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Tours

Scandinavia & Northern Europe Coach & Cruise Tour

Tour departs: June 2021
Tour length: 32 Days

Overview

Tour Departs – June 2021.

Tour Length – 32 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:

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

Our floating home “Holland America Nieuw Statendam
Launched in 2019, the Nieuw Statendam 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 20 June
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 21 June
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 22 June
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 23 June
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 24 June
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 25 June
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 26 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 27 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 Zealand and Amager.

Sunday 28 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 29 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 30 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 1 July
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 2 July
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 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 3 July
Berlin – Amsterdam (B,D)
This morning our short flight from Berlin to Amsterdam has us arriving in The Netherlands. We arrive into Amsterdam late afternoon and are transferred to our hotel for a 2 night stay.

Saturday 4 July
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 pay 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 5 July
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, the “MS Nieuw Statendam”.

Monday 6 July
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 7 July
Eidfjord, Norway (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

Wednesday 8 July
Bergen, Norway (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.

Thursday 9 July
Molde, Norway (B,L,D)
All of the stunning beauty you associate with Norway is on display in Molde. On a clear day, more than 200 peaks are visible from this part of the Romsdal Peninsula. Even when the weather is less cooperative, there is plenty to do, with cosy cafés, boutiques and the Romsdal Museum, an open-air folk museum where you can literally stroll through the region’s history and traditional homes. From mid-June through August, Molde lives up to its nickname – the City of Roses – with flowers blooming everywhere, from the roof of the town hall and the university grounds to the picket fences around houses. Arrive 8:00am Depart 6:00pm.

Friday 10 July
Trondheim, Norway (B,L,D)
Founded in AD 997 as a Viking seat of power, Trondheim (then Nidaros) holds the Nidaros Cathedral where all Norwegian coronations take place and the crown jewels are kept. The cathedral, the second largest church of Northern Europe, towers over the city centre. It’s old heritage can still be traced in and around the city centre. It is also home to Norway’s University of Science and Technology with over 25,000 students. Arrive 8.00am Depart 5.00pm

Saturday 11 July
At Sea (B,L,D)

Sunday 12 July
Honningsvag, Norway (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

Monday 13 July
At Sea (B,L,D)

Tuesday 14 July
At Sea (B,L,D)

Wednesday 15 July
Alesund, Norway (B,L,D)
Alesund’s architecture is known far and wide. Turrets, spires and other whimsical Art Nouveau architectural touches give the town its distinctive character like something from a fairytale. The scenic spectacle of the Geirangerfjord, one of Norway’s best-known attractions, is just a stone’s throw from this quaint little town. Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm

Thursday 16 July
Flam, Norway (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

Friday 17 July
Stavanger, Norway (B,L,D)
Before this port city on Norway’s western coast earned its status as the epicentre of “black gold” and the extraction of North Sea oil, it was a shipbuilding and fish-canning town. Fuelled by its wealth as one of the world’s top energy capitals, it’s now home to top-notch fusion restaurants and a bustling nightlife that caters to a never-ending influx of expatriates. Amidst this financial boom, though, Stavanger has managed to hold on to its heritage and soul: Archaeological museums and reconstructed settlements pay due reverence to the city’s Viking past. Arrive 12:00pm Depart 11:00pm

Saturday 18 July
At Sea (B,L,D)

Sunday 19 July
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 20 July
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 21 July
Arrive Home
Arrival is mid morning. Journey’s End!

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

“Fantastic. For me, Norway was the highlight of the tour and the ship was superb.”
– Maarten S

“When you have reached a “mature” age what better way to travel than to participate in a Maher Escorted Tour! A seamlessly organised, well constructed tour, with all the stress of travel eliminated!”
– Louise M

“A wonderful tour, great company and leadership. Exceeded what I envisaged. Many thanks also for finding a room mate we got on very well. I have done this on other trips and enjoyed making new friends.”
– Celia R

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