Scandinavia & The Baltics

ITINERARY

Overview:
“Experience the best of what Scandinavia has to offer: fjords, waterfalls, coastal and city culture, the unique Viking History, a glacier, mountains & majestic forests, and idyllic islands, followed by a road trip in the Baltic Countries, uncovering the historic city of Tallinn, lively Riga, and charming
Vilnius.

The tour only includes guiding in Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. The rest of the time is at leisure to explore the region at your own pace. There will be an escort following the route all the way from Bergen to Vilnius, so don’t worry about having vouchers for hotels or trains, these will be taken care of, so you can sit bac k, relax, and enjoy the ride!”

Day 1 – Arrival to Norway
“Welcome to The Kingdom of Norway – a country with the most beautiful fjords on Earth.

Arrival in Bergen and transfer to the hotel by using shuttle bus.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Bergen.
Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar.”

Day 2 – Bergen
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Discover Bergen – the world heritage city. Bergen is the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. As a UNESCO World Heritage City and a European City of Culture, the Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture, and exciting urban life all year around.  At 10:00, meet your local guide at the reception of your hotel and enjoy a walking tour of the city of Bergen. Pass through the most emblematic places such as the Hanseatic Bryggen, with the church of Mary, the Hakon fortress and the famous fish market. You can visit the Fløibanen Funicular, which will take you on the top of the Mountain Fløyen, for overall view of the city. To get a real taste of Norway, we would recommend choosing one of our optional activities:
Bergen Food Tour (15:00, approx. 3 hrs.)

Overnight in Bergen.
Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar.”

Day 3 – Bergen – Sognefjord
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning walk to the Bergen port where you will embark a cruise to Balestrand. Enjoy the views of Sognefjord, the King of Fjords.

Departure from Bergen: 08:00 am (schedule subject to change).
Arrival in Balestrand: 11:55 am.

Upon arrival in Balestrand – short walk from port to your hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Dinner time will be advised by your escort.

Overnight & dinner in Balestrand.
Kviknes Hotel, Dragsvik Hotel, Balestrand Hotel or similar.”

Day 4 – Sognefjord
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Day at leisure to explore the region on your own OR you can opt for a HALF DAY EXCURSION TO FJÆRLAND:  Round-trip Balestrand-Fjærland, including Bøyabreen, Supphellebreen and a visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. We sail through the beautiful Fjærland fjord with amazing views of the steep mountains, the green fjord itself and vibrant landscape. We arrive at Fjærland, where the glacier meets the fjord. Here we  wait for a shuttle bus which takes us to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Enjoy Ivo Caprino’s panoramic film about Jostedalen Glacier and the fascinating exhibition.  The trip continues by coach to the two glaciers –Supphellebreen and Bøyabreen – before the coach takes us back to Fjærland. The full-day excursion concludes with a boat trip back to Hella/Balestrand.  Coach to the glaciers and museum entrance are included in the round-trip fare.  We recommend that you book this excursion when you book the tour, as we cannot guarantee availability if booked upon arrival in Norway.

Overnight & dinner in Balestrand.
Kviknes Hotel, Dragsvik Hotel, Balestrand Hotel, or similar.”

Day 5 – Balestrand To Oslo
“Breakfast in the hotel.

The continuation of your journey on the Sognefjord today stars with a cruise. Sognefjord – the King of Norway and the longest fjord in Norway. The initial part of the fjord, called Aurlandsfjord, is a 17- kilometer arm of the world’s second longest fjord, the Sognefjord (204 km). It is one of the most picturesque fjords in the world.  Arrive in Flåm, where you will have some free time to discover this beautiful village.  Departure to Myrdal by train. Myrdal station is a mountain railway station and junction, located about 13 km from the village Flåm. Board the famous Flåmsbana – one of the steepest trainlines in the world. The train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breath-taking waterfalls and no less than 20 tunnels. It offers so many viewpoints that many feel like travelling multiple times between the mountain and the fjord.

Schedule (*subject to change)
11:55 Cruise Balestrand – Flåm – arrival in Flåm at 13:25.
16:05 Panoramic train from Flåm – arrival in Myrdal at 17:02.
17:53 Bergen Railway train from Myrdal – arrival in Oslo at 22:27 or 23:00.

Overnight in Oslo.
Clarion the Hub, St. Olav Plass, or similar.”

Day 6 – Oslo
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Meet your local guide at the reception of the hotel and depart for 3 hrs city sightseeing of this vibrant capital city starting at 11:00am.  Guided tour of the city including the Frogner Park, with all sculptural Vigeland, the museum of Viking ships (entrance not included), showing three original Viking Age ships, the Royal Palace, City Hall, and Akershus Fortress.

Overnight in Oslo.
Clarion the Hub, St. Olav Plass, or similar.”

Day 7 – Oslo To Stockholm
“Departure to Stockholm by high-speed train. Arrival in Stockholm, a city surrounded by almost 25.000 small islands.  Rest of the day at leisure – walk along the streets and explore the city of the royal family, and the main Drottninggatan – Queen Street, with many shops, bars, and cafes.

Overnight in Stockholm.
Clarion Sign or similar.”

Day 8 – Stockholm
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Meet your tour leader and a local guide at the reception of your hotel and depart for 3 hrs city sightseeing Stockholm. Stockholm is generally referred to as Beauty on Water, or Venice of the North, which is understandable, as the city is built upon 14 islands. It is surrounded by Lake Mälaren, and by the Baltic Sea. City’s grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history and museums reveal its 700 year-old history beautifully.  During your sightseeing tour you will visit the Gamla Stan (Old town), where you will be charmed by cobblestone streets, crooked but beautifully preserved buildings & The Royal Palace.

Overnight in Stockholm.
Clarion Sign or similar.”

Day 9 – Stockholm To Helsinki
“Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 am: Meet your Tour Leader and a local guide at the reception of your hotel and depart for a 3-hour Sightseeing Tour in Stockholm.  During your sightseeing tour you will visit the Gamla Stan (Old town), where you will be charmed by cobblestone streets, crooked but beautifully preserved buildings, The Royal Palace, gothic churches and excellent cafés, bars, restaurants, and Swedish design-ware shops.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Stockholm harbour and board your overnight cruise to Helsinki.”

Day 10 – Helsinki To Tallinn
“Breakfast on board.

Welcome to Finland and its magnificent capital city Helsinki!  Upon arrival to Helsinki you will enjoy a 2-hour Sightseeing Tour of Helsinki. Amongst others, you will see Senaatintori, the Senate square’s, and its magnificent architectural ensemble. Right around the corner near the harbour, you will find the Kauppatori, the picturesque market square, characterised by an abundance of flowers, fruits and busy traders. TheTuomio Kirkko (cathedral) is our next stop. It was built in the 19th century and has an impressive copper dome. Concerts are regularly taking place inside. Another church, the Temppeliaukio Kirkko is carved into the rock, which gives excellent acoustics. One of the last stops is the Uspenski Cathedral – the Orthodox Cathedral in neo-Byzantine style rears its mighty mass of red brick in the Katajanokka Island.  Late afternoon transfer to the cruise-ship terminal, where you will embark on a 2-hour-cruise to Tallinn.

Overnight in Tallinn.
Park Inn by Radisson Meriton or similar.”

Day 11 – Tallinn
“Breakfast in the hotel.

In the morning, 3-hour Sightseeing Tour of Tallinn with a local guide: The old town is located in the heart of Tallinn. Divided in two very distinctive parts: Toompea hill and The lower town, centered on Raekoja plats (the Town Hall Square) is still surrounded by a 2,5km-fortified wall. Through the itinerary, you will admire the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky and the Toompea castle (home to the Estonian Parliament), The City Hall Square, the house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, St Olaf and Niguliste churches.  Rest of the day at leisure to continue exploring the city at your own pace, visit some more attractions, try the local cuisine do some shopping, etc.

Overnight in Tallinn.
Park Inn by Radisson Meriton or similar.”

Day 12 – Tallinn – Riga
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Free time in the morning to further explore Tallinn!   You may choose to further discover Tallinn’s on your own or join some of the offered optional activities. We recommend that you book the optional activities in advance.  Afternoon departure towards Riga on a long-distance coach, with a short break in Pärnu, a bustling beach retreat with early 20th -century buildings, and a beautiful promenade where you can try a local snack before continuing to Latvia.

Overnight in Riga.
Radisson BLU Latvija or similar.”

Day 13 – Riga
“Breakfast in the hotel.

In the morning, 3-hour Sightseeing Tour of Riga, where we visit the UNESCO world heritage sights as elegant Art Nouveau district, the old town with many medieval churches in it. Drive along central boulevards of Riga surrounded with beautiful city Canal Park and Bastion hill, many beautiful parks, New Opera  house from the XIX century, the Riga Castle build for Riga’s archbishop in the 14th century, largest in Europe Riga’s Central market build from reused zeppelin hangars. During the walk along cobble streets of Riga we see impressive Powder Tower, Swedish barracks, and Swedish gate, “”Three Brothers”,
Brotherhood of Blackheads building established there 600 years ago, majestic Dome Cathedral founded in 1211 with one of the best organs in Europe with nearly 7000 pipes, house of cats, Richard Vagner Street, and theatre where he conducted in 1830s, Great and Small guild houses.  Rest of the day at leisure to continue exploring the city at your own pace, visit some more attractions and try the local cuisine.

Overnight in Riga.
Radisson BLU Latvija or similar.”

Day 14 – Riga – Vilnius
“Breakfast in the hotel.

Free time in the morning to continue exploring Riga! You can stroll around the beautiful streets of the Old Town, do some shopping, or have a traditional Latvian meal. Afternoon departure to Vilnius on a long-distance coach. On the way, after crossing the border to Lithuania, a short photo break at the impressive pilgrimage site Hill of Crosses, which origins remain a mystery.

Overnight in Vilnius.
Congress Hotel or similar.”

Day 15 – Vilnius
“Breakfast in the hotel.

In the morning, 3-hour Sightseeing Tour of Vilnius. The Old Town, whose architectural ensemble of Central European Catholic inspiration contrasts with the Germanic influence found in the other Baltic capitals, offers a maze of winding streets, inner courtyards, old churches that seem jealously hide some mysteries. This tour notably includes Vilnius Cathedral and a visit to Saint Anne’s Church (ext.): one of Lithuania’s
Gothic masterpieces. Rest of the day at leisure; enjoy some last-minute shopping for Baltic souvenirs, try the local cuisine or choose some of the optional activities.

Overnight in Vilnius.
Congress Hotel or similar.”

Day 16 – Departure
“Breakfast in the hotel.
Depending on your departure time, you might still have some time to enjoy in the city.

Transfer to the airport by using shuttle bus.”

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2023
Dates Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
June 25 - Jul 10 CAD 4,245 CAD 5,950
Jul 09 - Jul 24 CAD 3,395 CAD 4,760
Jul 23 - Aug 07 CAD 3,395 CAD 4,760
Aug 06 - Aug 21 CAD 3,395 CAD 4,760
Aug 20 - Sep 04 CAD 3,395 CAD 4,760
Sep 03 - Sep 18 CAD 3,395 CAD 4,760
Options Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Pre-Nights in Bergen CAD 180 CAD 340
Post-Night in Vilnius CAD 95 CAD 155
Floibanen Funicular Return Ticket & Bergen Fish Market & Food Tastings / Per Person CAD 265
Fjord and Glacier Tour To Fjaerland / Per Person CAD 225
Accommodation:
Bergen
Hotel Admiral or similar
Balestrand
Kviknes Hotel, Dragsvik Hotel, Balestrand Hotel or similar
Oslo
Clarion the Hub, St. Olav Plass, or similar
Stockholm
Clarion Sign or similar
Tallinn
Park Inn by Radisson Meriton or similar
Riga
Radisson BLU Latvija or similar
Vilnius
Congress Hotel or similar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • 14 overnights in the mentioned hotels or similar, with breakfast (Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, &15)
  • 1 overnight on board of a cruise, B-class inside cabins, twin bed, with breakfast (Day 9)
  • 2 dinners in a hotel in Balestrand ( Day 3, 4)
  • Cruise on the Sognefjord from Bergen to Balestrand (Day 3)
  • Cruise on the Sognefjord & Aurlandsfjord from Balestrand to Flåm (Day 5)
  • Panoramic train from Flåm – Myrdal (Day 5)
  • Bergen Railway train from Myrdal to Oslo (Day 5)
  • High-speed train from Oslo to Stockholm (Day 7)
  • Coach at disposal for sightseeing (Day 8, 10, 11, 13 & 15)
  • Transfer from hotel in Stockholm to the cruise terminal (Day 9)
  • Transfer from the cruise terminal to Helsinki (Day 10)
  • Transfer from Helsinki to the cruise terminal (Day 10)
  • Cruise from Helsinki to Tallinn (2 hours) (Day 10)
  • Transfer from cruise terminal in Tallinn to hotel in Tallin (Day 10)
  • Transfer from hotel in Tallinn to hotel in Riga (Day 12)
  • Transfer from hotel in Riga to hotel in Vilnius (Day 14)
  • English speaking escort (meeting point before the sightseeing tour, at the reception of your hotel) (Day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 &15)

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