Scenes of the North & Moscow

Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Baltics, and Russia


From $7,675 USD
May 26 - September 1, 2018
22 Days / 21 Nights

Scenes of the North and Moscow, a 22-day Scandinavia Russia tour from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Baltics, Finland and Russia. From Copenhagen to Moscow.

Overview

Scenes of the North, a 22- day tour starting in the fairy-tale city of Copenhagen. Visit spectacular Norwegian fjords, a stave church, gaze at glaciers, view Viking ships, ride one of the world's steepest railway line, the Flåm Railway, and explore medieval ports and Danish castles. Be amazed by the contrast of Viking capitals, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki and medieval Tallinn, the nature of wild fjords, exuberant palaces of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Operation

May 26 - September 1, 2018

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2018:

May 26
June 30
July 7, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
September 1

Price

  • Scenes of the North + Moscow, 22 days:
  • from $7,675 per person in double room
  • from $10,700 single room
  • from $6,985 third person in triple room
  • from $6,510 child (7–12 years) when sharing room with parents

Included

  • 17 days Scenes of the North, Copenhagen - St. Petersburg
  • 16 nights hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • Fjord View rooms at Ullensvang Hotel, Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Union
  • 1 night on board DFDS Seaways Ferry
  • Commodore Class Cabins, except if Twin is required, then 2 berth Outside Cabin
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry, Deluxe cabin
  • 1 overnight cruise on Tallink Silja ferry, Outside 2-berth cabin
  • 18 x Breakfast buffet
  • 6 x Dinners
  • Multilingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 22
  • All touring by private motor coach with air-condition
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 11 offers WIFI
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
  • Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Guided city tours of Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki & St Petersburg
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Moscow Airport*
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Porter service during ferry crossing, railway stations Helsinki,
  • St. Petersburg & at hotels, (excluding days 1 and 19)
  • + Moscow Extension, 3 days:
  • St. Petersburg - Moscow, Sapsan Train
  • Transfer from Moscow Railway station to the hotel
  • 3 nights *****hotel in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Panoramic city tour, including the Red Square and Kremlin walls
  • Guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber
  • Cruise on Moscow River
  • Moscow's beautiful Metro stations
  • Regular Departure Transfer to Moscow Airport (only for Moscow extension)
  • Porter service at railway station in Moscow and at hotel (excluding days 1 and 22)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
  • Visa to Russia
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • DFDS Seaways, Commodore Class cabins are with Queen size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins – not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant.
  • Passports must be shown when traveling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients traveling with E.U. identification cards may not be allowed on-board.

Tour Options

  • Scenes of the North, 19 days, Copenhagen - St. Petersburg, from $6,710 per person

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Saturday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by the Destination Management English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the Destination Management 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 at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink. 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 from the Destination Management and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

Hotel Skt. Petri *****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and past the New Carlsberg Clyptotheque and the National Museum. Next up is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church. We 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 vessels.

We continue on to see the impressive Gefion Fountain and then make a photo stop at the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour we will also delight in Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.

Hotel Skt. Petri *****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Monday

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

*Commodore Class cabins are with Queen Size beds. Clients requesting Twin beds will be accommodated in Outside 2 berth cabins - not Commodore Class. Breakfast is however still provided in Commodore class restaurant.

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 Commodore cabin

Day 4 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarkation we board our private coach. We drive across Honefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape which alternates with forests of pines and lakes, we arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometers away, we will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts.

We will drive to the impressive Hardangerfjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner and overnight at Ullensvang Hotel in fjord view rooms.

Ullensvang Hotel ****+

Day 5 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. We will depart from Lofthus and travel back along the fjord until reaching Brimnes where we will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by traveling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge. The Hardanger Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world, and the longest in Norway.

After reaching the other side, Bruravik, we will continue by coach, bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing through forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen. Bergen is the capital of the fjords, Norway's second largest city and one of the three university cities in the country. Early in the afternoon, we meet our local guide at the hotel, for a 2-hour panoramic sightseeing tour during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall (no entrances), the colorful and picturesque Fish and Flower market and the old Bryggen area. Evening is at leisure.

Bergen Bors Hotel ****

Day 6 BERGEN - FLAM - LOEN (B, D)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. Here we board a train, which will take us across the mountain plateau to Myrdal where we change to the World famous Flam Railway, the highlight of the day. Experience one of the most spectacular rail journeys, descending down from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flam.

Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Neroy fjords, which are branches of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers very strong contrasts, sometimes you will experience rocks falling dramatically into the fjord while other stretches of the river turn into a wonderful green.

Disembarkation in Gudvangen and continuation in coach, through one of the largest tunnels of Norway. We continue our journey through Laerdal and Skei until we reach Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious Hotel Alexandra in fjord view room.

Hotel Alexandra ****+

Day 7 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel.

Optional Excursion: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.

After arriving at Briksdal Glacier, we will make a visit to the foot of the glacier, travelling by small motorized "Troll cars" and walking through Norwegian nature to the very snout of the glacier. Here we experience the glacier's breathtaking blue ice. After the visit, there will be free time for lunch at your own discretion.

It is not possible to book this excursion on site. THIS EXCURSION MUST BE PRE-BOOKED WITH TRAVEL BOOKING TO ENSURE ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

Passengers not joining the optional excursion, who prefer to enjoy the hotel and its facilities, will be picked up at around 16:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to the famous point of Dalsnibba, an observation point located 1.476 meters above sea level, with a spectacular view of the famous Geiranger Fjord, UNESCO World Heritage. (The visit to Dalsnibba is subject to climate permission - cannot be guaranteed). Once our visit to Dalsnibba is finished, we continue our journey downward to Geiranger for check-in at our hotel. Before dinner, a special tour of the Veteran car collection of The Mjelva family is offered. A number of these beautiful cars were used to show tourists around the Geiranger area in the 1920's and 1930's and they are still in excellent condition. Dinner and overnight at the Union Hotel in fjord view rooms.

Union Hotel ****+

Day 8 GEIRANGER (B, D)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we will take the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Travel from Geiranger to Hellesylt and be inspired by this beautiful unspoiled landscape. After disembarking in Hellesylt, we travel north to Trollstigen or Troll's path, one of the most dramatic and visited areas in Norway. Travel the 11 hairpin turns on this stunning stretch of road that winds its way along just over 100km of incredible landscape (Weather permitting as road closures can occur).

Lunch stop in-route (not included). In the late afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the Union Hotel in fjord view rooms.

Union Hotel ****+

Day 9 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital Oslo. We travel via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. We continue, via Otta, leaving the fjord area of Central Norway characterized by breath-taking mountains and lakes and being the major attraction in the country. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in to the hotel.

Continental Hotel *****

Day 10 OSLO (B)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, we will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Here we will visit one of the most popular museums, the Viking Ship Museum (entrance included), with its three Viking vessels.

Vigeland Sculpture Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at the hotel, from where you will be free to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Continental Hotel *****

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)

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

Hotel At Six *****

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, makes for a memorable morning tour.

Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Optional: VASA MUSEUM FOLLOWING REGULAR SIGHT SEEING, 2 hours

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 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.

 Hotel At Six *****

Day 13 STOCKHOLM - TALLINN (B, D)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Tallinn. Dinner will be served on board.

Onboard Tallink Silja ferry, cabin category Deluxe

Day 14 TALLINN (B)
Friday

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Tallinn. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour, starting with a short tour by coach through the city center and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for the start of a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of old town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the
Viewer Square (panorama platform), onward along Luhike Street to Lower Town.

We will walk further through this historic part of Tallinn to the Old Town Hall Square,with views of the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of the Holy Ghost. We continue our walk along Puhavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open  markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it’s a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Radisson Blu Sky Tallin Hotel ****+

Day 15 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B)
Saturday

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. The morning is at leisure until our transfer from the hotel to the Tallinn Ferry terminal. Travel across the Baltic Sea and enjoy the scenery on the fast ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki.

On arrival to Helsinki, meet & greet with your local guide for a 3-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 Parkand 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 – 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 at the hotel for check-in.

Day 16 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Sunday

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Helsinki's International Rail Station, where we will board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Csar 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 other attractions. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Arrival in St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in and dinner.

Hotel Angleterre****+

Day 17 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 Senates 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 and the rest of the day is at your leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures. Your tour escort will provide you with suggestions for tours.

Hotel Angleterre ****+

Day 18 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 18 th and 19 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 20 th th 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 19 ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW (B)
Monday

NOTE: Your tour escort will continue services until the end of the tour in Moscow.

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 at Moscow and transfer to Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. The evening is at leisure.

Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel *****

Day 20 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 21 MOSCOW (B)
Friday

Breakfast at 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. We end the tour at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya *****

Day 22 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 see notes below for this service).

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

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