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Insight Vacations Country Roads of Southern Scandinavia (Summer 2017) (E340)

13 Days from Oslo to Copenhagen Print
Tour Style: Regional Tour
Europe & Britain 2017/18
Visits: Norway, Denmark

Marvel at the road less travelled with its breath taking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oslo: See the impressive Akershus Castle and Royal Palace. Visit the insteresting Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park
  • Hardangervidda: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful artic tundra
  • Bergen: See Haakon's Hall in this ‘wooden city'.
  • Scenic Drive: Along the Norwegian West coast from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn to visit Hans Christian Anderson's birthplace in Odense.
  • Copenhagen: See the Little Mermaid, Stock Exchange and the Rosenborg & Amalienborg Palaces.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.
  • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and glass of wine.
  • 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour, the Royal Palace and visit the Viking Long Ship Museum.
  • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
  • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Lysefjord: Embrace the spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock.
  • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life.
  • Copenhagen: Your Local Expert shows you Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Stavanger: In the heart of town, the Radisson Blu Royal Stavanger is located a short walk from the harbour, perfect for exploring the local area.
  • Kristiansand: Located in the heart of Old Town, the Clarion Hotel Ernst is one of Kristiansand's key landmarks, dating back to 1858. The restaurant offers innovative, organic Norwegian cuisine and chilled beers and cocktails are available in the sleek Bar Barokk.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Oslo
On arrival at Oslo Airport, your airport shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:00 & 14:30. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow guests as you enjoy a Welcome Reception with drinks and a Welcome Dinner.(WR)
Day: 3 Cosmopolitan Oslo
(Relaxed Start) In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Visit Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House.(BB)
Day: 4 Oslo city to coastal Bergen
Cross the Hardangervidda Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious savour a delicious dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(BB / RD)
Day: 5 Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen
Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert. The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively fish market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has many stalls, selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway? Maybe you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?(BB)
Day: 6 A coastline like no other
Travel along this incredible coastline as you sail across fjords, passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway's oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. It has continued to evolve with changing times, providing a wonderful blend of traditional architecture and modern culture.(BB)
Day: 7 The wonders of Lysefjord
(Relaxed Start) Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords, to see Preikestolen - or the Pulpit Rock - known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view 'Vagabond's Cave', old mountain farms, idyllic islands, majestic scenery and local wildlife. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the spacious sundeck. The afternoon is at leisure.(BB)
Day: 8 Onwards to Kristiansand
Enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will pass through Posebyen (The Old Town) where you will see the Domkirke, the Nupen Fountain as well as the Fortress. Return to your hotel, a landmark of Kristiansand, dating back to 1858.(BB)
Day: 9 Kristiansand to Aarhus
Farewell Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirsthals, Denmark. Then onto Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. At night, enjoy a delicious meal with friends.(BB / D)
Day: 10 Historic Aarhus
(Relaxed Start) A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city's Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark. The afternoon is free for you to discover at your own pace.(BB)
Day: 11 Odense and the fairytales of Fyn
Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the Island of Fyn. In the restored old district, the house where Hans Christian Andersen was born has been turned into a museum. Join your Local Expert to learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure at your Celebration Dinner.(BB / CD)
Day: 12 Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
(Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour. Journey on to see Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, as well as the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. Continue to Copenhagen's cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary, and the unusual Rundertaarn - a 17th century round tower - the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps take an optional experience to observe Copenhagen differently, from upon the canals?(BB)
Day: 13 Depart Copenhagen
Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen Airport at 06:30, 09:00 & 12:00.(BB)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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