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2018 Scenic Scandinavia, Helsinki & Russian Capitals

Category: Group Tours


 

 
 
 
 

 

Scandinavia → Helsinki → St. Petersburg → Moscow 19 Days

 

Copenhagen - Oslo - Eidfjord - Bergen - Stalheim - Flam - Fagernes - Oslo - Stockholm - Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Moscow

 
 
 

Day-By-Day Program:

 

DAY 1 THU          ARRIVE IN COPENHAGEN

Arrive in Copenhagen, transfer on your own to Tivoli Hotel **** or similar, check-in. Welcome meeting

 

DAY 2 FRI          COPENHAGEN - OSLO

Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest and most lively city, one of Europe’s most romantic capitals, with its old castles, churches, charming squares and harbors. Morning sightseeing tour will acquaint you with city’s must-see treasures: the Little Mermaid guarding the port, the Royal Castle, Nyhavn with its restaurants and small boats and the City Hall Square.

In the afternoon embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry to Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops

 

DAY 3 SAT           OSLO - GEILO - EIDFJORD

   Oslo is Scandinavia’s the oldest capital in Scandinavia founded in 1048.

Today it is a truly pleasant and casual city with a colorful jumble of historical and modern architecture. Upon arrival, start a City tour of Oslo. Your sightseeing includes a walk around the Frogner Park decorated with unique sculptures of Gustaf Vigeland. We pass by the City Hall and the main street, Karl Johan, leading to the Royal Palace.

In the early afternoon we continue our journey to the beautiful Hallingdal Valley, we visit Gol and arrive in Geilo, a quaint mountain village half-way between Oslo and Bergen, surrounded by breathtaking mountains. Check-in at Quality Voringfoss Hotel **** or similar. Dinner at hotel (D)

 

DAY 4 SUN          EIDFJORD - BERGEN

Today we enter the breathtaking Norwegian nature. Continue through the Hallingdal Valley known for its folkloric traditions, cross the Hardanger mountain plateau and on the descent towards the fjord enjoy the view of the famous Voringsfossen Waterfall. We cross the Hardanger Fjord by ferry and continue along its shores to Bergen.

Bergen is a quaint city on Norway’s southwestern coast surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest.

Your sightseeing tour today will introduce you to city's landmarks, including the traditional Fish market, St. Mary's Church and Haakon's Hall. City's highlight is Bryggen district. It consists of the old wharf and its surrounding commercial buildings (a former center of the league of Hanseatic merchants), and features vibrantly colored wooden houses. 

Check-in at the Scandic Oernen Hotel **** or similar

 

DAY 5 MON           BERGEN - STALHEIM

Morning is at leisure to explore more of the stunning Norwegian Capital of Fjords. In the early afternoon we travel to the historical town of Voss, which has a scenic background of snow clad mountains. After a break here we continue towards the Naroy Valley and Stalheim, offering a stunning view down the Stalheim Gorge, Check-in at the Stalheim Hotel **** or similar. Dinner at hotel (D)

 

DAY 6 TUE          STALHEIM - FLAM - FAGERNES

Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by impassible rugged terrain to Gudvangen where we cross the Naroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. In the afternoon the journey continues along the Aurlandfjord. A photo stop at the famous Borgund Stave Church before we continue to Fagernes. Check-in at the Thon Scandic Valdres Hotel **** or similar. Dinner at hotel (D)

 

 

DAY 7 WED          FAGERNES - OSLO

After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind and travel back towards Oslo, where we arrive early in the afternoon. Check-in at the Thon Opera Hotel **** or similar. Balance of the day at leisure to explore the Viking capital on your own

 

DAY 8 THU           OSLO - STOCKHOLM

Today we head for Stockholm. We pass through Norwegian forests, cross the border and enter the county of Varmland, Sweden. Drive through typical Swedish landscapes with fertile farmland, pristine lakes and thick forests. Arrive in Stockholm in the afternoon. Check-in at the Scandic Grand Central Hotel **** or similar

 

DAY 9 FRI          STOCKHOLM

Stockholm – the beauty on the water – is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. Morning sightseeing tour takes in city's most noteworthy landmarks including the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the city center with its famous City Hall. Afternoon is free for independent activities

 

 

DAY 10 SAT          STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI

Morning is free to explore more of Stockholm individually. Mid-afternoon we leave for the pier to embark on the Tallink Silja Line overnight ferry to Helsinki. While we travel slowly down the archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board the ship (D)

 

DAY 11 SUN          HELSINKI

Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital.
   After disembarkation start a sightseeing tour which takes us around the harbors, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and the famous Church-in the-Rock. At the end of the tour check-in at the Glo Art Hote
l **** or similar

 

DAY 12 MON          HELSINKI

The morning is reserved for exploring more of the Finish capital individually. In the afternoon you are offered an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from around Finland

 

DAY 13 TUE          HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG

Today we travel eastbound to St. Petersburg. Cross the border into Russia and arrive in the town of Vyborg, where we take a brief sightseeing tour and visit Vyborg Castle. Late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at the Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel **** or similar  

 

DAY 14 WED          ST. PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title "The Venice of the North".

During a City tour get acquainted with all the splendors of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress (inside), the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Savior on-the-Blood, Nevsky Convent and much more.

Today you might also take an optional tour outside of St. Petersburg to Russia's Versailles, known as Peterhof (in Russian: Petrodvorets), the Summer Palace of Peter the Great on the Gulf of Finland, with the impressive cascade of fountains and the beautiful park

 

DAY 15 THU          ST. PETERSBURG

In the afternoon is an optional trip to another imperial residence outside of St. Petersburg in suburban town of Pushkin to visit the exquisite Catherine’s Palace with its famous Amber Room. The Room vanished during World War II and was painstakingly restored. In the afternoon visit the incredible Hermitage Museum. Be prepared for a lot of walking

In the evening you might  consider going for an optional Russian style dinner at Russian Kitsch restaurant

 

DAY 16 FRI          ST. PETERSBURG - MOSCOW

Morning is free. Around noon you will be transferred to rail station to board the state-of-the-art Sapsan bullet train to Moscow. Dep at 1.30 pm arr 5.50 pm (subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking).
Late afternoon arrive in Moscow and check-in at Park Inn Sadu Hotel **** or similar

 

DAY 17 SAT          MOSCOW

In the morning a panoramic City tour of Moscow introduces you to the beautiful views of city's major landmarks including the Kremlin, Red Square with its iconic St. Basil's Cathedral, world famous Bolshoi theater, the Sparrow Hills with an observation platform, Moscow State university and more. In the afternoon you are offered a tour of the Kremlin grounds and visit historic cathedrals behind the walls of the Kremlin - fortress

 

DAY 18 SUN          MOSCOW

The day is reserved for independent activities or perhaps you join one of the optional day trips that can be booked before you depart Canada or locally

DAY 19 MON          DEPART MOSCOW 

After breakfast your tour ends. Transfer to airport on your own for your flight home 

 

 

 

Tour Features:

 

• 16 overnights at central 4* star hotels

• Overnight ferry Copenhagen-Oslo, one way, outside Cabin

• Overnight ferry Stockholm-Helsinki, one way, outside cabins

• Buffet breakfast daily

• 5 x dinner (3 x 3-course dinners at hotels & 2 x buffet dinner on board the ferry)

• Welcome package

• Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock, Vyborg Castle; Peter-and-Paul Fortress; Moscow Kremlin

• Service of an English speaking tour escort on all departures

• Transportation by the 1st class motor coach or minivan

• Sapsan Bullet day train St. Petersburg-Moscow one way, a regular sitting category

• Portage at hotels

 

 

  

Tour Dates, 2018

 

Tour Dates

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Tour Dates Tour Dates 

*17 May-04 June

12 July-30 July

02 Aug-20 Aug 23 Aug-10 Sept

24 May-11 June

19 July-06 Aug

09 Aug-27 Aug 30 Aug-17 Sept 

05 July-23 July 

26 July-13 Aug

16 Aug-03 Sept 06 Sept-24 Sept 
       

Tour Price: $ 5,295 per person, twin share

Single Room Supplement: $ 2,190

For departures marked with asterisk *) please add $ 150 per person (Midsummer peak season)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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