Fabulous Scandinavia & Imperial Russia

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Russia

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From $4,650 USD
May 17 - September 13, 2018
17 Days / 16 Nights

A complete Scandinavia and Russia tour features highlights of Scandinavian capitals, Norwegian fjords, cruises on the Baltic Sea and Russian treasures.

Overview

Fabulous Scandinavia and Imperial Russia offers highlights of Scandinavia's capitals of Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki, magnificent Norwegian Fjords and Imperial Russia. Enjoy cultural and historic delights of Viking cities, wild nature of scenic Norwegian fjords, fabulous cruises across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen to Oslo and Stockholm to Helsinki. Witness historic legacies of the czars; enjoy highlights and treasures of two Russian imperial cities.

Operation

May 17 - September 13, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed Departures 2018:

May 17, 24, 31
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September 6, 13

Price

  • from $4,650 per person in double room
  • from $6,625 single room
  • from $4,265 third person in triple room
  • from $3,940 child (7-12 years), sharing room w parents

Included

  • 14 nights hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 1 overnight cruise on DFDS Seaways, Seaside cabin
  • 1 overnight cruise on Tallink Silja ferry, Exterior cabin
  • 16 x Buffet breakfasts
  • 4 x dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from day 1 to day 17
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki - St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg- Moscow, Train Sapsan
  • All touring by private coach
  • Sightseeing as per program
  • The long distance bus from day 3 - 8 offers WIFI
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as mentioned in the program
  • Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Guided city tours of Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Moscow Airport*
  • Porter service DFDS Seaways and Tallink Silja Ferry
  • Porter service at all hotels and railway stations, excluding day 1 & day 17

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Arrival & Departure transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Helsinki and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative 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.

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Thursday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by an English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the welcome letter, which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held in the evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*Please note: Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen and only on the official date of beginning of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

Tivoli Hotel ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We begin with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. Passing by Tivoli Gardens and past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next, it is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church.

Drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and boats. Continue to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace from the outside as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends at the hotel.

In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

NOTE: Passports must be shown when traveling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients traveling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

Onboard DFDS Seaways, 2-berth seaside cabin

Day 3 OSLO - EIDFJORD (B, D)
Saturday

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hønefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Proceed through Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains.

We continue to Hardangervidda and visit the Vøringfossen waterfall, and continue to Eidfjord, where our hotel is located. Check-in and dinner at the hotel is included.

Quality Hotel Voringfoss ****

Day 4 EIDFJORD - BERGEN (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will cross the splendid Hardanger Fjord, by traveling across Hardanger Bridge. This Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, we will continue along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests until we arrive in Bergen – known as the capital of the fjords.

In the afternoon, a panoramic sightseeing tour is included during which we will delight in St.Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall, the colorful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area (No entrances included). The evening is at your leisure.

Optional: We recommend a journey up on the Fløybanen (not included), a funicular railway journey that will take you up the mountainside in order to enjoy the most amazing views of Bergen.

Scandic Ornen Hotel ****

Day 5 BERGEN - STALHEIM (B, D)
Monday

Breakfast at your hotel. Morning is at leisure to further explore the stunning fjord capital of Bergen. Early afternoon departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. After a short break the journey continues towards Nærøy valley where your hotel is situated.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the stunning views down the Stalheim Gorge, directly from your hotel. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Stalheim Hotel ****

Day 6 STALHEIM - FLÅM - FAGERNES (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the coach continues down the Nærøy valley to Gudvangen where we embark on a ferry along the Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest and most popular fjord journeys in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flåm where we will have some free time if you do not choose to join the optional tour with the famous panoramic train ride Flåmsbana.

Flåmsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks. The 2 hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers so many viewpoints. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sogne Fjord in FlAm, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters over the ocean.

In the afternoon, the coach journey continues along the Aurlandfjord, via Aurland and Lærdal. A photo stop is made at the popular Borgund Stave church (entrance not included) before continuing on the last part of the journey to Fagernes. Check-in and later, dinner at the hotel.

Scandic Hotel Valdres ****

Day 7 FAGERNES - OSLO (B)
Wednesday

After breakfast, we travel towards Oslo, leaving the fjords behind us. Early afternoon arrival in Oslo and check-in to the hotel. Experience a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house, visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park and pass the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at your hotel from where you will have the evening to further explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Scandic Hotel Victoria ****

Day 8 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by private coach or by train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests and the region of Värmland, home of many Nordic legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, capital of Sweden, for check-in to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

Scandic Grand Central Hotel ****

Day 9 STOCKHOLM (B)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. The city, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water”. The sightseeing tour includes a walk through the Old own, and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, making for a memorable morning tour. Feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town “Gamla Stan”, with its Cathedral and Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. The tour also includes a drive to Fjallgatan where you will enjoy picturesque views of Stockholm. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Optional: VASA MUSEUM FOLLOWING REGULAR SIGHT SEEING
Scandinavia’s top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship.

Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Vasa, considered as one of the world’s largest and the pride of the mighty Swedish navy. The Museum was built around the 17th century warship, which sank in Stockholm’s inner harbor on her maiden voyage in 1628; its discovery in 1956 and subsequent salvage in 1961 is one of the most important events in marine archaeology. Painstakingly restored to its original magnificence, the Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history.

Scandic Grand Central Hotel ****

Day 10 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board one of the comfortable overnight ferries of the Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki.

Onboard Tallink Silja Line ferry, 2-berth outside cabin

Day 11 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Sunday

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. At the pier, you will be met by your tour director for the remaining part of your tour – a highly skilled professional with years of experience in traveling in Russia will be ready to show you the highlights of Imperial Russia, but first you will experience Helsinki.

Your guide will take you on a 2-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 neoclassical 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 – also 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 in the city centre giving you the chance to explore a bit on your own, before you and your fellow travellers are transferred to Helsinki’s International train Station, to board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Tsar 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 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 amazing churches. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery.

Arrival in St. Petersburg in the early evening and transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Hotel Angleterre ****+

Day 12 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. We will drive along the Nevsky Prospect – the heart of the city, and make picture stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Senate Square, The Peter and Paul Fortress, 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.

The city tour ends 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.

Hotel Angleterre ****+

Day 13 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide to continue our adventure in this charming city. You will 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 that was 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 collections 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 is at leisure.

Optional: PETERHOF PALACE, 4 hours
Take the opportunity to visit the Peterhof Palace, also known as 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 18th 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 sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world, often called “Capital of Fountains”. After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into 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 of northern Russia’s capital for numerous Russian and foreign visitors.

Hotel Angleterre ****+

Day 14 ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. 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 your hotel Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. The evening is at leisure.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya *****

Day 15 MOSCOW (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the 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 theaters 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 center 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 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, free time for lunch before we continue our visit of the city. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya *****

Day 16 MOSCOW (B)
Friday

Breakfast at the 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 defenses after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored. End of the tour at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya *****

Day 17 MOSCOW DEPARTURE (B)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. A 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 Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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