Dinner and overnight in West Iceland at B59 Hotel. If weather conditions are favorable tonight, you may head out on foot with your guide to search for the elusive Aurora Borealis in the area of your hotel. Otherwise, the northern lights hunt would be on another night of your tour. (BD)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Day 3: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir
    Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Gullfoss Geysir. Ancient parliament and Mid-Atlantic Ridge, Golden Waterfall, Lively Geysers.Breakfast at your hotel before heading on to the famous Golden Circle route. Iceland's Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions. Start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930. This parliament has now become the world's oldest ongoing. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. You can walk along a path taking you between the canyon marking the location of the ridge. Head through scenic farmlands to the celebrated Gullfoss waterfall, believed by many to be Iceland's most beautiful falls. Nearby is the Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. The most famous of these is Strokkur, a high-spouting geyser that erupts every ten minutes. As a local and cultural treat today, you'll stop at tiny Laugarvatn village for a taste of traditional "hot spring bread" that has been cooked in the warm ground by geothermal hot springs. Overnight and Dinner in the South at Icelandair Hotel Fludir or Hotel Gullfoss. (BD)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    Day 4: LAVA Center, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Eld
    Highlights: Hekla, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajokull, Skogafoss, Vik, Eldhraun Lava Field, Scenic Waterfalls, Lava Center, Volcanic Views, Lava Flow, Magnificent Glaciers.Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the iconic South Shore , an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Depending on the weather, you might also get a glimpse of beautiful Mount Hekla, Iceland's most frequently-erupting volcano. South Iceland is home to the LAVA Center, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Center's cinema. As you travel onwards, you might get a glimpse of Eyjafjallajokull, the famous ice-capped volcano whose 2010 eruption halted air traffic worldwide. Stop at two spectacular waterfalls, each with its own charm and character. Depending on the trail conditions you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss. Skogafoss is one of the country's most photographed waterfalls and is said to be the hiding place for ancient treasure. Head onwards, passing over Eldhraun, the surreal and vast lava landscapes that were created in one single flow - the largest known in history. You will start seeing views of glaciers as you head into the southeast Iceland, and the region of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. (BD)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Day 5: Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajokull Park, Vik
    Highlights: Vatnajokull, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Vík, Western Europe's Largest National Park, Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs, Europe's Largest Glacier.Breakfast at your hotel. Today you'll be in the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. The entire park covers almost 14% of Iceland's landmass, and it's considered the largest national park in Western Europe. Start with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the deep glacial waters. With luck, you might also see seals relaxing in the area. Nearby, is the stunning Diamond Beach where crystal clear remains of icebergs linger on the black sand before disappearing into the ocean. Then visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a beautiful "fire and ice" region created by volcanic activity and ringed by many glaciers. This is the home to Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Head west, passing through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. The road leads to Vik, Iceland's southernmost village. Visit Reynisfjara beach, where you can take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Dinner and overnight in Vik at KEA Hotel Katla. (BD)
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Day 6: Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik
    Highlights: Kleifarvatn Krysuvik Grindavík The Blue Lagoon Reykjavik, Reykjanes Seacoast, Moon-like landscapes, Colorful Geothermal Area, Relaxing Spa.Breakfast at your hotel. Today you'll take a beautiful coastal road that leads onto the breath-taking Reykjanes peninsula. Reykjanes was designated a UNESCO Geopark in 2915 because of its many interesting geothermal and volcanic features, and it's a fantastic place to explore. Visit Strandarkirkja, a pretty wooden church typical of those in rural Iceland. There is a long-standing tradition that prayers in the church have helped provide luck and success to fishermen working on the dangerous seas in the area. The small church is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds. Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake's southern end lies Krysuvik, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth's crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, brightly-colored mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. This is home to Grindavik, a town with a sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavik (lunch is on your own), head for the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland's raw nature. Here you can enjoy a lovely soak in the healing waters of the lagoon a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Overnight in Reykjavik at Icelandair Hotel Natura. Dinner is on your own. (B)
    Meals: Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    Day 7: Departure
    Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. (B)
    Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

  • Informational meeting on evening of day 1
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 4 one-course dinners with coffee / tea (days 2-5)
  • Local storyteller visit in Grundarfjordur town (day 2)
  • Use of safety equipment for cave tour on day 2 (helmets, torches/flashlights)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Northern Lights hunting kit on day 2 or 3 (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

SITA World Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.7
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
3.8
Professional Staff
4
Repeat with Operator
3.4
Value for Money
3.5

Ratings based off 93 reviews about SITA World Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

Madagascar is a hard place but the folks made it a pleasant visit.

Affordable tours did a remarkable job on our trip to Italy. The itinerary was very detailed and, although there were a couple of minor changes during the week, we were extremely satisfied with the accommodations, the level of professionalism and knowledge of the tour guides, and would not hesitate to recommend them for your next vacation.

Guides were good, especially Gin.

While the hotels were rated 3+ stars, they are group travel hotels - fair rooms and buffet breakfast and dinner. It's OK as an experience and the food was adequate.

1. We were never informed that this would be a bilingual tour! Very disappointing and annoying! We could not bond with 3/4 of the guests or understand their questions and answers. We were the only Americans on most of the trip. 2. We were totally unaware of the fact that we could have upgraded our hotels. 3. 50% of the buses provided did not have Wi-Fi available. Some didn't even have overhead lights. 4. Buffets provided in Morocco's hotels were almost inedible. Very few choices and actually hardly anything was palatable. 5. The tour guide for Morocco (Idame ?) was unenthusiastic and did nothing extra to make this more enjoyable (doing his job-"phoning it in")One problem was the optional tour on April 16, Fantasia, was 65 but he was charging US$83. By any account I could find this was not a fair and equitable exchange rate.

Three nights in Queensttown at the Rydges was more of an economy motel than a first class hotel. The intra-country transportation was on passenger buses with many stops and pickups encounter from one location to another. Also I thought transfer back to airport would be private like the meet and greet but was a shared airport shuttle with several stops.

I know that the price was right for the tour that was offered, but the accommodation were not that great. I had done several tours before. even one in the Germany- Hungary area just a few days before, and I was always in a group where we all started together with a meeting the night before at the first hotel and the whole group stayed together for the whole tour. In this occasion there was people s joining the group and leaving all the time, And we were separated in two hotels, the nicer hotel for some of them and the second grade hotel for the rest of us. That made us feel discriminated and divided into two groups. Yes, you may think that we were being able to afford this tour, but I still think that for the price we paid, we did not get the value.

I have been traveling once or twice a year and so far this is the WORSE!!! Never imagined this kind of tour can still exist with so many choices around. Kanesia who booked us was wonderful. She was very professional and courteous but the tour itself was a nightmare from start to finish!! When we arrived at the airport, when we notify the lady holding our name card she just pointed to the driver and walked away without any word of assurance and explanation not even an eye contact! WOW! Next the driver dropped us off the hotel and that is it. No receiving party nor the hotel desk knows anything. Our daughter arrived later in the evening and nobody picked her up from the airport. She has to take a taxi alone in the middle of the night, a young lady in an unknown city. Paid extra to the driver for being grateful. All these times we tried contacting the local operator many times, NO ANSWER!!! Our schedule given to us (refer to page 3/10 on the attached documents, it says we are free the next day. Day 3 (Saturday) in Rome. The next day, we were suddenly awakened by the front desk saying that somebody is picking us up for a 3 hour Rome walking tour. We panicked and dressed so fast hardly able to comb our hair. During that time, the person who picked us up gave me the paper about today's schedule please refer to Italia Gartour page A indicated attached. The hotel had a very tight shower and not even a soap dish inside the shower.The trip after Pompeii was chaotic. Transferring from one bus to another. The guide was so disorganized exchanging passengers with another bus and we looked after our own luggage and wheel them to another bus. The hotel in Sorrento was a breather to be fair. Grand Hotel Vesuvio was nice quite and great location. Good food and staff. The brochure description of the trip from Sorrento to Amalfi was that we will be passing through breathtaking views and what happened we were separated from the other parties and we were driven through the highway and into the mountains then dropped off in a hotel in Maouri. We were on our own confused thinking we were in Amalfi itself. Again no receiving party at the hotel. We towed our own luggage and checked in and not knowing what is next!!! We have to inquire from the front desk how to get to Amalfi. Good thing he was very helpful even in broken English. The worse part is going back to Rome where our service voucher and revised itinerary showed we were booked with the Building Hotel. We were dropped off by the bus near the taxi station and it was raining so hard and we dragged our luggage in those cobble stone falling in line at the taxi line. We have to beg the taxi to take us in since there are 3 of us with luggage and it cannot fit in a regular sedan. When we arrived at the hotel another surprise that our name is not in the list and they are fully booked. Refer to the attached documents. We have to take another taxi to the proper hotel. THIS IS A TOTAL NIGHTMARE instead of a dream vacation. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! I will spread the word and I hope you better drop this tour operator. SO DISORGANIZED and INCOMPETENT!!!!

1. The guide is making us take taxis and meeting them places since others are staying at different hotels. Definitely not what I have experienced in the past, I am used to the tour bus coming for us, when it says "transportation provided" 2. So far Day 2 and 3 are not as advertised. 9/29: Had to provide own transportation. Met group at 1030 at BMW Welt, left at 11, drove to Marienplatz, watched the glockenspiel. At 1215 we were dismissed, no tour of Munich did not visit the city's main attractions. Had to provide our own transportation to Dinner. 9/30: Had to take a cab to other guests hotel, did not leave until almost 9, did not get to Berchtesgaden until 11, after Eagles Nest I had to complain, because they were going to skip the lake, we were only allowed to go for 40 minutes, no possibility to take the boat trip. Had to get own transportation back from other hotel. Dinner was supposed to be provided but was not. She said it is not included but our itinerary says dinner and breakfast 9/30 10/1 Did not leave until after 9 did not have enough time in Rothenburg Ober Taber, Itinerary says "tour" of well perserved castle-but we did not tour it, we walked up to one gate and took pictures, 10/2 Bamberg was OK, should have skipped Bayreuth and had more time in Nuremberg 10/3 Wurzburg: was very nice, could have used more time, needed to get going earlier each day. Would have been nice to have a driving tour of Frankfurt upon arrival. Tour should have advertised this was a National Holiday, most all shops were closed. The guide did not seem to know much about each stop, could have benefitted from a local guide at stops, and or side excursions should have been available.

It said it included: "Holy Land crafted to CATER to Catholic individuals. Daily Holy Mass included." The guide was not Catholic nor the other couple which made things uncomfortable. I got to go to one Mass. I considered cancelling after the first day but felt it would not be fair to my grandson who was traveling with me. I do not blame the guide, he was great considering, but I feel I was miss lead. I could not recommend this trip to any Catholics. I have made Sita World aware of my opinion.

We had a wonderful experience and all of the local guides were top notch. Having a personal guide allowed us to see so much more in the limited time we had. Also, we saved so much time not having to wait in line for tickets, not getting lost and having to find transportation. It made our trip so much more enjoyable and relaxed. In addition, we learned so much about the local way of life. My children benefited from this greatly. For the slight additional amount of money you pay, you gain so much more value in your travel experience.

We had local guides, drivers and even an armed guard accompany us to all the sites. The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable and wanted us to feel completely safe and happy at all times. Abeer was our guide in Cairo and she was absolutely fantastic!! She helped us to understand the local customs and was very proud of the world class tourist sites we visited. Loay was our guide on the Nile cruise and he was equally helpful to teach us the history of the Pharohs. Both were proud of their country and proud to show it to us. One downfall was the constant prodding by the locals to sell us everything and anything. Also we had to pay to use the local restrooms and some locals were not very friendly about the amount of money offered!! Another problem was that our boat did not have 'working' wifi. We needed to stay in touch with business emails and reliable wifi is to be expected. Luckily Loay let me use his personal phone as a hotspot to obtain service - very generous of him! We travelled as a family of 4 and felt safe at all times. The drivers would drop us off at the sites and were always ready when we were to depart, no waiting at all!

SITA was not the operator of the tour, it was the tour of Baltic Visions from Riga. Unfortunately, the real tour operator was not professional enough. The tour manager even left the tour half way through. From that point it was the local tour guides only. On top of that, 90% of what was promised turned out to be optional, to be paid cash only!

The itinerary was not always correct. Messages at hotels was very helpful.


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