Escorted TourNorway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Baltics, and Russia
From $6,710 USD
May 26 - September 1, 2018
19 Days / 18 Nights
Scenes of the North, 19-day guided journey through Scandinavia and Viking Capitals from Copenhagen through Norwegian Fjords to Helsinki and St. Petersburg.
Scenes of the North, a comprehensive 19-day escorted journey through Scandinavia and Nordic Capitals. Experience the contrast of Viking capitals, the wild and pristine nature of the Norwegian Fjords, exuberant Palaces, Cathedrals and Museums of St. Petersburg. Travel from Copenhagen to Oslo, Stockholm to Tallinn and Helsinki. Admire the culture and history of Vikings, the medieval Old Towns with cobbled-stone streets - feel the Essence of the North.
May 26 - September 1, 2018
Guaranteed departures 2018:
July 7, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25
Scenes of the North, 19 days:
- from $6,710 per person in double room
- from $9,465 single room
- from $6,175 third person in triple room
- from $5,710 child (7-12 years), sharing room w parents
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), sharing room w parents
- 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 19
- 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 Pulkovo Airport*
- Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
- Porter service during ferry crossing, Railway stations Helsinki,
- Porter service in St. Petersburg and at hotels, (excluding days 1 and 19)
- International airfare & airport taxes
- Arrival & departure transfers
- Personal insurance / personal expenses / incidental extras
- Visa to Russia
- Alcoholic beverages
- $25 Service fee
- 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.
- Scenes of the North with Moscow Extension, 22-day tour, from $7,675 per person.
Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet and greet by Destination Management English-speaking representative, for regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in 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. Overnight at Hotel Skt. Petri.
* Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the airport in Copenhagen & to the airport in St. Petersburg/Moscow and only on the published official date of beginning & end 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. 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.
Hotel Skt. Petri ****
Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with our 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 "Stroeget" begins. We pass the Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque 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.
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, you can also delight in the exterior of Christiansborg Palace, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour will end at the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Hotel Skt. Petri ****
Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
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 15:30, 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 class cabin
Day 4 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, D)
Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarkation we board our private coach. We drive across Hønefoss, 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 favorite 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)
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.
Hotel Bergen Bors ****
Day 6 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)
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 Flåm 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 Flåm.
Here we have some free time before embarking onto the afternoon ferry, which will carry us on a breath-taking crossing along the Aurland & Nærøy Fjords, which are branches of the Sogne Fjord, 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 Lærdal 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)
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, traveling 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). After our visit to Dalsnibba, 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)
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 amongst 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)
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)
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. Enjoy the view from the Opera house before heading off to Bygdøy 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)
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)
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 a 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.
Hotel At Six ****+
Day 13 STOCKHOLM - TALLINN (B, D)
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)
A special 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 in the 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), onwards along Lühike Street to Lower Town. 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.
Continue the walk along Pühavaimu 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.
Day 15 TALLINN - HELSINKI (B)
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 in 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 neo-classical 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 - 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.
Hotel Kämp *****+
Day 16 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B, D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. After noon, transfer to Helsinki's International Rail Station, where we will board the Allegro Train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Czar 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.
Hotel Angleterre ****+
Day 17 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
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. 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, L)
Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide for a full day excursion, which includes Peterhof, 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 eighteenth 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 sculptures, paintings and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world and often called "Capital of Fountains".
After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into an 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 in the northern Russian capital, for numerous Russian and foreign visitors.
At noon we will have lunch at a local restaurant after which we return to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil before we 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 Czsars, built to the design of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli in 1754-62. This ensemble, formed in the 18th 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 collection 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. Evening 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 18–19 Centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the 18 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 DEPARTURE (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. A Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport*
* Please note! Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Pulkovo 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.