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Grand Scandinavia with St. Petersburg

18 days
17 nights

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Rates:

per person: 

$ 6,235.00 (double occupancy)
$ 7,795.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jul 15, 2017 - Aug 01, 2017 

Included:

*15 nights accommodation including daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except on second evening in Copenhagen, in Bergen and second evening in Stockholm) and buffet breakfast, in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.
* 7 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 16 & 17, (plus 1 packed lunch on day 15 on train to St. Petersburg).
* Overnight cruise Copenhagen – Oslo, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, buffet dinner and buffet breakfast on board.
* Entrance to Tivoli Gardens day 2.
* 3 hours guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki, and 4 hours Stockholm
* Visit to the Viking Museum of Oslo and Stadshuset (City Hall) of Stockholm
* Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløien.
* Ride on the Bergen and Flåm Railways, Voss-Myrdal-Flåm.
* Approx. 2 hours hours cruise on Sogn and Nærøy Fjords, and 1 hours cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.
* Excursion by open car to Briksdal Glacier.
* All internal ferry crossings in Norway.
* Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board.
* Train Helsinki – St. Petersburg, including coach transfers between hotels and railway stations.
* Complete programme in St. Petersburg, including 3 hours city tour, visit to Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Pushkin, 1 hour’s guided canal tour, plus folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace incl. snacks during intermission and dinner at Backstage Restaurant.
* Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof, incl. entrance to Lower Parks and Grand Palace
* Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group.
* Tour escort throughout.
* Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts.
* Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days of the tour. 

Optional Services:

  • Transfers in Copenhagen - $89
  • Transfers in Stockholm - $45
  • Transfers in Helsinki - $118
  • Transfers in Oslo - $219
  • Transfers in Bergen - $178
  • Transfers in St. Petersburg - $41

 

  • Extra nights in Copenhagen - $166
  • Extra nights in Stockholm - $111
  • Extra nights in Helsinki - $152
  • Extra nights in Oslo - $94
  • Extra nights in Bergen - $142

 

  • Deluxe room in Amsterdam Hotel - $45
  • Commodore of DFDS - $34
  • Commodore de Luxe on DFDS - $82
  • Business Class at Blu Plaza Oslo - $57
  • Harbor View at First Hotel Marin - $31
  • Deluxe room at First Hotel Marin - $41
  • Deluxe Room with Harbor View at First Hotel Marin - $63
  • Fjord View Historic Building at Kviknes Balestrand - $53
  • Fjord View at Union Hotel Geiranger - $55
  • Superior room at Clarion hotel sign - $38
  • Deluxe Cabin at Silja ferry - $94
  • Commodore Cabin on Silja ferry - $248

Itinerary:

Copenhagen - Oslo - Ulvik - Bergen - Flåm - Balestrand - Geiranger - Oslo - Stockholm - Helsinki - St. Petersburg

 

Day 1  : ARRIVE COPENHAGEN

Welcome! Your Scandinavian tour begins today. Arrive Copenhagen Kastrup Airport. Transfer to hotel in connection with individual flight arrivals. Dinner and accommodation at the Admiral Hotel. Your tour escort will meet you at 19.50 hrs in the hotel lobby.

Day 2  : COPENHAGEN

The day starts with a 3 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament buildings), Gefion Fountain, and Nyhavn. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city. Your tour escort will provide you with entrance tickets for the famous Tivoli Gardens.  Accommodation at the Admiral Hotel.

Day 3  : COPENHAGEN - OSLO

Morning free in Copenhagen. Afternoon transfer by coach from hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at 16.30 hrs. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smörgåsbord dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We recommend you to bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin.

Day 4  : OSLO

A delicious buffet breakfast is being served as you cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 hrs, followed by 3 hours guided tour of the Norwegian capital, incl. the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park. Afternoon free in Oslo. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan shopping boulevard. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate.

Day 5  : OSLO - ULVIK

After breakfast you will visit the world-famous Viking Ships. Departure from Oslo,
driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of
Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch cross the wild
Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss
Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m.
Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik located at the bank of Hardanger Fjord.

Day 6  : ULVIK - BERGEN

After buffet breakfast, descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge. Start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese 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 Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. 
Accommodation at First Hotel Marin with an excellent location close to the Bryggen Harbour.

Day 7  : BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND

After breakfast you will depart 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 Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy 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 Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodations will be at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 8  : BALESTRAND – A DAY IN THE FJORDS

Your day is 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, or 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 even go on foot up 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 accommodations will be at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 9  : BALESTRAND - GEIRANGER

After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogn Fjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the 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 views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant facing the glacier. After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on 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.

Day 10  : GEIRANGER - OSLO

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 Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues  alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo. Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo

Day 11  : OSLO - STOCKHOLM

After breakfast departure from Oslo, continuing by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Kalrstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class, centrally located hotel.

Day 12  : STOCKHOLM

The day starts with a 4 hours guided tour of the city. Famous sights include the Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, 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 famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Wasa Museum or take one of the popular canal tours. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign. Please note that dinner today is not included in the program, as our experience shows that whilst in Stockholm guests prefer to eat out at a restaurant of their own choice. Your tour escort will gladly advise and make table reservations for you.

Day 13  : STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI

Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry of the Silja Line. 17.00 hrs: Departure from Stockholm, sailing slowly through the glorious archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend  bringing an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the cabin.

Day 14  : HELSINKI

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. 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. Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the centre of Helsinki.

Day 15  : HELSINKI - ST. PETERSBURG

Breakfast followed by transfer by coach from hotel to railway station. 10.00 hrs: Departure from Helsinki on train “Allegro” for St. Petersburg. Lunch box on train. 14.36 hrs: Arrival in St. Petersburg. Coach transfer from railway tation to hotel combined with 1 hour’s guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit at St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Welcome dinner incl. shot of vodka and 1 glass wine, and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Day 16  : ST. PETERSBURG

Buffet breakfast at hotel. The day begins with a transfer to Neva River cruise harbour for a cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof, including Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch is served at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will go on a tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to the hotel later on. Dinner and accommodations will be at the Ambassador Hotel.

Day 17  : ST. PETERSBURG

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 Englishspeaking 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 colourful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant or similar. Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Day 18  : ST. PETERSBURG DEPARTURE

We hope you've enjoyed your tour of Scandinavia. For guests on the 17 night tour Copenhagen – St. Petersburg, this ends after buffet breakfast at the hotel with transfers to St. Petersburg Airport to connect with homeward flights. 

Notes:

All departures are guaranteed
Maximum group size is 43 people