3332
Denmark/Norway/Sweden/Finland
Four Scandinavian Capitals
Discover the secrets of Europe’s most northern cities, diving deep into culture, art and the traditions of Scandinavian design.
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Program No. 3332RJ
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Copenhagen
D
Scandic Palace Hotel

Activity note: Check-in available from 3:00 PM.

Dinner: Hotel dining room. Please note that water is included in the program cost at all meals.

Evening: Orientation and getting to know one another. Your Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
3
Museum of Art & Design, Canal Field Trip, Christmas Dinner
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Scandic Palace Hotel

Activity note: Walking approx. 1.5 miles, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room. On this program, breakfasts will offer a typical European style breakfast buffet with breads, cheeses, cold-cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereals, juice, milk, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: Our morning lecture on “Copenhagen’s Past and Present” will teach us about the capital’s history and prepare us for our excursion of Copenhagen by coach, including a short walk through the medieval quarters of the city. Walk through a maze of narrow streets to admire this bustling neighborhood's charming old houses, and unique shops, cafés and delis.

Lunch: At the Danish Museum of Art and Design.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will begin our afternoon activities with an expert-led 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 an expert-led 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 Kobenhavnercafeen restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Christiansborg Castle, Glyptotek, Tivoli
Copenhagen
B,L,D
Scandic Palace Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning lecture will enlighten us on "Denmark, Danes and Democracy." Learn about Denmark today; the country's social welfare system, politics, and the Danes as a people.

Lunch: 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Denmark's Golden Age
Copenhagen
B,L
Scandic Palace Hotel

Breakfast: 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. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Kronborg Castle, Louisiana
Cruise ship
B,L,D
DFDS cruise ship

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile, and walking/standing at sites. Due to limited space in the cabin on the overnight ferry to Oslo, your luggage will be kept in storage. Therefore, please bring a smaller bag to pack your essentials in for the ferry overnight.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart in the 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. Attend a short lecture on the museum, and then explore this wonderful place on your own. Admire the collections and exhibition, sit out in the terraced garden dotted with statues, see the blue Øresund, or enjoy a cup of coffee and a rich cake in the elegant café.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Frognerparken, National Opera House
Oslo
B,L,D
Hotell Bondeheimen

Activity note: Walking about .5 miles.

Breakfast: In the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: Welcome to Oslo! Our short, expert-led sightseeing excursion by coach 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: Stop at the Holmenkollen ski jump arena and at a viewpoint of the city. 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: At the Kaffistova Restaurant at the hotel.

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

DAY
8
National Museum of Art, City Hall
Oslo
B,L,D
Hotell Bondeheimen

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles, and walking/standing at sites.

Breakfast: 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 expert-led excursion of the National Museum of Art and its special Edvard Munch room.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Vinterhaven (Winter Garden) restaurant in Hotel Bristol, across the street from our hotel. Vinterhaven is a timelessly classic restaurant that is the "heart" of Hotel Bristol. Since 1920, politicians, authors, musicians, and actors have found inspiration between these hallowed walls. The ambience is an experience in itself; a spot that truly lives and breathes its long history.

Afternoon: Next we embark on an excursion to City Hall, where the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony takes place. Enjoy a talk and expert-led walk through part of this magnificent building. Optional: 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: Dine at the Hereford Steakhouse restaurant, across the street from our hotel.

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.

DAY
9
Oslo Museums
Oslo
B,L,D
Hotell Bondeheimen

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Our morning begins with an information session about today's program. Next, we will hear a lecture on Norwegian literature, with an emphasis on modern literature. Following the lecture, a coach 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.

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. Return to Oslo by ferry.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Transfer to Stockholm
Stockholm
B,L,D
Scandic Park Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for Stockholm by private coach.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: We arrive at our hotel in Stockholm. Check-in at the hotel and have some time at leisure to rest.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

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

DAY
11
Millesgården Statue Park
Stockholm
B,L,D
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about .3 miles, and descending some stairs.

Breakfast: 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: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Expert-led coach 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: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
12
The Vasa Ship Museum
Stockholm
B,L,D
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1.5 miles, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: 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: Transfer by coach to the old town. 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. An expert-led 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. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities, which can be found in the first Information Packet. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. Within easy walking distance (or a short coach ride) from the Vasa museum you will find several interesting museums and art collections. Further options include The City Hall Tower, The Kaknas Tower, The Modern Museum of Art, Liljevalch's Art Gallery, and the Museum of Photography.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: Attend a cultural event. The date and time are tentative, until further details are available.

DAY
13
Skansen Open Air Museum
Stockholm
B,D
Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile, and walking/standing at the museum.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip and behind-the-scene insider's access to the Costume's Center at the Skansen Open Air Museum, to hear and see about Swedish art/craft traditions and history, followed by an expert-led excursion of Skansen. 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.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Continue your morning excursion.

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

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
14
Stockholm City Hall, Drottningholm Palace
Cruise ship
B,D
Tallink Silja Line

Activity note: Walking about 1 mile, and walking/standing at sites. Due to limited space in the cabins on the overnight ferry to Helsinki, your luggage will be transported via bus to the hotel in Helsinki. Therefore, please bring a smaller bag to pack your essentials in for the ferry overnight. You will receive your luggage at 3:00 PM on Day 15, after your visit to the National Art Gallery of Finland.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Check-out of the hotel before taking a field trip 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: Outside City Hall we commence the 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 an expert-led 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
15
Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland
Helsinki
B,L,D
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking about 1.45 miles, and walking/standing at the gallery.

Breakfast: In the cruise ship's dining room.

Morning: We arrive in Helsinki and enjoy an expert-led coach excursion, including Sibelius Monument and Senate Square, before arriving at our hotel.

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

Afternoon: After lunch, take an expert-led excursion in the Ateneum, the National Art Gallery of Finland. Contemplate some of the Ateneum's most famous and interesting paintings. There is also time to explore the Ateneum on your own. (It is 3 blocks from the hotel.)

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
16
Musiikkitalo
Helsinki
B,L
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking up to 1 mile, and walking/standing at the music hall.

Breakfast: 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. Then learn about "Daily Life in Finland" as we catch a glimpse into the everyday life of a typical Finnish citizen.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch we will have an expert-led excursion of the Musiikkitalo Music Hall. The newest highlight in Helsinki, it is the most modern music center in Finland as well as an architectural landmark.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
17
Ainola, Jean Sibelius' Home Museum, Hvitträsk
Helsinki
B,L,D
Sokos Hotel Presidentti

Activity note: Walking/standing at sites.

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We travel by chartered bus to the Lotta Museum in Tuusula where a musician will give us insight into 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 an expert-led 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
18
Departures
Helsinki
B

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Departure by chartered bus for Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL). This concludes our program. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures.






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