AUD 4581 / pp

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Trans-Scandinavian #2 The Best of Northern Europe

Denmark

Finland

Norway

Sweden

+ Flåmsbana & Fjords

Dive deep into Nordic culture

Submit to the subtle beauty of Northern Europe. From fascinating capitals to gorgeous scenery, discover everything Scandinavia is so famous for. Travel by train, ferry, and coach through Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Ride the world's most scenic railway line, cruise the "King of Fjords", tour the Royal palaces, taste local specialities. Experience the vibe of the capitals on our guided tours and small towns' unbeatable Nordic charm on our fully escorted small group tours.

Itinerary

Helsinki → Stockholm → Copenhagen → Gothenburg → Oslo → Flam → Bergen

Day 1: Arrive at Helsinki

Welcome to Finland! Meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where we will enjoy the finest Finnish cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Helsinki - Ferry to Stockholm

Set off for a guided walking city tour in Helsinki. Start with the City Hall, pass by the Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. Enjoy the day in the city before taking the evening transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board our overnight ferry to Sweden (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The journey takes around 15 hours and there are lots of cafes and restaurants on board. Relax and take time to enjoy the great sceneries of the Baltic Sea. Your cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 3+ star hotel room with en-suite bathroom.

Day 3: Stockholm

Arrive in Stockholm in the morning. Transfer to the hotel and luggage drop off. Meet your Swedish guide for Stockholm walking city tour. During the tour, you explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the famous Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall. Then go underground to discover Stockholm Metro with its piece-of-art subway stations. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the city.

Day 4: Stockholm - Copenhagen

Enjoy delicious Swedish breakfast and the morning in Stockholm. The city consists of fourteen islands, and as a walking city, offers you constantly changing and breathtaking views on water, forests, parks and beautiful architecture. Transfer to the railway station to take Stockholm - Copenhagen high-speed train. The panoramic train journey will take 5 hours. It passes the famous Øresund Bridge, an engineering marvel connecting two countries. Transfer to the hotel in Copenhagen and check-in. The evening is free at leisure.

Day 5: Copenhagen

After breakfast set off on enlightening walking city tour of Copenhagen with our experienced local guide. First, witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle. Enjoy the views of the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, stroll across Kongens Nytorv and see the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater. Visit the colourful harbour of Nyhavn where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace. Taste traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of the local harbour cafes. Afternoon free at leisure. You can continue exploring the city on your own and visit other city highlights of your choice, the Gefion Fountain, the Little Mermaid statue or do some shopping at Stroget street.

Day 6: Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Take a train from Copenhagen to the Swedish town of Gothenburg (4 hours). On arrival, transfer to your cosy hotel in the downtown to drop off your bags before lunch break. After lunch (not included) take a walking city tour to explore the old Haga district, visit the famous Fish Market, see the modern Opera House and the Maritime Center (no entrances included) and take a walk at the famous Avenue with plenty of cosy restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Evening free at leisure.

Day 7: Gothenburg - Oslo

After breakfast head to the railway station to catch a train to Norway’s capital (3,5 hours train ride). Arrive at Oslo and check-in at the hotel. The evening is free at leisure.

Day 8: Oslo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland. Spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to other famous Oslo attractions, including the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (entrances not included). Afternoon free at leisure of for optional tours of your choice.

Day 9: Oslo - Flam - Bergen

After breakfast, we pick up your luggage and send it straight to Bergen, our final destination. Then we embark Oslo-Myrdal train (5 hours) where we change to a Flåmsbana railway. The train ride between Myrdal and Flåm is considered to be the World’s most scenic train journey, This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard scenery of Norway. Time for lunch in Flam before boarding a ferry to Bergen (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom). The ship will take you through the magnificent Sognefjord for about 5 hours. In the evening arrive at Bergen, check-in and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Bergen

After breakfast, join Bergen walking city tour. Bergen is the quintessential Nordic fishing town and a perfect example of classic Scandinavia, a place of tranquillity, natural beauty and harmony. During the tour, we a walk through the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market and experience a fantastic Floibanen Funicular ride, one of Norway's best-known attractions. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner in Bergen, famous for its fish and seafood.

Day 11: Departure from Bergen

Departure day. At the appropriate time, check out of your hotel. Here your Trans-Scandinavian adventure ends. Alternatively, you might embark on a Fjords cruise departing from Bergen daily or opt for other exciting tours from Bergen.

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What's included

Accommodation

Best-rated & centrally located 4* hotels

1 night at the ferry Helsinki - Stockholm (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)

Meals

Breakfasts daily at the hotels

Welcome dinner in Helsinki (day 1)

Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen (day 5)

Farewell dinner in Bergen (day 10)

Guided tours

Helsinki walking tour

Stockholm walking tour

Copenhagen walking tour

Gothenburg walking tour

Oslo walking tour

Bergen walking tour

Transportation

Ferry Helsinki - Stockholm, twin cabin (en-suite bathroom)

Train Stockholm - Copenhagen

Train Copenhagen - Gothenburg

Train Gothenburg - Oslo

Train Oslo - Myrdal - Flam

Ferry Flam - Bergen

The Fløibanen funicular (Bergen)

Support

24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line

The group tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director

English-speaking guides

Not Included

International flights

Transfers from/to airport

Meals not mentioned

Personal expenses

Highlights

Experience Flåmsbana - one of the World's most scenic train rides

Enjoy a traditional Smørrebrød and the best of Scandinavian delicacies

Cross the Baltic Sea from Helsinki to Stockholm

Take a scenic boat ride through the Sognefjord, “The King of Fjords”

Witness piece-of-art subway stations of Stockholm Metro

See the Royal Guard Changing ceremony in Copenhagen

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Our reviews

Rami Selim

Egypt / Australia

Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.

Douglas Schroeder

Australia

Everything worked like clockwork, when someone was suppose to be there they were. Yuri and Cathrine were excellent guides in Moscow and St. Petersburg and we learned a lot from both. We chose the 4 star hotels, and were very satisfied. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested.

Jacinta Ami

Australia

Highly recommend!! Well organised, friendly and knowledgeable staff who go out of their way to make sure you have the best experience! If you ever intend on visiting Russia, definately try this company!

Stacey Filrose

Australia

Me and my family just returned from an Easter break to Moscow. I found the tour very good value for money and the company's assistance with the visa application was also helpful. Reservations, payment, visa letter, and pre-departure correspondence prior to trip (via email) was prompt and well explained with no problems. Final arrangements information were detailed. We knew exactly what to expect, who will be waiting for us, time and venue to meet even with any guides with us. Transport transfers and driver were punctual.

Alison Danesh

Iran / USA

We just returned from the World Cup in Russia where we followed Team Iran. This involved travel to three different stadiums many miles apart. Thank goodness we booked through World of Discoveries (Discovery Russia branch)! They arranged our lodging and transport. They even set us up with local English speaking guides to take us to see the interesting and historical sights of this beautiful land. We had a blast. We met new friends, ate great food, drank great vodka and cheered our team on. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Lyn Lennard

Australia

We have finished our trip in Mongolia and I busted to say thank you very much for all your assistance while we were on the ground in Russia. By far the best guide we had was Yuri in Moscow - he was excellent. We had a very good visit to Novgorod where Natalia was an excellent guide too, and we learnt much about Russian history: It was very good to have the car to take us around the Golden Circle and Victor was a good driver. and the guide in Peterhof and Faberge museum was very nice, approachable, taxis were always waiting for us when we got off the boat etc. We both had a very good holiday and learnt a lot about Russian history and culture: thanks again.