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Country Roads of Scandinavia

12 Days from $3,776 per person

Style: Premium | Pace: Comfortable

Marvel at the road less traveled with Scandinavia's breathtaking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Marvel at the road less traveled with Scandinavia's breathtaking mountains, rivers and fjords. Follow the tales and trails of the Vikings, while enjoying the modern culture and liveliness of the cities.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 9:30 am, 12 noon or 2:30 pm. Join your Travel Director and fellow guests at 5:30 pm, to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine. 

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Scandic Oslo City
  2. In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbor, as well as the Royal Palace and an included visit to the Viking Ship Museum. Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture. Wander through Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure, perhaps join an Optional Experience to the most modern ski jump in the world. Maybe explore City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held, or walk upon the famous architecture of Oslo Opera House.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Scandic Oslo City
  3. Journey across the Hardanger Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. Join your Travel Director in a city orientation and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbor side town. In the evening, savor a delicious dinner at Zupperia Matbørsen, a local restaurant offering traditional Norwegian and European flavors with an Asian fusion.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Clarion Hotel Admiral
  4. A Local Expert introduces you to Bergen. The ancient Hanseatic port city still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has stalls selling a colorful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th-century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway. Maybe you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Clarion Hotel Admiral
  5. Travel along this incredible coastline and sail across fjords passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway's oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. The city has continued to evolve with changing times and now the headquarters of the Norwegian oil industry, Stavanger is a fusion of old world charm and cosmopolitan flair.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel
  6. Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords. See Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the sundeck. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or continue exploring Stavanger.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel
  7. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city center will show you the Dom Kirke and the Nupen Fountain.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hotel Norge
  8. Say farewell to Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirtshals, Denmark. Your journey continues to Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city and one of Europe's cultural treasures with world-class museums and modern art. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city's Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Comwell Hotel Aarhus
  9. A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Join your Local Expert for an exploration of the city center. See the City Hall, the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Walk through the area surrounding the cathedral and visit the new township for splendid views of Aarhus Bay. The afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. Join your fellow travelers for a Farm-to-Table Dinner where you will enjoy delicious Danish dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Comwell Hotel Aarhus
  10. Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the island of Fyn. In the restored old district, visit the Hans Christian Andersen House, a museum dedicated to his life and works. Learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure during your Celebration Dinner with your newfound friends.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia
  11. Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbor and see Christiansborg Palace, the seat of the Danish Government. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. View the unusual Rundertaarn, a 17th-century round tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps take an Optional Experience to visit the Carlsberg Brewery and explore the Tivoli Gardens for an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delights.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia
  12. Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen Airport at 6:30 am, 9 am and 12 noon.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $970 per person

Triple Room Discount $160 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $139 per person.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Oslo airport, your transfer will leave for the hotel at 9:30 am, 12 noon or 2:30 pm. Departure transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Copenhagen airport at 6:30 am, 9 am and 12 noon.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Included Quality Dining

11 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 3 Dinners with Wine, all with tea or coffee.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger • Cruise Lysefjord • Sail across the Skagerrak from Kristiansand to Hirsthals • Cruise by ferry to the island of Fyn
  • Visit the Viking Ship Museum and Frogner Park in Oslo • Den Gamle By in Aarhus • Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense
  • City tours of Oslo, Aahus and Copenhagen, all with Local Experts
  • See Oslo's Akershus Castle and Royal Palace • Hardangervidda National Park • Haakon's Hall and the market stalls of Bergen • Pulpit Rock above Lysefjord • Kristiansand's Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain • Aarhus' City Hall and modern art museum, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum • Christiansborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Renaissance Stock Exchange and Rundertaarn in Copenhagen
  • Oslo: Guided by your Local Expert, see the impressive Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace.
  • Oslo: Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th-century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture when you visit the Viking Ship Museum.
  • Oslo: Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.
  • Hardanger Plateau: Pass through the National Park known for its beautiful arctic tundra.
  • Bergen: Explore this Wooden City led by your Travel Director and hear about the seafaring traditions of this beautiful harbor side town.
  • Bergen: Marvel at the 13th century Haakon's Hall and explore the many market stalls with your Local Expert.
  • Norway's West Coast: Fjord hop from Bergen to Stavanger.
  • Lysefjord: Embrace spectacular scenery as you cruise through Lysefjord to the magnificent Pulpit Rock. See Vagabond's Cave, old mountain farms, idyllic islands and majestic scenery.
  • Kristiansand: During your orientation with your Travel Director, walk the city center and see the Dom Kirke and Nupen Fountain.
  • Skagerrak: Sail across the Skagerrak as you cross from Kristiansand to Hirsthals.
  • Aarhus: Your Local Expert guides you through the open-air museum of Den Gamle By.
  • Aarhus: Explore the city center with your Local Expert. Pass City Hall and see the modern art museum ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum topped with an immense, interactive artwork and Dokk1, the largest public library in Scandinavia. Visit the new township, an artificial island offering splendid views of Aarhus Bay.
  • Fyn: Travel by ferry to the island of Fyn.
  • Odense: Be enchanted by the tales of Hans Christian Anderson's life when you visit the museum dedicated to his life and works.
  • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, 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.
  • Scenic Drives: While traveling through southern Scandinavia, experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world, along the Norwegian West Coast from Bergen to Stavanger, around the south cape of Norway and across Jutland Peninsula.
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland –must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Scandinavia.

  • Scandinavian countries do not share a common currency. Norway uses the Norwegian Krone and Denmark uses the Danish Kroner.While it’s a good idea to have some money on you while you travel, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in the country you’re visiting. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Scandinavian cuisine is rich and hearty.  Try a traditional ‘smørgasbord’ with a selection of meat, fish, salads, hot dishes, puddings and cheeses. Sample dishes prepared with a variety of seafood including smoked salmon, cod, herring, sardines and mackerel. Popular meats include reindeer, lamb and fowl. Coffee and milk are very popular, along with lager. Aquavit is the local spirit, and is usually served chilled. Wines and other spirits are imported products and are very expensive.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • When dining out it is appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity if a service charge has not already been added to your bill.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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.

Oslo

Norwegians Are Born With Skis On Their Feet

Adult Price: € 43.00

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Oslo from the top of the most modern ski jump in the world. At 1400 feet in the air, our Local Expert will share 4000 years of skiing history with you in this ultra-modern skiing museum.

Oslo

Romantic Norway

Adult Price: € 37.00

Let’s travel back in time to the romantic past that still lives in the heart of every Norwegian with this visit to the open air museum in Oslo. See the Norwegian National dress, step into old turf-roofed farmsteads and visit one of the unique and original stave churches.

Bergen

The Flaam Railway

Adult Price: € 95.00

Aboard this iconic rail journey on Europe's steepest regular gauge railway, we'll explore snow-capped mountains and road-less countryside. First the Bergen-Oslo line takes us up to the Flaam train at Myrdal. Then we'll descend slowly through the mountains, with a stop for photos at the thundering waterfall of Kjosfossen. Please Note: This Optional Experience is subject to seasonal availability.

Aarhus

Danish Family Dinner

Adult Price: € 69.00

Aarhus is situated in the middle of some of the most beautiful farm lands in Denmark. Tonight we'll enjoy a local dinner that incorporates some of the best traditions of Danish cuisine.

Aarhus

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Adult Price: € 42.00

Explore life as if you were one of the first humans in the North and get an exciting insight into their harsh way of life. Walk through ancient Aros with a real Viking and meet the Grauballe man, a 2200 year old Dane. “The Wild Side” offers a fascinating look into Danish anthropology.

Copenhagen

Happiness and Hygge

Adult Price: € 45.00

The Ultimate Grand Finale! Hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word meaning cosy, charming or special. A visit to two of Denmark’s iconic sites will provide these and happiness as well. First, we'll enjoy a self-guided tour through the Carlsberg Brewery, where we'll explore their museum and see the Carlsberg Clydesdale Horses before sampling some of their product. Then, we're on to Tivoli Gardens to enjoy an evening of lights, flowers and sensory delight!

Copenhagen

Canal Cruise and Visit to a Small Fishing Village

Adult Price: € 47.00

Today we’ll explore Copenhagen through a cruise on its narrow canals and inner harbour. Then we’ll stroll around the streets of an old fishing village and stop at a local cafe for light refreshments.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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