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IN THE STEPS OF SAINT BRIDGET AND SAINT OLAF

DAY 1 MADRID- STOCKHOLM Meet at the agreed upon time to embark on regular flight to Stockholm. Arrival in Stockholm and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 2 STOCKHOLM- VADSTENA Breakfast buffet. Departure for Vadstena. Panoramic tour, visiting all the most emblematice places of the Swedish capital: Town Hall, the concert hall, the Royal Palace. Walk through the Old City (Gamla Stan) to admire its pedestrian alleys full of smalls restaurants and businesses, in addition to the old Cathedral, with its striking sculpture grouping of Saint George, the damsel and the dragón. Lunch and departure for Vadstena. We will cross the green countryside of the South of Sweden, skirting the enormous Vattern Lake, habitat for a unique species of salmon. Vadstena is a tranquil town on the banks of the lake known chiefly for being the birthplace of Saint Bridget and the original nucleus of the Order of the Most Holy Savior. On arrival, Short orientation walk to admire the Town Hall from the 15th century and the spectacular castle from the 15th century, with its defenses and moat dominating the port of the Lake. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 3 VADSTENA – OSLO Breakfast buffet. Tour of the Convent of Vadstena, founded at the end of the 14th century by the Saint. The Church of the Convent dominates the horizon of the city, and today serves as the Lutheran Church parish. One part of the convent is still in use today as a convent of the Bridgettine Order. Lunch and departure for Oslo. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 4 OSLO – DOMBÅS Breakfast buffet. Panoramic tour, passing by Parliament, the modern opera on the fjord, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, Karl Johan Street and the Frogner Park with its Historic Sculptural Grouping, work of Gustav Vigel and true outdoor museum. Departure for Lillehammer. Lunch en route. On arrival, tour of the outdoor museum of Maihaugen with the Wooden Garmo Church, a Norwegian stavkirke from the 12th century. The medieval wooden Norwegian churches are the oldest buildings in the world that preserve the original wood. Continue across the picturesque valleys toward Dombås. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 5 DOMBÅS – TRONDHEIM Breakfast buffet. Departure for Trondheim with Lunch en route. On arrival, panoramic tour of the city, which was a very important piligrimage center in the North of Europe until the Protestant reforms were imposed in Norway. It is the third most populated city in Norway. We will walk through the Market Square, the river and the canal with its old pile houses, its medieval bridge and chiefly the Cathedral of Nydaros, famous for being the principal temple in Norway and one of the principal historical monuments of the country. Today it is a Lutheran church, but in the Middle Ages it was an important pilgrimage center of the Roman Catholic Church. Here the Norwegian kings are crowned today, and it conserves the scepter and crown. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 6 TRONDHEIM – MOLDE Full board. Picturesque stage through the valleys of the interior, later skirting the jagged Norwegian coast to arrive in the enchanting city de Molde. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 7 MOLDE – SELJA Breakfast buffet. Departure to visit the Monastery of Santa Sunniva on the island of Selja, to where we will arrive after a short boat tour. The island is known for being the place where Santa Sunniva took refuge from the Vikings in the 10th century. We will be able to admire the ruins of the monastery, the Cathedral and the small Cave where the Christians took refuge. The surroundings are of suggestive and salvage beauty. Today the island is a pilgrimage site and Seat of a bishopric. Return to mainland. Lunch en route and continuation to the area of Forde. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 8 FØRDE – BERGEN Breakfast buffet. Departure to take a short passage in ferry through the king of the fjords; the Sognfjord, the longest and deepest of the country. Lunch en route. On arrival in Bergen, panoramic tour visiting the principal sites of this city that, like Rome, is situated between seven hills, the Hanseatic neighborhood, seat of the German merchants of the Hansa during the Middle Ages, with the wharf and the Medieval church of Mary or of the German, the fish market, the concert hall Grieg Hallen, Hakonshallen Castle or the outdoor museum of Old Bergen. Dinner and lodging.

DAY 9 BERGEN Breakfast and, at the scheduled time, transfer to the airport to leave on a flight to Madrid. Arrival and

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