About This Trip
- 1 - 6Norway
Bergen: Guided City Walking Tour
Sognefjord: Cruise to Balestrand and Flam
Oslo: City Sightseeing Tour, Take a Train to Stockholm
- 7 - 14Baltic Sea Cruise
Sweden: Start Your Baltic Sea Cruise in Stockholm
Finland: Enjoy a Guided City Tour in Helsinki
Russia: Spend Two Days of Exploration in Saint Petersburg
Estonia: Discover the Upper Town and Lower Town in Tallinn
Sweden: Get back to Stockholm, Visit City Highlights
Day 1: Arrival in Bergen, Norway
Welcome to the Kingdom of Norway, a country with the most beautiful fjords on earth!
Upon arrival in Bergen, make your own way to your hotel (transfer by shuttle bus from the airport to the city center can be reserved with extra cost).
Day 2: Bergen City Exploration
As the gateway to the majestic fjords of Norway and surrounded by mountains, Bergen is like a fairytale town hidden in the stunning nature.
Accompanied by your local guide, you will enjoy a walking tour of this city. Colorful buildings line up along the cobblestone street at the Hanseatic Bryggen, while the other side of the street is the crystal waters of the North Sea. You can find the Church of Mary, the oldest and tallest building in this area. Close to the dock is the Haakon's Hall in Bergenhus Fortress and the famous fish market. After that, ride the Fløibanen Funicular up to the top of the Mountain Fløyen and end the tour with a panoramic view of this charming city.
Optional: If you are still vigorous, you can choose one of the following activities to get more taste of Bergen:
Bergen Food tour (start at 15:00, approx. 3 hours)
Sightseeing Cruise with light dinner (start at 17:00, approx. 1.5 hours)
Day 3: Cruise from Bergen to Balestrand via Sognefjord
When traveling in Norway, the breathtaking views of fjords are the highlights that can't be missed. Walk to the Bergen Port and embark on a cruise sailing to Balestrand. The departure time of the cruise is at around 8:00, about 4 hours later you will reach Balestrand. The unique natural scenery of Sognefjord with the dramatic mountains will feast your eyes.
Upon arrival, take a short walk from the port to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
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Day 4: Balestrand Free at Leisure
Located on the northern shore of the Sognefjord, the village of Balestrand is an ideal place to relax at your own pace. You may want to take a leisure walking tour around this region or enjoy some optional activities like a full-day excursion to Fjaerland. During this optional tour, you can sail through the beautiful fjord and visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum.
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Day 5: Balestrand - Flam - Oslo
Your journey on the Sognefjord continues today. Along the stunning fjord, you will arrive at Flam, a village at the end of the Aurlandsfjorden. Spend some time discovering this beautiful area and then take your train to Oslo. The train journey between Flam and Myrdal will show the fantastic nature, such as steep mountains and breathtaking waterfalls. The train will arrive in Oslo at around 23:00.
Day 6: Oslo City Discovery
Spending about 3 hours exploring Oslo, the capital of Norway, you will get a deeper impression of this country. Meet your local guide at the reception of the hotel and depart for your city sightseeing tour. The highlights include the Frogner Park - showcasing more than 200 sculpture works of Gustav Vigeland, the Museum of Viking Ships (entrance not included) - housing three Viking era burial ships, the Royal Palace, City Hall, and Akershus Fortress.
Day 7: Oslo to Stockholm by Train
Transfer to Oslo Central Station and board on the train to Stockholm. A 5-hour train journey will take you from Norway to Sweden.
After arriving, transfer to the harbor and board your cruise boat. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
Note: Due to construction works on the rail line between Oslo and Stockholm, the train journey can be replaced by bus service with no supplements or discounts.
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Day 8: Cruise around Stockholm
Spreading over 14 islands and linked by more than 70 bridges, Stockholm is generally referred to as Venice of the North. Your boat will depart from the harbor at 7:00 and spend a full day at the sea to take in the seascape this charming city offers.
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Day 9: Cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki
This morning you will arrive in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, it is a particularly pleasant city of classical beauty and modern civilization.
Guided tour of this city includes the Tuomiokirkko Cathedral, a colorful market, the amazing Rock Church and the Sibelius Monument. You can decide to go back to your boat for lunch which transfer is included or to stay a little longer in the city center and then come back to the boat on your own. Whatever you choose, please keep in mind that your boat will depart at 18:00.
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Day 10: Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
The boat will reach St. Petersburg this morning.
St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, is one of the centers of culture, economy, science, and transportation in Russia. Today you will enjoy a full day city tour with a local guide. The attractions will include visits to the Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac Cathedral, and the Church of the Savior on Blood. After lunch at a local restaurant, end today with a canal boat tour. The boat will stay docked in St. Petersburg.
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Day 11: Continue Exploration of St. Petersburg
In addition to the sightseeing spots you visited yesterday, St. Petersburg has much more that is worth discovering. The Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral, as the oldest architecture in St. Petersburg, is a good place to learn about the history of this city. The Peterhof Palace is a series of palaces and gardens commissioned by Peter the Great. The buildings are magnificent and can be comparable to Versailles in France. The gardens are grand and dotted with the fountains, charming pavilions, and summer houses.
The lunch today will be served at a local restaurant. Get back to the boat on time, since the boat will depart for Tallinn at 18:00.
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Day 12: Tallinn City Tour
At around 9:00, the boat will arrival in Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Disembark the boat and take a 4-hour guided tour in this city. The old town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the best-preserved medieval cities in Europe. You will admire the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky and the Toompea Castle, the City Hall Square, the House of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, St. Olaf Church, and St. Niguliste Church.
Your boat will leave for Stockholm at 17:00.
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Day 13: Stockholm City Tour
At around 9:00, the boat will arrival in Stockholm.
Disembark the boat, meet your local guide and then start a 4-hour city tour. The guide will take you to visit the famous attractions, the City Hall, the old town, the Royal Palace, the Concert House, the Opera Theatre, and the Island of Djurgården with its parks hosting many museums.
In the afternoon, you can decide to enjoy the rest of the day in the city center or visit some other popular attractions, such as the Vasa Museum and Skansen Museum. After that, make your own way back to the boat.
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Day 14: Stockholm, Departure
It's time to say goodbye to North European. After packaging, find your way to the airport and board your international flight with an unforgettable memory (private transfer from a cruise-ship terminal in Stockholm to the airport can be arranged in advance with extra charge).
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