2004 Nordic Bridge Holiday

On July 1, 2004, join Fred Theurkauf for our fifth sightseeing and bridge-playing holiday to the Viking homelands. This wonderful tour of Scandinavia begins with seven nights in Norway, continues with four nights in Denmark and finishes with six nights in Sweden. Prepare to experience the spectacular beauty of Norwegian fjords, delight in alpine scenery beyond your imagination, enjoy an evening at Tivoli Gardens, see Viking ships and ancient armaments reminiscent of a warlike past, cruise the spectacular Göta Canal, and much, much more on this 18-day journey staying in the exciting cities of Bergen, Lofthus & Oslo in Norway, Copenhagen & Fredensborg in Denmark & Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden. Scandinavia has enormous bridge-playing populations and we’ll be the honored guests at bridge clubs throughout Norway, Sweden & Denmark as well as on our first-ever Finesse West Tours 3-night extension to breathtaking Iceland.

Dates: July 1 to 18, 2004 - 18 days
Cost: from $5859

Tour Schedule
Day 1 Depart USA
  Depart via IcelandAir for Scandinavia this evening.
Hotel: In Flight
Day 2 Arrive Bergen

Ride the Floyen Tram for dinner and panoramic
views over Bergen Fjord
Arrive in Bergen, Norway’s gateway city to the famous fjord region. Relax this afternoon at our hotel before joining hosts Fred Theurkauf & Ib Lundby for a special “Welcome to Scandinavia” cocktail party and dinner high atop the Bergen Fjord.
Hotel: First Marin Hotel
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 3 Bergen

Stroll Bergen's charming Hanseatic Wharf
Nestled in evergreen mountains, ancient Bergen looms large in Viking sagas, reigning as the capital of the medieval kingdom of Norway until the 14th century. Today we’ll visit the Hansa Museum & Troldhaugen, home of the famed Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg.
Hotel: First Marin Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 We’re invited to our first bridge event in Scandinavia tonight. Harald Bastiansen, of the Åsne Bridge Club has organized a social evening of dinner and duplicate bridge with local Bergen players.
Day 4 Bergen - Lofthus
  Spectacular mountain and fjord scenery awaits. We’ll head north for a ride on the world-famous Flåm Railway. The train follows a serpentine path, descending almost 3,000 feet in 12 miles, passing unspoiled terrain and breathtaking waterfalls. After lunch at famous Fretheim Hotel, cruise the impressive Aurlands and Sogne Fjords to Gudvangen. Have your camera ready for spectacular scenery galore. On to Lofthus via the Stalheim Canyon.
Hotel: Ullensvang Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Lofthus

Beautiful views of Hardanger Fjord from our hotel
View the mighty Hardanger Fjord from our charming hotel. Your day is free to explore this area of orchards, isolated hamlets, beautiful farmland and snow-capped mountains, a setting that has inspired great works of art, literature, and music, including many of Grieg’s melodies. Dinner is included at our cozy hotel tonight.
Hotel: Ullensvang Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Join Fred & Ib for bridge fun & games this afternoon.
Day 6 Lofthus - Oslo

Heddal's 12th century Stave Church
After breakfast, drive along the Sœr Fjord toward the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, with views of lakes, mountain peaks and reindeer pasturelands. Visit Heddal’s famous 12th century Stave Church en route to Oslo. Dine together tonight.
Hotel: Hotel Continental
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Oslo

Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Jump
Explore Norway’s cosmopolitan capital, including the Vigeland sculptures of Frogner Park, views from atop Oslo’s Holmenkollen Ski Jump, plus a visit to the Fram Museum, commemorating Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole.
Hotel: Hotel Continental
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Fun-loving Tommy Sandsmark, Norway’s most recognized Tournament Director, has planned a delightful evening for us. Draw for Norwegian dinnermates & partners at Bridgecenter Vest tonight!
Day 8 Depart Oslo
  Spend your day at leisure in Oslo. Stroll “Karl Johan gate,” the city’s main avenue, or enjoy a steaming seafood lunch at one of the many harborfront restaurants. This afternoon, depart for Denmark on DFDS Seaways' mammoth overnight ferry complete with shopping, dining and dancing onboard.
Hotel: DFDS Seaways
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 After a superb Norwegian buffet, enjoy an evening’s fun duplicate shipboard with Fred and Ib in charge.
Day 9 Arrive Copenhagen

Charming Tivoli Gardens
Early risers will be treated to spectacular scenery this morning as our ferry enters the narrow sound just north of Copenhagen. Our introduction to this lively port capital begins with a visit to Rosenborg Castle, home of the Danish Crown Jewels. Next, view the fabulous display of artistic treasures from European antiquity at the Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum. This evening, celebrate Danish style at Nimb Restaurant in Tivoli Gardens, Europe’s most charming theme park.
Hotel: Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 Copenhagen

Stroll Bergen's colorful Nyhaven Street
Depart for the medieval city of Roskilde, second largest city in Zealand, for a visit to its historic cathedral, final resting place for 38 Danish monarchs. This afternoon visit the Viking Ship Museum with time to explore on your own.
Hotel: Copenhagen Marriott Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Make new friends tonight at Danish-American Bridge Night in Copenhagen. Peter Lund of the Valby Bridge Center has invited us to his club for a Danish dinner and some fun duplicate with the Danes.
Day 11 Copenhagen - Fredensborg
  Depart for Fredensborg, visiting Kronborg Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, enroute. Continue to the town of Hillerød and Frederiksborg Castle, a spectacular Renaissance palace built by King Christian IV.
Hotel: Hotel Store Kro
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 A fun evening awaits us in Ib’s hometown as we’re the invited guests of Torben Brandt for dinner and duplicate with the local players of Fredensborg.
Day 12 Fredensborg - Gothenburg
  This morning, ferry to Helsingborg, our entry point to Sweden. Visit the Royal Summer Palace of Sofiero, known for its summer art exhibitions and gardens. On to Gothenburg, home to architecture dating from King Adolphus, and home to a colorful harbor with ships from all over the world.
Hotel: Radisson Scandinavia Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 13 Gothenburg
  After spending our morning touring the architectural wonders of Gothenburg, ferry to the picturesque fishing port on the island of Marstrand with its winding cobblestone streets and colorful wooden houses. Visit Sweden’s ancient Carlsten Fortress this afternoon.
Hotel: Radisson Scandinavia Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Bertil Thorén, of the Salamandern/Wasa Bridge Club, invites us this evening for dinner and bridge. We’ll dine, Swedish style & compete with our gracious Swedish bridge hosts.
Day 14 Gothenburg - Stockholm

Welcome to Stockholm, "City of Sails"
Drive north today along Lake Vattern to Granna, an idyllic town rich in prehistoric lore. Continue through lush forests to reach our boarding point for cruising Göta Canal. This enchanting waterway links Gothenburg on the east coast with Stockholm to the west. Cruise past brooding fortress ruins, medieval cloisters, elegant royal palaces, twelfth century churches and picturesque hamlets before reaching Stockholm this evening.
Hotel: Radisson SAS Royal Viking
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch
Day 15 Stockholm
  City of islands and bridges, of towers and steeples, of cobbled squares and broad boulevards, of Renaissance splendor and steel skyscrapers, Stockholm is often called the “Venice of the North.” The medieval walls of the old town (Gamla Stan) no longer stand but the twisting streets & buildings of the Middle Ages remain. This morning, explore the city and visit the site of the Nobel Prize ceremonies.
Hotel: Radisson SAS Royal Viking
Meal(s): Breakfast

 Tonight we’ll visit Scandinavia’s largest, most modern bridge center—St. Eriks. Join local Swedish players for a multi-section barometer bridge event.
Day 16 Stockholm

Uppsala's striking cathedral
Head to the Swedish countryside for a visit to the historic Swedish religious and academic center, Uppsala. Enjoy a visit to the stunning Gothic cathedral, University Greens and the 16th century castle. Next, it's on to Sigtuna, one of Sweden's oldest towns where we enjoy a hearty country lunch before returning to Stockholm.
Hotel: Radisson SAS Royal Viking
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Our final evening of bridge in Scandinavia is planned for this evening. We're the invited guests of Lief Tärnström, President, Näsby Bridge Federation. Members of this club will join us for dinner and duplicate.
Day 17 Stockholm
  This morning, visit Sweden’s Royal Palace of Drottningholm built on the island of Lovon, known as the “Versailles of the North,” and now the permanent residence of the Royal family. Your afternoon is free to explore Stockholm at your leisure. Tonight, join Fred Theurkauf and Ib Lundby for a special Farewell Dinner where we’ll toast with our traveling companions to our wonderful Nordic adventure.
Hotel: Radisson SAS Royal Viking
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 18 Stockholm - USA
  This afternoon transfer to the airport for your IcelandAir flight to the U.S.A.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Your 18-Day Package Includes

 Round-trip air transportation via IcelandAir from U.S. gateway cities of Boston, Baltimore or Minneapolis-St. Paul.

 All rail, ferry, cruise ship and deluxe motor coach transportation.

 Twin or double-bedded first-class hotel accommodations with private bath.

 16 Breakfasts (B), 4 Lunches (L) and 13 Dinners (D).

 Professionally guided sightseeing throughout; all entry fees included.

 Airport transfers, porterage, hotel service charges and taxes.

 All bridge expenses including card fees, prizes and entertainment by Ib & Fred.

3-Night Iceland Extension

Dates: July 18 to 21, 2004
Cost: $779.00

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