Scandinavia and the Baltic Highlights Tour
17-day tour of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
Tour Description Discover the capital cities and unique treasures of Scandinavia and the Baltic states while visiting Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. This tour also includes visits to Norway's famous Sognefjord, aerofjord and the scenic Flam Railway.
Included FeaturesMeals- In addition to any meals you may be served during your flights to and from Europe, the tour price includes 14 breakfasts and 9 dinners during the land portion of the tour.
Superior Tourist Class (3-star) and First Class (4-star) hotels are carefully selected for comfort, cleanliness and character . All rooms have a private bathroom with sink, toilet, and shower or bathtub. Free Wi-Fi is available at the hotels, with only a rare exception. Our tours feature a balance of modern city hotels and family-run village hotels with European atmosphere accompanied by genuine hospitality.
The included dinners follow a fixed menu. We work closely with the hotels/restaurants to provide a variety of dishes throughout the tour. The number of included dinners is noted on the introductory page of each tour.
Breakfasts are commonly served buffet style at your hotel, with a selection of rolls, butter, jam, cheese, cold cuts, coffee, tea, milk and juice. Breakfast buffets usually also include one or more other items such as cereal, pastries, fruit, yogurt, eggs, and/or local breakfast foods .
An experienced representative will accompany the tour and handle all the arrangements for the full European duration. Generally, the Tour Manager who greets you upon arrival in Europe will be the same Tour Manager who will accompany you throughout your entire tour. All our Tour Managers pride themselves on many years of experience, having traveled extensively in the regions covered on our tours. All reside in Europe and are multi-lingual with a fluency in English. Each is trained for the particular tours he or she will escort and is recertified for our tours annually. Our Tour Managers get to know you, dig deep to find answers to your questions, and add their personal touch to turn your tour into the "vacation of a lifetime."
Personal Assistive Listening System (P.A.L.S.)
A lightweight, hands-free assistive listening system (including a receiver with a lanyard and an earbud) is provided to each traveler to allow for convenient and clear reception of tour manager commentary during guided walks. Specially designed ear pieces are available to accommodate hearing aids.
Baggage handling at hotels is provided for one suitcase per person, with a maximum of 62 linear inches and a maximum of 50 lbs. For more details, see "How often will I need to carry my own luggage?" and "Baggage Allowances".
Tips for Included Services
The tour price includes tips for all aspects of the tour that are pre-arranged by Image Tours, such as hotels, restaurants and other services. Tips for the tour manager and motor coach driver are not included. For tipping guidelines, refer to "Are Tips for the Tour Manager & Driver Included?".
A deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach will provide transportation throughout Europe in accordance with the itinerary. Image Tours requires that the motor coaches used for our tours must be state-of-the-art models of no older than five years; one of the toughest standards in the European tour business. Although our motor coaches are government rated for standard class seating of up to 53 passengers, we provide comfort-class seating for a maximum of 46 passengers on the majority of our tours, providing extra leg room and greater comfort. Daily seat rotation allows you to view Europe's spectacular scenery from all angles. Our motor coach drivers are selected by meeting our high standards for experience, courtesy and professionalism. They not only possess outstanding driving skills with safety as their number one priority, but also take pride in keeping the motor coach comfortable and clean throughout your tour.
One scheduled group airport transfer is hosted by the tour manager on Day 2 and again on the last day of the tour. The transfer time is based on the scheduled flight times of passengers who have purchased the complete Tour & Air Inclusive package from Image Tours. For details, see 'Are Airport Transfers Included?'.
Approximately one month after Image Tours receives your completed Reservation Application and deposit, you will receive a Confirmation Packet consisting of reservation verification and our highly informative TOUROCLOPEDIA® trip preparation booklet, with travel tips and other information to help you get ready for your tour of Europe.
At least one week prior to the tour departure date, you will receive a Trip Documents Packet. This contains preparation reminders, departure day travel tips, arrival instructions, flight information, overnight schedule (with the names, addresses and telephone numbers of hotels), foreign currency information, luggage tags and a name tag.
|Offer valid through 9/30/2023|
|Day 1||Overnight Flight to Europe||Overnight flight to Europe.|
Refer to "Preparing for your Departure" in your Trip Documents for easy check-in procedures. Take time to relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.
|Day 2||Copenhagen||DENMARK . . Arrival at Copenhagen Airport.|
Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to your "Arrival Instructions" page in your Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Transfer to your nearby Copenhagen Airport area hotel. After check-in, freshen up and acclimate before the "Welcome to Scandinavia/Get-acquainted" dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
|Day 3||Copenhagen||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 amidst 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 Castle excursion. 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||Hirtshals||DENMARK . .Copenhagen - Odense - Aalborg -Hirtshals.|
Denmark is made up of the Jutland Peninsula as well as more than 400 islands of which the largest are Zealand and Funen. Upon departing the Danish capital, located on Zealand, travel west to Funen via the 18 kilometer (11.25 mile) Storebaelt (Great Belt) Fixed Link, consisting of two bridges and a tunnel. On Funen, arrive in Odense by late morning for an included visit to the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. Born in 1805, to a shoemaker and washerwoman, 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." Continue to the Jutland Peninsula city of Aalborg for an afternoon visit before traveling to the port city of Hirtshals to board your overnight cruise to Bergen, Norway. Dinner will be served on-board. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 5||Stalheim||NORWAY . . Bergen - Voss - Stalheim.|
Enjoy a leisurely morning on-board your cruise ship before arriving in Bergen's harbor by mid-day. Bergen is one of Europe's oldest port cities, established as a center of trade by 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. Take some time to wander amongst the rows of historic houses where you'll find potters, jewelers, textile and leather crafters' shops as well as restaurants and cafes for an independent lunch. By late afternoon, depart Bergen and take in the beautiful Norwegian scenery. Stop in Voss for an independent dinner before checking in at your Stalheim hotel. (Breakfast)
|Day 6||Stalheim||NORWAY . . Flam Railway - Fjord Cruise - Stalheim.|
Spectacular scenery abounds today! Experience a one hour journey on the scenic Flam Railway, taking you past mountains, waterfalls and fertile landscapes. The railway itself is an engineering marvel, descending 2844 feet as you approach Flam. Pause in Flam to have 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 UNESCO protected Naeroyfjord, one of the most dramatic fjord trips in Europe. Disembark at Gudvangen where your coach will be waiting to return you to your Stalheim hotel for dinner this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 7||Oslo||NORWAY . . Laerdalsoyri - Borgund - Oslo.|
Your first morning stop is in the village of Laerdalsoyri to admire the 160 wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that are now a protected national monument. A short distance further is the Borgund Stave Church. Built around 1180, the church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. From Borgund, begin your journey towards Oslo. This route is dotted with lush wooded areas, hills, lakes and resort villages, perfect for an afternoon stop. Tonight, arrive at your Oslo hotel for check-in and an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 8||Oslo||NORWAY . . Oslo.|
A local city guide will accompany you and provide insight into Oslo's scenic waterfront, fjord-influenced landscape, and Norwegian culture. A visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park will be included in your orientation tour of Oslo. 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 enjoy all that Oslo has to offer. Aker Brygge, the revitalized waterfront district, is a perfect place to explore and enjoy an independent lunch. This afternoon, you might wish to spend your leisure time visiting the Akershus Fortress or strolling through the Munch Museum. Another choice is the optional Bygdoy Peninsula excursion including the Kon-Tiki and Viking Ship Museum.Dinner is independent this evening, providing the opportunity to experience Oslo's rich culinary culture. (Breakfast)
|Day 9||Stockholm||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. Dinner will be served after check-in at your Stockholm area hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 10||Stockholm||SWEDEN . . Stockholm.|
A local guide will join you this morning to provide a panoramic overview of the city before continuing on foot into 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 smorgasbord at one of the many restaurants. The afternoon is free for independent sightseeing or join your tour manager for an optional Drottningholm Palace excursion. Tonight's dinner is independent, or join the optional Viking Dinner excursion. (Breakfast)
|Day 11||Overnight Cruise to Finland||SWEDEN . . Stockholm - Skansen & Overnight Cruise to FINLAND.|
Have a relaxing morning at the hotel or join your tour manager for the optional Vasa Museum excursion. 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 first half of the 20th century. Staff members are dressed in period clothing and provide insight into daily Swedish life over the past 500 years. The museum is also home to the Stockholm Zoo, featuring native Nordic animals. Enjoy an independent lunch in Skansen before transferring to the harbor to check-in for the overnight cruise to Helsinki, Finland. Take time to 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, shows and dancing. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 12||Helsinki||FINLAND . . Helsinki.|
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. Helsinki's open-air markets sell traditional foods and local treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs. The markets are also home to countless open-air cafes where you can participate in people-watching during your independent lunch. This afternoon, a local guide will show you the city sights including the Sibelius Monument, Olympic Stadium, Rock Church, Uspenski Cathedral, Senate Square and Helsinki Cathedral. Following the city tour, check-in to your hotel and join your fellow tour members for an included dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 13||Tallinn||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 preserved medieval cities in Europe. A local guide will take you on a walking tour through the Old Town, a maze of winding cobbled streets divided into two distinct parts; Toompea Hill, which was home to the gentry that lorded over the countryside; and the Lower Town where goods from around the world were traded 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. (Breakfast)
|Day 14||Riga||ESTONIA . . Tallinn - Parnu & LATVIA . . Riga.|
Depart Tallinn this morning and travel to Parnu, 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 lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes. Continue your journey this afternoon into Latvia, where you will spend the next two nights at a hotel in the capital city of Riga. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 15||Riga||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 Riga 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 and 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 many different natural ingredients mixed in pure vodka. Riga's Old Town is in easy walking distance and is a perfect place to soak up the local sites and flavors. (Breakfast)
|Day 16||Vilnius||LITHUANIA . . Vilnius.|
Your mid-day destination today is Lithuania's capital city of Vilnius. The Old Town of Vilnius bustles with fairy tale charm and offers quaint cafes and restaurants, perfect 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 amidst Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture. Following the city tour, take some additional time to enjoy the boutiques and flower vendors before transferring to this evening's hotel for a "Farewell Dinner" with your fellow tour participants. (Breakfast, Dinner)
|Day 17||Daytime flight back to U.S.A||Daytime flight back to U.S.A.|
Early morning transfer to the Vilnius Airport for the return flight home.
The above departures reflect Land-Only per person pricing and TWIN pricing is based upon double occupancy. Any early booking discounts available will be reflected in the summary price after you pick your departure date, your accommodation type, and any additional options in the following steps. Please choose a departure date to continue pricing the tour.