Charming Scandinavia

Escorted
Copenhagen, Aarhus, Stavanger, Bergen, Oslo & Stockholm
10 days
Jun - Aug
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Enjoy the best of Scandinavia including the capital cities and the stunning Norwegian fjords. Marvel at the rich cultural and historic heritage of these capitals and the wild nature of the fjords, in this fabulous part of the world. 

Day 1 Copenhagen Arrival 
Arrival into Copenhagen Airport and make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Accommodation at Scandic Sydhavnen Hotel or similar.

Day 2  Copenhagen – Odense– Aarhus
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach and start with 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. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards 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 for 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.  Afternoon departure towards the island of Fyn also called "Garden of Denmark". On our journey we will cross the Great Belt, one of the largest bridges in Europe, inaugurated in 1998. Brief stop in Odense, hometown of Hans Christian Andersen, author of children’s stories famous as "The Tin Soldier", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid". Continue towards to Aarhus in the penynsula of Jutland. Founded around the beginning of the 10th century by the Vikings, it is the second largest city and port in Denmark and also an important cultural centre. Arrive in Aarhus at the end of the day. Accommodation at Scandic Aarhus Vest Hotel or similar.

Day 3 Aarhus - Stavanger
Departure for Hirtshals and there board the ferry for crossing the Skagerrak Strait, to arrive in Kristiansand. From here we continue the journey through beautiful landscapes and fjords via Lyngdal and Kvinesdal to Stavanger, the charming port city of southern Norway. Accommodation at Scandic Forum Hotel or similar. 

Day 4 Stavanger - Bergen  
Breakfast at the hotel. Free time in the morning to expore this beautiful city. Or you might like to join an optional fjord cruise in Stavanger. Enjoy the sight of the mighty Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock) reaching into the sky above incredible Lysefjord, as well as Vagabond’s Cave, and more.

In the afternoon meet your guide to continue the journey through beautiful landscapes and magnificent fjords to Mortavika, taking the ferry from Mortravika-Arsvagen then travelling along the coast to Sandviksvagen, and on to Bergen, the second largest Norwegian city. Bergen is the "gateway to the fjords"- surrounded by seven hills and protected by a ring of islands, it is considered one of the most enchanting Norwegian cities.  Accommodation at Scandic City Hotel or similar.

Day 5 Bergen 
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our local guide for a 2-hour city sightseeing tour, during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The afternoon is at leisure. 

You might like to take an optional trip on the Floeibanen funicular  in the heart of Bergen - the journey up to the peak of Mount Floeyen (320 m above sea level) takes 5–8 minutes and is an experience in itself, cutting through the steep mountain side and forests revealing more of the city below. At the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen and Norwegian coastline. 

Day 6 Bergen – Flåm - Fagernes
Breakfast at the hotel, then we start one of the most beautiful routes of our trip, passing through regions of rare beauty, where the high mountains are mirrored in the tranquility of the lakes, before entering the narrow valleys of fjord Norway, passing Gudvangen and Naeroyfjord, the narrowest in Europe. Both of these fjords are part of the Sognfjord which, with its 204 km long and 1308 meters deep, is considered the most emblematic of Norway and the second largest in the world.

Arrival into idyllic Flam, located on the tip of Aurlandsfjord.Here you can choose to take an optional  trip onboard the world famous Flam Railway, or an optional coach trip to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint 650 metres above Aurlandsfjord. Or simply stay in Flam to enjoy the charms of the fjordside village on your own. Details of the optional tours are below.

Optional Flam Railway Duration: approximately 2 hours. The Flam Railway also known as the Flamsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2-hour return train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar Road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers a multitude of views. In the span of the trip  the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 metres above the ocean.

Optional Stegastein Viewpoint Excursion Duration: approximately 2 hours. The Stegastein Viewpoint is part of the Norwegian Scenic Route that runs from Aurland to Laerdal. The viewpoint structure juts out 30 metres from the mountainside, 650 metres above the fjord, and offers an unparalleled panorama. A more amazing view of the fjord, mountains and surrounding is hard to imagine.

In the afternoon, continue the journey by bus to the beautiful small city of Fagernes, a significant storehouse of Norwegian cultural history. Accommodation at Scandic Valdres Hotel or similar.

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 Park and pass the Royal Palace and the main street, 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. Accommodation at Scandic Sjolyst Hotel or similar.

Day 8 Oslo - Stockholm
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by either coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm.  Accommodation at Scandic Malmen Hotel or similar.

Day 9 Stockholm 
Breakfast at the hotel, then a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. The city, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water”. The sightseeing tour includes the chance for an outside view of the historically significant City Hall, the place of the Nobel festivities. Enjoy the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan", with its Cathedral and Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. The tour also includes a drive to Fjallgatan where you will enjoy picturesque views of Stockholm and ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

This afternoon you can join an optional 2 hour privately guided visit to the Vasa Museum,  to see the remains of the Vasa, an intact 17th century warship, one of the world's largest viking ships and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum is built around the warship, which sank in Stockholm's inner harbour on her maiden voyage in 1628; its discovery in 1956 and subsequent salvage in 1961 is one of the most important events in marine archaeology. Painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, the Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history.

Day 10 Stockholm Departure
Breakfast at the hotel and end of arrangements. 

Departures 2020: 13, 27 June; 11, 25 July; 15, 22 August 

Maximum group size:  40 persons

All optional excursions must be pre-booked. Please note there may be minimum participant numbers for the optional excursions to operate. 

Includes: 9 nights at mentioned hotels or similar in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; daily breakfasts; services of English speaking tour escort from Day 2 to Day 9; touring by private coach including all the sightseeing mentioned in the programme; guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase + 1 piece of hand luggage per person

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2093.00
Single AUD$ 2829.00

Includes: 9 nights at mentioned hotels or similar in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities; daily breakfasts; services of English speaking tour escort from Day 2 to Day 9; touring by private coach including all the sightseeing mentioned in the programme; guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm. Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase + 1 piece of hand luggage per person

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