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Legends of Scandinavia

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  • Date: May
  • Destination: Scandinavia
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Price: 3179
Destination Sweden, Norway & Denmark
From Dublin
Date May to September 2016
Duration 11 nights
Price €3,179
Flight Details Dublin to Stockholm
Copenhagen to Dublin

Details are for guidance only and are subject to change

Introduction to Legends of Scandinavia

This escorted tour takes you to three stunning countries visiting Capital cities, fjords and dense forests, glaciers and so much more.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Monday – Stockholm

Fly from Dublin to Stockholm. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the centrally located Clarion Amaranten Hotel.

Day 2 – Tuesday – Stockholm

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. At 10:30 you will meet your tour escort who will stay with you for the rest of the tour and your local Stockholm guide who will take you on a 3 hour guided tour of the Swedish capital.  From Fjällgatan you will have the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected by 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 free. Overnight at Clarion Amaranten Hotel or Scandic Malmen…

Day 3 – Wednesday – Stockholm

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Day at leisure in Stockholm or maybe join an optional tour to visit the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held and the fascinating Vasa Ship museum with the unique wooden warship who sank in Stockholm’s harbor on its maiden voyage  and was salvaged intact 333 years later. Overnight at Clarion Stockholm Hotel or similar.

Day 4 –Thursday – Stockholm – Hamar

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today we start the journey by coach towards Norway passing open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. We stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Värmland beautifully located on the shores of Lake Värnern, the largest of Sweden’s lakes. After crossing the border into Norway we continue to Hamar located by Norway’s largest lake Mjøsa. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar Hotel

Day 5 – Friday – Hamar – Lom – Geiranger

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. First stop today is Lillehammer, where the 1994 winter Olympics took place. We continue north 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 give a unique and fabulous backdrop to your stay.

Dinner and overnight at the Union Hotel.

Day 6 – Saturday – Geiranger – Briksdal Glacier – 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 7 – Sunday – 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 Nærøy 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 Flåm and we continue 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 where the coach awaits our arrival and take us to Bergen. Overnight at the Clarion Admiral Hotel located directly on the waterfront in the heart of the city.

Day 8 –  Monday – Bergen – Geilo

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The guided tour of Bergen will take us to the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buldings 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 Fløyen for a stunning view of Bergen. In the afternoon we continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Vøringsfoss waterfall  with  has a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau and reaching the resort town of Geilo. Dinner and overnight at the historical Dr. Holms Hotel.

Day 9 – Tuesday – Geilo – 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 taking 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 Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar.

Day 10 – Wednesday – Oslo – DFDS Seaways

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning free to continue exploring Oslo, maybe visit some of the famous maritime musems such as the Viking Ships or the Polar ship Fram. Late afternoon transfer to the pier for embarkation of the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. Enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord from the deck or one of the cafés or bars onboard. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgåsbord buffet. Overnight in sea-view cabins.

Day 11 – Thursday – Copenhagen

Breakfast buffet onboard as you sail into Copenhagen. Directly 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. Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.

Day 12 – Friday – Departure Copenhagen

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Transfer from the hotel to the airport for your return flight to Dublin.

 

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Price inclusions

  • Return flights from Dublin
  • Return transfers airport / hotel
  • 10 overnights at the hotel mentioned in the itinerary or similar category (4 star Hotels) with Scandinavian breakfast buffet.
  • 1 overnight in sea-side cabin onboard DFDS with Scandinavian breakfast buffet.
  • 5 dinners included –1 in Hamar, 1 in Geiranger, 1 in Balestrand, 1 in Geilo and 1 onboard DFDS Seaways.
  • English-speaking tour escort through-out the program starting from day 2.
  • City tours of the capitals with local English-speaking guides.
  • Transportation by modern coach with reclining seats, seatbelt, toilet and free Wi-Fi onboard the long distance coach. Scandinavian driver.
  • 2 Mini cruises on the Norwegian fjords of Geiranger fjord and Nærøy Fjord -Sogne Fjord
  • Scenic railroad trip with Flam Railway.
  • Tour with motorized open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier.
  • Luggage handling at the pier for the overnight cruise.
  • Taxes and charges of €130

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Booking remarks

  • Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
  • Single room supplement €1,240
  • Non refundable or transferable booking deposit of €200 per person
  • Full payment due on confirmation
  • 2% surcharge if balance is paid by credit card
  • Optional Insurance €48 (conditions apply)
  • Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price

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Accommodation details

Stockhom – Clarion Stockholm Hotel or similar

Hamar – Scandic Hamar Hotel or similar

Balestrand – Kvikne’s Hotel or similar

Bergen – Clarion Admiral Hotel or similar

Geilo – Storefjell Resort Hotel or similar

Oslo – Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar

Copenhagen – Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel or similar

 

 

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Dates and Prices

Date Price
09 May 2016 €3,179
23 May 2016 €3,179
06 June 2016 €3,179
20 June 2016 €3,179
04 July 2016 €3,179
18 July 2016 €3,179
01 August 2016 €3,179
15 August 2016 €3,179
05 September 2016 €3,179

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