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Scandinavia: The Capitals to 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

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.

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

• Learn about anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki 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 $209*pp 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: $219)

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 $129*pp 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 $109*pp 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 $159*pp 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 $799 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 $105*pp 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
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
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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

Traveled On: 6/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Scandanavia

Last Hotel was the poorest of all our accommadations. Mold in Grout in shower. You should get a refund. Love Bergen the best of Cities on main tour. Loved the ship trips, very lovely. I was able to go to Tallin in place of one of our tour people who was ill and that was exceptional. Would love to have a tour of more of Bergen area and the surround an Estonia

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip, great value

Had a wonderful time, would like to have been able to see Skanden and Tivoli as optional tours

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Whirlwind Tour of Scandinavia

This was definitely a whirlwind tour. We had a good overview of the main cities in the four major countries. Bergen, Norway was charming and the hotel location was perfect. The "Norway in a nutshell" portion through the fjords was amazing. The train trip to Oslo, Norway ( a little delayed due to a strike!) was also breathtaking. Arriving at 11 PM and still in the day light. The tours of Oslo, the Viking Museum and Kon Tiki Museums were very interesting. The Vigeland Sculpture garden at Frogner Park was a wonderful surprise. The Copenhagen, Denmark tour was informative. The hotel could have been more centrally located to make free time touring more convenient. Stockholm, Sweden especially the City Hall tour of the mosaics was beautiful and unexpected. We also enjoyed the Vasa Museum. Traveling through the archipelago on the overnight cruise to Helsinki,Finland with a gorgeous sunset, was a nice way to travel. The two highlights there were the Sibeluis Monument and the Temppeliankio Church. We were part of a small group that visited Tallinn, Estonia on our own by ferry which was easy to do and definitely worthwhile. All in all it was a good tour, but we would have liked more open time, then an afternoon or morning to see things on our own. Some of that time was taken up by traveling to the airport or catching a ferry to next location. Suzan & Mark Tucson,AZ

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A great tour

Although there was a great deal of rain on this tour, it was still a lot of fun. Our tour director was very knowledgeable about Scandinavia; in addition, he was a very take-charge person who made all of the potentially problematic aspects of travel (e.g. change in schedules) pleasant. The scenery of Scandinavia is truly beautiful and the people everywhere friendly and anxious to interact with Americans.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Greatest Tour Director

This was an amazing trip. Even when I got sick, I enjoyed every minute. The Tour Director was a life saver and a wonderful care taker during my ailment. Thank you for yet another superb experience. I'm already booking my next trip.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

First experience with Go Ahead Tours

The breakfasts were very good. One of the hotel dinners very good. One of the ferry buffets very good. One of the hotel accommodations very good; I think the one in Stockholm. The last one in Helsinki was awful; the furniture really run down, dirty upholstery, mold in shower; maid left papers on floor. The tour director very personable, good sense of humor, very good at relating with everyone. Too many optional tours; not clear directions on what to do when staying behind on free time to explore. The local guides not so good, mostly the second and third; the last two were males and they were very good and provided lots of information and interesting details. Lots of walking and stair climbing. Not so good for elderly people. Lots of carrying own heavy luggage. Good website and customer service from Go Ahead Staff.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fast moving !!

Five countries in ten days makes for lots of new hotels, luggage handling, bus/train/boat/tour guide tipping, and general chaos. Be prepared for this if you want to cover this much territory in this short period. Too many "on your own" meals, which is always the case with Go Ahead, and the problem worse than usual because several of the hotels were far from areas with many eating choices. Meals served at the hotels were so-so, but food on the ferry boats surprisingly good. Hotels is general of decent quality, except for first two night stop in Bergen, where the hotel was totally unacceptable with very poor beds and micro-sized bathrooms. This hotel probably picked because it was next the railroad station, to which we had to drag our own luggage. Our tour director, Per, did a great job keeping things organized under trying circumstances

 

Hello William, Thank you for your feedback on your tour to Scandinavia. We always try to choose the best hotels that have a good balance between quality and location. While it is always our goal to situate you as closely as possible to the city center, if that is not possible we want to make sure you are located on public transportation for an easy ride into the city. I appreciate your comments about the hotels and the tour overall, and I will address these comments with my operations team as we strive to continually improve.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 28, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

"Although it was hot in Scandinavia"

Although it was hot in Scandinavia you will enjoy! The weather was hot more then the average temp and the hotels do not have air conditioners. Bergen, Norway was my favorite followed by Helsinki, Finland. The tour guide made the trip worthwhile and the group we were with was cohesive.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 17

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Lovely people and weather

The tour exceeded all expectations. Unfortunately many optionals didn't take place because of lack of interest. Two couples and one woman made the trip difficult: They always complained, were late and weren't physically able to keep up with the other tour members. Tallin was one of the highlights of the trip. Knowledgeable tour guide with the gravitas that any tour guide should possess.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ildi is a hero!

Our whirlwind tour through the Scandinavian countries was amazing due primarily to our fabulous, amazing, wonderful guide Ildi. She was a diamond in a rough. She kept my group going through 6 countries, every mode of transportation possible, and provided invaluable service with ideas and assistance for our free time. Our hotels were wonderful. The provided meals were always very nice especially on the night ferries. Our groups only complaint was the rush, rush, rush of the in city guided tours. We seemed to race through museums as if in a competition and then back on the bus to be dropped off at the hotel. Most tours lasted less than three hours yet. We would have loved a slower pace and a longer day. The guides themselves, however, were wonderful. They truly gifted us with their countries history and culture. As we did add on an extension to Russia we changed guides in Helsinki. Timifei met us at our Helsinki hotel. While he was a walking Russian history book, he was a much different guide then our nurturing Ildi. He had some amazing connections and somehow always figured out a way to get us to the front of the line. Owning his own tour company probably helps. He also served as our expert local guide and for a fee arranged transportation for our free time. Our group did feel pressured to do extra excursions for our free time in St. Petersburg . Luckily, it was definitely worth it. Visiting Peterhof and Catherine's palace was worth every penny and more.

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