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Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords

Geiranger Fjord, Norway
15 Days from $3,595 per person

Beyond the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that dot the Scandinavian coastline are distinctly different cultures that will make your visit to Norway, Sweden and Denmark a fascinating journey of discovery. 

Celebrate elegant and historic architecture, extreme natural beauty and the heritage of the Vikings as you travel from Copenhagen to Odense, Stavangar to Stockholm, with breathtaking views in between.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Copenhagen. Unwind after check-in or spend time exploring Scandinavia's liveliest city. Enjoy an evening drive - the perfect introduction to Copenhagen, followed by a Welcome Reception to get to know your Travel Director and traveling companions.
  3. Your Local Specialist takes you on a fascinating sightseeing and walking tour in the vicinity of the Amalienborg Palace – an elegant quarter featuring 18th century buildings. In Copenhagen's historic center, view the 17th century Stock Exchange, the Christiansborg Palace and the Neo-Classical Cathedral. View the Little Mermaid – the statue inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's sad fairytale – sitting on a rock in the harbor. Later perhaps enjoy a canal cruise with stunning city views.
  4. Cross the bridge to the Island of Funen and the town of Odense, Hans Christian Andersen's birthplace. Continue across the Jutland Peninsula en route to Randers for an overnight stay.
    hotel:Randers Authentic Accommodations
  5. Sail from Hirsthals across the Skagerrak to the port of Kristiansand in Norway. Enjoy a scenic drive by fjords and lakes to Stavanger, Norway's third city and one of the oldest.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Scandic Forum
  6. Your journey is spectacular as you island-hop from Stavanger, sailing across fjords and passing islands along this impressive coastline. Arrive later in Bergen and experience the history of this picturesque city on your orientation tour. See the 13th century Haakon's Hall and the bustling fish market. This evening enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dinner of Norwegian specialties.
    meal(s):SB, BG
    hotel:Scandic Neptun
  7. Explore Norway's most naturally beautiful city during your free day and consider a morning Optional Experience to the tiny village of Telavag and learn about its powerful Second World War history.
  8. From the ski resort of Voss take a train journey that ascends to nearly 3,000 feet above sea level. Admire the scenery and ride on the famous Flåm railway for a Cultural Insight into one of the most exciting train journeys in the world. Appreciate breathtaking views of mountains and waterfalls, then cross the magnificent waters of Sognefjord to your hotel in Leikanger.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Sognefjord Authentic Accommodations
  9. Follow the spectacular Sognefjord through incredible glacier country. Enjoy wonderful views of Geirangerfjord as you descend to Geiranger village.
    meal(s):SB, D
    hotel:Geiranger Authentic Accommodations
  10. Spend the day surrounded by amazing scenery, relaxing and breathing clear mountain air. Perhaps take an Optional Experience along the Trolls' Road and see Norways most famous mountain road, past tumbling cascades and fertile valleys.
    meal(s):SB, D
  11. A scenic drive from Geiranger brings you to Ottadalen to visit the traditional Stave Church at Lom. Continue through the Gudbrandsdalen Valley, the inspiration for Ibsen's ‘Peer Gynt'. Arrive in Lillehammer, host to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Before dinner at the hotel, consider a walk along Storgata or visit the open-air museum at Maihaugan.
    meal(s):SB, D
  12. View the unusual Olympic ice rink beside the lake at Hamar. In Oslo, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour which includes views of the medieval fortress of Akershus, the Opera and the Royal Palace, finishing with a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Spend the rest of the day relaxing, shopping for unique souvenirs or perhaps visit the Fram Polar Ship Museum and Viking Ship Museum.
    hotel:Scandic Vulkan
  13. Cross the border into Sweden and continue via Karlstad on Lake Vänern. Pass Örebro to the island-ringed capital of Stockholm for your two-night stay.
  14. Admire this charming city during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. View the medieval Storkyrkan, Riddarholm Church and the Royal Palace. Explore the waterside City Hall where Nobel Prize banquets are held. Spend time later shopping in fashionable stores or consider an Optional Experience. Tonight celebrate with your fellow travelers at a Farewell Dinner.
    meal(s):SB, FD
  15. Say goodbye to Scandinavia as your memorable vacation draws to a close. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • 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
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  • Most Meals Most Meals
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Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 Scandinavian breakfasts, 8 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy dinner with the Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm in Norway that has been a working farm since the Viking Ages

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy three splendid accommodations at Hotel Randers, Sognefjord Hotel and Hotel Geiranger

Cultural Insight

  • Take a ride on one of the most exciting train journeys in the world, past mountains and waterfalls through the scenic Norwegian countryside to Flåm

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
  • Orientation of Bergen
  • Visit Odense where Hans Christian Anderson was born, Stavanger, the Sognefjord, Geiranger, the Stave Chuch at Lom, the Olympic town of Lillehammer, Hamar, Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Stockholm's City Hall
  • View The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Haakon's Hall in Bergen, the Geirangerfjord, Oslo's Royal Palace

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.


Grieg And Bergen Insights

Adult Price: € 43

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.

War History And Peaceful Traditions

Adult Price: € 43

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. EURO 48.


North Zealand Riviera And Castle Tour

Adult Price: € 51

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.

Danish Traditions And Canal Cruise

Adult Price: € 56

This evening we'll visit the fairy-tale village of Dragor, with its thatched cottages and pretty working harbour. 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 harbour.


Dalsnibbia And The Majestic Geiranger

Adult Price: € 45

You’ll enjoy views of the fjord from the famous hairpin bends along the Dalsnibba Pass, before we sail down Norway's most famous fjord. UNESCO listed, the Geiranger is home to tiny farms, the Bridal Veil and Seven Sisters waterfalls, which you’ll discover as we explore.

Trollstigen Explored

Adult Price: € 48

Join us on a delightful drive to the Eagles Road for amazing views of towering cliffs plunging down to the Geiranger Fjord. Then discover the path of the trolls - Trollstigen, considered a masterpiece of engineering. This is Norwegian rugged mountain scenery at its finest.


Treasures Of Lillehammer

Adult Price: € 43

Explore Lillehammer on a guided visit to the charming folklore museum of Maihaugen, on the hills above the Olympic Town. You’ll also visit the Olympic Arena, and enjoy an exciting ride in the chairlift (weather permitting) to the top of the ski-slope, for wonderful panoramic views over the town and Gudbrandsdalen.


Vikings And Explorers

Adult Price: € 43

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.


Fjords And Mountains

Adult Price: € 50

Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the UNESCO-listed Næroy Fjord with it's towering mountains and fabulous scenery. This stunning fjord landscape with waterfalls, snow capped mountains and tiny villages has inspired painters for hundreds of years.

Fjordland Farm Cultural Experience

Adult Price: € 42

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.


Panoramic Tower And Dinner

Adult Price: € 61

You'll enjoy the very best views over the city and its archipelago on our trip to the viewing platform of the Kaknas Tower, Sweden's highest building, before savouring delicious cuisine in a popular local restaurant, with a drink included.

Stockholm Discovery Cruise

Adult Price: € 53

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Malaren with your Local Specialist, as we sail 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 which sank just minutes after sailing, now reclaimed from the Baltic.

Swedish Ice Bar And Old Town

Adult Price: € 38

Savour 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 beauty and history combined on a walk in the fairy-tale Gamla Stan; little changed since the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Special Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 25-100% discount on the standard single supplement.

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 $890 p.p.

Triple Discount: $200 p.p.

Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival at Copenhagen Airport transfers will operate at 9:00 am, 12 noon and 3:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Stockholm Airport at 7:30 am and 11:00 am.

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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. Sweden uses the Swedish Krona, 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 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.


Thursday, October 20, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Grand European, okay. Trafalgar, not so much.
Vacation : Excellent tour director. However tour was too fast paced, and anything worthwhile seeing was an additional cost.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Their phone service was very helpful in making reservations, and we were very pleased with our airline schedules.
Vacation : The scenery was inspirational. The hotels were well-chosen, mostly with view rooms, and their buffets incredible. Even though we were on the bus, Amanda, the tour leader, made every day a fun experience...never boring. Loved every minute of this trip.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Excellent!
Vacation : Every aspect of the trip to Scandinavia was perfect!
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : All details were taken care of by the company and our tour director - Cat- kept eveything easy.
Vacation : Our tour guide - Cat - was Excellant - she made the trip so much better. Our driver - Ishvan - kept us safe- Beautiful countries and the people lovely
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : We booked two trips - first was Scotland and then the Scandinavia trip. Info via email for the Scandinavia trip came after we left. I had called to ask that we get the info before we left and were told it would arrive. Oops, it did not. As for the trip, it was excellent. Our travel director, Amanda Flint, was super. Very knowledgeable, very personable, and made the trip wonderful.
Vacation : See above
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Rob Rainwater was helpful, informative.
Vacation : Amanda Flint, Trafalgar travel director, was excellent...informed, pleasant, organized, helpful. Driver Attila was an excellent driver!
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : I do appreciate the included dinners. More optional tours should be included in the trip instead of being extra. All employees are wonderful. Love the farm tours.
Vacation : We really didn't need any money in kronas for each country as we could use our credit card for any purchase. They should not tell us we HAVE to have some. Loved the Flam RR experience. Wished I had known to have my recorder on when that gal was singing up beside the waterfall. That was so wonderful.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Mike was an excellent guide and the service was very good.
Vacation : A wonderful trip!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : was a good time great service and people
Vacation : great sights and went to interesting places
Monday, August 22, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : The whole trip schedule for experiencing the best sights allotted for the time frame of the trip was exceptionally planned and executed. Our tour director was extremely knowledgeable and helpful in every way to meet all of our personal needs as well. All but one of the accommodations were superb and the food was excellent. Well done GET!
Vacation : Very pleased with the whole trip and highly recommend it to all travel lovers as an experience not to be forgotten in our memoirs. Even when the weather didn't want to be corporative, we were still able to experience the beauty of the fjords, unbelievable scenery whether in the rain or shining sun! Our local guides were outstanding in sharing their knowledge for every special tour that was offered.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Mr Rainwater is a excellent rep
Vacation : Excellent
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : GET provides excellent service from initial booking through getting travelers to the departing airport. we will definitely book with GET in the future.
Vacation : The trip couldn't have been better. The tour director and coach driver were very professional and conducted their work in an exemplary manner. we have been on numerous GET trips and this was one of the best.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much. We look forward to helping you plan your next trip.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : The staff at GET are very easy to work with.
Vacation : All in all, the trip was wonderful. I did find that there were too many buffet dinners almost always offering the same items. More food variety would be preferred; I don't mind paying for a dinner when the food is obviously worth it. The Travalgar tour guide and bus drivers were exceptional. I would certainly consider taking another trip with them.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : We got delayed 38 Hrs with our airline connections going and coming GET does not answer their phone on weekends! All you get is get a recording that says they are open M-F regular business hours! This SUCKS!, It seems that all GET wants to do is sell the trip!
Vacation : No Thanks to GET the trip wAS GOOD. Thanks to Trafalgar is a responsible company that made the trip great! I will never book anything again with GET!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're very sorry to hear about your flight delay. We do offer 24/7 guest support for such occasions. There is an option in our telephone message to be transferred to our on call service. It comes immediately after the business hours info. Perhaps you hung up a bit too soon.
It's nice to see that despite your delay, you were able to enjoy the trip.

Grand European Travel
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Well organized travel, excellent tour director and bus driver
Vacation : Wonderful experience
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : The intinerary was a bit ambitious and I would have rather liked to spend more time in some of the towns (Bergen,Oslo, Gierranger, Stockholm) and I thought Lillihammer could have been dropped. The Radisson hotels were very nice but some of the Scandic hotels were less than acceptable - especially the last 2 nites in Sweden which kind of left a cloud on the trip. The room was so small I had to sit on the bed and lean forward to see a mirror to do my hair. Had to put my suitcase on the floor. There was no electrical outlet in the "bathroom". The bathroom was so tiny (MAYBE 5x5) that doing anything in there was near impossible. In the restaurant in Oslo, which was probably meant to be "quaint", we were put into a basement room that was small (did not fit the entire group), warm and the air conditioner was leaking and they had to reposition people and lay down pans to catch the dripping water. The food at the hotels was OK. Overall the accommodations were average to unacceptable.Certainly not 4 or 5 star hotels (except for Radisson). There was a Radisson in Stockholm, why did we not stay there?
Vacation : Our guide Jeffrey was very pleasant and knowledgeable of the areas that we visited. I enjoyed him. Our drive, Attilla, was an exemplary and cautious driver. I felt comfortable as he drove us through winding, hairpin curves. I enjoyed most of the towns we visited and explored. This is the first bus trip I have taken and the unpacking, packing, living out of a suitcase was not the best part of my trip.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Service was made great by tour director, Catrin Griffiths. She made sure her group was always first, where there were lines by other tour group. This way we did not wait for whatever we had to do, e.g., VAT service place. She has good knowledge of every area, always cheerful, and on top of all paper work.
Vacation : Very scenic, good choice of hotels. Wish I was charged less for a vegetarian dinner on optional trip,as it costs less than non veg. dinner.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : I used your company before, this time I found that the hotels were not as good, and either you took the optional tours or you had a free time, the tours included were not that many.
Vacation : The director was excellent!so the driver! I would prefer one day more in Oslo and one day less in Bergen, also one more day in Stockholm, many of us thought the same thing.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Your staff was helpful and patient and had correct information every time we called with a problem or question. We were very impressed with their knowledge and helpfulness.
Vacation : Traveling with Trafalgar on the Scenic Scandinavian Tour was quite a different experience for us. It was a very crowded having 46 in our group. The bus had little knee room with so many seats crowded in. Our leader started with his rules: no drinking, no eating, no talking when he was talking and sit in our daily assigned seats as we rotated thru the bus. Unfortunately, we ended up sitting with the same people every day. The couple behind us showed up sick and having them cough on us didn’t take long before we were also sick. Assigned seats are good, but at least mix it up. Our lunches were at cafeterias along the road. At nearly everyone, they reused to let us order off the menu. They offered soup or pre-made sandwiches. I am gluten free, so it was difficult to find things to eat. Several times we could get a burger and fries, but Xavier complained that it took too long and we couldn't do it next time. Breakfasts and dinners were at hotels that were serving 300 people at one time. It was a battle just to get to the food. Our guide Xavier Libert was good at lectures and reprimands. Like the time we were at a photo stop and I walked 50 feet to an empty restroom. When I got back he told me I wasn’t supposed to do that as this was a photo stop, and the restroom stop would be coming up. I did not hold up the bus. A bit later we arrived at one of our ferries which we had just missed. He blamed it on us taking 9 minutes for a 3 minute photo stop. It takes more than 3 minutes to get everyone off the bus! Another issue was the choice of most everyone to skip 2 optionals that Xavier felt were important and must do’s. One was in Bergen. He told us that we were the only tour he had ever taken to not want to do the “optional” to the museum. He said we would tire of the souvenir shops by noon and be bored. Instead we all enjoyed the day on our own going up the funicular and listening to bands during the Hanseatic Days celebration that was coincidently going on at that time. It was a fun day exploring the city and tasting new seafood delicacies. Several of the optionals were just a waste of money. They didn’t involve much exploration and a couple were on our way anyway. Toward the end we quit doing them as the expense was mounting and interest waning. Another issue with Xavier other than his lectures and rules was that when we got to a destination he would vanish. We had no idea how to get in touch with him at a hotel and very little information was given out about our schedule or what we would be doing the next day. This was especially noticeable due to the other guides help. Hazel, guide to the other 48 Trafalgar bus traveling with us, had info on her board each evening about the next day’s schedule and interesting tidbits about books or movies concerning a place we had been. At a restaurant, she came up and told us how to order and what we needed to know. She was very helpful. All in all, we felt that Trafalgar had our schedule too tightly planned so as not to have any time to wander or take pictures. Xavier just built on that. Norway should be the main trip with optional pre-and post-trips to Copenhagen and Stockholm. Xavier and Trafalgar need to remember that this is our vacation that we had paid for and they should respect our time. It was a drive-by trip except for the optionals. Having traveled most of the waterways with Uniworld, this was quite a shock. Uniworld has always treated us royally and we’ve never felt rushed or harassed. They do things right. We won’t be traveling with Trafalgar again, but don’t discount future Grand European trips because of this trip. We will ask more questions in the future, however.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : Although I didn't mind the size of the group, my wife did not like traveling with such a large group as Trafalgar takes.
Vacation : Everything was very good except the decision to drop us off far from our hotel after the Stockholm panoramic tour. We could stay near the opera house for 4 hours in the rain or walk back to our hotel, an hour walk.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Sorry to hear about the bad weather during one of the activities. We hope it did not dampen the rest of the trip or memories made. Thank you for your business and comments.

Grand European Travel
Friday, June 3, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords
Service rating : I had the time of my life. I loved every moment.
Vacation : I had the time of my life. I loved every moment. Amanda Flint our guide and Lazlo our bus driver were fantastic.

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