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Europe - Legends Of Scandinavia - 11 Days

Europe - Legends Of Scandinavia - 11 Days

Stockholm, Sweden

From: R 44,448.00
Inc Tax
  • Prices

    JNB: R 44,448.00
  • Trip Reference

    #9223
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 Days
  • Valid From

    18th of May 2018 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    24th of September 2018 (Monday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

Discover the Legends of Scandinavia on this 11 day tour where you will get the unique opportunity to visit Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, as well as smaller towns in-between, where you'll enjoy world-class restaurants serving new Nordic cuisine, cozy cafes, and endless shopping opportunities. Feel the wings of history as you walk through the medieval, cobble-stoned alleys of the Old Town in Stockholm, sail on the spectacular Norwegian fjords where the Vikings once sailed out to conquer the world or watch the change of the Royal Guards at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 / 2 - Stockholm
  • Day 3 - Stockholm - Hamar
  • Day 4 - Hamar - Lom - Geiranger
  • Day 5 - Geiranger - Balestrand
  • Day 6 - Balestrand - Bergen
  • Day 7 - Bergen - Geilo area
  • Day 8 - Geilo area - Oslo
  • Day 9 - Oslo 
  • Day 10 / 11 - Copenhagen

Please note that the tour is valid for selected Friday departures from 18 May - 14 September 2018.

About the Holiday

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday - Stockholm
Individual arrival to the hotel - welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your tour escort who will be staying with you for the entire tour. Overnight at centrally located Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

Day 2 - Saturday - Stockholm
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning city tour of Stockholm with a local guide, who will take you on a guided tour of the Swedish capital. From Fjllgatan you will have the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected with bridges. We will visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in happy colours, the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure or maybe join the optional tour to visit the City Hall - the place of the annual Nobel Prize banquet - and the fascinating Vasa Ship Museum with the unique wooden warship, which sank in Stockholm's harbour on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later. Overnight at Clarion Hotel Stockholm.

Day 3 - Sunday - Stockholm - Hamar
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Today we start the journey by coach towards Norway, passing through open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. We stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Vrmland, located beautifully on the shores of Lake Vrnern, the largest of Sweden's lakes. After crossing the border into Norway, we continue to Hamar, located right next to Lake Mjsa, Norway's largest Lake. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar.

Day 4 - Monday - Hamar - Lom - Geiranger
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
First stop today is Lillehammer, where the 1994 winter Olympics took place. Northbound, we continue through the green, fertile farmland of Gudbrands Valley. In Lom we stop to see the amazing wooden stave church dating back to the 12th century. Our route continues via Grotli to Geiranger. A photo-stop is made before descending the hairpin curves to the village by the fjord. The fjord and the surrounding mountains offer a picturesque and unique backdrop to your stay.
Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Union Geiranger.

Day 5 - Tuesday - Geiranger - Balestrand
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning cruise on the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord with the impressive waterfalls "the Bridal Veil" and "the Seven Sisters". Continue to Briksdal Glacier. The last part of the journey up to the glacier will be in the motorized open Troll Cars, allowing you to enjoy the full panoramic
view. After the glacier experience, sit back in the coach and enjoy the views of mountains and fjords passing by as we drive towards Balestrand. Our route will take us through the Gaular Mountain National Park. Late afternoon we reach the beautiful resort Balestrand
located on the shores of the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth.
Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne's Hotel.

Day 6 - Wednesday - Balestrand - Bergen
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Ferry across to Hella and continue along the scenic coastal route to Manheller for a short ferry crossing to Fodnes. We then continue to Gudvangen, where we board a 2 hour mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Marvel at the landscape as we sail into the Nry fjord - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains. Disembark in Flm and continue the journey with one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world, the Flam Railway. With breath-taking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal, where you will connect to your train to Voss. Here the coach awaits our arrival and take us to Bergen.
Overnight in the heart of the city at Zander K Hotel.

Day 7 - Thursday - Bergen - Geilo area
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Orientation tour of Bergen, taking us to the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buildings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic League. Time at leisure for shopping, having lunch and maybe taking
the funicular to the top of Mount Flyen for a stunning view of Bergen. In the early afternoon we continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Vringsfoss waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, before reaching the Geilo area.
Dinner and overnight at Storefjell Resort or similar.

Day 8 - Friday - Geilo area- Oslo
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. Some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo, which takes you to the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures of the famous Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. Other highlights of the tour area the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress Akershus, the modern Opera house, the City Hall etc. Remainder of the day free to explore Oslo, the pedestrian street Karl Johan and the lovely shopping and restaurant wharf Aker Brygge.
Overnight at Thon Hotel Opera.

Day 9 - Saturday - Oslo - DFDS Cruise
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
Morning free to continue exploring Oslo on your own or join the optional tour to visit some of the famous maritime museum such as the Viking Ship Museum and the Polar Ship Fram. Late afternoon transfer to the pier, where you will embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. From the deck or one of the cafés or bars on board, you can enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgsbord buffet on board the overnight cruise. Overnight in sea-view cabins.

Day 10 - Sunday - Copenhagen
Breakfast buffet on-board as you sail into Copenhagen.
Upon arrival in Copenhagen meet your local guide showing you some of the highlights of Copenhagen; the little Mermaid, the Gefion fountain, the royal residence Amalienborg Palace, Christianshavn and Nyhavn with its charming canals etc.
Afternoon free to enjoy this fairy-tale city on your own. Farewell dinner and overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel or similar

Day 11 - Monday - Departure Copenhagen
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return flights from Johannesburg based on availability in the lowest category airfare
  • Approximate taxes and levies
  • 2 Nights' accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Scandic Hamar
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Hotel Union Geiranger
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Kviknes Hotel
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Zander K Hotel
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Storefjell Resort Hotel or similar
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Thon Hotel Opera
  • 1 Night accommodation onboard DFDS Seaways in a sea-side cabin
  • 1 Night accommodation at the Radisson Blu Hotel Scandinavia Copenhagen or similar
  • Breakfast daily & 6 dinners
  • Transportation by modern coach with free Wi-Fi on board
  • English speaking tour guide throughout your tour
  • City tours of the capitals with local English-speaking guides
  • 2 Mini cruises on the Norwegian fjords of Geiranger Fjord and Naroy Fjord - Sogne Fjord
  • A scenic rail road trip with Flam Railway
  • A tour with motorised open Troll Cars to the Briksdal Glacier
  • Luggage handling at the piers 
Excludes
  • Visas
  • Health and Travel Insurance
  • Meals not itemised
  • Items of a personal nature
Package Conditions:

Tour is valid for selected Friday departures as follows:
18 May, 01, 22 June, 06, 20 July, 10 August & 14 September 2018.
High season airfare supplement applies for 22 June  2018 departure.

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Stockholm
Stockholm is the largest city and capital of Sweden. Stockholm has been the political and economic centre of Sweden since the 13th century. Stockholm is located on Sweden's east coast, where Lake Mšlaren meets the Baltic Sea. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm perhaps the freshest air and widest lungs of any European capital.

The location appears in Norse sagas as Agnafit, and especially in connection with the legendary king Agne. The earliest mention of Parkar in writing dates from 1252, when the mines in Bergslagen made it an important site in the iron trade. The first part of the name (stock) means log, while the second (holm) means islet, and refers to the islet Stadsholmen in central Stockholm which for centuries constituted the main part of Stockholm.

The climate of Stockholm is extremely varied with distinct seasons. At the winter solstice in late December, the day lasts about six hours, whereas at the summer solstice in late June, Stockholm's daylight period extends beyond 18 hours. As a result, Stockholm is exposed to cold winters and mild summers.

The late evening summer sun in Stockholm seems to stretch on forever, while the long winter nights need to be filled with fun. The result is a city committed to its nightlife. Strong jazz traditions and smart bars cater to older or smoother patrons, while the club scene (often Spanish in flavour) parties hard. The area around Stureplan is the most happening place in the city.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 22 April 2018.

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