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Capitals of Scandinavia

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $2,461 per person
APR - OCT 2023
Amalienborg Palace Guards, Copenhagen, Denmark

Countries Visited

Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland ...more Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland

Locations Visited

Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki ...more Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki
  1. Day 1 Welcome to Copenhagen Stays With Stories

    Hans Christian Andersen would have been right at home in 21st century Copenhagen. The Danish capital hasn't lost any of its fairytale charm over the centuries, as you'll come to discover on your first day exploring this colourful city. On arrival, transfer to your Stays With Stories accommodation, the historic Phoenix Hotel in the heart of Copenhagen’s most elegant district. Discover the hotel’s rich history from the late 17th century, through both World Wars and up to the present day, restored to its former glory. Then spend your free time strolling through the happiest city in the world before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Phoenix
  2. Day 2 Explore Historic Copenhagen

    Connect with the heartfelt hygge of your Danish hosts when you join a Local Specialist this morning for a sightseeing tour that will reveal all the highlights of Copenhagen’s Old Town. See the distinctive dragon-tail spire of the 17th-century Børsen (Stock Exchange), Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid, demurely seated on a rock overlooking Langelinie Promenade. See the home of Denmark’s beloved royal family, Amalienborg Palace, then spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen your way. Enjoy a cold øl overlooking the colourful façades of Nyhavn or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera, past ancient fishing villages to the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Phoenix
  3. Day 3 Journey to Oslo

    For now, it’s a fond farvel to Copenhagen and a bright and cheery hej to Sweden, as you cross the Øresund by ferry and wind your way north, through the Swedish countryside past Gothenburg to Norway. You’ll want to keep your camera at the ready to capture the scenic landscapes that line your route to Oslo, Norway’s modern buzzing capital, where the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv can be felt along the flower-lined boulevards and bustling waterfront promenades.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Scandic
  4. Day 4 Vikings and More in Oslo

    Tread in the footsteps of the Vikings this morning as you join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour that will reveal Oslo’s long-standing seafaring heritage. See the medieval fortress of Akershus, the elegant Royal Palace and Oslo Opera House, which seems to rise up from the water in all its marble, granite and glass glory. Visit a wonderland of Norwegian sculptures left behind by Gustav Vigeland in his sculpture park, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city on your terms. You could choose instead to embark on an Optional Experience to learn about Norwegian explorers.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Scandic
  5. Day 5 Onwards to Stockholm Connect with Locals

    Enjoy a scenic drive south through Norway’s lush forest landscapes to Sweden, bound for its enchanting capital. Journey past Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden, before stopping in the countryside to Connect With Locals at a special Be My Guest lunch. Husband and wife team Niklas and Anna will welcome you to their renovated 19th-century church and explain their philosophy of using local produce to delight all your senses. Later, arrive in Stockholm and indulge in a free evening to explore ‘Beauty on Water’. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the first Ice Bar in the world.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Elite Palace
  6. Day 6 Discover Beautiful Stockholm Dive Into Culture

    Style and substance are qualities Stockholm has in abundance, as you’ll discover when you join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour this morning. See Stockholm’s historic mother church, Storkyrkan, the Royal Palace and the Swedish Parliament, then Dive Into Culture on a visit to the City Hall, home to the annual Nobel Prize banquet. This afternoon perhaps join an Optional Experience to explore the maritime heritage of the city, or simply do as the locals do and indulge in fika (coffee and cake), embracing the Swedish philosophy of lagom. Tonight consider an Optional Experience to cobbled Gamla Stan to admire its medieval history on a walking tour, followed by a traditional Swedish meal in a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Elite Palace
  7. Day 7 Embark on an Overnight Cruise

    A leisurely start to your day could see you embark on some last-minute souvenir shopping or savouring steaming sweet Swedish cinnamon rolls in Stortoget. Consider an Optional Experience to Drottningholm Palace. The cool capital of Finland beckons as you board your overnight cruise to Helsinki, passing through Stockholm’s archipelago across the Baltic Sea.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Arrive in Vibrant Helsinki Make Travel Matter

    Continue your cruise across the Baltic, arriving in Helsinki in time to join your Local Specialist for a sightseeing tour of all the city’s highlights, its Swedish and Russian heritage and some hidden gems. Stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at an inclusive café. See the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and the colourful stalls in Market Square. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner to raise a glass of aquavit and toast your epic adventure across the capitals of Scandinavia. Kippis!

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Holiday Inn City Centre
  9. Day 9 Helsinki at Leisure

    Today is yours to explore Helsinki at leisure or perhaps consider joining a full-day Optional Experience to cruise to the beautiful capital of Estonia, Tallinn. With its walled, cobblestoned Old Town, you will feel like you've stepped into the pages of a fairytale.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Holiday Inn City Centre
  10. Day 10 Farewell Scandinavia

    After a memorable journey exploring the history and culture of four Scandinavian nations, all that’s left is to say a fond farewell to your new friends and prepare for your return journey home. Find out more about your free airport transfer at trafalgar.com/freetransfers.

    meals Breakfast
Capitals Scandinvia Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg
  • Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Be My Guest (BMG)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Dive Into Culture

  • Stockholm: Visit the Stockholm City Hall, with its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns. You'll have an opportunity to visit one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Iconic Experience

  • Copenhagen: With your Local Specialist, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
  • Gothenburg: Pass Gothenburg on a scenic drive through Sweden as you travel to Norway.
  • Oslo: With your Local Specialist, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.
  • : Travel through unspoilt Swedish landscapes and see Lake Vänern, the largest lake in the country.
  • Stockholm: With your Local Specialist, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.
  • Helsinki: Your Local Specialist will show you the sights of the harbour city. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer before enjoying free time to explore the harbour of this fascinating city of design.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Bern: Make a stop for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at an inclusive café.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki with a Local Specialist
  • : Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo and the City Hall in Stockholm
  • : View the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
  • : See Børsen, Christiansborg Palace and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Akershus, the Royal Palace and the Opera House in Oslo, Storkyrkan, Riddarholmen Church and the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and the Opera House in Helsinki
  • : Scenic Cruise across the Baltic Sea

Trafalgar Difference

  • Copenhagen: Step into decades of Danish history and in the footsteps of aristocrats and royals when you stay at the 17th-century Phoenix Hotel in Copenhagen.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg
  • : Overnight Cruise from Sweden to Finland
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Copenhagen

Available on Day 2

Danish Traditions And Canal Cruise

This evening, enjoy an hour-long cruise along the canals and experience stunning views of the city from the harbor. We'll then visit the fairy-tale village of Dragør, with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbor. You’ll wander by tiny houses, learn a little of the history and enjoy a taste of traditional Danish specialties.
Adult Price: € 59

North Zealand Riviera And Castle Tour

Enjoy the quaint scenery of the Danish Riviera’s conservation heritage route, as you pass through ancient fishing villages and modern marinas. We'll also view Fredensborg Palace, summer residence of the Royal family, before continuing to the magnificent 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle, where you’ll see the State Apartments and the Coronation Chapel.
Adult Price: € 53

Oslo

Available on Day 4

Norwegian Skiing Traditions

Today we'll visit an ultra-modern skiing museum, perched 1,400 feet in the air. Here, our Local Specialist will share 4,000 years of skiing history, while we enjoy incredible panoramic views of Oslo's ski jump.
Adult Price: € 43

The Fram Museum

Today we’ll take a walk on the stunning marble roof of the Oslo Opera House, rising from the waves, before sailing across the harbor to visit one of the most famous Norwegian museums. The 19th-century polar exploration ship Fram is the museum’s namesake, it visited both the Arctic and the Antarctic more than a hundred years ago and is a must-see!
Adult Price: € 48

Stockholm

Available on Day 5

Old Town and Dinner

Discover beauty and history combined during a walk in the fairy tale Gamla Stan, where little has changed since the 16th and 17th centuries. Then enjoy delicious Swedish cuisine in a popular local restaurant, with a drink included.
Adult Price: € 64

Available on Day 6

Stockholm Discovery Cruise

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Malaren with your Local Specialist, as we sail from the gardens of Drottningholm Palace, located on a UNESCO World Heritage site, in an antique steamboat through the archipelago, past country cottages and elegant homes. You’ll also visit the royal warship 'Vasa,' an ornate 17th-century galleon that sank just minutes after sailing, now reclaimed from the Baltic.
Adult Price: € 58

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