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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 second oldest amusement park. You'll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for dinner later at your hotel.
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 city, 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 join a cruise along the canals followed by a visit to the village of Dragor with its tiny thatched cottages followed by an hour-long cruise along the canals.
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.
Your Local Specialist will reveal all the highlights this morning, including the medieval fortress Akershus, the City 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.
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 will come to discover on your orientation tour of the city's highlights, including the fish market and the 13th-century Haakon's Hall, a former Royal residence.
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. 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. 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 also 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.
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. 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.
Later, 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. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.
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.
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 jumping centre 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.
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 take a cruise across the harbour and the beautiful Djurgården canal on our optional excursion which continues on to explore the huge public art gallery that is the Stockholm metro.
Let this elegant town capture your heart as you explore it this morning with a Local Specialist. View the medieval Storkyrkan, the City 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 delve into the story of the Vasa, a 17th-century warship that sank on her maiden voyage. 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.
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. Find out more about your free airport transfer at costsavertour.com/freetransfers.
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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
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 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.
Adult Price: € 59
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: € 45
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: € 47
Come with us as we explore the lost village of Televag, destroyed when the German army discovered the villagers’ support of the resistance in World War II. 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. € 48.
Adult Price: € 43
Visit a traditional working farm set amid the glorious scenery of the Sognefjord, surrounded by craggy mountains with views across the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. Get to know a typical Scandinavian family and something about their day-to-day lives. Learn a little of both the history, which dates back to Viking times and present-day traditions. We'll also sample the local homemade delicacies.
Adult Price: € 44
Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the UNESCO-listed Næroy Fjord with its towering mountains and fabulous scenery. This stunning fjord landscape with waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and tiny villages has inspired painters for hundreds of years.
Adult Price: € 50
Join us on a trip to the Norwegian wilderness to learn about these magnificent dogs. We'll have a chance to ride on sleds pulled by the huskies through the Jotunheim National park, before returning to base camp for "fire" coffee and cookies where we'll learn more about these fascinating creatures.
Adult Price: € 99
With our Local Specialist, we'll cross Stockholm's stunning harbor before sailing through the beautifully tranquil Royal Canal. Later, we'll dive into Stockholm's hidden art gallery - the Stockholm Metro.
Adult Price: € 55
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
Discover the best views over beautiful Stockholm as we stroll through the old working-class heritage area on Sodermalm. Later, we visit the world's first Ice Bar and take a drink in glasses made of pure river ice.
Adult Price: € 44
The two "must-sees" of Stockholm - the stunning City Hall, famed for its architecture and Nobel celebrations. Then, the jaw-dropping Vasa ship, hidden under the Baltic for centuries.
Adult Price: € 55
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