|Denmark, Europe, Norway, Sweden
Join us on an incredible journey to a land of unparalleled beauty Scandinavia. This fabulous adventure brings together Scandinavias natural wonders, history and culture. In Denmarks bohemian capital city, discover why Copenhagen is dubbed the gastro capital of Scandinavia. Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Swedens oldest operating glassworks factory. Learn about Stockholm on your choice of either a walking or panoramic tour. Dine at Fem Sm Hus, a 17th-century restaurant that captures the flavor of a bygone era. Travel through Swedens picturesque countryside aboard an innovative high-speed train. Tour Oslos remarkable Viking Ship Museum. Embark on one of the worlds steepest train rides, the renowned Flam Railway, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Enjoy countryside accommodations surrounded by vistas of breathtaking mountains and fjords. Experience Norways breathtaking fjord region as you travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier. Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise. Meander through the streets of Bergens ancient trading port founded in the 11th century. Scandinavia awaits three countries, three cultures and endless scenery.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Set out for Scandinavia, one of the worlds most incredible regions.
Day 2: Copenhagen, Denmark – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to explore on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the gastro capital of Scandinavia. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 3: Copenhagen
Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. View Denmarks center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. Youll also see the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersens famous fictional character. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps youll join us for an optional excursion for lunch and a visit to Frederiksborg Castle; begin with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally inspired cuisine before touring the castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family.
Day 4: Copenhagen – Vaxjo, Sweden
Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Later, travel to Vaxjo gateway to Swedens famous glass kingdom, home to the well-known brand Kosta Boda. Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Swedens oldest operating glassworks factory, established in 1742.
Day 5: Vaxjo – Stockholm
Continue north to Swedens capital city of Stockholm. En route, stop to explore the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. This afternoon, its your choice! Choose to explore the narrow streets of Gamle Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour with a stop at one of Swedens sweetest traditions, a candy cane making factory, for a demonstration. Or you may choose to see the city on a panoramic city tour via coach viewing the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholms beautiful city hall. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant, comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century, captures the flavor of a bygone era.
Day 6: Stockholm
The day is yours to explore Stockholm at your leisure. Take some time to discover its strikingly colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that immerses you in natural beauty on a privately guided tour of Stockholms spectacular archipelago.
Day 7: Stockholm – High Speed Train – Oslo, Norway
All aboard! Sit back, relax and enjoy as you travel through Swedens picturesque countryside aboard the innovative high-speed train. Cross the Norwegian border and arrive in Oslo, one of Europes fastest-growing cities, nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills. Norways capital since 1814, Oslo is the center of Norwegian government and home to its royal family. Youll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art.
Day 8: Oslo
A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park which holds the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland’s lifes work. Later this afternoon, enjoy time to relax or explore independently.
Day 9: Oslo – Flam
Depart Norways capital and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church. This intricate structure, built in 1180, is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint village of Flam, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on one of the worlds steepest train rides the renowned Flam Railway to ascend 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flam offering breathtaking views each way.
Day 10: Flam – Loen
This morning travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional troll car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norways fjord region. Tonight, join the hotels chef for an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine prior to dinner.
Day 11: Loen – Geiranger – Fjord Cruise – Loen
Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway along the way. Known as one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you find Norways mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where farms have been kept for centuries.
Day 12: Loen – Bergen
Take in Norways most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as the gateway to the fjords. Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape.
Day 13: Bergen
Join your fellow travelers on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Walk along the historic and iconic harbor front, known as the Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric farewell dinner to celebrate your Scandinavian memories.
Day 14: Bergen – Tour Ends