From the stunning scenery to the vibrant cities, this escorted tour through Scandinavia will delight all of your mind and spirit!
Day 1, 10 July:
Day 2, 11 July:
1 night layover in a double room at a 4 star hotel. B.
Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira - 1 night
Day 3, 12 July:
Dubai - Copenhagen
Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark.
2pm Globus transfer to hotel.
Welcome to Copenhagen. A quiet afternoon to relax & recover from your travel journey.
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel - 3 nights
Day 4, 13 July:
A free day to explore this magical city.
At 6pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. B, D.
Crowne Plaza Dubai.
Day 5, 14 July:
Sightseeing with a local guide features: the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange, on the way to Christiansborg Palace where you visit the elegant Royal Reception Rooms. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theatre, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace, and at the Little Mermaid statue. In the afternoon, exciting optional excursions are available. Tonight, visit Tivoli Gardens, the city's colourful amusement park. B.
Day 6, 15 July:
Odense - Aarhus
Drive across one of the world's largest suspension bridges, constructed offshore to the fairytale island of Funen. Visit Hans Christian Andersen’s Museum at Odense, then cross the Little Belt waterway to Jutland. Arrive in Aarhus and visit Den Gamle By, a fascinating collection of completely furnished old Danish townhouses. A special dinner with wine awaits you this evening at a local restaurant to try out local specialties. B, D.
Scandic Aarhus City Hotel - 1 night
Day 7, 16 July:
From the naval town of Frederikshavn, cross beautiful Kattegat by Ferry to Sweden's largest port city, Gothenburg. See it’s landmarks during an orientation drive and enjoy time on your own in this charming city. B, D.
First Hotel - 1 night
Day 8, 17 July:
Drive through the “breadbasket" of the country, miles of fertile farmland strewn with tidy farms, followed by industrial towns like Huskvarna and Norkoping, a major Baltic seaport. Arrive in Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson's Millennium. B.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel - 2 nights
Day 9, 18 July:
Morning sightseeing with a local guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, a walk through the Old Town and the festive blue and gold chambers in the City Hall where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. B.
Day 10, 19 July:
Gripsholm Castle - Karlstad
On the shores of Lake Malar, visit King Gustav Vasa's Gripsholm Castle before continuing west through the scenic Lake District. On the way, get glimpses of the ancient garrison town of Orebro and Bofors, site of Alfred Nobel's ammunition factory. Overnight in Karlstad on Lake Vanern. B, D.
Clarion Hotel Plaza - 1 night
Day 11, 20 July:
A scenic day! Drive through Varmland, the area so beautifully described in Selma Lagerlof's Gosta Berling's Saga, to the Norwegian border. Pass strategic Elverum, rebuilt after total destruction during World War II. On via Lake Mjosa to Lillehammer. Enjoy a guided visit of the fascinating Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, an encounter with Norway's culture and history and a fascinating collection of artifacts. B, D.
Scandic Lillehammer Hotel - 1 night
Day 12, 21 July:
Borgund - Flam
Majestic mountains, dark-pine forests, sparkling lakes, and silvery trout streams abound on your leisurely journey today. Before arriving in Flam, stop for pictures at Borgund's stave church, famous for its beautiful exterior. Then, a true highlight: embark for a leisurely cruise on the spectacular Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord. B, D.
Fretheim Hotel - 1 night
Day 13, 22 July:
Voss - Bergen
See the popular lakeside resort of Voss, and arrive early afternoon in picturesque Bergen, the most characteristic of all Norwegian towns. On your orientation drive you will hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Visit the colourful fish market, and stroll through the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen. B.
Optional: morning Flam train ride
First Hotel Marin - 1 night
Day 14, 23 July:
Meet the family that has owned the Steinsto farm for eight generations. While you taste their apple cider, they will tell you all about their history and how cider is made. Cross the Hardanger suspension bridge before ascending to Voringfoss, Norway's most celebrated and mightiest waterfall. Continue across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to the ski resort of Geilo. B, D.
Dr. Holms Hotel - 1 night
Day 15, 24 July:
Torpo - Oslo
In Torpo, admire the STAVE CHURCH, symbol of Norwegian heritage. Continue along the scenic road between the Steinsfjord and the ice-blue Tyrifjord and arrive in Oslo. B.
Thon Opera Hotel - 3 nights
Day 16, 25 July:
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theatre, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: Frogner Park with Gustav Vigeland's famous stark sculptures and the ornate City Hall. The afternoon is free. Tonight, enjoy a special farewell dinner at your hotel. B, D.
Optional: afternoon excursion to the relics of a glorious seafaring past
Day 17, 26 July:
Today you have a wonderful free day to explore this exciting city. B.
Day 18, 27 July:
Oslo - Dubai
This morning you say good-bye to your beautiful city of Oslo. B.
11:30am coach transfer from hotel to airport
1 nights accommodation in a double room at Dubai International Airport Hotel - hand luggage only. Luggage to be checked in from Oslo to Brisbane.
Dubai International Airport Hotel - 1 night
Day 19, 28 July:
Dubai - Brisbane