Germany, Denmark, & Norway Tour - Cosmos®

Viking Explorer (4830)

12 Day Tour from Amsterdam to Bergen

2017 Tour Details

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you explore many of northern Europe’s fascinating cities and scenic areas. This Scandinavia tour starts in Amsterdam with a canal cruise and ends in Bergen with guided sightseeing. Along the way, you’ll overnight in Hamburg, Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Oslo, and the Flam area.

One of the Scandinavia tour highlights is a breathtaking ride on the Flam train, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snowcapped mountains; rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes; and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll also take a scenic cruise on the Sognefjord with its majestic mountains, fresh mountain air, and small, idyllic villages dotting the landscape. Witness charming little fishing villages, rocky islands, and granite rocks along the scenic Skagerrak coastline from Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports, to Oslo. Also enjoy the drive through Norway’s Hallingdal Valley with its splendid mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Enjoy guided sightseeing in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. Other tour highlights include seeing some UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In the German town of Bremen, a Hanseatic city with a history dating back 1,200 years and an important trading town in the 11th century, see the Town Hall, built between 1405 and 1410. Stop in the Hanseatic city of Lübeck, founded in 1143 on the Baltic Coast of northern Germany. In Bergen, see the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf with foundations dating to the 12th century.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded tour to Scandinavia. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty and wonderful memories.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Sightseeing:
Visits to Bremen, Lübeck, Malmo “Turning Torso” building, Halmstad, Gothenburg, Gol, Borgund Stave Church, Fläm train ride, Sognefjord cruise. Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Bergen; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Skagerrak, Hallingdal, Sognefjord

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Hanseatic city of Lübeck

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; ferry crossing Puttgarden to Rodby; cruise on Sognefjord; Train Flam-Myrdal-Flam

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Amsterdam Area, Holland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

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Day 2 Amsterdam Area

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It wrested 40% of its territory from the hostile sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. A Local Guide will point out the city highlights on the included city tour. Complete the experience with a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Watch skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTER. This afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join an optional excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Amsterdam Area–Bremen, Germany–Hamburg

This morning, travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Settlements date back to the 7th century, but the city rose in prominence as trade with Norway, England, and the Netherlands increased in the 11th century. Bremen’s attractions include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. Continue to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, where you arrive in time for an optional harbor cruise.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 Hamburg–Lübeck–Puttgarden-Rodby Ferry–Copenhagen, Denmark

Your day begins with the guided walking city tour of Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Marvel at the impressive Town Hall; the landmark St. Michael’s Church; the ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church, the tallest building in the world from 1874 to 1876; the unusual Elbe Philharmonic Hall; and more. Later, drive to Lübeck, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is considered the cultural capital of northern Germany. Enjoy a pleasant FERRY ride from Puttgarden in Germany across the Fehmarn Belt Strait to Rodby, Denmark, and arrive in Copenhagen.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Copenhagen

Spend the whole day exploring the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world. On your included guided city tour, see the city’s many fascinating landmarks, architectural masterpieces, and celebrated sights, including the world-famous Little Mermaid sculpture. An optional tour of Zealand’s castles is also available.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Copenhagen–Malmo, Sweden–Helsingborg–Halmstad–Gothenburg

Via the Oresund Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe, travel across the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden. Stop in Malmo to view the stunning neo-futuristic high-rise known as the “Turning Torso,” the tallest building in the Nordic countries. Via Helsingborg, stop in Halmstad on the Nissan River with its 17th-century castle. Walk along the stone streets of the town center, lined with cafés, and admire the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Female Head, before heading towards Gothenburg.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Gothenburg–Oslo, Norway

This morning, get to know Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving, second-largest city, which is one of Europe’s major seaports. Take the scenic route along the Skagerrak coastline, then cross the border into Norway and head for the ancient capital city of Oslo.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Oslo

Your guided sightseeing begins with stunning vistas of Akershus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, followed by the CITY HALL, National Theater, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s distinctive sculptures in FROGNER PARK. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to relax or explore on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 Oslo–Honefoss–Fla–Gol–Borgund–Flam Area

A scenic drive today through Hallingdal Valley via the peaceful village of Fla. Forest-clad dales and soaring mountain peaks are around every bend on your scenic journey to Gol, where we stop for a visit before heading towards Borgund, famous for its stave church. This intricate structure was built around 1180 AD and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. Arrive in the quaint area of Flam, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 10 Flam Area–Sognefjord–Voss–Bergen

Today, experience breathtaking Norway with a special treat! Start the day on the renowned FLAM TRAIN, witnessing some of the world’s most scenic wilderness. Along the way, see mighty waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, a leisurely CRUISE showcases one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the Sognefjord. Continue to Bergen through the heart of Fjordland.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 11 Bergen

With fjords on one side and 1,000-foot-high Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen is hailed as the “City of Seven Mountains.” Your guided sightseeing tour takes in the main sights, including the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf, one of the landmarks of Bergen’s bayside area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12 Bergen

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDREJ SCHERGIN

Years of Experience: 12

Join me in discovering the diversity and mysteries of Scandanavia, Russia and the Baltics. For me, the region is more than a destination full of culinary delicacies, fairytales, troubled pasts and bright futures. For me, a native of the area, it is shrouded in tales of escape and survival, family and social progress. At Cosmos, travel is more than a destination, it is a life experience!

Tour Director - ANDREJ SCHERGIN

 Accommodations

AMSTERDAM AREA NH Airport (F) at Schiphol or Holiday Inn Express Arena (ST)
HAMBURG NH Altona (F) or NH City (F)
COPENHAGEN First (F) or Quality Dan (ST) at Kastrup
GOTHENBURG First Kviberg Park (ST)
OSLO Scandic Solli (F) or Comfort Boersparken (ST)
FLAM AREA Fjordhotel (ST)
BERGEN Thon Bristol (ST)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Amsterdam
Hamburg
Copenhagen
Oslo
Bergen

Amsterdam

 Volendam and Zaans Schans

Volendam and Zaans Schans

After a short stop in Volendam you will continue to Zaanse Schans, a working open-air museum that demonstrates what life was like in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Price Range: $

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Keukenhof Flower Exhibition

Historical Keukenhof with over 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and all the other spring bulbs, is a must. The floral displays in the park and the flower shows in the various pavilions are a glorious visual feast.

Price Range: $

Dutch Dinner and Drive

Dutch Dinner and Drive

Enjoy a typical hearty Dutch meal in an authentic 16th century establishment.

Price Range: $

Hamburg

Evening Harbour Cruise

Evening Harbour Cruise

See one of the world's greatest harbours from the water on a fascinating boat cruise.

Price Range: $

Copenhagen

Castles of Zealand

Castles of Zealand

Drive through beautiful countryside to admire beautiful castles: Frederiksborg Castle, Kronborg Castle, famous as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, and Fredensborg, the Queen of Denmarks summer palace.

Price Range: $$

Oslo

Traditional Norvegian Dinner

Traditional Norvegian Dinner

A beautiful dinner on Oslo's rooftop with a spectacular view over the entire city.

Price Range: $$

Bergen

Dinner in Bergen

Dinner in Bergen

Discover Old Bergen and Bryggen with the Hansa Quarters as you criss-cross the charming narrow streets and the beautiful leaning wooden houses. Enjoy a delightful traditional Bergen meal after your free time for shopping.

Price Range: $$

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