Nordic Capitals

Castles, Waterways & Fjords of Scandinavia

  • Date

    August 1-12, 2020 | Sat / Wed – 12 Days

  • Location

    Copenhagen | North Zeeland Island | Oslo | Vadstena | Stockholm | Helsinki

Overview

Experience the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Discover the inspiration behind the fairy tales, from Denmark’s Little Mermaid to Nordic castles. Travel the waterways from Copenhagen to Oslo and sail through the magnificent Oslofjord, and later from Stockholm to Helsinki. In Denmark, visit Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle and chic Copenhagen with its charming cobblestone streets. Vibrant Oslo, Norway bursts with colorful cultural attractions surrounded by natural wonders. See the unique Vigeland sculptures and peruse the museums on the breathtaking Bygdoy peninsula. Overnight at an historic abbey and call upon stunning Stockholm, Sweden; a strikingly beautiful city that stretches over fourteen islands. Venture out to Drottningholm Palace, residence of the Royal family, surrounded by lush landscaping and an artful Chinese pavilion. In a land of thousands of crystal-clear lakes and deep green forests, hip and trendy Helsinki, Finland stands out for its architecture, nightlife, and fabulous food. An enchanted land of maritime treasures, fjords, islands, castles, and Vikings is waiting to be explored!

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Guided city tours in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and Helsinki
  • Canal boat tour in Copenhagen
  • Guided tour of Hamlet’s Kronborg Castle
  • Overnight cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo and sail through Oslofjord
  • Visit the Viking Ship, Fram, and Kon-Tiki Museums on Oslo’s Bygdoy peninsula
  • Guided tour and overnight stay at Vadstena Convent Hotel
  • Lunch cruise on the Gota Canal
  • Tour Drottningholm Palace
  • Overnight cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki
  • Visit Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki’s famous “Rock Church”

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Copenhagen, Denmark and from Helsinki, Finland
  • Escorted
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Gratuities for city guides and bus drivers
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required. Some of the most unique sightseeing can be restrictive to motorcoaches, especially in historic areas.

Sat, Aug 1: Depart Indianapolis for an overnight flight to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Sun, Aug 2: Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark — an old merchants’ town overlooking the entrance to the Baltic Sea, with so many architectural treasures that it’s known as the “City of Beautiful Spires.” The city is filled with historical charm and yet exudes a contemporary vibe that feels effortless. Transfer to your hotel near the city center. A Welcome Dinner is included this evening. (Meal: Dinner)

Mon, Aug 3: After breakfast, enjoy a city tour of Copenhagen. See such sights as the famous Little Mermaid, the castle of Amallienborg, and the harbor area of Nyhavn. After lunch on your own, explore the beautiful canals and enjoy some free time. Gather with the group for dinner. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 4: Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before setting out on a full day tour to the island of North Zeeland. Visit the Danish Riviera and the famous castle from Shakespeare’s Hamlet — the Kronborg Castle. Return to Copenhagen and the pier to embark on an overnight cruise to Oslo, Norway; an unforgettable experience and the ultimate way to enjoy the beautiful North Sea and the Oslo fjord. Settle into your outside cabin, savor a delicious dinner with the group, and take in the views. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 5: In the morning, arriving into Oslo will be a delight as one of the best features of this Nordic capital is its setting. Located at the base of the Oslo Fjord, the city extends up the mountains that surround it on three sides. After breakfast on board, disembark and meet a local guide for a narrated tour. See the new opera house, the Royal Palace, the Akershus Fortress, and Aker Brygge with the exclusive shops and restaurants. Visit the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to nearly 200 statues created by Gustav Vigeland; a “must see” attraction. Check in to your hotel in the city center and have some time to explore. Oslo is easy to navigate on foot and the cultural center is located right downtown, at the beautiful water’s edge. Dinner is included at the hotel. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 6: Today after breakfast, explore a few of the Bygdoy peninsula museums; the polar ship Fram Museum, the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Viking Ship Museum — a cathedral-like structure containing the two best-preserved Viking ships ever found. They were built in the ninth century and unearthed 1,000 years later by farmers plowing their fields. Treasures and handicrafts from the Viking age are also on view and the museum shop sells great replicas of authentic Viking jewelry. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with the group tonight. (B,D)

Fri, Aug 7: Say goodbye to Oslo after breakfast and head to Vadstena, Sweden. Drive through pretty forest landscapes and pass the two biggest lakes of Sweden, Vanern and Vattern, before arriving to Vadstena Abbey, situated on Lake Vattern and the origin of the Bridgettine Order. Tour the convent museum and the church before you check in for an overnight stay at the convent’s hotel. Largely located in the same medieval buildings that were once the monastery, this intriguing place is now one of the distinguished Historic Hotels of Europe! The rooms are beautifully decorated to reflect its stature over many centuries, and the hotel restaurant is a favorite among wine connoisseurs. Dinner is included this evening. (B,D)

Sat, Aug 8: This morning, travel the Gota Canal between Berg and Borensberg, through one of the most beautiful parts of the canal with nine locks and two aqueducts, surrounded by a gorgeous pastoral landscape dotted with houses and manors from the 16th and 17th centuries. Lunch is included on board prior to arrival into Borensberg. Visit the famous castle of Gripsholm, one of the castles commissioned by King Gustav Vasa, who is considered to be the most influential king Sweden has ever had. It became an official royal residence of the Swedish Monarchy and was restored to its original splendor in the late 1800’s. The only room preserved, almost untouched, is the chamber of Duke Karl, which still has the original furnishings from the 1570’s. Continue to Stockholm. Check in to your hotel and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)

Sun, Aug 9: Discover Stockholm, certainly one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Stockholm stretches over fourteen islands, crisscrossed by 57 bridges and the waterways surrounding Stockholm’s islands clearly define the city’s various quarters. From the bohemian cliff-top cafes of Sodermalm and the 17th-century cobbled streets of Gamla Stan to the luxury boutiques of Ostermalm and the parkland calm of Djurgarden — you’re never more than a bridge away from a completely different city experience. See the Royal Palace and City Hall, then visit the Vasa Ship Museum and Skansen Open Air Museum. Take time to explore on your own before reuniting for dinner at a local restaurant in the old town. (B,D)

Mon, Aug 10: After breakfast, journey by historic ship through the inner archipelago to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the Royal family. Walk through the lush palace park with its beautiful landscape design, historic theatre, and artful Chinese pavilion. The Royal Palace of Drottningholm and the Chinese pavilion are both on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. In the late afternoon, transfer to the pier to embark on an overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland. Settle in to your outside stateroom and have a delightful dinner on board. (B,D)

Tue, Aug 11: Disembark after breakfast in Helsinki and take a guided sightseeing tour to learn more about the city called the “Daughter of the Baltic.” Visible from afar is the Lutheran Cathedral, the majestic symbol of the city and a welcoming landmark for approaching ships. The City Hall, Parliament House and the Presidential Palace watch over the bustling and colorful Market Square, where stands display an overwhelming variety of interesting wares, fruit, vegetables, flowers, and Finnish art and handicrafts. Located next door is Market Hall, a treasure trove of Finnish culinary delicacies. The Sibelius Monument, a huge steel structure resembling a set of organ pipes, symbolizes and pays homage to the music of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Experience the world renown Temppeliaukio Church or more commonly referred to as “Rock Church” with walls of natural Finnish rock and copper wire ceiling. Check in to your hotel for the final night of the trip and spend some time at leisure. Celebrate your Nordic travels as you toast to a wonderful trip at a group Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 12: After breakfast, transfer to airport for return flights to Indianapolis. (B)

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