Best of Scandinavia - 10 Day Tour
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.
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- One-way rail transportation from Honefoss 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
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
- Stockholm's City Hall
- Gamla Stan
- The Little Mermaid Tivoli Gardens
Days Two and Three - Clarion Sign, Stockholm, Sweden
Day Four - Hotel Clarion Royal Christiania, Oslo, Norway
Day Five - Stalheim Hotel, Stalheim, Norway
Days Six and Seven - Augustin Hotel, Bergen, Norway
Days Eight and Nine - Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Denmark
Welcome to Sweden
Once home of the Vikings, today's Sweden is a captivating mix of old and new. The Sweden of old is still very much alive, as seen in traditional villages such as Sigtuna, an idyllic community dating to the 10th century. In this charming town, residents keep the spirit of traditional Sweden alive in its winding cobblestone streets lined with quaint shops and ancient runic stones. In contrast, nearby Stockholm, Sweden's capital, is the very epitome of a vibrant cosmopolitan center, a city alive with world-class art museums, cutting-edge fashion boutiques and sizzling night life. Remarkable architecture abounds, exemplified in the dazzling City Hall, site of the Nobel Prize reception, with its glittering gold walls and stunning colored-glass mosaics. But even in this thrilling center of culture, you'll find traces of Sweden's fabled past. In the Gamla Stan, the city's Old Town, medieval Stockholm comes to life in this beautifully preserved historic district.
Oslo - Where Culture and Nature Meet
It's hard to say what is more stunning in Oslo: its glorious urban cityscapes or towering mountains and pristine countryside. Explore the amazing granite and bronze artworks of the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Travel back in time while visiting the amazing Viking Ships Museum. Catch a glimpse of the regal and impressive Royal Palace. All these pleasures await, plus the bustling trade of a thriving port city.
The Awe-Inspiring Fjords
Any visit to Norway would be incomplete without a stop at the world-famous Sognefjord and Naeroey Fjord. Carved out over centuries by waves of majestic glaciers, the fjords are a testament to the awe-inspiring power of nature. The emerald green cliffs of the fjord sweep sharply down to glittering waters, where you just may glimpse a sight of seals as they sun themselves on flat, warm rocks.
In the heart of this rugged countryside, historic Stalheim Hotel offers a stunning panoramic perspective on astounding fjordland views. For nearly 200 years, artists, painters and poets have drawn inspiration from the awe-inspiring majesty of this remarkable natural spectacle.
Breathtaking Railway Journeys
One of the best ways to take in the wonders of Scandinavia is aboard one of the several scenic railways that traverse this breathtaking countryside. Passengers take in dizzying vistas that open out on all sides as they speed from Oslo toward Myrdal, a remote mountain station located 3,000 feet above sea level. Famous for its remarkable panoramic views, Myrdal is the stepping off point for yet another glorious train ride on the world-renowned Flåm Railway. Descending 3,500 feet during a 13-mile journey into mountainous countryside, passengers glimpse wild rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down sheer cliffs, and mountain farms clinging perilously to steep slopes.
The Rich Historical Heritage of Bergen
The second largest city in Norway, Bergen offers a fascinating mix of history, culture and natural beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bergen proudly preserves its rich past, seen in the timbered 15th-century houses, centuries-old warehouses built by seagoing merchants, and a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets. Nearby, you'll find Troldhaugen, the former home and estate of one of Norway's most famous sons, composer, Edvard Grieg.
A bustling metropolis, Copenhagen offers a mix of Old World grandeur with the excitement of a thriving modern cultural center. Parks and green spaces are everywhere, and canals and waterways crisscross its streets, recalling the city's seagoing roots.
Copenhagen offers a carnival for the senses with its many cultural and recreational sites, including a world-renowned art museum; Tivoli Gardens, one of the world's oldest pleasure parks; and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Theater. Fans of literature make a pilgrimage to the statue of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's famous fairytale, while shoppers enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques along the famous Stroget, Copenhagen's renowned pedestrian district.
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 Clarion Sign. (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 Clarion Sign. (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 Hotel Clarion Royal Christiana. (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 Honefoss 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 Hotel. (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 Augustin Hotel. (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 Augustin Hotel. (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 Hand Christian Andersen's famous fairytale. Overnight Scandic 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 drive along the Danish Riviera to Helsinor, one of the oldest towns in Denmark, and nearby Kronborg Castle, legendary home of the Prince of Hamlet. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your tour manager and fellow travelers. Overnight Scandic 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.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
The Royal Canal and Vasa Warship Museum
Enjoy a one-hour cruise along the shady canal of Djurgarden, and then visit the remarkable Vasa Warship Museum, built around a 17th-century warship that sank in Stockholm's inner harbor.
Optional Excursion to North Zeeland
Enjoy a drive along the Danish Riviera and visit Helsinor, one of the oldest towns in Denmark, and nearby Kronborg Castle, legendary home of Prince Hamlet. Your tour also includes stops at a number of remarkable castles in the area.
Please add $200 for flight between Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Scandinavia by Train Tour.
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.