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Insight Vacations Grand Tour of Scandinavia

Experience the Grand Tour of Scandinavia's most iconic destinations. Cruise the Baltic sea, search for the midnight sun, travelling the rolling tundra and glassy fjords. These 20 days will give you great insight into the local culture and history, whilst enjoying marvelous scenery.

Tour Pace: Comfortable

Tour Highlights

Make the most of the long summer nights at Tivoli Gardens, the famous entertainment park.
With a Local Expert witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.
With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gold Room is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles.
Visit the museum devoted to Sami history and culture offering a glimpse into the old Sami lifestyle.
At a working husky farm, meet the huskies and share in the challenges of competing in marathon Arctic dog sleigh races
Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
Stand beneath the scrolled prows and handcut hulls of 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife and learn about their traditions and culture.

What's Included?

VIP door-to-door transfer service – taken directly from your door to departing airport.
Airport transfers at destination.
Quality accommodation as per itinerary.
Experiences & quality dining as per itinerary.
Coach with more legroom, air-conditioning, sound system, video & Wi-Fi.

Insight Vacations Grand Tour of Scandinavia Itinerary: 

Day 1
Board your overnight flight to Copenhagen

Day 2 
On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 12:00 & 15:00. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Reception, a pleasant dinner and wine followed by a visit to the glittering lights and enchanting atmosphere of the world-famous Tivoli Gardens.
Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.
Meals Included: Dinner. 

Day 3
Visit inside the Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Government, to marvel at the opulent interior.
See the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces and the Renaissance Stock Exchange. 
Hotel: Radisson Blu Scandinavia, Copenhagen.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 4
In the morning, leave Denmark and cross over the Øresund Bridge to Sweden. Your journey will take you through a patchwork of fertile farmlands and along the peaceful shores of Lake Vättern. Continue to Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. 
Hotel: Hilton Slussen, Stockholm.
 Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 5 
Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's marvellous ‘Gold Room' as well as the 'Blue Room' where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Then continue into the medieval island heart of the city to view the cathedral, walk through the Old Town and see the Royal Palace. 
Hotel: Cruising.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 6 
Helsinki is famous as a global trendsetter in design, fashion, stunning architecture and luscious parks.
Disembark your Baltic cruise and with a Local Expert, visit the astonishing modern 'Church in the Rock'. 
Hotel: GLO Art Hotel, Helsinki. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 7 
Travel through a land of beautiful lakes and forests. In the afternoon, make your ascent of Kuopio's Viewing Tower. The splendid panorama will reveal why Finland is called the land of a thousand lakes.
Hotel: Atlas, Kuopio.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 8
Journey towards the Arctic and into Lapland, the home of the Sami people. Travel via the port and university town of Oulu, to Rovaniemi, the modern capital of the region.
Hotel: Santa Claus Hotel, Rovaniemi. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 9
Join a Local Expert to see the Town Hall, designed by Aalvar Aalto and visit Rovaniemi Church. Next, a delight for the young at heart! Visit the Santa Claus Village where it is Christmas all year round. Meet Santa, visit the post office and cross the Arctic Circle - you'll receive a certificate to prove you were there! Later, perhaps you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum?
Hotel: Santa Claus Hotel, Rovaniemi.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 10 
Enjoy a morning at leisure before journeying north on the road of the four winds, where you may see reindeer roaming freely as you head for one of the oldest churches in Lapland. Travel through Europe's last great wilderness to see the national park near the gold centre of Tankavaara.
Hotel: Hotelli Ivalo, Ivalo. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 11 
Cross the rolling tundra into Norway to stop at Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre of Sami culture. 
Hotel: Scandic Honningsvag. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 12 
Maybe set out on a bird watching safari in the morning before returning to the mainland and travelling to Alta.
Hotel: Scandic, Alta.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 13 
In the morning, enjoy time at leisure in Alta. Maybe check out the prehistoric UNESCO-protected rock carvings or take a wilderness river trip? Later, at a working Husky farm, learn about the Alaskan Huskies and Arctic dog sleigh racing. 
Hotel: Scandic, Alta. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 14 
Travel through stunning northern scenery, past mountains and fishing villages to Narvik. Along the way, see the fjord where the battleship Tirpitz hid out and hear tales of one of the first large-scale battles of World War Two.
Hotel: Scandic, Narvik. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 15 
Take a ferry across Tysfjord and pass Rago National Park - its fjords cutting deep into the landscape. Bid farewell to the Arctic before reaching Mosjøen, a pleasant town on the Vefsnfjord, that has a large concentration of listed wooden buildings and Norway's oldest octagonal church.
Hotel: Fru Haugans Hotel, Mosjøen.
 Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 16
Drive through Namdalen then watch for salmon leaping upstream to their spawning-grounds at the mighty Laksfoss Falls. Continue via the village of Hell to Trondheim, seat of the ancient Viking kings, and Norway's third largest city. 
Hotel: Radisson Blu Royal Garden, Trondheim. 
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast.

Day 17 
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 thousands of feet into the green valleys below. Cross the Dovre Mountains, which form Norway's oldest National Park.
Hotel: Union, Geiranger.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 18 
Enjoy a whole day of relaxation amid the fjords and mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage area. Consider taking an optional scenic drive along the amazing Troll's Road, a masterpiece of engineering when it was built over 70 years ago.
Hotel: Union, Geiranger.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. 

Day 19 
Travel via lakes and snow-capped peaks to Lom – home to one of Norway's most beautiful stave churches. Continue through the countryside of ‘Peer Gynt', immortalised by Ibsen, to Øyer where you may catch a glimpse of the world's largest troll! After stopping in Lillehammer, it's on to the modern Norwegian capital of Oslo.
Hotel: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, Oslo.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 

Day 20 
In the morning, sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you the spires and ramparts of medieval Akershus Castle guarding the harbour, the Royal Palace, and includes a visit to the Viking Ship Museum.
Hotel: Clarion Collection Hotel Bastion, Oslo.
Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast & Celebration Dinner. 

Day 21 
Departure transfers arrive at Oslo Airport at 07:15 & 10:15. Meals Included: Buffet Breakfast. 


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