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Arrive in Helsinki, Finland
Welcome to Scandinavia and Finland.
You are met on arrival in Helsinki, and taken to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure to relax or explore the city.
Your three‐hour tour this morning covers the highlights of the city including Senate Square, designed in the neoclassical style by Carl Ludvig Engel in the mid 1800’s. It’s surrounded by the Government Palace, the main building of the University, the enormous Helsinki Cathedral and Sederholm House, the oldest stone building in Helsinki.
See the Presidential Palace, the Parliament building and the modern City Hall and Finlandia Hall. Visit the monument for Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, and tour Temppeliaukio Church, quarried out of the natural bedrock with a design that gives it excellent acoustics. (B)
Helsinki to Stockholm, Sweden
This morning you are taken to the airport for your flight to Sweden. On arrival in Stockholm, you are taken directly to your hotel in the center of the city. Stockholm is very scenic, with shimmering waterways and a myriad of bridges connecting the 14 islands that make up the city.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore. (B)
Today enjoy a panoramic tour of this 700‐year‐old city. Visit the wealthy Ostermalm District, the central city areas of Hötorget and Sergel Plaza, and the Renaissance‐styled Royal Palace. Explore the Kungsholmen district with its 18th to 20th century buildings, including City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Award dinners are held.
Next, drive to the southern shore of Saltsjön island for a view of the city from the top of picturesque Fjällgatan Street. Continue to Stockholm’s charming Old Town, “Gamla Stan,” to enjoy a short stroll along the charming cobblestoned streets. (B)
Uppsala & Sigtuna Excursion
Today, enjoy a full day excursion north of Stockholm to explore two of Sweden’s historic cities. First, visit the prestigious university town of Uppsala. Explore Old Uppsala, and the historic Uppsala Palace, built on a ridge overlooking the city. Visit the National Cathedral, built in the 13th century. It is Sweden’s largest and most spectacular church. Also see the Gunilla Bell, and the University.
Departing Uppsala, pass the replica of the historic Mora Stone, where homage was paid to newly crowned kings, and Linnés Hammarby, the home of the world famous 18th century botanist, Carl von Linné. Drive along the charming country roads to the small, unspoiled town of Sigtuna. Founded over 1,000 years ago, Sigtuna was the first capital of Sweden and its center of Christianity. Today Sigtuna is almost sleepy, a village of picturesque old houses and well‐kept gardens. See the 13th century Church of St. Maria, and the 18th century town hall.
En route back to Stockholm, you pass the beautiful baroque‐style Steninge Palace and Rosersberg Castle. (B, L)
Stockholm to Oslo, Norway
This morning you are taken to the airport for your flight to Norway. On arrival in Oslo you are met and taken directly to your hotel. Oslo is a modern, international city, with a thousand years of rich history waiting to be explored. (B)
Start this morning’s tour with a visit to the famous Holmenkollen Ski Jump for an amazing view over the city and the adjacent fjord. Touring the city center, see the Parliament Building, the, Royal Palace, City Hall, and Oslo Cathedral, famous for its large ceiling murals. Visit the modern sea‐front area of Aker Brygge Wharf, with its delightful boardwalk full of colorful buildings, shops and restaurants. Explore the ruins of the Akershus Fortress, built in the 1300’s as a medieval castle, it was later converted into a Renaissance period royal residence. Enjoy time to wander through the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park. This unique sculpture garden is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869‐1943), and contains more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron. (B)
Today you are taken to the Oslo port or airport for your departing cruise/flight and on to your next destination. (B)
Hotel Kamp, Helsinki
The original Hotel Kamp opened its doors in November 1887. After a faithful and extensive restoration, it is today considered as one of the most valued historical buildings in central Helsinki. Located in the heart of the city amid neo-classical architecture, designer shops, and verdant parks and within a few minutes walk of the harbor it is also surrounded by major cultural sites. There are two gourmet restaurants, a breakfast lounge, terrace, cigar lounge and lobby lounge. The beautiful fitness facility offers exercise equipment, special aromatherapy showers, relaxing heated divans, steam grotto, Turkish steam room and sauna. The 179 guest rooms are luxurious and exquisitely furnished with spacious, beautiful marble bathrooms and state-of-the-art technology. In your deluxe room, amenities include bathrobes and slippers, mini-bar, in-room safe, separate bath and shower stall, color satellite TV and internet access (fee). A 2014 Condé Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel
Grand Hotel Stockholm, Stockholm
The Grand Hotel Stockhölm is Scandinavia's leading hotel and a landmark in the city. The international hotel opened for the first time in 1874 and has a long and fascinating history. Famous for the food, the elegant surroundings and the gracious staff, the hotel is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Grand Hotel has two gourmet restaurants and a bar. There is a modern gym with the latest exercise and fitness equipment, dry saunas and steam saunas, and massage. The rooms and interiors are unique, with no two rooms alike. The 304 guestrooms maintain their classic charm while at the same time providing all of the modern technology and amenities. Your Deluxe harbor view room offers a view over the harbor, Old Town and Royal Palace. Your spacious room offering amenities including LCD-TV, in-room safe, minibar, entrance to the Spa & & Fitness Center, complimentary high speed Internet access, and a luxurious bathroom with a deep bathtub, walk-in shower, bathrobe and slippers. A 2015 Travel+Leisure World's Best Hotel
Hotel Continental, Oslo
The Hotel Continental prides itself on maintaining the wholesomeness of longstanding traditions while getting inspiration from current trends. Classic elements combine with vibrant colors and contemporary expression. Each of the 155 rooms and suites have their own slant, interiors, fabrics and art that are selected and assembled with care. It provides guests more new experiences, while the quality, integrity and the atmosphere is the same as the Hotel Continental has always been associated with. And the Hotel Continental is more than a hotel. For a world-renowned dining experience guests should wander into Theatercaféen - this legendary Viennese café is on the New York Times' list of the world's ten most famous cafés and is surely not to be missed.