SUMMER TOUR: Embark on a captivating Scandinavian journey where each day brings a new adventure. Discover Copenhagen's Nyhavn and the iconic Little Mermaid, experience Aarhus as the European Capital of Culture, explore Stavanger's old town, and visit Bergen's vibrant fish market and Hanseatic quarter. Cruise through Aurlandsfjord and the magnificent Sognefjord. Explore Oslo's Frogner Park and City Hall before concluding your adventure with a visit to Stockholm's charming Gamla Stan and the grand Royal Palace.
Friday. Welcome to Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark!
The history of Copenhagen can be traced back to around the year 800 when it emerged as a small fishing village. By the year 1300, it had evolved into the capital city.
A taxi transfer will take you from Copenhagen Airport to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, there will be a welcome meeting with the tour leader at hotel reception at 18:00 today or at 08:00 tomorrow.
Copenhagen - Aarhus. This morning, a local guide will take us on a panoramic sightseeing tour around Copenhagen. Appreciate the city's timeless charm, from its centuries-old architecture to the vibrant district of Nyhavn, where colorful buildings line the picturesque harbor.
Along the way, you'll encounter iconic landmarks like the regal Amalienborg Palace, home to Danish royalty, the stately Christianborg Palace housing the nation's parliament, the National Museum of History, and the stock market building, among others.
To conclude the day, you'll visit the beloved 'Little Mermaid' sculpture - an iconic symbol of Copenhagen. Later in the day, we'll head for our next stop, Aarhus, via a scenic ferry ride from Odden.
Overnight: Aarhus | Breakfast
Adventure through Aarhus
Aarhus - Overnight Cruiser. In the morning, embark on a panoramic tour of Aarhus with a local guide.
Aarhus, Denmark's second most populous city and the European Capital of Culture in 2017, offers a rich history - in fact, it was once a Viking stronghold and bustling trade hub. During the tour, we'll make a stop at the Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral. Afterwards, you'll have some free time to further explore the city at your own pace.
In the afternoon, our journey continues northwards to the coastal town of Hirtshals, where we'll prepare to embark on an overnight cruise bound for Norway.
Overnight: Overnight Cruiser | Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight Cruiser - Stavanger. In the morning, enjoy a guided panoramic stroll through the enchanting old town of Stavanger. The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. We recommend considering one of the two optional activities to make the most of your time in this captivating city.
Our first option is our Cruise Stavanger add on, a 3-hour scenic cruise on the Lysefjord that brings you up close to one of the fjord's magnificent waterfalls, where you can feel the refreshing spray. You'll also witness the iconic Pulpit Rock towering above the surrounding natural beauty.
For the second option is our Pulpit Rock Cruise & Hike. Please note that travelers selecting this option cannot participate in the morning tour of Stavanger.
Overnight: Stavanger | Breakfast
Stavanger - Bergen. Embark on a scenic ferry journey, ultimately arriving at our next stop - the city of Bergen. Upon arrival, you'll have some leisure time to enjoy lunch.
In the afternoon, prepare for a panoramic tour of Bergen with a local guide, who will lead you to the city's most iconic landmarks. This includes a visit to the renowned fish market, where you can witness the vibrant atmosphere and bustling trade. Furthermore, explore the Hanseatic quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Later in the day, you'll have the opportunity to ride the scenic Floibanen funicular to the summit of Mount Floyen. At this elevated vantage point, you can enjoy the magnificent views that unfold, encompassing the cityscape and the picturesque landscapes that surround Bergen.
Overnight: Bergen | Breakfast
The Flåmsbana Railway
Bergen - Voss - Flåm - Balestrand. Following breakfast, we set off for Voss, marking the beginning of our extraordinary train journey, an ascent of nearly 900 meters offering breathtaking views of fjords. The train ride commences in Voss and takes us to Myrdal station, a mountain railway station situated roughly 13 km from the village of Flåm.
Once in Myrdal, you'll board the renowned Flåmsbana, one of the world's steepest train lines. The train voyage is a mesmerizing journey through stunning natural landscapes. Arriving in Flåm, you'll have some leisure time to explore this charming village at your own pace.
Afterwards, today's journey continues with a scenic cruise along the Sognefjord, en route to Balestrand, a rural area surrounded by nature. The Sognefjord, often referred to as the King of Norway, is not only the longest fjord (204 kms) in Norway but also one of the most breathtaking. Its initial segment, known as Aurlandsfjord, extends for 17 kilometers. This fjord is renowned for its picturesque beauty and is sure to leave an unforgettable impression.
Overnight: Balestrand | Breakfast, Dinner
Enroute to Oslo
Bergen - Borgund Church - Oslo. After breakfast at the hotel, our journey continues toward our next stop, Oslo - the capital of Norway.
We'll travel through landscapes adorned with mountains, valleys, and charming villages. Along the route, we'll traverse the incredible terrain and ride connecting ferries. One of our noteworthy stops will be at the Borgund Church, a remarkable wooden church with a history dating back to the year 1180 AD.
In the afternoon, our journey carries us to the shores of Lake Tyrifjord, ultimately culminating in our arrival in the vibrant city of Oslo, where you'll have the evening to explore.
Overnight: Oslo | Breakfast
Oslo City Tour
Oslo - Karlstad. Embark on a guided tour of Oslo that will lead you through the city's highlights, including a visit to Frogner Park, home to the Vigeland sculpture complex. You'll also journey past notable landmarks such as the City Hall, the Royal Palace, and the striking modern Opera House. Following your morning adventure, you'll have some free time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we'll head for Sweden, where you'll arrive in Karlstad. Nestled in the delta formed by two of Sweden's magnificent natural watercourses: the Klara River and the impressive Lake Vänern, Karlstad is a serene and picturesque location; perfect for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Karlstad | Breakfast
Karlstad - Stockholm. In the morning, our journey takes us eastward until we reach the Swedish capital, Stockholm, a city built across 14 islands. Surrounded by the glistening Lake Mälaren and the expansive Baltic Sea, Stockholm is renowned for its grand public buildings, opulent palaces, rich cultural heritage, and a wealth of museums that showcase its 700-year history.
Upon our arrival in Stockholm, we enjoy a panoramic tour of the city led by a local guide. This will include a visit to the historic Old Town, known as "Gamla Stan," with its labyrinth of charming squares and winding cobbled streets. During our tour, we'll also admire the exteriors of prominent landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the Parliament.
Overnight: Stockholm | Breakfast
Sunday. Your Scandanavian adventure comes to an end after hotel breakfast. Depending on your departure schedule, you may have some remaining time to explore the city and visit any last-minute attractions.
Make your own way to the airport or contact us to book a departure transfer.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Scandic Copenhagen, Copenhagen
Scandic Copenhagen is a waterfront hotel offering modern rooms with amenities such as cable TV, bathtubs, and air-cooling systems. Guests enjoy complimentary 24-hour gym access and free Wi-Fi. Scandic Copenhagen also takes pride in its eco-friendly approach, serving a generous breakfast buffet featuring gluten- and lactose-free options, along with fairtrade coffee, and sourcing quality Danish beef, veal, and pork as well as organic vegetables for its in-house restaurant. The hotel further caters to guests with facilities like a children's playroom, sauna, two bars, a snack shop, and concierge service.
Scandic Aarhus City, Aarhus
This modern design hotel sits in central Århus, right by the pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, offering complimentary WiFi and expansive city views. Scandic Aarhus City's rooms come with flat-screen TVs, wooden floors, and contemporary decor. Some rooms include balconies and seating areas. Guests enjoy free access to the fitness center, and the hotel features a restaurant and a chic lobby bar.
Fjord Line - Overnight Cruiser, Stavanger
Fjord Line offers an exceptional ferry service connecting Denmark to the stunning shores of Norway, allowing travelers to enjoy the breathtaking Norwegian coastline, adorned with charming fjords and cascading waterfalls. With two eco-conscious ships, MS Stavangerfjord and MS Bergensfjord, travelers can swiftly and comfortably sail from Hirtshals in Denmark to the picturesque destinations of Stavanger and Bergen in the scenic Western Norway. Onboard, indulge in delectable meals, enjoy comfortable cabins and explore a variety of dining establishments, cafes, bars, and tax-free shopping, all against the backdrop of Western Norway's stunning coastal scenery.
Scandic Stavanger City, Stavanger
Located in the heart of Stavanger's harbour area, this hotel offers modern accommodations with complimentary WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Each guest room at Scandic Stavanger City includes a safety deposit box, work desk, and a private bathroom with a shower or bathtub. Start your day with a hearty buffet breakfast featuring organic options, and the hotel's featured restaurant, Varmen, serves up fresh, locally sourced lunches and dinners with an open kitchen concept. Guests can also relax and enjoy drinks in the bar area, and leisure facilities include a gym. A handy shop can be found in the lobby for added convenience.
Scandic Ornen, Bergen
Start your day properly at the Scandic Ornen by choosing from any of the 100 different items on offer at the hotel's breakfast buffet. Later in the day, come back for even more gastronomic delights and feast on fresh meat, seafood and vegetables from the restaurant's a la carte menu. Once you're thoroughly satisfied, head to your bright and breezy room, which has been expertly decorated with a neutral colour palette. For active guests, the hotel offers a well-equipped gym and free bicycle hire. The accommodation is just a short walk from UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf and Torgallmenningen Square.
Kviknes Hotel, Balestrand
Sitting on the edge of a picturesque lake, the Kviknes Hotel offers spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding Sognefjord from the comfort of an exquisitely maintained 18th century property. Rooms are simple yet pleasant and come equipped with a range of modern amenities, including a cable TV and an en suite. Some rooms also come with a balcony. Wandering through the hotel, guests can marvel at the antique art pieces in the corridors and sample delicious international flavours in the restaurant. Hiking and fishing excursions are available in the immediate surrounding area.
Thon Hotel Europa, Oslo
Nestled in central Oslo, this hotel stands a mere 300 meters away from Nationaltheatret Metro Station and the vibrant Karl Johans Gate shopping street. Offering well-equipped rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and coffee-making facilities, it provides both comfort and connectivity. Guests can savor a popular breakfast buffet, while Café Europa, located on-site, serves a delightful mix of Norwegian and international cuisine. Come summertime, the courtyard opens its doors for dining. The hotel ensures connectivity with two internet computers in the lobby and enjoys proximity to city trams and airport buses.
Elite Stadshotellet Karlstad, Karlstad
Dating back to the 19th century, this refined hotel boasts a picturesque waterfront setting in Karlstad. The tastefully decorated rooms blend modern art with traditional furnishings, showcasing features such as bay windows and high ceilings. For dining, the hotel's restaurant offers a fine culinary experience within its beautiful salons, while the English-style Bishop's Arms Pub presents an extensive selection of beer, whiskey, and light meals. To start the day, a sumptuous breakfast buffet is served in the Winter Dining Room.
Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm
With 558 rooms onsite, the Clarion hotel Sign is Stockholm's largest hotel. The impressive building is built of granite and glass and was designed by a Swedish architect, Gert Wingårdh. Similarly, all rooms offer designer furniture created by Scandanavian artists. The hotel is located next to the airport and has a rooftop spa with a heated pool and bar available for guests. There is a restaurant on site that even has its own resident Swedish chef!