Grand Scandinavia

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Enjoy authentic food and meet friendly locals, as you sail the Baltic Sea and cross rolling tundra and glassy fjords in search of the midnight sun.

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Enjoy authentic food and meet friendly locals, as you sail the Baltic Sea and cross rolling tundra and glassy fjords in search of the midnight sun.

  1. Board your overnight flight to Scandinavia (not included).
  2. On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 9:00 am, noon, & 3:00 pm. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, a pleasant dinner and wine followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

    meal(s):DW
    hotel:Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
  3. Meet your Local Expert and see Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid before venturing inside the Christiansborg Palace. See the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace.

    meal(s):BB
  4. Travel from Denmark to Sweden, crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to Stockholm.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Hilton Stockholm Slussen
  5. Join a Local Expert and visit City Hall. Continue to Gamla Stan to view the cathedral and the Royal Palace. Board your Baltic cruise to Finland and enjoy dinner onboard as well as seemingly endless sea views from your high-class, sea-view cabin.

    meal(s):BB, DW
    hotel:Cruise
  6. Disembark your Baltic cruise to meet your Local Expert. Visit the modern Church in the Rock and see the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore on your own.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:GLO Art Hotel, Helsinki
  7. Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes. Adjoining the hotel is the well-revered Grillsson Steakhouse & Bar, known for their homely atmosphere. Sit back and relax as you are treated to a delicious, freshly-prepared, three-course meal offering, quinoa and goat's cheese to start, warming flank steak with Borderlaise sauce for a main and a refreshing lime posset for dessert.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Cumulus Kuopio Hotel
  8. As you journey towards the Arctic, travel through Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami people. Visit Oulu, Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbors. Enjoy time to explore the center of the city that is spread across several islands, connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways, considered one of the best in Europe. Your travels continue to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Santa Claus Hotel, Rovaniemi
  9. With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall and visit Rovaniemi Church. Visit the Santa Claus Village to meet Santa, and cross the Arctic Circle - you’ll receive a certificate to prove you were there!

    meal(s):BB
  10. Continue along the Four Winds’ Road where you may see herds of reindeer, as you head to one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe’s last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold center of Tankavaara.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hotelli Ivalo
  11. Stop at Karasjok to visit a Sami folk museum. Continue through unique scenery en route to North Cape. Journey to the northernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Scandic Honningsvag
  12. Enjoy a morning at leisure, before continuing your escorted journey to Alta.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Scandic, Alta
  13. Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore Alta as you wish. Maybe check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings, or consider taking a wilderness trip on the river? Later, visit a working Husky farm to meet Trine Lyrek, a champion dog sledder. Learn about her Alaskan Huskies and the challenges she faces competing in marathon Arctic dog sled races. Meet some of Trine's adorable Husky puppies, that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country, they're very friendly and you'll be able to have a play with these potential champions in the making if you wish. Afterwards, delight in a wonderful oven-baked Highlight Dinner of local seasonal specialties of salmon or the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

    meal(s):BB, DW
  14. Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvelous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They're 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really are stunning all year round. Continue to Narvik, surrounded by majestic mountains. With the afternoon free for you to explore on your own, perhaps join an Optional Experience and take in stunning views aboard neighboring Sweden's iron-ore railway. Pass surrounding fjords as the Ofot Railway clings to the mountainside - constructed over 100 years ago, it's an incredible feat of engineering.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Scandic Narvik
  15. Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjøen
  16. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim. See the Market Square and the statue of Olav Tryggvason, along with the Nidaros Cathedral, Tyholt Tower and the Old Town Bridge.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Clarion Hotel & Congress Trondheim
  17. Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of meters into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, as you journey through Dovrefjell National Park. Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom, home to one of Norway’s most beautiful stave churches. Arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape.

    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hotel Union Geiranger
  18. Enjoy a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains.

    meal(s):BB, D
  19. Travel through ‘Peer Gynt’ Country, inspiration for Greig. Continue on to Oslo.

    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo
  20. Your Local Expert will show you the medieval Akershus Castle and the Royal Palace, before you visit the Viking Ship Museum and explore Frogner Park. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner, and raise your glass to toast your adventures.

    meal(s):BB, DW
  21. Your departure transfer arrives at Oslo Airport at 7:15 am or 10:15 am.

    meal(s):BB
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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 $1,380 p.p. up to $1,440 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $231 per person.

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Reviews

Friday, September 1, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : A comprehensive overview of Scandinavia that was informative and scenic. it did require many hours of bus riding but there were sufficient rest stops to compensate.
Vacation : I good buy-felt I got my moneys worth.
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Everything went smoothly throughtout our trip. Our tour guide did an excellent job as did our driver.
Vacation : If you are talking about the extras, some were worth the price and some were not.
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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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  • 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

19 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 8 three-course table d'hôte Dinner or Buffets (D) with tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Copenhagen:

  • Make the most of the long summer nights at Tivoli Gardens, the famous entertainment park.
  • With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.

Stockholm:

  • With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gold Room is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles.

Helsinki:

  • Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbor city. Visit the Church in the Rock, admire the interesting Sibelius Monument and see Finlandia Hall before enjoying free time to explore the harbor of this fascinating city of design.

Karasjok:

  • Visit the museum devoted to Sami history and culture, offering a glimpse into the old Sami lifestyle.

Oulu:

  • Visit Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also one of the most important harbor cities in Northern Europe.

Alta:

  • At a working husky farm, meet the huskies and share in the challenges of competing in marathon Arctic dog sleigh races.

Geiranger:

  • Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.

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.
  • With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.

Rovaniemi:

  • With a Local Expert, visit the church and see Town Hall.
  •  See Alvar Aalto’s Town Hall and visit the cathedral. You'll even receive an Arctic Circle Crossing certificate.
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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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  • 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. Here are the currencies used by country:

    Sweden – Swedish Krona

    Norway – Norwegian Krone

    Denmark – Danish Kroner

    Finland – Euro

    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 48 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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  • 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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