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Scandinavia

Scandinavian Delights
Purpose: Discovery, Culture, Relaxation
No. of days: 11 days - 10 nights
First & Last Cities: Copenhagen, Helsinki
Other cities: Oslo, Flåm, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm
Starting cost: $2,565

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Day 1: Copenhagen

Arrive in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, famous for the shopping street Strøget, a rich cultural life, its many cafés and the Little Mermaid statue. In Nyhavn, where the famous author Hans Christian Andersen lived and a must for visitors, you’ll find the oldest houses in the city. The city also holds many green oases like the Kongens Have (the King's Garden) and Rosenborg Castle. Denmark is famous for its design culture with famous brand names as Bang & Olufsen and Arne Jacobsen with their flagship stores in right here waiting for your visit. A private car will transfer you from the airport to your hotel. Overnight in Copenhagen.

 

[1] Option: Tivoli gardens in the evening

We recommend you visit Tivoli Garden an oasis with over four million visitors a year. It has wonderful gardens, amusements, restaurants and rides. *Transfer on your own.

 

Day 2: Copenhagen, Oslo

Breakfast at hotel. Join your SIB* sightseeing tour, an extensive tour covering all the major sights of the Danish Capital, including an outside look at 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. In the afternoon transfer to the pier* to board the DFDS Seaways ship for your cruise to Oslo. 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. [B/D]

*Transfers on your own

 

Day 3: Oslo

Breakfast served on board. 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 lots of nice restaurants and we can highly recommend you have a nice dinner with fresh Norwegian salmon. Overnight in Oslo. [B]

 

Day 4: Oslo, Flâm

Have breakfast at your hotel and checkout. Pack a bag for 2 nights (if you want you may leave the rest of your luggage at your hotel as you will come back to the same hotel). It is time to start your Norway in a Nutshell Tour! Transfer on your own to the train station and take the train to Myrdal. This beautiful journey takes about 5/6 hours. Change to the beautiful Flåmsbanen train from Myrdal to Flåm. Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 4225 ft. deep and 127-mile long Sognefjord. The surroundings here are magnificent! Transfer to your hotel by own arrangement. The hotel is within short walking distance from the station. Evening is free and a perfect time to relax and enjoy the landscape. Overnight in Flåm. [B]

 

Day 5: Flåm, Bergen

Have breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to pier by own arrangement. Continue your Norway in a Nutshell tour to Bergen. Depart by ferry for a Fjord cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen. Change to the bus to go toward Voss. Finally get on the train to Bergen. Transfer to your hotel by own arrangement. Overnight in Bergen. [B]

 

[2] Option: Funicular cable car tour (Mt. Fløyen)

Fløibanen is the experience that no visitors to Bergen should ever miss. The journey up to Fløyen ($1,050 ft. above sea level) takes 5/8 minutes. The journey is an experience in itself, and at the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own

 

Day 6: Bergen, Oslo

Have breakfast at your hotel; get ready to discover more of Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. In the morning, take the very special SIB Mini Train Sightseeing Tour (Bergens Expressen) around the small town. A perfect way to discover the famous Bryggen Harbor with its gabled pack houses, the old Hanseatic Quarter, and the historic Maria Church on your own. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. Later, depart in the afternoon go to the central station on your own for train back to Oslo. Transfer back to your hotel in Oslo by own arrangement. Overnight in Oslo. [B]

 

Day 7: Oslo, Stockholm

Breakfast served at your hotel. Depart for a 3-hour SIB sightseeing tour (Oslo Selected Highlights) including the famous Vigeland Park, Holmenkollen Ski jump, Oslo City Centre and the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included). *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own, In the afternoon, transfer on your own to the train station to board your train (2nd class), which will take you to Stockholm, Sweden! It is a beautiful journey and you will note how the landscape is changing outside the window. After about 6/7 hours you will arrive in Stockholm. Go by your own to check in to your hotel. Overnight in Stockholm. [B]

 

Day 8: Stockholm

Breakfast served at your hotel. Stockholm is often called the “Beauty on Water” being built on 14 islands. Take a look at City Hall, constructed in the National Romantic style, where each year on December 10th the Nobel price 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. This tour passes all the must-see attractions of Stockholm. See the most famous sights and views of the city such as the Stockholm City Hall, The Royal Palace, Östermalm, Gamla Stan (Old City), Långholmen and the Royal Djurgården. Get to know Stockholm and the history of the city. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. Overnight in Stockholm. [B]

 

[3] Option: Vasa museum

The Vasa Museum is a maritime museum 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 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 on own.

 

[5] Option: Ice Bar

In the evening take the opportunity to visit the Absolut Ice bar where the temperature is minus 23 degrees Fahrenheit all year round and everything is made of ice, even your glass! (includes warm clothes, 1 drink and entrance for 45 minutes) *Transfer on own.

 

Day 9: Stockholm, Helsinki

Breakfast served at your hotel. Free time in the morning.

Optional: Drottningholm Tour. Take a boat to Drottningholm Palace which is the present residence of the royal family. 45min Public guided tour is included (The tour can be close when the tour capacity gets full). Spend some time in the beautiful park before you go back to the city center. Take the boat back to the city. Transfer back to you hotel at own arrangement. *Transfer to the departure point for sightseeing tour on own. In the afternoon it is time to board a Viking Line overnight cruise to Helsinki. Transfer to the pier on your own. When on board, there is a wide selection of restaurants and a 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 10: Helsinki

Breakfast served on board. 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. Self transfer to the hotel for check in. Proceed for a SIB panoramic city sightseeing tour of Helsinki. This tour will take you to 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 periods of Swedish and Russian rule. Enjoy the parks, the sea and the nature of the archipelago. Take a boat back to city. Overnight: in Helsinki. [B]

 

Day 11: Helsinki, USA

Breakfast served at your hotel. After breakfast a private car will pick you up at the hotel for you transfer to Stockholm 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