Northern Highlights & St. Petersburg

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia

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From $5,725 USD
July 24 - August 7, 2018
15 Days / 14 Nights

Northern Highlights and St. Petersburg, guided tour to Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm, Bergen, Norwegian Fjords, Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Overview

Northern Highlights and St. Petersburg features Scandinavian capitals Oslo and Stockholm, Bergen, cruises on Naeroy Fjord, Sogne Fjord and Geiranger Fjord, on UNESCO's World Heritage List. From the Flam 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.

Operation

July 24 - August 7, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departure: July 24, 2018

Price

  • from $5,725 per person in double room
  • from $7,095 single room

Included

  • 14 nights Oslo - St. Petersburg
  • 13 nights hotel accommodations centrally located first class hotels, 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 seat belts
  • English speaking tour manager throughout
  • Visit to the Viking Museum of Oslo
  • 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki
  • 4 hours guided tour of Stockholm
  • Visit to the Stadshuset (City Hall) of Stockholm
  • Visit to the Viking Museum of Oslo
  • Panoramic tour of Bergen
  • Ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Floyen
  • Ride on the Bergen Railway, Voss - Myrdal
  • Ride on the Flam Railway, Myrdal-Flam
  • 2 hours cruise on the Sogne Fjord & Naeroy 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
  • Visit to 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 including snacks during intermission
  • Dinner at a 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.
  • Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair or SAS.

Tour Options

  • Northern Highlights, 11 nights, from $3,860

Day 1 ARRIVAL OSLO (D)

Transfer from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to hotel in connection with your flight arrival. Dinner and accommodation at the Thon Hotel Opera Oslo, ideally located close to the Karl Johans Gate and Royal Palace. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.45 hrs (before dinner) in the hotel lobby.

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

Day 2 OSLO - ULVIK (B, L, D)

After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo driving via Honefoss along the charming Hallingdal Valley to the tourist resort town 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 3 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 Harbor with its gabled pack houses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. Ride the funicular to Mt. Floyen for the best views of the city, fjord and archipelago. Accommodation at First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen Harbor and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

First Hotel Marin ***+

Day 4 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 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 Sogn Fjord, 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 Naeeroy 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 and 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. 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 Kvikne’s Hotel.

Kvikne's Hotel ****+

Day 6 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. Continue 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 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. 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 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 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 Vaga, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Lunch in Lillehammer.

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

Thon Hotel Opera ****+

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 Varmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad on Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad.

After lunch the tour continues through an idyllic 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. The day starts with a 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theater, 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 impressive 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.

Clarion Hotel Sign ****+

Day 10 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/toilet.
We recommend bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.

Onboard Silja Line, 2-berth outside cabin

Day 11 HELSINKI (B, D)

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki Harbor. 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 harbor. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy. Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel, 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 Baltic Club Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city center, 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 harbor 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 colorful 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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