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10-Night Legends of Scandinavia

Price: From $2,738 Per Person. 10 Nights

The vibrant Scandinavian capitals are world famous for their trendsetting lifestyle and design inspired by the clean and powerful Nordic nature. On the Legends of Scandinavia tour, you'll get the unique opportunity to visit Stockholm, Oslo, and Copenhagen, as well as smaller towns in-between, where you'll enjoy world-class restaurants serving new Nordic cuisine, cozy cafés, and endless shopping opportunities. Feel the wings of history as you walk through the medieval, cobble-stoned alleys of the Old Town in Stockholm, sail on the spectacular Norwegian fjords where the Vikings once sailed out to conquer the world or watch the change of the Royal Guards at the Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen. Join the Scandinavians in celebrating the long bright summer evenings dining alfresco on Djurgården island in Stockholm, Aker Brygge in Oslo or on the quay at the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 9 Nights at 4-star Hotels with Scandinavian Breakfast Buffet
  • 1 Night in Seaview Cabin onboard DFDS Cruise Ship with Scandinavian Breakfast Buffet.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by Modern Coach with Reclining Seats, Seatbelt, Toilet and Free Wi-Fi onboard the Long Distance Coach.
  • DFDS Seaways Overnight Cruise to Copenhagen.
  • English-speaking Tour Escort Throughout the Program Starting from Day 2

DINING OPTIONS

  • 10 Delectable Scandinavian Breakfast Buffets
  • 5 Dinners included:
    • 1 in Hamar, 1 in Geiranger, 1 in Balestrand, 1 in Geilo, & 1 onboard DFDS Seaways.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • City tours of the Capitals with Local English-speaking guides.
  • 2 Mini Cruises on the Norwegian Fjords of Geiranger Fjord and Nærøy Fjord -Sogne Fjord
  • Scenic Railroad Trip with Flam Railway.
  • Tour with Motorized Open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier.
  • Guided Tour of Bergen 

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Stockholm Cathedral 
  • The Royal Palace
  • Stockholm City Hall
  • Vasa Ship Museum
  • Morning Cruise on the UNESCO Listed Geiranger Fjord
  • Briksdal Glacier Motorized Open Troll Cars
  • Mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord
  • Gaular Mountain National Park
  • Vøringsfoss Waterfall
  • The Medieval Fortress Akershus
  • Oslo Opera House
  • Amalienborg Palace
OPTIONAL ADDITIONS:
Excursion to the City Hall and the Vasa Museum, Stockholm
Day: Saturday at 1:30 PM
Duration: 3 hours
Price: €72 per person
 
Excursion by coach with a local guide to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa warship was the glory of the Swedish navy, but it sank on its virgin trip in 1628. It was recovered 333 years later and now the ship and its recovered objects are on display. Continue to Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Prize banquet is held every year. The visit will include both the Blue Hall and the Golden Hall.
 
Excursion to Bygdoy, Oslo
Day: Saturday at 9 AM
Duration: 3 hours
Price: €70 per person pre-bought
 €82 per person if purchased on tour
 
Excursion by coach with a local guide visiting the famous maritime museums in the peninsula of Bygdøy. We visit the Vikings Ship Museum with three well-preserved original Viking ships. Continue to the Kon-Tiki museum, with Thor Heyerdahl’s raft, and to the Fram Museum with the Polar ship, which was built for the Fridtjof Nasen’s expedition to the North Pole and later with Roald Amundsen to the South Pole.
 
DEPARTURE DATES
Start Stockholm End Copenhagen
17 May 27
14 June 24 June
12 July 22 July
26 July 05 August
09 August 19 August
23 August 02 September
20 September 30 September

Stockholm (LOS), Sweden

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel Stockholm - Stockholm (LOS), Sweden

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Stockholm (LOS), Sweden

Day 1 - Friday – Stockholm

Individual arrival to the hotel – welcome to Stockholm! At 6 pm, meet your tour escort who will be staying with you for the entire tour.

Overnight at centrally located Clarion Hotel Stockholm.


Stockholm (LOS), Sweden

Accommodation

Clarion Hotel Stockholm - Stockholm (LOS), Sweden

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Stockholm (LOS2), Sweden

Day 2 - Saturday – Stockholm

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning city tour of Stockholm with a local guide, who will take you on a guided tour of the Swedish capital. From Fjällgatan you will have the view of Stockholm spread out on 14 islands connected with bridges. We will visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in happy colours, the Cathedral, and the Royal Palace. Afternoon at leisure or maybe join the optional tour to visit the City Hall – the place of the annual Nobel Prize banquet - and the fascinating Vasa Ship Museum with the unique wooden warship, which sank in Stockholm’s harbour on its maiden voyage and was salvaged intact 333 years later.

Overnight at Clarion Hotel Stockholm.


Hamar (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Scandic Hamar - Hamar (LOS), Norway

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Hamar (LOS), Norway

Day 3 – Sunday – Stockholm – Hamar

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Today we start the journey by coach towards Norway, passing through open landscapes, dense forests and glittering lakes. We stop in the city of Karlstad, the capital of the province of Värmland, located beautifully on the shores of Lake Värnern, the largest of Sweden’s lakes. After crossing the border into Norway, we continue to Hamar, located right next to Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest Lake.

Dinner and overnight at Scandic Hamar


Loen (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Hotel Alexandra - Loen (LOS), Norway

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

Loen (LOS), Norway

Day 4 – Monday – Hamar – Lom – Loen

Breakfast buffet in the hotel.

First stop today is Lillehammer, where the 1994 winter Olympics took place. Northbound, we continue through the green, fertile farmland of Gudbrands Valley. In Lom we stop to see the amazing wooden stave church dating back to the 12th century. Our route continues via Grotli to Loen. A photo-stop is made before descending the hairpin curves to the village by the fjord. The fjord and the surrounding mountains offer a picturesque and unique backdrop to your stay.

Dinner and overnight at the Hotel Alexandra in Loen.


Balestrand (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Kviknes Hotel - Balestrand (LOS), Norway

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Balestrand (LOS), Norway

Day 5 – Tuesday – Loen – Balestrand

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning cruise on the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord with the impressive waterfalls ”the Bridal Veil” and “the Seven Sisters”. Continue to Briksdal Glacier. The last part of the journey up to the glacier will be in the motorized open Troll Cars, allowing you to enjoy the full panoramic view. After the glacier experience, sit back in the coach and enjoy the views of mountains and fjords passing by as we drive towards Balestrand. Our route will take us through the Gaular Mountain National Park. Late afternoon we reach the beautiful resort Balestrand located on the shores of the fjord and surrounded by high mountains. This unique spot is a good candidate for the most beautiful place on earth.

Dinner and overnight at the historical Kvikne’s Hotel.


Bergen (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Zander K - Bergen (LOS), Norway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3 PM - 12 AM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Bergen (LOS), Norway

Day 6 – Wednesday – Balestrand – Bergen

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Ferry across to Hella and continue along the scenic coastal route to Manheller for a short ferry crossing to Fodnes. We then continue to Gudvangen, where we board a 2 hour mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Marvel at the landscape as we sail into the Nærøy fjord – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with small farms scattered on the steep hillsides of the fjord, cascading waterfalls and towering snow-clad mountains. Disembark in Flåm and continue the journey with one of the most exceptional rail road trips in the world, the Flam Railway. With breath-taking views at every curve it will take you up to the mountain station of Myrdal, where you will connect to your train to Voss. Here the coach awaits our arrival and take us to Bergen.

Overnight in the heart of the city at Zander K Hotel or similar.


Gol (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Storefjell Resort Hotel - Gol (LOS), Norway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 4 PM

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Gol (LOS), Norway

Day 7 – Thursday – Bergen – Geilo area

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Orientation tour of Bergen, taking us to the famous open-air fish market, stroll across to Bryggen where the traditional wooden medieval buildings still remain as in the times of the Hanseatic League. Time at leisure for shopping, having lunch and maybe taking the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen for a stunning view of Bergen. In the early afternoon, we continue towards the Hardanger Fjord with its romantic landscape of fruit orchards and rounded mountains. We make a stop at the impressive Vøringsfoss waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 meters, before ascending the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, before reaching the Geilo area.
 
Dinner and overnight at Storefjell Resort or similar.

Oslo (LOS), Norway

Accommodation

Scandic Solli - Oslo (LOS), Norway

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

Oslo (LOS), Norway

Day 8 – Friday – Geilo area– Oslo

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

This morning we head for Oslo, the capital of Norway, with arrival around noon. Some free time for lunch before going on the guided tour of Oslo, which takes you to the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures of the famous Norwegian Gustav Vigeland. Other highlights of the tour area the Royal Palace, the medieval fortress Akershus, the modern Opera house, the City Hall etc. The remainder of the day free to explore Oslo, the pedestrian street Karl Johan and the lovely shopping and restaurant wharf Aker Brygge.

Overnight at Scandic Solli.


Oslo - Copenhagen Overnight Cruise (LOS), Denmark

Accommodation

DFDS Cruise Ship - Oslo - Copenhagen Overnight Cruise (LOS), Denmark

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Overnight Location

Oslo - Copenhagen Overnight Cruise (LOS), Denmark

Day 9 – Saturday – Oslo – DFDS Cruise

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning free to continue exploring Oslo on your own or join the optional tour to visit some of the famous maritime museum such as the Viking Ship Museum and the Polar Ship Fram. Late afternoon transfer to the pier, where you will embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen. From the deck or one of the cafés or bars on board, you can enjoy the view heading out through the Oslo Fjord. Dinner tonight is the famous Scandinavian Smorgåsbord buffet on board the overnight cruise.

Overnight in sea-view cabins


Copenhagen (LOS), Denmark

Accommodation

Radisson Blu Scandinavia - Copenhagen (LOS), Denmark

4 Star
Room Type: Deluxe Double

Check in policies:

 

Check-in time: 3 PM 

Check-out time: 12 PM


Overnight Location

Copenhagen (LOS), Denmark

Day 10 – Sunday – Copenhagen

Breakfast buffet on-board as you sail into Copenhagen.

Upon arrival in Copenhagen meet your local guide showing you some of the highlights of Copenhagen; the little Mermaid, the Gefion fountain, the royal residence Amalienborg Palace, Christianshavn and Nyhavn with its charming canals etc. Afternoon free to enjoy this fairy-tale city on your own.

Overnight at Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel


Depart From

Depart from Copenhagen (LOS), Denmark

Day 11 – Monday – Departure Copenhagen

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.


Available Tour Dates

DEPARTURE DATES
Start Stockholm End Copenhagen
17 May 27 May
14 June 24 June
12 July 22 July
26 July 05 August
09 August 19 August
23 August 02 September
20 September 30 September

 

Early Bird Special
(Bookings made & paid in full before 01 March 2019)
From US$2,738 per person

Regular Rate:
From US$2,815 per person

Please Note: This is a Large Group Tour with an average of 30 - 35 travelers per tour.

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 9 overnights at 4-star Hotels with Scandinavian breakfast buffet
  • 1 overnight in sea-side cabin onboard DFDS Cruise Ship with Scandinavian breakfast buffet.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Transportation by modern coach with reclining seats, seatbelt, toilet and free Wi-Fi onboard the long distance coach.
  • DFDS Seaways overnight cruise to Copenhagen.
  • English-speaking tour escort throughout the program starting from day 2

DINING OPTIONS

  • 10 Delectable Scandinavian breakfast buffets
  • 6 dinners included:
    1 in Hamar, 1 in Geiranger, 1 in Balestrand, 1 in Geilo, 1 on board DFDS Seaways and 1 in Copenhagen

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • City tours of the capitals with local English-speaking guides.
  • 2 Mini cruises on the Norwegian fjords of Geiranger fjord and Nærøy Fjord -Sogne Fjord
  • Scenic railroad trip with Flam Railway.
  • Tour with motorized open Troll Cars to Briksdal Glacier.
  • Guided tour of Bergen 

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Stockholm Cathedral 
  • The Royal Palace
  • Stockholm City Hall
  • Vasa Ship Museum
  • Morning cruise on the UNESCO listed Geiranger Fjord
  • Briksdal Glacier motorized open Troll Cars
  • Mini-cruise of the Sogne Fjord
  • Gaular Mountain National Park
  • Vøringsfoss waterfall
  • The Medieval Fortress Akershus
  • Oslo Opera House
  • Amalienborg Palace
Prices Based On
  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. This tour has a single supplement price of US$704

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