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Highlights of Scandinavia with Norwegian Fjords Cruise

Solo Travellers 45 years & over
Saturday 28 July - Tuesday 21 August 2018

Itinerary

 

PRE TOUR STAY – FRIDAY 27 JULY 2018
We encourage travellers to arrive the day prior to the tour commencement, to allow time to adjust to the new time zone. The cost of the additional hotel night of stay applies.

If you do elect to arrive the day prior and have booked your flight & pre tour hotel stay, with us as part of your package, and it’s our nominated group flight, then the arrival transfer from the airport to our group hotel is included at no additional charge. 

DAY 1 - SATURDAY 28 JULY 2018
Arrive to Sweden

Welcome to Arlanda Airport, Stockholm, Sweden!

If you arrive on the group flight * you will be met and transferred to our hotel in the city. The rest of the day is at your leisure. In the evening, meet with fellow travellers and your guide for a welcome cocktail.

Meals: Welcome Cocktail

* Group flight indicates travellers who have booked the nominated flight with us as part of their package, and this includes the arrival transfer.

DAY 2 - SUNDAY 29 JULY 2018
Stockholm, Sweden 

Today’s the perfect opportunity to get a sense of Sweden’s capital. Situated at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, the city is spread across 14 islands on the coast, in the south east of Sweden.

We take in the sights of Stockholm, seeing all the main attractions, starting with a panoramic drive of Stockholm. We go on to visit the Vasa museum and up to the top of Kaknastornet by elevator (the television tower), among Stockholm’s tallest buildings.

We visit Haymarket, with the option to taste some of the local specialties before heading to City Hall and enjoying a guided walk of Gamla Stan (the old city). 

We return to the hotel later in the afternoon for some time at leisure, before we meet again for our three course welcome dinner at a city restaurant within walking distance of our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner (with one included drink)

DAY 3 - MONDAY 30 JULY 2018
Stockholm, Sweden / Overnight Ferry

Enjoy the morning in Stockholm, with time to make your own local discoveries.  Around midday the group departs the hotel for a visit to the ABBA museum. ABBA The Museum includes displays of their costumes, gold records, original items, memorabilia, and much, much more.

From the ABBA museum we transfer to the ferry terminal for our overnight cruise to Finland onboard the MS Silja Serenade of the Tallink Sillija Cruise Line, enjoying dinner onboard and outside cabins. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 4 - TUESDAY 31 JULY 2018
Helsinki, Finland

Today is about getting to know Helsinki, the capital and largest city of Finland, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland with an urban population of over 1.2 million. 

After arriving to Helsinki, South Harbour and disembarking your overnight cruise, we take in a city tour with a local guide. After the city tour, there will be time for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, the group will check into the hotel and the rest of the day in Helsinki is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 2018
Helsinki, Finland

There’s a day at leisure to make your own discoveries. Your tour director will be able to make some recommendations

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 6 - THURSDAY 2 AUGUST 2018
Helsinki to Rovaniemi, Finland

After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to Vantaa airport for our flight to Rovaniemi.

On arrival to Rovaniemi, we are met and transferred to town. We visit the Arctikum Museum, which tells the story of the North and the Arctic, offering a fabulous insight into the history and culture of Finnish Lapland. We then make our way to our hotel to check in, before heading off to a Husky Musher’s camp.

HIGHLIGHT:
At the Husky Musher’s camp you will learn about these beautiful dogs’ lives and training.

From our camp visit, there’s the option for a visit to visit Santa Claus Village with your tour director or return to your hotel for some time at your leisure. 

The evening is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 7 – FRIDAY 3 AUGUST 2018
Rovaniemi to Ivalo, Finland

This morning, we drive north to Inari. Along the way to Inari, we stop for a visit to a working Amethyst Mine, located in Lapland, in the town of Luosto.

Around mid-afternoon we continue to Ivalonari, check into our hotel in the early evening and have the rest of the day at leisure. 

Dinner tonight is at our Inari hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 8 - SATURDAY 4 AUGUST 2018
Inari, Finland

We make the most of our day with morning and afternoon discoveries.

After breakfast we will leave for the legendary river, Lemmenjoki. We’ll go for a boat trip with river boats to the mythical river Lemmenjoki. Lemmenjoki is also the name of the largest national park in Europe.  We travel by river boats along the route and visit the beautiful Ravadas waterfall.

There’s a pause at a wilderness hut by Lake Ravadasjärvi and there we will be time to enjoy a hot cup of coffee which our host will make over the open fire.  Lunch provided is a  picnic box.

On the way home, we will visit a reindeer farm. The Inari reindeer farm is owned by the Paadar family, who are reindeer herders. On the yard, we can feed reindeers and learn how to throw the Sámi lasso, “Suopunki”.   We will enjoy coffee in a Lappish teepee, ”kota” while listening to stories about reindeer herding and Sámi people.

On the way home, we will make a stop at “Karhunpesäkivi”, and is renowned as an inexpensive place to purchase souvenirs and woollen sweaters.

Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Box Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - SUNDAY 5 AUGUST 2018
Inari, Finland to Honnigsvåg, Norway

This morning we drive to Karasjok, and visit the Sami Park cultural centre with a local guide.  After, we travel to Norway and arrive to Honnigsvåg.

This evening there will be an ‘arctic’ experience at the Arctico ice bar.

Later this evening we make our way to Nord Kapp (North Cape), one of the most northern points of Europe. We’ll also dine in the Gallery. Here is where we have the unique experience of the midnight sun; just as the sun sets it rises. 

Tip: Rug up, it gets chilly at Nord Kapp, even though it’s summer. A hat/beanie and gloves are recommended and also a warm jacket.

After the clock has struck twelve we’ll head back to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 10– MONDAY 6 AUGUST 2018     
Honnigssvåg to Alta, Norway 

It’s a morning drive to Hammerfest with time for various visits including a stop at a cod fish location and learning about cod fishing technique. 

After Hammerfest, we head for Alta, and make a visit to the Alta museum. It features exhibits and displays on Sami culture, Finnmark military history, the Alta hydro-electric project and the aurora borealis (northern lights).

This evening dinner is included at our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

DAY 11 – TUESDAY 7 AUGUST 2018  
Alta-Tromsø

We make our way to Tromsø today.  Our afternoon sightseeing in Tromsø includes the cable car ride of Fjellheisen, to the top of the mountain, the Tromsø museum and the Arctic Cathedral.

We check into our hotel in the evening and the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Tromsø is a fabulously city to head out a find a local restaurant for dinner or enjoy fine dining at your hotel’s restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 12 – WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2018
Tromsø 

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before we go out for our sightseeing tour of Tromsø.

We visit the Artic Cathedral, known as Tromsdalen Church, and also known as Ishavskatedralen. It was dedicated on November 19, 1965.  Architect Jan Inge Hovig succeeded in creating a masterpiece. The cathedral is a landmark visible from the Tromsø Sound, the Tromsø Bridge and when landing in Tromsø by aircraft.

After the cathedral, we visit Polaria, a museum renowned for its Artic experience and includes an Artic aquarium, with the main attraction being the bearded seals.

This afternoon and evening are at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 13 – THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 2018          
Tromsø-Oslo, Norway 

Today we fly to Oslo, Norway’s capital and on our arrival we are transferred to the hotel. The afternoon and evening in Oslo are at your leisure.

Norway’s a lovely capital to wander around and take in the sights at leisure. With our centrally located hotel it’s easy to make your own discoveries. Oslo is also home to the National Gallery, housing one of the world’s most recognised artworks ‘The Scream’ painted artist Edvard Munch.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 14 – FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018    
Oslo, Norway

It’s a fabulous morning discovering Oslo, including a visit to the Viking Ship Museum.

In the afternoon, there’s time at leisure before transferring to the DFDS cruise terminal. You may like to visit the Kontiki or Fram museums.

We cruise away late afternoon to Copenhagen on our overnight ferry MS Crown Seaways with seaview cabins. Dinner is a buffet, onboard our ferry.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner 

CRUISE ITINERARY SNAPSHOT
11 AUGUST TO 19 AUGUST 2018

Day

Date

 Por Location

Arrive

Depart

15

11 AUG

 COPENHAGEN,  DENMARK

 

5:00 PM

16

12 AUG

 CRUISING

 

 

17

13 AUG

 STAVANGER,  NORWAY

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

18

14 AUG

 BERGEN, NORWAY

8:00 AM

6:00 PM

19

15 AUG

 ALESUND, NORWAY

8:00 AM

8:00 PM

20

16 AUG

 GEIRANGER, NORWAY

7:00 AM

5:00 PM

21

17 AUG

 CRUISING

 

 

22

18 AUG

 KRISTIANSAND, NORWAY

7:00 AM

4:00 PM

23

19 AUG

 COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

7:00 AM

 

 

DAY 15 – SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 2018
Copenhagen/Cruise (cruise day 1)

Welcome to Denmark!

We arrive to Copenhagen’s DFDS terminal before 10am, where we then transfer to the cruise terminal to embark on our 9 day / 8 night cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s ‘Serenade of the Seas’. From here, you will farewell your Scandinavian tour director.

Lunch will be available onboard today, your embarkation day. Then, settle in, relax and get to know your ship.

Group dining is arranged in the main dining room each evening of the cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 16  – SUNDAY 12 AUGUST 2018
Cruising (cruise day 2)

A wonderful day to enjoy your ship and all that she has to offer. Visit our The Ship page for the details about Serenade of the Seas.

Onboard, enjoy group dining each evening in the main dining room. There will be a mix of casual, smart casual and formal evenings. Or, if you prefer, some nights enjoy the ship’s specialty restaurants for a small cover charge. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 17 – MONDAY 13 AUGUST 2018
Stavanger, Norway (cruise day 3) 

Stavanger, located in south-western Norway, is a delightful mixture of old-world charm and cosmopolitan bustle. An active seaport and thriving economic centre, Norway's fourth-largest city is nestled between imposing mountains and sandy beaches. Prepare to explore narrow, romantic streets and a historic marketplace where fresh fish and vegetables have been sold in the open air since the 9th century.

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
Beautifully preserved, 'Old Stavanger' is a real feast for the eyes and is ripe with camera opportunities. Wander cobblestone streets lined with picturesque, whitewashed wooden homes dating back to the late 18th century. Their dollhouse perfection and carefully groomed flower boxes help to create the illusion of stepping back through time. 

Visit List of Shore Excursions

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 18-TUESDAY 14 AUGUST 2018  
Bergen, Norway (cruise day 4) 

Bergen offers visitors a cornucopia of delights, from the sheer splendour of its rugged glacial scenery to an ancient stone church containing the finest example of Baroque art in Norway. Set among seven mountains, this Norwegian port dates back to 1070.  All of it, no doubt, inspired the great composer Edvard Grieg, whose home and gardens are open to visitors.

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
Explore Håkonshallen, part of Bergen's ancient fortress. It was built in the 13th century as a royal ceremonial hall. The first record of its use was in 1261 for the marriage celebrations of King Magnus Håkinsson and Princess Ingeborg of Denmark. The party was said to have had more than 1000 guests and lasted for three days and three nights.

Other Fun Things To Do

  • Explore Bergen Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg. Experience Trodsal Concert Hall the way it was meant to be, as one of Norway's best-known pianists gives you a glimpse of Edvard Grieg's life with musical examples from various periods.
  • Walk along the wharf to the Mount Floibanen Funicular Station. Upon reaching the top of Mount Floien, the highest point in the city, you can enjoy a walk through its many hiking trails with beautiful vistas overlooking the city.
  • Pay a visit to the aquarium. It's one of the largest aquariums in Northern Europe, with over 50 tanks of fish, including piranha. The main attractions are the seals and penguins, particularly at feeding time. 

 

Visit List of Shore Excursions 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 19- WEDNESDAY 15 AUGUST 2018      
Alesund, Norway  (cruise day 5) 

Alesund is a small fishing centre in the middle of Norway's popular tourist region, between Bergen and Trondheim. Although its history dates back to the Viking period, you'll notice that the architecture throughout the city has an interesting art nouveau style. This is because, after a massive fire in 1904, the entire city was rebuilt. While it may have lost its historic look, you'll find it certainly didn't lose any of its charm. There’s a charming harbour, towering fjords and mountains to complete the picturesque setting.

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
To see the history of Alesund and its people from the Stone Age to the 1900s, visit the Sunnmore Museum. It's an open-air museum with 50 original buildings from the late Middle Ages. It also has one of Norway's largest collections of replica fishing boats from 400 AD. 

Other Fun Things To Do 

  • See what life was like in Alesund before and after the big fire of 1904, at the Alesund Museum. Local fishing methods, shipbuilding and the German occupation from 1940 to 1945 are just some of the topics covered by the museum's exhibits. 
  • Explore one of the largest aquariums in Europe, Atlanterhavsparken. It's more of a park than a traditional aquarium – in addition to fantastic marine life, there are outdoor hiking trails and diving venues. 

 

Visit List of Shore Excursions

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 20 – THURSDAY 16 AUGUST 2018        
Geiranger, Norway (cruise day 6)

A photographer’s dream, you will want to capture the natural beauty of Geiranger's magnificent fjord country. It’s a majestic fairytale, surrounded by thundering waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, crystalline glaciers, and still blue lakes that are truly unforgettable. With roads that twist and turn through lush green vegetation and deep blue waters, your panoramic view of this beautiful destination will be awe-inspiring. 

The One Thing You Don't Want To Miss
Explore Geiranger Fjord, one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway, with towering mountainsides and numerous waterfalls. The fjord stretches inland some 16 kilometres (10 miles), fed by gushing waterfalls, including the Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil. 

Other Fun Things To Do 

  • Check out Geiranger Church, a quaint wooden church built in an octagonal shape, with a lovely view of the countryside and the cruise ships below. 
  • Visit the Norwegian Fjord Centre across the road from the beautiful Hotel Union. 
  • Journey through the many hiking paths or take an exciting boat tour of the Geirangerfjord.
  • Get an up close view at nature while kayaking on the Geirangerfjord or feel the adrenaline rush as you go rafting down the Valldola River. 
  • Go for a walk along the fjord and visit the cosy Homlong café on the south side for authentic home-made food. 
  • Capture the beautiful landscapes from Geiranger’s most popular mountain top, Dalsnibba. 

 

Visit List of Shore Excursions 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 21 – FRIDAY 17 AUGUST 2018    
Cruising (cruise day 7) 

A day to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 22 – SATURDAY 18 AUGUST 2018
Kristiansand, Norway (cruise day 8)

DAY 23 – SUNDAY 19 AUGUST 2018  
Copenhagen (cruise day 9)

Cruise into Copenhagen early this morning. The group disembarks and is met by a tour representative in Denmark. Today, there’s a half day city tour of Copenhagen.

Scandinavia's largest city is a treasure trove of art, history, architecture and modern design. Copenhagen artfully mixes fairy-tale settings like palaces, castles and elegant gardens with cutting-edge style and contemporary chic,

After our tour, we transfer to our group hotel for a two night stay. Tonight is at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast 

DAY 24 – MONDAY 20 AUGUST 2018  
Copenhagen 

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and the day at leisure in Copenhagen.Tonight, there’s a group dinner to bid farewell to our Scandinavian highlights tour. Dinner tonight is four courses and includes four glasses of wine, and coffee. 

Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner (including wine & coffee) 

DAY 25 – TUESDAY 21 AUGUST 2018 
Copenhagen

Breakfast at your hotel.

If you are departing on the group flight * you will be transferred to the airport for the flight home. Transfers to meet other flights are by separate arrangement and a transfer service fee applies. Alternatively, it’s convenient to take the train from the city to the airport by your own arrangement.

There’s the option to extend your stay are ask for assistance to travel onwards to other destinations.

Meals: Breakfast

* Group flight indicates travellers who have booked their flight with us as part of their package on the specific flight we nominate which includes the departure transfer. 

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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