Which tour co. for Scandinavia ?


Aug 1st, 2002, 03:01 PM
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Which tour co. for Scandinavia ?

My husband and I are planning a tour of Scandinavia, espec. Norway, for 2003. This will be our first time to the area. The problem is that most tours seem to be on the go all the time, and I do not like the idea of 1-2 night stops. Do you know of any tours that take a more leisurely route ?
Thank you.
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Aug 27th, 2002, 06:35 PM
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I am a travel agent and in the process of arranging a group tour for Scaninavia for July 2003.

I have investigated a variety of tour
operators which offer many choices.

A couple from our area has escorted my groups in the past. After reviewing the iternaries, we have limited our choices to Globus, The Scandinavian,
or customizing our own tour. The problem with customizing a tour, it becomes quite costly.

The Scaninavian,with Globus allows the group to stay 2 nights in the major cities.

The last group we did was on Globus and our clients were pleased with service as well as accomodations.

Feel free to contact my if you have any
questions or if you are interested in
our group departure.


Lori VanderMaten, CTC
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Aug 27th, 2002, 08:11 PM
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For a more leisurely pace I can highly recommend the Hurtigruten route along the west coast of Norway. Goes from Bergen to the North Cape (and return, or you can fly one way). There are day tours arranged at various ports along the way.
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Aug 28th, 2002, 04:43 AM
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I did come over the itinerary from Trafalgartours on 'Scenic Scandinavia & its Fjords', And I though it was very good. It does not leave more than a couple of days in each city, but the mix between city and countryside sounds great. And what is so interesting about large cities anyway.

I have not done the tour, as I am more of an independent traveller.

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Sep 16th, 2002, 12:42 AM
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A good idea is breaking up the tour in smaller portions. Explore the cities on your own and make use of a tour company to visit more remote areas. A company worth looking into is scanamtours (www…com). It seems they have something for everyone, but I have no first hand experience with them.
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Sep 16th, 2002, 01:19 AM
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If you have time to go at a leisurely pace (impressing enough being Americans), why go with a tour at all? Public transport is good here (Norway, goes for rest of Scandi as well), buses and trains are reliable enough and far cheaper than any tours I've ever seen. Also you'd avoid the major crowds (Whenever I've been working at tourist attractions I've felt sorry for those who arrive in a row of five big buses, are hushed inside by a guide, has to queue up for everything and are then hurried back to the bus because of someone's stric schedule). Hurtigruten is a good suggestion, depending a bit on your age group (it's got a mainly 50+ crowd).
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Sep 16th, 2002, 08:57 AM
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Anne: I agree with Kirikou. Scandinavia is so easy to travel, why bother with a tour at all. English is spoken everywhere. Roads are good. People are friendly and helpful. There is some good information on this board, but if you decide to try it, get a good guide book, read it and ask your questions. You will get plenty of help, my own included. We did a 25 day independent tour of Scandinavia in 2001 and had a great time and we went on a pace to suit ourselves. Some days were very active and some were very relaxed; our choice.
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