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Northern Europe and Scandinavia

Land Programs

In anticipation of our guests' desires for even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal.
PRE - LANDMARKS OF OSLO

PRE - LANDMARKS OF OSLO

Explore the enchanting Norwegian capital of Oslo, admiring its panoramic views, contemporary architecture, historical museums, and vibrant nightspots, including a bar made entirely of ice.

Day 1

Upon arrival at the Oslo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Continental Hotel Oslo. Check in is at 2:00pm. The remainder of the day is yours for discovering the city at your own pace.

As the hotel is in the city center, only a 10 minute walk from city hall and the harbor, you may enjoy a leisurely stroll on your own around Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, a popular area with plenty of restaurants.

Day 2

Following breakfast, you will drive through the City Center to the famed Oslo Opera House. Designed by the Norwegian firm Snøhetta, the contemporary marble-and-glass building is a work of art that has won countless awards. Pausing long enough for photos from the roof of the opera house, you will enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding Bjøvika neighborhood.

Then, it’s on to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, an 80-acre green oasis with more than 200 bronze and granite sculptures of the human form in various positions. Commissioned by the city of Oslo, Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland created the sculpture park over a period of 20 years. “The Monolith,” a highly symbolic piece with 121 intertwined human bodies, is the centerpiece and took more than 14 years to create.

Continuing on, you will drive to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, a towering monument of steel and concrete that opened in 2010 for competitive ski jumping. From the top, you will enjoy a magnificent view of Oslo, the fjord and surrounding islands.

Following lunch, you will drive on to the Norwegian Open Air Museum on the peninsula of Bygdøy. The exhibits reflect the daily life and living conditions in Norway from the 16th century to present time. More than 150 buildings from various parts of the country are displayed, including the 12th-century Stave Churches and an entire street depicting life in the year 1865.

Just next door, you will find the Viking Ship Museum, where several Viking ships are on display, serving as an excellent example of the Vikings’ daring initiative and ship building craftsmanship. The Gokstad ship is a typical seagoing ship, while the richly adorned Oseberg ship was probably a pleasure boat. In addition, there is a collection of household implements found during the 19th-century excavations of the ships.

After returning to the hotel to freshen up, you will then visit the Ice Bar for an evening drink served in an ice glass. In fact, everything in the bar is made entirely of ice harvested from the Torne River in Sweden, and the interior is kept at minus 5 degrees at all times. Warm clothing will be provided before you enter.

Returning to the hotel once more, you will have the remainder of the evening to enjoy as you please, with dinner on your own.

Day 3

Following breakfast at the hotel and check out, you will walk to the pier to board a public sightseeing boat for a cruise along the Oslofjord. Along the way, you will see forested islands, the fortress of Akershus, and the two towers of the Town Hall, a building inaugurated in 1950 for Oslo’s 900th anniversary.

Back at the pier, you will walk just 10 minutes to your cruise ship, where your luggage will be awaiting.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

DAY 1

Arrive at the Oslo International Airport. Meet your guide and transfer to the Hotel Continental.

Check-in is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available before 2:00pm, this can’t be guaranteed. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight at the Hotel Continental Oslo or similar hotel.

DAY 2

Breakfast at the hotel

9:00am Depart from the hotel for a city tour, with a photo stop at the Opera House

10:00am Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park

11:00am Depart the Vigeland Sculpture Park

11:15am Visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump

12:15am Depart for lunch

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant

2:00pm Depart from the restaurant

2:30pm Tour the Norwegian Open Air Folk Museum

3:30pm Depart from the museum

3:45pm Tour the Viking Ship Museum

4:30pm Depart from the museum

4:45pm Arrive at the hotel

6:00pm Walk to the Ice Bar

6:10pm Drink at the Ice Bar

6:45pm Depart from the Ice Bar

7:00pm Arrive at the hotel

Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Hotel Continental Oslo or similar hotel

DAY 3

9:00am Breakfast at the hotel

10:00am Walk 10 minutes from the hotel to the pier

10:30am Depart for a 2-hour cruise on the Oslofjord

12:30pm Arrive back at the pier and transfer by bus to the cruise ship pier

1:00pm Embarkation

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check-out time is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as any activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 3.

Expected Weather:

As the tour covers mountain areas as well as the fjords, the temperature can vary from 5? to 30? degrees Celsius (41? to 86? Fahrenheit). Weather conditions can be sunny, windy, rainy and foggy.

What to Bring:

Weather-appropriate warm clothing is recommended, including a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes.

Local Currency:

Norwegian Kroner. U.S. dollars are only accepted in souvenir shops, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Electricity:

European standard plug

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required.

Accommodations:

Hotel Continental Oslo or similar (double room)

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests

• 2 breakfasts

• 1 lunch including soft drinks

• All entrances mentioned in the itinerary

• 2-hour Oslofjord cruise

• Transfers

• 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Continental (or similar hotel)

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Dinners or any other meals not listed above

• Alcoholic beverages

• Hotel incidentals

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

POST - SNAPSHOT OF NORWAY

POST - SNAPSHOT OF NORWAY

Travel throughout the dramatic, naturally beautiful Norwegian fjord country, visiting historical sites, riding Europe’s steepest railway, ferrying across Sognefjord and cruising down the arm of another majestic fjord.

Day 1

After disembarking the ship, the day begins with a short sightseeing drive through Oslo before continuing to the mountain area of Gol and Hemsedal, a popular-ski resort. On the way, you will pass idyllic lakes and spectacular mountain scenery, before arriving at Borgund Stave Church, the best preserved of the 28 stave churches still remaining in Norway. The church dates back to the 12th century.

After a guided visit, you will continue down to one of the arms of Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway. Crossing by ferry, you will then follow a coastal road to the historical Kvikne Hotel in Balestrand, where you will stay for the evening.

Day 2

Following breakfast, you will enjoy a ferry crossing over the Sognefjord from Dragsvik to Vangsnes. From here, the road climbs steeply and bends sharply. In time, you will see the village of Vik and the Sognefjord far below. Continuing across Vika Mountain, you will occasionally pass through tunnels before descending into

Mørkdalen (the dark valley), an area known for its goat cheese production.

After lunch at the picturesque Stalheim Hotel, you will descend the Stalheimskleivane, a road with 13 hairpin turns. It’s incredibly scenic with waterfalls plunging down the mountains on both sides.

Arriving at Gudvangen, you will proceed by boat for one of the most beautiful crossings of the Norwegian fjords through the narrow and scenic Nærøyfjord. It has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site for its towering mountain walls, beautiful waterfalls and tiny goat farms.

Upon arrival in Flåm, you will board a train for a one-hour ride (the steepest in Europe) that ascends almost 3,000 feet, from the fjord to Myrdalsberget Mountain. Along the way, you will stop at Kjosfossen waterfall, where the water cascades between dark cliffs, and then continue to Myrdal, where you will change trains. The route to Geilo passes breathtaking mountains, beautiful lakes, and quaint cabins in the woods.

You will finally arrive in Geilo and check into the historical Dr. Holms Hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Day 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, you will drive east, admiring a different sort of rural landscape along the way. Around mid-day, you will arrive at Jevnaker to tour Hadeland Glassworks, which was established in 1762. Here, you will watch glassblowers demonstrate their skills, shaping molten glass into the most extraordinary items. Later, you will visit the museum at the glassworks, where more than 700 pieces of distinctive glassware are on display. The exhibits show the development of Norwegian glass making from the 1700s until today and offer a fascinating look into the Norwegian culture.

After free time for shopping and lunch, you will continue towards Oslo, passing Tyrifjord, which is actually a lake not a fjord. In time, you will arrive back in Oslo and spend the evening at the Continental Hotel Oslo.

Day 4

Following breakfast, you will check out and transfer to the Oslo International Airport based on your flight time. For guests with later flights, luggage storage will be available at the hotel.

Land Program Step by Step: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The times indicated are approximate, given here only for general reference purposes, and are subject to change.

DAY 1

8:00am Disembark the ship and drive into the mountains

12:00pm Lunch at a restaurant

1:30pm Depart for the Norwegian fjords

2:45pm Tour Borgund Stave Church with coffee break

3:45pm Depart for Lærdal and enjoy a short village walk

4:30pm Depart for Balestrand

8:00pm Check in at the Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand, dinner at the hotel

Overnight at Kviknes Hotel or similar

DAY 2

7:00am Breakfast

8:00am Drive to the pier and cross Sognefjord by ferry

11:00am Lunch at the Stalheim Hotel

12:30pm Drive to Gudvangen via Norway’s steepest road

1:30pm Depart Gudvangen by boat and cruise the narrow Nærøyfjord

3:45pm Arrive in Flåm

4:00pm Depart Flåm by train for Myrdal, switch trains and ride to Geilo

7:00pm Arrive to Geilo

7:10pm Drive to the Dr. Holms hotel for check-in and dinner

Overnight at the Dr. Holms Hotel or simiilar

DAY 3

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Depart for Geilo with photo stops en route

1:00pm Tour Hadeland Glassworks and lunch

3:30pm Depart Hadeland Glassworks for Oslo

5:00pm Check in at your hotel in Oslo

Dinner on your own

Overnight at the Continental Hotel Oslo or similar

DAY 4

7:00am Breakfast

12:00pm Check out of the hotel

TBA Transfer to the Oslo airport, based on your flight time.

EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be transferred to the airport per your departure flight details. Please note that check out is 12:00pm. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own after the program officially ends on the morning of Day 4.

Expected Weather:

As the tour covers mountain areas as well as the fjords, the temperature can vary from 5° to 30° degrees Celsius (41° to 86° Fahrenheit). Weather conditions can be sunny, windy, rainy and foggy.

What to Bring:

Weather-appropriate warm clothing is recommended, including a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and flat comfortable walking shoes.

Local Currency:

Norwegian Kroner. U.S. dollars are only accepted in souvenir shops, while credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Electricity:

European standard plug

Documents and Visa Requirements:

A valid passport is required.

Hotels:

Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel

Geilo: Dr. Holms Hotel

Oslo: Continental Hotel

*We will only substitute hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are substituted, they will be of equal ratings and standards.

Program Includes for guests

• 2 dinners including soft drinks

• 3 breakfasts

• 3 lunches including soft drinks

• 1 coffee break

• All entrances in the above itinerary

• All ferries/boat rides in the above itinerary

• All trains in the above itinerary

• 1 night accommodation in Balestrand at the Kviknes Hotel (or similar hotel), historic room

• 1 night accommodation in Geilo at the Dr. Holms Hotel (or similar hotel), superior room

• 1 night accommodation in Oslo at the Continental Hotel Oslo (or similar hotel ), double room

• Transfers

Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated departure information so your transfer can be arranged. However, if you book additional hotel nights independently of the cruise line, a departure transfer is not provided.

Program Excludes for guests:

• Dinner on the last evening

• Alcoholic beverages

• Hotel incidentals including mini bar

• Gratuities to drivers and guides

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.

EXTRA NIGHT - SNAPSHOT OF NORWAY

EXTRA NIGHT - SNAPSHOT OF NORWAY

You have elected to add an additional night or nights onto your land package. Your additional night(s) includes breakfast.

If your land package is pre cruise – you will be staying at the same hotel as Day 1 of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the airport to the hotel on the day you arrive.

If your land package is post cruise - you will be staying at the same hotel as the last day of your land package and you will receive a private sedan transfer from the hotel to the airport on the day you depart.

Sedans hold maximum 2 pieces of large luggage, 2 small carry on's and 2 guests. Should you have additional luggage, a larger vehicle will be required and surcharges may apply. Please contact our Reservations Department for more details should you require a larger vehicle.