Aarhus | Denmark
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Scandinavia & the Baltics - 17 days map

SUMMER TOUR: Experience an enriching Scandinavian and Baltics tour with highlights such as Copenhagen's Little Mermaid and Stavanger's old town. Explore Bergen's UNESCO-listed Hanseatic quarter and take a memorable ride on the scenic Flamsbana Train. In Oslo, visit Frogner Park and the Vigeland sculpture complex. Stockholm's charm awaits as you wander through Gamla Stan and the Royal Palace. Cruise to Helsinki and explore its Senate Square and Kauppatori. Explore Tallinn's Toompea Hill and Lower Town, Riga's Art Nouveau district, and end the adventure in Vilnius' old town.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Copenhagen - Explore the capital of Denmark, including Nyhavn and the enchanting Little Mermaid statue
Stavanger - Discover Stavanger's old town during a captivating walking tour, and join optional tours to Pulpit Rock
Oslo - Take in the highlights of Norway's capital including Frogner Park, the magnificent Royal Palace and City Hall
Flåmsbana - Gaze at wonderful scenery on this stunning railway journey through the mountains
Balestrand - Take in this idyllic Norwegian village on Sognefjord
Tallinn - Learn about the history of this charming medieval city and explore the picturesque Old Town
Vilnius - Explore Lithuania's charming capital which has one of the largest surviving medieval old towns in Northern Europe
Aarhus - Wander the European Capital of Culture, with its Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral and vibrant cultural scene
Bergen - Enjoy the beautiful Norwegian city including UNESCO listed Hanseatic Quarter and wooden buildings
Stockholm - Traverse the Swedish capital and enjoy a tour through Gamla Stan, admire the exteriors of the Royal Palace and Parliament House
Cruise - Experience two overnight cruises, one from Copenhagen to Stavanger, and the other from Stockholm to Helsinki, both offering exceptional and picturesque journeys across the sea
Helsinki - Discover the sleek & stylish design of the city which is coupled with magnificent architecture as we visit Senate Square, the Helsinki Cathedral, and the vibrant market square Kauppatori
Riga - Uncover the highlights of Riga, Estonia's vibrant capital, with a tour of the Art Nouveaux District and Old Town
Pärnu - A charming coastal retreat, boasting early 20th-century architecture, a beautiful promenade, and a taste of local treats

Included

1 arrival taxi transfer on Day 1 included per booking
All relevant transportation - a mix of private modern coach or minivan, cruise, ferries & trains
Daily breakfast & 2 dinners
Cruise on the Sognefjord & Aurlandsfjord from Flåm to Balestrand
One way ferry ticket Helsinki-Tallinn (2nd class)
14 nights in 4 star hotel, 1 night in sea view cruise cabin & 1 night in B-class inside cruise cabin
English speaking tour escort
Guided sightseeing in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga & Vilnius
Panoramic train from Myrdal to Flåm

Not Included

International flights and visas
Departure transfer
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome

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.
Overnight: Copenhagen

Day 2

Explore Copenhagen

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 harbour.

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

Day 3

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

Day 4

Stunning Stavanger

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

Day 5

Brilliant Bergen

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

Day 6

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

Day 7

Enroute to Oslo

Bergen - 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. We will admire it from the exterior only.

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

Day 8

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

Day 9

Spectacular Stockholm

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

Day 10

Cruise to Helsinki

Stockholm - Helsinki. Today is free for you to explore and enjoy Stockholm at your leisure. Stockholm is often referred to as the "Beauty on Water" or the "Venice of the North" due to its picturesque setting. With its grand public buildings, palaces, rich cultural history, and world-class museums, Stockholm's 700-year-old history is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Stockholm harbour, where you'll board your overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland. Your overnight stay on board will be in a comfortable B-class cabin with twin beds. If you would like to upgrade to an outside cabin, please request at time of booking - subject to availability.
Overnight: Overnight Cruiser  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Explore Helsinki & Cruise to Tallinn

Helsinki - Tallinn. Welcome to Finland, and more specifically, to the captivating capital city of Helsinki!

Upon your arrival in Helsinki, you'll embark on a 2-hour Sightseeing Tour of this splendid city. Among the many highlights, you'll have the opportunity to visit Senaatintori, the Senate square, Kauppatori, a picturesque market square, and Tuomio Kirkko, also known as the cathedral, an architectural masterpiece built in the 19th century.

Other stops include the Temppeliaukio Kirkko, a church hewn into solid rock, and Uspenski Cathedral, an Orthodox Cathedral displaying neo-Byzantine style, standing tall with its imposing red brick structure on Katajanokka Island.

As the day winds down, you'll be transferred to the cruise-ship terminal for a 2-hour cruise to Tallinn, Estonia.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Exciting Estonia

Begin your time in Estonia with an exciting 3-hour sightseeing tour of Tallinn with a local guide. Tallinn's old town, situated at the heart of the city, is divided into two distinctive parts: Toompea hill and the Lower Town. The Lower Town, centered around Raekoja plats (the Town Hall Square), is encircled by a 2.5-kilometer fortified wall.

During your tour, you'll have the chance to admire numerous landmarks including the Orthodox Cathedral Alexander Nevsky, the stately Toompea Castle (home to the Estonian Parliament), the City Hall Square, the historic house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, and the magnificent St. Olaf and Niguliste churches.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. You can continue exploring the city, visit attractions, enjoy the local cuisine, indulge in some shopping, or simply relax at the hotel.
Overnight: Tallinn  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Journey to Latvia

Tallinn - Pärnu - Riga. Enjoy the morning at your leisure to explore charming Tallinn.

In the afternoon, your journey continues as you depart for Riga aboard a long-distance coach. Along the way, you'll make a brief stop in Pärnu, a vibrant coastal resort town known for its early 20th-century architecture. Here, you can stroll along the beautiful promenade, taste local snacks, and take in the seaside ambiance before we resume the journey to Latvia.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Roam through Riga

Welcome to Latvia! This morning, you have a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Riga ahead of you. During this tour, you'll have the chance to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and discover the city's rich cultural heritage. Highlights include the elegant Art Nouveau district, the old town with its medieval churches, a drive along the central boulevards of Riga, stops at various beautiful parks and landmarks, and a walk along cobblestone streets where you'll encounter impressive historical sites.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy this wonderous city at your own pace.
Overnight: Riga  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Lustrous Lithuania

Riga - Vilnius. After breakfast this morning, you'll depart for Vilnius on a long-distance coach. Along the way, after crossing the border into Lithuania, there will be a short photo break at the impressive pilgrimage site known as the Hill of Crosses, whose origins remain shrouded in mystery.

Upon your arrival in Vilnius, you'll enjoy a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city. The Old Town of Vilnius, with its architectural ensemble inspired by Central European Catholic influences, stands in contrast to the Germanic influence found in the other Baltic capitals. It offers a labyrinth of winding streets, inner courtyards, and ancient churches. This tour will include visits to Vilnius Cathedral and Saint Anne's Church (exterior), the latter being one of Lithuania's Gothic masterpieces.
Overnight: Vilnius  |  Breakfast

Day 16

Free Time

Today you have the freedom to explore Vilnius at your own pace, offering a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the city's vibrant culture and attractions. Whether you choose to wander through the historic streets, uncover hidden treasures, indulge in last-minute shopping for Baltic souvenirs, or savour local cuisine, the day is yours to spend as you wish.
Overnight: Vilnius  |  Breakfast

Day 17

Goodbye

Sunday. Your Scandanavian and Baltic 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.
Breakfast

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.

2024
Twin Share
Single Room
05 Jul - 21 Jul 15% off G
NZD $11,805
NZD $10,034
NZD $15,975
NZD $13,579
19 Jul - 04 Aug 15% off G
NZD $11,805
NZD $10,034
NZD $15,975
NZD $13,579

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Copenhagen
NZD $221
NZD $407
Post Night Accommodation - Vilnius
NZD $117
NZD $210
TRANSFER: Vilnius - Airport Departure Transfer
NZD $152
N/A
Add-on: Cruise Stavanger
NZD $152
N/A
Add-on: Pulpit Rock Cruise & Hike
NZD $291
N/A
Stockholm to Helsinki - Outside Cabin Supplement price from
NZD $93
NZD $175

Hotels

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Traditional Ship

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

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!

Silja - Overnight Cruiser, Helsinki

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Traditional Ship

Embark on a remarkable 17-hour journey between Helsinki and Stockholm aboard this cruise ship. As you sail, soak in the breathtaking sights of the UNESCO-listed Suomenlinna Fortress, the idyllic Åland Islands, and the stunning Stockholm archipelago. Guests can choose from an array of dining options, enjoy leisurely walks along the Promenade, and revel in live entertainment at onboard bars and nightclubs. There's also a dedicated children’s playroom, a spa for relaxation, and opportunities for duty-free shopping. Each cabin provides comfort and privacy with a private bathroom.

Park Inn by Radisson Meriton, Tallinn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Park Inn by Radisson Meriton is a modern and elegant hotel in Tallinn. Located close by to Tallinn's central areas, the hotel offers a spa, sauna, two pools, gym with daily fitness classes and a grill restaurant, cafe and Cubano bar. Each room offers floor-to-ceiling windows, a TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom.

Hotel Wellton Riverside, Riga

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

With views overlooking the Daugava River, the Hotel Wellton Riverside is perfectly located just a short walk from the old town. All rooms at this bright modern hotel are furnished with TV's, spacious private bathrooms and large comfortable beds. A fitness centre including a sauna can be found within the hotel, as well as an indoor pool, offering numerous options for those looking to expend some of their energy. Alternatively, a bar and lounge area gives a relaxed area for people to unwind.

Congress Hotel, Vilnius

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located a short distance away from Old Town Vilnius, the Congress Hotel is a classically furnished hotel within a 19th century building. Each room features warm tones, wooden features, a minibar, TV and private bathroom. Guests can enjoy buffet breakfast in the hotel's elegant restaurant, exercise in the fitness centre or take advantage of massage treatments in the nearby parlour.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Copenhagen
Ends
Vilnius
Departs
Fridays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 30
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
English speaking tour escort
Meals
Breakfast: 16, Dinner: 2
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No - can be booked for a supplement
Bergen
Bergen
Oslo
Helsinki
Tallinn
Tallinn
Vilnius skyline with hot air balloons
Vilnius skyline with hot air balloons
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