Grand Tour of Scandinavia & St. Petersburg

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Russia

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From $5,985 USD
July 21 - August 7, 2018
18 Days / 17 Nights

Grand Tour of Scandinavia and Russia, see Viking capitals Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, cruise Fjords and Baltic Sea to Helsinki and rail to St. Petersburg.

Overview

Grand Tour of Scandinavia and St. Petersburg, Russia, a 18-days comprehensive tour features a combination of spectacular Fjords in Norway, colorful Viking capitals of Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm. Enjoy sightseeing in all cities, cruises on Norway's scenic fjords, the idyllic Swedish countryside, Stockholm with Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Vasa Museum. Cruise the Baltic Sea to Helsinki and cross the Russian border to St. Petersburg, city of the Czars.

Operation

July 21 - August 7, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departure 2018: July 21

Price

  • from $6,595 per person in double room
  • from $8,255 single room

Included

  • 17 nights Copenhagen - St. Petersburg
  • 15 nights hotel accommodation with private facilities
  • Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
  • Daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except on 2nd evening in Copenhagen, in Bergen and 2nd evening in Stockholm)
  • 7 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17
  • 1 packed lunch on day 15 on train to St. Petersburg
  • 1 x Overnight cruise DFDS Seaways, Copenhagen - Oslo
  • 2-berth outside cabin with shower/toilet
  • Buffet dinner and buffet breakfast on board
  • Entrance to Tivoli Gardens day 2
  • 3 hours guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm
  • Visit to the Viking Museum of Oslo and City Hall of Stockholm
  • All entrances as per program
  • Panorama tour of Bergen
  • Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Floien
  • Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
  • Ride on the Flam Railway, Myrdal - Flam
  • Approx. 2 hours cruise on Sogn- and Naeroy Fjords
  • 1 hours cruise on the Geiranger Fjord
  • Excursion by open car to Briksdal Glacier
  • All ferry crossings in Norway
  • 1 x Overnight Silja Line cruise, Stockholm - Helsinki
  • 2-berth outside cabins with shower/toilet
  • Dinner and buffet breakfast on board
  • Train Helsinki - St. Petersburg
  • Coach transfers between hotels and railway station
  • Complete program in St. Petersburg:
  • 3 hours Panorama city tour
  • Visit to Peter & Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
  • Pushkin, Catherine's Palace
  • 1 hour guided canal tour
  • Folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace, snacks during intermission
  • Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof
  • Entrance to Lower Parks and Grand Palace
  • Luggage assistance at all hotels with the group
  • English speaking Tour manager throughout
  • Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seat belts
  • Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days*
  • Tax and service fees

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

  • Grand Tour of Scandinavia, 14 nights, from $4,750

Day 1 ARRIVE COPENHAGEN (D)

Arrive Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. Transfer to hotel in connection with individual flight arrivals. Dinner and accommodation at the unique Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and start of 3 hours guided panoramic tour of the city. You will see the Amalienborg Palace, residence of the Danish royal family, Gefion Fountain, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament buildings), the old harbour of Nyhavn, and of course the famous Little Mermaid. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city. Your tour escort will provide entrance tickets for the famous Tivoli Gardens.

Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)

Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/toilet.

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

Onbard DFDS Seaways, seaside cabin

Day 4 OSLO (B, D)

A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 hrs, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital, incl. the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon free in Oslo. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan shopping boulevard. Dinner and accommodation at Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan Gate.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 5 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D)

After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo, driving via Honefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Voringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Mabodal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge and route to Ulvik. Dinner and accommodation in fjord view rooms at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Brakanes Hotel ****+

Day 6 ULVIK - BERGEN (B, L)

After buffet breakfast, start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards. Route via the towns of Oystese 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 pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Floien, 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 7 BERGEN - FLAM - 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 Flam Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flam offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery.

After a short rest in Flam, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Naeroy 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 Naeroy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Naeroy 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 in fjord view rooms, superbly located on the banks of the Sognefjord and surrounded by mountains.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 8 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. 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 a hike to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at the historic Kvikne’s Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 9 BALESTRAND - FJAERLAND - 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 Fjaerland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jolster. Descend to the 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 views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant.

After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour's 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 10 GEIRANGER - LOM - OSLO (B, L, D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel before leaving Geiranger. 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 Vaga, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer.

After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjosa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Thon Hotel Opera Oslo.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B, L, D)

After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Varmland to arrive in the city of Kalrstad on Lake Vanern, the largest lake 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, a first class, centrally located hotel.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)

The day starts with a 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 Vasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Please note that dinner today is not included in the program, as our experience shows that whilst in Stockholm guests prefer to eat out at a restaurant of their own choice. Your tour escort will gladly advise and make table reservations for you.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****

Day 13 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel and morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a delightful overnight cruise from Stockholm. Sail slowly through the lovely archipelago past numerous small islands while enjoying your dinner on board. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC.

We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.

Day 14 HELSINKI (B, D)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. 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. Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the center of Helsinki.

Haven Hotel ****

Day 15 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B, L, D)

Breakfast followed by transfer by coach from hotel to railway station. Departure from Helsinki on train “Allegro” for St.  Petersburg. Lunch box on train. Arrival in St. Petersburg. Coach transfer from railway station to hotel combined with 1 hour’s 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 Baltic Club Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Ambassador Hotel ****

Day 16 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 17 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 colorful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant or similar. Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Ambassador Hotel ****

Day 18 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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