Scenes of the North (Escorted)

Experience the Nordic Highlights and the Baltic Sea Jewels

This fully-escorted, comprehensive journey of northern Europe explores the contrasts between Norway’s soaring fjord region, the ancient alleyways of the Scandinavian and Baltic capitals, and the gleaming man-made skyscrapers of Russia’s former capital and cultural nucleus!

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Copenhagen

Arrive today in Copenhagen and look for our representative, who will transfer you and your fellow travelers to your hotel for check in. Meet your tour escort in the hotel lobby tonight for information about the upcoming tour.

Accommodations at Villa Copenhagen

Day 02: Copenhagen

Scandinavian buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning start a 3-hour city sightseeing tour with a local English-speaking guide covering the highlights of wonderful Copenhagen, passing the Royal Palace, Nyhavn, Old Stock Exchange, The Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace (housing of the Danish Parliament), plus much more. Finally, we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen: the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.

The tour ends at the hotel, and the afternoon and evening are at leisure to explore the Danish capital further on your own.

Accommodations at Villa Copenhagen

Day 03: Copenhagen – Oslo

After a tasty Danish buffet breakfast, morning free in Copenhagen. In the afternoon you will be transferred by private coach to the DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise to Oslo. Enjoy a delicious Scandinavian buffet dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat on your way to the Norwegian Viking capital. There is dancing and entertainment on board, or you may prefer to sit out on deck and watch the sunset before retiring to your Commodore Class outside cabin with Queen-size bed and shower/WC.

NOTE: for clients that need twin beds, a standard outside cabin will be provided for this cruise portion. We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise to avoid having to carry your suitcases to and from the cabin.

Accommodations at Outside Cabin

Day 04: Oslo

After a tasty buffet breakfast on board, arrive in Oslo mid-morning. We meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the Oslofjord.

We will enjoy the view from the Opera House before heading off to Bygdøy Island, where we’ll visit one of the most popular Oslo museums, the Viking Ship Museum, which houses three Viking-era vessels (entrance included). We will also see the world-famous Vigeland Park, a major Scandinavian cultural heritage, featuring the life’s work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Afterward we pass by the Royal Palace and the main avenue of Karl Johan before the tour ends at your hotel.

The afternoon and evening are free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Accommodations at Clarion Hotel the Hub

Day 05: Oslo – Lofthus in Hardangerfjord

After a buffet breakfast this morning, check out of your hotel and board a private coach. Today we drive past Hønefoss, Nesbyen, and along the picturesque Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. In Geilo we take time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr. Holms Hotel (included).

Afterward, we continue across the scenic Hardanger Mountain Plateau to the idyllic Hardangerfjord where we arrive at Lofthus, one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner and accommodation tonight is in a picturesque fjord view room at a local four star hotel on the fjord.

Accommodations at Ullensvang Hotel

Day 06: Lofthus – Bergen

After breakfast we’ll depart Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until we reach Brimnes; here you’ll cross the splendid Hardangerfjord by traveling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. Drive along the Hardangerfjord to Bergen, the old Hanseatic capital of western Norway and the gateway to the fjords.

Tonight you’ll stay at a newly renovated four star hotel located in the city center by Bryggen Harbor. In the afternoon, a local English-speaking guide will take you on a 2-hour panoramic Bergen city tour: you’ll discover St. Mary’s Church, the exterior of Haakon’s Hall, colorful fish markets, and the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Harbor area (no entrances).

Tonight you’ll have a free evening to explore the city.

Accommodations at BLU Royal

Day 07: Bergen – Flåm – Loen

You’ll have a delicious buffet breakfast this morning before you embark on an early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the stunning village of Flåm. Here, you’ll have the option (pre-book only) to board the world-famous Flåm Railway. You may also choose to drive to the extraordinary and spectacular Stegastein Viewpoint (optional), 650 metres above the Aurlandsfjord, or simply stay in Flåm and enjoy the area at your own leisure.

Before leaving Flåm we board an afternoon ferry, which will carry you on a breathtaking crossing along two branches—the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord—of the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest open fjord in the world. Disembark in Gudvangen, continue by coach, and travel through two beautiful regions: Lærdal and Skei.

Arrive in Loen in the late afternoon and check in at a prestigious local hotel, located between the misty peaks and greenery of the Innvikfjorden. Enjoy dinner here and a stay in a fjord view room.

Accommodations at Hotel Alexandra

Day 08: Loen – Briksdal Glacier (Optional) – Geiranger

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Today you’ll have the option to either enjoy the hospitality of your hotel—which includes a luxurious spa and indoor/outdoor heated pool—or join the excursion to explore Briksdal Glacier (pre-book only), a famous and breathtaking blue glacier tongue which is part of the Jostedal Glacier. If you choose to join the Briksdal Glacier tour, you’ll travel with your guide to the very foot of the glacier. From here, you’ll alternate between small motorized ‘troll’ cars and walking through the Norwegian wilderness to the edge of the ice. Free time for lunch (not included) is provided afterward.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and impressive UNESCO World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord, situated amongst lush mountains and wild waterfalls.

Arrive in Geiranger and check in; you’ll be staying in a fjord view room at a stunning four star hotel located on the fjord. We’ll spend two nights in the wonderful surroundings of mountains and fjords, and get the most out of this extraordinary part of the world.

Dinner is at your hotel after a special tour of the Mjelva family’s classic car collection (included), used in the 1920s and 1930s to show guests of the hotel the beauty of the Geirangerfjord.

Accommodations at Hotel Union

Day 09: Geiranger

After breakfast depart from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic drive along the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei. Descend to the beautiful Nordfjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Lunch (included) will be served at a nearby mountain restaurant.

During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you board the ferry for the 1-hour cruise along the spectacular Geirangerfjord. During the cruise you will pass close by some impressive waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters.

Dinner and accommodation are at a historic four star hotel, beautifully situated and overlooking the Geirangerfjord.

Accommodations at Hotel Union

NOTE: Visits to the Eagle’s Road and Trollstigen Road are subject to climatic conditions, and are not guaranteed; Trollstigen Road in particular is subject to occasional closure due to weather conditions.

Day 10: Geiranger – Oslo

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach towards the capital of Oslo, crossing the exciting Grotli Mountains to famous Dalsnibba, an observation point located more than 4,800 feet above sea level with a spectacular view of a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Geirangerfjord. Enjoy the stunning view of the atmospheric fjord before continuing on towards Oslo.

Continue via Lom, renowned for its well preserved 12th-century stave church—the oldest in the country. Arrive in the afternoon into Oslo, where you join the group on a 2-hour guided walking city tour. Overnight at a centrally-located five star hotel.

Accommodations at Clarion Hotel the Hub

NOTE: The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

Day 11: Oslo – Stockholm

After breakfast, continue by coach or train to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests and through Varmland. You will reach Stockholm in the late afternoon and check in to your hotel. Accommodations at a four-star hotel ideally located just outside Gamla Stan, the Old Town.

Evening is at leisure.

Accommodations at Haymarket by Scandic

Day 12: Stockholm

Breakfast at your hotel followed by a 3-hour city sightseeing tour by coach with a local English-speaking guide. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, and more. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a guided tour of City Hall, with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year (entrance included).

The tour ends at your hotel, and the afternoon is free in Stockholm with an optional visit to the famous Vasa Museum.

Accommodations at Haymarket by Scandic

NOTE: The optional Vasa Museum tour, a museum built entirely around the famous Vasa warship which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628, is a private 2-hour guided tour. Price on request. Please note that there is a minimum of 10 people required for this tour to depart.

Day 13: Stockholm – Helsinki

After breakfast, the morning is free in Stockholm. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight Tallink Silja Line ferry.

Depart on the cruise from Stockholm, sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands towards Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation in 2-berth outside deluxe cabin with shower/WC is on board, along with a selection of entertainment, bars, and shops.

Accommodations at Exterior Cabin

Day 14: Helsinki

Breakfast buffet is served on board this morning. On arrival in Helsinki, private transfer to the hotel followed by a sightseeing tour. Meet your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the capital of Finland, also known as ‘The Daughter of the Baltic Sea’.

The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral, the colorful Market Square by the sea, the statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski, and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the ‘Rock Church’ as it is carved into solid rock.

The tour ends at your centrally located five star hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodations at Hotel Kämp

NOTE: Temppeliaukio Church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies.

Day 15: Helsinki – St. Petersburg

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and a free morning to relax or explore Helsinki. In the afternoon, transfer to Helsinki’s International Rail Station and board the Allegro Train to St. Petersburg: a city founded in 1703 by Tsar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe!

Also known as ‘the Venice of the North’, St. Petersburg was virtually unharmed after the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and its downtown dazzles the eye of the visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges, and other attractions.

When you arrive in St. Petersburg you’ll transfer to a five star hotel for check-in. The hotel is superbly situated on Nevsky Prospect, the main artery of the city. Evening at leisure. Your tour escort will assist with recommendations and reservations for optional evening arrangements for the next three nights.

Accommodations at Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

Day 16: St. Petersburg

Begin today with a buffet breakfast at the hotel. Afterward you’ll meet a local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour panoramic city sightseeing tour and cover on foot some of the many highlights of the city. Drive along Nevsky Prospect and make scenic stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Senate Square, Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Arts Square, and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches: the Church of the Savior on Blood, and the Nikolsky Cathedral.

The city tour ends at your hotel, and the rest of the day is yours to explore. Your tour escort will recommend additional tours, such as the optional tour of Peterhof Palace, allowing you to fully grasp this jewel on the Baltic Sea.

Accommodations at Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

NOTE: There is an optional 4-hour privately guided tour of Peterhof Palace (private transportation to and from included), a palace dedicated to the Sea God Englis. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble are an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th centuries founded by Peter the Great, not far from his capital of St. Petersburg. Price on request. Please note that this day tour requires a minimum of 6 persons to depart.

Day 17: St. Petersburg

Breakfast at hotel. Meet your local English-speaking guide for a day tour of the city starting out at the six buildings of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum on the River Neva, afterward touring the state rooms of its Winter Palace—residence of the Russian Tsars. Constructed over the period of two and a half centuries, the Hermitage exhibits a collection of over 3 million cultural and artistic items from the Stone Age to the present.

Return to the hotel after the city tour and enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

Accommodations at Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg

Day 18: St. Petersburg Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast at your hotel, and then meet one of our representatives to be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

NOTE: Escorted transfer is only available from your hotel to Pulkovo Airport on the official end date of the tour. Transfers are conducted by an English-speaking representative.

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Featured Sites

  • Nyhavn Harbor (Copenhagen)
  • Christiansborg Palace (Copenhagen)
  • Little Mermaid (Copenhagen)
  • Copenhagen-Oslo Cruise (Kattegat)
  • Bygdøy Island museums, including Vigeland Park, Viking Ship Museum, and more (Oslo)
  • Oslo Opera House (Oslo)
  • Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord regions
  • Fløibanen funicular (Bergen)
  • Bryggen Harbor (Bergen)
  • Nærøyfjord & Aurlandsfjord cruises in fjord Norway
  • Geirangerfjord ferry cruise
  • Stadshuset (City Hall, Stockholm)
  • Gamla Stan (Stockholm)
  • Stockholm – Helsinki archipelago cruise
  • Senate Square (Helsinki)
  • Market Square (Helsinki)
  • Temppeliaukio Church (Helsinki)
  • Nevsky Prospect (St. Petersburg)
  • Peter and Paul’s Fortress (St. Petersburg)
  • Church of the Savior on Blood (St. Petersburg)
  • Hermitage Art Museum and the Winter Palace (St. Petersburg)

Locations

  • Copenhagen
  • Oslo
  • Lofthus
  • Bergen
  • Flåm
  • Loen
  • Geiranger
  • Stockholm
  • Helsinki
  • St. Petersburg
Trip Info
Priced From: Starting at $5994 for 18 days
Included in Price
  • Fully-escorted 17-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide
  • All accommodations and meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All tours, entrances, and excursions as noted
  • Transfers to/from designated airport
  • Comprehensive travel planner
Not Included in Price
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and alcohol
  • Items of personal nature
Departure Dates

(2020)
May 25
June 08, 22
July 06, 20
August 03, 17, 31