2017   -    22 day/ 20 night

Scandinavian and Russian Discovery Fly / Tour Deal

LIMITED TIME OFFER

Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia

$6.799

Copenhagen - Oslo - Geilo - Bergen - Stalheim - Fagernes - Oslo - Stockholm - Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Moscow

 

DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL COPENHAGEN
Arrival in Copenhagen, transfer from Copenhagen Airport to Hotel Tivoli**** or similar,  check-in

DAY 2 (FRIDAY): COPENHAGEN-OSLO
Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest and most lively city and one of Europe’s most  romantic capitals with its old castles and churches and charming squares and harbours. The morning sightseeing tour will acquaint us with all  the city’s treasures: the Little Mermaid guarding the port, the Royal  Castle, Nyhavn with its restaurants and small boats and the City Hall  Square. In the afternoon we embark on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry  bound for Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars,  shops and much more. Dinner on-board.

DAY 3 (SATURDAY): OSLO-GEILO
Founded in 1048 Oslo is Scandinavia’s oldest capital and today it is a very  pleasant and casual city with an interesting jumble of historical and  modern architecture. Upon arrival in Oslo we start the morning  sightseeing tour. We enjoy a walk around the Frogner Park decorated with the unique sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. We pass by the City Hall and  the main street, Karl Johan, leading to the Royal Palace. In the early  afternoon we continue our journey to the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. We visit Gol and arrive in Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains.  Check-in at Hotel Dr. Holms**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 4 (SUNDAY): GEILO-BERGEN
Today we enter the breathtaking Norwegian nature. We continue through the  Hallingdal Valley, known for its folkloric traditions. We cross the  Hardanger mountain plateau and on the descent towards the fjord we pass  the famous Voringsfossen Waterfall. We cross the Hardanger Fjord by  ferry and continue along its shores to Bergen. Situated on a peninsula  surrounded by 7 mountains the history of Bergen is closely connected  with the sea and this is very noticeable in the city, especially at the  city’s picturesque waterfront. The afternoon sightseeing tour introduces us to this remarkable Hanseatic city with the Bryggen area of old  wooden houses, the traditional Fish Market and the city centre with the  St. Mary’s Church and Haakon’s Hall. We check-in at Hotel Scandic  Oernen**** or similar.

DAY 5 (MONDAY): BERGEN-STALHEIM
The morning is at leisure to explore more of the stunning Norwegian fjord  capital. In the early afternoon we travel to the historical town of  Voss, which has a scenic background of snow clad mountains. After a  break here we continue towards the Naroy Valley and Stalheim, offering a stunning view down the Stalheim Gorge, Check-in at Hotel Stalheim****  or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 6 (TUESDAY): STALHEIM-FAGERNES
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned  glacial valleys, flanked by impossible rugged terrain to Gudvangen where we cross the Naroyfjord and reach the village of Flam. Here is offered  an optional tour Flam Railway: one of the most famous and most breath  taking railway journeys in the world. In the afternoon the journey  continues along the Aurlandfjord. We do a photo stop at the famous  Borgund Stave Church before we continue to Fagernes. Check-in at Hotel  Quality Fagernes**** or similar. Dinner at hotel.

DAY 7 (WEDNESDAY): FAGERNES-OSLO
After breakfast we leave the majestic Norwegian fjords behind us and travel  back towards Oslo, which we reach early in the afternoon. Check-in at  Hotel Thon Opera**** or similar. The balance of the day is spent for  exploring more of the Viking capital.

DAY 8 (THURSDAY): OSLO-STOCKHOLM
Today we head for Stockholm, passing through Norwegian forests. We cross the  border and enter the county of Varmland in Sweden. Throughout the  balance of the day we drive through typical Swedish landscapes with  fertile farmland, blue lakes and thick forests, which evoke an  atmosphere of intriguing fairytales. In the afternoon we arrive at  Stockholm. Check-in at Hotel Scandic Grand Central**** or similar.

DAY 9 (FRIDAY): STOCKHOLM
Stockholm “ the beauty on the water “ is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful  capitals in the world, built on 14 islands and protected from the sea by Skargarden, the Stockholm archipelago. The morning sightseeing tour  takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and  the city centre with its famous City Hall. The afternoon is free for  individual visits.

DAY 10 (SATURDAY): STOCKHOLM-HELSINKI
The morning is free to explore more of Stockholm individually.  Mid-afternoon we leave for the pier to embark on the Tallink Silja Line  overnight ferry bound for Helsinki. While we travel slowly down the  archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board the ship. And afterwards there is a wide choice of  entertainment with bars, shops, casino and much more.

DAY 11 (SUNDAY): HELSINKI
Helsinki is truly located at the crossroads of Western and Eastern culture and  this is reflected everywhere in the green and lively Finnish capital.  Directly after disembarkation we start a sightseeing tour, which takes  us around the harbours and the Senate Square with the Lutheran  Cathedral, up central Mannerheim Street and by the Parliament Building,  the Finlandia Hall, and the Sibelius Monument and the famous  Church-in-the-Rock. At the end of the tour we check-in at Hotel Glo  Art**** or similar.

DAY 12 (MONDAY): HELSINKI
The morning is reserved for exploring more of the Finish capital  individually. The afternoon offers an optional excursion to Seurasaari  Open-Air Museum, an oasis in the midst of the city with cottages,  farmsteads and manors from all around Finland.

DAY 13 (TUESDAY): HELSINKI-ST. PETERSBURG
Today we continue eastbound to St. Petersburg. Shortly after crossing the  border into Russia we arrive in Vyborg, where we take time for a short  sightseeing tour and a photo-stop at Vyborg Castle. In the late  afternoon we arrive in St. Petersburg and check-in at Hotel Sokos  Vasilievsky**** or similar.

DAY 14 (WEDNESDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
St. Petersburg is an amazing city. Its imperial palaces and museums enjoy  worldwide fame, while the Neva River and the many canals have deservedly given the city the title The Venice of the North. During the morning  sightseeing tour we get acquainted with all the splendours of the city:  the Peter-Paul Fortress, the Winter Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the  Church of the Bleeding Savior, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The  afternoon offers an optional excursion to Zarskoye Selo with the  impressive Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room, which vanished during  World War II and was restored for St. Petersburg’s tri-centennial  celebrations. In the evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky  Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian ‘champagne’  and snacks.

DAY 15 (THURSDAY): ST. PETERSBURG
The morning is reserved for an optional visit to Peterhof, an uncontested  masterpiece of the time of Peter the Great, with the impressive Grand  Palace, Grand Cascade and Water Avenue and its wonderful parks. In the  afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening enjoy an optional Russian dinner at Restaurant  Russian Kitsch.

DAY 16 (FRIDAY): ST. PETERSBURG-MOSCOW
The early morning is reserved for an optional St. Petersburg channel  cruise. Around noon we go to the Moscow Railway Station and board the  Sapsan high-speed train bound for Moscow. The train ride takes us  through endless Russian landscapes along the River Volga. In the late  afternoon we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Park Inn Sadu**** or similar.

DAY 17 (SATURDAY): MOSCOW
Moscow, The Mother of Russia, is a genuine Russian city with the Kremlin and  its onion domed cathedrals. The dramatic changes over the last decade  have made the city to one of the most dynamic metropolis in the world.  The morning sightseeing tour includes all the highlights of the vast  city:  the Red Square with Kremlin, the Theatre Square with Bolshoi  Theatre, and Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and Kremlin grounds  with a visit to one of the cathedrals. In the afternoon is offered an  optional visit to the Moscow Metro including the historical stations on  the Ring-Line and a guided stroll along the famous pedestrian Arbat  Street. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.

DAY 18 (SUNDAY): MOSCOW
The day offers an optional full day excursion to the quaint town of Sergiev Posad, where we visit the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, the most  important Russian monastery and the spiritual heart of the Russian  Orthodox Church. The whole Lavra has been beautifully restored for the  700-years celebrations of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.  The  evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.

DAY 19 (MONDAY): MOSCOW DEPARTURE
Optional transfer to the airport.

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