Spectacular Scandinavia

Spectacular Scandinavia

13 days $5,219* pp
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Join us on an incredible journey to a land of unparalleled beauty – Scandinavia. This fabulous adventure brings together Scandinavia’s natural wonders, history and culture. In Denmark’s bohemian capital city, discover why Copenhagen is dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory. Learn about Stockholm on your choice of either a walking or panoramic tour. Dine at Fem Små Hus, a 17th-century restaurant that captures the flavor of a bygone era. Travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard an innovative high-speed train. Tour Oslo’s remarkable Viking Ship Museum. Embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flam Railway, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Enjoy countryside accommodations surrounded by vistas of breathtaking mountains and fjords. Experience Norway’s breathtaking fjord region as you travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier. Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise. Meander through the streets of Bergen’s ancient trading port founded in the 11th century. Scandinavia awaits — three countries, three cultures and endless scenery.

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Itinerary

15 Sep 2017: Copenhagen, Denmark - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to explore on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Today dinner will be included.

16 Sep 2017: 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. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll join us for an optional excursion for lunch and a visit to Frederiksborg Castle; begin with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally inspired cuisine before touring the castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family.
Today breakfast will be included.

17 Sep 2017: Copenhagen - Vaxjo, Sweden

Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. 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.
Today breakfast will be included.

18 Sep 2017: Vaxjo - Stockholm

Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. En route, 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! Choose to explore the narrow streets of Gamle 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 you may choose to see the city on a panoramic city tour via coach viewing the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholm’s beautiful city hall. Tonight, enjoy dinner 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.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

19 Sep 2017: Stockholm

The day is yours to explore Stockholm at your leisure. Take some time to discover its strikingly colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that immerses you in natural beauty on a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago.
Today breakfast will be included.

20 Sep 2017: 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 its royal family. You’ll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

21 Sep 2017: 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 which holds the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Today breakfast will be included.

22 Sep 2017: 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 — to ascend 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.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

23 Sep 2017: Flam - Loen

This morning travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Tonight, join the hotel’s chef for an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine prior to dinner.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

24 Sep 2017: 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.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

25 Sep 2017: 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.
Today breakfast will be included.

26 Sep 2017: Bergen

Join your fellow travelers on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Walk along the historic and iconic harbor front, known as the Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric farewell dinner to celebrate your Scandinavian memories.
Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

27 Sep 2017: Bergen - Tour Ends
Today breakfast will be included.

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