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Scandinavia

Exquisite Capitals of Scandinavia
Purpose: Discovery, Culture, Relaxation
No. of days: 8 days - 7 nights
First & Last Cities: Helsinki, Copenhagen
Other cities: Stockholm, Oslo
Starting cost: $1,449

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Day 1: Helsinki

Arrive in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, a modern city situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. It is unique among Northern European cities with its mixture of cultural influences from both East and West. Feel welcomed by the friendly Finnish people. A private car will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Overnight in Helsinki.

 

Day 2: Helsinki, Stockholm

After breakfast at your hotel, it’s time for a SIB sightseeing tour of Helsinki. This tour will take you to see the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, the Parliament Building and the Olympic Stadium. Stops are also made at the Sibelius Monument and, when possible, at the Temppeliaukio Church. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. After lunch, we recommend you to take a boat to Suomenlinna, one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. The 250-year old fortress, which has been preserved intact because of its military use, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You can experience the fortress, which was built during the period of Swedish and Russian rule. Enjoy the parks, the sea, and the nature of the archipelago. Take a boat back to city. In the afternoon it is time to board a Viking Line overnight cruise to Stockholm. Transfer to the pier on your own. When on board, there is a wide selection of restaurants and the sumptuous Scandinavian buffet will be

served. After dinner, you can dance the night away in the nightclub, linger in the various shops, or simply enjoy the scenery. Overnight on board. [B/D]

 

Day 3: Stockholm

Enjoy your breakfast on board while approaching Stockholm, cruising through the picturesque surroundings. With its 24 000 islands, the Stockholm archipelago is quite unique. The view from the ship entering the city in the early morning light is a magnificent experience. Welcome to Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia!

Self transfer to the hotel for check in. Stockholm is often called the “Beauty on Water” being built on 14 islands. Take a look at the City Hall, constructed in the National Romantic style, where each year on December 10th, the Nobel Prize Banquet takes place. See the Old Town, which is in direct contrast with today’s modern city center. A SIB panoramic sightseeing tour is included today. *Transfer to departure point on own. The afternoon is free, and you may take one of the suggested activities. Overnight in Stockholm. [B]

 

[1] Option: Vasa Museum

The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Located on the island of Djurgården, the museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990 and, according to the official web site, is the most visited museum in Scandinavia. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own.

 

[2] Option: Ice Bar

In the evening, take the opportunity to visit Absolut Ice Bar where the temperature is 23 degrees Fahrenheit all year round, and everything is made of ice – even your glass! (includes warm clothes, 1 ice drink and entrance fee for 45 min). *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own

 

Day 4: Stockholm

Breakfast served at your hotel. Free time to explore Stockholm or enjoy shopping or take one of the following optional activities. Overnight in Stockholm. [B]

 

 [3] Option: Drottningholm Tour (3 hours)

Take a boat to Drottningholm Palace, which is the present residence of the royal family (45 min.). Public guided tour is included (The tour has limited capacity so be there on time or you may not get in). Spend some time in the beautiful park before you go back to the city center. Take the boat back to the city, and upon arrival in the city, transfer back to you hotel at own arrangement. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own.

 

[4] Option: Skansen

Skansen is the world's first open-air museum, founded in 1891. Here you can stroll through five centuries of Swedish history, from north to south, with a real sense of the past all around in the historical buildings and dwellings, peopled by characters in period dress. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own

 

Day 5: Stockholm, Oslo

Have breakfast at your hotel before checking out. Now, transfer on your own to the train station to embark your train (2nd class) which will take you to Oslo, Norway! It’s a beautiful journey and you will note how the landscape is changing outside the window. After about 6/7 hours you will arrive in Oslo. Go by your own to check in to your hotel. In the evening, there is some free time to spend in Oslo. Enjoy the waterfront at Aker Brygge, and the Akerhus Fortress. In this area there are a lot of nice restaurants and we can highly recommend you to have a nice dinner with fresh Norwegian salmon. Overnight in Oslo. [B]

 

Day 6: Oslo, Copenhagen

Breakfast served at your hotel. Depart for 3-hour SIB sightseeing tour of Oslo selected highlights, including the famous Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen Ski jump and Oslo City Centre and the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included). *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier, on your own, for the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. Entertainment, restaurants, and shops on board offer a fantastic range of things to do for kids and adults. Dinner buffet on board is included. Overnight on board DFDS Seaways. [B/D]

 

Day 7: Copenhagen

Breakfast onboard before arriving in Copenhagen. Arrive in Copenhagen in the morning. Self transfer to the hotel for check in. Join your SIB sightseeing tour, an extensive tour covering all the major sights of the Danish capital, including outside look of Carlsberg Glyptotek, canal district, the National Museum, Christiansborg Palace, the Old Stock Exchange, Kongens Nytorv, Royal Theatre, Nyhavn, Amalienborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, and the Little Mermaid. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. Overnight in Copenhagen. [B]

 

[5] Option: Tivoli gardens in the evening

We recommend that you visit Tivoli Gardens, which is an oasis with over four million visitors a year. It has wonderful gardens, amusements, restaurants and rides. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own

 

Day 8: Copenhagen

Breakfast served at your hotel. After breakfast, a private car will pick you up at the hotel for you transfer to Copenhagen Airport; it’s time to leave Scandinavia for now, unless you prefer an add-on trip in one of these beautiful and inviting countries. [B]

 

SIB = Sit in bus | [B] = Breakfast | [B/D] = Breakfast and buffet dinner