An unforgettable journey through Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltics. This combination program offers you a unique opportunity to visit the best of this region, with comfortable coach excursions, panoramic train journeys and relaxing cruises.
Welcome to The Kingdom of Norway – a country with the most beautiful fjords on Earth. Arrival in Bergen and transfer to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure. Perhaps time for an optional activity such as Visit the Magic Ice Bar. Welcome meeting. Overnight at Hotel Augustin or similar.
Discover Bergen, gateway to the fjords of Norway. As a UNESCO World Heritage City, Bergen has the ideal mix of nature, culture and exciting urban life, all year around. After breakfast, meet your local guide at the reception of your hotel and enjoy a walking tour of the city. Pass through the Hanseatic Bryggen, with the St Mary's Church, Haakon Fortress and the famous Fish and Flower Markets. Afternoon at leisure - perhaps add an optional activity such as the afternoon Bergen Food tour or evening Sightseeing Cruise with light dinner. Second overnight at Hotel Augustin Hotel or similar.
Morning walk to the Bergen port where you will embark on a ferry to Balestrand. Enjoy the views of Sognefjord - King of Fjords. Midday arrival in Balestrand. Short walk from port to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Kvikne's Hotel or similar.
After breakfast, depart on a full day excursion to Fjaerland, including Boyabreen, Supphellebreen and a visit to the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Cruise through beautiful Fjaerland fjord with amazing views of steep mountains, green fjords and vibrant landscapea. Arrive at Fjaerland where the glacier meets the fjord. Shuttle bus transfer to the Norwegian Glacier Museum (entry included). Continue by coach to the two glaciers - Supphellebreen and Boyabreen - before returning on the coach to Fjaerland and on to Balestrand by boat. Second dinner and overnight at Kvikne's Hotel or similar.
Midday departure by ferry along the Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord to Flam, where you will have some free time to discover this beautiful village. Afternoon departure by train to Myrdal mountain railway station and junction. Board the famous Flamsbana, and travel on one of the steepest trainlines in the world. The train journey runs through fantastic nature, steep mountains, breathtaking waterfalls and tunnels between the mountain and the fjord. Late evening arrival into Oslo. Short walk from Oslo station to Clarion Hotel the Hub or similar.
Meet your local guide at the reception of the hotel late morning and depart on a City sightseeing tour by bus, including Frogner Park with Vigeland sculptures, the Royal Palace, City Hall and Akershus Fortress. Time at leisure or optional Northern Lights Xperium® visit. Second overnight at Clarion Hotel the Hub or similar.
Short walk to central station for train or bus from Oslo to Stockholm. On arrival, transfer to the harbour and embark the Costa Magica for 7 nights accommodation in an outside cabin with full board. Dinner and time at leisure to explore the ship amenities.
Early morning departure from Stockholm on board the Costa Magica. Day and night at sea.
Morning arrival into Helsinki, then disembarkation. Meet the local guide for a city sightseeing tour by bus. See Tuomiokirkko Cathedral and the colourful market, Temppeliaukio Church in the Rock (entrance included) and the Sibelius Monument, which resembles a giant organ. Return transfer to the harbour. Alternatively, you can stay longer in the city centre and return to the harbour on your own. You must embark by 17:00hrs for an 18:00hrs departure towards St. Petersburg.
Morning arrival into St. Petersburg. After breakfast, disembark and join a full day city tour by bus with a local guide, including St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, lunch in a local restaurant and a canal boat tour. Return transfer to the pier. Tonight, our ship will stay docked in St. Petersburg.
After breakfast, disembark and join a full day city tour by bus with a local guide, including Peter and Paul Fortress, lunch in a local restaurant and Peterhof's palace and gardens. Return transfer to the pier and embark for an 18:00hrs departure towards Tallinn.
Morning arrival into Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia. Tallinn represents a medieval enclave perched on top of a hill looking overlooking the Baltics. After breakfast, disembark and join a full day city tour by bus with a local guide, including Toompea Castle, Town Hall Square, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the house of the Brotherhood of Blackheads, St Olaf and Niguliste churches. Return transfer to the pier and embark for a departure towards Stockholm at 17:00hrs.
Morning arrival into Stockholm. After breakfast, disembark and meet your local guide for a city sightseeing tour by bus, from the harbour. See the central area and City Hall, the Old Town (Gamla Stan), Royal Palace, Concert House, Opera Theatre and Djurgarden island. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the city on your own. Perhaps visit the Vasa Museum, where you will see a well-preserved warship from 1628, or go to Skansen, the world's oldest open-air museum. Self-transfer back to the harbour. Tonight, our ship will stay docked in Stockholm.
After breakfast, disembark. Transfer from pier to airport and end of arrangements.
Maximum Group Size: 25 persons
All optional excursions must be pre-booked.
Airport transfers may be shared with fellow arriving/departing passengers. Minor waiting times may occur.
There may be a change of tour escort between the land and cruise portion of the tour.
Passengers of all nationalities will have up to 72hrs in St. Petersburg (Russian visa free) and must remain with the group at all times.
About the vessel, Costa Magica
One of Costa's newer ships, the Magica was launched in 2004 and carries 3470 passengers. It is inspired by the beauty of Italian places, featuring 5,500 pieces of artwork, a revolving stage and ascending orchestra pit, multiple dining venues, a library, boutique stores, pools, hot tubs, a fitness centre and spa. The 13-deck ship offers well-appointed, comfortable and spacious cabins.