Colors of the Baltic Sea (Moscow Extension)
Colors of the Baltic Sea (Moscow Extension)– Baltics, Finland, Russia, Sweden –9 days / 8 nights or 12 days / 11 nights, Stockholm - Tallinn - Helsinki - St. Petersburg- optional 3-day Extention to MoscowColors of the Baltic Sea offers a blend of the Beauty of Stockholm, charming medieval town of Tallinn, and the grandeur of St. Petersburg, city of the Tsars. Explore the history and culture of this region, with historic atmosphere of palaces, castles, cathedrals. From the antiquity of Stockholm's Old Town, "Gamla Stan", to Tallinn's medieval city walls, to Helsinki and St. Petersburg with Peterhof Palace, the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral and more.
|Operation||July 4 - August 29, 2017|
|Departure||Garanteed departures 2017
July 4, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
|Price||Colors of the Baltic Sea, 9 days:
from $2,860 per person based on double
from $4,055 single room
from $2,630 per person based on triple
3-day extention to Moscow (total of 12 days)
from $3,910 per person based on double
from $5,385 single room
from $3,599 per person based on triple
|Included||9-day tour, Stockholm - St. Petersburg:
7 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
1 night Tallink ferry, deluxe cabin
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
1 x Lunch as per program
1 x Dinner as per program
Multilingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 8
Private first class motor coach transportation
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
Guided city tours of Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg
Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St Petersburg, Train Allegro
Regular Arrival Transfer from Stockholm Airport, ARN*
Regular Departure Transfer to Pulkovo Airport, LED*
Porter service at hotels, cruise and rail stations in
Helsinki & St. Petersburg (excluding day 1 and 9)
3-day Moscow extension:
Multilingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 10
Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg- Moscow, Train Sapsan
3 nights accommodation ***** hotel
3 x Breakfast buffet
2 x Lunches with Moscow
Privately guided Panorama tour
Moscow Metro stations
Privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber
Vorobievy (Lenin Hills)
Cruise on the Moscow River
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Arrival & departure transfers
Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
Visa to Russia
Beverages & extras
All services not mentioned in the program
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective mono lingual local guide.
*Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Stockholm & to the Airport in Saint Petersburg/Moscow and only on the published official date of beginning and end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur. This transfer service is not valid for passengers with pre/post nights or passengers who require private transfers - for a supplement, private transfers can be reserved for these passengers.
Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.
|Tour Options||3-day extension to Moscow, 12-day tour, from $3,910|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL STOCKHOLM Tuesday
Arrival to Arlanda Airport, meet & greet by Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service).
Please consult the Borealis Destination Management welcome letter which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. Day is at leisure.
*Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.
Day 2 STOCKHOLM (B) Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour.
Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.
Day 3 STOCKHOLM - TALLINN (B, D) Thursday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, to Tallinn. Dinner will be served on board.
Tallink Silja Line Ferry, deluxe cabin
Day 4 TALLINN (B) Friday
Breakfast on board before arrival to Tallinn. Panoramic city sightseeing of Tallinn, starting with a short tour in the coach through the city centre and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town.
The walking tour of Old Town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), and continue onwards towards the Lower Town and the Old Town Hall Square. We continue our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it's a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.
Day 5 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B) Saturday
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki.
On arrival in Helsinki, meet & greet by your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as "The Daughter of the Baltic Sea". The tour includes the Senate Square, the University and Lutheran Cathedral - all displaying neo-classical architecture of the 1840's, the colorful Market Square by the sea in the South Harbour, Kaivopuisto Park and diplomatic residences, the imposing statue of Marshall Mannerheim, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument.
A visit is also made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock (the church reserves the right not to allow the entry of visitors in case of ceremonies). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in.
Day 6 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B) Sunday
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. After noon, transfer to Helsinki's International Rail Station, where we will board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Also known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North", St. Petersburg was virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, and its downtown dazzles the eye of the visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions.
St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Arrival in St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Day 7 ST. PETERSBURG (B) Monday
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will be met by a local guide for a panoramic city sightseeing tour, which will cover some of the many highlights of the city. Drive along the Nevsky Prospect - the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senates Square, the Peter and Paul's Fortress, the St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Art's Square and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral.
We end the city tour at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures. Your tour escort will provide you with suggestions for tours.
Day 8 ST. PETERSBURG (B, L) Tuesday
Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide for a full day excursion, which includes Peterhof, the palace of the Sea God. Here the fountains are not mere accessories: they are the essence of the place. They are the symbolic expression of the sea's dominion, the mist that rises from the waves as they surge against its shores. The world-famous palace, fountain and park ensemble of Peterhof, is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18-19th Centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth Century by Emperor Peter the Great, not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence. Credit for its creation should go to a great number of eminent architects, artists, and anonymous folk craftsmen.
Its wonderful parks, 176 fountains of various forms and styles, and four cascades, majestic palaces, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes, remarkable collections of sculptures, paintings and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world and often called "Capital of Fountains". After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into an architecture and art museum. Nowadays, due to the unforgettable beauty of its fountains, parks and palaces, Peterhof has become the most attractive suburban royal park and palace ensemble in the northern Russian capital, for numerous Russian and foreign visitors.
At noon we will have lunch at a local restaurant after which we return to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil before we visit The State Hermitage Museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The leading role in this unique architectural ensemble is played by the Winter Palace, the residence of the Russian Tsars, built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th and 19th Centuries, is extended by the eastern wing of the General Staff building, the Menshikov Palace and the recently constructed Repository. Put together throughout two centuries and a half, the Hermitage collection of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) presents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century. Today the Museum is creating a digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. The tour ends at the hotel. The evening at leisure.
Day 9 ST. PETERSBURG - EXTENSION MOSCOW (B) Wednesday
Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport*.
*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Pulkovo Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.
Note: Your tour escort will continue its services until the end of the tour in Moscow.
Transfer with local guide from your hotel to the Railway station, where we will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow. This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River. Afternoon arrival in Moscow and transfer to Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. Evening at leisure.
Optional extention to Moscow, 3 days:
Private transfer including tour leader from your hotel to the Railway station, where you will board the Sapsan Train (1st Class) bound for Moscow. Porter service is provided at the Railway stations in St Petersburg & Moscow.
Afternoon arrival in Moscow where you will be met at the Railway station and transferred to your centrally located hotel for check-in. The evening is at leisure.
Day 10 MOSCOW (B, L) Thursday
Breakfast at hotel. This morning starts with a full day privately guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow. We will see many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th Century, many of them having been restored or even built again; beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games. Moscow, with its some 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic.
We will visit the historic centre of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. We will also see the modern part of the city, which includes the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills) – the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city and Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during the World War Two. During this visit we will also experience a tour of one of Moscow's beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself and a must do when visiting Moscow.
After the Metro visit, we continue with a cruise on the Moscow River (including lunch on board), starting in the City Centre including panoramic views of Kremlin, Novodevichy convent, Sparrow Hills, Cathedral of the Saviour Christ, the White House of the Russian Federation and much more. Rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Day 11 MOSCOW (B) Friday
Breakfast at hotel. We meet our local guide for a half day excursion, which includes a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour we will walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones. The word Kremlin (Kreml) means a fortress or walled town; Moscow's is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defences after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored. We end the tour at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 12 MOSCOW DEPARTURE (B) Saturday
Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Moscow Airport*.
*Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Moscow Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Borealis Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.