Christmas with Santa & Stockholm New Years
Christmas with Santa & Stockholm New Years– Finland, Sweden –11 days / 10 nights, Helsinki - Rovaniemi - Santa Claus Village - Baltic Sea Cruise - Helsinki - StockholmCelebrate Christmas with Santa Claus at his home at the Arctic Circle. Our guided 11-day tour starts in Helsinki with city sightseeing. Overnight train journey to Rovaniemi for a traditional Finnish Christmas. Visit Santa Claus Village, ride snowmobiles, husky- and reindeer sleds and Ranua Wildlife Park. Enjoy an optional Northern Lights safari. Baltic Sea cruise from Helsinki to Stockholm, followed by city sightseeing and New Year's Eve festivities.
|Operation||December 22, 2016 - January 1, 2017|
|Departure||December 22, 2016 - January 1, 2017|
|Price||from $3,195 per person in double room
from $3,155 for 3rd person in extra bed
|Included||7 x hotel accommodations as per program
2 x overnights on the night train, cabins with private facilities
1 overnight on board Silja Line, outside cabins with private facilities
English-speaking tour-leader throughout the tour
Meals included: Buffet breakfast daily and 4 dinners as per itinerary
Local guides for sightseeing tours of Helsinki and Stockholm
Thermal Winter clothing during entire stay in Rovaniemi (overall, gloves, hats, boots, socks, scarves etc.)
Visit to Santa Claus village
Visit to Husky farm, including 2 km husky-sleigh ride
Visit to reindeer farm, including 500 meters reindeer–sleigh ride
Snowmobile safari with ice-fishing (2 persons per snowmobile)
Full day excursion to Ranua Wildlife Park
Entrance fee to Stockholm Ice Bar including one drink
|Not Included||International airfare & Airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||For security reasons, children under 4 years or shorter than 1,40m are not allowed to ride the snowmobiles, but can be seated in a sleigh behind the snowmobile.
Maximum 1 child sharing the room with the parents.
|Tour Options||Pre-tour night in Helsinki
Post tour night in Stockholm
Northern Light Safari, day 5
Full day Tallinn excursion, day 7
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Day 1 ARRIVAL HELSINKI December 22
Meet your tour escort and fellow travellers in the hotel lobby between 6pm and 8pm. Overnight at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki.
Day 2 HELSINKI - ROVANIEMI (B) December 23
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. See the colourful harbor market, the neo-classical Senate square, the Cathedral, the Sibelius monument, the Russian orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the famous church in the Rock; Temppeliauko.
Some free time in the afternoon to maybe shop for the last Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and the decorations.
Transfer to the train station for the overnight train journey to Rovaniemi in cabins with private facilities.
On board overnigh train
Day 3 ROVANIEMI - SANTA CLAUS VILLAGE (B, D) December 24
Upon arrival in Rovaniemi, transfer to Scandic Hotel for breakfast. You will receive the thermal outfits which you can keep during all your stay in Rovaniemi to keep you warm and let you enjoy the snowy landscape.
Today we will make a visit to Santa Claus Village located on the Arctic Circle, here you have the chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards, here they will be stamped by hand with special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. In this magic world there will also be possible to find some unique gifts of Finnish handicrafts or top Finnish Design products offered in the many giftware shops.
This evening you will enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner. For families with children it is possible to leave the Christmas gifts for the children at the reception so Santa Claus can pick them up and give them to the children when he makes a visit to the hotel this Christmas Eve. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.
Day 4 ROVANIEMI - SNOW MOBILE SAFARI (B, D) December 25
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Our morning adventure is a snowmobile safari with ice-fishing. Our safari guide will give us a briefing and driving instructions. There will be 2 persons per snowmobile and stops will be made during the tour to switch drivers. We will drive on the frozen river and our guide will choose a nice spot to stop for fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice we will try the ice fishing! Patience is the key of success. We will get hot drinks and biscuits to keep ourselves warm ! Time to enjoy the silence of the nature and breathe the fresh air of Lapland. After this nice experience we will return to the city by snowmobile !
Tonight enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.
Day 5 ROVANIEMI - HUSKIES - REINDEER (B, D) December 26
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. A new adventure awaits you today with huskies and reindeer. We arrive at the husky farm where the breeders will tell us about the life of huskies, the breeding, feeding and training of the dogs while you will enjoy a hot drink. We will also enjoy a sleigh–ride pulled by a husky team. Their eagerness to run through the silent forest makes this adventure magic.
We continue to the nearby Reindeer farm to learn more about the life of reindeer and their herders. You will also enjoy a ride in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
Possibility to join an optional Northern Lights safari this evening in search of the magical Aurora. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi hotel.
Day 6 ROVANIEMI - OVERNIGHT TRAIN TO HELSINKI (B, D) December 27
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today's excursion will take us by coach to Ranua Wildlife Park. Here you will have the possibility to see the Arctic animals in an as authentic environment as possible for the animals. There are around 50 different species represented in the park. During your walk in the park, you might see polar bears, lynxes, moose etc.
Upon the return to Rovaniemi we board the overnight train for a return journey to Helsinki. Dinner onboard and overnight in cabins with private facilities.
On board overnigh train
Day 7 HELSINKI (B) December 28
Morning arrival in Helsinki and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. Day free in Helsinki or join an optional day excursion to Tallinn. Overnight at GLO Art Hotel.
Day 8 HELSINKI - SILJA LINE BALTIC SEA CRUISE (B, D) December 29
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Time free in Helsinki until late afternoon when we embark on Silja Lines overnight cruise to Stockholm. Plenty of things to do on the ship, entertainment, shopping, bars, spa, etc. Buffet dinner onboard. Overnight in outside cabins.
On board Silja Line, outside cabin
Day 9 STOCKHOLM - CITY SIGHTSEEING (B) December 30
Breakfast buffet onboard. Enjoy the scenic archipelago as you sail into Stockholm. Directly from the pier we start the sightseeing tour of Stockholm- the Swedish capital. The viewpoint at Fjällgatan gives you a beautiful panorama of Stockholm, which is spread out on 14 islands. Visit Gamla Stan, the old city with its narrow cobbled-stoned lanes, charming small squares, medieval buildings in happy colours, the Cathedral and the Royal Palace. The tour ends at our centrally located hotel.
Afternoon free to continue exploring Stockholm. Overnight at Clarion Amaranten hotel.
Day 10 STOCKHOLM - NEW YEARS EVE (B) December 31
Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Time free in Stockholm to enjoy the city and prepare for New Year's Eve celebration. A visit is included to the famous Stockholm Ice Bar, including a drink. This is the planet's first permanent ice bar, made of ice from the Ice hotel in Swedish Lapland. Everything except the liquids in the drinks is made of ice, including the glasses you drink out of. Overnight at Clarion Amaranten hotel.
Day 11 STOCKHOLM DEPARTURE (B) January 1
The services of the tour ends this morning with the Buffet breakfast at the hotel.