Scenes of the North

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

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From $6,825 USD
May 27 - September 2, 2019
18 Days / 17 Nights

Scenes of the North, 18-day guided journey through Scandinavia and Viking Capitals from Copenhagen through Norwegian Fjords to Helsinki and St. Petersburg.

Overview

Scenes of the North, a comprehensive 18-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, cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki. Admire the culture and history of Vikings, the medieval Old Towns with cobbled-stone streets - feel the Essence of the North.

Operation

May 27 - September 2, 2019

Departure

Guaranteed departures 2019:
May 27
June 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2

Price

  • Scenes of the North, 18 days:
  • from $6,825 per person in double room
  • from $10,220 single room
  • from $6,225 third person in triple room
  • from $5,695 child (7-12 years), sharing room w parents
  • Scenes of the North + Moscow, 21 days:
  • from $7,875 per person in double room
  • from $11,750 single room
  • from $7,270 third person in triple room
  • from $6,625 child (7-12 years), sharing room w parents

Included

  • 15/18 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 overnight cruise on Tallink Silja ferry, Outside 2-berth cabin
  • 17/20 x Breakfast buffet
  • 1 Lunch as per program
  • 6 x Dinners as per program
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 18/21
  • All touring by private motor coach with air-condition
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • The long distance bus from day 4 - 12 offers WIFI
  • Visits, excursions and entrances as per itinerary
  • Guided city tours of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo
  • Guided city tours of Stockholm, Helsinki & St Petersburg (and Moscow)
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Pulkovo Airport* (to Moscow Airport only for Moscow extension)
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg-Moscow, Train Sapsan (only for Moscow extension)
  • Porter service during ferry crossing, Railway stations Helsinki,
  • Porter service in St. Petersburg (& Moscow) and at hotels, (excluding days 1 and 18/21)

Not Included

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

Please Note

  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase + 1 piece of hand luggage per person
  • 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 with Moscow Extension, 21-day tour, from $7,795 per person.

Day 1 ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Monday

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by Borealis 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 Borealis Destination Management welcome letter, which you will receive upon check-in at 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. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*The departures of 1st July & 5th August will not be accommodated at Hotel Copenhagen Marriott. The hotel will be reconfirmed latest 4 weeks prior to departure and it will be a centrally located hotel of 4+ / 5 * category.

Copenhagen Marriott*****

Day 2 COPENHAGEN (B)
Tuesday

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.

Copenhagen Marriott*****

Day 3 COPENHAGEN - OSLO (B, D)
Wednesday

After breakfast, the 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 class cabin

Day 4 OSLO (B)
Thursday

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45. We will meet our local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by the fjord. We will 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. The Vigeland 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.

Grand Hotel*****

Day 5 OSLO - LOFTHUS (B, L, D)
Friday

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to 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.  In Geilo we will take the time to enjoy a delicious lunch at the beautiful old Dr. Holms Hotel (included). Afterwards the tour continues to the impressive Hardanger Fjord, where we arrive at Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favourite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner at the hotel is included.

*The departures of 27th May, 10th, 17th & 24th June will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed. 

Ullensvang Hotel ****+ Fjord View room

Day 6 LOFTHUS - BERGEN (B)
Saturday

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 Hardanger Bridge. The bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching Bruravik on the other side, we will continue by coach, along 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. Mary's Church, Haakon's Hall (no entrances), the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area. The evening is at leisure.

Radisson Blu Royal****

Day 7 BERGEN - FLÅM - LOEN (B, D)
Sunday

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 from the Mountain station of Myrdal to the quaint fjord village of Flåm located on the shores of the magnificent Aurland Fjord. Enjoy some free time in the picturesque fjord village of Flåm before we continue for a cruise on the Sogne Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway.

Drive through one of the longest tunnels of Norway before embarking.  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. Disembark after and continue by coach, through the stunning mountains of Gaula before reaching Loen, beautifully situated between mountains, lakes and fjords. Dinner and overnight at the prestigious hotel Alexandra.  

This evening we recommend you enjoy a ride with the sky lift just located next to your hotel.  The view is breathtaking.

*The departures of 27th May, 24th June, 8th & 15th July, 5th & 12th August and 2nd September will not be accommodated in rooms with fjord view. Instead rooms with mountain view are confirmed.

Hotel Alexandra ****+

Day 8 LOEN - BRIKSDAL GLACIER - GEIRANGER (B, D)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel.

OPTIONAL: Briksdal Glacier, an arm of Europe's largest Glacier Jostedalsbreen.
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Price: USD 70 pp
Available by pre-booking only

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 approximately 15:00.

We leave Loen and continue our journey through the wonderful Norwegian mountains to Hellesylt to embark the ferry, crossing the dramatic and ever so impressive, UNESCO's World Heritage listed, Geiranger Fjord, situated among lush mountains and wild waterfalls. Arrival in Geiranger and check-in. 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 at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 9 GEIRANGER (B, D)
Tuesday

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we travel north to explore two of the most dramatic and visited areas of Norway; The Eagle’s road and Trollstigen or Troll's path. The steepest section of Road 63 between Geiranger and Eidsdal is called Ørnevegen, or "The Eagle Road", as driving along its eleven hairpin turns at 620 meters (2,030 ft) above sea level feels a little like being airborne. At the uppermost bend is the most spectacular viewpoint of the road, Ørnesvingen, offering breath-taking views over the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord. Continue to Linge crossing the Storfjord from Eisdal and from here to the Troll's path.

Driving Trollstigen is a dramatic and exciting experience. Some places it's cut into the mountain; and some parts are built on top of stone walls. An impressive bridge in natural stone carries it across the Stigfossen waterfall. The road is a result of hard work and an impressive piece of engineering work dated 100 years back in time. His Majesty King Haakon VII opened the road in the summer of 1936. At top of Trollstigen there are viewpoints and steel walkways which allow you to get close to the dramatic mountains and waterfalls (Weather permitting as road closures can occur). Lunch stop en route (not included). In the afternoon, we arrive back at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel is included.

Union Hotel ****+ Fjord View room 

Day 10 GEIRANGER - OSLO (B)
Wednesday

Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure by coach to the capital, Oslo. First visit 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).

Continue via Lom where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th Century. Late in the afternoon, we arrive in Oslo and check-in at the hotel. Thereafter you will have the chance to join the group on a 2-hour guided Walking City Tour.

*The departure 27th May will not be accommodated at Hotel Grand. The hotel confirmed is Clarion The Hub, 4 * + centrally located

Grand Hotel*****

Day 11 OSLO - STOCKHOLM (B)
Thursday

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 and check-in at the hotel. The evening is at leisure.

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 12 STOCKHOLM (B)
Friday

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 Mälaren 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, 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 its 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, where the great Nobel banquet is held. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

OPTIONAL: VÅSA Museum following regular sightseeing
Duration: approximately 2 hours
Price: USD 55 pp | Min 2 persons
Includes: entrance to Våsa Museum w/guided tour, private tour guide
Available by pre-booking

Scandinavia's top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship.  Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Våsa, 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 harbour 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 Våsa represents an authentic piece of living history.

Hotel At Six ****+

Day 13 STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI (B, D)
Saturday

Breakfast at the hotel. The 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 Helsinki. Dinner will be served on board.

Onboard Tallink Silja ferry, Exterior cabin

Day 14 HELSINKI (B)
Sunday

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour.  Meet with your local guide for a 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 colourful 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).

Hotel Kämp*****

Day 15 HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Monday

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is 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 Tzar 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 at St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg*****

Day 16 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Tuesday

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.

OPTIONAL: Peterhof Palace
Duration: approximately 4 hours
Price: USD 90 pp | Min 6 persons
Includes: private transportation to hotel, entrance to Peterhof w/guided tour, private tour guide Min 6 persons
Available by pre-booking

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 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 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.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg*****

Day 17 ST. PETERSBURG (B)
Wednesday

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 an 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.

Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg*****

Day 18 ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE (B)
Thursday

Breakfast at the hotel. A Borealis Destination Management English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport* (Please see notes below for this service).

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

Option to continue to the Moscow extension, 3 days, total of 21 days.

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