Nordic Magnificence

Nordic Magnificence

Delight in the pleasures of Denmark and Norway on this eight-night journey featuring stays in Copenhagen, Oslo and Bergen, plus a one-night cruise on the North Sea. In Copenhagen, visit the Old Town and Rosenborg Castle, and enjoy the city’s famous architecture during an afternoon canal cruise. An overnight cruise along the coast serves as a prelude to Oslo, which offers an up-close look at ancient Viking ships and the seafaring lifestyle. Thrill to spectacular Nordic scenery as you ride Europe’s highest-altitude train line en route to welcoming Bergen. Discover Bergen’s landmarks including Bryggen, the town’s iconic 12th-century wharf. Visit the country home of composer Edvard Grieg and soak up jaw-dropping scenes of waterfalls and alpine vistas on a train ride from the top of a mountain to the majestic Aurlandsfjord. Join a small group of travelers on this enlightening journey. Enjoy insightful lectures, first-class accommodations and an extensive meal plan.

Trip Itinerary:

July 5 Depart Gateway City

July 6 Copenhagen, Denmark

Arrive at Copenhagen Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the Arrivals Hall, where an AHI Travel representative will meet you.

Transfer to the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen. Please note, if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

Free Time: The afternoon is at leisure. Consider a stroll through the center of the city, easily accessible from the hotel, or walk to the nearby waterfront and Gefion Fountain.

Get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception.

Accommodations – Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

July 7 Copenhagen, Denmark

Enrichment: Scandinavia Today. Discuss the current events shaping contemporary Denmark, Norway and Sweden.

Discovery: Rosenborg Castle.
Activity level: Mild
Danish royals held court at this Renaissance palace for a century before turning it into a museum in the late 1700s. King Christian IV built this 17th-century treasure in the Dutch Renaissance style. View furnishings and portraits of monarchs from Christian IV to Frederik VII. In the treasury, admire the crown jewels, including Christian IV’s exquisite crown and Christian III’s jewel-studded sword. You may catch a glimpse of royal guards in their colorful uniforms marching on the nearby parade grounds. Stroll through the castle’s fragrant gardens, filled with fruit trees and statues.

Enjoy lunch at a typical Danish restaurant.

Discovery: The Canals of Copenhagen.
Activity level: Moderate
Cruise along the beloved waterways that weave through Copenhagen. Learn the city’s rich history while reveling in spectacular views as you drift past Amalienborg Palace, the Danish royal family’s home; the Little Mermaid statue; the Opera House; and the distinctive Black Diamond library with shiny black facets reflecting the sea and sky.

Free Time: Spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen at your leisure. Stroll over to Tivoli Gardens, a charming amusement park that has been delighting visitors since 1843, or visit the Carlsberg Brewery for a beer tasting.

Accommodations – Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

July 8 Copenhagen, Denmark

Discovery: Copenhagen, Past and Present.
Activity level: Moderate
Enter secret courtyards, meander past hidden squares and immerse yourself in the old-world ambience of Copenhagen during a walking tour of the city. Your expert guide shares enchanting tales of history and famous Danes, including storyteller Hans Christian Andersen, while you roam the city’s warren of crooked back streets full of quaint buildings and celebrated landmarks.

Free Time: Spend some time on your own discovering Copenhagen. Denmark is known for its clean, modern design. Visit some design shops to see sleek furniture, jewelry and other items that are original and uniquely Danish.

Accommodations – Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Copenhagen
Meals – Breakfast

July 9 Copenhagen | At Sea

Free Time: Make the most of your last morning in Copenhagen. Learn more about the Danish royal family and visit Amalienborg Palace or Christianborg Palace, which also is home of the Danish Parliament.

This afternoon, transfer to the port and board an overnight DFDS Seaways Ferry bound for Oslo, Norway. As the ship sails to Oslo, relish the picturesque scenery or settle into your cabin.

Tonight, on board the ship, experience an authentic smorgasbord, a Scandinavian feast!

Accommodations – DFDS Seaways
Meals – Breakfast and dinner

July 10 Oslo, Norway

This morning, be sure to go on deck, where you’ll be greeted by one of the most breathtaking views of the Oslo Fjord. Lush, green forests line the fjord, which stretches for 62 miles. Many people come to the fjord to camp, fish, kayak and enjoy other outdoor activities.

Discovery: Oslo.
Activity level: Mild
Visit Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the impressive slope used in the 1952 Winter Olympics. Take in fantastic panoramas of stunning Oslo Fjord and the idyllic coastline. The nearby Ski Museum guides you through Norway’s 4,000-year history of Nordic and downhill skiing. Continue to Vigeland Park, filled with more than 200 bronze and granite sculptures by renowned artist Gustav Vigeland.

Enjoy an introduction to Norwegian cuisine during lunch.

Check in to the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo.

Free Time: Explore Oslo at your leisure. Visit the Nobel Peace Center, or view masterpieces by Norway’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch, at the Munch Museum.

Accommodations – Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

July 11 Oslo, Norway

Discovery: The Vikings.
Activity level: Mild
At the Viking Ship Museum, view wonderfully preserved ceremonial burial ships, buried more than 1,100 years ago. Their collection includes the Gokstad, Tune and Oseberg — the world’s best-preserved Viking vessel. These longships once carried their royal owners into the realm of the dead and offer precious insight into the vanished world of the Vikings. Continue to the Kon-Tiki Museum to see the balsa raft Kon-Tiki, which Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl sailed from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, and the totora-reed boat Ra II which he used to cross the Atlantic in 1970.

Free Time: The rest of the day is at leisure. Why not continue the maritime theme and stroll along the Harbour Promenade? From east to west, this 5.5-mile waterfront path takes you past the Opera House, the city’s modern architecture and much more! Stop for lunch and the views at one of the many restaurants along the promenade.

Accommodations – Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo
Meals – Breakfast

July 12 Oslo, Norway | Bergen

Depart for Bergen this morning.

Discovery: Bergen Railway.
Activity level: Mild
Travel to Bergen on Europe’s highest altitude railway and one of the most scenic routes in the world. See marvelous scenery as you travel across the Hardangervidda, a plateau at more than 4,000 feet above sea level. The tracks climb to Finse, the highest point on the route, then the landscape changes dramatically as the train edges along lovely fjords, tumbling waterfalls and emerald forests. Keep an eye out for wild reindeer!

Upon arrival this afternoon, check in to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen.

Free Time: The rest of the day is at leisure in beguiling Bergen. Stroll along Bryggen, the historic wharf, and see a bit of what Bergen looked like during its Hanseatic heyday.

Accommodations – Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

July 13 Bergen

Enrichment: The Fjords of Norway. Learn about the crucial role the beautiful fjords have played in Nordic geologic and cultural history.

Discovery: Bergen.
Activity level: Moderate
Nestled beside a sheltered harbor and surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords, Norway’s second-largest city is said to have “its head in the sky and its feet in the sea.” Settled in 1070, Bergen became the most important town in medieval Norway, a residence of royalty and a major trading post for Hanseatic League maritime merchants. Explore Bryggen, which is associated with the city’s Hanseatic history, and walk through the old Hanseatic Warehouses. See the 750-year-old King Haakon’s Hall; Rosenkrantz Tower, Norway’s most important Renaissance-era monument; and St. Mary’s Church, built between 1130 and 1170. Tour hilltop Troldhaugen, the country home of the revered composer Edvard Grieg.

Free Time: The rest of the day is free to explore Bergen on your own. Stay and stroll along the quay, or visit several museums and galleries featuring everything from paintings to handicrafts. For an aerial view of the city, take a cable car to Ulriken, the highest of the seven mountains that frame Bergen.

Accommodations – Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Meals – Breakfast

July 14 Myrdal | Fjords | Voss

Discovery: The Best of Norway.
Activity level: Mild
Journey through some of the most wild, scenic wonders of Norway. Begin with a train journey on the Bergen Railway to Myrdal. Continue on a thrilling ride aboard the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest train rides in the world. Wind past snow-dusted peaks, where tiny farms cling to precipitous slopes and rivers and waterfalls slice through deep ravines. Spiral through mountainside tunnels to the pristine Aurlandsfjord, which is a branch of the Sognefjord, Norway’s longest fjord. Cruise the waters of the Aurlandsfjord to Gudvangen before exploring Voss, where vistas of mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls await you!

Tonight, share your favorite moments of your Scandinavian adventure with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner.

Accommodations – Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

July 15 Depart for Gateway City

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Bergen Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary may change due to local conditions.

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