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Scandinavian Road Trip & Finland Cruise

(14 days / 13 nights)

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Drive & Sail in Scandinavia

This 14-day tour combines the best of the capital cities of Scandinavia with a scenic road trip in the countryside of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Starting in Finland, you will get to explore the culture and history of Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo including castles, palaces and museums. On the road, you will get to see picturesque towns like Kalmar, Ystad and Örebro, while soaking in the landscape along the way.

14 days / 13 nights

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Approx 2115 EUR

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Tour Highlights

  • Explore the colourful capitals of Finland, Norway, Sweden & Denmark
  • Experience the ultimate Scandinavian road trip, taking the scenic route from country to country
  • Tour the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and cruise the Baltic sea to Stockholm
  • Discover Scandinavian royalty by visiting castles and palaces
  • Walk through the small and charming capital, Copenhagen
  • Enjoy the charms of Swedish Fika in Gamla Stan (Old Town)
  • Drive through the scenic countryside of Sweden, including Kalmar and Ystad
  • Sail from Copenhagen to Oslo on an overnight cruise
  • Visit the coast of Skåne and the mystical iron age monument Ale´s stones with an impressive view of the Baltic Sea.
  • Relax by the water at Nyhavn in Copenhagen and visit the Little Mermaid

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

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

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1352/839 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: WELCOME TO FINLAND

    When you arrive at Helsinki Airport, make your way to city centre. Many travellers opt to take public transportation, but we also offer direct private transfers. Take advantage of this first day on your own to discover this Nordic gem at your own pace, and eat at one of the many gourmet restaurants. We recommend visiting Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, and the Old Market Hall to become acquainted with Finnish history and culture.

    Spend the night in Helsinki. 

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  • Day 2: EXPLORE LOVELY HELSINKI

    Today, continue exploring Helsinki before boarding a cruise to Sweden. Helsinki is known for its creativity and, in 2012, was awarded the UNESCO “City of Design” title,  boasting its very own design district and “design tram route” (Line 6). Some notable city landmarks to see or visit include Sibelius Park, Finlandia Hall, the Finnish National Opera House, and Parliament House, the seat of Parliament in Finland.

    Spend the night in Helsinki.

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  • Day 3: EXPLORE HELSINKI & SAIL TO SWEDEN

    Start your morning with a tasty breakfast at the hotel, followed by a day to explore the Finnish capital. It is recommended to visit Helsinki’s Market Square and the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress to get a taste of the history and culture of the capital.

    In the afternoon, you will board the cruise to Stockholm, Sweden’s capital. During your time at sea, take full advantage of the on-board amenities including cafes, restaurants, and shops and spend the night in one of the cruises’ comfortable cabins. 

    Spend the night on the cruise.

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  • Day 4: SAIL TO SPLENDID STOCKHOLM

    Savour the maritime scenery during breakfast as the ship navigates through Sweden’s Archipelago, a collection of over 30,000 islands and inlets. Upon your arrival in Stockholm, make your way to the hotel and then enjoy some time exploring city centre. We recommend, enjoying some shopping on the well-known pedestrian street Drottninggatan and taking a stroll in the surrounding area of Östermalm. There you will find numerous shops, cafés, and restaurants for a perfect introduction to Swedish culture.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 5: THE CHARMS OF SWEDISH CULTURE

    Today you will explore the heart of scenic Stockholm. We recommend exploring the capital by foot, visiting attractions such as the Old Town (Gamla Stan), where you will find the Royal Palace, the parliament, old churces, beautiful cobble stone streets and medieval houses.

    After some time at Gamla Stan, you can take a short ferry ride to the nearby island Djurgården, a cultural oasis with something for everyone. Here you will find the kitschy Abba Museum, the Nordic Museum, the Gröna Lund amusement park, and the Skansen open-air museum. It is ideal to spend the afternoon here, exploring the grounds and many attractions.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

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  • Day 6: A SLICE OF THE SWEDISH COUNTRYSIDE

    Today you will pick up your rental car and kick off your road trip to the south of Sweden. First you will stop by the picturesque town of Söderköping before reaching the city of Kalmar, a Medieval city with a rich history, making it a perfect stop for history buffs. The town features well-preserved 17th and 18th century buildings and you can visit the Kalmar Castle, which dates back over 800 years.

    Spend the night in Kalmar.

    *Please note limited opening hours of the car rental during Sundays and public holidays. See tour information for further details.

    Driving distance: 410 km / 255 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours and 45 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 7: SWEDEN’S SPECTACULAR SOUTH COAST

    From Kalmar, drive south along the coast to Skåne where we recommend a visit to Kiviks Musteri and the apple orchards. It is also recommended to stop for coffee in the picturesque town of Simrishamn. Continue to the popular attraction Ales Stenar stone ship monument, which consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in a 67 metre-long outline with a picturesque view of the Baltic Sea. You will continue your drive to the charming town of Ystad where you will spend the night.

    Spend the night in Ystad.

    Driving distance: 290 km / 180 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 8: DRIVE TO CAPTIVATING COPENHAGEN

    From Ystad, drive to Smygehuk, the southernmost point in Sweden. Here you will find cosy cafés, eclectic craft shops and fish smokeries. Continue along the south coast to the old towns of Skanör and Falsterbo, located on the Falsterbo peninsula, where you will encounter long stretches of white sand beaches. Next, cross the famous Öresund Bridge and arrive in the charming capital city of Denmark, Copenhagen. You can explore the beautiful harbour area of Nyhavn and have fun at the amusement park Tivoli Gardens.

    Spend the night in Copenhagen.

    Driving distance: 130 km / 80 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours and 20 min (without stops)

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  • Day 9: SET SAIL FOR NORWAY

    Spend the morning touring Copenhagen. We recommend seeing the city by foot, visiting landmarks including Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, and the famous Little Mermaid statue. An optional boat tour from the harbour is also highly recommended as you can appreciate the architecture and beauty of the city by water. Next, stroll Ströget street for some shopping and grab something to eat.

    In the late afternoon, it’s time to drive to the port and board your cruise to Oslo. You can enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants, check out the entertainment on board or just relax and watch the sunset from the deck.

    Spend the night in one of the ship’s comfortable cabins.

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  • Day 10: WELCOME TO ENCHANTING OSLO

    Sailing up the scenic Oslo Fjord, you will reach the Norwegian capital in the morning. After you disembark from the ship, get ready for a day of adventure in Oslo. We recommend exploring Oslo by foot, spending the afternoon at sights including the historical Royal Palace and the mighty Akershus Fortress, along with the modern Oslo Opera House, and the Aker Brygge area along the harbour.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 11: EXPLORE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OSLO

    This morning get an early start to explore the Norwegian capital at your own pace. Highlights include driving to the beautiful Vigeland Sculpture Park, and the Holmenkollen ski jump which played a large role in the 1952 winter Olympics in the city.

    Other options include visits to the Viking Ship Museum and Fram Polar Ship Museum, as well as strolling the popular Karl Johans street. You will then have the rest of the day to explore at your own leisure.

    Spend the night in Oslo.

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  • Day 12: THE SCENIC ROUTE TO ÖREBRO

    From Oslo, you will drive east in your rental car to Örebro. Along the way, make a stop at Karlstad, which is known as the city of sunshine. Karlstad is a beautiful place as it lies on the river delta where the Klara River and the mighty Lake Vänern meet. On your way to Örebro we also recommend a stop in Kristinehamn where you find a 15-metre tall Picasso sculpture which was donated to the city by the artist in 1964. Other sights here include the Kristinenhamn church and the Järsberg Runestone.

    Spend the night in Örebro.

    Driving distance: 325 km / 202 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 4 hours (without stops)

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  • Day 13: CASTLES ON THE WAY TO STOCKHOLM

    This morning, visit the 14th century Örebro Castle and walk through the Wadköping open-air museum, with buildings that date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. After a proper dose of history in Örebro, continue to the town of Eskilstuna, where you can visit the charming open-air museum Rademachersmedjorna. This area is famous for its many castles and manor houses, including the 16th-century Gripsholm Castle. After a day of sightseeing, continue east for your return to Stockholm, where you will drop off your rental car.

    Spend the night in Stockholm.

    Driving distance: 197 km / 122 miles
    Estimated driving duration: 2 hours 16 minutes (without stops)

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  • Day 14: STOCKHOLM AND DEPARTURE DAY

    Enjoy one last Scandinavian breakfast before it is time to check out of your hotel. Passengers departing with the afternoon flight will have time for some last-minute shopping or the chance to visit a museum or two that you missed earlier in the trip.

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.