NORTHERN SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS
A 5 STAR SIGNATURE TOUR
JUNE 22-JULY 3, 2023
If you're in search of a different European experience, just head north to the intersection of yesterday and tomorrow. Old meets new and tradition meets innovation on this cool tour of Scandinavia and its most exciting hot spots. With two-night stays in the capital cities of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland, you’ll wake up to Copenhagen’s rush hour of designer-clad cyclists, Oslo’s stunning skyline “starchitecture,” Stockholm’s trendy galleries and gastro pubs, and Helsinki’s electrifying design scene. Within these hipster hubs, you’ll follow ancient Viking trails and the narrowest of cobblestone streets to the palaces and museums that hold the most fascinating historical stories—and the indoor and outdoor markets that carry the most intriguing snacks and souvenirs. The cool factor is illuminated on a breezy overnight cruise across the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki. As an added bonus, we have included a guided tour to the capital of Estonia!
9 Lunches, 6 dinners
Optional traveler’s insurance
Round-trip airfare from Burlington, VT (or other)
11 nights world-class lodging
15 Meals (10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners)
Full-time tour manager
Full-time local guide
DAY 1-2 - JUNE 22-23
Depart Burlington airport; Arrive in Copenhagen the following day - Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. You will be lodging at the Imperial, centrally located in the heart of Copenhagen, the hotel is just steps from Tivoli Gardens and easy walking distance to central station and the town hall. An elegant showcase of classic Danish design and modern architecture, it features a bar and two restaurants serving authentic Danish and international cuisine. Welcome dinner
DAY 3 - JUNE 24
COPENHAGEN - The capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen is one of the most alluring Scandinavian destinations, thanks to its exceptional food, architecture, and history. Take in the colorful row houses that line the canal and venture to hipster enclaves like Vesterbro. Today in Copenhagen will be all about getting out on the canals and soaking in the 17 hours of sunlight. Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 - JUNE 25
COPENHAGEN - Enjoy a Copenhagen guided sightseeing with a local expert that includes the royal reception rooms in Christiansborg Palace, and The Little Mermaid statue. This afternoon is free before visiting Tivoli Gardens. Breakfast
DAY 5 - JUNE 26
COPENHAGEN–ELSINORE–GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN–OSLO, NORWAY - After breakfast, we will take the Elsinodre Ferry crossing to Helsingborg, Sweden. Sit back and relax on the Gothenburg Orientation drive. Visit the indoor food market and taste local snacks. Gothenburg is a friendly city on the west coast of Sweden, where you’ll find a vibrant cultural scene, world-class restaurants, sustainable living and a fascinating history – all within walking distance. Adventure is never far away, with wide open spaces and magical archipelago islands waiting to be explored. Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - JUNE 27
OSLO - The picturesque, cosmopolitan city of Oslo is the capital of Norway. Located in the southeast corner of the country, this coastal city is bursting with greenery and outdoor activities, cool museums, lots of art, amazing seafood, and more. Our OSLO Guided sightseeing includes a walk through Frogner Park and a visit to City Hall. Stay at the Thon Opera, an ultra-contemporary 408-room hotel with playful styling. The stylish restaurant serves international cuisine with fabulous views over the Oslo Fjord and opera house. Breakfast
DAY 7 - JUNE 28
OSLO–STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - Enjoy a scenic drive from Oslo to Stockholm. Later, visit Stockholm in the footsteps of the monarchy and afterwards enjoy a traditional lunch in a local restaurant. Spreading idyllically across a Baltic Sea archipelago of fourteen islands, it’s easy to see why the Swedish capital of Stockholm has acquired the nickname “Venice of the north”. It seems as if wherever you look, your gaze is met by water. Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8 - JUNE 29
STOCKHOLM - This morning, join our local expert for a Stockholm guided walking tour of the Old Town. Visit the City Hall and the Vasa Ship Museum. Lodging is at the Scandic Continental. This modern 392-room hotel enjoys a fantastic location in the heart of Stockholm and features a rooftop bar and seasonal outdoor terrace with impressive skyline views. A trendy urban style restaurant serves market fresh dishes and there is a lobby bar and cafe serving all day snacks and coffee. Breakfast
DAY 9 - JUNE 30
STOCKHOLM–OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO HELSINKI, FINLAND - Free time this morning in Stockholm. Later, take an overnight cruise with dinner to Helsinki. We will be staying at the GLO Hotel Kluuvi Helsinki, the perfect base for urban exploration and adventure. Located in the best spot in Helsinki city center, close to Helsinki Central Station and Galleria Esplanade Shopping Center. Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 - JULY 1
HELSINKI - Today begins with a Helsinki guided sightseeing that will includes the Lutheran Cathedral, Sibelius Monument, and the open-air market. Helsinki, Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum. Ornate red-brick Uspenski Cathedral overlooks a harbor. Breakfast
DAY 11 - JULY 2
HELSINKI - TALLIN, ESTONIA - Encounter the highlights of Tallinn on a superb guided excursion to the capital of Estonia, the smallest of the Baltic countries. Estonia, a country in Northern Europe, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it's dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. The capital, Tallinn, is known for its preserved Old Town, museums and the 314m-high Tallinn TV Tower. Tonight, celebrate our journey with a farewell dinner at the hotel. Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 12 - JULY 3
HELSINKI - Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. Breakfast
PRICING PER PERSON
(group of two)
*20% deposit due at reservation. Balance due May 5, 2023
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