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OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Our Scandinavian itinerary uncovers the major highlights, enjoying a combination of touring and cruising, while offering a special experience of travelling during the Scandinavian summer, with sunshine through the day and night.

Arriving to Stockholm for two nights of stay, the group embarks on an overnight ferry ride to travel to Finland. Your tour of Finland start’s in the country’s capital, Helsinki and then journeys to some of Finland’s smaller towns, getting to know the countryside and local way of life of the Sami people.

From Finland, the tour continues to Norway, and then back to Copenhagen, to embark on a Norwegian cruise. You join, Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas for an 9 day / 8 night cruise of the Norwegian fjords.

This tour includes two internal flights, one in Finland and one in Norway and we’ve set a relaxed pace while touring, with two nights of stay at most of the tour destinations.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    25 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Europe
  • Destinations:
    Finland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden
  • Travel Style:
    Tour and cruise
  • Accomodation:
    Ship cabins,Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @ early bird price with your own room from $14125. Airfare additional. EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Cruise
  • Pace:
    2
  • Group Size:
    maximum 20
  • Trip Code:
    scandi18-7
  • Terms:
REVIEWS

'My 6th holiday with Encounter was as great as the previous ones! Fun group of people, amazing tour itinerary & inclusions plus a wonderful tour leader.'

Jen, 60 years, ACT

'A great holiday for solo traveler as you can choose to have some alone time but always have the backup of friends and tour guide for companionship and security
in an unfamiliar country.'

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INCLUSIONS

Tour Inclusions:

  • 14 nights quality hotel stay
  • 1 x overnight ferry/ship (sea view cabins) Stockholm to Helsinki
  • 1 x overnight ferry/ship (sea view cabins) Oslo to Copenhagen
  • Welcome cocktail drink, day 1
  • 8 dinners including a highlight welcome and farewell dinner
  • 1 lunch
  • Sightseeing as detailed by itinerary
  • 2 internal one way economy flights; Helsinki-Rovaniemi and Tromsø-Oslo
  • Private group coach tour through Scandinavia
  • English speaking local tour director (days 1- 15 & days 22 – 24 )
  • Local guides as indicated by itinerary
  • Porter services for ferry services
  • Included tips for tour director, local guides, drivers, and 2 restaurants for welcome and farewell dinners
  • Airport transfers on day 1 and final day*
  • Small group touring, maximum of 20 travellers

 Cruise Inclusions:

  • 8 nights cruise accommodation, on board Serenade of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
  • All meals while cruising on Serenade of the Seas
  • Cruise terminal transfers
  • All taxes and gratuities for ship personnel

* airport transfers included when the nominated flight is booked with us as part of your package

Itinerary

PRE TOUR STAY
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after a long flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.    

If you 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

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

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 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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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Star Rating
Guide Only

Stockholm

Clarion Sign Hotel

2

4

Ferry Stockholm to Helsinki

MS Silja Serenade

1

 

Helsinki

Hotel Katajanokka

2

3.5

Rovaniemi

Hotel Arctic Light

1

4.5


Inari
OR
Ivalo


Hotel Kultahovi Traditional
OR
Hotel Ivalo

2


3

3.5

Honnigsvag

Scandic Honningsvag
or
Scandic Nordkapp

1

3

Alta

Thon Hotel Alta

1

3

Tromso

Clarion Hotel Edge

2

4

Oslo

Thon Hotel Terminus

1

4

Ferry Oslo to Copenhagen

MS Crown Seaways
or
MS Pearl Seaways

1

 

Cruise Norway

Serenade of the Seas

7

4.5

Copenhagen

Copenhagen Plaza

2

4

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

CLARION HOTEL SIGN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Clarion Hotel Sign is located in central Stockholm, close to shopping, theatres, restaurants, clubs and bars. You can reach the hotel in just a few minutes from Stockholm Central Station, metro, trains, buses and the Arlanda Express.

The hotel is designed by architect Gert Wingårdh, and is made of granite and glass that reflects the street life and green park outside. The different floors and hotel rooms are represented by world famous icons in classic design, such as Bruno Mathsson, Alvar Aalto and Poul Wolther. The restaurant is located on the hotel's ground floor.

MS SILJA SERENADE, Overnight Cruise, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN TO HELSINKI, FINLAND

  • Many restaurants, novelties Coffee & Co. and Fast Lane
  • The best seafood restaurant Happy Lobster
  • A tax free Superstore
  • New Desigual store on Promenade

A-Class Oceanview cabins
High-class, 11m2 cabins with sea view on decks 5 and 8-11. The lower beds can be converted into a double bed. There is also TV in A-class cabins. Cabins for disabled (not on deck 5) and passengers travelling with pets also available.

The Grand Buffet
The quality of the Buffet's starters, main courses and desserts is ensured through carefully selected suppliers and the well-honed skills of master chefs. Delicacies from the archipelago, obtained directly from small producers in the Turku, Åland and Stockholm archipelagos, bring added colour to the buffet. Beer, white and red wine, and soft drinks are included in the price of the meal. All of Silja Line's restaurants are non-smoking.

HOTEL KATAJANOKKA, HELSINKI, FINLAND
Hotel Katajanokka is a privately owned lifestyle hotel, renovated with loving care into the historic premises of former Helsinki county prison. Inside the red brick walls you will find a magic world of contrasts – with serene comfort, stylish design and a hint of Nordic luxury.

ARCTIC LIGHT HOTEL, ROVANIEMI, FINLAND
The Arctic Light Hotel is a new contemporary hotel situated in the heart of Lapland-Rovaniemi.

The 1950’s building and former City Hall of Rovaniemi has been converted into a stylish hotel and opened its doors during spring 2015. This urban Arctic hideaway offers a unique combination of Lappish heritage and the ultimate in contemporary style.

The hotel is equipped with a spacious cosy lounge with a delightful restaurant and a collection of 57 spacious individually styled rooms & suites. The Arctic Light Hotel is the essence of supreme comfort.

Hotel KultahovI or Hotel Ivalo, FINLAND

HOTEL KULTAHOVI
Standing alongside the roaring rapids of River Juutua, Hotel Kultahovi is more than just a hotel. It is a destination, where you arrive into another culture and will depart with knowledge and memories of northern nature and the indigenous way of life.

This peaceful, family-run hotel is located by Inari’s Juutuanjoki Rapids, 800 metres from the Sami Museum. Its restaurant offers seasonal dishes and river views. Hotel Kultahovi Inari’s charming rooms feature fresh, Scandinavian-style décor. The in-house restaurant, Aanaar, uses locally sourced ingredients. Hotel Inari’s communal lounge offers books and free WiFi.

OR

HOTEL IVALO
Hotel Ivalo is surrounded by Northern Lapland´s wilderness and the National Park with its numerous rivers, lakes and fells. Every room has a shower/wc and some also bath tub. All rooms are equipped with TV/radio, phone and hair dryer.

Hotel Scandic or Scandi Nordkapp, HONNINGSVAG, NORWAY

CANDIC HONNIGSVAG
Scandic Honningsvåg is located in central Honningsvåg next to the Hurtigruten port and the harbour and it is just 35 km from the North Cape. This charming village is the most northern in Norway and the world!  Scandic Honningsvåg is a seasonal hotel open from May until September.

As a guest you always have access to free WiFi.

SCANDIC NORDKAPP
Here you will be surrounded by stunning landscapes as far as the eye can see. A perfect base for experiencing the North Cape, magnificent nature and many exciting activities. If you are lucky you can experience both the northern lights and reindeer up close.

HOTEL THON ALTA, NORWAY
Thon Hotel Alta is located centrally in Alta Centre, and is within a short walking distance of bars, shopping and entertainment. The hotel has 146 modern double rooms decorated in bright colours. A varied breakfast buffet is served every day at Peppes Pizza, which is directly connected to the hotel. Peppes Pizza also serves lunch and dinner offering pizza, pasta, salads and a selection of light dishes.

CLARION HOTEL THE EDGE, TROMSO, NORWAY
Clarion Hotel The Edge opened in May 2014, and is the largest conference hotel in Tromso. With the Kitchen & Table restaurant and Clarion Living Room meeting point, the Edge is a new, cultural gathering place in the Paris of the North. With an exceptional location, Clarion Hotel The Edge is situated right in the centre of Tromso, just by the water, which offers a stunning reflection of its innovative architecture. Here you can experience the midnight sun, Tromso's cultural life and northern Norway's unique natural habitat. The hotel focuses strongly on being eco-friendly and is built with an environmental classification A. 

THON TERMINUS, OSLO
Newly renovated Thon Hotel Terminus occupies a central location close to Oslo City shopping centre and the Oslo Spektrum exhibition hall. Oslo Central Station, Oslo's main street Karl Johan and other attractions are also within short distance of the hotel.

The hotel offers 162 comfortable and modern rooms, most of them were recently renovated. In the new lobby you can help yourself to free Nespresso coffee. The hotel serves a healthy and tasty breakfast buffet every day with a varied selection, and an evening meal is served every day.

Free wireless internet access is available for all our guests throughout the hotel.

OVERNIGHT SHIP, OSLO TO COPENHAGEN
The two large ships operating on the Copenhagen-Oslo route are PEARL SEAWAYS and CROWN SEAWAYS. The ships can accommodate over 1700 passengers.

CROWN SEAWAYS
This large cruise ship has sailed in the Scandinavian waters since 1994. CROWN SEAWAYS has space for 1790 passengers and 450 cars.  Crown Seaways was renovated in March 2014 and boasts redecorated restaurants, bars and conference facilities, plus a new Bubble Zone.

Technical Details:

  • Length: 170m |   Width: 28m 
  • Cruising speed: 16 Knots 
  • Passengers: 1,790 |  Cabins: 637    |  Cars: 450
  • Engine output: 19,880 kW 
  • Year built: 1994 | Renovated: 2005, 2008, 2014

PEARL SEAWAYS
Pearl Seaways was built in 1989 and rebuilt in 2001. Upgraded in 2014, the cruise ship boasts several new luxury passenger cabins, a new restaurant and improved conference facilities.

Technical Details:

  • Length: 178m | Width: 33m
  • Cruising speed: 16 Knots
  • Passengers: 1,989 | Cabins: 702 | Cars: 320
  • Engine output: 23,730 kW
  • Year built: 1989 | Renovated: 2005, 2014

COPENHAGEN PLAZA, DENMARK
Right in the centre of Copenhagen, with the central station around the corner, direct connections to Malmö and Kastrup Airport and with a view over beautiful Tivoli, you will find Copenhagen Plaza. A short walk away, you will also find Copenhagen classics such as the shopping street Strøget, Rådhuspladsen and beautiful Nyhavn.

The Plaza Grill serves meat and fish straight from the grill, and is popular amongst hotel guests and Copenhageners alike. This is also where the generous breakfast buffet is served. Also the hotel is home to the famous Library Bar,that has been listed as one of the top five hotel bars in the world by Forbes.

About ‘Single Room’ Bookings – The Room Standard
If you are taking your own (single room) this is to let you know the good news!

Where many operators have smaller rooms for people that take a single room (just for 1 person), for our tour we don’t do this. In short, the single rooms are no lesser in standard than the rooms we have for 2 people sharing.

Single rooms in Scandinavia (and Europe) are usually a lot smaller and with only single beds. It’s common for it to be this way in Europe and Scandinavia. So, we make arrangements so this does not happen.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

** EARLY BIRD OFFER **

SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by 19 December 2017
SAVE $500 for tour package with your own room | $300 if you share

*EB saving applies ONLY if airfare is booked with us
* ‘share’ refers to ‘twinshare’; share a room with a friend or a roommate match that we arrange.

Per Person AUD

Your Own Room

Tour & Cruise Package with Inside Cabin

$14125

Tour & Cruise Package with Oceanview Cabin

$15025

Tour & Cruise Package with Balcony Cabin 

$15830

Pre Tour Hotel STOCKHOLM @ Stockholm group hotel, including breakfast

$295

Post Tour Hotel COPENHAGEN: Copenhagen group hotel including breakfast

$319

 

AIRPORT TRANSFERS - OPTIONAL
Only apply if you are not on the nominated tour flight, booked with us as part of your package.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:  Stockholm, private car service PER PERSON 

$170

DEPARTURE TRANSFER: Copenhagen, private car service PER PERSON

 $189

 

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION:

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a room of the same gender, rather than take your own room

SAVE $3990 on the package with a twinshare - balcony cabin
SAVE $3675 on the package with a twinshare - oceanview cabin
SAVE $3375 on the package with a twinshare - inside cabin 

TOUR ONLY PACKAGE:
The airfare is not included with the price. Quotes are provided on request, and are indicative only. Prices are subject to variation until tickets are issued. Tickets are issued once the tour is a guaranteed departure, you have paid the airfare in full and accepted the airfare booking terms in writing. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

EARLY BIRD, TERMS & CONDITIONS:
To be eligible for the early bird savings you need to book and pay the deposit to secure your booking, and make any progress payment by the nominated date, as per the booking terms.

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option. On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

Reduced Single Supplement:
If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, a 'Reduced Single Supplement' price will be offered. This represents a $400 saving on the standard single supplement price. Alternatively, you have the option to decline and receive a full refund of your tour deposit.

If you are not prepared to pay for a Reduced Single Supplement we recommend you should not pay for the airfare until you have a guaranteed roommate match and this is advised by us in writing. This supplement becomes due after we finalise the group and before departure.  The Reduced Single Supplement offer only applies to bookings secured with a deposit by Friday 27 April 2018.

Please note: if a roommate becomes available after receiving advice of a Reduce Single Supplement rate, your booking automatically reverts to the twin share price and any monies paid for the Reduced Single Supplement will be refunded.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Stockholm, Sweden                
Depart from: Copenhagen, Denmark

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
To be advised with your quote.

TRANSFERS
If you book your flight with us, and travel on the group nominated flight you are met and transferred to our hotel on arrival.

If you 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.

ARRIVAL – STOCKHOLM
Alternatives to group transfer

The Train
Trains are often the fastest and most comfortable way of travelling to and from Arlanda. You can choose between high-speed trains, long-distance trains and commuter trains. All trains, except the Arlanda Express high-speed train, depart from and arrive to Arlanda Central Station. For more information, Visit Stockholm Arlanda Airport website.

Taxis
Taxis are available directly outside all terminals. You’ll only find taxis at the taxi stand that have an agreement with Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Contact the taxi rank officer if you would like to have a specific taxi company or if you have any questions.

Price zone for taxi trips:

  • The maximum price for trips within the marked zone boundaries is SEK 675.
  • This price is for 1-4 passengers and to one address.
  • An additional 40-50% will be charged for 5-8 passengers.
  • Contact the taxi rank officer when you need a taxi for more than 4 passengers.
  • Always ask the driver before you start your trip about what price is in effect.
  • For travel outside the marked zone boundaries, the meter rate applies.

DEPARTURE – Copenhagen
If you book your flight with us, and travel on the group nominated flight a transfer from our hotel to the airport on the final day of the tour is provided. If you have made your own flight arrangements you can join this transfer, however a transfer service fee applies.

OTHER OPTIONS
If you are not joining the group transfer, and making your own way to Copenhagen Airport there are public and private services to take you there.

If travelling by public transport you must know that Copenhagen airport is located in zone 4, which means that metro, trains and buses all require a valid 3 zone ticket to travel between the airport and inner Copenhagen.

The Train
Trains leave every 10 minutes during the day and 1-3 times an hour in the night, to the airport from Copenhagen. It takes about 13 minutes from Copenhagen Central Station.

The train arrives to terminal 3. There is a free shuttle bus from terminal 1 to 3 that takes about 5 minutes.

The Metro
From the city centre (Nørreport Station), the metro takes 13 minutes to reach the airport and you arrive to terminal 3. The metro runs every 4-6 minutes during the day and every 15-20 minutes at night.

Taxi
It’s about 20 minutes from downtown Copenhagen and as a guide DKK250-300 for the ride.

More Information, read Visit Copenhagen website.

Out and About – Copenhagen
Copenhagen Card

The Copenhagen Card gives you unlimited public transportation in the entire Capital Region of Denmark (including airport). In addition, you get free entrance to more than 72 attractions and museums as well as discounts on several restaurants, sights, rentals and more. You can buy your Copenhagen Card online or upon arrival in Copenhagen Airport.

Some information from this page has been sourced from other websites, including the Airport information. Content is provided as a guide only.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

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. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 20 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

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.

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.

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

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Internal Domestic Flight
1 flight is a maximum of 20kg per bag with a limit of 2 checked bag
The other flight is a maximum of 23kg, with a limit of 1 checked bag

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Free WiFi is readily available at most hotels.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'My 6th holiday with Encounter was as great as the previous ones! Fun group of people, amazing tour itinerary & inclusions plus a wonderful tour leader.'

Jen, 60 years, ACT

'A great holiday for solo traveler as you can choose to have some alone time but always have the backup of friends and tour guide for companionship and security
in an unfamiliar country.'

Anita, 65 years, VIC

'The Scandanavian trip offers many highlights, the big cities are beautiful, the countryside and coastal areas are amazing and the people along the way are great.'

Keith, 67 years, NSW
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