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Thanksgiving in Iceland

Thanksgiving in Iceland

Iceland is a unique island at the top of the world, halfway between North America and Europe. A hot destination with a cool reputation! Join us for a unique vacation experience as we travel to Reykjavik, Iceland for Thanksgiving with European flare.

  • Valid Passport Required

  • Escorted

  • 3 Nights at Fosshotel Reykjavik

  • Viking Museum - Vikingheimar

  • Thanksgiving Dinner with Icelandic Cuisine

  • Frioheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Centre

  • "Golden Circle" Tour

  • Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall)

  • Strokkur Geyser

  • Thingvellir National Park (World Heritage Site)

  • Free Time in Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Hallgrimskirkja Church

  • Blue Lagoon

  • 6 Meals Included

  • Motorcoach Transportation

  • Hotel Accommodations

  • Requires Extended Amounts of Walking

Day 1

Today we travel to Newark or Baltimore/Washington International Airport by motorcoach for an evening departure on Iceland Air.

Day 2

After an early morning arrival in Iceland, we will be met by our guide in the arrival hall of the airport who will take us to our private coach. Just a 15 minute drive from the airport is a spectacular modern building that offers beautiful views of the surrounding bay, Faxaflói. This is the new Viking museum, Vikingheimar, and it is the perfect stop for a welcome breakfast. Vikingheimar is the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). Built in 1996, Icelander is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad ship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship, excavated in Norway in 1882. Vikingheimar is also a home to a portion of the Viking millenium exhibition produced by the Smithsonian Institution. Next we drive to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the world's most northerly capital, with more than one third of Iceland's population. Today Reykjavik is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, and theaters. On our tour we cover the city from one end to the other. A stop for lunch on our own will be made during today's touring. We will see the old town centre, the Parliment, the Cathedral, the harbour, the National Museum, the Pearl and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. We drive past the city's salmon river which is an outstanding proof that Reykjavik is a pollution free capital and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent park of Reykjavik. The drive continues past Reykjavik's largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavik landmark). Our lodging for the next three evenings will be at Fosshotel Reykjavik. We will check-in before we enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with Icelandic Cuisine this evening.

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Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll begin our "Golden Circle" tour. We'll start our touring with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where we learn about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance. An unbelievable fact that few people know is that Iceland is the only country in the world where tomatoes are grown the whole year around. During this visit we will also visit the farm stable, where we get a close look of the famous Icelandic horse. After meeting these Icelandic farmers we continue our tour to Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down into a deep gorge. Our tour then continues on to the infamous Geysir area where we will discover the famous Geysir which has given its name to hot springs all over the world. You will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters in the air. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Our last visit of today is Þingvellir National Park, a remarkable geological site and the most historic site on the island. The world's oldest democratic parliament was founded here in 930. Þingvellir, located by Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island; is now a national park and has been a World Heritage Site since 2004. The beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of the earth's tectonic plates. The area's combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic national life. We will arrive back to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (Order of itinerary subject to change.)

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Day 4

After breakfast at the hotel, your day is free to plan as you wish. Iceland is about the size of Kentucky with a sparse population of 275,000. Settled over 1000 years ago by Norwegian Vikings, Iceland boasts a rich European history. The climate is a surprisingly warm average of 32 degrees F. The cuisine features lamb and fresh fish. The adventurous may spend the day horseback riding or snowmobiling. Reykjavik features a unique downtown experience including cuisine, culture, and European shopping. The evening offers diverse nightlife.

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Day 5

Following breakfast, we will check-out of our hotel and partake in an excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Be sure to have a bathing suit and towel in your carry on so you can bathe in the naturally heated, mineral rich pool of water in the middle of a lava field. There will be time for lunch on our own before arriving at the airport for our return flight. Gaining time as we fly westward, we will arrive on the east coast this evening and transfer home.

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Optional Excursions

You are free to book excursions on your own for the free time available on Days 3 & 4. Reservations for excursions can be made in advance by visiting www.re.is/tours-activities. If using this website you should choose Fosshotel Reykjavik as your pick-up location. Reservations for excursions can also be made upon arrival at the hotel. Their friendly staff can assist you, however, please be aware that there could be long lines and/or excursions could be sold out.

Please note

Our intention is to run each tour as originally planned and published. However, if deemed necessary to do so, Perkiomen Tours reserves the right to make changes to tour components, schedules or itineraries without prior notification.

Tips for Perkiomen motorcoach drivers and tour escorts are not included in the price of this tour. We feel that these gratuities should be extended on an individual basis and dictated by the level of service provided.

Motorcoach seating is assigned at the time of reservation but can not be guaranteed. Although we do our best to keep each traveler in the seat assigned at the time of reservation, there are times that it is necessary to move seat locations. Please be sure to verify your final seat number(s) with the driver at the time of boarding. Daily seat rotation is practiced on most multi-day tours. Seat rotation will be explained by your driver or tour escort.

To fully participate in this tour may require extended amounts of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitation should take this into consideration.

B=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

OTHER INFORMATION:

 

Payment Schedule:

A deposit of $500 per person is due within 7 days of booking in order to confirm a seat on this tour. Final payment is due August 22, 2024.

 

Cancellation Policy (if not buying Trip Insurance):

Price does not include airfare. Airfare prices will be confirmed in January 2024. Airfare is non-refundable once purchased.

10% of total tour cost is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 8/29/24 - 9/4/24.

30% of total tour cost is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 9/5/24 - 10/2/24.

50% of total tour cost is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 10/3/24 - 11/13/24.

100% of total tour cost is non-refundable if cancellation occurs 11/14/24 or after.

 

Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip Motorcoach Transfers from Pennsburg to and from the Airport

  • All Ground Transportation and Sightseeing Admissions as indicated in the Itinerary

  • All Departure Taxes

  • All Hotel Taxes and Surcharges

  • Meals Listed on the Itinerary: Indicated by B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)

  • Perkiomen Tours Escort throughout the Tour

 

Items Not Included:

  • Airfare

  • Airline Checked Bag Fees

  • Hotel Baggage Handling

  • Optional Excursions

  • Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

  • Items of a Personal Nature Like: Phone Calls, Laundry, Medical Assistance and Gratuities to Drivers/Guides/Services

  • Airline fuel surcharges, fees, taxes, etc. are subject to change without notice & may result in additional charges

Please note: All known taxes and fees have been included in the listed prices. Airlines do reserve the right to pass along changes or increases, etc. including fuel surcharges as deemed necessary and without prior notification. If this should occur, it may result in additional charges to each traveler.

 

Cancellation/Interruption Protection:

Because of cancellation penalties incurred, especially on cruises and air tours (both domestic and international), Perkiomen Tours strongly recommends the purchase of cancellation/interruption insurance. We do assist our travelers who might wish to purchase travel protection by providing insurance information/brochures. Of course, you are free to select other insurance sources if you choose to do so. Any insurance coverage purchased is an agreement between the traveler and the insurance company. All conditions of coverage(s) are dependent upon the specific policy of your selected insurance company. Please be aware of any eligibility requirements for coverage pertaining to pre-existing conditions prior to paying your trip deposit.

 

Proof of Citizenship:

A current passport with at least six months validity from departure date will be required. Travelers will be responsible to secure their own passport. Passport forms are available from your local post office or any passport office.

 

Transportation Security Administration's Guidelines for Checking Luggage:

Customers are urged to leave their checked luggage unlocked, which will avoid the potential need for Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel to forcibly open bags that require further inspection. Plastic zip ties or cable ties may be used if desired.

 

Customers are asked to:

  • NOT pack food or beverages in checked bags

  • Pack footwear on top of other contents

  • Put personal belongings in clear plastic bags to reduce chances of TSA Screeners having to handle them

  • Spread out - NOT stack - books

  • Leave gifts unwrapped should screening require them to be opened

  • Put scissors, pocket knives and other sharp items in checked luggage

  • Put film in carry-on bag because screening equipment will damage undeveloped film

  • Avoid over-packing your bag so that the screener will be able to easily reseal your bag if it is opened for inspection

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Name Address Contact Details
Allentown - Motorcoach Calvary Temple Church
3436 Winchester Rd., Allentown, PA 18104
Easton - Motorcoach William Penn Hwy Park & Ride near Pole A-10
Route 33, Easton, PA
Montgomeryville - Shuttle Quality Inn
678 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville, PA 18936
Pennsburg - Motorcoach Perkiomen Tours Office
875 Main St, Pennsburg, PA 18073
Reading - Shuttle Homewood Suites
2801 Papermill Rd, Reading, PA 19610
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