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Colours of the Baltics: Stockholm to Moscow

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,920

Visit three amazing yet very different Baltic cities which include elegant, yet innovative Stockholm, world design leader Helsinki, and St. Petersburg, Russia's most European city and one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities anywhere. Then go on to magnificent Moscow to continue your Russia adventure.


Explore Stockholm, Helsinki, Saint Petersburg, and Moscow on this Locally Escorted, 11-day 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, reflecting both its rich history and commitment to progressive values. The heart of Stockholm is the Old Town known as Gamla Stan, a picturesque city centre dating back to the 13th Century that’s home to the Royal Palace and several museums. Highlights from a tour of the city include a visit to the City Hall where the Nobel festivities take place every year. After your tour, you’re free to spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps visit ‘outdoor museum’ Skansen, for a snapshot of Sweden in miniature.

After a morning of leisure the next day, you will board the ferry for an overnight journey 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 your train (or private coach) bound for St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Enjoy a city tour 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 second full St. Petersburg day takes you to the Hermitage, one of the world’s truly magnificent museums and the winter palace of the Russian Tsars overlooking the River Neva. The Hermitage collection houses over 3,000,000 items, presenting the development of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th Century.

Board the train bound for one of the world’s most influential, misunderstood, and endlessly fascinating cities, Moscow. There’s something otherworldly about walking through Red Square, at the centre of this city of some 10 million people. You’ll visit one of Moscow’s famous decorated metro stations, along with Sofiskaya Embankment, the Kremlin, the view from Lenin Hills, St Sophia Cathedral, and more. In the afternoon, explore at leisure, perhaps exploring the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, or Gorky Park. The following day takes you for a tour of the Kremlin itself, before releasing you for another afternoon and evening at leisure before you depart.


 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,920

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Day 1

Arrive in Stockholm

Upon arrival at Arlanda Airport, a local English-speaking representative will provide a meet and greet welcome and escort you to the shared transfer service from the airport to your hotel. Please consult your welcome letter which you will receive upon check-in at your hotel, and kindly note where to meet your tour leader. The remainder 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

Haymarket by Scandic

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    Haymarket by Scandic



    Haymarket by Scandic - Life as it should be. Welcome to Haymarket - a hotel combining classic touches with an unexpected modern twist: The Roaring Twenties for the era to come. Among concert halls, movie theaters and food courts right in the heart of Stockholm …

    Haymarket by Scandic - Life as it should be. Welcome to Haymarket - a hotel combining classic touches with an unexpected modern twist: The Roaring Twenties for the era to come. Among concert halls, movie theaters and food courts right in the heart of Stockholm city, the impressive entrance welcomes all of those whose opinion is that a hotel should be more than just a bed. At Haymarket you'll experience the already known and loved, along with the unexpected. You don't have to be an expert to appreciate the contrasts in Haymarket. The classic and chic are effortlessly combined and the hotel rooms celebrate this fusion of past and present; the sophisticated and urban.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant

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Day 2

Stockholm

Meet with local guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm is built on 14 islands and connected by 57 bridges. The city embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Malaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago, with its 30.000 islands awaits exploration. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water" and a sightseeing tour, which includes a walk in the Old Town and a visit to the City Hall, makes for a memorable morning tour.

Discover a city of contrasts. Go back 750 years in time and feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan" as you wander through its narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the Archbishop, will be seen during your stroll through Old Town, where you will also get a chance to see Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. An inside visit is paid to one of the city's best known symbols, the City Hall with its Blue and Golden Halls, where the great Nobel banquet is held.

The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

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Day 3

Stockholm - Helsinki (Overnight Ferry)

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to board the comfortable overnight ferry of Tallink Silja Line, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Helsinki. Dinner will be served on board.

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Day 4

Helsinki

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. Private transfer to the hotel followed by a panoramic sightseeing tour. Meet with your local guide for a 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 neoclassical 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).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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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 5

Helsinki - St. Petersburg

The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon, depart Helsinki (by private coach or by train - to be confirmed) and travel to St. Petersburg, 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 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 at St. Petersburg and transfer to the hotel for check-in.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg

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    Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg



    Once called a 'Window to the West', St Petersburg is a melting pot of authentic Russian heritage, striking architecture and world-famous art & cultural museums. Situated in the heart of the city on the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg offers easy, direct access …

    Once called a 'Window to the West', St Petersburg is a melting pot of authentic Russian heritage, striking architecture and world-famous art & cultural museums. Situated in the heart of the city on the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, Corinthia Hotel St Petersburg offers easy, direct access to major sites of cultural, artistic and economic interest for both leisure and business guests.

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Day 6

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 Senate Square, The Peter and Paul Fortress, 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.

The city tour ends 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 7

St. Petersburg

We meet our local guide to continue our adventure in this charming city. You will 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 that was 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 collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) presents the development of world culture an 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. The evening is at leisure.

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Day 8

St. Petersburg - Moscow

Transfer with local guide from your hotel to the Railway station, where we will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow. This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River.

Afternoon arrival at Moscow and transfer to Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel (or similar), located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya.

The evening is at leisure.

Note: Your tour escort will continue services until the end of the tour in Moscow.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

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    InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya



    InterContinental Moscow is a modern hotel located on Tverskaya, which is the main street in Moscow. The hotel combines contemporary design with local flavor and a distinctively residential feel which allows you to feel safe and relaxed while in the middle of this energetic Russian …

    InterContinental Moscow is a modern hotel located on Tverskaya, which is the main street in Moscow. The hotel combines contemporary design with local flavor and a distinctively residential feel which allows you to feel safe and relaxed while in the middle of this energetic Russian capital. InterContinental Moscow is located within walking distance to Red Square, Christ the Savior Cathedral and many other tourist and business destinations.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Services
    • Parking
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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Day 9

Moscow

This morning starts with a full day privately guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow. We will see many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as 15th century, many of them having been restored or even built again; beautiful theatres and palaces; modern business complexes and hotels; buildings of late Soviet architecture such as the Moscow State University and the Central Stadium in Luzhniki, which hosted the 1980 Olympic Games.

Moscow, with its some 10 million inhabitants, is vast and at times chaotic. We will visit the historic centre of the city, which includes the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. We will also see the modern part of the city which includes the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills) - the highest place in Moscow, providing a beautiful view of the city and Poklonnaya Hill where there is a monument commemorating defenders of the city during World War Two.

During this visit, we will also experience a tour of one of Moscow's beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself and a must do when visiting Moscow. After the Metro visit, free time for lunch before we continue our visit of the city.

The rest of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

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Day 10

Moscow

We meet our local guide for a half day excursion, which includes a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour, we will walk through the Kremlin grounds and visit the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones. The word Kremlin (Kreml) means fortress or walled town; Moscow's is the biggest and most famous. The earliest ramparts were of earth and wood, but successive rulers raised and strengthened the defences after every attack. The present brick walls date from the 1490s, though they have been frequently restored.

We end the tour at the hotel. The rest of day is at leisure.

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Day 11

Moscow - Departure

A Via Hansa and Borealis English-speaking representative will meet you for the Regular Transfer Service to Pulkovo Airport.

Please note: Regular Departure Transfer Services included in the program are only available for transfer to Moscow Airport and only on the official end date of tour. The transfers are escorted by an English-speaking representative from Via Hansa and Borealis and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the airport may occur.

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DEPARTURES:

2020: Jun 4, 18; Jul 2, 16, 30; Aug 13, 27; Sep 10

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 9 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms
  • 1 night on board of Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Deluxe Cabin)
  • 10 Breakfasts - Buffet style
  • 1 dinner (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 11 (English and Spanish or Portuguese)
  • All touring by private coach, with air-condition, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • Monolingual Guided tours in the cities of Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow. For city tours with local guides, the group will be divided by languages, with their respective monolingual local guide
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Stockholm Airport, ARN
  • Regular Departure Transfer to Moscow Airport
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki-St Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Porter service at hotels, ferries and rail stations in Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Moscow excluding day 1 and 11
  • Luggage allowance is 1 suitcase and 1 piece of hand luggage per person

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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