Spectacular Scandinavia

August 16 — August 29, 2018 
14 Days  19 Meals

Highlights: Copenhagen, Vaxjo, Swedish Glass Museum, Stockholm, Vasa Ship Museum, High Speed Train, Oslo, Viking Ship Museum, Stave Church, Flam Railway, Sognefjord, Briksdal Glacier, Geirangerfjord Cruise, Bergen

Trip Map

Pricing

 
Save $250 per person*
  • Double
    $6,249pp
    $6,499
  • Single
    $7,549pp
    $7,799
* For bookings made after 2/17/2018 call for rates.
* Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person, Round Trip Air from San Francisco Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from SFO

 

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 – 3 Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen
Day 4 PM & Vanner Hotel , Vaxjo
Day 5 – 6 Scandic Grand Central , Stockholm
Day 7 – 8 Hotel Bristol Oslo, Oslo
Day 9 Fretheim Hotel, Flam
Day 10 – 11 Alexandra Hotel, Loen
Day 12 – 13 Scandic Neptun, Bergen

On some dates alternate hotels may be used.

 

 

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

DAY 1

Aug 16, 2018: Overnight Flight

Set out to explore Scandinavia by land as you experience one of the world’s most incredible regions.


DAY 2

Aug 17, 2018: Copenhagen, Denmark - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to venture out on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers during a local dining experience highlighting the New Nordic Cuisine movement of Copenhagen.

 Included Meals

  • Dinner

DAY 3

Aug 18, 2018: Copenhagen

Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. You’ll also see the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. This afternoon, enjoy some free time. Perhaps you’ll join us for an optional excursion to Frederiksborg Castle (formerly the residence of the Danish royal family) that begins with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally inspired cuisine.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 4

Aug 19, 2018: Copenhagen - Vaxjo, Sweden

Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Stop at the Ikea museum to be immersed in the history of this signature furniture brand. Later, travel to Vaxjo – gateway to Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom,” home to the well-known brand Kosta Boda. Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory, established in 1742.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 5

Aug 20, 2018: Vaxjo - Stockholm

Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. Stop to explore the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour with a stop at one of Sweden’s sweetest traditions, a candy cane making factory, for a demonstration. Or, see the city on a panoramic coach tour that highlights the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholm’s beautiful city hall. Tonight, enjoy Swedish cuisine in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant, comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century, captures the flavor of a bygone era.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 6

Aug 21, 2018: Stockholm

The day is yours to explore Stockholm independently. Discover its strikingly colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that offers a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 7

Aug 22, 2018: Stockholm - High Speed Train - Oslo, Norway

All aboard! Sit back, relax and enjoy as you travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard the innovative high-speed train. Cross the Norwegian border and arrive in Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills. Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is the center of Norwegian government and home to the royal family. You’ll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 8

Aug 23, 2018: Oslo

A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park, home to the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax or explore independently.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 9

Aug 24, 2018: Oslo - Flam

Depart Norway’s capital and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church. This intricate structure, built in 1180, is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint village of Flam, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flam Railway. Ascend to 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flam offering breathtaking views each way.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 10

Aug 25, 2018: Flam - Loen

Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 11

Aug 26, 2018: Loen - Geiranger - Fjord Cruise - Loen

Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway along the way. Known as one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you find Norway’s mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where farms have been kept for centuries.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 12

Aug 27, 2018: Loen - Bergen

Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

DAY 13

Aug 28, 2018: Bergen

Join your fellow travelers on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Stroll along the historic and iconic harbor front, known as the Bryggen (UNESCO). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighborhood.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 14

Aug 29, 2018: Bergen - Tour Ends

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

 

Available Options

4 Days 3-Night Iceland Post Tour Extension

Rate: $999.00 USD per person, double, land only, airfare is not included. The purchase of an additional air segment is required for this extension. Please inquire for air rate at time of booking.

3 Meals: 3 breakfasts

 

DAY 15

Bergen - Fly to Reykjavik, Iceland

Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy free time to explore the city’s old section that features Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall, the harbor, and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center.

DAY 16

Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik

Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Here, Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered to be one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Return to Reykjavik and have time to explore the city on your own.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
DAY 17

Reykjavik

Enjoy a day at leisure. Perhaps you will choose to relax on a scenic whale watching cruise; venture out on a horseback riding excursion; or travel out to the Reykjanes peninsula to spend quality time relaxing in the geo-thermal waters of the famed Blue Lagoon.

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast
DAY 18

Reykjavik - Tour Ends

 Included Meals

  • Breakfast

Please Note

During your extension, your local guide will provide included sightseeing services for the Golden Circle.

Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

A minimum of 2 guests is required for this extension to operate.

Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in some Iceland Air gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation.

This extension requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.


The Tastes of Bergen • $75pp

 

Come to know the flavors of Bergen on a locally guided, food sampling tour. Visit a host of local cafes, markets, bakeries and historic buildings while hearing about Norwegian and Bergen food traditions and specialties. Become familiar with the cuisine through sampling traditional fish soup, fish cakes, whale meat, lefse (a sweet treat), smoked salmon, brown cheese, reindeer sausages and a traditional Bergen cinnamon bun, amongst other typical local dishes. Complete your tour with a glass of wine or pint of beer at a local establishment and learn about Norwegian produced alcohol and traditions. Duration: Approximately 2 hours Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is not included.


Frederiksborg Castle and Local Lunch • $199pp

 

Step away from the city with a visit to stunning Frederiksborg Castle. First stop in the small seaside town of Niva and enjoy a locally inspired, farm-to-table lunch at one of Denmark's most renowned restaurants. Then visit the castle. Built in the 1600s as the royal residence for King Christian IV, today it is home to Denmark's National History Museum. Take time to explore the opulent interiors and expansive gardens. Duration: Approximately 5 hours Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.


Exploring Stockholm’s Archipelago • $125pp

 

Sail amid a tapestry of islands, islets and skerries that make up the archipelago and explore firsthand the small towns and seaside escapes that local Swedes retreat to in summer. Join a local expert on a privately guided tour of the historic town of Vaxholm, constructed for defensive purposes by King Gustav Vasa. Meander its historic streets and lush gardens before sailing on to yet another magical island. With thousands of islands to choose from, every local has their favorite – which will be yours? Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.