Four Nordic Crowns
August 16 to 29, 2021
Join an in-depth adventure through stylish cities, spectacular scenery & seaworthy stories. In Copenhagen, explore the colourful Nyhavn area and the Amalienborg Palace during a splendid canal cruise. Onward to Norway, look upon the country’s largest fjord in Flåm, and soak up viking history in Oslo. Marvel at structures old an new in the modern city of Stockholm, and the Gothic Cathedral in its Swedish sister, Uppsala. Finally in Helsinki, discover the unique atmosphere that makes Finland so revered. Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland host an adventure that is nothing less than ‘fantastiskt!’
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Place of the Gods & Viking Valley
Place of the Gods & Viking Valley
Travel into the ‘Place of the Gods,’ Gudvangen and be completely enamoured by the Vikings. Located at the end of the largest and deepest fjord in the country, Nærøyfjord, the Viking Valley is where we learn about Viking history and lifestyle from true authentic Vikings. Step back in time to the Viking era.
Set among giant fjords and dramatic landscapes, Flåm is a small village with grand surroundings. Embark on the iconic Flåm railway, known as one of the most beautifully scenic railroad Journeys in the world. Here we travel along cascading waterfalls, snow-capped mountains and through 20 dramatic tunnels. Take-in every moment of this breathtaking Journey.
Explore the trendy and sophisticated metropolis of Oslo and discover a plethora of historical riches hidden at every turn. Marvel at the incredible sights and uncover the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and artifacts at Vikingskipshuset. See the strongest wooden ship ever built at the Fram Museet and stand in awe as we visit the famous Kon-Tiki raft.
The capital of the happiest country on Earth, Copenhagen is a friendly and bustling city filled with cyclists and trendy cafes. Acquire a feel for this dynamic city while gliding across the water during a canal cruise. Marvel at the historical Little Mermaid and the Gefion fountain, the Royal residence of Amalienborg Palace and the Nyhavn district. Spot the Christiansborg Castle, home to the Danish Parliament as well as the Royal Opera House.
Perhaps the coolest place to visit, Stockholm is filled with ultra-modern designs set among ancient architecture and rich history. Admire the magnificent view of the Swedish capital from the Fjällgatan lookout. Stroll through the fascinating Old Town with its narrow alleys, visit the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and City Hall, where the festivities of the annual Nobel Prize awards take place.
One of Europe’s most handsome, eccentric and captivating capital cities, Helsinki is unlike the other Scandiavian countries. Venture past major sights such as the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Capture photos of the sea-facing landscape, diverse architecture, world-famous design.
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DEPART FOR COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Enjoy a private car ride to the airport. Guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow travellers and board your flight to Copenhagen.
Start your Journey with us by enjoying a private car pick up service from your home. Upon arrival at the airport, guests departing from the Toronto airport are assisted with their check-in. Meet your Journey Manager and fellow guests, and board your flights to Denmark. Our Journey Manager travels with you to take care of all the details, allowing you to embrace your Journey.
WELCOME TO COPENHAGEN
Upon our arrival, we meet our local guide before enjoying an early lunch. Afterwards, we explore the colourful Nyhavn area. Head back to our hotel at your leisure where this evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner. (L,D)
Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen (3 nights)
Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century. Today, an upbeat waterside vibe permeates Copenhagen. A welcoming, compact city with a centre largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) with an emphasis on café culture and top-notch museums by day and a cracking live music, bar and club scene by night. Upon our arrival this morning, we meet our local guide who will escort us through this vibrant city. Enjoy an early lunch before exploring the colourful Nyhavn area. Head back to our hotel at your leisure, where this evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner.
COPENHAGEN & CANAL CRUISE
Glide across the water during a canal cruise and marvel at the Little Mermaid and the Gefion fountain, the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, the Nyhavn district, Christiansborg Castle and the Royal Opera House. This evening we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Copenhagen’s canals and harbours are an iconic and beautiful way to explore the city. Today, we have the opportunity to acquire a feel for this dynamic city as we glide across the water during a canal cruise. Marvel at the historical buildings and ancient streets such as the Little Mermaid and the Gefion fountain, the Royal residence of Amalienborg Palace and the Nyhavn district with its charming outdoor restaurants and picturesque cafés. Spot the Christiansborg Castle, home to the Danish Parliament as well as the Royal Opera House. Dinner will be served this evening in our hotel. (B,L,D)
Today we head into the Danish countryside enroute to Hillerød, where we will visit the 17th-century Frederiksborg Castle. Following a stop at the Queen’s summer residence, Fredensborg Castle, we enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we visit Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, before returning to Copenhagen and enjoying dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D).
Known as a sanctuary for royalty, today, we explore the many gems of the royal North Sealand. Hosting stunning landscapes and significant cultural sites, enjoy the expansive woodland lining of the Danish countryside en route to Hillerød. Getting close to Denmark’s history, we visit the enchanting Frederiksborg Castle, the Queen’s summer residence, Fredensborg Castle. After lunch, we travel to the famous Kronborg Castle in Elsinore before returning to Copenhagen and enjoying a relaxing dinner at our hotel.
COPENHAGEN TO BERGEN & FLÅM, NORWAY
Today we transfer to Copenhagen airport for our flight to Bergen, Norway. On arrival in Norway, we visit the imposing Fantoft Stave Church built in 1150. We then reach Flåm: a small village with grand surroundings, where we check in to our hotel and enjoy dinner. (B,L,D)
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm (2 nights)
Today we transfer to the Copenhagen airport for our flight to Bergen, Norway. On arrival, we board our private coach and travel to Flåm. Located in an impressive region known for its giant fjords and dramatic landscapes, Flåm is a small village with grand surroundings. We stop at the imposing Fantoft Stave Church for a photo and a look inside this structure originally built in the Fortun village in 1150, before being moved in 1883. We continue towards the Sognefjord area with Flåm as our final destination where we check into our hotel and have dinner.
VIKING VALLEY & SOGNEFJORD MINI CRUISE
Today, we travel to the ‘Place of the Gods’, the beautiful village of Gudvangen, to learn about Viking history and lifestyle from true Vikings living in Viking Valley. Before continuing on, we enjoy a Viking-inspired lunch in camp. This afternoon we enjoy a cruise of the narrowest fjord in the world: Nærøyfjord. (B,L,D)
Today, we travel to the ‘Place of the Gods’, Gudvangen to learn about Viking history and lifestyle from true Vikings living in Viking Valley. Translated into Place of the Gods, Gudvangen is a beautiful village located at the end of the largest and deepest fjord in the country, Nærøyfjord. The village consists of more than 20 buildings that were reconstructed by using the knowledge and experience of how they were built in the Viking Age. You can talk to the inhabitants and learn more about the Viking Age and participate in archery and ax throwing. Enjoy a lunch inspired by the Vikings.
This afternoon, enjoy a fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord, listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world, at one point only 250 metres wide, beneath mountains that tower up to 1700 metres above its sheltered waters. The scenery is very impressive, and if you look up, you can see mountain farms clinging to the steep mountainsides.
FLÅM RAILYWAY TO OSLO
We embark on the iconic and beautifully scenic Flåm railway towards Oslo. We will pass through 20 tunnels, and gaze upon foaming waterfalls and steep, spellbinding mountainsides. Upon our arrival in Oslo, settle into our hotel before enjoying a relaxing dinner. (B,L,D)
Thon Hotel Bristol, Oslo (2 nights)
Following breakfast, we embark on the iconic Flåm railway towards Oslo. Known as one of the most beautifully scenic railroad Journeys in the world, pass cascading waterfalls, alongside spectacular mountains and through 20 dramatic tunnels. Starting at sea level at the Sognefjord in Flåm to the Myrdal mountain station, situated at 867 metres above sea level, take-in every moment of this breathtaking Journey. Enjoy lunch on board before arriving in Oslo, settle into our hotel before enjoying a relaxing dinner.
This morning in Olso, we visit the Royal Palace, National Theater, Parliament and Opera House, followed by a stroll through Frogner Park. Following lunch we visit the Kontiki Museum full of vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition. We make our way to our hotel for dinner. (B,L,D)
A trendy and sophisticated metropolis blended with historical riches, Oslo has plenty to discover. During our visit of the Norwegian Capital we will admire the Royal Palace, National Theater, Parliament, Opera House by the waterfront, and the medieval Akershus fortress. There will be time for a stroll through Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. Following lunch, we visit the Viking Ship Museum and the Kontiki Museum, filled with grand artifacts and famous findings from Thor Heyerdahl’s worldwide tour on the famous Kon-Tiki raft. A truly history-filled day! We make our way to our hotel for dinner.
OSLO TO STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN
Bid farewell to Oslo, as today we make our way to Stockholm by flight. Our exploration of Stockholm begins at the Fjällgatan lookout. Afterwards, we will visit the recreational island Djurgården where many of the city’s finest museums are found. (B,L,D)
Radisson Blu Waterfront, Stockholm (3 nights)
This morning we fly to Stockholm, Sweden. On arrival, we are met by our guide and who takes us on a tour of the city often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North.’ We begin at Fjällgatan to see the magnificent view of the Swedish capital, spread out on 14 islands with Lake Mälar on one side and the Baltic Sea on the other. We see the Old Town with its fascinating narrow cobble-stoned alleys, the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, and the City Hall where the festivities of the annual Nobel Prize award take place. The visit also takes us to the recreational island Djurgården where many of the fine museums are found.
Following lunch in a local restaurant, we visit the Vasa Museum to see the only preserved 17th-century ship in the world. This evening dinner is just a short walk from the hotel.
Following a short, scenic cruise of Lake Mälaren, we arrive at Drottningholm Palace. Constructed by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, this is Sweden’s best-preserved Royal Palace and the Royal family’s permanent residence. Following lunch in the Palace café, we tour the Palace’s many magnificent salons, beautiful park, unique theatre and Chinese Pavilion. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, followed by dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
In the morning we will walk with our local guide to the city hall pier and board a scenic cruise on Lake Mälaren to reach Drottningholm Palace, Sweden’s best-preserved royal palace constructed in the 17th century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of Stockholm’s three World Heritage Sites.
Once we arrive, we enjoy lunch at the Palace café, followed by a guided tour of the Palace. The palace was constructed according to a French prototype by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, by a commission of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. Many royal personages have left their mark on the palace since then. The palace features magnificent salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theatre and a Chinese Pavilion. The imposing Baroque garden was laid out beginning in 1681 according to drawings by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore on your own. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.
Our Journey to the Swedish countryside begins with a visit to Situna, the country’s oldest town, to learn about Viking mythology and culture. Following lunch, we discover the Gothic Cathedral of Uppsala to see the burial mounds of three Viking kings, as well as the treasury, Skattkammaren museum, and St. Erik’s reliquary. We return to our hotel in the evening to relax before dinner. (B,L,D)
We begin with a visit to Sigtuna, the oldest town in Sweden and today a picturesque small town situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Be amazed by the diverse elements of this naturally beautiful town. Visit ancient burial sites and see engraved runes at Gamla Uppsala (Old Uppsala), then spend some free time strolling the charming streets of Uppsala, the country’s former capital.
Following lunch, we visit the Uppsala Cathedral that was built 750 years ago, with its treasury and Skattkammaren museum, situated in the cathedral’s north tower. St. Erik’s reliquary, the cathedral’s major artifact, was moved here from the former cathedral in Old Uppsala as early as 1273.
FLIGHT TO HELSINKI, FINLAND
On arrival in Helsinki, we begin our tour by visiting important landmarks such as the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Following lunch, we check in to our hotel. This afternoon is at your leisure to explore before we enjoy dinner at our hotel. (B,L,D)
Radisson Blu Aleksanteri, Helsinki (2 nights)
Positioned on a rocky headland cradling the Baltic Sea, Helsinki is one of Europe’s most handsome, eccentric and captivating capital cities. The city maintains a personality that is markedly different from that of other Scandinavian capitals, and in many ways is closer in temperament and certainly in looks to the major cities of Eastern Europe.
Today we fly to Helsinki, Finland. On arrival in Helsinki, we begin our tour of the Finnish capital by admiring the major sights such as the Rock Church, the Senate Square surrounded by the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Following lunch, we check in to our hotel and the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Enjoy dinner this evening at our hotel.
ROAMING THROUGH PORVOO
After breakfast, we set off to explore the residential area of Old Porvoo, an idyllic district perched on a hill by the Porvoonjoki river. We then visit the Porvoo Cathedral, a 14th-century cathedral that has been burnt down five times, most recently in 2006. Enjoy strolling around this picturesque town before our farewell dinner together at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)
Porvoo has an incredibly unique atmosphere where the old is gracefully blended with the new. Finland’s second-oldest town, Porvoo was originally an important trading post but became a town in 1380. Admire the compelling historic centre, riverside warehouses and cobblestone streets that are lined with colourful wooden homes. After breakfast, we set off to explore the 18th-century residential area of Old Porvoo, an idyllic district perched on a hill by Porvoonjoki. Then we make our way towards Porvoo Cathedral, one of the city’s most well-known buildings that has been burnt down and rebuilt five separate times. Enjoy ambling around this picturesque town before our farewell dinner together at a local restaurant.
Today we bid “Hejdå” to our new Scandinavian friends and make our way to the airport for our flight home. Enjoy a private car to your home upon arrival. (B)
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Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen
Set in a converted 18th-century warehouse, this rustic-chic waterfront hotel has stylish rooms mixed with modern decor with original wood-beamed ceilings and brick walls. There’s a refined restaurant with a bar and a terrace, in addition to a spa. A short walk from the Nyhavn district, Admiral Hotel is in a prime location.
Fretheim Hotel, Flåm
Located in a 19th-century white clapboard building next to Sognefjord, this bright, casual hotel with a modern annex is perfect. A mix of old-world furnishings and modern decor, admire the spectacular fjord views from private balconies. Enjoy the cozy fireside bar, a garden cafe, and a peaceful pier.
Thon Hotel Bristol, Oslo
A 2-minute walk from a tram stop, this refined hotel dating back to the 1920s, offers retro-chic rooms minutes away from the Royal Palace and the Oslo Opera House. There are also 2 restaurants offering formal or casual dining, a cocktail bar, a Moorish-themed ballroom, and a relaxing spa, in addition to a lobby bar with regular live music.
Radisson Blu Waterfront, Stockholm
Adjacent to the Waterfront Congress Center and overlooking Riddarfjärden Bay, this sleek modern hotel is simply lovely. There’s a laid-back restaurant offering lunch buffets and a grill-style dinner menu. There’s also a lively lobby bar, and a waterfront lounge with local musicians.
Radisson Blu Aleksanteri, Helsinki
Located in the heart of the Punavuori design district near numerous parks and St. Johns church, this modern, midrise hotel is pure elegance. The onsite bar and restaurant both feature plush seating areas with modern accents and an inviting atmosphere.