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highlights
  • With its perfectly preserved medieval wall and watchtowers, Tallinn's quaint Old Town is a great place to explore on foot
  • Aukstaitija National Park offers unique opportunities for both activity and relaxation. Canoe across pristine lakes, indulge in home-cooked meals and cleanse yourself in a traditional sauna
  • Warsaw's Uprising Museum offers thought-provoking insight into the 1944 Polish resistance against Nazi Germany
  • 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
The Helsinki to Oslo tour starts in Helsinki and ends in Oslo. The Helsinki to Oslo is an Explorer tour that takes 22 days taking you from Helsinki to Oslo and through other destinations in Europe.

It’s fortunate that geography placed Scandinavia and the Baltic States so close together. Nowhere else in Europe can you travel so quickly from the old to the new. From the storybook towers and goblin-haunted forests in Latvia and Estonia to eco-cities, bike culture and minimalism in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. It’s classic Old and New Europe, side by side. And this 22-day tour has been designed to showcase the best of both. Starting in Helsinki, we’ll wind our way through old centres like Talinn, Riga and Vilnius before moving through Poland, Germany and Denmark on our way to the dark and windswept waters of the Norwegian Fjordlands.
Welcome to Helsinki, Finland. If in the city early, maybe check out the magnificent Suomenlinna Sea Fortress, Senate Square or catch a performance at the National Theatre. You may want to consider purchasing the Helsinki Card – an economical way to travel on Helsinki City Transport (HKL) services, as well as free admission to the main Helsinki sights and nearly 50 museums.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Ateneum Art Museum - EUR 15
  • Cathedral - Free - EUR 15
  • City Museum - Free - EUR 15
  • Design Museum - EUR 10
  • Mannerheim Museum - EUR 12
  • Museum of Cultures - EUR 9
  • Open-Air Museum Seurasaari - EUR 9
  • National Museum of Finland - EUR 10
  • Suomenlinna Sea Fortress - EUR 7
  • Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum - EUR 14
  • Rock Church - Free - EUR 14
Leave Helsinki after breakfast and catch a ferry across the Gulf of Finland to the Estonian capital of Tallinn (approximately 3 hours). Arrive mid-afternoon, check into your hotel and start your time here with a short orientation walk through the city. The rest of your day is then free to enjoy this exceptionally preserved medieval city and all it has to offer. Perhaps head out and enjoy some of the region's culinary specialties, or stop for a drink on the main square for a spot of people watching. With its steep red roofs, spires, pastel-coloured buildings and new restaurants and bars, Estonia's capital is a real treat to explore. Seeing the vibrant streets of Tallinn now, it's difficult to fathom that Soviet occupation only ended in 1991.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Today is free to do as you wish and an exploration of the Old Town is a must. You'll see the last remaining gothic town hall in northern Europe, Old Thomas; the Raapteek, which has housed a pharmacy since the 15th century; and St Olaf Church, a major landmark of Tallinn. You can head towards Upper Tallinn, home to the noble families, to see amazing views of Lower Tallinn and the medieval spires of the town walls. The 13th-century Toompea Castle, where the Estonian Parliament sits, and the 19th-century orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral are some of the main attractions of Upper Tallinn. Alternatively, you could head to Pirita to chill out at Tallinn's most popular beach or visit Kadriorg Palace, a palace built by czar Peter the Great for his second wife Catherine I. Make sure you spend some time in the beautiful gardens surrounding the palace.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Estonian History Museum - EUR 6
  • Kadriorg Palace visit - EUR 6
  • Peter the Great Museum - EUR 3
  • City Bike Tour - EUR 19
  • Tallinn City Museum - EUR 4
  • Kiek in de Kok Tower (Tower Museum) - EUR 5
  • TV Tower visit - EUR 10
Cross the border by local bus into Latvia today and travel to Riga (approximately 4 hours). On arrival, go on an orientation tour around Riga, renowned for its welcoming locals and a fascinating art nouveau heritage. Some of the sights we see include the Doma Cathedral, St Peter's Basilica, House of Blackheads, the Swedish Gate, Mentzendorff's House, Riga Castle, The Great Guild & Small Guild and the Cat House.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Today is a free day in Riga. Perhaps pay a visit to The Museum of Occupation of Latvia. This offers a fascinating insight into the hardships suffered by Latvians during its occupation by, first, the Germans and, later, the Soviets. The Central Market Halls are a must-see and a great place to haggle for supplies for a picnic lunch if it takes your fancy. It is housed in 4 disused German zeppelin hangars and is said to be Europe's largest market after Rungis in Paris, comprising over 3000 trade stalls.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
Optional Activities
  • Riverboat Cruise - EUR 18
  • St Peter's Tower visit - EUR 9
  • Central Market Halls - Free - EUR 9
  • The Museum of Occupation of Latvia - Free - EUR 9
  • Beer Spa - EUR 98
Set off by private bus after breakfast and cross the border into Lithuania. After a stop at the famous Hill of Crosses continue onto the former Prussian city of Klaipeda (approximately 6 hours in total). Klaipeda used to be a member of the Hanseatic League and is the gateway to the Curonian Spit - a long and narrow sand dune peninsula separating the Curonian lagoon from the Baltic Sea. Upon arrival head out to the waterfront with it's old brick buildings, and explore the old town centre. Perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening, at one of the many harbour-side cafes.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
Today, take an included bike ride to explore the unique World Heritage-listed Curonian Spit National Park - the second oldest national park of the former Soviet Union. This is a spectacular landscape full of beaches, sand dunes and forested areas. The peninsula is only 400 m wide in parts but 98 km long, 52 of which belong to Lithuania, while the rest is part of the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad. It formed only 5000 years ago by strong winds and currents which constantly change the shape of the landscape to this day. Only recently a whole village was swallowed by the inexorable sand. According to legend, the spit was formed by the girl giant Neringa, who poured sand into the Baltic Sea to protect the bay from storms and create an embankment for fishermen to live. On our day trip you will explore the tiny village of Nida and the surrounding beaches by bike. Look in the distance to see the Russian border. For lunch, perhaps try the smoked pike for which the spit is famous. Return to Klaipeda in the late afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
You'll continue your journey today by bus or train to the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius (approximately 4 hours). Having once been occupied by Sweden, Poland, France and Russia, each occupier has left its mark in some way on this picturesque city. Vilnius offers a different picture of the Baltics than Riga and Tallinn, but it's every bit as interesting. On arrival, take an orientation walk with your leader that covers Cathedral Square and its free standing belfry, the famous chapel of Saint Kazimieras and Gediminas Tower. The 16th century Gate of Dawn houses an icon of the Virgin Mary which is said to have miraculous powers, and thus luckily escaped destruction by the Soviets. For a break from Vilnius' historic monuments, take a walk through some of the charming gardens and parks that are dotted around the city or visit the 'republic' of Uzupis, an inner-city quarter that has declared independence from Lithuania in 1997. The inhabitants have even adopted a tongue-in-cheek constitution, and have erected a statue of Frank Zappa, the only one on the world.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
Today is a free day to explore Vilnius. Perhaps take the 40-minute bus trip to Trakai, which is situated on a lake and guarded by an impressive 14th century castle on an island. Rent paddle-boats, swim in the lake, or just wander around the old castle. This is a quaint town that's extremely popular due to its beauty and location. For those who want to uncover the hidden gems of Vilnius, why not go on an Urban Adventure. Explore both the old and new sides of this amazing city, while visiting cafes, bars and attractions that only the locals really know about. One museum that shouldn't be missed is the Museum of Genocide (also known as the KGB Museum). It is located in Vilnius' formed KGB headquarters and is dedicated to the 50-year history of Soviet occupation which has left a visible mark on the city and the country.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse
Optional Activities
  • Gediminas Castle Tower - EUR 4
  • KGB Museum - EUR 4
  • KGB Museum Tour - EUR 20
  • National Museum visit - Free - EUR 20
  • TV Tower visit - EUR 6
  • University Museum visit - EUR 2
  • Trakai Castle Day Trip - EUR 7
  • Urban Adventures - Flavours of Vilnius - EUR 82
  • Urban Adventures - Undiscovered Vilnius - EUR 65
After breakfast, travel by local train to the town of Ignalina (approximately 2 hours) and then on to Aukstaitija ('Owk-sty-chee-ah') National Park and the charming village of Ginuciai where our home stay is located. As one of the most delightful national parks in the Baltic states, Aukstaitija has 126 lakes, an abundance of waterways, hills and woods. This afternoon you will take a guided kayak ride through the lakes and rivers, past villages and through forests, to an ancient pagan site on top of a hill with a wishing tree. The top affords great views across the surrounding forests and lakes. Transfer back to your accommodation later in the afternoon and enjoy the hospitality and home-cooking of our hosts for the next two days.
Accommodation
  • Homestay
Today is free to visit some of the local attractions, such as the nearby villages that date from the 14th century and consist of traditional wooden houses and farmsteads. The 19th-century Ginuciai Watermill is another point of interest. You can hike to some glorious lookouts, do some fishing, take a swim in the lake or river rapids, or just relax. Perhaps ask our host family to fire up the sauna for the ultimate relaxation and cleansing experience.
Accommodation
  • Homestay
Optional Activities
  • Sauna - EUR 30
  • Bike Hire - EUR 15
Exit Lithuania today and cross the border into Poland, making the epic and long journey to Warsaw. Unfortunately, there's no faster way so get comfortable with a good book and take in the sights en route (make sure to bring snacks for the long journey). Warsaw is Poland's large, bustling capital, with a love of culture and art, as well as entertainment. There are numerous theatrical and musical venues, including the prestigious National Opera, the Chamber Opera and the National Theatre. As you won't have much time to explore when you arrive, perhaps head out for dinner with the group in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Not long after breakfast today, head out on a short Orientation Walk and an included visit to the evocative Warsaw Uprising Museum. Opened on the 60th anniversary of the Uprising, this museum recounts the events which saw the people of Warsaw fighting against the Nazi occupation. The museum is a moving tribute to those who fought and died for independence. The rest of your day is free to do as you wish. There are plenty of other museums to browse, including the Ethnographic Museum, Marie Curie Museum and Natural History Museum. The Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck is a great way of seeing the city of Warsaw in all of its glory. Alternatively continue to explore Warsaw's old town, rebuilt true to the original after WWII had left 85% of Warsaw in rubble. The effort was recognized by UNESCO in 1980 when it was added to the world heritage list. Make sure you also head down the Royal Mile past the university, beautiful baroque buildings and the occasional royal park.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Palace of Science and Culture Observation Deck - PLN 20
  • Pawiak Prison Memorial - PLN 10
  • Ethnographic Museum - PLN 12
  • Jewish Cemetery - PLN 10
  • Katyn Museum - PLN 15
  • Marie Curie Museum - PLN 11
  • National Museum - PLN 20
  • Natural History Museum - PLN 8
  • Royal Castle - PLN 30
  • POLIN – Museum of the History of Polish Jews - PLN 25
  • Frederic Chopin Museum - PLN 22
  • Copernicus Science Center - PLN 27
Leave Poland behind and cross the border into Germany today, as you head to Berlin by train (approximately 6 hours). On arrival into Berlin there won't be too much daylight left, but 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
If you're a bit daunted by the size of the city, an ideal way to find your feet are buses 100 and 200 as they 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
After a morning on an orientation walk of the city, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the cafes, bars and galleries of bohemian Berlin, and discover the perfect combination of grunge and class in Berlin. Perhaps try and 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.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
Optional Activities
  • Urban Adventures - Storyline of Berlin - EUR 61
  • Reichstag (time slot must be booked online in advance) - Free - EUR 61
  • Urban Adventures - Hidden Berlin - EUR 51
  • Topography of Terror - Free - EUR 51
  • Urban Adventures - Food and Art in Funky Kreuzberg - EUR 78
  • Checkpoint Charlie Museum - EUR 14
  • Pergamon Museum - EUR 13
  • Berliner Dom - EUR 7
  • Jewish Museum - EUR 8
  • Berlin TV Tower - EUR 13
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 with your leader which will set you up for your own explorations. Make sure you spend time in the historic Speicherstadt (‘Warehouse City’) and check out parts of the harbour 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. Perhaps climb the tower of St Michaelis Church (nick-named "The Michel") for great views over the city. Alternatively mingle with the locals at a cafe on the Binnenalster lake, or at Reeperbahn with its multitude of bars and clubs.
Accommodation
  • Pension
Optional Activities
  • The Old Elbe Tunnel - Free -
  • Hamburg Town Hall - EUR 4
  • Miniatur Wunderland - EUR 15
  • International Maritime Museum - EUR 13
  • St Michaelis Tower and Crypt - EUR 7
Early this morning 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
Optional Activities
  • Glyptotek Art Museum - DKK 95
  • National Museum of Denmark - DKK 75
  • The Round Tower - DKK 25
  • Amalienborg Palace - DKK 95
  • Christiansborg Palace - DKK 150
  • Tivoli Gardens - DKK 120
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
Another morning train ride will get us 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, embark on a cruise through Gothenburg's many waterways, passing the opera house, the famous fish market Feskekörka, and the old docks. Afterwards 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
After a free morning in Gothenburg catch an afternoon bus across the border to Norway's capital Oslo (approx 4 hours). Time permitting your leader will take you on an initial orientation walk so you get a first taste of this quirky, colourful city. In the evening say 'skal' ('cheers') to the group at your last dinner together. Why not seek out some traditional Norwegian fare based around cod and mackerel dishes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel
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
Optional Activities
  • Island Hopping on Oslofjord - NOK 90
  • Fram Museum - NOK 100
  • Holmenkollen Museum - NOK 130
  • Viking Ship Museum - NOK 100
  • Museum Edvard Munch - NOK 100
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotel (13 nights), Guesthouse (5 nights), Homestay (2 nights), Pension (1 night)
Meals
  • 18 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinner
Transport
  • Train , Public bus , Private vehicle , Ferry , Bicycle , Canoe , Metro , Tram
Included Activities
  • Siauliai Hill of Crosses
  • Curonian Spit Bike Ride
  • Full Day Trip to the Curonian Spit National Park
  • Aukstaitija National Park - Guided Kayak Trip
  • Warsaw - Uprising Museum
  • Copenhagen Bike Tour
  • Gothenburg Paddan Boat Tour
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Helsinki and from Oslo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Helsinki to Oslo tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 22 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 12 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Helsinki/ Oslo
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Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 18 August 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Helsinki to Oslo tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Helsinki to Oslo tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Helsinki to Oslo tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Last modified (date)

    19 Jun 2018

  • Trip title

    Helsinki to Oslo

  • Trip code

    BMSHC

  • Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2018 to 27 Aug 2018

  • Introduction

    It’s fortunate that geography placed Scandinavia and the Baltic States so close together. Nowhere else in Europe can you travel so quickly from the old to the new. From the storybook towers and goblin-haunted forests in Latvia and Estonia to eco-cities, bike culture and minimalism in Denmark, Sweden and Finland. It’s classic Old and New Europe, side by side. And this 22-day tour has been designed to showcase the best of both. Starting in Helsinki, we’ll wind our way through old centres like Talinn, Riga and Vilnius before moving through Poland, Germany and Denmark on our way to the dark and windswept waters of the Norwegian Fjordlands.

  • Style

    Original

  • Themes

    Explorer

  • Transport

    Train,Public bus,Private vehicle,Ferry,Bicycle,Canoe,Metro,Tram

  • Physical Rating

    2

  • Joining point description

    Hotel Arthur is located close to the railway station in the heart of Helsinki. The main sights, shopping district and theatres are just a short walk away. The recently refurbished rooms are cosy and brightly coloured. All rooms have a private shower/toilet, telephone, TV, and hair dryer - some also have a minibar. If you choose to arrange additional accommodation at this location you may be required to change rooms for the nights which are not included as part of your Intrepid itinerary.

  • Finish point instructions

    The airport express train runs from Oslo S (Central Station) to Oslo Gardermoen every 10 minutes. The journey time is 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi directly to the airport. The hotel will be able to organise this for you.

  • Group leader

    All Intrepid group trips in Europe are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Intrepid endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader takes care of logistics, will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

    At Intrepid we also aim to support local guides in the individual cities or locations we travel to. If you are interested in delving deeper into the local culture at a specific site or location then your leader can recommend an optional local guide service in most of the main destinations of your trip.

  • Visas

    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

    Visas for Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

    CROSSING BORDERS
    With the so called "Schengen Agreement" border controls between many European countries have been abolished. However in special situations passports may still be checked. Passport stamps are no longer issued.

  • Is this trip right for you

    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 sex. 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. 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. In some locations our accommodation has shared bathroom facilities, and guesthouses often have rooms of different shapes, sizes and standards.

    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. Please note that on this trip there will not be much time in Norway's capital Oslo. If you would like to explore the city in depth please consider adding one or more additional nights at the end.

    This trip involves some long journeys via bus and train (sometimes up to 12 hours). Although this can be a bit tiresome, it's a great way to sit back, relax and take in the passing scenery.

    As this is a combination of 2 trips, your leader and the composition of your group may change in Berlin.

  • Health

    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid Travel reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.

  • Food and dietary requirements

    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

    Vegetarians might find the menu selection less varied than they would see at home. Vegetarianism is not as common in this region and generally the choices are basic, involving vegetables, soups, salads, bread, cheese, fruit, yoghurt, eggs etc. Vegans and those on gluten-free diets may find this region very challenging and may need to supplement meals with their own supplies from supermarkets and markets. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own.

    There are some basic breakfasts included on this trip which may simply include bread/toast or pastries, butter, jam, coffee/tea/juice (or similar).

  • Money matters

    CURRENCY
    The currencies of the countries visited are the Polish Zloty (PLN), the Danish Krone (DKK), the Swedish Krone (SEK) and the Norwegian Krone (NOK), with the Euro (EUR) being the legal tender of Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Germany.

    CASH
    The most convenient and cheapest way to acquire money in Europe is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) or Bancomat as they are often referred to. Check with your bank in advance concerning the suitability of your account / card overseas and any international fees that will be applied. You can withdraw local currencies easily at airports, major train stations and most city centres, but be sure to bring some extra emergency cash in a major currency that can be exchanged if the ATMs are not functioning. When leaving home don't forget your PIN and make sure you know the telephone number for cancelling your card if it is stolen. Keep this in a safe place. Credit cards are not always accepted in stores and restaurants. We recommend you carry some cash to pay for restaurant bills and other services.

    SPENDING MONEY:
    When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

    BUDGET
    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. We suggest EUR 1,075.00 for meals not included on this trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.

    TIPPING
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers: In local markets and basic restaurants and cafes - round your bill up to the nearest €1. In more up-market restaurants we suggest 5% to 10% of your bill. Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest €2-€3 per day for local guides. You may also have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest €1-€2 per day for drivers. You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €2-€4 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service. In total, we recommend you budget approx €5-€10 per day of your trip to cover tipping.

    CONTINGENCY FUNDS:
    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.

  • A couple of rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders, local operators or locals.

    Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

  • Accommodation notes

    OCCASIONAL ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION
    The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

    TWIN SHARE BASIS
    Accommodation on this trip is on a twin share basis (unless noted otherwise in the day-to-day itinerary). Please note there may be times where facilities will be shared rather than ensuite.

    CHECK-IN TIME
    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

    PRE/POST TRIP ACCOMMODATION
    If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

    FACILITIES
    Your accommodation may not always have private en suite facilities or air-conditioning. European hotels generally don't provide kettles or fridges.

  • Transport notes

    TRANSPORT IN EUROPE
    Half the fun of travel is the travelling itself, that's why we like to travel the local way – whether that means mingling with commuters on a train in Spain, cycling past a historic chateau in France, or encountering the world's most extravagant public transport system on the Moscow Metro. In Europe, you are guaranteed to travel by genuine local public transport wherever possible, which puts you right in the centre of the action.

  • Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

    SINGLE TRAVELLERS:
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
    A single supplement is available for the whole tour. Please ask your booking agent for more information.

  • Itinerary disclaimer

    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

    MUSEUM OPENING TIMES
    Please note that many sights, attractions and museums are closed on Mondays.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (13 nights),Guesthouse (5 nights),Homestay (2 nights),Pension (1 night)

  • Finish point description

    Anker hotel is located in the city centre, a few minutes walk away from Akerselva and Grünerløkka where you can discover numerous little cafés, restaurants and bars. Grünerløkka is also a popular shopping district, with original design shops and many vintage and second-hand stores. Hotel facilities include a hotel bar, a gym and a spacious Lobby with free Wi-Fi. All rooms have private bathrooms, wireless Internet access, telephone, TV, hair dryer and working desk.

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