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• Uber-cool Helsinki, 2012 World Capital of Design
• Suomenlinna Fortress – an UNESCO listed monument of military architecture
• Historic Turku Castle
• Stockholm, a stunning city spread over a series of islands
• Amazing Vasa Museum – Sweden’s Mary Rose, the remarkably preserved ship that sank in 1628
• Stylish Copenhagen, the “Paris of the North”
Cool, calm, collected, Scandinavia is greatly in fashion at the moment with its literature, TV, films and design. Its reputation is richly deserved and explored on our superb new tour that explores three of Scandinavia’s gorgeous capital cities – Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Scenic overnight boat crossings add to the appeal with stunning sunrise vistas.
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Departing: 06th August 2018 at 09:50
Returning: 13th August 2018 at 17:30
Day 1: Fly from London Gatwick to Helsinki.
On arrival, transfer by coach to the hotel for two-night stay on bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Morning guided tour of Helsinki and an afternoon tour of Suomenlinna Fortress.
Helsinki, Finland’s capital, World Capital of Design in 2012 and site of the 1952 Olympics is a fascinating mixture of old and new with classical buildings, some striking modern architecture including several by acclaimed architect, Alvar Aalto, pioneer of architectural functionalism, as well as some outstanding churches and museums. This afternoon we have a guided tour by ferry to Suomenlinna Fortress, added in 1991 to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture. Dating from 1747, it has served in the defence of three realms: Sweden, Russia and Finland, reflecting Finland’s tumultuous history.
Day 3: Morning free in Helsinki followed by a visit to Turku and overnight ferry to Stockholm.
Morning free for individual exploration before transferring by coach to Turku to visit the castle before embarking on the overnight ferry for Stockholm with interior cabin, dinner and breakfast included.
Day 4: Morning guided tour of Stockholm with afternoon free.
In the early hours of the morning we will be crossing through the Swedish archipelago, a cluster of some 30,000 islands, which is well worth getting up early for to see. After breakfast on board, a guided tour of Stockholm will show you some of the main sights of Sweden’s lovely capital city, including a walk through its beautiful old town, home to its 13th century cathedral, Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum. Comprised of 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago, Stockholm has a unique charm. Check in to hotel for two-night stay.
Day 5: Morning visits to the Skansen and Vasa Museums with the afternoon free.
Further exploration of Stockholm includes the world’s first open-air museum, the Skansen, founded in 1891, that offers an overview of Swedish history and the Vasa maritime museum which tells the story of the ship that sank in 1628 and salvaged 333 years later – the most visited museum in Scandinavia. The rest of the afternoon is free for personal exploration.
Day 6: Transfer to Stockholm train station for train (second class) to Copenhagen.
On arrival transfer to hotel for two night stay. Copenhagen is justifiably known as the ‘Paris of the North’, its cobbled streets lined with beautiful 17th- and 18th-century buildings, and the spires of Rosenborg Palace and Christiansborg Palace gracing the city’s skyline. It is a delightful place to explore, especially the Christianshavn quarter with its picturesque canals. The city’s galleries and museums offer a wealth of European art and design, with works showcasing Denmark’s own golden age (1800-1850), the Skagen Group (Denmark’s answer to impressionism) and Scandinavian Modern design, including Georg Jensen’s silver.
Day 7: Morning guided tour of Copenhagen with the afternoon free.
This morning we have a walking tour of Copenhagen including Amalienborg Palace, Gefion Fountain, Little Mermaid, Christianborg Palace and Town Hall (no entrances). Afternoon free for individual exploration.
Day 8: Morning free until transfer to the airport for flight to London Gatwick.
NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 30 passengers.
Original Sokos Vaakuna, Helsinki (2017 departure)
Four-star hotel built in 1952 for the Olympics located in the heart of the city. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and sauna. Rooms all have private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, wi-fi, minibar and hairdryer.
Original Sokos Vaakuna Hotel Website
Original Sokos Hotel, Helsinki (2018 departure)
Four-star hotel located in the heart of the city just a few steps from the Esplanadi market square and central railway station. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and sauna. Bedrooms all have a private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, wifi, minbar and hairdryer.
Original Sokos Hotel Website
Amaranten Hotel, Stockholm
Stylish, modern hotel with 1960s inspiration, located in the vibrant Kungsholme district. Hotel facilities include a casual restaurant, bar and gym. Rooms all have private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, wi-fi, minibar and hairdryer.
Amaranten Hotel Website
Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen (2017 departure)
Modern four-star hotel in the heart of the city, close to all of the main sights with stylish public areas and rooms. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, lobby bar and topfloor sushi bar with terrace. Rooms all have private bathroom with bath/shower, TV, telephone, wi-fi, minibar and hairdryer.
Tivoli Hotel Website
Hotel Vesterbro, Copenhagen (2018 departure)
The four-star Hotel Vesterbro is located within the 'cool' Vesterbro district with many bars, restaurants and shops nearby plus the Copenhagen Central Station and famous Tivoli Gardens only a short walk away. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms are modern and decorated in a Nordic style with a private bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV, telephone and wifi.
Hotel Vesterbro Website
This tour uses very well appointed four-star hotels in convenient city centre locations, offering a very high standard of comfort and facilities. Alternative hotels of a similar standard may be utilised on occasion.
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