Viking Explorer

Description

Days: 12

Description: Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway

Vacation Overview

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you explore many of northern Europe’s fascinating cities and scenic areas. This budget-minded northern European tour starts in Amsterdam with a canal cruise and ends in Bergen with guided sightseeing. Along the way, you’ll stay in Hamburg, Copenhagen area, Gothenburg, Oslo, and the Flam area.

One of the northern Europe and Scandinavia tour highlights is a breathtaking ride on the Flam train, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snowcapped mountains; rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes; and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.

You’ll also take a scenic cruise amid majestic mountains, fresh mountain air, and the spectacular landscape dotted with small, idyllic villages. Witness charming little fishing villages, rocky islands, and granite rocks along the scenic Skagerrak coastline from Gothenburg – Sweden’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports – to Oslo. Also enjoy the drive through Norway’s Hallingdal Valley with its splendid mountains, lakes, and rivers. Guided sightseeing excursions are included in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. Other tour features include impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are historically tied to the Baltic confederation of sea-trading countries. In the German town of Bremen – a Hanseatic city with a history dating back 1,200 years– you’ll see the Town Hall, built between 1405 and 1410. Follow the Viking trail in Roskilde and visit the Viking ship museum in Oslo. In Bergen, see the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf with foundations dating to the 12th century.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded tour to Scandinavia. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty and wonderful memories.

Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN AMSTERDAM AREA, HOLLAND

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Dinner

Day 2 AMSTERDAM AREA

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It wrested 40% of its territory from the hostile sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER, and following a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam’s highlights on the included city tour. This afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join an optional excursion.

Breakfast

Day 3 AMSTERDAM AREA–BREMEN, GERMANY–HAMBURG

This morning, travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Settlements date back to the 7th century, but the city rose in prominence as trade with Norway, England, and the Netherlands increased in the 11th century. Bremen’s attractions include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. Continue to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, where you arrive in time for an optional harbor cruise.

Breakfast

Day 4 HAMBURG–PUTTGARDEN-RØDBY FERRY–ROSKILDE, DENMARK–COPENHAGEN AREA

Your day begins with the guided tour of Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Marvel at the impressive Town Hall; the landmark St. Michael’s Church; the ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church; the unusual Elbe Philharmonic Hall; and more. Later, enjoy a pleasant FERRY ride from Puttgarden in Germany across the Fehmarn Belt Strait to Rødby, Denmark, and arrive in Copenhagen. Visit Roskilde, a former hub of Viking trade routes, with its UNESCO World Heritage site listed Gothic Cathedral.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 5 COPENHAGEN

During the Viking era, Copenhagen was just a small village. Now capital of Denmark, it is home to many fascinating landmarks, including the world-famous Little Mermaid sculpture, Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide. Round off the day with an interesting optional excursion.

Breakfast

Day 6 COPENHAGEN AREA–HALMSTAD, SWEDEN–GOTHENBURG

Via the ORESUND BRIDGE, the longest bridge in Europe, travel across the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden. Stop in Halmstad on the Nissan River with its 17th-century castle. Walk along the stone streets of the town center, lined with cafés, and admire the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Female Head, before heading towards Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving, second-largest city, which is one of Europe’s major seaports.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 7 GOTHENBURG–FREDERIKSTAD, NORWAY–OSLO

Take the scenic route along the Skagerrak coastline to Frederikstad. Then cross the border into Norway and head for the capital city of Oslo.

Breakfast

Day 8 OSLO

Your guided sightseeing begins with stunning vistas of Akershus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, followed by the VIKING SHIP MUSEUM, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s distinctive sculptures in FROGNER PARK. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to relax or explore on your own.

Breakfast

Day 9 OSLO–HØNEFOSS–FLÅ–GOL–FLÅM AREA

A scenic drive today through Hallingdal Valley via the peaceful village of Flå. Forest-clad dales and soaring mountain peaks are around every bend on your scenic journey to Gol, where we stop for a visit. Arrive in the quaint area of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord.

Breakfast             Dinner

Day 10 FLÅM AREA–SOGNEFJORD–BERGEN

Today, experience breathtaking Norway with a special treat! Start the day on the renowned FLÅM TRAIN, witnessing some of the world’s most scenic wilderness. Along the way, see mighty waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, a leisurely CRUISE showcases one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the Sognefjord. Continue to Bergen through the heart of Fjordland.

Breakfast

Day 11 BERGEN

With fjords on one side and 1,000-foot-high Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen is hailed as the “City of Seven Mountains.” Your guided sightseeing tour takes in the main sights, including the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf, one of the landmarks of Bergen’s bayside area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast

Day 12   BERGEN

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast

Vacation Highlights

AMSTERDAM

Canal cruise, guided city tour

BREMEN

Visit the Hanseatic city

HAMBURG

Guided sightseeing

PUTTGARDEN-RØDBY

Ferry crossing

ROSKILDE

Visit

COPENHAGEN

Guided city tour

ORESUND BRIDGE

The longest bridge in Europe

HALMSTAD, GOTHENBURG and FREDERIKSTAD

Visit

OSLO

Guided city tour and Viking Ship Museum

FLÅM

Scenic train ride

SOGNEFJORD CRUISE

BERGEN

Guided city tour

Headsets throughout the tour.

Meals

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

Hotels

Amsterdam

Corendon Village

The Corendon Village Amsterdam is a truly unique hospitality concept.With three hotel wings, the hotel will feature approximately 600 rooms. The modern 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam’s metropolitan area.

Tulip Inn Airport

Whether it’s just for a stop-over or for a longer stay, you are very welcome at Tulip Inn Amsterdam Airport. We are only a stone’s throw away from Schiphol airport.What you should know about us: our hotel is a green oasis, both in terms of the interior –with which we quasi get the nature tot he inside- as well as in ecological and social responsible entrepreneurship.

Hamburg

NH Altona Hamburg

The NH Hamburg City is 15 min walking distance from the center of Hamburg. Many different nice restaurants and bars around the hotel; the NH Hamburg City is next to the Reeperbahn and to famous Musicals.

NH Collection Hamburg City

The NH Hamburg City is 15 min walking distance from the center of Hamburg. Many different nice restaurants and bars around the hotel; the NH Hamburg City is next to the Reeperbahn and to famous Musicals.

Copenhagen

Scandic Sluleholmen Copenhagen

First Hotel Copenhagen is located 5 km from Copenhagen City Centre in Sydhavnen, close to the motorway and only 15 minutes in a bus to city centre.

Park Inn Copenhagen Airport

Park Inn by Radisson Copenhagen Airport is located close to the airport and 500 meters from the beach. City Centre is only 10 min away by metro and the metro station Femøren is right next to the hotel.

Gothenburg

First Kviberg Park

Set above Gothenburg Central Station, this polished modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Göteborg Opera and 2 km from the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre.

Oslo

Scandic Helsfyr

Scandic Helsfyr is located in Oslo, a 6-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking upon availability and modern rooms with free WiFi.

Scandic Sjolyst

Staying at Scandic Sjolyst is very worthy, the hotel is located in a trendy area close to cafés, shops, restaurants and great outdoor spaces. Attractions such as the museums on Bygdoy and Vigeland Park are only a short walk from our hotel. Public transport is close by, and the surrounding area is perfect for outdoor activities.

Bergen

Augustin Hotel

The hotel combines traditional style with modern award-winning interior. All public areas and guest rooms have original pieces of graphic art, paintings and sculptures, which gives the hotel a contemporary and distinct feel. The hotel has a comfortable lobby and a small library where you can enjoy coffee and tea for free. In the evening you can also relax in the 400 years old wine cellar ¿Altona wine bar¿ which offers the best wine selection in Bergen and an à la carte menu.

Thon Bristol

Thon Hotel Bristol Bergen is located in the city center of Bergen, and everything the city has to offer is within walking distance. Just 2 minutes to the famous fish market, and 5 minutes to the funicular rail taking you up the mountain for the best view of the city.

PRICING

Tour
Start Date
Return
Date
Land/Cruise
Price Only
5/10/2019 5/21/2019 $2,069
5/17/2019 5/28/2019 $2,069
5/24/2019 6/4/2019 $2,069
5/31/2019 6/11/2019 $2,169
6/7/2019 6/18/2019 $2,169
6/14/2019 6/25/2019 $2,169
6/21/2019 7/2/2019 $2,169
6/28/2019 7/9/2019 $2,069
7/5/2019 7/16/2019 $2,069
7/12/2019 7/23/2019 $2,199
7/19/2019 7/30/2019 $2,199
7/26/2019 8/6/2019 $2,069
8/2/2019 8/13/2019 $2,069
8/9/2019 8/20/2019 $2,069
8/16/2019 8/27/2019 $2,069
8/23/2019 9/3/2019 $2,069
8/30/2019 9/10/2019 $1,979

 

 

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