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Scandinavia (End Helsinki)

Scandinavia is full of stunning scenery, gorgeous fjords, long summer days, enchanting folk tales & mythical wild life. Explore it the easy way on this journey through the capital cities of Stockholm, Oslo & Copenhagen. Get a taste for real Scandinavia in some lesser known spots off the beaten track. See spectacular fjords & glaciers...and don't forget to pack your camera!

  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Easy
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: CCSH/162574
  • Starts: Berlin, Germany
  • Finishes: Helsinki, Finland
You will Visit
  • Berlin
  • Copenhagen
  • Oslo
  • Voss
  • Geiranger Fjord
  • Gjovik
  • Stockholm
  • Helsinki

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Berlin/Copenhagen

Meet your Contiki Team & travel buddies in Berlin this morning, then make your way from Berlin to Denmark's harbor-side capital, Copenhagen. Get to know the group over dinner and head out into Copenhagen’s diverse nightlife – with live jazz, pumping clubs and chilled-out bars, there’s heaps of choice. You can also choose to start this trip in Copenhagen instead of Berlin. In this case make your way to our hostel in Copenhagen and you’ll meet up with your Contiki Team and travel buddies in the afternoon.

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Day 2: Copenhagen

Full of history, Copenhagen is a compact city with a really festive feel. Jump start your travels with a look into Denmark’s culture on our city tour, as your Trip Manager tells you the story behind the Little Mermaid statue, the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace. Later, use your free time to explore the waterways and streets of Copenhagen, where the major sites are all within walking distance. Put your feet up, treat yourself and order some Danish pastries, cake and coffee. If you’re feeling up for something different, opt for a tour of the Carlsberg Brewery for a look in at how they make this famous brew. Later, maybe find a spot waterside & indulge in some typical Danish food or kick back with a beer & do a bit of people watching.

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Day 3: Copenhagen to Oslo

Say farewell to the stylish capital of Denmark as we make ourway to Oslo for a taste of how the Norwegians do it! Oslo is a cute little city with loads of character. From castles on the hill, to modern Opera Houses, great shopping & delicious seafood, there's something for everyone here. On arrival your Trip Manager will introduce you to one of Oslo’s most famous spaces, the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Frogner Park. Packed with over 200 sculptures and bronzes, this outdoor gallery serves up heaps of local art and gorgeous greenery.

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Day 4: Oslo

As Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo is an easy-going city oozes culture and has some amazing museums to visit. This morning your Trip Manager will get you in the know on Oslo with an orientation tour of the city to get your bearings for a day of exploring. With free time, get inspired at Aker Brygge, Oslo’s cultural hub and central gathering spot for locals. Once an old ship yard, it’s now a popular shopping area with a sea-front promenade, galleries, cinemas and food stalls. Otherwise, find out about a fellow adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl at the Kon-Tiki Museum (no, it’s not ours! Kon-Tiki was the raft Heyerdahl used to cross the South Pacific) or explore the medieval dungeons, banquet halls and crypts of Akershus Castle. Tonight you could head out & meet some locals along the stunning new district around the Oslo Opera House.

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Day 5: Oslo to Voss

Cruise through Norway’s famous Telemark region and across the Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau. If you’re lucky, you might spot some wild animals. Then we journey onwards to the small town of Voss, Norway’s adventure capital.

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Day 6: Voss to Geiranger Fjord

Travel through the pristine Norwegian countryside passing waterfalls and crossing the 200km long Sognefjord. Get back to nature on our journey through Norway’s rugged wilderness and take in the spectacular Boyabreen glacier for lunch.

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Day 7: Geiranger Fjord to Gjovik

For awe-inspiring views, jump on board our included cruise and get out on the water of Geiranger Fjord. The picture perfect scenes keep coming, complete with dramatic waterfalls pouring down the sides of massive sheer rock walls. Cruise past old farms and unspoilt wilderness to the alpine ski resort of Lillehammer, home of the 1994 Olympics and the impressive 136 metre ski jump! If you’re up for a bit of Olympic action yourself, have a go at bob-sledding in an adrenalin-pumping optional activity. We pull into small-town Gjovik, which is set on Norway’s largest lake, for an overnight stop. Walk around the picturesque town and get a feel for traditional Norwegian village life.

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Day 8: Gjovik to Stockholm

Into Sweden today, we pass the massive Lake Vanern and cruise through woodlands, lakes and gorgeous natural surrounds. With down time on the coach, chat to your new friends and keep your camera handy for photo ops of bears, moose and wolves. Get ready for the dramatic scenery of Sweden’s cosmopolitan capital, Stockholm. Surrounded by forests, deep blue waters and 24,000 islands, this cutting-edge city is one of Europe’s hot, creative capitals. Enjoy a night out with the group and head to the modern and lively district of Norrmalm, for a more up-beat vibe.

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Day 9: Stockholm

Today, your Trip Manager gets you right to pretty Gamla Stan’s (the old town) core spots, as the group explores the quarter’s quaint medieval streets. You’ll see the Royal Palace and perhaps the changing of the guard – a tradition dating back to the 16th century. After the morning's sightseeing your tour ends in town at lunchtime, so it's time to say farewell to your new friends.

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Day 10: Stockholm & sail to Helsinki

Free time this morning in the city to grab your last dose of Swedish cool then live the high life this afternoon as we board our luxurious cruise to Helsinki. Kick back with a drink on the deck and watch the sun set over the Baltic Sea, check out the shops of the promenade deck or maybe try your luck at the casino tonight.

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Day 11: Helsinki

A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Trip Manager will take you to check out Temppeliaukio, a church cut out of solid rock, and to see the famous Sibelius Monument, a gravity-defying sculpture made out of 600 steel pipes. Round off your Helsinki introduction with a drive past the Olympic Stadium and the historical heart of Senate Square. Helsinki is all about location, so with free time on your hands, head harbour side to soak up the great views and mingle with the locals at South Harbour Market. Rummage through stalls selling flowers and local foods, handicrafts, fresh fish and tasty baked goods. You could visit Suomenlinna, the fantastic and impressive sea fortress where Swedes and Russians once fought.

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Day 12: Depart Helsinki

The trip ends after breakfast so it's time to swap addresses & say farewell to your new friends.

Inclusions:
      Accommodation
    • 11 nights accommodation: 7 nights in hostels quad-share, 3 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share
    • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
    • Overnight cruise
    • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
    • Ferry crossings
      Staff
    • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
    • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
      Food
    • 11 breakfasts
    • 5 dinners
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Tour Highlights:
  • See the Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain and the Royal Palace.
  • Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures
  • See Hamlet’s Kronberg Castle
  • See the City Hall and Parliament
  • Visit Europe's largest mountain plateau
  • See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway
  • See the incredible Boyabreen glacier near Skei
  • See the impressive Tvindefossen Waterfall
  • Take in breathtaking views as you cruise the stunning Geiranger Fjord
  • Visit the home of the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • See one of the few remaining original medieval stave churches in Norway
  • Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves
  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
  • See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium, Senate Square & the Church in the Rock