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Highlights of Scandinavia with Norwegian Fjords Cruise

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

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  

Tour space is limited and also there are limited cabins in each category of cabin on the ship for the 8 day cruise. To ensure your preference can be secured, please book early.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This trip is exclusively for the single/solo traveller. This is a small group boutique tour & cruise experience.

On completion of the land tour on day 15, the group joins the scheduled departure onboard Serenade of the Seas, a 4.5 star Royal Caribbean cruise liner.  

Enjoy the benefits of small group touring. There are a maximum of 20 places for this tour & cruise package.

THE PACE [2 out of 5]
Overall, it’s an easy to moderate pace. There are some days which are full days of travel and touring.  There are 1 and 2 nights of stay while touring by land.  Refer to the tour map on the itinerary page for details.

A reasonable level of fitness as a minimum is recommended for joining this tour.  You should be able to walk for two kilometres on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs.  

On your 8 night cruise, set your own pace; as leisurely or as busy as you desire.

Travellers of 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

About Your Bags
You must be able to carry your own bags, as porter service is not included at the hotels.  

TRANSPORT
The itinerary includes coach touring, overnight ferry (ship) travel, cruising and two internal flights, one in Finland the other in Norway. 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips included welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.  

The Land Tour
In Scandinavia, fish (salmon) and reindeer are common place. Reindeer in Finland is very common and you can expect it on most or all menus.

For group dining, generally there is a set menu and it’s regular that choices are not an option.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book. 

Cruise Dining
On board the Royal Caribbean cruise all meals are included.  Alcoholic beverages are at your own expenses. Some soft drinks are available at no charge in the main buffet dining room, otherwise, soft drinks are charged also.

The group has a set dining time in the main dining room each evening. You are also at liberty to opt to dine in the main buffet restaurant or specialty restaurants. Specialty restaurants incur a fee. 

TOUR DIRECTOR
The tour includes a tour director that escorts the group from day 1 until day 15. The tour director does not join the Cruise. Then, after the cruise, a tour director joins the group for the days of stay in Copenhagen, Denmark.  

Also, local guides are included throughout the tour itinerary, for such inclusions as city tours and museum visits.

For the cruise, shore excursions are by your own arrangement.

THE WEATHER

Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting during the summer months, you can expect day temperatures around 20 to 25°C.  It can also exceed this range.  Due to the proximity to the Artic Circle summer days are long hours of sunlight and early sun rises. 

Helsinki, Finland
Compared to Stockholm, Helsinki generally has a cooler climate with summer averages only up to about 20°C, but with lots of hours of daylight.

Oslo
Oslo enjoys a pleasant summer. It’s mild with average temperatures around 18°C and 23°C

Colder Weather Warning
During the tour you will be visiting North Cape in Norway.  North Cape can be cold even in summer: There can be thick fog and sometimes it's only 3 degrees celsius in the summer, during the evening.  Be sure to pack a good jumper or jacket, and we recommend a scarf, gloves and warm hat for your evening visit to North Cape.

Photo Equipment:  Because of the humidity and the low temperatures, some cameras - on low level of batteries may not work.

LOCAL CURRENCY

Sweden
The unit of currency in Sweden is the Krona (SEK, kr)
Notes are in denominations of kr1000, 500, 100, 50 and 20

Major credit cards are also widely accepted, including small value purchases. 

Norway
The unit of currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK, kr).
Notes are in denominations of kr1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50

Major credit cards are also widely accepted, including small value purchases. 

Finland
The unit of currency in Finland is the euro (EUR, €)
Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5

Major credit cards are also widely accepted, including small value purchases. 

Denmark
The unit of currency in Denmark is the Danish Krone (DKK, kr)
Notes are in denominations of kr1000, 500, 200, 100 and 50

Major credit cards are also widely accepted, including small value purchases. It’s common practice to use a credit card for small value purchases such as buying a cup of coffee.

PERSONAL EXPENSES
In addition to your tour inclusions you will have some personal expenses including meals, snacks and drinks not included with the tour package plus consider souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry. 

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what meals are included and not included. This itinerary has a breakfast each day and some lunches and dinners. Therefore either lunch or dinner each day would be an additional expense. We recommend around EUR70 per day for personal expenses not included with the tour package.  You should increase this budget if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping.

STAYING IN TOUCH 
Email and SMS are the most convenient ways to stay in touch with family and friends while you are away. In most destinations and certainly in major cities you can expect access to internet services and also local telecommunication companies for SMS.

Be sure to have an email account that you can access from any internet service while travelling such as a gmail, hotmail or an icloud email address.

To be able to send SMS messages while away you need to check with your mobile phone provider that international roaming services are turned on.  You need to check with your provider the cost for sending and/or receiving SMS while you are outside of your home destination as usually this service is not included in mobile plan packages. 

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to re-record your voicemail when you return home.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:

Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants are to be courteous to other participants and respect differences of one another.
  8. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • Travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our holidays, unless the trip value is below $1000 per person.
  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday.
  • Please send your travel insurance policy details to us before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must send us your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.
  • We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability.

 

About Credit Card Travel Insurance
You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. 

Before you travel:

  • Contact your bank to request the details of their insurer
  • Find out the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy
  • Obtain the contact information for the insurer that you would need in an event of an emergency
  • Be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses
  • If travelling within Australia, check your policy covers you for domestic travel


DISCLAIMER

We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly. 

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   


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