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TRAVEL TIME ON THE MOTOR COACH
16-Day Scandinavia & Baltic Highlights Tour

Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.

DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A to Copenhagen.

DAY 2 - Arrive at Copenhagen Airport. Meet your tour manager and travel ( ¼ hr) to your Copenhagen Airport hotel followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)

DAY 3 – Enjoy a city tour (3 hrs total by coach and on foot) of Copenhagen with a local guide, followed by free time in the city center. Explore further on the optional Kronburg Castle excursion (2½ hrs round trip). End the day with an included visit to Tivoli Gardens and an independent dinner before returning to your Copenhagen airport hotel ( ¾ hr round trip). (Breakfast)

DAY 4 – Depart Copenhagen to travel (2½ hrs) to Odense, your morning stop. From Odense, travel (2¼ hrs) to arrive in Aarhus where you will be staying one night. (Breakfast)

DAY 5 – Travel (2½ hrs) from Aarhus to your morning stop in Fredrikshavn. From Fredrikshavn, take a (3 hr) ferry to Gothenburg, where you will enjoy a tour and free time before having dinner at your hotel. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 6 – From Gothenburg, travel (2½ hrs) to Lysekil. After an independent lunch and free time, continue (1 ½ hrs) to Svinesund for a brief photo stop. Head north (2¼ hrs) to Oslo, where you will spend two nights. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 7 – Enjoy a guided tour through Oslo (3 hrs total by coach and on foot), with a local guide. Optional Bygdoy Peninsula excursion (½ hr by ferry). Return to your Oslo Hotel (½ hr). (Breakfast)

DAY 8 – A full day of travel. Drive (1½ hrs) to a morning stop. Continue (1¾ hrs) to a lunch stop in one of the farm villages along the way. Travel (2 hrs) before an early afternoon stop, then continue (1½ hrs) to a late afternoon stop. Arrive (1¼ hrs) at your Stockholm hotel where dinner will be served upon arrival. If you have pre-purchased the Rail and Vasa Museum excursion, transportation by bus will be less than 1 hour and the train ride from Oslo to Stockholm will take about 5½ hours. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 9 – A guided tour (3 hrs total by coach and on foot) provides a panoramic overview of Stockholm. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing or join the optional Drottingholm Palace excursion (1 hr round trip). Tonight’s dinner is independent or join the optional Viking Dinner excursion (1 hr round trip transfer) (Breakfast)

DAY 10 – Transfer (½ hr) to Skansen for free time at this open-air museum before checking in at the Stockholm harbor (½ hr) for the overnight ferry cruise to Helsinki. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 – Upon arrival in Helsinki, proceed (1 hr) to the open-air markets for an independent lunch.  In the afternoon, a local guide will show you the city sights (3 hrs total by coach and on foot) before checking in at the hotel. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 12 – Transfer (½ hr) to the Helsinki ferry terminal for a three-hour crossing through the gulf to Estonia. Upon arrival in Tallin (½ hr), check-in at your hotel. A local guide will join you for a walking tour. Dinner is independent or join the optional Old Hansa Dinner excursion (½ hr round trip). (Breakfast)

DAY 13 - Depart Tallin and travel (2 hrs) to Parnu. After independent lunch, cross the border (1 hr) into Latvia and continue (2 hrs) to your hotel in Riga. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 14 – During a guided tour (3 hrs total by coach and on foot) of Riga, a local guide points out the highlights. In the afternoon, you may choose to join the optional Ethnographic Open Air Museum excursion (1 hr round trip). (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 – Cross the border (1½ hrs) into Lithuania. Your mid-day destination (2¾ hrs including a short stop) is the capital city of Vilnius. In the afternoon, tour Vilnius with a local guide (3 hrs total by coach and on foot), ending with a visit to the top of the TV tower before enjoying a farewell dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 16 – Transfer (½ hr) to the Vilnius Airport for the return flight home. With independent breakfast at the airport.