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11 Nights / 12 Days

 
 
         

Day 1
Denmark

Depart Mumbai to Denmark. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and orientation (D): COPENHAGEN.

     
Day 2
Copenhagen

Today, enjoy a city tour of Copenhagen. View the Tivoli Gardens, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, the colorful canal district, National Museum and Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament. Continue to the Old Stock Exchange with its dragon-tail spire to see the 19th century Royal Danish Theatre, home to The Royal Theater Company, Royal Danish Opera and Royal Danish Ballet. The Royal Theatre houses two main stages: the New Stage and Old Stage, which dates to the Theatre's inception, and whose ceiling is adorned with the famous Nine Muses by Constantin Hansen. View the harbor district of Nyhavn and Amalienborg Palace, winter residence of the Royal Family, as well as the changing of the Guard (when held). Visit the Gefion Fountain, designed and erected in 1908 by Danish artist Anders Bundgård, as well as The Little Mermaid statue, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale. Take the remainder of the afternoon to explore the city on your own (B): COPENHAGEN.
     
Day 3
Copenhagen Oslo

Morning at leisure in Copenhagen, or choose an optional castle tour in the Danish countryside. Begin with a visit to Frederiksborg Castle, the largest Dutch Renaissance palace in Scandinavia, begun by King Frederick II in 1560. Situated on three small islands in the Palace Lake, the castle is bordered by a Baroque formal garden, used today for open cultural events such as art exhibitions, concerts and plays. While at the castle, view the Chapel of Orders, the Rose, Knight's Hall and the Museum of National History, housed in the castle since 1878, and home to Denmark's most important historical paintings and portraits. Continue on through Denmark's Northern Zealand region for a view of the Royal Family's summer residence, Fredensborg Palace. From here, travel to Elsinore for a chance to see the outer walls and towers of Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the setting of Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark ($63). Afterwards, transfer to the port for an overnight cruise to Oslo. On board, enjoy a buffet-style dinner and private cabin. Important note: An overnight bag will be required for your time on the ferry (B, D): DFDS FERRY.
     
Day 4
Oslo

This morning, arrive through the famous Oslo Fjord into Norway's capital city. Begin your tour of Oslo, passing the National Theater, and on to visit the main square with its Old Cathedral and 19th century Royal Palace. Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, designed by Gustav Vigeland in the early 19th century. The park contains an impressive 192 sculptures with more than 600 figures, the most intricate of them being the Monolith column, measuring 46 feet high with 121 human figure reliefs. Carved from a single block of granite, the Monolith took three stone sculptors and 14 years (1929-43) to complete. Continue to the modern City Hall. Later, venture out on your own to view the Ski Jump or the Viking Museum (B): OSLO.
     
Day 5
Oslo - Bergen

Begin your morning with a journey to the sides of fjords, lakes, mountains, waterfalls and glaciers. Traveling through the Norwegian countryside, pass through ski resorts such as Geilo to the port of Bergen. Interestingly, this 11th century city was a major distributor of the wealthy trading guilds of the Hanseatic League, and still derives its income from the sea (B): BERGEN.

     

 
Day 6
Bergen

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Bergen on your own. Saunter the narrow lanes of wooden houses huddled around the port, and maybe even visit the 19th century Bergen Museum of Arts and Sciences. Shop for gifts at the famous Bryggen, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site; visit Troldhaugen, the villa of composer Edward Grieg, dating from 1885, or ride the funicular up to Mount Floyen (B): BERGEN.
     
Day 7
Bergen

This morning, board the Flam Railway for a mountain train ride into Norway's high glacial region. View pastures, waterfalls and snow-clad peaks, all nestled beautifully into the surrounding mountain side. Ascend to 3,000 feet within 12 miles for one of the most scenic views of Norway. Once in Flam, enjoy a relaxing cruise across the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest Norwegian Fjord. Arrive at your hotel in Laerdal for dinner and an overnight (B, D): LAERDAL.

     
  Day 8
Laerdal Lillehammer

This morning, continue through the Norwegian countryside to the quaint village of Borgund, where you will visit one of the largest and best-preserved stave churches in Norway, built around 1180. Aside from the church's unique facade, which appears to have been plucked from a medieval fairytale, the church's interior walls are equally impressive, featuring an authentic baptismal font made of soapstone. From here, travel through the cheese producing district to reach Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. Enjoy time at leisure in Lillehammer to visit the Olympic Museum or the Maihaugen Museum of Rural Life, the largest open-air museum in Norway. The Maihaugen features 185 buildings, the most famous of them being the 12th century Garmo stave church (B, D): LILLEHAMMER.
     
Day 9
Stockholm

Travel to the airport in Oslo for a short flight to Sweden. Upon arrival in Stockholm, City on the Water, transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure (B): STOCKHOLM.
     
Day 10
Stockholm

This morning, enjoy an exciting city tour of Stockholm. Visit the City Hall's "Gold Room," where the Nobel Prize banquets are held. Continue to the medieval island in the heart of the city, known as the Gamla Stan (Old Town). View the 13th century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the oldest church in Stockholm, most recognized for its extravagant wooden statue of Saint George and the Dragon ascribed to Bernt Notke, the famous German painter and sculptor. From the cathedral, walk the cobbled streets of the Old Town and see the Renaissance Royal Palace, the official residence of the Swedish monarch. Spend the afternoon exploring the historic streets of the Gamla Stan, or join an optional tour to one of Europe's greatest attractions, the Wasa Ship. Housed in Stockholm's Vasa Museum, the Wasa tragically sank on her maiden voyage in 1628, only to be recovered more than three centuries later in 1956, where it was lifted from the Baltic and preserved ($33) (B): STOCKHOLM.
 

Day 11
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight (B).

 
 
 
 

     
 
 
 
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