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A Tale of Four Cities

(12 days / 11 nights)

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Cultural gems and natural wonders, in one amazing package

The Nordic countries are a region of extraordinary natural phenomena and historic cities, just bursting with culture. From palaces to parks, scenic railways to cruise ships, this intimate self drive tour will take you on a thrilling journey through Nordic kingdoms and their magnificent royal capitals, home to 21st century Kings and Queens. Highlights: Helsinki’s Uspenski Cathedral and Sibelius Park, Stockholm’s Royal Castle and City Hall, Kingdom of Crystal, Copenhagen’s Christiansborg Palace and the Little Mermaid, Viking ships, the Oslo fjord and Polar Exploration ship Fram.

12 days / 11 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1799 EUR

The amount will be charged in EUR

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Castles and Royalty, Classic, Countryside and natural scenery, Culture and History, Family

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your Nordic adventure.

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  • Day 1:  Welcome to the capital of Finland

    On arrival at Helsinki airport, you will be met and transferred to your comfortable hotel in the heart of the city. If you arrive early, we recommend getting the Helsinki Card, which gives you access to all main sights, museums and public transportation.

    Spend the night in Helsinki.

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  • Day 2: From city to sea magic

    Your morning begins with a tasty buffet breakfast, followed by a day to explore the Finnish capital. Sights of interest are, amongst others, the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, New Opera House, Sibelius Park and Monument and Underground Temple. In the late afternoon, you will board an overnight cruise ship heading off for Stockholm. Explore the various facilities available on board - cafes, restaurant and shops.

    Spend overnight in the comfort of your cabin on board the ship.

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  • Day 3: A taste of historic Stockholm 

    Enjoy breakfast on board as your ship sails through the Archipelago of over 24,000 islands and islets and arrives into Stockholm, the city of senses and the capital of Sweden. Built on 14 islands, you are never far from the water in Stockholm. After checking in at your centrally located hotel, you will have the rest of the day to check out all of what Stockholm has to offer. We recommend getting My Stockholm Pass, which gives you free admission to a total of 75 experiences, free sightseeing tours, discounts to a number of restaurants, shops and much more.  A visit to the Vasa Ship Museum and the City Hall, with its famous Blue Hall, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year, is highly recommended.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 4: A slice of Swedish countryside 

    Following a traditional Scandinavian buffet breakfast, you will pick up your rental car and start your drive south. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Southern Sweden to the city of Kalmar, beautifully situated by the Baltic Sea. Visit the Kalmar Castle, strategically important to Swedish defence in the past.

    Spend the night in Kalmar.

    Driving distance approx. 410 km.

    If your car rental pick up is on a Sunday or public holiday, please note that the car rental agency doesn´t open their office until 15:00 in the afternoon. We might be able to arrange pickups outside these hours against an extra fee or assist you in rearranging your tour to make it fit. Please contact us for details.

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  • Day 5: Kingdom of Crystal (Glasriket) 

    Drive around the ‘Kingdom of Crystal’ (Glasriket) and visit some of its most famous glassworks. There are more than 50 glassworks in this area, and many of them are open to visitors. You can find special gifts and souvenirs in many of the glasswork stores, which offer good prices.

    Spend the night in Ystad, with its many small, half-timbered houses. 

    Driving distance approx. 270 km.

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  • Day 6: Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen!

    Continue west. The drive takes us through the province of Skåne to the city of Malmö. Cross over the new Öresund Bridge and arrive in Denmark and the Royal capital, Copenhagen. Copenhagen hosts many sights, including the Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (seat of the Danish Parliament), Hans Christian Andersen's statue, Gefion Fountain, the old harbour of Nyhavn, the famous Little Mermaid and many other popular sights. In the afternoon, we recommend a wander down the popular pedestrian shopping street, Strøget, or maybe a canal tour or visit to the famous Tivoli Garden. 

    Driving distance approx. 120 km.

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  • Day 7: Shopping and sunsets en route to Oslo

    After a tasty Danish buffet breakfast, you can take your pick of Copenhagen’s many shopping and sightseeing opportunities. In the late afternoon, you will board an overnight cruise to Oslo. The ship cruises gently up the Kattegat Sund on its way to Oslo. There’s both dancing and entertainment available and also a great opportunity to just relax and watch the sunset out on deck.

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  • Day 8: Meet the Vikings

    Sailing up the scenic Oslo Fjord, you will reach the Norwegian capital early in the morning, ready for a day of leisure. While in Oslo, we recommend you see the world-famous Viking Ships, the Polar Exploration ship Fram, the amazing Vigeland Sculpture Park and other famous sights.

    Spend overnight in Oslo. 

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  • Day 9: Souvenirs fit for the royalty

    On your drive east from Oslo, make a stop at the Klässbols Linen Mill, which is open to visitors; here you’ll find quality linen goods for sale. Products from Klässbols are used by the Swedish Royal family, by Swedish embassies around the world, and by the hotels that accommodate the Nobel ceremony visitors. You will then pass the city of Karlstad, known as the city of sunshine, which lies on the river delta where two of Sweden’s great natural waterways meet; the 500 km long Klara River and the mighty Lake Vänern, with its archipelago of 22,000 islands. Where river meets lake, you can enjoy this unique delta environment on its hiking trails or on a boat trip. Karlstad is also home to Värmland’s Museum, containing the world’s premier exhibition of the Värmland artists, as well as international artists and a fascinating multimedia presentation of the province Värmland’s history. Continue east towards Örebro and don´t miss the 15 meters high Picasso sculpture in Kristinehamn, donated to the city by the artist in 1964.

    Continue to Örebro and stay the night.

    Driving distance approx. 330 km.

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  • Day 10: Castle and open air museum

    After breakfast, explore this little city and visit the 14th century Örebro Castle and walk through the Wadköping area. Wadköping area is an open air museum, with buildings and houses from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The houses and buildings were moved here to make room for new houses in the city.

    When ready, continue east back to Stockholm, where you will drop off your rental car and spend the night.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km.

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  • Day 11: Explore the delights of Stockholm’s Old Town 

    Today you will have time off to explore the city’s amazing Old Town, with its narrow alleys and beautiful medieval houses.

    In late afternoon, you will take an overnight cruise back to Helsinki.

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  • Day 12: Helsinki and departure day 

    Enjoy a nice breakfast onboard as you sail towards Finland. Arrive at Helsinki harbour around 10:30. Passengers departing with an afternoon flight will have time for some last-minute shopping - a perfect way to end your holiday. To get from to the airport we recommend taking the airport bus from Helsinki Central Station.

Map

Here’s a map of Scandinavia, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Good experience from the first query

Very good experience with your company right from the first query through to the final part of the tour.
 

Fantastic, memorable time

We had a fantastic, memorable time, with just the right amount of planned activities and free time to explore on our own. Many thanks to Irja!

We were very pleased

...We were glad to have the printed maps supplied by Nordic Visitor. We were very pleased with the decision to up-grade from 'Standard' to 'Superior' accomodation. The 'Commodore Class' on the Ferry was very welcome. The car was upgraded as well, fantastic!
We already have recommended your tours to family.
 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

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Rooms with private shower or bath and WC. These are in four-star hotels and are all centrally located within towns. All hotels pro..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, in the rental car of your choice.

Toyota Aygo, VW Up
or similar

  • x4
  • x4
  • x3
  • M

Toyota Aygo, VW Up
or similar

  • Type: A
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 1
  • Doors: 3
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Polo, Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

VW Polo, Toyota Yaris
or similar

  • Type: B
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Golf, Kia Ceed
or similar

  • x4
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

VW Golf, Kia Ceed
or similar

  • Type: C
  • Passengers: 4
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

VW Golf
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

VW Golf
or similar (on request)

  • Type: D
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Opel Astra SW, Kia Ceed SW
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x5
  • M

Opel Astra SW, Kia Ceed SW
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Skoda Octavia SW, VW Golf Sportscombi
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x3
  • M

Skoda Octavia SW, VW Golf Sportscombi
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 3
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Opel Insignia, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar

  • Type: I
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Manual

Audi A4 SW
or similar size premium SW (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • M

Audi A4 SW
or similar size premium SW (on request)

  • Type: J
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Manual

Toyota Auris
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x2
  • A

Toyota Auris
or similar (on request)

  • Type: K
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 2
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

VW Passat SW, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar (on request)

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

VW Passat SW, Toyota Avensis SW
or similar (on request)

  • Type: M
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic