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Highlights of Scandinavia

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12 Days from $1,995 per person

Countries Visited

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

Locations Visited

Copenhagen, Odense, Oslo, Vradal, Bergen, Sognefjord, Fagernes Valdres, Karlstad, Orebro, Stockholm ...more Copenhagen, Odense, Oslo, Vradal, Bergen, Sognefjord, Fagernes Valdres, Karlstad, Orebro, Stockholm
  1. Day 1 Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

    You're in for a whole lot of hygge when you hit the colourful, character-filled streets of Copenhagen, which kick-starts your journey across Scandinavia. This cool capital manages to mix fairy tale with function as you'll come to discover. Spend your day soaking up the sunshine in 17th-century Nyhavn or rubbing shoulders with the fun-loving locals in Tivoli Gardens, Europe's oldest amusement park. You'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner later at your hotel.

    meals Dinner
    hotel AC Hotel Bella Sky
  2. Day 2 Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

    Discover why Copenhagen earns its status as one of the world's most liveable cities - a place where work and play are perfectly balanced. Your Local Specialist will take you on a sightseeing tour to the heart of the Old Town, through lively streets, squares and along canals, revealing many of the city's highlights, from the Royal Amalienborg Palace to Carlsberg Glyptotek. Snap a selfie with Copenhagen's demure Little Mermaid then spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen your way or join an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera past ancient fishing villages to the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle. This evening, you could choose to visit the village of Dragor with its tiny thatched cottages, followed by an hour-long cruise along the canals.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Copenhagen – Oslo (1 Night)

    The next leg of your journey is filled with eye-catching landscapes that demand to be captured on camera. Your scenic drive from Denmark to Sweden will see you cross the Øresund by ferry, then skirt the Swedish coastline north past glittering blue bays and lush pine and spruce forests. Continue your journey past Gothenburg bound for Oslo, the Norwegian capital. Norway wears its pioneering past with subtlety. This city could claim great Viking victories. Instead, you'll encounter a modest, waterfront Oslo, where contemporary meets comfortable and the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv is palpable in its lush parks, flower-lined boulevards and bustling waterways.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Radisson Blu Alna
  4. Day 4 Oslo Sightseeing – Vrådal (1 Night)

    Your Local Specialist will reveal all the highlights this morning, including the medieval fortress Akershus, the Town Hall and the Royal Palace. Visit the bronze, granite and cast iron fantasy-land left behind by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, the world's largest sculpture exhibition by a single artist. Later consider joining an Optional Experience to see the three original Viking longships and visit the Fram Museum where you'll delve into Roald Amundsen's spontaneous race to the South Pole. Leave the capital and head to Norway's Telemark region, renowned for its distinctive skiing technique which combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. Tonight, you'll join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Quality Straand
  5. Day 5 Vrådal – Bergen (2 Nights)

    Witness Mother Nature's magic touch on Norway as you wind your way through spectacular mountains and past Hardangerfjord, the 'Queen of the Fjords', to Bergen. The city's Hanseatic heritage is only second to the spectacular natural landscape that surrounds this enchanting coastal city, which is famously fringed by seven hills and seven fjords. The former capital of Norway has been a trading centre since the 13th century as you'll come to discover as you explore its historic heart, but today it is perhaps more celebrated for being the gateway to Norway's stunning fjordscapes.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Zander K
  6. Day 6 Bergen Sightseeing and Free Time

    Nowhere is Norway's seafaring heritage more apparent than in Bergen, which was once the cod capital of the world and a lively port for traders seeking to spread its salty delights across Europe. Your orientation tour will introduce you to some of the city's highlights, including its fish market and the 13th-century Haakon's Hall, a former royal residence. You'll have some time to explore the harbour and the colourful wooden warehouses of UNESCO-listed Bryggen, the centre of Bergen's Hanseatic trade for centuries. Later this afternoon, consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the villa of famous composer Grieg and see where he was inspired to compose his masterworks. You could choose to delve into Norway's World War II history instead during a visit to the lost village of Televag, whose ties to the resistance saw it destroyed by the Gestapo.

    meals Breakfast
  7. Day 7 Bergen – Sognefjord (Hafslo) (1 Night)

    Norway's fjord country takes centre stage today as you head to the 'King of the Fjords', Sognefjord. Your scenic drive will pass Tvindefossen waterfall before arriving at the world's longest and deepest fjord. Here you'll have a rare opportunity as part of an Optional Experience to meet a local family on their working farm against the backdrop of the fjord, sampling their traditions that date back to Viking times. For nature lovers, there's an Optional Experience to board a cruise on the UNESCO-listed Nærøy Fjord whose stunning landscape has inspired painters for centuries. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Eikum
  8. Day 8 Sognefjord (Hafslo) – Fagernes (1 Night)

    Buckle up for an exhilarating encounter with a land of myths and legends, trolls and giants as you head to Jotunheimen National Park. This is where Galdhøpiggen, Scandinavia's highest mountain, towers over the surrounding lakes, valleys, glaciers and snow-capped peaks - epic alpine scenery you'll want to capture on your camera along this scenic drive. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the Norwegian wilderness to learn about the huskies, boarding a sled ride through the Jotunheimen, followed by 'fire' coffee and cookies to warm your heart, soul and stomach.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Scandic Valdres
  9. Day 9 Fagernes – Lillehammer – Karlstad (1 Night)

    Tame your inner adventurer today during a visit to Lillehammer, in the heart of Norway. You'll discover what's great about the great outdoors as you see how this Norwegian ski resort turned Winter Olympics hub has become popular amongst adrenalin junkies. Continue through Norway's lush forest landscapes, through the cottage countryside of Sweden bound for Lake Vänern, on whose shores you'll stay tonight, surrounded by mountains, forests and fields. Take a deep breath and tune out this evening, embracing the simplicity of your surrounds.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Scandic Winn
  10. Day 10 Karlstad – Örebro – Stockholm (2 Nights)

    Today's first stop is the lively university town of Örebro. View the 13th-century castle on the banks of the Svartån River before continuing to stylish Stockholm, which its locals refer to as 'beauty on water'. The beautiful blue jostles for your attention amidst lush green parks and a modern city where style and substance co-exist effortlessly. Get your bearings and explore Stockholm your way or delve into the story of the Vasa, a 17th-century warship which sank on her maiden voyage. This Optional Experience puts you right on the water as you board a cruise through Djurgården Canal along the shores of Saltsjön. Later this evening, join your travel companions for an optional walk in the colourful, cobbled Gamla Stan where little has changed since the 16th and 17th centuries, followed by a rousing Swedish meal in a favourite local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Park Inn by Radisson Hammarby Sjostad
  11. Day 11 Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time

    Let this elegant town capture your heart as you explore it this morning with a Local Specialist. View the medieval Storkyrkan, the Town Hall and Royal Palace. This afternoon, maybe delve into the city's Viking treasures and discover its distinctive sense of style. An Optional Experience could see you visit Stockholm's City Hall and Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum featuring five centuries of Swedish history. Or get your cameras ready for a 'pano' worthy of framing when you head to Sodermalm on an Optional Experience which includes a visit to the world's first Ice Bar. Say skål in glasses made of pure river ice, then join your fellow travellers later for dinner to celebrate the end of your Scandinavian adventure.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12 Depart Stockholm

    Your epic journey worthy of a Viking voyage has sadly come to an end. Say a fond farvel to new friends and close the curtain on a holiday filled with Scandinavian style, the majesty of Mother Nature and a whole lot of lagom as you prepare to return home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Scandinavia
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 5 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Bergen See Haakon's Hall and the bustling fish market
  • Copenhagen Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the Little Mermaid, Nyhavn, Royal Amalienborg Palace and the Carlsberg Glyptotek
  • Oslo View the medieval fortress Akershus, the Town Hall and the Royal Palace and visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park with your Local Specialist
  • Stockholm Sightseeing with a Local Specialist includes views of the medieval Storkyrkan, the Town Hall, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace

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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

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: €51

Danish Traditions And Canal Cruise

This evening we'll visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor, 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. Then, enjoy an hour-long cruise along the canals and experience stunning views of the city from the harbor.
Adult Price: €56

Oslo

Vikings And Explorers

You’ll visit the three original Viking longships and their treasures with your Local Specialist, including the Oseberg ship - last used as a burial ship for a woman of high rank. Then explore the stunning Fram Museum to discover the story of the ship and the race to the South Pole, illustrated with films, images and new exhibits.
Adult Price: €43

Bergen

Grieg And Bergen Insights

We’ll head out along the fjord to visit the home of famous composer Grieg, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the villa—the inspiration for many of his masterworks. You’ll also explore Bergen on a walk through the historical lanes, and see stunning views of the city on a trip up the hillside by funicular railway.
Adult Price: €43

War History And Peaceful Traditions

Come with us as we explore the lost village of Televag, destroyed when the Gestapo discovered the villagers’ support of the resistance. You’ll visit the museum before we journey to a traditional Norwegian fishing village for coffee and local pancakes. Certain departures also include a guided visit of Fjell Fortress, a Nazi command bunker hidden deep inside the mountain for 48.
Adult Price: €43

Sognefjord

Fjords And Mountains

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the UNESCO-listed Næroy Fjord with its towering mountains and fabulous scenery. This stunning fjord landscape with waterfalls, snowcapped mountains and tiny villages has inspired painters for hundreds of years.
Adult Price: €50

Stockholm

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: €59

Vasa and Magical Djurgarden

The story of the Vasa, a 17th-century warship which sank on her maiden voyage, comes alive with our guide. Later, we'll cruise through the peaceful Djurgarden canal and return through Stockholm harbor.
Adult Price: €56

Altitude and Attitude

Savor a drink in a glass made of ice in the minus temperatures of the Ice-Bar, made completely from the frozen waters of Sweden’s River Torne. You'll also discover the very best views over the city and its archipelago, with a visit to the viewing platform of the Kaknas Tower, Stockholm's highest building.
Adult Price: €43

Stockholm's Power and the Past

Visit Stockholm's City Hall and marvel at the monumental architecture. Later, we'll explore Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum, and wander through 500 years of history.
Adult Price: €53

Reviews
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Trusted Customer
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Service
Grand European Travel provided excellent service, and had a great variety of travel options. The Travel Specialists were very responsive, accurate and friendly. I will travel with them again!
Vacation
Highlights of Scandinavia was a wonderful trip. Our tour director and our driver were terrific. I saw some beautiful and unexpected sites, and made several new friends. Loved the trip.
Trusted Customer
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Service
Our friend coordinated the travel for the 3 of us and I think it worked out well.
Vacation
Overall the trip was great other than the fjord excursion on a car ferry. Food, travel guide and bus driver were knowledgeable and felt safe entire trip.
Carol Weisker
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
This was not as easy as it was at first. I had some problems getting the information that I needed. I had to get it from my friend who was going on the same trip!
Vacation
The Tour Director was outstanding in all respects, local knowledge, friendliness, efficiency.
Kazuyo Fischer
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Service
They made my flight arrangements. Responded to my questions when I called them. Was friendly, informative, & patient with my questions.
Vacation
Well organized. Excellent food! Great leader!
Trusted Customer
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Service
Hotels that were good, a great tour guide, and a tour that had many optional experiences to choose from. Many interesting cities and enough free time as well.
Vacation
See the above review. The areas we visited were wonderful, and I especially wanted to see Sweden.
John Christiansen
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Service
After dealing with two agents who left GET we had a very positive experience with Tess who was able to answer any and all questions that we had.
Vacation
This was our first Cost Saver experience and our 6th GET/Trafalgar tour. it was a Cost Saver so we expected hotel locations to be away from city centers and they were. The hotels were fine and the meals when provided were great. Some of the extras that a GET or Trafalgar tour provided were not there. If the optional excursions were not booked a person could be left to fend for themselves in a city center with no way to get back to the hotel or would have no place to go to until our bus picked them up some hours later and then to move on to a different city. Our trip was to Scandinavia so we spent lots of time on the bus enjoying the beautiful scenery. The places we stopped at were all very interesting and or beautiful. Our group leader was David who did a fabulous job of keeping us informed and on time. David 's good humor and patience made the trip very worthwhile and a wonderful experience.
Gary Haas
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Service
They did not inform me the hotels were not in the major cities but in areas far from down town areas. when i stayed two extra days i had to take 3 trains to get downtown bad news on your part
Vacation
all was great except locations of hotels
Allyson Hinton
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Service
Several people I talked to at GET over the past few months were not very friendly. I am not sure if I will use GET on my next trip
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are deeply saddened by your experience and hope to use this as an opportunity to improve the booking experience for all our guests. We hope you will give us a chance to redeem ourselves, and are happy that you enjoyed the tour.
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Vacation
The trip was awesome! Everything went as planned and we saw amazing scenery. The Tour Director Bec, was the best, she went out of her way to make the trip more enjoyable. Definitely the best Tour Director I've had, she was so friendly, personable, knowledgeable and entertaining. Our driver was awesome too. Wonderful vacation!
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Service
Good value
Vacation
Excellent tour director adavid
David Kurth
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Service
Every flight and transportation was right on
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when everything goes as planned. Thank you!
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Vacation
good arrangements for getting around
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