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Scandinavian Explorer

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  • $3999
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  • 13
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STOCKHOLM, BERGEN, THE FJORDS, OSLO, COPENHAGEN & HELSINKI

On this unique six-city, air-inclusive Scandinavian tour, you’ll be able to enjoy the best of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Denmark! Delight in colorful buildings and houses in Stockholm and Bergen, explore charming Oslo and its Viking history, admire famous palaces and quaint city streets around Copenhagen, and tour 19-century classical buildings in Helsinki. We’ve even included time in Flam and Lofthus, Norway’s breathtaking Fjord region—you’ll travel through Sognefjord, the Stalheim Canyon, Hardangerfjord (Norway’s second largest fjord), and more! Plus, you can see even more with an optional extension to St. Petersburg!

 

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Copenhagen
  • Overnight cruise to Oslo
  • 2 nights in Lofthus (the Fjords)
  • 1 night in Bergen
  • 2 nights in Stockholm
  • Overnight cruise to Helsinki
  • 1 night in Helsinki
  • 3-night extension to St. Petersburg

Tour
Highlights

  • Copenhagen City Tour
  • Voeringfoss Waterfall (Norway)
  • The Fjords
  • Bergen Markets
  • Gamla Stan (Medieval Town)
  • Stockholm Town Hall
  • Helsinki’s Senate Square
  • St. Petersburg Extension

Activity Level: Explorer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-Scandinavia flights, ground and sea transportation
  • Accommodations at Scandinavian-style hotels
  • 15 meals: 10 full buffet breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
  • Sightseeing tours including admission fees as per itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking Tour Director and local guide

Your extension includes:

  • High Speed Train journey from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
  • Accommodations at superior first class hotel in St. Petersburg with private bath
  • Daily full buffet breakfasts (B)
  • Farewell dinner (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as specified in itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking local guide

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart USA

Your scenic and culturally charming tour of Scandinavia begins as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.

Arrive Copenhagen (Denmark)

Enjoy the splendid morning scenery of Copenhagen as you travel into Denmark’s capital and delightful cultural center. Your guided city tour features Hans Christian Andersen’s renowned Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace, and Nyhavn, a world-famous and recently restored district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner in a famous local restaurant.

Scandic Kødbyen or similar | Dinner

Copenhagen

Today is at leisure for independent exploration. Your hotel is centrally located in the lively and colorful city center near bustling parks, cafes, restaurants, and shops. You may also join an optional “Castles of North Zealand” tour. This evening we suggest a visit to the renowned Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park. Or, take some time to wander the streets, enjoy the charming evening ambiance, and sample some creative Copenhagen cuisine.

Scandic Kødbyen or similar | Breakfast

Copenhagen/Oslo

Enjoy a morning of free time to make the most of Copenhagen before transferring to your ferry where you’ll depart on an overnight cruise to Norway to admire the Fjords at sunrise the next morning!

DFDS Seaways Cruise Ship | Breakfast, Dinner

Oslo

After a morning of viewing Fjords, arrive in Oslo where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this old Viking capital. You’ll visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, take in the beautiful waterfront, and be wowed by the Holmenkollen Ski Jump! The afternoon and evening is at your leisure to explore at your own pace. Visit the Viking Ship Museum, head to the top of the Opera House to view the modern architecture of the Barcode Project buildings, or stroll through Palace Park.

Thon Hotel Opera or…

Oslo/Lofthus

Today you’ll depart Oslo to journey through Norway’s scenic countryside with a stop to view the mighty Voeringfoss Waterfall that cascades 600 ft. Arrive in Lofthus later in the day.

Hotel Ullensvang or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Lofthus/Hardangerfjord

Lofthus is located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, in a region that is brimming with stunning natural beauty and surrounded by snowcapped mountains and pristine fjords. The day is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your ideally located resort hotel, or perhaps you may wish to take the charming Hardanger Folk Museum optional excursion.

Hotel Ullensvang or similar | Breakfast, Dinner

Lofthus/Flam/Bergen

Disembark from Lofthus to Gudvangen where you’ll take off on a drive through the bends of the Stalheim Canyon. Venture into the heart of Norway’s Fjord region and admire some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Next, enjoy a delightful leisurely cruise through majestic Sognefjord and its smaller arms, and admire the grandeur of the sheer cliffs that flank the fjord. Arriving in Flam, you’ll board the world-famous Flam Mountain Railway for an hour-long thrilling ride descending 2,600 feet and passing through 20 tunnels, thundering waterfalls, and towering mountains. Your ride…

Bergen/Stockholm

Discover the charms of Bergen with a walk from your harborside hotel to the open-air fish, flower market, and lively 14th century merchant quarter of Bryggen. In the afternoon, enjoy some leisure time to wander this colorful town independently. Later, transfer to the airport for your flight to Stockholm.

Downtown Camper or similar | Breakfast

Stockholm

Today, arrive in Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden that was founded in the 13th century and built on fourteen islands that are connected by dozens of bridges. You’ll embark on a guided tour to see the Town Hall where the Nobel Prize banquets are held as well as Gamla Stan, the fascinating medieval old town where the Royal Palace, Parliament, and Riddarholm Church are located. The tour concludes at your centrally located hotel.

Downtown Camper or similar | Breakfast

Stockholm/Helsinki

Today is at leisure to take in beautiful Stockholm at your own pace. Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan or visit the Vasa Museum, where you may view the restored warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. Later in the day you’ll transfer to your ferry for an overnight cruise to Helsinki. While sailing, you can marvel at the stunning views of Stockholm and Helsinki’s archipelago (islands).

Silja Line Ferry | Breakfast, Dinner

Helsinki

Today you will arrive in the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included guided afternoon tour, visit Senate Square, which is surrounded by 19-century classical buildings and the colorful Market Square. In the evening, come together with your fellow travelers to have a lovely farewell dinner.

Scandic Grand Marina Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Helsinki/U.S. or St. Petersburg

This morning is at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA or continue on with an exciting optional extension to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Breakfast

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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $899.

ST. PETERSBURG EXTENSION:
Add $999 double occupancy / $1248 single

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2019 Departures: JFK-Helsinki-JFK add $3995

If taking the St. Petersburg extension, a visa is required (for Russia)

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Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

Extended Tours

St. Petersburg

  • From approx. $999 Per Person

Why not take advantage of your already included airfare to Europe and add a visit to enchanting St. Petersburg – “Venice of the North”? Extension starts on day 12.

Helsinki/St. Petersburg (Russia)

This morning board a high-speed train for the comfortable 3.5 hour ride through the scenic Finnish countryside en route to St. Petersburg, Russia. One of Europe’s most magnificent cities, St. Petersburg, the former capital of Czarist Russia, was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. Its architecture, natural beauty and rich culture are unparalleled! After arriving at the city-center train station, you’ll be met by a local expert and enjoy a guided city tour. Drive along the famous Nevsky Prospect and see Peter and Paul’s Fortress, St. Issac Cathedral and other highlights. End your day…

Hermitage/Peterhof Palace

St. Petersburg

This morning enjoy an included guided excursion outside the city to visit Peterhof Palace, the summer residence of the Czar. It was built to rival Versailles and is surrounded by magnificent gardens. Upon returning to St. Petersburg this afternoon discover one of its most celebrated treasures, the famous Hermitage, located at the Winter Palace. A local expert will guide you through the Hermitage’s priceless art collection. The evening is free and you may wish to attend a cultural performance. (B)

St. Petersburg

Today is at leisure to explore at your own pace from your conveniently located upscale hotel. This evening join your fellow travelers for a festive farewell dinner. (B,D)

St. Petersburg/New York.

Morning transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your memorable journey concludes as you arrive New York later today. (B)

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

To enhance your Scandinavian tours (& St. Petersburg, if applicable), you will be offered several optional tours. You’ll need to decide while in Copenhagen which of the tours you want to participate in and pay your Tour Director at the beginning of your trip. Payment is by cash only (Euro, exact change).  Credit cards are not accepted. Optional tours are non-refundable once reserved and paid for.  Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Open-Air Hardanger Folk Museum Excursion

  • Utne
  • From approx. 50 EURO Per Person

Travel back in time to 18th and 19th century Norway with an excursion to the Hardanger Folk Museum. You’ll begin with a drive to Kinsarvik, once the busiest ferry port in Norway, to embark on your ferry ride to the charming port town of Utne. Stroll through the open-air section of the museum, which features historic buildings along the picturesque shore and offers a chance to savor the way of life for the people of Hardanger long ago. The main museum building hosts a permanent exhibition of world-renowned Hardanger embroidery, traditional costumes, and an impressive collection of old…

Excursion to the Castles of North Zealand

  • Copenhagen
  • From approx. 110 EURO Per Person

Enjoy an excursion to Denmark’s lovely countryside in North Zealand. First, visit the beautiful Frederiksborg Castle, completed by King Christian IV in 1625. Continue past the Royal Family’s summer residence, Fredensborg Palace, attractively located in the middle of a lovely park and surrounded by the idyllic Esrum Lake. Later, arrive in Elsinore where you’ll see the outer walls and towers of the impressive Kronborg Castle, the setting of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” The castle was built to protect Denmark’s interests and to collect tolls from ships passing through the narrow…

Evening Folklore Performance at Nikolaevsky

  • St. Petersburg
  • From approx. 110 EURO Per Person

Enjoy a splendid and colorful Russian folk show “Feel Yourself Russian” at one of St. Petersburg’s architectural masterpieces, the lavish and historic Nikolaevsky Palace. The spectacular folklore show is composed of the some of Russia’s best folk ensembles and is held in the Palace’s Concert Hall which used to be the formal ballroom. You’ll be dazzled with amazing dances of Cossacks, Russian folk orchestra playing the accordion, balalaika as well as other exotic musical instruments, lyrical round dances and heartfelt songs that will acquaint you with the…

Catherine Palace Excursion

  • Tsarskoe Selo
  • From approx. 73 EURO Per Person

Travel outside St. Petersburg to Tsarskoe Selo, the main summer residence of the Russian royal family, famous for its magnificent Catherine’s Palace and park. The other name of the town is Pushkin in honor of the renowned Russian poet Alexander Pushkin. Enjoy a guided visit to the main landmark of Pushkin, Catherine’s Palace, featuring splendid interiors designed by eminent architects. The collections of the palace contain a large number of precious works of art, such as furniture, porcelain, statues and canvases including the personal belongings of Russian emperors and members of…

Reviews

Deborah A

This was my 6th fantastic trip with smarTours. You get a lot of "bang for your buck" with smarTours. We had an EXCELLENT guide with Wenche. She was funny, gave us printed details for most mornings, was attentive to everyone's needs and made great suggestions. I regularly refer people to smarTours. The single supplement is one of the most reasonable in the industry.

Delores

I thought it was great. One problem was the long layover in Helsinki before going on Sweden. It was over 5 hours. Also, the process for getting a VISA for Russia was rather expensive and tedious. I like that they gave us time to explore on our own most places. Tour guide was great.

George G

Our 8/25/2016 trip was very enjoyable. The hotels were all 4 star and well located. Good food and a nice group of people. Pear (spelling?) our main guide made us feel welcome, was attentive, informative and always had a smile. Our secondary guides were very knowledgeable about the area we were visiting. It was sometimes difficult to hear them clearly on the bus tours but they never hesitated to repeat what was missed. The beginning of the trip was not ideal due to the long layover in Helsinki which after the long flight was tiring. The experience left us enriched. We will travel with Smartours again.

Sue H

Everyone on this tour, including my sister and I had travelled with smartours before. Thre's a reason....a lot of bang for your buck. The accommodations on this trip were excellent...not only 4 star but in very central locations. The included tours were all very good too. The guide pointed out things of interest for our spare time. The guide was very good. I don't rate him excellent for one reason...he never gave us his cell phone number or hotel room number. How could he be reached in an emergency....? Everything else was great!

Patti S

We had a wonderful time traveling with Betty Levin through Scandinavia. The people were gracious and friendly, the food was delicious, the cities were clean and beautiful and the scenery was spectacular. Highlights were; Skansen open air Museum, Wassa Museum, Tivioli Gardens, the cruise from Oslo to Copenhagen and,of course, the fjord cruise. The hotel on the fjord was fabulous.

Cindy L

It was an overall quality, funfilled Nordic experience. The sightseeing was compact butesrscti provided ample free time to explore on our own leisurely. The hotels all located in central area of each city, though provide convenience but quality of each varies and some are less than ideal. The best one being Ullensvang. Special mention is our tour director Pam Boudrot who made a big difference in making the trip so memorable. She was professional, informative, and meticulously caring to the smallest details to ensure all have the best time possible. My family and friends have all been traveling with SmarTour's before, but I highly recommend that Pam Boudrot be in all my future adventures with SmarTour's

Ed L

Wonderful accommodations, food and guide. Perfect balance of planned excursions and free time. Trip over, with lengthy airport layover in Helsinki was tiring. Would have loved an extra night in Oslo.

Sandra P

Hotels in Sweden, Copenhagen and Bergen were good; Oslo, on ship, Helsinki and St. Petersburg were excellent. Our guide in Scandanavia, Kristina, was excellent, personable, knowledgable and so accommodating. In spite of several setbacks, she persevered and thought on her feet; Valery in Russia was knowledgable. My first time with SmarTours. Found tour via search engine. Just as advertised. I feel too much time was spent in Norway - could have been condensed to two days and given more time to Denmark or Finland.
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