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Norway: Scandinavian Capitals Tour and the Fjords of Norway

Sightseeing in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark

14 Days From £3256

Have you ever thought about travelling to Scandinavia but weren’t sure which country to choose? On the Scandinavian capitals tour you needn’t make that choice, because you will get to visit Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark all in one sensational holiday. Norway is a remarkable country and so the escorted tour of Scandinavia spends a week there, but there are also full days of sightseeing in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen too, which gives you a taster of what each capital city has to offer. If you happen to fall in love with one or more of them, (and we think this is quite likely!) you can always return at a later date.

Throughout the Scandinavian capitals tour you will predominantly travel on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, but there are also some ferry crossings in the fjords, two overnight cruises across the Baltic Sea, and there is even a trip into the Norwegian mountains on the charming Flåm Railway. In each place that you arrive at, there is a hand-picked hotel that offers you restful accommodation, a delicious dinner every evening and a good breakfast in the morning to set you up for another day of sightseeing.

Highlights of the Scandinavian capitals tour include a visit to the ever popular Geirangerfjord, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to its unfathomable natural beauty; Jostedal, the largest glacier in Europe; Bergen, Norway’s second largest city; Senate Square in Helsinki; the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen; and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town.

  • Day 1 - Oslo

    Fly to Gardermoen Airport and transfer to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo, Norway’s trendy capital. This is the first city on the Scandinavian capitals tour, so tonight, why not take advantage of your central location and explore the bright lights of Oslo?

    Meals included:Dinner
  • Day 2 - Oslo to Ulsvik

    Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and then board the coach to begin your Scandinavian capitals tour. We see some of Norway’s spectacular scenery today, including the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, Voringsfoss Waterfall and the picturesque Halling Valley. We also stop at a handful of towns and villages before reaching Ulvik, which sits proudly at the head of a fjord with the same name. Check into the waterside Brakanes Hotel and enjoy dinner overlooking the majestic views.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 3 - Ulvik to Bergen

    Enjoy seeing more of HardangerfFjord this morning as we drive towards Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. After lunch in Bergen, enjoy a two-hour sightseeing tour, which introduces you to some of the city’s highlights, including the Hanseatic Quarter, Bryggen Harbour and the colourful markets. Finish the day with a ride to the top of Mount Fløien on the funicular railway and admire the breathtaking views of the city and the mountains that surround it. Tonight on the Scandinavian capitals tour, we stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel Norge.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Bergen to Balestrand

    The Flåm Railway is a real highlight of the Scandinavian capitals tour, allowing you to appreciate the sheer beauty of the Norwegian mountains as the train winds its way from the fjordside town of Flåm to the mountain village of Myrdal and back again. After the train ride, enjoy a cruise along Aurlands and Nærøy fjords and see beautiful waterfalls cascading down the valley sides. We spend tonight in lovely Balestrand at the Kviknes Hotel.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - At Leisure

    Take time out from the travelling on the Scandinavian capitals tour and stretch your legs in Balestrand. You might like to explore the town, go hiking in the mountains, or hire a bike or rowing boat and explore further afield. Balestrand has an aquarium and also an art gallery, where you can admire local works of art and while away a few hours.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Balestrand to Geiranger

    In the morning we visit the Jostedal Glacier, which is the largest glacier in Europe, and we then move on to the Briksdal Glacier and admire the superb views from open cars. After lunch, the Scandinavian capitals tour continues to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord, whose beauty never fails to impress onlookers. Enjoy a cruise along the fjord, take in the sights of the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil waterfalls, and then continue to the Union Hotel in Geiranger.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Geiranger to Oslo

    There is another chance to appreciate the magnificence of Geirangerfjord this morning as the Scandinavian capitals tour continues along the legendary Serpentine Road. After lunch in the charming town of Lillehammer, we journey alongside Norway’s largest lake and arrive in Oslo for dinner. We spend a further night at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel in Oslo.

    Meals included:Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Oslo to Stockholm

    Bid farewell to Norway as we begin the next leg of the Scandinavian capitals tour. Crossing the border into Sweden, watch the landscapes change as we pass through lush countryside to Lake Vänern, the country’s largest lake. Enjoy lunch in the lakeside town of Karlstad before we carry on to Stockholm, checking in to the Clarion Hotel Sign for the night.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 9 - Stockholm

    Spend a full day in Stockholm today and embark on a sightseeing tour of this majestic city. On the Scandinavian capitals tour today, you will see the elaborate Blue and Golden halls of the City Hall, the Parliament buildings, the grand cathedral and the Royal Palace. Later, you have free time to spend in Stockholm so why not visit a museum or two, browse the shops or take a canal cruise? Stockholm is renowned for its gastronomy, so tonight you have the freedom to select a restaurant of your choice.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day 10 - Stockholm to Helsinki

    You have more leisure time in Stockholm today to explore the city independently. In the late afternoon, we head to the pier and board the luxury overnight ferry bound for Helsinki. Upon setting sail, enjoy views of the thousands of islands along the Swedish coast as we cross the Baltic Sea towards Finland for our next adventure on the Scandinavian capitals tour.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 - Helsinki

    After a comfortable night’s rest aboard the Silja Line Ferry, tuck into a delicious breakfast to set you up for a full day of sightseeing in Finland’s regal capital, Helsinki. On the Scandinavian capitals tour today, you will visit Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Underground Temple and many more intriguing sights. In the afternoon you are free to explore Helsinki independently. At 17.00, embark the ferry for the return overnight cruise to Stockholm.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Stockholm to Copenhagen

    Arriving once again in Stockholm this morning on the Scandinavian capitals tour, board the coach bound for Copenhagen, the final city on our itinerary. We cross the five-mile long Øresund Bridge, which connects Sweden with Denmark, arriving in Copenhagen in the evening. Check into the Admiral Hotel in the heart of the capital and enjoy dinner there.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Copenhagen

    Your final full day of the Scandinavian capitals tour is spent seeing the sights of Copenhagen. This colourful city is almost fairytale-like and today we see the charming Little Mermaid statue, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace and the beautiful Tivoli Gardens. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish, perhaps visiting museums and galleries or shopping for souvenirs of your Scandinavian capitals tour.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Departure

    After breakfast at the hotel, your transfer arrives to take you to Copenhagen Airport for your flight home.

    Meals included:Breakfast

Included...

  • 7 nights Oslo - Oslo 7 nights accommodation including daily 3-course or buffet dinner and Scandinavian buffet breakfast, in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
  • 3 lunches on days 2/6/7
  • 2 hour guided tour of Bergen, incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Floien.
  • Ride on the Flam Railway, Flam-Myrdal-Flam
  • 2 hour cruise on the Sogn and Naeroy Fjords, and 1 hour cruise on both the Fjaerland and Geiranger Fjords
  • Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
  • All visits as described in itinerary
  • All ferry crossings.
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels.
  • Escorted tour throughout
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats etc.
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days.  Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement.
  • 9 nights Oslo - Stockholm All above mentioned services plus - 2 nights accommodation in Stockholm including daily 3-course dinner on first night only, and daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast, rooms with private facilities.
  • Lunch in Karlstad on day 8 and Lake Vattern on day 12
  • 4 hour guided tour of Stockholm, incl. entrance to City Hall.
  • 11 nights Oslo - Helsinki - Stockholm All above mentioned services plus - Cruise Stockholm - Helsinki - Stockholm, in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, inc. 2 dinners and 2 buffet breakfasts on board
  • 3 hour guided tour of Helsinki incl. entrances
  • 13 nights Oslo - Copenhagen All above mentioned services plus - 2 nights accommodation in Copenhagen, including daily Scandinavian buffet breakfast, dinner at hotel on day 12, and special farewell dinner in Tivoli Gardens on day 13. All rooms with private facilities
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens in connection with farewell dinner.
  • 3 hour guided tour of Copenhagen including entrances

Not Included...

  • Travel Insurance
Dates - Prices From
FromToAdultChild
20/06/201814/08/2018£3,256-
Notes
  • Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
  • Flight prices quoted are for London Heathrow departures
  • Other departure airports may be available and a supplement may apply
  • Departures 20,27 Jun. 4,11,18,25 July. 1 Aug
Prices for single travellers:
Dates - Prices From
FromToAdultChild
20/06/201814/08/2018£4,085-
Notes
  • Prices are per person
  • Flight prices quoted are for London Heathrow departures
  • Other departure airports may be available and a supplement may apply
  • Departures 20,27 Jun. 4,11,18,25 July. 1 Aug

Images of Norway courtesy of Innovation Norway.

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