Oslo to Berlin Trip Notes

Oslo to Berlin

Last Modified: 06 Feb 2016
Oslo to Berlin
Trip code: BMSCC
Validity: 01 Jan 2016 to 31 Dec 2016
Discover the many charms of Europe on this enriching adventure. Travel through some of Europe's most stylish capitals and be wowed by some of the world's biggest fjords. Along the way uncover a Viking past, learn of a maritime heritage and be immersed in vibrant art and classic architecture. Whether it's walking along charming streets in Bergen, sailing through vast fjords or indulging in the delights of modern cities, you'll undoubtedly be left with a multitude of picturesque memories from this once-in-a-lifetime European adventure packed with cultural gems, historic sights and outdoor pursuits.
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Itinerary disclaimerGroup leaderTravel insurance
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To save you money and the hassle of booking multiple trips, this journey is a combination of some of our most popular adventures so your leader and the composition of your group may change.
Style
Original
  • Our Original style trips have a great balance of included activities with your group and free time to explore independently. Where we stay ensures we keep our travellers firmly entrenched in a region’s people and culture, and provides them with unique local experiences that benefits the community too. In most locations we stay in simple tourist-class hotels (i.e. 2-3 stars), plus on many trips you'll also get to experience a night with a local family on a homestay or something a little different like a Bedouin camp in the Sahara. Original style trips come with all manner of transport modes and use a mixture of local and private transport. You might find yourself sailing in a dhow in Zanzibar, jumping on a rickshaw in Sri Lanka or sailing on a yacht through the Galapagos. No matter the mode, it's all about minimising our environmental impact and making getting around part of the adventure.
Themes
Explorer
Is this trip right for you?
- As there are potholes and cobblestones in many European cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.
- The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and beginning of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.
- As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.
- This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.
- This trip involves some long journeys via bus and train (sometimes up to nine hours). Although this can be a bit tiresome, it's a great way to sit back, relax and take in the passing scenery.
Why we love it
- Norway's fjords feature some of the most stunning scenery on Earth. Cruise past waterfalls and snow-capped peaks through the narrow Naeroyfjord
- Discover Stockholm's maritime history at the Vasa Museum, which houses an original wooden war ship from 1628. This impressive vessel gives you a rare glimpse into the naval power Sweden was once famous for
- With its perfectly preserved medieval wall and watchtowers, Tallinn's quaint Old Town is a great place to explore on foot
- Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both activity and relaxation. Canoe across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals and cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna
- Warsaw's Uprising Museum offers thought-provoking insight into the 1944 Polish resistance against Nazi Germany
Map

Itinerary
Day 1 Oslo
Welcome to Oslo, Norway.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
With so much to see and do in Oslo we recommend you plan to arrive a few days before the trip begins, so you can see as much of the city as possible. Why not head to the National Gallery of Art to glimpse Edvard Munch's famous painting, The Scream.
Notes: If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 2 Oslo
After breakfast, travel to the nearby area of Holmenkollen for a short hike on the plateau. Head out on an included visit to the Ski Museum, housed inside the famous monumental Holmenkollbakken (ski jump). Highlights include the history of skiing over the past 4,000 years, Norwegian polar expeditions and lesser known glimpses from the Winter Olympics at Oslo and Lillehammer.
Perhaps use your free time in the afternoon island hopping on Oslofjord, putting the hammer down at the Viking Museum or explore the immense Akershus Castle & Fortress. There's so much to get stuck in to.
Included Activities
  • Holmenkollen Museum
Optional Activities
  • Fram Museum - NOK100
  • Akershus Castle & Fortress - NOK70
  • Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK90
  • Viking Ship Museum - NOK80
  • Museum Edvard Munch - NOK100
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 3 Bergen
Today you'll leave Oslo behind and take the train to Bergen, which will take around seven hours.
No other train ride between two cities in Europe is at a higher altitude than this one and few can match the views passing by your window. Linking Norway's two main cities, this line takes in some spectacular scenery of lush valleys, idyllic villages, dramatic mountains and picturesque lakes as it crosses the Hardangervidda Plateau.
As the trip is long and you'll arrive quite late into Bergen, there won't be too much time to explore today, but you will have all day tomorrow. There are some great restaurants in town, so possibly venture out with the group for a bite to eat.
Note: Although a global ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, approximately 1,000 whales are still being killed every year, as Iceland, Norway and Japan ignore the ban. We strive not to visit places that serve whale on any of our trips, however often this is unavoidable and there is a likelihood that you will come across whale meat on a menu or at a market stand.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 4 Bergen
After breakfast this morning, head out for a guided walk around the Bryggen area of the city. As a World Heritage listed site, you'll explore Bryggen, the museum and the old Hanseatic port area, before having plenty of free time in the afternoon to do as you wish.
Perhaps visit the 13th century Bergenhus Fortress, one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Norway. Also, make sure you journey on the Floy Mountain Funicular for amazing views of the city. The summit has a multitude of hiking paths catering to all abilities.
Note: It might be a good idea to purchase a Bergen Card that lasts 24 hours (NOK 200), which gives you free and discounted access to a range of attractions and museums, as well as included travel on light rail and buses. You can book this online before you arrive.
Included Activities
  • Museum and Bryggen Walk
Optional Activities
  • Mt. Ulriken Cable Car & Shuttle - NOK250
  • Vidden Trail Hike - Free
  • Bergenhus Fortress - Free
  • Aquarium - NOK250
  • Floy Mountain Funicular - NOK85
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 5 Norwegian Fjords
Leave Bergen after breakfast and travel by bus to the fjord region, which should take around 3-4 hours. The journey will take you through epic landscapes and remote regions, so have your camera at the ready.
The typical Norwegian huts that we stay in are located in a beautiful setting, surrounded by steep cliff walls with crystal clear waterfalls falling from the top of the fjords. Your accommodation is located near the village of Gudvangen and has electricity, running water and a kitchen. Some rooms have private and some have shared (mixed) toilets/shower facilities. Please note, rooming may be mixed gender multishare here. Linen and towels provided.
Included Activities
  • Naeroyfjord Boat Trip
Optional Activities
  • Fishing Licence - NOK150
  • Hiking Options - Free
Accommodation
Cabin (1 nt)
Day 6 Norwegian Fjords
Today you'll take a boat trip through Naeroyfjord, a Unesco World Heritage site. The name Naeroyfjord takes its origins from the Norse god of seafarers and the sea, Njord. The fjord itself, formed by glacial erosion of the surrounding bedrock, is 18 km long, only 250 m wide at its narrowest point, but its depth reaches up to 500 m. With the surrounding mountain peaks rising up to 1400 m and waterfalls crashing down sheer cliff faces this makes for some dramatic vistas.
The afternoon is free for you to enjoy the scenery of the surrounding area. Perhaps hire bikes and cycle along the shore of the fjord, take to the waters in a kayak or take a bus to nearby Flam in order to ride the famous railway up to Myrdal. Alternatively explore on foot and discover nearby waterfalls and ancient moraines. For those wanting to fish on the fjords, a fishing licence is required and costs around NOK 150.
Optional Activities
  • Bike hire - NOK250
  • Kayak hire - NOK600
  • Flam Railway - NOK680
Accommodation
Cabin (1 nt)
Day 7 Lillehammer
There will be another long bus journey of around six hours after breakfast today, as you journey to the town of Lillehammer, across vast high plains, remote valleys, and through the Lærdal Tunnel, the world's longest road tunnel.
Lillehammer, of Olympic fame, is picturesquely situated on Lake Mjøsa. Upon arrival perhaps head out for a brief walk to find your bearings in the 19th century town centre, and enjoy dinner with the group.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 8 Lillehammer
Join an orientation walk this morning and get to know Lillehammer. Your leader will take you on an included visit to the Maihaugen Open Air Museum, which tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley over the last 300 years. This brilliant museum includes timber-built farms, a town and a big residential area that gives you an insight into various eras of Norway's history.
As a town famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympics, Lillehammer has a great Olympic Museum and is an ideal spot for outdoor activities such as wheeled bobsleigh. Alternatively head to the Olympic Ski Jump Arena where in summer a special surface is laid out that allows professional ski jumpers to practice even though there is no snow. You can head to the top of the ski jump via chairlift. You'll have a good amount of free time today, so keep your options open.
Included Activities
  • Maihaugen Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Wheeled Bob Sled - NOK240
  • Sigrid Undset's Home at Bjerkebæk - NOK110
  • Olympic Ski Jumping Arena & Chairlift - NOK55
  • Olympic Museum - NOK130
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 9 Swedish Lakes
Travel for around five hours by private bus today and cross the the border to Mora, which is right in the middle of the Swedish lakes. Sat between the northern shore of Lake Siljan and the southern shore of Lake Orsasjon, Mora is a location steeped in history and culture that's ready to be discovered.
Check in to the hotel on arrival and relax for the evening, before your day of exploration tomorrow.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 10 Swedish Lakes
Be charmed by tiny countryside villages with red log cottages, pine forests and rolling meadows on an included bike ride this morning, a great way of getting to know the area and the beautiful Swedish country side.
The rest of the day is free to explore the area of Mora and its lakes. Perhaps take a leisurely boat trip across the lake, sink a line to partake in a little fishing or hike around the gentle rolling surrounds.
Admire the work of a meteorite that crashed into the Earth millions of years ago, forming what is today Lake Siljan. Mora is also the home of artist Anders Zorn and the world’s biggest cross-country ski race, the Vasaloppet.
Included Activities
  • Bicycle tour
Optional Activities
  • Zorn Museum and Zorn House - SEK160
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 11 Stockholm
Leaving the Swedish lakes behind, head to the country's cultural, political and economic capital of Stockholm by train (approximately four hours).
Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North' and arguably Scandinavia 's most beautiful city, Stockholm is packed full of amazing architecture, pristine parks and clear waters. Use the rest of your day settling into your accommodation and exploring the area around you.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 12 Stockholm
After breakfast, go on an included visit to the Vasa Museum on the inner-city island of Djurgarden. The 17th-century warship, Vasa, sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage in the harbour of Stockholm and was salvaged only in 1961. As one of the most visited sights in Sweden, the Vasa Museum collection consists of the Vasa itself and all of the objects that were found within the ship.
During your free time consider a day trip by boat and train to pretty Uppsala, take a self-guided Millennium Walking Tour of Stockholm or visit the Abba Museum. A great way to see the skerries of Stockholm is on a cruise past tiny islands and along narrow waterways. Alternatively you can take a day trip to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Swedish royal family. There's plenty of sights and attractions to keep you busy here in this great Scandinavian city, so plan your activities wisely.
Note: We recommend you book your tickets to the Abba Museum in advance at: http://www.abbathemuseum.com/en/
Included Activities
  • Vasa Museum
Optional Activities
  • Millennium Walking Tour - SEK130
  • Daytrip by boat and train to Uppsala - SEK200
  • Drottningholm Palace - SEK120
  • Chinese Theater - SEK60
  • Skansen Open Air Museum - SEK180
  • Moose Safari - EUR70
  • Abba Museum - SEK195
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 13 Aland Islands / Overnight Ferry
Travel by bus to Kapellskar and then transfer onto a ferry for the scenic journey past the skerries to the Aland Islands, which should take around four hours in total.
The Aland Islands are an archipelago in the Baltic Sea, which consists of 6,500 skerries and islands and has a very flat terrain. It speaks Swedish, and is famous for having its own parliament which makes it an autonomous region of Finland. You'll have a few hours to explore Aland and its capital Mariehamn, so why not visit the Swedish-built 14th century Kastelholm Palace, the Maritime Museum, or go for a bike ride along the waterfront and through the surrounding woods.
In the evening you'll be boarding an overnight ferry for Helsinki, Finland. Your cabin for the night is quad-share, which are usually bunk beds, and each cabin has a private bathroom.
Note: Depending on the make up of the group, quad-share may be on a mixed gender basis.
Optional Activities
  • Kastelholm Castle - EUR6
  • Maritime Museum - EUR10
  • Bicycle Hire - EUR14
Accommodation
Overnight boat (1 nt)
Day 14 Helsinki
After our morning arrival into Helsinki's port you will transfer to your hotel.
Today is completely free and you'll be able to explore Helsinki in your own time. A few options to consider during your time here are the Open-Air Museum Seurasaari, a visit to the city's cathedral or the interesting Design Museum. Don't miss the harbour side market for local oddities, and make sure you take a short ferry ride to the magnificent Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, also sometimes referred to as the Gibraltar of the North.
Surrounded by the sea, Helsinki is a modern European city that offers an endless array of options. Throughout its 450-year history, the city has often been the buffer between the east and west. This is shown in their cuisine, with a mix of root vegetables, berries and fresh fish. Perhaps head out in the evening to sample some traditional dishes.
Note: Upon our morning arrival check-in at our hotel may not yet be possible. In this case you will be storing your luggage at the hotel and head out for an orientation walk.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 15 Helsinki
As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting at 6pm to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Use the rest of your free time getting under the skin of diverse Helsinki, which combines elements of Scandinavia, the Baltics and neighbouring Russia in its character. Make sure you spend some time on senate square to see the sights surrounding it.
Optional Activities
  • Ateneum Art Museum - EUR13
  • Cathedral - Free
  • City Museum - Free
  • Design Museum - EUR10
  • Mannerheim Museum - EUR10
  • Museum of Cultures - EUR9
  • Open-Air Museum Seurasaari - EUR9
  • National Museum of Finland - EUR10
  • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress - EUR6
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 16 Tallinn
Leave Helsinki after breakfast and catch a ferry across the Gulf of Finland to the Estonian capital of Tallinn (approximately three hours). With its steep red roofs, spires, pastel-coloured buildings and new restaurants and bars, Estonia's capital is a real treat to explore. Seeing the vibrant streets of Tallinn now, it's difficult to fathom that Soviet occupation only ended 19 years ago.
On arrival in the mid-afternoon check into our hotel, and start your time here with a short orientation walk through the city. The rest of your day is then free to enjoy this exceptionally preserved medieval city and all it has to offer. Perhaps head out and enjoy some of the region's culinary specialties, or stop for a drink on the main square for a spot of people watching.
Included Activities
  • Tallinn - Orientation Walk
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 17 Tallinn
Today is free to do as you wish and an exploration of the Old Town is a must. You'll see the last remaining gothic town hall in northern Europe, Old Thomas; the Raapteek, which has housed a pharmacy since the 15th century; and St Olaf Church, a major landmark of Tallinn.
You can head towards Upper Tallinn, home to the noble families, to see amazing views of Lower Tallinn and the medieval spires of the town walls. The 13th-century Toompea Castle, where the Estonian Parliament sits, and the 19th-century orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are some of the main attractions of Upper Tallinn.
Alternatively, you could head to Pirita to chill out at Tallinn's most popular beach or visit Kadriorg Palace, a palace built by czar Peter the Great for his second wife Catherine I. Make sure you spend some time in the beautiful gardens surrounding the palace.
Optional Activities
  • Estonian History Museum - EUR5
  • Kadriorg Palace - EUR6
  • Old Town Audioguide - EUR13
  • Peter the Great Museum - EUR2
  • City Bike Tour - EUR19
  • City Museum - EUR4
  • Kiek in de Kok Tower (Tower Museum) - EUR5
  • TV Tower - EUR10
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 18 Riga
Cross the border by local bus into Latvia today and travel to Riga, which should take around five and a half hours.
On arrival, go on an orientation tour around Riga, renowned for its welcoming locals and a fascinating art nouveau heritage. Some of the sights we see include the Doma Cathedral, St Peter's Basilica, House of Blackheads, the Swedish Gate, Mentzendorff's House, Riga Castle, The Great Guild & Small Guild and the Cat House.
In your free time, perhaps pay a free visit to The Museum of Occupation of Latvia. This offers a fascinating insight into the hardships suffered by Latvians during its occupation by, first, the Germans and, later, the Soviets.
The Central Market Halls are a must-see and a a great place to haggle for supplies for a picnic lunch if it takes your fancy. It is housed in 4 disused German zeppelin hangars and is said to be Europe's largest market after Rungis in Paris, comprising over 3000 trade stalls.
Included Activities
  • Riga - Orientation Walk
Optional Activities
  • The Museum of Occupation of Latvia - Free
  • St Peter's Tower - EUR9
  • Riverboat Cruise - EUR18
  • Beer Spa - EUR98
  • Central Market Halls - Free
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 19 Klaipeda
Set off by bus after breakfast and cross the border into Lithuania, continuing onto the former Prussian city of Klaipeda (approximately six hours in total). Klaipeda used to be a member of the Hanseatic League and is the gateway to the Curonian Spit - a long and narrow sand dune peninsula separating the Curonian lagoon from the Baltic Sea.
Upon arrival head out to the waterfront with it's old brick buildings, and explore the old town centre. Perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening, at one of the many harbour-side cafes.
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 20 Curonian Spit National Park
Today, take an included trip to explore the unique World Heritage-listed Curonian Spit National Park - the second oldest national park of the former Soviet Union. This is a spectacular landscape full of beaches, sand dunes and forested areas. The peninsula is only 400 m wide in parts but 98 km long, 52 of which belong to Lithuania, while the rest is part of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. It formed only 5000 years ago by strong winds and currents which constantly change the shape of the landscape to this day. Only recently a whole village was swallowed by the inexorable sand. According to legend, the spit was formed by the girl giant Neringa, who poured sand into the Baltic Sea to protect the bay from storms and create an embankment for fishermen to live.
On our full-day trip with a local guide you will see the famous sundial, a fairy tale forest full of pagan woodcarvings, and the tiny village of Nida. If you are brave you can even take a dip in the Baltic Sea. Look in the distance to see the Russian border. For lunch, perhaps try the smoked pike for which the spit is famous.
Included Activities
  • Full Day Trip to the Curonian Spit National Park
Optional Activities
  • Bike Hire - EUR10
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 21 Vilnius
You'll continue your journey today by bus or train to the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius (approximately four hours). Having once been occupied by Sweden, Poland, France and Russia, each occupier has left its mark in some way on this picturesque city. Vilnius offers a different picture of the Baltics than Riga and Tallinn, but it's every bit as interesting.
On arrival, take an orientation walk with your leader that covers Cathedral Square and its free standing belfry, the famous chapel of Saint Kazimieras and Gediminas Tower. The 16th century Gate of Dawn houses an icon of the Virgin Mary which is said to have miraculous powers, and thus luckily escaped destruction by the Soviets.
For a break from Vilnius' historic monuments, take a walk through some of the charming gardens and parks that are dotted around the city or visit the 'republic' of Uzupis, an inner-city quarter that has declared independence from Lithuania in 1997. The inhabitants have even adopted a tongue-in-cheek constitution, and have erected a statue of Frank Zappa, the only one on the world.
Included Activities
  • Vilnius - Orientation Walk
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 22 Vilnius
Today is a free day to explore Vilnius.
Perhaps take the 40-minute bus trip to Trakai, which is situated on a lake and guarded by an impressive 14th century castle on an island. Rent paddle-boats, swim in the lake, or just wander around the old castle. This is a quaint town that's extremely popular due to its beauty and location.
For those who want to uncover the hidden gems of Vilnius, why not go on an Urban Adventure. Explore both the old and new sides of this amazing city, while visiting cafes, bars and attractions that only the locals really know about.
One museum that shouldn't be missed is the Museum of Genocide (also known as the KGB Museum). It is located in Vilnius' formed KGB headquarters and is dedicated to the 50-year history of Soviet occupation which has left a visible mark on the city and the country.
Note: For more information about the Urban Adventures available in Vilnius, visit http://www.urbanadventures.com/destination/Vilnius-tours
Optional Activities
  • Gediminas Castle Tower - EUR4
  • KGB Museum - EUR2
  • KGB Museum Tour - EUR15
  • National Museum - Free
  • TV Tower - EUR6
  • University Museum - EUR2
  • Trakai Castle Day Trip - EUR6
  • Urban Adventures - Flavours of Vilnius - EUR82
  • Urban Adventures - Undiscovered Vilnius - EUR65
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 23 Aukstaitija National Park
After breakfast, travel by local train to the town of Ignalina (approx two hours) and then on to Aukstaitija ('Owk-sty-chee-ah') National Park and the charming village of Ginuciai where our home stay is located.
As one of the most delightful national parks in the Baltic states, Aukstaitija has 126 lakes, an abundance of waterways, hills and woods. This afternoon you will take a guided kayak ride through the lakes and rivers, past villages and through forests, to an ancient pagan site on top of a hill with a wishing tree. The top affords great views across the surrounding forests and lakes.
Transfer back to your accommodation later in the afternoon and enjoy the hospitality and home-cooking of our hosts for the next two days.
Note: The included kayaking activity is weather dependent and may be cancelled in adverse weather conditions.
Included Activities
  • Guided Kayak Trip
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 24 Aukstaitija National Park
Today is free to visit some of the local attractions, such as the nearby villages that date from the 14th century and consist of traditional wooden houses and farmsteads. The 19th-century Ginuciai Watermill is another point of interest.
You can hike to some glorious lookouts, do some fishing, take a swim in the lake or river rapids, or just relax. Perhaps ask our host family to fire up the sauna for the ultimate relaxation and cleansing experience.
Note: There is a flat fee to start up the sauna, which can be divided by the number of guests who partake.
Optional Activities
  • Sauna - EUR30
  • Bike Hire - EUR15
Meals Included
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 nt)
Day 25 Warsaw
Exit Lithuania today and cross the border into Poland, making the epic nine hour journey to Warsaw. Unfortunately, there's no faster way so get comfortable with a good book and take in the sights en route (make sure to bring snacks for the long journey).
Warsaw is Poland's large, bustling capital, with a love of culture and art, as well as entertainment. There are numerous theatrical and musical venues, including the prestigious National Opera, the Chamber Opera and the National Theatre.
As you won't have much time to explore when you arrive, perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 26 Warsaw
Not long after breakfast today, head out on an included visit to the evocative Warsaw Uprising Museum. Opened on the 60th anniversary of the Uprising, this museum recounts the events which saw the people of Warsaw fighting against the Nazi occupation. The museum is a moving tribute to those who fought and died for independence.
The rest of your day is free to do as you wish. There are plenty of other museums to browse, including the Ethnographic Museum, Marie Curie Museum and Natural History Museum. The Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck is a great way of seeing the city of Warsaw in all of its glory.
Alternatively continue to explore Warsaw's old town, rebuilt true to the original after WWII had left 85% of Warsaw in rubble. The effort was recognized by UNESCO in 1980 when it was added to the world heritage list. Make sure you also head down the Royal Mile past the university, beautiful baroque buildings and the occasional royal park.
Included Activities
  • Uprising Museum
Optional Activities
  • Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck - PLN20
  • Pawiak Prison Memorial - PLN8
  • Ethnographic Museum - PLN12
  • Jewish Cemetery - PLN6
  • Katyn Museum - PLN15
  • Marie Curie Museum - PLN11
  • National Museum - PLN15
  • Natural History Museum - PLN8
  • Royal Castle - PLN23
  • POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews - PLN25
  • Frederic Chopin Museum - PLN22
  • Copernicus Science Center - PLN27
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 27 Berlin
Leave Poland behind and cross the border into Germany today, as you head to Berlin by train (approximately six hours).
On arrival into Berlin there won't be too much daylight left, but the city has a unique nightlife that presents delicious food, bars, pubs and clubs (if that's your thing). The Brandenburg Gate, Germany's symbol which is minted on the Euro coins, is a great place to visit at night, as the whole area is completely lit up.
Other areas great for night life are the inner-city neighbourhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg, perfect for all-nighters. 24-hour public transport makes venturing around the city a breeze.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 28 Berlin
If you're a bit daunted by the size of the city, there are countless bus tours that operate throughout Berlin and they're an ideal way to find your feet. Alternatively buses 100 and 200 are perfect to reach many of the main tourist sites for just the regular bus fare.
There are many unique memorials and sites holding significance in Berlin's more recent history, which are all designed to provoke thought as well as commemorate. These include the Jewish Memorial, the empty book shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror. The 19th century Reichstag, whose cupola was designed by British architect Norman Foster, holds a special and symbolic meaning outside of its role as the home of parliament. The great glass dome that crowns the building also offers sweeping views over Berlin. Make sure you book your visit early in the morning, as queues can snake around the building for hours on end.
Find the crumbling remnants of the Berlin Wall that are scattered all over the city. Checkpoint Charlie is also a significant site in German history, as its museum overlooks the former border checkpoint dividing East and West.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Day 29 Berlin
Your 'Baltic Experience' adventure comes to an end after breakfast today. There are no more activities planned and you're able to depart the accommodation at any time.
There are multiple sights and attractions to visit during your stay in Berlin, so it may be worth booking an extra couple of days accommodation so you can fit it all in. Our reservations team will be happy to help (subject to availability).
Optional Activities
  • Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
  • Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz - EUR8
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR13
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR13
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR63
  • Schloss Charlottenburg - EUR21
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR50
  • Urban Adventures - Stories From Friedrichshain: An Interactive Theatre Tour - EUR52
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR50
  • Story of Berlin Museum - EUR12
  • Topography of Terror - Free
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • National History Museum - EUR8
  • Bike Tour - EUR20
  • German History Museum - EUR8
  • Museum Pass, 3 Day Ticket - EUR24
  • Berliner Dom - EUR7
  • Walking tour - EUR30
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR13
  • River Cruise Sightseeing Tour - EUR25
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • Oslo to Berlin - Single Supplement (BMSCC)
We also recommend
If this trip is not quite right for you, cast your eye over these alternatives:
  • Baltic Experience (BMSE)
  • Scandinavia Explorer (BMSH)
  • Iceland Discovery (BMSI)
Itinerary disclaimer
Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.
Culture shock rating

At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
Physical rating

Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
Included activities
Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
Optional activities
A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays.
Money Exchange
The local currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK).
The local currency in Sweden is the Swedish Krona - (SEK).
The local currency in Poland is the Polish Zloty (PLN).
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in the following destinations: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain. All other European countries still have their own national currencies.
The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied.
You can obtain local currencies easily at airports and major train stations, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning.
When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place.
Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. While travelling we recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services. Change can be difficult to obtain so throughout the day, try to gain as many small denominations as you can.
You might be advised to take some of your money as travellers' cheques from a major financial institute. Travellers' cheques have security advantages, however please be aware that the exchange rates may not be favourable and that it is difficult to change Travellers' cheques in most countries. Be particularly aware that after hours money exchanges and hotel receptions carry high commissions- sometimes up to 20%.
For money safety we recommend that you carry your cash and credit cards in a secure money belt or pouch concealed under your clothes.
Spending money
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Tipping
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill.
Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers.
Your Tour Leader: You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.
Group size
Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
Your fellow travellers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.
Single travellers
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
The price of the Single Supplement doesn't include the following nights where single rooms may not be available. If a single room becomes available at check-in for these nights, there may be the option to upgrade to a single room and pay the surcharge locally for that night:
Days 5 and 6 - Norwegian Fjords
Day 13 - Overnight ferry
Accommodation
Hotel (19 nts), Guesthouse (6 nts), Cabin (2 nts), Overnight boat (1 nt)
OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
TWIN SHARE / MULTI SHARE BASIS
Accommodation on this trip is on a twin/multishare basis. Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite and rare occasions when you share a room with passengers travelling on different Intrepid trips than your own.
CHECK-IN TIME
Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
Meals introduction
While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.
Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and choices may be limited to soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans will find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.
Meals
21 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
EUR 1075.00
There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar.)
Transport
Train, Ferry, Minibus, Tram, Bus, Kayak, Metro, Public bus, Overnight boat, Private vehicle
TRANSPORT IN EUROPE:
Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.
Group leader
All Intrepid group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.
Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. At Intrepid we aim to support local guides who have specialised knowledge of the regions we visit. If you were interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend a local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.
Joining point
Anker Hotel
Storgata 55
Oslo
NORWAY
Phone: +47 22997500
Joining point description
Anker hotel is located in the city centre; a few minutes walk away from Akerselva and Grünerløkka where you can discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores.
Hotel facilities include Hotel Bar, Gym and spacious Lobby with free Wi-Fi. All rooms have private bathrooms, wireless Internet access, telephone, TV, hair dryer and working desk.
Joining point instructions
The airport express train runs from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to Oslo S (Central Station every 10 minutes. Journey time is 20 minutes, price one way is 170 NOK.
From the train station it is an easy 15 minute walk to the hotel.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi direct to the hotel - the cost is approximately 600-700 NOK per taxi.
Check-in time is after 2:00pm
Arrival complications
EUROPE:
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your group trip as scheduled, please contact your starting point hotel, requesting that you speak to or leave a message for your group leader.
If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) please follow the instructions under the "Joining point instructions" in order to find your driver. Should you have any problems locating your driver, please call the number of our transfer company which can be found under the joining point instructions as well. Should you continue to experience any difficulties, please call the emergency number for our local operations team which is available on the 'Emergency Contact' section in these trip notes.
No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
Finish point
Hotel & Hostel Friedrichshain
Warschauer Str. 57
Berlin
GERMANY
Phone: 49 (0 30 970 020 30
Finish point description
Hotel and Hostel Friedrichshain is situated around a peaceful courtyard, all rooms have private bathrooms & TV. The hotel is in a funky, artsy area of East Berlin, and there are lots of restaurants, cafes and grocery stores within walking distance.
Finish point instructions
If you are making your own way to the airport the hotel will be able to help book you an airport shuttle or taxi. Public Transportation to the airport is straightforward. Please ask at reception.
Pre booked departure transfer to the airport: You will be collected at the hotel reception 3 hours before your flight departure time. In case of flight cancellations, changes or if you are not able find the driver, please contact the emergency phone number: +49 30 2016 3040.
Emergency contact
In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Europe Office can be reached on Tel: +49 (0) 8677 918 66 57.
Emergency funds
Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, strike action or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
Visas
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
EUROPEAN COUNTRIES ON THIS TRIP (EXCLUDING RUSSIA, UKRAINE, TURKEY):
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Crossing borders:
With the so called "Schengen Agreement" there are no border controls any more. However in special situations passports may be checked. There are no passport stamps issued.
Issues on your trip
While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
What to take
EUROPE:
On this trip, you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are lightly to encounter while carrying your luggage. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
TRAVELLING ON LOCAL TRANSPORT:
It's important that your bags can be locked, as on local transport it may be necessary to store your luggage separately (and unattended). The smaller your bag the better for you and other passengers, for when it comes to travelling on local buses and trains it's often only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas. If your bag does not fit in these areas then often the only place to put it is on your bed or seat. To ensure maximum comfort, try to pack small and light.
Where Intrepid covers the cost of luggage storage for included day trips, we allow for one bag/backpack only, so it's advisable that you travel lightly and keep luggage to a limit of one item (plus your day pack). Extra luggage storage will be at your own expense.
CLOTHING & CLIMATE:
The climate in this region is extremely varied. From October until May you can expect temperatures close to and below zero, while from June until September temperatures can reach well above 30 C. For departures October to May you'll need to bring a warm windproof jacket, scarf, gloves, warm hat and waterproof footwear. On all other departures it can still get quite cool at night especially when in the countryside, so we recommend that you bring a warm jacket or fleece.
WATER BOTTLE: Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Cold tap water is safe and good to drink so you can avoid the purchase of bottled water by refilling from the tap.
IMAGES FROM HOME:
During our trip there will be many opportunities for you to meet and talk with locals. One way to start any conversation is with pictures. We recommend that you bring some photos / postcards of your family, home, city or country where you live, animals peculiar to your country etc.
Health
All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
Safety
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your Leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair or on the floor and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
BIKE HELMETS:
Please note that helmets are not always provided for sightseeing on bicycles.
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
Intrepid Travel is a big supporter of the protection of endangered species around the world.
Although a global ban on commercial whaling came into effect in 1986, approximately 1,000 whales are still being killed every year, as Iceland, Norway and Japan ignore the ban. We strive not to visit places that serve whale on any of our trips, however often this is unavoidable and there is a likelihood that you will come across whale meat on a menu or at a market stand.
For more information on our Responsible Travel policy, see our website: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/about/responsible-business
We recommend that you dress respectfully especially when in and around religious sites. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees for both men and women.
A couple of rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders or local operators. Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.
The Intrepid Foundation
Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$1,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year, excluding emergency appeals). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
Carbon offset
Carbon Offset C02-e 413.00 kgs per pax.
Feedback
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