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Highlights of Northern Europe: Amsterdam to Stockholm

with Norwegian Fjords extension
  • Duration: 11 or 14 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 14
Journey north to uncover a new side of Europe.

The past is palpable on this one-of-a-kind tour, which brings you to cities that were once important centers of trade and emigration. After discovering Amsterdam’s place in history as you explore its crisscrossing waterways, continue on to the port of Hamburg. Then, cross the Baltic Sea and get to know a pair of fascinating Scandinavian capitals: Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Your tour package includes
  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 5 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Dam Square
  • Van Gogh Museum
  • Bremen
  • Rosenborg Castle
  • Vasa Museum
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Amsterdam today.

Amsterdam3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Amsterdam
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to the Netherlands! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Today’s panoramic sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

Spend a free evening in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

A Day in Charming Delft
Excursion (additional cost)
Hamburg2 nights
Day 5: Hamburg via Bremen
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey from the Netherlands to Hamburg, Germany today. Stop en route in the Hanseatic city of Bremen for free time.

In Hamburg, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Hamburg
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local expert on a guided tour of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city.

• Pass by the neo-Renaissance Rathaus, the city hall

• Admire St. Michaelis Church, the largest Baroque church in northern Germany, and stroll the historic warehouse district

Enjoy a free evening in Hamburg or add an excursion.

Hanseatic Lübeck
Excursion (additional cost)
Copenhagen2 nights
Day 7: Travel to Copenhagen
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board a ferry to cross the Fehmarn Belt and arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Copenhagen
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of the bustling maritime city with a local guide.

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

• View the iconic Little Mermaid statue and marvel at the wharfside homes and stores in the beautifully preserved Nyhavn district

• Pass by the Amalienborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament

Stockholm2 nights
Day 9: Flight to Stockholm
Included meal: Breakfast

After a short flight, arrive in Sweden’s vibrant capital city. Later, enjoy free time in the city or add an excursion.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Stockholm
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Sweden’s sophisticated capital on a guided tour led by a local expert.

• Enter the architecturally unique Stockholm City Hall, site of the annual Nobel Prize banquet

• Step inside the Vasa Museum to see a 1628 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.

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at a farewell dinner this evening.

Drottningholm
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Norway.

Extension to Norwegian Fjords

If breathtaking Scandinavian landscapes are what you seek, Bergen is the place to visit. Often referred to as "the gateway to the fjords," this picturesque Norwegian city boasts an ideal waterfront location and a UNESCO-listed wharf, which serve as reminders of its extensive history as a major trading port. Visit to experience the midnight sun during long summer days, stroll past colorful homes, admire stunning mountain views, and get an up-close look at Norway's world-renowned fjords.

Bergen3 nights
Day 11: Flight to Bergen
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly from Stockholm to Bergen, Norway, called “the gateway to the fjords.”

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Bergen
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Pass by the Bergenhus Fortress and stroll 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 13: The Norwegian Fjords
Included meal: Breakfast

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

• Take a scenic train ride from Bergen to Voss, where you’ll continue on to the village of Gudvangen

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

• Disembark in the village of Flåm, overlooking Aurlandsfjord

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Northern Europe
by 6th time traveler 

I loved the trip. I took advantage of all optionals. And loved the experience. It was very pleased to be able to take advantage of all the activities. I always find my trips with your company very educational. I Found all the accommodations good, rooms were fine and all transportation well organiz...

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Great tour!
by 4th time traveler 

The cities on this tour are really great! There is quite a bit to see in all of the cities, except perhaps Hamburg. I would absolutely recommend this tour to other travelers. All the city guides were very good. My sole complaint is that half the hotels are too far from the cente...

Gfamsterdam
by 2nd time traveler 

I felt that we did not have a lot of guiding. Too much drop off free time without knowing where to go and what to do. Whispered were barely used as mike was missing. Loved the hotel in Amsterdam, but did not enjoy the others due to huge size, small beds-rooms. Dinners provided at the hotels were ...

Tour was great ... BUT ...
by 2nd time traveler 

Tour was great overall. We loved Amsterdam easy access to everything, very friendly people but watch out for bikes and busses (primary transportation). We were not met by our tour guide (Linda) we came in a day before tour started so we were not aware of all the rules regarding this but found out ...

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by 2nd time traveler 

This tour was too thin in site seeing which is why people book tours. In its defense, Northern Europe is not as sexy as other parts of Europe. But looking at other tours offered by Go Ahead, they are structured the same with a 1/2 day tour and then 1 1/2 days of free time. If you want to see more, y...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hampshire Hotel - Rembrandt Square Amsterdam

This modern hotel is located in the Canal Ring. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Amstel river, Willet-Holthuy...

NH Hamburg Altona

This modern hotel is located in the Altona borough of Hamburg, west of the city center. Guests enjoy a restaurant and bar, spa, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby...

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden (plus Norway on the extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains, ferries and small boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Amsterdam and depart from Stockholm (or Bergen on the tour extension). When you first arrive, a representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry (from Lübeck to Copenhagen) and a flight from Copenhagen to Stockholm are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Stockholm to Bergen.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers.
  • Please note that there are often baggage restrictions during internal transfers, including ferry rides and flights, and packing light is recommended.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups, and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as plentiful.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
  • When in Denmark, try the beloved open-faced sandwich called smørrebrød: a slice of rye bread topped with local favorites that could include smoked fish, prawns, mayonnaise, horseradish, or caviar. The country is also known for the popular Carlsberg and Tuborg beers.
  • Sweden’s famous meatballs are typically served with a brown sauce and tart lingonberry jam. Smoked salmon and pickled herring are popular eats, especially atop a crisp bread. Snack on the country’s many kinds of pastry and breads during ​fika, ​a social coffee hour that occurs mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
  • On the tour extension, Norwegian cuisine is varied, offering something for every traveler. Lamb is the most traditional meat, but you’ll also find everything from goose to deer being served in Norway. Seafood lovers will enjoy the country’s array of smoked salmon, shellfish, pickled herring, and scrod. Typical meals often incorporate grains, locally-produced cheeses, fresh produce, and wild berries.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All destinations visited on this tour operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though charges may apply.
  • There is no internet access on the motor coach.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden (plus Norway on the extension) are all one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in the Netherlands and Germany, the Danish krone in Denmark, and the Swedish krona in Sweden (plus the Norwegian krone in Norway on the extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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21 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights from your departure city, and based on two travelers per hotel room. Tour prices include on-tour flights where applicable.
Jun 22–Jul 2, 2019
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$3,149$2,949
Nov 16–Nov 26, 2019
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Mar 21–Mar 31, 2020
$2,849$2,649
Apr 4–Apr 14, 2020
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$3,049
May 9–May 19, 2020
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May 16–May 26, 2020
$3,299$3,099
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Oct 3–Oct 13, 2020
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$2,849$2,649
Mar 20–Mar 30, 2021
$2,849
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