11 Day Classic Scandinavia - Monday Departure

11 Day Classic Scandinavia - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Denmark , Norway , Sweden

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Denmark
Depart for Denmark

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Copenhagen
Arrive in the lively Danish capital of Copenhagen; transfer to your hotel. Time to rest and relax, or begin your independent discovery of this sophisticated city. Your tour begins at 6:00 PM when you join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting on the wonderful journey that awaits you in Scandinavia. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Copenhagen no later than 4:00 PM on day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Copenhagen

DAY 3, Wednesday - Copenhagen City Tour, Tivoli Gardens, Welcome Dinner
This morning, embark on a sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. View the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum and the National Museum, the colorful 17th-century harbor district of Nyhavn, and Amalienborg Palace, the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family as well as the site of the changing of the Guard. Visit the Gefion Fountain, the largest monument in the city which was designed and erected in 1908 by Danish artist Anders Bundgård, and the iconic Little Mermaid statue. End the tour with a visit to the Royal Reception rooms in Christiansborg Palace*, the seat of the Danish Parliament, Prime Minister's Office and Supreme Court. Spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to explore the city on your own, or join the optional North Zealand Castle Tour to the Danish countryside and Riviera. This evening, a highlight visit to Tivoli Gardens,* the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the second oldest amusement park in the world. Then, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant *In the event Christiansborg Palace is closed due to local events, the visit will be substituted with a visit to Rosenborg Castle*September departures may not visit Tivoli Gardens, due to seasonal closure
Optional: North Zealand Castle Tour (PM)
Overnight: Copenhagen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Gothenburg, Sweden
This morning, bid farewell to Denmark as you travel to Sweden via the mighty 5-mile-long Öresund Bridge. Upon arrival in Gothenburg, take an orientation tour of the city. Founded in the 17th-century, this lively university town is known for its parks, sporting events and modern opera house. Enjoy a Scandinavian lunch with your group at a local restaurant, then spend the rest of the day at your leisure. You may choose to take a cruise on the canals and harbor, or opt for a trip to the Liseberg amusement park, one of the most popular in Europe
Overnight: Gothenburg
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Friday - Travel to Oslo, Norway
This morning, travel to Oslo, the capital of Norway. The rest of the day is at leisure. Stroll the shopping streets, linger at a café or visit one or more of Oslo’s world-class museums. Tonight, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Oslo, Oslo City Tour
This morning, enjoy a city tour of Oslo. Start with a visit to the modern City Hall.* Then, pass the National Theater, the 19th Century Royal Palace and visit the main square to view the Cathedral. Next, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures. The park's most popular attraction is the Monolith column, measuring 46 feet high with 121 human figure reliefs, it is carved from a single block of granite and took three stone sculptors 14 years (1929-43) to complete. In the afternoon, perhaps join a local guide for the optional Treasures of Oslo tour. Admire the highlights of Norway's great seafaring tradition as you enjoy a guided visit to see three 1,200-year-old ornamented Viking ships which are the best preserved in existence, followed by a visit to the Kon-Tiki Museum*In the event that the Oslo City Hall is closed due to local events, the visit will be substituted with a visit to the Oslo Cathedral
Optional: Treasures of Oslo (PM)
Overnight: Oslo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Travel to Lillehammer
This morning, travel to Lillehammer. Situated at the northern end of Lake Mjøsa, the town is perhaps most famous for hosting the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Embark on an orientation tour, which includes a view of the ski jump. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore Lillehammer on your own. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Lillehammer
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Lom Stave Church, Travel to Sogndal
This morning drive to the village of Lom where you will visit one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway.* Built around 1150, the church's unique facade appears to have been plucked from a medieval fairytale. Next, drive via Sognefjellet (weather permitting), the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe known as the "roof of Norway", through the dramatic Norwegian countryside. Pass glaciers, pine forests and perhaps reindeer, as well as Galdhøpiggen, Norway's highest mountain in the Jotunheimen National Park. Overnight in the heart of the Fjords*Entry to Lom Stave Church interior only available when church services are not in session
Overnight: Sogndal
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Sognefjord Cruise, Flam Railway, Travel to Bergen
Today, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords. Then, a real highlight as you board the world famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountainside. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most scenic views of Norway. Continue to your hotel in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city. A major distributor of the wealthy trading guilds of the Hanseatic League, many residents of this 11th-century city still earn their livelihoods from the sea
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Bryggen Walking Tour, Farewell Dinner
This morning, join your tour manager for a short walking tour of Bergen’s Bryggen quarter. Stroll through the narrow lanes of the wooden Hanseatic pier and adjacent quarters dating back to the Middle Ages, with its UNESCO-listed buildings. Then spend the rest of your afternoon at your leisure, or perhaps join the optional tour to Troldhaugen, the former home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Attend a piano concert followed by a tour of the home. Tonight, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at your hotel
Optional: Grieg’s Troldhaugen: An Afternoon Concert & Tour (PM)
Overnight: Bergen
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Norway
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Copenhagen, Bergen-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Copenhagen
  • 1 night Gothenburg
  • 2 nights Oslo
  • 1 night Lillehammer
  • 1 night Sogndal
  • 2 nights Bergen
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 15 meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of local guides per itinerary
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
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    Special Features

  • Enjoy a city sightseeing tour upon arrival in the Danish capital of Copenhagen
  • Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland. The park contains 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures
  • Lom Stave Church, one of the largest and best preserved stave churches in Norway built in 12th century
  • Cruise on the breathtaking still waters of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest of all the Norwegian Fjords
  • Board the famous Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial regions
  • Walk through Bergen's UNESCO-listed Bryggen, the old Hanseatic pier and wharf area
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


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    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Copenhagen near the town hall square.

    Scandic Europa
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    Scandic Solli
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated a short walk away from Solli Plass square.

    Scandic Lillehammer Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in its own private park close to the Olympic Park.

    Quality Hotel Sogndal
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the heart of Sogndal, only minutes from Sogneford, the world's largest fjord with magnificent natural beauty.

    Scandic Neptun
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in Bergen's city center.

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    By Dale A on Sep 20, 2019

    First off, Mikael "Mickey" was an incredible tour guide/operator. In some ways, he actually transcended the tour. He worked with our amazing driver with such rapport and comic relief, it was such an unplanned benefit. If going on the Scandinavian Tour, ENSURE he is your guide if at all possible. In truth, I was a little let down how "biased" the "Scandinavian Tour" was, seemingly only concentrating on Norway. ***disclaimer*** I did NOT thoroughly read the itinerary. I did make the mistake in assuming we would get to see a fair amount of at least TWO! Sweden, perhaps the most important country of the four we "touched" was largely ignored. In my opinion, we only spent long enough in Sweden and Denmark to SAY we were there, yet we had time to experience very little. Future package adjustments should be considered increasing the exposure of Sweden, even at the expense of shortening Norway, slightly elongating the tour, or changing the route (IE visiting Sweden first, and taking a boat to Oslo overnight to save time). Mickey, due to his passion, sense of humor, and the relationships he builds and bonds with his guests, made up for that disappointment I initially felt and some. Another unbiased criticism is that you (GATE 1) should include at NO COST more of the "optional tours" during the trip. If I hadn't decided to pay for these optional tours (that were never really discussed with me prior as being responsible for), very little would actually have been included outside of transportation and hotels which I could have arranged myself. Mickey, once again, with his own courtesy walks and personal time spent, really made the package seem more valuable than it actually was "from the package" of Gate 1. This made Gate 1 feel a bit cheap, kind of like a "fine print" situation with all the Add Ons that should have already been counted in. One of our tour members became sick with a croup cough of sorts. Unfortunately, his hygiene had much to be desired and by coughing all over his wife, she became sick shortly after. Even after Mickey tried to give the group some tips on courtesy and illness prevention, they continued to cough ALL OVER the other tour guests. By the latter stages of our tour, roughly 25% of our tour had this cough. The older members were the first to get sick and many carried the symptoms through a large part of the trip. I'm hoping Gate 1 will begin providing disposable facemarks and either A) request that such guests wear the masks to help keep the integrity of the tour healthy or B) if having uncooperative members like the two that did not mind spreading the germs to our group like we had, have a mask for everyone else to wear on the bus when we cannot escape such hygiene. I never would have considered needing a mask as Im not a big traveller. After this experience, it's not only a must as a traveller, but should be as a tour organizer to help mitigate such a negative condition. I gave this tour a 5/5. Without Mickey, it would have been a 4/5 due to the "lopsidedness" of the visits and the lack of included activities. If Gate 1 listens to its guests and makes some enhancements AND you get Mikael "Mickey\ as your guide, you might be looking at a 6/5. IT'S POSSIBLE!

    By Yang Y on Aug 29, 2019

    Our tour manager Eira was not as knowledgeable and organized as all the other Gate 1 tours that we've experienced. We did not learn much about the socio-econo-political aspect of Scandinavia and in addition, the administrative information of the trip (breakfast time, location of dinner, pickup time, etc) plus poor communication skills left a lot to be desired. Our driver Christian was very on top of things.


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