Scandinavia & Russia Discovery Tour

Vyborg, Stalheim

Itinerary: Copenhagen, Oslo, Geilo, Bergen, Stalhem, Fagernes, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Moscow

Period: June-September 2017

Length: 19 days / 18 nights

Tour languages:  English  Spanish

 

The most scenic, comprehensive and complete tour of Scandinavia, Finland and Russia on the market

 

DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Arrival in Copenhagen, transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Hotel Tivoli**** or similar, check-in.

DAY 2 (FRIDAY): COPENHAGEN-OSLO
Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest and most lively city and one of Europe’s most romantic capitals with its old castles and churches and charming squares and harbours. The morning sightseeing tour will acquaint us with all the city’s 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 we embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry bound for Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops and much more. Dinner on-board.

DAY 3 (SATURDAY): OSLO-GEILO
Founded in 1048 Oslo is Scandinavia’s oldest capital and today it is a very pleasant and casual city with an interesting jumble of historical and modern architecture. Upon arrival in Oslo we start the morning sightseeing tour. We enjoy a walk around the Frogner Park decorated with the unique sculptures of Gustav 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 small town surrounded by mountains. Check-in at Hotel Dr. Holms**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 4 (SUNDAY): GEILO-BERGEN
Today we enter the breathtaking Norwegian nature. We continue through the Hallingdal Valley, known for its folkloric traditions. We cross the Hardanger mountain plateau and on the descent towards the fjord we pass the famous Voringsfossen Waterfall. We cross the Hardanger Fjord by ferry and continue along its shores to Bergen. Situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 mountains the history of Bergen is closely connected with the sea and this is very noticeable in the city, especially at the city’s picturesque waterfront. The afternoon sightseeing tour introduces us to this remarkable Hanseatic city with the Bryggen area of old wooden houses, the traditional Fish Market and the city centre with the St. Mary’s Church and Haakon’s Hall. We check-in at Hotel Scandic Oernen**** or similar.

DAY 5 (MONDAY): BERGEN-STALHEIM
The morning is at leisure to explore more of the stunning Norwegian fjord capital. 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 Hotel Stalheim**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 6 (TUESDAY): STALHEIM-FAGERNES
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by impossible rugged terrain to Gudvangen where we cross the Naroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. Here is offered an optional tour – Flam Railway: one of the most famous and most breath-taking railway journeys in the world. In the afternoon the journey continues along the Aurlandfjord. We do a photo stop at the famous Borgund Stave Church before we continue to Fagernes. Check-in at Hotel Quality Fagernes**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 7 (WEDNESDAY): FAGERNES-OSLO
After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind us and travel back towards Oslo, which we reach early in the afternoon. Check-in at the hotel Thon Opera**** or similar. The balance of the day is spent for exploring more of the Viking capital.

DAY 8 (THURSDAY): OSLO-STOCKHOLM
Today we head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests. We cross the border and enter the county of Varmland in Sweden. Throughout the balance of the day we drive through typical Swedish landscapes with fertile farmland, blue lakes and thick forests, which evoke an atmosphere of intriguing fairy tales. In the afternoon we arrive at Stockholm. Check-in at Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar.

DAY 9 (FRIDAY): 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. The morning sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the city centre with its famous City Hall. The afternoon is free for individual visits.

DAY 10 (SATURDAY): STOCKHOLM-HELSINKI
The 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 bound for Helsinki. While we travel slowly down the archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board the ship. And afterwards there is a wide choice of entertainment with bars, shops, casino and much more.

DAY 11 (SUNDAY): 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. Directly after disembarkation we start a sightseeing tour, which takes us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, 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 we check-in at hotel Glo Art**** or similar.

DAY 12 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
The morning is reserved for exploring more of the Finish capital individually. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages, farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

DAY 13 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky**** or similar.

DAY 14 (WEDNESDAY): 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 the morning sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.

DAY 15 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the world famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.

DAY 16 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOW
The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at the hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar.

DAY 17 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. The morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast city: the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi Theatre, and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and Kremlin grounds with a visit to one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on the Ring- Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

DAY 18 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW
The day offers a full day optional excursion to Sergiev Posad where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian Orthodox Church. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

DAY 19 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.

 

 

VISA FOR RUSSIA: This tour requires a tourist visa for Russia for most passport holders. We DO NOT provide Visa services but we’ll issue invitation letters. Our issued visa invitation letters are not visas itself and valid visa must be obtained before travelling to Russia. The invitation letters we supply should be included with all the required documentation for the Visa application. Please note that the grant or refusal of the Russia Visa is at the sole discretion of the Russian authorities and we are neither involved in the process nor are liable or responsible in any manner whatsoever for any delay in processing or grant or rejection of the visa application of any applicant and the cancellation conditions specified below will apply also in these cases.

 

EUR 3,295.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 1,195.00 (single supplement)

Supplement for GSR04, GSR09 and GSR10
EUR 75.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 75.00 (single supplement)

Supplement for GSR06, GSR07 and GSR08
EUR 150.00 (double occupancy)
EUR 150.00 (single supplement)

Payment conditions:

20% upon reservation
80% 40 days before departure

Cancellation conditions:

40-21 days 50% refund
20-15 days 20% refund
less than 15 days no refund

  • 16 x overnight at centrally located 4 star hotels
  • 1 x overnight in the ferry Copenhagen-Oslo OW, outside- cabins
  • 1 x overnight in ferry Stockholm-Helsinki OW, outside-cabins
  • 18 x buffet breakfast
  • 5 x dinner (3 x 3-courses hotel dinner and 2 x buffet dinner on board the ferry)
  • Welcome letter
  • Entrances to Church-in-the-Rock in Helsinki,Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg and Moscow Kremlin
  • Service of English speaking tour escorts on all tours
  • Service of Spanish speaking tour escorts on all tours
  • Service of 1st class motor coaches and 1st class minivans throughout the itinerary
  • Sapsan high-speed train St. Petersburg-Moscow OW (2nd class)
  • Porterage at hotels, ferry terminals and railway stations
  • Arrival transfer in Copenhagen (shared transfer with English speaking assistant)
  • The tour leader will be offering various optional excursions during the tour
  • Transfer from the hotel Park Inn Sadu to the airport: EUR 80.00 for private car (1-3 persons), EUR 100.00 for private minivan (4-7 persons)
  • GSR04: 18.05–05.06.2017
  • GSR06: 01.06–19.06.2017
  • GSR08: 15.06–03.07.2017
  • GSR09: 22.06–10.07.2017
  • GSR10: 29.06–17.07.2017
  • GSR11: 06.07–24.07.2017
  • GSR12: 13.07–31.07.2017
  • GSR13: 20.07–07.08.2017
  • GSR14: 27.07–14.08.2017
  • GSR16: 10.08–28.08.2017
  • GSR17: 17.08–04.09.2017
  • GSR18: 24.08–11.09.2017
  • GSR19: 31.08–18.09.2017
  • GSR20: 07.09–25.09.2017