Spectacular Scandinavia

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This fabulous adventure brings together Scandinavia’s natural wonders, history and culture.

Spectacular Scandinavia 14 Day Adventure

Join us on an incredible journey to a land of unparalleled beauty – Scandinavia.

This fabulous adventure brings together Scandinavia’s natural wonders, history and culture. In Denmark’s bohemian capital city, discover why Copenhagen is dubbed the “gastro capital of Scandinavia.” Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory. Learn about Stockholm on your choice of either a walking or panoramic tour. Dine at Fem Små Hus, a 17th-century restaurant that captures the flavor of a bygone era. Travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard an innovative high-speed train. Tour Oslo’s remarkable Viking Ship Museum. Embark on one of the world’s steepest train rides, the renowned Flåm Railway, passing mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Enjoy countryside accommodations surrounded by vistas of breathtaking mountains and fjords. Experience Norway’s breathtaking fjord region as you travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier. Embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise. Meander through the streets of Bergen’s ancient trading port founded in the 11th century. Scandinavia awaits - three countries, three cultures, and endless scenery.


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Spectacular Scandinavia

14 Days/13 Nights
12 Breakfasts/7 Dinners

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Day 1: Overnight Flight

Set out to explore Scandinavia by land and experience one of the world’s most incredible regions.



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Day 2: Copenhagen, Denmark - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in the beautiful city of Copenhagen. Take some time to venture out on your own and come to know this cosmopolitan capital, dubbed the “gastro capital of

Scandinavia.” Tonight, meet your fellow travellers during a local dining experience highlighting the New Nordic Cuisine movement of Copenhagen.



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Day 3: Copenhagen

Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. See Christianborg, Denmark’s centre of Parliament, and Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the Danish royal family, as well as the Royal Theatre. You’ll also get to see the Little Mermaid Statue, a 1913 sculpture honouring Hans Christian Andersen’s famous fictional character. This afternoon, enjoy some free time on your own. Perhaps you’ll join us for an optional excursion to Frederiksborg Castle, the former residence of the Danish royal family, which begins with lunch at a local restaurant featuring seasonally-inspired cuisine.



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Day 4: Copenhagen - Vaxjo, Sweden

Cross the famous Oresund Bridge into Sweden. Stop at the Ikea Museum and become immersed in the history behind this world-famous furniture brand. Later, travel to Vaxjo, gateway to Sweden’s famous “glass kingdom” and home to the well-known brand, Kosta Boda. Discover the genuine Swedish tradition of glassblowing at Sweden’s oldest operating glassworks factory, established in 1742.



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Day 5: Vaxjo - Stockholm

Continue north to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital city. Once you’ve arrived, begin exploring the one-of-a-kind Vasa Ship Museum. You’ll learn about the vessel’s shocking maiden voyage, when it sank in a single nautical mile. The ship, commissioned in the 1600s by King Vasa, was raised 334 years later from the bottom of the harbour. Perfectly preserved, the ship offers a rare glimpse into the amazing craftsmanship of the 17th century. Tonight, enjoy Swedish cuisine in the old town at Fem Sma Hus. Capture the flavour of a bygone era at this stunning restaurant that’s comprised of five connected timber-framed houses from the 17th century.



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Day 6: Stockholm

Today, it’s your choice! Explore the narrow streets of Gamla Stan (Old Town) during a guided walking tour -OR- see the city on a motor coach tour that highlights the Riddarholm Church, the Royal Palace and the Parliament, as well as a visit inside Stockholm’s beautiful city hall. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Stockholm independently. Discover its strikingly colourful architecture and sample its innovative cuisine. Perhaps you will choose to join an optional excursion that offers a privately guided tour of Stockholm’s spectacular archipelago.



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Day 7: Stockholm - High Speed Train - Oslo, Norway

All aboard! Sit back, relax and enjoy as you travel through Sweden’s picturesque countryside aboard its innovative high-speed train. Cross the Norwegian border and arrive in Oslo, one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills. Norway’s capital since 1814, Oslo is the centre of Norwegian government and home to the royal family. Here, you’ll find a vibrant, cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of worldclass museums, restaurants and art.



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Day 8: Oslo

A tour of Oslo begins at the remarkable Viking Ship Museum, home of three ancient Viking vessels. Continue along Karl Johan Street and view the Royal Palace and city hall in quaint downtown Oslo. Next, visit Vigeland Park, home to the collection of statues and sculptures that comprise Gustav Vigeland's life’s work. Later this afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax or explore Oslo independently.



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Day 9: Oslo - Flåm

Travel north from Norway’s capital to the majestic fjord region. Visit the Borgund Stave Church, the intricate structure built in dedication to the Apostle, Andrew in 1180. Arrive next in the quaint village of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord. Embark on the renowned Flåm Railway, one of the world’s steepest train rides, and ascend 3,000 feet past mighty waterfalls, towering mountains and amazing valleys. Journey to the mountain plateau of Myrdal and cascade down to the fjord of Flåm, taking in the breathtaking views each way.




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Day 10: Flåm - Loen

Travel across the dramatic Sognefjord to the Briksdal Glacier, considered to be one of the most beautiful glaciers in Norway. Climb the glacier in a traditional “troll” car before arriving in stunning Loen for a relaxing stay in the heart of Norway’s fjord region.




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Day 11: Loen - Geiranger - Fjord Cruise - Loen

Spend the day enchanted by the inspiring landscape of the fjord region of Norway. Journey to Geiranger, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and embark on an exhilarating Geirangerfjord cruise, soaking in some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery along the way. Known to be one of the most famous fjords in the world, Geirangerfjord is where you’ll find Norway’s mightiest waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, the Bridal Veil and the Suitor. You’ll notice that homesteads are a continued presence on the steep sides of the mountains, where these farms have been kept for centuries.



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Day 12: Loen - Bergen

Be inspired by Norway’s most impressive landscapes en route to Bergen – the gateway to the fjords. Founded with Viking roots, the Bergen of today is known for its old-world charm and scenic landscapes.



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Day 13: Bergen

Join a guided walking tour of Bergen. Stroll along the historic and iconic harbour front, known as the Bryggen (UNESCO). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and reunite with your fellow passengers for an atmospheric farewell dinner in the historic Bryggen neighbourhood.

Hotel Scandic Neptun Bergen Breakfast & Dinner


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Day 14: Bergen - Tour Ends

Depart for home today with incredible memories of your Scandinavian journey.



*All photos are for illustrative purposes only. This tour is operated by Collette Tours. All dates, pricing and terms & conditions are available from Vegan Vacations. Email admin@veganvacations.ca for full details.


You will see the following on your experience

Oslo

Oslo

Oslo is a county and municipality, as well as the capital and largest city in Norway. Oslo was established as a municipality on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III "Hardraade" of Norway, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The Danish–Norwegian king Christian IV moved the city, rebuilding it closer to Akershus fortress, as Christiania (briefly also spelt Kristiania). In 1925, the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo. The diocese of Oslo is one of the five original dioceses in Norway, which originated around the year 1070.

Bergen

Bergen

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a population of 261,600 as of April 31, 2011. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county. Greater Bergen or Bergen Metropolitan Area as defined by Statistics Norway, has a population of 386,900 as of April 31, 2011. Bergen is located in the county of Hordaland on the south-western coast of Norway. It is an important cultural hub in its region, recognized as the unofficial capital of Western Norway and sometimes also referred to as the Atlantic coast capital of Norway. The city was one of nine European cities honoured with the title of European Capital of Culture in the Millennium year.

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm - Sweden's capital and largest city, and the most populous city in the Nordic region. Without a doubt, Stockholm is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the brackish Baltic Sea, and passes the Stockholm archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets. The city is a cosmopolitan place with both classical and modern architecture, and a captivating Old Town, Gamla Stan. Today, the area is an atmospheric mixture of buildings surrounded on all sides by a latticework of medieval lanes and alleyways.

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