Scandinavia Highlights Escorted Group Tour
Welcome to Scandinavia! The perfect introduction to the capitals of Scandinavia; Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm & Helsinki - with some wonderful nature on the side... enjoy the scenery and culture in the company of your local guide, and choose whether to enjoy free-time exploring at your pace, or add optional day trips and tours for more structured sightseeing.
9 nights * 4 star hotels * Optional days trips & tours * Departure dates May - August * Escorted Group Tour * From 2268 EUR pp
DAY 1: (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Arrival in Copenhagen, transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Hotel Tivoli**** or similar, check-in.
DAY 2: (FRIDAY): COPENHAGEN - OSLO
Copenhagen is Scandinavia's largest and most lively city and one of Europe's most romantic capitals with its old castles and churches and charming squares and harbours. The morning sightseeing tour will acquaint us with all the city's treasures: the Little Mermaid guarding the port, the Royal Castle, Nyhavn with its restaurants and small boats and the City Hall Square. In the afternoon we embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry bound for Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops and much more. Dinner on-board.
DAY 3: (SATURDAY): OSLO - EIDFJORD
Upon arrival to Oslo our tour heads directly to Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. We visit Gol and arrive in Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains. Our tour continues to Hardangervidda where we visit Voringfossen waterfall before we arrive to Eidfjord, where our hotel is located. Check in at Hotel Quality Voringfoss****, or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 4: (SUNDAY): EIDFJORD - BERGEN
This morning takes us further into the breath-taking Norwegian nature. We cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across Hardanger Bridge which has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. On the other side of the bridge we pass Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests we arrive to Bergen - known as the capital of the fjords. Situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 mountains the history of Bergen is closely connected with the sea and this is very noticeable in the city, especially at the city's picturesque waterfront. The afternoon sightseeing tour introduces us to this remarkable Hanseatic city with the Bryggen area of old wooden houses, the traditional Fish Market and the city centre with the St. Mary's Church and Haakon's Hall. We check-in at Hotel Scandic Oernen**** or similar.
DAY 5: (MONDAY): BERGEN - STALHEIM
The morning is at leisure to explore more of the stunning Norwegian fjord capital. In the early afternoon we travel to the historical town of Voss, which has a scenic background of snow clad mountains. After a break here we continue towards the Naeroy Valley and Stalheim, offering a stunning view down the Stalheim Gorge, Check-in at Hotel Stalheim**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 6: (TUESDAY): STALHEIM - FAGERNES
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by impossible rugged terrain to Gudvangen where we cross the Naroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. Here is offered an optional tour - Flam Railway: one of the most famous and most breath-taking railway journeys in the world. In the afternoon the journey continues along the Aurlandfjord. We do a photo stop at the famous Borgund Stave Church before we continue to Fagernes. Check-in at Hotel Thon Scandic Valdres**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 7: (WEDNESDAY): FAGERNES - OSLO
After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind us and travel back towards Oslo which we reach early in the afternoon. Check in at Hotel Thon Opera**** or similar. Founded in 1048 Oslo is Scandinavia's oldest capital and today it is a very pleasant and casual city with an interesting jumble of historical and modern architecture. Upon arrival in Oslo we start the morning sightseeing tour. We enjoy a walk around the Frogner Park decorated with the unique sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. We pass by the City Hall and the main street, Karl Johan, leading to the Royal Palace.
DAY 8: (THURSDAY): OSLO - STOCKHOLM
Today we head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests. We cross the border and enter the county of Varmland in Sweden. Throughout the balance of the day we drive through typical Swedish landscapes with fertile farmland, blue lakes and thick forests, which evoke an atmosphere of intriguing fairytales. In the afternoon we arrive at Stockholm. Checkin at Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar.
DAY 9: (FRIDAY): STOCKHOLM
Stockholm - the beauty on the water - is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the city centre with its famous City Hall. The afternoon is free for individual visits.
DAY 10: (SATURDAY): STOCKHOLM DEPARTURE
Transfer from hotel to the Arlanda Airport.
DEPARTURE DATES 2019
Tour Departure Date - Tour End Date
16th May - 25th May 2019
6th June - 15th June 2019
13th June - 22nd June 2019
27th June - 6th July 2019
11th July - 20th July 2019
25th July - 3rd August 2019
8th August - 17th August 2019
22nd August - 31st August 2019
8 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels
1 overnight ferry Copenhagen-Oslo one way, outside-cabins
9 x buffet breakfast
4 x dinner (3 x 3-course hotel dinner and 1 x buffet on board the ferry)
Service of English speaking tour escorts on all tours
Service of 1st class motor coaches and 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
Portage at hotels and ferry terminals
Arrival and departure transfers in Copenhagen and Stockholm (shared transfer with English speaking assistant)
The tour leader will be offering various optional excursions during the tour, please contact us for details.
Please note flights are NOT included in this package. You are welcome to book your own flights, or we can do this for you, simply call or email us for a quote.
PRE/POST TOUR EXTRA NIGHTS
If required we can book additional nights at the start or end of your tour, or arrange an add-on pre/post tour to any of our other destinations.
Please note this coach tour is guaranteed (if two or more persons are booked on).
THANK YOU FOR PUTTING TOGETHER SUCH AN INTERESTING AND VARIED PROGRAMME.
We enjoyed a really wonderful trip. The itinerary was great, and the hotels very well positioned in the towns, and very comfortable. Thank you for putting together such an interesting and varied programme. We had the pleasure of being shown the sights by some marvellous guides. All very passionate about their interests, and very interesting. Their English was extremely fluent, and their knowledge, second to none. We would certainly use your company in the future and recommend your service to our friends.
BALTIC CAPITALS & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, MR & MRS JAMES, OCTOBER 2018
THE STAFF AT BALTIC HOLIDAYS ARE PROFESSIONAL, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND EXCEEDINGLY FLEXIBLE
My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.
TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER
NORWAY IN A NUTSHELL
The trip was excellent and did exactly what it said on the tin Norway in a Nutshell. All the arrangments were excellent.
MR MOORE, NORWAY TAILOR-MADE TOUR, AUGUST 2013
WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES
Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.
MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017
TALLINN & HELSINKI - VARIED & INTERESTING
We would like to thank you & your team for organising a very successful holiday, everything worked exactly as the itinerary, varied & interesting, even the weather was good through the whole week … so thank you very much.
OCKWELL & FRIENDS, TALLINN & HELSINKI PRIVATE TOUR, AUGUST 2018
GREAT TO KNOW WE COULD CONTACT JURGA AT ANY TIME
Thanks we had a great trip, the hotels you picked for us were lovely, good locations and interesting buildings. The guide in Helsinki was really nice and took us to some places that we would not have thought of, including the university library building. Most of all it was great to know we could contact Jurga at any time so I would like to especially thank her for her help.
THE FEIGHAN FAMILY, HELSINKI & ESTONIA PRIVATE TOUR, JULY 2017
VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOU HAD ORGANISED OUR HOLIDAY
Dear Sarah, We really enjoyed ourselves. Helsinki and Tallinn are both great places to visit in very different ways. We loved the laid back atmosphere in Helsinki and walking by the sea right by the city centre. Tallinn is stunningly beautiful. Every corner you go round brings another amazing view. We were very happy with the way you had organised our holiday. The hotels were both excellent and all the pick ups were right on time. All in all we had a great time and enjoyed it from start to finish.
MR & MRS RHEAD, TAILOR-MADE TALLINN & HELSINKI TOUR, JULY 2017