Tour: ZN - 2013 (ZN) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden

Welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden 
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DAY 2Stockholm

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, and the blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Stockholm–Copenhagen, Denmark

Enjoy the Swedish countryside during a comfortable drive south via Lake Mälar and Lake Vättern to Helsingborg. Cross by FERRY to Denmark and enjoy views of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle at Elsinore. Arrive in Copenhagen, proud capital of Denmark. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner to try out Danish specialties. (Breakfast)

Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark 
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DAY 4Copenhagen. Overnight Cruise to Oslo Harbor, Norway

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to Christiansborg Palace, where you visit the elegant ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and at the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the late afternoon, board your ship for the overnight CRUISE to Norway. Dinner will be served on the ship. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway View the famous Little Mermaid Statue based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen 
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DAY 5Oslo Harbor–Telemark

After disembarkation, stop to admire the Heddal STAVE CHURCH, the largest of the country’s remaining wooden churches. Via Lake Tinnsjöen—where saboteurs sank a ferry loaded with heavy water, ruining Nazi hopes of winning the race for the atomic bomb—enter the Rjukan Valley. Then, the highlight of the day: a guided visit of VEMORK, scene of the daring sabotage action featured in the movie The Heroes of Telemark. Learn about the dramatic events of 1943 and about the technology of hydroelectric power generation, one of the pillars of Norway’s economy. Continue to rustic, unspoiled Telemark. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway A medieval wooden stave church in Norway 
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DAY 6Telemark–Bergen

Drive along Lake Totak to the Haukeli mountains, where polar explorer and Nobel Laureate Fritjof Nansen prepared his polar expedition. Admire thundering Låtefoss Waterfall and continue via Odda and the orchards along Sorfjorden, whose tranquil splendor was the inspiration for Grieg’s Morning Mood. Cross Hardangerfjord by FERRY, and arrive in picturesque Bergen. (Breakfast)

Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen 
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DAY 7Bergen

During your orientation tour, hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Stroll through the colorful fish market and the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen, and ride the funicular up to Mount Fløyen. Exciting optional excursions are available. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Bergen–Flam–Oslo

A wonderful day: drive along beautiful fjord and lake shores. Continue to Flam, and have free time for lunch. Then, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite experience a spectacular ride on the FLAM TRAIN and see the magnificent Kjosfossen Waterfall. At the Myrdal mountain station, change to the regular TRAIN, which takes you through the Hardanger National Park and the beautiful Hallingdalen Valley to Oslo, Norway’s proud capital. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city The historical city of Oslo at night 
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DAY 9Oslo

Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate CITY HALL. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to the relics of a glorious seafaring past. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Doslo–Tromsø

Board your flight to Tromsø and arrive in the world’s most northern university city, starting point of many great polar explorers. Here, winters can be hard and summers usually surprisingly warm because of the warm gulf currents and the “Midnight Sun.” During your orientation, visit the ARCTIC CATHEDRAL. This evening, a special dinner with wine at a local restaurant has been prepared for you. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Tromsø–Alta

Leave the capital of northern Norway and continue your journey northwards. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Enjoy FERRY CROSSINGS on the Ullsfjord and Lyngenfjord, one of the most spectacular ferry rides because of the breathtaking views of the Lyngen Alps and their glaciers, and arrive in Alta. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 12Alta–North Cape

Orientation features a visit to the spectacular ROCK CARVINGS, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, then continue to Honningsvåg, the northernmost point of the North Cape. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A unique opportunity: discover the North Cape Visitor Center, a sheer cliff rising 1,000 feet from the Atlantic Ocean. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 13North Cape–Karasjok, Finland–Ivalo

A scenic drive across the border into Finland. Stop in Karasjok, seat of the Sami Parliament, before arriving in Ivalo. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 14Ivalo–Arctic Circle–Rovaniemi

Cross the Arctic Circle (66°31’N), and stop at SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE, with a chance to see Father Christmas himself. Here you will receive your Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Arctic Circle Certificate. Arrive in Rovaniemi, where an orientation features the Town Hall and the Lappia House. Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner at a Sami home. (Breakfast)

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DAY 15Rovaniemi–Oulu–Jyväskylä

A comfortable drive south to the university city of Oulu, where there is time to have lunch before continuing to Jyväskylä. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 16Jyväskylä–Lahti–Helsinki

Enjoy a morning rest stop in the international ski resort of Lahti, with its three enormous ski jumps. Then, continue to Helsinki, capital of Finland. Guided sightseeing features the City Hall and the Parliament House, the Presidential Palace, the monumental railroad station, the great LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL, the Olympic Stadium, the SIBELIUS MONUMENT, and Helsinki’s local arts and crafts OPEN-AIR MARKET. (Breakfast)

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DAY 17Helsinki

A full day at leisure offers the opportunity to join an optional excursion to Tallinn, capital of Estonia, known as one of the “Pearls of the Baltic” countries. Tonight, a special farewell dinner with wine awaits you at one of Helsinki’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Arctic vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tallinn is the capital of the smallest of the Baltic countries 
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DAY 18Helsinki

Your vaction ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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