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Insight Vacations Scandinavian Heritage (Early Registration 2018*) (E341)

29 Days starts and ends in Copenhagen Print
Tour Style: Regional Trip
Europe Britain Preview 2018/19
Visits: Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway

From the Midnight Sun to the Little Mermaid and from crossing the Arctic Circle to crossing the northern seas, Scandinavia is truly an astonishing part of the world. *This trip is available for Early Registration, therefore, the tour price is indicative only (i.e. not guaranteed) and is subject to confirmation in September 2017. Please see full terms & conditions here.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Copenhagen: See the Little Mermaid, Stock Exchange, the Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace.
  • Stockholm: Walk through the Old Town and see the cathedral and Royal Palace.
  • Helsinki: Visit the ‘Church in the Rock', Sibelius Monument and see the Finlandia Hall.
  • Kuopio: Ascend the viewing Tower for spectacular views.
  • Rovaniemi: See Alvar Aalto's Town Hall and visit the Cathedral. Visit the Santa Claus Village and receive an Arctic Circle certificate.
  • Sodankylä: Visit one of Lappland's oldest churches.
  • Karasjok: See the Sami Parliament.
  • Mosjoen: See the street of historic, 19th century wooden buildings
  • Hell: Tell all your friends you've been there!
  • Trondheim: See the Market Square with its statue of Olav Tryggvason, the Nidaros Cathedral, the Tyholt tower and Old Town Bridge.
  • Lom: See the 12C Stave Church.
  • Oslo: See the impressive Akershus Castle and Royal Palace. Visit the controversial Vigeland sculptures in Frogner Park.
  • Scenic Drives: Peer Gynt Valley, Rago National Park and Norwegian Fjordland.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Alta: Enjoy a fabulous barbecue dinner.
  • North Cape: Join an included experience to see something that doesn't happen - sunset! Even at midnight, the sun clings to the horizon. A unique experience accompanied by champagne and caviar to make it even more special.
  • Oslo: Scandinavian hospitality is matched with fine food and a glass of wine at your Celebration Dinner.
  • 28 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 9 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Restaurant Dinner (RD), and 2 Celebration Dinners (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Copenhagen: Make the most of the long summer nights at Tivoli Gardens, the famous entertainment park.
  • Copenhagen: With a Local Expert, witness the regal interior of Christiansborg Palace, with its stunning tapestries, furnishings and decor.
  • Stockholm: With a Local Expert, step inside the City Hall where the fabulous Gold Room is covered by 25 million gilded mosaic tiles.
  • Karasjok: Visit the museum devoted to Sami history and culture, offering a glimpse into the old Sami lifestyle.
  • Alta: At a working husky farm, meet the huskies and share in the challenges of competing in marathon Arctic dog sleigh races.
  • Geiranger: Cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, surrounded by snow-covered mountains, gushing waterfalls and lush green vegetation.
  • Oslo: 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.
  • Rovaniemi: With a Local Expert, visit the church and see Town Hall.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Stockholm: The classy Hilton Slussen is conveniently located within walking distance of the historic Old Town.
  • Cruising: Enjoy the additional comfort of A-Class cabins on-board your overnight cruise from Stockhom to Helsinki.
  • Helsinki: Glo Hotel Art is a charming hotel, built around a century-old Art Nouveau castle. It is in the centre of Helsinki surrounded by the vivid Design District.
  • Mosjøen: The traditional Fru Haugans Hotel is in a picturesque location. It offers all the comforts of a modern hotel and is characterised by excellent personal service.
  • Geiranger: For a scenic location, you won't find better than the Union. Enjoy upgraded rooms set against a fabulous backdrop of breathtaking fjord scenery and mountains.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Your Journey Begins
Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).
Day: 2 Welcome to Copenhagen
On arrival at Copenhagen Airport, your transfer shuttle service will leave for your hotel at 09:00, 11:00, 13:00 & 15:30. 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.(WD)
Day: 3 Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
Start the day by meeting Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, gazing wistfully across the harbour. Follow this with a 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.(BB)
Day: 4 On to Stockholm, City of Islands
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. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings?(BB)
Day: 5 The Sights of Stockholm and board your Baltic Sea Cruise
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. The afternoon is at leisure. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Vasa Galleon - a marvellous impression of life on board a 17th century naval vessel. In the evening, embark on a Baltic cruise to Finland through the largest archipelago in the world. Enjoy dinner on board and marvel at the sea views from the comfort of your A-Class cabins.(BB / DW)
Day: 6 Fashionable Helsinki
(Relaxed Start) 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'. Also see the Sibelius Monument and Finlandia Hall. Why not stop for lunch at the colourful market located by the harbour? Afterwards you could spend time browsing the vast array of stalls selling local souvenirs, handicrafts as well as fruits, vegetables and world class pancakes.(BB)
Day: 7 Lakes and Forests to Kuopio
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.(BB / D)
Day: 8 The Road to Rovaniemi
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.(BB / D)
Day: 9 Rovaniemi and Lapland
(Relaxed Start) 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?(BB)
Day: 10 Cross the Arctic Circle to Ivalo
(Relaxed Start) In the morning there is the option to visit Ranua Wildlife Park, for a chance to see polar bears, lynxes or even a wolverine. Alternatively, you may enjoy a morning at leisure. Later journey 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.(BB / D)
Day: 11 The North Cape and the Sun that never Sets
Cross the rolling tundra into Norway to stop at Karasjok, the seat of the Sami Parliament and a centre of Sami culture. Visit a Sami folk museum, then it's on through unique scenery to the North Cape. With only the Svalbard Islands separating you from the North Pole, it literally feels like you are at the end of the world. In the evening, journey to the northernmost point of Europe in search of the midnight sun, where you will enjoy a glass of bubbles and caviar in one of the most special places on earth.(BB / D)
Day: 12 Through Finnmark to Alta
(Relaxed Start) Maybe set out on a bird watching safari in the morning before returning to the mainland and travelling to Alta.(BB)
Day: 13 A World of Adventure in Alta
(Relaxed Start) 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. The dogs are only allowed to bark when they know it's time for running! Afterwards, delight in a wonderful barbecue dinner.(BB / SE)
Day: 14 Narvik and the Norwegian Campaign
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.(BB)
Day: 15 Across Tysfjord to Mosjøen and its Sea Street
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.(BB / D)
Day: 16 Laksfoss Falls to Trondheim, Capital of the Vikings
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. 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, Norway's national shrine, the Nidaros Cathedral, the Tyholt Tower and Old Town Bridge.(BB)
Day: 17 Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords
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. 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.(BB / D)
Day: 18 Geiranger at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) 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.(BB / D)
Day: 19 Oslo, the Capital
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.(BB)
Day: 20 Cosmopolitan Oslo
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. Visit Frogner Park, housing the intriguing sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, before an afternoon at leisure. In the evening, round off your tour with a farewell Celebration Dinner and a glass of wine to toast to new friends.(BB / CD)
Day: 21 Oslo city to coastal Bergen
Cross the Hardangervidda Plateau, Europe's greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, before arriving at your hotel in the historic port of Bergen. In the evening, savour a delicious dinner with wine at a local restaurant.(BB / CD)
Day: 22 Ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen
Enjoy sightseeing with a Local Expert. The ancient Hanseatic port of Bergen still largely looks to the sea for its living, as evidenced by the picturesque and lively fish market, set in a charming location in the heart of the city. The market also has many stalls, selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. After seeing the 13th century Haakon’s Hall, there will be time to explore all that this exciting town has to offer. Perhaps spend a leisurely afternoon on the traditional-style train of the Flåm Railway? Maybe you might like to visit the home of composer Edvard Grieg, before ascending Mount Fløyen by the only funicular in Scandinavia?(BB / CD)
Day: 23 A coastline like no other
Travel along this incredible coastline as you sail across fjords, passing an abundance of islands. Arrive in Stavanger, one of Norway’s oldest cities founded almost 900 years ago. It has continued to evolve with changing times, providing a wonderful blend of traditional architecture and modern culture.(BB / CD)
Day: 24 The wonders of Lysefjord
(Relaxed Start) Cruise Lysefjord, one of Norway's most breathtaking fjords, to see Preikestolen - or the Pulpit Rock - known as one of the most iconic destinations in the world! You will also view 'Vagabond's Cave', old mountain farms, idyllic islands, majestic scenery and local wildlife. Enjoy the fjord landscape through panoramic windows or from the spacious sundeck. The afternoon is at leisure.(BB / CD)
Day: 25 Onwards to Kristiansand
Enjoy the scenic drive as you round the southern cape of Norway. Upon arrival in Kristiansand, your orientation walk of the city centre will pass through Posebyen (The Old Town) where you will see the Domkirke, the Nupen Fountain as well as the Fortress. Return to your hotel, a landmark of Kristiansand, dating back to 1858.(BB / CD)
Day: 26 Kristiansand to Aarhus
Farewell Norway as you sail across the Skagerrak to Hirsthals, Denmark. Then onto Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city. At night, enjoy a delicious meal with friends.(BB / CD)
Day: 27 Historic Aarhus
(Relaxed Start) A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat of the pulse. Visit Den Gamle By with your Local Expert to learn about this city’s Viking Heritage as you explore this open-air museum of urban history and culture in Denmark. The afternoon is free for you to discover at your own pace.(BB / CD)
Day: 28 Odense and the fairytales of Fyn
Cross the Jutland Peninsula to the town of Odense, on the Island of Fyn. In the restored old district, the house where Hans Christian Andersen was born has been turned into a museum. Join your Local Expert to learn all about the famous fairytale writer as you follow his career, travels and love life. The enchantment continues as you toast your Scandinavian adventure at your Celebration Dinner.(BB / CD)
Day: 29 Depart Copenhagen
Departure transfers arrive at Copenhagen Airport at 06:30, 09:00 & 12:00.(BB / CD)

Available Room Types: Single, Twin, TwinShare, Triple

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