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Scandinavian Explorer tour

Scandinavian Explorer

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
12 days
From: $ 3,999 $ 333 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Visit Stockholm Town Hall
  • Explore Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Visit Bergen Markets
  • See the spectacular Fjords
  • Visit the Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • Enjoy Copenhagen City Tour
  • Visit Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension

Short Description

Explorer Sweden and the culture and history of Scandinavian. Have chance to visit the major attractive cities. Enjoy your 12 day trip with SmarTours.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Stockholm
End City Helsinki

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating voyage on your Scandinavian tours begin as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.

Day 2: Arrive Stockholm (Sweden).

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Clarion Hotel Sign Stockholm

Today, arrive in Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden that was founded in the 13th century and built on fourteen islands that are connected by dozens of bridges. You’ll embark on a guided tour to see the Town Hall where the Nobel Prize banquets are held as well as Gamla Stan, the fascinating medieval old town where the Royal Palace, Parliament and Riddarholm Church are located. The tour concludes at your centrally located upscale hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing.

Day 3: Stockholm.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure to enjoy beautiful Stockholm at your own pace. Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan or visit the Vasa Museum, where you may view the restored warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration.

Day 4: Stockholm/Bergen (Norway).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel

This morning embark on a short flight to Bergen, the capital of Norway’s majestic fjord region. Join your tour director for a walk from your harbor side hotel to the colorful open-air fish and flower market and to the lively 14th century merchant quarter of Bryggen. Later, enjoy some leisure time to explore this 900 year old Hanseatic town independently.

Day 5: Bergen/Flam/Lofthus: “Norway in a Nutshell”.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Ullensvang Hotel

Over the next few days venture into the heart of Norway’s Fjord region and admire some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. A day of scenic splendors begins with a drive to Voss where you’ll embark on an express train to Myrdal. Here board the world famous Flam Mountain Railway for an hour-long thrilling ride descending 2,600 feet and passing through 20 tunnels, thundering waterfalls and towering mountains en route to the quaint village of Flam. Next, enjoy a delightful leisurely cruise through majestic Sognefjord and its smaller arms and admire the grandeur of the sheer cliffs that flank the fjord. Disembark in Gudvangen where you’ll rejoin your motor coach and drive through the bends of the Stalheim Canyon to Lofthus, an enchanting village on the shores of Hardangerfjord, Norway’s second largest fjord. Your landmark hotel faces the majestic fjord.

Day 6: Hardangerfjord.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lofthus is located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, in a region that is blessed with stunning natural beauty and is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and pristine fjords. The day is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your ideally located resort hotel, or perhaps you may wish to the charming Hardanger Folk Museum optional excursion.

Day 7: Lofthus/Oslo.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Thon Opera Hotel

Today journey though Norway’s scenic countryside with a stop to view the mighty Voeringfoss Waterfall cascading 600ft. Later arrive in Oslo where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this old Viking capital. You’ll visit Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, the waterfront and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Day 8: Oslo/Overnight Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: DFDS Line Cruise

Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may visit the Viking Ship Museum where you can see the remains of well-preserved old wooden ships. Later, transfer to the pier located on the Oslo Fjord and embark on a comfortable overnight cruise, sailing through the North Sea. Relax on board and enjoy a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner before retiring to your private cabin.

Day 9: Copenhagen (Denmark).

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Copenhagen Island Hotel or Imperial Hotel

Enjoy the splendid early morning scenery as you sail into port to start your Copenhagen travel in Denmark’s capital and delightful cultural center. An included guided city tour features Hans Christian Andersen’s renowned Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace – seat of the parliament and Nyhavn, world famous and recently restored district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. A brief walk from your hotel brings you to Stroget, a lively pedestrian street with delightful atmosphere, tempting shopping and abundant cafes. This evening enjoy an included dinner in a famous local restaurant.

Day 10: Copenhagen.

Meals: Breakfast

Today is at leisure for independent exploration. Your hotel is centrally located in the lively and colorful city center, bustling with parks, cafes, restaurants and shops. You may also join an optional “Castle of North Zealand” tour. This evening we suggest a visit to renowned Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park.

Day 11: Copenhagen/Helsinki (Finland).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Scandic Grand Marina Hotel

Today fly to the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included guided afternoon tour see Senate Square surrounded by 19-century classical buildings and the colorful Market Square.

Day 12: Helsinki/USA or St. Petersburg.

Meals: Breakfast

Morning at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA or continue your exciting journey with an extension to St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Price Per Day: $ 333 per day
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  • Deposit Price: $ 300
  • Single Supplement: $ 849

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Scandinavian Explorer

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This was my 6th fantastic trip with smarTours. You get a lot of "bang for your buck" with smarTours. We had an EXCELLENT guide with Wenche. She was funny, gave us printed details for most mornings, was attentive to everyone's needs and made great suggestions. I regularly refer people to smarTours. The single supplement is one of the most reasonable in the industry.
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I thought it was great. One problem was the long layover in Helsinki before going on Sweden. It was over 5 hours. Also, the process for getting a VISA for Russia was rather expensive and tedious. I like that they gave us time to explore on our own most places. Tour guide was great.
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Everyone on this tour, including my sister and I had travelled with smartours before. Thre's a reason....a lot of bang for your buck. The accommodations on this trip were excellent...not only 4 star but in very central locations. The included tours were all very good too. The guide pointed out things of interest for our spare time. The guide was very good. I don't rate him excellent for one reason...he never gave us his cell phone number or hotel room number. How could he be reached in an emergency....? Everything else was great!
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Enjoyable trip

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Our 8/25/2016 trip was very enjoyable. The hotels were all 4 star and well located. Good food and a nice group of people. Pear (spelling?) our main guide made us feel welcome, was attentive, informative and always had a smile. Our secondary guides were very knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. It was sometimes difficult to hear them clearly on the bus tours but they never hesitated to repeat what was missed. The beginning of the trip was not ideal due to the long layover in Helsinki which after the long flight was tiring. The experience left us enriched. We will travel with Smartours again.
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Very Very Good Trip

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Everyone on this tour, including my sister and I had travelled with smartours before. Thre's a reason....a lot of bang for your buck. The accommodations on this trip were excellent...not only 4 star but in very central locations. The included tours were all very good too. The guide pointed out things of interest for our spare time. The guide was very good. I don't rate him excellent for one reason...he never gave us his cell phone number or hotel room number. How could he be reached in an emergency....? Everything else was great!
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Scandinavian explorer

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We had a wonderful time traveling with Betty Levin through Scandinavia. The people were gracious and friendly, the food was delicious, the cities were clean and beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. Highlights were; Skansen open air Museum, Wassa Museum, Tivioli Gardens, the cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen and,of course, the fjord cruise. The hotel on the fjord was fabulous.
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Optional Activities

Scandinavian Explorer Provides Extended tours below are the details:

St. Petersburg from approx. $979 per person

Helsinki/st. Petersburg (russia)

St. Petersburg: Hermitage/peterhof palace

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg/new york

Optional Tours

Utne: Open-air hardanger folk museum excursion from approx. $55 per person

Copenhagen: Excursion to the castles of north Zealand from approx. $126 per person

St. Petersburg: Evening folklore performance at nikolaevsky from approx. $123 per person

Tsarskoe selo: Catherine palace excursion from approx. $88 per person

Flight & Transport Inclusions

Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

  • St. Petersburg: Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel
  • Helsinki: Scandic Grand Marina Hotel
  • Copenhagen: Imperial Hotel
  • Copenhagen: Copenhagen Island Hotel
  • Oslo: Thon Hotel Opera
  • Lofthus: Hotel Ullensvang
  • Bergen: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel
  • Stockholm: Clarion Hotel Sign
  • DFDS Line Cruise

Cancellation policy

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

 

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

 

Cancellation charges per person are:

 

  • Up to 75 days before departure: $300
  • 74-45 days before departure: $600
  • 44-30 days before departure: $1000
  • 29-10 days before departure: $1500
  • 9 days or less before departure: No refund.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing.

 

We recommend the purchase of Travel Insurance. Insurance premium is non-refundable and cannot be transferred from one departure to another in the event of a reservation change.

Additional Information

Day 12 Extension: Helsinki/St. Petersburg (Russia).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Sokos Vasiliev sky Hotel

This morning board a high-speed train for the comfortable 3.5 hour ride through the scenic Finnish countryside en route to St. Petersburg, Russia. One of Europe’s most magnificent cities, St. Petersburg, the former capital of Czarist Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Its architecture, natural beauty and rich culture are unparalleled! After arriving at the city-center train station, you’ll be met by a local expert and enjoy a guided city tour. Drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect and see Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Issac Cathedral and other highlights. End your day with a spectacular boat ride along the Neve River and canal.

Day 13 Extension: St. Petersburg: Hermitage/Peterhof Palace.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning enjoy an included guided excursion outside the city to visit Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Czar. It was built to rival Versailles and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Upon returning to St. Petersburg this afternoon discover one of its most celebrated treasures, the famous Hermitage, located at the Winter Palace. A local expert will guide you through the Hermitage’s priceless art collection. The evening is free and you may wish to attend a cultural performance.

Day 14 Extension: St. Petersburg.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your conveniently located upscale hotel. This evening join your fellow travelers for a festive farewell dinner.

Day 15 Extension: St. Petersburg/New York.

Meals: Breakfast

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your memorable journey concludes as you arrive New York later today.

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Meals Included

10 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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