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Select Cosmos 2021 Europe tours are limited to an average of just 24 guests per tour. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos European tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery Europe vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Danish capital. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
Enjoy a day at leisure in the capital of the oldest kingdom in the world. Besides many interesting landmarks and architectural masterpieces, see some of the more famous sites on your orientation drive, including the legendary Little Mermaid statue. An optional tour of Zealand’s castles is also available.
After breakfast, start the journey northwards, enjoying the drive across the Great Belt bridge, which will connect you to the fairytale island of Funen. Stop in Odense, Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown and, via the Little Belt waterway, head for Frederikshavn on the rural Jutland Peninsula.
Today’s Distance: 295 mi/ 475 km
Take a pleasant ferry ride from Frederikshavn across the strategic Kattegat to Gothenburg, Sweden’s thriving second-largest city and one of Europe’s major seaports. After an orientation drive, follow the inland route and cross into Norway. Evening arrival in Oslo.
Today’s Distance: 242 mi/ 390 km
Gustav Vigeland’s sculptures are among the highlights of the included Oslo sightseeing tour; also see the National Theater, Broadcasting House, Parliament, and Akershus Castle. In the afternoon, drive through the Telemark region, where you’ll spend the night.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km
Take the scenic route for a visit to Vemork, where the heavy water plant was blown up by a commando unit of British and Norwegians known as the Heroes of Telemark. Visit the Vermork Museum, then proceed through the Telemark region with its lakes, winding valleys, and rugged gorges backed by towering mountains. Ferry across the Hardangerfjord from Utne to Kvanndal. Continue to Bergen, Norway’s picture-perfect Hanseatic seaport. En route, make a picture stop at Steindalsfossen Waterfall.
Today’s Distance: 342 mi/ 550 km
Built on seven hills with the fjords on one side and 1,000-foot Mount Fløyen on the other, Bergen was the home of composer Edvard Grieg. Spend the day exploring at leisure, or consider joining one of our optional excursions to discover the history, traditions, and breathtaking views of this beautiful port city.
More spectacular scenery as you drive towards the Sognefjord, where you embark for a breathtaking cruise on one of Norway’s mightiest fjords, the Nærøyfjord. On to the Fagernes area.
Today’s Distance: 236 mi/ 380 km
First to Lillehammer, the mountain resort that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics, then, a scenic drive along beautiful Lake Mjøsa. Continue towards Sweden through Värmland’s unspoiled wilderness of forest and lakes to Karlstad, located by Sweden’s largest lake, Lake Vänern.
Today’s Distance: 286 mi/ 460 km
Leave Karlstad and head east towards Stockholm via idyllic Mariefred. Here, view majestic Gripsholm Castle, built in an enchanting rural setting. On to the Swedish capital. Its beauty is due to its unique setting on 14 islands between Lake Mäleren and the Baltic Sea.
Today’s Distance: 199 mi/ 320 km
This is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capitals, because the crystalline waters that flow through its intersecting canals give a luminous appearance to palaces, castles, and parks. Your city sightseeing takes in all the highlights including the City Hall.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
This modern hotel is located 5 km from downtown Copenhagen in Sydhavnen and offers a casual restaurant with menus reflecting its Nordic roots and a relaxing bar area with large-screen TV and pool table. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guest rooms and the city centre can easily be reached by public bus or water bus.
Six-story Hotel opposite passenger dock, a few minutes walk from center of town.
Scandic Helsfyr is located in Oslo, a 6-minute walk from Helsfyr Metro Station and the airport shuttle bus. It offers free public parking upon availability and modern rooms with free WiFi.
Located in the village of Vrådal in the western part of the Telemark region, overlooking lake Nissser, this historic hotel is surrounded by vast forests and mountains. The central part of the building dates back to 1864 and the property has been passed down through five generations. Today the hotel consists of 125 well-equipped guest rooms with minibar and Free Wi-Fi internet connection A restaurant serving delicious home-made traditional food and an indoor heated swimming pool with sauna.
Located by the UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf District, the environmentally friendly eleven-story Thon Hotel Orion is in central Bergen with the famous Fish Market and the Fløibanen funicular railway within walking distance. A fitness room with state-of-the-art equipment, a cozy bar and free Wi-Fi throughout all property are available. The elegantly refurbished guestrooms feature a flat-screen TV with international channels, a writing desk, coffee and tea maker facilities, minibar, in-room safe, iron and ironing board, and free high-speed wireless internet access.
The Quality Hotel® & Resort Fagernes is ideally located on a lake and close to the Valdres Folkemuseum.
The hotel is situated in the heart of sunny Karlstad.
A brand new hotel with a very convenient location only 275 comfortable meters from Bromma Stockholm Airport.
Our expert Tour Directors help you get the most out of every place you visit - and have a 96% customer satisfaction rating.
We’re delighted to have achieved the Good Housekeeping Reader Recommended endorsement for customer experience.
We are a member of ABTA and our flight-inclusive holidays are protected by ATOL. If your holiday is cancelled for any reason, you’ll receive a full refund.