Best of Scandinavia

Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 19, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 - Friday, July 19, 2019

Highlights:    (Inclusions subject to change)

**Featuring Sweden, Norway and Denmark**        
           10 Days · 12 Meals
• 12 Meals (8 Breakfasts, & 4 Dinners )
• Round trip air and airport transfers
• Remarkable experiences in Sweden, Norway and Denmark
• Included city tour in Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen and Copenhagen 
   with a local guide
• See the historic City Hall and scenic Old Town in Stockholm
• Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo
• Scenic rail experiences from Oslo to Myrdal and aboard the Flåm 
   Railway from Myrdal to Flåm
• Cruise of the Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjord
• Overnight at the Stalheim Hotel with panoramic views of the Norwegian valley
• Tour historic Bryggen and see composer Edvard Grieg’s former home in Bergen
• See The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen
• Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
• Trip Cancellation & Interruption, Accident & Medical Insurance on package, not on airline tickets

The remarkable cities of Stockholm, Oslo, Bergen and Copenhagen will come alive with history, Viking legends, Hans Christian Andersen and The Little Mermaid. Add the unbelievable natural beauty of the Scandinavian countries and you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime.

Departure Points:
Washington:  Depart TBD / Return TBD
Lowe’s in Kirkwood:  Depart TBD / Return TBD

Wednesday, July 10 – Depart the USA   
Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Stockholm, Sweden.

Thursday, July 11 – Stockholm, Sweden
Upon arrival you are greeted by a representative of Mayflower and transferred to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy this remarkable Scandinavian city.  This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at the hotel.  (Dinner)

Friday, July 12 – Stockholm   
After breakfast, enjoy a Stockholm city tour. Once home of the Vikings, today’s Sweden is a captivating mix of old and new. Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, is the very epitome of a vibrant cosmopolitan center, a city alive with world-class art museums, cutting-edge fashion boutiques and sizzling night life.  Remarkable architecture abounds, exemplified in the dazzling City Hall, site of the Nobel Prize reception, with its glittering gold walls and stunning colored-glass mosaics. But even in this thrilling center of culture, you’ll find traces of Sweden’s fabled past. 
In the Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town, medieval Stockholm comes to life in this beautifully preserved historic district.  This afternoon, explore the city on your own or choose an optional excursion of The Royal Canal and Vasa Warship Museum. This excursion includes a one-hour cruise along the shady canal of Djurgarden and a visit to the remarkable Vasa Warship Museum, built around a restored 17th-century warship that sank in Stockholm’s inner harbor.  (Breakfast)

Saturday, July 13 – Oslo – Where Culture and Nature Meet 
Following breakfast this morning, bid farewell to Stockholm and depart for Oslo, Norway.  Upon your late afternoon arrival in Norway, you’ll learn why it’s hard to say what is more stunning in Oslo: its glorious urban cityscapes or towering mountains and pristine countryside. The remainder of the day is free for you to experience Oslo on your own.   (Breakfast)

Sunday, July 14 – Oslo to Myrdal / Breathtaking Railway Journey 
On this morning’s city tour, your local guide will take you through Vigeland Sculpture Park as you discover the amazing granite and bronze artwork. Catch a glimpse of the regal and impressive Royal Palace. All these pleasures await, plus the bustling trade of a thriving port city. After the tour, transfer to the Oslo train station for one of the best ways to take in the wonders of Scandinavia: aboard a scenic railway that traverses this breathtaking countryside.  You’ll take in dizzying vistas that open out on all sides as you speed from Oslo toward Myrdal, a remote mountain station located 3,000 feet above sea level. Famous for its remarkable panoramic views, Myrdal is the stepping off point for yet another glorious train ride on the world-renowned Flåm Railway. Descending 3,500 feet during a 13-mile journey into mountainous countryside, passengers glimpse wild rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down sheer cliffs, and mountain farms clinging perilously to steep slopes.  In the heart of this rugged countryside, the historic Stalheim Hotel offers a stunning panoramic perspective of astounding fjordland views. For nearly 200 years, artists, painters and poets have drawn inspiration from the awe-inspiring majesty of this remarkable natural spectacle.  (Breakfast and dinner)

Monday, July 15 - The Awe-Inspiring Fjords 
This morning after breakfast, you’ll get a final view of the Naerøey Valley before transferring by coach to Flåm for embarkation of a cruise through the world-famous Sognefjord and Naerøey Fjords. Carved out over centuries by waves of majestic glaciers, the fjords are a testament to the awe-inspiring power of nature.  No visit to Norway would be complete without views of the emerald green cliffs of the fjord sweeping sharply down to glittering waters, where you just may glimpse a sight of seals as they sun themselves on flat, warm rocks. Meet your coach in Gudvangen where you’ll continue on the journey to Bergen.  (Breakfast and Dinner)

Tuesday, July 16 – The Rich Historical Heritage of Bergen
Today you’ll enjoy an included city tour of Bergen, the second largest city in Norway.  Bergen offers a fascinating mix of history, culture and natural beauty. A UNESCO World Heritage City, Bergen proudly preserves its rich past, seen in the timbered 15th-century houses, centuries-old warehouses built by seagoing merchants, and a charming labyrinth of cobblestone streets. Nearby, you’ll visit Troldhaugen, the former home and estate of one of Norway’s most famous sons, composer Edvard Grieg.   The remainder of the day is free to explore this charming city on your own.  (Breakfast)

Wednesday, July 17 - Copenhagen
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Copenhagen.  Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour of this bustling metropolis.  Copenhagen offers a mix of old-world grandeur with the excitement of a thriving modern cultural center. Parks and green spaces are everywhere, and canals and waterways crisscross its streets, recalling the city’s seagoing roots.  The city is alive with such sites as Tivoli Gardens, one of the world’s oldest pleasure parks; and Christiansborg Palace, home to the Danish Parliament and the Royal Theater. Fans of literature make a pilgrimage to the statue of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale, while shoppers enjoy browsing the quaint boutiques along the famous Stroget, Copenhagen’s renowned pedestrian district. (Breakfast)

Thursday, July 18 – A day at leisure 
This day is yours to experience Copenhagen and all of its charm.  Or join us for an optional excursion to North Zeeland.  You’ll enjoy a scenic drive to Helsinor, one of the oldest towns in Denmark, and nearby Kronborg Castle, legendary home of Prince Hamlet. Your tour also includes views of Fredensborg Castle and an included visit to Frederiksborg Castle. Tonight join your Tour Manager and fellow travelers for the Farewell Dinner at our hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner)   

Friday, July 19 – Copenhagen / USA
Following breakfast at the hotel, bid farewell to Scandinavia with memories of life enriching experiences as you transfer to Copenhagen Airport for the flight home.  (Breakfast) 

Things to know
Tour Activity Level      1   2   3   4   5
LEVEL 3: A blend of longer and shorter days on this program with more walking tours mixed with some periods of standing. Expect more of the touring to be over uneven surfaces or involve stairs. 

Hotel Accommodations
Days Two and Three – Hilton Slussen Hotel or similar, Stockholm, Sweden
Day Four – Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo, Norway
Day Five – Stalheim Hotel, Stalheim, Norway
Days Six and Seven – Augustin Hotel, Bergen, Norway
Days Eight and Nine – Scandic Copenhagen Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark

Tour Cost:
$5,053.00 - Per Person Double Rate
$5,952.00  - Single Rate

$449.00 per person deposit due with reservation
Final Payment due:  April 3, 2019

Rates are subject to change
Penalties will apply for early cancellation