A spectacular 15-day adventure to the Nordic countries is a perfect opportunity to see what kind of treasures lie along the Baltic Sea. And there could be no better way to start than a walking tour through the vibrant streets of Helsinki, Finland. Be sure to take a stroll along the harbour and browse the abundant souvenir shops. Then it's off to Sweden, which boasts a colourful history with Renaissance buildings that dot the three main islands making up the oldest part of Stockholm: Riddarholmen, Staden and Helgeandsholmen.
A boat tour gives us a chance to see some of the other 14 islands that make up this wondrous city, like Djurgarden, which consists of a lustrous park that was once designated as the royal hunting grounds. We visit world-renowned sites such as the Blue Hall and the Golden Chamber where the annual Nobel Prize banquets take place. Once we arrive in Copenhagen, Denmark, we embark on a boat trip down the city's canal.
Tour the massive granite halls of Christianborg Castle, see the Danish Crown Jewels at the Rosenborg Castle, and relax amid the enchanting Tivoli Gardens, where 100,000 coloured lanterns light the Chinese pagoda. The breathtaking view of the Olso fjord and harbour from the Holmenkollen Ski Jump is something worthy of using a whole roll of fill. This has been a landmark since it was built in 1892 and it gained wider appreciation during the 1952 Olympics.
Seasonality and Weather
This tour is offered only in summer when temperatures are warm, rainfall less likely, and long daylight hours. Summer can be humid.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport throughout by private air-conditioned motor coach, 24-36 seats depending on ultimate group size (see 'group size'). Though we will have a couple of full bus days there are plenty of stops of interest. Overnight ferry crossings with twin berths and private bath facilities.
Well-located, air- conditioned, mid-range hotels (3 star) throughout. Many are smaller properties (3-4 story) that may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite bath, though most have shower only. Porter service is rarely available; you MUST be independent with your luggage. Single rooms are limited and likely smaller than twins.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader throughout, driver, local step-on guides in various locales.
10-21 plus Tour Leader