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Program #13171RJ
21 Days | 20 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for May 29 — Jun 18, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, May 29 - In Transit
In Transit: International overnight flight from US/Canada.

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: Thursday, May 30 - Welcome to Denmark
Afternoon: Meet and greet at Copenhagen airport and transfer to hotel.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner in hotel dining room.

Evening: After dinner, we have a welcome and short orientation meeting in a separate room at the hotel.

Lodging: Palace Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Established in 1865, Askov Folk High School is one of the oldest and most well-known Danish folk schools. The aim of the school is to develop and influence culture both locally and globally, taking an active approach to the way in which society develops. It is located in the southern part of Jutland in the town of Vejen, a 3-4 hour drive from Copenhagen and near Kongeaen, the Danish-German border until 1920. The campus is surrounded by a lush park. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the main building.

Contact info:
Maltvej 1
Vejen, 6600 Denmark
phone: +45 76 96 18 00
web: www.askov-hojskole.dk

Room amenities: Each room has a table and chair, and a private bathroom with a shower.

Facility amenities: The school offers a lounge, library, Internet, fax machine and laundry facilities.

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


Day Three: Friday, May 31 - Copenhagen / Welcome to Askov Folk School
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Guided walking excursion of Copenhagen.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Transfer by coach to Askov Folk School. We arrive and get our room assignments.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Welcome evening and exploration of the campus.

Lodging: Askov Højskole

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Established in 1865, Askov Folk High School is one of the oldest and most well-known Danish folk schools. The aim of the school is to develop and influence culture both locally and globally, taking an active approach to the way in which society develops. It is located in the southern part of Jutland in the town of Vejen, a 3-4 hour drive from Copenhagen and near Kongeaen, the Danish-German border until 1920. The campus is surrounded by a lush park. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the main building.

Contact info:
Maltvej 1
Vejen, 6600 Denmark
phone: +45 76 96 18 00
web: www.askov-hojskole.dk

Room amenities: Each room has a table and chair, and a private bathroom with a shower.

Facility amenities: The school offers a lounge, library, Internet, fax machine and laundry facilities.

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


Day Four: Saturday, June 01 - Ribe / Meet Danish Families
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Introduction to Danish History, Literature, Geography, Business, Politics and Welfare System."

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Excursion to Ribe, Denmark's oldest town. Founded in the 8th century, Ribe began as a Viking settlement. Here we will see the Ribe Cathedral and Viking Museum. The Vikings made Ribe so important that the Danish king gave the monk Ansgar permission to build a cathedral there in 860. During the Middle Ages, the town of Ribe grew up around this cathedral, which was constructed between 1225 and 1250. The present cathedral stands on the site of Denmark's first wooden church. From 1982-1987, the cathedral was further decorated with mosaics, frescoes and new stained-glass windows in the apse by Carl Henning Pedersen. The Viking Museum tells the story of the Vikings in the area. Here, one can experience the intense and authentic atmosphere from the time of the Vikings. Through artifacts, archaeological digs and open workshops, the museum has reconstructed 8th century Ribe and made the Vikings come to life.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Meet Danish families in their homes.

Lodging: Askov Højskole

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Established in 1865, Askov Folk High School is one of the oldest and most well-known Danish folk schools. The aim of the school is to develop and influence culture both locally and globally, taking an active approach to the way in which society develops. It is located in the southern part of Jutland in the town of Vejen, a 3-4 hour drive from Copenhagen and near Kongeaen, the Danish-German border until 1920. The campus is surrounded by a lush park. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the main building.

Contact info:
Maltvej 1
Vejen, 6600 Denmark
phone: +45 76 96 18 00
web: www.askov-hojskole.dk

Room amenities: Each room has a table and chair, and a private bathroom with a shower.

Facility amenities: The school offers a lounge, library, Internet, fax machine and laundry facilities.

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


Day Five: Sunday, June 02 - Visit a Local Textile Artist / Kolding Castle Mus...
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Danish Visual Arts and Danish Handicrafts" (including a presentation of the Skagen tradition). Known for its light and therefore sought by many artists, Skagen is the area on the tip of Northern Jutland. Visit a local textile artist.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: We travel to Kolding where we will visit the Castle Museum. Castle Museum - Koldinghus, a royal castle, ruin, and museum, was built in the middle of the 13th century and was one of Denmark's most important royal castles in the centuries that followed. In 1808, a fire left the castle in ruins - a romantic relic. Today the castle has been restored by contemporary Danish architects and houses a museum which is a center for cultural activities and special exhibitions of international standing.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Film.

Lodging: Askov Højskole

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Established in 1865, Askov Folk High School is one of the oldest and most well-known Danish folk schools. The aim of the school is to develop and influence culture both locally and globally, taking an active approach to the way in which society develops. It is located in the southern part of Jutland in the town of Vejen, a 3-4 hour drive from Copenhagen and near Kongeaen, the Danish-German border until 1920. The campus is surrounded by a lush park. Accommodations are a 5-minute walk from the main building.

Contact info:
Maltvej 1
Vejen, 6600 Denmark
phone: +45 76 96 18 00
web: www.askov-hojskole.dk

Room amenities: Each room has a table and chair, and a private bathroom with a shower.

Facility amenities: The school offers a lounge, library, Internet, fax machine and laundry facilities.

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


Day Six: Monday, June 03 - Hans Christian Andersen Museum / Open Air Museum
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to Odense, Denmark's third largest city, where we will visit the museum of Hans Christian Andersen and the Open Air Museum. Odense, located at the mouth of Odense Fjord, is one of the Danish cities with the most ancient history. The city's name is made up of two words, "Odins Vi", which means Odin's shrine - proof that the god, Odin, must have been worshiped here in pre-Christian times. Today, the city is a religious and commercial center located almost in the center of Denmark's second largest island, Funen. Odense was the home of Hans Christian Andersen and the composer Carl Nielsen. Hans Christian Andersen Museum - Hans Christian Andersen, the son of a poor peddler and an illiterate mother, was born and raised in Odense. The museum is a biographical museum as well as a museum of literature. Throughout his life, Andersen was active as a visual artist. The museum's exhibitions chronicle the writer's life, shedding light on his childhood years as the son of a poor shoemaker, his schooling, his debut as a writer and career as an author, and the years before his death. One can see his drawings from his literary works, his drawings from his many trips abroad and his imaginative, sometimes grotesque paper-cuts. Open Air Museum - A complete rural village environment from the 18th and 19th centuries has been created outside of Odense to recreate country life in the 1850s. Houses from this time period have been demolished and then reconstructed here. One will see half-timbered buildings, fences, farm animals, a village pond, village lanes and how agriculture was practiced using traditional methods.

Lunch: Lunch en route.

Afternoon: Continue our excursion in Odense.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the folk school dining room.

Evening: Farewell party!

Lodging: Askov Højskole

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.

Contact info:
Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe, 4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no

Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.

Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.

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


Day Seven: Tuesday, June 04 - Transfer to Norway
Breakfast: Early breakfast in the folk school dining room.

Morning: Travel via motorcoach to Hirtshals. Board the ferry and depart for Kristiansand at 11:45 AM.

Lunch: Light lunch on board.

Afternoon: Arrive in Kristiansand harbor at 2:00 PM and transfer by bus to Jæren Folkehogskule (3-4 hours). Receive your room assignments.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Welcome session and introduction to Norway. Singing together.

Lodging: Jaeren Folkehogskule

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.

Contact info:
Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe, 4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no

Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.

Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.

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


Day Eight: Wednesday, June 05 - Utstein Kloster / City Cathedral
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Norway from Ice-Time to Soft Ice-Time." An introduction to Norwegian history and the Norwegian welfare system.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Field trip to Utstein Kloster, a monastery from the Middle Ages. Afterward we will go to Stavanger to visit the Petroleum Museum and the 800-year-old City Cathedral. Stavanger is considered the oil capital of modern Norway.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Concert by the mixed choir, "Vivace." Enjoy coffee and tea with the choir members.

Lodging: Jaeren Folkehogskule

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.

Contact info:
Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe, 4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no

Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.

Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.

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


Day Nine: Thursday, June 06 - Arne Garborg
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: The author Arne Garborg - his "kingdom" and his literary works.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Field trip to Knudaheio (Garborg's writer's hut) and the Garborg home (where he grew up).

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Norwegian folk music, dancing and old song traditions. We will learn a few folk dances. Afterward we enjoy coffee and tea and have a social meeting with the dancers.

Lodging: Jaeren Folkehogskule

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.

Contact info:
Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe, 4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no

Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.

Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.

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


Day Ten: Friday, June 07 - Lysefjord cruise / "The Pulpit"
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Full day excursion to and on the Lysefjord. We take a coach to Lauvik where we board a ferry for a 2 1/2 hour boat ride on the magnificent Lysefjord. A guide will tell us about the secrets of the fjord while passing underneath the extraordinary cliff, "the Pulpit," and the 3,000 foot high Kjerag Massif. The latter is the "stage" of base jumpers from all over the world, and if we are lucky we might see some of them in their flight down from the sky. We continue by bus up the steep mountain's 27 hair pin turns.

Lunch: Lunch at the "Eagle Mountain" with a spectacular view of the Lysefjord.

Afternoon: Crossing the mountains, we will come back down through the Sirdal valley - the most popular spot for winter sports in this part of the country. Visit the Sirdal Mountain Museum.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Lodging: Jaeren Folkehogskule

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Jaeren Folkehogskule is pleasantly situated atop a hill very close to the town center of Klepp.

Contact info:
Soren Ovretveits veg 9
Kleppe, 4352 Norway
phone: +47 51 42 06 55
web: www.jarenfhs.no

Room amenities: Each room has a sink, writing desk, and cupboards. All rooms have private bathrooms and are located in a new building just constructed in 2005. Rooms are on the first and second floors, there is no elevator.

Facility amenities: The school has a dining room, lounge, kitchens available in the residence hall, gym, sauna, fax machine, Internet access, and laundry and ironing facilities.

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


Day Eleven: Saturday, June 08 - Edvard Grieg / Jaeren beaches
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture on composer Edvard Grieg's life and music.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Field trip to the famous Jæren beaches, including a visit to Friluftshuset, an information center on outdoor life and nature.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the folk school dining room.

Lodging: Jaeren Folkehogskule

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tollare Folk School is located 7 miles from Stockholm in the town of Saltsjö-Boo on the island, Varmdön. Tollare is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house in a traditional Swedish style and is gloriously situated in a park right at the Baltic Sea. There is direct bus service from the school into Stockholm.

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers refrigerators and facilities for making tea and coffee in the lounges, laundry facilities, library, Internet access, pay phones, fax machine, a gym hall with some equipment, and a sauna. Rooms are on the ground and first floors.

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


Day Twelve: Sunday, June 09 - Transfer to Stockholm
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Stavanger Airport, Sola, for departure to Stockholm.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: Arrive at folk school and check-in. Welcome and information about Tollare and the program.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: A walk in the neighborhood followed by coffee or tea in the manor house.

Lodging: Tollare Folkhogskola

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tollare Folk School is located 7 miles from Stockholm in the town of Saltsjö-Boo on the island, Varmdön. Tollare is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house in a traditional Swedish style and is gloriously situated in a park right at the Baltic Sea. There is direct bus service from the school into Stockholm.

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers refrigerators and facilities for making tea and coffee in the lounges, laundry facilities, library, Internet access, pay phones, fax machine, a gym hall with some equipment, and a sauna. Rooms are on the ground and first floors.

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


Day Thirteen: Monday, June 10 - Vasa Museum
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "The History of Sweden."

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we discover the Vasa Museum. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Later in the afternoon we travel by coach to the Old Town where we will enjoy some free time to explore.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: We meet with locals for discussion.

Lodging: Tollare Folkhogskola

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tollare Folk School is located 7 miles from Stockholm in the town of Saltsjö-Boo on the island, Varmdön. Tollare is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house in a traditional Swedish style and is gloriously situated in a park right at the Baltic Sea. There is direct bus service from the school into Stockholm.

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers refrigerators and facilities for making tea and coffee in the lounges, laundry facilities, library, Internet access, pay phones, fax machine, a gym hall with some equipment, and a sauna. Rooms are on the ground and first floors.

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


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, June 11 - Uppsala
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Departure by coach for Uppsala where we will visit botanist Linneaus' gardens, "Hammarby."

Lunch: Restaurant in Odinsborg, Old Uppsala.

Afternoon: Explore Uppsala. Late afternoon we return to Tollare.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Lecture on "Swedish Art" by Johan Linder, Uppsala University. Coffee or tea will be served in the manor house after the lecture.

Lodging: Tollare Folkhogskola

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Tollare Folk School is located 7 miles from Stockholm in the town of Saltsjö-Boo on the island, Varmdön. Tollare is a beautifully restored 16th-century manor house in a traditional Swedish style and is gloriously situated in a park right at the Baltic Sea. There is direct bus service from the school into Stockholm.

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers refrigerators and facilities for making tea and coffee in the lounges, laundry facilities, library, Internet access, pay phones, fax machine, a gym hall with some equipment, and a sauna. Rooms are on the ground and first floors.

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


Day Fifteen: Wednesday, June 12 - Stockholm City Hall
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the history of Stockholm.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: A guided field trip through Stockholm's City Hall followed by some free time to explore the city on your own.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Farewell evening with live music.

Lodging: Tollare Folkhogskola

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Built in 2006, the M/S Galaxy offers excellent dining, wellness facilities, and activities for the entire family. A luxurious and relaxing stay awaits its passengers as they cruise the Baltic Sea.

Ship Information: Length = 212 meters, Width = 29 meters, Speed = 22 knots, Cabins = 795, Passengers = 2800.

Contact info:
Keilaranta 9
Espoo, 02151 Finland
phone: +358 9 180 41
web: www.tallinksilja.com

Room amenities: Each room has a LCD television, telephone, refrigerator and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The ship offers different restaurants, five bars, three shops, an excellent sauna department and a modern conference room.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Sixteen: Thursday, June 13 - Millesgården
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture on the European Union.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Guided excursion through Millesgården, former home of Carl Milles, the famous Swedish sculptor. Departure for the Silja Line terminal to board overnight ferry to Finland.

Dinner: Ship dining room.

Lodging: M/S Galaxy

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Paasikivi Opisto is situated on the island of Kakskerta in a beautiful rural setting just 10 miles from the city of Turku. It is one of the youngest folk schools in Finland, founded in 1980.

Contact info:
Harjattulantie 80
Turku, 20960 Finland
phone: +358 207 488600
web: www.paasikiviopisto.net

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The school offers a restaurant, swimming pool, small gym, lounge, fax machine and Internet access.

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


Day Seventeen: Friday, June 14 - Welcome to Finland
Breakfast: Ship dining room.

Morning: Arrive in Turku harbor. We travel by chartered bus to the folk school, about a 30 minute ride, and once there we can have breakfast and settle in. Later in the morning we will have an introduction to the program.

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Lecture: "Introduction to Finnish Culture and Society." Coffee break. Lecture: "Short History of Finland."

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a Finnish music program. There will also be the possibility of going to a sauna.

Lodging: Paasikivi Opisto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Campus/Dorm

Description: Paasikivi Opisto is situated on the island of Kakskerta in a beautiful rural setting just 10 miles from the city of Turku. It is one of the youngest folk schools in Finland, founded in 1980.

Contact info:
Harjattulantie 80
Turku, 20960 Finland
phone: +358 207 488600
web: www.paasikiviopisto.net

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: The school offers a restaurant, swimming pool, small gym, lounge, fax machine and Internet access.

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


Day Eighteen: Saturday, June 15 - Naantali / Turku
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: All day excursion to Naantali and Turku. Naantali is a medieval convent town and the summer residence of Finland's president.

Lunch: Local restaurant in Turku.

Afternoon: Turku is Finland's former capital and eldest city, founded in 1229. On our guided sightseeing excursion by bus, we will see Turku Castle, Turku Cathedral and the Handicrafts Museum.

Dinner: Folk school dining room.

Evening: Farewell party with folk dances and music.

Lodging: Paasikivi Opisto

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 Nineteen: Sunday, June 16 - Hvittrask
Breakfast: Folk school dining room.

Morning: Lecture: "Kalevala, the National Epic of Finland."

Lunch: Folk school dining room.

Afternoon: Depart by chartered bus for Helsinki. On the way we will visit Hvittrask, the Home Museum of three Finnish architects Eliel Saarinen, Herman Gesellius and Armas Lindgren. Arrive in Helsinki. Check-in and settle in at the hotel.

Dinner: Local restaurant in Helsinki.

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 Twenty: Monday, June 17 - Helsinki
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Guided sightseeing excursion by bus in Helsinki. Highlights will include the Sibelius Monument, Church in the Rock and Senate Square.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy as you please.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Twenty One: Tuesday, June 18 - Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to Helsinki-Vantaaa Airport (HEL) for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Saltsjö-Boo/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
The Skansen Outdoor MuseumThe Skansen Outdoor Museum is comprised of historical buildings from different social and geographical areas of Sweden, including farmland, herb gardens and both domestic and wild animals.
For additional information, visit: www.skansen.se/en
Helsinki
Design MuseumFinland's Design Museum houses a permanent collection of Finnish design along with changing exhibitions.
Kansallismuseo, the Finnish National MuseumKansallismuseo, the Finnish National Museum, is the museum of history in Finland. The progression of the Finnish people through the centuries through timelines, hard times and different cultural themes is on fascinating display.
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

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