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4th October 2017
A wonderful guided exploration of the Scandinavian capital cities including two overnight mini-cruises; the first a return sail across the Baltic Sea from Sweden to Finland, and the second across the Öresund Sound between Denmark and Norway.
From sailing down Stockholm's Archipelago passing numerous small islands, to seeing Uspenskjj Cathedral in Helsinki, to exploring the old harbour of Copenhagen, to having a picnic in Oslo's Vigeland Sculpture Park- this tour offers the best of what Scandinavian cities have to offer. As well as drawing together many Scandinavian highlights from land and sea you will have time to explore by yourself and at your own pace.
Day 1 - Arrive Stockholm
Arrive Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Transfer to your hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 1950 in the hotel reception area before having dinner at the hotel.
2 nights STOCKHOLM - Clarion Hotel Sign **** (B,D)
Day 2 - Stockholm
After your Scandinavian buffet breakfast, enjoy a morning 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm. Famous sights on the tour include the Royal Palace, the Parliament buildings, the island of Djurgården and the Old Town (Gamla Stan), with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. The highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Rooms, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm. We recommend a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum or one of the popular canal tours. Dinner is not included tonight as experience shows that in Stockholm guests prefer to eat out at a restaurant of their own choice for one night. Your tour escort will gladly assist you with table reservations.
Day 3 - Stockholm to Helsinki
Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon coach transfer for embarkation on one of Silja Line's luxurious cruise ferries departing at 1700. Begin by sailing slowly through Stockholm Archipelago past numerous small islands. Buffet dinner on-board. Choice of entertainment, shops, casino, bars. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise to avoid having to carry suitcase to and from the cabin.
Overnight ONBOARD - 2 berth outside cabin (B,D)
Day 4 - Helsinki to Stockholm
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. You retain your cabin on the ship. Morning 3 hours guided tour of the Finnish capital. Famous sights include Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, New Opera House, Sibelius Park and Monument, Underground Temple etc. Afternoon free for shopping or exploring this bustling city on the Baltic. Embarkation at 1700 for the return cruise to Stockholm. 3-course dinner served.
Overnight ONBOARD - 2 berth outside cabin (B,D)
Day 5 - Stockholm to Copenhagen
Arrive Stockholm at 0930. The tour continues by coach through the pleasant countryside of southern Sweden to Klarälven near Lake Vättern. Stop for lunch at local restuarant. After lunch continue through provinces of Småland and Skåne to the city of Malmö. Cross the Øresund Bridge to arrive in wonderful Copenhagen during the early evening.
2 night COPENHAGEN - Admiral Hotel **** (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Copenhagen
The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. During the tour you will see the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Hans Christian Andersen's statue, Gefion Fountain, the old habour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid, and many other popular sights. Afternoon free in Copenhagen. We recommend a walk down the popular pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, or a visit to Rosenborg Palace. Your tour guide will provide you with entrance tickets to the famous Tivoli Gardens.
Day 7 - Copenhagen to Oslo
Morning free in Copenhagen for shopping and sighseeing. Afternoon transfer by coach to the DFDS seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo, departing at 1700. Sail gently up the Kattegat on your way to Oslo. There is dancing and entertainment on board or you may prefer to sit out on deck and watch the sunset? Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. Again, we recommend an overnight bag.
1 night ONBOARD - 2 berth outside cabin (B,D)
Day 8 - Oslo
A Scandinavian buffet breakfast is served as you sail up the exciting Oslo Fjord to reach the Norwegian capital at 0930. Guided 3 hours tour of Oslo including the world famous Viking Ships, the Polar Exploration ship Fram, the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park and other famous sights. Afternoon free in Oslo. We recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johans shopping street. Dinner at hotel ideally situated close to Oslo Harbour and facing new Opera House.
1 night OSLO - Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo **** (B,D)
Day 9 - Departure
Transfer to Oslo Gardermoen Airport to coincide with individual flight and departure times.
Departure Day: Tuesdays from UK
Departure Dates: See Price Panel
Duration: 8 nights
Prices: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room. Single supplement as shown.
|Dep. Dates||Price per
|6 & 27 Jun 2017
4, 11, 18 & 25 Jul 2017
1 & 8 Aug 2017
COPENHAGEN ADMIRAL HOTEL (4 star) - Copenhagen ****
Built in 1787, enjoy the best of past and present at this historic hotel location in the heart of Copenhagen overlooking the Royal Opera and Playhouse, and is close by Nyhavn waterfront and major attractions.
The rooms can be described as handsomely rustic with wooden beams to give each room a golden glow, while the décor features custom designed, teak furniture by Trip Trap. Windows on the eastern facade of the hotel provide views of the Copenhagen Opera House and the quiet harbour, while western facing hotel rooms on the upper floors gaze over the Royal Palace, with Copenhagen’s characteristic rooftops, towers and spires stretching into the distance.
The hotel restaurant, SALT, accommodates 110 diners. Its design and concept were devised in close collaboration with world-renowned design firm Conran & Partners. The London-based company has designed renowned establishments in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo. SALT’s décor is inspired by the modern Parisian brasserie. The plates show elegance, while innovated cuisine features amazing taste combinations. Although modern Nordic cuisine is the hallmark of SALT restaurant, there is more than a hint of French inspiration in the meals created by head chef Rasmus Møller Nielsen. Rustic raw ingredients and elegant international cuisine are combined to form a higher synthesis.
Radisson BLU Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo ****
The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo boasts the ideal location next to the Royal Palace and near Vigeland Sculpture Park, top shopping areas and Aker Brygge. In addition to comfortable hotel rooms with first-class amenities, guests enjoy access to a fitness room, swimming pool and saunas and the breathtaking views of the Oslo Fjord from Summit, a bar on the 21st floor.
Each of the 497 expertly decorated rooms and suites at this Oslo accommodation features a blend of contemporary design and classic comfort while treating guests to premier amenities. Many of the rooms were renovated in the unique Ocean Style, a fresh, Nordic design inspired by the natural beauty of the Norwegian sky, ocean and nearby fjords. All rooms include Free high-speed, wireless Internet access and specially designed mattresses for unbeatable comfort and rest.
This hotel offers guests restaurant variety in Oslo. Both ENZO and Brasseriet delight guests with regional ingredients and international dining. Start a day of sightseeing with the Super Breakfast Buffet, hosted by Brasseriet, and remember to enjoy a cocktail while overlooking the Oslo fjord at Summit, the in-house bar.
This accommodation offers some of the best facilities and services, including the hotel fitness centre in Oslo. The hotel dazzles guests with an on-site fitness room, Clef's d'or-certified concierge, swimming pool and premier security services. As a family-friendly accommodation, the hotel offers enviable children's services that include play areas and additional in-room bedding.
CLARION HOTEL SIGN (4 star) - Stockholm ****
Stockholm's largest hotel is located in the heart of Stockholm city adjacent to the Central Station and Arlanda Express facing the Norra Bantorget Square. The hotel is brand new, built in 2008, and is a spectacular building dominated by granite and glass, leaning over the square reflecting the green park. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant, contributed by renowed chef Marcus Samuelsson. The eighth floor of the hotel holds Selma CitySpa where you can indulge yourself in the sauna, gym, spa with a spa treatment and/or in the heated outdoor pool, all with a fantastic view of Stockholm. All rooms are non-smoking and have TV, telephone, hair dryer, Internet access and some of the most comfortable beds we have ever slept in in the whole of Scandinavia! Lift to all floors.
Our Escorted Tour Partners - Robinson Scandinavia
These tours are operated by our partners Robinson Scandinavia with whom we have a long standing relationship. Robinson are known for the very high standard of service they provide and appeal to those people who seek a standard of accommodation and services far above that often offered in a package tour program. Whether visiting one of the fascinating Nordic capitals, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Norwegian fjords, or cruising the Baltic, you will find the very best has been selected for your comfort and enjoyment.
Robinson Scandinavia operates this programme of tours in English only.
Tour Escorts have been specially chosen, not only for their outstanding knowledge of the countries and places you will visit, but also for their personal appearance and proven ability to look after people. Likewise, uniformed coach drivers are employed not only for their years of driving experience, but also for their dedication to giving friendly service and attention to the needs of their passengers.
No minimum number is required! All departures are guaranteed - no matter the number of persons booked.
Out of consideration to other passengers, and because such tours are generally considered unsuitable for younger children, children under 12 years of age are not allowed on these escorted coach tours.
All nationalities require a visa for visiting St. Petersburg which may be obtained from your nearest Russian consulate or embassy. We will be happy to supply on request a visa support letter to help expedite the issuing of a visa.
Luggage handling is included in all hotels, however you will be responsible for handling your own luggage when embarking and disembarking from cruises.