STOCKHOLM, BERGEN, THE FJORDS, OSLO, COPENHAGEN & HELSINKI
- 2 nights in Stockholm
- 1 night in Bergen
- 2 nights in Lofthus (the Fjords)
- 1 night in Oslo
- Overnight Cruise to Copenhagen
- 2 nights in Copenhagen
- 1 night in Helsinki
- 3-night extension to St. Petersburg
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) via Finnair
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- All intra-Scandinavia flights, ground and sea transportation
- Accommodations at Superior First Class 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
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your fascinating voyage on your Scandinavian tours begin as you depart New York this evening on your overnight flight.
Arrive Stockholm (Sweden)
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 upscale hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and briefing. Downtown Camper by Scandic or similar (D)
Today is at leisure to enjoy 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. Your hotel is ideally located for independent exploration. (B)
This morning embark on a short flight to Bergen, the capital of Norway’s majestic fjord region. Join your tour director for a walk from your harbor side hotel to the colorful open-air fish and flower market and to the lively 14th century merchant quarter of Bryggen. Later, enjoy some leisure time to explore this 900 year old Hanseatic town independently. Scandic Ornen (B)
Bergen/Flam/Lofthus: "Norway in a Nutshell"
Over the next few days venture into the heart of Norway’s Fjord region and admire some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. A day of scenic splendors begins with a drive to Voss where you’ll embark on an express train to Myrdal. Here 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 en route to the quaint village of Flam. Next, enjoy a delightful leisurely cruise through majestic Sognefjord and its smaller arms and admire the grandeur of the sheer cliffs…
Lofthus is located on the shores of the Hardangerfjord, in a region that is blessed with stunning natural beauty and is 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. (B,D)
Today journey though Norway’s scenic countryside with a stop to view the mighty Voeringfoss Waterfall that cascades 600 ft. Later arrive in Oslo where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of this old Viking capital. You’ll visit Vigeland Sculpture Park where impressive bronze sculptures can be viewed. You’ll also see City Hall, the waterfront and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Scandic St. Olavs Plass(B)
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore at your own pace. You may visit the Viking Ship Museum where you can see the remains of well-preserved old wooden ships. Later, transfer to the pier located on the Oslo Fjord and embark on a comfortable overnight cruise, sailing through the North Sea. Relax on board and enjoy a sumptuous smorgasbord dinner before retiring to your private cabin. DFDS Line Cruise (B,D)
Enjoy the splendid early morning scenery as you sail into port to start your Copenhagen travel in Denmark’s capital and delightful cultural center. An included guided city tour features Hans Christian Andersen’s renowned Little Mermaid, Christiansborg Palace – seat of the parliament and Nyhavn, world famous and recently restored district. The afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own. This evening enjoy an included dinner in a famous local restaurant. Comfort Hotel Vesterbro (B,D)
Today is at leisure for independent exploration. Your hotel is centrally located in the lively and colorful city center, bustling with parks, cafes, restaurants and shops. You may also join an optional “Castle of North Zealand” tour. This evening we suggest a visit to renowned Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park. (B)
Today fly to the charming harbor city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. On an included guided afternoon tour see Senate Square surrounded by 19-century classical buildings and the colorful Market Square. Scandic Grand Marina Hotel (B)
Helsinki/USA or St. Petersburg
Morning at leisure to explore independently. Later today, fly back to the USA or continue your exciting journey with an extension to St. Petersburg, Russia. (B)
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ST. PETERSBURG EXTENSION:
Add $979 double occupancy / $1228 single
Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $849.
Business Class Upgrade
2019 Departures: JFK-Helsinki-JFK add $3995
If taking the St. Petersburg extension, a visa is required (for Russia)
For more information on this tour, please contact us or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
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.
- From approx. $979 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 PalaceSt. 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)
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. Rates are in US Dollars and are based on a minimum number of participants. You’ll need to decide while in Stockholm 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 (U.S. dollars). 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
- From approx. $55 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
- From approx. $126 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. $123 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. $88 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…
Downtown Camper by Scandic
111 51 Stockholm, Sweden
Lars Hilles Gate 18
5008 Bergen, Norwayy
N-5787 Lofthus, Norway
Scandic St. Olavs Plass
St. Olavs Plass 1
0165 Oslo, Norway
DFDS Line Cruise
- Overnight Cruise
DFDS Line Cruise
Comfort Hotel Vesterbro
1620, Copenhagen, Denmark
Scandic Grand Marina Hotel
00160 Helsinki, Finland
Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Vasilievsky
- St. Petersburg
2 line of Vasilievsky Island 61/30,
199178, St. Petersburg, Russia
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Scandinavia and back are on Finnair. Your flight is scheduled to depart at 7:00PM. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure. Your return flight is scheduled to arrive back to JFK at about 2:30PM. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Actual seat assignment will be provided at the airport. You may call Finnair (800-950-5000) two weeks before the departure and provide them with your AAdvantage number. Please note that smarTours is not involved in either your seat assignment or in the crediting of miles. It is between you and the airlines! Also note, mileage accrual eligibility is subject to change without prior notice.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Stockholm hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast in Helsinki on Day 12 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only travelers forfeit the Stockholm City Tour as it is en route from the airport to the hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary.
Main Tour + Extension: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Stockholm hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast at St. Petersburg hotel on Day 15 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only travelers forfeit the Stockholm City Tour as it is en route from the airport to the hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. passport holders do not require a visa to enter the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland). If you are taking the St. Petersburg extension, U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Russia. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates of the countries visited on this tour as to the most current visa requirements. Since obtaining a visa directly from the Russian consulate requires an invitation letter (which we will secure), we have arranged for “CIBT” to facilitate the visa process for you. Please use the following link to download instructions and forms at http://www.cibt.com/home.aspx?Login=50002. If you have any questions regarding obtaining your visa, you may call CIBT at 1-800-406-1523. Also, please note that visa procedures may change at any time. You should check with CIBT online at www.cibt.com, for the most up to date instructions and rates before submitting your paperwork. We suggest that you apply for your Russia visa 60 to 45 days before departure. Please note that if you wish to request an individual invitation letter (instead of the group invitation letter that we will provide) there will be an extra charge for doing so. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please advise us in writing should your address change.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect day time temperatures averaging in the 50’s and low 60’s in May and September, 60’s and 70’s in June through August. Nights will be cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $30 – $50 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. You can either exchange U.S. Dollars into local currency in advance of your trip, or you may use your debit card to withdrawal local currency from an ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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