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Capitals of Scandinavia tour

Capitals of Scandinavia

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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
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*)
9 days
From: $ 2,550 $ 283 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • VISIT Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo and the City Hall in Stockholm
  • VIEW the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen and Finlandia Hall in Helsinki
  • SEE Børsen, Christiansborg Palace and Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, Akershus, the Royal Palace and the Opera House in Oslo, Storkyrkan, Riddarholmen Church and the Royal Palace in Stockholm, the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and the Opera House in Helsinki
  • SCENIC CRUISE across the Baltic Sea

Short Description

Live a little lagom and travel to northern Europe's historic, stylish and cosmopolitan cities on this fairy-tale Scandinavia tour. You'll learn about the area's Viking history, why Helsinki is the capital of cool and dine amidst the former hunting and fishing grounds of Swedish kings.

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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 Copenhagen
End City Helsinki

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Copenhagen (2 Nights)

Hans Christian Andersen would have been right at home in 21st-century Copenhagen. The Danish capital hasn't lost any of its fairy-tale flair over the centuries, as you'll come to discover when you spend your first day exploring this colourful city. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Then, spend your free time soaking up the sunshine with the fun-loving locals before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Day 2: Copenhagen Sightseeing and Free Time

Connect with the heartfelt hygge of your Danish hosts when you join a 'Local Specialist' this morning for a sightseeing tour that will reveal all the highlights of Copenhagen's Old Town. See the distinctive dragon-tail spire of the 17th-century Børsen (Stock Exchange), Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid, demurely seated on a rock overlooking Langelinie Promenade. See the home of Denmark's beloved royal family, Amalienborg Palace, then spend the rest of the day exploring Copenhagen your way. Enjoy a cold øl overlooking the colourful façades of Nyhavn or perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Danish Riviera, past ancient fishing villages to the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle.

Day 3: Copenhagen – Oslo (2 Nights)

For now, it's a fond farvel to Copenhagen and a bright and cheery hej to Sweden, as you cross the Øresund by ferry and wind your way north, through the Swedish countryside past Gothenburg to Norway. You'll want to keep your camera at the ready to capture the scenic landscapes that line your route to Oslo, Norway's down-to-earth capital, where the Norwegian philosophy of friluftsliv can be felt along the flower-lined boulevards and bustling waterfront promenades.

Day 4: Oslo Sightseeing and Free Time

Tread in the footsteps of the Vikings this morning as you join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour that will reveal Oslo's long-standing seafaring heritage. See the medieval fortress of Akershus, the elegant Royal Palace and Oslo Opera House, which seems to rise up from the water in all its marble, granite and glass glory. Visit a wonderland of Norwegian sculptures left behind by Gustav Vigeland in his sculpture park, then enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city on your terms. You could choose instead to embark on an Optional Experience to see the three original Viking long-ships at the Viking Ship Museum and delve into Roald Amundsen's spontaneous race to the South Pole at the Fram Museum.

Day 5: Oslo – Stockholm (2 Nights)

Enjoy a scenic drive south through Norway's lush forest landscapes to Sweden, bound for its enchanting capital. You'll journey through Karlstad situated on Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden, and pass Örebro, with its 13th-century castle, before continuing to Stockholm. Indulge in a free evening to explore 'Beauty on Water', as the locals refer to their beloved capital. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the cobbled Gamla Stan to admire its medieval history on a walking tour, followed by a traditional Swedish meal in a local restaurant.

Day 6: Stockholm Sightseeing and Free Time

Style and substance are things Stockholm has in abundance, as you'll discover when you join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour this morning. See Stockholm's historic mother church, Storkyrkan, and the Royal Palace, then 'Dive Into Culture' and visit the City Hall. You'll have some free time this afternoon to join the locals for their afternoon fika (coffee break) and embrace the Swedish philosophy of lagom before joining your fellow travellers to 'Connect With Locals' during an exclusive eco-friendly 'Be My Guest' dinner amidst the former hunting and fishing grounds of Swedish kings.

Day 7: Stockholm Free Time – At Sea

A leisurely start to your day could see you embark on some last-minute souvenir shopping or savouring steaming sweet Swedish cinnamon rolls in Stortoget. Consider an Optional Experience to the Vasa Museum. The cool capital of Finland beckons as you board your overnight cruise to Helsinki, passing through Stockholm's archipelago as you watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea.

Day 8: At Sea – Helsinki Sightseeing and Free Time

Continue your cruise across the Baltic, arriving in Helsinki in time to join your 'Local Specialist' for a sightseeing tour of all the city's highlights, its Swedish and Russian heritage and some hidden gems. See the modern marble façades of Finlandia Hall, the Senate and the colourful stalls in Market Square before joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. Raise a glass of aquavit and toast to your epic adventure across the capitals of Scandinavia. Kippis!

Day 9: Depart Helsinki

After a memorable journey exploring the history and culture of four Scandinavian nations, all that's left is to say a fond farewell to your new friends and prepare for your return journey home. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Best of Italy Tour for 13 days, really 11 days. Recommendation: Do NOT take a Trafalgar Tour of any kind!

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Best of Italy Tour for 13 days--actually 12 days. This was our 2nd Trafalgar tour--1st was Egypt---also terrible!
1) Could ONLY understand about 10 % of the travel director's harangue. Her name was Frederica. The same situation occurred in Egypt.
2) The bus driver named Theo was surly and rude.
3) The Travel Director constantly sold the extra excursions. These were 2.5 times more expensive then privately-made tours. Example in Rome--Crown Tours.
4) The food was terrible.
5) The hotels were at best 2-3 star. NO AC, low water pressure, and the breakfasts were poor.
6) Many hours were spent most days on the bus--4-8 hours. There were 49 passengers on this bus! You could not relax on the bus because the tour director constantly was speaking and selling optional excursions. Again, could not understand but 10 % of what she said.
7) We pre-paid gratuities, but wished that we had not done so. Neither the driver nor Travel Director thanked us. We will not prepay again, however, we will NEVER take another Trafalgar Tour.
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The trip was amazing and our travel guide was wonderful. We saw all the important attractions in every town/city we visited.

Carolyne and Christof deserves a raise!

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Service was fantastic. Had an amazing travel guide in Carolyne and she made the experience even more enjoyable with her leading us through the journey. She’s full of fun and I couldn’t have imagined a better experience. Our driver was great as well Christof. Always was on time and was very kind to us.
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The trip is well organized. Our travel director was very lovely, sweet and accommodating. Our coach is clean, and the driver drives very smoothly and relaxing. The local specialists in all tours are very well expert. I like how they explained every detail of their beautiful country.
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Kate and Ian did their best to make our trip as best as possible. Kate had great knowledge of the locations we visited and how Ian got the bus up around the small roads I'll never know. Thank you.
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the trip and the tour director were excellent. But our ride to Liberia airport was a disaster on wheels. The driver was not able to communicate with us about the problems as he doesnot speak english. On the way to liberia airport fumes started coming out from the back end of the vehicle. Stopped the vehicle and with the help of the local people the tire got changed and resumed the trip. The driver was not even keen to communicate with trafalgar .after another hour the vehicle completely got shut off. For a while we were stranded in the highway and trafalgar sent another 2 vans to pick up us all to airport. The return trip to airport was a disaster . Please use a vehicle with good conditions. Please do not put the tour members life in jeopardy.
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Accommodations

  • Holiday Inn City Centre

Additional Information

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Overnight ferry from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

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Meals Included

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
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