Capitals of Scandinavia

Capitals of Scandinavia

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Capitals of Scandinavia

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  • 10 nights
  • Year round

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Highlights

In pictures
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Discover Helsinki with its charming mix of styles and fortress

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Enjoy Oslo's lively harbour-front boardwalk

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Stroll through cobbled Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town

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Explore royal history and modern architecture in Copenhagen

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Sail on the Silja Line from Helsinki to Stockholm

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Take a scenic rail journey between Sweden and Norway

Why this trip...

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

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Culture

Experience local culture and heritage as part of this holiday

Overview

Explore the capital cities of Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark on this 10-night independent holiday. Marvel at incredible architecture, delve into colourful history and maritime influences, and enjoy the many beautiful parks and waterways these cities offer in abundance. Take the scenic connections by boat and train and enjoy exploring by foot, boat and tram.

All four capitals - Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen - offer visitors a host of activities. They come to life with busy outdoor farmer's markets; there are numerous shops and boutiques that offer everything from sophisticated designer brands to vintage fashions; glass, ceramics, jewellery and other arts and crafts are popular too.

For those looking for a more cultural experience, plenty of art galleries, museums, concert halls and theatres tick that box. Helsinki and Stockholm, with their outer lying islands and waterways, offer plenty of scenic boat trips; Oslo and Copenhagen too, with their proximity to the sea, have many opportunities for getting out onto the water, a great way to spend a sunny afternoon.

And of course, you're spoilt for choice in all of the capitals when it comes to cafes, bars and restaurants with all budgets and tastes catered for, literally!

Itinerary

The itinerary below can be operated in reverse if preferred.

Day 1 arrive Helsinki

Fly to Helsinki, the capital of Finland and transfer to the city centre for a two-night stay in one of the centrally located hotels.

Fly to Helsinki, the capital of Finland and transfer to the city centre for a two-night stay in one of the centrally located hotels.

Day 2 explore Helsinki

The attractive capital of Finland is situated by the Baltic Sea, boasting a 100km shoreline and around 330 offshore islands. It is relaxed with plenty of character, compact enough to explore comfortably under your own steam. The Fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square on a beautiful island and is a popular place to visit. See examples of neoclassical architecture in the much-photographed Senate Square; numerous Art Nouveau buildings, the most famous being the central railway station, and many modernist creations by the world renowned architect, Alvar Aalto. Helsinki’s architecture, punctuated by numerous parks and gardens, inviting bistros and cafes as well as the buzz that always surrounds the area by the harbour, combine to make this a lovely place to begin your trip.

The attractive capital of Finland is situated by the Baltic Sea, boasting a 100km shoreline and around 330 offshore islands. It is relaxed with plenty of character, compact enough to explore comfortably under your own steam. The Fortress of Suomenlinna, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is just a 15-minute ferry ride away from Helsinki Market Square on a beautiful island and is a popular place to visit. See examples of neoclassical architecture in the much-photographed Senate Square; numerous Art Nouveau buildings, the most famous being the central railway station, and many modernist creations by the world renowned architect, Alvar Aalto. Helsinki’s architecture, punctuated by numerous parks and gardens, inviting bistros and cafes as well as the buzz that always surrounds the area by the harbour, combine to make this a lovely place to begin your trip.

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Day 3 Helsinki - Stockholm

Morning and early afternoon in Helsinki, then make your way to the port (payable locally) in time for your overnight cruise to Stockholm. Set sail at 17:00, enjoying an extended sunset, its magical light reflecting off the calm waters. Watch the lights of the city fade as the Silja Symphony or Silja Serenade sails out through the archipelago then head below deck to a wide central promenade where you’ll find Duty Free shops and entertainment, and enjoy dinner before retiring to your cabin.

Morning and early afternoon in Helsinki, then make your way to the port (payable locally) in time for your overnight cruise to Stockholm. Set sail at 17:00, enjoying an extended sunset, its magical light reflecting off the calm waters. Watch the lights of the city fade as the Silja Symphony or Silja Serenade sails out through the archipelago then head below deck to a wide central promenade where you’ll find Duty Free shops and entertainment, and enjoy dinner before retiring to your cabin.

Day 4 arrive Stockholm

Arrive in the Swedish capital around 09:30, make you way to your hotel (payable locally) for a two-night stay. With 14 islands connected via a network of waterways and more than 50 bridges, Stockholm is known as ‘the Venice of the north’ and is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.

Arrive in the Swedish capital around 09:30, make you way to your hotel (payable locally) for a two-night stay. With 14 islands connected via a network of waterways and more than 50 bridges, Stockholm is known as ‘the Venice of the north’ and is undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.

Day 5 explore Stockholm

Spend the day exploring. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the old town with one of the best preserved medieval city centres; visit the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral; and enjoy a wealth of shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Be like a Swede and take a ‘fika’, a coffee break Swedish style - coffee followed by something sweet to eat. Take a trip to the island of Djurgården, home to the impressively preserved warship Vasa; visit Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. For something a little more up-beat, visit ABBA The Museum, an interactive exhibition about the famous pop band. Perhaps take a boat trip amongst Stockholm’s stunning archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries. And definitely enjoy the Swedish cuisine!

Spend the day exploring. Stroll around the narrow cobbled streets of Gamla Stan, the old town with one of the best preserved medieval city centres; visit the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral; and enjoy a wealth of shopping and sightseeing opportunities. Be like a Swede and take a ‘fika’, a coffee break Swedish style - coffee followed by something sweet to eat. Take a trip to the island of Djurgården, home to the impressively preserved warship Vasa; visit Skansen, the oldest open-air museum in the world or Astrid Lindgren’s Junibacken. For something a little more up-beat, visit ABBA The Museum, an interactive exhibition about the famous pop band. Perhaps take a boat trip amongst Stockholm’s stunning archipelago with 30,000 islands, islet rocks and skerries. And definitely enjoy the Swedish cuisine!

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Day 6 Stockholm - Oslo

Sit back and enjoy the scenic 6-hour journey by train, passing farmland, lakes, picturesque towns and villages. The direct train departs at 08.29 or 15.25. Make your way to the hotel and spend two nights in Norway's capital, Oslo.

Sit back and enjoy the scenic 6-hour journey by train, passing farmland, lakes, picturesque towns and villages. The direct train departs at 08.29 or 15.25. Make your way to the hotel and spend two nights in Norway's capital, Oslo.

Day 7 explore Oslo

Conveniently located on Oslofjord, means Norway’s capital boasts the best of the city life as well as wonderful nature on its doorstep. Explore the medieval Akershus Fortress and the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park; visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the strongest wooden, Polar ship ever built, or climb the impressive structure at Holmenkollen ski museum, and enjoy spectacular views from the top of the jump. The ever popular Aker Brygge area, with its mix of distinctive buildings reclaimed from its shipyard heritage and impressive modern architecture, has a lively harbour-front boardwalk and a wealth of outdoor dining and entertainment venues. From here, take a fjord cruise, an evening live music boat trip or even a Pirate cruise, always a family favourite.

Conveniently located on Oslofjord, means Norway’s capital boasts the best of the city life as well as wonderful nature on its doorstep. Explore the medieval Akershus Fortress and the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park; visit the Fram Museum, dedicated to the strongest wooden, Polar ship ever built, or climb the impressive structure at Holmenkollen ski museum, and enjoy spectacular views from the top of the jump. The ever popular Aker Brygge area, with its mix of distinctive buildings reclaimed from its shipyard heritage and impressive modern architecture, has a lively harbour-front boardwalk and a wealth of outdoor dining and entertainment venues. From here, take a fjord cruise, an evening live music boat trip or even a Pirate cruise, always a family favourite.

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Day 8 Oslo - Copenhagen

Spend the morning at leisure, then make your way to the harbour (payable locally) in time for the overnight sailing to Copenhagen, departing at 16:30. Stay overnight in a cabin, aboard a DFDS ship complete with a variety of dining and entertainment facilities.

Spend the morning at leisure, then make your way to the harbour (payable locally) in time for the overnight sailing to Copenhagen, departing at 16:30. Stay overnight in a cabin, aboard a DFDS ship complete with a variety of dining and entertainment facilities.

Day 9 arrive Copenhagen

Arrive in Copenhagen around 09:45, make you way to your hotel (payable locally) for a two-night stay. Denmark’s capital has a ‘small and friendly’ appeal and is easy to explore.

Arrive in Copenhagen around 09:45, make you way to your hotel (payable locally) for a two-night stay. Denmark’s capital has a ‘small and friendly’ appeal and is easy to explore.

Day 10 explore Copenhagen

See the statue of The Little Mermaid, visit the 100 year old amusement park, Tivoli Gardens and take a guided tour of Christiania, the ‘freetown’ beloved of creative types with its interesting architecture, cheap eats and live music. Nyhavn is a 17th Century waterfront area full of brightly coloured houses and a bewildering choice of lively bars and restaurants. The pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, has something for everyone and there are some impressively regal palaces to visit; Amalienborg, the main residence of the Queen of Denmark, is considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture, and the daily changing of the guard here is always popular.

See the statue of The Little Mermaid, visit the 100 year old amusement park, Tivoli Gardens and take a guided tour of Christiania, the ‘freetown’ beloved of creative types with its interesting architecture, cheap eats and live music. Nyhavn is a 17th Century waterfront area full of brightly coloured houses and a bewildering choice of lively bars and restaurants. The pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, has something for everyone and there are some impressively regal palaces to visit; Amalienborg, the main residence of the Queen of Denmark, is considered to be one of the greatest works of Danish Rococco architecture, and the daily changing of the guard here is always popular.

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Day 11 depart Copenhagen

Travel to the airport (payable locally) and check in for your flight.

Travel to the airport (payable locally) and check in for your flight.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in each city, we can recommend centrally located hotels that suit the itinerary, however we can also mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Prices and Departures

Price from £944 including flights

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Helsinki and Copenhagen to Gatwick
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 1 night on board Tallink Silja Line cruise ship in Promenade cabin with breakfast and buffet dinner
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Twin Price
Oct - Dec 2020 10 nights £944
Jan - May 2021 10 nights £968
Jun - Aug 2021 10 nights £1,043
Sep 2021 10 nights £1,109
Oct - Dec 2021 10 nights £990

Optional Accommodation Upgrades

You may wish to add extra nights either in any of the cities you stay in or perhaps choose an alternative hotel in in the cities.  Please contact us for the different options available and we'll be happy to provide a quote.

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