Scandinavia & Baltics Highlights

17-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 3Enjoy 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 Danish 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 4Depart Copenhagen to travel (2½ hrs) to Odense, your morning stop. From Odense, travel (2¼ hrs) to arrive in Aalborg  for an afternoon visit. Later, travel (1 hr) to the port city of Hirtshals where you will board your overnight cruise to Bergen, Norway. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 – Enjoy the morning on your cruise ship before arriving in Bergen, Norway mid-day. Enjoy free time in Bergen. later, travel across Norway (1½ hrs), stopping in Voss for an independent dinner before continuing to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 – This morning, depart your hotel to travel (1 hr) on the Flåm railway. Enjoy free time in Flåm before boarding a fjord steamer for a (2 hr) cruise through Nærøyfjord. Disembark at Gudvangen where your coach will take you back (½ hr) to your hotel for dinner.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 –  Travel  (1 hr) to your morning stops in Lærdalsøyri and (½ hr) to Borgund. This afternoon, enjoy the scenery as you continue (4 ½ hr including an afternoon stop) to Oslo where you will check into your hotel.  

DAY 8 – 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 9 – 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. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 10 – 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 11 – Optional excursion (½ hr) to Vasa Museum. Arrive (1/4 hr) in Skansen for lunch and 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 12 – 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 13 - 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 14 – 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. (BreakfastDinner)

DAY 15 – During a guided tour (3 hrs total by coach and on foot) of Riga, a local guide points out the highlights. The afternoon is at your leisure. (BreakfastDinner

DAY 16 – 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 (1 hr total on foot). Enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 17 – Transfer (½ hr) to the Vilnius Airport for the return flight home. With independent breakfast at the airport.