NORWAY

NORWAY

NORWAY FJORD CRUISE
plus OSLO
March 6 – 16, 2025

11 Day Escorted
Superior Class Tour

Celebrate 50th
Anniversary of Scope Travel
with Marijka Helbig,
Family and Friends

Deposit of $800
Due by July 1, 2024

Festival of the Northern Lights!
Showcasing the spectacular Aurora Borealis
Scientists predict the Solar Maximum in 2024-25 will result in the most impressive and frequent display of Northern Lights in more than a decade! NOW is the best time to see the Northern Lights and celebrate with us the
50th Anniversary of SCOPE Travel.

Tour Land cost:        $ 4490  Land rate per person in double room
Single supplement:  $ TBA
Gratuities:                 $ 150
Arriving:                     Begen
Departing:                  Oslo

Tour features:

    • Hurtigruten MS Nordlys Norwegian Voyage Northbound
    • A 350 passenger ship from Bergen to Kirkines  (7 days) 
    • Three meals daily
    • Rate based on Polar Outside Cabin– upgrade available
    • Transfers: In Bergen, Kirkines and Oslo
    • Guided city tours: Bergen and Oslo
    • Radisson Blu 5* Hotel in Oslo (3 nts)
    • Oslo: Breakfast daily and Farewell Dinner
    • Cultural Program: Concert/Opera TBA
    • Tour host from USA: Marijka Helbig

    Not included:

      • International Airfare from USA or Canada and internal flight on tour.
      • Scope Travel can assist you in purchasing your airfare. 

    SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

    Day 1
    March 6
    Thursday
    DEPARTURE from USA
    Day 2
    March 7
    Friday
    Arrive Bergen

    Upon arrival in this second largest city in Norway and the gateway to the fjords, you will have a 2 hr guided tour of Bergen before transfer to your ship.  The ship is in port from 2:45PM to 8:30PM, allowing us time for a short city tour and some shopping.

    Bergen is located on Norway’s southwestern coast. It is surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Bergen features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf, once a center of the Hanseatic League's trading empire. Bergen was also the birthplace and home of the famous Norwegian composer and pianist, Edvard Grieg.

    Before boarding, relax in a comfortable guest lounge at the terminal. Once aboard, enjoy the first of many delicious meals made from fresh coastal produce. As we depart Bergen, we will sail the old Viking route along the Hjeltefjord.

    You will meet your ship’s Coastal Experience Team, who will be your guides as we sail Norway’s coastline. They’ll organize lectures, onboard activities and optional hikes.

    Time in port:

    • Bergen: 2:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
    • Into the fjords
    Day 3
    March 8
    Saturday
    Iconic Architecture and Fantastic Fjords

    Enjoy an early morning in the Nordfjord, near Torvik. Then sail past the West Cape for our approach to Ålesund.

    Ålesund is renowned for its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture and Atlanterhavsparken, one of northern Europe’s largest saltwater aquariums. If you’re traveling with us in spring or winter, you’ll have most of the day to explore this picturesque town.

    Day 4
    March 9
    Sunday
    Tronheim      City of Kings and Palaces

    Trondheim – Norway’s capital of technology                                                                                        This part of the voyage brings us to the Trøndelag region of Norway, with fields dotted with farmsteads and low-lying coastal settlements.  

    Magical, medieval, and modern

    Trondheim was founded by Viking King Olav Tryggvason in 997 A.D. and is now Norway’s third-largest city. It features a mix of historic buildings and a lively student population.

    You’ll have three hours to explore Trondheim and its various highlights, either on your own or on one of our optional excursions.

    A must-see site of the city is Nidaros Cathedral, nicknamed ‘Norway’s Notre Dame’ for its Gothic architectural style. It is considered the most sacred building in all of Norway. Adjacent to the cathedral is the Archbishop’s Palace, where Norway’s crown jewels are on display.

    Nearby, the old city bridge Gamle Bybro sits over Nid River, marking the entrance to the old Hanseatic district of Bakklandet. The neighborhood’s colorful wooden wharfs are propped up on stilts by the river’s edge and now house a variety of restaurants. Up from Bakklandet is Kristiansten Fort, which has beautiful panoramic views of the city where Edvard Grieg, the renowned composer once lived.

    Day 5
    March 10
    Monday
    Bodo     Into the Arctic

    Early in the morning, we cross the Arctic Circle and begin our Arctic tour of Norway. We mark the occasion with a traditional ceremony that is sure to wake you up!

    During the summer, you can enjoy the sun 24 hours a day. However, in the winter, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are best in March.

    At 10 a.m., we will dock in Ørnes, near Norway’s second-largest glacier, Svartisen. Then we will sail to Bodø, Northern Norway’s second-largest city, overlooked by the Børvass peaks. Admire fabulous street art or join an optional boat excursion to Saltstraumen, one of the strongest tidal currents in the world.

    Welcome to Lofoten

    The ship enters the Lofoten Archipelago in the afternoon. The Lofoten Wall, standing over 3,200 feet tall, is a stunning sight on the horizon.

    Stamsund is home to one of the largest fishing fleets in the islands. It is busiest between January and April, when the Arctic cod—known locally as skrei—swim from the Barents Sea in the north down to Vestfjord to spawn.

    This evening, you’ll know you’ve arrived in the pretty harbor of Svolvær when you see rows of traditional fisherman’s huts on stilts, known as rorbuer. This is the main town of the Lofoten Islands.

    Day 6
    March 11
    Tuesday
    Tromso     Capital of the Arctic

    We dock in Harstad just after 7 a.m. Feel free to have a peaceful early morning stroll around town.

    The ship will then continue to Finnsnes, which connects the beautiful island of Senja via the impressive Gisund Bridge. Keep an eye out for a variety of seabirds, including puffins, as there are several colonies nearby.

    Gateway to the Arctic

    We will sail to the historic Arctic exploration capital of Tromsø, where you’ll have four hours to explore the city or join an optional excursion.

     Along the waterfront you’ll find Polaria, a center exhibiting environmental research in the Arctic with a small aquarium. Visit one of the many shops and restaurants in the city center, including Mack Brewery and the Ølhallen pub, a favorite local watering hole. There are also cafés offering delicious cinnamon buns where baristas create innovative coffee-foam art. Across the fjord from where the ship docks, notice the iconic Arctic Cathedral, with its beautiful stained-glass mosaic.

    Early evening departure from Tromsø. We will continue north to the trading post of Skjervøy, founded in 1622. On our way, we’ll pass the Lyngen Alps, which rise majestically from the sea.

    Day 7
    March 12
    Wednesday
    Honningsvag Gateway to North Cape

    Early in the morning, the ship reaches the town of Hammerfest on the island of Kvaløya. In the summer, herds of reindeer migrate to the island by the thousands.

    You’ll know we’ve reached Havøysund when you see the wind turbines of the landmark Havøygavlen wind farm, which produces enough electricity to power 6,000 local homes.

    At the top of Europe

    Mid-morning, we’ll arrive at Honningsvåg, the portal to the North Cape, where a globe monument marks the top of continental Europe. An optional excursion will take you to North Cape from Honningsvåg by bus, passing herds of reindeer, depending on the season.

    Sámi heartlands

    Near the entrance to  Kjøllefjord village, pay attention to the striking, building-like rock formation Finnkirka, an ancient sacrificial site once used by the indigenous Sámi. You can join an optional excursion to meet local Sámi, learn about their reindeer-herding life and listen to joik folk songs.

    Continuing north

    We’ll reach our northernmost port of call, Mehamn, in the evening. During March, you might spot cod drying on outdoor wooden racks, called hjell. These are mainly destined for export.

    The ship then sets off for Berlevåg. On the way, we’ll pass the tall Slettnes Lighthouse, the planet’s northernmost mainland lighthouse.

    Day 8
    March 13
    Thursday
    Kirkenes - OSLO

    Kirkenes – right on the border

    During the night, we call at Båtsfjord and Vardø, before docking in Vadsø early in the morning.

    Looking to the skies

    The area around Vadsø is one of the most scenic and popular birdwatching spots in the Arctic.  It lies directly under the migration path of birds flying from east to west. Look for hooded crows and sea eagles.

    Near the Norwegian border

    Morning transfer to Airport for flight to Oslo, the capital of Norway.

    Upon arrival at hotel in Oslo, evening and dinner under own arrangements.

    Day 9
    March 14
    Friday
    OSLO

    Breakfast at hotel.    Morning half day city tour. Evening Cultural performance. 

    Details TBA

    Day 10
    March 15
    Saturday
    OSLO

    Breakfast at hotel.  Afternoon free for shopping.  Evening Gala Farewell Dinner.

    Day 11
    March 16
    Sunday
    OSLO - USA

    After breakfast, transfer to airport for flights home.

    Мандрівні Стежки Культури

    Мандрівні Стежки Культури

    PLAST Ukrainian Scouting Organization
    June 19 – July 1, 2025
    Плем’я Перші Стежі організує
    Maндрівні Стежки Культури

    13 Day Escorted Тоur
    for PLAST members only
    18 through 28


    Христина Сілецька
    (Комендaнт)

    Тарас Сілецький
    (Заступник)


    Deposit deadline:

    $600 per person by October 1, 2024
    *One bus limit!

    Rome – Florence- Venice – Graz – Vienna
    plus: Pisa, Verona, Villach

    Tour cost                 $3000  land rate per person in double or triple room
    Single room            $990
    Gratuities                $150
     
    Arriving:                  Rome
    Departure:              Vienna

    Tour Highlights Included:

    ·        Selected 3* hotels

    ·        Rooming: Double or triple occupancy

    ·        Daily breakfast and dinner

    ·        Bottle of water daily

    ·        Farewell dinner

    ·        Private AC bus from Rome to Vienna

    ·        Airport transfers

    ·        Licensed English  speaking Tour Director

    ·        Licensed English speaking local guides

    ·        Guided tours in Rome, Pisa, Florence, Venice and Vienna

    ·        Entrance fees to sites listed below:

    o   ROOM: Sisteen Chapel, Colosseum

    o   PISA: Cathedral and Leaning Tower

    o   FLORENCE: Palazzo Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi

    o   VENICE: Doge’s Palace

    o   VILLACH: Ski lift ride

    o   VIENNA: Hofburg, Schoenbrunn Palace, Spanish Riding School

    NOT INCLUDED:

      • Hotel tax payable upon check-in 2-3 Euro per person per night
      • Airfare (we can assist you in purchasing your airline tickets)
      • All rates are subject to Euro/USD currency fluctuation exchange and fuel surcharge. Tour price is based on exchange rates for land cost as of May 2024.  Itinerary and price is subject to change without prior notice.

    Detailed day by day itinerary TBA

    Transportation Itinerary/Excursions

    1 June 19 Thu USA departure  
    2 June 20 Fri ROME

    Arrival; Rome

    Transfer to hotel

    Evening bus tour – Rome by night

    3 June 21 Sat ROME

    St. Peters Basilica

    Sixteen Chapel

    Trevi Fountain  basic tour by bus

    4 June 22 Sun ROME

    Morning Mass at Ukrainian St. Sofia via Boccea

    Sergius Bachus Ukrainian Church – Madonna square

    Colloseum

     

    5 June 23 Mon

    ROME – Pisa   (20 mi)

    Pisa – FLORENCE  (70 mi)

    Pisa sightseeing of Cathedral/tower

    PM  Florence for dinner

    6 June 24 Tue FLORENCE

    Sightseeing to include

    Duomo

    Palazzo Vechio

    Uffizi Gallery ??? (Time permitting)

    Galleria dell’ Academia (David statue)

    Ponte Vecchio

     7 June 25 Wed

    FLORENCE–Verona (140 mi)

    Verona-Venice (72 mi)

    City tour of Verona

    Arrive in Lido for overnight-suburb Venice

    8 June 26 Thu VENICE

    Entire Day sightseeing

    Palace and free time – return evening to Lido for dinner

    9 June 27 Fri

    VENCE-Villach (160 mi)

    Villach/GRAZ (110 mi)

    Ski lift ride in Villach or area

    Free afternoon in Graz and overnight

    10 June 28 Sat GRAZ – Vienna  (125 mi)

    Afternoon city tour of Vienna

    Stefans Kirche

    Walk to Graben – Hofburg

    Riding School show

    11 June 29 Sun VIENNA

    AM Mass in Ukrainian Catholic Church

    Free time for lunch

    Schoenbrunn Palace – free time

    12 June 30 Mon VIENNA

    free for shopping

    Farewell Dinner –

    13 July 1 Tues Vienna/USA  

    This tour is organized through SCOPE TRAVEL   8331 New Second St.  Elkins Park, PA 19027

    wwwscopetravel.com     201 463 4656     scope@scopetravel.com  

    CROATIA  + Medjugori (Bosnia / Herzegovina)

    CROATIA + Medjugori (Bosnia / Herzegovina)

    CROATIA
    September 20 – 30, 2025

    11 Day Escorted
    First Class Tour

    Spiritual guide
    Very Rev Ihor Royik

    Zagreb90Zagreb – Pletvice Lakes – Split –Medjugorje –  Dubrovnik

     Medjugorje is located in the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Here you will experience the beauty and peace of this quaint pilgrimage village.

    During your stay in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to share faith with pilgrims from all over the world.  In the evening, about 6:00PM, you may join the villagers and pilgrims to pray the rosary.

    Tour Land cost:         $3880 Land rate per person in double room
    Single supplement:   $850
    Gratuities:                  $150
    Arriving:                     Zagreb
    Departing:                  Dubrovnik

    SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

    Tour features:

    • Selected class hotel 4*
    • Service charges and hotel taxes & mandatory tourist city taxes
    • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
    • Gala Farewell Dinner
    • Bottle of water daily
    • One arrival and one departure transfer
    • All transportation with modern A/C motor coach as per itinerary
    • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
    • Admission fees as indicated in bold letters.
    • English -speaking Tour Director throughout.
    • English -speaking Licensed Local Guides
    • Whispers technology for enhanced touring
    • Luggage handling at hotels (one piece per person in / out)

     

    Sightseeing Tours Included:

    • Zagreb
    • Plitvice Lakes
    • Split
    • Dubrovnik

    Hotels:
    Sep 20 – Sep 22, 2025: Zagreb, Hotel Sherato, Weston or similar CAPITAL 5*
    Sep 22 – Sep 23, 2025: Plitvice Lakes, Hotel JEZERO 3* 
    Sep 23 – Sep 25, 2025: Split, Hotel BRIGG 4* or similar
    Sep 25 – Sep 28  2025: Medjugorje, Hotel LEONE 4* or similar
    Sep 28 – Sep 30, 2025: Dubrovnik, Hotel CITY 4* or similar

     

      Day-by day itinerary:

    DAY 1, SATURDAY

    SEP 19, 2025

    Departure from USA

    DAY 2, SATURDAY

    SEP 20, 2025

    Arrival Zagreb

    Welcome to Croatia and its capital, Zagreb! Croatia’s political and cultural heart, Zagreb is a thriving and energetic city. Long popular as a tourist destination, it hosts some of Croatia’s best museums, along with a great shopping, dining, and café culture. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (one transfer for group) Individual transfers available at additional cost.

    Check in and afternoon free until you gather for the Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

    Overnight in Zagreb. (WD)

    DAY 3, SUNDAY

    SEP 21, 2025

    ZAGREB

    Following breakfast, drive to Ukrainian Catholic Church for Mass.  PENDING CONFIRMATION of LOCATION

    Afternoon guided tour. A good place to start your Zagreb adventure is in Trg Bana Jelacica, the city’s main square where the Upper and Lower Towns meet. Here, you will find the colorful Tkalciceva Street, filled with sidewalk cafes and restaurants, as well as boutique shops. 

    Other highlights include Kaptol Square, known for its many early 17th-century buildings, and the Dolac fruit and vegetable market. Perhaps the most striking attraction is St. Mark’s Church, easily recognizable by the brightly colored tile roof bearing the coats of arms of Croatia, Dalmatia, Slavonia, and Zagreb City. View the Zagreb Cathedrale, famous for its two ornately decorated spires, built in the 13th century. (see note below*)

     Lotršćak Tower, dates back to the 13th century, has long been one of Zagreb’s most recognizable landmarks. Another important medieval structure is the famous Stone Gate (Kamenita Vrata), the last of five original city gates, located in Upper Town. 

    Return to your hotel to enjoy dinner together. Overnight in Zagreb. (B)

    Note*: At the moment, only outside viewing is possible, since both sides were damaged during the 2020 earthquake, and we do not know when they will be open for the visit inside. St. Mark’s church can also be closed without prior notice due to some church events.

    DAY 4, MONDAY

    SEP 22, 2025

    ZAGREB TO PLITVICE LAKES (2-hour drive)

    Check-out from your hotel and travel to Plitvice Lakes, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, walking tour and hike around the Lakes. Croatia’s most visited inland attraction, Plitvice Lakes National Park encompasses steep forested hillsides, which surround 16 emerald-blue lakes connected by a series of thundering waterfalls. A network of footpaths and wooden bridges crisscross the park (the country’s first national park), and the entrance ticket includes boat ride across the lakes. Dinner. 

    Overnight in Plitvice National Park. (B, D)

    Note 2: Best possible way is to go down into the canyon, close to the lakes and falls.

    There is one part of the trail, viewpoint trail (about 1km), which is suitable for people who have walking problems. Usually, we decide on the spot, who can go down and who wishes to stay only on the viewpoint trail, entrance level. From this viewpoint, at entrance 1, you can see a part of the trail and then  decide which trail you want to take.

    DAY 5, TUESDAY

    SEP 23, 2025

    PLITVICE LAKE, SIBENIK, TROGIR TO SPLIT (2,5-hour drive)

    Breakfast. Travel to the Adriatic Coast and on the way, stop in Sibenik and Trogir.  Orientation tours of both towns and time permitting, visit and possible MASS at the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik. It is a triple-nave Catholic Basilica with three apses and a dome. It is the episcopal seat of the Šibenik diocese. It is also the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country.   Šibenik consists of stone buildings, stone stairways, rock cliffs, cobbled streets and stone arches. It is built on rocks and constructed with rocks. Šibenik is a city of sun, sea, and stone, a unique combination that makes this a city unlike any other in Croatia. This city is filled with incredible historical sites, beautiful seaside hang-outs and quaint alleys and squares—just what you may expect from a medieval coastal city in Croatia. Trogir is one of the most beautiful and the most preserved historic places to visit in Croatia, that is both a living museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  There are many amazing things to do in Trogir: countless historical attractions, impressive architecture and picturesque scenery. We continue to Split.  (B.D).

    DAY 6, WEDNESDAY

    SEP 24, 2025

    SPLIT, SINJ (40 minutes)

    After breakfast, a guided walking tour of Split, Croatia’s second largest city after Zagreb, situated within the ancient Roman walls of the huge Diocletian’s Palace. Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, Split was built by Roman Emperor Diocletian, who retired here in AD 305. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then view the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Afternoon drive to Sinj, (possible MASS). Here we visit Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sinj, the most significant Marian shrine in Dalmatia, which displays the gold-crowned painting of Our Miraculous Lady of Sinj. Return to Split for dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Split. (B)

    DAY 7, THURSDAY

    SEP 25, 2025

    SPLIT TO MEDJUGORJE (1 hour, 40 minutes)

    Following breakfast, depart Split and travel south to Makarska Riviera. We will stop at the “Little Lourdes’ Shrine in Vepric”. The Shrine was founded in 1908 and is situated in a natural cave surrounded by hills, just as the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes. Some free time at the 4 km beach to stroll on the Makarska promenade.  We continue towards Medjugorje, Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina, deemed to be one of the best known and visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. It was at this place that the vision of Our Lady was witnessed. Discover and experience the phenomenon that has made Medjugorje one of the most famous places of pilgrimage throughout the Catholic world. Since 1981, the Virgin Mary has been appearing to people who have been receiving her message of peace. Arrive in Medjugorje for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

    DAY 8, FRIDAY

    SEP 26, 2025

    IN MEDJUGORJE

    Following breakfast, a morning walk with your TD and local guide to the Church of St. James. You will hear the story about Medjugorje and visit the most beautiful places of the city: the marvelous church of Saint James with a wonderful open theater, Statue of the Risen. We will stop at the Apparition Hill called “Podbrdo”, where the Virgin Mary first appeared to the children. We attend English mass at St. James Church. (Subject to availability and change). Free time for individual prayers and reflection.  Dinner at a hotel and overnight in Medjugorje. (B, D)

    Note: private masses in St. James Church cannot be organized. They have daily schedules, and our guests can join those masses every day. If our group needs space for a private mass, we can ask the hotel – supplement for the room may apply.

    DAY 9, SATURDAY

    SEP 27, 2025

    IN MEDJUGORJE

    Breakfast.  Experience the beauty and peace of this simple village. During your stay in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to share faith with pilgrims from all over the world. Around 6:00 p.m. you may join the villagers and pilgrims to pray the rosary. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje. (B, D)

    The Mass schedule will be advised at a later note.

    DAY 10, SUNDAY

    SEP 28, 2025

    MEDJUGORJE TO DUBROVNIK (2 hours, 15 min)

    Today we end our spiritual experience as we depart Medjugorje towards the Pearl of the Adriatic, “Dubrovnik”. Panoramic drive as we enter the city towards the old town. Begin a 2-hrs walking tour of old Dubrovnik. Stop at Pile Gate, view the Onofrio Fountain and continue through the Stradum, the elegant main street. See Orlando`s Column, Church of St Blaise – the town’s patron saint, the Cathedral and other sights: the rector’s palace, bell tower clock and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican monastery & visit the Franciscan monastery with its pharmacy. This is a unique medieval pharmacy that has been in use since 1317 (making it one of the oldest in the world). It is known for its numerous old, decorated jars, measuring devices and mortars. Free time for lunch on your own and to take a stroll. Perhaps travel the cable car for the most amazing view from above.  Check in to your hotel.  Dinner at the hotel. Overnight.  (B)

    DAY 11, MONDAY

    SEP 29, 2025

    IN DUBROVNIK

    Breakfast and transfer to Old Town for morning Mass. The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy more of this amazing city on your own. In the afternoon, you will be picked up and taken to the hotel. In the evening, we gather for our farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Dubrovnik (B, FD)

    DAY 12, TUESDAY

    SEP 30, 2025

    DEPART DUBROVNIK

    Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. 

    (One transfer for group). (B)

    SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

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