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Program #3332RJ
18 Days | 17 Nights
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Itinerary for Jun 28 — Jul 15, 2015

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Day One: Sunday, June 28 - In Transit
In Transit: Depart on international flight to Copenhagen.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Palace Hotel is centrally located at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, boasting beautifully renovated rooms and charming settings. Designed in Jugend style by architect Anton Rosen, the hotel was built in 1910 and continues to be praised by all. It was completely renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the pedestrian area of Strøget, with views of the City Hall and the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Contact info:
Radhuspladsen 57
Copenhagen, 1550 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 40 50
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, television, mini bar, telephone, safe, trouser press and free WIFI Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access, laundry services, business center with computer and printer, and a health and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 29 - Orientation to Program
Afternoon: Arrive at Copenhagen's Kastrup airport (CPH). Transfer to hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Orientation and getting to know one another.

Lodging: Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Palace Hotel is centrally located at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, boasting beautifully renovated rooms and charming settings. Designed in Jugend style by architect Anton Rosen, the hotel was built in 1910 and continues to be praised by all. It was completely renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the pedestrian area of Strøget, with views of the City Hall and the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Contact info:
Radhuspladsen 57
Copenhagen, 1550 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 40 50
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, television, mini bar, telephone, safe, trouser press and free WIFI Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access, laundry services, business center with computer and printer, and a health and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 30 - Danish Museum of Art and Design and Guided Canal ...
Danish Museum of Art and Design and Guided Canal Field Trip / Traditional Danish Christmas Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A short morning lecture on “Copenhagen’s Past and Present” will teach us about the capital’s history and prepare us for our walking excursion through the medieval quarters of Copenhagen. Walk through a maze of narrow streets to admire this bustling neighborhood’s charming old houses, unique shops, cafes and delis. Then take a bus excursion through Copenhagen, which includes the Little Mermaid Statue, maybe the strongest symbol of Copenhagen and Denmark today.

Lunch: Lunch at the Danish Museum of Art and Design.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will begin our afternoon activities with a guided excursion of the Danish Museum of Art and Design. The building was once a part of the former Royal Frederik Hospital, which was constructed from 1752 to 1757 under King Frederik V. It was restored in the 1920s to house the collections of the museum, which consist mostly of European decorative and applied art from the Middle Ages to the present, arranged in chronological order. Our afternoon culminates with a guided field trip on the canals of Copenhagen as we drift past Amalienborg Castle, The Black Diamond, The Little Mermaid, Christianshavn, the Parliament building, and the Christiansborg Castle.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding at the charming Kobenhavnerkroen restaurant.

Lodging: Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Palace Hotel is centrally located at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, boasting beautifully renovated rooms and charming settings. Designed in Jugend style by architect Anton Rosen, the hotel was built in 1910 and continues to be praised by all. It was completely renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the pedestrian area of Strøget, with views of the City Hall and the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Contact info:
Radhuspladsen 57
Copenhagen, 1550 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 40 50
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, television, mini bar, telephone, safe, trouser press and free WIFI Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access, laundry services, business center with computer and printer, and a health and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 01 - Christiansborg Castle / Glyptotek / Tivoli
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning lecture will enlighten us on "Denmark, Danes and Democracy."

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: You may choose to visit Christiansborg Palace or the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Art Museum. Christiansborg Palace is the home of Denmark's three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. Christiansborg Castle is the only building in the world which is the home of all the supreme powers of a nation. The Glyptotek Museum is an art collection, an architectural monument and a cultural institute. One of the most popular art museums in Denmark, Glyptotek houses a vast collection of Danish art from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dinner: Dine at Restaurant Paafuglen, one of the oldest and most original Tivoli restaurants, with decorated mirrors dating back to the 19th century. Enjoy your dinner in cozy surroundings, with a view of the Tivoli Gardens.

Lodging: Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Palace Hotel is centrally located at the City Hall Square in Copenhagen, boasting beautifully renovated rooms and charming settings. Designed in Jugend style by architect Anton Rosen, the hotel was built in 1910 and continues to be praised by all. It was completely renovated in 2008 and has a new, contemporary design. The hotel is a minute’s walk from the pedestrian area of Strøget, with views of the City Hall and the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Contact info:
Radhuspladsen 57
Copenhagen, 1550 Denmark
phone: +45 33 14 40 50
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a hair dryer, television, mini bar, telephone, safe, trouser press and free WIFI Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, free wireless Internet access, laundry services, business center with computer and printer, and a health and fitness center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 02 - Denmark's Golden Age
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Denmark's Golden Age for art, literature and architecture took place from 1800 to 1850. Our morning lecture will introduce us to two famous Danes, Soren Kirkegaard and Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark's literary giants in the Golden Age.

Lunch: Enjoy our lunch at Jensens Bøfhus.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to enjoy as you please.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Lodging: Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: This cruise ship is a 4-star vessel that takes guests on a 16-hour cruise from Copenhagen to Oslo. One of its many highlights is a scenic morning sailing through the Oslo Fjord up to Oslo, but the entire journey at sea with the white nights of Scandinavia is something special to behold.

Ship Information: Participants will be sailing on either the Crown of Scandinavia or the Pearl of Scandinavia. Information for the Crown: 169.4 meters in length and 27 meters in width, 21.5 knots, 2026 passengers, 450 cars, built in 1994, restored in 2010. Information for the Pearl: 176 meters in length and 29.6 meters in width, 21 knots, 2100 passengers, 365 cars, built in 1989, restored in 2001 and again in 2005.

Contact info:
Sundkrogsgade 11
Copenhagen, 2100 Denmark
phone: +0045 33 42 33 42
web: www.dfdsseaways.com/onboard-our-ferries/

Room amenities: Each room has a private bath, desk and chair, linens and towels.

Facility amenities: The ships offer restaurants, lounges, cafes, bars, swimming pool and sauna facilities, Internet access, movie theater and entertainment on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, July 03 - Kronborg Castle / Louisiana
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart mid-morning to visit Kronborg Castle, known by many also as "Elsinore," the setting for much of William Shakespeare's famous tragedy Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Our journey will then take us to Louisiana, Scandinavia’s leading museum of contemporary art.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant at Kronborg Castle.

Afternoon: Transfer to board overnight cruise ship to Oslo.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord in the ship’s dining room.

Lodging: DFDS cruise ship

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Established in 1913, the Best Western Hotel Bondeheimen is a metropolitan hotel with old Norwegian charm. It is situated in the middle of Oslo city center, next to the main street and close to all major sights and shops.

Contact info:
Rosenkrantz gate 8
Oslo, 0159 Norway
phone: +47 23214100
web: www.bondeheimen.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, free Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, two computers in lobby for guest use (free of charge), 24-hour front desk, restaurant serving traditional Norwegian food, gift shop, guest laundry, dry cleaning, complimentary newspaper, elevator, ice/vending machines, fax and photocopy services and free Internet access in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, July 04 - Frognerparken / National Opera House
Breakfast: Breakfast in the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: Welcome to Oslo! Our short, guided sightseeing excursion by bus through the city, including a stop at the brand new Opera House, will precede an introduction to Norway's great sculptor, Gustav Vigeland. Contemplate this artist's talents as we view the Vigeland sculpture park, Frognerparken. This wonderful park's architect was Vigeland himself and it is home to 212 sculptures that depict the life of man from birth to death. Take a walk through the entire park.

Lunch: Delight in lunch with a view as we dine at the Frognerseteren restaurant. This destination will afford you a great vista of the city.

Afternoon: We travel to our hotel to settle in. Later in the afternoon we will convene for a short welcome session with information about the Oslo portion of our journey.

Dinner: Dinner at Brasserie 45, situated in the heart of Oslo, a mere stone's throw from the National Theatre and the City Hall.

Evening: The evening is at your disposal. Enjoy your first night in Oslo as you wish.

Lodging: Hotel Bondeheimen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Established in 1913, the Best Western Hotel Bondeheimen is a metropolitan hotel with old Norwegian charm. It is situated in the middle of Oslo city center, next to the main street and close to all major sights and shops.

Contact info:
Rosenkrantz gate 8
Oslo, 0159 Norway
phone: +47 23214100
web: www.bondeheimen.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, free Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, two computers in lobby for guest use (free of charge), 24-hour front desk, restaurant serving traditional Norwegian food, gift shop, guest laundry, dry cleaning, complimentary newspaper, elevator, ice/vending machines, fax and photocopy services and free Internet access in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Sunday, July 05 - National Museum of Art / City Hall
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning begins with an information session about today's program and a short lecture on "Norway, Past and Present." Next, we hone our artistic eyes during our guided excursion of the National Museum of Art.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the Grand Café, the hub of the cultural elite during Henrik Ibsen's prime days. The café is beautifully located on Karl Johan Avenue next to the Parliament building.

Afternoon: Next we embark on an excursion to City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place. Enjoy a talk and guided walk through part of this magnificent building. Then visit the Nobel Peace Center on your own before returning to the hotel. It is a 15-minute walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy the evening as you wish. You will have the option to take part in a city walk and get to know the downtown area.

Lodging: Hotel Bondeheimen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Established in 1913, the Best Western Hotel Bondeheimen is a metropolitan hotel with old Norwegian charm. It is situated in the middle of Oslo city center, next to the main street and close to all major sights and shops.

Contact info:
Rosenkrantz gate 8
Oslo, 0159 Norway
phone: +47 23214100
web: www.bondeheimen.com

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, AM/FM alarm clock, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, free Internet access and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a coffee shop, two computers in lobby for guest use (free of charge), 24-hour front desk, restaurant serving traditional Norwegian food, gift shop, guest laundry, dry cleaning, complimentary newspaper, elevator, ice/vending machines, fax and photocopy services and free Internet access in all rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Monday, July 06 - Oslo Museums
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning begins with an information session about today's program. Next, we will hear a lecture on Norwegian literature's Henrik Ibsen, an extremely influential Norwegian playwright who was largely responsible for the rise of the modern realistic drama. Held to be the greatest Norwegian author of all time, Ibsen is celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians and as one of the most important playwrights in world history. Following the lecture, a bus will take us out to Bygdøy. The Bygdøy peninsula hosts several great museums and our excursion will take us to see some of the most important ones. Marvel at one of Scandinavia's greatest archaeological treasures, the Oseberg ship, at the Viking Ship Museum. This richly ornamented 19m-long dragon ship is the burial chamber of a Viking queen and her slave. Look for the Oseberg's animal-head post and four-wheeled cart, and the elegantly carved sleigh used by Viking royalty. Our next stop is the Norwegian Folk Museum, which has a rich collection of buildings from different parts of the country in addition to exquisite indoor exhibits on subjects such as Sami culture.

Lunch: A short walk will take us down to the Lanternen restaurant overlooking Frognerkilen Bay. Enjoy the sea breeze and the scenery while you eat.

Afternoon: The afternoon is at your disposal to explore more sights or simply to enjoy the city. Your program staff will provide you with possibilities. One very interesting option is to take the ferry (3 min) to Bygdones, where you can use your admission to visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum's collection of maritime curiosities, the Kon Tiki Museum and the Fram Museum. Later in the day, we take the same ferry (10 min) to Aker Brygge, close to City Hall. A former dockyard and industrial site, Aker Brygge was rebuilt in 1982 and was the largest property-rebuilding project of its time in Oslo. Aker Brygge has been a model for other cities when it comes to rebuilding old dockyards. Today, more than 6 million people from all over the world visit Aker Brygge to see and experience its special architecture. This unique community will stay in your mind as we walk back to the hotel.

Dinner: Experience dinner at the restaurant Egon, nicely situated between the Parliament building and the Royal Palace, on Oslo's main avenue Karl Johan.

Lodging: Hotel Bondeheimen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The four-star Scandic Park Hotel is located in the area of Östermalm, facing the peaceful Humlegården Park. Restaurants, museums, Stockholm's Royal Palace and the Old Town are all within easy access.

Contact info:
Karlavägen 43
Stockholm, 102 46 Sweden
phone: +46 8 517 348 00
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, mini bar, safe, iron and ironing board, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, sauna, fitness center and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Tuesday, July 07 - Transfer to Stockholm
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for Stockholm by private coach.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: We arrive at our hotel in Stockholm.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Introduction to Stockholm program. An evening lecture will provide an overview of the program and of the city in preparation for tomorrow's excursion.

Lodging: Scandic Park Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The four-star Scandic Park Hotel is located in the area of Östermalm, facing the peaceful Humlegården Park. Restaurants, museums, Stockholm's Royal Palace and the Old Town are all within easy access.

Contact info:
Karlavägen 43
Stockholm, 102 46 Sweden
phone: +46 8 517 348 00
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, mini bar, safe, iron and ironing board, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, sauna, fitness center and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Wednesday, July 08 - Millesgården Statue Park
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Yesterday." Learn about the unique qualities of Swedish culture and the economy today in light of its historical roots.

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Guided bus excursion. Most attractions of Stockholm are within a few miles walking distance from the central station. During our excursion, we will see all of them. A special stop will be made at the Millesgården Statue Park. This was once the home of the most important 20th century Swedish sculptor, Carl Milles. Today it displays replicas of his most famous sculptures in a most attractive setting in the inlet to the city. Milles was a long-time US resident and is also represented in many major US cities.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Scandic Park Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The four-star Scandic Park Hotel is located in the area of Östermalm, facing the peaceful Humlegården Park. Restaurants, museums, Stockholm's Royal Palace and the Old Town are all within easy access.

Contact info:
Karlavägen 43
Stockholm, 102 46 Sweden
phone: +46 8 517 348 00
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, mini bar, safe, iron and ironing board, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, sauna, fitness center and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Thursday, July 09 - The Vasa Ship Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Today." In this lecture, an overview of the political landscape of Sweden will give an understanding of a system which has given the Swedish citizens an exceptionally high standard of living across the board. Today the "Swedish model" is rapidly changing.

Lunch: We will explore the old town by foot and have our lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: A short boat trip from the Old Town takes us to the museum island of Djurgården, where we will visit the Vasa Ship Museum. This outstanding museum features the full body and ornamentation of a war ship that sunk on its maiden voyage in Stockholm in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later. The prime condition of this ship has made it internationally unique. A guided excursion through the museum will include a 30-minute film showing the complex salvage operation of the ship. The rest of the afternoon is at your disposal - you will be prepared for your "free time" choices in advance. Within easy walking distance (or a short bus ride) from the Vasa museum you will find several interesting museums and art collections, including The Nordic Museum, Liljevalch's Art Gallery, Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde and The Historical Museum.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Scandic Park Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The four-star Scandic Park Hotel is located in the area of Östermalm, facing the peaceful Humlegården Park. Restaurants, museums, Stockholm's Royal Palace and the Old Town are all within easy access.

Contact info:
Karlavägen 43
Stockholm, 102 46 Sweden
phone: +46 8 517 348 00
web: www.scandichotels.com

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, mini bar, safe, iron and ironing board, and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, outdoor terrace, sauna, fitness center and free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Friday, July 10 - Stockholm City Hall / Skansen Open Air Museum
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Sweden Today" (continued). Continue to learn about the political and cultural landscape of Sweden in preparation for our excursion to the Stockholm City Hall. This remarkable building, inaugurated in 1923, combines many architectural and ornamental styles into a unique structure that is the pride of Stockholm. Many people worldwide have seen the magnificent Nobel Prize gala dinner taking place in the “Blue Hall” of City Hall.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Skansen Open Air Museum. The world's oldest open air museum, Skansen is comprised of historical buildings from different social and geographical areas of Sweden, including farmland, herb gardens and both domestic and wild animals.

Dinner: Tonight we will have dinner in the Old Town.

Lodging: Scandic Park Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: You will travel either with the Silja Serenade, built in 1990, or the Silja Symphony, built in 1991.

Ship Information: Length = 203 meters, Width = 31.5 meters, Draught = 7.1 meters, Speed + 21.5 knots. 986 cabins, 2852 passengers.

Contact info:
Keilaranta 9
Espoo, 02150 Finland
phone: +358 9 18041
web: www.silja.fi

Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bath with hair dryer, telephone and radio.

Facility amenities: The ship offers restaurants, shops, bar, swimming pool, lounge, air conditioning, fax machine, pay phones, sauna and Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Saturday, July 11 - Drottningholm Palace
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning is at your disposal. You may want to use your free time to visit a museum of your choice. Options include The City Hall Tower, The Kaknas Tower, The Modern Museum of Art and the Museum of Photography. Your program staff will advise, assist and also accompany you to selected attractions.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Boat excursion to Drottningholm Palace. Stockholm was built on water and its waterways offer a convenient means of transportation. The journey to the present residence of the royal family takes an hour as we pass residential communities along the way. We enjoy a guided exploration as most of the Palace is open to the public. The portrait gallery and exquisite furniture are prime examples of Swedish craft and art from the 18th and 19th century. Later in the afternoon we will travel by bus to the Silja Line Terminal and board our cruise ship destined for Helsinki. Hours after our departure, we will pass through one of the densest and richest archipelagoes in the world.

Dinner: Enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord in the ship’s dining room.

Lodging: Tallink Silja Line

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotel Presidentti is located next to the Kamppi mall in the heart of Helsinki. Within walking distance are museums, theaters, shopping centers, Sibelius Academy and the Finnish Parliament House.

Contact info:
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
Helsinki, 00100 Finland
phone: +358 20 1234 608
web: www.sokoshotels.fi

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron, hair dryer and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry services, fax machine, pay phone, saunas, business center with Internet access and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services, if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Fifteen: Sunday, July 12 - Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland
Breakfast: Breakfast in the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: We arrive in Helsinki and enjoy a guided bus excursion, including Sibelius Monument, Church in the Rock and Senate Square, before arriving at our hotel. Then, take in a lecture about the Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland. Contemplate some of the Ateneum's most famous and interesting paintings.

Lunch: Savor your first lunch in Helsinki at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, there is time to explore the Ateneum on your own. It is three blocks from the hotel.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotel Presidentti is located next to the Kamppi mall in the heart of Helsinki. Within walking distance are museums, theaters, shopping centers, Sibelius Academy and the Finnish Parliament House.

Contact info:
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
Helsinki, 00100 Finland
phone: +358 20 1234 608
web: www.sokoshotels.fi

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron, hair dryer and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry services, fax machine, pay phone, saunas, business center with Internet access and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services, if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Sixteen: Monday, July 13 - Finlandia Hall
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will hear a lecture covering a "Short History of Finland." Follow Finland’s history from the early years to the present as we focus on Finland’s relations with the world and especially with the U.S. Next, listen to a lecture on "Daily Life in Finland" as we catch a glimpse into the everyday life of a typical Finnish citizen. There will also be an "Introduction to Finnish Architecture."

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Take a guided tour in Finlandia Hall, the masterpiece of the famous Finnish Architect Alvar Aalto.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: Tonight we are treated to an evening music program.

Lodging: Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Sokos Hotel Presidentti is located next to the Kamppi mall in the heart of Helsinki. Within walking distance are museums, theaters, shopping centers, Sibelius Academy and the Finnish Parliament House.

Contact info:
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
Helsinki, 00100 Finland
phone: +358 20 1234 608
web: www.sokoshotels.fi

Room amenities: Each room has a television, telephone, mini bar, iron, hair dryer and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, swimming pool, air conditioning, laundry services, fax machine, pay phone, saunas, business center with Internet access and free wireless Internet access.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services, if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. 800-241-1404

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seventeen: Tuesday, July 14 - Ainola, Jean Sibelius' Home Museum / Hvitträsk
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by chartered bus to the Lotta Museum in Tuusula where a musician will lecture us on Finnish Music and delight us with the sounds of a kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument. Afterwards we will enjoy a cup of coffee and cinnamon rolls, and then take a look at a museum exhibit on Lotta Svärd, a voluntary national defense organization for women in the 1920s through the 1940s. Next we take a field trip to Ainola, Jean Sibelius’ Home Museum. Here we will see the composer’s home as it was while he lived there with his family, as well as the graves of the composer and his wife.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Järvenpää.

Afternoon: This afternoon we take a guided field trip to Hvitträsk, one of Helsinki’s architectural highlights. The former studio home of famous Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Armas Lindgren, and Herman Gesellius, Hvitträsk was built of logs and natural stone and ranks among the most remarkable architectural creations of its time. The artistic unity of the house with its forest surroundings was a remarkable achievement.

Dinner: Our program concludes with a farewell dinner in a charming local restaurant.

Lodging: Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eighteen: Wednesday, July 15 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure by chartered bus for Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL).

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Copenhagen
Christianshavn QuartersEnjoy a stroll along the canals of the Christianshavn Quarters, built by the Danish King, Christian IV in the 17th century. Built for his army and navy, many boats and house boats float along their edges, with colorful houses and people sitting and enjoying coffee.
Museum of Liberty (Frihedsmuseet)Designed by architect Hans Hansen, the Frihedsmuseet, translated "freedom museum," is dedicated to the Danish resistance during World War II. Documents relating to the Danish resistance against the Nazis from 1940 to 1945 can be seen here, including photographs, newspaper articles, letters and more.
Rosenborg Castle and the Crown JewelsThe Rosenborg Castle is a renaissance castle from the 17th century, built by the famous Danish king, Christian IV. This small but elegant castle still holds the setting of when the king himself lived there. Apart from the castle interior, the collection of Crown Jewels is worth a visit. The jewels are still worn by the Royal family today. Next to the castle is the King Garden (Kongens Have); a stroll through this park gives its guests the impression of daily life for Copenhagen citizens.
Statens Museum for KunstThe Statens Museum for Kunst, the national gallery, holds a collection of national art from the Golden Age to modern times. The building is composed of an old and new wing, and is surrounded by a lovely park that was formerly a part of the Copenhagen ramparts.
Oslo
Kon Tiki MuseumOriginal vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdahl's world famous expeditions, such as the Kon-Tiki raft, the papyrus boat Ra II, Easter Island statues and a model of Tigris, can be found at the Kon Tiki Museum.
Norwegian Maritime MuseumTravel to Bygdønes by ferry, where you can use your admission to visit the Norwegian Maritime Museum's collection of maritime curiosities. Get the feel of the old sailing ships and steam vessels from the ship interiors, maritime objects and exquisite ship models on display at the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
The Fram MuseumUncover the history of the polar explorers at the Fram Museum where you'll find the world's most famous polar ship, Fram, the museum's main attraction. The ship, which dates back to 1892, is displayed in its original condition with both interior and objects perfectly preserved.
Helsinki
Seurasaari Open Air MuseumFounded in 1909, the Seurasaari is an open air museum that presents the traditional Finnish way of life. Cottages, farmsteads and manors from the past four centuries have been relocated onto this island, representing the different provinces of Finland to give an overall view of life in the old Finnish countryside.
For additional information, visit: www.nba.fi/en/museums/seurasaari_openairmuseum
Suomenlinna SeafortressOn an island off of Helsinki, the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and has more than 800 year-round residents.
For additional information, visit: www.suomenlinna.fi/en/fortress
Stockholm
Prince Eugene's WaldemarsuddeLocated in his private villa, Prince Eugene's Waldemarsudde art museum presents turn of the century art, from the 19th to the 20th century. It also has a restaurant and café.
For additional information, visit: www.waldemarsudde.se
The Medieval MuseumThe Medieval Museum at the Royal Palace in Norrbro is a small modern museum depicting medieval Stockholm.
For additional information, visit: www.medeltidsmuseet.stockholm.se
The Nordic MuseumThe Nordic Museum holds collections of cultural historical value.
For additional information, visit: www.nordiskamuseet.se

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14 Expert-led lectures
17 Field trips
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