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Meals included: 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Discover the 'Heroes of Telemark' and cruise across Norway's longest and deepest fjord; wander the old town and waterside cafes of wonderful Copenhagen; and snap Sweden’s majestic Gripsholm Castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Enjoy scenic Scandinavia in all its magnificence.
Fly to Copenhagen where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for two nights.
Compact and friendly, Denmark's buzzing capital is Scandinavia's largest city and is crowned by the delightful Nyhavn Canal quayside with its colourful wooden houses and waterside cafés. The city's cobbled streets are packed with famous sights such as the Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the famous Little Mermaid statue. See some of the highlights on your included orientation.
Today, cross the Storebaelforbindelsen Bridge to the delightful island of Funen and enjoy a visit to Odense, Hans Christian Andersen's home town, then head to Frederikshavn.
Begin the day with a leisurely two-hour ferry ride from Frederikshavn, across the Kattegat, to the famous port of Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. After an orientation drive, cross the border into Norway, and onwards to the capital city of Oslo for one night.
Set at the head of a vast fjord, Oslo has many fine buildings, museums and monuments, conveniently centred around Karl Johan's Gate. This morning, the included sightseeing tour, with a local guide, will introduce you to highlights such as Akershus Castle, a 14th-century fortress built to defend Oslo from Swedish invasion, the City Hall, National Theatre, Parliament, Royal Palace and the Broadcasting House. You will also take a guided walk through the Frogner Park and admire the interesting sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, representing the different stages of life. This afternoon, travel to the naturally diverse Telemark area.
Often called 'Norway in Miniature', this region of Norway is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with serene countryside set amidst sparkling fjords. Enjoy a scenic drive to Rjukan for a visit to Vemork museum, famed for its former heavy water plant blown up by the British and Norwegian 'Heroes of Telemark' during World War II. Later, drive amidst the valleys, rugged gorges and imposing mountains of the Telemark region, before boarding a ferry at Utne and crossing the Hardangerfjord to Kvanndal. Next, stop for a picture opportunity at the Steindalflossen waterfall. Continue on to the charming city of Bergen, where you will stay for two nights.
Today is at leisure. Explore the city known as the 'gateway to the Norwegian fjords' and the 'city of seven hills'. Bursting with history, culture and picture-postcard charm, it sits dotted amongst the steep, surrounding mountain slopes creating an amphitheatre effect around the harbour front. There are plenty of sights including the brightly painted Hanseatic merchants' houses of Bryggen Wharf, an open-air museum and a funicular railway to the summit of Mount Floeyen, whose peaks provide spellbinding views over the city and the surrounding seascape
Enjoy a memorable cruise on Sognefjord Norway's longest and deepest fjord, where breath-taking panorama's unfold before you in an ever changing vista of staggering beauty and you'll enjoy the 'away-from-it-all' atmosphere. Later, drive to the Fagernes area for one night.
Head through the stunning mountain and lakeland scenery to Lillehammer, a renowned winter sport resort. After a scenic drive along the shores of beautiful Lake Mjosa, continue through Värmland's unspoiled wilderness of forests and lakes to the town of Karlstad.
Journey to Stockholm pausing en route in Mariefred for a photo stop at Gripsholm Castle, an idyllic castle on the shores of Lake Mälaren. With its unique layout, Stockholm is a beautiful city spread across 14 islands between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. Enjoy some time at leisure this evening to explore this rich and vibrant city.
Dotted with winding, age-old alleyways, pretty squares and lovely architecture, Stockholm is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals. Today's included guided sightseeing tour includes visits to the City Hall and other famous landmarks.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Accommodation as stated or similar.
Would have been better if the hotels in the cities we stayed in had been more centrally situated. Visit to the 'Heroes of Telemark' heavy water plant was a total waste of time. The DVD we were shown said and showed more than the visit. A long way to travel to - then return from - for little purpose. Made a long days travelling even linger
Very well organised and a brilliant tours with excellent tour guide and driver
GOOD locations as expected
Fantastic scenery, very good hotels, driver and guide. Comfortable coach. Guide friendly, informative and very helpful. We had a brilliant time, thank you.
Excellent meals and good hotel locations. Spectacular scenery in Norway in particular
Great cities, great scenery, reasonable journey times
The coverage of three countries in 12 days was fantastic and worth.
Enjoyed the scenery etc but sometimes spent a little too long on the coach - would have liked a couple of extra days to explore the places we stayed
Covers 3 countries quite well but insufficient time at some locations (cities). Too much time on coach - maybe holiday needs to be an extra 2 days. Early start times - especially for luggage to be collected. Poor quality of hotels and some disappointing locations - in particular, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
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