Grand Scandinavia (Summer, Classic)

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Cruise the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, step back in time to the reign of the Vikings in Oslo and see Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, on a grand three week tour. At North Cape, toast the midnight sun with champagne and local caviar alongside the towering cliffs of Europe’s most northern point, where the summer sun never sets. Sample local s...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.
    • Copenhagen: With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.
    • Copenhagen: Visit the impressive 18th century Copenhagen Cathedral, designed by Christian Frederik Hansen, known for itsneoclassical architecture and for featuring the largest bell in Denmark.
    • Oresund Bridge: Cross this magnificent feat of engineering. It's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, spanning 8 kilometers.
    • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see theBlå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.
    • Stockholm: With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.
    • Helsinki: Admire the beautiful views from your high-class, sea-view cabin as your cruise through the largest archipelago in the world, from Stockholm to Helsinki.
    • Helsinki: Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbor city. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer before enjoying free time to explore the harbor of this fascinating city of design.
    • Kuopio: Admire the spectacular panoramic views from atop Puijo Tower.
    • Oulu: Visit Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also one of the most important harbor cities in all of Northern Europe.

What's this trip about?

    Cruise the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, step back in time to the reign of the Vikings in Oslo and see Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, on a grand three week tour. At North Cape, toast the midnight sun with champagne and local caviar alongside the towering cliffs of Europe’s most northern point, where the summer sun never sets. Sample local specialties like liquorice and smoked reindeer at the harborside Helsinki Food Market before arriving to the Swedish capital of Stockholm, home to the melodies of the ABBA Museum and the magnificent Vasa Galleon. After voyaging across the home territories of the nomadic Sami community in Lapland, visit the farm of Trine Lyrek where you’ll meet her Arctic dogsled racing Alta huskies. Draw your vacation to a close among Oslo’s thousand-year-old Viking ships.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeGroup - max of 40 people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityCopenhagen
End CityOslo

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Norway
  • Sweden

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Welcome to Copenhagen

Begin your Scandinavian exploration in Copenhagen. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen.

Dinner with Wine

Day 2: Wonderful Copenhagen

Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbor. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, Christianborg Palace. Visit the 18th-century Copenhagen Cathedral d...

Day 3: On to Stockholm, City of Islands

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 16km over the Flinte channel it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm which has become a haven for flora and fauna and continue th...

Day 4: Stockholm and Baltic Sea Cruise

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvelous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city. View the cathedral and walk through the ...

Day 5: Fashionable Helsinki Relaxed Start

Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise and meet your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce, like liquorice or...

Day 6: Lakes and Forests to Kuopio

Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes.

Scandic Atlas, Kuopio.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: The Road to Rovaniemi

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel to Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami community. Visit Oulu, northern Finland's oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbors. Enjoy time to explore the center of the city tha...

Day 8: Rovaniemi and Lapland Relaxed Start

Cross the Arctic Circle today, a highlight for many travelers. With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall designed by Aalvar Aalto and visit Rovaniemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi with Insight Choice. Choose to meet Santa Claus and embrace the spirit of Christmas. Alterna...

Day 9: Across the Arctic to Ivalo Relaxed Start

In the morning enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for the chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Continue north along the Four Winds Road, where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you...

Day 10: The North Cape

Cross the rolling tundra into Norway and stop at Karasjok for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Visit a Sami National Museum, devoted to preserving the Sami history and culture, and see the Sami Parliament, before continuing along the beautiful Porsanger Fjord to reac...

Day 11: Through Finnmark to Alta Relaxed Start

Enjoy a relaxed start before continuing through Norway’s most Northern County of ‘Finnmark’, covered in unique topography of rolling tundra and isolated dwellings. This afternoon experience the town of Alta at your leisure, made famous for its fishing and mining histo...

Day 12: A World of Adventure in Alta Relaxed Start

With a leisurely morning start, why not explore the town center or check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings. Later, visit a working husky farm to meet the champion dog sledding Lyrek family. Delight in a wonderful oven-...

Day 13: Narvik

Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvelous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They're 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really ...

Day 14: Across Tysfjord to Mosjøen

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park, its fjords cut deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord that has a large concentration of historic, 19th century wooden buildings.

Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjoen.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15: Laksfoss Falls to Trondheim

Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream as they travel to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and Norway's third largest city. Trondheim ha...

Day 16: Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords

Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of meters into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, as you journey through Dovrefjell N...

Day 17: Geiranger at Leisure Relaxed Start

Enjoy a relaxed start and a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Trollstigen, or Troll's Road. The road itself was a mas...

Day 18: Oslo, the Capital

Journey through the countryside immortalized by Ibsen in 'Peer Gynt' and inspiration for Edvard Grieg. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, for an orientation with your Travel Director. Then it’s on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo. Round ...

Day 19: Cosmopolitan Oslo Relaxed Start

Your Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of the medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbor. See the Royal Palace and explore Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax by the harbor or continue exploring as you wish.

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo.

Breakfast

Day 20: Out of Oslo

Your Scandinavian exploration has come to and end.

Breakfast

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This was an amazing tour but also exhausting! Be prepared for a lot of bus time and one night stays, but we covered over 5000 km and traveled from the north, south,...

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This tour covers so much. There are a few long bus rides, but the beautiful scenery and frequent stops make it easily tolerable. Just about all the stops were speci...

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This tour was even better than I hoped. First off, a good tour director can make or break a tour. Ours, Maja, was simply fabulous. She specializes in the area, and h...

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Amazing scenery and learned so much about the cultures.

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As the global leader in premium tours, Insight Vacations delivers all the sights and insights of destinations up close and personal. Each tour is crafted in true comfort and style with premium 5 and 4 star hotels, small groups and customized coaches with extra leg room. The brand’s category leading dining options including the unique dine-around and dine-at-home experiences means that guests enjoy a culinary journey through the places they visit. An extensive Vegetarian option across all tour series further compliments the elevated dining offering. With a Make Travel Matter Experience®, that creates a positive impact for both the visitor and visited, plus also supports the United Nations sustainable Development Goals, included on each and every trip, Insight Vacations leads the way in immersive responsible travel.

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Accommodation

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen. Hilton Stockholm Slussen., Scandic Continental Serenade/Symphony—Tallink & Silja Line Ships. GLO Hotel Art, Helsinki. Scandic Atlas, Kuopio. Santa's Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi. Hotel Ivalo. Scandic Nordkapp Scandic Alta. Scandic Narvik . Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjoen. Scandic Nidelven Hotel [Trondheim , Norway] Hotel Union Geiranger. Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo.,
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Meals Included
  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • 19 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Age Requirements
6 years and up
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