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.
Upon arrival at the Oslo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Hotel Continental. 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 5-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.
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.
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.
Extra Nights: Should you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to your hotel. Check-in time is 2:00pm. Kindly ensure that the cruise line has your most up to date flight details. Meals other than breakfast, as well as activities, are on your own until Day 2 of the program.
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.
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
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
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.
Norwegian Kroner. U.S. dollars are only accepted in souvenir shops, and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.
European standard plug
Documents and Visa Requirements:
A valid passport is required.
Hotel Continental or similar in Oslo
*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
• 2 nights accommodation at the Hotel Continental (or similar hotel), superior room
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.
PRE - LANDMARKS OF OSLO
Price: $1,399.00 per guest based on double occupancy.
PRE - LANDMARKS OF OSLO (Concierge-Level Suite Pricing)
Price: $1,329.00 per guest based on double occupancy.