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Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords

Geiranger Fjord, Norway
16 Days from $4,001 per person

Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway. In the cities, soak up the seafaring history and lively cultural scene.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Scandinavia (not included).
  2. On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 & 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, drinks and a wonderful Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen (3 nights).
  3. A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour. See Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, as well as the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. Continue to Copenhagen's cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary and the unusual Rundertaarn - a 17th century round tower, the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps take an optional experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to the castles of North Zealand.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.
  4. Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde, dating back to the Viking age. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first gothic cathedral in Scandinavia, where 39 kings and queens are buried. Roskilde is also home to the giant rock music event, Roskilde Festival.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.
  5. Leave Denmark and cross over the Oresund bridge to Sweden. On through the Skåne region (which gave its name to Scandinavia), past a patchwork of fertile farmlands. Continue along the shores of Lake Vattern to the Swedish capital.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton Slussen, Stockholm (2 nights).
  6. The charms of Sweden's capital are revealed with your Local Expert. Start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world. Stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace and visit the imposing City Hall with its Gold Room (site of the annual Nobel Prize presentation banquet), with walls covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles. There's free time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton Slussen, Stockholm.
  7. Travel via Lake Mälaren to tiny Sigtuna, once the Viking capital and now boasting Sweden's smallest City Hall. Then head to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia's oldest university and visit the lofty cathedral. Later, travel through rural Dalecarlia to the old historic mining town of Falun. View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:First Grand Hotel/Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmästaren, Falun.
  8. A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region, brings you to Nusnas, home of the Dala horse. Visit a workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden. Cross into Norway and pass the Olympic ice skating rink called the ‘Viking Ship' at Hamar. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to Lillehammer.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Scandic Victoria, Lillehammer.
  9. Head northwest from Lillehammer amid the countryside of Peer Gynt, immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1130. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, icefields, lakes and snow-capped peaks in abundance. End your day in spectacular fashion with an incredible cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Stay in the remote village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Union, Geiranger (2 nights).
  10. The day is reserved for relaxation among the most breathtaking scenery, which has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Maybe take a trip along the Troll's Road with outstanding photo opportunities?
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Union, Geiranger.
  11. Head to the Bøyabreen Glacier for a photo-stop before gaining a deeper understanding of your surroundings at the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum. Journey through time, from the creation of the earth, to the last ice age and up to the year 2100. Then a scenic drive will bring you to your hotel in Leikanger.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Leikanger Fjord Hotel
  12. Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the world's longest and deepest fjord. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914m. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear all about the fruit production process and sample the apple juice and homemade cider. During a walk through the orchard, learn how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious dishes. Move on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal, Bergen. (2 nights).
  13. Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert. The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively fish market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has many stalls, selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Or perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascending Mount Floyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Radisson Blu Royal, Bergen.
  14. Cross scenic mountains and travel through ski-resorts on your way to the capital of Oslo.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Oslo. (2 nights).
  15. With a Local Expert, pass the Royal Palace, as well as the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before a highlight visit to the Viking Long Ship Museum. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a farewell Celebration Dinner and a glass of wine to toast to new friends.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Hotel Bristol, Oslo.
  16. Departure transfers arrive at Oslo Airport at 07:15 & 10:15.
    meal(s):BB

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 5 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Copenhagen:

  • Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.

Stockholm:

  • The fabulous Gold Room inside the rose-hued brick City Hall is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles.

Nusnas:

  • Visit a workshop to witness an artisan creating a colourful wooden horse.

Geiranger:

  • Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.

Fjærland:

  • All you ever wanted to know about ice flows and how they sculpt the landscape, fjords and mountains, awaits you at the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.

Flåm Railway:

  • Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.

Oslo:

  • Stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand-cut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture.

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These departures will be staying at the Scandic Hamar Hotel in Hamar instead of Lillehammer.

undefinedThese departures will be staying at the Thon Opera in Oslo.

This departure will be staying at the Scandic Ringsaker in Funes instead of Lillehammer.

This departure will be staying at alternate accommodation of a similar standard in Copenhagen.

These departures will be staying at the Thon Oslofjord in Oslo.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $970 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $132 per person.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland –must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Scandinavia.

  • Scandinavian countries do not share a common currency. Here are the currencies used by country:

    Sweden – Swedish Krona

    Norway – Norwegian Krone

    Denmark – Danish Kroner

    Finland – Euro

    Iceland – Icelandic Krona

    While it’s a good idea to have some money on you while you travel, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the country you’re visiting. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Scandinavian cuisine is rich and hearty.  Try a traditional ‘smørgasbord’ with a selection of meat, fish, salads, hot dishes, puddings and cheeses. Sample dishes prepared with a variety of seafood including smoked salmon, cod, herring, sardines and mackerel. Popular meats include reindeer, lamb and fowl. Coffee and milk are very popular, along with lager. Aquavit is the local spirit, and is usually served chilled. Wines and other spirits are imported products and are very expensive.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it is appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity if a service charge has not already been added to your bill.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service:
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Service rating : Insight provided an outstanding tour.
Vacation : Rebecca Blott was the best Tour Guide ever. She is knowledgable, superbly organized, and, most of all, so much fun
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Spectacular Scandinavia & its Fjords
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Service rating : Efficient
Vacation : Excellent Guide

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