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SCANDINAVIA
Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm
You may know that amongst the happiest people in the world today. Norway ranks first, Denmark third and Sweden sixth. On our Scandinavian 2017 tour departing September 14, 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 Copenhagen: 
Sept. 16 - Rigoletto by Verdi at the Copenhagen Opera
Sept. 17 -  Madama Butterfly by Puccini at the Copenhagen Opera
 
In Oslo:
Sept. 19 - Magic Flute by Mozart at the new Oslo Opera 

In Stockholm:    
Sept. 22 - Manon Lescaut by Puccini at The Royal Swedish Opera
Itinerary
  • Thursday, September 14. (D).* DEPART FOR COPENHAGEN
    Depart today aboard any airline of your choice to Copenhagen, Denmark. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Friday, September 15. (B,D). COPENHAGEN
    Upon arrival in Copenhagen we transfer you to centrally located NYHAVN 71 HOTEL. This evening we will have our Gala Welcome dinner at one of Copenhagen’s gourmet restaurants.
  • Saturday, September 16. (B). 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 see the opera RIGOLETTO by Verdi at Copenhagen Opera.
     
    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).
  • Sunday, September 17. (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. Lunch en-route. This evening we will see the opera MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Puccini at The Copenhagen Opera.
  • Monday, September 18. (B,D). COPENHAGEN – OSLO
    Today we fly to Oslo, Norway. We transfer you to the deluxe, centrally located BRISTOL HOTEL where we stay three nights. This evening we will have dinner at a gourmet restaurant.
  • Tuesday, September 19. (B,D). OSLO
    Morning sightseeing tour of this laid-back city will include a visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Museum of the Viking Ships. Afternoon free. This evening we will see the opera MAGIC FLUTE by Mozart at the new Oslo Opera.
     
    OSLO, at the end of a deep fjord, was settled by the Norske Vikings in the 10th century. It became the capital of Norway when first the Danish Kings and then the Swedish Kings stopped ruling over the country in 1905. Every December, the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in its City Hall, a fitting tribute to its people, who have never invaded any country.
  • Wednesday, September 20. (B). OSLO
    Today is free to visit to visit any of the fine museums nearby including the Edvard Munch Museum, to see the famous painting “The Scream.”
     
  • Thursday, September 21. (B). OSLO – STOCKHOLM
    This morning we fly to Stockholm, Sweden. We transfer you to the deluxe centrally located SHERATON HOTEL, where we stay three nights.
  • Friday, September 22. (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 MANON LESCAUT by Puccini at the Royal Swedish Opera.
     
    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.
  • Saturday, September 23. (B,D). 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. Gala Farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant.
  • Sunday, September 24. (B). STOCKHOLM – BACK HOME
    We transfer you for departure aboard your airline from Stockholm 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:$6,350 per person 
Singles supplement: $1,050 
Deposit: $2,000 per person 
Balance due: June 14,2017
TOUR INCLUDES
  • Two Domestic Flight tickets – Copenhagen to Oslo and Oslo to Stockholm  
  • Transfers between airports and hotels on published arrival and departure days only
  • Up Front orchestra level seats in theatres
  • Four Operas
  • Deluxe centrally located hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, three 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
  • Transportation to and from theaters
  • Baggage handling Guide, driver and bellboys gratuities
  • Complete package with details of all operas listed

AIRFARE
Trans Atlantic Air fare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Copenhagen and from Stockholm 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:

Big thanks to you both for another wonderful tour. Just when I think a tour was as good as it can be, you come up with something better. Your opera and city selections were simply delightful, and your attention to detail can't be beat! I don't think the hotels could be topped. Hope we'll have an opportunity to travel with one of your congenial groups again. (Southern Italy 2013)

Dr. Joseph Benedict, CT
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