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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.

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      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

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: 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.

1 / 2
 

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

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