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Insight Vacations Spectacular Scandinavia and its Fjords (Summer 2017) (E941)

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

Revel in outstanding Scandinavian scenery as you cruise the glassy fjords and ride the Flåm Railway. In the cities, soak up the seafaring history and lively cultural scene.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Copenhagen: See the Little Mermaid, Stock Exchange and the Rosenborg & Amalienborg Palaces.
  • Stockholm: Walk through the Old Town and see the cathedral and Royal Palace.
  • Sigtuna: See the tiny City Hall in the old Viking capital.
  • Uppsala: Visit the Gothic Cathedral.
  • Falun: View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687 .
  • Nusnas: See wooden horse making.
  • Lom: Visit the 12C Stave Church.
  • Fjærland: Enjoy a photo stop at the Bøyabreen Glacier.
  • Fjordland: Take a tour and a scenic cruise on the Sognefjord.
  • Bergen: See Haakon's Hall in this ‘wooden city'.
  • Oslo: See the impressive Akershus Castle and Royal Palace. Visit the controversial Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park
  • Scenic Drives: Peer Gynt valley and Fjordland, Lake Vattern.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Hardangerfjord: Hear all about the production processes and sample authentic apple cider at a traditional family-run fruit farm.
  • Oslo: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine.
  • 14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 5 three-course table d'hôte Dinners or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.
  • Stockholm: The fabulous Gold Room inside the rose-hued brick City Hall is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles.
  • Nusnas: Visit a workshop to witness an artisan creating a colourful wooden horse.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • Fjærland: All you ever wanted to know about ice flows and how they sculpt the landscape, fjords and mountains, awaits you at the fascinating Norwegian Glacier Museum.
  • Flåm Railway: Journey on one of the world's steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand-cut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Stockholm: The classy Hilton Slussen is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Old Town.
  • Geiranger: For a scenic location, you won't find better than the Union. Enjoy upgraded rooms set against a fabulous backdrop of breathtaking fjord scenery and mountains.
  • Oslo: The Hotel Bristol is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the city offering exceptional quality and value.

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 Copenhagen
On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 & 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, drinks and a wonderful Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.(WD)
Day: 3 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. 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 into the picturesque Danish countryside to the castles of North Zealand.(BB)
Day: 4 Viking Roskilde
Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde, dating back to the Viking age. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first gothic cathedral in Scandinavia, where 39 kings and queens are buried. Roskilde is also home to the giant rock music event, Roskilde Festival.(BB)
Day: 5 Scenic farmlands of Sweden on the way to Stockholm
Leave Denmark and cross over the Øresund Bridge to Sweden. On through the Skåne region (which gave its name to Scandinavia), past a patchwork of fertile farmlands. Continue along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital.(BB)
Day: 6 Stockholm, City of Islands
(Relaxed Start) The charms of Sweden's capital are revealed with your Local Expert. Start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world. Stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace and visit the imposing City Hall with its Gold Room (site of the annual Nobel Prize presentation banquet), with walls covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles. There's free time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?(BB)
Day: 7 The Viking Capital Sigtuna, Uppsala and Falun
Travel to the once Viking capital of Sigtuna, on the shores of Lake Mälaren, now boasting Sweden’s smallest City Hall. Then head to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university and visit the lofty cathedral. Later, travel through rural Dalecarlia to the old historic mining town of Falun. View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687.(BB / D)
Day: 8 Through Dales and Lakes to Lillehammer
A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnas, home of the Dala horse. Visit a workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden. Cross into Norway and pass the Olympic ice skating rink called the ‘Viking Ship' at Hamar. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to Lillehammer.(BB)
Day: 9 Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords
(Relaxed Start) Head northwest from Lillehammer amid the countryside of Peer Gynt, immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1130. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, icefields, lakes and snow-capped peaks in abundance. End your day in spectacular fashion with an incredible cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Stay in the remote village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.(BB / D)
Day: 10 Geiranger at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) The day is reserved for relaxation among the most breathtaking scenery, which has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Maybe take a trip along the Troll's Road with outstanding photo opportunities?(BB / D)
Day: 11 Fjærland and Fjordland to Leikanger
Head to the Bøyabreen Glacier for a photo-stop before gaining a deeper understanding of your surroundings at the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum. Journey through time from the creation of the earth to the last ice age, and up to the year 2100. Then a scenic drive will take you to your hotel in Leikanger.(BB / D)
Day: 12 The Flåm Railway to Bergen
Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest in Norway. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914m. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear all about the fruit production process and sample the apple juice and homemade cider. Learn how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious dishes. Enjoy a walk through the orchard before moving on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.(BB / D)
Day: 13 The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen
(Relaxed Start) 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. Or perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?(BB)
Day: 14 Mountains and Fjords to Oslo
Cross scenic mountains and travel through ski-resorts on your way to Oslo, Norway's capital.(BB)
Day: 15 Cosmopolitan Oslo
(Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, pass the Royal Palace as well as the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before a highlight visit to the Viking Long Ship Museum. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a farewell Celebration Dinner and a glass of wine to toast to new friends.(BB / CD)
Day: 16 Out of Oslo
Departure transfers arrive at Oslo Airport at 07:15 & 10:15.(BB)

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