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The evolution of the fjords began some three million years ago. Back then, Norway was covered by an ice cap that was thinner along the coast than inland. When the climate became milder, the ice began to melt, producing great waterfalls that dug into the soil and descended toward the sea. This created valleys that were then filled by the ocean, forming the fjords. Surrounded by steep rocky mountains, dissected by cascading waterfalls and decorated with thriving fruit trees, the fjords are among Earth's most inspiring landscapes. The air is pure, the water clear and nature unspoiled. You will often find Norway’s western Fjords topping other famous sites like the Pyramids of Egypt and the Grand Canyon in annual must-see lists. You’ll understand why photographs can’t possibly do justice to the fjord region when you witness this dramatic natural masterpiece for yourself.
Thursday, July 19: Overnight Flight
Friday, July 20: Copenhagen, Denmark - Tour Begins
- Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to venture out on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a local dining experience highlighting the New Nordic Cuisine movement of Copenhagen. Today dinner will be included.
Saturday, July 21: Copenhagen
- Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. You’ll also see the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. This afternoon, enjoy some free time. Perhaps you’ll join us for an optional excursion to Frederiksborg Castle (formerly the residence of the Danish royal family) that begins with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally inspired cuisine. Today breakfast will be included.
Sunday, July 22: Copenhagen - Vaxjo, Sweden
- Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Stop at the Ikea Museum to be immersed in the history of this signature furniture brand. Later, travel to Vaxjo – gateway to Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom,” home to the well-known brand Kosta Boda. Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory, established in 1742. Today breakfast will be included.
Monday, July 23: Vaxjo - Stockholm
- Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. Once in Stockholm, it’s your choice! Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour with a stop at one of Sweden’s sweetest traditions, a candy cane making factory, for a demonstration. Or, see the city on a panoramic coach tour that highlights the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholm’s beautiful city hall. Tonight, enjoy Swedish cuisine in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant, comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century, captures the flavor of a bygone era. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Tuesday, July 24: Stockholm
- Begin the day by exploring the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Stockholm independently. Discover its strikingly colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that offers a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago. Today breakfast will be included.
Wednesday, July 25: Stockholm - High Speed Train - Oslo, Norway
- All aboard! Sit back, relax and enjoy as you travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard the innovative high-speed train. Cross the Norwegian border and arrive in Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills. Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is the center of Norwegian government and home to the royal family. You’ll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Thursday, July 26: Oslo
- A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park, home to the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax or explore independently. Today breakfast will be included.
Friday, July 27: Oslo - Flåm
- Depart Norway’s capital and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church. This intricate structure, built in 1180, is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint village of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flåm Railway. Ascend to 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flåm offering breathtaking views each way. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Saturday, July 28: Flåm - Loen
- Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Sunday, July 29: Loen - Geiranger - Fjord Cruise - Loen
- Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway along the way. Known as one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you find Norway’s mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where farms have been kept for centuries. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Monday, July 30: Loen - Bergen
- Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape. Today breakfast will be included.
Tuesday, July 31: Bergen
- Join your fellow travelers on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Stroll along the historic and iconic harbor front, known as the Bryggen (UNESCO). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Wednesday, August 1: Bergen - Tour Ends
Today breakfast will be included.
OPTIONAL - 3-NIGHT ICELAND POST TOUR EXTENSION
Wednesday, August 1: Bergen - Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland
- Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy free time to explore the city’s old section that features Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall, the harbor, and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center.
Thursday, August 2: Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik
- Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Here, Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered to be one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Return to Reykjavik and have time to explore the city on your own. Today breakfast will be included.
Friday, August 3: Reykjavik
- Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will choose to relax on a scenic whale watching cruise; venture out on a horseback riding excursion; or travel out to the Reykjanes peninsula to spend quality time relaxing in the geo-thermal waters of the famed Blue Lagoon. Today breakfast will be included.
Saturday, August 4: Reykjavik - Tour Ends
- Today breakfast will be included.
- From Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:00 AM to Sunday, 05 August 2018 12:00 AM