Experience the Nordic highlights on this comprehensive journey of Scandinavia and other Nordic capitals. Be amazed by the contrasts, from Viking Capitals to the wild nature of the Norwegian Fjords, and the enchanting palaces of St Petersburg. Enjoy this modern, yet exotic area with its medieval history and feel the essence of the north!
Day 1: Arrival in Copenhagen. Saturday arrival to Copenhagen, transfer by own means. Overnight. Accommodation at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****.
Day 2: Copenhagen. Sunday breakfast at the hotel. Between 8:30–10:00, meet your tour escort at the hotel’s reception to receive information on the trip about to begin. At 13:30, departure by private coach with your local English-speaking guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing. This tour will be the perfect introduction to "Wonderful Copenhagen". We start with a drive towards the City Hall Square where the famous pedestrian street "Stroget" begins. We pass Tivoli Gardens, dating back to 1843 and onwards past the New Carlsberg Glyptotheque and the National Museum. Next it is the Old Stock Exchange and the Naval Church.
Kings New Square is the home of the Royal Danish Theatre with the world famous ballet, we drive through the old canal Nyhavn with its picturesque houses and vessels and continue to see the impressive Gefion Fountain. A photo stop is made by the Royal residence Amalienborg Palace, and finally we stop by the landmark of Copenhagen, the statue of the Little Mermaid, known from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. During the tour we shall also appreciate the Christiansborg Palace, housing the Danish Parliament and the Rosenborg Castle which houses the Crown jewelry. The tour will end at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at Copenhagen Admiral Hotel ****.
Day 3: Copenhagen–Oslo (overnight cruise). Monday breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach to embark the Scandinavian Seaways cruise ship. At 17:00, departure to Oslo. Accommodation in outside cabins. Dinner buffet will be served on board. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation in outside cabins, on board of the Scandinavian Seaways cruise ship.
Day 4: Oslo–Lofthus. Tuesday breakfast on board. At 9:15 arrival to Oslo. Disembarkation and departure by private coach. Driving across Hønefoss, Nesbyen, surrounded by a landscape which alternates with forests of pines and lakes, we arrive to Hallingdal Valley, very well known in Norway. Just few kilometers away from there, we will find Gol followed by Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains and very famous for its ski runs. We will drive up to the foot of the Hardanger glacier. Afterwards, bordering the impressive fjord, we will arrive to Lofthus, one of Edvard Grieg's favorite haunts, and one of the most beautiful points of the fjord. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast buffet. Dinner and accommodation at Ullensvang Hotel ****.
Day 5: Ullensvang–Bergen. Wednesday breakfast at the hotel. Short drive to Brimmes to embark a ferry that will carry us to a crossing along the splendid Hardanger fjord, the widest in Norway. After we disembark in Bruravik, we will continue by coach, bordering the fjord, passing by Nordheimsund and crossing forests of birches until we arrive in Bergen, the capital of the fjords, Norway’s second city and one of the three university cities in the country. Arrival to Radisson Sas Norge Hotel. Early in the afternoon, meet the English-speaking local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing during which we will appreciate St. Mary Church, Haakon’s Hall, the colorful and picturesque fish market and the Hanseatic Museum. Tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at Radisson Sas Norge Hotel ****.
Day 6: Bergen–Stalheim. Thursday breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure. Early in the afternoon we leave the hotel, and passing by Voss, we will arrive in Gudvangen, a village surrounded by mountains, where we will embark a ferry that will carry us in a breathtaking crossing along the lovely Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway. The coast offers a very strong contrast to our eyes, sometimes the rocks fall threatening down along the fjord and other times the river turns out to be totally green. Disembarkation in Flåm and, after crossing the tunnel, we drive back to Gudvangen and continue immediately to Stalheim, situated in a splendid position, 250 m perpendicular to the valley. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast buffet. Dinner and accommodation at Stalheim Hotel ***.
Day 7: Stalheim–Geiranger. Friday breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Vangenes. We will sail along the beautiful Sognefjord once again, and disembark in Dragsvik. We will continue, driving through several picturesque villages, forests of birches and crops, until we arrive to Skei, located at the foot of the biggest glacier named “Jostedalsbreen”. We will drive, via Olden, to Hellasylt where we will take the ferry crossing the impressive Geiranger Fjord, situated among green mountains and wild waterfalls, and now included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Disembark. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast buffet. Dinner and accommodation at Union Geiranger Hotel ****.
Day 8: Geiranger–Lillehammer. Saturday breakfast at the hotel. Departure, via Lom, where we can admire the oldest wooden church in Norway, which dates from the 12th. century. We will continue, vía Otta, leaving the fjords area in Central Norway, which is characterized by mountains and lakes and which is the major attaction in the country. Arrival to Lillehammer, where we will visit the “Sandviske Samlinger” Museum, located in Maihaugen Park. The museum houses 120 old buildings, most of them made of wood, coming from different regions of the country. We will get a fascinating picture of the ancient times. Arrival to the hotel. Dinner and overnight. Breakfast buffet. Dinner and accommodation at Rica Victoria Hotel ***.
Day 9: Lillehammer–Oslo. Sunday breakfast at the hotel. Departure to the capital, Oslo city, bordering Mjösa Lake, the biggest in Norway. Arrival. Time free at leisure. Early in the afternoon, meet the local English-speaking guide for a 3 hour city sightseeing in the Norwegian capital, beautifully situated by its fjord. We will enjoy a magnificent view of the Oslo Fjord from Holmenkollen Hill with the famous ski jumps, where the Winter Games were held in 1952. Among other highlights, we will visit the Viking Ships Museum with its three viking vessels. The Vigeland’s Park, one of the major Scandinavian cultural treasures, will welcome us with the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland, who dedicated his life to his artistic works. We will pass by the Royal Palace and the main street, Karl Johan as well. The tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at Royal Christiania Hotel ****.
Day 10: Oslo–Stockholm. Monday breakfast at the hotel. Departure to Stockholm by private coach. Crossing Norwegian and Swedish forests, we will pass the region of Varmland, where many legends of this area were born. We will continue to Karlstad and Mariefred, where we make a stop to admire the outside of Gripsholm Castle, dating from the 16th. century. During our trip we will notice how the landscape changes, varying between green forests and crystalline lakes. Arrival to Stockholm late in the afternoon. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at First Reisen Hotel *****.
Day 11: Stockholm. Tuesday breakfast at the hotel. Meet the local English-speaking guide and departure by private coach for a 3 hour city sightseeing. The city of Stockholm, built on 14 islands, connected by 57 bridges, embraces the unique character of the 13th century Old Town and modern high-tech architecture. Stockholm's islands are bordered by Lake Mälaren in the west and the Baltic Sea in the east where the archipelago with it's 30.000 islands awaits exploration. Renowned for its beauty, Stockholm is also the hub of the Baltic area with easy access to the Nordic capitals and the Baltic countries. The capital is a big city with a small town personality. Its handy size and short walking distances makes it easy to cover a lot in a short time.
Stockholm is proudly called Beauty on Water and a sightseeing tour including a walk in the Old Town and inside visits to the City Hall, where the Nobel festivities take place, and the Cathedral makes 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 the narrow streets. The seven hundred year old cathedral of Stockholm, Seat of the archbishop, will be visited during your stroll in the 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 the best known of the city's symbols, the City Hall, where the Nobel Banquet takes place in the Blue and Golden Halls. The tour ends at the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at First Reisen Hotel *****.
Day 12: Stockholm–Tallinn (overnight cruise). Wednesday breakfast at the hotel. Morning free at leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the pier by private coach and departure on the Tallink cruise ship, sailing along the Baltic Sea, bound for Talinn. Accommodation in outside cabins. Dinner buffet on board. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation y outside cabins and dinner on board of Tallink cruise ship.
Day 13: Tallinn. Thursday breakfast buffet on board. Arrival in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Transfer to the hotel by private coach. At 13:00 we will leave the hotel for a 3 hour city sightseeing. This leisurely tour provides an excellent introduction to the city of Tallinn. We will start with a short tour on coach through the city center and around the ancient city walls, ending up at Toompea Hill for a further walking tour. Our stroll includes the Toompea Hill with the Toompea Castle and a visit to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and the Dome Church. We will make a stop at the Viewer Square (panorama platform), onwards along Lühike Street to the Lower Town with entrance to the St. Nicholas Church, which has on display a Renmant from what it is believed to be the original painting “Dance of Death”. We will further continue to the Old Town Hall Square with views at the Old Town Hall, the Old Town Pharmacy house and the Church of Holy Ghost. The tour ends at the hotel. Afternoon free at leisure. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation at Best Western Tallink Hotel ****.
Day 14: Tallinn–St. Petersburg. Friday breakfast at the hotel. We will depart by private coach to Russia, passing by rural villages which show people’s way of living. Arrival in St. Petersburg, a city founded in 1973 by Tzar Peter the Great and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you will meet the local guide for a 3-hour city sightseeing of this magnificent city. You will be introduced to the greatest marvel of Russia's past and present, known to the world as the "Northern Capital of Russia" and the "the Venice of the North". Virtually unharmed by the 1930-50s Stalinist reconstruction, downtown St. Petersburg dazzles the eye of a visitor with splendid palaces, stylish monuments, straight avenues, beautiful bridges and other attractions.
St. Petersburg is filled with history and mystery. Where else would you find a city which is just a bit more than not even 300 years old, but is already full of myths and legends? Just sit back and discover the unparalleled beauty of St. Petersburg, Russia. Your tour will cover all of the high lights 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 Senates Square, the Peter and Paul’s Fortress and the 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 tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Petro Palace Hotel ****.
Day 15: St. Petersburg. Saturday breakfast at the hotel. Meet the local guide for a full day excursion. This tour will take you to Peterhof, which is 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 of 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, often called "Capital of Fountains", unique in the world. 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 for numerous Russian and foreign visitors suburban royal park and palace ensemble of the northern Russia's capital. To feel happy, to make their spirits high, people often come to Peterhof and enjoy its magic charms. Midday we will have lunch and in the afternoon we will visit The State Hermitage, 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 the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Today the Museum is creating its digital self-portrait to be displayed around the world. Computer technologies enable the State Hermitage Museum to provide people from all over the world with wider access to information about the Museum and its treasures. The excursion ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Lunch at a local restaurant. Accommodation at Petro Palace Hotel ****.
Day 16: St. Petersburg–Helsinki. Sunday breakfast at the hotel. Departure by private coach bound for Finland, passing the historical medieval city of Viborg, which was founded in 1293. Short stop before continuing to Finland, the country of the lakes. Arrival to Helsinki, a cosmopolitan city due to its fascinating mixture of Swedish, Russian and international cultures. At the end of the afternoon, we will arrive to the Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel****.
Day 17: Helsinki. Monday breakfast at the hotel. Meet the local guide for a 3 hour city sightseeing of the capital of Finland, also known as “The Daughter of the Baltic Sea”. Our 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. Visit is made to Temppeliaukio Church – called the “Rock Church” as it is carved into solid rock. The tour ends at the hotel. Overnight. Breakfast buffet. Accommodation Radisson Sas Plaza Hotel ****.
Day 18: Departure. Tuesday breakfast at the hotel. Individual transfer. End of our services. Breakfast buffet.
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