SCANDINAVIA 2019

highlights

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  • Gem Tours & Travels is a 35 year’s old trusted Luxury travel company. 
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  • Covering Most Beautiful Countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland
  • Helsinki: 2 Nights stay covering orientation tour visiting the Senaatintori square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall and Day excursion to Tallinn 
  • Stockholm: 1 Nights stay covering city tour passing through Old Town and Boat Ride of Stockholm city by Under the Bridge. 
  • Bergen: 2 Night stay covering city tour visiting Haakon’s Hall and Funicular train ride. 
  • Geiranger: 2 Nights stay covering free time to enjoy charm of Geiringer Fjord cruise and Beauty of the great site. 
  • Flam Area: 1 Night stay covering to and fro journey of Flamsbana Train alongside the river.   
  • Oslo: 2 Nights stay covering Orientation and sightseeing tour including Frogner Park, Akersus Castle and Royal Palace.

Itinerary

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Home Destination – Helsinki (Finland) ( DAY 1)
Arrive Helsinki International Airport. After Clearing Customs and Immigrations proceed towards Hotel. Helsinki is Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum. Ornate red-brick Uspenski Cathedral overlooks a harbor. Arrive and check in at the Hotel. Overnight at Helsinki (Meals: Dinner)
Helsinki – Tallinn – Helsinki (Finland) ( DAY 2)
After Breakfast check out and proceed to board a ferry for Tallinn. Arrive Tallinn after 2.5 Hrs. of Ferry and proceed to Old Town Square – which was bustling and alive by the time, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St Olav’s Church, Raekoja Platz. Later we return back to Helsinki, Overnight at Helsinki (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Helsinki (Orientation Tour) – Stockholm (Overnight Ferry) ( DAY 3)
After Breakfast at the Hotel proceed for the Orientation Tour of Helsinki. Visiting the Senaatintori square, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple and much more. The Finlandia building is made by the famous architect Alvar Aalto. The Temppeliaukion Church, built in the rock is today one of the city’s main attractions, Sibelius monument. Later in Evening proceed to the Helsinki Port to Board Overnight ferry to Stockholm. Overnight in Ferry. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Helsinki – Stockholm (City Tour) ( DAY 4)
Arrive Stockholm and proceed to city tour passing through old town, a fascinating medieval area. We pass through the elegant royal palace; you can also see the famous change of guards. Stroget (Great Square), the hub of the old town, and the stock exchange, now home of Swedish army, Later we take Boat ride for Stockholm city by Under the Bridge. The old town streets are lined with smart boutiques, art galleries and antique shops. Later proceed towards Hotel and check in. Overnight at Stockholm. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Stockholm – Bergen (Norway)( DAY 5)
After breakfast at the hotel check out and proceed to Stockholm Airport to Board Flight for Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bryggen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League's trading empire. The Fløibanen Funicular goes up Fløyen Mountain for panoramic views and hiking trails. The Edvard Grieg House is where the renowned composer once lived. Arrive & check in at Hotel. Day free to enjoy the charm and beauty of this great site. Overnight at Bergen (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Bergen (Norway) ( DAY 6)
After breakfast proceed on a city tour and see Haakon’s hall, built in the 13th century and faithfully restored. We also see the National Stage Theater, Festplassen (City Park), Old Town and New Town of Bergen. Then we take a train to the top of Bergen from where we can have a magnificent view of the city and fountains. Overnight at Bergen (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Bergen – Geiranger ( DAY 7)
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Geiranger. Geiranger (One of the most famous fjord in Norway).The deep blue UNESCO-protected is surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. The Geirangerfjord is located in the southwestern part of the county of Møreog Romsdal, north in Fjord Norway, approximately 100 kilometers from the town of Ålesund. This town is internationally renowned for its distinctive art nouveau architecture. Arrive & check in at Hotel. Day free to enjoy the charm and beauty of this great site. Overnight at Geiranger (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Geiranger (Norway)( DAY 8)
After breakfast proceed to Geiranger fjords Cruise. For some of the very best and most dramatic fjord scenery anywhere in Norway, don’t miss the chance to experience the Geiranger fjord UNESCO World Heritage site from Geiranger sightseeing boat. Overnight at Geiranger. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Geiranger – Flam Area (Norway) ( DAY 9)
After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Flam Area. Arrive Flam and proceed to board Flamsbana train, which will take us to the altitude of 4000 feet, en route witnessing one of the largest water falls of Norway. We alight at the station where 3 girls would welcome us, dancing in the traditional way. The to and fro train journey, alongside the river would be of 2 hrs. Taking us through 24 tunnels. Later we proceed to check in at Hotel. Overnight at Flam Area. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Flam Area – Oslo ( DAY 10)
After Breakfast at the Hotel check out and proceed to Oslo. Arrive Oslo, the capital of Norway, beautifully located at the end of Oslo fjord and surrounded by extensive green forests. Oslo occupies an arc of land at the northernmost end of the Oslo fjord. The fjord, which is nearly bisected by the Nesodden peninsula opposite Oslo, lies to the south; in all other directions Oslo is surrounded by green hills and mountains. Arrive and Check in at Hotel. Overnight at Oslo. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Oslo( DAY 11)
After breakfast proceed for orientation tour of Oslo. Proceed on sightseeing tour which includes Frogner Park and view the controversial Vigeland sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. Thereafter we visit the Akersus castle located in a village of Norway with a 200 years old set up and houses.  We then proceed to visit where the royal family stays and winter Olympic site. Evening free for leisure. Overnight at Oslo. (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Oslo - Mumbai ( DAY 12)
After breakfast proceed to Oslo International airport to board flight for Mumbai. Tour ends with sweet memories. (Meals: Breakfast)

Group Tours

passport & visa information

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR INDIAN NATIONALS HOLDING NON-MACHINE READABLE PASSPORTS
  1. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24th November 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From 25th November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny visa or entry to any person travelling with a non-MRP passport.
  2. All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category. The Government started issuing MRP passports since 2001. All new Indian passports are ICAO-compliant MRP passports.
  3. Indian citizens residing in India and abroad and holding handwritten passports as well as 20-year passports with validity beyond the 24th November 2015, should, therefore, apply for re-issue of passports and obtain MRP passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining foreign visa or immigration problem.
  4. For more details related to passport services, Passport website(www.passportindia.gov.in) may be accessed.
  • 6 recent photographs (35mm*45 mm white background matt finishing 80% focus on face.)
  • Original passport with minimum validity of six months. ( please provide old passports if any)
  • Last three years income tax challans (photocopies)
  • Last 6 months bank statement.
  • Property documents.
  • Letterheads individual / company.
  • Air ticket.
  • Original copy of purchase of foreign exchange.
  • Pan card copy.

FAQ's and other information

FAQS: 
ABOUT THE COUNTRY
 
1.     What is the best time to visit Scandinavia? Scandinavia is a wonderful place to travel during any season. However, the winter months (between November and February) are extremely cold here. So summers are the best time to visit the Scandinavian countries. 
2.     How is the general weather in Scandinavia? Weather changes frequently. Generally, you can expect mixed weather in Scandinavia. 
3.     Is English spoken in Scandinavia? English is the second widely spoken language in Scandinavia. 
4.     What currency is used in Scandinavia? Each Scandinavian country has its own currency. Denmark has Danish kroner. Iceland has Iceland has Icelandic Krona.  Sweden also uses krona. Norway uses Norwegian krone. Euros are accepted in Finland. 
5.     Are credit and debit cards accepted in Scandinavia? Credit cards are accepted at most stores, hotels and restaurants. 
6.     Is an adapter required? In Scandinavia the standard voltage is 220/230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. An adaptor is required. 
7.     Do I need travel insurance? Travel insurance is necessary while travelling to Scandinavia. 
8.     What type of clothing is recommended in Scandinavia? Layered clothing with medium layers is usually recommended. Carry casual clothes for sightseeing. Do carry an extra sweater and raincoat for warmth.  
 9.     What are the must try delicacies in Scandinavia? You can try cloud berries, potato pancakes and waffles in Scandinavian countries. 
10.     Is tipping mandatory in Scandinavia? Tips are included in the price and hence tipping isn’t mandatory on Scandinavia. 
FAQS: 
ACTIVITTIES
 
11.     What are the adventure sports in Scandinavia? You can enjoy adventure sports like skiing, whale watching , snorkelling, lava caving, kayaking 
DOS & DONTS 
DOS 
1.     Do try the fondues. 
2.     Do visit churches as they are beautiful. 
3.     Do indulge in chocolate. 
4.     Do dress modestly and neatly. 
Don’ts 
1.     Don’t speak loudly in public, especially while on a call. 
2.     Don’t address people by their first name. 
3.     Don’t ask personal questions. 
4.     Don’t go hiking unless you are fit. 

Sockets & plugs

Scandinavia uses 230V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C and Type F.

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