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11 Day Classic Scandinavia (Monday Departure)

11 days with Gate 1 Travel   Rating: First Class

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Denmark
Depart for Denmark.

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Copenhagen
Arrive in the lively Danish capital of Copenhagen. Time to rest and relax, or begin your independent discovery of this sophisticated city. Your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in Scandinavia. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Copenhagen no later than 4:00 PM on day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible.

DAY 3, Wednesday - Copenhagen City Tour, Tivoli Gardens, Welcome Dinner
This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. View the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum and the National Museum, the colorful 17th-century harbor district of Nyhavn, and Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family as well as the site of the changing of the Guard. Visit the Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in the city which was designed and erected in 1908 by Danish artist Anders Bundgård, and the iconic Little Mermaid statue. End the tour with a visit to the Royal Reception rooms in Christiansborg Palace*, the seat of the Danish Parliament, Prime Minister's Office and Supreme Court. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own, or join the optional North Zealand Castle Tour to the Danish countryside and Riviera. This evening, a highlight visit to Tivoli Gardens,* the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the second oldest amusement park in the world. Then, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

*In the event Christiansborg Palace is closed due to local events, the visit will be substituted with a visit to Rosenborg Castle
*September departures may not visit Tivoli Gardens, due to seasonal closure

Optional: North Zealand Castle Tour (PM)

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Gothenburg, Sweden
This morning, bid farewell to Denmark as you travel to Sweden via the mighty 5-mile-long Öresund Bridge. Upon arrival in Gothenburg, take an orientation tour of the city. Founded in the 17th-century, this lively university town is known for its parks, sporting events and modern opera house. Enjoy a Scandinavian lunch with your group at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may choose to take a cruise on the canals and harbor, or opt for a trip to the Liseberg amusement park, one of the most popular in Europe. (Breakfast, Lunch)

DAY 5, Friday - Travel to Oslo, Norway
This morning, travel to Oslo, the capital of Norway. The rest of the day is at leisure. Stroll the shopping streets, linger at a café or visit one or more of Oslo’s world-class museums. Tonight, dinner together at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Oslo, Oslo City Tour
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Oslo. Start with a visit to the modern City Hall.* Then, pass the National Theater, the 19th Century Royal Palace and visit the main square to view the Cathedral. Next, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures. The park's most popular attraction is the Monolith column, measuring 46 feet high with 121 human figure reliefs, it is carved from a single block of granite and took three stone sculptors 14 years (1929-43) to complete. In the afternoon, perhaps join a local guide for the optional Treasures of Oslo tour. Admire the highlights of Norway's great seafaring tradition as you enjoy a guided visit to see three 1,200-year-old ornamented Viking ships which are the best preserved in existence, followed by a visit to the Kon-Tiki Museum. (Breakfast)

*In the event that the Oslo City Hall is closed due to local events, the visit will be substituted with a visit to the Oslo Cathedral 

Optional: Treasures of Oslo (PM)

DAY 7, Sunday - Travel to Lillehammer
This morning, travel to Lillehammer. Situated at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa, the town is perhaps most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Embark on an orientation tour, which includes a view of the ski jump. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Lillehammer on your own. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8, Monday - Lom Stave Church, Travel to Sogndal
This morning drive to the village of Lom where you will visit one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway.* Built around 1150, the church's unique facade appears to have been plucked from a medieval fairytale. Next, drive via Sognefjellet (weather permitting), the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe known as the "roof of Norway", through the dramatic Norwegian countryside. Pass glaciers, pine forests and perhaps reindeer, as well as Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain in the Jotunheimen National Park. Overnight in the heart of the Fjords. (Breakfast, Dinner)

*Entry to Lom Stave Church interior only available when church services are not in session.

DAY 9, Tuesday - Sognefjord Cruise, Flam Railway, Travel to Bergen
Today, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords. Then, a real highlight as you board the world famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountainside. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most scenic views of Norway. Continue to your hotel in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. A major distributor of the wealthy trading guilds of the Hanseatic League, many residents of this 11th-century city still earn their livelihoods from the sea. (Breakfast)

DAY 10, Wednesday - Bryggen Walking Tour, Farewell Dinner
This morning, join your tour manager for a short walking tour of Bergen’s Bryggen quarter. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the wooden Hanseatic pier and adjacent quarters dating back to the Middle Ages, with its UNESCO-listed buildings. Then spend the rest of your afternoon at your leisure, or perhaps join the optional tour to Troldhaugen, the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Attend a piano concert followed by a tour of the home. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Optional: Grieg’s Troldhaugen: An Afternoon Concert & Tour (PM)

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Norway
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)

All This Included
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Enjoy a city sightseeing tour upon arrival in the Danish capital of Copenhagen
  • Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures
  • Lom Stave Church, one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway built in 12th century
  • Cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords
  • Board the famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions
  • Walk through Bergen’s UNESCO-listed Bryggen, the old Hanseatic pier and wharf area

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Copenhagen: Imperial
Gothenberg: Scandic Europa
Oslo: Scandic Solli
Lillehammer: Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
Sogndal: Quality Hotel Sogndal
Bergen: First Hotel Bergen Marin
  • Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
  • This moderately active trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend two to three hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Scandinavian hotels are typically sparsely designed, yet functional, reflecting the understated Nordic lifestyle. Guest room amenities are similarly minimalistic often lacking items one might expect in European hotels such as bath mats, elaborate toiletry selections, luggage racks, in-room safe and air-conditioning. This is a Classic program.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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