Scandinavian & Russian Treasures

Scandinavia + St Petersburg & Moscow
19 days
May - Sep
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A comprehensive escorted tour of Scandinavia and Russia. Travel from Copenhagen, Denmark's wonderful capital, to the fjords of Norway, then to the fascinating, historic cities of Stockholm and Helsinki, and to the fascinating cities of St Petersburg and Moscow. 

Day 1 Copenhagen Arrival
Make your own way to your hotel or there is an optional private transfer from the airport. Accommodation at Hotel Tivoli or similar.

Day 2 Copenhagen - Oslo: City sightseeing and Overnight Ferry to 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.  Afternoon departure for embarkation on the overnight ferry bound for Oslo. Buffet dinner onboard, in outside cabin with private facilities. The ferry also has bars and shops to enjoy.

Day 3 Oslo - Eidfjord:  Landscapes and Mountain Resorts 
Upon arrival in Oslo in the morning, we head directly to Hoenefoss and Nesbyen, an area of beautiful landscapes, which alternate between forests of pines and lakes, to arrive in the lovely Hallingdal Valley. We visit the village of Gol, then continue on to Geilo, a small resort town surrounded by mountains. From here, we go on to Hardangervidda where we visit Voringfossen Waterfall, before our arrival in Eidfjord, where we stay the night. Accommodation at Hotel Quality Voringfoss or similar and dinner at the hotel.

 Day 4 Eidfjord - Bergen
This morning takes us further into the breath-taking Norwegian countryside. We cross the splendid Hardanger fjord across the Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. On the other side of the bridge we pass Nordheimsund, then travel through birch forests to reach Bergen, known as the capital of the fjords. Situated on a peninsula surrounded by 7 mountains, the history of Bergen is closely connected with the sea and trade, and the city's picturesque and historic waterfront is a delight. 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 the highlights. Accommodation at Hotel Scandic Oernen or similar.

Day 5 Bergen - Stalheim
The morning is at leisure so you may explore more of the stunning Norwegian fjord capital  in your own time. In the afternoon, we travel to historic Voss, which has a scenic background of snow clad mountains.  After a break here, we continue towards the Naeroy Valley and Stalheim, with it's fantastic views down the Stalheim Gorge. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Stalheim or similar. 

Day 6 Stalheim - Fagernes
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by almost impossibly rugged terrain, to Gudvangen, where we cross the Naeroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. Here you can take an optional trip on the magnificent Flam Railway, which is not only one of the world's most breathtaking rail journeys, but also a masterpiece of engineering. In the afternoon, we continue along the Aurlandfjord. We have a photo stop at the famous Borgund Stave Church before travelling on to Fagernes. Accommodation and dinner at Hotel Scandic Valdres or similar. 

Day 7 Fagernes - Oslo: Viking Capital
After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind us and return to Oslo, for an early afternoon arrival. Founded in 1048, Oslo is Scandinavia’s oldest capital and today it is also a very pleasant and easy city with an interesting jumble of historical and modern architecture. Our city sightseeing tour starts with a walk around Frogner Park, decorated with the unique sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. We then pass by City Hall and the main street, Karl Johan, which leads to the Royal Palace. Accommodation at Hotel Thon Opera or similar.

Day 8 Oslo - Stockholm: Forests, Lakes and Vistas
Today we head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests and across the border, to the Swedish farm county of Varmland. Throughout the day we drive through typical, local landscapes with fertile farmland, blue lakes and thick forests, which evoke an atmosphere of intriguing fairytales. Afternoon arrival in Stockholm; accommodation at Hotel Scandic Grand Central or similar.

Day 9 Stockholm Sightseeing 
Stockholm – the beauty on the water – is undoubtedly one of the loveliest capitals in the world. Built on 14 islands, it is protected from the sea by the Skargarden archipelago. Morning sightseeing takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace and Stockholm Cathedral, then to the city centre with its famous City Hall.  The afternoon is yours to spend as you wish.

Day 10 Stockholm - Helsinki
The morning is also free for you to explore more of Stockholm on your own. Mid-afternoon, depart for embarkation on your overnight ferry to Helsinki. Cruise slowly through the archipelago, passing numerous islands and islets. Dinner will be enjoyed onboard the vessel as you watch the world drift by.  

Day 11 Helsinki: City Sightseeing
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital. The sightseeing tour takes us around the harbours, Senate Square, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building, the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and for a visit at the famous Church-in the-Rock.

Day 12: Helsinki & Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Morning at leisure. The afternoon offfers 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 Helsinki - St Petersburg via Vyborg Castle
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.
Accommodation at Hotel Sokos Vasilievsky or similar.

Day 14 St Petersburg: Imperial City Tour & Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room 
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 your morning sightseeing tour, become acquainted with all the splendours of the city: the Peter-Paul Fortress, Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and more. In the afternoon,  there is an optional visit 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 you can enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace to seen an exciting traditional Russian folklore show, including some Russian drinks and snacks.

Day 15 St Petersburg:  Peterhof Palace & Hermitage Art Museum
This morning offers an optional excursion to Peterhof Palace - an uncontested masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand Palace, Grand Cascade, Water Avenue and its wonderful parks (please note the fountains at Peterhof only operate from May to the end of August). In the afternoon, you can enjoy an optional visit to the world-famous, treasure filled Hermitage Art Museum - a truly wonderful way to end your exploration of this magnificent city.  Tonight, you might like to join the optional Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti.

Day 16 St Petersburg - Moscow: Canal Cruise and Fast train to Moscow
In the early morning, you can take an optional guided canal cruise along the meandering waterways of St Petersburg.
Around noon, we transfer to the 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 in Moscow; accommodation at Hotel Park Inn Sadu or similar.

Day 17  Moscow: Kremlin, Cathedrals, Metro & River Cruise
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 one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world. Morning sightseeing includes all the highlights of this vast city - Red Square with the Kremlin, Theatre Square with the Bolshoi Theatre, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and the Kremlin grounds including one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon, an optional visit to the famous Moscow Metro including the stations along the Ring Line, followed by a guided stroll along famous Arbat Street, is offered.  This evening's optional tour is 'Moscow by Night' tour which and includes an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

Day 18  Moscow: Sergiev Posad & Russian Circus
Today is available 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 country.This year the monastery celebrates the 700th anniverary of St Sergius.  The evening offers an optional final excursion, being a fun visit to the Old Russian Circus.

Day 19: Depart Moscow
Optional private transfer from hotel to the airport and end of arrangements.

Departures 2018: May 17 and 24; July 05, 12, 19 and 26; August 02, 09, 16, 23 and 30; September 06

Includes: 18 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfasts; dinners at the hotel Days 3, 5 and 6; personalised welcome package; entrances to Church-in-the Rock Helsinki, Peter-and-Paul Fortress St. Petersburg, Kremlin Moscow; services of English speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; overnight ferry ticket Copenhagen - Oslo one way 2nd class outside cabin with private facilities inc buffet dinner and breakfast; overnight ferry ticket Stockholm -Helsinki one way 2nd class outside cabin with private facilities inc buffet dinner and breakfast; train ticket St Petersburg - Moscow one way 2nd class; portage at hotels.

Excludes: Russian Visa; optional private arrival and departure transfers; optional excursions being 3 hour excursion to Seurasaari Open Air Museum; 4 hour excursion to Zarskoye Selo & Catherine's Palace including the Amber Room; folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace; 4 hour excursion to Peterhof Palace including the Grand Palace;  3 hour visit to the Hermitage Art Museum; 3 hour St Petersburg canal cruise, 3 hour Moscow Metro and Arbat Street tour, 3 hour Moscow by Night tour, 8 hour Sergiev Posad tour, visit to Russian Circus. Optional special dinners being Folklore dinner at Restaurant Belmontas; Latvian dinner at Restaurant Forest; Medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack; Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Pryanosti & Radosti; half board at hotels (18 x 3 course dinners with coffee/tea).

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5434.00
Single AUD$ 7666.00

Includes: 18 overnights at centrally located 4 star hotels including daily buffet breakfasts; dinners at the hotlel Days 3, 5 and 6; personalised welcome package; entrances to Church-in-the Rock Helsinki, Peter-and-Paul Fortress St. Petersburg, Kremlin Moscow; services of English speaking tour escort; transport in 1st class motor coaches or minivans throughout the itinerary; overnight ferry ticket Copenhagen-Oslo one way 2nd class outside cabin with private facilities inc buffet dinner and breakfast; overnight ferry ticket Stockholm -Helsinki one way 2nd class outside cabin with private facilities inc buffet dinner and breakfast; train ticket St Petersburg-Moscow one way 2nd class; portage at hotels.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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