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Cultural Finland & Russia: Helsinki to St Petersburg

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,222

This 9 day tour starts in the vibrant seaside city of Helsinki where you will spend 2 nights taking in all the city has to offer before heading 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Stay 2 nights enjoying the incredible beauty of arctic wilderness before travelling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for the remainder of your vacation. Visit the must-see sights in St Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage and more!


AT YOUR SERVICE. This is a great idea for experiencing Helsinki and St. Petersburg where you can choose your preferred level of accommodation. It can, of course, be modified and/or extended. As we are experts in customizing itineraries to suit your personal interests, time available and budget, we at Goway are at your service!

This 9-day tour takes you to two of the great cities of northeastern Europe.

Helsinki is one of the world’s most modern cities with a vibrant arts culture. Whether you’re a design aficionado who admires cutting-edge artwork or simply love relaxing in cafes and enjoying some of Europe’s best coffee, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied. Visit the imposing Suomenlinna or “Fortress of Finland,” a massive stone structure straddling a cluster of islands. Stroll through the Design District and treat yourself to antiques, art galleries, and some of the world’s leading design exhibitions. Take in an opera at the Finnish National Opera House or admire the craftsmanship of the Temppeliaukio or “Church of the Rock,” a stunning sanctuary carved out of solid rock.

After enjoying the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Helsinki, head up to the far north of the country in Finnish Lapland. Stay at Kakslauttanen, the world’s foremost arctic resort. Visit nearby Urho Kekkonen National Park and drink straight from the crystal clear streams. Go for a dip in the icy water or relax in the world’s largest smoke sauna. Or simply enjoy the comforts of your glass igloo and gaze up through the skylight at the majesty of the Northern Lights. Bask in an environment where the sky seems to reach down and touch you. It’s an experience you won’t get anywhere else in the world.

St. Petersburg is Russia’s imperial capital and port on the Baltic Sea. Built by Peter the Great in the early eighteenth century, the city remains Russia’s artistic centre despite the capital moving to Moscow during the Communist Revolution. The city is full of palaces and cathedrals that show off two centuries of Russian decadence. Visit the State Hermitage to see the artistic wealth of the old empire. Gasp at the towering golden spire of the cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress. At the Russian Museum you’ll see the world’s best collection of Russian paintings. Fans of music can enjoy some of the world’s best opera and ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Shostakovich Philharmonic. St. Petersburg is the old world of the Baltic at its best.


 

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Accommodation in Helsinki

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    Klaus K



    Situated 400 metres from the Esplanadi shopping district, this design hotel features a popular nightclub and free gym access. Tram numbers 3 and 6 stop directly outside Hotel Klaus K, providing easy access across Helsinki.

    Situated 400 metres from the Esplanadi shopping district, this design hotel features a popular nightclub and free gym access.

    Tram numbers 3 and 6 stop directly outside Hotel Klaus K, providing easy access across Helsinki.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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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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    Hotel Fabian



    Hotel Fabian is within 5 minutes' walk of Helsinki's famous Market Square and the Esplanadi shopping streets. Hotel Fabian is a 2-minute walk from the Etelaranta Tram Stop, while the Silja Line Ferry Terminal is 500 metres away.

    Hotel Fabian is within 5 minutes' walk of Helsinki's famous Market Square and the Esplanadi shopping streets. Hotel Fabian is a 2-minute walk from the Etelaranta Tram Stop, while the Silja Line Ferry Terminal is 500 metres away.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Check-In Time
    • Check-Out Time
    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Restaurant
    • Tour Desk
    • TV

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    Glo Hotel Art



    Set in a 1900s Art Nouveau castle, 700 metres from Helsinki city centre, Aleksanterin Teatteri Tram Stop is 250 metres away. A lounge bar serves light meals and a variety of drinks. Glo Art's restaurant is located in the castle's cellar and offers Nordic cuisine. ...

    Set in a 1900s Art Nouveau castle, 700 metres from Helsinki city centre, Aleksanterin Teatteri Tram Stop is 250 metres away. A lounge bar serves light meals and a variety of drinks. Glo Art's restaurant is located in the castle's cellar and offers Nordic cuisine. Etelainen Suurpiiri is a great choice for travellers interested in design, museums and culture.

    Facilities

    • Car Rental Available
    • Lounge Bar
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Accommodation in St Petersburg

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    Kempinski Hotel Moika 22


    The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in a quiet historical area, in the very heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River, opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. The Hotel is just a two minutes' walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close ...

    The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is located in a quiet historical area, in the very heart of St Petersburg, on the Moika River, opposite the renowned Hermitage Museum and Palace Square. The Hotel is just a two minutes' walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.

    The hotel features two interior glass-covered courtyards and a wellness centre is planned on the second roof terrace. The hotel has 197 comfortable rooms including 23 suites.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Massage Treatments
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Spa

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    Hotel Dostoevsky



    The Hotel Dostoevsky is situated in the unique historical and architectural area of Saint-Petersburg. It takes five minutes walking through magnificent architectural monuments, from the Hotel to the Nevsky prospect, the very heart and the gala view of Saint-Petersburg. The Hotel offers 218 rooms of ...

    The Hotel Dostoevsky is situated in the unique historical and architectural area of Saint-Petersburg. It takes five minutes walking through magnificent architectural monuments, from the Hotel to the Nevsky prospect, the very heart and the gala view of Saint-Petersburg. The Hotel offers 218 rooms of various categories. Guests are welcomed to use high-speed Internet access, satellite television, international dialing, minibar, round-the-clock room service and other facilities.

    Dostoevsky combines the charm of the old history and the high level of the modern comfort and service. That is why the Hotel is so popular among Russian and foreign tourists, businessmen and artists.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Room Service
    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Restaurant

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    Golden Triangle Hotel



    The Golden Triangle Hotel is a first-class boutique hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg, only 50 meters away from the Nevsky prospect and a 5-minute walk from the Hermitage museum, Palace square and Kazansky Cathedral. Impeccable service, delicious breakfast and gracious hospitality will make ...

    The Golden Triangle Hotel is a first-class boutique hotel in the heart of St. Petersburg, only 50 meters away from the Nevsky prospect and a 5-minute walk from the Hermitage museum, Palace square and Kazansky Cathedral. Impeccable service, delicious breakfast and gracious hospitality will make your stay at Golden Triangle hotel a truly comfortable and rewarding experience. The 47 elegant rooms overlook the Nevsky prospect and Lutheran church. Decorated in soothing colours and elegant yet chic decor, the guestrooms are designed to envelop you in serenity. The hotel was designed by 3 renowned consultants; palettes of blue, red and green mingle with inviting neutral tones, providing a refreshing contrast to the dark wood accents and decorative fabrics.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Meeting Facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Room Service
    • WiFi

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    Asteria Hotel



    Asteria Hotel is located on the embankment of Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt. Breakfast is served every morning. Asteria Hotel features a restaurant and a bar, offering Russian, European and American cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the ...

    Asteria Hotel is located on the embankment of Fontanka River, a short walk from St Petersburg's famous avenue Nevsky Prospekt.

    Breakfast is served every morning. Asteria Hotel features a restaurant and a bar, offering Russian, European and American cuisine. Free WiFi is available in the entire hotel.

    The staff will be happy to help you with tourist information, ticket reservations and excursion bookings. Shuttle service is provided upon request.

    Gostiny Dvor Metro Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Pulkovo International Airport is 13 miles away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Business Centre
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,222

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Day 1

Helsinki Airport to City Hotels - Driver Only

Duration45 Minutes

Glo Hotel Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio.

Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel is the place to stay at if you want to explore Helsinki and everything the city has to offer. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you will enjoy your stay here!

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Glo Hotel Kluuvi

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    Glo Hotel Kluuvi



    GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio. Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel ...

    GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio.

    Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel is the place to stay at if you want to explore Helsinki and everything the city has to offer. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you will enjoy your stay here!

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 2

Private Helsinki City Tour

The tour starts from your hotel; from there you will pass the most interesting parts of Helsinki, such as the historical centre, City Hall, The Parliament buildings, Suomenlinna, Finlandia Hall and the Opera House. Stops at the Sibelius Monument and, when possible, at the Temppeliaukio Church (rock church) and Esplanade Park.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

City Hotels to Helsinki Airport - Driver Only

Duration45 Minutes

Ivalo Airport to Glass Igloo Finnish Lapland

Duration45 Minutes

Glass Igloos Finnish Lapland

Kakslauttanen is Europe's leading premium arctic resort located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. On offer is four seasons of incredible beauty of arctic wilderness in high-quality facilities with the midnight sun and northern lights. The resort is world-famous for the glass igloos, Northern lights and Midnight sun. Add to this a wide array of winter and Finnish activities on hand and you have the perfect platform to head north of the Arctic "bathe" under the Northern Lights!

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Glass Igloos Finnish Lapland

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    Glass Igloos Finnish Lapland



    Kakslauttanen is Europe's leading premium arctic resort located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. On offer is four seasons of incredible beauty of arctic wilderness in high-quality facilities with the midnight sun and northern lights. The resort is world-famous for the ...

    Kakslauttanen is Europe's leading premium arctic resort located 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. On offer is four seasons of incredible beauty of arctic wilderness in high-quality facilities with the midnight sun and northern lights. The resort is world-famous for the glass igloos, Northern lights and Midnight sun. Add to this a wide array of winter and Finnish activities on hand and you have the perfect platform to head north of the Arctic "bathe" under the Northern Lights!

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Cycling
    • Fishing Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna

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Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

Glass Igloo Finnish Lapland to Ivalo Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Helsinki Airport to City Hotels - Driver Only

Duration45 Minutes

Glo Hotel Kluuvi

GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio.

Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel is the place to stay at if you want to explore Helsinki and everything the city has to offer. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you will enjoy your stay here!

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Glo Hotel Kluuvi

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    Glo Hotel Kluuvi



    GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio. Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel ...

    GLO Hotel Kluuvi is an exclusive, modern lifestyle hotel in the heart of Helsinki. The Hotel is located near all the most important attractions such as Helsinki Cathedral, Ateneum, Museum and the famous Rock Church Temppeliaukio.

    Surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and nightlife, this hotel is the place to stay at if you want to explore Helsinki and everything the city has to offer. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, you will enjoy your stay here!

    Facilities

    • Ironing Board
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Lounge
    • Meeting Rooms Available
    • Reception
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 6

City Hotels to Helsinki Train Station - Driver Only

Duration20 Minutes

Helsinki to St Petersburg by Train Second Class

Duration4 Hours

St Petersburg Moskovsky Railway Station to St Petersburg Hotel

Duration0 Hours

Moscow Hotel

The Moscow hotel is situated in the city centre on the Neva embankment close to Nevsky Prospect. The area is busy and full of historical sights and is next to "Alexsander Nevsky" metro station, making it easy for guests to reach the main historical places in a short time. The hotel offers comfortable and cozy rooms, conference and banquet halls, business-centre, restaurants and bars leisure and business travelers.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Moscow Hotel

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    Moscow Hotel


    The Moscow hotel is situated in the city centre on the Neva embankment close to Nevsky Prospect. The area is busy and full of historical sights and is next to "Alexsander Nevsky" metro station, making it easy for guests to reach the main historical places ...

    The Moscow hotel is situated in the city centre on the Neva embankment close to Nevsky Prospect. The area is busy and full of historical sights and is next to "Alexsander Nevsky" metro station, making it easy for guests to reach the main historical places in a short time. The hotel offers comfortable and cozy rooms, conference and banquet halls, business-centre, restaurants and bars leisure and business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Room Service

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Day 7

St Petersburg City Tour including Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral

Today you will enjoy a half-day guided tour of St. Petersburg's most important sights. Start by exploring Nevsky Prospekt, the main street in the historical center of the city, planned by French architect Alexandre LeBlond. Nevsky gradually gets wider as you travel along it, and encompasses some of St. Petersburg's most impressive buildings, including Stroganov Palace, Kazan Cathedral, the famous Dom Knigi bookstore, and Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood. Continue to the Palace Square, the most grandiose square in St. Petersburg, where the State Hermitage is located. This is linked to the Senate Square, with a bronze horseman monument to Peter the Great. Next, proceed to Vasilievsky Island, just across the river from the Winter Palace, connected to the mainland by the Palace Bridge and Lieutenant Schmidt Bridge. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the Summer Garden. Finally, explore St Isaac's Cathedral, one of the city's most prominent landmarks and the fourth-largest domed cathedral in the world (after St Peter's, St Paul's and Florence's Duomo). It was designed by 19th-century architect Auguste Ricard de Montferrand in an orthodox style, with Renaissance and Baroque influences. The cathedral is cross-shaped and can accommodate about 14,000 people.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Half Day Tour of the Hermitage

The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings located in the heart of St Petersburg. With the possible exception of the Louvre, there is no museum in the world that rivals the Hermitage in size and quality. Its collection is so large that it would take years to view it in its entirety; at last count, there were nearly three million works on exhibit! The museum is especially strong in Italian Renaissance and French Impressionist paintings and possesses outstanding collections by Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. The origins of the Hermitage can be traced back to the private art collection of Peter the Great. Catherine the Great and her successors expanded the collection along with private purchases of the Western European aristocracy and monarchy. By the time Nicholas II ascended the throne in 1894, he was heir to the greatest collection of art in Europe. The Hermitage today presents collections of world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. As it is so enormous many visitors prefer to make several brief visits rather than one frenetic marathon tour. Collection highlights include the treasure gallery, Western European art, the Palace of Peter I, The Menshikov palace, General Staff Building, The museum of porcelain, Prehistoric art Antiquity, The Arsenal, Oriental art, Russian culture, Numismatics, The Hermitage's permanent exhibitions in the Konstantinovsky palace.

Duration4 Hours
Day 9

Transfer from St Petersburg Hotel to Airport

Duration3 Hours

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily from November to April.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport transfers is Helsinki and Ivalo
  • Accommodation in selected category
  • All meals at the Ice Igloos
  • Breakfasts in Helsinki
  • Private Helsinki City tour
  • Half day tour of the Hermitage, St Peterburg City tour including Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Isaac's Cathedral

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic airfare and taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Drinks
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities

OTHER INFORMATION:

The Ice Igloos often sell out early in the winter season. Book early to avoid disappointment. Snow Igloos only available after December 15th and based on weather conditions.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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