Nordic Capitals & the Baltics

New 2018 Journey

Base Fare:
$11,650 per guest, double occupancy

Your Journey includes

City Tours of Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga, Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen and more.
Aboard the Flåm Railway one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.
Most meals daily, as noted in itinerary.

15 nights in unique accommodation.

Round trip air fare from Toronto. Air gateways available across Canada.
Private car home pick up service.

Nordic Capitals & the Baltics

There’s more to the Nordic–Baltic region than Vikings and IKEA. The area’s countries and cities, while diverse in culture, have developed a distinct personality founded on a symbiotic tension between past and present. On your 17-day journey, admire the history and architecture of Helsinki, from its Rock Church to its Olympic Stadium. Weave your way through the narrow cobblestone streets and Medieval buildings of the Old Town of Riga. Voyage through the Norwegian countryside, taking in views of snow-capped peaks and glistening fjords from the Flåm Railway. While getting to know the area and its people, be sure to note the places where tradition and innovation mingle to better appreciate the region’s distinct character.

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Base Fare:
$11,650 per guest, double occupancy

Discover, Learn and Experience on included excursions

  • Porvoo City Tour
  • Helsinki City Tour with entrance to Rock Church

  • Tallin City Tour
  • Riga City Tour
  • Stockholm City tour with entrance to the Vasa 
Museum and City Hall

  • Drottningholm Palace

  • Oslo City Tour with entrance to the Kon-Tiki museum and Viking Ship museum
  • Flåm Railway
  • Sognefjord mini cruise
  • Copenhagen Canal Cruise
  • North Sealand with entrance to Frederiksborg Castle

Necessities - All inclusive pricing - know your journey costs before you leave home.

  • All taxes on incl. items, HST, GST, PST, VAT
  • Gratuities on all included items, to all ships

  • Entrance fees during sightseeing All Port and service charges Services of a professional Journey Manager staff, all Jerry Van Dyke Journey Managers, 
local sightseeing guides, coach drivers, porters, attraction guides, waiters, hotel staff
  • Services of local guides in each city
  • Deluxe overnight carry-on bag of back pack
  • Private car home/airport/home service (where available) or a credit, or an overnight at the Hilton Toronto Airport
  • Porterage for one piece of baggage
  • Full pre trip information and assistance
  • Airport Improvement fees
  • All sightseeing as listed

Air Travel

  • Roundtrip flights Toronto to Helsinki and Copenhagen to Toronto (contact our office for other gateways)

Outstanding Accommodation

  • GLO Art Hotel, Helsinki, 2 nights

  • Nordic Form, Tallinn, 2 nights

  • Radisson Blu, Riga, 2 nights

  • Overnight Ferry, Riga to Stockholm

  • Scandic Haymarket, Stockholm, 2 nights
  • Thon Opera, Oslo, 2 nights

  • Fretheim Hotel, Flam, 1 night

  • Clarion Collection Grand Gjovik, 1 night
  • Overnight Ferry, Oslo to Copenhagen

  • Admiral Hotel, Copenhagen, 2 nights

 

 

CANADIAN DOLLARS PER GUEST

  • TWIN: $11,650
  • SINGLE: $16,990

ALL FARES ARE FOR DEPARTURE FROM TORONTO. OTHER AIR GATEWAYS AVAILABLE.

 

These journey fares include the current known fuel surcharges. Additional charges may apply at final payment date. All fares are for departure from Toronto. Other air gateways available.

Travel Insurance 
Peace of Mind travel always involves the proper insurance coverage. We strongly recommend you have insurance coverage in place to proect you in the event of an unexpected incident. Cancellation / Interruption Emergency Medical Seniors Emergency Medical Annual Medical Plan All Inclusive Annual Plan Baggage and Personal affects Contact our office and speak with our friendly insurance experts.

Custom flight itineraries 
Do you want something different than our included air program? We are happy to help design a custom itinerary, just for you.

Pre Post overnights in Toronto 
We have a special agreement with our Toronto Airport hotel that includes 2 weeks of parking.

Journey Itinerary

Day 1

DEPART TO EUROPE

Enjoy our private car home pick up service (where available). Jerry Van Dyke staff and your Journey Manager greet you at Toronto Pearson airport and assist with your check in. Meet your fellow travellers and board your flight to Helsinki.

Day 2

HELSINKI

On arrival in Helsinki, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to our hotel. Join us this evening for a casual welcome dinner. (Dinner)
Overnight Helsinki, GLO Art Hotel

Day 3

PICTURESQUE PORVOO

Porvoo is a perfect example of how gracefully the old can blend with the new, while still retaining its own unique atmosphere. Built in the 18th century, the residential area of Old Porvoo is an idyllic and picturesque district perched on a hill by Porvoonjoki. Porvoo Cathedral, located at the heart of Old Porvoo, is one of the city’s most famous buildings. Built at the turn of the 14th century, the cathedral’s remarkable history has seen it burn down five times, most recently in an arson attack in 2006. Following the devastation, the cathedral was renovated for two years, finally reopening to the public in 2008. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Helsinki, GLO Art Hotel

Day 4

DISCOVERING HELSINKI AND FERRY TO TALLINN, ESTONIA

Positioned on a rocky headland cradling the Baltic Sea, Helsinki is one of Europe’s most handsome, eccentric and captivating capital cities. The city maintains a personality that is markedly different from that of other Scandinavian capitals, and in many ways is closer in temperament and certainly in looks to the major cities of Eastern Europe.
On our tour of the Finnish capital we will admire the major sights such as the Rock Church, the Senate Square surrounded by the Lutheran Cathedral of Helsinki, the Senate, the University and Library of Helsinki, the Sibelius monument, the Olympic stadium, and the new Opera House. Following lunch, we board our ferry and travel to Tallinn, Estonia. On arrival in Tallinn we will be transferred to our hotel and have time to settle in before dinner.
(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)
Overnight Tallinn, Nordic Forum

Day 5

EXPLORING TALLINN

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, only 70 km south of Helsinki. At the historical and medieval heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall. Around the city wall is a series of well-maintained green parks, great for strolling. The city's old town has been astonishingly well preserved and was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
During the tour, we will admire the Alexandre Nevski church, Dome Church, and the 13-14 century Danish-German castle, today the seat of the Estonian Parliament. There will be time for photo stops, and to take in the views of the medieval town-wall and tens of towers. Then we will walk down to the Lower part of the city. The highlights of this part of the town are the Town Hall Square with the 15th century Town Hall, the 15th century pharmacy, and the buildings of Great Guild and Brotherhood of Blackheads. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to continue exploring this fabulous city.  (Breakfast, Lunch)
Overnight Tallinn, Nordic Forum

Day 6

TALLINN TO RIGA, LATVIA

Following breakfast, we will board our private coach and drive from Tallinn to Riga, Latvia. Sit back, relax and watch the country side go by as we travel along European Route E67. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Riga, Radisson Blu

Day 7

EXPLORING RIGA

This morning is at your leisure to explore on your own or enjoy the amenities of the hotel. This afternoon our local guide shows us the sights of this fantastic city before we board our overnight ferry to Stockholm.
Discover the Old Town of Riga on the banks of the river Daugava with its narrow-cobbled streets and splendid boulevards, tiny shops for high quality traditional craft ware and shiny department stores, Medieval Gothic basilicas and cathedrals, the Opera House and romantic historic squares, and the Jugendstil district where the most explicit collection of Art Nouveau buildings in Europe are found.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Tallink Silja Line, A-Class, Outside Cabin

Day 8

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

On arrival into Stockholm, which is often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North,’ we are met by our local guide and our tour begins at Fjällgatan to see the magnificent view of the Swedish capital, spread out on 14 islands with Lake Mälar on one side and the Baltic Sea on the other. We see the Old Town with its fascinating narrow cobble-stoned alleys, the Royal palace, the Cathedral, and the City Hall where the festivities of the annual Nobel Prize award take place. The visit also takes us to the recreational island Djurgården where many of the fine museums are found. We visit the Vasa Museum to see the only preserved 17th century ship in the world. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Stockholm, Scandic Haymarket

Day 9

DRTTNINGHOLM PALACE

Drottningholm Palace is Sweden's best preserved royal palace constructed in the seventeenth century, the permanent residence of the royal family and one of Stockholm's three World Heritage Sites.
The palace was constructed according to a French prototype by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder, by commission of Queen Hedvig Eleonora. Many royal personages have left their mark on the palace since then. The palace features magnificent salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a beautiful park, a unique palace theater and a Chinese Pavilion. The imposing Baroque garden was laid out beginning in 1681 according to drawings by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to explore on your own. 
(Breakfast)
Overnight Stockholm, Scandic Haymarket

Day 10

STOCKHOLM TO OSLO

Today we travel on our private coach from Stockholm to Oslo. Sit back and relax and take in the scenery. On arrival at our hotel there will be some time to freshen up before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight Oslo, Thon Opera

Day 11

OSLO, NORWAY

During our visit of the Norwegian Capital we will admire the Royal Palace, National Theater, Parliament, Opera House by the water front, and the medieval Akershus fortress. There will be time for a stroll through the Frogner Park with the controversial sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. We also visit the Viking Ship Museum and the Kon-Tiki Museum which houses vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition, as well as a library with about 8000 books. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.  (Breakfast)
Overnight Oslo, Thon Opera

Day 12

FLÅM RAILWAY

The Flåm Railway has been named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world and is one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway. At the tiny Myrdal station, we change to the famous Flam Railway for an unforgettable descent from mountain to fjord through the Flam valley, with mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls, tiny farms and the beautiful river. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Flåm, Frethein Hotel 

Day 13

SOGNEFJORD MINI CRUISE

Today we enjoy a fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord, listed on UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Nærøyfjord is the narrowest fjord in the world, at one point only 250 metres wide, beneath mountains that tower up to 1700 metres above its sheltered waters. The scenery is very impressive, and if you look up, you can see mountain farms clinging to the steep mountainsides. Following our cruise and lunch we travel to Gjøvik where we stay for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Gjøvik, Clarion Collection Grand

Day 14

OVERNIGHT CRUISE TO COPENHAGEN

This morning we drive to Oslo where we have lunch before boarding our overnight cruise to Copenhagen. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight DFDS Seaways, Seaview Rooms

Day 15

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Split by lakes and surrounded by sea, an upbeat waterside vibe permeates Copenhagen, one of Europe’s most user-friendly capitals. It’s a welcoming, compact city with a centre largely given over to pedestrians (and cyclists) with an emphasis on café culture and top-notch museums by day, and a cracking live music, bar and club scene by night.
On arrival into Copenhagen, we embark on a canal cruise and our visit takes us into the heart of the Danish capital, full of historical buildings and ancient streets. You will see the Little Mermaid and the Gefion fountain, the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace and the Nyhavn Canal with its charming outdoor restaurants and picturesque cafés, the Christiansborg Castle, the home of the Danish Parliament, the Royal Opera House, and many more sights. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for you to explore on your own or to relax at our hotel. 
(Breakfast, Dinner)
Overnight Copenhagen, Admiral Hotel

Day 16

NORTH SEALAND

We depart for a tour of North Sealand that takes us through the Danish countryside enroute to Hillerød, where we will visit the Frederiksborg Castle, built by Christian IV in the 17th century now housing the National History Museum with its many treasures of paintings, tapestries, porcelain etc. Continue to a panoramic view of Fredensborg Castle, the Queen’s summer residence with its lovely gardens. Continue out to the coast for a view of the magnificent Kronborg Castle in Elsinore, famously known as the castle of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Return to Copenhagen along the scenic coastal road. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Overnight Copenhagen, Admiral Hotel

Day 17

HOME

Today we transfer to the airport for our flights back to Canada. On arrival at Toronto Pearson you are greeted by one of our friendly staff members and assisted to your private car home. (Breakfast)

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Journey Highlights





The Flåm Railway

Journey by train down the Flåm Railway line, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in Norway as you descend from mountain to fjord through the Flåm Valley. Named one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, a voyage on the Flåm Railway is a must, making it one of the leading tourist attractions in the country. As you gaze over tumbling waterfalls, snow-covered peaks, and dramatic gorges, you’ll experience the true grandeur and majesty of the incredible country of Norway.

Sognefjord Mini Cruise

Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Spend an afternoon on the water, cruising on one of its most beautiful arms, Nærøyfjord, which has also been listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nærøyfjord is not only one of the most beautiful fjords in the world but is also one of the narrowest, at one point reaching only 250 meters wide and enclosed by mountains towering up to 1,700 meters on either side of its sheltered waters. The surrounding cliffs, fields, and mountainside farms are truly a sight to behold.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, lies on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. At the heart of the city is the hill of Toompea, covered in cobbled streets and filled with medieval houses and alleyways. The lower town spreads out from the foot of the hill, still protected by the remnants of a city wall. Admire the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Dome Church, and Toompea Castle, and tour the colourful Town Hall Square, boasting 15th-century buildings and the Estonian charm that will make you fall in love with this beautiful country.

Copenhagen Harbour

Copenhagen Harbour is the heart of this dynamic Danish city. Embark on a canal cruise and experience the city’s historical buildings and ancient streets from a unique perspective. On your tour, enjoy countless significant sights, including the Little Mermaid and the Gefion Fountain; Amalienborg Palace, the royal residence; and the Nyhavn Canal, with its colourful buildings, charming outdoor restaurants, and picturesque cafés. As you tour the delightful harbour and waterways of Copenhagen, the importance of the water to this historic city becomes evermore apparent.

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