Highlights
  • Explore Scandinavia’s ties to the sea during two overnight cruises.
  • Taste a traditional Danish Christmas dinner of pork, potatoes, cabbage and rice pudding.
  • A musician discusses Finnish music and plays the native kantele.

With a midsummer sunrise at 3 a.m. and winter days lit by thousands of candles, Scandinavia keeps its own time and seasons. Experience the unique pace of the Nordic lifestyle in the four capital cities of Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki. Learn about their distinct histories, languages, cuisines and artistic traditions as you study alongside local experts in museums, palaces and energetic neighborhoods.

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  • DFDS cruise ship

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Copenhagen

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Palace Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 3 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 walking excursion through the medieval quarters of Copenhagen, and our short orientation excursion by bus. Walk through a maze of narrow streets to admire this bustling neighborhood’s charming old houses, unique shops, cafes 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Palace Hotel

Activity note: Walking up to 2.5 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

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: DFDS cruise ship

Activity note: Walking about 1.1 miles, 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel 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 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: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Bondeheimen

Activity note: Walking about 1.8 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 may take part in an informal city walk and get to know the downtown area.

Day 9: Oslo Museums

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Bondeheimen

Activity note: Walking up to 1.5 miles with some uneven terrain, 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. 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. One very interesting option is to take the ferry (3 min) to Bygdones, where you can use your admission to visit many different museums.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Park Hotel

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for Stockholm by private coach.

Luch: 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 1.3 miles, and use of public transportation.

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 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: At a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 12: The Vasa Ship Museum, Stockholm

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2.8 miles, walking/standing at the museum, and use of public transportation.

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: 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 bus 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: Morning Lecture, Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Scandic Park Hotel

Activity note: Walking about 2.5 miles, walking/standing at the museum, and use of public transportation.

Breakfast: 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 Stockholm City Hall tomorrow.

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.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 14: Stockholm City Hall, Drottningholm Palace, Cruise ship

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Tallink Silja Line

Activity note: Walking about 2 miles, walking/standing at sites, and use of public transportation. 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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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 bus 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 field trip at 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. Afterward, you may wish to visit the Church in the Rock, which is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 17: Ainola, Jean Sibelius' Home Museum, Hvitträsk, Helsinki

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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 last evening ends with a farewell dinner in a charming local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 18: Departures, Helsinki

Meals: Breakfast

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.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 6,599

Price Per Day:

$ 367 per day
 
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Details
Ship Name

DFDS cruise ship

Trip Includes
  • 16 nights of accommodations
  • 11 expert-led lectures
  • 18 expert-led field trips
  • 1 performance
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

16 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Scandic Palace Hotel: 4 nights  Copenhagen

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.

 

DFDS cruise ship: 1 night  Copenhagen

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.

 

Hotel Bondeheimen: 3 nights  Oslo

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.

 

Scandic Park Hotel: 4 nights  Stockholm

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.

 

Tallink Silja Line: 1 night  Espoo

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

 

Sokos Hotel Presidentti: 3 nights  Helsinki

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.

Start City
Copenhagen
End City
Helsinki

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