Scandinavia: The Capitals & the Fjords

14 days Multi-country
From seafaring histories to fantastic fjords, there’s a lot to love about Scandinavia. Marvel at Norway’s amazing green cliffs and blue water, then set sail from Oslo to Denmark’s waterside capital. Hit the remaining Nordic capitals—Stockholm and Helsinki, two of the world’s most livable cities—and explore their maritime pasts and modern architecture.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, paved roads and dirt paths.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels and 2 nights on a cruise ship

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine on land, 2 dinners on board the ship

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Scadanavian Countries

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Bergen today.

Bergen 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Bergen

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Norway! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Bergen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Bergen with a local guide, uncovering the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen district and city center.

• Discover the Bergenhus Fortress

• Pass through the bustling fish and flower market

• Head to the Custom House pier to view the city center and harbor

• Drive to the medieval-style Fantoft Stave church in Fana

• Explore the Edvard Grieg Museum to learn about the famed composer

Day 4: Norwegian Fjords

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day journeying through Norway’s fjord country, a region of otherworldly natural beauty. 

• Embark on a cruise through the country’s steep cliffs and narrow waterways

• Disembark in the village of Flåm, overlooking Aurlandsfjord

• Explore the Flåm Railway Museum

• Take a scenic train ride along one of the steepest rails in the world

Oslo 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Oslo

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel by train to Oslo, the capital of Norway, where a local guide introduces you to the city’s Viking traditions and local highlights.

• Pass by Vigelandsparken, a sculpture park, as you enjoy a short panoramic tour through the center of the city

• View the once-feared longships at the Viking Ship Museum

Cruise 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Cruise to Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After a free morning in Oslo, sail through the night to Copenhagen, Denmark aboard a cruise ship.

Copenhagen 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After docking in Copenhagen, get to know the landmarks of the bustling maritime city with a local guide.

• Pass by Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish parliament

• Pass Rosenborg Castle, a 16th-century royal residence built in the Dutch Renaissance style

• View the wharfside homes and stores in the beautifully preserved, 17th-century Nyhavn district

• Recall the fairytales of Hans Christian Anderson at the Little Mermaid statue

Day 8: Free day in Copenhagen

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Copenhagen on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Roskilde, Hamlet’s Castle & Louisiana Museum of Modern Art $199pp* Details

Travel outside Copenhagen for a day of history and culture. Start in Roskilde, a city that dates back to the Viking era, for a guided tour of the UNESCO-recognized Roskilde Cathedral. Then, drive to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark’s most popular art museum and a renowned example of modern Danish architecture. Browse the unique collections, admire the museum’s seaside sculpture park and enjoy free time to grab lunch. Next, travel along the beautiful coastline to Elsinore, one of Denmark’s oldest towns, for a guided tour of Kronborg Castle. Built in the 15th century, the imposing fortress overlooking the Øresund sound was the setting for Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Stockholm 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Flight to Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After one last morning in Copenhagen, board your flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Stockholm

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore Sweden’s sophisticated capital with a local guide.

• Enter the architecturally unique city hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet

• At the Vasa Museum, see the warship that once sat at the bottom of Stockholm harbor

• Stroll through the medieval Old Town and view the Baroque Royal Palace

Enjoy a free afternoon in Stockholm or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Historic Sweden $129pp* Details

The ancient city of Uppsala is considered the birthplace of Sweden. In addition to the tombs of the first Swedish kings in Old Uppsala, the city also hosts an 800-year-old Gothic cathedral and Scandinavia’s oldest university. A guided tour provides an in-depth look at all of these landmarks, as well as the University Museum, whose exhibits pay tribute to famous Swedish scholars such as Celsius and Linneus. Then, continue to the ancient city of Sigtuna, established by Sweden’s first Christian king. Runic stones, church ruins and the remains of a 1,000-year-old town plan provide a glimpse at its former greatness.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $139)

Cruise 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Cruise to Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the morning exploring Stockholm on your own or add an excursion.

This afternoon, board an overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland.

Optional Excursion - Drottningholm $109pp* Details

Take a tranquil ferry ride across Lake Mälaren, and arrive at Lovön Island, where you'll explore the 16th-century Drottningholm Palace. The magnificence of this royal residence, still the permanent residence of Swedish royalty, rivals that of Versailles. Tour its decadent rococo interiors, and later, take the opportunity to step inside the fascinating Court Theatre, with its original 18th-century stage sets.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Helsinki 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Trace Finland’s history and experience its culture during a guided tour of the country’s capital city.

• Pass through Senate Square

• See the modern Olympic Stadium

• Stop to view Temppeliaukio Church, carved into a rocky hillside

• Recall Finland’s most famous composer in the eponymous Sibelius Park

Day 13: Free day in Helsinki

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tallinn $159pp* Details

Cruise to Tallinn, a bustling port city dominated by Toompea Hill. The aura of the 14th and 15th centuries is strong in the central city’s jumble of medieval walls, spires and winding cobblestone streets. You’ll enjoy a guided tour followed by free time to discover the city on your own. Please note: Non-U.S. citizens who plan to visit Tallinn should check on entry requirements for Estonia in advance of their trip.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore St. Petersburg.

Add St. Petersburg Starting from $899 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

St. Petersburg is a city of haunting magnificence. Created by Peter the Great in 1703 to be his “window on Europe,” St. Petersburg combines its fascinating Russian heritage with a distinctly European outlook. Considered the cultural heart of modern day Russia, St. Petersburg is rapidly regaining its reputation as one of the Great Cities of Europe. From the vibrant colors of spring, through the sunny summer days and endless twilights of the famous White Nights, the brilliant golden sun of autumn, and into the crisp and brittle brightness of a St. Petersburg winter, the City casts its own unique spell over visitors.

St. Petersburg 3 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Travel to St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train through the historic Karelia region, a romantic land of lakes, rivers and canals, before reaching the historic Russian city of St. Petersburg.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

With a local guide leading the way, watch as the city of St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) comes to life.

• See Palace Square, one of Europe’s great meeting places

• Walk through the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral Church

• Drive down Nevsky Prospekt, a tree-lined boulevard 

• Visit the Alexander Nevsky Convent

• Discover over three million pieces of art in the Hermitage Museum

Day 16: Free day in St. Petersburg

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring St. Petersburg on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Peterhof $105pp* Details

Journey to the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland to visit Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer residence. On a guided tour, you'll explore the opulent palaces and gardens of Peterhof and learn how this former retreat of the czars has changed throughout Russian history.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 17: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Bergen, Norway
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Helsinki, Finland
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland (plus Russia on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens for the main tour. 
  • U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia on the tour extension. You may choose to obtain your individual visa by applying directly to the Russian consulate or by using a visa provider, such as our partner company, VisaCentral. If you opt to apply through the Russian consulate and require additional assistance and/or documentation from Go Ahead, a special arrangements fee of $95 per person may be charged. 
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, paved roads and dirt paths.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team. 

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Bergen and depart from Helsinki (or St. Petersburg on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A train ride from Bergen to Oslo, overnight ferries from Oslo to Copenhagen and Stockholm to Helsinki, as well as a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm are included in the price of your tour. 
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.   

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Norwegian cuisine is varied, offering something for every traveler. Lamb is the most traditional meat, but you’ll also find everything from goose to deer being served in Norway. Seafood lovers will enjoy the country's array of smoked salmon, shellfish, pickled herring and scrod. Typical meals often incorporate grains, locally-produced cheeses, fresh produce and wild berries. 
  • Sweden's famous meatballs are typically served with a brown sauce and tart lingonberry jam. Smoked salmon and pickled herring are popular eats, especially atop a crisp bread. Snack on the country's many kinds of pastry and breads during fika, a social coffee hour that occurs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • When in Denmark, try the beloved open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød: a slice of rye bread topped with local favorites that could include smoked fish, prawns, mayonnaise, horseradish or caviar. The country is also known for the popular Carlsberg and Tuborg beers.
  • Fish, meat, potatoes and bread are staples in Finnish cuisine. Some typical Finnish foods include grillimakkara (grilled sausages), ruisleipä (rye bread), leipäjuusto (mild cheese, often served with jam) and korvapuusti (cinnamon buns).
  • On the tour extension, popular Russian foods include soups, meat casseroles, cabbage prepared many different ways and the country’s world-famous vodka. Try pelmeny, Russia’s version of ravioli. Crepes (bliny) or porridge (kasha) are common for breakfast.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. In more remote locations, internet access may be limited and is not guaranteed.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Norway, Sweden and Denmark are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of EST. 
  • Finland (and Russia on the tour extension) are two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST.    
  • When it’s noon in New York, it's 6pm in Bergen, Copenhagen and Stockholm and 7pm in Helsinki and St. Petersburg.   

Currency

  • You will use the Norwegian krone in Norway, the Swedish krona in Sweden, the Danish krone in Denmark and the euro in Finland (plus the Russian ruble in Russia on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.   

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely trip

This trip to Scandinavia was so well organized....we travelled on buses, trains, ships and a plane. The timing of all was perfect, and had to be for it to work!!

 

Hi Susan! Thank you for your great review! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Scandanvian dream

This was a great tour, and covered everything I could have wanted to see. The tour director, Per, was great and went out of his way to make the tour great. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for an overview of Scandinavia.

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Hi Jean-Marie! Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful experience1

Our favorite countries were Norway and Sweden. We definitely would like to go back some day!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful!!!

The sights were amazing! We knew going into it that the Nordic countries would be expensive but the trip was still a good value. We got to see 6 countries in 3 weeks! St Petersburg extension is a must as well as Tallinn day trip. Per, our tour director was amazing! He managed our group very well and got us everywhere on time even when a couple of buses didn't show up. Per's knowledge of the area was top notch and his humor was spot on! Tim our tour director in Russia had amazing insight into the area he also got us tickets to swan lake something not included on the trip! Overall a great trip can't wait for our next one!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour and tour guide

Four of us traveled together on this tour. We arrived a day early to allow for the lack of sleep on the flight over and were glad we did. Our tour director, Thomas, was probably the best tour guide of our four with Go Ahead. He was thoughtful, patient and kept us informed throughout. Scandinavia was just beautiful, with water, water everywhere. The mix of travel - train, overnight boat and air was interesting and better than we had anticipated. There is, given the travel mix, a lot of moving around, and folks need to be prepared for that. We had a great tour group that was small enough that we got to know each other. I would highly recommend this tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience!

This was a wonderful opportunity to see Scandanavia with varied modes of transportation (flights, ferries, trains) though it would have been great to spend more time seeing the sights rather than moving hotels and awaiting transportation. The tour director (Per) was absolutely fabulous! He made this trip exciting, was very well-educated about each place we visited, pleasant & outgoing; truly seemed to enjoy his job and spending time with the group! The added excursions were a blessing and well worth the time and expense. The hotels were great but think wintertime travel would have been more pleasant as the hotels were quite uncomfortable with no central air. (Note: while a once in a lifetime possibility, don't believe the Russia addition was worth the expense and it seemed the tour guide was less than enthusiastic to be away from his normal occupation and there was definitely a language barrier).

 

Hello! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed many aspects of your tour of Scandinavia. This tour covers a lot of ground and does require a fair amount of time in transit. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director and that his enthusiasm enhanced your experience. We’re glad you liked your hotels, but we regret that the weather made them seem slightly less comfortable. We also regret that the St. Petersburg extension, including your tour guide, did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development and Operations teams. Thank you for your review, and we’re glad that overall you had a wonderful experience! Let us know when you’re ready to travel again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Trip of a lifetime!"

This was my second Go Ahead Tour. I thought it would be hard to surpass my first tour but this one surely did! There is no way you would see all these places on your own. The tour was so comprehensive...we saw so many sites and cities! The value was incredible. I priced doing this itinerary on my own and it came in at 70% more! There is a lot of moving around, but there's no other way to see all these places in this amount of time. I found the pace moderate, but again, it was all worth it. The tour director was informative and organized. He was quick to offer help and suggestions. He made the traveling between cities very easy and efficient. I highly recommend this tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great!

This was a fantastic tour w/many modes of transportation. It was fast paced but enjoyable. We had a great group of 18, which became family!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

4 countries in 2 weeks!!

Great trip for a "taste" of four countries: Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Most unique was the variety of travel modes (bus, train, plane and overnight "ferry" - really a mini cruise ship). EXCELLENT TOUR DIRECTOR kept our group of 21 well organized and very well attended to. Good itinerary kept us busy and gave us lots of free time. the local guides were excellent, informative and personable. Had a wonderful time!

 

Hi Karen! You’re right that this tour provides a taste of Scandinavia. We’re so glad your Tour Director kept your group well-organized and cared for. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to their supervisor. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 01, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Director

Our tour Director exceeded my high expectations!

 

Hi Ken! We're thrilled to hear it. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

wonderful tour

Wonderful tour! Took option for Russia and really enjoyed it, Natalia was excellent! Learned so much, the pace of entire tour was very good. Had very good tour directors. I liked the different modes of travel: train, plane, ship and coach. It made it very interesting.

 

Hi Ann! We're so glad you enjoyed this tour, as well as your time in Russia. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Yet

I’ve been organizing group tours for the past 15 years, and I would rank this as one of the best, if not *the* best tour I’ve ever done. Scandinavia was visually stunning, with some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Europe: pristine waters, towering mountains and green everywhere you looked. Though we visited in early May and expected temperatures to be on the chilly side, we were so very fortunate to have blue skies and temps in the upper 60s and lower 70s almost the entire time, and no rain. In addition to the physical beauty and temperate conditions, the Scandinavians were very friendly and almost everyone spoke perfect English. During our overnight flight to Bergen, we learned that the hotel workers in Norway were on strike. That meant, among other things, no porterage service, and the need to change two of our hotels. But a team of eight Go Ahead people had everything in place for us by the time we landed, so there was hardly a hiccup. Our travelers never complained, but took things in stride and helped one another with luggage. Even though it was not their fault, Go Ahead arranged for a free luncheon in a local pub for all the members of our group as a means of compensation. This is a great argument for group travel, and Go Ahead in particular, in my book. In addition to the great weather, we had the extreme good fortune of being in Oslo on Constitution Day, and as we were warned, few people throw parties like the Norwegians! All day parades, fireworks, outdoor concerts, and the locals all dressed up in their traditional garb – it was a once in a lifetime experience! There was a lot of moving around during this tour, as one would expect in visiting four to six countries (depending on whether you took the optional day trip or extension) inside a two-week period. We rode trains, buses, planes and ferries, and the accommodations were consistently very nice indeed. The trains give a marvelous opportunity to rest up and soak in the scenery, and the two overnight ferries were more elaborate than expected. These ferries are really like mini-cruise ships, equipped with shopping, bars, and restaurants. Because the trip is so fast-paced, I would really recommend you be judicious in choosing your optionals, because if you do them all, you won’t have much down time for independent exploration. But aside from the basic itinerary, there are a few things I would put in the “not-to-be-missed” category: Resistance Museum in Oslo Roskilde Castle in Denmark Ice Bar in Stockholm (for the more adventurous!) Day trip to Estonia I personally did not go on to St Petersburg, but those who did said it was an incredible experience and the tour directors were excellent. With regard to our tour directors (we had two because our large group was divided) I can’t say enough about them! Per and Irene were simply amazing! They were knowledgeable, organized, super friendly, and helpful in every possible way. Their assistance started even before we actually arrived in Europe, freely answering questions through e-mail and phone. They made the trip virtually seamless, especially with the challenges they faced with the strikes and the size of our group. The one thing I would recommend to anyone planning on taking this trip is to bring along a supply of dollar bills. Each time you change countries, you are also changing currency, and often, bus drivers as well. There were many times travelers were caught short with no local currency with which to tip the drivers. Our tour guide told us that the drivers do accept dollars (not ideal, but certainly better than nothing) but many of us ran out of dollar bills very early on. Dollar bills would have come in handy for the local city guides as well. In closing, I would say that if Scandinavia is anywhere on your radar, do take this trip. You won’t be sorry! Barbara

 

Hi Barbara! We’re thrilled that you would rank this tour as one of the best you’ve taken. We completely agree that Scandinavia is stunning in every way – from the unique and pristine natural beauty to the friendly and welcoming cultures. We’re so glad our team at Go Ahead was able to assist your group in avoiding any difficulty due to the hotel worker strike. Out team works round-the-clock when issues arise because we want your tour to go as smoothly as possible. Like many of our tours, you’re right that this itinerary covers a lot of ground, which is one of the main reasons we offer optionals. We want to give travelers the ability to customize their experience so that they can be as busy as they want and see what they care to see. We love your ‘not-to-be-missed’ list and completely agree! We’re so happy you enjoyed your Tour Directors and found them to be knowledgeable and organized. It sounds like their presence really enhanced the tour. Good suggestion regarding the currency change and bringing along a supply of dollar bills. You’re right that they come in handy. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour Guides

I was overwhelmed at the knowledge and professionalism of our tour guides. The locations of being in the city centers allowed us to explore for a few hours each day with local shops and local atmosphere. We were encouraged/assisted with planning some night activities, such as the Ice Bar in Stockholm. We were at least 2 days in each with travel by bus, plane, trains, and ferries. Sooooo much better with just a small group and not the craziness of those 2,000+ passengers on those cruises!!!!

 

Hi Cheryl! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed the various aspects of your tour, such as the professionalism of your guides and the size of your group. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 20, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Planes, trains, and ferries

You name it and we rode it across the Scandinavian countries and into Russia. This fast paced trip is not for the person who watches the world go by on their couch. Be prepared to haul your luggage and to step your way through the trip. The physical workout is worth it though - the country sides are beautiful and the city scapes charming.

 

Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your review. You’re right that this tour covers a lot of ground! We’re glad that you enjoyed the beautiful sites and natural landscapes along the way. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

See Scandinavia!

The Scandinavian countries (and Finland!) are not at the top of most tourists’ lists but they should be! These people fully live the European utopian lifestyle and you can see and feel it with everyone you meet. There are many sights to see from beautiful Bergan, Norway, the delightfully campy Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen to the stunning Vasa ship in Stockholm. And language is not a barrier at all as all Scandinavians seem to speak better English than a lot of Americans! The way our trip was arranged, the travel/transfers were part of the experience- traveling across Norway on a train with sweeping views of the mountains and crossing the North and Baltic seas on ferry boats. I would certainly recommend not missing this part of Europe where modern living is firmly ensconced in natural beauty with echoes of Vikings past. And now for something completely different…add on St. Petersberg! Overwhelming in a way that only Russia could be but you will be surprised how “western” these former Eastern Block people are now.

 

Hi Brian! We completely agree that Scandinavia should be on everyone's travel bucket list. It's such an incredible region of the world! It sounds like you had some very unique experience throughout your tour, and we're glad it seems you enjoyed the itinerary. We're so glad you chose to include the St. Petersburg extension, as we feel it provides a great taste of Russian culture and history. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: NJ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Heathrow Misery

We flew from Philadelphia. We were set-up to transfer through Heathrow Airport in London with only 75 minutes between flights. We had to move with intense speed, bus to the terminal, move with intense speed, long security lines, move with intense speed, catch a train, move with intense speed, another security line, move with intense speed, take bus to connecting plane; and finally, breathlessly, made it. We were the last couple to make the connecting plane to Bergen, Norway. The connection, with train multiple busses and running, were, unbelievably, all within the same terminal !! The terminal, however, consists of three massive buildings, not at all close together. There was another couple, in our group, who had to make their own flight arrangements in order make use of their frequent-flyer miles, on the same flights, who did not make the connection and had to wait at least six hours to catch the next plane to Bergen.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Big Itinerary, Well handled.

This tour required transport on airplanes, buses, trains, ships and vans; in every instance, the transport was punctual and comfortable. The tour guides and tour director were fantastic.( Friedemann, Timofey) The hotels were top shelf with great breakfasts.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Beautiful, but Exasperating & Exhausting

Overall the tour was "ok". We saw many beautiful sights but it seems more time was spent traveling and getting to destinations than actually getting to see and experience them. We lost a half day of free time for sightseeing because an inept bus driver contracted by the tour company caused us to miss our train. GoAhead's consolation to us was a free drink; not really enough to show they valued their customer's time. All the hotels were very nice and clean with good food, but most of them were not close enough to the heart of the cities where all the activities and sights were. An expensive taxi ride or 30+ minute walk to get to a sight is not acceptable to me, considering I saw so many other nice hotels close to it all. Also, in the brochure when you see the words "pass by" that's exactly what it means; you will be in a bus that quickly passes by many of the sights you may want to get out and take photos of or just look at for more than a split second through rain splattered windows. If your goal is to see as many countries as possible in a short time then this would be a good trip for you. But, if you have any difficulty walking at all, and can't walk at least a half mile or more (with hills and cobblestones or up ramps pulling all your luggage) at a quick pace, then this is NOT the trip for you. The saving grace for this trip was our Tour Director, Frank, who was wonderful and so helpful, kept the group's mood happy, and efficiently dealt with problems. He was a font of knowledge as well and could easily answer any question posed to him.

 

Dear Traveler, Thank you for traveling with us to Scandinavia and for taking the time to write this review. We’re so glad to hear that you enjoyed the seeing the beauty of this region and that you enjoyed having Frank as your Tour Director. At Go Ahead, our goal is always to find the right balance between free time and included activities. While that is certainly true for this tour, we understand that visiting four countries in two weeks requires a much faster pace. We were very sorry to learn that sightseeing time was limited due to a missed train. We are certainly aware of this situation, and have been in contact with the bus company about this particular driver who’s first day it was on the job. Though we understand travel can be unpredictable, we are taking all measures to be sure this doesn’t happen again. Thank you again for writing your review, and for traveling with Go Ahead.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Scandinavian fojord

Overall I felt that I got what i payed for with this tour. The guides were well organized and the transportation good. The day to day activities required some walking that may be over taxing to persons who are not used to the speed at which some tours require due to time restraints. The tour provides limited flexibility to persons who would like to spend more time at a specific exhibit.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best First Tour Ever

What a wonderful itinerary, weather, Tour directors and fellow travelers. Only thing I would change would be a little more free time in each spot to be added in.

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