Day 1: New Zealand – – Oslo
Board your flight for the journey to Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Day 2: Oslo
Welcome to Norway! Your flight arrives in Oslo and you then make your own way to the hotel for check in. Drop your bags off in your room and head out into the city to begin exploring, or use the remainder of the day to unwind and relax after your flight.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, your tour starts today. Please make your own way to the hotel.
Day 3: Oslo – – Myrdal – – Flåm – – Balestrand (B)
Make your way to the railway station to board a train for the journey to Oslo to Myrdal. Upon arrival in Myrdal you will change trains and step onto the famed Flåm Railway, an incredibly scenic route that is also one of the steepest rail passages in the world. Look out onto the passing landscape as the train makes its way past snow-capped mountains, powerful waterfalls and verdant countryside. Disembark in Flåm and make the short walk to board a fjord express boat for the voyage along Sognefjord, Norway’s largest and deepest fjord, to Balestrand for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Balestrand (B)
You have a full day to discover the beauty of the Balestrand area. The region first landed on the world tourism stage in 1858 when a local minister brought in the first steamer service. Balestrand then became a fixture on the Grand Tour route with artists and even the German Kaiser drawn to this picturesque location.
Day 5: Balestrand – Sognefjord – – Bergen (B)
Begin the return journey to Bergen today. Make your way to the pier to board your second fjord cruise back along Sognefjord. Arrange your own transfer to the Bergen hotel for check in upon arrival. You can then spend the remainder of the day as you like.
Day 6: Bergen (B)
Spend a leisurely day discovering the beauty of Bergen. Meander between stalls and vendors at the local fish market, or roam the pedestrian-friendly old quarter and get lost among its mix of charming laneways and traditional wooden houses. Catch a funicular up to the summit of Mt. Fløyen for a magnificent outlook across the cityscape. There are great shopping and dining opportunities in Bergen for those looking to indulge.
Day 7: Bergen – – Oslo (B)
Head to the railway station to board your train to Oslo. The Bergen Railway is lauded as one of the world’s great train passages, beginning at sea level and climbing through a mountainous plateau before beginning a scenic descent through waterfall-dotted and forest-blanketed countryside. Arrive in Oslo and check in to your hotel (located only a short distance from the Oslo station).
Day 8: Oslo (B)
Get to know the Norwegian capital aboard a Hop On Hop Off bus tour. This excursion takes you to some of the city’s best and most popular sights. One highlight for history buffs is sure to be the Viking Ship Museum, located on the Bygdøy peninsula and home to an excellent collection of preserved Viking ships and artefacts discovered in nearby tombs.
Day 9: Oslo – – Stockholm (B)
Catch a train from Oslo to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Stockholm is a remarkable metropolis; its cityscape spans 14 islands that are linked with more than 50 bridges. Expect a destination that perfectly balances modern and minimalist Scandi style along with rich traditions and fascinating heritage. Some of Stockholm’s top sights including Gamla stan (the Old Town), Storkyrkan Cathedral, Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum.
Day 10: Stockholm (B)
Learn about Stockholm’s history and culture aboard a commentated coach tour today. This trip includes a canal cruise with multiple stops. Some of the stops included across the bus and boat excursion are Skansen, Gröna Lund, the ABBA Museum, Gamla stan, and Fjällgatan. There is also opportunity to explore several shopping districts. There is free WiFi aboard the bus and boat.
Day 11: Stockholm – – Baltics Cruise (B, D)
You have this morning and afternoon as free time in Stockholm. Check out another of the city’s museums – Vasa Museum, Modern Art Museum, Swedish History Museum – or hang out in Royal Djurgården, the island city park, or Ivar Lo’s Park to enjoy the great waterfront views. At the appropriate time, make your way to the port to begin to the embarkation process for your cruise of the Baltic Sea.
Be welcomed aboard Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas. This extraordinary vessel is equipped with a dazzling selection of entertainment, shopping and dining opportunities – rock climbing walls, swimming pools, theatre productions, fine dining restaurants, spa and fitness centre, and options for dance classes, language lessons and more. Settle into your cabin and then head out onto the decks to begin exploring. The ship departs at 6pm.
Day 12: At Sea (B, L, D)
Your first full-day as a passenger aboard the Jewel of the Seas is spent cruising the Baltic Sea. Use this time to familiarise yourself with the ship’s deck plans and begin making the most of the on-board facilities. Work up a sweat in the solarium or on one of the sports courts, relax in a poolside sunlounge, catch one of the original productions, or sign up for a jewellery-making class.
Day 13: St Petersburg (B, L, D)
Welcome to Russia! The Jewel of the Seas docks in St Petersburg at 7am. Breakfast aboard the ship and then head out into this fabled city. Perhaps begin by learning about St Petersburg’s rich and varied history, moving between sites made infamous through events such as the 1917 Russian Revolution. Take in the grandeur of the streetscapes as you wander past opulent palaces and lavish facades. Be sure to refuel with tastes of traditional Russian cuisine; slices of chocolate salami or honey cake, or plates of cabbage rolls, blinis and borscht.
Day 14: St Petersburg (B, L, D)
A second day in St Petersburg provides ample opportunity for delving deeper into the city’s culture. One must-stop is the State Hermitage Museum, the second-largest art museum in the world. Established by Empress Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum (as it is shortened to) boasts a collection of more than 3 million works and resides in a number of buildings lining the Palace Embankment. Return to the Jewel of the Seas for a 6pm departure.
Day 15: Helsinki (B, L, D)
Wake up this morning and find yourself docked in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. This warm and vibrant city is brimming with sightseeing possibilities and popular landmarks for visitors to check off include Suomenlinna, Helsinki Cathedral, Temppeliaukio Church, Seurasaari Island and Old Market Hall. Make like a local and take a sauna, or jump onto the city’s vintage tram for a rattling joy ride around some of the main streets. Time permitting, take a walk along the 7-kilometre-long waterfront promenade to see Hietaniemi beach and the Sibelius Monument. Be back at the ship for a 5pm departure.
Day 16: Tallinn (B, L, D)
The Jewel of the Seas arrives into Tallinn at 8am. A great place for exploring the medieval capital of Estonia is in the city’s Old Town. Well preserved stone walls encircle the Old Town, and great views of the city can be enjoyed from the 13th-century castle on Toompea Hill. Landmarks and sights to put on your Tallinn itinerary include Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Kadriorg Art Museum and St. Olaf’s Church. The Jewel of the Seas departs for its next port at 5pm.
Day 17: Visby (B, L, D)
The final port of your Baltic Sea cruise is Visby in Sweden. Located on Gotland island, this town is most well-known for its town wall; said to be the best-preserved example of its kind in Europe. There are many church ruins to see, as well as heritage buildings, some museums and pretty photo stops. Tonight is your last evening aboard the Jewel of the Seas and the ship sets sail for its disembarkation destination at 7pm.
Day 18 Stockholm – – New Zealand (B)
Dock back in Stockholm at 7am and disembark the Jewel of the Seas. At the appropriate time, make your way to the airport to catch your return flight to New Zealand.
For those purchasing the Tour Only option, at the appropriate time please make your own way from the hotel to your next travel arrangements.
Day 19: New Zealand
Arrive back in New Zealand today.