DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO HELSKINKI
After landing at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, a private transfer to the heart of the Finnish capital, where your hotel is situated. Before dinner, you will be transferred to the harbour for a cruise dinner.
Accommodation: Scandic Grand Marina Hotel or similar
DAY 02: HELSINKI
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, continue exploring Helsinki using your combination ticket for bus & boat, valid for the whole day. Helsinki is known for its creativity and, in 2012, was awarded the UNESCO “City of Design” title , boasting its very own Design District and “design tram route” (Line 6). Some notable city landmarks includes Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Sibelius Park, Finlandia Hall, the Finnish National Opera House, and Parliament House, the seat of Parliament in Finland. Of course, there are also plenty of great shops, galleries and museums, not to mention some fabulous outdoor food markets for a tasty lunch.
Today, combine two beautiful sightseeing experiences and enjoy the best of Helsinki on land and at sea. The tour includes the Beautiful Canal Route cruise and Hop On Hop Off bus sightseeing tour.
The bus sightseeing tour takes you the top sights of Helsinki. You can hop on and off the bus as often as you like – the bus ticket is valid 24 or 48 hours, so if you arrive early the day before, you can start the tour the day before.
In the late afternoon, you will board an overnight cruise to Stockholm. There’s plenty to do on board besides sleeping, with a variety of cafés, restaurant and shops to enjoy. Tonight at own expense on board. Your own on board.
Accommodation: at the board on the ship, a private cabin with sea view.
DAY 03: STOCKHOLM
The Stockholm archipelago is made up of more than 24,000 islands and islets. While you sail through it in the morning, enjoy breakfast on board the ship. Upon your arrival in Stockholm around 10:00am, make your way to the hotel in the central Stockholm and then enjoy some free time.
Spending the afternoon in the city center, enjoying some shopping on the well-known pedestrian street Drottninggatan and taking a stroll in the surrounding area of Östermalm where you will find numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants for a perfect introduction to Scandinavian culture.
At 18:00, you will join the group at the hotel for a welcome dinner, the perfect occasion to get to know your fellow travel companions and your tour leader for the next 9 day.
Accommodation: Elite Hotel Adlon Stockholm or similar
Meals: B, D
DAY 04: STOCKHOLM
Today, you will explore the historical heart of Stockholm. You will embark on a guided bus tour taking you to attractions including City Hall, and the hip district of Södermalm, where you will get a panoramic view over Stockholm, before coming back to the Old Town (Gamla Stan). Next, you will go on a guided walk through the Medieval cobbled streets of Old Town before ending at lunch with the group in this historical area of Stockholm.
After lunch, you get the rest of the day to explore on your own. We recommend taking a short ferry ride to the charming island Djurgården where you will find the famous Vasa Museum, the Abba museum and the Skansen open-air museum. Other options include joining a guided boat tour along the archipelago or visiting the Royal Palace. Dinner on your own.
Accommodation: same as previous night
Meals: B, L
DAY 05: TO COPENHAGEN BY TRAIN
After breakfast, the group will head to Stockholm Central Station for a half-day train journey to Denmark. As you travel to your next Scandinavian destination, you will have the opportunity to view the beautiful countryside -idyllic farmlands and forests of southern Sweden.
Once you‘ve reached Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, you will be transferred by bus to your hotel. There you will meet with your local guide who will take you on a walking tour around Copenhagen’s main landmarks. You will stroll through the grand courtyard of the Amalienborg Palace, where the Danish Royal Guard stands watch day and night, see the impressive Frederiks Kirke, and the picturesque Nyhavn with its colourful, narrow houses lining the canal. You will also be treated to the local refreshment as part of the tour. After the walking tour, you will dine with the group.
Accommodation: Scandic Front Hotel or similar
Meals: B ,D
DAY 06: COPENHAGEN
This morning you will enjoy a guided tour of the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle followed by a walk through the lush Botanical Garden. You will stop for lunch at the famous Torvehallerne food market – a favourite amongst local and visiting foodies. After lunch, you will get a different perspective of the city, with a short boat tour with views of Christiansborg Palace, the Royal Danish Opera House and the colourful Christianshavn Canal.
You‘ll then get the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore at your leisure. A perfect way to spend the afternoon and evening is visiting the famous Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which combines exotic architecture, nostalgic games and rides, as well as lights and music (entrance fee included). Tonight you will dine on your own.
Accommodation: same as previous night
Meals: B, L
DAY 07: FROM COPENHAGEN TO OSLO
Explore the Danish capital on your own this morning. We recommend strolling along Strøget, a central street of Copenhagen renowned for world-class shopping, or relaxing at one of the cafés or restaurants by Nyhavn. If you’re up for it, walk up the winding equestrian staircase of the Round Tower (Rundetårn), or, for amazing views of the city, climb the 400 steps to the spiralling steeple of the Church of our Saviour. You can also take this time to take a leisurely stroll along the shoreline to the world famous Little Mermaid statue.
In the late afternoon, the group, along with the tour leader, will board a cruise to Oslo and enjoy a traditional Scandinavian dinner buffet on board. As you sail up the Kattegat Sund to Norway’s capital, you can take part in the on-board entertainment or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.
Accommodation on board in the ship, private cabin.
Meals: B, D
DAY 08: OSLO
Enjoy the views of the Oslo Fjord during breakfast as the ship sails into port. As you disembark, you‘ll head straight into exploring the Norwegian capital with a local knowledgeable guide.
The bus tour will take you along the famous landmarks of the city. The highlights include the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, filled with over 200 metal and stone artworks, the Royal Palace, Akershus fortress, and City Hall. The guide will leave you at the Viking Ship Museum giving you an hour to explore before being transferred back to your hotel by bus. Dinner on your own.
Accommodation: Thon hotel Opera or similar
DAY 09: TO FLÅM
After an early breakfast, you will head to Oslo Central Station to start your Norway in a Nutshell® journey towards Bergen. This train ride, ranked amongst the 20 best train journeys in the world, takes you over Norway’s mountainous “rooftop “and through charming villages like Gol and Geilo. In Myrdal, you will board the Flåm Railway for an incredible 20 km ride with a 900-metre descent to the beautiful village of Flåm.
In Flåm, you’ll have free admission to the Flåm Railway Documentation Centre, located right beside Flåm Station, where you can learn about the construction of one of the world’s steepest railway lines. In the evening, the group will dine together at the hotel restaurant.
Accommodation: Fretheim Hotel or similar.
Meals: B, D
DAY 10: TO BERGEN
You are free to explore Flåm as you wish this morning before the group boards a cruise to continue the journey. The boat tour will take you onto Aurlandsfjord and the World Heritage-protected Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in the world. This is perhaps the most beautiful and wildest arm of the Sognefjord, with its tall mountains, mighty waterfalls and small farms clinging to the steep mountainsides.
On arrival at the pier in Gudvangen, you‘ll board a coach bus for a thrilling ride around the 13 hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva, Northern Europe’s steepest stretch of road. This will take you on to Voss, where you will switch onto a train for the last stretch of the journey to Bergen, arriving around 9pm.
Tonight you will dine on your own, eating something light on the train or eating later upon your arrival in Bergen.
Accommdation: Bergen Zander K Hotel or similar.
DAY 11: BERGEN
Despite being Norway’s second largest city, Bergen – the Fjords capital – still has all the charms of a small town. You‘ll experience its beauty and character first-hand as a local guide will lead the group on a walking tour around Bryggen, the medieval part of the city, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will then take the funicular up to nearby mountain, Fløyen, for stunning panoramic views over the city and surrounding fjords.
You get the rest of the afternoon to explore Bergen at your leisure. Then, in the evening, you‘ll have one last dinner with your travel companions, a chance to share your favourite memories from your Scandinavian tour.
Accommodation: Same as previous night
Meals: B, D
DAY 12: DEPARTURE
When it‘s time for your Scandinavian adventure to come to an end, you can take the airport bus from one of the many departure points in the Bergen city centre or you can take a taxi directly from your hotel to Bergen-Flesland Airport, 3 hours before departure of flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, enjoy some last-minute shopping, visit one of Bergen‘s museums or relax at a café, enjoying the last few moments of this amazing journey.