Scenic Scandinavia

Norway + 1, 2 or 3 great Scandinavian cities
10, 12 or 14 days
June and July
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Choose between 3 versions of this great tour, to see the very best of Scandinavia. Start in Oslo, continue to historic Bergen then onwards to the magnificent Norwegian fjords. Ride on the famous Norway in a Nutshell railway to Flam, enjoying the spectacular scenery, magnificent waterways, green wooded mountains, lakes and waterfalls and much more.

Then you have the option to finish the tour in Stockholm, add Helsinki and then add wonderful Copenhagen. 

10 Days/9 Nights: Oslo to Stockholm
12 Days/11 Nights: Oslo to Helsinki
14 Days/13 Nights: Oslo to Copenhagen

Day 1 Oslo Arrival 
On arrival, transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to your hotel, and time at leisure. Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of Oslofjord and is known for its green spaces and wonderful museums, vibrant social scene and close proximity to the fjords and mountains of the south and west. Your tour escort will meet you at 19:45hrs tonight (before dinner) in the hotel lobby. Dinner and overnight at Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, centrally located close to Karl Johans Gate. 

Day 2 Oslo - Ulvik: Valleys, Mountains & Waterfalls 
After breakfast, visit the famous Viking Ship Museum. Then depart from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the mountain resort town of Geilo. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue across the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall, with a drop of 180 metres, the highest in Norway. Descend the amazing Mabodal Canyon to idyllic Hardanger Fjord, then cross the Hardanger bridge and on to Ulvik. Dinner and overnight at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 3 Ulvik - Bergen: Hardangerfjord & Historic City
After breakfast start the scenic drive along the Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards and vivd green fields, travelling via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, to arrive in the old Hanseatic trading town of Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant, before a 2 hour tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and also the old Hanseatic Quarter. Take a ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Overnight at the First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets. (Please note dinner tonight is NOT included)

Day 4 Bergen - Flam - Balestrand: Flam Railway & Sognefjord
After breakfast, depart Bergen and drive via Dale to Voss, to board the Bergen Railway train bound for Myrdal mountain station. From Myrdal, we ride on the amazing Flåm Railway - a masterpiece of engineering which descends 865 metres in less than 1 hour. The journey will take you to the charming, fjordside village of Flåm, with many photo opportunities and a few stops along the way, passing waterfalls and spectacular mountain scenery.

After a short time in Flam, enjoy a 2 hour cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, the world's longest and deepest fjord and known as the "Queen of the Fjords". Enjoy spectacular cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks and a variety of wildlife. Disembark in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, and continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, and across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes. Here we take a short ferry ride across to beautiful Balestrand. 2 nights with dinner at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 5 Balestrand Day at Leisure
A day at leisure in Balestrand gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. Start with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room, as you decide how to spend your day. This morning, you may want to relax on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. Or you may like to visit the local aquarium and art gallery, rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up the neaby mountains. A walking tour of Balestrand village, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites, can also be arranged. Dinner and 2nd night at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 6 Balestrand - Geiranger
After breakfast, depart by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, before a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sognefjord. Continue by road to Fjaerland, passing under Jostedal Glacier (Europe's largest), then on to Skei Village at the northern end of Lake Jølster. Descend to beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit world-famous Briksdal Glacier, then journey up to the glacier in open cars, for the best views. Afterwards, enjoy a typical Norwegian lunch, served in sight of the glacier.

After lunch continue via Loen and Stryn, to picturesque Hellesylt village. From here, continue by ferry on a 1 hour cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise, you will pass close to some magnificent waterfalls, including the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters falls. Dinner and overnight at the Union Hotel, overlooking Geiranger Fjord.

Day 7 Geiranger - Oslo
Depart from Geiranger and then from atop the famous Serpentine Road, enjoy the  amazing views of the fjord and surrounding areas, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th Century stave church. Then continue via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to lovely Lillehammer, where we stop for lunch. Afterwards, the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and overnight at Thon  Hotel Opera Oslo.

Day 8 Oslo - Stockholm
After breakfast, depart from Oslo, and continue by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad then travel on through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes, to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner tonight and 2 nights at the Clarion Hotel Sign. 

Day 9 Stockholm: City Sightseeing & Afternoon Free
Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. With 750 years of history and a rich cultural life, this is a truly extraordinary place. Start today with a 4 hour guided tour of the city - the famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, and the Royal Theatre. 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 impressive Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. The afternoon is free- perhaps visit the famous Vasa Museum or take one of the canal tours, to see the city from a differrent angle. 2nd night at the Clarion Hotel Sign. (Please note dinner tonight is NOT included)

Day 10 Stockholm - Helsinki: Cruise the Archipelago 
The 10 day tour Oslo to Stockholm ends after breakfast, with transfer to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport. 
Morning free in Stockholm- walk the charming streets of the famous old town, Gamla Stan, and enjoy sitting in the many bars, cafes and restaurants, to watch the passing parade. Or indulge in some Nordic shopping in the many quirky boutiques and homeware stores. In the afternoon transfer from the hotel to the pier, and board the ferry for the overnight voyage to Helsinki. Sail slowly down the picturesque archipelago, past numerous small islands, and enjoy dinner on board. There is a choice of entertainment on the ferry including bars, shops and a casino. Overnight in a 2-berth outside cabin with private facilities (with sole use of the cabin).

Day 11 Helsinki: City Sightseeing, Afternoon Free then return to Stockholm 
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbour. Disembark, retaining your cabin on the ferry. Then enjoy a 3 hour guided tour of Helsinki- famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more.

The afternoon is free - explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour, or visit charming Suomenlinna Fortress, since 1991 on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and a unique monument to European military architecture. In the late afternoon make your own way back to the pier, for the return overnight ferry to Stockholm. Overnight in a 2-berth outside cabin with private facilities (with sole use of the cabin), with dinner on board. 

Day 12 Stockholm - Copenhagen 
Following breakfast, the ferry arrives back into Stockholm at 09:30hrs. The 12 day tour Oslo-Helsinki-Stockholm ends today after disembarkation breakfast with with a transfer to Stockholm's Arlanda Airport.

Other guests travel on by coach through southern Sweden to picturesque Lake Vattern, with a stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue through the countryside via Jonkoping to Malmo. Cross the famous Oresund Bridge from Sweden to Denmark, to arrrive in wonderful Copenhagen in the early evening. Dinner tonight and 2 nights at the Admiral Hotel, located close to the Amalienborg Palace, the old Nyhavn harbour and the pedestrian streets.  

Day 13 Copenhagen Sightseeing & Tivoli Gardens
The day starts with a 3 hour guided panoramic tour of the city. Famous sights include Royal Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament Buildings), Gefion Fountain,  Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid.

The afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city. Copenhagen is one of the best small cities in the world. With a history that dates back to 1043, the city is full of cultural landmarks, beautiful and significant buildings, charming waterways, interesting sights and museums. Walk down the shopping street Strøget, visit the Nyhavn area of lively bars and restaurants and sample some of the famous new Nordic Cuisine. Your tour escort will provide you with entrance tickets to the famous Tivoli Gardens.

2nd overnight at the Admiral Hotel. (Please note dinner tonight is NOT included)

Day 14 Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport and end of arrangements.

2018 Departures:

10 Days/9 Nights - Oslo-Stockholm: 19, 26 June;  03, 10, 17, 24, 31 July 

12 Days/11 Nights - Oslo-Helsinki: 19, 26 June;  03, 10, 17, 24, 31 July 

14 Days/13 Nights - Oslo-Copenhagen: 19, 26 June;  03, 10, 17, 24, 31 July 

Includes:  10 Days / 9 Nights Oslo-Stockholm
9 nights accommodation in standard rooms, breakfast daily, lunch (Days 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8),  3-course dinners (except in Bergen, 2nd night in Stockholm). Visit to the Viking Museum, Oslo. 2 hour guided tour of Bergen incl. a ride on the Mt Floien funicular. Ride on the Bergen and Flam Railways, Voss-Myrdal-Flam. 2 hour cruise Sogn and Naeroy Fjords, 1 hour cruise on Geiranger Fjord. Excursion to Briksdal Glacier, 4 hour guided tour of Stockholm including the entrance to City Hall. All visits and ferry crossings, as shown. Luggage assistance at the hotels while with the group. English speak tour escort throughout the tour. Transport by modern, deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts. Transfers from Airport to Hotel on first and last days of the tour only. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement.

Includes: 12 Days / 11 Nights Oslo - Stockholm and Helsinki
All abovementioned services plus cruise Stockholm-Helsinki-Stockholm in 2 berth outside cabin with 2 buffet dinners and breakfast onboard, 3 hour guided tour of Helsinki. 

Includes: 14 Days / 13 Nights Oslo - Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen
All abovementioned services plus 2 nights accommodation in standard rooms in Copenhagen including breakfast daily, lunch (Day 12), dinner at the hotel (Day 12), 3 hr guided tour of Copenhagen, entrance to Tivoli Gardens.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4239.00
Single AUD$ 5175.00

The price shown here is for the tour 10 Days/9 Nights - Oslo-Stockholm and includes: 9 nights accommodation in standard rooms, breakfast daily, lunch (Days 2, 3, 6, 7 & 8),  3-course dinners (except in Bergen, 2nd night in Stockholm). Visit to the Viking Museum, Oslo. 2 hour guided tour of Bergen incl. a ride on the Mt Floien funicular. Ride on the Bergen and Flam Railways, Voss-Myrdal-Flam. 2 hour cruise Sogn and Naeroy Fjords, 1 hour cruise on Geiranger Fjord. Excursion to Briksdal Glacier, 4 hour guided tour of Stockholm including the entrance to City Hall. All visits and ferry crossings, as shown. Luggage assistance at the hotels while with the group. English speak tour escort throughout the tour. Transport by modern, deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts.

Please ask us for the prices for the longer tours

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