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Premium Sweden and Norway


Dive into the epic scenery of otherworldly Scandinavia on this Premium trip through the highlights of Sweden and Norway. On this ten-day adventure, you’ll explore Stockholm at your own pace before heading off-track to the gorgeous lakeside Vadstena for your Feature Stay in a medieval monastery hotel. Wander through a castle and relax on Lake Vatten before heading to Oslo for art, music and modern architecture. Take one of the world’s most popular train journeys to Flam, past mountainside fjords and deep ravines to the world's deepest and second-longest fjord. Taste seasonal beers and cruise past UNESCO World Heritage-listed fjords on an Exclusive Experience through the majesty of Norway. Enjoy a cheese tasting in a small rural village, discover views unlike any you’ve seen before and end it all in beautiful Bergen, soaking in panoramic views and toasting an incredible journey.

10 days, from

$6,011

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: BMPN
Style: Premium
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  Norway Sweden
Accommodation: Hotel (7 Nights), Feature Stay (2 nights)
Transportation: Train , Private vehicle
Included Meals:

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Take a once-in-a-lifetime Premium Exclusive day trip from Flam and cruise through the incrediblye UNESCO World Heritage-listed Western Norwegian Fjords. Enjoy a cheese tasting in picturesque Undredal and then explore Gudvangen with epic views.

  • Stay in a historical monastery hotel for your Feature Stay in off-the-beaten-path Vadstena on Lake Vattern. Learn about the property’s incredible history and take a guided tour of the town and the nearby Renaissance castle.

  • Hop on the scenic Flam Railway for your Premium Exclusive Experience and see why this is rated one of the world’s most spectacular train journeys. You’ll ride past mountainsides with cascading waterfalls, through ravines and rivers and past idyllic farms.

  • Discover dynamic Oslo on a walking tour and learn all about the city’s sustainability efforts from a local guide who will take you through the old industrial architecture and the modern buildings.

  • Enjoy coffee, pastries and a gorgeous Old Town in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden on the Baltic Sea archipelago. You’ll have some free time here to explore this incredible city at your own pace.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Stockholm

Valkommen! Welcome to Sweden. A complimentary arrival transfer will pick you up from the airport this morning, taking you to your accommodation in Stockholm. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North' and arguably Scandinavia's most beautiful city, Stockholm is packed full of amazing architecture, pristine parks and clear waters. Your adventure will begin with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. If you arrive early, maybe stroll by the narrow cobblestone streets and colourful merchant houses and soak up the culture. Maybe grab a cinnamon roll in Stockholm’s oldest café – Sundbergs Konditori, on Jarntorget Aquare – dating back to 1785. Tonight, you’ll have a special welcome dinner with your trip leader and group to toast to a new adventure.

Day 2: Stockholm

This morning after breakfast, you’ll head out on a leader-led walking tour of Gamlastan (the Old Town of Stockholm) to get your bearings. Along the way, make a fika stop (for coffee and pastry) for morning tea and refuel for your free time this afternoon. Then, why not leave the city behind for a few hours and see the waterways of Stockholm on a cruise? Maybe take a self-guided millennium walking tour or visit the ABBA Museum. You can also take a trip to Drottningholm Palace – the residence of the Swedish royal family. Tonight, maybe head to Stockholm's Sodermalm district – the inner-city island with the best nightlife, full of great shops, bars and cafes. Or maybe sit down at one of the top-notch restaurants on the cobblestoned islet of Gamla Stan or in Kungsholmen.

Day 3: Vadstena

Leave Stockholm this morning after breakfast and head for the town of Linkoping. When you arrive, you’ll take a tour of the town with a local guide and learn about Linkoping's fascinating history, which dates back to the 12th century. After, have lunch with your group at a local restaurant, and then continue to the shores of Lake Vattern – Sweden’s second largest and deepest lake. For the next two nights, you’ll stay at a medieval monastery at a family-run Klosterhotel. The hotel’s buildings are some of the oldest in the country, as they used to be the St Birgitta Monastery in the 14th century, the Palace of Prince Birger in the 13th century and a Royal Hall! Imagine how life once was among the thick walls, worn stone floors and high cross vaults and tonight, enjoy dinner at your Feature Stay with your group.

Day 4: Vadstena

After breakfast this morning, join a local guide for a historical walk around Vadstena. The tour takes you from inside the mighty Renaissance castle through the city and ends at the monastery grounds. You’ll learn about the castle, the monastery's history from the Middle Ages to today, and other stories from the city’s long history. This afternoon, you’re free to relax on the lake. Or maybe visit one of Vadstena’s many museums before finding a cosy restaurant for dinner.

Day 5: Oslo

Leave Vadstena behind this morning and travel to Oslo, admiring the scenery of endless forests and lakes along the way (grab a window seat if you can!). On the way, you’ll stop in one of the local towns for lunch and say your farewells to Sweden. Arrive in Oslo in the late afternoon, take some time to unwind and check in to the hotel. The evening is free for you to explore on your own. Maybe head to a local rooftop bar for nighttime city views or head to Gamla – Oslo’s oldest performance venue – and catch a jazz or rock gig.

Day 6: Oslo

This morning after breakfast, discover a city changing for the better on a guided tour of Oslo’s centre. Learn about the city’s rapid urban development, sustainable efforts and modern architecture, before enjoying a free afternoon to explore how you wish. Maybe visit the Ski Museum, housed inside the famous monumental Holmenkollbakken (ski jump), which looks more like a work of art than a sports venue. Here, you can learn about Norwegian polar expeditions, the history of skiing over the past 4000 years and the Winter Olympics at Oslo and Lillehammer. At the top of the tower, soak in the 360-degree views of the city, with its fjords and forests. Maybe browse the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art on the harbour or taste local flavours at the Vulkan food hall. Perhaps explore the immense Akershus Castle and Fortress or check out some cool shops in the Grunerlokka district. In the evening, join your leader for a dinner of local flavours in the restaurant.

Day 7: Flam

Have some breakfast this morning and then head out for one of Norway’s most beloved tourist attractions – a scenic train journey from Oslo to Flam. Regularly voted one of the world’s best train journeys, you’ll see Norwegian nature at its most magnificent. From the high mountain station of Myrdal, you’ll travel to the head of Aurlandsfjord on one of the world’s steepest stretches of train line, cutting through deep ravines, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and farms. Arrive in Flam, which sits right on the world's deepest and second-longest fjord – the 204-km-long and 1308-m-deep Sognefjord. Tonight, you’ll learn about Norway’s long history with beer in this region as you enjoy a tasting of three popular seasonal beers from the hotel's own Aegir Brewery.

Day 8: Flam

Wake up to a scenic paradise this morning. After breakfast, you’ll hop on a fjord cruise along Aurlandsfjord, where you’ll have first-class views of the spectacular landscape dotted with old farms and idyllic villages that have stayed the same for centuries. These UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Norwegian Fjords are among the most scenically outstanding in the world. Mostly untouched in modern times, there are no road connections meaning the only way to properly explore this area is by boat! On your cruise, you’ll stop in picturesque Undredal and stretch your legs around this gorgeous village. Enjoy a cheese tasting here to sample some local favourites before boarding the cruise again and sailing along the narrow Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen, where you’ll have lunch with the group. Spend an afternoon in Gudvangen, soaking in the otherworldly views of mountains and the huge fjord lake (don’t forget your camera today!) and then take a private vehicle back to Flam.

Day 9: Bergen

Today, you’ll leave Flam behind and travel to Voss – the ‘adrenaline capital of Norway’ is known for its natural spring water and magical waterfall. When you arrive, visit the hilltop Voss Folk Museum for an insight into how people lived in rural western Norway from the 16th century to the early 20th century. After, continue to Bergen, surrounded by mountains and fjords and home to colourful wooden houses and hiking trails. When you arrive, take the Floibanen funicular on Mount Floyen for the incredible panoramic views of the city. Tonight, why not ask your leader for the best restaurants in the area (preferably with a gorgeous view) and toast to a trip well-travelled.

Day 10: Bergen

This morning after breakfast, your trip comes to an end. If you’d like to spend more time in Scandinavia (and why wouldn’t you?), just speak to your booking agent.