Northern Highlights plus St Petersburg option

Norway - Stockholm, Helsinki plus St Petersburg option
12 or 15 days
Jun - Aug
Itinerary
Prices

Experience the beauty of Norway then travel to Stockholm and Helsinki on this wonderful tour. You can also extend this tour with 3 nights in imperial St Petersburg.

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Day 1:  ARRIVE OSLO
Arrival Oslo Gardermoen Airport and transfer to your hotel. 

Dinner and accommodation at Radisson BLU Plaza Hotel Oslo, ideally situated close to the Karl Johans Gate.

Day 2:  OSLO -  ULVIK  FJORD MOUNTAINS & FJORDS
After breakfast visit the world famous Viking Ship Museum, where the remains and reconstructions of historic Viking ships are displayed in a gracious and soaring gallery. Then depart 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, we cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m, the highest in Norway.

Dinner and Accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, ideally located on the banks of the fjord.

Day 3:  ULVIK - BERGEN: HANSEATIC CITY
After breakfast descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Drive across the Hardanger Bridge then around the Hardanger Fjord, a branch of the Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund,  arriving in the old Hanseatic trading town of Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a 2 hour 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, centrally located next to the Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets. 

Day 4:  BERGEN - FLÅM - BALESTRAND: JOURNEY ON THE FAMOUS FLAM RAILWAY
After breakfast, depart from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Descend the Nærøy Valley, passing the Stalheim Canyon, to the fjordside village of Flåm.  Board your train for an exhilarating ride on the amazing Flåm Railway to Myrdal, a masterpiece of engineering ascending 2,838 feet in less than one hour. The descent from Myrdal to Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of some exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After short rest in Flåm, board a ferry for start of approx. 2 hour cruise 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 across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand.

Dinner and accommodation at  Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day 5:  BALESTRAND – A DAY IN THE FJORDS
The day free in Balestrand gives you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and 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 interesting sites can also be arranged.

Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

Day 6:  BALESTRAND - GEIRANGER: SOGN FJORD, JOSTEDAL GLACIER & GEIRANGER FJORD
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. Then continue by road, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei. Descend to the beautiful 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 of views. Afterwards, a typical Norwegian lunch will be served in sight of the glacier. During the afternoon, the tour continues 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 Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.

Day 7:  GEIRANGER - OSLO: SERPENTINE ROAD & GUDBRANDS VALLEY
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, ideally situated close to the Karl Johan's Gate. 

Day 8:  OSLO - STOCKHOLM: 
After breakfast, depart from Oslo, continue by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Värmland to arrive in the city of Karlstad 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 Clarion Hotel Sign, a centrally located first class hotel.

Day 9:  STOCKHOLM: CITY SIGHTSEEING & AFTERNOON FREE
4 hour 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 impressive 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. 

Dinner and accommodation at Clarion Hotel Sign.

Day 10:  STOCKHOLM - HELSINKI: CRUISE THE ARCHIPELAGO
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 of cruise from Stockholm, sailing slowly down the picturesque archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. ccommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend you bring an overnight bag for this cruise, to avoid having to bring suitcases to and from your cabin.

Day 11:  HELSINKI: CITY SIGHTSEEING & AFTERNOON FREE
Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki harbour. After disembarkation, there is a 3 hour guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more.  During the afternoon, you can explore the busy market place or the many souvenir shops close to the harbour. Finnish crystal and leather goods are an excellent buy.

Dinner and accommodation at Haven Hotel, a first class hotel conveniently located in the centre of Helsinki.

Day 12: HELSINKI - ST PETERSBURG: RIVER CRUISE & ST ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL
The 12 day tour Oslo-Helsinki ends after breakfast, with transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport.
Guests continuing to St Petersburg,  coach transfer to railway station. Departure from Helsinki on Finnish train ’Allegro’ for St. Petersburg. Lunch box on train. Arrival in St. Petersburg and coach transfer from railway station to hotel combined with 1 hours guided boat cruise along Neva river and visit St Isaac's Cathedral. Welcome dinner includes a shot of vodka and 1 glass of wine, and overnight in St Petersburg.

Accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city centre, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Day 13:  ST. PETERSBURG: PETERHOF PALACE & HERMITAGE ART MUSEUM (WINTER PALACE)
Buffet breakfast at hotel. Departure by hydrofoil for Peterhof including the Grand Palace and lower parks with fountains. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch,  tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. 

Dinner and accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel.

Day 14: ST PETERSBURG : CATHERINE'S PALACE, AMBER ROOM & RUSSIAN FOLKLORE SHOW
Buffet breakfast.  Morning journey to
Pushkin to visit Catherine's palace including the famous Amber Room. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon 3 hour panoramic tour of the city by coach with local English-speaking guide. Including magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges such as the Russian Museum, Cathedral of Our Saviour of the Spilt Blood, Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square with the Winter Palace and the Bronzed 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 the Ambassador Hotel.

Day 15:  DEPARTURE
Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to St Petersburg Airport for your flight home. 

Departures: 

12 Days /11 Nights - Oslo to Helsinki
20, 27 June; 04, 11, 18, 25 July; 01 August 2017

15 Days / 14 Nights - Oslo to St Petersburg
18 July 2017

Includes: 

12 Days / 11 Nights - Oslo to Helsinki
10 nights accommodation in standard rooms including breakfast daily, 5 lunches (Days 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8), including 3-course or buffet dinner daily (except in Bergen & on second night in Stockholm), 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki, and 4 hours Stockholm.  Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo and Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm. Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløien.  Ride on the Bergen and Flåm Railways, Voss- Flåm-Myrdal  Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sogn and Nærøy Fjords, and 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.  Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier.  All visits as mentioned in itinerary. All ferry crossings,  Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board. 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. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement. 

15 Days /14 Nights - Oslo to St Petersburg
All above mentioned services plus train Helsinki-St Petersburg including coach transfers between hotels and railway stations; 3 nights accommodation in standard rooms including breakfast daily,  2 Lunches (Days 13, 14 plus packed lunch on train Day 12), 3 x 3-course or buffet dinner (Days 12, 13, 14). Complete programme in St Petersburg including 3 hour city tour, visit to Peter & Paul's Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Pushkin, 1hr guided canal tour plus folklore show. Hydrofoil from St Petersburg to Peterhof including entry to lower parks and Grand Palace.

Excludes:  Russian Visa

PRICES SHOWN ARE FOR THE 12 DAY / 11 NIGHT TOUR - FOR OTHER PRICES PLEASE ENQUIRE.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4324.00
Single AUD$ 5477.00

The price shown is for the standard 12 Days / 11 Night tour from Oslo to Helsinki and includes:
10 nights accommodation in standard rooms including breakfast daily, 5 lunches (Days 2, 3, 6, 7, & 8), including 3-course or buffet dinner daily (except in Bergen & on second night in Stockholm), 3 hours guided tour of Helsinki, and 4 hours Stockholm.  Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo and Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm. Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt. Fløien.  Ride on the Bergen and Flåm Railways, Voss- Flåm-Myrdal  Approx. 2 hours cruise on the Sogn and Nærøy Fjords, and 1 hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.  Excursion in open car to the Briksdal Glacier.  All visits as mentioned in itinerary. All ferry crossings,  Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board. 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. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour programme may incur a supplement. 

Please enquire for the price of the tour with the St Petersburg extension.

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