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Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

The following is just a suggested daily touring schedule. You will have complete control over your daily schedule and may change your plans at any time by simply telling your guide. Your time in Europe is yours to enjoy as you like!

For custom luxury travel and tours to the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, please contact one of our travel experts.

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Day 1
Arrival | Stockholm

Arrival into Stockholm. Your driver will meet you outside of baggage claim and customs and transfer you to your hotel, ideally located in the center of the city.

Stockholm, the country’s capital, was built on 14 islands connected through a network of waterways and more than 50 bridges. Known as ‘the Venice of the North', it is hardly surprising that Stockholm is a city best seen from the water. Recognized for their modern design and freshness, the Swedes also take great pride in their customs and traditions.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel: Nobis

Day 2
Stockholm | Stockholm

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for a walking tour of Old Town.

Walk along the quays of Stockholm for a visit at the imposing City Hall, Stockholm’s political center and site for the annual Nobel Prize festivities. Next, your guide will walk with you over to Gamla Stan (Old Town) to explore the narrow cobblestone streets and quaint shops. Your guide will take you to the Royal Armoury an award-winning museum situated in an atmospheric cellar vault beneath the Royal Palace in Stockholm. The collections of armor, weapons, and parade coaches promises magical encounters with Sweden's royal history, for all ages.

Your afternoon is at leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (3 Hours)

Hotel: Nobis

Day 3
Stockholm | Stockholm

Today is at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city.

We highly recommend visiting the Vasa Museum and Skansen, the world’s largest open-air museum.
On Djurgården, a natural resort in the heart of Stockholm, you will visit Vasa Museum, Scandinavia’s most visited museum, known for its maritime history and Housing of the Vasa warship. The Vasa, perhaps the grandest and most ambitious ship ever to be built in Sweden, is the city’s prized treasure. She capsized and sank straight to the bottom on her maiden voyage in the 17th century only to be salvaged nearly 333 years later in 1961.

In the same area, you could also visit Skansen, the world’s largest open-air museum. Displaying the life and buildings over the last 150 years, this miniature Sweden depicts how the city has evolved. During the summer months, there are often live concerts, folk music, and dancing in Skansen.

Alternatively, take one of the public boats to the royal residence of Drottningholm. The palace, built in 1662, is now the residence of Sweden's royal family. It was originally built as a Baroque palace and later extended and refurbished in the rococo style. Visit the magnificent Baroque Court Theatre, which is the oldest preserved theatre still in use with authentic decor and machinery.

Exeter Services: None

Hotel: Nobis

Day 4
Stockholm to Oslo | Oslo

Today you have your choice of flight or high-speed train to Oslo. Ticket costs are not included and will be quoted separately.

Perched on the Oslofjord, the warmth and compactness of Oslo are a large part of its attraction. The Norwegian capital is a harmonious blend of stunning landscapes and cutting- edge cuisine and design. Norwegians take a long-standing pride in their Viking heritage. Oslo was established in 1000AD as a trade post and continues to be the center of the country’s economy. Friendly and welcoming, it has been ranked first among the best cities to live in Europe.

This afternoon and evening are at your leisure. Your welcome package will include 72 hour Oslo Cards. These give you free access to all the top museums and unlimited access to the public transportation system.

New Nordic Cuisine is a hot restaurant trend and all the best restaurants in Oslo book up months in advance. To avoid disappointment, we recommend reserving space for dinner nightly. We would love to help you design the perfect culinary adventure during your stay!

Exeter Services: Station/Airport Transfers

Hotel: Continental

Day 5
Oslo | Oslo

This morning, your guide will meet you for a visit City Hall to view the ceremonial hall with its beautiful murals, including the largest oil painting in Europe. This is the location of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony every December.

Enjoy a stroll down Karl Johans Gate, the main thoroughfare of Oslo. This street contains many shops and places to eat. Storinget (the Norwegian Parliament), the University and numerous parks line the street. The street ends at the Royal Palace, which prominently sits on a hill.

Meet your driver for the journey out to Vigeland Park. The park, named after sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, contains 212 human sculptures, depicting all the stages of life. The main focal point of the park is the 56 foot tall monolith, comprised of over 100 human figures all molded into one another.

Continue onto the charming peninsula Bygdoy to explore the Viking Ship Museum where three of the largest ships, the Oseberg, Gokstad, and Tune are housed. Found in royal burial mounds of Oslo, these well preserved ships were used to carry the dead over to “the other world.”

Exeter Services: Vehicle & Driver (3 Hours); Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Continental

Day 6
Oslo to Balestrand | Balestrand

This morning you will be transferred to the train station to catch the high-speed train to Myrdal. Your luggage will be picked up prior to your departure and sent on to Bergen.

UponarrivalintoMyrdal,youwillboardthehistoricFlamsbanatrain. Thetrainwilltakeyouup some of the steepest train tracks in the world, passing by waterfalls, steep mountain sides, and of course the famous fjord.

Arrival into Flam, where you depart via express boat through the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Cruise among the towering mountain tops dotted with tiny villages.

Your boat will arrive right to the Kviknes hotel set on the edge of the fjord.

Exeter Services: Station Transfer (Oslo); Norway in a Nutshell

Hotel: Kviknes Hotel

Day 7
Balestrand - Bergen | Bergen

Today is at leisure in the spectacular Sognefjord region. You may wish to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel’s terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views.

For the more active at heart we suggest hiking, bicycle rental or row boat rental – all available from the hotel and payable locally.

Later this afternoon, you will depart by hydrofoil for Bergen. Your journey will take you continuing through the Songefjord and out into the ocean, through the archipelago along the coast and into the charming town of Bergen.

Upon arrival into Bergen, you will be met on the pier and transferred to your hotel.

Exeter Services: Norway in a Nutshell; Station Transfer (Bergen)

Hotel: Clarion Havnekontoret

Day 8
Bergen | Bergen

Today, your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for your tour of Bergen. You will visit the Old Bryggen, the original settlement of Bergen. Here just ten of the original gabled houses on the harbor still stand. The Hanseatic Museum showcases a merchants’ home, providing a great example of how they lived in worked in the 1700’s.

The fish market is a few steps away and can be quite lively with locals. This is the place to sample different types of fish and meats. Try to taste the difference between wild or farmed salmon or maybe sample some reindeer sausage.

Afterwards, your guide will take you the funicular to the Fløv Mountains for a truly spectacular view overlooking the city. You may choose to ride the funicular back down or you can hike down the mountain.

Exeter Services: Guide (3 Hours)

Hotel: Clarion Havnekontoret

Day 9
Bergen to Copenhagen | Copenhagen

Today you have your choice of flights to Copenhagen. Ticket costs are not included and will be quoted separately.

If Denmark has a pop symbol, it must be the bicycle. The two-wheeled wonder has steered itself into Danish consciousness during the oil crisis, usurping physical and cultural space from the automobile. Somewhere in the midst of Danish art, music, poetry and film one will most likely find a bicyclist –a symbol of freedom, health, and positive energy.

Denmark’s origins are in its Viking past and it reached its crescendo between the 13th and 17th century, after a series of relinquishments and lost battles diminished its territory. While Denmark capitulated during World War II, the Danish Resistance helped several thousand Jews escape Germany and funneled them to safety in Sweden.

Denmark has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Jelling archaeological relics, Roskilde Castle and Krongborg Castle. Hans Christian Andersen, the legendary writer is probably Denmark’s most famous citizen and the Little Mermaid is immortalized in Copenhagen’s consciousness, while Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa, has her own house-museum.

A three day Copenhagen Card providing entrance to museums and use of public transportation within the city center is included in your program and will be delivered to your hotel.

Exeter Services: Airport Transfers

Hotel: Skt. Petri

Day 10
Copenhagen | Copenhagen

This morning your guide will meet you in your hotel lobby for your exploration of Copenhagen.

Enjoy a walk along the Stroget, one of the longest pedestrian streets in Europe as you make your way to Christianborg Castle. The castle is home to the Danish Parliament and where the Queen receives her guests.

Your guide will take you through the reception rooms where you can see the Queen’s tapestries. The seventeen tapestries where presented to the Queen on her 50th birthday in 2000. They depict Denmark’s history from the past 1000 years.

Underneath the palace, you can explore the original palace ruins, some dating back over 800 years ago.

Also on the palace grounds is Royal Library, the largest library in Scandinavia. This library functions as the National Library and library for the University of Copenhagen. An extension, the Black Diamond was built in 1999. The dark façade reflects the water as it lies along one of the city’s canals. It is a lovely spot for a short break to grab a seat and enjoy the activity along the canal.

Your afternoon is at leisure to explore on your own.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Skt. Petri

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