UK & IRELAND
- UK Pre & Post Cruise Options
- London City Stay
- Edinburgh City Stay
- Belfast City Stay
- Dublin City Stay
- Other Cities
- London and Heart of England
- Highlights of Scotland
- Highlights of Ireland
- England Wales and Scotland
- England's South West
- Essential England
- English Heritage
- In the Footsteps of the Royals
- Castles of Scotland
- Whisky and The Flavour of Scotland
- A Pilgrimage to Britain and Ireland
- Celtic and Roman Heritage
- Harry Potter's Enchanting England
- Music Legends
- Bond Style
- Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen
- London for Singles
WESTERN & SOUTHERN EUROPE
- Simply Italy
- Swiss Rail Tours - Glacier Express
- London & Paris
- Amsterdam City Stay
- European Pilgrimage Tour
- Explore France: Paris & Nice
- European Pre Cruise Options
- Portugal & Spain
- Italy - Rome, Florence & Venice
- London, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris
- Barcelona City Stay
- Paris City Stay
- Highlights of Europe
- Southern European Highlights
CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPE
- Best of Eastern Europe
- Charms of Croatia and Slovenia
- Croatia Island Hopping Cruise
- Balkans Adventure
- Highlights of Bulgaria
- Budapest City Stay
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Prague City Stay
- Vienna City Stay
- Christmas Markets in Central & Eastern Europe
- Austria, Slovenia, Croatia & Hungary
- From Warsaw to Hamburg
- Europe's Imperial Capitals
- Lapland Explorer
- Greenland - A Place Like No Other On Earth
- Norway - All the Way North!
- Scandinavian Capitals
- Prague, Warsaw & Baltic States
- Grand Tour of Iceland
- Incredible Iceland
- Norway’s Spectacular Fjords and Glaciers
PRE & POST CRUISE
With our action packed 9 day itinerary, you can easily explore the wonderful capital cities of Scandinavia. Take in the delights of Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo. With a range of flexible alternative options for you to choose from, this tour can start and finish in any of the four capitals. You just tell us which city you'd like to start in and depart from and we'll do the rest!
Arrive in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, renowned for its Nordic efficiency and cleanliness. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Morning panoramic city sightseeing tour including the impressive Olympic Stadium, the monument to Sibelius, the fascinating Fish Market, Lutheran Rock Church, the White Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, Houses of Parliament, City Hall and the grandiose Senate Square. There is free time this afternoon to explore at your own pace and maybe do a little shopping in the smart city centre. Dinner and overnight in Helsinki.
Take a short transfer to join the City Boat crossing to the impressive and imposing World Heritage Suomenlinna Fortress, on its island guarding the entrance to the Gulf Of Finland and Russia beyond. Return to the Finnish mainland for the short drive through delightful countryside to the medieval town of Porvoo. Perhaps enjoy a guided walking tour through the ancient medieval streets and see the famous view from the bridge as well as historic port houses, the Cathedral, Holm House and the Town Hall. There are also plenty of fascinating craft shops to explore and buy from! Return to Helsinki in good time for the overnight cruise across the Gulf of Bothnia to Stockholm. Your Cruise Ferry features live entertainment, excellent bars, shops and boutiques, a casino and a wellness centre! Dinner, breakfast and cabin accommodation on board are included.
Fly Helsinki – Stockholm this afternoon
Wake up in another country this morning! Enjoy breakfast on board your cruise ship before disembarking for a half day city tour of Stockholm including the “Gamla Stan” Old Town which still reflects the original medieval street layout. See many of the city’s oldest buildings dating back as far as the 13th century Storkyrkan and Riddarholmskyrkan churches, coronation and burial places of Swedish monarchs. Nearby is the imposing exterior of the Baroque Royal Palace which houses the Swedish crown jewels and is laid out like a Roman Emperor’s palace with over 600 rooms on seven floors. There’s also the delightful architecture of Stortorget, the oldest square in the city, the more recent Nobel Museum which celebrates the illustrious prize and the Stadshuset (City Hall) where Nobel Prize winners enjoy their banquet. This afternoon visit King Gustav Adolf’s massive royal warship, the Vasa which embarrassingly sank when launched in 1628 and was raised from the mud after 333 years. Dinner and overnight in Stockholm.
There’s plenty of time for shopping in Stockholm’s classy stores and boutiques this morning, or you could visit one of more than a hundred other museums and galleries including the ABBA museum which pays homage to the illustrious four piece pop group. After lunch transfer to the airport for your short flight to Copenhagen.
Day 4 afternoon free for shopping.
Day 5 Travel by coach right across the country to the coastal university city of Malmo and climb over the remarkable Oresund Bridge over the sea reaching a height of over 200 metres before descending to cross the Danish coast en route to Copenhagen for dinner and overnight.
Today begins with a half day sightseeing tour of Copenhagen, Denmark’s charming capital including the city’s iconic landmarks, the Carlsberg Brewery and the world famous statue of the Little Mermaid, which the Carlsberg family commissioned. Other highlights include the Royal Danish Theatre and the picturesque Nyhavn where Hans Christian Andersen lived and now famed for its colourful houses, the Christiansborg Government Building, the magnificent Amalienborg Palace, winter residence of the Danish Royal Family, Rosenborg Castle in its splendid grounds, the remarkable Royal Library, the largest in all the Nordic countries, the world famous Tivoli pleasure gardens and Gefion Fountain, depicting the mythical story of the creation of the island on which Copenhagen is located.
Free time this afternoon to explore the city’s sights at your own pace and take a stroll down Copenhagen’s main shopping street – the Stroget - reputed to be the longest pedestrianised thoroughfare in Europe !!
This morning take a short drive by coach north to Frederiksborg Slot near Hillerod. This majestic Renaissance palace, sometimes known as the Nordic Versailles, is surrounded by a stately lake and set in wonderful grounds with glorious gardens in both Baroque and romantic English styles. Since 1878 this has also housed the Danish Museum of National History. Return to Copenhagen via Hamlet’s Castle at Helsingor (Elsinore) to join the overnight Cruise Ferry to Norway. Dinner, breakfast and cabin accommodation on board are included.
Arrive in Oslo, capital of Norway. Morning panoramic city sightseeing. Highlights include the City Hall, Akershus Fortress, Nobel Peace Centre, Holmenkollen Ski Jump, Royal Palace Park, Opera House and Cathedral. This afternoon don’t miss the chance to see Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Museum and real Viking ship and the Kon Tiki Museum including the raft itself, as well as the Ibsen museum and the National Gallery, home of Munch’s Scream.
Transfer to the airport for the short flight to Helsinki for your onward long haul connection home, or option to join up with our Grand Scandinavian Tour or our Norway: All the Way North! tour; returning south through Finnish Lappland to Helsinki.