Day 1: New Zealand – – Helsinki
Depart New Zealand today to begin your incredible Scandinavia adventure!
Day 2: Helsinki (B)
Arrive at Helsinki airport and make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 3: Helsinki (B)
Today explore the capital of Finland. Helsinki sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central artery, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present, imposing Parliament House and Kiasma contemporary art museum.Helsinki is a compact city easily explored on foot. Design, architecture, food and shopping are all great exploration angles. Large park areas, forests, lakes, and the coastline with numerous islands sprinkled off it make certain there’s no shortage of natural presence.
Day 4: Helsinki – Tallinn – Helsinki (B)
After breakfast, embark on full-day excursion to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, by boat. The city tour with English-speaking guide will take you around the most important sights, also outside Medieval Tallinn, such as the Song Festival grounds and the 18th century Kadriorg park and palace. Traverse the Old Town on foot, a compact maze of cobblestone streets, historical buildings and breath-taking vistas. It is worth nothing that the Old Town has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997. Lunch is served in one of the charming restaurants within the Old Town, perfectly complimenting its historical significance. After lunch enjoy some free time to explore the shops and sights on your own before being transferred to the harbour for your journey back to Helsinki.
Day 5: Helsinki – Stockholm (B)
Spend the morning at your leisure. In the afternoon make your own way to the port to board an overnight ferry across the Baltic Sea. Entertainment is provided on-board, along with food and shopping facilities.
Day 6: Stockholm (B)
Wake up as you cruise through Stockholm’s archipelago of thousands of islands and enjoy breakfast onboard. Make your own way to the hotel and drop off your bags. Later, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Stockholm’s city centre. Aboard a comfortable coach, tour the city’s highlights like Stadshuset (City Hall), the island of Djurgården, the Vasa Museum and Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace). Then hop on to a canal boat to cruise around the city’s scenic archipelago and conclude with a fantastic photo opportunity of the coastal city’s skyline before making your own way back to the hotel.
Your rooms will be available in the afternoon upon tour conclusion.
Day 7: Stockholm –– Copenhagen (B)
Make your own way to Stockholm’s Central Station and board the train that will take you to Copenhagen. Kick back and enjoy the scenery as you head southwest towards the Danish capital. Arrive in Copenhagen and make your own way to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Copenhagen sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It is linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace.
Day 8: Copenhagen – Norwegian Fjords Cruise (B,D)
After breakfast, embark on a scenic Hop on – Hop off tour of Copenhagen. Explore the bustling city centre which has the Christiansborg parliament building and the Renaissance Rosenborg Castle that features a museum of royal artefacts and a beautiful garden. You will also pass the royal residence Amalienbord and of course the Little Mermaid. Later, make your own way to the port to board your cruise.
Day 9: At Sea (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way towards the scenic coast of Norway.
Day 10: Hellesylt / Geiranger (B,L,D)
Landing with your MSC cruise of Northern Europe to Hellesylt, the cosy little town on the shores of the Geiranger fjord, will make it appear like a natural extension of the mountains behind. There are plenty of opportunities to admire the fjord and the town from above during your vacation in Norway. Along the steep Eagle Route (Ørnevegen) you find two perfect observation posts – Dalsnibba, 1500 metres above, and Flydalsjuvet with terraces that open onto the ice valley – surrounded by impressive peaks. If you continue along the Ørnesvingen, as well as Geiranger and the fjord, you will come to the Seven Sisters Waterfalls (De syv søstrene) that offers a magnificent spectacle.
Day 11: Flaam (B,L,D)
Flaam is situated amidst mountains of dense forest reaching up to the sky. In this challenging and remote setting you can see how even a modern means of locomotion like the train can blend in with Norway’s spectacular natural landscape. We suggest you take a train ride from Flåm to Kjosfossen: 20 incredible kilometres inside the green coaches up to the station of Myrdal on the Bergen railway line. The landscapes you will admire are truly unique and will make your journey unforgettable. Nature is revealed in its most beautiful and wild landscape, with rock shaped by rivers that form gorges and rifts and waterfalls that plunge down dizzy heights, and, here and there, mountain farms, perched like mountain climbers, where cattle are raised and excellent cheese is produced.
Day 12: Stavanger (B,L,D)
Attractive and friendly, Stavanger offers visitors a variety of activities. Starting from a visit to the town itself, that has a centre full of shops, narrow streets climbing up the hill and an attractive cathedral. You should walk around the old part of town facing the sea where your cruise ship will be anchored. In Stavanger you can enjoy visiting museums. Amongst the most interesting area the oil museum, the canning museum, the Rogaland art museum or the children’s museum.
Day 13: At Sea (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at sea on your deluxe ship as it makes its way to Germany.
Day 14: Kiel (B,L,D)
Arrive this morning in Kiel, Germany. Kiel became the Imperial military port of Germany in 1871 and, when its canal was opened to connect the Baltic and the North Seas in 1895, the town began to control the largest artificial waterway in the world. A spacious promenade along the pier will give you the chance to admire a variety of vessels of all sorts, amongst which the dinghies of the sailing school and, from the wet dock in front, the best view one can get of Kiel. 6 km south-west of the centre, in Molfsee, where we find theSchleswig-Holsteinisches Freilichtmuseum. This open-air museum shows about seventy traditional buildings taken from the Lande and assembled in miniature villages: the colonial houses still maintain the original furniture – outstanding beds sleeping the entire family in order to keep warm in the freezing winters.
Day 15: Copenhagen – – New Zealand (B)
Today, after disembarking from the ship, make your own way to the airport for your flight back home.
Day 16: New Zealand
Arrive home today.