Scandinavia & Baltic Highlights
September 6, 2023 thru September 22, 2023
Explore the beautiful nations of Scandinavia with Pleasurebent tours! During our tour, we experience all of the highlights of Nordic country. Admire towering fjords, see 900 year old runes etched in church doors, and taste fish delicacies in quaint villages. Local guides will ensure your travel is seemless and memorable, while a deluxe motorcoach, ferries, and more will move the group through seven countries. With twenty three meals included, your guaranteed to have delicious, fresh meals on everyday of your tour. If you haven’t made plans for the summer of 2023, grab some friends and call us to learn more about our Scandinavia tour!
Motorcoach, boats, and plane
17 days, 15 nights
Activity Level 3
Moderate: Trip has hiking, walking, and extended periods of standing
23 meals: breakfasts and dinners
Roundtrip Livery Service Available
- Survey the local catch at the colorful and lively Bergen fish market
- Admire the stunning scenery on the Flåm Railway and Fjord cruise
- Touch 900-year-old Runic engravings on the doors of a Stave Church
- Marvel at craftsmanship and ingenuity at the Viking Ship Museum
- Watch the changing of the guard at Stockholm’s Royal Palace
- Sail through the Stockholm archipelago on a ferry to Helsinki
- Walk along the medieval wall in Tallinn, Estonia’s attractive capital
- Taste Riga Black Balsam and shop for Baltic amber products in Latvia
- Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Copenhagen/Vilnius to Tucson (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Roundtrip door to door livery service
- 15 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
- 23 meals – breakfasts and dinners. Lunch will be on your own. Consult your local guides.
- Admission to all listed attractions
DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe
Today is a travel day. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Pleasurebent Tours has taken care of all the details.
DAY 2 - Denmark
Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager for the transfer to your Copenhagen Airport area hotel. During the “Welcome to Scandinavia” dinner, get acquainted with your fellow travelers. (Dinner)
DAY 3 - Denmark - Copenhagen
This morning, a local guide will introduce you to the treasures of Copenhagen, including Amalienborg Palace (residence of the queen and royal family), Frederiks Kirke (also known as the Marble Church), and Copenhagen’s trademark statue of the Little Mermaid. Following your city tour, Copenhagen’s Nyhavn district is the perfect setting for an independent lunch amid the colorful townhouses and historic wooden ships that line the canal. The afternoon is free to continue your exploration of Copenhagen or join your tour manager for an optional Danish Castles excursion (see Optional Excursions). This evening, entrance is included to Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s famous amusement park and pleasure garden, where you can take in the vibrant nightlife over an independent dinner at one of the park’s many restaurants. (Breakfast)
DAY 4 - Denmark - Copenhagen, Odense, Aalborg, and Hirtshals
Denmark is made up of the Jutland Peninsula as well as more than 400 islands, with Zealand and Funen as the largest. Upon departing the Danish capital, located on Zealand, travel west to Funen via the 18 kilometer (11.25 mile) Storebælt (Great Belt) Fixed Link, consisting of two bridges and a tunnel. By late morning, arrive in Odense for an included visit to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Born in 1805, from humble beginnings, Andersen went on to enormous fame for his beloved fairy tales including “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The afternoon stop is in Aalborg, one of Denmark’s oldest towns. Continue north on the Jutland Peninsula to the port city of Hirtshals, where you will embark on an overnight cruise to Bergen, Norway. Dinner will be served on-board. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 5 - Norway - Bergen and Stalheim
Wake up to the invigorating breeze of the North Sea and arrive in Bergen’s harbor by mid-day. Bergen is one of Europe’s oldest port cities, established as a center of trade in the 12th century. Bergen’s old wharf, known as Bryggen, is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Wander among the historic row houses where you will find potters, jewelers and leather crafters, as well as restaurants and cafés. Departing Bergen, take in the pure Norwegian scenery on the way to your hotel in Stalheim. Before your included dinner, explore the grounds and take photos of this hotel’s aesthetically unique location. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6 - Norway - Flåm Railway, Fjord Cruise, and Stalheim
Spectacular vistas abound today! Experience a one-hour journey on the scenic Flåm Railway, taking you past mountains, waterfalls and stunning landscapes. The railway itself is an engineering marvel, descending 2,844 feet as you approach Flåm. Pause in Flåm to enjoy a relaxing independent lunch and explore the village shops or the railway museum. This afternoon, board a fjord steamer for a two-hour cruise through the Aurlandsfjord and the Nærøyfjord, the world’s narrowest fjord and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Disembark at Gudvangen where your motor coach will be waiting to return you to your Stalheim hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 7 - Norway - Borgund and Oslo
This morning, visit the Borgund Stave Church. Made of wood and coated in a unique natural tar, stave churches dotted the countryside of Norway during the Middle Ages. Built around 1180, Borgund is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches still standing. From Borgund, lush wooded areas, hills, lakes and resort villages complement the journey towards Oslo. Make an afternoon stop before reaching your Oslo hotel for check-in and an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 8 - Norway - Oslo
A local city guide will accompany you and provide insight into Oslo’s scenic waterfront, fjord-influenced landscape and Norwegian culture. The fascinating Vigeland Sculpture Park is included in your orientation tour. You’ll also see landmarks such as the Parliament building, Royal Palace, and Oslo City Hall — venue for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The rest of the day is yours to discover all that Oslo has to offer. Aker Brygge, the revitalized waterfront district, is a pleasant place for an independent lunch and for further exploration. Considerations for how to spend your afternoon leisure time include touring the Akershus Fortress, studying intriguing works of art at the Munch Museum, or joining the optional Bygdoy Peninsula excursion (see Optional Excursions), including the Fram and the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Dinner is independent this evening, providing the opportunity to experience Oslo’s rich culinary culture. (Breakfast)
DAY 9 - Sweden - Stockholm
Today is a full day of travel from Oslo to Stockholm. Take in the beautiful scenery as you pass by rich farmlands, pine forests, small towns and pristine lakes. Make a stop in one of the small towns for an independent lunch, and dinner will be served after check-in at your Stockholm area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 10 - Sweden - Stockholm
Start the day with an overview of city landmarks by motor coach, followed by a walking tour through Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. Situated on Stadsholmen Island and two islets, Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century and consists of medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and well-preserved Gothic buildings including the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, and the Riddarholmen Church (one of the oldest buildings in Stockholm). For your independent lunch in Gamla Stan, try a Swedish smörgåsbord at one of the many restaurants. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing or join your tour manager for an optional Drottningholm Palace excursion (see Optional Excursions). This evening, return to the Stockholm city center for an independent dinner in the lively and bustling Swedish capital. (Breakfast)
DAY 11 - Sweden - Stockholm, Skansen, and an Overnight Cruise to Finland
Stroll along Stockholm’s harbor or join your tour manager for the optional Vasa Museum excursion (see Optional Excursions). By lunchtime, transfer to Skansen, the world’s first open-air museum. Founded in 1891, Skansen features 150 Swedish farms and dwellings illustrating the different social conditions in which people lived between the 16th and the early 20th centuries. Staff members are dressed in period clothing and provide insight into daily life over the past 500 years. The museum is also home to the Stockholm Zoo, which features native Nordic animals. Enjoy an independent lunch in Skansen before transferring to the harbor to check-in for the overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland. Explore the ship before dining on a lavish buffet dinner. Spend the rest of your evening experiencing all that the ship has to offer including tax free shopping, musical entertainment and dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 12 - Finland - Helinski
While you have breakfast on deck, the island-dotted shores of Finland come into view. The cruise ship will dock in Helsinki by mid-morning. Board the motor coach and proceed to the city center where a local guide will join you to share some of the city’s most attractive sites including the Rock Church, Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral and Helsinki Cathedral. For your free time this afternoon, Helsinki’s open-air markets sell traditional foods and local treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. After check-in at your hotel, continue your exploration of the city during an independent dinner. (Breakfast)
DAY 13 - Estonia - Tallinn
Transfer to the Helsinki ferry terminal for a two-hour crossing over the Gulf of Finland to Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best maintained medieval cities in Europe. A local guide will take you on a walking tour through the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town. This well-preserved 13th-century city is divided into two distinct parts: Toompea Hill, which was home to the gentry that lorded over the countryside; and the Lower Town, where merchants traded goods from around the world on the Town Hall Square. Find a quiet restaurant in the Old Town for an independent dinner or participate in the optional Olde Hansa Dinner excursion (see Optional Excursions). (Breakfast)
DAY 14 - Estonia - Tallinn, Pärnu; Latvia - Riga
Depart Tallinn and travel to Pärnu, a medieval city which also happens to be Estonia’s ultimate summer holiday destination due to its romantic laid-back atmosphere, sandy beaches, spas and restaurants. Stop at a local market to purchase snack items for a picnic along the beach promenade, or enjoy lunch at one of the sidewalk cafés. This afternoon, continue your journey into Latvia, where you will spend the next two nights in the capital city of Riga. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 15 - Latvia - Riga
Riga is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a skyline of Gothic spires mingled with one of the world’s richest collections of Art Nouveau architecture. A local guide will point out some of the highlights of Riga including the Castle, St. Peter’s Church and Dome Cathedral. Following the city tour, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. For lunch, wind your way through the enormous Central Market offering savory sausage, cheese, black bread, smoked fish and other local favorites. Or, enjoy a hearty meal at a friendly bistro. You may wish to try the mysterious Riga Black Balsam, a traditional Latvian herbal liqueur made with natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka. The Old Town is within walking distance and is an excellent place to soak up the local sights and flavors during an independent dinner. (Breakfast)
DAY 16 - Lithuania - Vilnius
Your mid-day destination today is Lithuania’s capital city. The Old Town of Vilnius bustles with fairy-tale charm and offers quaint cafés and restaurants for an independent lunch. Begin your afternoon on a walking tour with a local guide who will provide valuable insight into the city’s history and culture amid Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. Following the city tour, take some additional time to browse the boutiques and flower vendors before transferring to the hotel for a “Farewell Dinner” with your fellow tour participants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 17 - Daytime flight back to US
Early morning transfer to the Vilnius Airport for your return flight home.
Itinerary subject to change.
Sun Never Sets
Days in Scandinavia during the summer can last up to 24 hours due to its high northern location!
Swedish kids do Halloween at Easter
They don’t dress up as ghosts or ghouls, rather witches!
Radisson Blu Scandinavia Copenhagen
Fjordline: Hirtshals - Bergen Ferry
Anker Hotel Oslo
Scandic Hotel Alvik
Bromma (Stockholm), Sweden
Holiday Inn Helsinki
Hestia Hotel Europa
Radisson Blu Latvija
Courtyard by Marriot Vilnius Centre
$7,890 per person
$10,085 per person
• Roundtrip airfare from Tucson to Copenhagen/Vilnius to Tucson (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Roundtrip door to door livery service
• 15 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
• 23 meals - breakfasts and dinners. Lunch will be on your own. Consult your local guides.
• Admission to all listed attractions
- $250 – booking to 95 days prior to departure
- 50% – 96 days to 7 days prior to departure
- Without a medical statement, 50% of the tour price plus all costs associated with the air transportation.
- With a valid medical statement (see “Medical Statement Requirements”), 30% of the tour price plus all costs associated with the air transportation.
- 100% less than 7 days prior to departure
In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer the following Travelex Insurance Services protection plan for this tour:
360° GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer – Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$498 covers trip costs up to $7,001 to $8,000 or $621 covers trip costs $9,001 t0 $10,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment. Contact us to purchase. For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number GCB-0521.
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For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
The Activity Level for this tour is Moderate.
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
Gratuities are not included in this package from Image Tours.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Temperatures during the summer throughout Scandinavia are usually sunny and mid-70's to low 60's during the day and lower 40's to low 30's at night. We advise you bring a light winter jacket, gloves and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation.
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