Scandinavian Escape- XES
Number of Days: 12
This tour for 2017 covers all three Scandinavian countries - Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, allowing you to explore all the highlights of this unique part of Europe, accompanied all the way with an experienced tour leader.
Travelling between each destination on a modern, air conditioned tour bus, this tour is the perfect way to take in the dramatic and stunning natural landscapes of this region, as you witness the change from emerald green landscapes to cobalt blue fjords to white snow-clad mountains. When we reach the cities, you'll have the opportunity to experience the vibrant and varied cultures of northern Europe.
Starting from the Danish capital Copenhagen, you will visit all the must-see destinations in Scandinavia. You will be delighted when you arrive in Norway as you explore the vibrant capital Oslo, stunning Bergen with its historic waterfront, and the iconic Norwegian fjords. Our itinerary includes two night stays in Copenhagen, Bergen and Stockholm, which provides you with plenty of time to explore these unmissable destinations in-depth.
This itinerary is a guaranteed departure, and you will be accompanied for the duration by an experienced and passionate tour leader. Tour buses are modern, comfortable and air-conditioned, and at each hotel, we include free wi-fi in your tour package so you can stay connected and share all your incredible photos and memories with your friends and family while on tour!
DAY 1: Arrive in Copenhagen
Welcome to the start of your Scandinavian adventure! Your tour leader will be waiting for you at our hotel during the afternoon. After everyone's checked in, we'll enjoy an included dinner where you can get to know your fellow travellers and learn a bit more from your tour leader about what incredible experiences the next 11 days will bring!
DAY 2: Explore Copenhagen
Enjoy a free day to explore Copenhagen at your own pace. Options include the Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park and pleasure garden, and the Rundetaarn, an astronomical observatory that offers fantastic views of the city, and is known worldwide for its unique equestrian staircase leading to the top. You could also return to Nyhavn and enjoy a drink on the canal side, and visit Freetown Christiania, a commune in the east of the city that was established by squatters in 1971 and attracts nonconformists from around the world.
DAY 3: Odense - Skagen - Frederikshavn
Make sure you prepare your camera this morning, because you’ll be witnessing some absolutely stunning Danish countryside! Our first stop today is Odense, where we’ll enjoy an orientation tour of the home town of prolific author and fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen. We’ll then make our way to the town of Skagen, where you’ll have the chance to walk to the tip of the Grenen sandbar peninsular, the northmost point of Denmark. After a full day of exploring we’ll head to Frederikshavn for a relaxing dinner at our hotel!
DAY 4: Frederikshavn - Oslo
Today we’ll take a ferry and then make our way through southern Norway to Oslo. On arrival in the Norwegian capital tonight we’ll enjoy a walking tour with an expert local guide, who will show you sights including Akershus Castle, Oslo Opera House, the Parliament building and the Royal Palace.
DAY 5: Oslo - Bergen
As we travel from Oslo to the west coast we’ll journey through the heart of Norway, witnessing the incredible scenery changing from emerald green landscapes to cobalt blue fjords to white snow-clad mountains. This evening we’ll arrive in Bergen, Norway’s second-largest city and known as “the city among the seven mountains”. The beautiful Unesco World Heritage-listed Bryggen quay is the highlight, while Norway’s famous fjords are just a short journey away. Upon arrival, your tour leader will take you on an orientation walking tour of Bergen, introducing you to the highlights of Norway’s first capital and former seat of royalty, including the old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Bergen Fortress.
DAY 6: Bergen - Free day
Enjoy a free day to explore the beautiful Norwegian city of Bergen, or choose to take one of our optional excursions to explore the surrounding area. The Fløibanen funicular will take you to the top of Mount Fløyen, which offers magnificent views of Bergen and a variety of walking routes. You can also join a half-day tour to Skjerjehamn, where you'll enjoy a four hour sailing from Bergen and see the incredible maelstroms (whirlpools).
DAY 7: Norwegian Fjords - Lillehammer
There are more than a thousand fjords in Norway, with most concentrated on the west coast, so we’ll be perfectly located today as we explore the scenic heartland of Norway on our way to Lillehammer. We’ll take a stop off along the way in Gudvangen, a village located at the end of Nærøyfjord, arguably Norway’s most famous fjord. You’ll have the opportunity to take a cruise along the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjorden fjords to Flam - still blue water is framed by towering cliffs, massive waterfalls and snow-capped peaks - the easiest picture-postcard photo’s you will ever take.
DAY 8: Lillehammer - Dalarna area
Today we’ll continue on our journey and cross into Sweden, where the stunning natural landscapes keep coming as we take a scenic drive through the mountains and deep forests to the Dalarna area in central Sweden - keep an eye out for elk and moose! Dalarna is famous for the Dalecarlian horse, a traditional Swedish hand-painted wooden horse statuette painted in bright colours.
DAY 9: Dalarna - Uppsala - Stockholm
As we make our way through the Swedish countryside, we'll take a lunch stop in Uppsala. Sweden's fourth largest city is the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden, and home to Scandinavia's largest cathedral - the striking Uppsala Cathedral. On arrival in Stockholm we’ll enjoy a walking tour with an expert local guide. You’ll be introduced to the highlights of Sweden’s capital including the Royal Palace, Gamla Stan (the old town and heart of the city) and the AF Chapman ship. This evening enjoy an included dinner.
DAY 10: Stockholm - Free day
Enjoy the day exploring the city of Stockholm! Gamla Stan is the old town, comprised of red, orange and terracotta-coloured buildings overlooking narrow cobblestone streets. The numerous islands that make up the town offer fascinating walks, especially through the Djurgården, where you can visit Skansen, the open-air Swedish history museum.
DAY 11: Stockholm - Copenhagen
Today you are on the final leg of your Scandinavian tour, look out for lakes, forests and rolling fields as we drive through the Swedish countryside. Just before we get to Copenhagen, we will stop at the town of Helsingør. This town is home to Kronborg Castle, known to many as 'Elsinore' and the setting for Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'. We'll see the castle from the water as we take a short ferry from Sweden back to Denmark.
DAY 12: End of tour
Today, our tour concludes after breakfast. Be sure to share your contact details with your fellow travellers. We hope you've enjoyed your Scandinavia Escape tour as much as we have!
- 11 nights' accommodation in twin rooms with private en-suite facilities. Single travellers have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure a private room.
- 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All taxes and fees
- Any public transport used as part of the tour (excludes free days)
- Modern air conditioned coach with reclining seats, TV for showing DVDs, and toilet.
- 11 Experiences (including guided walking tours, orientation walks, driving tours of cities plus other exciting experiences)
- RRP $4,085 per person. Single supplement $1197