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Lapland Tour with Christmas and Santa Claus

8 days
7 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person in USD:
$ 2,115.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,775.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,830.00 (per child under 12 staying with parents)

Dates:

Dec 22, 2016 - Dec 29, 2016 

Hotels:

Glo art Hotel in Helsinki
Scandic Hotel in Rovaniemi

Included:

5 overnights at the hotel mentioned in the program.
2 overnights on the night train in cabins with private facilities
English-speaking tour-leader throughout the tour.
Buffet breakfast daily and 3 dinners as per itinerary.
Local guides for the sightseeing tours of Helsinki and Stockholm.
Thermal Winter clothing during in Rovaniemi (overall, gloves, hats, boots, socks, scarves etc.)
Visit to Santa Claus village
Visit to Husky farm including 1 km husky-sleigh ride.
Visit to reindeer farm including 500 meters reindeer–sleigh ride
Snowmobile safari with ice-fishing (2 persons per snowmobile)
Full day excursión to Ranua Wildlife Park

Optional Services:

Northern Light Safari
Day 5
     December 26 Mon.

  • Northern Light Safari

AURORA SKY DRIVE – To the wilderness by car/coach
The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, are possible to be observed in the Polar zone of the world. The location of Rovaniemi on the Arctic Circle gives us the best possibilities to try and see them. A local guide will drive you out of the city reaching the perfect spots offering us the best open sky vision to enjoy the Lappish picnic, hopefully under the Auroras.
 Everyone will try to fun walk with snow shoes and we will share some nice moment around the fire, with stories about Lapland.
Duration: 3 hours 
Departure: 20:30 
Includes: Winter clothing, car transfers, Lappish picnic, hot drinks, guiding in English. Notice: Reservations subject to weather conditions on the spot.
 

Price per person for Northern Lights Safari: USD 95 per person

Full Day Tallinn Excursion

Day 7     December 28 Wed.

  • Full day Tallinn excursion

09:30  Coach transfer: Hotel → Helsinki Pier
10:30  Ferry crossing: Helsinki → Tallinn
12:30  Local guide for 2 hours Starting at pier and ending in city center

During the tour you will admire the Alexandre Nevski church and Dome Church, and the 13-14 century Danish-German castle, today the seat of the Estonian Parliament. There will be time for photo stops, and to take in the views of the medieval town-wall and tens of towers. Then You walk down to the Lower part of the city. The highlights of this part of the town is the Town Hall Square with the 15th century Town Hall, the 15th century pharmacy, and the buildings of Great Guild and Brotherhood of Blackheads.

12:30  Coach at disposal for 1 hour starting at pier and ending in city center (Please note the transfer back to the ferry is not included and should be made individually.) 

19:30   Ferry Crossing: Tallinn → Helsinki 
21:30   Coach transfer: Helsinki Pier to Hotel
Price per person for Tallinn excursion: USD 110 per person



Please note that Christmas time is the peak season for Rovaniemi and it is advisable to pre-book all the optional tours before starting the tour. Kindly note that we need minimum 10 participants in order to run these optional tours.

Itinerary:

Day 1  : December 22 - HELSINKI

Welcome to our exciting Finland and Laplandia tour. Tonight you will meet your tour escort and fellow travelers in the hotel lobby between 6pm and 8pm. Overnight at Glo Art Hotel in Helsinki.

Day 2  : December 23 – HELSINKI - ROVANIEMI

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning city tour of the Finnish capital with a local guide. Explore the colorful harbor market, the Cathedral, neo-classical Senate square, Sibelius monument, Russian Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral and the famous Temppeliaukio church in the Rock. Free time in the afternoon to shop for Christmas gifts, visit the Christmas market or just enjoy the Christmas spirit and the decorations. Transfer to the train station for the overnight train journey to Rovaniemi in cabins with private facilities. Overnight on the train.

Day 3  : December 24 – ROVANIEMI

Upon arrival in Rovaniemi, transfer to Scandic Hotel for breakfast. We have prepared special thermal outfits to keep you warm and let you enjoy the snowy landscape. You will keep them during all your stay in Rovaniemi. Today we will visit Santa Claus Village located in the Arctic Circle. You will get a chance to meet Santa himself and visit his post office, maybe send some post-cards stamped by hand with special postmark of the Santa Claus Post Office. You will find some unique Finnish handicrafts and top Finnish design products offered in many gift shops in town.

Tonight you will enjoy a traditional Christmas Eve Dinner. Parents with kids can leave their Christmas gifts at the reception where Santa Claus will pick them up and give them to the children when he makes a visit to the hotel this Christmas Eve.  Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.

Day 4  : December 25 - ROVANIEMI

After buffet breakfast at the hotel our morning adventure is a snowmobile safari with ice-fishing.  There will be 2 persons per snowmobile and stops will be made during the tour to switch drivers. We will ride on the frozen river and the guide will choose a nice spot for fishing. After drilling a hole in the ice we try our luck with ice fishing! Hot drinks and biscuits will be served to keep ourselves warm! Time to enjoy the silence of the nature and breathe the fresh Lapland air. After this nice experience we will return to the city by snowmobile. Tonight enjoy a traditional Finnish Christmas dinner. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi Hotel.

Day 5  : December 26 - ROVANIEMI

After breakfast at the hotel a new adventure with huskies and reindeer awaits for you. We will explore the husky farm where the breeders will tell us about the life of huskies, their breeding, feeding and training, while you enjoy a hot drink. We will also enjoy a sleigh–ride pulled by a husky team. We continue to the nearby Reindeer farm to learn more about the life of reindeers and their herders. You will also enjoy a ride in a sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Possibility to join an optional Northern Lights Chase safari this evening. Overnight at Scandic Rovaniemi hotel.

Day 6  : December 27 – ROVANIEMI

Breakfast buffet at the hotel. Today we travel by coach to Ranua Wildlife Park where you will see Arctic animals in their authentic environment. There are around 50 different species represented in the park. During your walk in the park, you might see polar bears, lynxes and moose. Upon the return to Rovaniemi we board the overnight train which will take us back to Helsinki. Dinner onboard and overnight in cabins with private facilities.

Day 7  : December 28 – HELSINKI

Morning arrival in Helsinki and transfer to your hotel for breakfast. Free day in Helsinki or join an optional day excursion to Tallinn. Overnight at GLO Art Hotel.

Day 8  : December 29 – HELSINKI

Breakfast at the hotel. End of services.

Notes:

Supplement for 1 person per snowmobile is $65
Due to the high demand for Christmas in Rovaniemi, a deposit of 50% of the full amount of the tour is required in order to make the reservation. Balance payment of the tour to be paid at the latest by October 20, 2016
For security reasons, children under 4 years or shorter than 1,40m are not allowed to ride the snowmobiles, but can be seated in a sleigh behind the snowmobile.
Maximum 1 child  sharing the room with the parents.