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Scandinavia & Northern Europe Coach & Cruise Tour

Tour departs: 26 May 2018
Tour length: 31 days

Overview

Tour Departs – 26 May, 2018.

Tour Length – 31 Days.

 

The tour is designed to highlight the outstanding rural and mountain scenery of Scandinavia as well as show us many of its historic and vibrant cities and towns. It is a tour of great variety utilising a range of transport options including coach, overnight ferry, rail and concluding with a wonderful cruise of the Norwegian fjords and coastal settlements.

 

Highlights:

  • Helsinki
  • Overnight Baltic ferry
  • Stockholm
  • “Under the Bridges” Cruise
  • Copenhagen
  • Tivoli Gardens & the “Little Mermaid”
  • Berlin
  • Amsterdam
  • 14 night Norwegian Fjords Cruise

Our floating home “Holland America Koningsdam
Brand new in 2016, the Koningsdam debuts several innovative concepts and new public spaces and venues while still featuring popular amenities guests associate with the cruise line. Guests will delight in new fine-dining options at alternative restaurants Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie, and an immersive farm-to-table concept dinner experience in the Culinary Arts Centre. Grand Dutch Cafe debuts on-board with traditional Dutch treats and European beer, while a redesigned Lido Market with themed serving stations revolutionizes the buffet experience. A stunning main dining room is a focal point of the ship, and favourites return such as Pinnacle Grill, Canaletto Italian restaurant and pan-Asian Tamarind.

On board entertainment will be taken to a new level with the energetic Music Walk area featuring all genres of music showcased in venues including Lincoln Centre Stage, offering chamber music nightly; Billboard On board, where live musicians rock the crowd with chart-topping hits; and the popular B.B. King’s Blues Club in the Queen’s Lounge, bringing the best of Memphis music to sea. With the 270-degree LED projection at World Stage, new concepts for show-time performances will immerse the audience in panoramic visual and sound effects.

 

Itinerary

Saturday 26 May

Home – Hong Kong

Time this morning for connecting flights before the group assembles for the lunchtime departure for Hong Kong.  On arrival into Hong Kong this evening we are met and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay.

 


 Sunday 27 May

Hong Kong – Helsinki, Finland (B,D)

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of this fascinating Asian City which showcases the contrast between the old and the new and the blend between the East and the West.  The afternoon is at leisure before we check out of our hotel, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, then  transfer back to the airport in time to join the overnight flight to Helsinki, via Zurich.

 


Monday 28 May

Helsinki (D)

We arrive in Helsinki early this afternoon and the rest of the day is free to relax after our flight from Hong Kong. This evening, we enjoy dinner together.

 


Tuesday 29 May

Helsinki (B)

The morning tour shows us the most interesting parts of Helsinki, Sibelius’ monument, The Church in The Rock, Finlandia Hall, the Senate, markets and the domed Russian Church. The afternoon is free.

 


Wednesday 30 May

Helsinki – Overnight Cruise – Stockholm (B,D)

The morning is at leisure and late this afternoon we join the ferry for the overnight cruise to Stockholm, a wonderful journey sailing through the 2,500 islands of the Archipelago and it is still daylight at midnight. Outside cabins are reserved on the ship and we enjoy a buffet dinner on board.


Thursday 31 May

Stockholm (B,D)

An early arrival in Stockholm followed by a sightseeing tour which features City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquets are held; see the Royal Palace; learn about the Swedish welfare state and realities of maintaining these first class benefits; visit the 17th century Vasa Galleon Warship, the most expensive and ornamented ship built in 17th Century. At the end of the tour, after checking into the hotel, the rest of the day is free.

 


Friday 01 June

Stockholm (B)

This morning enjoy the ‘under the bridges’ of Stockholm cruise which shows the city from a different perspective.  Sail under the fifteen bridges and locks connecting the Baltic Sea and Lake Malaren, see the various Islands making Stockholm such a beauty on water. There is so much to enjoy about this city, a favourite with many of our travellers.

 


Saturday 02 June

Stockholm – Copenhagen (B,D)

A longish but interesting drive today as we travel south through the Swedish countryside. Enjoy the scenery with lots of small towns and fertile farmland, skirting the shores of Lake Vettern to the southern city of Malmo. Here, we cross the 16km strait to Denmark and Copenhagen via the Oresund Bridge and tunnel. The bridge is the longest road / rail bridge in Europe. We have a 3 night stay in Copenhagen which sits on the coastal islands of Zeland and Amager.

 


Sunday 03 June

Copenhagen – Odense (B,D)

Today’s excursion takes us to the island of Fyn and the city of Odense which was the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen and where he received inspiration for so many of his famous tales. We visit his home and the museum before returning to Copenhagen.

 


Monday 04 June

Copenhagen (B,D)

Meet Hans Christian Andersens ‘Little Mermaid’ gazing wistfully across the harbour, followed by a highlight visit inside the Danish Parliament Building to marvel at the opulent interior.  See the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces – we may see the changing of the guard; the Cathedral and the 19th century Theatre Royal. This evening, we visit the world famous Tivoli Gardens and enjoy dinner amidst the glittering lights.

 


Tuesday 05 June

Copenhagen – Berlin (B,D)

From Copenhagen, we travel south through the island of Zealand crossing to Falster and reaching Gedser the southern-most point in Denmark. We join the ferry for the crossing to Germany and the northern German port of Rostock. Back on the coach for the pleasant drive down to the capital, Berlin, for a 3 night stay.

 


Wednesday 06 June

Berlin – Sightseeing (B)

During our city sightseeing tour this morning we see many of the cities main attractions: Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, Parliament/Government district, Checkpoint Charlie/Wall museum, Synagoge Oranienburger Str., the memorial for the murdered Jews in Europe, East Side Gallery and the rest of the Berlin Wall in the street Niederkirchnerstraße.

There is free time this afternoon with the evening at leisure.

 


Thursday 07 June

Berlin – Potsdam Excursion (B,D)

A short drive to Potsdam, the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg situated on the River Havel.   We see the Tiergarten and enjoy a visit to the Palace Schloss Cecilienhof, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990. There is time too for a walk through the wonderful palace gardens at Sans Souci, the palace of Frederick The Great. Later we return to Berlin and this evening enjoy a meal in a local restaurant.

 


Friday 08 June

Berlin – Amsterdam (B,D)

All aboard this morning as we join the train. Sit back in First Class comfort as we cross northern Germany and into The Netherlands. We arrive into Amsterdam late afternoon and are transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay.

 


Saturday 09 June

Amsterdam – Sightseeing (B)

Today we have a full day excursion. We travel to Delft to visit an impressive Ceramics Factory and then continue to Rotterdam, the dynamic and unique city which surrounds one of the busiest ports in the world. From here we drive to The Hague, city of Peace and Justice!  Here we see Parliament and a special visit to Madurodam, Holland’s miniature city – canals, gabled houses and all kinds of other typical Dutch scenes.  Then it’s a visit to the fashionable seaside resort of Scheveningen before returning to Amsterdam for overnight stay.

 


Sunday 10 June

Amsterdam – Join Holland America Cruise (B,D)

This morning, we enjoy a sightseeing tour around Amsterdam itself. The city is famous for its three rings of canals lined by elaborately decorated merchants’ residences and warehouses built during the 17th century. We see Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Skinny Bridge and much more. We take a cruise on the canals in a glass topped boat. At the conclusion of the tour, we transfer to the port where we board our luxury floating home for the next 14 nights the “Koningsdam” for the Norwegian Fjord Cruise.

 


Monday 11 June

At Sea (B,L,D)

Enjoy the opportunity to get acquainted with your floating hotel and the many activities that are offered during sea days.

 


Tuesday 12 June

Haugesund (B,L,D)

Haugesund was a land of power during the Viking Age, where Harald Fairhair, the first king of Norway, had his home very close to the present town. Also known as “Norway’s Birthplace, the area holds an enormous historical significance for Norwegians. It was only in the neighboring Hafrsfjord that the pivotal battle took place in 872 AD and Norway was first unified. Arrive 8.00am Depart 6.00pm

 


Wednesday 13 June

Eidfjord (B,L,D)

In the innermost reaches of Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord is one of the most beautifully sited towns in this part of Norway. Dwarfed by sheer mountains and cascading waterfalls, only accessible via spiral tunnels and close to charming farms perched on mountain ledges with great views, Eidfjord is simply magnificent. Arrive 8.00am Depart 6.00pm

 


Thursday 14 June

Bergen (B,L,D)

Once the very seat of the medieval kingdom of Norway, Bergen is a former Viking stronghold encircled by deep fjords, towering mountains, and sweeping glaciers. Today’s Bergen is very welcoming, with much of the medieval flavour remaining in its harbour. Strike a bargain in one of the many artisans’ workshops, take the cable car to the top of Mt Florien or visit the famous and always entertaining Fish Market. Arrive 8.00am Depart 5.00pm


Friday 15 June

Flam (B,L,D)

Flåm, “the little place between steep mountains,” is a beautiful small town, nestled deep in a tributary of Sognefjord, the world’s longest and deepest fjord. Surrounded by steep mountainsides, roaring waterfalls and steep valleys, this area is a paradise for everyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience with nature. The town is close to the port and the famous Flam scenic railway. Arrive 8.00am Depart 6.00pm


 Saturday 16 June

Geiranger (B,L,D)

Geiranger is where Norwegians escape when they need a vacation. The most breath-taking attraction in Geiranger and there are many, is the mighty Seven Sisters Waterfall, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from an incredible 5,000 feet. Sitting at the head of majestic Geiranger Fjord, the city is surrounded by towering snow-covered mountain peaks, lush, green vegetation and winding hiking trails. Arrive 11.00am depart 8.00pm

 


Sunday 17 June

Molde (B,L,D)

Molde is renowned for its beautiful surroundings and wonderful views, and is most commonly known as the Town of Roses. The most famous viewpoint is Varden, where the Molde Panorama allows you to enjoy the extraordinary vista of 222 mountain peaks. Arrive 7.00am depart 3.00pm


 Monday 18 June

At Sea (B,L,D)


 Tuesday 19 June

Honningsvag (B,L,D)

Invigorating and scenic, Honningsvåg, the world’s northernmost village, is your gateway to the North Cape. It’s Norway’s third largest harbor and the last port of call before heading eastward to the Arctic Ocean. This is one of the best towns in northern Norway to experience the beauty of continuous daylight. Fishing is the main industry of this Arctic Circle town and the port is always brimming with activity. Arrive 10.00am depart 6.00pm

 


 

 Wednesday 20 June

At Sea (B,L,D)


 Thursday 21 June

At Sea (B,L,D)


 Friday 22 June

Stavanger (B,L,D)

Before this port city on Norway’s western coast earned its status as the epicenter of “black gold,” it was a shipbuilding and fish-canning town. Archaeological museums and reconstructed settlements pay due reverence to the city’s Viking heritage. The cobblestoned Old Town is a well-preserved core of white wooden cottages near an Anglo-Norman cathedral, the oldest in Norway. Natural beauty abounds too, with Stavanger’s proximity to the impressive Preikestolen (“The Pulpit Rock”) and the surrounding Lysefjord. Arrive 8.00am depart 5.00pm


 

 Saturday 23 June

At Sea (B,L,D)


Sunday 24 June

Amsterdam – Hong Kong (B)

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and we disembark from the cruise this morning and transfer to Amsterdam airport in time to join the overnight flight home.


Monday 25 June

Hong Kong – Home

We arrive into Hong Kong early this morning and we have the day free before continuing the journey this evening. Hotel rooms at the airport are provided for the day to allow time for rest and relaxation. This evening, we join our aircraft for the overnight flight.


 Tuesday 26 June

Arrive Home

Arrival is mid morning. Journey’s End!

 

Map

 

Prices

Tour Costs Per Person

Share Twin Room / Stateroom:                     $17,750
Supplement for Single Room / Stateroom: $5,300

 

Costs Include :
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point.
  • Prepaid airport/government security charges/taxes and fuel surcharges (as at 01/09/17).
  • First Class/ Superior Grade accommodation throughout.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation.First Class rail from Berlin to Amsterdam.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary B = Full Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
  • Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms on the cruise.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Services of a tour director and local guides for touring and sightseeing.
  • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person.
  • All tips and gratuities to cruise staff, coach drivers and tour director/local guides.
  • Fully Escorted by Maher Tour Leader.

Costs Exclude:

  • Any meals and sightseeing tours not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Shore Excursions during the cruise – information and assistance supplied.
  • Travel insurance – advice and assistance supplied.
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.

The tour covered everything I could have wished for.  It was the tour of a life time and definitely exceeded my expectations.   R.W

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