Cosmos

Focus on Scandinavia (6910) - 2014 / 2015

12 Day Tour from Copenhagen to Stockholm


Focus on Scandinavia
Beautiful view of the Swedish countryside
Beautiful view of the Swedish countryside
Walk along the beautiful ports Bergen
Copenhagen is the capital and largest city of Denmark
Enjoy the serene landscapes of Norway
Stockholm is the capital and the most populous city in Sweden
Oslo is the capital of Norway and the most populous city
The beautiful hillside scenery of Telemark, Norway
The historical city of Oslo at night
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Experience the cities, culture, and unspoiled landscapes of Scandinavia on this remarkable vacation. Begin with two overnights in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. Stop in Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s home, and continue through the Jutland peninsula to reach Frederikshavn. From here, ferry across the Kattegat Channel to Gothenburg, Sweden, and continue by motorcoach into Norway for an overnight in Oslo. Included sightseeing of Norway’s capital features the National Theater, Parliament, Gustav Vigeland’s sculpture park, and more. On to the scenic Telemark region. A spectacular journey delivers you to the Vemork Museum, a tribute to recent history’s heroes. The views become more and more stunning as you cross the Hardangerfjord by ferry to arrive in Bergen, home of composer Grieg. After two overnights in this fascinating city, cruise on the amazing Sognefjord, where the mountains meet the sea. Next up: Fagernes, Lillehammer of Olympics fame, and through fairytale landscapes to Karlstad. Stop at Gripsholm Castle before reaching Stockholm, the Swedish capital set on 14 islands with canals, palaces, and parks. Guided sightseeing shows off the highlights—the perfect ending to this exciting trip.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Sightseeing:
Visits to Copenhagen, Frederikshavn, Odense, Gothenburg, Telemark, Vemork Museum, Fagernes, Lillehammer, Karlstad, Mariefred

Scenic Highlights:
Jutland Peninsula, Hardanger Plateau, Søgne and Hardangerfjord, Värmland, Lake Mjøsa

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Oslo and Stockholm. Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • Security cruise regulations require clients’ family and first name, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at time of booking.
  • April 19 Departure - Easter week


Day 1Arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 2Copenhagen

Day at leisure in the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world. Besides many interesting landmarks and architectural masterpieces, see some of the more famous sights on your included orientation drive. An optional tour of Zealand’s castles is also available. (B)

Day 3Copenhagen–Odense–Frederikshavn

After breakfast, start the journey northwards, enjoying the drive across the Great Belt Bridge, which will connect you to the fairytale island of Funen. Via Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s home town, and the Little Belt waterway, head for Frederikshavn on the rural Jutland Peninsula for an overnight. (B,D)

Day 4Frederikshavn–Gothenburg, Sweden–Oslo, Norway

A pleasant ferry ride from Frederikshavn across the strategic Kattegat to Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports. After an orientation drive, follow the inland route and cross into Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo. (B)

Day 5Oslo–Telemark Area

Gustav Vigeland's sculptures are among the highlights of the included morning tour, also featuring the soaring City Hall, National Theater, Broadcasting House, Parliament, and Akershus Castle. In the afternoon, drive through the Telemark region to your overnight hotel. (B,D)

Day 6Telemark Area–Vemork–Bergen

Take the scenic route this morning for a visit to Vemork, where the heavy water plant was blown up by a commando unit of British and Norwegians known as the Heroes of Telemark. Visit the Vemork Museum, then proceed through the Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Ferry across the Hardangerfjord from Utne to Kvanndal. Continue to Bergen, Norway’s picture-perfect Hanseatic seaport. En route, a picture stop at Steindalsfossen Waterfall. (B)

Day 7Bergen

Built on seven hills with the fjords on one side and 1,000-foot Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen was the home of composer Grieg. The optional sightseeing excursion takes in the main sights, including the Hanseatic Museum, one of the landmarks of Bergen's bayside area, and also a panoramic view of the city from one of the surrounding hills. (B)

Day 8Bergen–Sognefjord Cruise–Fagernes

More spectacular scenery as you drive towards the Sognefjord, where you embark for a breathtaking cruise on one of Norway’s most mighty fjords. Today may well be the highlight of your journey. Overnight in Fagernes. (B,D)

Day 9Fagernes–Lillehammer–Karlstad, Sweden

First to Lillehammer, host of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Then, a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjøsa and continue towards Sweden, through Värmland’s unspoiled wilderness of forest and lakes to Karlstad, located by Sweden's largest lake, Lake Vänern. (B)

Day 10Karlstad–Mariefred–Stockholm

Leave Karlstad this morning and head east towards Stockholm via Alfred Nobel’s Bofors to Mariefred, an idyllic little town, where we view the majestic Gripsholm Castle, built in an enchanting rural setting. On to the Swedish capital. Its beauty is due to its unique setting on 14 islands between Lake Mäleren and the Baltic Sea. (B)

Day 11Stockholm

This is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals, because the crystalline waters that flow through its intersecting canals give a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. Your included city sightseeing takes in all the highlights. (B,D)

Day 12Stockholm

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Copenhagen and Stockholm if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class motorcoach. Cruise on Sognefjord; ferry crossings Frederikshavn-Gotheborg and Utne to Kvanndal


COPENHAGEN Quality Dan (F) at Kastrup or First Hotel (F)
FREDERIKSHAVN Jutlandia (F)
OSLO Comfort Boersparken (ST)
TELEMARK AREA Quality Strand (F) at Vradal
BERGEN Thon Bristol (ST)
FAGERNES Quality Hotel & Resort (F)
KARLSTAD Scandic (F)
STOCKHOLM Best Western Plus Sthlm (F) at Bromma

Buffet breakfasts; 5 dinners


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