Discover stylish Scandinavia and bohemian Germany on the ultimate urban adventure.

Do as the locals do on this urban adventure reaching from the bohemian quarters of Berlin to the stylish boutiques of Oslo. Explore the cobbled streets of Copenhagen by bike, nibble traditional cinnamon rolls at a Swedish coffee house, and wander through the famous markets of Hamburg.


Start
Berlin, Germany
Finish
Oslo, Norway
Countries
Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
AMSD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Berlin has a complex history, witnessing years of division and uncertainty before becoming one of the world's most artistic and exciting cities. See remaining fragments of the famous wall that once divided the city in half

  • Wander the famous Hamburg Speicherstadt, an inner-city district made up of 19th-century warehouses

  • Explore Copenhagen like a local and hop on a bike. There is no better way to see the major sites, as well as explore hidden corners of this beautiful city

  • Don't miss Gothenburg's Haga district, with its picturesque wooden houses and the iconic Skansen Kronan, as well as laid-back Langgatan street

Is this trip right for you?

  • As there are cobblestones in many Scandinavian cities, it's recommended that you leave any wheelie bags or cases at home and bring a backpack instead.

  • The areas visited on this trip can be very cold at night throughout the year, especially at the start and end of the season. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions, including base layers, hat, gloves, scarf, coat and anything else that you think may be applicable.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. However, if you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge (some exceptions may apply). Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together/apart. Rooms in Scandinavia tend to be small, and occasionally bathrooms will be shared with other guests.

  • This trip is designed to give you a fair amount of free time so you can explore each destination at your own pace. We will, however, take you on regular orientation walks, so you'll be on your feet quite a lot. While this may be tiring for some, it’s the best way to get your head around a place and to set yourself up for further discoveries.

Itinerary

Welcome to Berlin! If you're a bit daunted by the size of the city, there are countless bus tours that operate throughout Berlin and they're an ideal way to find your feet. Alternatively buses 100 and 200 are perfect to reach many of the main tourist sites for just the regular bus fare. There are many unique memorials and sites holding significance in Berlin's more recent history, which are all designed to provoke thought as well as commemorate. These include the Jewish Memorial, the empty book shelves of Bebelplatz and the confronting Topography of Terror. The 19th century Reichstag, whose cupola was designed by British architect Norman Foster, holds a special and symbolic meaning outside of its role as the home of parliament. The great glass dome that crowns the building also offers sweeping views over Berlin. Make sure you book your visit early in the morning, as queues can snake around the building for hours on end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
The adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend the welcome meeting. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
After a morning orientation walk of the city, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the cafes, bars and galleries of bohemian Berlin. Find the crumbling remnants of the Berlin Wall that are scattered all over the city. Checkpoint Charlie is also a significant site in German history, as its museum overlooks the former border checkpoint dividing East and West. The city has a unique nightlife that presents delicious food, bars, pubs and clubs (if that's your thing). The Brandenburg Gate, Germany's symbol which is minted on the Euro coins, is a great place to visit at night, as the whole area is completely lit up. Other areas great for night life are the inner-city neighbourhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg, perfect for all-nighters. 24-hour public transport makes venturing around the city a breeze.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR50
  • Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR50
  • Topography of Terror - Free
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR63
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR13
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR13
  • Berliner Dom - EUR7
  • Jewish Museum - EUR8
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR13
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train to Hamburg (about 2 hours), leaving in the morning in order to maximise time spent in the port city. Upon arrival enjoy an introductory walk of the city and a cruise of the city harbour aboard a modern barge. The cruise will visit the city centre waterways and canals, travel through two locks and under old bridges to the Town Hall. The views from the barge provide a different way to see the historic Speicherstadt (‘Warehouse City’) and parts of the harbour. The afternoon is free to take at your leisure. Perhaps climb the tower of St Michaelis Church (nick-named "The Michel") for great views over the city, or return to the warehouse city for a closer look at the the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, a brand new glass and steel structure set atop an old brick warehouse from around 1900. Alternatively mingle with the locals at a cafe on the Binnenalster lake.
Accommodation
  • Pension (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Hamburg Harbour Cruise
Optional Activities
  • The Old Elbe Tunnel - Free
  • Hamburg Town Hall - EUR4
  • Miniatur Wunderland - EUR13
  • International Maritime Museum - EUR12
  • St Michaelis Tower and Crypt - EUR7
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train and ferry via the southern Danish archipelago to Copenhagen (approx 5 hours). Enjoy a free evening to visit the pastel-coloured waterfront houses in the Nyhavn area. Drop in at an industrial-chic bar for a drink or stroll around the famous Tivoli Gardens which has the world's oldest rollercoaster. You may also decide to venture into the Freetown of Christiania, a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood south-east of the city centre. It is regulated by a special law, the Christiania Law of 1989, and has been a source of controversy since 1971 when squatters took over a former military area. Another area worth checking out is Norrebro, a residential area known for its wide range of restaurants.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Glyptotek Art Museum - DKK95
  • National Museum of Denmark - DKK75
  • The Round Tower - DKK25
  • Amalienborg Palace - DKK95
  • Christiansborg Palace - DKK150
  • Tivoli Gardens - DKK110
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
When in Copenhagen, do as the locals do and explore the city by bike, undoubtedly the best way to explore the city's many hidden corners. The bike-friendly streets mean cycling to the city's major sites are a breeze. The afternoon is free for you to further explore this Scandinavian city. Stroll along the harbour or head out to the classicist palaces of 18th century Amalienborg, to this day the main residence of the Danish Royal family. Perhaps pay a visit to Frederik's Church, also known as Marble Church, the Court House on Nytorv Square or check out the facade of the red brick town hall. Alternatively the National Museum is not to be missed, as is the Christiansborg Palace in the very centre of Copenhagen.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Copenhagen Bike Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel by train to Gothenburg in Sweden (approx 4 hours) via the famous Øresund Bridge that spans the strait separating Denmark and the Scandinavian peninsula. After a first orientation walk and becoming familiar with the city, enjoy a free afternoon. Perhaps visit the Göteborg City Museum, housed in the former East India Company House, built during the time when Gothenburg's role was that of a major maritime trading centre. Take in the architectural ensemble on Gustav Adolfs Torg, go shopping along the main boulevard Avenyn, check out the iconic Skansen Kronan, stroll along bohemian Långgatan street or sip a coffee in the charming Haga quarter, known for its picturesque wooden houses, 19th century atmosphere and the so-called hagabulle, a cinnamon pastry similar to kanelbulle.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Catch yet another train, this time across the border to Norway's capital Oslo (approx 4 hours). After an initial orientation walk explore this quirky, colourful city. Spend the day perusing delicacies at Maschmanns Food Market, admiring the handiwork of glass blowers at the Hadeland Glassverk, or simply strolling along Karl Johans Gate, the main shopping strip of the city. Why not head to the National Gallery of Art to glimpse Edvard Munch's famous 19th century painting, The Scream. In the evening say 'skal' ('cheers') to the group at your last dinner together. Why not seek out some traditional Norwegian fare, dinner based around cod and mackerel dishes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip ends today after breakfast and you can depart your accommodation at any time. If you would like to extend your stay in Oslo please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking as we will be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK90
  • Fram Museum - NOK100
  • Oslo - Holmenkollen Museum - NOK130
  • Viking Ship Museum - NOK80
  • Akershus Castle & Fortress - NOK70
  • Museum Edvard Munch - NOK100
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
If it's all ending too soon, you can extend your trip by combining it with the 'Scandinavia Explorer', taking in the Norwegian fjords, Sweden's capital Stockholm, and ending in Helsinki in Finland. Or complete the loop and additionally tack on our 'Baltic Experience' trip, travelling from Helsinki through the Baltic States, and ending back in Berlin.

Meals

6 breakfasts

Transport

Train, Public bus, Metro, Bicycle, Boat

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights), Pension (1 night)

Included activities

  • Hamburg Harbour Cruise
  • Copenhagen Bike Tour

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available on this trip.

ITINERARY
You don't have a lot of time in Oslo at the end of the trip , so if you're keen to explore this spectacular city in depth we recommend you extend your stay by a day or two.

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