Copenhagen - Oslo - Bergen - Sognefjord - Honefoss - Stockholm - Riga - Tallinn - Helsinki - St.Petersburg - Moscow 25 days /24 nights
Day 1: Arrival Copenhagen.
Arrival in Copenhagen, optional transfer to Hotel Scandic Copenhagen**** or similar, check-in, welcome meeting.
Day 2: Copenhagen.
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 harbors. The morning sightseeing tour acquaints 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. The afternoon is free for exploring more of the charming Danish capital individually.
Day 3: Copenhagen - Oslo.
After a leisurely day in Copenhagen we embark in the afternoon on the DFDS Seaways overnight ferry bound for Oslo. The ferry offers a wide choice of restaurants, bars, shops and much more. In the evening we enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board while cruising up the Kattegat.
Day 4: Oslo.
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 and. we pass by the City Hall and the main street, Karl Johan, leading to the Royal Palace. Check in at Hotel Thon Stefan**** or similar. The balance of the day is free for exploring more of the Viking capital.
Day 5: Oslo - Bergen.
In the morning we continue our journey to the beautiful Hallingdal Valley. We arrive to Geilo, a small town surrounded by mountains, and continue into the mountain plateau of Hardanger. En route we pass the famous Waterfall of Voringsfossen and after crossing Hardangerjord by ferry we arrive to Bergen in the afternoon. Check-in at Hotel Bergen Brygge**** or similar.
Day 6: 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. In the afternoon we are exploring more of the stunning Norwegian fjord capital on our own.
Day 7: Bergen - Sognefjord - Honefoss.
Today we continue through the fjord region with its formidable water-drowned glacial valleys, flanked by impossible rugged terrain to Stalheim, offering a stunning view down the Stalheim Gorge. From here we cruise over the Sognefjord, the largest fjord in Norway. In the afternoon we arrive to Honefoss, check in at Hotel Comfort Ringerike *** or similar. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 8: Honefoss - Stockholm.
After breakfast we leave Honefoss and continue through Norway, where we enter the country 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 to Stockholm and check in at Hotel First Amaranten**** or similar.
Day 9: 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 afternoon sightseeing tour takes us to the Old Town with the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral and the city centre with its famous City Hall.
Day 10: Stockholm.
The day is free to explore more of beautiful Swedish capital individually, perhaps visit the City Hall, the Wasa Museum or a take a tour to Uppsala and Sigtuna.
Day 11: Stockholm - Riga.
After morning at own disposal in Stockholm we are transferred to the harbor to embark the Tallink Silja Line overnight ferry bound for Riga. The ferry offers a lot of facilities including restaurants, cafes, night club and much more. While we travel slowly down the archipelago past numerous islands and islets we enjoy a Scandinavian buffet dinner on board the ship.
Day 12: Riga.
In the morning, upon arrival to Riga harbor we are transferred to our hotel, Check in at Hotel Radisson Blu Latvija**** or similar. The afternoon is best spent for getting the first impressions of the Latvian capital.
Day 13: Riga.
Before we get acquainted with Riga we have the possibility of discovering medieval Latvia. The optional tour for this morning takes us to the stunning scenery of the Gauja National Park and the town of Sigulda. We listen to the medieval Latvian legend of the Rose of Turaida and see the ruins of the Episcopal Castle and of the Castle of the Knights of the Sword before we return to Riga. The afternoon offers an optional visit to the Ethnographical Open Air Museum, a spacious exposition of 18th century country life. The evening offers an optional organ concert at the Dome Cathedral.
Day 14: Riga.
Riga, founded in 1201 by the German bishop Albert, is the largest of the three Baltic capitals and boasts a real kaleidoscope of architectural styles. The walking tour of the Old Town includes Riga Castle, the Dome Cathedral, St. Peter’s Church, the Swedish Gate, the Three Brothers, the Large and Small Guilds and the Freedom Monument. The afternoon is reserved for an optional visit to Jurmala, the vibrant Latvian sea resort, famous for its wooden architecture and sandy beaches. In the evening we enjoy a Latvian dinner at the stylish Restaurant La Boheme.
Day 15: Riga - Tallinn.
The tour continues along the coastal highway to the Estonian summer resort of Parnu. We do a short tour of the resort before we continue through the North Estonian land of forests and arrive in Tallinn early afternoon, check-in at the Hotel Radisson Blu Olympia**** or similar.
Day 16: Tallinn.
Tallinn is a charming blend of medieval tranquility and modern urban life. The medieval Old Town is a busy place in the summer with its many shops, galleries, souvenir markets, outdoor cafés and restaurants. The sightseeing tour takes us around the old medieval city walls and into the Old Town where we see Toompea Castle, Dome Church, Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, medieval Old Town Hall and Great Guild Hall. In the afternoon an optional excursion is offered to Kadriorg Park and visit to Kumu, the award-winning new Estonian art museum, with its collections of classic and contemporary fine art. The evening offers an optional medieval dinner at Restaurant Peppersack.
Day 17: Tallinn - Helsinki.
In the morning we take the hydrofoil from Tallinn to Helsinki and enjoy a refreshing tour through the Finnish archipelago before arriving in Helsinki. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel and check-in at Hotel Scandic Simonkentta**** or similar. The balance of the day is reserved for exploring the Finnish capital individually.
Day 18: 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. The sightseeing tour 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 for a visit at the famous Church-in-the-Rock. 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 19: 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 Radisson Sonya**** or similar.
Day 20: 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 Saviour, the Nevsky Convent and much more. The afternoon offers 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 evening enjoy an optional visit to the Nikolaevsky Palace with an exciting Russian folklore show and Russian „champagne” and snacks.
Day 21: St. Petersburg.
The morning is reserved for 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 afternoon, an optional visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum is offered. In the evening we enjoy a Russian dinner at Restaurant Russian Kitsch.
Day 22: St. Petersburg - Moscow.
The early morning is reserved for an optional guided shopping tour to fashion and souvenir boutiques on the Nevsky Prospect. 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 evening we arrive to Moscow and check in at Hotel Novotel Centre Moscow**** or similar.
Day 23: 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, Sparrow Hills with Moscow University and a visit to the famous Moscow Metro. In the afternoon is offered an optional excursion to the Kremlin grounds with a visit to the cathedrals. The evening offers an optional Moscow by night tour including an unforgettable river cruise with the White Flotilla.
Day 24: Moscow.
The day offers an optional excursion to Novodevichy Convent, a 16th century cluster of sparkling domes, one of the city’s most beautiful groups of buildings and full of history and treasures. The adjacent Novodevichy Cemetery is Moscow‘s most prestigious resting place after the Kremlin. The balance of the day is reserved for an optional excursion to the Tretyakov Gallery with its outstanding collection of French impressionists. The evening offers an optional visit to the Old Russian Circus.
Day 25: Moscow Departure.
Optional departure transfer to airport.
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