SCANDINAVIA SINGLES VACATION
Stockholm, Oslo, Alesund, Geiranger & Bergen
10-nights, International & Domestic Air, 2 Fjord Cruises,
Deluxe Motor Coaches, 4-star Hotels and Tours - Just $3,499
August 14th - 25th
When we put together these trips in house as we do, they can take months to plan, and this one has. We've had our group air booked since mid-November but it took another 2 months to finalize this wonderful itinerary where we could be satisfied that what we are offering is something you will not find anywhere else at a price that is affordable while keeping the standards very high. Plus, we are going in peak season for the very best weather!
This 10-day trip will take us from Stockholm, Sweden to the best Fjords of Norway with plenty to see in between. We have group air from LAX to Stockholm, Sweden where we have the next 3-days to tour and explore.
Stockholm, one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. The beautiful buildings, the greenery, the fresh air and the proximity to the water are distinctive traits of this city. The Royal National City Park (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Attractions/royal-national-city-park/1165), (the first National City Park in the world), is a green space that breathes for the city, and a constant presence in the crush of the city.
With its 750 year history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers a wide selection of world-class museums and attractions. Most of the city's attractions (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Attractions/royal-national-city-park/1165) can be reached on foot, and there’s a good chance of experiencing a lot of things in a short time. Experience big-city life, the history of civilization and natural scenery, all in the course of the same day.
Visit Stockholm City Hall. Climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic view of Stockholm. Don't miss Gamla Stan (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Attractions/gamla-stan/1856), Stockholm's oldest attraction and one of the best preserved medieval city centers in the world. Walk through small winding streets lined with stores full of handicrafts, antiques, art galleries and cafés. The Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral where the royal wedding took place in 2010 are also located in Gamla Stan.
The green island of Djurgården is home to some of the city's most popular attractions. Visit the world-famous warship the Vasa, the world’s oldest open-air museum Skansen, or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. And don't miss the chance to see Stockholm from the water. Naturally a city built on fourteen islands offers marvelous views over the water. There are many different sightseeing tours to choose from. And if fourteen islands aren’t enough, Stockholm offers a wonderful archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries.
Our hotel, The waterfront, 4-star Radisson Blu (see links below) lies in the heart of the city on Sweden's east coast, where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea at the Riddarfjärden Bay. We will have a 3-hour panoramic tour set up and a visit to the Vaca museum, (http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/The-Ship/) a famous warship that sank in 1628 that was highly recommended for a tour. We will have info. on other optional tours as we get closer to the trip such as a bike tour of the city.
Then we will fly to Oslo, Norway.
Oslo is located innermost in the 100-kilometre-long Oslofjord, which is home to 40 islands. Over half of the municipality of Oslo (http://www.oslo.kommune.no/english) is covered by forests and parks, making Oslo a truly green city. Oslo hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Top attractions in Oslo include Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park, the Opera House, and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Locals are active year-round, enjoying the public parks and numerous waterways, even in winter. One can’t help but notice that everyone walks, bikes or takes the train/subway everywhere. Maybe it’s the unique topography of Norway that lends itself to this. Fjords, those majestic inlets created by glaciers, surround so much of the country. The scenery is breathtaking but the terrain can be tough to traverse if you aren’t careful, making driving a bit hazardous as times. Thus, this isn’t a car-crazy city. Most residents don’t have one car, much less two or more and the rail and bus system is so efficient that getting around is a breeze
Our hotel, the 4-star Thon Bristol is only a short walk from Oslo's main street, Karl Johans gate, the Royal Palace, museums and the waterfront area Aker Brygge and most of Oslo's other attractions. Our included tours here will be a 3-hour panoramic sight seeing tour by coach and a visit to the Viking Museum (http://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=181482). There are a number of other attractions that you will have the option of visiting on our 2-day visit to Oslo. The Hop on/ Hop off bus (http://citysightseeing.no/) has also been a popular way for us to start off as a group and see the places that appeal to us most.
Now we are ready for the Fjords and here's where our trip becomes the most active as well. We will have one night in Alesund, which is a must see and one night at the Gierangerfjord, a World Heritage Site before heading to Bergen for our final 3-nights. After studying the Fjords with the help of the experts that I am using, I did not want to miss Gierangerfjord which is a must see, World Heritage Site. We will fly from Oslo and will spend one night in Alesund named Norway’s most beautiful city.
Just look at this photo below and you will understand that we needed to include this stop in our itinerary. The city of Ålesund is known for its architecture in Art Nouveau style, its surrounding fjords and the high peaks of the Sunnmøre Alps. The meeting between mountain and fjord in the Alps of Sunnmøre and in Geiranger is equally spectacular in summer and winter. There is probably nowhere else in the world with this unique combination. The snow clad mountaintops, the sharp, clear winter air, the views and the nature experience refresh both body and soul!
We will only have the afternoon to spend here so there are no planned tours as you will enjoy the time to browse and take photos. Check out hotel listed below, located right on the water with great views!
The next morning we will depart on our journey to the Geirangerfjord, so unique it has been included on UNESCO’s world heritage list. The deep blue Geirangerfjord is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls
and lush, green vegetation. This might possibly be the most beautiful place on earth. We will spend the night at the highly rated Hotel Union, perched high above the fjord with incredible views. We have a cruise of the fjord ( included) plus you might also want to take a short easy walk or summit hike offering you the most stunning views. There is a wide variety of trails, all marked and with good maps available.
Even our journey to Geiranger will be remarkable with amazing views while we coach and ferry our way to this amazing place. Then we will take our cruise of the Geirangerfjord offering one of the very best and dramatic fjord scenery to be found anywhere in Norway. Nature here is overwhelming – so you want to see it close up. This is what you came for!
Now we wrap up our journey with 3 days in Bergen. Bergen is known for Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, the Fish Market, and surrounding mountains and fjords, such as the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord.
Bergen's first buildings were erected along the old Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen, which has been a lively and important part of the city through the centuries. This site, which features on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, comprises the remains of the old harbour buildings and is one of the best known medieval city settlements in Norway. Walking through the narrow alleyways and dark external galleries is like traveling back in time. We'll take the Fløibanen Funicular (http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Where-to-go/Fjord-Norway/Bergen/What-to-do-in-Bergen/Attractions-in-Bergen/Floibanen/) from the city centre to the top of the Fløien Mountain where we'll have a golden opportunity to view the city, the mountains, the fjords and the sea. The old wooden houses that still survive and happily snuggle into the hillside, make wandering along the narrow passageways called "smau", a truly Bergen experience. We will also do a guided hike at Mount Ulriken (http://www.bergen-guide.com/45.htm) starting with the cable car. Our guide will take us one of the popular hikes that start from here.
But the highlight of our stay in Bergen will definitely be the Norway in a Nutshell day. This is a full-day package tour that will have us on ferry's, trains and boating down magnificent fjords. We start with train from Bergen and is the most popular roundtrip in Norway. We will get to experience the Bergen Railway (http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Getting-here-and-around/Train-in-Norway/The-worlds-best-train-ride/) between Oslo and Bergen. We will then hop on the Flåm Railway (http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Where-to-go/Fjord-Norway/Flam/What-to-do-in-Flam/Attractions-in-Flam/The-Flam-Railway/), one of Norways most spectacular railways, from Myrdal Station down to Flåm (http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Where-to-go/Fjord-Norway/Flam/) and the Aurlandsfjord. Then we will have a fjord cruise in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord (http://www.visitnorway.com/en/Where-to-go/Fjord-Norway/Flam/What-to-do-in-Flam/Attractions-in-Flam/The-Naroyfjord-and-Aurlandsfjord/) (UNESCO World Heritage). We will also experience the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. It will be an incredibility scenic experience and is included in this package.
The rest of our 3 days in Bergen will be spent with optional tours that we will have more information on once you sign up and closer to the trip. There are hikes, another cable car ride and another fjord cruise that are all interesting options.
This is certain to be one of our best trips ever, and certainly one with the most beautiful scenery. By the way, there will be 16-1/2 hours of sunlight in Norway while we are there with the sun finally setting at about 9 p.m.!
DEPOSIT - $200
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - $850
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Deduct $835 with your own air. This would still include our domestic flights
BA 14AUG LAX-LHR 555P1200N
BA 15AUG LHR-ARN 130P 500P
BA 25AUG BGO-LHR 1145A1240P
BA 25AUG LHR-LAX 405P 705P
We are on British Airways, departing LAX at 5:55 p.m. connecting through Heathrow and arriving in Stockholm at 5:00 p.m. on the 15th.
We fly from Stockholm to Oslo on the 18th at 12:30 p.m. landing at 1:30 p.m.
We fly from Oslo to Alesund on the 20th at 3 p.m. landing at 4 p.m.
We depart Bergen at 11:45 a.m. connecting in Heathrow and landing at LAX at 7:05 p.m.
Roundtrip & domestic air 10-nights double occupancy with daily breakfast Deluxe Motor Coach Admission fees as indicated 2 half day city tours with guide and bus Norway in a Nutshell package Geirangerfjord Cruise Not included:
· Gratuities: guides and bus driver are at your discretion.
· U.S. Departure Taxes/ fuel surcharge - currently running $651 (subject to change).
Stockholm: Radisson Blu Hotel - 4-star
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, Stockholm lies in the heart of the city on Sweden's east coast, where Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea at the Riddarfjärden Bay. Only minutes from Arlanda Express and Central Station, this hotel in Stockholm city centre provides easy transport throughout the capital. The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel connects to one of the world's most popular meeting venues, the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre. This hotel in Stockholm city centre also affords convenient access to the business district, shopping areas, City Hall, Old Town and Royal Palace.
The Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel boasts 414 chic rooms and suites styled by RPW Design with furnishings that offer modern comfort. Rising high above the city and adding to the spectacular skyline, this Stockholm accommodation provides beautiful views of Riddarfjärden, Lake Mälaren and the bustling city centre. Each room features such premier amenities as coffee and tea provisions, flat-screen television and Free high-speed, wireless Internet access.
Hotel website (http://www.radissonblu.com/waterfronthotel-stockholm) Tripadvisor Review (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189852-d1879047-Reviews-Radisson_Blu_Waterfront_Hotel-Stockholm.html) #3 out of 164 hotels!
Oslo:Thon Bristol Hotel - 4-star
In a world of everlasting change Hotel Bristol puts tradition, quality and service in the high seat. Already when entering the lobby you will experience the unique style of the hotel, an elegance and venerableness that has characterized the hotel since 1920 when the doors opened to our first guests. Today the hotel has 251 guest rooms of which 10 are suites named after some of the most renowned persons who have stayed at Hotel Bristol, or has connections to the hotel.
Bristol SPA is a real gem, and has won a design award for its different and exciting architecture. Experience tranquility and well-being in our elegant surroundings with subdued music.
Hotel website (http://www.thonhotels.com/hotels/countrys/norway/oslo/thon-hotel-bristol1/) Tripadvisor review (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190502-d229260-Reviews-Thon_Hotel_Bristol_Bergen-Bergen_Hordaland_Western_Norway.html)
Alesund: Scandic Alesund Hotel - 4-star
Hotel Scandic Ålesund has a central location close to the water in the city of Alesund. The Alesund Museum is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel and the Fjellstua view point is 2,4 kilometers from Scandic Ålesund. You'll find the best Alesund attractions close to the hotel, including the Atlantic Sea Park aquarium.
When staying with us at hotel Scandic Ålesund, you can relax in our hotel sauna or work out in our fully equipped gym. Visit our restaurant and bar, both overlooking the water and offering superb harbour views, and enjoy the fresh fish dishes of the Molja Restaurant. Our hotel is close to Alesund's commercial district and and we offer 8 conference venues. Hotel Website (http://www.scandichotels.com/Hotels/Countries/Norway/Alesund/Hotels/Scandic-Alesund/) Tripadvisor Review (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190504-d229250-Reviews-Scandic_Alesund-Alesund_Aure_Municipality_More_og_Romsdal_Western_Norway.html)
Geirangerfjord: Union Hotel
In welcoming you to the Hotel Union, we are inviting you to share with us one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but our magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of visitors, from far and near, who come not only to stay, but to experience something that is truly unique.
The Hotel Union impresses with its spaciousness. Generously proportioned, stylishly furnished lounges and lobby areas, in warm, attractive colours. More than enough space for many, or simply a quiet corner for oneself. The atmosphere is relaxing. Everywhere, large panoramic windows let in light and views of the wonderful natural surroundings. Enjoy a cup of good coffee as you gaze over the Geirangerfjord, the most beautiful fjord in the world
Experience the landscape and nature. Hear the sound of rushing waterfalls. Breathe in the clear, clean air. See the magnificent views across the Geirangerfjord. The fjord and surrounding mountains form a unique and fabulous backdrop to your stay. In surroundings like these, your thoughts can take flight. Close proximity to unspoiled nature helps the body and mind recharge with new energy. Our hope is that your stay with us will delight and refresh you. Many of our guests return again and again – we hope you will, too.
Hotel Website (http://www.hotelunion.no/en/) Tripadvisor Review (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g642196-d631440-Reviews-Union_Hotel_Geiranger-Geiranger_Stranda_Municipality_More_og_Romsdal_Western_Norway.html)
Bergen: Radisson Blu Norge Hotel - 4-star
As the city’s largest accommodation, the Radisson Blu Hotel Norge, Bergen stands out for comfort, convenience and size. Adjacent to Lille Lungegårdsvann Park, this hotel in Bergen offers 347 rooms and suites with modern décor and superb amenities. Guests delight in the spa and complimentary fitness centre with indoor swimming pool, sauna and solarium. For dancing and drinks try the Metro bar and nightclub, and looking for something from the American kitchen, TGI Friday's is located at the hotel.
Hotel Website (http://www.radissonblu.com/hotelnorge-bergen) Tripsadvisor Review (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g190502-d206868-Reviews-Radisson_Blu_Royal_Hotel_Bergen-Bergen_Hordaland_Western_Norway.html)
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