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Tour of Scandinavia and Russia - Colors of the Baltic Sea

12 days
11 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:
$ 4,040.00 (double/twin occupancy )
$ 5,805.00 (single occupancy )
$ 3,715.00 (3rd person in extra bed sharing a double/twin room)
$ 3,435.00 ( Child under12 sharing room with parents)

Dates:

Jun 05, 2018 - Jun 16, 2018 call us
Jul 10, 2018 - Jul 21, 2018 
Jul 17, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 
Jul 31, 2018 - Aug 11, 2018 
Aug 07, 2018 - Aug 18, 2018 
Aug 14, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 
Aug 21, 2018 - Sep 01, 2018 
Aug 28, 2018 - Sep 08, 2018 
Sep 04, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018 
Sep 11, 2018 - Sep 22, 2018 

Hotels:

  • Stockholm - Hotel At Six 5*
  • Tallin - Radisson Blu Sky 5*
  • Helsinki - Hotel Kämp 5*
  • St. Petersburg - Hotel Angleterre 5*
  • Moscow - Intercontinental Moscow Tverskaya 5*

Included:

  • 10 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Deluxe Cabin);
  • 11 Breakfasts–Buffet style
  • 1 dinner and 2 lunches (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program;
  • Guided tours in the cities of Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki, St. Petersburg (and Moscow). For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide;
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Stockholm Airport, ARN*
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Pulkovo Airport, LED*(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 at hotels, cruise & rail stations in Helsinki, St. Petersburg & Moscow (excluding 1st and last day of the tour)

Itinerary:

SCANDINAVIA, BALTICS AND RUSSIA TOUR - THE VERY BEST VALUE FOR YOUR VACATION!

Starting in Stockholm, this tour explores the capital of Sweden, Estonia, and Finland and continues to Russian capitals of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Explore a multi-colored blend of Scandinavian, Baltic and Russian cultures while enjoying 5* hotels and travel with an international group and an English-Spanish speaking guide. Local sightseeing is conducted in small groups with English speaking local guides.

Day 1  : Arrival in Stockholm

Your tour of Scandinavia, Baltics and Russia starts today. Shared transfer from the airport to your hotel. Overnight in Stockholm.

 

Day 2  : Stockholm

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  an  inside  visit  to  the  City  Hall,  where  the  Nobel  festivities  take place,  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  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. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Stockhom.

Day 3  : Stockholm – Tallinn

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier to board  the  comfortable  overnight  ferry  of  Tallink  Silja  Line,  to  Tallinn.  Dinner  will  be served on board. Overnight onboard (B, D)

Day 4  : Tallin

Breakfast  on  board  before  arrival  to  Tallinn.  Panoramic  city  sightseeing  of Tallinn,  starting  with  a  short  tour  by  coach  through  the  city  centre  and around  the  ancient  city  walls,  ending  up  at  Toompea  Hill  for  the  start of  a walking tour of the Old Town. The walking tour of Old Town includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle,  Alexander  Nevsky Cathedral  and  the  Dome  Church. We  will  make  a stop  at  the  Viewer  Square  (panorama  platform),  and  continue  onwards towards  the  Lower  Town  and  the  Old  Town  Hall  Square.  We  continue  our walk along Pühavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Then it’s a short walk back to the hotel where the tour ends. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure.  Overnight in Tallinn (B).

Day 5  : Tallinn - Helsinki

Breakfast buffet at the hotel.  The morning is at leisure until our transfer from  the  hotel  to  the  Tallinn  Ferry  terminal.  Travel  across  the  Baltic  Sea and  enjoy  the  scenery  on  the  fast  ferry  ride  from  Tallinn  to  Helsinki.  On arrival  in  Helsinki,  meet  &  greet  by  your  local  guide  for  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  colorful  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). The tour ends at the hotel for check-in. Overnight in Helsinki (B)

Day 6  : Helsinki - St Petersburg by train

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure. After noon, 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   "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 in St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 7  : St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we will be met by a local guid e 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’s Fortress, the 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. We end the city tour at the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this magnificent city and its treasures. Your tour escort wil l provide you with suggestions for tours. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 8  : St. Petersburg

Breakfast at the hotel. We meet our local guide for a full day excursion, which includes Peterhof, 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 go ds and heroes, remarkable collections of sculptures, paintings and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world and often called "Capital of Fountains. After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into an 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 in the northern Russian capital, for numerous Russian and foreign visitors. At noon we will have lunch at a local restaurant after which we return to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil before we 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, 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 collection 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 at leisure. Overnight in St. Petersburg (B)

Day 9  : St. Petersburg – Moscow

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 Intercontinental Tverskaya  Hotel, located  on  the  main  avenue  of  the  city,  Tverskaya.  The evening at leisure.  Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 10  : Moscow

MOSCOW EXTENSION

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 the 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,  we  continue  with  a  cruise  on  the  Moscow  River  (including  lunch  on board)  starting in the City Centre including panoramic views of Kremlin, Novodevichy convent, Sparrow Hills, Cathedral  of  the  Saviour  Christ,  the  White  House  of  the  Russian  Federation  and  much  more.  The  rest  of  the afternoon and evening are at leisure. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 11  : Moscow

MOSCOW EXTENSION

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. We end the tour at the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Moscow (B)

Day 12  : Moscow-Departure

MOSCOW EXTENSION

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer Service to Moscow Airport

Notes:

Please note! Regular Arrival Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfers from the Airport in Stockholm & to the Airport in St.Petersburg/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.
This tour canbe joined in Tallinn or Helsinki and Ended in St. Petersburg