Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords 2014

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Geirangerfjord
Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm Royal Palace
  • Duration: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
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  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Dramatic fjords. Quaint 'stave' churches. Cosmopolitan capitals. Denmark, Norway and Sweden's charm and traditions pack every moment of this beautiful trip, taken by rail, road and water. It's Insider moments like… indulging in sour cream porridge with salty 'spekemat', dried pork and lamb, at a working farm in Bergen. Arriving for dinner, there's time to explore with the owners or a farmhand, meet the animals and hear how Scandinavian farming has changed since their farm was set up by the Vikings. Also a pastry school, dessert combines Norwegian favourite 'Kransekake-stenger' cake with scoops of their own ice cream. Just days later, you're far from farmland in the mountains of the Sognefjord, on the incredible Flam Railway.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Copenhagen.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE COPENHAGEN (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Copenhagen! Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia's liveliest city. This evening, meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. You will then enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Marriott

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  • Day 3

    COPENHAGEN SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Your Local Expert takes you on a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour in the vicinity of the Amalienborg Palace – an elegant quarter featuring 18th century buildings. In Copenhagen's historic centre, view the 17th century Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral. View the Little Mermaid – the statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's sad fairytale – sitting on a rock in the harbour. Later, perhaps visit the Tivoli Gardens.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

  • Day 4

    COPENHAGEN – ODENSE – RANDERS

    Cross the bridge to the Island of Funen and the town of Odense, Hans Christian Andersen's birthplace. Continue across the Jutland Peninsula en route to Randers for an overnight stay.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

    Hotel: Randers

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  • Day 5

    RANDERS – STAVANGER

    Sail from Hirsthals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. A scenic drive by fjords and lakes to Stavanger, Norway's third city and one of the oldest.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Rica Forum

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  • Day 6

    STAVANGER – BERGEN (2 NIGHTS)

    Your journey is spectacular as you island-hop from Stavanger, sailing across fjords and passing islands along this impressive coastline. Arrive later in Bergen, and experience the history of this picturesque city on your orientation tour. See the 13th century Haakon's Hall and the bustling fish market. This evening enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Norwegian specialities.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Norge

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  • Day 7

    BERGEN FREE TIME

    Explore Norway's most naturally beautiful city during your free day and consider an optional experience to the home of Norwegian composer, Edward Grieg.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    BERGEN – FLAM RAILWAY – SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER)

    From the ski resort of Voss take a train journey that ascends to nearly 3000 feet above sea level! Admire the scenery and ride on the famous Flåm railway for a Unique Insight into one of the most exciting train journeys in the world! Appreciate breath-taking views of mountains and waterfalls, then cross the magnificent waters of Sognefjord to your hotel in Leikanger.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Sognefjord

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  • Day 9

    SOGNEFJORD (LEIKANGER) – GEIRANGER (2 NIGHTS)

    Follow the spectacular Sognefjord through incredible glacier country. Enjoy wonderful views of Geirangerfjord as you descend to Geiranger village.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Geiranger

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  • Day 10

    GEIRANGER FREE TIME

    Spend the day surrounded by amazing scenery, relaxing and breathing clear mountain air. Perhaps take an optional experience along the Trolls' Road and see Norways most famous mountain road, past tumbling cascades and fertile valleys.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

  • Day 11

    GEIRANGER – LOM – LILLEHAMMER

    A scenic drive from Geiranger brings you to Ottadalen to visit the traditional Stave Church at Lom. Continue through the Gudbrandsdal Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen's 'Peer Gynt'. Arrive in Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before dinner at the hotel, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugan.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu

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  • Day 12

    LILLEHAMMER – HAMAR – OSLO

    View the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the lake at Hamar. In Oslo, your Local Expert takes you on a sightseeing tour of the medieval fortress of Akershus and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking ship museum.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia

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  • Day 13

    OSLO – STOCKHOLM (2 NIGHTS)

    Cross the border into Sweden and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern, past Orebro to the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for your two-night stay.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast)

    Hotel: Clarion

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  • Day 14

    STOCKHOLM SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Admire this charming city during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. View the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held. Spend time later shopping in fashionable stores or consider an optional experience. Tonight, celebrate with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavian Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 15

    STOCKHOLM - USA

    Say goodbye to Scandinavia as your memorable vacation draws to a close. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.


    Meal(s): (Scandinavia Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Dinner of local Norwegian specialities on a farm that dates back to the 15th century. Enjoy a guided tour at the farm and meet the animals before learning about the farm's history.
  • Local Expert in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Unique Insight Take a ride on the famous Norwegian Flam.
  • Authentic Accommodation Sognefjord Hotel, Leikanger, Norway – Right on Sognefjord, the Authentic Accommodation we often use in Leikanger was built by an old retired seafarer. Now run by his children, he built Sognefjord Hotel so visitors could enjoy Norway’s most beautiful scenery too.
  • Authentic Accommodation Hotel Randers, Randers, Denmark – One of the oldest hotels in Randers, history hits as you walk through the swing doors of the Authentic Accommodation we usually stay in here. From original artwork to a VIP-rich guestbook, Hotel Randers has a unique charm.
  • Authentic Accommodation Hotel Geiranger, Geiranger, Norway – Typical of Scandinavia’s contemporary design, the hotel we usually stay in on the Geiranger fjord is sleek and has an incredible waterfront spot, making Hotel Geiranger A Authentic Accommodation in both style and setting.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tours in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm.
  • Orientation of Bergen.
  • Visit Odense where Hans Christian Anderson was born, Aalborg, Stavanger, the fjord of Sognefjord, Geiranger, the Stave Chuch at Lom, the Olympic town of Lillehammer, Hamar and Stockholm's City Hall.
  • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Haakon's Hall in Bergen, the Geirangerfjord and Oslo's Royal Palace.

Dining

  • 13 full Scandinavian breakfasts.
  • 7 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry from Denmark to Norway.
  • Ferry across the Boknafjord.
  • Ferry across the Sognefjord.
  • Train journey on the famous Flam Railway.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

Airport Transfers

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