Best of Scandinavia
Scandinavia is a study in contrasts, where Viking lore meets ornate castles and everywhere you turn you are met with breathtaking panoramas.
Scandinavia is a study in contrasts. Fairy tale castles mix with Viking lore and snow-capped mountains meet deep fjords. This 10-day tour takes you through stunning landscapes to the most important destinations in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scenic rail excursion from Oslo to Myrdal
- Excursion aboard the scenic Flam Rail line from Myrdal to Flam
- Cruise of Sognefjord and Naeroey Fjord
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 12 meals
- Sightseeing including city tours in Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen, and Copenhagen
- Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
- Tour historic Bryggen and see composer Edvard Grieg's former home in Bergen
- See The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
Day 1 - USA to Sweden
Board your transatlantic flight for your trip to Stockholm, Sweden. (Air travel not included in tour cost.)
Day 2 - Stockholm
Arrive in Stockholm and meet your tour manager at your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure. You may wish to familiarize yourself with Sweden's capital city, browsing the fashionable shops, enjoying the art museums, and admiring the beautiful architecture. This evening join your fellow travelers and tour manager for a welcome dinner. Overnight Stockholm. (D)
Day 3 - Stockholm Sightseeing
After breakfast embark on a Stockholm city tour. Highlights include the historic City Hall and scenic Old Town (Gamla Stan), home to the Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum among other notable museums and significant landmarks. The afternoon is yours to continue to explore Stockholm on your own or join an optional Royal Canal tour along the Djurgarden Canal and visit to the Vasa Warship Museum commemorating the 17th century warship that sank on its maiden voyage. Overnight Stockholm. (B)
Day 4 - Stockholm to Oslo
After breakfast, depart Stockholm and travel to Oslo, Norway. Oslo is a perfect mix of bustling city and untouched natural beauty. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour that includes the Viking Ships Museum and Vigeland Sculpture Park full of granite and bronze artwork. Overnight Oslo. (B)
Day 5 - Flam Rail Journey and Cruise along the Sognefjord
Today's activities are bursting with incredible sights! Your day begins with a scenic train ride from Oslo to Myrdal, where you will embark on a breathtaking excursion on the Flam Railway to Flam. The 13-mile journey into the mountainous countryside offers glimpses of rushing rivers through deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, and steep slopes. Your scenic travels continue with a cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord and Naeroey Fjord. Later today, transfer to your hotel, which offers panoramic views of the fjords. Overnight Stalheim. (B, D)
Day 6 - Oslo to Bergen
After breakfast settle in for a scenic coach transfer to Bergen, the second largest city in Norway. Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City and proudly preserves its rich past, which can be seen in its timbered 15th century houses, centuries-old warehouses, and charming cobblestone streets. Overnight Bergen. (B, D)
Day 7 - Bergen Sightseeing
This morning enjoy a city tour of Bergen including a visit to Troldhaugen, the former home and estate of Edvard Grieg, and Bryggen, the old wharf in Bergen and a reminder of city's importance in the Hanseatic League, a trading alliance in northern Europe, from the 14th to 16th centuries.The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the city on your own. Overnight Bergen. (B)
Day 8 - Bergen to Copenhagen
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen, Denmark. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour of Copenhagen's distinctive landmarks including the statue of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairytale. Overnight Copenhagen. (B)
Day 9 - Copenhagen at Leisure
The day is yours to see Copenhagen as you like it. Walk along the canals, a reminder of the city's seafaring roots, browse the shops along the famous Stroget, the city's pedestrian district, or visit important sites including Tivoli Gardens, one of the world's oldest pleasure parks, and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Theater. Or, you may elect to join an excursion to North Zeeland, including a visit to Frederiksborg Castle, built in the 17th-centiry as a royal residence and today houses historical art collections. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your tour manager and fellow travelers. Overnight Copenhagen. (B, D)
Day 10 - Return Home
The morning is yours to enjoy a few more hours in Copenhagen before transferring to the airport for your return trip home. Alternately, you may wish to extend your stay in Copenhagen and continue your travels through Scandinavia or Western Europe.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotel accommodations include the Scandic Sergel Plaza (Stockholm), Hotel Clarion Royal Christiania (Oslo), Stalheim Hotel, Augustin Hotel (Bergen), and Scandic Copenhagen Hotel (or similar).
Dates & Prices
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Escorted Tour: Departs 8th July 2016 ($2,749), 9th September 2016 ($2,798)
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For this tour, you are required to carry a valid passport with an expiration date no less than six (6) months after the scheduled return date.
A copy of your passport must be provided to Vacations By Rail at least 75 days prior to your departure. The name on your passport must match the first and last name on your reservation.
Non-U.S. citizens must consult with appropriate consulates to determine if any visas are needed and are responsible for obtaining all visas and entry documents.
Optional excursions are available and can be purchased while on tour in local currency. Your Tour Manager will have complete details.