Country Roads of Scandinavia
Norway to Denmark
Marvel at the road less travelled with Scandinavia’s breathtaking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.
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Oslo – Bergen – Halhjem – Scandvilvag – Stavanger – Lysefjord – Arsvagen – Mortivaka – Kristiansand – Hirsthals – Aarhus – Odense - Copenhagen
• Services of Tour Director
• Air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
• Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
• Luggage taken for you and promptly delivered to hotels door.
• Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
• Stay connected with friends and family with complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
• Transfers are available at scheduled times
• 13 nights at 4-star accommodations
• All guided sightseeing listed in Itinerary
• Meals that are not shown and items of a personal nature
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DAY 1 OSLO
On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 09:30, 12:00 or 14:30. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 17:30, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine.
DAY 2 OSLO
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. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland.
DAY 3 OSLO TO BERGEN
Journey across the Hardanger 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 dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavours with an Asian fusion.
DAY 4 BERGEN
A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city 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 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.
DAY 5 STAVANGER
Travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian Oil Industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair!
DAY 6 STAVANGER
Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, 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 and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the spacious sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.
DAY 7 KRISTIANSAND
Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain.
DAY 8 KRISTIANSAND TO AARHUS
Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirsthals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city and one of Europe's cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. 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.
DAY 9 AARHUS
A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city centre. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township Aarhus for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace.
DAY 10 COPENHAGEN
Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. 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 during your Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends.
DAY 11 COPENHAGEN
Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th century round tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure.
DAY 12 COPENHAGEN
Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen airport at 06:30, 09:00 and 12:00.
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