Day 1 ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN, DENMARK.
Welcome to Copenhagen! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 COPENHAGEN.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Church of Our Savior and the Stock Exchange on the way to Christiansborg Palace, where you visit the elegant ROYAL RECEPTION ROOMS. Drive past the National Museum and the Royal Theater, and stop for pictures of Amalienborg Palace and at the LITTLE MERMAID statue. In the afternoon, exciting optional excursions are available. Tonight, visit TIVOLI GARDENS, the city’s colorful amusement park. (B)
Day 3 COPENHAGEN–ODENSE–ARHUS.
Drive across one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, constructed off-shore to the fairytale island of Funen. Visit HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S MUSEUM at Odense, then cross the Little Belt waterway to Jutland. Arrive in Arhus and visit DEN GAMLE BY, a fascinating collection of completely furnished old Danish townhouses. [LF] A special dinner awaits you this evening at a local restaurant to try out local specialties. (B,D)
Day 4 ARHUS–GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN.
From the naval town of Frederikshavn, cross beautiful Kattegat by FERRY to Sweden’s largest port city, Gothenburg. See its landmarks during an orientation drive and enjoy time on your own in this charming city. (B,D)
Day 5 GOTHENBURG–STOCKHOLM.
Drive through the “breadbasket” of the country, miles of fertile farmland strewn with tidy farms, followed by industrial towns like Huskvarna and Norköping, a major Baltic seaport. Arrive in Stockholm, scene of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium. (B)
Day 6 STOCKHOLM
. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Royal Palace, Riddarholm Church, a walk through the OLD TOWN, and the festive blue and gold chambers in the CITY HALL, where the annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Choose from our exciting optional excursions to make the most of your stay. (B)
Day 7 STOCKHOLM–GRIPSHOLM CASTLE–KARLSTAD.
On the shores of Lake Mälar, [LF] visit King Gustav Vasa’s GRIPSHOLM CASTLE before continuing west through the scenic Lake District. On the way, get glimpses of the ancient garrison town of Örebro and Bofors, site of Alfred Nobel’s ammunition factory. Overnight in Karlstad on Lake Vänern. (B,D)
Day 8 KARLSTAD–LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY.
A scenic day! Drive through Värmland, the area so beautifully described in Selma Lagerlöf’s Gösta Berling’s Saga, to the Norwegian border. Pass strategic Elverum, rebuilt after total destruction during World War II. On via Lake Mjøsa to Lillehammer. Enjoy a guided visit of the fascinating MAIHAUGEN OPEN-AIR MUSEUM, an encounter with Norway’s culture and history and a fascinating collection of artifacts. (B,D)
Day 9 LILLEHAMMER–BORGUND–FLÅM.
Majestic mountains, dark-pine forests, sparkling lakes, and silvery trout streams abound on your leisurely journey today. Before arriving in Flåm, stop for pictures at Borgund’s stave church, famous for its beautiful exterior. Then, a true highlight: embark for a leisurely CRUISE on the spectacular Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord. (B,D)
Day 10 FLÅM–VOSS–BERGEN.
This morning, you may wish to join an exciting optional Flåm train ride. See the popular lakeside resort of Voss, and arrive early afternoon in picturesque Bergen, the most characteristic of all Norwegian towns. On your orientation drive you will hear about its 11th-century origins and its association with the Hanseatic League. Visit the colorful fish market, and stroll through the narrow lanes of ancient Bryggen. (B)
Day 11 BERGEN–GEILO.
Meet the family that has owned the Steinstø farm for eight generations. While you taste their [LF] APPLE CIDER, they will tell you all about their history and how cider is made. Cross the Hardanger suspension bridge before ascending to Vøringfoss, Norway’s most celebrated and mightiest waterfall. Continue across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau to the ski resort of Geilo. (B,D)
Day 12 GEILO–TORPO–OSLO.
In Torpo, admire the STAVE CHURCH, symbol of Norwegian heritage. Continue along the scenic road between the Steinsfjord and the ice-blue Tyrifjord and arrive in Oslo. (B)
Day 13 OSLO.
Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the National Theater, Parliament, and the Royal Palace. Highlight visits: FROGNER PARK with Gustav Vigeland’s famous stark sculptures and the ornate CITY HALL. The afternoon is free, with a chance to join an optional excursion to see the relics of a glorious seafaring past. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 14 OSLO
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)