Walking Expectations: An average of three miles per day, occasionally encountering uneven surfaces and steps.
Highest Elevation: 600 feet near Vilnius.
2018 Tour Itinerary
DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe. Refer to “Preparing for your Departure” in your Trip Documents for easy check-in procedures. Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.
DAY 2 - DENMARK . . Arrival at Copenhagen Airport. Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to your “Arrival Instructions” page in your Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Transfer to your nearby Copenhagen Airport area hotel. After check-in, freshen up and relax before the “Welcome to Scandinavia/Get-acquainted” dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
DAY 3 - DENMARK . . Copenhagen.
DAY 4 - DENMARK . . Copenhagen - Odense – Aarhus. Denmark is made up of the Jutland Peninsula as well as more than 400 islands of which the largest are Zealand and Funen. Upon departing the Danish capital, located on Zealand, travel west to Funen via the 18 kilometer (11.25 mile) Storebælt (Great Belt) Fixed Link, consisting of two bridges and a tunnel. On Funen, arrive in Odense by late morning for an included visit to the Hans Christian Andersen House. Born in 1805, to a shoemaker and washerwoman, Andersen went on to enormous fame for his beloved fairy tales including “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Following an independent lunch, continue to the Jutland Peninsula city of Aarhus. Built as a Viking settlement in the 8th century, Aarhus is now the second largest city in Denmark and is known for its vibrant music scene. During your independent dinner, explore the historic Latin Quarter of Aarhus with cafés, restaurants and unique shops. (Breakfast)
DAY 5 - DENMARK . . Fredrikshavn & SWEDEN . . Gothenburg. Travel to the northern tip of the Jutland Peninsula to the port town of Fredrikshavn where you will board a ferry for the three-hour sailing to Gothenburg, the second largest city in Sweden. Upon arrival, your tour manager will provide insight on the history of the city which was originally founded as a Dutch trading colony. You may notice the strong Dutch influence in the canals and tree-lined boulevards. Following free-time in Gothenburg, continue to your hotel for check-in and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6 - SWEDEN . . Lysekil – Svinesund & NORWAY . . Oslo. Depart Gothenburg to travel through the scenic Bohuslän region, Sweden’s most western province and destination for seashore tourism. By late morning, arrive in the picturesque coastline village of Lysekil. Sit down for an independent lunch in the pretty town center, or grab a quick bite and head to the Stangehuvud Nature Reserve to walk along the rocky pink granite shoreline and take in the beautiful sea views. After lunch, continue to the Norwegian border. Stop at the scenic Svinesund Bridge which joins Sweden and Norway over the Iddefjord. From Svinesund, head due north to Oslo, your destination for the next two nights. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 7 - NORWAY . . Oslo. A local city guide will accompany you and provide insight into Oslo’s scenic waterfront, fjord-influenced landscape, and Norwegian culture. A visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park will be included in your orientation tour of Oslo. You’ll also see landmarks such as the Parliament building, Royal Palace, and Oslo City Hall – venue for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy all that Oslo has to offer. Aker Brygge, the revitalized waterfront district is a perfect place to explore and enjoy an independent lunch. For the afternoon, spend your leisure time by visiting the Akershus Fortress, or stroll through the Munch Museum. Another choice this afternoon is the optional Bygdoy Peninsula excursion including the Kon-Tiki and Viking Ship Museum. Dinner is independent this evening, providing the opportunity to experience Oslo’s rich culinary culture. (Breakfast)
DAY 8 - SWEDEN . . Stockholm. Today is a full day of travel from Oslo to Stockholm. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass by rich farmlands, pine forests, small towns and pristine lakes. Make a stop in one of the small towns for an independent lunch. If you would like to experience the Scandinavian high-speed train from Oslo to Stockholm and visit the Vasa Museum in the afternoon, book the optional Rail and Vasa Museum excursion (Note: This excursion must be reserved prior to and paid with your final tour payment). Dinner will be served after check-in at your Stockholm area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9 - SWEDEN . . Stockholm. A local guide will join you this morning to provide a panoramic overview of the city before continuing on foot into Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. Situated on Stadsholmen Island and two islets, Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and well-preserved Gothic buildings including the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and the Riddarholmen Church, one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm. For your independent lunch in Gamla Stan, try a Swedish smörgåsbord at one of the many restaurants. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing or join your tour manager for an optional Drottningholm Palace excursion. Tonight’s dinner is independent, or join the optional Viking Dinner excursion. (Breakfast)
DAY 10 - SWEDEN . . Stockholm - Skansen & Overnight Cruise to FINLAND.
DAY 12 - ESTONIA . . Tallinn.
DAY 13 - ESTONIA . . Tallinn – Parnu & LATVIA . . Riga.
DAY 14 - LATVIA . . Riga. Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a skyline of Gothic spires mingled with one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau architecture. A local guide will point out some of the highlights of Riga including the Riga Castle, St Peter’s Church and Dome Cathedral. Following the city tour, wind your way through the enormous Central Market offering savory sausage, cheese and black bread, smoked fish and other local favorites. Picnic in one of Riga’s lovely parks, or enjoy a hearty meal at a friendly bistro. You may wish to try the mysterious Riga Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur made with many different natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka. Continue exploring Riga this afternoon or join the optional Ethnographic Open Air Museum excursion. Return to your hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 15 - LITHUANIA . . Vilnius. Your mid-day destination today is Lithuania’s capital city of Vilnius. The Old Town of Vilnius bustles with fairy tale charm and offers quaint cafés, restaurants, boutiques, and flower vendors. You will have time to wander through the well preserved center amidst Gothic, Rrenaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. After an independent lunch, a local guide will add valuable insight into the city’s history and culture. The tour will end with an exciting visit to the top of the Vilnius TV tower, providing spectacular views of the Lithuanian capital and the surrounding countryside. Transfer to your hotel this evening for a "Farewell Dinner" with your fellow tour companions. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 16 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.
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