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Fabulous Scandinavia & Russia Escorted: Copenhagen to Moscow

Duration
17 Days
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US$ 4,450

Fabulous is the word for this combination of Norway’s amazing fjord scenery, stops in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen and the magical iconic cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow. This unforgettable tour includes everything - majestic scenery, amazing culture and history and much more.


Explore Scandinavia and Russia on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort. 

Begin your tour in Copenhagen, Denmark’s vibrant and lively capital, Spend 1 night here. A morning tour will include the Stroget, one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets with its many shops, stores, restaurants and cafes, Tivoli Gardens, a very popular amusement park, the Carlsberg Glyptotek with its museums of art, the National Museum, the old Stock Exchange and the Nyhaven, one of Copenhagen’s major canals with its beautiful old houses. Also you will see the Amalienborg Palace, home to the Danish Royal Family, Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish parliament and Rosenborg Castle, home to the crown jewels. No visit to Copenhagen would be complete without seeing the Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen’s harbour.

In the afternoon, board the ferry for an overnight journey to Oslo. On arrival the next morning, have a tour of the capital of Norway, Oslo, located on the Oslo Fjord. It is laid out in the shape of a horseshoe around the sea and is surrounded by green hills, forests and mountains. You will see the Opera House which offers great views of the city, Frogner Park with its open air Vigeland Museum with 212 large sculptures and the Royal Palace, designed in the Neo-Classic style and home to the Royal Family. There will also be a visit to Bigdoy Island with its many museums.

Later the same day, head northwest towards the Norwegian fjords passing through pine forests and via lakes to an overnight stop in attractive Geilo, a ski resort in winter.

The next morning, travel to the Hardangerfjord, one of Norway’s most dramatic fjords stopping en route at the thundering Voringfoss Waterfall. Cross over the Hardanger Bridge, one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, continue bordering the fjord until you arrive in Bergen, the capital of the fjords.

In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Bergen which includes St. Mary’s Church, 750 year old Haakon's Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area, the old wharf area and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Overnight in Bergen.

The next day, travel to Stallheim with a stop in the winter sports resort of Voss with its gorgeous backdrop of snow clad mountains. Overnight in Stallheim.

Continue through the Naeroy Valley to catch the ferry along the narrow but dramatic Naeroyfjord to the picturesque village Flam. Then travel along the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the second longest fjord in the world, the renowned Sognefjord. Arrive for overnight at Fagernes.

The next morning arrive back in Oslo for overnight and for a free day to enjoy individual pursuits.

Travel the following day to Stockholm by coach and train. Spend 2 nights here. The city is spread over 14 islands connected by 50 bridges. It combines classical and modern architecture reflected in many of its interesting buildings and is a city rich in culture and history. The next morning, you will have a sightseeing tour which will include Gamla Stan, the old town, dating back to the 13th Century with its cobble stone streets, alleyways, quaint shops and palaces and home to several museums. Also drive by the City Hall, venue for the Nobel Prize presentations and Fjallgatan, perched on top of a hill where you have amazing panoramic views of Stockholm.

Next it’s off to Russia travelling on the Silja Line overnight ferry to Helsinki in Finland. On arrival, have a tour of Helsinki which include Esplanade Park in the heart of the city, Helsinki Cathedral, a beautiful and historically significant Evangelical Lutheran church, Senate Square dominated by four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Enge, the Sibelius Monument in Sibelius Park which resembles organ pipes with a bust of the composer on one side and Temppeliaukio Church, one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions as it is underground and was hewn from a rock.

Later the same day, catch the train to St. Petersburg, your home for the next 3 nights.
Known as the cultural capital of Russia, St. Petersburg is a beautiful city offering a blend of European architecture and Russian history. A tour will visit the musts-see sights including Nevsky Prospekt, one of the best-known Russian streets, the picturesque Baroque Winter Palace and Vasilievsky Island which features museums and is a popular tourist spot. Also see the Peter and Paul Fortress founded by Peter the Great in 1703. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of most Russian Czars. Continue on to St Isaac's Cathedral, one of the most prominent landmarks in St Petersburg and the 4th largest domed cathedral in the world which can accommodate 14000 people.

The following morning, head out of the city to Peterhof, the world-famous palace, fountain and park. With its 176 fountains, numerous gilded statues of ancient gods and heroes and a remarkable collection of sculpture and painting, this makes Peterhof a veritable gem. Later, you will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum inside the illustrious Winter Palace. The Hermitage Museum is to St. Petersburg what the Kremlin is to Moscow. It is a vast art gallery. It is said that if you were to spend three minutes by each exhibit in the Hermitage it would take you three years to see everything.

Next stop is Moscow reached by train and your home for a further 3 nights. An 860 year old city, Moscow has many reminders of its Imperial and Soviet past. A tour of Moscow will include the Red Square, Sofiiskaya Embankment, St. Sophia Cathedral, and the panorama of the Kremlin walls. You will also see the modern part of the city which includes the Vorobievy (Lenin Hills), the highest place in Moscow with a beautiful view of the city. You will also experience a tour of one of Moscow's beautiful Metro stations, a highlight in itself. Continue with a cruise on the Moscow River starting in the City Centre including panoramic views of Kremlin, the Novodevichy Convent, Sparrow Hills, Cathedral of the Saviour Christ, the White House of the Russian Federation and much more.

Something special the next day, a privately guided tour of the Kremlin built between the 14th and 17th centuries. It once served as the residence of the Great Prince as well as a religious centre and is currently the official residence of the President of Russia. The Kremlin is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and included is a visit to the Armoury Chamber with its famous collection of Faberge eggs, jewels and royal thrones.

The following morning your Fabulous Scandinavia and Russia tour comes to an end.

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Duration
17 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,450

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Day 1

Arrival in Copenhagen

Upon arrival at Copenhagen Airport you will be met by your English-speaking representative for Arrival Transfer Service to your 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! Arrival Transfer Services, included in the program, are only available for transfers from Airport in Copenhagen 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.

Duration1 Night
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Tivoli Hotel Copenhagen

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    Tivoli Hotel Copenhagen



    Situated by the Copenhagen Canal, this hotel is 10 minutes' walk from Central Station. It provides free in-room WiFi and a pool, gym and sauna. The 12th-floor Sky Bar offers panoramic views. Like the hotel, the neighbouring Tivoli Congress Center was designed by Kim Utzon. ...

    Situated by the Copenhagen Canal, this hotel is 10 minutes' walk from Central Station. It provides free in-room WiFi and a pool, gym and sauna. The 12th-floor Sky Bar offers panoramic views. Like the hotel, the neighbouring Tivoli Congress Center was designed by Kim Utzon. It offers state-of-the-art conference and meeting facilities.

    Vesterbro is a great choice for travellers interested in carnival, museums and cycling.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Childrens Playground
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Free WiFi
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking Facilities (at cost)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Copenhagen - Oslo (overnight ferry)

This morning you depart by private coach with your guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Copenhagen. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". Begin with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. Passing by Tivoli Gardens and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next, it is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church.

Drive past the Kings New Square, the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, then through the old canal area, Nyhavn, with its picturesque houses and boats. Continue on to the impressive Gefion Fountain and the Royal residence, Amalienborg Palace. Finally, you stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid. During the tour, you can also delight in Christiansborg Palace as well as Rosenborg Castle, which houses the Crown Jewels. The tour ends at the hotel.

In the afternoon transfer to the pier by private coach to embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry. At approximately 16:30 you will depart to Oslo. Buffet dinner will be served on board.

NOTE: Passports must be shown when travelling between Denmark and Norway on the DFDS ferry. Clients travelling with E.U. identification cards only may not be allowed on-board.

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Day 3

Oslo - Geilo

Breakfast on board the ship. Arrive at Oslo at 09:45, after disembarking board your private coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by a fjord. Enjoy the view from the Opera house situated right on the Oslo fjord where you will spend some time on the terrace area before heading off to Bygdoy Island. Vigeland's Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome you with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. You will also pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan. The tour ends downtown, where you will have some free time to explore the Viking capital at your own pace.

Early in the afternoon continue your journey across Hønefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape, where pine forests alternate with lakes, and arrive in the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. Just a few kilometres away, you will visit Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and famous for its Ski resorts. Arrival at hotel followed by check-in.

Dinner is included at the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Dr Holms Hotel

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    Dr Holms Hotel



    Centrally located in the ski resort of Geilo, Dr. Holms hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a range of spa facilities. Geilo Train Station is 985feet away. The surrounding area is excellent for skiing and hiking. Slaatta Ski Centre is less than 657feet away.

    Centrally located in the ski resort of Geilo, Dr. Holms hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a range of spa facilities. Geilo Train Station is 985feet away.

    The surrounding area is excellent for skiing and hiking. Slaatta Ski Centre is less than 657feet away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Ski Equipment Rental
    • Terrace

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Day 4

Geilo - Bergen

This morning you head towards the Hardanger Fjord and make a stop at Voringfoss, a powerful waterfall that thunders down 597 feet from the Hardanger Plateau. A short drive via Eidfjord to Brimnes, where you will cross the splendid Hardanger fjord, by travelling across the newly opened Hardanger Bridge.

This Bridge has one of the longest suspension bridge spans in the world. After reaching the other side, you will continue bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing birch forests until you arrive in Bergen - known as the capital of the fjords.

In the afternoon, meet your guide in the hotel, for a panoramic sightseeing tour during which you will delight in St. Marys Church, Haakon's Hall, the colourful and picturesque fish markets and the old Bryggen area (No entrances included). The evening is at your leisure.

Optional Tour (not included in trip price): A journey up on the Floibanen, a funicular railway journey that will take you up the mountainside in order to enjoy the most amazing views of Bergen.

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Duration1 Night
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Scandic Ornen Hotel

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    Opened in May 2014, this hotel is located next to Bergen Train Station. Torgallmenningen Square is 5 minutes' walk away. Bicycles can be borrowed for free on site. Guests can work out at Scandic Ornen's fitness centre. The UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf is a 13-minute walk ...

    Opened in May 2014, this hotel is located next to Bergen Train Station. Torgallmenningen Square is 5 minutes' walk away. Bicycles can be borrowed for free on site. Guests can work out at Scandic Ornen's fitness centre. The UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf is a 13-minute walk from the hotel. The Floibanen Funicular is 0.6 miles away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Bridal Suite
    • Disabled Facilities
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Heating
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Ironing Service
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant
    • Telephone
    • Terrace
    • TV

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Day 5

Bergen - Stalheim

The morning you are at leisure to further explore the stunning fjord capital of Bergen. Early afternoon depart from Bergen and travel to the historic town of Voss, with a stunning background of snow clad mountains. After a short break, the journey continues towards Naeroy valley where your hotel is situated. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the stunning views down the Stalheim Gorge. Dinner is included at the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Stalheim Hotel Stalheim

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    Stalheim Hotel Stalheim



    Overlooking the Naeroy Valley, this family-run hotel offers 2 in-house restaurants and a panorama lounge. Gudvangen village and the Naeroy Fjord are 15 minutes' drive away. WiFi is free in public areas. The hairpin bend road, Stalheimskleiva, is right next to the hotel. The Magical ...

    Overlooking the Naeroy Valley, this family-run hotel offers 2 in-house restaurants and a panorama lounge. Gudvangen village and the Naeroy Fjord are 15 minutes' drive away. WiFi is free in public areas.

    The hairpin bend road, Stalheimskleiva, is right next to the hotel. The Magical White Caves are 3.7miles away.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Luggage Storage
    • Newspapers
    • Parking
    • Restaurant

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Day 6

Stalheim - Flam - Fagernes

After breakfast, the coach continues down the Naeroy valley to Gudvangen where you embark on a ferry along the Naeroyfjord, one of the narrowest and most popular fjord journeys in Norway. Disembark in the stunning village of Flam where you will have some free time.

Optional tour (not included in the trip price): Take the opportunity to try the Flam Railway one of the most famous and breath-taking railway journeys in the world.

In the afternoon, the coach journey continues along the Aurlandfjord, via Aurland and Laerdal. A photo stop is made at the popular Borgund Stave church (entrance not included) before continuing on the last part of the journey to Fagernes. Check-in and later dinner at the hotel.

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Duration1 Night
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Hotel Fagernes

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    Situated in Fagernes town centre, Quality Hotel and Resort Fagernes offers free Wi-Fi. Parking is free on site. Valdres Golf Club is 6.2miles from the hotel. Valdres Alpine Center is a 15-minute drive away.

    Situated in Fagernes town centre, Quality Hotel and Resort Fagernes offers free Wi-Fi.

    Parking is free on site. Valdres Golf Club is 6.2miles from the hotel. Valdres Alpine Center is a 15-minute drive away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Free WiFi
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Lift
    • Luggage Service
    • Massage Facilities
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Ski Storage
    • Terrace
    • Tour Desk

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Day 7

Fagernes - Oslo

After breakfast, you travel towards Oslo, leaving the fjords behind. Early afternoon arrival in Oslo and check-in to the hotel. Afternoon and evening is at your leisure to further explore the Norwegian Capital.

Optional: Why not take a harbour cruise or visit one of the many fantastic museums (not included).

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Duration1 Night
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Thon Hotel Opera

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    Thon Hotel Opera



    Overlooking the Oslo Opera House, this hotel is only 100 metres from Oslo Central Station. It offers a large breakfast buffet, a fjord-view restaurant and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs. Fresh fruit, homemade bread and both hot and cold dishes are served at breakfast. Hotel ...

    Overlooking the Oslo Opera House, this hotel is only 100 metres from Oslo Central Station. It offers a large breakfast buffet, a fjord-view restaurant and modern rooms with flat-screen TVs. Fresh fruit, homemade bread and both hot and cold dishes are served at breakfast. Hotel Opera's popular restaurant, Scala, offers Norwegian specialities as well as international dishes. Evening cocktails can be enjoyed at the Tosca Bar. The gym at Thon Hotel Opera features an outdoor terrace and views of the waterfront. For relaxation, guests can visit the opera-themed lounge. Attractions such as the Akershus Fortress and the National Theatre are both reached within 15 minutes on foot. In addition, the express train to Oslo Gardermoen Airport is just around the corner.

    Facilities

    • Allergy-free room
    • Bar
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Parking Nearby ($)
    • Restaurant
    • Terrace

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Day 8

Oslo - Stockholm

Depart Oslo and travel (by private coach/train) to Stockholm, passing through Norwegian and Swedish forests and the region of Varmland, home of many Nordic legends. Late afternoon arrival to Stockholm, capital of Sweden, for check-in to the hotel. The evening is at your leisure.

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Duration2 Nights
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Scandic Grand Central Hotel

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    Scandic Grand Central Hotel



    Set in an 1880s building, this stylish hotel is 493 feet from the Arlanda Express Airport Train and Stockholm Central Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, gym, sauna and bike access. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs. The Oscar Theatre and Casino Cosmopol are directly opposite Scandic ...

    Set in an 1880s building, this stylish hotel is 493 feet from the Arlanda Express Airport Train and Stockholm Central Station. It offers free Wi-Fi, gym, sauna and bike access. All rooms feature flat-screen TVs.

    The Oscar Theatre and Casino Cosmopol are directly opposite Scandic Grand Central Hotel. Shops, cinemas and pubs are within 3 minutes' walk, at Drottninggatan and Hötorget Square.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Free WiFi
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Property
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking Facilities (at cost)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna

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Day 9

Stockholm

Meet your guide and depart by private coach for a 3-hour city sightseeing tour of Stockholm. The city, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of 13th century Old Town with modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm is proudly called "Beauty on Water". The sightseeing tour includes a walk through the Old Town, and an inside visit to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, making for a memorable morning tour. Feel the medieval atmosphere of the Old Town "Gamla Stan", with its Cathedral and Stortorget, where the Stockholm Blood Bath took place. The tour also includes a drive to Fjallgatan where you will enjoy picturesque views of Stockholm. The tour ends at the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.

Optional tour (not included in the trip price): Directly after the tour take a visit to the famous Vasa Museum.

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Day 10

Stockholm - Helsinki (overnight ferry)

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

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Day 11

Helsinki - St. Petersburg

Breakfast is served on board before arrival to Helsinki. At the pier, you will be met by your tour director for the remaining part of your tour - a highly skilled professional with years of experience in travelling in Russia will be ready to show you the highlights of Imperial Russia, but first you will experience Helsinki.

Your local guide will take you on 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 colourful 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 in the city centre giving you the chance to explore a bit on your own, before you and your fellow travellers are transferred to Helsinki's International Rail Station, to 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 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 amazing churches. St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery.

Arrival in St. Petersburg in the early evening and transfer to your hotel for check-in and dinner. Your hotel is superbly situated on the main avenue of the city "Nevsky Prospect".

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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    Belmond Grand Hotel Europe



    From Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg is yours to explore. A cultural and culinary landmark, the hotel has played a central role in the life of the city for 140 years. A truly iconic building, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city's great ...

    From Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg is yours to explore. A cultural and culinary landmark, the hotel has played a central role in the life of the city for 140 years.

    A truly iconic building, it stands on Nevsky Prospekt among the city's great architectural treasures--renowned for its impressive façade and decorative interiors.

    Positioned adjacent to Arts Square, it is one of the most glamorous hotels in St Petersburg, Russia. Belmond Grand Hotel Europe has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and dance. A stay here shows you the true spirit of the country, especially during the White Days of winter, when snow lies outside and a warm welcome awaits within.

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Day 12

St. Petersburg

In the morning, you will be met by a local guide for a panoramic city sightseeing tour, which will cover some of the many highlights of the city. You 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 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 13

St. Petersburg

You meet your 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 sculpture, painting and works of the minor arts make Peterhof a veritable gem of art unique in the world, often called "Capital of Fountains". After 1917 the Peterhof ensemble was taken into state custody and turned into 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 of northern Russia's capital for numerous Russian and foreign visitors.

At noon you will have lunch at a local restaurant after which return to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil to 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) present 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 14

St. Petersburg - Moscow

Transfer with local guide from your hotel to the Railway station, where you will board the Sapsan Train bound for Moscow. This train ride takes you through endless Russian landscapes and along the Volga River. Afternoon arrival in Moscow and transfer to Intercontinental Tverskaya Hotel, located on the main avenue of the city, Tverskaya. The evening is at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
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InterContinental Moscow Tverskaya

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    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.

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    • 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 15

Moscow

This morning starts with a full day privately guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Moscow. You will see many ancient churches and cathedrals, some of them dating as far back as the 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.

You 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. You 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 you 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, continue with a cruise on the Moscow River (including lunch on board) starting in the City Centre including panoramic views of Kremlin, Novodevichy convent, Sparrow Hills, Cathedral of the Saviour Christ, the White House of the Russian Federation and much more. The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.

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Day 16

Moscow

Meet your local guide for a half day excursion, which includes a privately guided tour of Kremlin Territory with Armoury Chamber. During this tour you 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 a 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. The tour ends at your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 17

Moscow - Departure

Your English-speaking representative will meet you for the Transfer Service to Moscow Airport.

IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 and are shared with other fellow passengers; therefore, minor waiting time at the pickup point may occur.

Meal Plan Breakfast

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2017: Sep 7

2018: Please inquire

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 14 nights at hotels in standard double/twin rooms with private facilities
  • 1 night on board DFDS Seaways Ferry (Exterior Cabin)
  • 1 night on board Tallink Silja Line Ferry (Exterior Cabin) 
  • 16 Breakfasts - buffet style
  • 6 dinners (as per program)
  • 2 Lunches (as per program)
  • Bi-lingual tour escort from Day 1 to Day 17 (English and Spanish or Portuguese)
  • Train ticket for journey Helsinki - San Petersburg, Train Allegro
  • Train ticket for journey St. Petersburg- Moscow, Train Sapsan
  • All touring by private coach, including all the sightseeing mentioned in the program
  • Guided tours in the cities of Copenhagen, Bergen, Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg and Moscow as per program
  • Regular Arrival Transfer, from Copenhagen Airport
  • Regular Departure Transfer, to Moscow Airport
  • Porter Service DFDS Seaways, Tallink Silja Ferry, at all hotels and railway stations during the program (Excl. Day 1 and Day 17)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages unless specically indicated
  • Luggage services at piers if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

To visit Russia, a visa is required. The following information is presented as a guide on the application process. Requirements change and is different for each nationality, so please check with your nearest Russian embassy at the time of application for the latest information.

  • Passport you will travel with, with at least two blank visa-designated pages and valid for at least six months after planned departure from Russia
  • Scanned digital copy of the picture page
  • Two (2) passport size photos of the applicant
  • Official invitation letter from the local operator. Goway will supply this letter after confirmation of the trip
  • 2 copies of your application filled out online and PRINTED for presentation to the embassy or third party visa service.

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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