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SCANDINAVIAN DELIGHT


Scandinavia offers beautiful wilderness with glaciers in the north, forests and lakes in the south. The cities are interesting, clean and attractive, and serve as a great destination for every kind of traveler.

 

 

From USD 2,200 * | from £ 1.46*

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Day 1 : Begin Your Tour • Arrive in Helsinki
This day marks the beginning of our journey through some of Europe’s most beautiful land, water and
cityscapes as we explore the Scandinavian belt during our 8-night long excursion. And we kick off this
wonderful 'Scandinavian Delight tour” in Europe’s youngest capital, the city of Helsinki,
Finland. Arrive at the Helsinki airport, clear the immigration and customs process and check in to the hotel on your own.
We spend enough time to settle into our rooms, relax and freshen up before heading out to an Indian
restaurant for dinner. (D)

Day 2 : On to Stockholm • Guided City Tour of Helsinki • Visit Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church • Visit
Sibelius Monument • Overnight Cruise to Stockholm

After the history-rich sights of Russia, we are about to meander through Europe’s youngest capital, Helsinki.
There are no antique ruins or remains, no medieval squares and not even a palace here, all you have is a vibrant metropolis with a multi-faceted architecture that boasts as much of Neoclassicism as it does of
Romanticism and Modernism. We begin our guided city tour of Helsinki immediately after breakfast discovering some of the world’s most distinct architectural merits such as Finlandia Hall (the leading congress, event and entertainment venue in Finland), the Helsinki Cathedral, the Market Square (bustling with activities with vendors selling fresh food and souvenirs) and many other landmarks. The highlights of the city tour, however, happen to be our visits to the Lutheran Temppeliaukio Church (a unique Rock Church known for its thrilling work of modern architecture, built entirely underground with a ceiling made of copper wire) and the Sibelius Monument (dedicated to the Finnish Composer, Jean Sibelius, consisting of a series of more than 600 hollow steel pipes welded together in a wave-like pattern). We then halt at a popular Indian restaurant for lunch before boarding our ship at Silja Line in Helsinki that will take us on to Stockholm, Sweden. As we see Finland disappearing before us, we gear up to embrace ourselves for a night spent marvelling at the eternity of the blue water beneath us, pausing only to enjoy a lavish dinner buffet served aboard. (B, L, D)

Note: From the moment we step on the ship, we follow Swedish time which is one hour behind Finland.

Day 3 : In Stockholm • Guided City Tour of Stockholm • Visit Vasa Ship Museum • Visit City Hall
After enjoying yet another meal (breakfast) while cruising on the Baltic Sea, we disembark the ship in
Stockholm. Without wasting any time at all, we start our guided city tour of the Swedish capital sprawled
over 14 islands. Incidentally, one-third of this coastal capital consists of water while another one-third is
occupied by parks and woodlands. It’s safe to say then that there is certainly no dearth of scenic beauty in Stockholm. But scenic stretches aren’t all there is to the town; there is also an interesting amalgamation of historic architectural treasures and that of modern structures. We get a hint of this beautiful blend of historic and modern as our tour takes us past popular landmarks like The Royal Palace, the Skansen Open-Air Museum (the world’s first ever open-air museum) and Gamla Stan (the colour-rioted old town) among others. We then visit the Vasa Ship Museum which, as the name suggests is a maritime museum. One of the most visited attractions in town as it is, this is the only museum in the world to have an almost fully intact 17thcentury ship, the warship Vasa that was salvaged three centuries after it sank. The final destination on our itinerary today is the Stadshuset, the iconic Stockholm City Hall which is often spotted on pictures and postcards of Sweden. Apart from assembly rooms and offices the building also houses grand ceremonial halls including The Blue Hall (which houses the world’s largest organ with 10,270 pipes) and The Golden Hall (which is adorned with no less than 18 million mosaic tiles that depict Swedish history). Satisfied with our day’s excursion, we quickly grab our lunch at an Indian restaurant and check into our hotel. Here we have the evening to ourselves to wade off the exhaustion that the cruise ride and the sightseeing brought along. Before we hit the bed, there’s one last thing to do… step out for dinner at another Indian
restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Onto Oslo • Free Time at Karlstad • Photo Stop at Vanern Lake
Today, we gear up for a long road journey as we check out from our hotel after breakfast and hit the road to Oslo, Norway making a couple of pitstops on the way.
Okay, we’ll admit, that long drives can get a tad bit tiring, but the utterly scenic views of green fields and blue waters that this drive has to offer, makes the journey worthwhile. Plus, there are the periodic comfort stops too, to keep our muscles from being too stiff.

We halt at Karlstad, which happens to be one comfort-stop before Stockholm. Here, we enjoy a yummy lunch at an Indian restaurant and take some time to look around this beautiful riverside town (on our own) which is sprawled all the way down to the shore of the Vanern Lake. Incidentally, Vanern Lake marks our next halt. We make a photo stop here for beautiful picture additions to our social media folders. Once in Oslo, we head straight for the Indian restaurant that’s going to be our dinner host for the night. After indulging ourselves in a delectable dinner we check into our hotel and lay comfy in our beds for the rest of the night. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : In Oslo • Guided City Tour • Visit Vigeland Sculpture Park • Viking Ship Museum •
Holmenkollen Ski Jump Area

You know a city is truly a culture-rich destination when its theatres, museums and galleries happen to be one of the most distinctive features of the town. And given that we are in one such capital, we dedicate today to exploring as much of this magnificent town as we can.
We begin our Oslo guided city tour after breakfast today that’ll take us past the most popular attractions of the town. The Akershus Fortress, the Royal Palace, the Oslo Cathedral, the City Hall and the National Opera Theatre to name a few. One of the biggest highlights of the tour happens to be our visit to the world’s largest sculpture park by a single artist, Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of Norway’s most visited tourist attractions. The park features more than 200 sculptures crafted out of bronze, granite and wrought iron by artist, Gustav Vigeland; the Wheel of Life and the 16-metre long Monolith (depicting 121 intertwined human bodies) being the most popular among these sculptures.
We then move on to get a glimpse into Norway’s Viking past as we head to the Viking Ship Museum next. Apart from housing three well-preserved 9th-century vessels (the Oseberg Ship, the Gokstad Ship and the Tune Ship), the museum also houses other artefacts and exhibits that are indicative of the Viking life at sea.
Last on our list of must-visit attractions in the Norweigan capital is the Holmenkollen Ski Jump & Museum.
Perched atop a hill, the journey to the Ski Jump Area alone is quite an interesting one and once there, the sheer height of the construction is likely to blow your mind away, irrespective of whether you are a ski
enthusiast or not. Plus, there is the matter of the best possible panoramic views of the town below. There is also the Ski Museum that boasts of 4000 years of ski history.
Famished as we would be after the day’s excursion, we proceed to the restaurant where a piping hot Indian lunch awaits us.
The rest of the evening is at leisure so that we can relax and rejuvenate ourselves for tomorrow’s long
excursion. The only thing between us and our beds now is a yummy-licious dinner which we enjoy at another
popular Indian restaurant. (B, L, D)

Day 6 : Onto Bergen • Norway in a Nutshell
Irrespective of how impressed we are by the architectural and cultural heritage of Oslo, it is an undeniable
fact that you haven’t really seen Norway if you haven’t spent some time submerging yourself in the splendour
of its natural beauty that comprises scenic landscapes, fascinating fjords and majestic mountains. And the best way to experience this heavenly beauty is to take the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour, which is on our
agenda for today. The tour, literally, is a long journey from Oslo to Bergen via trains, ferries and buses that take us past some of Europe’s most scenic stretches.
After breakfast, we drive to the Geilo train station where begins the actual tour as we board the train to
Myrdal that offers spectacular views of mountainous terrains. We then board our next train to Flam which
gives us a glimpse of the Norwegian Fjords. From Flam starts our water voyage with a fjord cruise on the
Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord (which is the narrowest fjord in Europe surrounded by huge mountains). Our cruise ends at Gudvengan, a small village cradled in the deepest reaches of Naeroyfjord. Our last leg of the tour finishes with a bus ride from Gudvengan to Bergen.
In Bergen, we check into our hotel for the night. (B, PL, D)


NOTE: We will carry packed lunch for the ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ tour while dinner will be served at an
Indian restaurant in Bergen.

Day 7 : Onto Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Bergen • Visit Hanseatic Wharf Bryggen • Ride
Floibanen (Funicular Train)

When you have seven hills standing guard for a coastal city with an entire coastal belt of the city listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, one thing you can expect from the town is ample beauty all around, both, in terms of landscape and cityscape. It is safe to say then that Bergen is nothing if not absolutely and entirely awe-inspiring. Soon after breakfast today, we begin our guided tour of the city which takes us through its upward
meandering roads past popular landmarks like the Fantoft Stave Church (though reconstructed in 1992, is still a classic expression of early Norwegian art), the Bergenhus Fortress (one of the best-preserved medieval building in all of Norway) and the Troldhaugen Villa (home of Norway’s most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, and his wife).
The most beautiful sight, however, in all of Bergen is the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, a coastal belt of colourful timbre structures, that has often found its way not just on postcards but on several desktops across the world as a screen saver. One of the most visited attractions of the town, the Hanseatic Wharf now comprises a small museum and several shops, cafes and restaurants.
And because nothing would make our Bergen tour more worthwhile than a trip up one of its much-talked about seven mountains, next on our itinerary is a ride on the Floibanen, a funicular train that takes us up
Mount Floyen. This mountaintop is where you get the most splendid panoramic views of the city below.
We then head to an Indian restaurant to enjoy a delicious lunch before heading to the Bergen airport to board our flight to Copenhagen. On arrival, we check into our hotel, rest for a bit and head out for dinner before calling it a night. (B, L, D)

Day 8 : In Copenhagen • Guided City Tour of Copenhagen • Visit Carlsberg Brewery • Visit Tivoli
Garden

We begin our day, of course, with a wholesome breakfast and then head out to explore the beautiful Denmark
capital, Copenhagen, a town that’s youthful and historic, at the same time. We kick off our guided city tour at the Rosenborg Castle which comprises the oldest royal garden of the country. The tour then takes us past the Renaissance Stock Exchange, Danish Parliament, the famous statue of the Little Mermaid and the Christiansborg Palace that comprises the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court.
We then visit the Carlsberg Brewery. One look at the brewery and you’ll figure why it's been tagged as one of the world’s most architecturally beautiful brewery. Here, you learn about the history of the popular Danish beer, witness the most magnificent beer bottle collection, stroll past the stables and take a tour of the sculpture garden. We end our tour at the bar where you can actually sip on a glass of beer.
Once out, we proceed to an Indian restaurant for a delicious meal and make our way to the city’s most visited attraction, the Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second oldest amusement park. While part of its dreamy charm is the architectural romanticism the park offers, the rides and the open-air performances take the whole experience to new levels of fun. Dusk, indeed, is the best time to be at the park as thousands of lights lit up the park structures giving it a more surreal vibe.

After spending a substantial amount of time revelling in the fairytale park, we move on to enjoying a
sumptuous dinner before heading back to the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9 : Homeward Bound
Too soon for our liking as it might be, the “Cox and Kings - Scandinavian Delight” has finally come to an end. We pack our bags, have one last breakfast on Danish lands and hit the road to the airport. With beautiful memories in our minds and beautiful souvenirs in our luggage, we board our flight back home. (B)

**End of trip**

 

Note : Please note that this tour may run with an altered flow due to operational constraints.
Departure Dates

 

Departure dates 

APRIL 2019 | 26
MAY 2019 | 10,20,31
JUNE 2019 | 07,14,21,28
JULY 2019 | 12,26
AUGUST 2019 | 16
SEPTEMBER 2019 | 20

B- breakfast | L -lunch | D - Dinner 

 

Includes:

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Meals as per detailed itinerary
  • Guided city tours
  • Funicular train to top of mountain in Bergen
  • Visit tothe Carlsberg brewery
  • Entrnace to Tivoli Gardens
  • Multilingual Guide
  • And so much more.

Excludes:

  • Airfare, visas and medical insurance
  • Arrival and depature transfers
  • Taxes as applicable
  • No porterage included
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips
  • Cost of excursions, sightseeing
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