Northern Highlights & St. Petersburg

Northern Highlights & St. Petersburg– Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia –15 days / 14 nights, Oslo - Hardanger - Bergen - Sognefjord - Flåm Railway - Balestrand - Fjærland - Geiranger - Oslo - Stockholm - Helsinki - St. PetersburgNorthern Highlights and St. Petersburg features Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm, Bergen, cruises on Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord, on UNESCO's World Heritage List. From the Flåm Railway through the idyllic Swedish countryside to Stockholm, cruise across the Baltic Sea on Silja Line to Helsinki. Cross into Russia; explore the sites of St. Petersburg, the Hermitage Museum, Winter Palace, Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in Pushkin.

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Operation July 18 - August 1, 2017
Departure Guaranteed departure:
July 18, 2017
Price from $5,355 per person in double room
from $6,670 single room
Included 13 nights hotel accommodations with private facilities
Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily
Daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except in Bergen and on second evening in Stockholm)
7 x luncheons on days 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 13 & 14
1 x packed lunch on train Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts
3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
4 hours guided tour of Stockholm, including City Hall
Visit to the Viking Museum of Oslo
Panoramic tour of Bergen
Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløyen
Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
Ride on the Flåm Railway, Myrdal-Flåm
2 hours cruise on the Sognefjord & Nærøy Fjord
1 hour cruise on Geiranger Fjord
Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier
All visits as mentioned in itinerary
All ferry crossings as per itinerary
Overnight cruise on Silja Line, Stockholm - Helsinki
2-berth Seaside cabin with shower/toilet
Dinner and Buffet breakfast on board
Train Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Coach transfer between hotels and railway stations
Complete program in St. Petersburg, including 3 hours city tour
Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral
Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
Pushkin - Catherine's Palace
1 hour guided canal tour
Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace incl. snacks during intermission &
Dinner at local restaurant
Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof
Entrance to Lower Parks and Grand Palace
Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group
English-speaking tour escort throughout
Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days*
Not Included International airfare & airport taxes
Gratuities
Alcoholic beverages
Personal insurance / personal items
Russian Visa Fee
$25 Service fee
Please Note *Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.

These tours are organized by our Associate Partners in Copenhagen. In order to offer a greater variety of tour options, the programs allow for participants to join or depart from the tour in various transit locations. We do hope that the possible change of group participants does not cause any inconvenience as it is meant to offer a greater variety of travel experiences to travelers.

Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.
Tour Options Northern Highlights, 11 nights, from $3,590

Departures 2017:
June 20, 27
July 4, 11, 18, 25
August 1
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Day 1 ARRIVAL OSLO (D) Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate and Royal Palace.

Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel

Day 2 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D) After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the Hardangerfjord.

Brakanes Hotel

Day 3 ULVIK - BERGEN (B, L) After buffet breakfast, descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge. Start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

First Hotel Marin

Day 4 BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND (B, D) After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.

After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife.

After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne's Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord, surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel

Day 5 BALESTRAND - DAY IN THE FJORDS (B, D) Day free in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel's elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other interesting sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the fabulous Kvikne's Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel

Day 6 BALESTRAND - GEIRANGER (B, L, D) After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sognefjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the beautiful Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best of views. Afterwards lunch will be served in sight of the glacier.

During the afternoon the tour continues via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one-hour cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass close by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.

Union Hotel

Day 7 GEIRANGER - LILLEHAMMER - OSLO (B, L, D) From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at the Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel.

Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel

Day 8 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D) After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, first class hotel, centrally located.

Clarion Hotel Sign

Day 9 STOCKHOLM (B) Breakfast at the hotel, start of 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. You will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year.

Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Wasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Clarion Hotel Sign

Day 10 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D) Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry of the Silja Line.

17.00 hrs: Departure from Stockholm, sailing slowly through the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth seaside cabins with shower/toilet.

We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin.

Onboard Silja Line

Day 11 HELSINKI (B, D) Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbour. After disembarkation 3-hours guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. Afternoon free in Helsinki. You can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel, another first class hotel centrally located.

Haven Hotel

Day 12 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D) Breakfast followed by transfer by coach from hotel to railway station. Departure from Helsinki on the high-speed "Allegro" train for St. Petersburg. Lunch box on train.

Arrival in St. Petersburg. Coach transfer from railway station to hotel combined with 1-hours guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit at St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Welcome dinner including shot of vodka and 1 glass wine, and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Ambassador Hotel

Day 13 ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D) Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbour for cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Ambassador Hotel

Day 14 ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D) Buffet breakfast at hotel and transfer to town of Pushkin followed by a visit to Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber room. Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch 3 hours tour of the city by coach with local English speaking guide. St. Petersburg is a city of outstanding architectural beauty, famous for its magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges and the tour includes sights as the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil's Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman. A visit will be paid to Peter & Paul Fortress.

This evening you will be taken to see a colourful Russian Folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant or similar. Accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel.

Ambassador Hotel

Day 15 ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE (B) Your tour ends after breakfast at the hotel with transfers to St. Petersburg Airport to connect with homeward flights.

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