Thu, Aug 17: Overnight flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Fri, Aug 18: Copenhagen, Denmark. Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to explore on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Dinner. (Meal: Dinner)
Sat, Aug 19: Copenhagen. Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. View Denmark’s center of Parliament, known as Christianborg; Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family; and the Royal Theater. You’ll also see the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honoring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll join us for an optional excursion for lunch and a visit to Frederiksborg Castle; begin with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally inspired cuisine before touring the castle, formerly the residence of the Danish royal family. (B)
Sun, Aug 20: Copenhagen & Vaxjo, Sweden. Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Later, travel to Vaxjo – gateway to Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom.” Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory, Kosta Boda, established in 1742. (B)
Mon, Aug 21: Stockholm. Continue north to Sweden’s capital city of Stockholm. En route, stop to explore the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum and learn about its shocking maiden voyage when it sank in one nautical mile. This ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbor. Perfectly preserved, it offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Choose to explore the narrow streets of Gamle Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour with a stop at one of Sweden’s sweetest traditions, a candy cane making factory, for a demonstration. Or you may choose to see the city on a panoramic city tour via coach, viewing the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholm’s beautiful city hall. Tonight, enjoy dinner in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. This stunning restaurant, comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century, captures the flavor of a bygone era. (B,D)
Tue, Aug 22: Stockholm. The day is yours to explore Stockholm at your leisure. Take some time to discover its strikingly colorful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that immerses you in natural beauty on a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago. (B)
Wed, Aug 23: Oslo, Norway. All aboard! Sit back, relax and enjoy as you travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard the innovative high-speed train. Cross the Norwegian border and arrive in Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills. Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is the center of Norwegian government and home to its royal family. You’ll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art. (B,D)
Thu, Aug 24: Oslo. A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking ships. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park, which holds the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy time to relax or explore independently. (B)
Fri, Aug 25: Flam. Depart Norway’s capital and travel north to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church. This intricate structure, built in 1180, is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint village of Flam, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides — the renowned Flam Railway — to ascend 3,000 feet, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flam offering breathtaking views each way. (B,D)
Sat, Aug 26: Loen. This morning travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Ascend the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region. Tonight, join the hotel’s chef for an introduction to traditional Nordic cuisine prior to dinner. (B,D)
Sun, Aug 27: Loen, Geiranger & Fjord Cruise. Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway along the way. Known as one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you find Norway’s mighty waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. Homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where farms have been kept for centuries. (B,D)
Mon, Aug 28: Bergen. Take in Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen, known as the “gateway to the fjords.” Bergen was founded with Viking roots and today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscape. (B)
Tue, Aug 29: Bergen. Join your fellow travelers on a guided walking tour of Bergen. Walk along the historic and iconic harbor front, known as the Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric Farewell Dinner to celebrate your Scandinavian memories. (B, D)
Wed, Aug 30: Bergen. Transfer to the airport in Bergen for flights home. (B)
Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Located in the center of Copenhagen and close to the 19th-century Tivoli Gardens, the luxury Tivoli Hotel has state-of-the-art amenities. Highlights: modern guestrooms • in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • three restaurants • two bar/lounges • fitness center • pool
PM Vanner Hotel, Vaxjo, Sweden
This recently-built, award-winning hotel exceeds expectations. Highlights: unique, spacious guestrooms with wooden floors • in-room espresso maker • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • three restaurants • two bar/lounges • fitness center • outdoor pool • sauna • spa • library.
Grand Central by Scancic, Stockholm, Sweden
Near the central station, Scandic’s latest h offers a one-of-a-kind hotel with the best shopping just around the corner. Highlights: contemporary guestrooms with wooden floors • bathrooms with showers • complimentary high-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access • three restaurants • two bar/lounges • room service• café • fitness center • complimentary bike rentals.
Hotel Bristol, Oslo, Norway
An elegant hotel built in 1920. Located in the heart of the city center, the hotel is a short walk to many of Oslo’s attractions. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms with showers and/or bathtubs • in-room mini-bars • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • two bar/lounges • fitness center • spa.
Fretheim Hotel, Flam, Norway
Originally a farm, the location became a hotel in 1879 and has been built and renovated many times since. The beautiful white timber building is situated at the innermost point of an arm of the Sognefjord. The newest part of the hotel was built in 2000. The hotel is certified as eco-friendly. Highlights: comfortable, traditional guestrooms with combined bathtubs and showers • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • restaurant • two bar/lounges • garden coffee bar • library • guest dock and private boat.
Alexandra Hotel, Loen, Norway
A family-run first-class hotel located in the inner reaches of Nordfjord, it is renowned for its distinctive, personal atmosphere. Highlights: contemporary guestrooms with showers and/or bathtubs • in-room mini-bars • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • bar/lounge • wine cellar • café in spa • nightclub • heated indoor/outdoor pool • indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi • spa.
First Hotel Marin, Bergen, Norway
A classic, luxury hotel situated in the city center on the famous Bryggen. Highlights: charming guestrooms with showers or bathtubs • complimentary Wi-Fi access • restaurant • bar • room service • fitness center.
Fredericksborg Castle and Local Lunch
Duration: 5 Hours
Step away from Copenhagen with a visit to stunning Frederiksborg Castle. First stop in the small seaside town of Niva and enjoy a locally inspired, farm-to-table lunch at one of Denmark's most renowned restaurants. Then visit the castle. Built in the 1600s as the royal residence for King Christian IV, today it is home to Denmark's National History Museum. Take time to explore the opulent interiors and expansive gardens.
Exploring Stockholm's Archipelago
$110 p/p Duration: 5 Hours
Sail amid a tapestry of islands, islets and skerries that make up the archipelago and explore firsthand the small towns and seaside escapes that local Swedes retreat to in summer. Join a local expert on a privately guided tour of the historic town of Vaxholm, constructed for defensive purposes by King Gustav Vasa. Meander its historic streets and lush gardens before sailing on to yet another magical island. With thousands of islands to choose from, every local has their favorite – which will be yours?
The Tastes of Bergen
Duration: 2 Hours
Come to know the flavors of Bergen on a locally guided, food sampling tour. Visit a host of local cafes, markets, bakeries and historic buildings while hearing about Norwegian and Bergen food traditions and specialties. Become familiar with the cuisine through sampling traditional fish soup, fish cakes, whale meat, lefse (a sweet treat), smoked salmon, brown cheese, reindeer sausages and a traditional Bergen cinnamon bun, amongst other typical local dishes. Complete your tour with a glass of wine or pint of beer at a local establishment and learn about Norwegian produced alcohol and traditions.