AUD 4780 / pp
+ Flåmsbana & Fjords
May - August 2020/2021
Submit to the subtle beauty of Northern Europe. From fascinating capitals to gorgeous scenery, discover everything Scandinavia is so famous for. Travel by train, ferry, and coach through Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Ride the world's most scenic railway line, cruise the "King of Fjords", tour the Royal palaces, taste local specialities. Experience the vibe of the capitals on our guided tours and small towns' unbeatable Nordic charm on our fully escorted small group tours.
Copenhagen → Bergen → Flåm → Oslo → Stockholm → Helsinki
Day 1: Arrive at Copenhagen
Welcome to Denmark! Meet your guide and fellow travellers at a welcome dinner at the local restaurant where we will enjoy the finest Danish cuisine. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Copenhagen
After breakfast, set off on enlightening walking city tour of Copenhagen with our experienced local guide. First, witness the famous Changing of the Royal Guard ceremony at the front gates of the Rosenborg Castle. Enjoy the views of the City Hall and Royal Christiansborg Palace, stroll across Kongens Nytorv and see the buildings of the Old Stock Exchange and the Royal Theater. Visit the colourful harbour of Nyhavn where you see the gorgeous Amalienborg Palace. Taste traditional Danish Smørrebrød for lunch in one of local harbor cafes. Afternoon free at leisure. You can continue exploring the city on your own and visit other city highlights of your choice (the Gefion Fountain, the Little Mermaid statue) or do some shopping at Stroget street.
Day 3: Copenhagen - Bergen
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and take a flight to Bergen, the capital of Norwegian Fjords. Transfer to the hotel, check-in and start Bergen walking city tour. Bergen is the quintessential Nordic fishing town and a perfect example of classic Scandinavia, a place of tranquillity, natural beauty and harmony. During the tour, we walk through the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market and experience a fantastic Floibanen Funicular ride, one of Norway's best-known attractions. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 4: Bergen - Flåm - Oslo
After breakfast, we pick up your luggage and send it straight to Oslo, our final destination this day. Then we embark Bergen - Flåm ferry. The ship will take you through the magnificent Sognefjord for about 5 hours. Time for lunch in Flåm before boarding the Flåmsbana railway. The train ride between Flåm and Myrdal is considered to be the World’s most scenic train journey. This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard scenery of Norway. In Myrdal change for the train to Oslo and ride another 5 hours before we reach Norway’s capital. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5: Oslo
After breakfast, meet your guide at the hotel lobby and go on a walking city tour. Start with a visit to one of the major Scandinavian treasures - the famous Frogner Park, informally known as the Vigeland Park named after its founder Gustav Vigeland. Spend some great time strolling through this beautiful park and enjoying its extravagant sculptures and unique Scandinavian nature. Proceed to other famous Oslo attractions, including the Royal Palace and the Akershus fortress (entrances not included). Afternoon free at leisure for optional tours of your choice.
Day 6: Oslo - Stockholm
Transfer to the railway station to take Oslo - Stockholm train. The panoramic train journey will take about 5 hours. Transfer to the hotel in Stockholm and check-in. The evening is free at leisure.
Day 7: Stockholm
After breakfast, meet your Swedish guide for Stockholm walking city tour. During the tour, you explore the brilliant Old Town that is one of the biggest and most well-preserved medieval Old Towns in Europe and see the famous Royal Palace, the Stockholm Cathedral and the City Hall. Then go underground to discover Stockholm Metro with its piece-of-art subway stations. Return to our hotel in the downtown for check-in. Afternoon free at leisure to explore the city.
Day 8: Ferry Stockholm - Helsinki
The daytime is free at leisure to enjoy beautiful Stockholm. In the evening, transfer to the Port of Helsinki to board an overnight ferry to Finland. The journey takes around 15 hours and there are lots of cafes and restaurants on board. Relax and take time to enjoy the great sceneries of the Baltic Sea. Your cabin is an equivalent of a comfortable 3+ star hotel room.
Day 9: Helsinki
Set off for a guided walking city tour in Helsinki. Start with the City Hall, pass by the Parliament House, the great Lutheran Cathedral and the Sibelius Monument. Helsinki is one of the world’s top 10 most livable cities, it is also famous for its Art Nouveau architecture. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner in a traditional Finnish restaurant.
Day 10: Departure from Helsinki
Departure day. At the appropriate time, check out of your hotel. Here your Scandinavian adventure ends. Alternatively, you might embark on a train to St. Petersburg and continue exploring the North of Europe.
Best-rated & centrally located 4* hotels
1 night at the ferry Stockholm - Helsinki (twin cabin, en-suite bathroom)
Breakfasts daily at the hotels
Welcome dinner in Copenhagen (day 1)
Smørrebrød lunch in Copenhagen (day 2)
Farewell dinner in Helsinki (day 9)
Copenhagen walking tour
Bergen walking tour
Oslo walking tour
Stockholm walking tour
Helsinki walking tour
Flight Copenhagen - Bergen (economy)
The Fløibanen funicular (Bergen)
Ferry Bergen - Flam
Train Flam - Myrdal - Oslo
Train Oslo - Stockholm
Ferry Stockholm - Helsinki, twin cabin (en-suite bathroom)
24/7 phone/WhatsApp support line
The group tour is fully escorted by English-speaking tour director
Transfers from/to airport
Meals not mentioned
Experience Flåmsbana - one of the World's most scenic train rides
Enjoy a traditional Smørrebrød and the best of Scandinavian delicacies
Cross the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki
Take a scenic boat ride through the Sognefjord, “The King of Fjords”
Witness piece-of-art subway stations of Stockholm Metro
See the Royal Guard Changing ceremony in Copenhagen
Amazing trip to Mongolia
I can't sing the praises loud enough for the operator and their true welcoming, accommodating and approach. From the time I landed and was met by a driver at the airport to take me to my hotel, to fabulous guide, Boloryuya, who worked, it seemed, 24/7 to make sure this trip was everything I dreamed of. From seeking Takhi wild horses with local resident Neema, to meeting reindeer herdsman while in Lake Kovsgol area, from horse back riding and camel rides to a yurt stay at Gobi desert, everything went as planned and exceeded expectations. September seemed a perfect choice to visit Mongolia. Everything from planning and booking, till the farewell transfer to airport, every team member went above and beyond to make it happened the way it was and I’m sending my appraisal too all of you guys. Choose World of Discoveries when you are in need of adventure beyond the ordinary. You name it, they find a way to make it happen. It was truly amazing.
Iran / USA
We just returned from the World Cup in Russia where we followed Team Iran. This involved travel to three different stadiums many miles apart. Thank goodness we booked through World of Discoveries (Discovery Russia branch)! They arranged our lodging and transport. They even set us up with local English speaking guides to take us to see the interesting and historical sights of this beautiful land. We had a blast. We met new friends, ate great food, drank great vodka and cheered our team on. It was a trip of a lifetime.
Central Asia, beyond ordinary I was very precise regarding locations to visit and things to do and Julie was very attentive putting our private itinerary together. We skipped Tashkent and went straight to ancient cities of Samarkand and Bukhara, each worth a week stay to explore in detail! We then traveled to Pamir Highway which is a restricted access area, lots of papers need to be prearranged. It was well worth. Striking natural beauty absolutely recommend. From Osh, we travel through the most stunning landscapes to Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Each parts of the trip, cultural and adventitious, was very well prepared – as much as it was possible for Pamir, of course, with it’s changing weather, severe driving conditions etc. However our local guides served us very well and we really had no stress as all.
Egypt / Australia
Thanks you Abby and Varvara and all the other staff members of World of Discoveries for making our stay in Russia over 2 and a half weeks easy, comfortable and memorable. Thanks for the great organisation with transfers and accommodation. Thanks also for organising a phone sim card for each one in our group. It made our life much easier to stay in touch with each other and with our family and friends back home. We loved our stay in Russia and will certainly come back soon.
Rick, Emily and John Stewart
Impeccable service, incredible Trans Siberian! In fact, the great services provided by your team started from my first correspondence with Julie. She has been very professional with providing details of the itinerary and assuring and re-assuring that the trip will be well-planned, It was because of her assurance that gave us the confidence to take the next step and book our Trans Sibetian holiday. And everything ran like clockwork from Moscow to Vladivostok. The Russian people were extremely friendly throughout. The Trans Siberian was a great experience and fulfilled our dreams. The scenery and ever changing vistas were spectacular. The train facilities were adequate but perhaps a shower facility in 1st Class would have been nice. I will recommend your services in the future!
CENTRAL ASIA, I’LL BE BACK! Central Asia was on my bucket list for years but I was reluctant to travel alone and my partner did not want to go. I found World of Discoveries most helpful in arranging my age/gender travel companion in our small group tour in October 2019. Everything run smooth from inquiry to farewell dinner in Nur-Sultan The tour was good value for money. Most meals included and great. Lots of local experiences. Great people on tour, helpful guides. I would love to return to explore more of Uzbekistan and would love to visit Tajikistan (that was not part of the tour). Yurt experience was just amazing. Such a great scenery and heartily people.