Welcome to Thomas Cook’s ‘Scandinavia with Enchanting East Europe’ Tour. Arrive into Helsinki – the city of four seasons.
Today, you embark on a spectacular tour of Scandinavia and East Europe as you board your flight to the Finnish Capital, Helsinki. On arrival into Helsinki proceed to your conveniently located hotel on your own. Check in post 1400 hrs. ( Please reconfirm with your travel agent for exact timings and details about your tour, hotels and meeting place with the tour manager). Later, you have some free time to explore this modern European cultural city whose urban cosmopolitan lifestyle exists in perfect harmony with nature and is surrounded by the sea and its own exotic archipelago. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at hotel Scandic or similar in Helsinki.
Onto Tallinn. Day Excursion to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital
After a Scandinavian breakfast at your hotel, proceed for a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia‟s capital on the Baltic Sea, is the country‟s cultural hub. While the old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997, it is now in better shape than ever. Indian lunch will be provided. This magnificent city, the old town and admire the 14th and 15th century architecture with its medieval buildings, spires and narrow, twisting streets. The Estonian maritime city of Tallinn has influences from Germany, Russia, Scandinavia and Italy. Tallinn‟s calendar is lively with festivals of music, film, art, theatre, culture and food as well
as sea-faring festivals, Opera Festival and the Tallinn Marathon. Tonight, enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a restaurant. Later back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel Scandic or similar in Helsinki.
Enjoy a guided tour of Helsinki. Board the luxurious cruise and sail into the Swedish capital, Stockholm.
After a Scandinavian breakfast at your hotel, proceed on a tour of this city with an experienced English-speaking local guide. Enjoy the sights of this beautiful city that range from neoclassical to the modern. See the Senate Square, the Lutheran Tempelliauki Church or „Rocky church of Helsinki‟, which is quarried out of natural bedrock, the Uspenski
Cathedral, the marvelous Sibelius Park, the Presidential Palace, Finland Hall, Opera House and many more interesting sights. Next visit Porvoo, the second oldest city in Finland. Porvoo is a lovely preserved medieval city with old cobblestone streets and red colored warehouses that stretch out along the Porvoo River. This afternoon, enjoy Indian lunch. Later, board the luxurious cruise for a fascinating voyage across the Baltic Sea and through the Swedish archipelago to Stockholm. Tonight, enjoy a Grand Viking buffet dinner on board the cruise. After dinner, you can dance the night away in the nightclub, linger in the various shops, or enjoy the scenery, as we cruise to Stockholm in style.
Overnight on board Silja / Viking Cruise liner.
Arrive into Stockholm – the fashionable Swedish capital. Enjoy a guided tour of this scenic city with a visit to the Vasa Ship Museum included.
After a Scandinavian breakfast on board the cruise, disembark at the picturesque city of Stockholm often called „Beauty on Water‟, situated on an archipelago of 14 islands between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea. Next, proceed for a tour of the Swedish capital accompanied by an experienced local English speaking guide. See the glamorous City Hall, an impressive building, both in terms of architecture and artistic embellishments, where every year the Nobel Prize banquette takes place, the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. Visit the Old Town, renowned for its picturesque narrow alleys that date from the middle ages. Next visit the famous Vasa Museum, housing the majestic 17th century royal warship Vasa, which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged in 1961. Today, enjoy an Indian lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch you have some free time to enjoy this beautiful city on your own. Later this evening, enjoy a sumptuous Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Quality / Scandic or similar in Stockholm.
Norway – The land of serene fjords. Onto Oslo – The Viking capital. En route visit Karlstad, one of Sweden’s loveliest lakeside towns.
After a Scandinavian breakfast, sit back and relax in your coach, as we drive to Oslo – the Viking capital where fjords and mountains meet. Enroute, visit the town of Karlstad, situated between the cities of Stockholm and Oslo. Lying on the northern shores of Lake Vanern this town which is bisected by the Klaralven River, provides visitors with an opportunity to completely soak in its splendid beauty. This afternoon, Indian lunch will be provided. On arrival into Oslo, check in and relax in the comforts of your hotel. Tonight, a hot Indian dinner awaits you at a restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Scandic / Quality / Radisson or similar in Oslo.
City tour of Oslo – the home of Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
After a Scandinavian breakfast, proceed for a tour of this marvelous city with an experienced English speaking local guide. See the Town House, the House of Parliament, the Royal Palace and the majestic Akershus fortress. Visit the magnificent and unique Vigeland Sculpture Park, the highlight of your city tour and Karl Johan street.
Later, we visit the Viking Ship Museum, where you can see remarkably preserved Viking Ships. This museum offers a wide collection of artifacts from the Viking Period. Norway is often called the „Cradle of Skiing‟ which you will encounter when you visit the Hollmenkollen Ski Jump area, to admire the dizzying panorama. Enjoy these special sights and many more on your guided tour. This afternoon, enjoy an Indian lunch. This evening is free to explore the city of Oslo on your own. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Scandic / Quality / Radisson or similar in Oslo.
A day full of fun, adventure and ever changing beautiful scenery as we take you on Norway’s most famous trips – ‘Norway in a Nutshell’. Be dazzled by the spectacular scenery and panoramic views of the snow-capped fjords, cascading waterfalls and green foliage as you travel to Bergen through the beautiful landscapes of Western Norway and the fjords region by rail, boat and bus.
Today, after a Scandinavian breakfast get ready to travel on one of Norway‟s most popular trips „Norway in a nutshell‟. A combination of spectacular train rides and impressive trips by boat and bus. Be spellbound as you travel through some of the most magnificent scenery in Fjord Norway. Indian lunch will be provided. You will be first transferred to the station to board your scenic train to Myrdal, where you change to the Flam railway line, a masterpiece of engineering set in wild and wonderful scenery to travel to Flam. Feast your eyes on the ever-changing panorama of huge mountains and thundering waterfalls as the train glides through tunnels and open stretches on its way down to wild Flam valley. Wander around the idyllic countryside, before embarking on an enchanting boat ride through the spectacular fjords. Be amazed with the splendid scenery as the boat takes you from Aurlandsfjord into the Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest fjord in Europe, surrounded by mighty mountains of upto 1800 meters. On arrival at scenic Gudvangen, board your coach as you travel through the impressive Norwegian landscape to Bergen. Pass charming villages before arriving into Bergen, „the Gateway to the Fjords‟. A hearty Indian dinner awaits you at a local restaurant before you check in to your hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Thon / Quality or similar in Bergen.
Discover Bergen on a guided tour. Ride the Funicular for spectacular views.
This morning, after a Scandinavian breakfast, be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking local guide
for your city tour of Bergen. Bergen is an international town with small-town charm and atmosphere, surrounded by seven rounded, lush mountains. The Hanseatic wharf Bryggen with its pastel-color wooden houses, winding cobblestone streets, and Old Bergen are just a few of the many attractions that make Bergen a real place of enchantment. Visit the harbor, the fish market; see St. Mary‟s church from the 12th century and one of the most outstanding Romanesque churches in the country. Next, take a fun filled ride on the Funicular train, to the top of the mountain and enjoy the panoramic and uninterrupted views of the city and its surroundings. Here, you will also have a chance to shop at the many exciting outlets. Indian lunch will be provided. Later, this evening proceed to the airport to catch your flight for Copenhagen. Arrive Copenhagen and check–in to the hotel. Next enjoy a delicious Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel First / Scandic / Comfort or similar in Copenhagen.
Enjoy a guided city tour of Copenhagen. Visit one of the most famous Danish beer brands – Carlsberg Brewery.Visit the famous Tivoli Gardens.
After a Scandinavian breakfast, proceed with your English-speaking local guide for a tour of Scandinavia‟s largest and liveliest metropolis. See the City Hall, the Parliament building, the Amalienborg Palace, which is the home of the royal family, the Stock Exchange, Gefion fountain, Little Mermaid and many other interesting sights. Later we will visit one of the most famous Danish beer brands – Carlsberg Brewery. Here you will learn about the brewing process, see the collection of over 21,000 beer bottles from all over the world and visit the stables with the
“brewery horses”. Enjoy Indian Lunch. Later visit the famous Tivoli Gardens. Here you will have an opportunity to enjoy the various rides on your own. Later tonight, enjoy Indian dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel First / Scandic / Comfort or similar in Copenhagen.
Fly home with wonderful memories.
After a Scandinavian breakfast, we check out and proceed to the airport (on your own) for your flight back home. Arrive home with pleasant memories of your European tour, which we are sure you will treasure for a lifetime. Do spare a few minutes to fill in the feedback form and hand it to your Tour Manager. Your valued suggestions will be most appreciated.
Guaranteed to waken your senses. Visit spice plantations where you will have the opportunity to pick, smell & savour fruit & spices that you have probably never seen on the supermarket shelf. Commencing at the ruins of the Maruhubi Palace, via the site of David Livingston’s house (one of Africa’s greatest explorers) the journey continues north toward the Kidichi Persian Baths. From here we continue to the rural areas where local farmers live & produce some of the world’s most exotic fruit and spices. Cloves, star fruit, ‘bulls heart’, tangerine trees, lemon grass, mangosteen and lip-stick trees, to name but a few, are what you can expect to see – according to the seasons. Perhaps you will fancy buying a basket of freshly picked spices to take home with you!
Jozani Forest lies about 35 km southeast of Zanzibar township in Zanzibar’s South Region. It is the only remaining natural forest on Unguja Island (which along with Pemba make up the islands of Zanzibar). The forest which covers an area of 10 sq km consists of woodland, swamp forest and evergreen forest. It provides an important refuge for the remaining Ungula fauna such as the rare red colobus monkey, small Zanzibar leopard and two antelope species: the Zanzibar duicker and sunni.
In 1879, Bawe Island was given by Seyid Barghash bin Seyid, 3rd Omani Sultan of Zanzibar, to the Eastern Telegraph Company to be used as the operations station for the underwater telegraphic cable linking Cape Town with Zanzibar, Seychelles and Aden. The agreement was extended ten years later, in 1889, by the next Sultan, Seyid Khalifa bin Seyid. To accommodate the Cable & Wireless staff, Bungalows were built on the island, which were used also to host weekend parties when other town-based staff would visit and enjoy the beach with their families. Bawe is renowned for its breathtaking marine life, making it a popular site for both snorkelling and scuba diving.
This half day tour takes you to kizimkazi along south-west coast of Zanzibar, upon arrival at the fishing village Kizimkazi you will have a brief talk about the behaviors and different types of dolphins before proceeding to the dolphins locations with 80% chances to see them. There is a fair chance you will get to play and swim with them, returning to the sea shore in the afternoon. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic.
North coast tour. This trip leads you through one spice farm, Mangapwani Slave Caves and Chambers, and on to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Nungwi. The most wonderful place to relax and unwind after the dust and humidity of Stone Town. Pack your swimwear and enjoy a cool drink in paradise.
This tour starts an hour before sunset. You are picked up from your hotel and transferred to the drop off point at the sea front, where you then board the dhow. The skilled crew on board take the dhow about 1 km from the shore by means of an engine. Once out at sea the engine is shut off and during a tense moment the skillful crew hoist the sail, then you can sit and relax enjoying the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow glides through the water. You can watch the wonder of the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon, whilst savouring a glass of chilled wine.
Forget fishing in a modern fishing vessel with the latest in reels and rods and fighting chairs. We offer you the unique opportunity to sail out to sea with a Zanzibari fisherman and see what ‘fishing for a living’ is all about. Whilst the crew are busy preparing fishing nets the timelessness of this tradition will carry you far from the pace of the modern world. On returning to Zanzibar Island we will take you to see the colourful, bustling fish market where the fresh catches of the day are auctioned.
A sea excursion in a traditional wooden dhow, made by hand on Zanzibar Island. The dhow is the same as those which were used to carry slaves from the mainland to Zanzibar. This trip will take you to Prison Island, home to the giant tortoise, then on to a sandbank where you can have soft drinks and snacks. A perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. On a full day excursion you then have time for fishing.