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Scandinavia: The Capitals & the Fjords

14 days
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

Maximum tour group size: 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.

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
Temperature Precipitation
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  • FEB
  • MAR
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  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (as well as Estonia on an optional excursion and Russia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia. 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.    

Health

There are no major health risks at your destinations. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Bergen and depart from Helsinki (and St. Petersburg on the tour extension). Included transportation is by a combination of private motor coach, overnight ferry and an internal flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation and on foot. Copenhagen’s flat landscape lends itself to walking, but the transportation system is also superb. A network of 10 S-trains serves all the main attractions, connecting in Central Station. There is also a bus network called HT. Tickets are based on zones and are available in singles or in packages. Oslo is easily accessible on foot. You may also take a combination of buses, subways, streetcars and ferries to break up periods of walking. Stockholm is a model of efficiency. An extensive network of subway, train and bus lines are all run by the SL, which sells Tourist Cards for a designated period of time, valid on all transport. There is also the Stockholm Card, valid for all transport and entrance to most of the city’s main attractions. A similar system exists in Helsinki, on the HKL Transportation network.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The Danish krone, Norwegian krone, Swedish krona and euro (in Finland), as well as the Russian ruble (on extension), are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. 

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Bergen, Norway
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Helsinki, Finland
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (as well as Estonia on an optional excursion and Russia on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. Additionally, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must obtain a visa in advance in order to enter Russia. 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.    

Health

There are no major health risks at your destinations. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

More information on vaccinations and other health precautions can be found via the CDC website.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Bergen and depart from Helsinki (and St. Petersburg on the tour extension). Included transportation is by a combination of private motor coach, overnight ferry and an internal flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation and on foot. Copenhagen’s flat landscape lends itself to walking, but the transportation system is also superb. A network of 10 S-trains serves all the main attractions, connecting in Central Station. There is also a bus network called HT. Tickets are based on zones and are available in singles or in packages. Oslo is easily accessible on foot. You may also take a combination of buses, subways, streetcars and ferries to break up periods of walking. Stockholm is a model of efficiency. An extensive network of subway, train and bus lines are all run by the SL, which sells Tourist Cards for a designated period of time, valid on all transport. There is also the Stockholm Card, valid for all transport and entrance to most of the city’s main attractions. A similar system exists in Helsinki, on the HKL Transportation network.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Currency

The Danish krone, Norwegian krone, Swedish krona and euro (in Finland), as well as the Russian ruble (on extension), are the currencies you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take a combination of bank/debit cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. 

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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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.

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