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Viking Trail

Price per person
from £1,744

Price based on
London Heathrow
30th Aug 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 12 days

  • Europe

  • Active pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you explore many of northern Europe’s fascinating cities and scenic areas. This budget-minded northern European tour starts in Amsterdam with a canal cruise and ends in Bergen with guided sightseeing. Along the way, you’ll stay in Hamburg, Copenhagen area, Gothenburg, Oslo, and the Flam area.

One of the northern Europe and Scandinavia tour highlights is a breathtaking ride on the Flam train, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains; rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes; and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.

You’ll also take a scenic cruise amid majestic mountains, fresh mountain air, and the spectacular landscape dotted with small, idyllic villages. Witness charming little fishing villages, rocky islands, and granite rocks along the scenic Skagerrak coastline from Gothenburg – Sweden’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports – to Oslo. Also enjoy the drive through Norway’s Hallingdal Valley with its splendid mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Guided sightseeing excursions are included in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. Other tour features include impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are historically tied to the Baltic confederation of sea-trading countries. In the German town of Bremen – a Hanseatic city with a history dating back 1,200 years– you’ll see the Town Hall, built between 1405 and 1410. Follow the Viking trail in Roskilde and visit the Viking ship museum in Oslo. In Bergen, see the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf with foundations dating to the 12th century.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded tour to Scandinavia. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty and wonderful memories.

At a glance

Amsterdam Canal cruise, guided city tour

Bremen Visit the Hanseatic city

Hamburg Guided sightseeing

Puttgarden - Rodby Ferry crossing

Roskilde Visit

Copenhagen Guided city tour

Oresund Bridge The longest bridge in Europe

Halmstad Gothenburg and Frederikstad Visit

Oslo Guided city tour and Viking Ship Museum

Flåm Scenic train ride

Sognefjord Cruise

Bergen Guided city tour

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • All airport and port taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of the Vikings as you explore many of northern Europe’s fascinating cities and scenic areas. This budget-minded northern European tour starts in Amsterdam with a canal cruise and ends in Bergen with guided sightseeing. Along the way, you’ll stay in Hamburg, Copenhagen area, Gothenburg, Oslo, and the Flam area.

One of the northern Europe and Scandinavia tour highlights is a breathtaking ride on the Flam train, one of the world’s most scenic train rides, which passes through 20 tunnels and climbs to an elevation of 2,833 feet. Witness hypnotic waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains; rivers winding through deep gorges; farms on the side of steep slopes; and views of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.

You’ll also take a scenic cruise amid majestic mountains, fresh mountain air, and the spectacular landscape dotted with small, idyllic villages. Witness charming little fishing villages, rocky islands, and granite rocks along the scenic Skagerrak coastline from Gothenburg – Sweden’s second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports – to Oslo. Also enjoy the drive through Norway’s Hallingdal Valley with its splendid mountains, lakes, and rivers.

Guided sightseeing excursions are included in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, and Bergen. Other tour features include impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites that are historically tied to the Baltic confederation of sea-trading countries. In the German town of Bremen – a Hanseatic city with a history dating back 1,200 years– you’ll see the Town Hall, built between 1405 and 1410. Follow the Viking trail in Roskilde and visit the Viking ship museum in Oslo. In Bergen, see the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf with foundations dating to the 12th century.

These are just a few of the many highlights of this value-minded tour to Scandinavia. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the beauty and wonderful memories.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Amsterdam Area, Holland

Day
1

Fly to Amsterdam where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Amsterdam Area

Day
2

For centuries, this tiny nation of seafaring traders played a leading role in world history. It wrested 40% of its territory from the hostile sea, and produces a healthy agricultural surplus in the midst of Europe’s most densely populated area—yet Holland manages to remain quaint and scenic. Enjoy a CANAL CRUISE to see the town from water level. Complete the experience watching skilled craftsmen cut and polish precious stones at a DIAMOND CENTRE, and following a Local Guide who will point out Amsterdam's highlights on the included city tour. This afternoon, spend some time exploring on your own or join an optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Amsterdam Area - Bremen, Germany - Hamburg

Day
3

This morning, travel to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which majestically straddles the Weser River. Settlements date back to the 7th century, but the city rose in prominence as trade with Norway, England, and the Netherlands increased in the 11th century. Bremen’s attractions include the opulent Town Hall, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the massive, 15th-century statue of Roland, the city’s protector; the oldest wine cellar in Germany; and the bronze sculpture of the Bremen Town Musicians from the Grimm Brothers’ famous fairytale. Continue to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, where you arrive in time for an optional harbour cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hamburg - Puttgarden - Rødby Ferry - Roskilde, Denmark - Copenhagen Area

Day
4

Your day begins with the guided walking tour of Hamburg, one of Germany’s greatest maritime cities. Marvel at the impressive Town Hall; the landmark St. Michael’s Church; the ruins of St. Nicholas’ Church; the unusual Elbe Philharmonic Hall; and more. Later, enjoy a pleasant FERRY ride from Puttgarden in Germany across the Fehmarn Belt Strait to Rødby, Denmark, and arrive in Copenhagen. Visit Roskilde, a former hub of Viking trade routes, with its UNESCO World Heritage site listed Gothic Cathedral.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Copenhagen

Day
5

During the Viking era, Copenhagen was just a small village. Now capital of Denmark, it is home to many fascinating landmarks, including the world-famous Little Mermaid sculpture, Enjoy an included city tour with a local guide. Round off the day with an interesting optional excursion.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Copenhagen Area - Halstad, Sweden - Gothenburg

Day
6

Via the ORESUND BRIDGE, the longest bridge in Europe, travel across the strait that separates Denmark and Sweden. Stop in Halmstad on the Nissan River with its 17th-century castle. Walk along the stone streets of the town centre, lined with cafés, and admire the Pablo Picasso sculpture, Female Head, before heading towards Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving, second-largest city, which is one of Europe’s major seaports.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Gothenburg - Frederikstad, Norway - Oslo

Day
7

Take the scenic route along the Skagerrak coastline to Frederikstad. Then cross the border into Norway and head for the capital city of Oslo.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo

Day
8

Your guided sightseeing begins with stunning vistas of Akershus Castle, the 14th-century fortress guarding the harbor, followed by the VIKING SHIP MUSEUM, National Theatre, Parliament, Royal Palace, Broadcasting House, and Gustav Vigeland’s distinctive sculptures in FROGNER PARK. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to relax or explore on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Oslo - Honefoss - Fla - Gol - Flåm Area

Day
9

A scenic drive today through Hallingdal Valley via the peaceful village of Flå. Forest-clad dales and soaring mountain peaks are around every bend on your scenic journey to Gol, where we stop for a visit. Arrive in the quaint area of Flåm, nestled at the entrance to the stunning Aurlandsfjord.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Flåm Area - Sognefjord - Bergen

Day
10

Today, experience breathtaking Norway with a special treat! Start the day on the renowned FLÅM TRAIN, witnessing some of the world’s most scenic wilderness. Along the way, see mighty waterfalls, towering mountains, and verdant valleys. Later, a leisurely CRUISE showcases one of Norway’s most famous fjords, the Sognefjord. Continue to Bergen through the heart of Fjordland.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bergen

Day
11

With fjords on one side and 1,000-foot-high Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen is hailed as the “City of Seven Mountains.” Your guided sightseeing tour takes in the main sights, including the Bryggen Hanseatic wharf, one of the landmarks of Bergen’s bayside area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Bergen - UK

Day
12

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Amsterdam - Corendon Village

The Corendon Village Amsterdam is a truly unique hospitality concept. With three hotel wings, the hotel will feature approximately 600 rooms. The modern 4-star hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam's metropolitan area.

  • Location

    Schipholweg 275, PK Badhoevedorp, Netherlands

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Hamburg - NH Altona Hamburg

The NH Hamburg City is 15 min walking distance from the centre of Hamburg. Many different nice restaurants and bars around the hotel; the NH Hamburg City is next to the Reeperbahn and to famous Musicals.

  • Location

    Stresemannstr. 363, Hamburg, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Copenhagen - Scandic Sluleholmen Copenhagen

First Hotel Copenhagen is located 5 km from Copenhagen City Centre in Sydhavnen, close to the motorway and only 15 minutes by bus to the city centre.

  • Location

    Molestien 11, Copenhagen, Denmark

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Gothenburg - First Kviberg Park

Set above Gothenburg Central Station, this polished modern hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Göteborg Opera and 2 km from the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre.

  • Location

    2-4 Krutvaegen, Goteborg, Sweden

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Oslo - Scandic Helsfyr

Scandic Helsfyr is located in Oslo, a 6-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking upon availability and modern rooms with free WiFi.

  • Location

    Strømsveien 108, Oslo, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Bergen - Augustin Hotel

The hotel combines traditional style with modern award-winning interior. All public areas and guest rooms have original pieces of graphic art, paintings and sculptures, which gives the hotel a contemporary and distinct feel. The hotel has a comfortable lobby and a small library where you can enjoy coffee and tea for free. In the evening you can also relax in the 400 years old wine cellar, Altona wine bar, which offers the best wine selection in Bergen and an à la carte menu.

  • Location

    C Sundtsgt 22-24, Bergen, Norway

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer