Scandinavia, Small Groups 2021

Tauck
By Tauck
4.3 . Great
83%
Travel Style: N/A
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
13 days
From: $ 8,390 $ 645 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Sweden offers a modern take on history
  • combining its medieval heritage and maritime treasures with an urban-cool ambiance and staggering scenic beauty. Denmark is a rainbow of islands
  • gardens
  • schooners and crowning gems where mermaids and storytellers inspire new stories. Fjords head up a parade of natural wonders in coastal Norway
  • ferrying you aboard boats
  • troll car and private coach to glaciers
  • waterfalls
  • farms
  • country hotels and homes of artists who find music for their soul here. Discover the inspiration behind fairy tales in the enchanting Scandinavian countries of Denmark
  • Norway and Sweden... Viking museums
  • royal palaces
  • rustic inns and stave churches that chronicle their seafaring legacy and natural charms. Travel by coach
  • ferry
  • and air through Denmark
  • Sweden
  • and Norway. Enjoy included flights from Stockholm to Copenhagen
  • Copenhagen to Bergen
  • and Alesund to Oslo... cruise through Norway's dramatic fjords... see glaciers up close... visit a traditional wooden stave church... tour castles and palaces. Have fun at Tivoli Gardens. Discover the capitals of Copenhagen
  • Stockholm
  • and Oslo; see the Danish Crown Jewels
  • royal Viking ships
  • well-preserved medieval ports
  • and the warship Vasa
  • rescued after more than 300 years on the bottom of Stockholm harbor...

Short Description

Discover a Nordic wonderland as you journey across Denmark, Sweden and Norway – gazing at glaciers, viewing Viking ships, feasting on gorgeous mountain scenery, exploring medieval ports, and visiting a stave church, Danish palaces, Tivoli Gardens and timeless cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.

Style Small group tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions N/A
Start City Stockholm, Sweden
End City Oslo

Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Norway Sweden Denmark

Attractions & Cities Visited

Bergen Copenhagen Stockholm

Activities & Interests

Culture

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Stockholm

Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Sheraton Stockholm Hotel. A transfer is included from Stockholm's Arlanda Airport to the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel in the heart of Sweden's historic capital city. Meet all of your traveling companions at this evening's Tauck Exclusive welcome reception and dinner at Stockholm's Vasa Museum, featuring the impressive Vasa, an ornate royal warship that sank in Stockholm's harbor following its launch in 1628 and was raised in 1961. 

MEALS : D

LODGING : Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

PORTOFCALL : Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2 Discover Stockholm & the Vasa Museum

Begin today's discovery of Sweden's capital with sightseeing including a guided visit to Stockholm's iconic City Hall, where the annual Nobel Prize award festivities take place. You'll see the Council Chamber; the Gold Room, whose walls are sparkling with 18 million pieces of gold mosaic and glass depicting events in Swedish and world history; and the famous Blue Room, misnamed because the architect changed his mind and left its beautiful red-brick walls intact. Stockholm sightseeing continues with a panoramic lakeside drive over bridges that crisscross between Stockholm’s small islands, offering views of Gamla Stan (Old Town) and a skyline of 17th- and 18th-century buildings, the Baltic Sea, Lake Malaren, the elegant Strandvagen waterfront, the inner harbor, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral and Parliament. The rest of the day is free to explore as you wish – perhaps take a canal tour, or walk through the cobbled streets of medieval Gamla Stan.

MEALS : B

LODGING : Sheraton Stockholm Hotel

PORTOFCALL : Stockholm, Sweden

Day 3 Fly from Stockholm to Copenhagen

Take a morning flight from Stockholm's Arlanda Airport to Copenhagen, Denmark. After lunch at a local Copenhagen restaurant, embark on a city tour that includes a visit to Rosenborg Palace, built in Dutch Renaissance style, where you'll see the Danish Crown Jewels. Tall towers and red brick masonry define this “petite” 16th-century castle, in use by Danish regents as a royal “summer house” until about 1710. If you wish this evening, we've included admission to celebrated Tivoli Gardens, which you can visit at your leisure this evening with tickets provided by your Tauck Director. This city-center, 160+-year-old amusement park is set within a 20-acre garden; from thousands of blooms to a lakeside beer garden, fireworks, a roller coaster and evening music, it’s a Danish experience unto its own.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

PORTOFCALL : Stockholm, Sweden

Day 4 North Zealand, Frederiksborg Palace & more of Copenhagen

Head out from the city this morning to North Zealand, a region of woodlands, villages, lakes, royal parks and castles. You'll enjoy Tauck's early-entry, private visit to 17th-century Frederiksborg Palace, built atop three islands in a small lake, and considered one of the finest examples of Dutch Renaissance architecture. After a Danish family-style lunch in a local restaurant in North Zealand, return to "wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen." The afternoon and evening are free to explore as you wish, perhaps discovering the historic Nyhavn area and strolling along the Stroget, Copenhagen's main street; dinner is at a local restaurant tonight. 

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Radisson Collection Royal Hotel, Copenhagen

PORTOFCALL : Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 5 Fly to Bergen & visit Grieg's Troldhaugen

Board a flight this morning from Copenhagen to Bergen on Norway's west coast. Upon arrival, have lunch at a local restaurant, then head to Troldhau­gen, the beloved Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg’s former lakeside villa, today a living museum and concert center; Norway's foremost composer is perhaps best known for his musical score for the play Peer Gynt. Return to Bergen and check into your hotel on Bergen's historic Bryggen waterfront, and enjoy the evening as you wish.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

PORTOFCALL : Bergen, Norway

Day 6 Explore Bergen & visit a stave church

Today, join your local guide for a morning tour of Bergen, known for its centuries-old maritime legacy as well as a reputation as an important hub for the arts. Your tour includes a visit to Fantoft Stave Church, a 1990s reconstruction of an original 12th-century stave church that was destroyed by fire in 1992. Many centuries ago, the construction of traditional, iconic Norwegian wooden stave churches began with the slotting of posts (staves) into the ground to support thousands of skillfully crafted timber parts, which included carved portals and dragons' head carvings on the roof. Following an afternoon at leisure, ride a ferry to dinner at a local restaurant, before returning to your hotel close to Bryggen, the city's old wharf district. Featuring traditional wooden buildings and a medieval atmosphere, Bryggen was founded in 1070 during the days of the Hanseatic League; one of the oldest large trading ports in Northern Europe, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

PORTOFCALL : Bergen, Norway

Day 7 Via Oppedal & Lavik to Loen

Journey northward today along the Norwegian coast, through photo-worthy landscapes that vary from wide-open fjords to green hills, icy glaciers and massive mountain ranges, as you set out from Bergen, ferry across part of the Songefjord from Oppedal to Lavik, and wind your way through the countryside to Loen, from which you'll explore Norway's inspiring fjordlands during a two-night stay at the venerable Hotel Alexandra, operated since 1884 by five generations of the Loen family. Enjoy a barbecue dinner tonight at the hotel.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Hotel Alexandra

PORTOFCALL : Loen, Norway

Day 8 Learning all about glaciers at Briksdal

Travel today to one of Norway’s most inspirational natural wonders – Briksdal Glacier, set between roaring waterfalls and mountain peaks at the end of one of the Nordfjord's three branches. Meltwater from the glacier has created three emerald-green lakes in the valley; a ride on a "Troll Car" past thundering waterfalls and a short hike to the foot of the glacier lead to views of absolutely stunning scenery. Enjoy a three-course lunch in Briksdal, then return to your resort to take advantage of its many amenities (some at additional cost) or explore Loen as you please.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Hotel Alexandra

PORTOFCALL : Loen, Norway

Day 9 From the Geirangerfjord to Alesund

Your tour continues with a morning of unforgettable views (including some of the incomparable Geirangerfjord, one of the longest, deepest, and most scenic fjords in the world) as you drive from Loen to Oye, a serene alpine village on the Hjorundford, where you'll have lunch at the Hotel Union Oye, in operation since 1891 and a favorite retreat among the elite for decades. Continue on to Ålesund for a two-night stay; have dinner at your hotel tonight.

MEALS : B, L, D

LODGING : Scandic Parken

PORTOFCALL : Loen, Norway

Day 10 Discovering Ålesund

The most important fishing harbor in Norway today, picturesque Ålesund is situated on seven islands on the Atlantic coast, linked by an intricate network of tunnels, carved out of granite. Join your local guide for a tour of the city, whose wealth of historic Art Nouveau (Jugenstil) structures were largely constructed between 1904 and 1907, after a fire had destroyed many of the community's buildings – making Ålesund one of Norway's leading repositories of Jugenstil architecture today. After a private lunch at a local restaurant, return to your hotel and spend the rest of the day and evening as you please in Ålesund.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Scandic Parken

PORTOFCALL : Flåm, Norway

Day 11 Fly to Oslo

Fly this morning from Ålesund to Norway's capital city of Oslo for a two-night stay. After lunch, visit Oslo's Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower – featuring a ski jump complex whose history goes back more than a century, and the world's oldest museum (founded in 1923) dedicated to the sport of skiing, built into the mountain below the ski jump itself. Check into your hotel and the enjoy the remainder of the day and evening as you please in Oslo.

MEALS : B, L

LODGING : Grand Hotel Oslo

PORTOFCALL : Oslo, Norway

Day 12 Oslo, Vigeland sculptures & Viking ships

A city orientation tour of Oslo offers views of the city's striking modern opera house and downtown City Hall. With a local guide, take in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, with its 212 life-sized granite and bronze sculptures by famed Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943), who devoted his career to the project; spotlighting many works that carry a humanistic message, the park is a popular Oslo destination. Next up, view skillful Norwegian works of a mariner’s kind during a guided visit to the nearby Viking Ship Museum, featuring three well-preserved Viking ships dating to 800 AD, found in royal burial mounds with fascinating artifacts – representing some of the best-preserved Viking ships in the world.  Following a free afternoon in Oslo, please join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner in the heart of the city.

MEALS : B, D

LODGING : Grand Hotel Oslo

PORTOFCALL : Oslo, Norway

Day 13 Journey home

Tour ends: Oslo. Fly home anytime. A transfer from Grand Hotel Oslo to Oslo Airport is included. Please allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport.

MEALS : B

PORTOFCALL : Oslo, Norway

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24 Tauck Travel Reviews & Ratings

83%
4.3 out of 5 (100+ reviews)
Excellent 16
Great 4
Average 0
Disappointing 3
Terrible 1
Value
4.2
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.4
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.7
Meals
4.3

Scandinavia, Small Groups 2021

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Skip this cruise - not worth it

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My husband and I went on the Treasures of the Mediterranean Isles Trip jn October 2022. This was our third Tauck cruise with Ponnant but our first post covid and the level of food and serive on Ponnant ships has dropped alot. The food was, at best, cafeteria food at a bad high school. My husband ate salad and cheese and crackers
For dinner every night because the entrees were terrible. You could be the first person at breakfast and everything on the buffet was cold, nothing was hot. there warming trays had tea light candles underneath them.
Wine served at dinner was low quality whicj says something since it was French wine. Tours were poorly
Planned, guides were ok at best. There is no time to shop or eat on land 9 times out 10. We were in Sicily but never got a chance to eat Sicilian food. So disappointed in this ver expensive cruise. The land portions in Malta and Marseiile were better but the tours in Malta were short, limited and subpar. This was our 8th Tauck trip and we have since cancelled our next three. We are not paying Tauck prices for mediocre experiences.
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Tauck/Aon terrible travel insurance

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Tauck partners with Aon for travel insurance. We bought this insurance through Tauck specifically to cover us in case of a positive for test for Covid and could not go on the cruise. Three days before the trip, one of us tested positive with very mild symptoms. We contacted Tauck and they agreed to refund 1/2 of the tour cost and the insurance would pay for the other half. When we called the insurance they said they required a PCF test. The test was taken and came back positive. Two months later they denied the claim because we didn’t go to a doctor. That was not necessary or practical. We had proof of Covid. Tauck is not willing to help. This was the insurance they recommended and sold to customers. We have now read many reviews of terrible service from Aon. Why is Tauck a partner to this company and not willing to help their clients? BEWARE. Terrible customer service.
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Nice trip but not if you are a loyal Tauck Customer like myself

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Activities4.0
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This was my 16th Tauck Tour. I was assigned a room with a "mountain" view only to be obstructed by lawn chairs, pool covers, large plants and buildings. It was a 1st floor room. I complained to tour director who said everyone got the same (NOT TRUE). I called Tauck 800 number on Sept 3 to request a call back from Customer Service. It took them until September 8 for a call back. The person on the phone was rude, non caring and (I'm paraphrasing) and told me just because you have taken 16 tours doesn't mean you deserve a better view that a first time customer. He went on to imply Tauck doesn't respect loyalty and wants to impress first time travelers. I ended the call and wrote an email to a good person at Tauck who was very helpful in the and requested this go to the top. I included pictures of my view and one dead fly because there were flies in the room and I guess Tauck thinks that makes the room special? I'm not done with them yet. Consider my treatment by this Customer Care agent before spending the big bucks to travel with Tauck.
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Great if you like 5-star hotels and lots of food

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Lodging5.0
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The tour covered most of Switzerland, with one day in Italy, which could have been eliminated. If you want to see the country from a bus or train, and you desire luxury hotels and gourmet food, then this is the tour for you. If you want to have a closer connection to the local people, and walk a bit in the mountains, or even hear the cowbells up close, then don't take this trip. While the trip was nice, I felt a disconnect from the local people and the country itself. We were always separated in a private train car, or on a private tour. I came home not really knowing what it's like to live there, other than it's very expensive.
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Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

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Guide5.0
Activities4.0
Lodging5.0
Transportation5.0
Meals1.0
My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
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Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska

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Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand!

Most Memorable Moment:
Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
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Small Group - 24 max

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