Insight Vacations | Grand Tour of Scandinavia (Summer 2017)

Sail the Baltic Sea, crossing rolling tundra and glassy fjords on your search for the midnight sun, all the while enjoying the local culture, history and striking scenery.


Tour Operator: Insight Vacations
  • What's Included

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacles of their careers, will smooth your way throughout your journey. They are your ‘travelling concierges', expert guides, consummate organisers and friends 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.
    • Personal radio headsets, 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 WiFi.
    • 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.
    • Cruise in A-Class cabins with sea views and flat screen TV.
  • Pricing

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        (Twin)
    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,476 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,476 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,566 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,548 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,548 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,548 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,728 for this departure

    • Book by 15 Dec 2016 and receive early payment discount. Pay only $6,705 for this departure

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - 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 2 - 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 3 - On to Stockholm, City of Islands

    In the morning, leave Denmark and cross over the Oresund bridge to Sweden. Your journey will take you through a patchwork of fertile farmlands and along the peaceful shores of Lake Vattern. Continue to Stockholm, which is set on 14 beautiful islands. In the evening, perhaps try the local cuisine served in traditional surroundings?(BB)

     

    Day 4 - The Sights of Stockholm and board your Baltic Sea Cruise

    Join a Local Expert for your visit to the City Hall's ‘Gold 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 / D)

     

    Day 5 - 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 in one of the cafés, 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 6 - 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 7 - 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 8 - 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!(BB)

     

    Day 9 - Cross the Arctic Circle to Ivalo

    (Relaxed Start) In the morning, you may want to visit the open-air museum and Arktikum 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.(BB / D)

     

    Day 10 - 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 champagne and caviar in one of the most special places on earth.(BB / D)

     

    Day 11 - 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 12 - 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 13 - Narvik & 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 14 - 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 15 - 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 16 - Geiranger, Jewel of the Fjords

    Begin the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland - 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 17 - 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 18 - The Capital of Oslo

    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 Oyer 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 19 - 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 Long 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 20 - Out of Oslo

    Departure transfers arrive at Oslo Airport at 07:15 & 10:15.(BB)

     

*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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