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13 days
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You will visit: Germany (start Berlin option), Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland

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!

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Arrive Berlin

Check-in to the hostel from 2pm and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy Berlin. Tomorrow you'll meet up with tour Contiki team & travel buddies at 7.30am to make your way to Copenhagen.

Hostel

2 Berlin to Copenhagen

This morning we make our 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.

Hostel Dinner

3 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 Tour Manager tells you the story behind the Little Mermaid statue, the Resistance Museum 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.

Hostel Breakfast

  • See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace.
  • Carlsberg BreweryTour
    80.00 Danish Krone
4 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 Tour 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.

Hostel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures
5 Oslo

As Scandinavia’s oldest capital, Oslo is an easy-going city oozes culture and has some amazing museums to visit.

This morning your Tour 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.

Hostel Breakfast

  • See the City Hall and Parliament
  • Viking Biking
    NOK 225
6 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.

Hostel Breakfast

  • Visit Europe's largest mountain plateau
7 Voss to Geiranger Fjord

Travel 25km (15.3 miles) through the impressive man-made marvel, the Laerdal Tunnel, which is the longest road tunnel in the world – and it cuts though 3 caves.

Get back to nature on our journey through Norway’s rugged wilderness and take in the spectacular Boyabreen glacier, as well as the 200km long Sognefjord.

Hostel Breakfast,Dinner

  • See Sognefjord, the longest & most spectacular fjord in Norway
  • See the incredible Boyabreen glacier near Skei
8 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.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • 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
  • Olympic Bobsled Ride
    Norwegian Krone 225.00
9 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.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Scenic drive through unspoilt forests & lakes, known for bears, moose & wolves
  • Ice Bar
    Swedish Krona 185.00
10 Stockholm

This morning, there’s an option to visit to Stockholm’s stunning town hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize banquet is held. Learn about its unique architecture with our Local Guide. With its 8 million red bricks and 19 million gold mosaic tiles, this place will make your jaw drop.

Then, your Tour 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.

The old town is a great place to pull up a seat and try out classic Swedish food like salmon, herring or game as you take in the atmosphere.

Free time means a chance to explore the many trendy boutiques, galleries, and cool vintage stores of the hip island of Södermalm or window-shop the big label and design stores of grand Drottningatan.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • See Gamla Stan (the old town) & see the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace
  • Tour of the Town Hall & Nobel Prize Banquet Room
    100.00 Swedish Kroner
11 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.

Overnight Cruise Breakfast

12 Helsinki

A blend of Finnish and Russian influences, Helsinki is a 21st century city with a lot of quirky aspects. Your Tour 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.

Hotel Breakfast

  • See the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Stadium and Senate Square
  • Visit the 'Church of the Rock'
13 Depart Helsinki

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

Breakfast

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 12 nights accommodation: 8 nights in hostels quad-share, 3 nights in hotel upgrade, 1 night Baltic cruise quad-share
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
  • Overnight cruise
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges
  • Ferry crossings

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • See the Little Mermaid, the Resistance Museum and the Royal Palace.
  • Visit Frogner Park to see the Vigeland sculptures
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Me Time

  • Carlsberg BreweryTour
  • Viking Biking
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$180
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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