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SCANDINAVIA
Helsinki, Stockholm, Copenhagen
You may know that amongst the happiest people in the world today. Norway ranks first, Denmark third and Sweden sixth. On our Scandinavian 2018 tour departing April 25, you will visit the capitals of those countries and judge for yourself if that is true. Enjoy staying in centrally located luxury hotels in each city.

Opera Performances
In Helsinki:
April 27 – Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Finnish National Opera
April 28 – Il Trovatore by Verdi at the Finnish National Opera

In Stockholm: 
April 30 – Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovski at the Royal Swedish Opera

In Copenhagen:
May 2 – The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Ades at Copenhagen Opera
May 4 – Otello by Verdi at Copenhagen Opera
Itinerary
  • Wednesday, April 25 (D).* DEPART FOR HELSINKI
    Depart today aboard any airline of your choice to Helsinki, Finland. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Thursday, April 26. (B,D). HELSINKI
    Upon arrival at the Helsinki International airport take a taxi to the deluxe KAMP HOTEL where we stay three nights. We will reimburse the taxi fare. Briefing and cocktail at the hotel. Gala Welcome dinner at one of Helsinki’s fine gourmet restaurants. 
  • Friday, April 27. (B). HELSINKI
    Morning sightseeing of this small metropolis. Among the sights are the Senate Square, the Temppeliakio Church also known as the church in the “living rock,” and the Sibelius Monument.  Afternoon at leisure. This evening we will see the opera Cosi Fan Tutte by Mozart at the Helsinki National Opera. 

    HELSINKI owes its origin to the orders given to the Finnish citizens by their King 400 years ago, to build a new town on the Baltic to attract the trade of the Estonian city, Tallinn, thus challenging the powers of the Hanseatic League.  The town burned down in the early 19th century and the great German-born architect, Carl Engel, had an opportunity to design stunningly beautiful public buildings and private houses on its site.  Inspired by Engel, Finland has always had superb architects among whom were Alvar Alto, Eillo Saarinen and his son, Eero Saarinen, well known in the U.S.A.
  • Saturday, April 28. (B). HELSINKI
    Morning drive to Hvittråsk to visit the combined home of three Finnish architects including the famous Eillo Saarinen from where we will drive to Jåårvenpåå to visit the home of Finland’s national composer Jean Sibelius, preserved as it was during his lifetime. Afternoon free. This evening we will see the opera Il Trovatore by Verdi at the Helsinki National Opera.
  • Sunday, April 29. (B,D). HELSINKI – STOCKHOLM
    This afternoon we fly to Stockholm, Sweden. We transfer you to the deluxe centrally located SHERATON HOTEL, where we stay three nights. Dinner at a gourmet restaurant.
  • Monday, April 30. (B). STOCKHOLM
    Our sightseeing tour of the capital of Sweden will pass by the main historical buildings and the many canals and bridges of the city. A visit is made to the unique City Hall, one of the great architectural works of the past century, where you will see the Golden Hall with brilliant mosaic tiles where the Nobel-prize banquets are held every year. This evening we will see the opera Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovski at the Royal Swedish.
     
    STOCKHOLM grew from a small fortress town in Viking times to a modern beautiful city with a population of more than one million people today.  Often called the “Venice of the North,” Stockholm is an extremely graceful city built on fourteen islands.  It boasts many fine museums and parks, the most famous being the Museum Island of Skepsholmen.
  • Tuesday, May 01. (B). STOCKHOLM
    Today is free to visit any of the fine museums in the city including the Noble Prize Museum or take a boat ride from the dock right near our hotel to visit Drottningholm Palace or Skansen, one of the world’s oldest open-air museums, or ride around many islands surrounding Stockholm. Afternoon free.
  • Wednesday, May 02. (B). STOCKHOLM – COPENHAGEN
    Today we fly to Copenhagen. We transfer you to the centrally located NYHAVN 71 where we stay three nights. This evening we will see the opera The Exterminating Angel by Thomas Ades at Copenhagen Opera.
  • Thursday, May 3. (B,D). COPENHAGEN
    Morning sightseeing of this charming and colorful city. Among the sights are the famous Little Mermaid, the Gefion Fountain, Tivoli Gardens, the winter residence of Queen Margrethe II, Amalienborg, and Christiansborg Palace, where the Danish Parliament meets. This evening we will have our Gala Farewell Dinner at a gourmet restaurant.

    COPENHAGEN grew up on the shores of Øresund as a trading town under the Vikings and played an important role during the heyday of the Hanseatic League’s dominance of the Baltic lands.  Its Danish name København stands for “the merchants' harbor.” Today it is Scandinavia's largest city and focal point with a population of 1.5 million.  The capital of Denmark and seat of the oldest kingdom in the world, it was founded in 1167 by Bishop Absalon.  Most of the city's outstanding buildings including the Old Stock Exchange, the Round Tower and Rosenborg Castle, were erected during the reign of King Christian IV (1588-1648).
  • Friday, May 04. (B,L). COPENHAGEN
    Full-day excursion along the Danish Riviera with stops at the home and museum of Karen Blixen, author of “Out of Africa” and “Babette’s Feast” which were made into movies. See Kronborg Castle used as a setting by Shakespeare in his play Hamlet and see the summer residence of the Queen, Fredensborg Palace. Lunch en route. This evening we will see the opera Otello by Verdi at Copenhagen Opera.
  • Saturday, May 05. (B). COPENHAGEN – BACK HOME
    We transfer you for departure aboard your airline from Copenhagen back home, arriving the same afternoon. Farvel. See you on another H.A.T. Tour
    * B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner (including wine)
LAND COST
Double: $7,350 per person
Singles supplement: $1200
Deposit: $2,000 per person 
Balance due: January 25, 2018 
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Two Domestic Flight tickets – Helsinki/Stockholm- Stockholm/Copenhagen
  • 1st Category orchestra level seats in theaters
  • Five Operas
  • Deluxe centrally located hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, 3 dinners with wine in gourmet restaurants and one lunch
  • Welcome reception with cocktails
  • Private sightseeing in each city
  • Experienced English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums
  • Baggage handling
  • Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Transfers from and to airport when travelling on the tour dates.
AIRFARE
Trans Atlantic Air fare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Helsinki and from Copenhagen back home. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. H.A.T. Tours does not accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with this tour.

INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some polices wave pre-existing conditions if purchased within 15 days of receiving the deposit.
VISA
American, Canadian, and Australian passport holders travelling to Schengen Area countries must hold a passport valid for at least 90 days beyond the duration of the stay in those countries, with at least two blank pages. The Schengen area includes 26 European countries, who abolished passport and other border control between their common borders. Most, but not all, are members of the European Union. Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are Schengen Area countries although they are not EU members. 
In general, it is recommended that your passport should be valid for six months beyond the dates of travel.
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Clients Comments:

We've done close to a dozen trips with The Aranis and I think I've seen enough to say it: they make it look easy. They've got the energy and sense of purpose to make it so the pieces all click together at the joints, and the tact to make you think they're having fun doing it, which means you have fun; perhaps they do too. We've got many fond memories of our trips with them and we look forward to more.

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