SCANDINAVIA SINGLES VACATION
Stockholm, Oslo, Alesund, Geiranger & Bergen

10-nights deluxe hotels, 2 Fjord Cruises, Domestic Air,
Deluxe Motor Coaches and Tours - Just $2,750
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*Does not include international air

September 8th - 19th, 2021

 

Here's a trip that we did back in 2013 that we've been waiting to repeat. We're not making any changes since our itinerary was amazing. If you've been wanting to visit Scandinavia here's your trip.

This 10-day trip will take us from Stockholm, Sweden to the best Fjords of Norway with plenty to see in between. We will have group air in the months to come 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, (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 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.

We'll have a city tour included where we will visit the key sites. Climb the City Hall tower for a fantastic view of Stockholm. Don't miss Gamla Stan, 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 where we can also set up an optional bike ride and a canal cruise. 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 Vasa museum, 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 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. 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 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. This itinerary is very special and includes the 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 (our group will all have fjord view rooms!). 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 by bus to Geiranger is remarkable with amazing views while we coach and ferry our way to this amazing place.  We stopped our bus several times along the way to take the most beautiful photos. Everyone who went on the last trip agreed it was the most scenic bus journey ever. 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 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 can also do a hike at Mount Ulriken starting with the cable car.

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 between Oslo and Bergen. We will then hop on the Flåm Railway, one of Norways most spectacular railways, from Myrdal Station down to Flåm and the Aurlandsfjord.  Then we will have a fjord cruise in the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord (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.!

Check out my photos from our last trip! https://flic.kr/s/aHsjJRsSuu

DEPOSIT - $200

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $950

GROUP AIR:

Flight:KLM 602 Departure: Los Angeles 08SEP/1350 Arrival:Amsterdam 09SEP/0910
Flight: KLM 1109 Departure:Amsterdam 09SEP/1055 Arrival:Stockholm Arlanda 09SEP/1255
Flight: Air France 1253 Departure:Bergen 19SEP/1220 Arrival:Paris 19SEP/1440
Flight:Delta Air Lines 119 Departure: Paris 19SEP/ Arrival:Los Angeles 1840/1550
Base fare $563.00 plus taxes $570.28 = $1133.28 (*Total Fare Estimate per seat with taxes and fees at time of booking*)
Taxes and fees are subject to change until final payment is collected.

Includes:

  • Domestic air from Stockholm to Oslo and Oslo to Alesund:
    • Flight: SAS 483 Departure:Stockholm Arlanda 12SEP/0925 Arrival:Oslo 12SEP/1025;
    • Flight: SAS 1322 Departure:Oslo 14SEP/1510 Arrival:Aalesund 14SEP/1605
  • 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.

·      International air (SEE ABOVE)

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ITINERARY:

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Stockholm

Coach transfer from airport to hotel

Assistant transfer from airport to hotel

Radisson Blu Waterfront

Friday, September 10, 2021

Stockholm

Coach for 3 hour panoramic sightseeing

Guide for 3 hour panoramic sightseeing

Entrance to Vasa Museum

Radisson Blu Waterfront

Option 2 - 2.5 hour bike ride (Includes Guide and quick stop for coffee

 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Stockholm

We will have a variety of options including a boat tour and Hop on/ Hop off tour

Radisson Blu Waterfront

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Stockholm / Oslo

Coach for transfer from STO  hotel to airport

Thon Bristol Hotel

Porterage at hotel, not included

Transfer from OSL airport to hotel by coach

Monday, September 13, 2021

Oslo

Coach for 3 hour panoramic sightseeing with guide

Entrance to Viking Ship Museum 

Thon Bristol Hotel

Porterage at hotel

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Oslo / Alesund

Transfer from OSL airport to hotel by coach

Coach from Alesund Airport to Hotel

Quality Hotel Alesund

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Alesund / Geiranger

Coach from Alesund to Geiranger

Cruise along Geiranger Fjord (1.5 hours)

Union Hotel Geiranger

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Geiranger / Bergen

Travel by coach from Geiranger to Bergen

Norge Hotel

Friday, September 17, 2021

Bergen - Norway in Nutshell - Bergen

Coach transfer from hotel to train station in Bergen

Norway in a Nutshell 

Train from Bergen to Myrdal

Train from Myrdal to Flam

Ferry from Flam to Gudvagen

Coach from Gudvagen to Bergen

Norge Hotel

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Bergen

Option  - Fjord cruise - 4 hour cruise 

Option  - Round trip cable car

Norge Hotel

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Bergen / Airport

Coach for transfer to airport

 

OUR HOTELS

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  Tripadvisor Review #16 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   Tripadvisor review

Alesund: Quality Hotel Alesund- 4-star

Welcome to the Quality Hotel Ålesund, a full service hotel with stunning views of the fjord and a central location. We have 131 bright and airy rooms and suites, modern conference facilities, two bars and a restaurant, all right in the heart of Ålesund.

When you stay at the Quality Hotel Ålesund, you have everything you need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep. Our 131 bright and airy rooms and suites are designed with comfort and ease in mind. The rooms are bright, spacious and many of them offer stunning sea views

Hotel Website  Tripadvisor Review 

 

 

 

Geirangerfjord: Hotel Union

 

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     Tripadvisor Review

Bergen: Norge Hotel by Scandic- 4-star

Hotel Norge first opened its doors in 1885 and since then has become iconic and one of Bergen’s most prominent hotels. On 29th of June 2018, the hotel reopened after a full refurbishment, and is now an iconic and modern hotel and lively meeting place, where local meets international in a vibrant and unique atmosphere.
The architects have gathered inspiration from the nature surrounding the city. Therefore, the interiors reflect high quality, modern, Nordic design with many distinctive details. Our hotel has 415 new and stylish hotel rooms with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows, inviting in the mountains, light and city atmosphere.

Our 3 floors with exciting bars and restaurants contribute to making our hotel a modern meeting place, where local meets international in a lively and unique atmosphere. At restaurant Nova and Café Norge we combine the best ingredients Norway and Western Norway have to offer, with international flavours and techniques. The food served is created by our Chef Advisor, former Bocuse d’Or winner Ørjan Johannessen. Together with our Head Chef, Tore Espenes and his great team, he serves fantastic culinary experiences with a world flavour.

Hotel Website  Tripadvisor Review

 

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