• Save up to 10% - Pay in Full by January 31, 2019

    Save up to 10% - Pay in Full by January 31, 2019
  • AARP Members Save an additional $100 per person

    AARP Members Save an additional $100 pp
  • Additional Savings for Past Travelers

    Additional Savings for Past Travelers

Timeless Scandinavia

12 Days from $6,136 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Active

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, as you uncover the innovative spirit, natural beauty and rich culture of Scandinavia. You’ll learn about its nautical heritage during a private canal cruise in multi-colored Gothenburg, appreciate cutting-edge architecture in pristine cities such as Copenhagen and stand in awe of deep and magnificent fjords. This legendary journey beautifully blends bold tales of the past with slick contemporary design and outstanding natural gems.

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

Print Itinerary

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings, as you uncover the innovative spirit, natural beauty and rich culture of Scandinavia. You’ll learn about its nautical heritage during a private canal cruise in multi-colored Gothenburg, appreciate cutting-edge architecture in pristine cities such as Copenhagen and stand in awe of deep and magnificent fjords. This legendary journey beautifully blends bold tales of the past with slick contemporary design and outstanding natural gems.

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

  1. Your complimentary, private transfer takes you to your local departure airport. On arrival at Copenhagen airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or perhaps explore some of the nearby attractions, including the world-famous Tivoli Gardens. At 5:30 pm, meet your Travelling Concierge and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine, hosted at a distinctive restaurant in the heart of the city.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:71 Nyhavn Hotel
  2. Home to some of the world’s happiest people, cutting-edge architecture and natural splendors, Copenhagen is the perfect introduction to the Nordic culture. Join your Local Expert for an insightful tour of the city, starting with seeing Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing out from the harbor. See the Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. Finish your exploration with a visit to the Amalienborg Palaces, home to the Danish royal family, including Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps explore the city’s cobbled lanes by bicycle, followed by a candle-lit dinner at a trendy cafe. Your Traveling Concierge is available to assist you with dinner reservations.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:71 Nyhavn Hotel
  3. Travel across the iconic Øresund Bridge and tunnel, spanning the Øresund Strait and connecting Denmark to Sweden. Known for being the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, this award-winning 5-mile structure offers stunning vistas of land and sea. Your journey continues along Sweden’s west coast to the cosmopolitan port city of Gothenburg. On arrival in Gothenburg, step onboard your private charter for a sightseeing cruise through the city’s charming Dutch-style waterways. Sail past wharves, shipyards and renowned buildings, while your Local Expert shares insights into the region’s culture and nautical history. The evening is at your leisure. Perhaps have dinner at your hotel’s award-winning restaurant or head out to the nearby Opera House for an evening performance.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Elite Plaza Hotel
  4. Travel cross-country, journeying towards Sweden’s capital city, Stockholm. En route, marvel at the sight of stunning Vättern, allegedly home to a monster resembling Nessie of Loch Ness. On arrival in fashionable Stockholm, check into the elegant hotel At Six, recently awarded Europe's Best Hotel at the International Hotel and Property Awards. In the evening, join your fellow guests at Kaffegillet Gamla Stan, a local restaurant in the heart of the Old Town. Enjoy a meal typical of the region such as venison stew or maybe Baltic-caught fish, served with seasonal vegetables and wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:At Six
  5. Set upon 14 glistening islands, Stockholm is a model city of contemporary design, inspiring museums and extraordinary beauty. Join your Local Expert for an eye-opening tour of the city with visits to the City Hall's marvelous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held every year. Then continue to the medieval island heart of the city to view the cathedral, walk through the Old Town and see the Royal Palace. Your exploration comes to an end at the Vasa Museum, which houses the world-famous Vasa Galleon, a naval vessel that was salvaged from a shipping lane near Stockholm. Step into a world of nautical command, as you marvel at the grandeur of the world’s only preserved 17th-century ship, complete with intricately-carved decorations. Spend the evening at your leisure, perhaps strolling along Stockholm’s promenade or perhaps enjoy a meal in your hotel's Dining Room, recently awarded Best Restaurant in a Hotel at the International Hotel and Property Awards.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:At Six
  6. Take in the mesmerizing vistas of vast lakes and legendary forests, as you fly on your included flight from Sweden to Norway bound for the historic port city of Bergen. A favorite destination for travelers, Bergen is a masterpiece of colorful wooden houses, deep fjords and rolling hills. It’s also home to a large student population, which brings a lovely vibrancy to the city. Once you’ve settled into your centrally located hotel, spend the day at leisure, perhaps taking a stroll along the old Hanseatic Wharf dating back to the 14th century. In the evening venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal served with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Bergen Børs Hotel
  7. Join your Local Expert for an insightful tour of this ancient Hanseatic port city, which still largely looks to the sea for its living. Start with a visit to the picturesque and lively Fish Market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. Stroll past its many stalls where handicrafts and souvenirs are sold and continue on to the 13th century Haakon's Hall. You’re invited for a special visit to Troldhaugen, the former summer home of Norway’s renowned composer and pianist, Edvard Grieg. Situated on a promontory jutting into Lake Nordaas with outstanding views over the water, it offered the composer total tranquillity and inspiration for his music. See his villa, the wooden hut in which he composed his Romantic-era masterpieces, and the site where he and his wife are buried. Your visit concludes with a moving musical recital, hosted in the museum’s chamber music hall.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Bergen Børs Hotel
  8. Bid farewell to Bergen, as you make your way to the Myrdal Station for a journey of a lifetime aboard the historic Flåm Railway—an experience most people only dream about! Hailed as one of the world’s most beautiful train journeys, the Flåm Railway transports you past soaring snow-covered peaks, thundering waterfalls, and dramatic fjords. Marvel at the engineering genius of the railway, covering an impressive height difference of 2,840 feet. In the afternoon continue on to Geiranger and settle into your hotel set against a backdrop of fabulous fjord scenery and mountains.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Union Geiranger
  9. The village of Geiranger is a gateway to dramatic glaciers, fjords and endless hiking trails. Explore Geiranger Fjord Your Way, on one of two experiences. Your first choice is to embark on an adrenaline-fueled RIB boat cruise. Along the way, you’ll marvel at waterfalls and canyons and listen to tales about the people who once lived on the fjord farms. Your second choice is a spectacular guided kayaking adventure through the heart of the fjord. Paddle past quiet coves, magnificent waterfalls and awe-inspiring mountain ranges, as your guide fills you in on the local way of life. Rest assured no previous experience is needed.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Hotel Union Geiranger
  10. Enjoy a full day of being driven through the most spectacular scenery imaginable, as you journey to Oslo. Sit back and take in views of lush farmlands, towering peaks and deep forests are complimented by picturesque timber cabins and small hamlets. Pass the Olympic town of Lillehammer on your way to Oslo, Norway’s design-focused capital city, and settle into your fjord-facing luxury hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps relishing a cocktail at your hotel’s rooftop bar or heading out to admire the city’s impressive architectural skyline.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Hotel Oslo
  11. Oslo is the hidden gem of Scandinavia, boasting everything from cutting-edge design and fascinating museums to a plethora of natural wonders, including fjords, waterways and rolling hills. Gain an insider’s perspective during a guided city tour led by a passionate Local Expert. See the medieval spires and ramparts of the harbor-side Akershus Fortress, observe the opulent Royal Palace, and discover Norway’s past when you visit the enlightening Viking Ship Museum. Continue to spectacular Frogner Park, where over 200 of Gustav Vigeland's intriguing sculptures are displayed, and see how he expertly portrayed human emotion through every life stage through his craft. In the afternoon, you’re invited for an after-hours VIP visit to the Hollmenkollen Ski Jump museum, an iconic symbol of Norway, to explore 4,000 years of skiing history and to drink a toast at the top of the ski jump, while appreciating panoramic views of the city. Round off your memorable journey with a Celebration Dinner and wine at one of the city's top restaurants, Grand Café Oslo, as you toast to new friendships.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Hotel Oslo
  12. After breakfast, bid farewell to your travel companions and transfer to the Oslo airport for your onward journey. On arrival at your home airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your private transfer home.

    meal(s):Breakfast
Request a Quote
  • 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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Print Itinerary
  • Definite Departure
  • Special Small Group Departure
Start Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
18 May 19 29 May 19 $6,795$6,136pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
8 Jun 19 19 Jun 19 $6,850$6,185pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
22 Jun 19 3 Jul 19 $6,850$6,185pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
6 Jul 19 17 Jul 19 $6,875$6,208pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
20 Jul 19 31 Jul 19 $6,875$6,208pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
Special Small Group Departure
3 Aug 19 14 Aug 19 $7,850$7,085pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
17 Aug 19 28 Aug 19 $6,850$6,185pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
7 Sep 19 18 Sep 19 $6,795$6,136pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
  • Special Small Group Departure: This departure indicates a tour limited to a small number of guests.

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 $1,780 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Traveling Concierge and Driver $159 per person.

Price includes economy airfare from Stockholm to Bergen.

Private Door to Door: Private door-to-door transfer service is available for guests traveling in a party of three or fewer on vacations to Europe, US, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and India. Private door-to-door transfers are not available on vacations to Australia and New Zealand. Private door-to-door transfers are limited from/to one address within a 50 miles radius of an international airport within the USA and include the gratuity for the driver with 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on bag per person permitted. No additional stops and/or drop-offs are permitted. All private door-to-door transfers are subject to availability and must be confirmed at time of booking. If private door-to-door transfers cannot be provided, a credit will be applied to the booking.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift! Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Print Itinerary

  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Michelin Dining Michelin Dining
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • 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

Included Dining

11 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners with Wine all with tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Oslo

  • Visit the Holmenkollen Ski Jump Museum after hours to learn about 4,000 years of skiing history. Toast to your Scandinavian adventures with a drink at the top of the ski jump with panoramic views of Oslo.
  • With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.
  • During your visit to the Viking Ship Museum, stand beneath the scrolled prows and hand-cut hulls of 9th-century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture.
  • Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.

Copenhagen

  • Explore with your Local Expert. See Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid on the harbor, the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Christiansborg Palace.
  • Led by your Local Expert, visit the Amalienborg Palaces, home to the Danish royal family, including Crown Prince Frederick and Crown Princess Mary.

Øresund Bridge

  • Cross this magnificent fiat of engineering. It's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, spanning 5 miles.

Gothenburg

  • Become familiar with this cosmopolitan city during an orientation led by your Traveling Concierge.
  • Cruise through the charming Dutch-style waterways of Gothenburg aboard a private charter and learn about the region’s culture and nautical history from your Local Expert.

Vättern

  • As you journey across the stunning Swedish countryside, take a moment to admire the serene beauty of this picturesque lake.

Stockholm

  • With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
  • Wander through Gamla Stan, the Old Town, with your Local Expert to see the cathedral and the Royal Palace.
  • See a perfectly-preserved warship from the 17th century at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm and marvel at its vast masts and detailed engravings.
  • Sweden and Norway are known for their incredible scenery and you'll have the opportunity to appreciate it from the air as you relax on your included flight to Bergen.

Bergen

  • Your Local Expert will guide you through the lively Fish Market, its many stalls of handicrafts and souvenirs, before you have the chance to marvel at the 13th century Haakon’s Hall.
  • You’re invited to visit Troldhaugen, the former summer home of Edvard Grieg. See his villa where he composed his Romantic-era masterpieces and enjoy a moving musical recital, hosted in the museum’s chamber music hall.

Flåm Railway

  • Journey on one of the world’s steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley.

Geiranger

  • Explore this quaint town beside a phenomenal fjord during your orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Explore the majestic Geiranger Fjord Your Way, either onboard an adrenaline-fueled RIB boat cruise or on a guided kayaking expedition past spectacular waterfalls and soaring mountains.

Lillehammer

  • Take a moment to explore the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.
Request a Quote
  • 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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Print Itinerary

Reviews

Trip not yet reviewed
Request a Quote
  • 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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Print Itinerary
  • 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

    Iceland – Icelandic Krona

     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.

Request a Quote
  • 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.

  • Intra-Air Included

    Prices include economy airfare for any intra-trip flights required by this itinerary. For trip specific terms and conditions, please refer to the Dates & Prices tab.

Be the First to Know!

Sign up for our emails and receive exclusive offers, travel information, announcements, and more!
Providing peace of mind and unparalleled service for over 40 years.