Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark
From $5,345 USD
June 15 - July 27, 2019
15 Days / 14 Nights
Grand Tour of Scandinavia visits Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm; cruise Norwegian fjords, ride Flam Railway. Sea voyage across the Baltic Sea to Helsinki.
Viking tales come alive in Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland on our Grand Tour of Scandinavia. Explore Nordic capitals along with Norway's spectacular fjords and villages. Cruise on the Nærøy Fjord, Sogne Fjord and Geiranger Fjord, on UNESCO's World Heritage List. Drive along the idyllic Swedish countryside to Stockholm, visit Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Våsa Museum. Enjoy a cruise on Silja Line across the Baltic Sea through the archipelago to Helsinki.
June 15 - July 27, 2019
Guaranteed departures 2019:
June 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
- from $5,345 per person in double room
- from $6,875 single room
- 14 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki
- 12 nights accommodation in centrally located hotels
- All rooms with private facilities
- Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
- Daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except on second evening in Copenhagen, in Bergen and second evening in Stockholm)
- 5 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10, & 11
- Overnight cruise Copenhagen - Oslo
- 2-berth seaside cabin with shower/toilet
- Buffet dinner and breakfast on board
- Entrance to Tivoli Gardens, day 2
- 3 hours guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo & Helsinki
- Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo
- 4 hours guided tour in Stockholm, including City Hall
- Panorama tour of Bergen
- Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen
- Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
- Ride on the Flam Railway, Myrdal-Flåm
- Approx. 2 hours cruise on Sogn- and Nærøy Fjords
- 1 hours cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
- Excursion to Briksdal Glacier in open car
- All ferry crossings in Norway
- Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki
- 2-berth seaside cabin with shower/toilet
- Dinner and buffet breakfast on board
- Luggage assistance at all hotels with the group
- Tour escort throughout
- Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seat belts
- Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days*
- International airfare & taxes
- Airport taxes
- Alcoholic beverages
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- *Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.
- Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.
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Day 1 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN (D)
Arrive Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. Transfer to hotel in connection with individual flight arrivals. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.
Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and start of 3 hours guided panoramic tour of the city. You will see the Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Danish Royal family, Gefion Fountain, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament buildings), the old harbour of Nyhavn, and of course the famous Little Mermaid. Afternoon free for exploring this fairy-tale city. Your tour escort will provide entrance tickets for the famous Tivoli Gardens.
Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/toilet.
We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin.
Onboard DFDS Seaways, 2-berth seaside cabin
Day 4 OSLO (B, D)
A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 hrs, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital, incl. the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon free in Oslo. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan shopping boulevard. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan Gate.
Day 5 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D)
After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Hallingdal Valley to the tourist resort town of Gol. Lunch at local restaurant.
After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Mabodal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge and route to Ulvik. Dinner and accommodation in fjord view rooms at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.
Brakanes Hotel ****+
Day 6 ULVIK - BERGEN (B, L)
After buffet breakfast, start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Route via the towns of Oystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløyen, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen Harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.
First Hotel Marin ***+
Day 7 BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND (B, D)
After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.
After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.
After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Naeroy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne's Hotel in fjord view rooms, superbly located on the banks of the Sogne Fjord and surrounded by mountains.
Kvikne's Hotel ****+
Day 8 BALESTRAND - DAY IN THE FJORDS (B, D)
Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or a hike to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikneæs Hotel.
Kvikne's Hotel ****+
Day 9 BALESTRAND - FJÆRLAND - GEIRANGER (B, L, D)
After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogne Fjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant.
After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour's cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.
Union Hotel ****+
Day 10 GEIRANGER - LOM - OSLO (B, L, D)
Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vaga, before descending the magnificent Gudbrandsdal Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer.
After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Thon Hotel Opera Oslo.
Thon Hotel Opera ****+
Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)
After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad.
After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class, centrally located hotel.
Clarion Hotel Sign ****
Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)
The day starts with a 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theater, etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.
Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Våsa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.
Please note that dinner today is not included in the program, as our experience shows that whilst in Stockholm guests prefer to eat out at a restaurant of their own choice. Your tour escort will gladly advise and make table reservations for you.
Clarion Hotel Sign ****
Day 13 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel and morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a delightful overnight cruise from Stockholm. Sail slowly through the lovely archipelago past numerous small islands while enjoying your dinner on board. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC.
We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.
Onboard Silja Line, 2-berth seaside cabin
Day 14 HELSINKI (B, D)
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. After disembarkation 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more.
Afternoon free in Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the center of Helsinki.
Haven Hotel ****+
Day 15 HELSINKI (B)
Your Grand Tour of Scandinavia ends after buffet breakfast in hotel, with transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport to connect with your flight home.
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