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Cosmos The Viking Trail (4830)

12 days from Amsterdam to Bergen 
Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you explore many of northern Europe’s fascinating cities and scenic areas. This budget-minded northern European tour starts in Amsterdam with a canal cruise and ends in Bergen with guided sightseeing. Along the way, you’ll stay in Hamburg, Copenhagen area, Gothenburg, Oslo, and the Flam area.

One of the northern Europe and Scandinavia tour highlights is a breathtaking ride on the Flam train, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snowcapped mountains; rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes; and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.

You’ll also take a scenic cruise amid majestic mountains, fresh mountain air, and the spectacular landscape dotted with small, idyllic villages. Witness charming little fishing villages, rocky islands, and granite rocks along the scenic Skagerrak coastline from Gothenburg – Sweden’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports – to Oslo. Also enjoy the drive through Norway’s Hallingdal Valley with its splendid mountains, lakes, and rivers. Guided sightseeing excursions are included in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. Other tour features include impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are historically tied to the Baltic confederation of sea-trading countries. In the German town of Bremen – a Hanseatic city with a history dating back 1,200 years– you’ll see the Town Hall, built between 1405 and 1410. Follow the Viking trail in Roskilde and visit the Viking ship museum in Oslo. In Bergen, see the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf with foundations dating to the 12th century.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded tour to Scandinavia. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty and wonderful memories.

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

AMSTERDAM
Canal cruise, guided city tour

BREMEN
Visit the Hanseatic city

HAMBURG
Guided sightseeing

PUTTGARDEN-RØDBY
Ferry crossing

ROSKILDE
Visit

COPENHAGEN
Guided city tour

ORESUND BRIDGE
The longest bridge in Europe

HALMSTAD, GOTHENBURG and FREDERIKSTAD
Visit

OSLO
Guided city tour and Viking Ship Museum

FLÅM
Scenic train ride

SOGNEFJORD CRUISE

BERGEN
Guided city tour

Itinerary (2019)

Day 1ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND.
 Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)
Day 2AMSTERDAM AREA.
 For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It wrested 40% of its territory from the hostile sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER, and following a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam's highlights on the included city tour. This afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join an optional excursion. (B)
Day 3AMSTERDAM AREA–BREMEN, GERMANY–HAMBURG.
 This morning, travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Settlements date back to the 7th century, but the city rose in prominence as trade with Norway, England, and the Netherlands increased in the 11th century. Bremen’s attractions include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. Continue to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, where you arrive in time for an optional harbor cruise. (B)
Day 4HAMBURG–PUTTGARDEN-RØDBY FERRY–ROSKILDE, DENMARK–COPENHAGEN AREA.
 Your day begins with the guided tour of Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Marvel at the impressive Town Hall; the landmark St. Michael’s Church; the ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church; the unusual Elbe Philharmonic Hall; and more. Later, enjoy a pleasant FERRY ride from Puttgarden in Germany across the Fehmarn Belt Strait to Rødby, Denmark, and arrive in Copenhagen. Visit Roskilde, a former hub of Viking trade routes, with its UNESCO World Heritage site listed Gothic Cathedral. (B,D)
Day 5COPENHAGEN.
 During the Viking era, Copenhagen was just a small village. Now capital of Denmark, it is home to many fascinating landmarks, including the world-famous Little Mermaid sculpture, Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide. Round off the day with an interesting optional excursion. (B)
Day 6COPENHAGEN AREA–HALMSTAD, SWEDEN–GOTHENBURG.
 Via the ORESUND BRIDGE, the longest bridge in Europe, travel across the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden. Stop in Halmstad on the Nissan River with its 17th-century castle. Walk along the stone streets of the town center, lined with cafés, and admire the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Female Head, before heading towards Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving, second-largest city, which is one of Europe’s major seaports. (B,D)
Day 7GOTHENBURG–FREDERIKSTAD, NORWAY–OSLO.
 Take the scenic route along the Skagerrak coastline to Frederikstad. Then cross the border into Norway and head for the capital city of Oslo. (B)
Day 8OSLO.
 Your guided sightseeing begins with stunning vistas of Akershus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, followed by the VIKING SHIP MUSEUM, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s distinctive sculptures in FROGNER PARK. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to relax or explore on your own. (B)
Day 9OSLO–HØNEFOSS–FLÅ–GOL–FLÅM AREA.
 A scenic drive today through Hallingdal Valley via the peaceful village of Flå. Forest-clad dales and soaring mountain peaks are around every bend on your scenic journey to Gol, where we stop for a visit. Arrive in the quaint area of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. (B,D)
Day 10FLÅM AREA–SOGNEFJORD–BERGEN.
 Today, experience breathtaking Norway with a special treat! Start the day on the renowned FLÅM TRAIN, witnessing some of the world’s most scenic wilderness. Along the way, see mighty waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, a leisurely CRUISE showcases one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the Sognefjord. Continue to Bergen through the heart of Fjordland. (B)
Day 11BERGEN.
 With fjords on one side and 1,000-foot-high Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen is hailed as the “City of Seven Mountains.” Your guided sightseeing tour takes in the main sights, including the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf, one of the landmarks of Bergen’s bayside area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B)
Day 12BERGEN.
 Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Included Cosmos Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Cosmos Pricing Details

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement
$580-$670

No triple room reduction.

Extra nights per person in Amsterdam:
in single room $118-$258, in twin $68-$138, in triple $71-$118

Extra nights per person in Bergen:
in single room $172, in twin $108, in triple $90

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*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
Guaranteed Departure 05/10/2019 $2,069.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/24/2019 $2,069.00
05/31/2019 $2,169.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/07/2019 $2,169.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/14/2019 $2,169.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/05/2019 $2,069.00
07/19/2019 $2,199.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/26/2019 $2,069.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/02/2019 $2,069.00
08/23/2019 $2,069.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/30/2019 $1,979.00
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