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scandinavian tour hotels

Dear folks,
Reading about RS Scandinavian tour I noticed hotels are not listed and are not provided until your package is delivered. Anyone been on this tour or know of the hotels provided. Just curious.

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I have been on 16 RS tours and have never received a list of the hotels before the package of information arrives. I have received an earlier one that lists only the first and last hotel with an explanation that tour members may want to contact them for staying either before or after the tour. I have lead to believe that RS tours do not always use the same hotels for the same tours for whatever the reason. You may want to contact the RS Tour Desk with your question and see what they tell you.

Posted by
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Thanks for that answer. Just wondering if those 5 hour bus trips are pretty tough or if cruising to this area would be a better choisce?

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4010 posts

If you explore the itinerary and the map for this tour, I think you can see how a cruise would not begin to provide the same options for learning about Scandinavia that the tour does. A very big part of that is the excellent information that the Scandinavian tour guide provides.

I went on it last June. I no longer have our hotel list, but I think I can reconstruct it. Here goes.

Stockholm--Hotel Wellington. Good location. Great buffet breakfast. Decent free buffet dinner for us cheapo non-foodies.

Kalmar--Hotel Frimurarehotellet. Excellent location and breakfast with lots of restaurants nearby.

Copenhagen--Hotel Bethel. Good location and buffet breakfast. Right across the canal from the colorful Nyhavn buildings.

Ærøskøbing on Ærø island--there were 2 choices here. One historic house with bedrooms and separate, shared hall baths. På Torvet with rooms that have their own baths. I don't know about the other rooms, but mine was really an apartment. It had a bedroom and bath separated by a kitchen-living room in the middle.

Ferry--Copenhagen to Oslo. All rooms, regardless of size, were interior rooms. Some decent restaurants on board, but this was not a cruise ship.

Oslo--I can neither remember the name of our hotel here, nor find it by looking at an Oslo map. Sorry.

Jotunheimen Mountains--Elveseter Hotell. In the mountains. Rooms are pretty basic. Good breakfast. We also had dinner there. Not within walking distance of anything except hiking trails. No TV or phones. Cold even in June. Fires were burning in cozy public rooms. I don't think they had WiFi, but there may have been access in the public areas.

Bergen--Thon Hotel Orion. Great breakfast buffet. Decent free buffet dinner. Along the Bryggen. Very comfortable with all other typical amenities.

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I went on this tour in May 2016. I had many of the same hotels as mentioned previously. The hotels were comfortable, in great locations, and many had huge breakfast buffets. The bus rides are broken up so that you get a rest stop break every two hours or so, and you learn a lot from the guide while riding on the bus. This is a fabulous tour and I would not hesitate to recommended it. I had a great time.

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Thank you very much guys. I really appreciate the good info. I much rather travel by land and take my time. We've stayed in RS hotels before and found them lovely. Just trying to get a feel for it all. I've never traveled on a RS tour.
Thx, Lynn