EU3PMD DK-NO 11D10N CPH-HEL-01
From S$2,780 per person
– Land package only.
– Airport transfers.
– 3*/4* hotels with daily breakfast.
– Travel by air-conditioned coach with English-speaking guide.
– Funicular: Mount Floyen in Bergen.
– Ferry: Denmark to Norway, Stockholm Sweden to Turku Finland, Helsinki Finland to Tallinn Estonia (return).
– Boat: Sogner Fjord, Suomenlinna islands in Helsinki.
– Includes admission tickets & tours as per itinerary.
|Day 01 – Arrive Copenhagen|
|Day 02 – Copenhagen to Odense – Aarhus|
|Day 03 – Aarhus to Kristiansand to Flekkefjord to Stavanger|
|Day 04 – Stavanger to Bergen|
|Day 05 – Bergen to Oslo|
|Day 06 – Oslo to Orebro to Stockholm|
|Day 07 – Stockholm|
|Day 08 – Stockholm – Overnight Ferry to Turku|
|Day 09 – Turku to Naantali to Helsinki|
|Day 10 – Helsinki to Tallinn to Helsinki|
|Day 11 – Depart Helsinki|
11D10N Europe Absolute Scandinavia
Day 01 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN
Upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport, transfer to your hotel and free time for the rest of the day.
Day 02 COPENHAGEN – ODENSE – AARHUS [B]
We start the day with a tour of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark and also the largest of the Scandinavian cities. Highlights include: the popular Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park; the iconic Nyhavn and probably the most famous street in Copenhagen lined with colourful townhouses and seen in countless postcards; and, the Little Mermaid, a bronze statue depicting a mermaid becoming human and also probably Denmark’s most iconic statue. From Copenhagen we travel on to Jutland, passing through pleasant landscapes and crossing the 20km-long bridge that connects the Jutland peninsula to the island on which Copenhagen stands. Enroute, we will stop at Odense (the third largest city in Denmark) on the island of Funen to visit its Gothic cathedral and Hans Christian Andersen’s House. After Odense, we will head to Aarhus, the second largest city in Denmark with an easygoing college-town atmosphere (about 1 in 7 of the residents there is a university student). Free time to enjoy Aarhus.
Day 03 AARHUS – KRISTIANSAND – FLEKKEFJORD – STAVANGER [B]
This morning, we will head to Hirtshals at the northern end of Jutland to board a ferry for Norway. Arriving at the seaport town of Hirtshals, we will do a tour of the town before embarking a ferry to cross the North Sea to Norway and disembarking at Kristiansand (Norway). From there, we will travel along the beautiful southern coast of Norway towards Stavanger, stopping by Flekkefjord, a town at the head of the Lafjorden fjord. After Flekkefjord, we will continue on to Stavanger, enjoying beautiful landscapes enroute. (Apart from its reputation as the “oil capital” of Norway, Stavanger is well known as a base for lots of opportunities for sightseeing and adventurous activities including among others cruising on the Lysefjord and hiking up to “The Pulpit Rock” for a nothing-short-of-stunning view of the Lysefjord from about 600m above the fjord!) Free time to enjoy Stavanger and a visit to Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger) – the historic centre with beautifully restored wooden buildings and narrow cobbled streets – is recommended.
Day 04 STAVANGER – BERGEN [B]
Today, our first stop will be the “Swords in Rock” (Sverd i fjell), a monument of 3 swords symbolizing peace, unity and freedom. From there, we will head to Mortavika to board a boat for Arsvagen where upon arrival we will continue to travel through amazing scenery and the deepest tunnel in the world (below the sea) before arriving at Sandvikvag where we will again board a boat that will take us through spectacular fjord scenery to Bergen. At Bergen, we will ascend on the funicular railway to Mount Floyen (included) to take in panoramic views of the beautiful town of Bergen and the nearby fjords. Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, is nestled amidst beautiful scenery and its old wharf, Bryggen, with its colourful Hanseatic buildings, has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Free time to enjoy Bergen.
Day 05 BERGEN – OSLO [B]
We depart Bergen and head deeper into the fjords region of Norway. First stop will be the highly picturesque Tvindefossen waterfall, a waterfall of about 110m in height. From there we will continue on to Gudvangen to board a boat to cruise the Sognefjord, the longest, and often considered the most beautiful, fjord in Norway. Naeroyfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord ending at Gudvangen, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its stunning scenery and landscape. The cruise will end in Flam and the branch of the Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord, that leads to Flam is considered by many people to be just as beautiful. From Flam, we will head to the Borgund Stave Church, renowned to be the best preserved and most authentic stave church in Norway (entrance included). Enroute, we will pass through the 24.5km-long Laerdal Tunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel. After a brief stop, we will continue on to Oslo, the capital of Norway. Free time in Oslo to explore this very pleasant city.
Day 06 OSLO – OREBRO – STOCKHOLM [B]
Free time in the morning to enjoy Oslo before we depart for Sweden sometime late morning, travelling through dense forests and scenic lakes. Enroute to Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, and after a lunch break, we will stop at Orebro, a culturally rich town with an attractive town centre and a castle that ranks among its top attractions. From Orebro, we will continue on to Stockholm, arriving in the evening.
Day 07 STOCKHOLM [B]
Sightseeing tour of Stockholm in the morning. Stockholm stands on 14 islands (of the Stockholm archipelago of some 30,000 islands) connected by 57 bridges and it is no wonder therefore that water is everywhere. The tour includes Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town and one of Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval centres with cobbled streets and colourful 17th and 18th century buildings. All of Gamla Stan and the adjacent island of Riddarholmen are pedestrian-friendly and full of sights, attractions, restaurants, cafés, bars, and places to shop. Among the several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan are the Stockholm Cathedral and the Nobel Museum. A key attraction is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. Free time after the tour. Nearby places of interest include: the City Hall; the Vasa Museum (a maritime museum); and, ABBA The Museum.
Day 08 STOCKHOLM – FERRY BOARDING [B/D]
Free time in the day to enjoy Stockholm before we board a cruise – on the Silja Line – in the evening that will take us to Finland. In addition to having about a 1,000 cabins, the cruise ship has several F&B, leisure and entertainment options. As the cruise leaves Stockholm harbour and sails pass numerous islands, you may wish to go to the open deck to enjoy the beautiful views of the changing landscape.
Day 09 TURKU – NAANTALI – HELSINKI [B/D]
To enjoy the sights as the cruise sails into Turku (Finland), arriving at around 07:30h (Finland is an hour ahead of Sweden), you may wish to rise early and be at the open deck at dawn. (Breakfast is included in the cruise.) After a walk in the city centre of Turku, we will head to nearby Naantali, one of Finland’s oldest, and certainly one of its most beautiful, towns. From Naantali, we will continue on to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, arriving early afternoon. Free time the rest of the day for you to enjoy Helsinki, a vibrant seaside city. Do check out the Market Square and the Old Market Hall. And as you explore the city, you will inevitably notice Russian influence on Helsinki (to the extent that Helsinki is often said to be the most Russian among European cities).
Day 10 HELSINKI – TALLINN – HELSINKI [B]
Today, you will be making a day trip on your own into Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. (The ferry taking you to and from Tallinn is a 2h30m ride each way.) A Baltic state that obtained its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and now a member of the European Union, Estonia offers visitors a fascinating mix of Slavic, Russian, Scandinavian and altogether unique local cultures. Upon arriving at the Tallinn Passenger Port, you will head to Tallinn’s Old Town which has managed to preserve its medieval and Hanseatic past earning it the reputation of being among the best preserved medieval cities in Northern Europe and, not surprisingly, recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find original cobblestone streets dotted with medieval churches, Gothic spires and enchanting architecture including grandiose merchant houses, barns and warehouses many of which date back to the Middle Ages. The Old Town is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, with restaurants, bars, museums and galleries bringing much life to this historical city centre. After a day of enjoying Tallinn, you will head back to Helsinki on the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry for the night.
Day 11 DEPART HELSINKI [B]
Free time until your transfer to Helsinki Airport for your return flight.
Escorted tours are usually available every month. Whether you prefer the above itinerary “as-is” or would like to add activities prior to, and/or after the tour, if you will indicate the start/end dates of your intended travel and provide your contact details, we will get in touch with you to discuss the itinerary on a no-obligations basis on your part.