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Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

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Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

We are an Australian couple in our 50's planning a guided tour of Scandinavia in July 2011. Can anyone recommend a coach tour company please? Any feedback, positive or negative, will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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1. Re: Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

You could browse:

www.visitnorway.com

www.visitsweden.com

www.visitdenmark.com

Have a nice trip!

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2. Re: Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

As far as I know most tourists attending coach tours in Norway, will typically be Germans, British etc and they start the tour in their home country and purchase the tour from a travel agent in their home country. Same with the Japanese, who fly in to the country and enter the busses lined up for them. Can others please correct me if I'm worng here?

You will most likely get a much more enjoyable vacation if you travel independently and plan your own vacation. We will try to assist you as much as we can.

Scandinavia is a wide area to cover, let us know if you have more specific things you would like to experience (glaciers, fjords, cities etc).

English is widely spoken in Norway and the other Scandinavian countries, you will have no problem communicating with us.

For inspiration search the Norway forum and perhaps read some trip reports: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g190455-i550-k3785…

Last year I did spend some time outside the TA community helping an Austrailian couple (seniors) planning their vacation in Norway. You could try to get in touch with them by sending them a personal message, Profile name is willtravel2010: www.tripadvisor.com/members/willtravel2010

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3. Re: Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

Pippi is quite right, almost all companies offering coach tours in Norway are based in other countries. Also, going on a guided coach holiday is something most Tripadvisor community members would not do, we enjoy the excitement of planning our own trips! So, I'm afraid couch tour companies are beyond our area of expertise, but if you search the net you will find plenty of them based in the UK and even some in Australia. This UK-based company offers independent and escorted tours with rail, coach and self-drive: http://authentic-scandinavia.com/fjords

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Like Iverh I have no idea about the quality of these companies. In any case I would recommend that you take a look at the tours they offer (what routes, what places visited).

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I took a Rick Steves tour of Scandinavia in 1998 and found in very enjoyable.

…ricksteves.com/tours11/…235

The link shows you what the 2011 offering is.

Barbara

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Scandinavia is a continent in itself. For instance, the distance from Oslo to Milan, Italy is about 1.900 kilometres, from Oslo to Kirkenes - inside Norway - about 2.400 kilometres. Several companies have bus trips to the North Cape from the European continent. This implies long days on the bus with mostly boring Swedish and Finish forests to look at. Don't.

Flights both to and from Norway and within the country have become rather cheap, and I would absolutely take the plane if going longer distances within the countries.

The same goes for driving. It is rather safe and easy to drive, but don't drive from Oslo to North Norway unless you have plenty of time.

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thank you all for excellent replies ... we are re-thinking the bus tour idea

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Hi there

We are an Australian couple also and we have booked a tour to Scandanavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) for August this year. We have booked an Insight tour which appears to cover the areas well and see most of the tourist sights. We have travelled with Insight before and found them to be very good with a very good spread of people from different countries. The tour is totally in English and stays at very good hotels right in the middle of the action.

We booked this Insight tour through Harvey World Travel, our local travel agent.

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Hi there

We are an Australian couple also and we have booked a tour to Scandanavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) for August this year. We have booked an Insight tour which appears to cover the areas well and see most of the tourist sights. We have travelled with Insight before and found them to be very good with a very good spread of people from different countries. The tour is totally in English and stays at very good hotels right in the middle of the action.

We booked this Insight tour through Harvey World Travel, our local travel agent.

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10. Re: Which guided tour company for Norway, Sweden and Denmark?

Once again, everone at TripAdvisor is most helpful! We're just beginning to talk about a 10-day independent tour of Scandinavia this year. Since this is the currently active discussion, I thought I'd just piggyback on it. Here's to many happly travel memories for us all!