GRAND SCANDINAVIA – INSIGHT VACATIONS

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GRAND SCANDINAVIA – INSIGHT VACATIONS

Explore the Grandeur of Scandinavia on a 20-Day Guided Tour of Sweden, Finland & Norway

Cruise the Baltic Sea to Helsinki, step back in time to the reign of the Vikings in Oslo and see Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, on a grand three week tour. At North Cape, toast the midnight sun with champagne and local caviar alongside the towering cliffs of Europe’s most northern point, where the summer sun never sets. Sample local specialties like liquorice and smoked reindeer at the harborside Helsinki Food Market before arriving to the Swedish capital of Stockholm, home to the melodies of the ABBA Museum and the magnificent Vasa Galleon. After voyaging across the home territories of the nomadic Sami community in Lapland, visit the farm of Trine Lyrek where you’ll meet her Arctic dogsled racing Alta huskies. Draw your vacation to a close among Oslo’s thousand-year-old Viking ships.

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Expired on Thursday August 1st, 2024

Expired on Thursday August 1st, 2024

Day 1: Welcome to Copenhagen

Begin your Scandinavian exploration in Copenhagen. In the evening, join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.

Arrival Transfer -
Depart the airport at 09:00, 12:00, 15:00

Welcome Meeting -
Meet your Travel Director at 17:30

Accommondation
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Included Meals
Dinner with Wine

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Copenhagen Welcome Dinner.
Get to know your fellow travellers and Travel Director over a drink at your Welcome Dinner.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Visit Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.
Make the most of the long summer nights at the glittering Tivoli Gardens, the world-famous entertainment park, full of fantasy, fun and charm.

Your Local Expert will reveal the charm of Denmark's capital. Meet Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid gazing wistfully across the harbour. Continue on to see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and Christianborg Palace. Visit the 18th century Copenhagen Cathedral, designed by Christian Frederik Hansen, known for its neoclassical architecture and for featuring the largest bell in Denmark. With the afternoon at your leisure, why not see the unusual Round Tower, a 17th century tower and the oldest functioning observatory in Europe and Copenhagen Cathedral, where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary.

Accommondation
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Copenhagen City Tour.
With your Local Expert, view Christiansborg Palace and the cathedral where the Crown Prince of Denmark married Princess Mary. You'll also see Rosenborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace, the Renaissance Stock Exchange and the unusual Rundertaarn, which is the oldest functioning Observatory in Europe.

Copenhagen Cathedral Visit.
Visit the impressive 18th century Copenhagen Cathedral, designed by Christian Frederik Hansen, known for its neoclassical architecture and for featuring the largest bell in Denmark.

Travel from Denmark to Sweden by crossing the incredible Øresund Bridge. Spanning 16km over the Flinte channel it’s the longest road and rail bridge in Europe. Pass through the artificial island of Peberholm which has become a haven for flora and fauna and continue through the Skåne region, which gave its name to Scandinavia. Enjoy views of the patchwork of fertile farmlands as you journey along the shores of Lake Vättern to the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings?

Accommondation
Hilton Stockholm Slussen

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Cross the Mighty Oresund Bridge.
Cross this magnificent feat of engineering. It's the longest road and rail bridge in Europe, spanning 8 kilometres.

Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvellous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall, and the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to Gamla Stan, the medieval heart of the city. View the cathedral and walk through the Old Town to see the Royal Palace. With the afternoon at leisure, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Galleon. In the evening, board your Baltic cruise to Finland and voyage through the largest archipelago in the world. Enjoy dinner onboard as well as the sight of thousands of islands from the comfort of your A-class, sea-view cabin, while the northern sun hangs over the horizon, showing almost no sign of setting in mid-summer.

Accommondation
Serenade/Symphony—Tallink & Silja Line Ships

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Stockholm City Hall Visit.
With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gyllene salen, the Golden Hall is covered by 18 million gilded mosaic tiles. You'll also see the Blå hallen, the Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquets are held.

Stockholm.
With your Local Expert, visit Gamla Stan to see the cathedral where Swedish kings have been coronated and wander the narrow streets of the Old Town.

Stockholm to Helsinki Scenic Cruise.
Admire the beautiful views from your high-class, sea-view cabin as your cruise through the largest archipelago in the world, from Stockholm to Helsinki.

Helsinki is known as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks. Disembark your Baltic cruise and meet your Local Expert. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce, like liquorice or smoked reindeer. Afterwards, enjoy time to explore on your own. Why not stop for lunch at the colourful market located by the harbour and spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world-class pancakes?

Accommondation
GLO Hotel Art

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Helsinki City Tour.
Your Local Expert will show you the sights of the harbour city. Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market and sample local produce like liquorice or smoked reindeer before enjoying free time to explore the harbour of this fascinating city of design.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Helsinki Central Market Visit.
Wander through the aromatic stalls of a traditional food market with your Local Expert and sample local produce, like liquorice or smoked reindeer.

Finland is a land of beautiful lakes and enchanting forests. Sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular scenery. On arrival in Kuopio, ascend Puijo Tower for a splendid panorama that will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes.

Accommondation
Scandic Atlas

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Kuopio Puijo Tower Visit.
Admire the spectacular panoramic views from atop Puijo Tower.

As you journey towards the Arctic, travel to Lapland, native home to the nomadic Sami community. Visit Oulu, northern Finland's oldest city. It is also the largest general port in the Bothnian Bay, made up of 3 harbours. Enjoy time to explore the centre of the city that is spread across several islands, connected by pedestrian bridges and cycleways, considered one of the best in Europe. Your travels continue to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region.

Accommondation
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Visit the Harbour City of Oulu.
Visit Northern Finland's oldest city. It is also one of the most important harbour cities in all of Northern Europe.

Cross the Arctic Circle today, a highlight for many travellers. With your Local Expert, see the Town Hall designed by Aalvar Aalto and visit Rovaniemi Church. Explore Rovaniemi with Insight Choice. Choose to meet Santa Claus and embrace the spirit of Christmas. Alternatively, join your Local Expert for a nature walk in the forest. With the afternoon at leisure perhaps you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum?

Accommondation
Santa's Hotel Santa Claus

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Cross the Artic Circle in Rovaniemi.
See Alvar Aalto's Town Hall and visit the cathedral. You'll even receive an Arctic Circle Crossing certificate.

IINSIGHT CHOICE
Choose between two carefully selected activities

Rovaniemi Forest Walk.
Join your Local Expert for a nature walk in the forest and admire the tranquil surroundings.

OR

Visit Santa Claus Village in Roveniemi.
Meet Santa Claus when you visit his village where it is Christmas all year round! From his post office, you can make sure that Santa sends Christmas letters to friends and family back home come December.

In the morning enjoy a relaxed start or perhaps join an Optional Experience to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for the chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Continue north along the Four Winds Road, where you may see herds of reindeer roaming freely as you journey for one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe’s last great wilderness to see the Urho Kekkonen National Park near the gold centre of Tankavaara.

Accommonndation
Hotel Ivalo

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Visit Sodankylä Church.
Visit one of Lapland's oldest churches.

Ivalo Orientation.
Enjoy an orientation as you arrive into the village.

Cross the rolling tundra into Norway and stop at Karasjok for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Visit a Sami National Museum, devoted to preserving the Sami history and culture, and see the Sami Parliament, before continuing along the beautiful Porsanger Fjord to reach the quaint settlement of Honningsvag. Enjoy the picturesque harbour at your leisure or perhaps set out on a sea bird and arctic cruise adventure? This Optional Experience includes a cruise around the Gjesværstappen, a necklace of islands that's a protected nesting area for millions of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Guillemots, White Tailed Eagles and even a chance of a Grey Seal or Porpoise. Tonight we journey in search of the midnight sun on your included experience of Nordkapp, the northernmost point of mainland Europe, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on Earth.

Accommondation
Scandic Nordkkapp

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Karasjok Sami Museum Visit.
Visit the The Sámi Museum in Karasjok, displaying the largest cultural heritage collection of indigenous Sámi people in Norway. Admire a big part of its 5,000 items collection, spread across indoor and outdoor exhibits.
The Sámi Museum in Karasjok educates its guests about the resiliency of the Sámi community and endeavors to safeguard indigenous-driven processes and traditional practices.
The Sámi Museum advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

See the Sami Parliament in Karasjok.
See the Sami Parliament and continue on to visit the museum devoted to Sami history and culture, offering a glimpse into the old Sami lifestyle.

Visit North Cape.
Journey to mainland Europe's most northern point to see something that doesn't happen - sunset! Even at midnight, the sun clings to the horizon. This once-in-a-lifetime unique experience is accompanied by champagne and caviar to make it even more special. Stand near the fence of the towering cliffs, dramatically rising out of the sea and you will feel as if you are on the edge of the world, and you literally are.

Enjoy a relaxed start before continuing through Norway’s most Northern County of ‘Finnmark’, covered in unique topography of rolling tundra and isolated dwellings. This afternoon experience the town of Alta at your leisure, made famous for its fishing and mining history. Why not visit the Northern Lights Cathedral or consider taking a wilderness trip on the Alta River itself?

Accommondation
Scandic Alta

Included Meals
Breakfast

With a leisurely morning start, why not explore the town centre or check out the Rock Art of Alta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prehistoric rock carvings. Later, visit a working husky farm to meet the champion dog sledding Lyrek family. Learn about their Alaskan huskies and Arctic dog sled races. Meet Husky puppies that may grow to be the best racing dogs in the country. If you wish, spend time playing with these adorable pups. Afterwards, delight in a wonderful oven-baked Highlight Lunch with seasonal specialities from the region, such as salmon or the nutritious local game, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Accommondation
Scandic Alta

Included Meals
Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

INSIGHT EXPERIENCE

Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies.
Meet the Lyrek family and their huskies. Hear tales about their marathon Arctic dog sled races while enjoying a hearty lunch.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Alta Local Specialities Lunch.
Savour a delicious oven-baked lunch of local seasonal specialities of fresh salmon or the local's favourite, reindeer, served with fresh salads and wine.

Pass Kåfjord where the German battleship Tirpitz was once stationed and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War II. As you travel south, see the marvellous Lyngen Alps in the distance. They're 90 kilometers of mountains and glaciers that really are stunning all year round. Continue to Narvik, surrounded by majestic mountains. With the evening free for you to explore on your own, perhaps join an Optional Experience and take in stunning views aboard neighbouring Sweden's iron-ore railway. Pass surrounding fjords as the Ofot Railway clings to the mountainside - constructed over 100 years ago, it's an incredible feat of engineering.

Accommondation
Scandic Narvik

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Narvik Orientation.
Learn more about the scenic town of Narvik and its history as you gaze upon the majestic mountains that surround the town.

Board a ferry to cross Tysfjord, then continue past Rago National Park, its fjords cut deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord that has a large concentration of historic, 19th century wooden buildings.

Accommondation
Fru Haugans Hotel

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

See the Wooden Buildings of Mosjoen.
See the street of historic, 19th century wooden buildings and Norway's oldest octagonal church.

Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream as they travel to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue past the village of Hell to Trondheim, once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and Norway's third largest city. Trondheim has always reflected the changing fortunes of Norway and is full of interest. See the Market Square dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason and the Nidaros Cathedral, Norway’s national shrine. Tyholttårnet, or Tyholt Tower rises high above the city and the Old Town Bridge is locally known as Lykkens Portal, which means Portal of Happiness.

Accommondation
Scandic Nidelven Hotel in Trondheim

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Drive Through the City of Hell.
Tell all your friends you travelled through!

Trondheim Orientation.
During an orientation with your Travel Director, see the Market Square and its statue of Olav Tryggvason, the Nidaros Cathedral, the Tyholt Tower and Old Town Bridge.

Begin one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of metres into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, as you journey through Dovrefjell National Park. Travel via lakes and snowcapped peaks to Lom, home to one of Norway’s most beautiful stave churches. Arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord to embark on a spectacular cruise beneath towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape.

Accommondation
Hotel Union Geiranger

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Geiranger Orientation.
Enjoy an orientation of Geiranger to learn more about this small village and the surrounding Fjords.

Geirangerfjord Cruise.
Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.

Enjoy a relaxed start and a whole day free for you to explore the fjords and mountains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perhaps join an Optional Experience and take an incredible scenic drive along the amazing Trollstigen, or Troll's Road. The road itself was a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago and the spectacular views will leave you speechless.

Accommondation
Hotel Union Geiranger

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Journey through the countryside immortalised by Ibsen in 'Peer Gynt' and inspiration for Edvard Grieg. Continue to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics, for an orientation with your Travel Director. Then it’s on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo. Round off your travels with a Celebration Dinner. During a delicious meal with wine, raise your glass to toast your adventures with your newfound friends.

Accommondation
Thon Hotel Opera

Included Meals
Breakfast

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Lillehammer Orientation.
Explore the town where the 1994 Winter Olympics were held.

AUTHENTIC DINNING

Oslo Celebration Dinner.
Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.

Your Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of the medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour. See the Royal Palace and explore Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax by the harbour or continue exploring as you wish.

Accommondation
Thon Hotel Opera

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Oslo City Tour.
With your Local Expert, see Akershus Castle, Oslo Harbour and the Royal Palace.

Oslo Frogner Park Visit.
Take a moment to contemplate the interesting Vigeland sculptures when you visit Frogner Park.

Your Scandinavian exploration has come to and end.

Departure Transfer -
Arrive at the airport at 07:15, 10:15

Included Meals
Breakfast

GROUP SIZE: Classis up to 40 guests

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*Price are per person base on twin room

BOOKING TERM & CONDITIONS

UPDATED BOOKING CONDITIONS: The following conditions apply to bookings made after 15 August 2023 for tours departing on or after 1 April 2024. If you booked before 15 August 2023 or are travelling before 1 April 2024, please see the relevant Booking Conditions for your tour.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

Payment and cancellation terms vary by tour so please review this tour deposit level table to view the terms that will apply.

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2  AIRLINE TICKETS
Deposit due per person $200 $350 As per airline policy
Final Payment due
(before departure)
60 days 90 days As per airline policy
Cancelation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday (No. of Days before travel)
Before Final Payment Date Deposit Deposit As per airline policy
Final Payment Date until 30 days before departure 50% 50% $75 plus airline charges
29 days – 2 days before departure 80% 80% $75 plus airline charges
1 day before or day of departure 100% 100% $75 plus airline charges

Cancellation charges pertain to the tour, extra nights’ accommodation as well as chargeable transfers.

NOTE: Included flights are outlined in each trip itinerary in our brochure or online. Guests travelling on any flight must provide their full name (as appears on their passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding.

Level 1: Cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is described as Level 2.

Level 2: These trips are generally trips which include cruise/ferry, train, intra-trip flight elements and small group departures.

A full list of all trips and levels can be found at Tour Deposit Level.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCES

Our MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® experiences connect you with people, the planet and wildlife and promote the values of sustainable tourism.

UNIQUE INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

Explore destinations with engaging Local Experts, gain special access to iconic sites and enjoy fun activities with our Unique Insight Experiences.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

Learn about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

AUTHENTIC DINING

19 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch with Wine, 7 Dinners, 3 Dinners with Wine
Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Sip, savour and sense the local flair with every meal.

STYLISH HAND PICKED HOTELS

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service and superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in. On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

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