Best of Scandinavia
Hop between Sweden, Norway, and Denmark to experience the rich culture and breathtaking panoramas of Scandinavia.
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 the area. Begin your tour in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city, which is spread out over 14 islands near the Baltic Sea. Full of history, stunning architecture, and a variety of museums, you have time to stroll this town on your leisure. Later, a guided tour takes you through City Hall and scenic Old Town. When you arrive in Oslo, Norway, you can visit the fascinating Viking Ships Museum and beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park. Then relax on a 13-mile journey on the Flam Railway that winds through mountains and offers stunning views of passing scenery. Next, take a cruise along the fascinating Sognefjord and Naeroey Fjords.
Once in Bergen, enjoy time to appreciate the rich history of the area full of cobblestone streets and colorful wooden houses. Sightsee along the old wharfs and take in the local museums. Next you'll reach Denmark and visit its capital of Copenhagen. Enjoy the city's beautiful parks and shops, or take a trek to the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle. You're sure to enjoy all the sights of scenic Scandinavia!
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 your late afternoon arrival in Norway, you’ll learn why it’s hard to say what is more stunning in Oslo: its glorious urban cityscapes or towering mountains and pristine countryside. The remainder of the day is free for you to experience Oslo on your own. Overnight Oslo. (B)
Day 5 - Flam Rail Journey
On this morning’s city tour, your local guide will take you through Vigeland Sculpture Park as you discover the amazing granite and bronze artwork. Catch a glimpse of the regal and impressive Royal Palace. After the tour, transfer to the Oslo station for one of the best ways to take in the wonders of Scandinavia: aboard 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. Later today, transfer to your hotel, which offers panoramic views of the fjords. Overnight Stalheim. (B, D)
Day 6 - Cruise along the Sognefjord & Oslo to Bergen
This morning after breakfast, you’ll get your final view of the Naerøey Valley before you transfer by coach to Flåm for embarkation of a cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjords. Carved out over centuries by waves of majestic glaciers, the fjords are a testament to the awe-inspiring power of nature. No visit to Norway would be complete without views of the emerald green cliffs of the fjord sweeping sharply down to glittering waters, where you just may glimpse a sight of seals as they sun themselves on flat, warm rocks. Meet your coach in Gudvangen where you’ll continue on the journey to Bergen. 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 Hilton Slussen Hotel (Stockholm), Thon Hotel Opera (Oslo), Stalheim Hotel, Augustin Hotel (Bergen), and Scandic Copenhagen Hotel (or similar).
Dates & Prices
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: Departs 10th July 2019 ($2,799), 4th September 2019 ($2,999)
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Please add $280 for flight between Bergen, Norway and Copenhagen, Denmark.
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.