ESSENTIAL SCANDINAVIA

Sweden, Norway, and Denmark – 10 days

 

Visit all the Scandinavian capitals with side trips to Bergen and the Fjords. Start in Stockholm. Fly to Bergen with a visit to Flåm and magnificent Sognefjorden, before flying to Norway’s capital Oslo. Cruise onwards to Copenhagen.

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  • Capped at 20 guests.
  • $6,395. Prices are based on double occupancy.
  • Single supplement: $999.

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Day 1: Arrive in Stockholm, Sweden

  • Arrive in Stockholm where you’ll be met at the airport and whisked away with high speed rail to the hotel in 20 minutes.
  • Join Rudy Maxa and your fellow guests for a briefing, followed by dinner.
  • After dinner, join Rudy for an evening walking tour of Stockholm Old Town.
  • Overnight at Hotel Grand Central by Scandic 4*

Day 2: Stockholm – Choose one

  • Tour 1: In the morning, set off on a visit to Stockholm City Hall, Gamla Stan (including the Nobel Museum) and the Royal Palace. After, take a boat ride to the Skansen area where you’ll enjoy lunch on the water. In the afternoon, visit the Vasa Museum, Nordic Museum, and the Swedish Center for Architecture and Design.
  • Tour 2: In the morning, set off on a visit to Stockholm City Hall, Gamla Stan (including the Nobel Museum) and the Royal Palace. After, take a boat ride to the Skansen area where you’ll enjoy lunch on the water. After lunch, visit Skansen Zoo and farmsteads, Gröna Lund Amusement Park and the ABBA Museum.
  • Tour 3: Explore Stockholm on your own. Armed with the Stockholm Pass, you get free entry to over 60 attractions, boat tours, on and off buses and public transportation.
  • Hotel Grand Central by Scandic 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Rolfs Kök.

Day 3: Stockholm to Bergen

  • After breakfast, take a boat trip through Lake Mälaren to the wonderful Drottningholm Palace.
  • Cruise back to downtown Stockholm and enjoy lunch in the Old Town Square. Spend the afternoon on a harbor ride, get your adrenaline pumping at Skyview, or do a walking tour of trendy Södermalm.
  • You’ll be transported to the airport in the afternoon where you’ll enjoy dinner with a view before flying non-stop to Bergen (flight is 1 hour and 15 mins.)
  • Hotel Norge by Scandic 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Kitchen & Table.

Day 4: Bergen – Choose one

  • Tour 1: Start your morning by exploring Bergen, Norway’s second largest city. Visit Bryggen, the Fish Market, Bergenhus Fortress, Håkonshallen and the Rosenkrantz tower. Then head to Edvard Grieg’s home for a visit and lunch followed by a piano concert of some of his work. Visit Fantoft Stave Church and end your day taking the Fløien funicular to enjoy the most spectacular views of Bergen.
  • Tour 2: Explore Bergen on your own. Armed with the Bergen Card you’ll have free entry to most of the city’s sites and free public transportation
  • Hotel Norge by Scandic 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Restaurant Nova by Bocuse d’Or winner Ørjan Johannessen.

Day 5: The fjords and Oslo

  • After an early breakfast, you’ll take a breathtaking drive through the Norwegian Fjord landscape. You’ll stop at a few of the dozens of waterfalls you pass, such as Tvinnefossen.
  • In Gudvangen, you’ll board one of the ultramodern hybrid electric vessels that will take you through the spectacular UNESCO-listed Fjords of Norway.
  • Arriving into Flåm, you’ll take a ride to Stegastein lookout before ending the day with a ride on the legendary Flåm Railway, one of the steepest standard gauge railway lines in the world.
  • Transfer back to Bergen airport before taking a quick flight to Oslo (45 minutes).
  • Scandic Byporten Oslo or Scandic St Olav’s Plass 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Baltazar, Oslo.

Day 6: Oslo – Choose one

  • Tour 1: Take the Holmenkollen light rail and visit the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump, the Ski Museum. Head back to the city for lunch, walk among the statues of Vigeland Park, see the Royal Palace, National Theatre, and the National Gallery.
  • Tour 2: Explore Oslo on your own. Armed with the OsloPass, you’ll get free entry to over 30 attractions, boat tours, on and off buses, and public transportation.
  • Scandic Byporten Oslo or Scandic St Olav’s Plass 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and lunch. Dinner at Kaffistova.

Day 7: Oslo – Choose one, and cruise to Copenhagen

  • Tour 1: Take the boat to Bygdøy where you’ll visit the Norwegian Folk Museum, the Viking Museum, the Kon Tiki, Fram, and Maritime Museum. Take the ferry back in the afternoon and board a ship to Copenhagen where you’re booked in Commodore Class.
  • Tour 2: Start the morning with a private visit to the Munch Museum, visit the famous Norwegian Opera, Akershus Fortress and the Norwegian Defense Museum. Board a ship headed for Copenhagen where you’re booked in Commodore Class.
  • Tour 3: Explore Oslo on your own. Armed with the Oslo Pass, you’ll get free entry to over 30 attractions, boat tours, on and off buses, and public transportation. Board a ship headed for Copenhagen where you’re booked in Commodore Class.
  • DFDS Seaways, Commodore Class
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8: Copenhagen

  • The ship arrives in Copenhagen at 9:30 AM and you’ll start the day with a visit to The Little Mermaid, Kastellet, Rosenborg Castle, and the Crown Jewels.
  • After lunch, you’ll continue with Kongens Nytorg, Strøget, The Round Tower, and City Hall / Square.
  • Scandic Copenhagen or Scandic Kødbyen 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at Rio Bravo.

Day 9: Copenhagen – Choose one

  • Tour 1: Follow in Shakespeare’s footsteps and travel to Elsinor where you’ll visit the haunted castle from Hamlet, better known as Kronborg Castle. After, you’ll visit the Maritime Museum of Denmark. On your way back to Copenhagen, visit the world’s oldest amusement park Skansen (optional). In the evening you’ll head to legendary Tivoli where you’ll also enjoy dinner.
  • Tour 2: Hop on the train to Roskilde, the Viking capitol of Denmark. You’ll visit this famous town and see sights such as the Viking Ship museum and Roskilde Cathedral, stopping to have lunch in this charming town. You’ll return to Copenhagen in the afternoon.
  • Tour 3: Explore Copenhagen on your own. Armed with the Copenhagen Pass, you’ll get free entry to over 50 attractions, boat tours, on and off buses, and public transportation.
  • Scandic Copenhagen or Scandic Kødbyen 4*
  • Meals: Breakfast and Lunch. Dinner at Grøften, Tivoli.

Day 10: Copenhagen

  • After breakfast, visit Christianborg where you’ll visit the castle, the ruins under the castle, the Royal Stables, and the Royal Kitchen.
  • End your Scandinavian journey with a farewell lunch.

 

* Restaurants and Hotels are subject to change to equal or better

* Rudy Maxa will personally join all or parts of all journeys in 2019

THE RUDY MAXA DIFFERENCE

When you let The Original Savvy Traveler arrange your trip through Europe, you are guaranteed peace of mind. Rudy Maxa’s team provides personal service and assistance from booking all the way through your journey.

What’s included:

 

  • Welcome package with luggage tags, tour information, and a personal gift from Rudy Maxa.
  • An exclusive experience with a small group (maximum of 20 guests.)
  • Rudy Maxa’s expert team lead by his Group Director will make your trip seamless, and magical. In addition to the team traveling with you, known and approved local guides with extensive knowledge will be show guests around.
  • The freedom to choose between multiple excursions and programs.
  • All tours, admissions, and entertainment.
  • Airport arrival meet and greet with transportation to the first host hotel.
  • Upscale, handpicked hotels inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • All meals, including an upscale restaurant every night inspected and approved by Rudy Maxa’s team.
  • Luggage Butler Service: leave your bags in your hotel room in the morning and find them waiting in your room at your next hotel.
  • Transportation between cities in smaller luxury vehicles, high speed trains, or by air.
  • All gratuities.