London - Bergen, Norway
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport for a direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Bergen. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel, the Scandic Neptun (4T) or Scandic Bergen City (4T), where dinner is included this evening.
Spend this morning on a tour discovering the city of Bergen. Visits will include the lovely Troldhaugen Museum - the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, and the interesting Hanseatic Museum, situated in one of the old trade houses on Bryggen wharf. We have this afternoon free to explore - you may like to take the funicular to the top of Mount Floien, for spectacular views of the city.
Bergen - Flåm - Aurlandsfjord - Balestrand
We depart from Bergen for Voss, for an eagerly anticipated train journey to Flåm. The Bergen Railway takes us from Voss to Myrdal, where we board the fabulous Flåm Railway, named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Beginning at 867m above sea level, in the space of an hour with much of the journey at a gradient of 5.5%, we reach the Sognefjord valley at sea level, passing spectacular scenery along the way. Our day continues with an afternoon cruise on the Aurlandsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjords in the world stretching over 24km with scenery of towering mountains and green valleys. We then transfer to the beautiful fjord village of Balestrand and Kviknes Hotel (4T) or Hotel Sogndal (4T).
Today is at leisure, explore the wonderful surroundings or relax in our hotel offering breathtaking views of the beautiful Sognefjord.
Balestrand - Briksdal Glacier - Geirangerfjord - Geiranger
After breakfast we travel by coach to Briksdal Glacier, an arm of the great Jostedalsbreen Glacier set between roaring waterfalls and endless high peaks. At Briksdal a typical Norwegian lunch is served, before we continue to UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord and board a cruise along the fjord. We stay at the Union Hotel (4T) in Geiranger, located in the most stunning location at the end of the fjord.
Geiranger - Lillehammer - Oslo
We leave Geiranger and travel towards Oslo, stopping en route in Lillehammer to discover the quaint artificial village built to host the 1994 Winter Olympics. After time to obtain lunch in this picturesque location with views of Lake Mjøsa and River Lågen, we continue to Oslo, Norway’s spectacular capital. Our hotel is the Scandic Victoria (4T) or Scandic Solli (4T).
Oslo - Karlstad - Stockholm, Sweden
This morning we depart Oslo by coach for our journey to Sweden and Stockholm. We stop in Karlstad for time to obtain lunch in this pleasant town with much local ancient history. Perhaps discover Karlstad Cathedral or the Brigade Museum, which showcases Sweden’s history of the Cold War. Arriving in Stockholm we check in to our hotel for two nights, the Scandic Klara (4T). Sweden’s lively capital is located in an archipelago of 30,000 islands and there is much to explore and discover.
The first part of our day is spent exploring Stockholm’s remarkable city centre, including a walking tour through the charming Old Town - Gamla Stan - filled with history throughout its cobblestone streets, including grand palaces, public buildings, and lovely little cafés. One of the largest and best-preserved medieval centres in Europe, it is a delight to explore and your afternoon is free to do just that. Perhaps explore the Vasa Museum - the best preserved and most complete 17th century ship in the world, which sank in the city’s waters in 1628; or Stockholm Cathedral that dates back to 1279; the Royal Palace, boasting 600 exquisite rooms; the Nobel Museum; and striking Riddarholm Church.
Day 9 - Stockholm
This morning is at leisure before we transfer to embark Serenade of the Seas® (3T+) in readiness for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 10 - Helsinki, Finland
Our first port of call is Finland’s capital, Helsinki. You can choose to discover Nuuksio National Park on a lovely nature trail; or embark on a boat cruise or speedboat adventure viewing the sparkling sea and its granite islands. Alternatively, wander the city centre admiring the colourful markets and Finnish architecture including the Olympic Stadium, grand Cathedral, Opera House and Parliament buildings.
Days 11-12 - St Petersburg, Russia (overnight)
Arrive in St Petersburg with two days free to explore Russia’s second largest city - one of the most modern as well as being the country’s cultural capital, home to striking architecture and monuments. Visit the magnificent Hermitage Museum, one of the oldest and largest museums in the world, filling a collection of magnificent historic buildings including the distinctive Winter Palace, the residence of Russian monarchs. Alternatively, simply wander the beautiful canals lined with elegant buildings, exploring the highlights including St Isaac’s Cathedral, the city’s largest Russian Orthodox cathedral; Peterhof Palace, and a collection of beautiful UNESCO World Heritage palaces and gardens.
Day 13 - Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn is Estonia’s charming capital located on the country’s northern coast. The city blends modern with medieval and has an exhilarating array of modern buildings mixed with intricate wooden houses, vibrant squares, ancient church spires and impressive shopping centres. You can choose to enjoy a horse and carriage ride at the Estonian Open Air Museum - where life in a traditional Estonian village is recreated; or the UNESCO-listed Old Town has a wealth of history dating back to the 13th century. The city’s modern architecture includes the brilliant Kumu Art Museum, hosting foreign works and Estonian modern and contemporary art.
Day 14 - Riga, Latvia
Cosmopolitan Riga buzzes with youthful verve, yet known for its architectural gems, including a 13th century cathedral, wooden houses and Art Nouveau buildings. See the city by canal boat, try Riga’s chic restaurants with their fusion of traditional and avant-garde cuisine, and breathe fresh air at nature parks, beaches and woods on a walk or cycle ride.
Day 15 - At sea
Day 16 Stockholm - London
We arrive in Stockholm this morning, where we disembark and transfer to Stockholm Airport for a direct scheduled British Airways flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.