The Three Capitals & The Fjords

13DAYS 12NIGHTS

IT All starts in the city of fairy tales, copenhagen. from herE, we travel to the viking capital, oslo, before reaching the lovely and very elegant capital of sweden, Stockholm. enjoy the privileged natural beauty of the magnificent norwegian fjords and the fascinating northern capitals, with THEIR cobbled streets, palaces and CANALS. experience the most notable sights of this complete journey through scandinavia. be amazed by the contrasts of the viking capitals, the nature of the wild fjords AND THE EXUBERANT ARchITECTURE. enjoy this modern, YET EXOCTIC area with its medieval history and feel the essence of the north!

2018 DEPARTURE DATES
MAY: 26
JUN: 30 
JUL: 07, 21, 28
AUG: 04, 11, 18, 25
SEP: 01

*Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Stockholm and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers – for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.

RATES:

Per person in double/twin room:

EUR 3,995.00

Supplement for single room:

EUR 1,480.00

3rd person in extra bed sharing a double/twin room:

EUR 3,675.00

Child (7 – 12 years), per child when sharing room with parents:    

EUR 3,395.00

 TOUR INCLUSIONS:
  • 11 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms, except at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union, where Fjord View rooms are confirmed
  • 1 night on board DFDS Seaways Ferry (Commodore Class Cabins – except if Twin is required, then 2 berth Outside Cabin)
  • 12 Breakfasts – Buffet style
  • 5 dinners (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 12 (English & Spanish or Portuguese)
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo & Stockholm, (For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide)
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Stockholm Airport, ARN*
  • Porter service at ferry crossing & hotels (excluding day 1 & 13)

ITINERARY:

DAY

SATURDAY

Arrival in Copenhagen

1

 

Hotel Skt. Petri

*****

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*IMPORTANT NOTE! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

DAY

SUNDAY

Copenhagen

Breakfast

2

 

Hotel Skt. Petri

*****

 

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our local guide for 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 make 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. During the tour, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.

DAY

MONDAY

Copenhagen-Oslo (OVERNIGHT FERRY)

Breakfast & Dinner

 

3

 

Outside Cabin (Commodore Class) on DFDS Seaways

 

After breakfast, the morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)

NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

DAY

TUESDAY

                     Oslo – Lofthus                                                                                 

Breakfast & Dinner

4

 

Ullensvang Hotel - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. We will drive to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

WEDNESDAY

Lofthus – Bergen

Breakfast

 

5

 

Bergen Bors Hotel

****

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world.

After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

DAY

THURSDAY

Bergen - Flaam – Loen

Breakfast & Dinner

6

 

Hotel Alexandra - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flaam railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flaam. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will take us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Naeroy fjords, which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation by coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Laerdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.  

DAY

FRIDAY

Loen – Briksdal Glacier –­ Geiranger

Breakfast & Dinner

7

 

Hotel Union - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe’s largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.

PRICE: 52 EUR /PERSON

DURATION: APPROX 3-HOURS

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized “Troll cars” and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier’s breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

*It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920’s and 1930’s and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

SATURDAY

Geiranger

Breakfast & Dinner

8

 

Hotel Union - Fjord View room

****+

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO’s World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape. After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll’s path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included).

In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

DAY

SUNDAY

Geiranger-Oslo

Breakfast

 

9

 

Hotel Continental

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel.

DAY

MONDAY

Oslo

Breakfast

 

10

 

Hotel Continental

*****

After breakfast, we will embark on a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian Capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island, where we will visit the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. The Vigeland Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. Free afternoon.

DAY

TUESDAY

Oslo – Stockholm

Breakfast

 

11

 

Hotel At Six

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by 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 and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

DAY

WEDNESDAY

Stockholm

Breakfast

 

12

 

Hotel At Six

*****

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called “Beauty on Water” and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the City Hall, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city’s best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: VASA MUSEUM following regular sightseeing

Per person: 45                   

Scandinavia’s top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship

Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Vasa, considered as one of the world's largest and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum was built around the 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm's inner harbor 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.

DURATION:     2 Hours

INCLUDES:      Entrance to Vasa museum with guided tour. Private tour guide

DAY

THURSDAY

Stockholm – Departure

13

Breakfast at the hotel.

A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Arlanda Airport*(Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Arlanda Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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