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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

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

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

• View 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 $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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 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

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Good tour

Great getaway tour - will travel on Go Ahead tours again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

This was my first experience with an organized tour. The cities were quite interesting. The excursions were just enough. There was a good balance between free time and organized group time. The tour guide did an excellent job of taking care of all of the members of the group. The downside was that sometimes we wanted to stay longer at a museum, but we had to keep the group moving, but that is just a minor problem compared to all the good things we experienced. I will definitely consider doing another tour with Goahead! Great tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Organized and fulfilling

We love vacations which are adventures and are educational. Visiting and learning about 4 countries in a picturesque, entertaining way with many different modes of transportation will definitely entice us to come back to Go Ahead!

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 7/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 13

From: CT

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

very rushed

Our tour felt very rushed. We only spent 2 days in the major cities of Stockholm, Helinski, and Copenhagen. I think that it would be better to offer the trip to the fiords as a pre-extension and give an additional day in the three major cities. The trip to the fiords was very rushed. In one day we took several boats, ferries, trains, and buses to see the fiords. And one of the ferries was very crowded and uncomfortable. Our tour director was nice and she was fun, but her communication skills were lacking. There were many times that we did not know where to go and she wasn't around. Often we didn't know what to do with our luggage and she didn't tell us. The worst part of the trip was having to take my 50 pound suitcase and my carry on down the escalator and carry it up from the train platform onto the train. When I complained to the tour director, she said that I was supposed to be physically fit in order to be on this tour. I am physically fit. However I don't have the ability to easily lift 50 pounds of dead weight from the train platform and up several stairs. The best part of the trip was when I and my friend went off by ourselves to the Louisiana Museum where we spent the whole day, to the Muche museum which had a wonderful special exhibit, and, in Helinski, where we went to the artisans' market where we shopped and had a delicious lunch. The hotels that we stayed in were very good, but they were far from the city center. if you on;ly have two days in a major city, you need to be close to the center. I have been on more than a dozen GoAhead trips and have found them to be very good and reasonable priced. This one was the exception.

 

Dear Marianne, Thank you very much for taking the time to review your recent trip with us to Scandinavia. We wanted to address some of the concerns you raised regarding your on-tour experience. While we understand that this is a tour with an ambitious itinerary, it is our aim and sincere hope that our travelers get a broad and also comprehensive understanding of the culture and landscape of Scandinavia. We do our best to set the expectation that there will be a lot of activity on this tour, and that a lot of ground will be covered. We are sorry to hear you felt unprepared for the level of activity and the pace of the tour and we will work with our Tour Consultants and Customer Relations department to ensure we improve that aspect of our communication in the future. We also regret to learn that you felt your Tour Director’s communication skills were lacking. All of our expert Tour Directors are well trained to provide as much information as is necessary for our travelers to feel well informed and supported during their time abroad. That said, we have reported your feedback about this individual to her direct manager, and will be sure that your concerns are addressed. Our tour itineraries are designed in such a way that our travelers should feel empowered to explore the regions visited on tour during free time if they choose to do so. We are pleased to learn that you and your friend ventured out on your own, and that you found some highlights along the way! The hotels that we use on all of our tours are hand-picked and strategically located either close to points of interest, or near public transportation. While we certainly regret to hear that the hotel locations did not meet your expectations, please keep in mind that we also must select hotels that are safe, have all the amenities we are looking for, and are of a high standard of general quality. We would like to reiterate that your feedback does not fall on deaf ears; we constantly review and revise our tours based on customer feedback such as this, and we thank you for your important insight. We do hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 28, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Lovely Countries

Loved the countries we visited. Beautiful scenery. Accommodations in Norway were centrally located and very easy to visit the sites. The other hotels were nice but too far from city center. Meals were not fantastic but adequate. One thing I did not like was the number of times I had to tote my suitcase. I realize that the distances were much larger than we had in the Austrian trip, so I was spoiled by that experience. Also we did not bond as much with the tour director.

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