Grand Tour of Scandinavia and 
St. Petersburg  Extension 2018

Copenhagen Oslo Ulvik Bergen Balenstrand Geiranger Stockholm Helsinki with option to continue to St Petersburg, Russia

Only 6 Departures in 2018

14 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki
17 night option with St. Petersburg is only on 21 July 2018  

10% early bird discount on bookings made by 15 Apr 2018

Guaranteed Departures on the following Saturdays:
June 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

Tour of Scandinavia with 
St. Petersburg

14 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki

After arrival at Copenhagen Kastrup Airport transfer to hotel according to your individual flight arrival. Tonight enjoy a dinner at the Admiral Hotel, centrally located close to the Amalienborg Palace. Your tour escort will meet you at 7:45 p.m. at the hotel lobby for an orientation meeting before dinner. Overnight.

In the morning join the 3 hours guided sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the most important sights which include the Royal Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish royal family, the Christiansborg Palace (Danish Parliament Buildings), Gefion Fountain, Nyhavn, etc. Afternoon free for exploring this fairytale city on your own. Your tour director will hand out entrance tickets to those interested in visiting the famous Tivoli Gardens, the popular Disney style park fun for kids and adults alike. Overnight at Hotel Admiral.

After a free morning in Copenhagen, we depart by coach in the afternoon from the hotel to DFDS Seaways terminal for your overnight cruise by ferry to Oslo, departing at  4:30 p.m. Enjoy your first Scandinavian smorgasbord (buffet) dinner as you cruise gently up the Kattegat sea. Accommodation in 2-berth outside cabins with shower/WC. We recommend you to take  an overnight carry on bag only to your cabin to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from your cabin.

Day 4: OSLO
Cruise along the enchanting Oslo Fjord while enjoying your delicious Scandinavian buffet breakfast on board. Arrival in Oslo at 09.30 a.m. followed by a guided tour of the Norwegian capital with the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park and the old medieval harbor. Afternoon free in Oslo for own activities. We can recommend a visit to the Munch Museum, the Kontiki Museum or a stroll along the Karl Johan shopping boulevard. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Thon Opera, centrally located close to the Karls Johans Gate.

After breakfast we will take you to the Viking Museum to see the world-famous Viking Ships, the leaving Oslo, we will drive via Hønefoss town along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo for lunch. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge and continue to Ulvik.
Dinner and accommodation at Brakanes Hotel, built on the banks of the fjord.

After buffet breakfast, descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Cross the Hardanger Bridge. Start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Accommodation at thr First Hotel Marin, centrally located next to the old Bryggen harbour and close to the pedestrian shopping streets.

Morning departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Board the train in Voss for a ride on the beautiful Bergen Railway to the mountain station of Myrdal. From Myrdal ride on the amazing Flåm Railway, a masterpiece of engineering descending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent to the fjord side village of Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, continue by coach through the amazing Stalheim Canyon and Nærøy Valley, across the Vika Mountains to Vangsnes, for the short ferry crossing to the beautiful resort of Balestrand. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel, superbly located on the banks of the fjord and surrounded by mountains.

Day at leisure in Balestrand, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding beauty and nature of the fjords. The day starts with a traditional Norwegian buffet breakfast in the hotel’s elegant dining room. You may want to spend the morning relaxing on the hotel terrace, breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the spectacular views. We can also recommend a visit to the local aquarium and art gallery, or you may prefer to rent a bike or rowing boat from the hotel, or even go on foot up to the nearest mountains. A walking tour of the village of Balestrand, with its historic buildings and other noteworthy sites can also be arranged. Dinner and accommodation at Kvikne’s Hotel.

After breakfast departure from your hotel by ferry from Dragsvik to Hella, followed by a scenic tour along the northern side of the Sogn Fjord to Sogndal. The tour continues by road to Fjærland, passing under the Jostedal Glacier, the largest in Europe, to the village of Skei at the northern end of beautiful Lake Jølster. Descend to the Nord Fjord, making a detour at Olden to visit the world-famous Briksdal Glacier. The journey up to the glacier will be made in open cars to give you the best views. Lunch will be served in a nearby mountain restaurant facing the glacier. After lunch the tour continues around the Nord Fjord via Loen and Stryn, to the picturesque village of Hellesylt. From here you go on board the ferry for the one hour cruise along the spectacular Geiranger Fjord, possibly the most impressive of all the Norwegian fjords. During the cruise you will pass by some magnificent waterfalls, such as the Bridal Veil and the Seven Sisters. Dinner and accommodation at the excellent Union Hotel, overlooking the Geiranger Fjord.

From the top of the famous Serpentine Road, you have the opportunity to digest some amazing views of the fjord, before crossing the rugged Grotli Mountains to Lom, well known for its 14th century stave church. The tour continues via Lake Vågå, before descending the magnificent Gudbrands Valley to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Stop for lunch in Lillehammer. After lunch the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway’s largest lake, back to Oslo and Dinner and accommodation at the Thorn Opera Hotel Oslo.

Breakfast then departure from Oslo by coach towards the Swedish border. Cross into the attractive province of Vãrmland to arrive in the city of Kalrstad on Lake Vänern, the largest in Sweden. Lunch in Karlstad. After lunch the tour continues through a landscape of forests and sparkling lakes to reach the Swedish capital in the late afternoon. Dinner and accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign, a first class hotel centrally located.

Today we embark on a guided tour of Sweden's capital to view the impressive Royal Palace, Parliament Buildings, Cathedral, Royal Theatre, etc. We will also visit the enchanting Old Town (Gamla Stan) with its narrow cobbled streets and numerous antique shops. Highlight of the tour is a visit to City Hall with its famous Blue and Golden Halls, where the Nobel Prize banquet is held each year. Afternoon free in Stockholm, with possibility to visit the famous Vasa Museum with its fantastic sunken ship or take one of the popular canal tours to view the city from the water. Accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Sign. Please note that dinner today is not included in the program, as our experience shows that in Stockholm guests prefer to eat out at a restaurant of their own choice. Your tour escort will recommend different options for you.  

Morning free in Stockholm. Afternoon transfer from hotel to pier, for embarkation on a luxurious cruise ferry of the Silja Line.  5 p.m. departure from Stockholm, sailing slowly through the glorious archipelago past numerous small islands. Dinner on board. Choice of entertainment, bars, shops and casino. Accommodation is in 2-berth outside cabins (seaside) with shower/WC. We recommend bringing an overnight carry on bag to your cabin for this cruise, to avoid having to carry suitcases to and from the stateroom.

Enjoy your buffet breakfast as you sail into Helsinki. After disembarkation we continue our adventure with a guided tour of Helsinki. Famous sights include the Senate Square, Uspenski Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, Sibelius Park & Monument, Underground Temple, and much more. Afternoon free in Helsinki. Dinner and accommodation at the Haven Hotel, a first-class hotel conveniently located in the center of Helsinki.

Your grand tour of Scandinavia ends after buffet breakfast at the hotel, with transfer to Helsinki Vantaa Airport to connect with your flight home.

Price includes:

14 nights Copenhagen - Helsinki

* 12 nights accommodation including daily 3-course or buffet dinner (except in Bergen, the second evening in Stockholm and Copenhagen) and Scandinavian buffet breakfast, in centrally located first class hotels, all rooms with private facilities.

* 5 lunches on days 5, 6, 9, 10, & 11.

* English speaking tour director

* Overnight cruise Copenhagen - Oslo, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, buffet dinner and breakfast on board.

* Entrance to Tivoli Gardens on day 2.

* 3 hours guided tours of Copenhagen, Oslo & Helsinki, 4 hours Stockholm.

* Visit to the Viking museum in Oslo and the Stadshuset in Stockholm

* Entrance to Tivoli Gardens day 2.

* Visit to the Viking Museum in Oslo and Stadshuset (City Hall) in Stockholm

* Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group.

* Panorama tour of Bergen incl. ride on the Bergen Funicular to Mt.Fløien.

* Ride on the Flåm Railway, Flåm-Myrdal-Flåm.

* Approx. two hour cruise on Sogn and Naeroy Fjords, and one hour cruise on the Geiranger Fjord.

* Excursion to Briksdal Glacier in open car.

* All ferry crossings in Norway.

* Overnight cruise Stockholm - Helsinki, incl. accommodation in 2-berth outside cabin with shower/WC, dinner and buffet breakfast on board.

* Luggage assistance at all hotels.

* English speaking tour escort throughout.

* Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats etc.

* Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement. 

Grand Tour of Scandinavia with  St. Petersburg 

Day 1 - Day 14 - same program as Grand Tour of Scndinavia  - see itinerary above - 

Breakfast followed by transfer by coach from hotel to railway station. Departure from Helsinki on train “Allegro” to St. Petersburg. Lunch box on train. After arrival in St. Petersburg coach transfer from the railway station to the hotel combined with 1 hour’s guided boat cruise along the Neva River and visit to St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Welcome dinner including shot of vodka and 1 glass wine, and accommodation at the Ambassador Baltic Club Hotel, a four star hotel located in the city center, near the famous Mariinsky Theatre.

Buffet breakfast at hotel. Transfer to the Neva River harbor for a cruise by hydrofoil to Peterhof  for a visit of the Czars' Grand Palace and extensive lower parks famouse for their gold gilded fountains. Lunch ata  local restaurant. After lunch, return to St Petersburg to tour of the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum and the State Rooms of the Winter Palace. Return to hotel. Dinner and accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Buffet breakfast departure to the nearby town of Pushkin to visit  the beautiful palace of Catherine the Great with its famed amber room meticulously rebuilt after it was lost during WWII. Lunch at a local restaurant then return to St. Petersburg for an afternoon city tour to see outstanding architectural beauty,  magnificent palaces, cathedrals, fountains and bridges. The tour includes sights like the Square of Arts, the Russian Museum, the Cathedral of Our Saviour on the Spilt Blood, Griboedov canal, Nevsky prospect, the Palace Square with the Winter Palace, the spit of the Basil’s Island, the Menshikov Palace, the Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman. A visit will be paid to Peter & Paul Fortress housing the remains of the assassinated last Czar and his family.  This evening you can enjoy a colorful Russian folklore show at the Nikolaevsky Palace, with snacks during the intermission. Dinner at the Dostoevsky Restaurant. Accommodation at Ambassador Hotel.

Buffet breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to St Petersburg airport for your flight home. Stay longer in  St. Petersburg and check out other Russia tours.

Price includes:
17 nights Copenhagen – St. Petersburg tour

*  Same as the the Copenhagen to Helsinki program, plus

*  Train Helsinki – St. Petersburg, including coach transfers between hotels and railway stations.

*  Complete program in St. Petersburg, including 3 hours city tour, visit to Peter & Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, Pushkin, 1 hour’s guided canal tour, plus folklore show at Nikolaevsky Palace incl. snacks during intermission and dinner at local restaurant.

* Hydrofoil from St. Petersburg to Peterhof, incl. entrance to Lower Parks and Grand Palace

* Luggage assistance at all hotels while with the group.

* Transportation by modern deluxe coach with reclining seats and seatbelts.
*  Transfers airport/hotel on first and last days of the tour. Transfers to/from a different airport than the one mentioned in the tour program may incur a supplement.

2018 -   Prices per person sharing twin-bedded room:  $ rates vary depending on exchange rate

Price per person in Euro ($ rate varies depending the exchange) Per person based in double rooms Single supplement
Grand Tour of Scandinavia
Copenhagen - Helsinki -14nights
Dates:  Jun 23-7Jul, 30 Jun-14 Jul, 7-21 Jul, 14-28 Jul, 21Jul- 4 Aug, 28 Jul-11 Aug 2018

Grand Tour of Scandinavia + St. Petersburg - 17nights
only one departure: 21 July- 7 Aug



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