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Fabulous Scandinavia and Imperial Russia Tour

18 days
17 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 4,755.00 (double/twin occupancy )
$ 6,855.00 (single occupancy )
$ 4,375.00 (triple occupancy )
$ 4,045.00 (Child (7 – 12 years) sharing room with parents)

Dates:

May 16, 2019 - Jun 02, 2019 
Jun 06, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 
Jun 13, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 
Jun 27, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019 
Jul 11, 2019 - Jul 28, 2019 
Jul 25, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019 
Aug 08, 2019 - Aug 25, 2019 
Aug 22, 2019 - Sep 08, 2019 
Sep 19, 2019 - Oct 06, 2019 
-  Sep 19 departure is escorted in two languages on transfers and in the fjord area, all city tours are monolingual

Hotels:

Copenhagen: Tivoli Hotel 4*
Eidfjord: Quality Voringfoss 4*
Bergen: Scandic Ornen Hotel 4*
Stalheim: Stalheim Hotel 4*
Fagernes: Scandic Valdres 4*
Oslo: Thon Opera 4*
Stockholm: Scandic Grand Central Hotel 4*
Helsinki : Scandic Simonkenttä 4*
St. Petersburg: Corinthia Hotel St. Petersburg 5*
Moscow - Intercontinental Tverskaya 5*

Included:

  • 15 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 1 night on board DFDS Seaways Ferry (Exterior Cabin)
  • 1 night on board Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Exterior Cabin)
  • 17 Breakfasts - buffet style, 4 dinners (as per program)
  • English speaking tour escort from Day 1 to Day 18
  • In Russia arrival & departure transfers shared with 2nd language
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki – St. Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg- Moscow, Train Sapsan
  • All touring by private coach, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • Long distance coach from day 3 - 8 offers WIFI
  • Guided tours in Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg & Moscow as per program
  • Regular arrival and departure transfers
  • Porter Service at DFDS Seaways, Tallink Silja Ferry, and all hotels and railway stations during the program (Excl. Day 1 & Day 18).  Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase & 1 piece of hand luggage per person

Optional Services:

VIEW BERGEN FROM THE PEAK OF MOUNT FLOYEN - 15.00 EUR/PERSON

The Fløibanen funicular in Bergen in the heart of Bergen is one of Norway’s best-known attractions. The journey up to the peak of Mount Fløyen (320 m above sea level) takes 5–8 minutes. The journey is an experience in itself, cutting through the steep mountain side and forests revealing more of the city below. At the top you can enjoy fantastic views over Bergen and Norwegian coast line.

FLAMSBANA IN BERGEN - 70 EUR/PERSON

Flamsbana is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. Flamsbana is one of the steepest train lines in the world on normal tracks, where almost 80% of the journey has an uphill gradient of 5.5%. The 2 hour train journey runs through fantastic nature, past the Rallar road, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls, 20 tunnels and offers so many viewpoints that many feel like travelling multiple times between the mountain and the fjord. In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 863 meters over the ocean.

VASA MUSEUM - 45 EUR/PERSON(Min: 2 persons)

Scandinavia’s top museum built around the only intact 17th century warship Following the city tour visit the Swedish warship, Vasa, 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 Vasa represents an authentic piece of living history. Tour duration is 2 hours, includes entrance to Vasa museum with guided tour.

PETERHOFF PALACE AND PARK WITH FOUNTAINS - 65 EUR/PERSON(Min 10 persons)

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. Duration - 4 hours

Itinerary:

EXPERIENCE THE VERY BEST OF SCANDINAVIA INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN CAPITALS, THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS AND RUSSIA. BE TREATED TO THE RICH CULTURAL AND HISTORIC HERITAGE OF THESE CAPITALS AND THE WILD NATURE OF THE FJORDS. ENJOY THIS FABULOUS PART OF THE WORLD AND APPRECIATE A FANTASTIC BLEND OF HISTORY, CULTURE AND NATURAL SCENERY.  

Day 1  : Copenhagen

Arrival to Copenhagen Airport, meet & greet by our English-speaking representative, for Regular Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel for check-in. Please consult our 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 in the evening, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Copenhagen.

Day 2  : Copenhagen - Oslo (overnight ferry)

Outside cabin on DFDS Seaways ferry

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning we depart by private coach with your guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We begin with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroeget" begins. Passing by Tivoli Gardens and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next, it 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 boats. We continue on to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace from the outside, as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends at the hotel. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30, departure to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board. (B, D)

NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry.  Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

Day 3  : Oslo - Eidfjord

Breakfast on board. Arrival to Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking we will board our private coach. We drive across Hoenefoss, Nesbyen surrounded by a landscape, which alternates between forests of pines and lakes to arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Proceed through Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains. We continue to Hardangervidda and visit the Voringfossen waterfall, and continue to Eidfjord, where our hotel is located. Check-in and dinner at the hotel is included. Overnight in Eidfjord (B, D)

Day 4  : Eidfjord - Bergen

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning you will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across Hardanger Bridge. This Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, we will continue along the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests until we arrive in Bergen – known as the capital of the fjords. In the afternoon, a panoramic sightseeing tour is included during which we will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon’s Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area (No entrances included). The evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Bergen (B)

Options: We recommend a journey up on the Floibanen (not included), a funicular railway journey that will take you up the mountainside in order to enjoy the most amazing views of Bergen.
Day 5  : Bergen - Stalheim

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure to further explore the stunning fjord capital of Bergen. Early afternoon departure from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. After a short break, the journey continues towards Naeroy valley where our hotel is situated. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the stunning views down the Stalheim Gorge. Dinner is included at the hotel. Overnight in Stalheim (B, D)

Day 6  : Stalheim - Flaam – Fagernes

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, the coach continues down the Naeroy valley to Gudvangen where we embark on a ferry along the Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest and most popular fjord journeys in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flaam where we will have some free timeif you do not choose to join the optional tour with the famous panoramic train ride Flaamsbana.  
In the afternoon, the coach journey continues along the Aurlandfjord, via Aurland and Laerdal. A photo stop is made at the popular Borgund Stave church (entrance not included) before continuing on the last part of the journey to Fagernes. Check-in and later, dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Fagernes (B, D)

Options: Take the opportunity to try the Flaam Railway one of the most famous and breathtaking railway journeys in the world. (Not included)
Day 7  : Oslo – Stockholm

After breakfast, we travel towards Oslo, leaving the fjords behind us. Early afternoon arrival in Oslo and check-in to the hotel. Experience a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. We will enjoy the view from the Opera house, Vigeland ’s Park, the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends at your hotel from where you will have the evening to further explore the Viking capital at your own pace. Overnight in Oslo (B)
The departures of May 16th & June 6th will not be accommodated at Hotel Opera in Oslo. The hotel will be confirmed latest 4 weeks prior to departure and it will be a 4 * centrally located hotel. 

Day 8  : Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Oslo and travel (by private coach or by train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests and the region of Varmland, home of many Nordic legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, capital of Sweden, for check-in to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Stockholm (B)

Day 9  : Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your guide and depart by private coach for a 3 - hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. The city, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called Beauty on Water. The sightseeing tour includes a walk through the Old Town, and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festi
vities take place, making for a memorable morning tour. Feel the medieval atmosphere
of the Old Town "Gamla Stan", with its Cathedral and Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. The tour also includes a drive to Fjallgatan where you will enjoy picturesque views of Stockholm. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Stockholm (B)

Options: Directly after the tour take a visit to the famous Vasa Museum
Day 10  : Stockholm – Helsinki (overnight ferry)

Exterior Cabin on board Tallink Silja Line ferry

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the
pier by private coach to board one of the comfortable overnight ferries of the Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki. Overnight onboard Tallink Silja ferry in exterior cabin (B)

Day 11  : Helsinki

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour. Your local guide will take you on 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 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 – also 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 ).

Day 12  : Helsinki - St. Petersburg

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. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 13  : St. Petersburg

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. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 14  : St. Petersburg

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 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. The evening is at leisure. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 15  : St. Petersburg - Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer with local guide from your hotel to the Railway station, where we will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow. This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River. Afternoon arrival in Moscow and transfer to your hotel Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. The evening is at leisure. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 16  : Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. This morning starts with a full day privately guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow. We will see many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 15th century, many of them having been restored or even built again; beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games. Moscow, with its some 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic. We will visit the historic centre of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls.  We will also see the modern part of the city which includes the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills) – the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city and Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War Two. During this visit we will also experience a tour of one of Moscow’s beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself and a must do when visiting Moscow.After the Metro visit, free time for lunch before we continue our visit of the city. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 17  : Moscow

Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide for a half day excursion, which includes a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour we will walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones. The word Kremlin (Kreml) means a fortress or walled town; Moscow’s is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defences after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored. End of the tour at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 18  : Moscow - Departure

Breakfast at the hotel. Our English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Moscow Airport*

(Please see notes below for this service).

Notes:

Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Copenhagen & to the Airport in Moscow and only on the published official date of beginning & end of the tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative 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.

Monoligual English speaking tour escort and local city guide.

Max. group size - 38 people with an expected average of 32 – 35 pax

English speaking guide

NOTE: Maximum 2 children per room, sharing with parents. Due to the nature of the tour and the destination, we are unfortunately not able to accept children younger than 7 years old on these tours.