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Nordic Capitals & Fjord Dreams Coach Tour: Copenhagen to Helsinki

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16 Days
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Discover the cities and sights that define the north on this Scandinavia tour. Combine Norway’s breathtaking fjords with cosmopolitan cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki.


Explore the great capitals of the north on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort. 

This 16-day Nordic trip takes you from wonderful Copenhagen to Helsinki, where European and Slavic influences come together.

Repeatedly praised as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Copenhagen earns its ‘wonderful’ tag with sights such as Tivoli Gardens, the old canal district of Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, and of course, the Little Mermaid statue. Your tour takes you past these and many more sights, also including a visit to Christiansborg Palace before leaving you the afternoon and following morning free to explore at leisure.

Take the ferry to Oslo and transfer to Lofthus, the splendid fjord landscape that inspired Edvard Grieg. It will do the same for you as you weave through towns such as Brimnes and Bruravik, cross the expansive Hardanger Bridge, and follow the fjords to Bergen. Norway’s second largest city is certainly its most picturesque. You’ll take a tour of the sights including the old Bryggen area, before enjoying the charms of the city at night. The following day, travel to Voss, a town with a rich history and a stunning natural location.

It’s also your gateway to a rail journey of a lifetime, including the famous Flam railway, which descends from Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flam. After some time to sightsee, take a ferry along the fjords to appreciate the region’s beauty before overnighting in Loen. The following day, you’ll have the option of visiting the Briksdal Glacier, the largest in Europe, noted for its distinctive blue ice. Later in the day, take in the view from Dalsnibba over Geiranger Fjord, then enjoy a very different kind of view, admiring the Mjelva family’s collection of vintage touring cars.

Return to Oslo, where a half day tour takes you around the capital’s most memorable sights. Including the Viking Ship Museum, Vigeland’s Sculpture Park, and the Royal Palace. Take the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy Oslo before departing for Stockholm. The Swedish capital is built on a beautiful archipelago connected by almost sixty bridges. Yet it occupies just fourteen of 30,000 islands that make up the region. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town, then discover what makes Stockholm one of the world’s most liveable modern cities. Perhaps visit the Vasa Museum, the open-air museum of Skansen, or the newly opened ABBA museum.

Board your ferry bound for Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, best known for its delightful Old Town. You’ll visit Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome church, among other sights. Then take the afternoon at leisure to explore all that’s unique about Tallinn, the most European of the Baltic capitals. Yet it still retains its Slavic identity. You’ll see more Slavic influences in Helsinki, your last stop, and Scandinavia’s least understood capital. As your tour takes you around the city, you’ll see a heady mix of European and Slavic styles in the architecture, Kaivopuisto Park, and other noteworthy buildings. You’ll also visit the Temppeliaukio Church, noted for being carved into solid rock. Perhaps end your day in true Finnish style with a sauna, before departing the following day.


 

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Duration
16 Days
Prices:
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Day 1

Arrival in Copenhagen

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by your English-speaking representative, for Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the welcome letter which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*IMPORTANT NOTE! Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official start date of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Skt. Petri

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    Hotel Skt. Petri



    SKT. PETRI hotel in Copenhagen located at the heart of the trendy Latin Quarter in the very city centre, only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen's airport by metro. With 268 elegantly furnished hotel rooms and suites, the hotel offers modern comfort in a minimalist, yet ...

    SKT. PETRI hotel in Copenhagen located at the heart of the trendy Latin Quarter in the very city centre, only 20 minutes away from Copenhagen's airport by metro. With 268 elegantly furnished hotel rooms and suites, the hotel offers modern comfort in a minimalist, yet cozy, Scandinavian-design setting. And whether you are a hotel guest or not, the doors to our restaurant - Central Kitchen are open for an easy-going dining experience or a perfectly served cocktail.

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Day 2

Copenhagen

This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and vessels. We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour we will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Copenhagen - Oslo

After breakfast, morning is at leisure. In the afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

(Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins - not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant)

NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

Overnight Ferry(Outside Cabin)

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Oslo - Lofthus

Breakfast is on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Honefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines, and lakes; we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. We will drive to the impressive Hardanger fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Ullensvang

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    Hotel Ullensvang



    Situated along Hardanger Fjord, this waterfront hotel offers views of Folgefonna Glacier, indoor and outdoor pools, along with a private beach area. Wi-Fi access and private parking are both free. Odda town centre and Trolltunga viewing point are both 18.6 miles from the hotel. Hardangervidda ...

    Situated along Hardanger Fjord, this waterfront hotel offers views of Folgefonna Glacier, indoor and outdoor pools, along with a private beach area. Wi-Fi access and private parking are both free.

    Odda town centre and Trolltunga viewing point are both 18.6 miles from the hotel. Hardangervidda Nature Centre in Eidfjord and the Voringsfossen Waterfall are 28 miles away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Fitness Centre
    • Games Room
    • Library
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Sundeck
    • Tennis Court
    • Terrace

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Day 5

Lofthus - Bergen

We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world, and the longest in Norway.

After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway's second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. Evening is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Bergen Bors

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    Hotel Bergen Bors



    Located by Torgalmenningen and occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862, Bergen Bors is set to become Bergen's most fashionable hotel - with one of the city's very best restaurants. A stay in one of the suites is a ...

    Located by Torgalmenningen and occupying the upper floors of the old stock exchange dating back to 1862, Bergen Bors is set to become Bergen's most fashionable hotel - with one of the city's very best restaurants. A stay in one of the suites is a unique experience, and particularly the one in the former stock exchange manager's office.

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Day 6

Bergen - Flam - Loen

Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flam railway, the highlight of the day.

Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flam. Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Neroy fjords, which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green. Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation in coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Lærdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Alexandra Loen

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    Hotel Alexandra Loen



    Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations and an eye for style and comfort.

    Hotel Alexandra is a family-run hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord. It is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Centuries-old traditions have been combined with modern hotel operations and an eye for style and comfort.

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Day 7

Loen - Briksdal Glacier - Geiranger

Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen. Not included in trip price.

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized "Troll cars" and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier's breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

It is not possible to book this excursion in situ. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED TO GUARANTEE SPACE.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Union Geiranger

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    Hotel Union Geiranger



    The Hotel Union is inviting you to enjoy one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of ...

    The Hotel Union is inviting you to enjoy one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of visitors, from far and near, who come not only to stay, but to experience something that is truly unique. Experience the landscape and nature. Hear the sound of rushing waterfalls. Breathe in the clear, clean air. See the magnificent views across the Geirangerfjord. The fjord and surrounding mountains form a unique and fabulous backdrop to your stay. In surroundings like these, your thoughts can take flight. Close proximity to unspoiled nature helps the body and mind recharge with new energy.

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Day 8

Geiranger

This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape. After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll's path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop in-route (not included). In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 9

Geiranger - Oslo

Early morning departure by coach to the capital Oslo. We travel via Lom, where you can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. We continue, via Otta, leaving the fjord area of Central Norway characterized by breath-taking mountains and lakes and being the major attraction in the country. Late in the afternoon we arrive in Oslo and check-in to the hotel.

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Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Continental Oslo

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    Hotel Continental Oslo



    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access. The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a ...

    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access.

    The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi in Lobby
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 10

Oslo

This morning, we will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels. Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

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Day 11

Oslo - Stockholm

Depart Oslo and travel (by coach or train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests, and through the region of Varmland, the home of many legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, for check-in to your hotel. The evening is at leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Hotel at Six

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    Hotel at Six



    An old bank. A singular vision. A transformation into a new type of hotel. One offering elegance that's inspired with a twist. With interiors imagined by Universal Design Studio. Arts curated by Sune Nordgren. Standard rooms large enough to entertain.

    An old bank. A singular vision. A transformation into a new type of hotel. One offering elegance that's inspired with a twist. With interiors imagined by Universal Design Studio. Arts curated by Sune Nordgren. Standard rooms large enough to entertain.

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Day 12

Stockholm

Meet with local guide and private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration.

The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water". The sightseeing includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour. Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget; where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 13

Stockholm to Tallinn

Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. A special dinner including a 3 course set menu will be served on board.

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Day 14

Tallinn

A special breakfast is served on board before arrival to Tallinn. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour, starting with a short tour in the coach through the city centre and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of old town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to Lower Town. We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square, with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of the Holy Ghost.

We continue our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it's a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

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Duration1 Night
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Radisson Blu Sky Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Sky Hotel


    The Radisson Blu Sky Hotel welcomes Tallinn guests to explore the city centre delights and venture to the coast of the Baltic Sea. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of Old Town. Schedule a holiday during one ...

    The Radisson Blu Sky Hotel welcomes Tallinn guests to explore the city centre delights and venture to the coast of the Baltic Sea. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of Old Town. Schedule a holiday during one of the city's many festivals to catch an authentic glimpse of the local culture. Nearby transport options help you easily traverse the city and region. The stunning accommodation offered by the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel balances comfort and beauty.
    The gorgeous views and deluxe amenities bear witness to the ideal balance of comfort and beauty that this Tallinn accommodation provides in its 280 rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Beauty Salon
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 15

Tallinn to Helsinki

The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki. On arrival in Helsinki, meet & greet by your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral -- all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840's, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church -- called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in.

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Hotel Kamp

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    Hotel Kamp



    Hotel Kamp is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, opposite the Esplanade Park in the heart of Helsinki. The Helsinki Cathedral is a 6 minute walk from the hotel. The "Bulevardi" shopping street can be found 300m away. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice ...

    Hotel Kamp is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, opposite the Esplanade Park in the heart of Helsinki. The Helsinki Cathedral is a 6 minute walk from the hotel. The "Bulevardi" shopping street can be found 300m away. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice for travellers interested in design, museums and culture.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Gym
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Valet Parking

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Day 16

Helsinki - Departure

Our English-speaking representative will meet you for the Transfer Service to Helsinki Airport*(Please see notes below for this service).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Helsinki Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the pickup point may occur.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: May 26; Jun 30; Jul 7, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 13 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms, except at Hotel Ullensvang, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union, where Fjord View rooms are confirmed;
  • 1 night on board of DFDS Seaways Ferry (Commodore Class Cabins – except if Twin is required, then 2 berth Outside Cabin);
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Outside Cabin) 
  • 15 Breakfasts – Buffet style
  • 6 dinners (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 15 (English & Spanish or Portuguese);
  • Private air conditioned coach
  • Guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Tallinn & Helsinki 
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Helsinki Airport* 
  • Porter service at ferry crossing and hotels (excluding day 1 and 16)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Gratuities
  • Luggage services at piers

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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