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Colours of the Baltic Coach Tour: Stockholm to St. Petersburg

Duration
9 Days
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US$ 2,916

Visit four amazing yet very different Baltic capitals which include elegant but quaint Stockholm, historic and surprising Tallinn, charming Helsinki with its distinct Nordic architecture and St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities anywhere. Enjoy two ferry journeys across the Baltic Sea.


Explore Stockholm, Helsinki, Talliinn, and Saint Petersburg on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort. 

Start your tour in the city of Stockholm which combines classical and modern architecture reflected in many of its interesting buildings. It is a city rich in culture and history.

The heart of Stockholm is the Old Town known as Gamla Stan, the picturesque original city centre dating back to the 13th Century with its cobble stone streets, alleyways, quaint shops and palaces and home to several museums. Highlights from a tour of the city include the Old Town with a visit to the City Hall where the Nobel festivities take place every year.

After a morning of leisure the next day, you will board the ferry for an overnight journey to Tallinn, capital of Estonia. On arrival the following morning, enjoy a tour of the city which will include the old city walls and Toompea Hill. This is followed by a walking tour of the old city which includes Toompea Castle, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, the Dome Church and the Old Town Hall Square. Continue the walk along Puhavaimu Street to the Latin quarter of Tallinn Old Town where you will find open markets, studios and artisan shops. Overnight in Tallinn.

The next morning is at leisure until it is time to take the fast ferry to Helsinki. On arrival, there will be a city tour which will include Senate Square, the University, the Lutheran Cathedral, the colorful Market Square by the sea, Kaivopuisto Park, the Parliament Building, Finlandia Hall, the Orthodox Russian Church Uspenski and the Sibelius Monument. A visit is made to Temppeliaukio Church called the "Rock Church" as it is carved into solid rock. Overnight in Helsinki.

The following morning is at leisure after which, join the train bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It is also known as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North”. On arrival, spend 3 nights here.

The next day, enjoy a city tour which will cover many of the highlights of St. Petersburg. Drive along the Nevsky Prospect, the heart of the city and make stops at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, Senate Square, the Peter and Paul's Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Russian Museum as well as at the two magnificent churches, the "Spilled Blood" and the Nikolsky Cathedral.

Your last full day here takes you to Peterhof, the palace of the Sea God, known for its beautiful fountains. The world famous palace and park ensemble of Peterhof is an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture from the 18th and 19th Centuries.

After lunch at a local restaurant, return by hydrofoil to St. Petersburg. On arrival, visit the Hermitage Museum which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva. The Hermitage collection of works of art with over 3,000,000 items, presents the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century.

The next morning brings your Colours of the Baltic to a close.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,916

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Day 1

Arrive Stockholm

Arrival to Arlanda Airport, meet & greet by your English-speaking representative, for Arrival Transfer Service to the hotel* for check-in (Please see notes below for this service). Please consult the welcome letter which you will receive on check-in to your hotel, and kindly note where and when to meet your tour leader. A short welcome meeting will be held at 19:00, where you will receive information on the upcoming tour program while enjoying a welcome drink. The rest of the day is at leisure.

*IMPORTANT NOTE! Regular Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Arlanda Airport in Stockholm and only on the official start date 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.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel at Six

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    Hotel at Six



    An old bank. A singular vision. A transformation into a new type of hotel. One offering elegance that's inspired with a twist. With interiors imagined by Universal Design Studio. Arts curated by Sune Nordgren. Standard rooms large enough to entertain.

    An old bank. A singular vision. A transformation into a new type of hotel. One offering elegance that's inspired with a twist. With interiors imagined by Universal Design Studio. Arts curated by Sune Nordgren. Standard rooms large enough to entertain.

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Day 2

Stockholm

Depart for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour. The city of Stockholm, called "Beauty on Water", is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. Some highlights from the city sightseeing includes the Old Town with a visit to the City Hall - with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel festivities take place every year. The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 3

Tallinn (Overnight Ferry)

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: Outside cabin on board of the Tallink Silja Line ferry.

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Day 4

Tallinn

Breakfast on board before arrival to Tallinn. Panoramic city sightseeing of Tallinn, starting with a short tour in the 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 PĆ¼havaimu 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.

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Accommodation

Radisson Blu Sky Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Sky Hotel


    The Radisson Blu Sky Hotel welcomes Tallinn guests to explore the city centre delights and venture to the coast of the Baltic Sea. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of Old Town. Schedule a holiday during one ...

    The Radisson Blu Sky Hotel welcomes Tallinn guests to explore the city centre delights and venture to the coast of the Baltic Sea. You'll feel like you're stepping back in time as you stroll the cobblestoned streets of Old Town. Schedule a holiday during one of the city's many festivals to catch an authentic glimpse of the local culture. Nearby transport options help you easily traverse the city and region. The stunning accommodation offered by the Radisson Blu Sky Hotel balances comfort and beauty.
    The gorgeous views and deluxe amenities bear witness to the ideal balance of comfort and beauty that this Tallinn accommodation provides in its 280 rooms and suites.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Beauty Salon
    • Concierge
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna

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Day 5

Tallinn - Helsinki

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 neo-classical 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Kamp

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    Hotel Kamp



    Hotel Kamp is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, opposite the Esplanade Park in the heart of Helsinki. The Helsinki Cathedral is a 6 minute walk from the hotel. The "Bulevardi" shopping street can be found 300m away. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice ...

    Hotel Kamp is housed in a beautiful 19th century building, opposite the Esplanade Park in the heart of Helsinki. The Helsinki Cathedral is a 6 minute walk from the hotel. The "Bulevardi" shopping street can be found 300m away. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice for travellers interested in design, museums and culture.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Gym
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Valet Parking

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Day 6

Helsinki- St. Petersburg

Morning at leisure. Afternoon, 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 and dinner. This hotel is superbly situated on the main avenue of the city "Nevsky Prospect".

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Angleterre Hotel

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    Angleterre Hotel


    Angleterre Hotel is located in the heart of St Petersburg, adjacent to St Isaac's Cathedral and close to the famous Hermitage Museum. The hotel with in a walking distance from the Nevsky Prospect and all the major sightseeing and shopping spots. All rooms offer either ...

    Angleterre Hotel is located in the heart of St Petersburg, adjacent to St Isaac's Cathedral and close to the famous Hermitage Museum. The hotel with in a walking distance from the Nevsky Prospect and all the major sightseeing and shopping spots. All rooms offer either a unique view on St. Isaac's Cathedral or overlook our quiet inner court. Enjoy your stay in one of our spacious rooms just a short walk from the centre of St. Petersburg.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Gift Shop
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 7

St. Petersburg

In the morning, we will be met by a local guide 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 Senates 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 will provide you with suggestions for tours.

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Day 8

St. Petersburg

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 gods 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. Evening at leisure.

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Day 9

St. Petersburg- Departure

Our local English-speaking representative will meet you for the Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport*(Please see notes below for this service).

*Please note! Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Pulkovo Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the pickup point may occur.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jun 5; Jul 10, 17, 31; Aug 7, 14, 21, 28; Sep 4, 11

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights at hotels in standard double/twin 
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Outside Cabin);
  • 8 Breakfasts -- Buffet style
  • 2 dinners and 1 lunch (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 8 (English & Spanish or Portuguese); 
  • All touring by private coach, with air-conditioning
  • Guided tours in the cities of Stockholm, Tallinn, Helsinki and Saint Petersburg 
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Stockholm Airport
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Pulkovo Airport
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St Petersburg, Train Allegro 
  • Porter service at hotels, cruise and rail stations in Helsinki and Saint Petersburg(excluding day 1 and 9)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Luggage services at piers (if applicable) subject to availability
  • Visa fee for Russia

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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