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Highlights of Scandinavia

12 Day Tour to Denmark, Norway & Sweden

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12 Days
3 Countries

Denmark, Sweden, Norway

11 Cities

Copenhagen, Helsingborg, Gothenburg, Oslo, Vradal, Bergen, Sognefjord, Lillehammer, Karlstad, Örebro, Stockholm

15 Meals

4 Dinners, 11 Breakfasts

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver

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The land of the Vikings, deep fjords and long summer nights – Norway, Denmark and Sweden deliver the arresting beauty and captivating history you would expect from Scandinavia. Your 12 day adventure across ‘the North’ reveals centuries of trading heritage and natural splendor of the 'King' and 'Queen' of the fjords.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Copenhagen

You’re in for a whole lot of hygge when you hit the colorful, character-filled streets of Copenhagen, kick-starting 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 atmosphere in 17th century Nyhavn or rubbing shoulders with the fun-loving locals in Tivoli Gardens, Europe’s second oldest amusement park. At 17:30 meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers followed by dinner at your hotel.

Boats on Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen, Denmark
Accommodation Comwell Copenhagen Portside Dolce by Wyndham
Included Meals Dinner

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 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, join a visit to the village of Dragør with its tiny thatched cottages.

Statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark
Accommodation Comwell Copenhagen Portside Dolce by Wyndham
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Riviera and castle tour in North Zealand, Denmark
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. You'...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Village walking tour and canal cruise in Dragor, Denmark
Green Hills and Hygge

First, a visit to the top of Copenhagen’s modern mountain, with the best views over the Baltic city. As Danes enjoy their summer skiing, we will le...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Nyhavn Harbor in Copenhagen Denmark
Wonderful Copenhagen

Denmark is probably the closest you'll get to living in a fairy-tale land, and today our Local Specialist will guide us from 'once upon a time' to ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 3

Copenhagen – Oslo

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 Norway 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.

Flag infront of City Hall and Marina in Oslo, Norway
Accommodation Quality Hotel Hasle Linie
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 4

Oslo sightseeing – Vrådal

Your Local Specialist will reveal all the highlights of Oslo this morning, including the medieval Akershus fortress, the City Hall and the Royal Palace. Visit the bronze, granite and cast iron fantasy-land left behind by Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland in Frogner Park, home to the world’s largest sculpture exhibition by a single artist. Later, take the chance to explore Oslo at leisure before we travel to Norway’s Telemark region, renowned for its distinctive skiing technique. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

Fountain in Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
Accommodation Straand Hotel Vradal
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Historic Polar Expedition ship, Fram Museum, Oslo, Norway
Norwegian Maritime Explorers

Norwegians have been exploring the world's oceans for generations. The 19th-century polar exploration ship Fram sailed to the Antarctic and then to...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 5

Vrådal – Bergen

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 center 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.

Fish market of Bergen, Norway
Accommodation Scandic Neptun Bergen
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Edvard Grieg's home with funicular in Bergen, Norway
Grieg And Bergen Insights

We’ll head out along the fjord to visit the home of famous composer Edvard Grieg, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the villa - the inspiration f...

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Optional Experiences

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. You’ll have some time to explore the harbor and the colorful wooden warehouses of UNESCO-listed Bryggen, the center of Bergen’s Hanseatic trade for centuries. Consider joining an Optional Experience to visit the villa of famous composer Edvard Grieg and see where he was inspired to compose his masterworks. You could also choose to delve into Norway’s World War II history during a visit to the lost village of Telavåg, whose ties to the resistance saw it destroyed by German forces.

Wharf Buildings in Bergen, Norway
Accommodation Scandic Neptun Bergen
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit the village of Televag in Bergen, Norway
Resistance and Peaceful Traditions

Come with us as we explore the lost village of Telavåg, destroyed when the German army discovered the villager’s support of the resistance in World...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walk around the English-style garden of the historic Gamlehaugen Castle in Bergen, Norway
An Evening in Paradis

Leave Bergen for a short drive to Paradis, a paradise for the people who live there as it's one of the most desirable suburbs of the city. Enjoy a ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 7

Bergen – Sognefjord (Lærdal)

Norway's fjord country takes center stage today as you head to the 'King of the Fjords', Sognefjord. You'll have a scenic drive before arriving at the world's longest and deepest fjord. You'll have a rare opportunity as part of an Optional Experience to journey on the world-famous Flåm Railway. After, for nature lovers, there's an Optional Experience to board a cruise on the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, whose stunning landscape has inspired painters for centuries. Tonight, join your travel companions for dinner at your hotel.

Viking Drakkar in Sognefjord, Norway
Accommodation Lærdal Hotel Sognefjord
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Flam Railway journey, Flam, Norway
Flåm Railway Journey

Take the world-famous Flåm Railway on its epic journey through the breathtaking Flåm Valley and enjoy the scenery at the mountaintop station of Myr...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Fjord cruise in Bergen, Norway
Fjords and Mountains

Experience one of mother nature’s most impressive creations as we cruise along the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, with its towering mountain peaks and s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 8

Sognefjord (Lærdal) – Lillehammer (Hamar)

Enjoy a scenic drive through the mountains 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 center turned Winter Olympics hub has become popular amongst adrenalin junkies.

View of Jotunheimen National Park, Norway
Accommodation Thon Partner Hotel Victoria Hamar
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Folklore Museum and chairlift visit in Lillehammer, Norway
Treasures Of Lillehammer

Explore Lillehammer's heritage on a guided visit to the charming open-air museum of Maihaugen, located on the hills above the Olympic Town. Step ba...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences

Feel the rhythm, feel the ride! Come with us to the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic bobsled track and embrace your inner Olympian. Board a bobsled ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Lillehammer (Hamar) – Karlstad – Örebro

Travel through Norway’s lush forest landscapes, through the cottage countryside of Sweden bound for Lake Vänern, to visit Karlstad, surrounded by forests, fields and lakes. Take a deep breath and embrace the simplicity of your surroundings before continuing to the lively university town of Örebro, where you’ll stay tonight. View the 13th-century castle on the banks of the Svartån River during your orientation.

View of Lillehammer in Norway
Accommodation Scandic Örebro Vast
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Visit Swedish craft town Orebro, Sweden
Swedish Fika and More

Step back in time to experience what life in a Swedish craft town was like centuries ago. Together with our Local Specialist, we will visit the rec...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 10

Örebro – Stockholm

Continue to stylish Stockholm, which 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 coexist effortlessly. Get your bearings and explore Stockholm your way or take a cruise across the harbor and the beautiful Djurgården canal on our Optional Experience which continues on to explore the huge public art gallery that is the Stockholm metro.

Örebro Castle in Örebro, Sweden
Accommodation Hoom Park Hotel Stockholm
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Sail through the Royal Canal in Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm Surprises

Discover the delights of Stockholm as we cross the city’s stunning harbor before sailing through the beautifully tranquil Royal Canal on a tour led...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Visit Gamla Stan in Stockholm, Sweden
Old Town and Dinner

Uncover a world of beauty and history combined as we take a walking tour of the fairytale-like Gamla Stan, where little has changed since the 16th ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 11

Stockholm sightseeing and free time

Let this elegant city capture your heart as you explore this morning with a Local Specialist. View the medieval Storkyrkan, the Swedish Parliament and the Royal Palace. 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. In the afternoon, 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 travelers later for dinner to celebrate the end of your Scandinavian adventure.

Houses on Stortorget Square in Stockholm, Sweden
Accommodation Hoom Park Hotel Stockholm
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Visit Stockholm City Hall
Stockholm Bucket-List

Tick the two "must sees" of Stockholm off your bucket list as we visit the stunning City Hall and Vasa Ship. The City Hall is famed for its archite...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour and Ice Bar visit in Sodermalm, Stockholm, Sweden
The Cool Capital

Take a tour of trendy Sodermalm, an old working-class heritage area with diverse architecture and some of the best views over beautiful Stockholm. ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 12

Depart Stockholm

Your epic journey worthy of a Viking voyage has sadly come to an end. Say a fond farväl  to new friends and close the curtain on a holiday filled with Scandinavian style, the majesty of 'Mother Nature' and a whole lot of lek as you prepare to return home. Find out more about your available transfers at costsavertour.com/transfers.

The Skeppsholm Bridge in Stockholm, Sweden
Included Meals Breakfast

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals and daily breakfasts included
City orientation tours
Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
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. You'...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Green Hills and Hygge

First, a visit to the top of Copenhagen’s modern mountain, with the best views over the Baltic city. As Danes enjoy their summer skiing, we will le...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Wonderful Copenhagen

Denmark is probably the closest you'll get to living in a fairy-tale land, and today our Local Specialist will guide us from 'once upon a time' to ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Norwegian Maritime Explorers

Norwegians have been exploring the world's oceans for generations. The 19th-century polar exploration ship Fram sailed to the Antarctic and then to...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Grieg And Bergen Insights

We’ll head out along the fjord to visit the home of famous composer Edvard Grieg, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the villa - the inspiration f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Resistance and Peaceful Traditions

Come with us as we explore the lost village of Telavåg, destroyed when the German army discovered the villager’s support of the resistance in World...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
An Evening in Paradis

Leave Bergen for a short drive to Paradis, a paradise for the people who live there as it's one of the most desirable suburbs of the city. Enjoy a ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Flåm Railway Journey

Take the world-famous Flåm Railway on its epic journey through the breathtaking Flåm Valley and enjoy the scenery at the mountaintop station of Myr...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Fjords and Mountains

Experience one of mother nature’s most impressive creations as we cruise along the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, with its towering mountain peaks and s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Treasures Of Lillehammer

Explore Lillehammer's heritage on a guided visit to the charming open-air museum of Maihaugen, located on the hills above the Olympic Town. Step ba...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience

Feel the rhythm, feel the ride! Come with us to the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic bobsled track and embrace your inner Olympian. Board a bobsled ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Swedish Fika and More

Step back in time to experience what life in a Swedish craft town was like centuries ago. Together with our Local Specialist, we will visit the rec...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Stockholm Surprises

Discover the delights of Stockholm as we cross the city’s stunning harbor before sailing through the beautifully tranquil Royal Canal on a tour led...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Old Town and Dinner

Uncover a world of beauty and history combined as we take a walking tour of the fairytale-like Gamla Stan, where little has changed since the 16th ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Stockholm Bucket-List

Tick the two "must sees" of Stockholm off your bucket list as we visit the stunning City Hall and Vasa Ship. The City Hall is famed for its archite...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The Cool Capital

Take a tour of trendy Sodermalm, an old working-class heritage area with diverse architecture and some of the best views over beautiful Stockholm. ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Scandinavia

  • Official Languages across Sweden, Norway, and Denmark The official language of Sweden is Swedish, the official language of Norway is Norwegian, and the official language of Denmark is Danish.
  • Currency used in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: The currency of Sweden is the Swedish Krona, the currency of Norway is the Norwegian Krone, and the currency of Denmark is the Danish Krone.
  • Capital cities: Stockholm (Sweden), Oslo (Norway), and Copenhagen (Denmark)/li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark: Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Sweden, Norway, and Denmark passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Sweden, Norway or Denmark
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Sweden has a varied climate, with the north experiencing colder conditions than the south. The country has a temperate climate overall, but winters in the northern regions are significantly colder. Summers in Sweden are generally mild to warm, with temperatures ranging from 20°C to 25°C. The coastal areas experience more maritime influences, while inland regions have a more continental climate. Sweden also has distinct seasons, with beautiful autumn foliage and snowy winters.

Norway's climate varies from region to region due to its long coastline and mountainous terrain. Coastal areas experience milder winters and cooler summers due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream. Inland regions have colder winters with more snowfall, and summers tend to be mild. The western coast receives high rainfall throughout the year, while the eastern regions are drier. Norway's fjords and mountains contribute to dramatic weather patterns and stunning landscapes.

Denmark has a temperate maritime climate, influenced by the surrounding seas. Winters in Denmark are mild, with temperatures averaging around freezing point. Summers are generally cool to mild, with average temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C. The country experiences moderate rainfall throughout the year, but precipitation is evenly distributed. Danish weather can be changeable, with a mix of sunny, rainy, and cloudy days. The coastal areas enjoy the influence of the Baltic and North Sea, creating a pleasant seaside atmosphere.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Kaye Shearmire
Review date: Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Service
Any questions I had were answered promptly.
Vacation
We had a fabulous trip! The schedule was full of great things to see and do. Road construction on our way to the Voss railway which took us to the Flume Railway meant we basically had to run to catch the train. My husband is suffering with a knee that needs replaced and an ankle that was fused just 9 months ago, so running was out of the question. We were told to watch for a dancing lady at the waterfall, however we were not told that you had to go all the way to the end of the viewing platform to see her! So we missed her, however others on the bus got a video of her, which we got a copy of. The rain managed to hold off for most of the times we were outside. Except in Stockholm, which is nobody's fault. By the end of our first week some of the folks on the bus were starting to cough. At the dinner together in the restaurant basement (dungeon) in Stockholm, a lady who was sick sat with us at our table! She proceeded to cough and complain about how bad she felt all evening. She wouldn't eat anything because she didn't feel good! Of course the next morning my husband & I were both sick! When we got home a couple days later we tested positive for COVID!!!! That sucked the fun right out of our trip. Which I honestly don't know how you are supposed to prevent any of that.
Linda Hauschildt
Review date: Tuesday, August 29, 2023
Service
Very good.
Vacation
The tour was great once I got to Copenhagen. My flight was delayed the first day and rebooked to arrive in Copenhagen second day. My flight was again delayed the second day so I wouldn't make flight at JFK. So I to an Amtrak train to Penn Station to NYC and then an Uber to JFK. What a harrowing experience. Now I'm trying to recover my expenses incurred plus costs of one evening missed at hotel, welcome dinner, and tour in Copenhagen. Very disappointing and discouraging. Now I need help with completing travel insurance forms for reimbursement.
Johnny Baluch
Review date: Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Service
Very helpful and the knowledge of the trip was great. Experience shows.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you enjoyed your Highlights of Scandinavia tour. We hope you came back with memories to last a lifetime. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Vacation
Tour guide had excellent knowledge of the countries and showed it.
Trusted Customer
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
Review date: 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
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