DAY 1ARRIVAL + HELSINKI
Finland is a dream destination and we make you land into your Dream. Shakthi Tours & Travels recommends you to relax and get yourself real for a journey to remember. Overnight at the centrally located Scandic Grand Marina Hotel.
DAY 2HELSINKI – SILJA LINE
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide.We will see the colourful harbor market, the neo-classical Senate Square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius monument, the Russian orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the famous Church in the Rock; Temppeliaukio.Some time at leisure. Late afternoon transfer to the pier for embarkation of the overnight cruise to Stockholm.Buffet dinner onboard with drinks included.Overnight in sea-view cabins.
Breakfast buffet onboard as you sail through the breath-taking Stockholm archipelago.Morning city tour of Stockholm with a local guide who will take you on a 3 hour guided tour of the Swedish capital. From Fjällgatan you will have the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected by bridges. We will visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in happy colours, the Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. Afternoon free.Overnight at centrally located Clarion Amaranten Hotel.
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Day at leisure in Stockholm or maybe join an optional tour to visit the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held and the fascinating Vasa Ship museum with the unique wooden warship who sank in Stockholm’s harbor on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later.Overnight at Clarion Amaranten Hotel.
DAY 5STOCKHOLM - HAMAR
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Today we start the journey by coach towards Norway passing open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. We stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Värmland beautifully located on the shores of Lake Värnern, the largest of Sweden’s lakes. After crossing the border into Norway we continue to Hamar located by Norway’s largest Lake Mjøsa. Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar Hotel
DAY 6HAMAR – BALESTRAND
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Today we head west into the fjord country passing enroute the mountains of Filefjell and Borgund Stave Church one of the best preserved iconic Norwegian wooden stave churches - still intact today more than 800 years after it was built.A short ferry crossing will take us across the Sogne Fjord and we continue the route through the stunning fjord landscape. Yet another short ferry crossing and we reach the beautiful resort Balestrand located on the shores of the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth.Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne’s Hotel.
DAY 7BALESTRAND – BRIKSDAL GLACIER
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Drive across the Gaular mountains National Park to the famous Briksdal Glacier. The last part of the journey up to the glacier will be in the electric open Troll Cars, allowing you to enjoy the full panoramic view. Return via Skei to Balestrand.Dinner and overnight at Kvikne’s Hotel.
DAY 8BALESTRAND - BERGEN
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Ferry across to Hella and continue along the scenic coastal route to Kaupanger. Here we board a 2 hour mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Marvel at the landscape as we sail into the Nærøy fjord – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains.Disembark in Gudvangen and continue to the fjord-side village of Flam for one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world, the Flam Railway. With breath-taking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal where you will connect to your train to Voss where the coach awaits our arrival and take us to Bergen.Overnight at the Clarion Admiral Hotel located directly on the waterfront in the heart of the city.
DAY 9BERGEN – GEILO
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.The guided tour of Bergen will take us to the famous open air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buldings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic league.Time at leisure for shopping, having lunch and maybe taking the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for a stunning view of BergenIn the afternoon we continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Vøringsfoss waterfall with has a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau and reaching the resort town of Geilo.Dinner and overnight at the historical Dr. Holms Hotel.
DAY 10GEILO – OSLO
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. Some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo taking you to the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures of the famous Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. Other highlights of the tour area the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress Akershus, the modern Opera house, the City Hall etc.Remainder of the day free to explore Oslo, the pedestrian street Karl Johan and the lovely shopping and restaurant wharf Aker Brygge.Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia or similar.
DAY 11OSLO – DFDS SEAWAYS
Breakfast buffet at the hotel.Morning free to continue exploring Oslo, maybe visit some of the famous maritime museums such as the Viking Ships or the Polar ship Fram.Late afternoon transfer to the pier for embarkation of the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen.Enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord from the deck or one of the cafés or bars onboard.Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgåsbord buffet.Overnight in sea-view cabins.
Breakfast buffet onboard as you sail into Copenhagen.Directly upon arrival in Copenhagen meet your local guide showing you some of the highlights of Copenhagen; the little Mermaid, the Gefion fountain, the royal residence Amalienborg Palace, Christianshavn and Nyhavn with its charming canals etc.Afternoon free to enjoy this fairy-tale city on your own.Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel.
DAY 13DEPARTURE COPENHAGEN
Today your Journey comes to an end but we promise you memories of a Lifetime to remember as you Bid Goodbye to the one of the Happiest Cities in the World to return back to your Happy city with warm memories of your trip to Scandinavia with Shakthi Tours & Travels.