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The Leader in Small Ship and River Cruising Worldwide

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New! 2018 Fjord Cruise & Lapland: Norway, Finland & the Arctic

Norway: Oslo, Flam, Bergen, Alesund, Trondheim, Rorvik, Bodo, Svolvaer, Tromso, Kirkenes • Finland: Ivalo, Helsinki

EXPLORE IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD A HURTIGRUTEN NORWEGIAN COASTAL VOYAGE SHIP—AN ACTIVE PART OF NORWAY’S MARITIME HERITAGE

17 Days from only $6595 including international airfare

Activity Level:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

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Incredible Norway

The splendor of Norway’s natural wonders is on display in this sweeping independent film.

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Oslo and Norway

Visit Norway with travel expert Rudy Maxa, and witness its massive fjords, Viking heritage, and culture.

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Welcome To Helsinki

Glide above peaceful, picturesque Helskini—from its boat-filled ports to its grand cityscape.

©2014 The New York Times
Intersection: Helsinki

Quirky, stylish, and above all friendly—meet some of the young locals of Helsinki's Kallio neighborhood.

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My City: Stockholm

A friendly local introduces us to a newer, more diverse Stockholm—our engaging post-trip extension.

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17 DAYS
$388/DAY
including international airfare
15 DAYS FROM $5695 Small Ship Adventure Only
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NEW: Activity Level

Our NEW Activity Level rating system ranks our trips on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5 (most difficult) to help you determine if a trip is right for you. The information below is a general guide to our rating system, but see our itineraries for much more detailed physical activity information about each trip.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Post-trip: Stockholm, Sweden

3 nights from: $1495 Single Supplement: FREE

Old-World beauty, cutting-edge design, and an island-hopping layout—Stockholm is one of the world’s most singular cities. Discover the regal palaces, modern art, and verdant parks of Sweden’s capital and experience the vibrant cosmopolitan culture thriving in a landscape once home to the Vikings.

It's Included:
Accommodations for 3 nights
5 meals: Daily breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner
Services of a local Trip Leader
Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers
All transfers
  • Fly from Helsinki, Finland to Stockholm, Sweden today. 

    Stockholm is an archipelago within an archipelago: The city occupying a cluster of 14 islands floating among 24,000 that make up a 60-mile chain. After arriving and settling into your hotel, we'll meet up with a local guide. Uncover the charms that lure one in five Swedes to live in Stockholm on an included sightseeing tour of the capital city and visit to Stadhuset, the romantic City Hall famous for hosting the annual Nobel Prize banquet. Afterwards, we'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. 

    This evening, dinner will be on your own.

  • Today, the day is then yours to explore. Delve into Sweden’s roots at the National Historical Museum, which features artifacts from the Viking era, centuries-old textiles, and a “Gold Room” housing 114 pounds of objects (not to mention almost 450 pounds of silver work).

    Or join us on an optional tour of Drottningholm Palace. Cross Lake Maleran by boat to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and enjoy an included tour. The stately palace built in the seventeenth century by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder for Hedvig Eleonora and features elegant salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; a palace theater; and a Chinese Pavilion. We’ll also have free time to stroll the palace’s Baroque garden with our Trip Leader. Lunch will be served on the boat as you sail back to Stockholm later that afternoon.

    Your evening is at leisure, with dinner on your own tonight.

  • Today is at leisure. Or join us for an optional tour which starts at the Vasa Museum. In 1628, the Vasa, a fearsome warship with 64 guns and 300 soldiers, set off on a maiden voyage two years in the making—and then sank in the harbor. Like the later Titanic, the Vasa was an epic ship that became a symbol of tragedy and Sweden never forgot her. Hundreds of years later, in 1961, the Vasa was raised from the seabed and returned to land. Today, restored and preserved, and still outfitted with its original masts, deadeyes, and blocks, the Vasa is one of Stockholm's best-loved icons.

    Oour optional tour continues with a funicular ride to the center of Skansen, located at the top of Djurgarden, a wooded island at the center of Stockholm. Skansen is the oldest continually operating outdoor museum in the world, founded in 1891. A 75-acre 19th-century village in which living history performers demonstrate baking, glass-blowing, leather tanning, shoemaking, silversmithing, and more, Skansen immerses visitors in a rural way of life its founder saw disappearing as the 20th century approached. The village also hosts folkloric performances for a taste of traditional Swedish music and dance. We'll also find a collection of Nordic animals—from livestock to wildlife like wolverines and lynx—for a richer perspective of life in the archipelago. Here, we'll enjoy an included Swedish lunch at a local restaurant.

    We'll return to our hotel in the early afternoon, with the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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