Optional Excursions

Our tours are carefully planned to offer you a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional sightseeing activities.The optional excursions we offer are listed alphabetically along with approximate prices and times. Detailed descriptions and current pricing of the specific excursions for your tour will be included with your Trip Documents Packet.

• Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager in Europe.

• Prices are in U.S. Dollars. VISA®, MASTERCARD®, or DISCOVER (no other credit cards are accepted) are  recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER card, be sure to also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD® because DISCOVER is not widely accepted in Europe.

• Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros.

• Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted.

• The operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes to or cancel these excursions at his/her sole discretion.


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
From Oslo, US $65

Board a ferry for a short cruise to the Bygdoy Peninsula where you will visit the Viking Ship Museum. The museum houses the world's best-preserved Viking ships as well as artifacts from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord. Also included is a guided visit to the Kon-Tiki Museum, housing the balsa wood raft on which Thor Heyerdahl crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Both museums provide a unique perspective on Norway's sea-faring history.

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1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

From Stockholm, US $45

Not far from Stockholm, on the island of Lovön lies Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of the Swedish royal family. A guide will provide insight on the history and compelling details of the palace while you tour the magnificent salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. After the tour, you will have time to walk through the imposing Baroque garden. 


1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

From Riga, US $35

Established in 1924, the Latvian Ethnographic Open-Air Museum has collected 118 historical buildings from all over Latvia, ranging in age from the 17th century to the 1930s. Exhibits characterize the time period, district and vocation of each structure. Folk artisans such as potters, weavers, blacksmiths, woodworkers and teachers of traditional games provide insight into customary crafts and trades.  

Thomas Høyrup Christensen

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
From Copenhagen, US $65

At one time, ships passing into the Baltic Sea paid tolls at Kronborg Castle, making Helsingør one of the most important towns in Europe. Kronborg Castle became forever immortalized as the setting of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet." Tour the beautifully decorated rooms with Renaissance and Baroque interiors that reveal the residents’ decadent lifestyle.

6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

From Tallinn, US $75

Tallinn’s Olde Hansa Restaurant invites you into a medieval merchant’s home where guests experience a feast prepared using 15th century recipes and cooking methods. The meal is served in an authentic, candle-lit atmosphere with costumed staff to further enhance the setting.

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8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
From Oslo, US $160

Board the high speed train for the 5 ½ hour ride past pretty lakes and lush pine forests. Arrive in Stockholm by mid-afternoon, gaining you valuable time to visit Stockholm’s popular Vasa Museum.  The Vasa was a 64-gun warship which sank in Stockholm harbor during her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa was salvaged from the sea bed in 1961 and is the world’s only preserved 17th century ship.      This excursion must be reserved prior to and paid with your final tour payment.

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6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
From Stockholm, US $110

Experience the food and atmosphere of a grand Viking feast. A unique and tasty multi-course meal, influenced by the history of the late Iron Age, is thoughtfully prepared using herbs and spices similar to those provided by the Vikings. The meal includes a glass of Mead (an alcoholic beverage made from the fermentation process of honey and water), as well as your choice of other beverages.