Country Roads of Southern Scandinavia - Insight Vacations

Country Roads of Southern Scandinavia (Summer 2017)

Duration: 13 days Visiting: Norway, Denmark

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Marvel at the road less travelled with its breath taking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    Welcome to Oslo

    On arrival at Oslo Airport, your airport shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:30, 12:00 & 14:30. This evening, join your Tour Director and fellow guests as you enjoy a Welcome Reception with drinks and a Welcome Dinner.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Cosmopolitan Oslo

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Visit Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House.

  4. Day 4

    Oslo city to coastal Bergen

    Cross the Hardangervidda Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious savour a delicious dinner with wine at a local restaurant.

  5. Day 5

    Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen

    Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert. The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively fish market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has many stalls, selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway? Maybe you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?

  6. Day 6

    A coastline like no other

    Travel along this incredible coastline as you sail across fjords, passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway's oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. It has continued to evolve with changing times, providing a wonderful blend of traditional architecture and modern culture.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    The wonders of Lysefjord

    (Relaxed Start) Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords, to see Preikestolen - or the Pulpit Rock - known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view 'Vagabond's Cave', old mountain farms, idyllic islands, majestic scenery and local wildlife. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the spacious sundeck. The afternoon is at leisure.

  8. Day 8

    Onwards to Kristiansand

    Enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will pass through Posebyen (The Old Town) where you will see the Domkirke, the Nupen Fountain as well as the Fortress. Return to your hotel, a landmark of Kristiansand, dating back to 1858.

  9. Day 9

    Kristiansand to Aarhus

    Farewell Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirsthals, Denmark. Then onto Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. At night, enjoy a delicious meal with friends.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Historic Aarhus

    (Relaxed Start) A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city's Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark. The afternoon is free for you to discover at your own pace.

  11. Day 11

    Odense and the fairytales of Fyn

    Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the Island of Fyn. In the restored old district, the house where Hans Christian Andersen was born has been turned into a museum. Join your Local Expert to learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure at your Celebration Dinner.

  12. Day 12 - Relaxed Start

    Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

    (Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour. Journey on to see Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, as well as the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. Continue to Copenhagen's cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary, and the unusual Rundertaarn - a 17th century round tower - the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps take an optional experience to observe Copenhagen differently, from upon the canals?

  13. Day 13

    Depart Copenhagen

    Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen Airport at 06:30, 09:00 & 12:00.

Highlights

 

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Oslo: With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour, the Royal Palace and visit the Viking Long Ship Museum.
  • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
  • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Lysefjord: Embrace the spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock.
  • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life.
  • Copenhagen: Your Local Expert shows you Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Oslo: See the impressive Akershus Castle and Royal Palace. Visit the insteresting Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park
  • Hardangervidda: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful artic tundra
  • Bergen: See Haakon's Hall in this ‘wooden city'.
  • Scenic Drive: Along the Norwegian West coast from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn to visit Hans Christian Anderson's birthplace in Odense.
  • Copenhagen: See the Little Mermaid, Stock Exchange and the Rosenborg & Amalienborg Palaces.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Bergen: Enjoy an evening of dinner and wine at a local restaurant.
  • Copenhagen: At your Celebration Dinner, Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and glass of wine.
  • 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 three-course table d'hôte Dinner, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) with wine, plus tea or coffee.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Stavanger: In the heart of town, the Radisson Blu Royal Stavanger is located a short walk from the harbour, perfect for exploring the local area.
  • Kristiansand: Located in the heart of Old Town, the Clarion Hotel Ernst is one of Kristiansand's key landmarks, dating back to 1858. The restaurant offers innovative, organic Norwegian cuisine and chilled beers and cocktails are available in the sleek Bar Barokk.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Romantic Norway

Let’s travel back in time to the romantic past that still lives in the heart of every Norwegian with this visit to the open air museum in Oslo. See the Norwegian National dress, step into old turf-roofed farmsteads and visit one of the unique and original stave churches.

Adult Price: EUR 37.00

Code: OSL0003

Norwegians Are Born With Skis On Their Feet

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Oslo ski jump. At 1,400 feet in the air, our Local Expert will share 4,000 years of skiing history with you in this ultra-modern skiing museum.

Adult Price: EUR 43.00

Code: OSL0004

The Flaam Railway

Aboard this iconic rail journey on Europe's steepest regular gauge railway, we'll explore snow-capped mountains and road-less countryside. First the Bergen-Oslo line takes us up to the Flaam train at Myrdal. Then we'll descend slowly through the mountains, with a stop for photos at the thundering waterfall of Kjosfossen. Please Note: This Optional Experience is subject to seasonal availability.

Adult Price: EUR 95.00

Code: BER0009

Traditional Dinner and Countryside Drive

Enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner at a restaurant set in the lovely countryside around Stavanger. Historic old buildings surround us in this charming Norway in a nutshell setting.

Adult Price: EUR 78.00

Code: STA0001

Danish Family Dinner

Aarhus is situated in the middle of some of the most beautiful farm lands in Denmark. Tonight we'll enjoy a local dinner that incorporates some of the best traditions of Danish cuisine.

Adult Price: EUR 69.00

Code: AAR0001

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Explore life as if you were one of the first humans in the North and get an exciting insight into their harsh way of life. Walk through ancient Aros with a real Viking and meet the Grauballe man, a 2200 year old Dane. “The Wild Side” offers a fascinating look into Danish anthropology.

Adult Price: EUR 42.00

Code: AAR0002

Canal Cruise and Visit to a Small Fishing Village

Today we’ll explore Copenhagen through a cruise on its narrow canals and inner harbour. Then we’ll stroll around the streets of an old fishing village, famous for its photogenic historical centre and sailors’ houses. Join us for a light refreshment from the quaint village vendors to encapsulate this Danish culture experience.

Adult Price: EUR 47.00

Code: COP0003

Happiness and Hygge

The Ultimate Grand Finale! Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word meaning cosy, charming or special. A visit to two of Denmark’s iconic sites will provide these and happiness as well. First, we'll enjoy a self-guided tour through the Carlsberg Brewery, where we'll explore their museum and see the Carlsberg Clydesdale Horses before sampling some of their product. Then, we're on to Tivoli Gardens to enjoy an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delight!

Adult Price: EUR 45.00

Code: COP0004

Accommodation

 

Scandic Oslo City

Oslo (Traditional) - Norway

The Scandic Oslo City hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city, perfect for your two night stay. Key sights such as the Opera House, Akershuhs Fortress, Oslo Harbour and Town Hall are easily accessed within 20 minutes by foot and it's a lovely stroll through this easy to navigate city.

Clarion Admiral

Bergen (Traditional) - Norway

Scandic Arhus City

Arhus (Central) - Denmark

Scandic Aarhus City.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia

Copenhagen (Central) - Denmark

Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.

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