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Welcome to Copenhagen
On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 & 15:00. Then you will be at leisure to relax and settle in. In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception, drinks and a wonderful Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.
Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
(Relaxed Start) A Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour. See Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, as well as the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. Continue to Copenhagen's cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary and the unusual Rundertaarn - a 17th century round tower, the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe. The afternoon is at leisure, perhaps take an optional experience into the picturesque Danish countryside to the castles of North Zealand.
Travel to the ancient city of Roskilde, dating back to the Viking age. Visit Roskilde Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the first gothic cathedral in Scandinavia, where 39 kings and queens are buried. Roskilde is also home to the giant rock music event, Roskilde Festival.
Scenic farmlands of Sweden on the way to Stockholm
Leave Denmark and cross over the Øresund Bridge to Sweden. On through the Skåne region (which gave its name to Scandinavia), past a patchwork of fertile farmlands. Continue along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital.
Stockholm, City of Islands
(Relaxed Start) The charms of Sweden's capital are revealed with your Local Expert. Start with the cathedral, the coronation palace of many Swedish kings and the Old Town, with some of the narrowest streets in the world. Stroll through the courtyard of the Royal Palace and visit the imposing City Hall with its Gold Room (site of the annual Nobel Prize presentation banquet), with walls covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles. There's free time in the afternoon to explore at your own pace. Perhaps visit the fabulous Vasa Galleon, raised from Stockholm's harbour bed in 1961 after sinking on its maiden voyage in 1628?
The Viking Capital Sigtuna, Uppsala and Falun
Travel to the once Viking capital of Sigtuna, on the shores of Lake Mälaren, now boasting Sweden’s smallest City Hall. Then head to the historic city of Uppsala, seat of Scandinavia’s oldest university and visit the lofty cathedral. Later, travel through rural Dalecarlia to the old historic mining town of Falun. View the Great Pit, a vast crater caused by an enormous mine collapse in 1687.
Through Dales and Lakes to Lillehammer
A scenic drive along the shores of Lake Siljan in the Dalarna region brings you to Nusnas, home of the Dala horse. Visit a workshop to witness a colourful wooden horse being made. Continue deep into the forested heart of Sweden. Cross into Norway and pass the Olympic ice skating rink called the ‘Viking Ship' at Hamar. Journey along the shores of Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, to Lillehammer.
Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords
(Relaxed Start) Head northwest from Lillehammer amid the countryside of Peer Gynt, immortalised by Ibsen. At Lom, visit the Norwegian stave church dating back to 1130. Continue along winding roads that pass waterfalls, rivers, icefields, lakes and snow-capped peaks in abundance. End your day in spectacular fashion with an incredible cruise on the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord, with its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Stay in the remote village of Geiranger, overlooking fjords and soaring mountains.
Geiranger at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) The day is reserved for relaxation among the most breathtaking scenery, which has been granted World Heritage status by UNESCO. Maybe take a trip along the Troll's Road with outstanding photo opportunities?
Fjærland and Fjordland to Leikanger
Head to the Bøyabreen Glacier for a photo-stop before gaining a deeper understanding of your surroundings at the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum. Journey through time from the creation of the earth to the last ice age, and up to the year 2100. Then a scenic drive will take you to your hotel in Leikanger.
The Flåm Railway to Bergen
Cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest in Norway. Then embark on a spectacular scenic journey on the Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914m. Visit a family-run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear all about the fruit production process and sample the apple juice and homemade cider. Learn how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious dishes. Enjoy a walk through the orchard before moving on to your hotel in the historic port of Bergen.
The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert. The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively fish market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has many stalls, selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon's Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Or perhaps you might like to visit the home of composer Edward Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?
Mountains and Fjords to Oslo
Cross scenic mountains and travel through ski-resorts on your way to Oslo, Norway's capital.
(Relaxed Start) With a Local Expert, pass the Royal Palace as well as the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before a highlight visit to the Viking Long Ship Museum. In the evening, round off your Scandinavian adventure with a farewell Celebration Dinner and a glass of wine to toast to new friends.
Out of Oslo
Departure transfers arrive at Oslo Airport at 07:15 & 10:15.
Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.
Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.
Drive along the scenic coastal road of the Danish Riviera to the castles of North Zealand. See Fredensborg, the summer residence of the Royal Family, then visit Fredriksborg, the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia. It's now a museum, so the tour through the beautiful rooms is an encounter with the kings and queens who shaped the country's history. En-route, pass through picturesque villages of half-timbered houses and thatched roofs.
Adult Price: EUR 53.00
Home to some of the world's best restaurants, Copenhagen is currently experiencing a culinary renaissance. Make the most of the long summer evenings and join us for a traditional Danish meal in the heart of Copenhagen. Two glasses of wine, beer or soft drinks are included with your meal.
Adult Price: EUR 69.00
Today we’ll explore Copenhagen through a cruise on its narrow canals and inner harbour. Then we’ll stroll around the streets of an old fishing village, famous for its photogenic historical centre and sailors’ houses. Join us for a light refreshment from the quaint village vendors to encapsulate this Danish culture experience.
Adult Price: EUR 47.00
Experience a Swedish summer evening at its best! Enjoy a half-hour cruise in the largest archipelago in the world, followed by authentic local cuisine served in a peaceful forested setting on the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Adult Price: EUR 85.00
When the Vasa was launched in 1628, it was arguably the world's most powerful warship. Bristling with 64 cannon and carrying some 300 men, it was built to strike the fear of God into the enemy. Unfortunately, it sank on its maiden voyage. Raised from Stockholm harbour in 1961, this grand galleon remains almost wholly preserved, along with 700 wooden sculptures and ornaments. Your visit will provide a unique insight into early shipbuilding techniques and everyday life on board a 17c naval vessel.
Adult Price: EUR 38.00
Sweden’s world famous painter, Carl Larsson, lived and worked in his traditional country home which is today a constant source of inspiration for modern designers. This remarkably intact time capsule showcases the art and family life of a beloved artist.
Adult Price: EUR 37.00
Take a guided tour around one of the most exciting new exhibits in Stockholm, dedicated to this iconic band. This is no ordinary museum though, you'll get to experience what it's like to be the 5th member of Abba. You'll also see their costumes, gold records and memorabilia.
Adult Price: EUR 59.00
Be transported back in time to the 1994 Winter Olympics. First a drive to the Lillehammer Ski Jump where we'll marvel at the incredible views overlooking Lillehammer and Lake Mjosa. Later, we'll meet a local storyteller at the historic Lillehammer Brewery where we'll hear about the local brewing techniques and receive a guided tasting of their speciality craft beer. Then, we'll enjoy a casual dinner made from locally-sourced produce.
Adult Price: EUR 72.00
Your tour of Geiranger includes a scenic drive up the Eagle’s Road, offering amazing views of the Geiranger Fjord and the stunning Seven Sisters Waterfall. At the small village of Eidsdal, cross the fjord by ferry and climb up through the abundant fruit growing valleys. Leave civilisation behind as you venture high above the tree line for some of the most breathtaking scenery. Now on to the Troll’s Road, a masterpiece of engineering built over 70 years ago. (This optional is seasonal)
Adult Price: EUR 51.00
In the comfort of your coach, climb 1500 metres to the highest possible fjord view in Europe at Dalsnibba mountain. Enjoy breathtaking views of the famous Geiranger fjord and the surrounding glacier topped mountains. For the bold, test your nerve on the Geiranger Skywalk suspended over a 500 metre drop. (Weather permitting and Seasonal)
Adult Price: EUR 31.00
Visit Troldhaugen, the idyllic summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s national composer. Situated on a promontory jutting into Lake Nordaas with outstanding views over the water, it offered the composer total tranquillity and inspiration for his music. More scenic grandeur awaits as you ascend to the summit of Mount Fløyen aboard Scandinavia's only funicular railway. At 320 metres above sea level enjoy a bird's-eye view over Bergen, with its seaward approach, and the surrounding fjords and islands. Occasionally this optional will be offered with a piano concert for €58.
Adult Price: EUR 45.00
Visit Troldhaugen, the idyllic summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s national composer. Situated on a promontory jutting into Lake Nordaas with outstanding views over the water, it offered the composer total tranquillity and inspiration for his music. After a piano recital, more scenic grandeur awaits as you ascend to the summit of Mount Fløyen aboard Scandinavia's only funicular railway. At 320 metres above sea level enjoy a bird's-eye view over Bergen, with its seaward approach, and the surrounding fjords and islands.
Adult Price: EUR 58.00
Step aboard the polar ship Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever built, to experience the life and work of Norway's famous Arctic explorers. The expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen come to life in the interactive exhibitions of this museum, which also houses the Gjøa, the first ship to navigate the entire Northwest Passage.
Adult Price: EUR 38.00
Copenhagen (Central) - Denmark
Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.
Stockholm (Contemporary) - Sweden
The classy Hilton Stockholm Slussen is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Old Town.
Falun (Central) - Sweden
First Grand Hotel/Clarion Collection Hotel Bergmästaren, Falun
Lillehammer (Central) - Norway
Geiranger (Scenic) - Norway
Leikanger (Historic) - Norway
Situated on the shores of the scenic Sogne Fjord, the Leikanger Fjord Hotel offers quaint character and a homely atmosphere. It has existed since the late 19th century and has been run by the same family since the 1920s.
Bergen (Contemporary) - Norway
Centrally-located in the charming Bryggen area of this exciting Norwegian city, the Radisson Blu Hotel Bergen has award-winning and distinctive architecture that ensures that the building blends in with the historic environment in Bryggen.
Oslo (Traditional) - Norway
The Hotel Bristol is an elegant hotel located in the heart of the city offering exceptional quality and value.
Notes: Twin prices are per person. Seasonal adjustments and/or black out dates apply. (29 Apr, 19 Aug) These departures will be staying at the Scandic Hamar Hotel in Hamar instead of Lillehammer. (11 May, 13 Jul, 10 Aug) These departures will be staying at the Thon Opera in Oslo. (03 Jun) This departure will be staying at the Scandic Ringsaker in Funes instead of Lillehammer. (07 Sep) This departure will be staying at alternate accommodation of a similar standard in Copenhagen. (27 Apr, 18 May) These departures will be staying at the Thon Oslofjord in Oslo. Book Your Air Early: To get the best land & air deal possible!
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